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BlackBerry CEO says the PlayBook will never get BlackBerry 10

The dozens of loyal BlackBerry PlayBook owners out there were dealt a major blow on Friday when BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that he'd stopped plans to bring the new BlackBerry 10 platform to BlackBerry's 7-inch tablet. Heins said that he was "not satisfied with the user experience" that BlackBerry 10 provided on the PlayBook, which led him to make the "difficult decision" to stop the plan and instead focus on the company's core hardware products. While the news is certainly disappointing for PlayBook fans, it's not entirely surprising since the tablet didn't sell well when it launched two years ago and Heins has largely been cool to the idea of making a new version of the device.
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Microsoft helps Netflix ditch Silverlight for HTML5

Give Microsoft credit: It's willing to help companies ditch its own Silverlight video streaming platform for superior alternatives. The Next Web reports that Netflix is switching out Silverlight for HTML5 and it has Microsoft to thank for making it possible. Specifically, the report says that Netflix "has been working closely with the Internet Explorer team to implement its proposed 'Premium Video Extensions' in IE11 on Windows 8.1, meaning if you install the operating system preview released today, you can watch Netflix content using HTML5 right now." Netflix is hoping that the switch to HTML5 away from the proprietary Silverlight will make it easier to stream content across many different browsers, including Firefox and Chrome.
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Looking for life after Google Reader? Here's what you need to know!

Google Reader will soon be gone, and anyone who uses it daily — like everyone here at Mobile Nations — will have to make a decision on how to carry on their RSS love affair. Fortunately, it's no longer the disaster we all feared on first hearing the news, and we're actually left with an ample selection of replacements. Here's everything you need to know. Export your feeds from Google Reader, like, now! The absolute first thing you should do if you haven't already, is export all of your Reader information through Google Takeout. After shutdown, it will be gone, so unless you want to start again from scratch, do it. Do it now. And if you're not sure how, we've got you covered with a full walkthrough. How to export and transfer your Google Reader feeds to another RSS service on iPhone and iPad If you're quick, and do it before July 1, several alternative solutions will allow you to import your RSS feeds directly from Google Reader into their apps. This includes…

10 Windows 8.1 Tips to get you started

Microsoft released a preview of Windows 8.1 yesterday which interested users can install on their systems. It is not really recommended to do so on productive systems, considering that you will lose access to all installed programs and apps once you make the upgrade to the final version of Windows 8.1 The new version of Windows introduces several changes and also improvements. A basic example is that apps that you install are not automatically added to the start page anymore. This may look like a small change but it means that you will have to find out how you can pin apps to the start screen, or where you find those installed apps after all.Windows 8.1 Tips1. Boot to desktopMicrosoft has implemented a boot to desktop option in Windows 8.1 When enabled, you are taken directly to the desktop of the operating system so that you bypass the start screen of the operating system.Right-click the taskbar on the desktop of the system and select Properties from the context menu.The Taskbar a…

How to transfer your Google Reader RSS feeds to Feedly

Fear not, there is a comparable replacement to Google Reader out thereIt's time to face the facts here, folks: Google Reader is shutting down on July 1. Many of us (myself included) have been in the "denial" phase assuming that Google would come up with a replacement for the service, but it's time to start thinking about alternatives. Of the handful of potential replacements, Feedly seems to be in the lead right now and offers a nearly painless transition over from Google Reader. Let's break down the process of moving your beloved RSS feeds over from Google Reader to Feedly, and give a few tips and tricks along the way to make the process as smooth as possible. read moreHow to transfer your Google Reader RSS feeds to Feedly
Andrew Martonik
Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:45:59 GMT

Google and Waze officially begin a happy life together

This morning, Google was happy to announce via their blog the official marriage acquisition of Waze. Together, Google and Waze hope to help drivers get to and from their points of interest in a more pleasant and quicker fashion. According to their post this morning, the current Waze development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now. The team is looking forward to collaborating with Google Maps to bring some new traffic update features provided by Waze, as well as enhance the Waze application with Google’s search capabilities. “The Waze community and its dedicated team have created a great source of timely road corrections and updates. We welcome them to Google and look forward to working with them in our ongoing effort to make a comprehensive, accurate, and useful map of the world.” Brian McClendon, Vice President, Geo.Make sure to check back often, as we will update you on any new features or app enhancements as the life of Google Maps and Waze begins. Source: Off…

Facebook for BlackBerry 10.2 Updated With New Design and Features

BlackBerry 10 users just got a nice fresh version of Facebook for BlackBerry 10.2. This new version brings a fresh new UI along with lots of new features. The goal is to make the app more useful and offer more functionality without going to the mobile site. Here is what is new in Facebook 10.2: Create an album: You can now create a new albums from your photos page, so organizing all those great shots you capture on your BlackBerry 10 device is easy. Upload to a specific album: now you can add a new photo to an existing album on your Facebook page, or to that new album you just created. Enable tagging in existing photos: Want to tag a photo that already exists on Facebook from you BlackBerry 10 device? Now you can with this feature that’s new to the app. New ways to toggle and easily view photos: Easily toggle between all your photos and Albums. All photos comprises of all the photos with you in them. Album photos are photos you have uploaded yourself. Newsfeed design refresh: The …

Apple posts official iOS 7 features page on

Now that Apple has officially announced and shown off iOS 7 at WWDC 2013, they've now added a page to laying out the features, complete with mini previews of each. The new iOS 7 page shows the updated interfaces of all the core apps as well as new ones such as Control Center, iTunes Radio, and more. Hit the link below to check out the previews and read up on all the new features yourself. Source: AppleApple posts official iOS 7 features page on
Allyson Kazmucha
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:19:04 GMT

Apple Announces Mac OS X "Mavericks"

Apple on Monday announced a new version of its Mac operating system at its World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco. The newest version of Max OS X is called “Mavericks” and has three primary new features Mac users. Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi showed off the biggest features of Mac OS X Mavericks: Finder Tabs, Tagging and Multiple Displays. Finder Tabs: In Mac OS X, the finder is the primary point of contact for accessing apps and documents in the operating system. Finder Tabs brings a browser-like tab interface to Mac computers. Tagging: Mac users can now “tag” documents, pictures or videos saved to their computers by topic. For instance, if you are saving pictures of your family, you can tag the pictures as “family.” Tags should make it much easier for users to search for documents and other content through the finder. Multiple Displays: Mac OS X has always worked with multiple screens. Apple has just made it easier to organize your …

Canada finally ditching three-year contracts, caps data overages at $50/month

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission today announced that starting December 2, 2013, those of us up north will be able to cancel our contract after two years without penalty, that domestic data overage charges will be capped at $50/month ($100 for roaming), and that devices will be able to be unlocked after 90 days (or immediately if bought outright). The new code also stipulates that buyers will have 15 days to return any device so long as it's within certain usage limits, have the power to accept or decline mid-term contract changes, and that they'll have a contract they can actually understand. These changes are all a result of public hearings that happened back in February.  This, in short, is freakin' sweet. The code will apply to all of the major carriers. For those unfamiliar, three-year contracts are currently the norm up here, and early termination fees in the past have been as high as $500. Right now, we've got a kind of pro-rated s…