Archive for September, 2014

The BBM app for iPhone has been updated with a simplified flow for attaching pictures, files and other content to BBM chats, upgrade notifications, and more.
BBM brings you together in the moment with friends and family through instant chats, voice calls, picture sharing, voice notes and more.

Chat with friends on iPhone and other smartphones:
• BBM is always on and always connected – no app to open
• Know when messages have been delivered (D’s) and read (R’s)
• Say ‘hello’ with BBM Voice – free voice calling between BBM Contacts
• Quickly share photos, files, documents, voice notes and more
• Allow contacts to view your location live on a map, powered by Glympse
• See when contacts are responding to your message
• Emoticons for every mood and emotion let you express yourself

BBM lets you protect your privacy. You control it:
• You chose how to share your information – BBM uses PINs instead of phone numbers or email addresses so that it’s more private, and you always control who can contact you
• You chose your contacts – 2-way opt-in means you have control over who is able to message you

Chat and Share with many at once:
• Groups – BBM groups help you share pictures, lists, and appointments with group members. You can even be in a group with people who aren’t part of your own BBM contact list.
• Multi-person chats – Invite multiple contacts to have a chat together.
• Broadcast messages – Send a message to multiple BBM contacts at one time.

BBM Channels: Join conversations happening now about the things you love.
• Create a new channel to share your thoughts, ideas and passions.
• Subscribe to an existing BBM channel to join chats with others who share your interests.

Create your own BBM profile:
• Post a profile picture using images, pictures or even animated pictures (GIFs).
• Update your status to let people know what you’re up to or how you feel

What’s New In This Version:
– Simplified flow for attaching pictures, files and other content to BBM chats
– In app upgrade notifications helps users to download the latest version of BBM
– The ability for users to rate their call experience for BBM Voice calls
– Addresses a bug where users would receive repeated notifications for messages they’ve previously viewed

You can download BBM from the App Store for free.

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Apple will unveil a new iPad Air 2 with a anti-reflective laminated display, Touch ID, and a gold color option at its September 9th event, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It’s also said that the iPad mini with Retina Display could gain Touch ID Support, notes MacRumors.

In light of limited development resources and the fact that iPad Air contributes more to Apple’s sales and earnings than iPad mini, we think that only iPad Air 2 will see a major upgrade in specs this year, including anti-reflective coating for the cover lens, full lamination for the touch panel, a gold-colored metal casing, an A8 processor, Touch ID/ fingerprint recognition and an 8-megapixel rear camera. iPad mini may be upgraded with fingerprint recognition, if any.

A recent Digitimes report said that suppliers are ramping up production of components for a new iPad Air that will be thinner and feature an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It’s possible that the change in thickness could be due to the laminated display.

Kuo says the anti-reflective display and full lamination could delay the iPad Air 2’s availability until October.
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The Skype app has been updated to let you start a group audio call from your iPhone.

Say “hello” to the new Skype for iPhone. Remastered to put your conversations with the people who matter most at your fingertips. Stay in touch with free messaging, voice or video calls on Skype. 

• Find all your friends and family in an instant – With over 300 million people using Skype, you’re bound to bump into someone you know.

• Talk with your fingers – No matter where you are, your friends are always available with free messaging.

• Call your world from Skype – Free voice and video calls let you talk to your heart’s content with all your friends and family on Skype.

• Low cost calls to mobiles and landlines too – Keep in touch, even if they’re not on Skype, with low cost calls to mobiles and landlines on the other side of town or the world.

• Share your favorite snaps – Take a great photo you want to share? Send it over Skype to friends and family and you won’t have to worry about email size limits or expensive MMS charges.

• Video messaging – Record life’s everyday moments and share them with the people who matter most, with free and unlimited video messaging over Skype.

• Chat with anyone, anywhere – Skype’s available on smartphones, tablets, Macs, PCs, and even TVs. Whatever your friends or family use, Skype is there. Simple.

What’s New In This Version:
Start a group audio call from your iPhone.
• Turn a chat, an audio call or a video call into a group audio call with up to four people.
• Add (or remove) people to an existing call.

Accessibility improvements
• New messages are now read out from anywhere in the app and reliability has also been improved.
• Delete recent conversations using the VoiceOver rotor.

General improvements

You can download Skype for iPhone from the App Store for free.

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Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Note Edge, a new smartphone that features a curved edge screen.

Samsung’s relentless pursuit of the best in innovation through the optimization of mobile technology and the user experience has led to the debut of the innovative and unique Galaxy Note Edge. Taking the Galaxy Note experience to the next level, the Note Edge provides users with a new way to access information, engage with their mobile device, and express their personality and tastes. The Galaxy Note Edge’s unique curved Edge screen provides quick access to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionality – even when the cover is closed – all with the swipe of a thumb. Users can also receive notifications directly on the Edge Screen while watching videos without disturbing their viewing.

The Samsung Galaxy Edge appears to draw from a patent we posted on last November that details a Galaxy smartphone with a three-sided display that wraps around the edges of the device.

Galaxy Note Edge will be available in “Charcoal Black” and “Frost White” in select markets through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers later this year. We’ll post a video walkthrough of the device once available.

Take a look at the photos below and let us know what you think! Will it compete with the iPhone 6?

Plants vs. Zombies 2 has been updated to bring back the Vasebreaker mini-game with its own mode and smashing new power-ups.

Play the sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure with over 30 Game of the Year awards. Meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days. Amass an army of powerful plants, supercharge them with Plant Food and power up your defenses with amazing ways to protect your brain.

Meet Bonk Choy, Lightning Reed and Laser Bean: Just a few of the powerful new plants that will defend your lawn through time. Go toe-to-missing-toe with dozens of new zombies including Swashbuckler Zombie, Chicken Wrangler Zombie and Jetpack Zombie.

Use Plant Food to supercharge your plants when you need it most. Use your fingers to freeze, flick and zap zombies off your lawn.

Battle zombies to win sprouts, then plant them in your very own Zen Garden. Tend to it carefully and be rewarded with extra BOOM in your blooms.


Battle the fun-dead across time and space and unlock ultra-challenging endless levels — Pyramid of Doom, Dead Man’s Booty, Big Bad Butte and Terror from Tomorrow.

Collect coins to purchase potent power-ups. Survive and be rewarded with piles of prizes and achievements. And that’s just the beginning! The future holds many mysteries. Also, zombies. Lots and lots of zombies.

What’s New In This Version:
Vasebreaker is back! The #1 mini-game from Plants vs. Zombies returns by popular demand with its own mode, smashing new power-ups and features, including:

• Tap a vase to reveal hidden zombies with the X-Ray Vase power-up
• Crush zombies with the almighty power of butter when you release the Butterizer
• Move vases to empty tiles for quick plant-powered destruction with Vase Displacer
• Defeat wave after wave of zombies and keep your backyard safe in 3 unique levels and the challenging Endless Mode

It’s a whole new vase-smashing way to battle PvZ2 zombies!

You can download Plants vs. Zombies 2 from the App Store for free.