Rumour: HTC Facebook smartphone specifications revealed

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Jan 172013
 
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It has been quiet on the Facebook smartphone front for a while today but that may be about to change. Rumours surfaced last summer that HTC was working on a Facebook-centric smartphone. They were quickly dismissed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. A tweet from @LlabTooFeR (the renamed @Football4PDA) today suggests that the HTC Facebook smartphone is not only still coming but also headed to AT&T.

The device is now codenamed MYST_UL but was formerly known as Opera_UL. While the new codename does not feature on a recently leaked HTC codename list, the former does.

If the tweet is accurate, the HTC Facebook smartphone will sport the following specifications:

  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8930
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1.2
  • Cellular connectivity: Not specified
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/gn/ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display: 4.3-inch HD (1280×720)
  • Input: Dedicated Facebook button
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB ROM
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP
  • Front-facing camera: 1.6MP

There are no specific details on availability and pricing at this point.

Read more: @LlabTooFeR

Facebook Pages Manager now available for Android

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Jan 052013
 

Facebook last month launched a revamped native version of its Facebook app. It yesterday rather quietly launched the Android version of its Facebook Pages Manager app. As the name implies, it will allow Facebook Page administrators to manage their pages by letting them:

  • Post new updates and photos and respond to comments as their Pages
  • View and reply to private messages sent to their Page
  • Get notifications about new activity on their Pages right away
  • View their latest Pages Insights analytics

Facebook Pages Manager

Facebook first launched Pages Manager for iOS devices back in May 2012. The Android version is still not not quite as full-featured but hopefully it will catch up in the coming months.

Facebook Pages Manager is currently available in Canada as well as Australia and New Zealand. It will be made available in more countries in the coming weeks.

Read more: Google Play (Source: TheNextWeb)

Twitter for BlackBerry updated to version 4.0

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Dec 182012
 

TwitterAnother piece fell into place today ahead of January 30th‘s BlackBerry 10 launch. Twitter today released a new version of its native BlackBerry app, bringing with it a number of features seen for a while on its website and other devices.

Among the new features are the “Connect” and “Discover” tabs first introduced by Twitter about a year ago. Connect shows you who retweeted, favorited and followed you, and gathers all your mentions in one place. Discover will show you Trends, “Who to follow” suggestions, and make it easier to browse categories.

Twitter for BlackBerry v4.0

Other enhancements include an updated user interface and navigation bar.

Twitter for BlackBerry v4.0 is free download from BlackBerry App World. If you don’t see it immediately, check back regularly as it should be available shortly.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Blog

Rumour: Apple considering stake in Twitter (Updated)

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Jul 282012
 

AppleA report by The New York Times indicates that Apple could make a strategic investment in Twitter. Citing ” people briefed on the matter,” it adds that Apple considered investing hundreds of millions of dollars into the social media company. Negotiations have stopped for now but the companies continue to work together on integrating Twitter features into Apple’s products.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently recognized the value of social media. “Apple doesn’t have to own a social network. But does Apple need to be social? Yes,” he recently said.

Apple’s own music-centric service Ping has not caught on with users. Rumours even suggest that it will be removed from the next major version of iTunes. Competitors meanwhile have been making their own inroads in the area. Microsoft owns a small claim in Facebook and Google has launched its own service, Google+.

Apple’s deal is based on Twitter being worth more than US$10 billion. A year ago, Twitter was valued at US$8.4 billion.

Update: A separate report by The Wall Street Journal suggests that rather than discussions taking place in “recent months.” they actually took place “more than a year ago.” It adds that no further discussions have taken place since.

Read more: The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Google I/O 2012: Google announces Nexus Q social streaming media player

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Jun 272012
 

Google Nexus QThe Google Nexus 7 tablet was not the only Nexus device unveiled today. Google also introduced Nexus Q, billed as “the world’s first social streaming media player.”

Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love — at home and out loud.

The Nexus Q streams content from Google’s services such as Google Play Movies and Google Play Music. You can also stream music that you uploaded to Google Play through Music Manager. As for the social aspect, the Nexus Q supports a guest mode that lets others connect to it to stream their own music, movies and videos. It can only be managed via Android devices.

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LinkedIn for Windows Phone now available

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May 142012
 

LinkedIn has launched its official LinkedIn app for Windows Phone. Already integrated in the People Hub, the new app gives you additional functionality. As you would expect, it will let you post updates and view updates from your colleagues but you can also send and receive invitations, browse groups, and search for a new job. There is also a Live Tile and a panorama view to let you easily navigate within the app.

Get on-the-go access to your professional network with LinkedIn for Windows Phone. Find and connect with more than 150M members worldwide, read the latest industry news, keep up-to-date with your groups, explore jobs you might be interested in, and share content with your network from anywhere.

LinkedIn for Windows Phone

LinkedIn for Windows Phone is a free download but requires Windows Phone 7.5 or higher.

Read more: Windows Phone Marketplace

Latest Instagram for Android update adds support for Tegra 3 devices

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Apr 112012
 

InstagramInstagram has been fixing bugs and adding features furiously to its photo-sharing Android app since its release last week. The latest update adds support for Tegra 3 tablets and mobile phones, including the HTC One X. Other changes include:

  • Bug fixes for tablet users
  • Location for photo geotag is updated more often
  • Fixed Instagram photos not appearing in gallery
  • Increased device support for Instagram built-in camera and filters

Instagram for Android has now been downloaded five million times and shows no signs of slowing down. In comparison, it took Instagram for iOS seven months to hit the same milestone.

Read more: Google Play

Facebook to acquire Instagram for US$1 billion

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Apr 092012
 

InstagramFacebook today announced that it is acquiring Instagram, makers of the photo-sharing app of the same name. It will pay about US$1 billion in cash and company stock and is the company’s largest acquisition to date. According to Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook:

For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

Zuckerberg warns that Facebook is not about to go on a spending spree. Describing the acquisition as “an important milestone for Facebook”, he adds that there are no plans to do “many more of these, if any at all.”

The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close later this quarter.

Instragram just last week released an Android version of its popular iOS app. It recorded over 1 million downloads in the first 24 hours it was available.

Read more: Facebook

Update to Instagram for Android adds tablet support

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Apr 072012
 

InstagramInstagram for Android launched earlier this week. It topped the million download milestone in a day and shows no sign of slowing down. Meanwhile, the Instagram team has also been busy and has just released another update. The key feature in Instagram for Android 1.0.3 is the added support for Android tablets and Wi-Fi-only devices. Other changes include:

  • App installation on SD cards
  • Audio mute bug during capture fixed
  • Several small bug fixes and improvements

Instagram for Android is a free download from Google Play for devices running Android 2.2 or above.

Read more: Google Play

Instagram for Android now available

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Apr 032012
 

Instagram today announced that its popular iOS application is now available for Android as well. It already has over 30 million iOS registered users and over 430,000 Android users signed up on the waiting list.

We’ve been working tirelessly to make this new Android app a first-class mobile photo-sharing experience. We’ve been meticulous about translating the Instagram experience to the Android platform. The Android app offers an extremely familiar Instagram experience when compared to the iOS app. You’ll find all the same exact filters and community as our iOS version.

Instagram for Android

A number of features including (Tilt Shift/Blur, Share from Feed, Live Preview and Share to Flickr) did not make it to this first release but are promised for future releases.

Instagram for Android is available from Google Play for mobile phones running Android 2.2 or above. It does not run on Android tablets at this time.

Read more: Google Play

RIM announces BBM Music service

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Aug 252011
 

Research In MotionResearch In Motion today announced a BlackBerry Messenger music sharing service. Called BBM Music, it will allow “users to build an evolving, community-based music library that is shared amongst their BBM Music friends.” Millions of songs will be available from the catalogs of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI.

“More than 45 million customers already love the social communication benefits delivered through BBM and we are thrilled to be extending the experience into a uniquely social and interactive music service,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “We have partnered with leading music companies to provide a ‘full track’ music sharing and discovery experience that will provide users with quality music on demand and allow them to connect with friends on a whole new level.”

BBM Music will offer features such as:

  • Creating and sharing a personal music profile with up to 50 favourite songs
  • Growing your music collection using the songs of your BBM Music friends
  • Creating multiple playlists using your profile’s music and those of your friends
  • Listening and commenting on your friends’ songs and playlists
  • Seeing a visual timeline that shows the recent updates of all users within your community
  • Offline listening by saving music onto your smartphone when there is no wireless coverage

BBM Music will launch “later this year” and will cost US$4.99 per month. It will be offered in Australia, Canada, Columbia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, the United Kingdom and the United States. A closed beta pilot is now underway in Canada, the US and the UK.

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Google+ now available on Apple iPad and iPod touch

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Aug 082011
 

Google+Following the release of the Google+ app for the iPhone last month, Google has now released an update that extends support to the Apple iPad and iPod touch. Aside from the additional device support, version 1.0.2.1966 adds new Huddle settings, aggregated circle add notifications, and some performance and stability improvements.

The iPad version simply doubles the app’s resolution rather being a native application making use of the iPad’s larger display.

Google+ launched at the end of June and has already topped 25 million members despite registration still being by invitation only.

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HTC Status now available at TELUS

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Jul 312011
 

HTC StatusTELUS announced that it would soon carry the Facebook-geared HTC Status back in late June. The day has finally arrived and it is now available from TELUS Mobility. Among the Facebook-centric features are a dedicated Facebook button and a modified HTC Sense interface integrated with the Facebook service.

TELUS is offering the HTC Status for CA$29.99 with a three-year contract, CA$149.99 with a two-year contract, CA$199.99 with a one-year contract, and CA$249.99 with no contract. It is available in black or purple.

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Google+ app now available for Apple iPhone

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Jul 192011
 

Google+Google’s recently launched Google+ social network is now available as a native iOS app for the iPhone (iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 with iOS 4.0 or later). The app comes with the increasingly familiar Stream, Circles, and Huddle messaging features found other versions.

If you were among the first to download the app, double check that you have version 1.0.1.1809 as Google has already pushed an updated version out with improved support for blocking unwanted messages in Huddle, better support for attaching photos to a post, and a number of bug fixes and performance improvements.

The app is not available for the iPad and iPod touch with no word yet on if and when it will be.

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