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Is Snapchat worth a third of Motorola!?

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snapchat-androidGoogle made news when reports surfaced that it tried to buy Snapchat for $4 Billion . This was the final bid after Facebook tried it’s luck at $3 Billion and was turned down by Snapchat.

Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that Facebook trying to buy a company with $0 revenue would be a massive mistake for Facebook. The question is why would Google or Facebook shell out so much money for a service that doesn’t have any revenue, never mind profits?

Facebook’s biggest problems are decreasing interest among young users,  massive transition to mobile slowing growth. Acquiring Snapchat, which is growing exponentially would only mean getting back the last bits and hitting new milestones in terms of mobile users.

Any which ways we see these Giants competing each other to bring the youth to use their services to increase revenue. In this rat race do you think investing dollars like those make sense?

Written by Chintan Vithlani

November 16th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

More Than 10 Million People Have Downloaded BBM for iOS and Android in The Last 24 Hours, Have You?

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If you are a BlackBerry fan, this news will put a smile on your face, BlackBerry formerly known as RIM claims that it’s instant messaging app – BBM has been downloaded over 10 million times in the last 24 hours alone on Android and iOS. BlackBerry resumed the rollout of the app on Monday after a glitch ridden attempt a few weeks ago.

If these numbers are to be believed, BBM has gotten off to a good start, now what one has to see if how long can this download spree continue and how many of those 10 million people actually start using the IM app.

Whatever be the case, we will keep you posted, let us knwow how was your experience with BBM, if any!

Written by Nishant Gambhir

October 23rd, 2013 at 2:19 pm

BBM is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store!

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Good news everyone with common sense! The cross platfrom BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, application is now live on both the Google Play and iTunes App stores for download onto compatible Android and iPhone smartphones!

BBM first started rolling out late last month, but after an overwhelming demand, some errors caused by the overuse of the leaked Android BBM app, loads of fake BBM apps and more, the rollout was delayed. Now, we can finally get a taste of the good life again, even if the company’s image is in ruins, especially after killing the rollout last time. Users will have to sign up upon downloading the app and will be allocated BlackBerry PINs once completed.

BBM is the world’s fastest, most secure and most cost effective way to communicate with others. It’s PIN based system also keeps you from revealing personal information to strangers. BlackBerry chose just the right time to unload considering tomorrow’s big day for Apple, and Nokia’s farewell…

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 21st, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Twitter allows all your pesky stalkers to Direct Message you, without you following them

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Wouldn’t you just love it if anyone using Twitter could send you a direct message, whether you follow them or not? It was a rhetorical question, of course you would not like that, imagine getting a million spam messages per day. Point proven.

Twitter has started experimenting with a new feature that will allow users to allow anyone using Twitter to send them Direct Messages, whether they follow said person or not. Now of course it would lighten everyone’s timelines from brands constantly interacting with every single human being alive trying to solve their queries and adding a fullstop, a greeting or anything else before the persons handle. Now let’s look at the cons. Paedophiles get easy access to kids using Twitter. Spammers can harass loads of people that would otherwise have been pretty difficult to do. All of your exes or stalkers can now constantly send you messages, making your phone sing with notifications just as you were about to dose off.

So. Yes, the feature has to be enabled by the user first, but I would not recommend it, I already get enough DM spam, from everyone I follow, now imaging if all of the 200,000,000+ Twitter users could message you…

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 17th, 2013 at 12:17 pm

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My picks: iOS 7′s best new, subtle enhancements

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So, there you are, two weeks with iOS 7 and you’re still getting used to the brand new user interface. You have found some new features that you quite like and others that you don’t, maybe you’re still exploring and you haven’t seen all that iOS 7 has to offer. So, I have compiled a list of my favourite new subtle enhancements on iOS 7. Enjoy!

Screw Panorama! Burst mode has to be one of my favourite new tricks to the camera application on iOS 7. You can take series of photos at once all by just keeping the shutter or volume keys in. Then just go to favourites and pick your favourite one, Apple automatically chooses one for you, so there might be quite a selection for you to go over.

The removal of the extra search homescreen has to be one of my favourite changes to hit iOS 7. I can’t be the only one that never uses the universal search option, or just plain found that extra search screen pretty useless. Now, if you do have a search on that odd occasion, you can just swipe down on your homescreen and type in a search into the tab. Pretty great I’d say!

Swipe to close is most definitely another great enhancement. What a chore it was to close applications in previous versions of iOS. Open the multitasking view, scroll to your app, long press, wait for the cross to appear so you can get rid of that irritating app. Now, open multitasking and swipe the window corresponding with that pesky app you want to close upwards. Done. iOS 7 will most certainly save your thumbs from being tortured!

It was quite irritating waking up every morning to a couple of updates in the app store, then having to enter my password and wait ages for all the apps to download, or worse yet, update every app only to get another notification that there is an update waiting for me. Now we can just set iOS 7 to update automatically in the background. Wake up to a clean screen and never be bothered by those irritating little red circles over the App Store. I love it!

The merging of the URL box and search box in Safari is another feature I welcome with open arms. Sure, Chrome is a great iPad browser, but not so much on the iPhone. Finally we can type in searches in a single omnibox without realising half way that it’s the wrong box and we have to start all over it the box nextdoor. AND it looks way better than two separate boxes I might add. The browser tabs also finally look a bit better. Safari has vastly improved and I like it!

Finally we have the Activation Lock feature. If you have Find My iPhone enabled and your device disappears. It can’t be activated again whatsoever without your input. No selling or abusing your iPhone if you lose it or its stolen. Find My iPhone is still one of the best security applications on a mobile platform, loads better than even BlackBerry’s Protect application. You can still track your device and of course remotely wipe it, but luckily now no one can flash new firmware and abuse your trusty sidekick without your say so!

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 3rd, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Three games to keep you entertained while on the porcelain throne

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Sadly there are just some things in life that you HAVE to do, no matter how much of a drag it can be. One of those is going to the loo, for a number two; let’s call it visiting the porcelain throne. Visits to the porcelain throne can sometimes take quite a while, so I have decided to compile a list of three addictive games to make your time on the porcelain throne a bit more bearable.

Angry Birds Star Wars 2

Let’s get it out of the way, Angry Birds will always make lists such as these. Launched just over two weeks ago, Angry Birds Star Wars 2 is the seventh version of the popular franchise and was once again a chart topper upon being launched. Although the original Angry Birds game has started becoming a bit stale and boring, there is no such thing going on with Angry Birds Star Wars 2. For the first time ever you can play as the evil egg-stealing pigs and there are over 30 characters to play with. The game is available for free on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Amazon’s Kindle Fire OS in ad-supporting packages. Better yet, its playable on both phones and tablets. Let the fun begin!

Cut The Rope Time Travel

Like the original, Cut The Rope Time Travel lets users feed the uber adorable Om Nom once again. Om Nom and his candy is sucked into a time machine, travelling through several different eras and meeting his ancestors from the times, they have to get fed too! There are loads of new obstacles, and the game is quite a bit easier to play that the original, making it a little less stressful, which is good, especially considering the situation you’re finding yourself in. Cut The Rope Time Travel is free on Android, $0.99 for iPhones and $2.99 for iPads and most definitely worth every cent.

Cut The Rope Experiments

Yes, another Cut The Rope expansion. It seems that Cut The Rope is the new Angry Birds; addictive as hell and played by everyone. Cut The Rope Experiments is far from disappointing and more addictive than cocaine. It is fairly easy with a few minor challenges every now and then, meaning less stress and more fun. Om Nom travels in his usual box only to fall out of the moving van and be discovered by a mad scientist, who gives some great, addictive new levels for you to tackle while getting Om Nom all of his delicious treats. Once again available on both mobile devices and tablets, there is a free version on Android, but a paid for version for $0.99, the iPhone version costs $0.99, iPad version $1.99, Windows Phone version $0.99 and a BlackBerry 10 version for $0.99!

Hopefully now your restroom visits will be a bit more bearable, especially if you’re planning on order Mexican food in the near future!

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 2nd, 2013 at 12:49 pm

5 Ways to REALLY extend your battery life on iOS 7!

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So you’ve been on iOS 7 for almost two weeks now. Everything is lovely; you have speed improvements, a beautiful new user interface and a boatload of new features, but you have seen in a dip in your battery life, as opposed to what you experienced on iOS 6. You’re in luck, we have five tips that will ACTUALLY assist in keeping your phone or tablet alive as long as possible.

Use WiFi

With LTE adoption still quite a way to go, most of you are stuck on 3G networks. There is a reason Apple quotes operation time longer on WiFi than on 3G, the old technology is a drag on battery life. Make use of WiFi networks as much as possible, when connected to WiFi, your device will automatically switch mobile data off, increasing battery life by as much as 25%!

Kill The Special Effects

What real reason is there behind using these fancy special effects such as the Parallax effect and Dynamic Wallpapers, besides showing off? Turn off the Parallax effect by going to Settings > General > Accessibility and then switching the ‘Reduce Motion’ option on. Replace that fancy Dynamic Wallpaper with a normal wallpaper, preferably a dark one. Dark backgrounds make use of less energy to display bright images, making it graceful on your precious battery juice.

Keep The Brightness Down

The heading is pretty much self explanatory. You don’t need your screen’s brightness on full, even in direct sunlight. Lower your screen’s brightness to about 33%, or roughly a third on the brightness bar, and you’ll still be able to see what’s going on on your device, even in harsh circumstances. Alternatively you can switch your auto brightness setting on to regulate your brightness for each situation you find yourself in.

Stop Those Auto Downloads

Sure, it’s quite irritating when those App Store update notifications start, especially if it gets to three or more times per day, but battery life is more important, isn’t it? Switch off that lovely new iOS 7 feature that allows it to automatically update all of your apps in the background, even if it means more work for you. Manual updates are a chore, but vastly improved battery life is definitely worth every extra tap.

Close Your Apps!

Every time before you lock your device, just before it goes to your pocket or onto your desk, pick up your multitasking screen and close all of your applications. Open apps use battery life, especially if they have a constant refresh cycle with the web. It also frees up some RAM. Do you really go onto Facebook or Skype that often? Do you open CNN more often than just in the morning for the weather, sports and other headlines? I don’t think so, so don’t let them take away your precious battery life.

Additional Tips

  • Turn your ‘Background App Refresh’ feature off in the General tab in your Settings.
  • Set your emails to either fetch data manually or every half an hour, depending on your usage of course, or so instead of making use of the ‘Push’ feature.
  • Ensure that your software is up to date. Software updates usually bring performance enhancements, such as increased battery life. iOS 7.0.2 is currently the latest version of iOS 7 available.
  • Ensure that features such as AirDrop and Bluetooth is disabled when not in use and keep your screen lock on so that switching views doesn’t waste valuable resources.
  • If Siri isn’t an integral part of your daily life, switch her off. When she’s on, she’s constantly busy; listening, judging.

If you travel a lot, or you’re close to your car a lot, check out one of Amzer’s wide selection of car chargers to give your iDevice some juice when the occasion arises.

Written by Dion Guillaume

October 1st, 2013 at 3:57 pm

New Android app lets you iMessage your iDevice touting friends

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A new application, iMessage Chat, has hit the Google Play store allowing users to make use of Apple’s iMessage chat service despite having an non-Apple, Android-powered device. Of course the application is a safety risk and not in any way affiliated with Apple or made by them.

The application comes from developer/hacker called Jay Freeman, or Suarik, and allows Android device users to make use of Apple’s iMessage instant messaging service by fooling Apple’s servers into thinking that the devices are Mac Minis instead of the malware that it is. It is successful, but routes user’s data through a server in China, making use of their Apple IDs, and of course billing information. So, Android users are free to download and use the service, although Apple is sure to somehow block it in the near future, making it unuseable and making sure that all your private data is stored on some server in China, just waiting to be abused.

If you are so keen on using iMessage, why not just buy an iDevice then? The Apple TV isn’t too expensive, nor is the Apple iPod Touch, especially secondhand models…

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 24th, 2013 at 10:31 am

BBM for Android delayed just as BBM for iPhone starts rollout in New Zealand

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BlackBerry may be falling faster than a suicide jumper, but that hasn’t stopped the company from going full steam ahead with its cross platform BlackBerry Messenger applications.

The BBM for Android application has been delayed, despite being supposed to hit about an hour ago. No reason were given for the delay, but there has been plenty of fake applications hitting the Play Store.

While Android users eagerly await BlackBerry Messenger for Android to go live, BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone has begun rolling out to users in New Zealand, where it is tomorrow already. BBM for Android has seemingly been pulled due to notification problems, but that hasn’t stopped the app’s APK from leaking, much to the delight of a multitude of users. BBM for iPhone has however begun rolling out at 12:01AM tomorrow as the time is reached in the certain time zones. Oh the irony.

BBM has long been an icon in the instant messaging market, but has lost a huge market share as users departed from the company’s mobile platforms in Cavour of the likes of Android and iOS.

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 21st, 2013 at 12:03 pm

How to get BBM for iPhone early and easily

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Eager to get your hands on BBM for iPhone, but don’t want to wait ages whilst your counterparts in the Asia Pacific enjoy the newly launched application to its full, well, we have an easy way for you to get BBM for iPhone quick and easily.

Here are the few simple steps you need to follow in order to download BBM for iPhone quickly, easily and completely legally:

* Go into Settings

* Scroll to iTunes & App Store

* Click on your Apple ID and hit ‘View Apple ID’

* Change your region to New Zealand, City to Auckland and Area Code to 1010

* Choose ‘None’ in the billing section

* Accept the terms of service then hit done

* Search for ‘BBM’ and ensure that you have ‘BlackBerry’ listed as the developer

* Download BBM for iPhone

* Once done, change your region settings back to the way they were

* Viola!

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 21st, 2013 at 10:46 am