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Tim Cook officially joins Twitter, it’s follow time

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With iOS 7, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C finally out, Tim Cook decided to out himself too, onto Twitter though. Cupertino’s fearless and somewhat odd leader, Tim Cook has finally, officially joined Twitter today.

After years of constant fake profiles and a multitude of parody accounts, Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive Officer, has joined Twitter. Now you might say, “isn’t it just another fake?” No, it is not. It is verified for one AND followed by Phil Schiller, and if you don’t know him then it’s time to order that Nexus 7. Cook’s official handle is @Tim_Cook, so make sure to go and follow him, immediately.

Tim seems to be his calm, cool self, and a fan of Kings of Leon and some sports… It may be too late for a Follow Friday, so Follow Saturday!

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 21st, 2013 at 10:35 am

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Cross platform BBM hitting app stores this weekend!

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Great news for the ex-BlackBerry users, and of course those of you that want to hide your sexts from the NSA’s prying eyes; BBM for Android and iOS is launching this weekend, yes THIS WEEKEND!!!

BlackBerry has officially confirmed that BlackBerry Messenger for Android will hit this Saturday, with BlackBerry Messenger for iOS hitting a day later on Sunday. Hopefully the latter features some design elements from the newly launched Apple iOS 7. This weekend will be the first time ever than BlackBerry Messenger becomes available to the general public on devices other than those carrying the struggling company’s branding. BBM for Android and BBM for iOS is expected to compete properly with the likes of WhatsApp thanks to its secure encryption facilities, easy to use interface and the fact that you don’t need to give complete strangers your number to connect with them.

Keep your eyes close and make sure you visit the Play Store this Saturday and the App Store on Sunday. Remember it is free!

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 18th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Nokia: What the future may hold for the Nokia that stays behind

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It has been quite a week that has passed. We were given a glimpse into the future by Elon Musk with his dreams of holographic design, Samsung surprised us all with the seemingly overpriced Samsung Galaxy Gear, Xiaomi showed that they mean business with the Xiaomi Mi3, Google and Nestle introduced Android 4.4 KitKat and then of course a hot topic was Microsoft’s announcement that they were acquiring Nokia’s mobile division.

This week the end of an era came to be, in the very near future, Nokia would be no more. Microsoft and Nokia together announced this week that Microsoft will be acquiring Nokia’s mobile devices unit and licensing the firm’s remaining patents in a deal totaling an excess of $7.2 billion. After the deal closes by the beginning of 2014, we are unlikely to see new Nokia branded devices ever again, despite Microsoft being granted the trademark on feature phones for a period of ten years.

Nokia however, remains, stronger than ever, but empty, and to many, soulless. For plenty of years Nokia lead the mobile revolution, many of people’s first phones were made by Nokia, but that legacy now seems to be gone. Nokia’s brilliant camera phones, sturdy and strong smartphones, long lasting feature phones; all gone. Yes, the devices will be made by the same people, in the same factories, but that once iconic logo will be no more. Nokia phones no more.

What many people seems to be asking however is, what’s next for Nokia? What happens to the remainder of the company? What happens to the world class mapping services? What happens to the industry leading networking company? What happens to all of the patents that the company still owns, but can’t really make use of themselves? What happens to the brand that connected people, some for the first time? What does the future hold for the deviceless Nokia?

Nokia, as a brand, remains. They may not be in the mobile hardware business anymore, but they are still there, and they may very well be stronger than ever. The Microsoft deal stipulates that the remaining Nokia cannot make a single mobile device carrying the Nokia logo until January 1, 2016. So, can they re-enter the mobile market after that, if they wish? Yes, they can, but they are more than likely not going to do so. The company has shifted focus, its days of struggling in the competitive mobile market is over and they are getting a big fat paycheck to prove that. Sure, some of the money is likely to be paid to shareholders as a nice little bonus for their investment, but there will be quite a bit remaining.

The company will focus on two core efforts; mapping services through NAVTEQ and building world class networks through Nokia Networks. NAVTEQ is indeed one of the world’s best mapping services, so good in fact that it powers Garmin’s GPS systems, it also powers Yahoo! Maps, Bing Maps and of course Nokia’s HERE maps. The remaining Nokia will finally bring its HERE maps to Android, iOS and other platforms through dedicated applications. In some aspects, it will continue to compete with Google, especially through mapping services. HERE is an extraordinary offering that may very well win. Then there’s the networking division.

Nokia announced a while back that it would be acquiring Siemens’ stake in their Nokia Siemens Networks joint venture, with that in mind, it is likely that NSN is renamed to Nokia Networks, one of Huawei and Alcatel’s main networking competitors. Nokia Networks builds some of the world’s key mobile networks and similar IT infrastructure and with more focus on that effort, and the fact that Huawei’s being investigated for spying, Nokia Networks may very well become one of the largest players in the field, turning a hefty profit.

Then there is one more possibility floating around. That Nokia acquires fellow Finnish mobile maker, Jolla Mobile, which is yet to ship its very first device. Jolla, which was founded mainly by ex-Nokia employees, aims to become a market leader with their Sailfish OS, based on Nokia’s earlier MeeGo offering which was killed off in favour of Windows Phone, despite being praised by consumers as well as the media and other critics. In fact, if Nokia does acquire Jolla, they can continue their efforts into the mobile market, under a new name until 2016 when they can once again use their own trademark.

Nokia, with Jolla, can enter the niche mobile market, selling only to corporate clients and consumers that are more than willing to acquire the devices. Think of it as the poor man’s Vertu. The Nokia name lives on, making sturdy, easy to use devices that carry on a legacy of expert craftsmanship and premium design, in other words, if you want a Nokia device, you can get one. A modern Nokia 3310 if you’d like to call it that, but that part is highly unlikely.

The fact of the matter remains that Nokia will need a new source of revenue, a strong source that will keep them profitable, that will keep steady growth and most of all that will keep shareholders happy. NAVTEQ and Nokia Networks alone can do this, but it will take some careful planning and hard work by their new leaders. No one really heard of Motorola again after Google acquired their mobile division, will the same happen to Nokia?

Can Nokia’s remaining patents generate enough annual licensing fees to keep the company from falling apart? Will Huawei, Ericsson, Alcatel or any of the other big name networking companies eat the remaining Nokia alive? Will Google or Apple or even Yahoo or Garmin acquire the remaining Nokia for their superior mapping services?

Only time will truly tell, but time is running out and industries are moving fast…

To the old Nokia, we love you and we forever will, thank you for the great devices such as the Nokia 5110, 3210, 3310, 1110 and so many more. Thank you for the superb camera phones. Thank you for games such as Snake and Bounce, but most of all thank you for the years of excellent devices. We hope that your efforts will continue at Microsoft… Goodbye…

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 7th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

‘BBM for Android and iPhone is here,’ or not…

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It seems BlackBerry also suffers from something coming prematurely, with it being their BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone and Android landing page this time around. The official landing page has prematurely been launched saying that the applications were ‘here’ when we all know they most certainly are not.

BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry’s most crowned jewel, is set to make its first cross platform appearance quite soon, especially if the landing page has leaked and considering summer is over on Saturday, meaning if it launches anytime after that, the company lied about launching it ‘by the end of summer.’ The landing page, which has since been removed, noted that “BBM for iPhone and Android is here” alongside links to both the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play store, both of which being broken. BBM is set to continue its PIN-based, uber-secure messaging prowess on Android and iOS after the company decided to expand their offerings to the platforms.

Rumours have been circulating that the Canadian ‘giant’ may be spinning off their BBM division into a separate, independent company, likely to be called BBM Inc.

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 29th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

BlackBerry might break BBM division into independent subsidiary

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Remember BlackBerry? Yeah, the Canadian company with those fabulous keyboards. It seems like the latest possible “strategic alternative” solution for the struggling smartphone maker is to spin off its popular BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging application into a separate, independent company. BBM Inc. anyone?

The once popular smartphone maker announced earlier this year that the much loved, and super secure, BlackBerry Messenger application would become available on two of its main competitors’ platforms, iOS and Android, much to the excitement of ex-BlackBerry users. Now, a new report by the Wall Street Journal including some of those pesky anonymous sources familiar with the matter, suggests that BlackBerry will be spinning off their BlackBerry Messenger making subsidiary into an independent company that may be called BBM Inc. Sadly, that will give the company less value and BBM will take quite some time to catch up to the likes of LINE, WeChat and WhatsApp in terms of their large followings.

In other news, Samsung Ghana has started advertising BBM for Android and I am in heavy talks to buy the company. Back to the studio guys!

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 27th, 2013 at 8:31 am

YouTube founders’ brainchild, MixBit, launches as iOS app

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Several months ago, we reported that YouTube founders, Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, were working on a new social video service called MixBit, which they were more than happy to tease.

Over the months, MixBit has gotten lost in our distant memories, but today it’s back and it looks quite appealing. MixBit has been launched officially in the form of an iOS application that records a 16 second video clip, with a twist. Unlike Vine and Instagram Video, MixBit allows you to edit and remix videos, making clips of up to an hour long. Videos are submitted anonymously and no comments are available making trolls all the more less and remixing so much better.

MixBit is backed by Google Ventures and Chen & Hurley have promised an Android version will become available in the Google Play store in the coming weeks.

Microsoft to change SkyDrive name after losing trademark dispute with BSkyB

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Remember a while ago when Microsoft lost a trademark dispute over its naming of the Metro UI? Well, call it Deja Vu, but they’ve done it again. The company’s popular cloud storage platform, SkyDrive, will see its name being changed in the near future after losing a trademark dispute with British Sky Broadcasting over the SkyDrive name.

A court has ruled in favour of BSkyB over a trademark dispute with Microsoft over the Redmond giant’s use of the SkyDrive name for their popular cloud storage platform. Microsoft has been granted an undisclosed period of time after which they will have to change the SkyDrive name to something else in order to not infringe on BSkyB’s trademark. The internet has gone in a new naming frenzy with a popular name on The Verge being ‘BallmerDrive’ which obviously takes a stab at Microsoft’s CEO, but more likely suggestions include Bing Drive and XBox Drive, but of course in the end it will be up to Redmond’s top brass to make the final call.

It remains to be seen what the new name will be as well as how smooth a transition it will be from SkyDrive. Of course there is going to be a few confused souls running around. Sadly, Microsoft has no immediate plans to appeal the judgement, so change is imminent.

Written by Dion Guillaume

July 31st, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Windows Phone users cry out as Instagram deletes photos uploaded by unofficial applications

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After months and months of constant bickering by Windows Phone users, and the use of a magnitude of different unofficial Instagram clients such as Instance and Hipstamatic’s Oggl, Instagram has started striking back at users who make use of unofficial Instagram clients by deleting such users’ uploads.

The move, albeit to combat spam uploads, has resulted in an outcry by Windows Phone users who have been crying for several months, begging the company to release a Windows Phone application. Nokia has even had a campaign in which they tried to bully Instagram into creating an official Instagram for Windows Phone application through #2InstaWithLove which failed miserably. Instagram has started deleted uploads by users that use unofficial Instagram clients, of which several are Windows Phone applications such as the popular Instance. Instagram officially noted that the deletions were caused by a change in their APIs that have been made to combat spam uploads on the service, all unofficial offerings seems to have been affected.

Instance’s creator, Daniel Gary, has taken to Twitter to calm disgruntled users down and promising a fix soon with the possibility of refunds being offered to users who purchased the application for their devices. Best to get an iPhone or Android device then, hey?

Microsoft’s lack of urgency towards updates and applications starting to frustrate Nokia

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It has been well over two years since Nokia adopted Microsoft’s new (at the time) Windows Phone operating system to replace their ageing Symbian, later renamed Belle, operating system. After two years of uphill battles, Nokia is finally starting to show some rewards albeit minor ones, but sadly Microsoft doesn’t seem to share the same enthusiasm over their mobile offering as Nokia does.

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Written by Dion Guillaume

July 29th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Foursquare hits Nokia S40, taking aim at the next billion

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Great news for all those Asha mayoral candidates, Nokia and Foursquare is bringing the Foursquare app to Nokia S40 in an attempt to get the next billion to check in.

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Written by Dion Guillaume

July 10th, 2013 at 8:42 am