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Apple Spring Forward event set for March 9
Apple sent out invitations today for a media event entitled, "Spring Forward." The event will take place on March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco at 10am PT. Apple has not mentioned what the event will cover, but most people are assuming the Apple Watch will be involved. W....more
02/26/2015
BlackBerry will support Android for Work
Google announced a new program to help businesses ensure employees can bring Android devices to work and use them securely in the enterprise. Android for Work will help business so they don't have to issue multiple devices to employees. Google says, for "the majority of workers, smartphones and tablets are u....more
02/25/2015
Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked photos
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is due out soon and pictures are starting to leak. This time the pictures above were posted to the XDA forums. The leaker does not identify himself or where he got the phone, but it is likely a demo unit. Covered by bubble wrap, the phone is hard to see in the original pictures. ....more
02/25/2015
BlackBerry working on fix for screen flickering issue
The BlackBerry Passport is suffering from a random screen flickering issue. The screen seems to flicker at random times, and there appears to be no trigger for the flickering. BlackBerry recently released an update to OS 10.3.1, but the bug persisted. The company is aware of the issue and is working on a f....more
02/23/2015
Toyota won't offer CarPlay or Android Auto for now
After fighting for the last 8 years for smartphone and tablet dominance, Apple and Google are both trying to get into your car. Both companies have platforms for car systems and they are trying to convince the auto companies to choose their respective platforms. In a recent New York Times article, Toyota's ....more
02/23/2015
YouTube Kids hits Android first
Google announced last year they would make a YouTube app for kids 13 years old and under. The younger demographic is an important onel for YouTube as family friendly videos are growing on YouTube at 4 times the rate of other videos. Google finally made good on their promise to create a kids-only version of ....more
02/21/2015
BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 Officially Released
BlackBerry has released a major update to its operating system today, taking it to OS 10.3.1. The update brings new features to older BlackBerry's who have not been updated in awhile. Newer BlackBerry's like the Passport and Classic have many of these features baked in. If you have a Q or Z series BlackBer....more
02/19/2015
Google adds native iPad support to Inbox
Google's latest attempt to revolutionize email is their new app called Inbox. Released last year, Inbox promised to change the way we use email by grouping different categories of emails together, and guessing at what is important to you. The app was released on Android and iOS phones. Tablet support was d....more
02/19/2015
BlackBerry sues Typo again over Typo 2
Typo, the keyboard company backed by Ryan Seacrest isn't having much luck. The company was sued by BlackBerry over its original iPhone keyboard, and BlackBerry won an injunction against sales of Typo's keyboard. Typo went back to the drawing board and made a few changes to their keyboard. According to The ....more
02/17/2015
Dropbox adds Save to Dropbox extension
Dropbox updated its iOS app today with a much needed feature. One of the frustrations with Dropbox on iOS was the inability to upload files to Dropbox from any app. Apple attempted to solve that problem with their Share Extensions, but not every app took advantage of the extensions. With the latest update ....more
02/17/2015
One more day to get $100 off a BlackBerry Passport
There is one more day to get a big discount on a BlackBerry Passport. It's Valentine's Day and BlackBerry us running a special promotion called "Feel the Love." The company is offering $100 off unlocked black, white, and red versions of the BlackBerry Passport until Monday.
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02/14/2015
Apple enables 2-factor authentication for iMessage and FaceTime
Apple released 2-step authentication on many of its properties in 2013 but there were still holes in the armor. Today, Apple has rolled out 2-step authentication for its communications services, iMessage and FaceTime. 2-step authentication allows you to have a second layer of security when logging into your....more
02/12/2015
Phorm morphing touchscreen keyboard
Phorm aims to bring physical buttons to touchscreen devices, sort of. Phorm is an iPad mini case that includes a special film that acts as a screen protector. The back of the case contains a slide lever that when pulled, makes buttons appear over the screen keyboard. It is as if some magic tactile keyboard....more
02/12/2015
BlackBerry offering over $100 off Passport for Valentine's Day
BlackBerry is running a special Valentine's Day sales promotion called "Feel the Love."bb The company is offering $100 off unlocked black, white, and red versions of the BlackBerry Passport. The event runs from now until next Monday, February 16, 2015. The black and the white versions of the Blac....more
02/11/2015
Starbucks app now supports Apple Pay
Starbucks has updated their app to support Apple Pay. What does this mean for users? It means you can reload your card using Apple Pay. Previously, Starbucks supported Paypal or credit cards for reloading the card. With Apple Pay support, reloading your account is now faster than ever. Just touch your fi....more
02/11/2015
JetBlue to offer Apple Pay in flight
JetBlue is in the process of upgrading their in flight payment systems with iPad minis. This provides the perfect opportunity to offer Apple Pay in the sky, and that's exactly what the company will do. As you can see in the video above from USA TODAY, JetBlue will allow passengers to purchase items in flight....more
02/10/2015
BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 update coming February 19
BlackBerry continues to develop its BB 10 operating system. According to a new report, BlackBerry will roll out the next version of their OS, 10.3.1, on Thursday, February 19, 2015. The new update will include some new features, the biggest of which will be a Siri-like virtual assistant. BlackBer....more
02/09/2015
Teen charged with murder after sending Snapchat selfie with corpse
File this one under dumbest criminals ever. A Pittsburgh teen was charged with murder after he apparently took a selfie with the corpse, then sent it out via Snapchat. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Maxwell Marion Morton, 16, shot his 16-year old classmate, then took a selfie with the corpse. ....more
02/09/2015
Hospitals testing Apple's HealthKit
When Apple announced HealthKit it, the announcement came with little fanfare. Apple CEO Tim Cook touted it several times, but the feature wasn't completely baked and it never really got viral traction. After all, most people simply used the app as a pedometer on their new iPhones and there wasn't much else ....more
02/05/2015
BBM Shop hits 1 billion views
BlackBerry created the BBM Shop early in 2014 as a place to sell virtual goods like stickers, music, apps, and games. The shop has reached 1 billion views and BlackBerry says traffic is rapidly increasing on a monthly basis. The company says interactions with virtual goods is up 200% in the last six weeks a....more
02/04/2015
Typo ordered to pay damages to BlackBerry
The keyboard company backed by Ryan Seacrest has been ordered to pay damages to BlackBerry for its original iPhone keyboard case. A federal judge ordered Typo to pay more than $860,000 to BlackBerry for violating an injunction banning the sales of the original Typo case. BlackBerry was seeking more than $2.....more
02/04/2015
Samsung Galaxy S6 pics leaked
Samsung is making a huge shift in its Galaxy line if recently leaked pics are to be believed. The company is apparently taking a page from Apple and moving to an all metal design for the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone. It appears the company will dump its famous plastic back in favor of an iPhone'ish metal ba....more
02/04/2015
BlackBerry's security secret - Hardware Root of Trust
Although BlackBerry is struggling to stay relevant in a world of iPhones and Android devices, the former top dog in the smartphone market continues to focus on its strength. According to BlackBerry, they have the best security on the planet. In fact, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek has previously claimed the....more
02/03/2015
Apple releases updates for iOS and OS X
Apple has released a couple of updates for iOS and OS X. The iOS update takes iOS 8 to version 8.1.3. The update has a few fixes in it, but is not the major update to version 8.2 that we have been waiting for. One of the key features of this update is it allows future updates to take up less space. Users ....more
01/27/2015
Samsung to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion?
Rumors were flying last week about a possible acquisition of BlackBerry by Samsung. While both companies denied the rumors, sending BlackBerry stock straight down, the rumors persist. Samsung is apparently interested in valuable BlackBerry patents as it competes head to head with Apple. BlackBerry would lo....more
01/26/2015
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