BlackBerry has kept its head down for the past few months and has worked tirelessly to turn its fortunes around. This month the company’s new flagship is going to be released. Called the BlackBerry Passport it is expected to hold its own against popular rivals from the likes of Samsung and Apple. While that remains to be seen, we now hear that BlackBerry Blend may be launched alongside the Passport. Blend is a new software service that the company has developed, it has already been rumored multiple times.
With BlackBerry Blend the company aims to bridge the gap between its device and other mobile devices. Users will be able to access files and content like messages stored on their BB device through a non-BB device like a computer or tablet. Blend is rumored to have support for BBM, calendar, SMS messages, emails, files and more. Users may also be able to create calendar entries.
Those who are using Blend in a corporate environment with BES10 will be able to access the company’s intranet using the browser. It will also feature support for tasks like backing up or restoring data that were previously possible through the BlackBerry Desktop Software or BlackBerry Link.
Soon after releasing a major update for OneDrive on mobile\, Microsoft has now removed the 2GB file size limit on uploads. Microsoft made the change without saying anything first, it was spotted by a reddit user initially. However the company has now confirmed that it is indeed increasing the upload file size limit for OneDrive from 2GB.
Microsoft’s cloud storage service was previously known as SkyDrive. It was rebranded as OneDrive since the company had to change the name due to a lawsuit. Its available on a variety of different platforms and tries hard to compete with rivals like Dropbox and Google Drive.
A spokesperson for Microsoft has told TNW that the company has begun working to increase the file size limit for all OneDrive accounts. “We have started the process with a small number of customers,” it says, the change will be rolled out to the entire customer base in the near future.
At this point Microsoft has not defined a new upload file size limit. To put things in perspective, let us not forget that Google Drive lets users upload files up to 5TB whereas Dropbox caps it at 10GB.
It has been a while since Google teamed up with a hardware partner to launch a new Nexus device. Fans have waited for far too long for a new Nexus tablet and if recent rumors are to be believed, a new 9-inch Nexus device developed by HTC is in the pipeline. There have already been several rumors about this particular device and more details have surfaced online now.
As per the rumors this tablet is known as Volantis or HTC T1, with the internal codename Flounder. Additional details have been posted online by @upleaks, the Twitter account that has shot to fame ever since @evleaks threw in the towel.
According to @upleaks the Wi-Fi only variant of HTC’s Nexus 9 is will be available in a handful of countries including Russia, Australia, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand as well as across Europe. It has also been said that the tablet will be released with several accessories such as a “Magic Cover” in leather and a keyboard folio.
Motorola fans are anxiously waiting for the company to unveil the successor to the Moto X. We have already seen many rumors and reports about the Moto X+1, an official announcement is expected soon. Recently it was speculated that this time around AT&T will have exclusive on the Moto Maker variant of Moto X+1 for up to one month but a report published today claims that the exclusive status will only last three days before its opened up to Verizon.
Moto Maker is the company’s online customization studio that allows customers to add a personal touch to their smartphone. It debuted with the Moto X last year and was initially exclusive to AT&T before finally being opened up to other carriers.
According to TKTechNews, AT&T’s exclusivity on Moto Maker will start from September 6th. By September 9th Verizon customers who want to pick up Motorola’s new smartphone will be able to customize it through Moto Maker.
Initially customers on both carriers will only be able to pre-order units, shipments are not expected to begin until at least September 17th. Customized units may take up to 14 days for shipping as they’re shipped from Mexico.
Apple has already sent out invites for an event on September 9th so we know when the new iPhones are going to be announced. If you have followed rumors over the past few months you’ll now that the company is expected to unveil two new iPhone models, both with larger displays. There have also been conflicting reports about the 5.5-inch model, some claim it won’t ship until next year whereas the 4.7-inch might hit shelves on September 19th. A video has appeared online showing off what’s claimed to be the rear shell of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6.
At first glance this leaked rear shell doesn’t look all that different from the countless similar shells of the 4.7-inch model that we have already seen many times. The same cut-out Apple logo, camera and flash orifice is visible. Internal mounting points and the plastic rigging can also be seen.
The shell is measured with a ruler and its length comes in around 160 millimeters. According to the source it’s possible that Apple might call it the iPhone Air. This moniker has been rumored a few times before as well. Some even claim that it will be called the iPhone 6L.
Over the past few months there have been endless reports that Sprint is going to acquire T-Mobile. The former was said to have raised financing as well for the deal which reportedly fell through a few weeks ago. Before that happened a French telecommunication company called Iliad made a bid for T-Mobile U.S. but the price offered wasn’t accepted by Magenta’s people. It looks like Iliad isn’t giving up on its ambitions soon. Word on the street is that it is looking towards private equity firms that might want to team up for the T-Mobile acquisition.
Iliad might be hopeful that a revised offer might be accepted as Deutsche Telekom, which owns the majority stake in T-Mobile U.S., hinted recently that it will be open to an offer that’s above $35 per share. However a revised offer has not been submitted as yet.
The valuation presented by Deutsche Telekom might also pave the way for offers coming from other potential suitors. Dish Network is rumored to be interested in T-Mobile as well. Iliad’s previous offer was at $33 per share which was rejected by Magenta.
Sony has seen unprecedented success with the PlayStation 4. The console has managed to sell over 10 million units around the world in under one year. There’s no doubt that it’s very popular among gamers. Those who have been waiting for the ability to customize their PS4 experience some something to look forward to now. Sony has confirmed that PlayStation 4 themes support is going to land on the console via a software update in the near future.
In the announcements made before the Tokyo Game Show, Sony confirmed that PlayStation 4 owners will soon be able to customize the console’s dashboard. A similar announcement was also made for the PlayStation Vita, its owners will get the ability to customize the homescreen soon as well.
Themes that were shown off during the event were animated. They featured beloved characters Toro and Kuro from PlayStation Japan chilling out in a kitchen. Moving through different sections of the PlayStation 4 dashboard changes the background.
At Google I/O earlier this year the company introduced a new program that it calls Android One. The idea here is to aid manufacturers who want to develop low cost Android smartphones based on hardware designs that Google has come up with. Ultimately the aim is to produce quality Android smartphones that are light on the pocket. The first crop of Android One smartphones may be unveiled at an event on September 15th.
Google is believed to be starting off with Android One in India. A report from the country says that Google has sent out invites for an event which is going to take place on September 15th.
The focus at the event will reportedly be on Android One smartphones developed by Micromax, Karbonn Mobile and Spice Mobile, who have already committed to Google that they will be making smartphones under this program.
It is expected that smartphones launched under the Android One program will cost less than $100. Not much is known about the specifications at this point in time, Google has said in the past that they’re likely to feature 4.5-inch displays with dual-SIM support, FM radio and microSD card support. They’re all likely to be powered by stock Android OS.
There’s a lot of difference in the sheer power between the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita however Sony has found ways to make both consoles work with each other at some level. Soon PS Vita owners will be able to use their handheld console to view live stream of games from the PlayStation 4. This was announced by Sony at the Tokyo Game Show.
The app is called “Live from PlayStation” and will make its way over to the PlayStation Vita in a future software update. As previously mentioned, Vita owners will be able to view live streams from a PlayStation 4 on their handheld console.
Not only can streams from a local PlayStation 4 can be viewed, the Live from PlayStation app will also allow Vita owners to view gameplay streams from other PS4 consoles that are streaming gameplay. Think of it like a service that’s similar to Twitch, but is only available on the PlayStation platform.
Home automation is a trend that’s catching on these days. Manufacturers and developers are creating hardware and software which bring control for connected objects to a user’s smartphone, tablet or wearable device. Samsung has come up with several products under its Smart Home program and now its looking towards an expansion which will include technology from third party partners.
Samsung says that the new range of products and services have been designed to “increase home safety, improve energy management, adapt to in-home location.” Moreover they’ll also allow users to control all of the connected device through voice, so turning off a light bulb becomes as easy as simply saying it out loud.
The company hasn’t revealed yet which companies or services it will be teaming up with to expanding its Smart Home platform, we might have to wait until IFA 2014 to find out who its joining forces with. A software development kit or SDK will be released to developers later this year as well, allowing them to add command and control features for connected objects to their applications.
IFA 2014 is coming up this week and we’re all anxiously waiting to see what products will be announced at the trade show. Microsoft has already confirmed that it will have something to show us at IFA. Today the company has posted another teaser of what to expect. The teaser lines up with rumors about Microsoft unveiling a new Lumia smartphone which will also be known as a “selfie” phone. Its pretty self-explanatory, the smartphone is likely to have a good front facing camera that’s ideal for taking selfies.
Rumors about this smartphone started floating a couple of months ago. Apparently it carries the “Superman” codename internally. Several images of the device have surfaced online as well, some as recently as last week, and rumors suggest that it will have a 5 megapixel front camera.
As far as the other specifications are concerned it is believed to be a mid-range device. Microsoft may only be looking to counter the likes of Sony, which has a similar “selfie” phone in the Xperia C3. Other manufacturers have similar plans.
This is going to be a good week for tech lovers. One of the biggest technology trade shows, IFA, is taking place this week in Berlin. Major companies are going to show off their new products, these include the likes of Samsung as well. Not only is the company expected to unveil new mobile devices, it may even show off a “Quantum Dots” TV at IFA 2014.
The Korea Times hears from company officials and sources that Samsung may release a prototype of the LCD TV that uses “Quantum Dots” technology, which is referred to as the next-generation color viewing technology.
Home appliance makers come out in full force at IFA so the venue seems to be right for Samsung if it wants to show off this prototype. As opposed to conventional LCD screens, QD screens can provide better image quality and are poised to compete against OLED TVs. Since high color gamut performance is a salient feature of the QD technology, they can enable LCDs to deliver similar gamut performance as compared to OLEDs.
We have been hearing rumors that Apple has plans for a reversible USB Lightning cable that is expected to make its debut with the iPhone 6. In some ways this doesn’t really come as a surprise given that Apple has patents for such a design in the past, although recent rumors seem to suggest that the accessory might not be making its debut with the iPhone 6.
This is according to a new note from KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider) who notes that he doesn’t expect Apple to ship the new cable with the iPhone 6. He claims that the reason for this is apparently due to cost concerns as well as “limited improvements to overall user experience”.
Kuo’s note seems to corroborate with an earlier report that revealed that one of Apple’s manufacturing partners had sent Apple some samples but the Cupertino company had yet to move forward by placing an order. This suggested that Apple could either be rethinking the design or could be delaying it for a later release.
When the World of Warcraft TCG came to an end, we’re sure many wondered if Blizzard would ever come up with another TCG and sure enough they did in the form of Hearthstone. Hearthstone, for those unfamiliar, is Blizzard’s latest game and it is a free-to-play title, although gamers have the option of paying for new packs of cards if they’d rather not grind for it.
That being said, the game has taken off in a huge way and there are many prominent Hearthstone players at the moment, but given that the game started off pretty small, how big are Blizzard’s ambitions for the game? Speaking in an interview with the folks over at IGN, Hearthstone’s producer Yong Yoo revealed that they plan for players to keep playing the game, even 10 years from now.
Speaking about how Blizzard prices Hearthstone’s in-app purchases, Yong was quoted as saying, “We’re not here to make a quick buck. I want to be playing and working on Hearthstone 10 years from now and from that end, instead of focusing on maximising immediate profit, Hearthstone is really about being able to play it how you want to.”
About a couple of weeks ago, an image for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 was spotted. The art was meant for a Xbox 360 cover which seemed to suggest that Capcom could be working on a new Resident Evil game that would be headed for current-gen consoles. Well if you were wondering, wonder no more because Capcom has officially announced the game.
The company announced that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is expected to see a release in early 2015. It was revealed at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia’s press conference where it revealed that the game would be arriving on the PlayStation platform in addition to the Xbox 360.
Unfortunately there was no mention as to whether the game will be arriving on other platforms or next-gen consoles, but hopefully more will be revealed later. There was also no mention of a launch of the Nintendo Wii U which is a bit odd given that the first Revelations game was released on the Wii U as well.
There have been some rumors floating about that seems to have suggested that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 could have been delayed to 2015. Well if you were looking forward to getting your hands on the game, which has been scheduled for a release this fall, you can rest assured that the rumors are false.
This is according to Rockstar support who replied on the official forums that there has been no delay, and that the release date has not changed. According to the post, “I’m also looking forward to the PC release, however this release date has not changed. Please see our support article, ‘Grand Theft Auto V Release Date on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC’ for the most recent information on this topic.”
This is good news for would-be gamers who are probably excited to see how well Grand Theft Auto V will fare on newer and better hardware from next-gen consoles, as well as PC gamers who have been eagerly anticipating the game since its announcement. In fact it was only recently that Rockstar finally granted the wish of PC gamers who had been petitioning the developers to release a PC version.
There is nothing wrong with the Sony PlayStation 4’s design at the moment. Some might disagree but in general it’s not like it’s a very ugly console to look at. That being said if you were looking for something a little more special, perhaps the Dragon Quest Metallic Slime Edition of the Sony PlayStation 4 could be of interest to you.
To mark the release of Dragon Quest Heroes, Sony has announced that they will be releasing a special edition PS4 to commemorate the launch. As you can see in the image above, the entire console, including its controller, has been given a new coat of metallic silver paint. However what makes it even more unique is the fact that there is a “slime” that appears to be oozing over the edge of the console.
The slime is actually pretty cute and according to Famitsu, it’s basically a USB cover that can be attached and detached from the console itself, but otherwise it lends a pretty unique look to the console. This special edition PS4 unit is expected to go on sale next spring where it will be released alongside the game, but unfortunately pricing has yet to be revealed.
According to previous leaks and rumors, word on the street has it that Microsoft has a new Nokia Lumia handset in the works that could be aimed at users who enjoy taking selfies. Recently photos of the Lumia 730 and 735 have leaked and it looks like Microsoft is busy teasing the launch as well.
The Redmond company has recently posted a teaser image on Nokia’s website which clearly shows a trio of people in a photo taking selfies. In fact the website even has a countdown to the event which will be taking place on the 4th of September, so if you’re after a selfie-focused camera then perhaps Microsoft’s upcoming announcement could be for you.
That being said, not much is known about the handsets for now. They are rumored to feature a 5MP front-facing camera and the main difference in the Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 is the former will be a dual SIM version of the phone, while the latter is said to feature LTE connectivity. Both devices are also rumored to feature a 4.7-inch display.
A few months ago, Samsung announced their first QHD smartphone in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A. The device was basically the Galaxy S5 except that it featured a QHD display resolution and also came with support for LTE-A networks. Now the good news is that if you’ve been eyeing the handset but were a bit bummed by its South Korean exclusivity, you might be pleased to learn that it is available from 28mobile.com.
Now the handset will be priced pretty expensive at $749 and given that it is not officially offered by any local carrier, it means that the phone will have to be bought outright as opposed to bought via a contract. For those who enjoy having the freedom of choice, we guess this is a good thing, although that means you’d have to pay a lot of money upfront.
As we all know, IFA 2014 is around the corner and based on the leaks and rumors, it seems that Sony has a couple of things that they are planning on announcing. For starters we can probably look forward to an announcement of the Sony Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, and maybe even the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.
However in a recent teaser image uploaded by Sony onto Twitter, it seems that they are teasing the dimensions of one of their mobile devices. As you can see in the image above, they are teasing a device which measures 124mm x 6.4mm. Based on that we can safely rule out a tablet, even if it was a compact one, which means that we can either look forward to the Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact.
Then again the Xperia Z3 would be Sony’s flagship device and it would make more sense for them to talk about that, so there is a good chance that the measurements listed above could very well be for the Xperia Z3. Of course there are other products that Sony has planned, such as the QX30 lens-style camera, but for now it seems like a safe bet that it could be the Xperia Z3.