Twitter for BlackBerry 10 updated: revamped UI, multiple account access and more 

Suffice it to say, the BB10 crowd hasn’t exactly been pleased with the current Twitter app on the platform — a quick look at the BlackBerry World reviews pretty much sums up the frustration. Now, hoping to alleviate some of those troubles, Twitter’s releasing version 10.2 of its application, which brings a hefty amount of improvements to folks with a Z10 orQ10. The app now displays a redesigned UI that makes it easier to browse, as well as other new features including access to DMs and multiple accounts, the ability to save photos being shared, an overhauled Discover tab and more enhancements to search. We have a feeling BlackBerry 10 users will certainly appreciate today’s beefy update, so do let us know in the comments below if you’re enjoying it thus far.

Source: blackberry world

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Nokia Lumia 510 hands-on

Nokia Lumia 510 handson

 

Squeezing in between Nokia’s Asha series and the Lumia 610, the wallet-friendly Lumia 510 has been unveiled in India. The smartphone will be priced around $199 when it ships next month in India and China. It will eventually make its way to other Asia-Pacific countries and South America, but there’s no details yet on any stateside availability. We did expect this Microsoft-powered device to turn up withversion 7.8 of its mobile OS, but instead, there’s Windows Phone 7.5 and the promise to an eventual upgrade. We’ve got more impressions after the break.

 

In keeping with the trend of Nokia’s other Lumia hardware, the 510 will arrive in five colors — red, yellow, cyan, white and black. We got our hands on the black version and the plastic body certainly felt well built with nary a squeak. The screen may be a fingerprint magnet but the rear has a nice matt finish. A tad lighter and thinner than the Lumia 610, the new device has a slightly larger footprint, due to the bigger 4-inch display which dominates the device. Beneath that 480 x 800 touchscreen, you’ll find the three Windows Phone backlit capacitive keys, while the bottom edge houses the micro-USB port. The headphone socket is on the top edge, while the sleep / wake button and volume controls are all found along the right side

The 800MHz processor may sound disappointing, but we didn’t face any significant slowdown during our brief time with the device. Apart from some minor lag in launching apps, menu transitions and navigation felt smooth. On the software front, Nokia has armed it with several signature items, includingNokia MusicDrive, and Maps, but alongside this older Windows Phone build, we’re a bit disappointed by the lack of a front camera and the miserly 2.2GB of non-expandable storage. At this cost however, Nokia’s free voice-based navigation alone could make it worth the spend.

 

source: engadget

BlackBerry outage affecting users in Europe, Middle East and Africa

BlackBerry outage affecting users in Europe, Middle East and Africa

 

While the two events are entirely unrelated, a major service outage coinciding with potentially thebiggest mobile of the year hitting stores worldwide is just plain old unlucky. Users of RIM’s BlackBerry service in the EMEA region are at the wrong end of a network problem affecting BBM, email and internet. At the moment it doesn’t appear to be of the vast and crippling scale as last time, but small consolation if you’re one of the unlucky ones. RIM has acknowledged the issue, and you can bet the farm on the fact there is more than a handful of slightly stressed engineers on the case, hoping to keep customers from making that impulse purchase. Let us know in the comments if you’re affected.

 

source:techcrunch

Motorola unveils Intel-powered 4.3″ Razr i, the first phone to hit 2GHz speeds

Motorola Mobility and Intel have joined forces for a close partnership to put Intel chips into the company’s devices. The first such device, the RAZR i, will be the first smartphone capable of 2 GHz speeds when it arrives in October.

At a launch event in London, the two companies revealed that they had worked “hand in hand together” to build the device. The RAZR i is more or less a repurposedRAZR M with an Intel Medfield chip. The company launched the Razr M at the start of September. The new product’s tagline is: “Say hello to the full-screen phone”.

Motorola touts the RAZR i, which has a 4.3-inch edge-to-edge touchscreen, as having a camera that’s faster than most digital SLRs. The shooter takes 10 pictures in less than one second.

 

 

“Together with Intel, we’re redefining what people can expect from a mobile device. A camera that launches in an instant, Web pages that load blazingly fast and a device that’s the perfect balance of screen size and fit in hand,” Jim Wicks, Motorola’s senior vice president, Consumer Experience Design, said in a statement. “RAZR i delivers just that when you put an Intel-fast processor in a beautifully designed phone and add in extra long battery life.

The smartphone is coming in October and will arrive in select markets, namely the UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. UK partners will include Orange, T Mobile Phones 4u, Virgin Media and Tesco. There’s no word on pricing yet, but the RAZR M retails for $99 in the US.

 

source:thenextweb

WhatsApp (for Android)

whatsapp

 

Are you still paying for text messaging? Hang onto your wallets. With countless apps offering free or low-cost unlimited text messaging across different operating systems, and even to international numbers, there’s no need to spend another penny on such services.

>WhatsApp (free for one year, $0.99 after) is a very good cross-platform instant messaging app that lets you send unlimited text-like messages to contacts all over the world, and mostly delivers on its promise to let you “say goodbye to SMS!”

On a global level, WhatsApp is perhaps the most popular of these applications, and a recent update keeps the experience fresh and fun. The company doesn’t disclose user data, but according to Google Play the Android app alone has been downloaded 1.2 million times from Google Play; compare that to Skype (650,000 downloads) Viber (300,000 downloads) and Kik (100,000). While feature-wise, it doesn’t do anything spectacularly different from its rivals, WhatsApp’s value comes from its popularity. Furthermore the app is generally less buggy and more frictionless, than other apps.

Replace Your SMS
For the uninitiated, WhatsApp is an instant messaging platform that interfaces like a smarter version of Android’s stock SMS. It runs smoothly on 3G or Wi-Fi, and supports Android, iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone smartphones. WhatsApp has all the customization features you’d find in any other text messaging service, and then some. For instance, you can share your location on Google Map, attach an image, video, audio clip,  or contact to a message, insert a cute emoticon from a large palette of emoji, or change your conversation’s wallpaper. Alerts can be turned on or off.

Like Apple iMessage and BlackBerry Messenger, WhatsApp also notifies you when a message has been received on the other side. Your recipient can’t pull the “sorry for the late response, just read your text!” excuse like he can with normal texting.

A welcome new feature lets you start a group chat for up to ten people, and title the conversation, like “Dan’s birthday dinner.” Best of all, you can leave the group anytime so you’re not spammed by irrelevant alerts.  You won’t find this in Google Talk.

One thing I’d like to do is to be able to add a message or caption to a photo before I send it. Instead, you have to send a photo, and then send a message, or vice versa. It can be very confusing for a recipient to see a photo without instant context.

Who’s On WhatsApp?
Every WhatsApp account is tied to a single phone number. When you launch the app for the first time, WhatsApp automatically scans existing phone numbers in your address book and extracts the ones using WhatsApp, so you can begin messaging those people right away. i was surprised by how many of my contacts already use WhatsApp. If you can’t find your friend, you can easily shoot them an invitation from within the app. A small, but helpful, additional feature is that it automatically adds new buddies when they join the platform—the app requires read/write permissions to your contact information, and it will run a scan every time you add a contact number.

Finally Encrypted 
WhatsApp is based on an open source chat protocol, XMPP, the same one used by Apple iMessage and BlackBerry Messenger, and has been the target of a few successful hacks. For instance, last year security researchers were able to intercept and read WhatsApp messages by sniffing WhatsApp data over insecure Wi-Fi networks.

Fortunately, the current version encrypts your messages so that even if someone captures this data in transmission, he won’t be able to read them.

As someone with friends and family all over the world, WhatsApp is indispensible for its free, fast, unlimited messaging and slick interface. But if you’re satisfied with your existing instant messaging services, like Google Talk, Skype, or Yahoo Messenger, WhatsApp doesn’t offer much more in terms of features.

 

source:pcmag