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Blackberry Messenger is coming to Android and iPhone

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry will launch the instant messaging service Blackberry Messenger (BBM) for Android on 21 September and iPhone on 22 September.

Why is BBM coming to Android and iPhone?

BlackBerryThe instant messaging feature was the reason why most people ended up buying Blackberry handsets.

Apple and Samsung have emerged as the market leaders in smartphone markets due to its constant innovation and effective marketing strategies. Offering BBM across other platforms broadens the charm of BBM.

“With more than a billion Android, iOS, and BlackBerry smartphones in the market, and no dominant mobile messaging platform, this is absolutely the right time to bring BBM to Android and iPhone customers,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President for BBM at Blackberry.

Troubled Times

Once considered unbeatable and the pioneer in smartphone technology, Blackberry is struggling to stay afloat in the smartphone market.

Blackberry is expected to lay off 4,500 employees, which is around 40% of its workforce.

Blackberry is going to step back from the mainstream consumer market and focus on enterprise devices.

Why BBM is better than Whatsapp?

BBM provides message indicators such as D and R that mean Delivered and Read. Whatsapp provides check marks. On Whatsapp, a single check mark means the message has been delivered to the server and a double check mark means that the message has been delivered to the phone. There is no indication to prove that the message has indeed been read.

BBM provides a unique pin which you can give people so that they can add you on BBM. Whatsapp uses phone numbers. Whatsapp users can add phone numbers to groups and through this, user phone numbers are visible to the public and can even be stored. This could lead to potential harassment. If a user changes his phone number, the new user of the phone number can access all the Whatsapp contacts that were used by the previous user.

A BBM user can receive a message only if the receiver has approved them. If the user has been deleted, he needs to send another request until he can continue messaging the receiver.

BBM has the ‘ping’ feature to draw the attention of the receiver.

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Reasons not to upgrade to iOS 7 immediately

In a few hours, iOS 7 will be available for upgrade. Here are some of the reasons to wait

 1.    Expect a few bugs

ios 7When a new upgrade is available, expect a few bugs and flaws. These bugs will be ironed out after the initial release. Apple releases updates regularly to fix bugs so it is worth waiting for stable software while Apple fixes its flaws.

2.    Downgrading may not be possible

As with all iOS updates, downgrading is not possible. Considering the hype surrounded by the iOS 7, may be this upgrade is here to stay

3.    Some apps may not be compatible immediately

Developers had access to iOS 7 much earlier so that they could work on updates for their apps. However, as much as iOS 7 is ready for launch, not all apps have their updates ready for launch. Hence, all your apps would not work the way they used to work before.

4.    You will lose your jailbreak

If your device is jailbroken on iOS 6, then the jailbreak for iOS 7 may not be available instantly.

5.    Your older device may not be compatible

iOS 7 will be compatible with the iPhone 4 and above, iPad 2 and above and the fifth generation of the iPod touch.

6.    Reviews

At the moment, developer reviews are available but it would be wise to wait for user reviews before updating.

If you plan to upgrade to iOS 7, please backup your data using iCloud or iTunes. While installing any major software update, you run the risk of losing data.

Delete any unused apps and make space for the new update

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Apple unveils iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

After months of speculation, Apple has finally launched two new iPhones – iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. This time there is a premium product and a more affordable version.

Goodbye iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 has had the shortest shelf life in the history of the iPhone. This model been discontinued. Whenever Apple unveils a new model, the previous model is discontinued. This time, the iPhone 5 has been discontinued but the iPhone 4S stays which rather comes as a surprise. This strategy is somewhat similar to the availability of the iPad 2 after the iPad with Retina Display was announced this discontinuing the iPad 3.

iPhone 5s

iPhone 5SThe iPhone 5s is available in space grey, gold and silver colours in capacities of 16GB (£549), 32GB (£629) and 64GB (£709). The phone features a 64-bit A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and a M7 motion coprocessor.

“iPhone 5s is the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, delivering desktop class architecture in the palm of your hand,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

iPhone 5C

iPhone 5CThe iPhone 5C is available in white, pink, yellow, blue and green in capacities of 16GB (£469) and 32GB (£549). The phone has an A6 chip.

“iPhone 5c is everything iPhone 5 was and more, in an all-new design packed with great features. It is designed with a polycarbonate enclosure that looks and feels so solid in your hand,” added Schiller.

Availability

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets will ship on September 20 in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong Japan, Puerto Rico and Singapore. Customers can pre-order the iPhone 5C online from September 13.

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