BlackBerry Z10 Vs iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Absolute Must Apps For RIM To Take The Steering Wheel From The Kings

We’ve entered 2013 and it’s going to be a big year for BlackBerry’s maker Research in Motion (RIM). After fighting a losing battle over the past couple of years with the iPhone and various Android smartphones, the company is literally putting all its eggs into this one basket – that of the BlackBerry 10. In all fairness, RIM is going to face quite an uphill task at it takes on not just these 2 popular smartphone OS’s, but also Windows Phone 8, which has also been receiving its share of rave reviews.

One of the biggest challenges RIM will have to overcome is in the number of apps on offer. Given that Android and iOS have been around for a while, they each have over hundreds of thousands of apps that their users can choose from. Currently, the BlackBerry 10 has less than 100,000 apps on offer when it’s set to launch on January 30.

Another big issue with BlackBerry has to do with the brand perception. Traditionally, the BlackBerry has always been seen as a corporate, professional device, with no scope for entertainment. Although RIM did try quite a bit with expanding its customer base through marketing to make the BlackBerry appear more fun, let’s face it – its QWERTY keypad and tiny screen didn’t really spell out fun.

If it really wants to take on the likes of iOS and Android, the BlackBerry 10 OS should offer many entertainment apps, which will keep its users engaged. With its unique BlackBerry Balance feature, the BlackBerry Z10 will allow users to separate their work apps from their personal ones, making the Z10 a lot more likeable as a smartphone for stuff beyond work.

On the plus side, recent tests have shown that the BlackBerry Z10’s browser is much faster in performance than that of the iOS 6 and Windows Phone browsers – a key advantage for those who depend on their mobiles for accessing the net. The BlackBerry Z10 has also proven that it can handle multitasking comfortably, so we’re hoping that the BlackBerry App Store would have enough apps we can choose from to use this capability to the hilt.

The good news for RIM is that the BlackBerry 10 is being talked about and people are eagerly waiting to see the latest OS launching. If it has managed to make as many headlines even before its launch, we’re guessing all RIM needs to do is to play their cards just right to be able to make the BlackBerry 10 a successful smartphone OS. It may just be powerful enough to win back some of its loyal customers who have moved on to iPhones, Android phones, or maybe even Windows Phone based smartphones.… Read the rest

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New iMacs To Hit Indian Market Soon

The rumor is that new iMacs  would hit the Indian market today.  Though there are some sources who are still not sure about  the rumour. They are saying that it will take about 20 days before iMac land in India.

The sources have also informed that macs will launch in Indian on same day as in US but stocks will hit the market a little later than US.

This has been a trend since the last few years. And this is applicable only to the Macs, and not other iOS devices. When Apple announces iOS devices and provides a launch date, the products launch on that date itself.

If you are hoping that you will get your hands on iMac from the official website then also you may have to wait for some time.… Read the rest

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iTunes 11 Is Coming Your Way This November

If reports from Wall Street journal are to be believed then iTunes 11 is coming this November.

Apple’s senior vice president Eddie Cue, states that Apple could release iTunes 11 as early as Thursday, November 29, 2012.

A report by The Wall Street Journal states, “This week, Mr. Cue faces a test of how well Apple can keep up in online services with the launch of a new desktop version of iTunes, which is expected as soon as Thursday.”

Apple has taken such long to bring up the new version of iTunes so that the new version can have simpler and cleaner interface so that it could seamlessly integrate with iCloud before the end of November.

The new iTunes for Mac and PC sports a redesigned player which  seamlessly integrates  with iCloud, and it has been given a new look for the popular online music, apps, TV, and movie stores.

 

The new iTunes will feature a simpler and cleaner interface that will make browsing iTunes content a sheer ease.The redesigned iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore have been rethought to make buying content on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC simple.… Read the rest

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Apple Open Its Largest Asian Store in China

The iPhone maker Apple launched its biggest Asian store ever in Beijing, China. The 3-storeyed facility is the sixth official outlet in mainland China. However, the store saw more than a 100 visitors queue up on Day 1. The store reflects the importance of China as a market for Apple. The response equally shows the market for Apple products in China.

The store is said to have an area of 2,300 square metres  and it lies on Wangfujing, which is a high street in the heart of the capital. China follows the US as a market for Apple. However, Apple came under a lot of criticism recently for its production practices in China. Recently, Foxconn, which is also related to Apple, admitted that it was hiring children of about 14 years on assembly lines at one of their plants.

The iPhone 5 has already received tremendous response from buyers in China and it’s making way into the black market.  With tremendous response in sale for Apple products, the company made $12.4 billion in China in the first half of the current fiscal year to March.… Read the rest

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Apple Bags The Spot Of The Most Valuable Firm In The World At $629.4 Billion

Apple's Steve Jobs died a year ago on 5.10.1105th Oct. completes one year of the demise of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, and the firm has still managed to bag the spot for being the most valuable firm in the world, holding a market capitalization of $629.4 billion.

Lot of criticism for its new Maps app, shortage of iPhone 5 to meet the demand, and stocks swinging between $650-$700- this is all Apple has seen the last month under the leaddership of Tim Cook-its current CEO.

The tech market is growing at an unbelievable fast pace. The Silicon based company now faces tough competition from Google, Samsung, Nokia, and Windows Phone 8. So can it really afford a goof-up? Previously with Jobs, there were never any complaints like this time with its Mapping software. Do you feel the Cupertino Calif.-based company will lose its magic soon?

With so much of competition and increasing expectations, there are many analysts who feel that Tim Cooks won’t be able to take up the pressure as well as Steve Jobs did. Considered a perfectionist, Jobs passed away on 5th Oct. 2011 from pancreatic cancer.

Many observers have also pointed that Apple’s launch events ever since have been a little dreary and that the firm needs to work on “dramatic improvements” in future to popularize its products. There’s nothing spectacular about Apple’s launch events now. It lacks the ‘wow’ factor.

As per Kevin Xhan, Singapore-based iOS app developer, he says “Apple has lost [Steve Jobs’s] showmanship. The dude was a great storyteller, and his reality distortion field and ‘one more thing’ made his product launches really special. [Tim Cook’s] launches don’t even come close.”

Many analysts feel that the sale of most of Apple products, except for iPods, has been strong over the last three quarters since Jobs’ death.

Apple’s strong bet has always been on iPhones, which accounts for 53 percent of the firm’s revenue and 70 percent of its profits.

However, considering the fact that Apple’s shares climbed 79 percent since Cook took over as the CEO clearly states that the firm is doing great under his leadership. Following the criticism for flawed maps app, Cook apologized to users and promised to fix the solution soon.

However, considering reports of Jobs involvement in iPhone 5 design, many analysts believe this reason to be behind the success of the iPhone 5 device in the market. So will the future sales be affected, while the firm now needs to sail without the perfectionist Steve?

Apple will have to come up with innovative products frequently. If it wants to maintain its foothold in the market, the firm will have to evolve design approaches and technologies, adopt rapid technological and product advancements to be the leader as it has always been.… Read the rest

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iPhone5: The Most Durable And Repair – Friendly Smart Phone Ever

Just few hours following iPhone 5’s debut, tech wizards have already started testing the device’s inner strength and power.

There are many tech freaks, who are taking a drop test with the iPhone 5, only to conclude it to be the most durable and repair-friendly smartphone ever.

See why Apple removed You Tube App from iphone5:

http://techthirsty.com/2012/09/22/apple-takes-off-the-you-tube-app-from-iphone-and-ipad-for-jasmine/

As per the latest report, iPhone 5 is the most repairable phone Apple has ever made.

Smashing the records of all earlier phones, Apple Inc has made this sixth-generation iPhone 5 with a scratch resistant front glass. The glass is strong, lighter, and therefore, will last for a long time. The aluminum casing of the iPhone 5 makes it impactful and tough.

As reported in VentureBeat, Kyle Wiens, head of iFixit expects iPhone 5 to mark a new, more repair-friendly kind of iPhone. He says, “I think Apple is finally paying attention to what consumers really need.”

Getting a thumbs-up not only for strength, the iPhone 5 is also easy to handle and maintain. The screen of the phone is far easier to remove as compared to its predecessors- the iPhone 4 and 4S.

Along with offering users a durable choice, iPhone 5 is also sleek, smart, and stylish along with being light and thin.

Making the device easy to fix also makes it easy for Apple to repair it.

Another point noted by some techies is that black model could be more prone to scratches as compared to the white model as there’s a slate colored coating at the edges of the black model, which could easily come off revealing bare metal beneath. So I guess for iPhone 5, it is ok to drop your device, but not good to rub against the edges.

So which color do you think makes a good deal?

Also find out if ever Blackberry 10, would it stand against iPhone5: http://techthirsty.com/2012/09/22/disruption-of-services-comes-at-the-worst-time-for-rim-blackberry-10-delayed/Read the rest

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Netflix App for iPhones is Smarter and Smoother

Right after the launch of the long-awaited iPhone 5, Netflix launched its revamped video application for iPhones. The video application from Netflix is now updated and it has the same smooth user interface as its latest iPad app. Now with this revamped version, finding, watching, and streaming videos will become a hassle free and easier for users on their iPhones.
The iPhone 5 is launched with a 4-inch display, which will give users an improved video experience. While enhancing the visual improvements, developers at Netflix are also working to optimize the app’s support for iPhone 5 display. With the iPhone 5 bigger display, users can enjoy watching high quality videos, clubbed together with fast 4G LTE speeds.

The updated Netflix app will present the most recent items watched at the top of the main screen and will also offer recommendations below that. With this faster and smoother version, users of iPhone 5 will also get more choices. Tapping on a title once will give enhanced information and double-clicking will start the playback right away.… Read the rest

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Apple Uncovered iPhone 5 & iPod… Next is iPad Mini?

Quite true to the speculations going around, iPhone 5 was just the same as what was expected, no big surprises there!

Delivering what analysts thought Apple would, the fun of iPhone 5 will begin as the smartphone hits the shelves this 21st.

Despite all rumors and leaks, it was assumed that Apple would also announce ‘iPad Mini’ alongside. But the event was so packed with new releases that Apple thought it to be best to unveil the ‘iPad Mini’ next month.

At the press conference, Apple announced the new iPhone, revamped iPod, and an updated version of iTunes.

Clubbing together speculations of iPad Mini, Apple might have something in store for the holiday season. So we have enough time to grab a model of iPhone 5 and think about iPad Mini later on.

In case both- the iPad mini and iPhone 5 hit the stores by October end, Apple will get huge amount of foot traffic in its stores during November and the Christmas season!

Whenever the smaller version of much successful iPad is launched, the tab will have to face competition with Apple’s rivals- inexpensive 7-inch the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Google Nexus 7.

Being powerful and strong, these tabs are less expensive and are priced at between $159 and $249.

Both the Kindle Fires have Amazon’s impressive ecosystem backing them, while the Nexus 7 offers Google’s latest Android software and Google Play apps and content.

iPad has sold around 84 million units so far. In its last quarter alone, Apple sold 17 million iPads. But nothing can guarantee the success of iPad Mini, as yet.

At the press conference for iPhone 5, Tim Cook, CEO, Apple said, “The iPad is driving the post-PC revolution at a breathtaking pace.”

Apple can hope to grab users’ attention with its ‘iPad Mini’, which is believed to come out at a lower price of maybe $299.

Another catch for the iPad Mini will be access to the App Store, which now has 700,000 apps, with 250,000 tailored for the iPad.

Post the iPhone 5 launch, now let’s just wait for the next offering by Apple – a smaller iPad, which we believe will be more comfortable to hold and lighter than the already existing 10-inch iPad.… Read the rest

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Latest from the Rumor Mill: iPhone 5 Could Sell 5-5.5M Units During First Weekend

The countdown has begun when everyone is just waiting for the news to hit the web as Apple takes covers off its latest and innovative next-gen iPhone or iPhone 5.

The latest speculation clouding over the sixth-generation smartphone is regarding the number of handsets the Cupertino Calif.-based firm would be able to trade off in the first week itself.

According to many analysts, the next-gen iPhone by Apple is expected to be a big hit. This smartphone is already a favorite of the rumor mill that is going on regarding its specifications and features.

As per reports, Apple iPhone 5 is expected to beat the sales of its precious handsets during its first weekend itself. According to Brian White, analyst, Topeka, Apple is on the edge to sell 1.5 million preorders for the next iPhone, or between 5 million and 5.5 million units during the first weekend, which they believe is justified.

In case Apple succeeds and comes close to these numbers, the sale of iPhone 5 will beat those of its predecessors. In 2009, more than 1 million models of iPhone 3GS were reportedly sold during the first weekend of its release. Its successor, the iPhone 4 sold more than 1.7 million in 2010. And in 2011, the iPhone 4S saw initial sales of 4 million units.

The new iPhone is expected to be launched in just few hours now at the Apple’s press event in the US.… Read the rest

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China Mobile Won’t Carry Apple’s iPhone 5

Earlier there were speculations that Apple’s next-gen iPhone or iPhone 5 will be launched with support for China Mobile. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile carrier. But now there are rumors that it is not likely that China Mobile will support it.

As per a report by The Next Web:

Employees at China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, have indicated that the carrier is unlikely to sell Apple’s upcoming iPhone, Sina Tech reports. The publication spoke to a number of workers at the provincial and city level who said they had heard nothing about Apple’s next-generation iPhone being released on China Mobile.

China Mobile currently serves more than 650 million mobile subscribers. And if rumors are to be true, China Mobile will be the only telco in China, which will officially not carry the iPhone.

It is believed that this decision was taken due to the iPhone’s lack of support for China Mobile’s proprietary TD-SCDMA standard.

As reported by The Next Web, China Mobile and Apple are organizing talks with each other to combine the former’s standard into the latter’s iPhone.

But according to Xi Guohua, chairman, China Mobile, the major hold up so far is the delay in the development of the required chip, which Qualcomm will make.

The iPhone 5 or Next iPhone (name not yet official) is expected to debut on Sept. 12th, which is slated for Apple’s much-awaited event.

iPhone 5 is believed to carry all of the wireless standards supported by iPhone 4S- its predecessor.… Read the rest

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