Blackberry phones may soon shift to Android OS. Evan Blass, who earlier worked with Engadget as a senior editor recently tweeted an image that hinted Blackberry phones with Android may hit the market anytime soon.
The Image Decoded
The image at Blass’ Twitter handle @evleaks has a great resemblance to Blackberry Passport. It also appears to have a keyboard on its screen and when the keyboard is observed a bit carefully, it seems to be an Android keyboard.
Though the image posted on Friday created a sensation among the Blackberry users, who are anxiously waiting for the introduction of Android operating system in their favorite phone, this is not the only hint he offered.
Blass earlier tweeted that Blackberry slider displayed at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress came with an Android version, which according to the reports would be launched in the United States with AT&T carrier. While users are excited to get a Blackberry with Android, CEO John Chen said that they will only do it when they create a way of securing it.
“We only build secure phones, and BlackBerry is the most secure phone. So, if I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that,” he said to CNBC.
Amid a global furor that exploded after Turkey blocked YouTube and Twitter access in the country yesterday after the order of an Istanbul court, the ban stands lifted now. The country has lifted the ban after these channels and websites removed ‘objectionable content’.
The step was taken after social media channels, which includes Facebook and about 166 other websites, published pictures of a prosecutor held at gunpoint as a hostage to a terrorist far-left group. The prosecutor had been slain and later the extremist group responsible for this was killed by Special Forces.
This is not the first time that the country has resorted to blocking or banning social media and internet channels. Even last year, this had been the case until a legal academician from Turkey, named Yaman Akdeniz appealed and got the ban recalled. Today, he believes that the blockade has been a careful and “disproportionate exercise” in a run-up to the upcoming elections in June.
However, government insiders opine that social and traditional media need to take up responsibility of their actions and must remain within social boundaries. Only when they fail to do so, such blockades and bans are imposed. The issue had become severe enough for Turkish authorities to warn that they would impose a ban on Google.… Read the rest
By the end of March, Instagram had 200 million active users. The user base has grown by almost 50 percent in 2014 and over 100 million users have accessed Instagram during the last nine months.
Kevin Systrom, the co founder of Instagram has said that a partnership between two friends that began four years ago has now transformed into a strong global community that shares over 70 million photos and videos each day.
In the latest innovations announced by Instagram, the users will now be able to see verified badges for brands, athletes and celebrities. They can then connect with authentic accounts just as they do in Facebook and Twitter. These verified badges will be launched in the coming next days.
Instagram is working hard to keep its platform free from spam and fake accounts. Systrom pointed that all the changes will be evident in the coming days. Though these updates are happening as we write, the changes will be evident in coming days only.
Following up on the EA story, it is imperative to mention that EA Access is bound to shake the gaming world with its low-price offers which is offering the services of four games in one go.
Players will be able to access four games including FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggie 2 and Battlefield 4 at a price of $4.99 a month of $29.99 a year. This feature is available exclusively for Xbox One users.
What’s more, it has been informed via EA Access Twitter account that EA Access pass holders can access Madden NFL 15 six hours before its official launch. Well, the six-hour window is not a great offering but nonetheless advantage for many. EA Access has been launched into beta version offering a limited number of players the added advantage of playing these four games at a best price.
EA has got into bad books of many gamers through its dismal performance and bugs issues in the Battlefield 4 version. It has a great opportunity to rebuild its image and it is not leaving any stones unturned offering trial access to EA Access gamers for future titles like Dragon Age: Inquisition (five days prior to official launch). They are also offering a 10% rebate on digital EA goods purchased on Xbox one.
For now, the beta is limited to some users but it would be opened for all in times to come.
Feeling annoyed from a disturbing tweet of your colleague? Need not any more. Twitter is reportedly coming up with a mute feature, applicable on its iOS and Android apps.
The mute feature will serve multiple purposes. All the tweets and re tweets of the person whom you wish to ignore will be hidden from your timeline. Secondly, the person whose tweets you have hidden will not feel let down as they will never know that it is you, who has done it. This is indeed social innovation and Twitter has taken a lead among social media players with the likely introduction of this feature.
Twitter has recently come up with numerous changes in its platform and this one is sure to get appreciation from one and all. However, this is not the first time; Twitter has tried something of this kind. Twitter clients and apps like Tweetdeck and tweetbot allow users to set timed mutes which expire on their own in the designated time. This way you could easily enjoy your favourite movie or catch up the action in the football game without worrying about the nagging tweets which keep coming up every other minute.
With the launch of tweet button in its main application, Twitter has scored a point over other social media sites, as its Facebook like layout and timeline ads concept did not score much with users.
Keep watching this space for more as Twitter is likely to come up with this feature soon. Any updates will be posted here!
Social media giant Twitter has announced on its blog that they will be redesigning the website to organize tweets better. The new design will offers users with a larger profile photo and the option to customize their header. This means, one will now be able to show off their best Tweets.
With the new design, Tweets will be better organized and users will know which of their tweets attracted the most activity. The tweets will now look larger and one will also be able to pin favorite tweets to the top of the page.
Interestingly, users will also be able to tag their friends in pictures, something that has not been available so far. This update has been devised for iOS and Android users of Twitter.
Selfies seem to be have caught the rage. A new project, S.E.L.F.I.E. mirror, still in budding stages has cropped up and could allow you to take picture perfect shots and also upload the same on Twitter.
Rummaging through the web gives you amazing peek into looking at the selfies posted by zillions.
Yes, the concept of snapping a Selfieis a darling as it could seal our best moments but there are issues plaguing it. For the least, issues with the right angle, tilt and frame, all club up to often doom a planned selfie click.
With the intervention of Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine, the expansion for S.E.L.F.I.E., you will find a mirror that is two way for clicking selfies. iStrategyLabs is the name behind the innovation. It features MAC Mini, the mirror and lights.
You will only have to flaunt the right expression and then sit back for the picture to appear on Twitter. We have no clue about its availability or price tag. Getting in touch with the makers could help.
The government of Turkey has enhanced measures to block Twitter access after several users have come up with ways to break the ban. The internet service providers (ISPs) in the country were initially simply redirecting traffic to a government webpage by enabling the DNS servers to redirect away from Twitter’s homepage.
But now the ISPs have started blocking the addresses used by the site, making it more difficult for the users to get around the restrictions, according to analysts of internet monitoring firm Renesys. This has been confirmed by a Turkish government webpage, citing court orders.
The Twitter ban comes after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “root out” the social media network. Erdogan claimed that the social networking site has been used to spread wiretapped recordings that resulted in destroying the reputation of his government.
This has taken the battle between the Erdogan regime and the social media network to a whole new level. The minister’s attempt to block Twitter on March 20 2014 were put down by Turkish President Abdullah Gül, who himself flouted it.
Gül posted several messages on Twitter saying “The shutdown of an entire social platform is unacceptable. Besides, as I have said many times before, it is technically impossible to close down communication technologies like Twitter entirely. I hope this measure will not last long.”
Meanwhile, Twitter has declined to comment on the issue, but it is understood to be aware of the development.… Read the rest
Firefox and Twitter-sounds like a deadly combination, isn’t it? Well, we have sources that reveal Twitter would be available for the fiery operating system as soon as devices backed by this OS ships. The tweet app on this OS would not be starkly different from conventional mobile applications. The tabs such as Me, Connect and Home would still be in place. However, Web Activities would just be a cherry on the cake for this app. Snap-sharing would become breeze with this for sure.
Mozilla has already partners in Facebook Cut the Rope, EA Games and Twitter is yet another feather in its cap. We hope that this collaboration proves fruitful for Mozilla since it has a long race ahead in the market where Android and iOS rule.
In what appears as more bad news for the microblogging social network, Twitter has been sending out mails to 250,000 of its users claiming that it has been experiencing “unusual access patterns” which could indicate possible hacking of their accounts. However, the site has claimed that this incident is independent of the outage it experienced yesterday. Twitter has requested its users to change their passwords following this incident and ensure that they use a strong enough password to protect their accounts.
A common thread observed in the users whose accounts were possibly hacked indicate that this could have affected the early adopters of Twitter, who have been using the site since 2007. If this is found true and you are among those who joined the brigade much later, you’re probably safe.
We’re not quite sure if they’re related, but coincidentally, Amazon too experienced an outage yesterday. Twitter of course has chosen not to comment on whether it had received any information from other companies who experienced such outages. However, the company did refer to security breaches that occurred at New York Times and Wall Street Journal sites, and has also speculated that recent security issues in browsers related to Java could also have led to the hacking of these accounts.
Just to be on the safe side, we advise all our readers to take care of their Twitter accounts and change their passwords at the earliest. Be safe, and let’s do all that we can from our end to keep our online identities secure.… Read the rest