Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Photo Session App from Flickr

On Thursday, September 29 Flickr unveiled an official Android app that will allow users to share their photostreams in real-time via a new feature called Photo Session.

The Android app is now available, and it lets users quickly snap photographs, enhance them with one of the optional filters and post them on social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Sound easy? It is!

The app gives you a variety of different options that allow you to adjust your camera settings. Options include flash, shutter focus and ratio selection. Once you have taken the pictures, you can then view them by swiping through the images or tapping the screen to allow you to view them in full screen or slideshow modes.

"Browsing and navigating has been custom designed for Flickr to make use of maps, tags, and activity around your photos," Flickr said in a blog post. "You can stay up to date with the latest comments and activity on your photos and take advantage of gorgeous full screen browsing and slideshows."

The app also allows you to control how private you would like your pictures to be. You will be able to choose who will be able to download your images.

The new app also lets you and a small group of family or friends view and interact with the pictures that you take in real-time.

"Just got back from your African safari? Invite your friends to a Photo Session and inspire wanderlust in one and all. It's a girl? Congrats! The whole family is dying to meet her," Flickr said. "So set up a Photo Session to show off the latest pics of your newest member of the family and fill them in on every gurgle."

To access this, all you have to do is select all of the photos that you want to publish. Then invite up to 10 family members or friends to share them with. "Seamlessly flip through images as you doodle on your photos with the drawing tool and chat with each other, all at the same time. You can also pause or scroll through the photos at your own pace," Flickr said.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Available at T-Mobile September 28

BlackBerry Curve 9360T-Mobile announced on Wednesday the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry Curve 9360. The Curve 9360 is said to combine powerful new BlackBerry features with an attractive price point according to the company.

This new device will be available in two different color variants, black and merlot. In addition to that, it will also be running the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and utilize the powerful BlackBerry 7 Webkit-browser. This is good for those tech junkies out there that absolutely cannot live without their CrackBerry...I mean BlackBerry.

The new Curve is also designed to address a large, important segment of the global mobile phone market with consumers looking to upgrade their existing phone or current BlackBerry Curve by getting a more affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially-connected phone.

The new BlackBerry Curve comes with an all new sleek design, including a 2.4" screen, full QWERTY keyboard and navigation trackpad, making it perfect for mobile communication via call, text or email. In addition to that, it is also equipped with essential smartphone features like a 5-megapixel camera with flash, video recorder and WiFi connectivity.

The new Curve also comes with the latest edition of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) pre-loaded and extends the real-time BBM experience to a host of other applications like Foursquare, allowing you to easily stay connected with all of your friends via your social networking sites.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers right now and will be available in the black color finish at T-Mobile retail stores and select dealers beginning on September 28 for $79.99 on a new two-year agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate. The merlot finish is expected to hit stores on October 12.

Source: Engadget - T-Mobile's BlackBerry Curve 9360 available for $79 on September 28th, swanks it up with a merlot variant

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Apps from Nintendo? Not Any Time Soon!

The biggest app category in Apple’s App Store is games. However, according to The Loop, Nintendo does not plan to capitalize on that any time soon. Although Nintendo has been pressured by investors to begin designing games for iOS devices like the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod, according to comments made by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, there are not any plans for games for iOS devices in the company’s near future.

“This is absolutely not under consideration,” Iwata told the Japanese news site Nikkei after a 3DS press conference. “If we did this, Nintendo would cease to be Nintendo. Having a hardware development team in-house is a major strength. It’s the duty of management to make use of those strengths. It’s probably the correct decision in the sense that the moment we started to release games on smartphones we’d make profits. However, I believe my responsibility is not to short term profits, but to Nintendo’s mid and long term competitive strength.”

However, tablets are on the rise. Will Nintendo need to change their stance in order to remain competitive?

“Collectively, iPad gamers are showing slightly decreased involvement with gaming on home consoles, mobile phones, and Nintendo handheld consoles,” Interpret analyst Jason Preston said in a statement. “These facts imply that iPad game developers and publishers can definitely reach a new audience on the iPad.”

Nintendo has already been going through some rough waters with the 3DS. In August the company had to drastically drop the price of their 3D hand-held device from $249.99 to $169.99. Nintendo felt that this was necessary to boost the sales numbers for the console a mere six months after its release.

On top of all of these issues that Nintendo is having, games sales are also down. In the July earnings report, Nintendo reported its first quarterly loss in its entire history. Despite this, Iwata does not seem to be concerned. He believes that Nintendo has a successful business model that will show its worth when the holiday seasons rolls around a little later this year.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Droid Bionic Now Available

Droid BionicWith absolutely no lack of enthusiasm, Verizon Wireless has officially announced the release of the much anticipated Droid Bionic by Motorola. This much talked about device was first announced and unveiled all the way back in January during CES and eager Verizon customers have been waiting ever so patiently to get their hands on it.

The device, which looks stunning in my opinion, is physically available today at any Verizon retailer or online store for $299.99 with a new two-year agreement as is customary with Verizon.

The Droid Bionic is a 4G LTE device that runs the latest Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS. It is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and comes with a beautiful 4.3-inch qHD display. What's more, this beautiful screen is scratch resistant thanks to Corning Gorilla Glass. The screen also has a dual-layer anti-reflective coating to make it all the more special.

Full specifications of the Droid Bionic include:

  • 1GB of RAM

  • 32GB of memory with 16GB on board and 16GB on a pre-installed microSD

  • Front-facing camera that allows for video chatting via 4G LTE, 3G or WiFi

  • 8 megapixel auto-focus rear camera with flash and full 1080p HD video capture

  • Mirror Mode with HDMI out that supports full 1080p HD video playback

  • MOTOPRINT application allowing you to print through a WiFi-enabled printer

  • Multi-window options for easy multitasking

  • Adobe Flash Player pre-installed

  • HTML 5 capabilities

  • Wireless charger support

  • Business ready with advanced security features

In addition to the Droid Bionic, Verizon is also offering all the bells and whistles that one might want or need when using this device. Verizon is also offering the Lapdock for $299.97, the HD Station for $99.99, the Webtop Application Adapter for $29.99, the Car Navigation Dock for $39.99 and the Battery Dock for $49.99.

Needless to say, this definitely looks like the device everybody has been waiting for. I'm just mad that I don't have an available upgrade on my Verizon account for another 9 months. But by then, something bigger and better than this will probably have already come out.

Source: TFTS - Verizon Wireless Makes It Official: Motorola Droid Bionic Coming September 8th is news of, for and by SMBs! The Small & Medium Business Magazine!
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