BlackBerry PlayBook pricing revealed

Posted by grey on Saturday Nov 29, 2014 Under Uncategorized

BlackBerry PlayBook pricing revealed, starts at 400 dollars

We just got pricing information on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and it’s excellent news indeed. Apparently RIM are going to deliver on their promise to release the slate with a sub-500 dollars price tag and then some.

According to the source the PlayBook will come in three different versions according to the amount of internal memory – 8GB, 16GB and 32GB (and not 16/32/64 GB as previously rumored). The first one will go for 399 US dollars while the other two will be priced at 499 USD and 599 USD respectively. Sounds like a pretty decent deal for a dual-core tablet with SVGA screen.

So this answers one of the last remaining questions about the PlayBook. Are you sold on it yet?


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BlackBerry Internet Service is down again

Posted by grey on Friday Nov 21, 2014 Under Uncategorized

BlackBerry Internet Service is down again, the Enterprise Server seems OK

RIM has managed to make angry millions of BlackBerry users in less than 24 hours. Yesterday, the BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) was down across the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa). This blackout has prevented the BlackBerry users to use email, messaging and web browsing for a few hours. We decided to take a pass on this news, hoping RIM will sort it out quickly.

In the end, RIM did solve its problems and brought online its BIS service, issuing a short statement to apologize.

But today, the BIS blackout is happening again. RIM claims the service is working, but there is a delay. Well, as a BlackBerry user myself, I don’t think a period of three hours (and counting) is what you call a delay. In my books, that’s a fail – a second fail in two consecutive days. What up, RIM?

The regular BIS service is separate from the corporate BES one, and the Enterprise Server is reportedly up and running. Surely, the BES clients are much more important to RIM and the BES problems should be the first to be resolved (if there are any), but hey, I am a paying customer too, you know. It’s not that I can’t make voice calls or use another device to check my emails, it’s just I am paying you for a reliable 24/7 service and I haven’t received a single email message in the past three hours.

I think RIM should at least find a way to inform its clients via a carrier message or an SMS that its servers are down and apologize of the fact. I personally don’t want to troubleshoot their network every hour or so just so I make sure I won’t miss an important email or two.

Furthermore, RIM should use the same information channel to update its users when they expect the problem will be solved. The BIS is not a free service and millions of people rely on it every day, some of them can literally miss a life-changing opportunity this way. Then RIM’s “Sorry for the inconvenience” apology on Twitter will sound nothing less but arrogant. And hey, I’m among the millions that don’t use Twitter and even if I did, I doubt that I would have followed RIM’s support account just in case.

Whatever the problem is, I hope for RIM’s sake they fix it fast… and I mean any moment fast. RIM is already losing market share to Android and iOS and these blackouts aren’t helping.

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Nov 08

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T to ship on April 22

Posted by grey on Saturday Nov 8, 2014 Under Uncategorized

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T to ship on April 22, unofficially priced at $399

Another member of the Transformer family is about to hit the shelves in the US – the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T will ship on April 22. The tablet is slightly thicker than the Prime model and uses a non-Super IPS LCD, but packs the same quad-core processor package courtesy of the Tegra 3 chipset.

The TF300T runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is, of course, compatible with the Asus’ keyboard dock, which turns it into an Android-powered netbook and adds 5 extra hours of battery life (on top of the 10 h the tablet does itself).

Asus says that the price of the Transformer Pad TF300T will be revealed on the day it ships – April 22 – but retailers like BJ’s and Office Depot are already taking preorders for it, at $399 for the 32GB Wi-Fi-only version (the keyboard dock is sold separately). French site Tablette Store also have the Transformer Pad TF300T on pre-order for €500 (Wi-Fi only version, 32GB), but I’m not sure on the shipping date for this one.

Coincidentally, it was Office Depot who leaked the price for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 – $399, for a dual-core ICS tablet with 8GB of storage. Neither price has been confirmed, but if those are the final prices, the Tab 2 10.1 will have stiff competition.


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Nov 03

ASUS teases next-gen 10″ Transformer tablet

Posted by grey on Monday Nov 3, 2014 Under Uncategorized

ASUS teases next-gen 10" Transformer tablet, just four days to go until its debut

Despite we haven’t heard from ASUS as much as some other manufacturers recently, the Taiwan company is going to be on the IFA showfloors and is preparing a surprise on its own.

ASUS posted on its Facebook page a teaser for seemingly a 10″ Android tablet, which simply says “We transform your mobility.” Wonder what that could be all about.

It’s the latest generation ASUS Transformer slate, of course. While the company has managed to keep its cards close to its chest on its upcoming 10″ tablet, there are rumors suggesting we should expect to find a Tegra 4 chipset inside. We also suspect ASUS is going to up the ante and will showcase a higher resolution display than the ongoing model. This would make it one step closer to the rumor that it is going to build the second-generation Nexus 10 tablet.

Not so long ago ASUS waived goodbye to the Windows RT platform, blaming the poor sales of its product and the unpopularity of Microsoft’s OS.

We are just four days away until ASUS lifts the curtains off its latest 10″ Transformer slate. Naturally, we’ll be covering every detail of it so stay tuned!


Check out our full IFA 2013 coverage right here.

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Jul 16

‘Unread’ Lets You Mark Text Message or iMessage Conversations as Unread

Posted by grey on Wednesday Jul 16, 2014 Under Uncategorized

‘Unread’ Lets You Mark Text Message or iMessage Conversations as Unread

Sometimes while you’re in your Messages application, you’ll have more conversations than you know what to do with. You might tap on one of the message conversations inadvertently, then realize you’re in the wrong conversation, then go back to the main window, and now your blue dot that tells you the message conversation is unread is gone and you’ll forget to go back to that conversation later on to see what you missed.

If you want to be able to re-mark your message conversations as unread so that you can go back to them later on, then check out a new free jailbreak tweak called Unread by iOS developer Julian Weiss.

With Unread installed, you can tap and hold on a message conversation in your Messages application, as shown above, and the message conversation will turn from read to unread. A blue dot will appear next to the conversation that you tapped and held on, and the “Messages” header at the top of the application will take the unread message conversation into account with a number in parenthesis. If the message conversation is unread already, you can also tap and hold on it to mark it as read.

Unread may or may not come in handy depending on how you use it. While Unread can make it so that you can mark messages unread for the current session that you’re in the Messages application, we noticed that if we close the Messages application and remove it from the App Switcher, the message conversation that we marked as unread will no longer be marked as unread if you open the Messages application again later. On the other hand, if you don’t kill the application, your message conversation(s) will remain unread.

Also, if you mark a message as unread, it will not put a notification badge back on your Messages application icon, so if you close the application, you might forget to go back and look at your messages later on.

There are some obvious downfalls to this tweak that, if fixed, could make it extremely useful. At this point in time, the usefulness of the tweak is questionable at best. If you want to give the tweak a try, it’s available for free in Cydia’s BigBoss repository. The developer notes that the tweak has only been tested on iOS 7, but may work on earlier versions of iOS.

Name: Unread

Price: FREE

Version: 1.0-1

Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.6

Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6

Repo: BigBoss

Developer: Julian Weiss

Editor’s Rating:  2/5

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Jul 03

Apple Stores even allow you to bring in a goat

Posted by grey on Thursday Jul 3, 2014 Under Uncategorized

Apple Stores even allow you to bring in a goat, among other things

Apple Store employees are some of the nicest people you will find in any store around the world and are far more tolerant of erratic behavior than others, proof of that being people bringing in pets and dancing in front of the camera right inside the store without being thrown out.

But there has to be some limit to their tolerance and so to test this limit American comedian and writer Mark Malkoff decided to do some stunts in the Manhattan Apple Store. These involve ordering a pizza, having a romantic date, dressing as Darth Vader and even bringing a goat inside the store. You can find out how all that went yourself by checking out the video below.


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May 15

‘SBPageSwipe’ Will Let You Quickly Move to the First and Last Home Screen Pages

Posted by grey on Thursday May 15, 2014 Under Uncategorized

‘SBPageSwipe’ Will Let You Quickly Move to the First and Last Home Screen Pages

iOS developer RiDan has started his own version of TweakWeak that he calls ?FunWeek.? As the developer notes, he won’t be involved in TweakWeek 2 and doesn’t feel like waiting for an iOS 7-jailbreak, so he decided to get started right now.

The first jailbreak tweak that RiDan has launched in Cydia as a part of FunWeek, is SBPageSwipe. This tweak makes it so you can easily swipe to the first or last home screen pages by simply swiping left or right on the home screen?s page dots. Swiping left takes you to the first page, while swiping right takes you to the last page, as shown above.

Easily getting to the first or last page by means of a simple swipe gesture will be found most useful by those that have many pages of application icons and don?t want to spend their time paging all the way to the last page on their home screen.

SBPageSwipe has no options to configure. If you want to give this simple tweak a try, you can download it for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

Name: SBPageSwipe

Price: FREE

Version: 0.0.1-1

Repo: BigBoss

Developer: RiDan

Editor’s Rating: / 3.5/5

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May 13

‘ScramblePass’ Randomizes the Passcode Button Positioning Each Time You Unlock iOS

Posted by grey on Tuesday May 13, 2014 Under Uncategorized

‘ScramblePass’ Randomizes the Passcode Button Positioning Each Time You Unlock iOS

When you have a passcode set in iOS, you’ll notice that every time you unlock your iOS device, the passcode keys are always in the same position on the Lock Screen when you go to enter your passcode.

For people that like to look over your shoulder to see what keys you’ve tapped on, this makes it that much easier to remember where you tapped and guess your passcode.

A new free jailbreak tweak called ScramblePass by iOS developer Stevie Hetelekides is now available in Cydia that will scramble the positioning of the passcode keys on the Lock Screen randomly each time you go to unlock your device in the hopes of improving your iOS device security.

This way, when someone looks over your shoulder and sees you tap on two passcode keys on the right side of the screen and then two passcode keys on the left side of the screen, you can be sure that when they try and unlock your device using that same sequence, the numbers they tap on aren’t going to the be same as the numbers that you tapped on.

ScramblePass doesn’t have any options to configure and it is compatible with all iOS 7 devices. If you would like to give it a try, it’s available for free right now in Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

Name: ScramblePass

Price: FREE

Version: 0.0.1-23

Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.6

Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6

Repo: BigBoss

Developer: Stevie Hetelekides

Editor’s Rating:  5/5

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May 11

‘CustomSpotlightText’ Lets You Change the Placeholder Text in SpotLight

Posted by grey on Sunday May 11, 2014 Under Uncategorized

‘CustomSpotlightText’ Lets You Change the Placeholder Text in SpotLight

If you’ve ever had the desire of changing the placeholder text that appears in the SpotLight text field in iOS 7, then check out a new free jailbreak tweak called CustomSpotlightText by iOS developer Josh Doctors.

With this tweak installed, you can change that placeholder text to anything you want to, as shown above.

CustomSpotlightText adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure what the placeholder text in SpotLight will say:

Just type in what you want to appear in the SpotLight search text box and then tap on the save button for it to take effect.

If you use SpotLight for something such as searching through Spotify’s music catalogs with SpotiSearch instead of searching your iPhone for things, then this tweak could be a nice little combination for saying “Search Spotify” instead of “Search iPhone.”

If you would like to give CustomSpotlightText a try, it’s available for free in Cydia’s BigBoss repository right now. It does require iOS 7 to be installed.

Name: CustomSpotlightText

Price: FREE

Version: 0.0.1-13

Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.6

Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6

Repo: BigBoss

Developer: Josh Doctors

Editor’s Rating:  4/5

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May 09

‘anyBadge’ Lets You Set App Badges to Anything You Want for Customization Purposes

Posted by grey on Friday May 9, 2014 Under Uncategorized

‘anyBadge’ Lets You Set App Badges to Anything You Want for Customization Purposes

If you like customizing your device in ways that Apple would never allow you to, then you might be interested in checking out a new free jailbreak tweak called anyBadge by iOS developer Javier Brito.

With anyBadge, you can literally set the notification badges of any application icon to just about anything you want. After you install the tweak, and you attempt to open an application (like the Settings application, for instance), you will get a pop-up like the one shown above asking you to input badge text. When you input the text you want, and then tap on the “Enter” button, you can exit to your home screen and take notice at the fact that the application you were just in now has an application badge with the text you put into the text field.

The pop-up appears every time you open an application, and if you choose that you don’t want to set any badge text for the application you open, you can just tap on the “Cancel” button to exit the text field box.

AnyBadge supports text characters, numeric characters, and Emoji. You can enter up to about 5 each of text or numeric characters, or up to 2 each of Emoji. You can also have custom badges on as many application icons as you want.

After a while, the pop-up always showing up can get annoying, but luckily, the tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can easily enable or disable the tweak on demand. Disabling the tweak will not delete your custom badges; it will only disable the text field pop-up from appearing when you open applications:

If at any time you want to remove your custom badges from application icons, you’ll need to make sure the tweak is enabled, open the applications you want to remove the badges from, and in the text field pop-up, just leave the text field blank.

For what seems like a really simple way to customize your device, anyBadge is a really cool and entertaining way to make your device stand out from everyone else’s. The tweak only works with iOS 7 devices. If you want to give anyBadge a try, it’s available for free in Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

Name: anyBadge

Price: FREE

Version: 1.0.2-2

Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.4

Repo: BigBoss

Developer: Javier Brito

Editor’s Rating: / 4.5/5

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