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The demand for BBM for iPhone and Android has been insane. Since it’s release on Monday the app has been download over 10 million times and has quickly shot up to the number two spot in the iTunes App Store. Of course all this demand hasn’t been all good news, it’s forced BlackBerry to use a wait list after too many sign ups on a beta version of the Android app delayed the release a few weeks ago. And while the long wait is tough for those looking to get back into BBM, there have been some tips that tried to help you get past the wait. CNET found one where you have to open and then force close the app but we found one that we think is simpler. Just ask a friend who already got into the app to for the email address they used to sign up.
Here’s where you enter your friend’s email address
When you first open up the BBM app you’re asked to enter in the email address that you used to pre-register on BBM.com or to sign up. Instead of entering your own email address here just enter in the email address of your friend who already got in. The email address needs to be the one they used in the BBM app to sign up and the one that got sent the email telling them they could sign up. That’s it. From there you’ll see the “Congratulations!” screen to let you get started with BBM. Tap “next” on that screen and you can create your BlackBerry ID using your own email address, get your PIN and return to the world of BBM. No more waiting.
And don’t worry, this does nothing to affect your friend’s email or their BBM. This just gets you into the app and from there you can create your own BlackBerry ID with your own email address. We’ve tested this a few times using BBM for iOS on an iPad and iPhone 5S using multiple email addresses and each time it worked perfectly.
And you’re in!
Now as for finding those friends who already got in, odds are you’ve probably already seen them post their new PINs on Facebook, so just message them and see if they can help you out.
Its been a busy day for Apple and after taking care of the Mac and iWork Apple gave some love to the iPad announcing the latest updates to the iPad line with iPad AIr and iPad Mini with Retina Display. While the updates Apple did give these two iPads weren’t revolutionary and didn’t include cool features like Touch ID or come in gold, they do help make two of the best tablets out there today even better.
Let’s start with the new full size iPad, the iPad Air. As the Air part of the name would suggest, the latest iPad is much thinner and lighter than older iPads, while still being everything you’d expect of an iPad. It’s got a much faster A7 processor (as seen in the iPhone 5S), faster WiFi chips, a better FaceTime HD camera with dual mics for better audio capture while of course still keeping the same great 9.7 inch Retina Display, 10 hour battery life, and 5 megapixel camera found on the iPad 4. But again, the big thing with the iPad AIr is how much thinner and lighter it is. It’s 20% thinner and at just 1 pound 28% lighter than the iPad 3/4.
Considering how much is in here and how the iPad 2/3/4 weren’t too large already, getting even smaller and lighter without sacrificing anything is pretty incredible. Combine the thinner and lighter design with iOS 7 and free iWork and you’ve got a pretty solid laptop replacement for school.
The iPad Mini also got a pretty nice update today that was needed and expected. In particular it got a bump to a faster processor and Retina Display. The new iPad Mini with Retina Display keeps the same design as the old iPad Mini but adds all the same features the iPad Air has including the Retina Display, A7 processor and better FaceTime HD camera. Adding the new Retina Display and faster processor did cause the price on the Mini to go up a little though, as it now starts at $399 for the 16 GB WiFi version up from the $329 it cost for the 16 GB non-Retina Mini. Though while the Mini with Retina got a price increase, Apple will continue to sell the older iPad Mini for only $299 for the 16 GB WiFi version (down $30).
Both new iPads will come in WiFi or WiFi+4G LTE versions (all carriers will offer the new iPads, including Sprint and T-Mobile) in either white or “space grey.” Pricing and storage for the iPad Air is the same as it was for the iPad 4, so it starts at $499 for the 16 GB WiFi-only version and goes up from there (up to 128 GB WiFi+4G LTE Air for $929). The iPad Mini with Retina Display will start at $399 as we said above for the 16 GB and go up from there (up to $829 for the 128 GB WiFi+4G LTE Mini with Retina).
The iPad Air will be available on November 1st while the Mini with Retina Display will be available “later in November.” For more info check out Apple’s site for the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
Mavericks was only the one part of the big updates Apple announced today. The other was with iWork and iLife. iWork is Apple’s version of Microsoft Office with apps like Pages (Apple’s version of Word), Numbers (Excel) and Keynote (PowerPoint while iLife is Apple’s famous suite of creative apps like Garage Band, iMovie and iPhoto. All are solid apps but ones that haven’t been updated in a while. With the release of OS X Mavericks Apple finally updated these apps giving them some nice redesigns and new features like the ability to have everything your working on synced in iCloud so you can use it on any device (iOS, Mac or in the case of iWork, even Windows using iCloud.com). But most importantly Apple did something completely unexpected– they made iWork for OS X free with the purchase of any new Mac and iWork for iOS free with the purchase of any new iOS device.
Apple already made iWork, iPhoto and iMovie free for new iOS devices back at the new iPhone launch last month. Making iWork free for OS X is big for anyone looking to get a new MacBook Air or Pro. With iWork available as a free download you can be ready for work right when you get your new Mac for no extra cost. When you consider that the new Office 365 costs $79 a year (for 4 years with student discount, $99 a year after), iWork being free is all the more important. Apple has lowered the price gap between getting a Mac and getting a Windows PC. Whether you were getting a Mac or PC you were probably going to get Office too but the new iWork for many will be a more the suitable replacement at no extra cost compared to paying a minimum of $320 extra for Office over 4 years with a new PC.
The new iWork and iLife apps are available to download from the Mac and iOS App Stores.
At today’s big Apple event Apple took the wraps off a few big products. On the Mac front this meant new, thinner MacBook Pro with Retina Display’s running the latest Intel Haswell processors that have better battery life (up to 9 hours as opposed to 7 on the old models) and are faster, thinner and cheaper ($100 cheaper in the case of the 13 inch Pro, $200 in the case of the 15 inch version). But if you’ve already got a Mac what you’re gonna care about is this– Apple also today released their latest version of OS X called Mavericks as a free update. If you’ve got a Mac that can run Snow Leopard and has 2 GB of RAM (so a MacBook or MacBook Pro from 2007) you can get it for free today from the Mac App Store.
OS X Mavericks has many nice improvements like the ability to respond to iMessages right from the Notification Center as well as new apps like Maps and iBooks. Most importantly is how efficient Mavericks is. Not only will your Mac run faster, but Apple claims that just by installing Mavericks your Mac will get an extra hour of battery life. Yes, just by upgrading to this your Mac you’ll get faster and run longer. And since it’s free it’s even more of a must have.
Interested in seeing what Apple has to announce as it happens? Well you’re in luck. Apple has decided to stream todays big event on their website and you can watch it on Macs using Safari 4 (or later), Apple TV or on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch (as long as it’s running iOS 4.2 or later). Apple’s expected to show off a lot today including updates to the iPad and iPad Mini, MacBook Pro and Mac OS X.
We’ll have what you need to know wrapped up back here but if your interested in watching what happens live you can head on over to Apple’s site here. The event kicks off in a few minutes at around 1 PM EST/10 AM PST.
More info: Apple
One of the biggest problems facing Windows Phone and Windows 8 are the lack of popular apps. Sure Windows Phone has over 175,000 apps available but many of the most popular ones found on Android and iOS have been missing. Official apps for Instagram, Vine, and Flipboard were some of the most notable missing apps and while there were third party apps that gave some of the features to replace those apps, they didn’t always offer the full experience and were at risk of being shut down by the official apps. Well, the wait for these apps is almost over. Today in Abu Dhabi Nokia announced that in the “coming weeks” Instagram, Vine, Flipboard and Temple Run 2 will all be coming to Windows Phone.
We don’t have exact release dates for any of these apps but this is big news for Windows Phone users. Nokia already makes one the best phone cameras out there with the 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, and having two of the most popular photo and video apps in Vine and Instagram will only make it better by making it much easier for people to share what they shot.
In addition to the above four, Nokia also announced that other popular apps like FIFA 14 and Papyurus will also be coming to Windows Phone over the next few weeks. And while these apps don’t solve all the app problems with Windows Phone, they sure do help a lot.
More info: Nokia
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It’s finally, finally here. After long waits and many delays BlackBerry has finally released BBM for iPhone and Android, and unlike in September this time it looks like it’s here to stay. The app is free and you can get it from the Google Play Store or the App Store. It will work on Android phones running Android 4.0 and up as well as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches running iOS 6 or iOS 7.
Once you download the app you’ll need to sign in with your BlackBerry ID (if you don’t have one or don’t remember it you can also create a new one). If you signed up at BBM.com over the last few months you should be good to go from there and can enjoy BBM on your non-BlackBerry. If you didn’t you may have to wait a bit as BlackBerry is trying to avoid the problems of rapid sign-up that caused the most recent delays by slowly letting new users into the app. Sadly there’s no counter in the app to let you know where you are in line, but from what we’re hearing the “line” to get into BBM is moving pretty quickly. And if you don’t have the patience to wait there are already a few “hacks” popping up to get you in right away as CNET has found.
So what are you waiting for? Go download the app and get back to BBMing.
More info: BBM.com
While Apple released updates to the iPhone last month in the iPhone 5S and 5C they’ve been pretty quiet this year when it came to updating their other products like the iPad and the MacBook Pro. Well, just like it has been over the past few years Apple has scheduled one more big media event for next week, sending out invites this week saying that they have “a lot more to cover.”
So what can we expect? From the iPad side of things rumors are that Apple will introduce the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 with both coming in either space grey or white (like the iPhone 5S). Specs wise both are expected to get faster processors (A7 in the iPad 5, A6X in the Mini 2), better front and back cameras, and the iPad Mini is rumored to finally be getting a Retina Display to help it better keep up with the latest 7-8 inch Android tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. There are also rumors that Apple will bring the iPhone 5S’ new Touch ID fingerprint scanner over to the new iPads.
Are these the cases for the iPad 5?
The new iPads are expected to have slightly updated designs with iPad 5 getting a bit thinner along the sides of the screen as seen above in the leaked pictures from Sonny Dickson. Pricing and storage options for the new iPads are expected to be the same as they are today, with a release rumored to be in early November, just like last year.
On the Mac side things are equally interesting. Apple announced their big software update for OS X back in June called Mavericks and its expected to be released before the end of the month. While Mavericks has some of nice new features the biggest is that its much more efficient with your computer, so things will run faster and better. It is so much more efficient that it may even give your current MacBook a boost in battery life.
And while Mavericks is expected to work on most recent Macs running Mountain Lion (10.8), Apple is also expected to finally update the MacBook Pro with Retina Display to Intel’s new Haswell processors and introduce a MacBook Air with a Retina Display. Both would be very welcome updates giving the Air a much better screen and the Pro much longer battery life. We also wouldn’t be surprised if Apple used this event to kill off the old MacBook Pro with a DVD drive (it’s the last Mac that’s sold with a DVD drive and the Pro with Retina is clearly the future). Basically, if you’re looking for new MacBook or a new iPad you should wait a little bit longer.
Of course since we’re talking about Apple it is possible they will have some surprises (an “iWatch” or Apple’s competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a big rumor floating around). The event is next Tuesday and we’ll of course cover everything you’re gonna need to know back here.
Ever since the iPhone 5S came out two weeks ago it’s been nearly impossible to find. Stores sold out of the new high-end iPhone that same day, new shipments since then sell out almost as soon as they arrive, and online orders say not to expect the phone for a least a couple more weeks (or possibly months if you’re looking for the gold 5S). The online Apple Store isn’t even giving a date for when you can expect you’re iPhone to be delivered, saying the very general “October” as opposed to the usual, more specific 1-2 days or 2-3 weeks. These things are really hard to find.
Developer Mordy Tikotzky has a solution. He created a website called iPhone-Check that let’s you quickly and easily see if you’re local Apple Store has it in stock. And while many other places sell the 5S, Apple Stores usually are the ones that get the most stock in. All you have to do is enter your zip code, pick what color and carrier you want. That’s it. You’ll then see a list of the nearby Apple Stores with green checks of the sizes they have in stock and red Xs for the ones they don’t.
These phones are selling out really quickly so wherever you plan on going to we still recommend calling ahead to make sure they have it (or to see if they can possibly put one aside for you), but this is great, quick and easy way to find Apple Stores with the iPhone 5S in stock.
But good luck trying to find that gold one, no one seems to be able to keep any of them in stock.
Ever since Facebook bought them for $1 billion we all knew that this day was inevitable– and now it’s here. Instagram has announced that over the next few months they will be bringing ads to your feed. The ads, which will be both photos and videos, will be placed in your feed and should look just like the photos and videos your friends post. And like with the ads you see on Facebook you will be able to hide or report the ones you don’t like. Instagram will be rolling out the ads over the next “couple of months” but if you’re in the US you may start seeing an occasional ad sooner than that. A reader of The Verge, wheelsee, saw an ad in his feed today and took a video of it and posted it to his Instagram account. If you want a peak at what the new ads in Instagram will look like head on over here.
Now for those worried that the pictures you take will be used without your permission as ads, Instagram wants to reassure you that “as always, you own your own photos and videos” and that “the introduction of advertising won’t change this.”
More info: Instagram