BBM for Windows Phone available to beta testers


Android and iOS devices already have access to BlackBerry’s cross-platform messaging app, but the Windows Phone version hasn’t quite arrived yet.

BlackBerry has now revealed the app is now available to download in beta form, but it’s only available to those who signed up for the Windows Phone beta program. If you were accepted into the beta, you can download BBM from the Windows Phone Store right now and start submitting your feedback. However, if you didn’t sign up or didn’t get accepted onto the beta program, you could be in for a bit of a wait.

BlackBerry confirmed that the
BBM for Windows Phone beta is “currently at capacity”, but the company “will be working through our waiting list.” The company does plan to have the full version for Windows Phone soon though. “Windows Phone customers won’t have to wait long, BBM for Windows Phone will be available shortly,” added BlackBerry. Those able to download it now are encourage to submit feedback through the BlackBerry Beta Zone and anyone eligible will have already been emailed about the known bugs in the app.


Twitter Private Messaging: Opportunity Lost?


The valuations of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat and others are, obviously, stunning.

Twitter is our de facto identifier now (think of all the times you see Twitter handles on TV news and other media). Not Facebook, and certainly not Google.

Allowing proper private communication among users is an obvious easy win. And yet Twitter has never really cared about private messaging. Direct messaging is a long neglected product, and Twitter doesn’t seem to care much about it.

I wonder if Twitter execs regret not paying more attention to private messaging, and if they occasionally fantasize about the extra tens of billions of dollars they might have added to their market cap if they had done so.

It’s not too late.

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R.I.P. Symbian


Nokia announced in October it will be ending all developer support for MeeGo and Symbian on January 1, 2014. Well, the deadline has passed and the Ovi Store won’t accept any more apps.

Nokia announced the end of the era via the official Symbian Team account on Twitter. That was it; we are officially closed. Thank you all for the past years! — Symbian Signed Team (@ SymbianSigned)

In case you’ve missed the news, the dropped MeeGo/Symbian support and app publishing means developers will be no longer capable of pushing new
apps or updates in the Ovi Store. They will continue to receive revenue from their apps, of course, and all currently available apps in the Store will remain available for download.

So, if you are interested the Ovi Store is still open and your device isn’t rendered worthless just yet. But maybe, just maybe, it’s about time you jumped ship.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 rumoured Specs


1. Galaxy S5 may have a 5″+ display with staggering 2560 x 1440 resolution

2. Galaxy S5 may sport a PLS LCD display instead of an AMOLED one

3. Galaxy S5 may sport a new, 64-bit Exynos chipset

4. The Samsung Galaxy S5 may pack the healthy 4 GB of RAM

5. 16 MP camera with OIS

6. Galaxy S5 may sport a fingerprint sensor

7. A GS5 in plastic, and a GS5 in metal

8. Conference video call feature baked in

9. Galaxy S5 release date in Q1

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