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May 14, 2013

Nokia Lumia 925 Promises Best Photos in Low Light




Following the official announcement on the Nokia Lumia 925, the first promo videos that showcase the handset’s functionality and capabilities emerged online, including one in which Nokia details the photo shooting features of the device.

The handset packs an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera on the back, capable of recording videos in full HD resolution and features a sixth camera lens when compared to the Lumia 920. In the video embedded above, you can have a look at the device’s ability to snap pictures when in low-light conditions, so as to get an idea of what Nokia’s latest technology has to offer.

“The Nokia Lumia 925, powered by Windows Phone 8, with award-winning PureView technology, Carl Zeiss optics and six physical lenses for great photos and video, day or night,” Nokia notes in the video’s description.


BBM iPhone App Confirmed




BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) will be available on Apple’s iPhone this summer. BlackBerry made the news official earlier today.

Both iOS and Android users will be able to “experience the immediacy of BBM chats, including multi-person chats, as well as the ability to share photos and voice notes, and engage in BBM Groups, which allows BBM customers to create groups of up to 30 people,” according to the official announcement. One of the numerous conveniences includes the ability to add contacts through PIN, email, SMS or QR code scan. This feature is cross-platform compatible. NFC-capable devices will also be supported. Future iPhones are rumored to incorporate this technology.

With more than 60 million monthly active customers, you can be sure this thing will be an instant hit when it arrives in the App Store. BlackBerry cautions that all of the aforementioned features are “subject to approval by the Apple App Store.”

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) icon on iOS home screen
Image credits to tuaw.com

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Said Again to Sport an Exynos 5210 Processor




South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics has yet to officially announce plans on launching a mini version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and new reports on the matter suggest that it will indeed sport an Exynos 5210 CPU inside.

The handset will feature ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, which will combine the power of Cortex A7 cores and Cortex A15 silicon, Samsung and Korea Investment & Securities reaffirmed, a recent post on PhoneArena notes. Furthermore, a leaked spreadsheet has unveiled some of the smartphone’s hardware specifications, though many details on the matter were already known. Apparently, Samsung plans on making the new mobile phone available for purchase in two different flavors, depending on the mobile networks in the various markets around the world. For example, there will be a LTE version of the device with 2GB of RAM packed inside, while the 3G iteration will sport only 1GB of RAM. Both variants will sport the same 4.3-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a qHD resolution, while also packing 32GB of internal memory, along with a 2100mAh battery.

According to the leaked spreadsheet available courtesy of mobilegeeks, the upcoming device will hit the market with Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform loaded on top, though the handset might actually arrive on shelves with a newer OS flavor. The smartphone is also expected to sport an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, most probably complemented by a front camera for making video calls. The rest of the handset’s specifications haven’t been unveiled as of now, but the device should land on shelves with the usual WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity options, as well as with NFC, GPS receiver, and the whole set of sensors, the same as the Galaxy S 4. There’s no telling on when the smartphone will be officially announced, but it might not be too long before that happens, so stay tuned for additional details on the matter.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Specs
Image credits to mobilegeeks

BlackBerry's BBM Arrives on Android and iOS This Summer - Confirmed




BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), the popular chatting service from Canadian handset vendor BlackBerry, is finally set to become available for other mobile operating systems out there this summer, with Android and iOS devices being the first to receive it.

BBM will bring to the owners of these devices a fast and reliable messaging experience, while also offering them the possibility to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues on other mobile platforms. The initial flavor of the multi-platform BBM service will provide users with features such as the immediacy of BBM chats, group chats, voice note sharing, and BlackBerry Groups, so that BBM users could set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more. Later this year, BBM will bring a new BBM Channels feature to Android and iOS, along with voice and video chatting, the same as it offers on BlackBerry devices. "For BlackBerry, messaging and collaboration are inseparable from the mobile experience, and the time is definitely right for BBM to become a multi-platform mobile service,” Andrew Bocking, executive vice president, software product management and ecosystem, at BlackBerry, said.

“BBM has always been one of the most engaging services for BlackBerry customers, enabling them to easily connect while maintaining a valued level of personal privacy. We're excited to offer iOS and Android users the possibility to join the BBM community.” At the moment, BBM has over 60 million monthly active users, and more than 51 million daily active users, the Canadian mobile phone maker announced. Furthermore, the company has unveiled that these users send and receive over 10 billion messages each day, almost double than what other mobile services enjoy. “Almost half of BBM messages are read within 20 seconds of being received; indicating how truly engaged BBM customers are,” BlackBerry explains in a recent blog post.

BlackBerry has yet to provide an official release date for BBM on Android and iOS (subject to approval by Google Play and the Apple App Store, as applicable), so stay tuned to learn more details on the matter.

BBM arrives on Android and iOS this summer
Image credits to RIM - BlackBerry

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680-to-770 Mod Just a Modified BIOS




A short while ago, it came to light that a Reddit user posted a BIOS that could, presumably, upgrade a GeForce GTX 680 to a GeForce GTX 770 graphics card.

The folks at TechPowerUp did the world a favor and tested said update and found that it was a relatively straightforward modification to the GTX 680 base BIOS and nothing more. Through a modified INF file, the clocks were increased and the model name was changed to GTX 770 without anything else being modified.  I suppose forcefully editing those strings in order to push the GTX 680 above its limits is understandable enough.

Still, I can't help but think that anyone with the knowledge and disposition to flash the BIOS would have what it takes to just overclock the board and be done with it, maybe upgrade the cooler while at it. It would definitely be less of a stability risk. Anyway, with this revelation people can stop thinking the GTX 770 BIOS was leaked or anything like that.

GTX 680 with new BIOS
Image credits to TechPowerUp

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