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Feb 13, 2014

Nokia Lumia 930 Could Be the International Lumia Icon

One of the smartphones that Finnish mobile phone Nokia was recently rumored to plan on bringing to the market in the not-too-distant future is the Lumia 930, a device expected to make an official appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month.

No official confirmation on the device has been provided as of now, but the official unveiling of Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon yesterday could point at a near launch of this device as well, as pocket-lint notes. In fact, a quick look at the rumored specs of the device suggests that it might actually arrive on shelves as the international version of Verizon’s smartphone.

Nokia Lumia 930 was rumored to sport a full HD screen, a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera on the back. Chances are that it will be announced on February 24, so stay tuned to learn more on the mater.

Nokia Lumia Icon
Image credits to Nokia

BBM 2.0 Arrives on Android and iOS with BBM Voice, Channels, and More

Today, Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry has officially announced the availability of a new version of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for the owners of Android and iOS devices, namely BBM 2.0.

The new app iteration will provide users with a great deal of new features, such as the previously rumored BBM Voice and BBM Channels, along with many other enhancements. One of the things we’re most excited about is bringing BBM Voice to iPhone and Android users. With the new flavor of the app, users will be able to easily make free calls to their BBM contacts, either over a data connection of over Wi-Fi. “When a BBM contact is available for a BBM Voice call you’ll see a green icon in the top right hand corner of your chat. To call them, simply touch the green icon and your call will be connected,” a post on Inside BlackBerry explains. With BBM Channels, users will be able to get in touch with other users on topics that interest them, such as products, hobbies and sports, entertainment, fashion, cars, and more.

These channels can be created by brands and businesses, but also by BBM users themselves, so that people can easily communicate directly and immediately with other users on common interests. At the same time, BBM 2.0 comes with support for location sharing, powered by Glympse. Users will be able to set the app to show their location only for a specific amount of time, after which it becomes private. Additionally, the new version of the application comes with support for easily sharing photos, voice notes, or other files, including calendar events and contacts. Moreover, it comes with Dropbox integration.

BBM 2.0 for Android
Images credits to Inside BlackBerry

Platform 46 Is a Huge Android Tablet You Can Serve Coffee On

Android tablets have found a home in some unusual places, including ovens, refrigerators, cars and kitchens. But none of them has ever gotten so big.

Ideum and 3M appear to believe your living room is in need of some remodeling, so they are suggesting you spice things up with a large fancy Android coffee table. You hear that right, a coffee table. Basically, you’ll be serving tea and cookies to your guests on a mammoth Android tablet with legs; well, that is if you get over your concerns of damaging your probably expensive furniture nonconformism. Now you might be curious to know what specs this behemoth bundles within its midst. The tablet-table has a 46-inch / 116-cm diagonal, thus probably being the largest Android device available on the market today. Speaking of damaging it by spilling tea or whatever, you should know the table is waterproof and has a 3M 1080 display. Apparently, the tablets are capable of displaying content in any lighting environment due to the display capacitive technology, so don’t worry if you’re planning a brunch in the sunlight.

Powering everything on the inside is a 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor combined with 16GB of RAM and a 500GB of hard drive, so imagine all the games you’d be able to play on it. Not to mention you’ll be able to watch a vid or two while your friend is sipping her juice. The only problem is the table runs on Android 4.1. Just for fun’s sake, we’re going to say there’s no word on the Android 4.4 KitKat update. This huge Android table is called Platform 46 (sounds like the name is taken out of SF movies of sorts) and is expected to hit the market later this year. No word on the official price-tag yet, but we expect it to be pretty massive, like the Platform itself.

Platform 46 is a huge Android coffee table
Images credits to Ideum

With the Platform 46 Coffee Table, Android developers can now create large-format, multi-user Android applications that utilize 3M's multi-touch technology (up to 60 simultaneous touches) incorporated into Ideum's line of table and kiosk products.
See more at: http://ideum.com/coffee-tables/
Video credits to multitouchexhibits

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