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Blackberry Leap is now available in Nigeria and Some Country

BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, has announced the availability of BlackBerry Leap in Nigeria. The device which has been made available to the Nigerian market from the 10th of June, 2015, runs on the latest BlackBerry 10.3.1. Some of the consumer attractive features include: Security to Maintain Privacy BlackBerry Leap was designed with the highest standards of security to protect your privacy. It is equipped with support for encryption, plus built-in malware protection that helps secure your data against the next embarrassing and potentially costly cyber-attack. Battery That Powers Through a Full Day With an impressive 2800mAh battery, Blackberry Leap allows you up to 25 hours of heavy use which gives you more than a full day of productive usage. Best-in-Class BlackBerry Keyboard With superior error correction, multi-language support, customized adaption and flow, BlackBerry’s touchscreen keyboard helps to reduce your typing errors. Other features include t…

BBM chats for Android gets updated with Emerging Tools

By  - Jun 27, 2015 BBM for Android new material update The latest update for the BBM for Android has a whole new design, a material design update which changes the overall look and user interface. The design is flat, colourful and it also comes with additional features like private chat. According to the Blackberry Blog post“We’ve redesigned BBM for Android from the ground up, using material design principles as inspiration. This means a more colorful, more eye-popping, and easier-to-use BBM experience that’s brand-new, yet very familiar….” Here are the noticeable new features that comes along: Private Chats:
In a private chat, your contact’s name is hidden, and new message notifications are turned off. Your chat is automatically deleted after a short time, or when you end the private chat. Edit Message
The perfect complement to message retraction, Replace provides you with the power to edit a sent message. Publish in Feed:
Share status updates faster, right from your BBM feed. If y…

Cloud-Based App Launcher Frame Run Your App at Cloud Lands $10 Million In Series A Funding

Frame, a cloud-based service that allows users to run desktop programs like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Excel directly and all the software can able to run at cloud with low cost and it an emerging trend and it support from their browser, just announced that it has closed a $10 million Series A funding round. Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Bain Capital Ventures and SQN Venture Partners participated in the round. The three-year-old Frame, formerly Mainframe2, had just recently landed $2.5 million in seed funding this past November. In a statement announcing the funding, Dr. Nikola Bozinovic, Frame’s founder and CEO, said: “In 2012, we set out to change the way people think about personal computing. Today we are taking a significant step toward realizing that goal by letting anyone with the Internet connection access his own cloud computer. We are thrilled to have the strategic support from our investors to help us in our mission.” Bozinovic said that the newly raised funds will h…

Invoca’s Inbound Sales Call Analytics Plots IPO With New CEO

In anticipation of a likely 2017 IPO, Invoca, a call marketing automation company based in Santa Barbara, Calif., announced Thursday that it has hired Mark Woodward to lead the company as CEO. Incoming CEO Mark Woodward Woodward, an entrepreneur who has served as CEO for two other public companies, E2open and Serena Software, was appointed by the founder and current Chief Executive, Jason Spievak, to “drive the explosive growth” and scale of the business, as it moves towards “what it expects will be a 2017 IPO,” according to a press release. “I was the right guy to start Invoca and lead it to a sustainable business doing tens of millions of dollars in revenue,” said Spievak, who will remain full-time with Invoca as the Executive Vice President and Chairman, in a press release. “But at our current growth rate, I want a partner to help Invoca maximize growth and to provide experience building for massive scale. When I met Mark, I knew we had found the right leader for this next chapter…

Jumptuit Makes Sure All Your Content Are Belong To You

Do you ever find yourself searching for a specific photo or song, only to realize it’s either stuck on a different device or hidden away in one of your many cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive? Launching today, Jumptuit is an app that will give users a single access point for accessing content across all of their devices and storage services. The app, which is available on desktop, mobile, and TV platforms, will be able to connect to more than 15 different cloud services ranging from Amazon Cloud Drive and Box to Spotify and Vimeo. Here’s how Jumptuit works: First, you install the app on each of your devices and give it permission to access your favorite cloud services. After this initial setup, content from each device or service is accessible on all other connected devices. For example, you could use Jumptuit’s smart TV app to view photos stored on both your iPhone and your Dropbox photo gallery. Even though these images are coming from different locations, the soft…

Ex-Amazon Team Launches Mona, An App That Puts A Personal Shopper In Your Pocket

Mona, a new app from former Amazon.com employees launching now, wants to put a personal shopper on your phone. While many mobile shopping apps today work to provide users with recommendations on new products or highlight popular trends, Mona takes things a step further with a feature it calls “Missions.” This has it scouring online stores for products that meet a specific set of criteria, based on product type, style, price and more. For example, you could ask Mona to tell you when a particular pair of shoes goes on sale, or when handbags from your favorite designer are available for under $200. The Seattle-based, bootstrapped startup was founded last year by Orkun Atik, previously a senior Product Manager at Amazon; along with Nurettin Dag, also of Amazon, who worked as a Senior Software Development Engineer; and a third co-founder who prefers to stay anonymous. Atik in particular has experience with personalization technologies, having worked on various recommendation systems while …

Office For Android Phones Now Available For Everyone

ter launching the Office for Android phone preview five weeks ago, Microsoft has now released Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on the Google Play Store for anyone to download. Following up their Office for Android tablets and Office for iOS releases, Microsoft has furthered their reach on non-Microsoft OS devices. With Android phones being the most popular devices in the worldwide market by a fairly wide margin, Microsoft is definitely tapping into a huge user base, a large portion which may already be using Microsoft Office on their work or home computers. The preview program, which saw the Office apps tested on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries, gave Microsoft important feedback – including the ability to connect to Google Drive and Box – which they’ve incorporated into the release versions. Some of Kirk Koenigsbauer’s (corporate VP for the Office Client Applications and Services team) favourite features include: On the go reviews and edits—I often need to squeeze…

How to remove the ‘Get Windows 10′ app from your PC and cancel your upgrade reservation

Starting on June 1st, 2015, millions of PCs and tablets around the world will begin to see the Windows 10 upgrade notification icon in the system tray, on all qualifying devices. That’s because Microsoft has announced that the next version of its operating system will be arriving on July 29. Now there is a slight chance that some Windows users won’t want to move quickly to the new version of the operating system. Some users might feel they want to stay a little longer with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, or they feel that Windows 10 isn’t quite ready. For those people, I will show you how you can remove the icon from the system tray and how to cancel your reservation. The Windows logo icon in the system tray didn’t magically appear on your PC. It was the update KB3035583 that handled the notification preparing your computer for Windows 10. KB3035583 was originally an update released back in April, Microsoft offered it as an optional update for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines. Today, the…

Windows 10 build 10136 screenshots posted by Windows Insider chief

We are used to seeing leaked screenshots of unreleased Windows 10 builds coming from third parties. However, it’s rare when a member of the Windows team does it himself. Today, Gabriel Aul, the head of the Windows Insider program, did just that on his Twitter account with two screenshots showing Windows 10 build 10136. Currently, Microsoft has build 10130 available for the over 4 million Windows Insider members to check out. There’s not a lot that’s new in these two new images, although the system tray arrow and File Explorer icons have both been updated. One of the images also shows that Word 95 can indeed run inside Windows 10. Microsoft has already announced that Windows 10 will officially launch, or more accurately come out of its preview stage, on July 29. Earlier today at Computex 2015, the company announced there will be about 300 products running the operating system by the time it debuts. Via: Windows Central,  Gabriel Aul

Google Is Looking For Testers For Its Jump VR Video Cameras

Google wants YOU to test their Jump virtual reality video capture platform. Or, well, some of you. Maybe like two, given how I imagine the percentages will work on this. The company is opening up invitations to anyone interested in trying it out, with a form where you can specifywhat you’d like to do with it, and provide a little bit about your background. Google says it will be providing “select creators” a chance to use the Jump rig (a multi-camera array developed in conjunction with GoPro) beginning this summer. The two-page form simply asks for some basic biographical information, as well as an explanation of what it is exactly you’d like to do with your Jump rig. Let’s call that the essay portion of the quiz. In order to actually get hardware, the key here is probably the essay portion. Google even says that “awesome” answers will be ranked higher, so getting into detail about your planned project probably helps. Think of it like an arts grant, if you’ve ever gone through that p…

Consumers Spend 85% Of Time On Smartphones In Apps, But Only 5 Apps See Heavy Use

New research on mobile behavior released today points to the growing struggle that app businesses face in establishing themselves as a must-have download on users’ smartphones. Today’s consumers are spending over 85 percent of their time on their smartphones using native applications, but the majority of their time – 84 percent – is spent using just five non-native apps they’ve installed from the App Store. Those five apps will vary from person to person. For some, their top five could include social media or gaming, while others may spend more time in instant messaging. This data further supports a study Nielsen released earlier this month which also reiterated that there does appear to be an upper limit to how many apps consumers use on a monthly basis. While this new study from Forrester Research examines where consumers spent the majority of their time, Nielsen’s report noted that users would only use 26 to 27 apps per month in total. The new data on app usage comes from a Forres…

SoftBank Lands $236M From Alibaba And Foxconn To Bring Its Pepper Robot To The World

Remember Pepper, the intelligent robot that SoftBank unveiled last year? Pepper goes on sale in Japan this coming weekend, but in advance of that launch SoftBank has revealed that Alibaba and manufacturer Foxconn have invested $118 million each in its robotics division. That deal will give Alibaba and Foxconn 20 percent shares in SoftBank Robotics Holdings (known as SBRH), with SoftBank retaining a dominant 60 percent stake. “SoftBank, Alibaba and Foxconn will build a structure to bring Pepper and other robotics businesses to global markets, and cooperate with the aim of spreading and developing the robotics industry on a worldwide scale,” SoftBank said in its announcement. SoftBank isn’t short on money, of course — it is building up quite a portfolio of e-commerce investments across Asia — but its two partners bring know-how, strategy and global networks to the table. So, it looks like Pepper has eventual world domination plans. Or, at least, plans to be helpful on an international …

Google Trends Gets Redesign With A Focus On Real-Time Data

Google launched a redesigned version of Google Trends today that brings real-time data to the service. So if you feel the need to get up-to-the-minute data on how Donald Trump’s hair is holding up during his so-called presidential campaign, you can now do that on Google’s service. Unsurprisingly, the new design follows most of Google’s own Material Design guidelines, the design language the company announced about a year ago and that’s now finding its way into most of its mobile and web products. The new homepage is now available in 28 countries, and Google says it will add more locations in the next few months. For topics that rank very highly and major events like the Oscars, Google will now also provide a real-time list of trending stories and additional information on the improved Trends search page. The company says that it has also increased “the breadth and coverage” of Google Trends data, so you should be able to find information about more niche topics on the service now. To…

Bringing Eye Exams To The Palm Of A Doctor’s Hand, Smart Vision Raises $6.1 Million

Commercializing a new tool to bring the basic eye exam into the palm of a doctor’s hand could save the eyesight of nearly 1 billion people worldwide. That’s the goal that Zhou Yaopeng and Marc Albanese, two former photonics researchers who met at Boston University nearly a decade ago, have set for themselves and for their two-year-old startup, Smart Vision Labs. The company has just raised $6.1 million in its first major round of institutional funding from a group of investors led by Techstars Ventures. Other investors in the round includedHeritage Group, Connectivity Capital, and Red Sea Ventures. Smart Vision’s device, the SVOne, is based on initial research that Zhou and Albanese conducted while at BU. It’s a piece of hardware that attaches to an iPhone to provide mobile vision exams. Traditional devices, which measure what’s called wavefront aberrometry, can cost anywhere from $20,000 t00 $40,000. Smart Vision Labs’ co-founders say they’ve managed to drive the cost down to $3,950…