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Apple Fixing iMessage Bug, But Retina Supply May Threaten iPad Mini Launch

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Apple is having a few gremlins with iOS 7, with its massive user base magnifying any issues, so expect a new iOS update very soon to fix that pesky iMessage bug. However, a far bigger problem could be a lack of retina screens for the new iPad mini. 

The New Apple iPads Shrink and Stretch in the Wash

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As the new model iPhone excitement recedes, Apple revs up for October with a fresh batch of iPads, preceded by the usual host of leaks from China before the big day. Will they sell as well as the new smartphones? They'll have to, as Android tablets swamp Apple's market and revenue leadership. 

BlackBerry Bleeds Red As the Z10 Fails To Attract Consumers

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BlackBerry continues to bleed red as it takes a massive hit for the unsuccessful launch of its first all-touch Z10 smartphone. However, it continues to reposition itself as both a company and a smartphone/services player, with several options still available that could see it emerge as a niche but revived vendor. 

iOS 7.0.2 Goes Live to Close the Passcode Bypass

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A modest iOS update follows in the wake of all last week's hoopla, fixing some of the more glaring security issues with Apple's new smartphone operating system. 

Google Talk Messages Going Astray as It Explains Earlier Gmail Outage

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Google was still apologising for Monday's Gmail outage, when Google+ Hangout and Talk users began reporting issues with messages intended for one person going to multiple parties. All this after a huge raft of updates across the company's products, coincidence or the perils of updates?  

SMB's Swiss Army Knife, Bitrix24, Updates with Google Docs, Mobile CRM, More

Microsoft Office is getting challengers all over the place. This week, Bitrix24 added its name to that roster with an update to its enterprise social network/collaboration suite, that, among other new features, allows non-Office users to work with Office documents online via the Google Docs editor. 

Amazon Unveils Kindle Fire HDX Tablets With Built-In User Support

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Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX tablets are devices for everyone, so one of the new features is an automatic video help system to provide tech support. That and an improved screen and specs should see further growth in Amazon's content empire. 

Flipboard Redefines Digital Publishing, Raises US$50 Million

Flipboard Redefines Digital Publishing, Raises US$50 Million A Flipboard magazine on Climbing & Mountaineering

When the history of digital publishing is written, the social magazine Flipboard could get a whole chapter for its successes in mobile publishing, socially-based reading selections and stellar display of aggregated content. This week, the company fueled up for more forward motion, raising US$ 50 million in investment funding. 

Smartphone, Tablet, Desktop: Approach Each as Its Own Marketing Channel

Customer Experience, Digital Marketing, Smartphone, Tablet, Desktop: Approach Each as Its Own Marketing ChannelThe web can no longer be thought of as a singular marketing channel. The rapid growth of web-connected devices has changed the way we access and interact with the Internet, and simply building a website will no longer suffice as a “web strategy.”

Microsoft Launching Surface 2, Has It Learnt From RT's Failure?

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The imminent arrival of Windows 8.1 will make the company's new tablet computing devices more usable. But Microsoft's hardware updates won't radically change the money-losing Surface proposition in a market that fails to see keyboards and me-too apps as a major differentiator. 

Apple Announces 9 Million iPhone 5S or 5C Devices Sold

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While the hype among the press may be tailing off, the general consumer market still loves their iPhones, proving that Apple can shift stock, with huge numbers of its new iPhone models selling out around the world. 

Is Microsoft Losing Its Office Advantage in Tablets, or Making Surface into the Best Productivity Tablet?

Is Microsoft Losing Its Office Advantage in Tablets, or Making Surface into the Best Productivity Tablet?Is Microsoft in the process of losing one of the few competitive advantages it has in tablets? That question is being raised following news this week that Google is now offering its Quickoffice productivity apps for mobile devices, including tablets, for free. 

iPhone 5S Trouncing the 5C Model in Early Sales, But Gold Is Gone

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Sure, you wouldn't expect those queuing at Apple stores to be there for the second-best smartphone in the range, but the tilt towards the 64-bit superphone is pretty much vertical according to early polls of shoppers. But those looking for the gold model will be disappointed, as they've sold out in seconds. 

 

 

iOS 7 Meets Real Users Ahead of the iPhone 5S Launch

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Apple seemingly managed to find some more servers for the launch of iOS 7, with slightly less struggle to download and install the new system than previous versions. However, updates are still the order of the day as those enthusiast queues form for the top iPhone model. 

Five Ways to Be a Better Mobile Advertiser - Without Using Mobile Banner Ads

Customer Experience, Digital Marketing, Five Ways Your Brand Can Be a Better Mobile Advertiser - Without Using Mobile Banner AdsWhen was the last time you deliberately clicked a mobile banner ad? For most of us, the answer is never. Fraught with annoyances and fat-finger syndrome, mobile ads not only offer little-to-no meaningful engagement with consumers, they are also impossible to truly quantify in terms of user intent or interest.

 

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