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Instagram Gets Updated For iPhone 5′s 4-inch Screen And iOS 6 ©


The new big happy Facebook family is certainly on the ball with iPhone 5, delivering and update not only for its own app, but also one for new subsidiary Instagram designed to work on the new iPhone and iOS 6. The update now ensures that you’ll be able to check out your photos using the iPhone 5′s full 4-inches of glory.

Use of the larger screen doesn’t bring any major interface changes to the table: you’ll just see more of your feed at once. Would’ve been nice to see some additional use of the extra space, but at least the app, which is all about a pleasant viewing experience, isn’t letterboxed anymore. You’ll also get a new onboarding process for new users, useful if you’re just picking it up for the first time, as well as better password recovery options. It’s available now as a free update from the App Store.


RIM Fleshes Out BB10 App World With Music, Movies, And TV Shows; Devs Can Access It “Immediately” ©




BlackBerry 10 is still a ways away, but RIM VP of Business Development Martyn Mallick has revealed that the operating system’s App World storefront will sport plenty of new content very shortly. Despite the potentially limiting name, RIM’s App World will soon play home to music, movies, and television shows for the company’s 80 million users to browse and buy.

Naturally, details are still a little light at this point. Mallick noted that consumers would be able to both rent and purchase video content, and that there’s no streaming to be found here — all of the media is moved directly onto the device. What’s more, users will be able to view trending songs or videos to help make that all-important purchasing decision just a little bit easier. All that said, Mallick made no mention of any media partnerships, so exactly what kind of content we’ll find in the App World is still up in the air.

Developers toting around their Dev Alpha devices (including the fancy new Dev Alpha B) will see the new-and-improved App World “immediately,” though RIM was quick to note that the ability to actually, y’know, buy things, doesn’t work just yet.

The RIM employees on-stage let out a joyous yelp at the prospect of “one stop shopping,” and with good reason. Rival smartphone players Apple and Google have invested heavily in building up their respective media ecosystems, and RIM clearly doesn’t want to be left behind this time. Of course, this could all be for naught if RIM doesn’t wrangle up some strong content partners so we’ll just have to see what the folks in Waterloo and Hollywood come up with.

Via techcrunch

Pinstagram Turns Instagram Into Pinterest

For some reason or another, Instagram has yet to release a web-based interface for its billion-dollar social network. No worries, though—a bunch of companies have already picked up the slack. One of our favorites isStatigram. There’s now a new one called Pinstagram that, as you can guess, takes the format everyone’s recent favorite photo-sharing site. You know how we feel about Pinterest, but we can’t front—this is a great way to view Instagram.

[via FWD]


Apple ‘planning to sell £150 iPad Mini AT A LOSS in order to kill off Android tablets’

  • Claims suggest Apple will launch iPad Mini this October for between $200-$250
  • Dramatic price-point will help Apple compete with cheaper Android tablets
  • Apple’s $100billion cash reserves may soften blow of loss-making device
Like this, but smaller: Apple has now released three generations of iPad - and rumours suggest a baby brother is on the way

Like this, but smaller: Apple has now released three generations of iPad – and rumours suggest a baby brother is on the way

Apple is planning to launch an assault against the burgeoning Android tablet market by releasing an ‘iPad Mini’ – at a loss-making price of around £150, according to new claims.

The bargain-basement priced tablet will even feature the same ‘Retina’ display featured on its big brother, bringing the same 3.1million pixels to a smaller 7-8″ display.

Sources told Apple fansite iMore that the aggressively-priced tablet will launch in October this year, with Apple potentially selling the sub-$250 tablet at a loss in order to leave no room for competition.

With Apple sitting on cash reserves of $100bn, the tech giant should at least be able to stomach such a move financially.

iMore reported: ‘Today’s claim says that Apple is going to step-up the pressure on Android tablet manufacturers with an iPad mini that will sell for a surprisingly low $200-250.

‘That’s a bit hard to accept in the light of the other major claim this rumor makes, that the iPad mini will keep the full-sized iPad’s 2048×1536 resolution.

‘If this is true, Apple might have to take a serious cut to its margins, if not sell the mini at a loss. Considering the kind of cash Apple has on hand, though, it might be willing to take the hit just to help kill-off competition from Android tablets.’

If the iPad sells for $250 in the States, that would translate to £150 in the UK, although whether Apple would respect currency rates is up for debate.

With the screen as a premium feature, it is likely sacrifices will be made in other parts of the tablet, such as reduced storage space of, for instance, 8GB for your apps, videos and music.

This will likely cause issues for users as that amount of space will be used up quickly, marking this out as very much a budget tablet.


However, it will also appeal to people who want an iPad for casual browsing and occasional use of apps and movies, but who are not willing to shell out £400 for the bigger brother.

iMore and another website, Daring Fireball, have separately heard that Apple has already built the seven-inch device, and the only decision left is whether to ‘go to market’.

Both iMore and Daring Fireball have proven to be reliable sources of internal Apple discussions in the past.

Something new to the table(t): Previously there has only been two flavours of iPad - black and white

Something new to the table(t): Previously there has only been two flavours of iPad – black and white

Android tablets can be found at around the £200 mark, including the Android-based Amazon Fire, held here by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Android tablets can be found at around the £200 mark, including the Android-based Amazon Fire, held here by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Steve Jobs' feelings towards seven-inch tablets was reported in his official biography, among other places

Steve Jobs’ feelings towards seven-inch tablets was reported in his official biography, among other places

Steve Jobs hated the thought of a smaller iPad, calling them ‘dead on arrival’. He said people did not wish to use smaller tablets for video-playback, and feared a smaller tablet would serve as a bridge between the iPad and the iPhone, resulting in app-makers simply ‘stretching’ their phone apps for the tablet.

In a 2010 earnings call, he said: ‘One naturally thinks that a seven-inch screen would offer 70 percent of the benefits of a ten-inch screen.

‘Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. … The reason we won’t make a seven-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit a lower price point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software.’

Another big problem – which Android is struggling to deal with – would be the resulting fragmentation, with app-makers having to invest more money for coding different versions of their apps for different devices, something Apple has almost entirely succeeded at avoiding so far.

With the Android tablet market maturing, and competitors like Amazon launching their own tablets such as the Kindle Fire at less than $200, it would make sense for Apple to join the burgeoning cheaper market, although the company may be concerned about devaluing their premium brand, which is associated with high prices but also high quality.

However the company has previous form with cheaper models. The iPod music player was released in 2001, and in 2004 and 2005 the iPod Minis and Nanos were released, bringing elements of Apple’s flagship device to a cheaper market.

In March, a source from within competitor Samsung made a ‘mini’ indescretion while talking to the Korea Times.

While discussing Apple and Samsung’s $9.7billion deal for Samsung to manufacturer parts of the iPad, an official said: ‘The contract is expected to rise to $11billion by the end of this year as Apple is planning to release a smaller iPad, probably with a 7.85-inch screen, and to sell more of its MacBook Air PCs using Samsung’s faster solid state drive storage.’


Going Kwakers: Why I’m in love with Kawasaki’s new ZZR1400

It has so much power you barely have to nudge the throttle to feel the back end squirming about

Sleek: Handling and safety functions are impressive

Sleek: Handling and safety functions are impressive

I’ve just taken delivery of the world’s fastest motorcycle.

It’s the Kawasaki ZZR1400 and I’m in love with it already.

It’s a fantastic bike with so much power that you barely have to nudge the throttle to feel the back end squirming about.

It’s not a superbike, more of a ­supertourer.

Like several European car makers (Audi, BMW and Merc) that voluntarily restrict their cars to a top speed of 155mph, the Japanese bike manufacturers limit the top speed of their machines.

Supertourer: Richard Hammond loves the new ZZR1400 already

Supertourer: Richard Hammond loves the new ZZR1400 already

But since that limit is 186mph, it’s pretty meaningless.

Quite how fast the ZZR1400 would go if uncorked I don’t know – not least because I obviously haven’t ridden it flat out because there isn’t a race track or piece of runway long enough in the UK to do so – but the four-cylinder motor kicks out a massive 207bhp, so 200mph is probably possible.

Until recently, I owned a Suzuki ­Hayabusa, to which I fitted a top box and panniers. It looked a bit odd but made it a brilliant bike for a quick commute between Gloucestershire and London – so I’ll do the same with the Kwacker.

The handling is really good, the seat is comfortable and you can get almost 200 miles from a tankful of petrol. The big difference between the two bikes is that the ZZR1400 is fitted with a very s­ophisticated traction control system that has two sport settings and a safety setting.

Full throttle: You just need a nudge to feel the roar

Full throttle: You just need a nudge to feel the roar

Call me a wimp if you like but when you’re riding in the rain, your hands are cold, you’re looking out for people in cars doing something stupid and you have more power in your right hand than Ford’s Sierra Cosworth had, a bit of electronic help is a pretty welcome thing.

The ZZR1400 isn’t the best-looking bike in the world and it’ll be even less pretty when I’ve stuck the luggage on it, but that’s not the end of the world because I’ve got some bikes in my ever-increasing collection that do look amazing.

I bought the Kawasaki to do a job and it does it brilliantly.

I might buy a set of Akrapovic exhausts for the bike because it’s a bit quiet in town and I worry about pedestrians ­stepping into the road.

Overhead view: It costs a lot of cash

Overhead view: It costs a lot of cash

Photos credit to > Kawasaki

Mind you, the pipes cost £1,800, which is a bit painful when you’ve just spent £11,499 on the bike itself.

It’s lots of money, but then the Bugatti Veyron, which is the fastest car in the world, costs rather more than that.


CBS SUES ABC You’ll PAY for Ripping Off ‘Big Brother’


CBS wasn’t bluffing … ’cause the network has made good on its threat to sue ABC over an upcoming reality show which CBS claims is a blatant rip off of “Big Brother” … and it’s NASTY.

As we previously reported, CBS fired off a cease-and-desist letter to ABC last week … claiming “Glass House” is “strikingly” similar to “Big Brother” — a bunch of people living in a house and competing for prizes.

Now, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in L.A., CBS states, “If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then CBS should take pride in ABC’s latest reality television project, ‘Life in a Glass House.'”

In the suit, CBS refers to “Glass House” as a “carbon copy” of “Big Brother” — and calls ABC’s decision to green light the show an “obvious attempt … to capitalize on its unique success.”

CBS claims its trying to stop ABC from committing a blatant theft of its copyrightable expression, trade secrets and other confidential information.

CBS also claims ABC has hired at least 19 former “BB” staffers to work on “Glass House” — and believes the employees are actively disclosing CBS’s trade secrets and confidential information to produce the show. CBS also believes at least one “Glass House” exec has been trying to poach current “BB” employees.

CBS wants at least 3 former high level “Big Brother” employees who signed with “Glass House” to fork over $500,000 EACH for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement they had with CBS.

CBS is also suing ABC for unspecified damages.

Stay tuned.


UnGoogleable: The 9 People You Meet On Instagram

@ocugwu takes the road less queried.

With over 47 million users, a long-awaited recent expansion to Android and a big move to Facebook earlier this month, Instagram is spreading like dye through a Polaroid. If you haven’t yet been lured by the photo-based social network, peer pressure to join its retro-glam ranks is only mounting. The app already contains multitudes—scores of pro-am photographers of all shapes, colors and creeds who have accepted its central promise: to replace a Twitter/Facebook world of self-consciously composed sentences with a brave new world of self-consciously composed and carefully filtered photographs.

On Instagram, every shot is a self-portrait. Herewith, a working guide to the ecosystem’s most notorious types.

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