Apple confirms October 4 event, says “Let’s talk iPhone”

We’ve known this all along but doesn’t it feel ever so nice when you get official backing to your claims? Apple has begun rolling out special invites for their October 4 event which, as rumored, will be held in their own Cupertino campus in California at 10am Pacific Time. The tagline for the event? A cheeky “Let’s talk iPhone.

The tagline suggests new iPhones are surely on the cards (duh!) but also suggests we’ll have something new in the voice department, maybe a new app or something, based on the Let’s talk part of the tagline. Whatever it is, iPhone 4S, 5, Siri integration, iOS 5, iCloud, etc.. we’ll be covering everything. So stay tuned to Firstain to make sure you don’t miss out on all the hoopla!

October 4, Tuesday — mark your calendar.

Source: Engadget

EXCLUSIVE: Member of Apple’s BOD and former U.S Vice President, Al Gore confirms “new iPhones” for October

We’ve had numerous reports suggesting new iPhone / iPhones coming out of Cupertino next month but none as conclusive as this. Former United States Vice President and current member of Apple’s Board of Directors, Al Gore, speaking at a conference today at Discovery Invest Leadership Summit, supported the on-going rumors by saying “the new iPhones would be out next month.

So now that we’ve got a sort of an official confirmation, lets dig a little deeper into the situation. Firstly, he said new “iPhones” will be coming in October which means there will be more than 1 variation of Apple’s hugely popular smartphone. This sits very well with the various reports that stated that there will be 2 different iPhone variants — one a low-end device which will be exactly like the iPhone 4, albeit with an improved 8 megapixel camera and an A5 processor called the iPhone 4S; and the other being a high-end device featuring a host of additional features over the current iPhone, including changes in hardware design as well with the home screen button being a bit more wider and shorter than the iPhone 4’s. This high-end device will be called the iPhone 5.

Now despite confirming “new iPhones” for October, Al Gore didn’t specifically mention the ‘October 4’ date which many people are speculating to be the day Apple holds a media event to unveil the new iPhones along with iCloud, iOS 5, and possibly a new-look iPod Touch and iPod Nano devices. And while there are many conflicting reports regarding the release date, if the October 4th projection holds any credibility, then the release usually follows around seven days later which will be October 11.

Also, it is not expected that the iPhone 5 will be 4G-LTE capable; well, at least not in the Western World, however, as carriers begin to pick up the pace and cater for the data connectivity of tomorrow, this is certainly something we could see in the iPhone 6, which you would hope will be released in the latter segment of 2012.

So now that things are beginning to fall into place, i’d like to conclude by leaving you with something to ponder over: While this may all sound good and comforting, Al Gore’s comments may just be a strategic ploy after all to keep Apple firmly atop the news. But then again, we can’t expect a former government official to bluff, can we? I’m afraid only time will tell.

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Source  TheNextWeb

Power of 5: iPhone-iOS-October?

According to a new report published today, Apple is all set to launch iPhone 5 and iOS 5 on October 5.

PocketGamer reports that an “inside source” has hinted them that Apple is planning to host a media event on October 5th to launch some new hardware, which will then subsequently release a week later on October 12th.

In the sort of hush-hush operation whereby we’d have to kill you etc etc, it seems that Apple is gearing up for a slightly earlier than previously expected iPhone 5 launch.

Our inside source says there will be a press conference announcing the new hardware on October 5th, with retail release occurring a week later.

The symbolism works well too: iPhone 5, iOS 5, October 5.

Various reports are strongly suggesting that there will be not one but two different variations of iPhones available, one pretty similar to the current iPhone 4 (iPhone 4S) and the other a totally different one (iPhone 5). The report also expects a new 3G-equipped iPod Touch to arrive with the iPhones.

While all this sounds good and exciting, we must not get carried away as previously too a report had suggested that Apple will hold an event on September 7 and launch the iPhone 5 and iOS 5. But nothing of the sort happened. And now, we have October 5 as the date when some new hardware from Cupertino arrives. But will we be disappointed this time too? Only time will tell.

Via PocketGamer

RIM launches BBM Music, for the love of the “BlackBerry Boys”

Blackberry-maker Research in Motion (RIM) has given some more love to the fruit-flavored phone owners in the form of BBM Music, just days after launching the BB Curve 9350/9360/9370 — the last of the 5 devices they launched recently. BBM Music is an addition to the highly popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service offered by RIM to its device holders. A Spotify-esque service, BBM Music allows users to get and keep up to 50 songs in their personal library upon payment of $5 per month. What’s the big deal, you might ask. Well, as with their BBM (messenger), RIM have added the social element to the BBM Music as well. You can add BBM Music friends to your circle and access their 50 songs as well (so RIM wants you to add strangers, eh). Not enough? You are also allowed to swap up to 25 songs per month for new ones to refresh your music library with the latest tunes, with your current library being stored locally on your handset.

The service was built by British music services company Omnifone, which has licensed 10m tracks across all music genres from classical to contemporary rock and pop, with new music generally available on the day of release.

The music, licensed from Universal Music Group, Sony, Warner Music Group and EMI, is essentially rented – it can be downloaded onto phones and listened to when the handset is offline, but cannot be transferred to other devices.

BBM Music

The new service begins today in closed beta for residents of the US, Canada and the UK, but more countries will be added down the road.

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RIM Announces BBM Music – A New Social Music Sharing and Discovery Service

New Cloud-Based Music Service Makes Music a Social Experience

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) today announced BBM Music, a new BBM (BlackBerry® Messenger) service for socially connected music fans.

BBM Music is an easy-to-use cloud-based service that enables social and viral music discovery by allowing users to build an evolving, community-based music library that is shared amongst their BBM Music friends. The size of the music library continues to grow as new friends join the community and each user can select music from a catalog with millions of songs from leading music companies – Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI.

“More than 45 million customers already love the social communication benefits delivered through BBM and we are thrilled to be extending the experience into a uniquely social and interactive music service,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “We have partnered with leading music companies to provide a „full track‟ music sharing and discovery experience that will provide users with quality music on demand and allow them to connect with friends on a whole new level.”

Key features of BBM Music include:
– Music made social – BBM Music is a cloud-based, social music service that allows you to share and discover music with your friends, creating a continually evolving music library:
– Build a personal music profile with 50 of your favorite songs. You can refresh your profile by swapping out up to 25 songs each month.
– Invite your BBM friends to subscribe to BBM Music and to join your BBM Music Community.
– With each friend that is added to BBM Music, you grow your music collection since the songs from the profile of each BBM Music friend are available to you at any time.
– Up to 50 tracks from your personal profile are shared with your BBM Music Community, and each member of your community shares up to 50 songs from their profile with you.
– Enjoy a truly social community-based music experience – the more friends who join your community, the more songs you can listen to.
– Easily discover music that your BBM Music friends are listening to, and comment on your friends‟ songs and playlists.
– You can create multiple playlists from music in your profile as well as all of your friends‟ profiles, and with one click you can shuffle the entire collection of music from your BBM Music Community. You can even see which friend contributed each song while it plays.
– Within your BBM Music app, you also see a visual timeline that shows the recent updates of all users within your community. It gives you a chronological view of community updates, including who added new friends, which songs were added or removed, which playlists were created and what comments were made by your BBM Music friends.
– Listen to Full Tracks – BBM Music subscribers can listen to full tracks from their friends‟ profiles – not just previews.
– Offline Listening – Music can be saved to smartphones for offline listening, allowing users to access songs even when they don‟t have wireless coverage.
– Topping the Charts – Keep track of how many friends are listening to your tracks.

“A major component of online music continues to be about community, and the ability to discover new artists and music through word of mouth,” stated Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business for Universal Music Group. “BBM Music dynamically and elegantly integrates the excitement of this social music discovery process with a high quality music service, enabling tens of millions of BlackBerry users to experience new music and to share those experiences with their friends virtually anywhere and at anytime.”

“We are pleased to be partnering with Research In Motion on their BBM Music service. RIM and its large base of BlackBerry Messenger users represent an exciting platform for expanding the reach of commercial digital music around the world,” stated Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales and Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment. “The combination of a premium music solution and instant messaging will enable viral music discovery and emphasize the social power of digital music. It also offers an effective way of serving younger consumers by integrating music into the fabric of an important hub of their digital activity.”

“A dynamic social music experience is a powerful way for our artists to connect with fans and also for fans to discover music by interacting with each other,” said Michael Nash, Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy & Business Development, Warner Music Group. “Addressing more than 45 million BlackBerry Messenger users with a service tailor-made for its mobile community, BBM Music has the opportunity to reach a broad and engaged audience.”

“We are very excited to work with Research In Motion to bring our artists‟ music to BBM‟s huge and very loyal user base,” said Mark Piibe, Executive Vice President of Global Business Development at EMI Music. “BBM Music‟s unique social discovery experience offers fans a great new way to discover music, share their favorite tracks with their friends and build a stronger connection with the artists they love.”

“The widespread adoption of mobile devices provides the perfect foundation for consuming and sharing music. Brands that want to deliver a unique interactive experience must create services that are mobile, social, and contextual,” said Maribel Lopez Principal at Lopez Research and Constellation Research Group.

A closed (limited) beta trial of the BBM Music service is starting today in Canada, the United States and the UK. The BBM Music service is expected to be commercially available to customers later this year for a monthly subscription of $4.99 USD* in Australia, Canada, Columbia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, the United Kingdom and the United States.

RIM lines up 5 new phones, to run on the new BB 7 OS

Research in Motion (RIM) have rolled the last dice in hope of making inroads and regain their lost market share with the announcement of five new smartphones this evening. The phones, two of which will be an addition to the BlackBerry Bold line (Bold 9900 and 9930) along with three revamped versions of the BlackBerry Torch (9810, 9850 and 9860), will launch sometime later this month, and more importantly will run on the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

The two new Bold ‘berries will feature a touchscreen display, traditional BlackBerry keyboard and built-in support for Near Field Communications (NFC), which could open the door for options such as mobile payments.

Coming to the Torch, the 9810 will feature a larger touch display and slide-out keyboard, while the 9850 and 9860 models will sport slightly bigger screens powered by Liquid Graphics technology.

Quoting USA Today:

All five devices will run RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which will offer an improved browser, voice-activated searches and a host of personal and productivity apps.

Wireless carrier AT&T will launch the Torch 9860 in August, while the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 will debut later this year. All three smartphones will run on AT&T’s 4G network.

With the announcement of these five new phones, RIM expects to provide some sort of competition to the rising glory of Apple and it’s iPhone, and to the wide army of Android smartphones floating in the market.

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Developer Preview 3 for OS X Lion and Developer Preview 5 for XCode 4.1 released by Apple

Apple has released Developer Preview 3 for Mac OS X Lion 10.7 and is asking you to upgrade from Developer Preview 2 for more masala (spice).

Also available is an upgrade for XCode 4.1 in the form of Developer Preview 5.

The size of the package is 1.07GB. So get downloading quickly, developers!

Sup Sup Supersonic to the rescue!

Sup Sup Supersonic to the rescue!
No we are not talking about any super hero. Nor is it the name of a new comic. Then what is it?
It is a new WiMAX-enabled smartphone with Android. Yes ‘Supersonic’ is it’s name & with the buzz from the Nexus One starting to wane, it could well turn out to be a front runner to be crowned the next iPhone killer.
Sprint (as it is known) will be carrying an WiMAX/Android version of the jaw-dropping HTC HD2.  The biggest (only?) complaint about the HD2 is that it runs Windows Mobile 6.5, though HTC’s Sense makes an effort at making it usable.
It could also turn out to be the world’s first 4G phone.
Quoting Engadget:
We know 2010’s just begun, but between all this noise and the promise of a legitimate 4G radio on board, let’s be real — we’re already looking at a very, very early contender for smartphone of the year.
OK, so this new Sprint phone is unlikely to be an iPhone killer.  But maybe the Dell Mini 5 could be.  It has a SIM slot and 5-inch touch screen and can make calls.