BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users

BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android usersA lot of people who now use iPhones and Android phones once used BlackBerry devices many years ago, and now BlackBerry says that its new square BlackBerry Passport is bringing some of them back into the fold. In a new post highlighting consumer response to its newest smartphone, BlackBerry picks up on several comments left on different websites of people who say that they can’t wait to dump their current smartphones for the BlackBerry Passport. “I  like it,” wrote one man named Hassam Mirzai. “The phone is small enough to carry in my pocket and large enough to read text comfortably. I currently have a Samsung Note II. When I bought my Note II, it looked weird too. After 2 or



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Amazon’s New Netflix-Style Service May Remind You of a Library

Amazon's New Netflix-Style Service May Remind You of a LibraryAmazon launched a monthly subscription service that will allow e-readers to e-read unlimited e-books on their Kindles. Introducing Kindle Unlimited! Unlimited Reading. Here's how it'll work: For a monthly fee of $ 9.99, Kindle users can browse the Amazon bookstore and wherever they see the logo for Kindle Unlimited, they'll be able to download the title for free. Considering it takes me 2 months to read a book, that's a pass for me. — Jeff Fino (@jefino) July 19, 2014



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Next-generation iPhone to enter mass production this month: media

A woman speaks on her iPhone as she walks on a busy street in downtown ShanghaiTaiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods, will begin mass production of Apple Inc's next-generation iPhone this month, local media reported Friday. Mass production of a 4.7-inch successor to the wildly popular iPhone 5 series of smartphones will begin during the third week of July, Taiwan's Economic Daily News said, without citing sources. A separate report issued Thursday by a China state-run news service said Hon Hai is planning to hire 100,000 workers at its mainland facilities to meet future demand for the gadget, citing comments made by the chief of the Henan Provincial Commerce Department.



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Intel says worst is over for battered PC industry

An employee walks past an Intel logo during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Intel Corp believes the worst is over for a personal computer industry hammered by the mobile revolution. Investors have pushed shares of PC mainstays Microsoft Corp and Intel to decade-highs, partly on bets that the global slump in PC demand that began with Apple Inc's launch of the iPad four years ago is hitting bottom. "PCs have stabilized," Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith told Reuters after Intel's report. Intel now expects the market's recovery to help it grow its full-year revenue about 5 percent, slightly higher than prior expectations.



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Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

This undated photo provided by American Academy of Pediatrics shows a rash on an unidentified 11-year old boy from a nickel allergy. Case reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from personal electronic devices, including laptops and cell phones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in this 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Pediatrics. Nickel rashes aren't life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids, and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob, an associate professor and dermatologist at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital, where the boy was treated. (AP Photo/American Academy of Pediatrics)CHICAGO (AP) — Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.



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Demand for personal computers still erratic, outlook unstable

Brazilian vendor types on a computer at a supermarket in Sao PauloBy Noel Randewich and Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Improved demand for personal computers after years of declines may not last as emerging markets remain weak and recent corporate upgrades in the United States and Europe may prove fleeting. The latest sign that the PC market's stability could be short-lived came from technology distributor Synnex Corp. Its shares have slumped 16 percent since Chief Executive Officer Kevin Murai warned earlier in July that increased demand was already waning from companies buying new computers to upgrade their operating systems after Microsoft Corp stopped supporting Windows XP in April. Investors have pushed shares in PC mainstays Microsoft and Intel Corp and parts suppliers such as Seagate and Western Digital Corp to decade- or record-highs, partly on bets that the global slump in PC demand that began with Apple Inc's launch of the iPad in 2010 may have hit bottom. While up to a quarter of the world's PCs still employ the 13-year-old Windows XP, it is unclear how many will choose tablets or Apple and Google Inc "Chrome" computers over PCs, rather than upgrade to newer Windows versions.



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5 great paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time

5 great paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited timeCan we ever really have enough apps on our iPhones and iPads? It’s pretty great how the simple act of taking 10 seconds to download a new app can completely change your smartphone experience. Just a few dollars is often all it takes — but sometimes we can do it for free. Today, we have five nifty paid apps to share with you that are currently on sale for free for a limited time. See anything you like? Click the links at the end of each section to get them before these sales are over. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way



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Samsung, Intel, Dell team up on standards for connected gadgets

Samsung Electronics' logo is seen on a laptop computer screen in front of an advertisement board promoting Intel processors at a store in SeoulBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics, Intel Corp and Dell have joined to establish standard ways for household gadgets like thermostats and light bulbs to talk to each other, at odds with a framework backed by Qualcomm, LG Electronics and other companies. The new Open Interconnect Consortium, like the Qualcomm-supported AllSeen Alliance, aims to establish how smart devices work together in a trend increasingly called the Internet of Things. Doug Fisher, general manager of Intel's Software and Services Group, told Reuters that the framework to be developed by the new consortium would address security and other issues not adequately handled by the AllSeen group.



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3 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now

3 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right nowIf there is a better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than by downloading a few awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps for free, we don’t know what it is. Tons of developers have made their paid apps free to celebrate July 4th, and we’ve sifted through them all to pick out three gems. We even have a game in today’s batch, which is rare for this series. It’s a great one that harkens back to the days of NES though, and there is no better day to get nostalgic than Independence Day. Weather Dial Not another weather app! Trust us, Weather Dial is simple, positively gorgeous, and like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Stop wasting time staring at weather radars and



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32,000 Mormon missionaries to get iPad minis

The Mormon church is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media. A test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving …
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