YouTube founders release MixBit to stitch together short movies on your iPhone

YouTube release MixBit to put together movies on your iPhone

YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have released a new app for iPhone that lets you anonymously stitch together short snippets of video to tell simple or complex stories — it just depends on how much time you put into it.

The idea is pretty simple: in a world of Instagram and Vine, which limits users (to some extent) to linear, chronological videos of between 6 and 15 seconds, MixBit lets users submit video clips to the cloud, reorder them, and even use others’ work, all in the name of creating interesting pieces of digital cinema.

The premise is only as good as the content submitted, and the imagination behind the creators, but the tools are extremely intuitive. Users can record clips of between one second and one hour, and these can be stitched together in any order, duplicated, or overlaid to create interesting effects. Users can combine a total of 256 clips to create videos of an hour in length, but most will likely be under a minute.

While the initial version focuses on iPhone, AVOS Systems, the company behind the app, says that an Android version is due in a few weeks, likely sometime in September.

From my short time with the app, it not only appears easy to use, but provides a measure of depth and complexity that Vine and Instagram can’t, and don’t want to, compete with.

Download MixBit for iPhone.

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TELUS schedule shows iOS 7 update coming in September

TELUS schedule shows iOS 7 update coming in September

Earlier this week Apple seeded iOS 7 Beta 5 to developers and it was a minor update, but was another step closer for the revised OS to go prime time. Apple promised the world that iOS 7 will be available to users sometime during the fall.

According to TELUS’ “Upcoming software updates schedule,” iOS7 is currently pegged for a release sometime next month. The carrier lists the ‘expected in-market date’ for September and are currently ‘in progress’ of testing iOS 7 now, plus will be compatible on the Apple devices such as the ‘iPhone 4, 4S, 5 iPad 2 and above.’ Of course, there’s a disclaimer that “expected dates are estimates and are subject to change,” but this follows all the other rumours that Apple will launch a low-cost iPhone and a new iPhone – iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S – in September.

Source: TELUS

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HTC One Max press image leaks

HTC One Max press image leaks

A secret release of the new HTC One Max press image!

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HTC teased that there are ‘big things ahead‘ and the signs point towards the leaked HTC One Max. This large phablet is rumoured to sport a 5.9-inch 1080p display and is basically a larger HTC One. A few images have already popped up online, plus HTC created a short video that looks to have Robert Downey Jr. involved in it, but today a ‘non-final’ rendering has founds its way online. Reputable device leaker evLeaks is once again claiming that the “T6″ is the One Max and has similar features to the popular One.

Still no word on the official release date, however, other notable specs of the One Max have it reportedly coming with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, UltraPixel camera, dual-front speakers and 3300 mAh battery.

Source: evLeaks

Robert Downey Jr. signs 2-year “Change” ad deal with HTC

Robert Downey Jr. signs 2-year “Change” ad deal with HTC

HTC Pulling out “The Iron Man” to get you to ‘change’

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Robert Downey Jr. has been tapped to help change the direction of HTC. The “long-term strategy” will see the famed actor from Iron Man sign on for two-years where he’ll star and ‘help shape the creative direction.’

The ad campaign is estimated to be worth a $1 billion and kicks off with the tagline of “Here’s To Change.” Downey Jr. will lead a 3-stage rollout that will first highlight HTC’s brand with a take on what the letters HTC means (see video below), followed by ad spots that show how HTC has changed the face of the mobile industry. Finally capping off with ads about how “HTC products empower individuals to drive change in their own lives.”

You’ve probably seen a quick teaser hit the web, but HTC and Downey Jr. will officially unveil the first commercial on YouTube on August 15th (possibly the HTC One Max, too).

5th-gen iPad to resemble iPad mini by new screen tech

5th-gen iPad to resemble iPad mini by new screen tech

Watch for the Fifth-gen I-Pad to look like the mini but with new screen Technology!

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Apple’s next-generation iPad, which will likely be announced alongside a refreshed iPad mini in October, will derive its design from the company’s entry-level tablet, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The iPad 5, or 5th Generation, will receive a much-needed slim down, eschewing the fat bezels on either side of the 9.7-inch screen in favour of slim, palm-sensitive ones. The body will also be significantly thinner, according to the WSJ, owing to a new film-based touch digitizer, similar to the one found in the iPad mini, that should allow Apple to shave at least a couple millimetres from the body.

The iPad 3, or iPad with Retina display, was actually thicker and heavier than the company’s second-generation model, owing a larger battery and an increased number of backlight LEDs needed to power that quad-resolution screen. Now that the Retina display is old hat — many of Apple’s competitors have supplanted the 2048×1056 pixel resolution benchmark — it’s incumbent on Apple to tighten, condense and lighten the load.

It’s also possible that battery life will be improved in the 5th Generation iPad, thanks to a new screen technology by Sharp called IGZO. This manufacturing method significantly cuts down on power usage, while ensuring the same brightness and viewing angles of previous IPS LCD displays.

While Apple’s notoriety as top tablet manufacturer has kept up since the introduction of the 4th Generation iPad last October, the latest counts show Android picking up a decent amount of market share. Apple still holds over 60% of the tablet market, but with successes like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line and Google’s new collaboration with Asus in the new Nexus 7, an increasing number of users and developers are hopping on the Android tablet bandwagon.

Source: Digits

BlackBerry starts “Exploration of Strategic Alternatives,” including a sale

BlackBerry starts “Exploration of Strategic Alternatives,” including a sale

Blackberry is looking at all alternatives through strategic partnerships or an all out sale!

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Looks like the rumours from last week were true about BlackBerry potentially going up for sale. The company has announced this morning that the Board of Directors have created a ‘Special Committee’ to “explore strategic alternatives” that could include ‘possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions.”

According to the press release the Special Committee will be chaired by Timothy Dattels, plus include Barbara Stymiest, Thorsten Heins, Richard Lynch and Bert Nordberg. Leading the “Exploration of Strategic Alternatives” process will be JP Morgan Securities as its financial advisor, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Torys LLP are serving legal advisors.

Timothy Dattels, Chairman of BlackBerry’s Special Committee of the Board, stated “Given the importance and strength of our technology, and the evolving industry and competitive landscape, we believe that now is the right time to explore strategic alternatives.”

Thorsten Heins, President and Chief Executive Officer of BlackBerry, added, “We continue to see compelling long-term opportunities for BlackBerry 10, we have exceptional technology that customers are embracing, we have a strong balance sheet and we are pleased with the progress that has been made in our transition. As the Special Committee focuses on exploring alternatives, we will be continuing with our strategy of reducing cost, driving efficiency and accelerating the deployment of BES 10, as well as driving adoption of BlackBerry 10 smartphones, launching the multi-platform BBM social messaging service, and pursuing mobile computing opportunities by leveraging the secure and reliable BlackBerry Global Data Network.”

Last quarter BlackBerry reported 6.8 million smartphone shipments and revenues of $3.1 billion. BlackBerry also noted that “there can be no assurance that this exploration process will result in any transaction.”

Source: MarketWire

BlackBerry gains Authority to Operate designation for US Department of Defense

BlackBerry gains Authority to Operate designation for US Department of Defense

Wonder if this will stop those nasty security leaks?

BlackBerry has been awarded Authority to Operate for US Department of Defense networks, allowing the Z10 and Q10 to operate with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 for a number of devices.

According to a press release issued today, this distinction is the first one for a Mobile Device Management provider, and lays the groundwork for up to 30,000 BB10 smartphones to be operational within the US Defense Information System Agency by the end of the year.

The United States Department of Defense has one of the most stringent security requirements for a governmental body in the world, so there’s a sense that, even if BlackBerry 10 doesn’t catch on among mainstream consumers, it has a solid future within government and business. That BB10 is a modern operating system that caters to app developers and IT administrators alike is reason enough to believe it will gain traction within specific verticals, especially among those looking to maintain one device in a secure environment.

With the impending release of the mid-range Q5, and the rumoured 5-inch Z30 coming later this year, BlackBerry appears to have a clear device strategy. Barring that, the release of BBM for Android and iOS, along with the continued iteration of BES 10, BlackBerry has something to fall back on in the short-term.

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Blackberry a Private Company?

Blackberry a Private Company?

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A report from the Globe & Mail releases Blackberry may be going private.

It isn’t without precedent that a board member resigns his seat upon the announcement of a special committee, but Fairfax Holding’s Prem Watsa sparked a litany of speculation when he did so this morning following BlackBerry’s announcement that it was looking into “strategic alternatives.”

Fairfax is the largest shareholder of BlackBerry at 9.9%, and in a statement today said it had no plans to sell those shares. At the same time, Watsa’s board membership could be seen as a conflict if BlackBerry was in fact looking to sell or go private.

According to a Globe And Mail report, Fairfax is looking into ways of taking BlackBerry private, a possibility we reported last week. Going private could avoid dips in share price caused by rampant speculation and lower guidance, something that has negatively affected the company over the past 18 months.

Splitting the company into consumer hardware and software, and backend network divisions, has also been rumoured previously, with Microsoft and Samsung touted as possible acquirers. BlackBerry’s stock may be depressed, but the company has $3 billion in cash and no debt, so they can take their time to make a decision. Licensing the new BlackBerry 10 software, which is built on the incredibly-powerful QNX kernel, has been explored as well, with CEO Thorsten Heins stating that he is open to all possibilities.

Now that BlackBerry 10 is widely available in the market, the second phase of the company’s transition can begin. Going private is less likely than being sold off piecemeal, but the executive team has stated that they’d much rather keep the company together. They may not have a choice in the matter if the share price continues dropping, but it’s up about 10% today on this news.

Source: The Globe and Mail