New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 Update

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New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 Update

New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 Update

Software update to BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1, is designed to help you be more productive and stay better connected. The update includes many brand new changes and updates to go over, keep reading for the inside scoop on it all. The best news is it starts rolling out today! So dive in to see when you can expect the update to begin rolling out in your region.

BlackBerry 10.2.1 Highlights:

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements that will make the things you do every day faster and easier:

Customize Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry Hub –

BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your messages and notifications in one place. A new feature lets you instantly filter the message list in the Hub. You can customize the Hub to show only Unread Messages, Flagged Messages, Draft Messages, Meeting Invites, Sent Messages or Level 1 Alerts. Once the filter criterion is set, you can simply activate it with a pinch gesture on the Hub’s message list.

Simplified Phone Experience –

The phone includes a new incoming call screen that lets you swipe to the left to answer or swipe right to ignore a call. New intuitive icons allow you to instantly silence the call, or send a Reply Now response through BBM™, SMS or email that you can’t answer the phone right away. You can choose from a list of standard automated responses or respond with a personalized note.

SMS and Email Groups – You can now create SMS and email groups for more efficient broadcast communications.

Actionable Lock Screen Notifications – You can now “Tap to open” a message that appears on the lock screen, letting you respond to an important message much quicker or to check messages more discreetly.

Picture Password for Quick Unlocking – You can quickly unlock your phone using a combination of a picture and a number (0-9) of your choice, which you place at a particular point on the image. When you try to unlock the phone, the picture will appear along with a grid of random numbers. To unlock, simply drag the grid so the number you selected overlays the particular point on the image.

Customizable Quick Settings Menu –

You can now customize what appears on the Settings menu, which includes features such as being able to quickly change the Brightness of the smartphone’s display, toggle various network connections, and access the built-in flashlight. The Settings menu also includes a toggle that lets you instantly switch between your Personal and Work perimeter.

Offline Browser Reading Mode – You can now save the current web page you’re on for later viewing, even if you are offline or without an Internet connection.

Preferred Contact Sync – You can now choose the sync source for your Contacts ensuring you always have the most up-to-date contact details. When adding a new contact you can designate which sources you want the contact info to sync with, such as the corporate address book, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.

Device and Battery Monitor – A new and improved device monitor provides you with essential details on battery usage, the impact of installed apps on battery life and memory usage and storage, as well as CPU stats.

FM Radio – If you have a BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, the new software update unlocks the built-in FM radio in those handsets. You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection.

Automatic Software Updates – OS updates can be set to happen automatically over a Wi-Fi® connection to help ensure you’re always benefiting from the latest and best possible customer experience.

Enterprise Features – When combined with BES10 version 10.2, enterprise customers will gain additional security features and IT policies for when more granular controls are required, such as for regulated industries and for organizations that work with sensitive data. For more information about BES10, please visit


Subject to carrier approvals, BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 will be available to customers around the world, rolling out starting today in the U.S., Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, and will be available for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10 (including the Porsche Design P’9982).

How to update to BlackBerry v10.2.1

When the update becomes available on your carrier, here’s how you can update for free:

To update your BlackBerry smartphone to BlackBerry 10.2.1 software, look for the alert in the notifications section of the BlackBerry Hub. You can also check for software updates through the System Settings menu and selecting Software Updates. The download will happen in the background, so your information remains safe and you can continue to use your smartphone as it downloads. As always, we recommend you make a current backup of your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

For more information about BlackBerry 10, visit

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Getting Android 4.4 KitKat

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 starts receiving Android 4.4 KitKat update in many parts of the world, for both the LTE-support SM-N9005 and 3G-enabled SM-N900. Users in Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, Hungary, India and Korea are getting the update for both the LTE and 3G variants of the device. Many users suggest that it doesn’t bring many advance changes to the OS, except the Android 4.4 KitKat goodies such as white status bar icons, transparent taskbar, improved memory optimizations, improved keyboard, and more. The update is sized at around 380MB and updates the build number to KOT49H. The update is available over-the-air and via Kies as well. If you’re too impatient for the notification to pop up on your screen, you can manually check for the update by navigating to Settings, and go to About phone > Software Update.

LG’S Latest Smart HOM-BOT Square Set to Impress at CES 2014

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LG’S Latest Smart HOM-BOT Square Set to Impress at CES 2014

LG Electronics (LG) will showcase its latest robotic vacuum cleaner, the Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE (model VR6370VMNC), at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE not only offers a significant boost in cleaning performance, it isequipped with LG’s innovative smart technologies — Smart Control, Cleaning History, Smart Diagnosis and Software Update — allowing owners to remotely control the device with their smartphones. Recognized for its performance and convenience, LG’s newest Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE was named an Honoree of the 2014 CES Innovation Awards in the General Home Appliances category.

Working Quietly but Thoroughly

LG’s Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE cleans effectively and efficiently thanks to Corner Master, which is comprised of two long brushes, corner detecting sensors and the cleaner’s unique shape. With its angular form and redesigned brushes that are 1.5cm longer than on the previous HOM-BOT, the Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE can remove dust and dirt from tight corners. The corner detecting sensors enable the vacuumto know its exact location in the home and directs it to turn when it has reached the edge of a room.

While robotic cleaners typically employ a single camera, the advanced HOM-BOT SQUARE uses two improved Dual Eye 2.0 cameras for smarter, faster and more efficient cleaning performance. Taking several images per second, the upper and lower cameras scan ceilings, walls and floors, even in the dark. This information is then analyzed by the Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE to generate a smart map. Simultaneously, multiple sensors detect obstacles within a 180 degree field and remember their locations for collision-free operation. The Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE also features a Learning Function which enables it to recognize areas it has cleaned previously. This helps it to remember the positioning of objects and to sense when an area is already clean, minimizing cleaning time and energy.

The LG Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE’s large capacity Easy-out Dust Bin makes cleaning more convenient as it requires less frequent emptying. Unlike other robotic vacuums where the dust bin is located on the side, the Easy-out Dust Bin is located on the top of the unit for quick and mess-free removal. The larger, upgraded HEPA 11 filter is capable of separating dust particles from the air more thoroughly and also helps eliminate unpleasant odors in the home. Turbo Mode lets users manually adjust the cleaner to best match the characteristics of their flooring, while Smart Turbo Mode automatically detects the type of flooring and changes settings for optimal performance.

What’s more, theextremely low noise level of just 60dBA means the Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE won’t distract when family members are watching TV, talking on the phone or napping. And at only 89mm high, this robotic cleaner can maneuver around the home with ease, even under most beds, sofas and other large furniture.

Smarter Lives with More Control

LG’s latest HOM-BOT SQUARE is also equipped with upgraded smart technology. For example, the Smart Controlfeature lets consumers control the Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE with a smartphone, wherever they are in the house. No longer is there a need to manually push the start button or to search all over looking for the remote control. And LG’s Cleaning History makes it simple for consumers to check the Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE’s cleaning results. With Map View, it’s possible to see what has been cleaned and what hasn’t, saving time if one needs to operate the Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE again. Users will also benefit from a host of other convenient features such as Voice Guidance, which includes over 90 voice alerts. LG’s Smart Diagnosis makes troubleshooting much easier, quickly alerting the consumer to any minor issuesand suggests possible solutions.

From Tuesday, January 7 until Friday, January 10, visitors will have the opportunity to see LG’s Smart HOM-BOT SQUARE for themselves in LG’s booth at CES 2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204). Again at this year’s CES, a team of LG vacuum cleaners will demonstrate their incredible maneuverability with a choreographed “dance” routine. The entertaining performance will be performed at select times throughout this year’s CES.

Key Specifications:

– Corner Master

– Dual Eye 2.0

– Easy-out Dust Bin

– Noise Level:60dBA

– HEPA 11 Filter

– Smart Turbo

– Learning Function

– Voice Guidance

–  Long-lasting Battery

– Smart Control

– Cleaning History

– Smart Diagnosis

– Software Update

Nokia Asha 501 update: New experiences walkthrough

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Nokia Asha 501

Nokia Asha 501

Nokia rolled out a new software update for the Nokia Asha 501 last week, with some big changes to the OS to offer a better all-round experience. Turn on your Nokia Asha 501 for the first time after installing the update, check out the menu, and one of the first things you’ll notice is a new icon – WhatsApp – providing a feature that plenty of Asha 501 owners have been asking for over the past few months. Tap the icon and WhatsApp downloads automatically. The app itself looks fantastic, and as with all the other features in the latest update, it’s particularly easy to use.

Changes to Fastlane

The changes run a lot deeper than that, though, and Fastlane is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the update. It’s now possible to remove individual apps and items from your feed, so you can keep Fastlane simple, uncluttered and filled with the features you truly love the most.

To remove an item from Fastlane, simply tap and hold, and then delete it using the cross at the side. It’ll still be in the main menu of course, but just won’t appear under that day’s activity on Fastlane.

Choose items for Fastlane

You can also choose which items appear on your Fastlane list, picking from: Alarm, calendar, calls, installed apps, messages, music, new photos, notes, radio, recent apps, recent web page, Bluetooth sharing and social networks.

My own favourite feature in the update is the new camera offering, which lets you swipe the lockscreen upwards to automatically start the camera – there’s no need for a dedicated shutter button for the camera,

When you swipe up you can open the camera, video mode or gallery, meaning there’s no more wasted time when you’re looking to shoot something exciting, or wanting to share things with friends.

I also love the fact that it’s now easier to navigate through menus, sharing content, moving or deleting as you go. Tap and hold a photograph in the gallery and a large, simple menu appears. Simply select the way you want to share it – via messaging or Slam, for example – and there’s nothing more to do.

The options are more intuitive than before, and it’s a lot easier to get to grips with if the Nokia Asha 501 is your first smartphone.