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Viber announces new ‘Viber Out’ feature for making low-cost outgoing calls 

[From Hans] Good news for those of you who use Viber. “Popular VoIP and messaging service Viber announced today the release of version 4.1 of its mobile app for Android and iPhone. The update includes the full global launch of Viber Out, a new feature that allows users to make low-cost calls to any mobile or landline phone number.” Read in full

BBM bests 1 million installs in its first day on Android 

Looks like this is proving very popular according to Android Central. “Fresh out of the gate, the Google Play listing has placed the app in the 1 million to 5 million category. Those are total installations, and not “current” installs, so you’ve got to keep those numbers in context. Still. More than 1 million installs — and potentially as many as 5 million (we’ve got an e-mail in seeking more specific numbers) in a day is nothing to sneeze at.”

First iPhone 5s ad: ‘your finger is the password’ 


[From Hans] iPhone 5s print Ad. “Touch ID was created not only to protect all the important and personal information on your phone, but to be so easy to use, you’ll actually use it. Its state-of-the-art technology learns your unique fingerprint, so you can unlock your phone or even authorize purchases with just a simple touch.” Deets after the jump

Show 209 of The Phones Show is available for your viewing pleasure

Show 209 of The Phones Show is available for your viewing pleasure. “News of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, plus my review of the ZTE Open and a walk through ProCapture.”

My Palm Pilot still works


[From Mike] Sammy I dug out my original Palm Pilot, powered it up and yup it still works like a treat. There was no such thing as web browsing then but it did a great job at keeping me organized and there were some fun games to be had.

iMessage unofficially comes to Android 


[From Hans] Wow I wonder how long this will be up and running for. “iMessage Chat has since come to the attention of numerous third-party Apple developers, most notably Jay Freeman, a.k.a Saurik, who took apart the app to identify how it was made possible. According to Freeman, the app connects with Apple directly, but all data is first processed “on the developer’s server in China.”

Pink iPhone 5C outsell other colours 


[From Hans] Pink is the most popular iphone colour apparently. “Almost half of iPhone 5C sales are of the pink model, according to iPhoneStockChecker. The blue model is second most-popular, accounting for 32 per cent of 5C sales. In third place is green, at 12 per cent, followed by white at 9 per cent and yellow brings up the rear, accounting for just 1 per cent of sales”

Google Chrome Drops Netscape Plugin API Support to Improve Stability 

[From Stephen Trew] Block competitors plug-ins while developing browser specific apps - more IEfication of Chrome. “Google today announced it is dropping Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) in Chrome. The company will be phasing out support over the coming year, starting with blocking webpage-instantiated plugins for Chrome in January 2014.”

Apple Refreshes iMac Line 

[From Stephen Trew] Time to buy that new iMac. “A day after announcing record iPhone sales, Apple has updated its line of iMac PCs. The company says the new machines use Intel “quad-core” processors, and boast improved graphics and Wi-Fi. Base pricing ranges from $1,300 to $2,000.”

Happy 5th birthday, Android! | Android Central 

[From Hans] It seems longer than 5 years. “Today marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of the first commercially-available Android handset, the HTC G1. With how quickly the pace of Android development moves along, it’s hard to think that the operating system is just (in all practical sense) just five years old. Back in those days we were excited that the G1 had HSUPA data and thought that the keyboard was the best thing since sliced bread.”

Coolpad intros 5.9-inch Magview 4 phone 

[From Eric Mann] Personally is this not a bit big for a phone? “Coolpad has just unveiled the Magview 4, which mates a similarly large display with a 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera and an aluminum chassis.”

In-Store Personal Pickup Begins for iPhone 5S, 5C Online Orders 

[From Hans] Good news if you want a new iPhone. “Apple is making the retail experience for new iPhone buyers a little easier with the expansion of in-store personal pickup for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C online orders.”

Blackberry in $4.7bn takeover deal with Fairfax 

It will be interesting to see what happens now. “Struggling smartphone maker Blackberry has agreed in principle to be bought by a consortium led by Fairfax Financial for $4.7bn (£3bn).”

Here comes the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 

 [From Eric Mann]  Here comes the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 but I just cannot get excited about it. “Expect 50 percent more color accuracy, better graphics and 20-percent faster performance. As far as we can tell, the Pro 2 will only be offered with a Core i5 Haswell processor clocked at 1.6GHz, and you can choose from 4GB or 8GB of RAM. And, of course, Windows 8.1 will ship with the device when it goes on sale next month.”

Apple fingerprint tech raises 'privacy questions' 

Reading the letter it seems he has some valid concerns. “A senior US senator believes the fingerprint recognition technology featured in Apple’s new iPhone 5S raises “substantial privacy questions”. Senator Al Franken, chairman of the influential Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, has written to Apple boss Tim Cook explaining his security concerns.”

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