BBM Voice and Channels Come to iOS and Android Devices

BlackBerry has begun rolling out BBM Voice and Channels, plus other new features, to iOS and Android devices today. BBM Voice simply allows users to make free voice calls to their contacts over a Wi-Fi or data connection.

BBM Voice

Channels is a way for users to discuss a variety of topics, like sports and fashion, with other BBM customers without the need to share personal info or add them to their contacts. Users can easily set up their own personal Channels, moderate them and schedule chat times.

Apple Dominates Handset Market in Q4, Takes 87% of Total Profits

In a note to investors on Monday, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt indicated that although Apple's dominance in the mobile phone market increased even further, taking a whopping 87.4% of the total industry profits, the growth of the market itself is markedly slowing down.

Apple claims 87% of mobile phone industry profits

According to the report, Apple took 87.4% of the profits while Samsung claimed 32.2%. The fact that so many other vendors in the industry lost money allowed Apple and Samsung to account for over 100% of the industry's earnings in the Q4 2013. Apple and Samsung accounted for 77.8% and 26.1% of the mobile phone industry's profits in Q4 of the previous year. Although these two companies


New Tweak Eliminates Annoying Low Battery Warning on the iPhone

Sometimes the most simple tweaks are the best, especially if they eliminate annoying warnings that pop up on your display when you're playing games or doing something important on your phone. Some people may consider the Low Battery warning on their iPhone a necessity, but a lot of iOS users can live without it. Luckily there is a new jailbreak tweak for people in the latter group.


NoLowPowerAlert eliminates the low power alert that appears on your device when your battery drops to 10 or 20 percent. The tweak doesn't feature any settings to configure and instantly disables the warning once installed.

Flappy Bird Not Dead Yet! Going for Thousands of Dollars on eBay

The famous crappy bird who became an internet and App Store phenomenon has found a second life on eBay. As you probably already know, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen, mysteriously pulled the popular game from the Apple App Store and Google Play on Sunday, and now it's selling for thousands of dollars on eBay.

Flappy Bird

There are multiple iOS and Android devices with Flappy Bird installed on them listed on eBay for upwards of $50,000. One auction by a user named pindrus reached $99,900 in bids before eBay pulled the plug. Keep in mind, just like the hilarious Flappy Bird App Store customer reviews, most of these listings and bids are probably fake.

New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Dungeon Keeper Becomes Most Hated Game of the Year

The biggest Apple App Store news of the week has to be EA's mishandling of the popular Dungeon Keeper franchise. The publisher's free-to-play remake has been lambasted for being a money grabbing micro-transaction disaster. Fans of the original title are upset that the game requires wait times of up to 24 hours to mine just one tile, and claim you can't enjoy it without spending money on in-app purchases. It was also recently discovered that users are not able to give the game less than a 5-star rating on the Google Play store. The hate for the game has grown so large that it has even spawned responses from popular vloggers like boogie2988 aka Francis.

New iOS Apps

EA has responded to all the criticisms saying "people are going to be very protective" of remakes, and that they only implemented their Google Play rating system to get feedback from users so they can improve the game.

"I think any time you re-make anything that is much beloved and has a great sense of nostalgia for people--be it a game, a movie, or whatever--people are going to be very protective of it. They have fond memories of it" said EA Mythic senior producer Jeff Skalski. "We, as gamers, have our own fond memories of it. Our intention with the mobile version was to give as many people as possible a taste of that original Dungeon Keeper experience, and for some people, that’s not the way they want to re-visit the franchise."


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