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Service issue

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Most users are experiencing issues accessing Twitter on web and mobile apps. We’re looking into it. 

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Twitter Down

It looks like Twitter is down. I can’t log in and tweets aren’t loading in Twitter clients. Anyone else having this problem?

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iCloud.com Down

So, today is the eve of the iOS 7 launch, so iCloud.com seems like the right site to be down right now. It is down for me, is it down for anybody else?

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BlackBerry Messenger on iPhone/Android

BlackBerry Messenger has definitely been a great tool for communicating with people who have Blackberries, however for the first time, BlackBerry is planning on releasing the famous messaging app for iPhone and Android. Unfortunately, BlackBerry had submitted the app to the Apple App Store, however Apple is yet to approve it. The version for Android is pretty much confirmed as well, but is yet to be released. I am personally looking forward on downloading BBM for my iPod Touch. I want to see what it has to offer, and why so many people feel it is the best mobile messaging platform in the world. Currently, I prefer using WhatsApp and Kik, the latter of which has had tremendous growth in the year of 2013. However, I do see a few obstacles ahead for BlackBerry for getting the app to be fully functional on Android and iOS. BBM for BB10 offers a unique screen-sharing capability, and BlackBerry says that they are working on offering this functionality for Android and iOS devices as well. But, due to Apple’s tightly walled garden, screen sharing and screen recording has never been a feature that has existed. On the other hand, on Android, it will be fairly easy to get the app to record the screen. Another thing that BlackBerry has to consider is that if they want to make the app fully cross-platform in terms of a messaging service, they will have to offer it on platforms such as Windows Phone and in the future, Ubuntu and Tizen OS as well. Many analysts though claim that by creating a version of BBM for other platforms, BlackBerry is killing itself. This may be part of their plan, because they may want to create a strong user base of BBM users, and then sell off the part of BlackBerry which is known for hardware and software. I am predicting that BlackBerry Messenger for Android and iOS will be coming out either on September 20 or 21st. So, what do you think will happen? Will the release of BBM for other platforms create significantly more competition in the mobile messaging market, or will this be the end of BlackBerry?

Update: There will be a BlackBerry event tomorrow, September 18, which is rumored to be announcing the release of BBM for Android and iOS.

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The next few videos I watched were the iPhone parody videos. Every time a new iPhone is unveiled, parody videos hit the web. There are many parodies out there, but I consistently find myself watching the parody videos by JLE. These videos feature people mocking the original video by copying lines and footage from the Apple videos and turning it into something funny. This year with the release of two new iPhones, they had the chance to make it even funnier. A favourite from the video is Jony Five who is imitating the real Jony Ive, who was the one that redesigned iOS 7, and was most likely whose idea it was to create the 5C as a phone, because it matched the colour scheme in iOS 7. This is definitely a video that you should check out.

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Surprisingly, this weekend didn’t bring us too much new technology, so for the first time in a while, I had the chance to watch some videos on YouTube. The first video I saw was that of PhoneBloks. PhoneBloks is simply an idea, no hardware has been built so far, but it is extremely interesting. The idea is that your phone will be like a LEGO creation, and you can customize it to your needs. For example, you can ditch a speaker in space for a better battery. Or, you can get your camera upgraded. You will be able to upgrade everything because everything is connected to one base. Overall, I feel that PhoneBloks is a great concept, however unfortunately, I don’t feel that they will manage to get it to pick up, because corporations are not willing to adopt such a business model for their products. This type of product would mess up planned obsolescence of the product, and would lead to the company losing crucial revenue. 

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iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5C is really a product that is going to change Apple in my opinion. Over the years, Apple has only been known to offer “premium” products. Products that are priced at a premium but are made with the highest quality. But, the iPhone 5C changes that.

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I really like good marketing, and I really love this commercial as well. I feel that this is one of the best commercials made because it really shows how real the display on the LG TV is. Personally, this commercial has convinced me to purchase the product. Thoughts?

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Twitter Down

Alright, it looks like Twitter is down for me. I keep getting the Error, why does this happen at the worst possible time.

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Tech News

Wow, I feel like there really hasn’t been that much tech news, and that many new products out there. I’ll be getting back to doing some new tech learning, so look out for that on the blog. This Fall seems to be bringing lots of new products, so I’ll be sharing my thoughts here. Thanks!