BlackBerry is not in a good place right now, having just posted a billion-dollar loss for the second fiscal quarter. But there is some good news to be found on Friday — according to a report from Digitimes, application developers aren’t yet ready to bail on BlackBerry 10.The Taiwan-based website recently surveyed the scene at the BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 conference this week, and it spoke to a number of developers who said they plan to continue building and supporting BlackBerry 10 apps. Supporting smaller mobile platforms like BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 is attractive to a number of developers because the iOS and Android app stores are so noisy that it is difficult to break through. BlackBerry is currently in talks with Fairfax Holdings regarding a $4.7 billion buyout that was proposed earlier this week. If the deal goes through, it is unclear what the future will hold for BlackBerry’s handset business.
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Beats Electronics has bought back the remaining 25 percent stake HTC had in the company for $265 million, Dow Jones reports. Beats Electronics was said to be seeking new investors who could help it branch out into new product categories including speakers, car audio and also a soon to be launched music streaming service, which wasn’t possible given HTC’s current financial condition.
HTC had acquired a 50.1 percent stake in Beats Electronics in 2011 hoping it would help differentiate its smartphones from the competition. However, the Beats Audio branding did not bring the desired results and wasn’t marketed well enough to provide any leverage to HTC’s smartphones in the market. HTC sold off half of its stake back to Beats Electronics in 2012 for $150 million.
Beats Electronics is said to have secured funding of $500 million to buy out HTC’s stake from the Carlyle Group at a valuation of $1 billion.
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Micromax is readying its next flagship phone and the successor to its massively popular Canvas HD. A couple of hours back the Indian smartphone vendor put up a teaser image on its Facebook Page revealing its forthcoming phone called the Canvas 4.
The teaser image shows the side profile of the Canvas 4 with the line “Can life be endless?” and also mentions that pre-booking for the device will begin later this month on June 28. Micromax has also aired the first teaser ad of the Canvas 4 during the ongoing cricket match between India and Pakistan, which shows the device doing a small 360-degreen twirl and ending with the aforementioned line.
Not surprisingly, nothing has been revealed about the device, but we can expect a display of about 5-inches, a quad-core processor and the teaser campaign also shows a metallic rim around the phone’s body, which would mean that the Canvas 4 will have a better build quality. If previous price points are taken into consideration, we can expect the device to be available for around Rs 15,000.
Apple has also announced a new App Transfer option for developers that will enable them to transfer apps from one account to another without losing the ratings, reviews or any other attributes.
Apps can now be transferred from one developer to another within iTunes Connect, for example after an acquisition or when a distribution deal expires. Transferring the ownership of an app does not affect the app’s availability on the App Store. All ratings and reviews will be transferred and your customers will continue to have access to all available app updates.
To transfer an app, go to the app’s App Summary page in the Manage Your Applications module on iTunes Connect and click Transfer App. Make sure that:
Your account is active You have accepted the most current version of your contracts Your app has at least one approved version Your app is in the Ready for Sale, Invalid Binary, Rejected, Developer Rejected, or Developer Removed from Sale state Any associated In-App Purchases are in the Ready to Submit, Ready for Sale, Rejected, Developer Removed from Sale, or Approved state You know the Apple ID of the recipient’s Team Agent and their Team ID. For more information on app transfer, see the video tutorial on iTunes Connect. To find answers to common questions about app transfer, see the FAQ on iTunes Connect.
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Samsung announced two new tablets called the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 3 8. Now the company is slated to launch another tablet, believed to be its biggest yet, with a 12.2-inch display, BGR Classic reports.
The report published on Korean website ETNews says that this tablet will flaunt a 12.2-inch display which supports WQXGA (2560×1600 pixels) resolution. The report is scarce on details and all we know at this moment is that the tablet is likely to be powered by an Intel processor, most likely the Intel Atom Z2560 seen on the recently announced Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and will come bundled with a S-Pen stylus.
The report further states that Samsung plans to unveil this new tablet later this year much before Apple launches its next-generation iPad.