Viber 4.0 for Android and iPhone Brings New Sticker Store, Push To Talk Capability, and Android Tablet Support

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Viber has announced the release of the next evolution of its mobile messaging platform today. Version 4.0 is rolling out to iPhone and Android devices.

This update is very significant for the platform, bringing an all-new Sticker Market with a wider array of new stickers to boot. These stickers are both free and paid, marking the first time in which Viber has brought monetized features to its users. Additionally, the market will feature exclusive content tied into timely events and holidays throughout the year and will be regularly updated with new content to make messaging relevant and more personal.

According to Viber, users have “reacted enthusiastically” to the app’s stickers thus far. In addition to the much-beloved Violet character that has become synonymous with Viber, the company has also introduced two new characters: Mayo and Blue, along with an assortment of new personalities to help friends express themselves in messages in new ways.

One of the other most notable additions in this release is the introduction of the Viber app’s new Push to Talk feature, which allows Viber users to send short voice messages to each other a la Voxer, except overall faster, since Viber’s solution records, sends, downloads and plays Push to Talk messages simultaneously while apps such as Voxer do them separately. This cuts the average response time for Push to Talk messages significantly. For instance, a 15 second message is 4-6 seconds, rather than 45-60 seconds.

“This is the most exciting release we’ve had for Viber since we launched the platform. Today’s updated version brings a vast new range of features and functionality to Viber,” said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. “Viber has always aimed to provide a complete communications experience. With the new features we’ve brought to the platform, Viber lets users connect and stay connected in more ways than ever.”

Another major change is the Viber app’s new support for Android tablets, allowing users to enjoy Viber on an unlimited number of Android tablets in addition to their smartphones. Viber’s support of Android tablets is similar to that of desktops, bringing the user’s mobile contacts to the tablet and providing full synchronization with messages and calls on the other devices.

Android specific enhancements beyond Android tablet compatibility include:

– Improved notifications for Android 4.0 and up
– Light Up Screen setting for incoming messages
– Use Viber messaging while on a Viber call

Additional changes for both iPhone and Android include:

– Message forwarding to any group or contact
– Choose new conversation backgrounds from a custom background gallery
– Group conversations with up to 100 participants

Viber App for iPhone download here

Source:- trutower.com

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How to Install iOS 7.0.3 Bug-Fix Update on iPhone, iPad or iPod [GUIDE]

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Apple has just seeded the latest bug-fix update for iOS 7 via iOS 7.0.3. The new update brings several feature enhancements such as support for iCloud Keychain as well as bug-fixes over its previous release (iOS 7.0.2) such as fixes for iMessage activation issues, motion sensor calibration errors, Lock Screen security bug, battery drainage and other performance issues.

The complete list of enhancements and fixes ported into the new iOS 7.0.3 firmware is given below:

– Adds iCloud Keychain to keep track of your account names, passwords, and credit card numbers across all your approved devices

– Adds Password Generator so Safari can suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts

– Updates lock screen to delay display of “slide to unlock” when Touch ID is in use

– Adds back the ability to search the web and Wikipedia from Spotlight search

– Fixes an issue where iMessage failed to send for some users

– Fixes a bug that could prevent iMessage from activating

– Improves system stability when using iWork apps

– Fixes an accelerometer calibration issue

– Addresses an issue that could cause Siri and VoiceOver to use a lower quality voice

– Fixes a bug that could allow someone to bypass the Lock screen passcode

– Enhances the Reduce Motion setting to minimize both motion and animation

– Fixes an issue that could cause VoiceOver input to be too sensitive

– Updates the Bold Text setting to also change dial pad text

– Fixes an issue that could cause supervised devices to become un-supervised when updating software

“@iphonesteven If you’ve already lost the JB by upgrading to 7.x, then yep it’s fine to go from 7.0.x to 7.0.3.

“7.0.3’s lock screen fixes won’t impact the JB (unless Apple’s holding back here, hah! http://lists.apple.com/archives/security-announce/2013/Oct/msg00002.html … )”

This is contrary to earlier expectations that the new update could block the exploits unearthed in iOS 7 and render them useless for the upcoming jailbreak. In other words, the jailbreak exploits will still be functional after you have installed the new iOS 7.0.3 update.

iOS 7.0.3 Direct Download Links

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How to Install iOS 7.0.3 Update on iPhone, iPad or iPod

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iOS 7 users can now install the latest bug-fix update in one of the following three ways, courtesy of Download iOS7:

Via Software Update

– On your iOS device, go to Settings > General and click Software Update

– Your device will now search for latest updates

– Hit Download and Install button on the pop up message

– iOS 7.0.3 should now be installed and the device will automatically reboot.

Via iTunes

– Ensure the latest version of iTunes v11.1.2 is installed on your PC or Mac.

– Connect your iOS device to Windows PC or Mac.

– Launch iTunes

– If automatic syncing is setup in iTunes, then a message saying that the update is ready appears on screen. Otherwise, go to Device Summary and choose your device.

– Then click Check for Updates button.

– Let iTunes search for the latest software. Now, click Download and Install on the pop-up message.

– Your device will now be upgraded to iOS 7.0.3.

Via IPSW with iTunes

This method is almost similar to the previous one, except for a couple of differences:

– Download the correct iOS 7.0.3 IPSW file for your device from the above download links.

– Connect your iOS device to Windows PC or Mac.

– Launch iTunes

– If automatic syncing is setup in iTunes, then a message saying that the update is ready appears on screen. Otherwise, go to Device Summary and choose your device.

– Now hold the SHIFT key (Windows) or Alt key (Mac) and simultaneously click Update button in iTunes.

– Browse and select the IPSW file and iTunes will upgrade the device to iOS 7.0.3.

Source:- ibtimes.co.uk

BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone is here, get downloading

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After months-long back and forth, the horribly embattled Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion, has announced that its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) software has finally rolled out to iOS and Android devices today.

Announced as a staggered roll-out for Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store, the secure instant messaging software employs a reservation system.

That’s bad news for those who haven’t signed up early at BBM.com as they will be forced to wait in line before they can use the app. On September 22, BlackBerry was forced to halt the planned roll-out of BBM for iOS after a leaked Android build had caused its servers to fold…

According to the official BlackBerry blog, upon installing and firing up the app, users will need to enter their email address in order to hold their spot in line.

“We will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM,” reads the post by BBM head Andrew Bocking.

If you’re among the six million people who’d previously signed up through BBM.com, you can start using the instant messaging app immediately, BlackBerry said.

Download BBM for iPhone free from the App Store now.

The 30.9MB download is optimized for the iPhone 5/5s/5c’s taller screen and requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later.

The app lets you chat with friends on iPhone and other smartphones that run BBM and includes such features as multi-party chat and sharing and always-on connectivity.

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The software lets you create your own BBM profile from scratch, share photos, files, documents, voice notes and more, use emoticons in chat messages, see when the other person is responding to your message via handy typing indicator, know when messages have been delivered (D’s) and read (R’s) and more.

If you’re creating a BBM profile in-app, you can even set animated GIFs for your profile image and of course update your status.

Additional privacy options allow you to control how to share your information by using PINs instead of phone numbers or email addresses (“so that it’s more private”). Plus, you always have full control of who can contact or message you.

As for group chat, BBM groups help you share pictures, lists and appointments with group members.

“You can even be in a group with people who aren’t part of your own BBM contact list,” notes BlackBerry. If you participate on a multi-person chat, BBM lets you send a message to multiple BBM contacts at one time.

Owners of iPhone and Android devices in Africa will be able to download the app in three days’ time. Samsung customers in Sub-Sahara Africa can download BBM today from the Samsung Apps store.

A million Android users installed the leaked version in just seven hours, per BlackBerry.

“What you don’t know is that more than one million people have found creative ways to side load BBM on their iPhone”, reads the post.

The company will publish another blog post tomorrow to provide us with an update on the line-up and to share “more detail about the work the team has done over the last several weeks”.

You can also follow @BBM on Twitter for updates on how quickly the line is moving.

Via:- idownloadblog.com

Skype updates iPhone and iPad app with iOS 7-style UI

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Skype has updated its iPhone and iPad apps to overhaul the app’s user interface in line with the design elements of iOS 7.

Talking about the update on its blog, Skype says the update also brings improvements to accessibility, audio and video calling capabilities, in addition to a refreshed look and feel.

Quite visibly, the new Skype app for iOS now features more white space and a new sleeker font in addition to text-based buttons. Skype for iPhone version 4.13 supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch (3rd generation), iPod Touch (4th generation), iPod Touch (5th generation), while Skype for iPad version 4.13 supports: iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Mini. However, the app requires iOS 5.0 or later to run.

In August, Skype had updated its iPad and iPhone apps, bringing the ability to make big definition (HD) calls. The updated version of the popular video chat app allowed users to make HD (720p) quality video calls from their iPhone 5 and fourth-generation iPad. It also brought Audio and video call quality and stability improvements, easier to use country code selector on the dial pad and other general fixes and improvements.

Skype had recently announced a new architectural update with an intent to improve the popular messaging and video call platform in a world with more connected mobile devices. The service’s biggest architectural change in 10 years brings improved connectivity and features like message sync. Skype is now using the cloud to assist clients in delivering chat messages and connecting calls, marking a shift from the p2p nature of the service where a major amount of processing was done on the user’s device.

What’s New in Version 4.13

– Refreshed look and feel for iOS 7
– Accessibility improvements, including:
– Improved accessibility of dialpad with touchtype support
– VoiceOver announces the senders name when messaging
– VoiceOver improvements for group chats
– General fixes

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Source:- Gadgets.ndtv.com

RIB Software releases iTWOcx iPhone and iPad app

A leading provider of 5D end-to-end solutions for construction and project-centric industries, RIB Software AG has released its iTWO Collaboration Exchange, iTWOcx solution as an app for the iPhone and iPad.

The iTWOcx solution employs 5D BIM (Building Information Management) technology to connect the entire value chain of engineering, construction and infrastructure projects, including project conception, planning, budgeting, estimating, contracts and tendering, procurement, cost control, document management and cloud collaboration. With state-of-the-art mobile capability, the 5D end-to-end capabilities of the iTWO technology extend right to the building site.

Paul Hemmings, R&D Director, RIB Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) explains that the development of the iTWOcx app was driven by customer demand for accessing project information and capturing data onsite and in the field. RIB Software recognises that it is increasingly important to have mobile options to support the needs of customers in construction and project-centric industries.

The iTWOcx app gives personnel in construction and project-centric industries access to project information without access to a desktop or the internet. Especially in environments such as mine sites, pipelines, roads and railways, where there are often dead spots or unavailability of internet, it is essential for personnel to be able to access and input data that can be automatically uploaded later without the need to re-enter data directly into the system when they get back to the office.

According to Hemmings, the availability of the iTWOcx mobile app provides the next level of support for site staff as they no longer need to carry out inspections and reports on paper and manually enter that information back into the web application when they are back in the office.

One of the key functionalities of the app is that it is designed to run even when disconnected from the internet. The onboard database then synchronises via wireless or even satellite when internet services becomes available. This is a major benefit for construction sites that may not have suitable wireless or mobile connectivity.

With the iTWOcx app, field workers, tradesmen, safety officers and quality managers can capture data in real time, raise defects and action approvals with documented photo evidence.
The iTWOcx approach provides a single source of all project management information with all information from a range of companies and users integrated within iTWOcx to deliver a complete project management workflow process solution.

With the release of iOS 7 in September 2013 RIB Software was quick to put the iTWOcx app through a test cycle to make sure it worked with the new operating system.

Source:- Ferret.com

Every iPhone ever released compared in speed test [video]

We’ve done our own versions of speed tests here on TiP on a handful of occasions. But, we’ve never been bold enough to lineup the entire history of iPhones together, in one video, comparing speed for everything from powering down, powering back up again and loading apps. Some of the results were fairly surprising. But, others not so much. Check out the video (above) and let us know what surprised you most.

Source:- Todaysiphone

Touch ID: How to add and delete fingerprints [VID]

From the point of fingerprint scanners in iPhones being rumors to Apple actually announcing it, it was seen as something of a gimmick that probably wouldn’t work properly. In fact, I’m sure many regarded it as being the most likely feature to be subject of this year’s controversial failure. Last year it was Maps-gate, in 2010 it was Antennagate. This year would surely be Fingerprintgate? Not so far. Unlocking your phone with a finger-scan is so much quicker and more convenient than any other way.

While adding fingerprints is easy and straightforward in the initial setup process, there is – in fact – a way to add and delete any prints from your phone’s memory at any time. Here’s how to do it:

1. Go to Settings>General>Passcode and Fingerprint

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2. Hit ‘Add a fingerprint…”

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3. Lift and rest your desired finger repeatedly until it gets a full scan

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4. Adjust the angle of your finger each time until a wider scan is taken

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5. Success!!

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To Delete:-

Stay on the screen where your fingerprints are listed and hit ‘edit’ in the top right corner. You’ll notice the red circle icons show up to the left of your prints. Select the one you no longer want and hit “Delete”.

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All in all, it’s a fairly simple process. It may be a little time consuming, certainly more so than creating a passcode. But, it will cut down the unlock time drastically, especially if you’d normally use a 4 or 5 digit PIN.

Read more at:- Todaysiphone