Earlier today, we reported that RIM apologized for the BlackBerry service outage experienced by users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and other parts of the world. And now, although many are still without service, the company has issued a statement with a more detailed response as to what caused the issue.
Twitter added a new feature today that lets you share photos via text messages or SMS messages. Although there's the official Twitter app and plenty of third-party clients, many folks still prefer sharing tweets by texting. With this new feature, they can now share photos along with their tweets by simply attaching a photo to their text message.
Facebook announced several new changes today, including revisions to its Friends Lists and News Feed features as well as the addition of a ticker with real-time status updates. These changes will be rolled out starting this evening, just two days ahead of Facebook's annual f8 developer conference, where the social network is expected to unveil more new features, including music streaming integration.
YouTube unleashed an update today that adds some basic video editing features to its online video platform. Besides basic settings such as stabilization, brightness, contrast, and saturation, the update also offers special effects filters similar to those found on apps like Instagram.
Google Offers Beta is expanding to five new markets, with the first daily deals in those markets redeemable starting tomorrow. The service was first launched back in June in Portland, the Bay Area, and New York City. Now it will be adding Austin, Boston, Washington D.C., Denver, and Seattle.
Amazon may be testing a new service that gives you the option to have products you ordered delivered to your local 7-Eleven. Although a bit odd, the idea can offer convenience to those who don't feel safe having products left outside their door while away at work. This could also benefit those that won't be home to sign for a delivery or perhaps others who simply don't want their spouses or housemates to know about a purchase.
Google announced today that it will start using a new URL shortcut that's much shorter than the original Goo.gl. Reports this morning surfaced that the search giant had purchased the domain G.Co for use with Google products such as GMail, Documents, and Photos. The company has confirmed the new shortcut domain but did not reveal the cost to acquire it, which is estimated to be at least $1.5 million.
You may not have heard much about Google Wallet, but it could have a very big impact on your future. It's also one of the most exciting announcements to come from Google. Even though you might guess Google Wallet helps you search for things in your actual wallet, you'd be quite wrong. If Google has their way, their Wallet would allow you to pay for almost anything by using your mobile phone. No sliding cards, no waiting for checks to clear, just a quick and easy way to transfer money. We'll let you know how this would actually take place, right after the break!
People are always connected now and it doesn’t take much effort to find out what your friends are feeling or doing, or for them to know the same about you. Facebook is the ultimate place to disregard common privacy concerns and now with the launch of a new questions-and-answers service, you can let the whole Facebook universe see and help with what you're pondering. Dubbed "Facebook Questions," the service has been in beta testing since July.
Back in July, word got out that Verizon might be migrating away from unlimited data (sad!) and toward a tiered model (well alright) and now there's a date: October 28. That's the day when everything changes in the Verizon world. Smartphone users will be asked to choose either $15 for 150MB with $0.10 / MB overage, or $29.99 for unlimited access. As far as the iPad situation goes, there'll be plans at $20, $35, $50, and $80 for 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB respectively, each of them with overage of $10 per GB. Mifi, FiveSpot, and integrated netbook and notebook modem users will choose between $50 / 5GB and $80 / 8GB plans, while Mifi and FiveSpot users exclusively will have a $35 / 3GB plan for the first 90 days as a promo, all of these with overage priced at $10 per 1GB.