BlackBerry Maker Research-in-Motion (RIM) is now BlackBerry

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BlackBerry device maker’s had a rather weird name, Research-in-Motion (RIM). Not weird, if you take the meaning into account. But given the product’s name, the maker’s name is rather odd. The company probably figured that out. And now it’s rebranding itself to BlackBerry.

Canadian company RIM is officially now BlackBerry. This was announced during the official unveiling of BlackBerry 10, the company’s hard effort in surviving in the current smartphone industry.

CEO Thorsten Heins informed the audience in New York event that the company will now be called BlackBerry instead of RIM. Emphasizing on the fact that their main focus is now BlackBerry 10, CEO said, “It is one brand, it is one promise. From today on, we are BlackBerry everywhere in the world.

As iPhone continued to rise as the “real” smartphone, the rise of Android gave it a break and took more than 50% share of all smartphone industry. In this battle between iOS and Android, where Windows Phone is a relatively new player, the once luxurious and glorious BlackBerry was kind of lost. RIM, or now BlackBerry, hopes to make a strong comeback with its BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Now that the OS is finally here, we’ll get to see how good BlackBerry 10 really is.

Soon, You Might Have to Pay to Subscribe to YouTube Channels

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YouTube has reached out to several major video production houses and asked them to submit applications for channels which will require payment for viewers to subscribe, Reuters has reported today.

Reuters cited AdAge, which cited anonymous sources saying that the first paid subscription channel will be available by the second quarter of this year. Viewers may have to pay for subscribing to those channels for a certain amount of monthly fee which could be anywhere between $1 to $5.

YouTube, acquired and now owned by Google, Inc. is the world’s most popular video-sharing website. The site itself has a vast amount of income by Google advertisements. It shares some of the revenue with top publishers whose videos are viewed a lot of times. However, YouTube does not seem to be happy with its current figure of earning as it’s looking to go beyond and make viewers pay.

But money may not be the only thing YouTube is seeking.

YouTube wants to add professional-grade video programs to its online archive of millions of video clips, most of which are amateur and valueless to general audience. While other video sharing websites such as Vimeo are providing users a chance to pay and get additional advantages over their account, YouTube is seeming doing the opposite as their target is the professional folks, not the viewers.

YouTube boss Salar Kamangar told Reuters back in June that some YouTube video producers were demanding that viewersget to pay a fee to watch some of the programs. This could be what YouTube is currently going for.

By the end of 2013, we’ll definitely know. Let’s just hope it won’t turn viewers away. Not everyone is happy to pay, right?

Apple Releases iOS 6.1

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Apple has recently released the full and final version of iOS 6.1 after going through five beta versions.

The new version is said to bring 4G LTE support for iPhone across 36 carriers as well as 23 more for iPad. The personal voice-assistant Siri is now smarter to buy movie ticket for iOS 6.1 users which is being said to be one of the two major features of this release.

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Google+ Beats Twitter to be the Most Active Social Networking Site

Google+ didn’t fail to get enough criticism from those who didn’t find much of their friends on the network. But recent statistics show that the network is actually not a “ghost town”, but only second most active social networking platform.

Global Web Index has recently published a report from data collected in Q4 2012 which shows that Google+ has more user activity than Twitter and YouTube. According to GWI.8, 21% of global Internet population uses Twitter actively on a monthly basis compared to 21% on YouTube, 25% on Google+ and a whooping 51% on Facebook.

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