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BlackBerry for iOS and Android, Nokia's sexy new Lumia, NVidia's game console http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Dana Wollman, Senior Reviews Editor, Engadget
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tmBlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins kicked off the BlackBerry Live conference announcing the BlackBerry Q5. The budget phone, similar to the Q10 has a physical keyboard and 3.1-inch touchscreen. It will be available worldwide, starting as early as July in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. BlackBerry 10.1 will also be available for Z10 owners starting today. Additionally BlackBerry annoucned a twitter-like BlackBerry Messenger Channels, and iOS and Android BBM coming this summer.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57584352-94/blackberry-q5-debuts-with-budget-buyers-in-mind/

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slNokia's announded the Lumia 925, the latest in Nokia's range using Microsoft's Windows Phone software and will be sold for 469 euros ($610) before taxes and subsidies on carriers like Vodafone and China Mobile.The phone's lighter than the 920 model and utilizes a new smart camera mode, a photo editing function which Nokia intends to introduce to all Lumia devices.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/14/us-nokia-lumia-idUSBRE94D0BQ20130514

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iaNvidia's Android-powered handheld console known as "Project Shield" became official today! First up - it's now called the "Nvidia Shield." It'll cost $349 and it starts shipping in June. That $350 will also get you two full games - "Expendable: Rearmed" and "Sonic 4 Episode II THD." The device will be available in the US and Canada only. Pre-orders officially start on May 20th, but if you click the "Notify Me" button on Nvidia.com and input some information, you can order today. http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/14/nvidias-349-handheld-shield-gaming-system-will-ship-in-june-pre-orders-start-today/

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tmIn a bid to win over Gmail users, Microsoft is adding Google chat support to Outlook.com. Starting today some users will see the ability to log in to Google chat and see contacts on the right side of the email Window. All Outlook.com users should see it within a few days.http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/microsoft-adds-google-chat-support-outlook-hopes-winning/story?id=19172747

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slMicrosoft's Windows CFO Tami Reller announced today that the Windows Blue update to Windows 8 will be free for existing Windows 8 and Windows RT users and that Windows Blue is officially Windows 8.1. Reller also said that Microsoft now has more than 70,000 Metro-Style/Windows Store apps in the Windows Store, and that the final version of Windows Blue (both the Windows 8 and the RT flavors) will be made available to customers through the Windows Store once they are available.http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-confirms-blue-to-be-free-for-existing-windows-8-users-7000015358/

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iaBecause someone demanded it, Amazon just released a standalone Cloud Player music app for Windows. The desktop client brings offline support and keeps your music library in sync by detecting when you add music from outside sources like CDs and iTunes. For you Mac users, Amazon says it's working on a "version just for you." http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/13/4327898/amazon-cloud-player-pc-app-now-available

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tmSocial Roulette launched Saturday giving users a one in six chance of having their Facebook account deleted when they chose to play the game. Within a few hours of launch Facebook had blocked the app for "creating a negative user experience." The apps creators say it was meant for users who wished to delete their account but maybe wanted a more fun or thrilling way to do it. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57584314-93/facebook-kills-social-suicide-app-social-roulette/

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slThe Google Cloud Platform Developer Relations team wants YOU to participate in an experiment. On its blog today, the team outlined its plan to gather a bunch of environmental information happening around you as you meander around the Moscone Center at Google I/O. hundreds of Arduino-based environmental sensors around the conference space will track things like temperature, noise levels, humidity and air quality in real-time. The experiment could point to future tech to track indoor events or businesses.http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/13/at-io-google-will-be-tracking-things-like-nose-level-and-air-quality-with-hundreds-of-arduino-based-sensors/

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tmNew systems with Intel's 4th Generation Core Processor, AKA Haswell are set to be unveiled at Computex, June 3rd. UNless you're NEC and you JUST CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG. NEC released full specs of their 15.6-inch touch-screen Haswell laptop the LaVie L but didn't leak too much info about Haswell itself. When it comes Haswell should bring improved graphics and battery life. Reports today say it integrates a voltage regulator on-die to achieve the power savings.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57584316-92/nec-laptop-is-one-of-the-first-with-intels-haswell-chip/

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iaOkay, start those color Kindle rumors right now. Amazon just bought color eInk company Liquavista from Samsung. Liquavista demoed a color eInk display at CES way back in ancient times - 2011. That was the same year Samsung bought the company. Specifics about Amazon's acquisition weren't disclosed. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57584230-94/amazon-buys-samsungs-color-e-ink-company/

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iaBlackBerry Live 2013 keynote address
http://live.theverge.com/blackberry-live-2013-keynote-liveblog/

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BB10.1http://blogs.blackberry.com/2013/05/blackberry-10-1-update/?CPID=SOC_FBG1000006?CPID=SOC_GOO1000003

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BlackBerry Q5 hands-on: an affordable BB10 device in a QWERTY shellhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/05/14/blackberry-q5-hands-on/

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BlackBerry Introduces BlackBerry Channels for BBM
http://crackberry.com/blackberry-introduces-blackberry-channels-bbm

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- BlackBerry Live: BB10.1, new Q5, apps, and BBM to go cross-platform

- At BB Live, Thorstein Heins talked up his company's phones. Saying no one makes keyboards better and then introduced BB10.1, which will add keyboard shortcuts, personalized notifications, and refinements to cursor control
- The Z10 gets 10.1 today and will be pushed by the vast majority of carrier partners by the end of the week
- No mention on how many BB10 devices were sold

- BlackBerry introduced the Q5 (it's the leaked "R5"). It's meant for emerging markets, but no price announced, specs: dual core 1.2GHz processor, 3.1-inch, 720 x 720 touchscreen display with a QWERTY keyboard. Launches in the summer

- Apps: BB announced Skype and Moog (a music app) are now available for BB10.1. BlackBerry World now has 120k apps. Heins mentioned that BlackBerry's "app revenue per user is more than double that of Google Play."
- BlackBerry Messenger Channels: BlackBerry Channels allows users to create channels for themselves, a brand, business or community and extend their social networking through BBM. GooGoo Dolls, Alicia Keys and others will be lauching channels. Commercial launch in the summer

- BBM coming to multiple platforms iOS (6+), Android (ICS+), this summer and for free. Messenging and groups features first. Future parity for the rest of the year (voice, screenshare, video and BBM channels). Heins says this is a "statement of confidence" thinks BBM can be an independent messaging solution.

Others
- Heins demoed a Bently running on BB 10 with in-car video calling w/ full duplex stereo. "We see BB10 as a mobile platform — it can power things like the auto industry."
- Alicia Keyes showed up again - announced BlackBerry is launching the BlackBerry Scholars program which will offer full 4-year scholarships to outstanding women candidates around the world.
- BlackBerry is sponsoring a Formula 1 race car

Q: Any of this sound exciting?

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tmNokia unveils the Lumia 925, its new flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone to combat Apple and Samsunghttp://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2013/05/14/nokia-unveils-the-lumia-925-its-new-flagship-windows-phone-8-smartphone-to-take-on-apple-and-samsung/

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Nokia’s Latest, the Aluminum-Clad Lumia 925, Heads for T-Mobile USA and Vodafonehttp://allthingsd.com/20130514/nokia-debuts-aluminum-clad-lumia-925-headed-to-t-mobile-usa-and-vodaone/

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Nokia Lumia 925 vs. Lumia 928 and Lumia 920: what's changed?http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/14/lumia-925-920-928-whats-changed/

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Lumia 925 for T-Mobile USA, Vodafone, China Mobile
- Aluminum version of 920, 1.5GH dual core, 1GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB internal, 4.5-inch AMOLED, 1280x768, 8.5 mm, 139g
- 8.7 mpxl Camera has 6 lenses
- Oggl and Nokia Smart Camera, captures 10 images. Blend or choose )Q3 to other phones)
- UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, China in June, US others to follow. 469 Euros. (>$99 TMo)
- Gartner: Nokia Q1 down 5% to 14.8% Samsung 23.6%
Q: OK so we now have three pretty Lumia 900s. Any takers?

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slSquare Debuts Its Latest Hardware, Stand, A $299 Card Swiper For iPad Registershttp://techcrunch.com/2013/05/14/square-debuts-its-latest-hardware-stand-a-299-card-swiper-for-ipad-registers/

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- Square Stand works with Square Register and gives merchants access to real-time analytics & reporting. card reader built in, connects to a receipt printer, kitchen printer, cash drawer, and barcode scanner. Merchants can secure the stand to their countertop.
- Square Stand works with an iPad 2 or 3, with a version for iPads with Lightning connectors available later this year.
- $299 and is available for pre-order today at squareup.com/stand. Customers will also be able to purchase Square Stand in Best Buy stores and other select retailers starting the week of July 8.
- Square Register is a point-of-sale system based on the iPad. merchants accept payments, customize permissions for employees, access to sales reports, and the ability to wirelessly print receipts or open a cash drawer to make change. Analytics allow merchants to segment consumer payments data and transactions, and users can access data around number of payments, subtotals, tax, tips, refunds, account deposits, etc.

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iaNvidia Shield gaming handheld priced at $349, pre-orders begin on May 20th (preview) http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/14/4329008/nvidia-shield-price-specs-release-date-preorders-begin-hands-on-preview

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Project Shield becomes NVIDIA Shield, launches for $350 this Junehttp://www.engadget.com/2013/05/14/nvidia-shield-350/

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- Nvidia's Android-powered handheld console Project Shield became official today
- It's called the "Nvidia Shield" and will cost $350 and pre-orders start on May 20th. (Technically, you can actually pre-order one today if you sign up on Nvidia's "notify me" webpage — and there's nothing to keep you from doing that right now.) It'll arrive in June
- Shield will be available at Nvidia.com, Canada Computers, Micro Center, GameStop and Newegg.
- Originally shown off at CES 2013, the 1.2 pound Shield looks like it combines an Xbox controller with a 720p display
- Specs: Tegra 4 processor, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, GPS, mini HDMI output that outputs 4K video (no cell modem)
Features
- PC gaming via streaming? Nvidia will label that feature "beta" When the Verge tried the feature, the PC and Shield had trouble connecting
- The setup also requires an approved simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi router to function well, and doesn't yet work with all games: only a limited selection of Steam Big Picture mode and GeForce Experience titles are good to go as of today
- Shield presently only displays Android in landscape mode.

Q: Is there room in the market for this device? Is there room in your life for the Shield?

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tmAmazon releases standalone Cloud Player music app for PC, Mac version coming soonhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/5/13/4327898/amazon-cloud-player-pc-app-now-available

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Amazon cloud player for PChttp://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&docId=1001067901SOURCE

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Amazon cloud player for PC. OS X version in the works.
- Manage music as stored in Amazon cloud (250 songs for free, pay after)
- Songs you buy from Amazon don't count against the limit
- instant search" mode that Amazon says quickly plays songs directly from search results
- Can scan hard drive and upload music as well
- Touting performance and speed. 31.9MB (iTunes is 2888.2 MB)
Q: Do people want this anymore?

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slBig 4 Cellphone Carriers Unite on Anti-Texting Adshttp://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/big-cellphone-carriers-unite-anti-texting-ads-19173254

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- AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile + 200 other organizations backing the campaign to discourage driving+texting.
- goodyear blimps, store displays, community events, social-media outreach, national tour of a driving simulator.
- laws against cell phone use while driving in effect in 39 states + DC
- AT&T and Verizon have run ads against texting and driving since 2009. In 2005, Sprint Nextel Corp. created an education program targeting teens learning to drive.
- ATT CEO Randall Stephenson says "texting while driving is a deadly habit that makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash." The figure refers to a 2009 government study of bus and truck drivers.
- "There's no question that phone use is causing crashes. But so far it doesn't appear to be adding to the overall crash problem," says Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, which is funded by the insurance industry.

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Google celebrates Breakout's 37th anniversary the only way it knows howhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/05/13/google-atari-breakout-anniversary

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I could see this device being great for pilots as a replacement for manuals and checklists. I know some commercial pilots are using customized iPad's in this role, but it seems the large size, read-ability and long battery life would be great in the cockpit or in other commercial applications with long checklists.

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