If you see BlackBerry announcing a million or so new users in the next few days, it’s not because the company’s finally seeing an increase in sales. It’s because Alicia Keys’ ex-employer has kept its promise to launch BBM for Android 2.3 on Google Play after weeks of beta testing. The previous Android version of the cross-platform messenger only worked on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) or higher, but existing users can now reach more of their friends. After all, Gingerbread still powers a large number of Android devices worldwide, since low-cost handsets are especially popular in developing markets. Unfortunately, Windows Phone users still have to sit out BBM convos, but those in Canada can at least demand BlackBerry donuts from friends as consolation.
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HTC clearly doesn’t think that promising two years of Android updates is enough to win over American smartphone buyers. It’s launching HTC Advantage, an upgrade to its US support policy that goes beyond the usual warranty limits. In addition to delivering on earlier promises of OS upgrades and extra cloud storage, the Advantage program replaces one cracked screen for free within the first six months of ownership. You’re only covered if you buy a One series phone from today onward, but the initiative could be just the reassurance you need if you’re worried about dropping a shiny new handset.
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Windows Phone owners have their choice of activity tracking apps, but few of those apps will tell you how to remain healthy after you’ve taken off your running shoes. It’s a good thing that Microsoft has released a beta of Bing Health Fitness for Windows Phone, then. The software uses GPS to quantify your biking and running like many of its peers, but it also provides health advice; much like the Windows 8 app, you’ll find a diet tracker, exercise instructions and a symptom research tool. Your info will also sync across all your Windows-based gear. Those eager to slim down and shape up just have to swing by the Windows Phone Store to get started.
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Despite Japan’s rich gaming culture, the new consoles that’ve taken pride of place in your living room are still considered next-gen in the Land of the Rising Sun. While Microsoft still hasn’t offered a firm date for the Xbox One‘s arrival, Sony’s PlayStation 4 makes its Japanese debut this coming weekend. Now, as reparations for the three-month delay, Sony and the snake-charmers (read: game devs) at Kojima Productions have partnered on the first limited edition PS4 console that’ll launch exclusively in Japan on March 20th. This “Fox Edition” PS4 has been crafted to celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, a copy of which’ll be bundled with the console for 46,980 yen (around $462) — the regular console will retail for 41,979 yen (around $413) sans game, since you asked. Unfortunately, this first limited run PS4 is less impressive re-skinning effort, and more, well, boring sticker.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/17/mgs-limited-edition-ps4-japan/?ncid=rss_truncated
You might say the week is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workweek, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Weekly Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past seven days — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
The deal is done! The FTC cleared Google’s $3.2 billion purchase of Nest and now the company’s founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers are free to shift their focus back to making home automation consumer friendly. Follow the link for details.
Earlier this week, Comcast announced plans to acquire Time Warner Cable. The proposed deal must gain approval from the FCC and Justice Department first, but what would the $45 billion merger mean for its 30 million combined subscribers? Read on and find out.
Samsung’s next-gen handset, the Galaxy S 5, is just weeks away from being announced. We actually already know quite a lot about what to expect from the unveiling. Click the link for the latest on the company’s “back to basics” handset.
Thanks to GoPro, footage of some of the world’s most extraordinary activities and events live on the internet, ready to entertain, inform and inspire the masses. Read on for more about the company’s 10-year journey from simple action stills to a blossoming media empire.
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Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There’s so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need to be shared! Join us every Saturday as we highlight some of the most interesting discussions that happened during the past week.
This week, we discussed whether gaming PCs and next-gen gaming consoles can peacefully co-exist in the same home. We also tackled tips and tricks for tracking daily routines, fondly remembered our most satisfying app experiences and shared our favorite Kickstarter projects. Click past the break and read what fellow Engadget users like you have to say.
Gaming PCs and next-gen consoles
Daninbusiness already has a pretty good gaming PC, but the Xbox One is looking pretty tempting to him. He wants to know if it’s worthwhile to pick one up. Do you think gaming PCs and next-gen gaming consoles can peacefully coexist? Share your thoughts in the Engadget forums.
Tracking daily routines
Let’s face it, we create a lot of digital data about our lives. Between tweeting, checking in to Foursquare, counting steps with a Fitbit and taking pictures of our food with Instagram, we’re doing a pretty decent job of documenting our daily lives. Frankspin is looking for advice on how to better log his daily activies. Tell us what apps you’re using to log your virtual lives.
Most satisfying app experiences
Last week, swin1974 shared his frustrations with using iTunes. This week, he’s back to change things up. He wants to know your most satisfying app experiences. Is there something that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling when you open it? Post your favorite apps in the forums!
Favorite Kickstarter projects
There have been a lot of great projects that were only possible because of Kickstarter funding. The Pebble and Olloclip are two that come to mind. Head over to the forums and share your favorite Kickstarter projects that you’ve backed.
That’s all this week! Do you want to talk about your favorite gadget or have a burning question about technology? Register for an Engadget account today, visit the Engadget forums and start a new discussion!
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