Music, Movies, Social Apps Headed to BlackBerry App World
Research In Motion today revealed that its App World store will no longer sell just applications, but will also include movies, music, and televisions shows. The new App World, which will be a part of its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 platform, will sell media content in a bid to compete more directly with Apple's iTunes and Google's Play Store. Further, RIM said that BB10 will launch with dedicated native social networking apps from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Foursquare. BlackBerry 10 is expected to launch in early 2013.
BlackBerry Says CDMA Version of KEYone Now At Best Buy
BlackBerry Mobile today said the Verizon-ready, CDMA model of its KEYone smartphone is available at Best Buy stores. The phone is sold unlocked with support for Verizon's 3G and 4G networks.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.