Tech Today: BlackBerry outage hits UK, Steve Jobs: The Movie
Today's after-hours tech gossip features news on Samsung's next flagship handset and Apple's plans to celebrate of Steve Jobs' life. Meanwhile, the late Apple visionary's life story is set to hit the big screen, Facebook has finally launched an app for iPad and there's yet more woes for RIM.
RIM server failure knocks out BlackBerry service in UK and beyond
Yet another day of woe for RIM as a server crash at a data centre in Slough on Monday saw users across the UK unable to access online services such as BBM, email and the internet. The glitch which occurred at 11am on Monday is also affecting BlackBerry owners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With RIM desperately clinging onto users tempted by the iPhone and Android alternatives, the timing couldn't be worse.
Facebook finally launches iPad app
It's been well over 18 months since Apple launched the first iPad and Facebook has finally outed an application for the device. The heavily-delayed app arrives offering a completely new, tablet-centric UI with revamped photo albums and tabbed navigation. The app is free to download and was being rolled-out to the App Store on Monday evening.
Link: Facebook Mobile
Steve Jobs: The Movie planned by Sony
The life of late Apple visionary Steve Jobs will become the subject of a big screen movie, after Sony Pictures reportedly purchased the film rights to his official biography. According to Deadline, the studio paid a seven figure sum to author Walter Isaacson who penned the 'Steve Jobs' book, that'll be released on October 24th. The book launch was moved forward a month following Steve Jobs' sad passing last week.
Apple planning company-wide celebration of Jobs' life
Meanwhile, Apple is set to mark the passing of its inspirational leader by holding a celebration of his life at the Cupertino campus on Wednesday 19th October. "Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place," Tim Cook reportedly told employees in an email.
Samsung Galaxy S3 specs leaked from internal presentation
The Samsung Galaxy S2, is arguably the Android hit of 2011 and now its successor may have been revealed. Phandroid has published a screenshot, which is claimed to be from an internal Samsung Mobile presentation. The picture shows the S3 as having a 1.8GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM a 12-megapixel camera and a massive 4.6-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD display. Is it real? Decide for yourselves.
Nexflix flip-flops on Qwikster spin-off
US movie streaming and disc rental service is enduring a bit of a nightmare after it's plans to split its digital and physical delivery services into two separate companies. The US equivalent of LoveFilm raised the ire of subscribers with an unapologetic price hike, before starting revealing it would call its DVD service Qwikster and give it its own website. However, a massive backlash from customers has forced the company into a rethink. Qwikster has been abolished before launch and will remain part of Netflix. Confused much?