BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps (Update)

Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry is suing Facebook, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its p
Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry is suing Facebook, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps

Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry sued Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps.

BlackBerry is claiming infringement on patents it holds for message encryption and notifications, and is seeking an injunction as well as damages for lost profits, although no figure was given.

Facebook and its wholly-owned services Instagram and WhatsApp are named as defendants in the lawsuit. The company said it intends to fight the lawsuit.

“We have a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they’ve placed on messaging capabilities, some of which were invented by BlackBerry,” BlackBerry spokeswoman Sarah McKinney said in a statement.

She said BlackBerry would like to partner with Facebook “in our drive toward a securely connected future, and we continue to hold this door open to them.”

“However, we have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed on our intellectual property, and after several years of dialogue, we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies,” McKinney added.

Facebook shot back by disparaging BlackBerry, saying the lawsuit “sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business.”

“Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry is now looking to tax the innovation of others. We intend to fight,” Facebook deputy general counsel Paul Grewal said.

BlackBerry, after abandoning the manufacture of its once-popular smartphones, which it also pioneered, has refocused its core business on cybersecurity software and services.


Google Lens comes to the Pixel camera apps (update)


Google has rolled out a more straightforward way to access Lens and its visual search features on Mountain View’s own devices. You used to have go through Assistant to take advantage of the AI-powered tool, but now the tech giant has added Lens right into Google Camera app for the Pixel and Pixel 2. According to 9to5google, Lens functions as another mode within the application, so you can choose it in navigation next to AR Stickers.

Google Lens

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You simply have to tap anywhere on the screen to look up objects, establishments and even dog breeds, to instantly translate words, or to send email to addresses you see on business cards, among other things. Google promised to put Lens right inside camera applications back during its annual I/O developers conference, and now it’s making good on its word. Lens will eventually make its way to third-party manufacturers’ stock camera apps, as well, including LG, Motorola and Sony, which already rolled it out to some of their devices.

You can check out the Google Camera app on the Play Store, but you won’t be able to see it unless you have a Pixel.

Update, 6/28 9AM ET: This article originally said that Android Lens functionality was coming to Google’s camera app for Nexus and Android One phones as well as the Pixel, but Google let us know that support for the latter two phone lines hasn’t rolled out yet.


Fix incoming for Oreo-induced Samsung Galaxy Apps update issue

Down goes another functionality after Oreo hits Galaxy S8 and Note8 units. This problem in question prevents users to upgrade apps through Samsung’s own app store. Yes we are talking about Galaxy Apps here.

Installation failed. Try again later

For past couple of weeks, Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 users have been highlighting (1,2) the issue after flashing Android Oreo – apps fail to update though Galaxy App Store. Instead, an Error 200 is thrown notifying “Installation failed. Try again later“.

The following selection of user comments will give you more clarity on the matter:

I have a Samsung Galaxy S8. I am on Android 8.0 and Galaxy Experience 9.0. When I try to update any of the Galaxy Apps I get an error. Installation failed. Try later. ( : -200). This occurs for any update on Galaxy apps. I am on wi-fi.

I got the oreo update over the weekend, and none of the Galaxy apps will update through the Galaxy Apps store. They download, then give an error try again later -200. I have wiped the cache partition, multiple times, to no effect. All of the items coming through Google Play are updating just fine.

I have a Samsung Galaxy S8. When I try to update any of the preloaded Apps I get an error. Installation failed. Try later. This also happens with a system update.

Same issue here with galaxy s8+. No updates possible (galaxy apps and inside all apps)

Same issue after Oreo update on Note8 with Samsung support remote to try solving this problem. Finally, problem still remaining and Samsung suggest me to send my Note8 to service center for troubleshoot.

Even Samsung Gear users are also reporting the same:

I have been having this same issue since updating to Oreo on S8 through official AT&T update. I have tried everything shy of factory reset. My Gear S3 is basically a paper weight now. I can download the gear app from the Play Store but it won’t connect and initialize

This issue is also happening on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and it is also causing the failure of the Samsung Gear App to update which renders Samsung Gear useless after resets.

Samsung says fix on way

Worry not. The company is not only aware but will be releasing a fix for the same in the next update, going by what the moderators are claiming on the company’s official European help forum. Here’s what they said


Tweetbot for iOS updated with optimization for new iPad Pro displays

Just a day after the launch of Apple’s latest iPad Pros, Tweetbot for iOS has been updated to take advantage of the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch displays. This means you’ll no longer see pesky black bars around the sides of the app on the new iPad Pros.

Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

As we noted earlier today, apps that aren’t updated for the new iPad Pro display classes show black bars along the top and bottom, but Tweetbot now takes full advantage of the new displays, displaying edge-to-edge content along all sides.

As time progresses, we’ll continue to see iPad apps update for the new iPad Pro displays. One notable update we’re watching for is Facebook, which has yet to even update for the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro launched in 2015.

Tweetbot is available as a $4.99 download on the App Store. There are also a slew of new themes you can activate through in-app purchase. Learn how to do that right here.

Tweetbot for Mac is also seeing an update today with support for theme matching in Mojave, GIF support, visibility improvements for the dark theme, along with a ton more bug fixes and stability improvements.

Tweetbot for Mac is available on the Mac App Store for $9.99.

Why Apps Update So Often?

You updated your apps just last week, and today, your mobile phone is again harassing you to update dozens of apps. So why do apps have to update so often, you wonder. Are they even necessary? Well, there are not one, but multiple reasons as to why mobile apps need frequent updates. Here are some of the primary reasons why your mobile apps keep updating regularly.

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Bug fixes: App developers have to ensure that their apps work properly on hundreds of different types of mobile devices. Since they cannot test their apps on every device, they gather data from thousands of users. Accordingly, they release new updates to fix bugs that may have been detected. Bug fixes may relate to the app’s interactions with the hardware, firmware, OS, or other apps installed on the mobile device.

New features: Apps usually keep adding new features and functionalities to improve the apps and enhance user experience. The new features may be inspired by competitor apps, routine improvement initiatives by the app development team or a popular demand by a large number of app users.

System updates: The mobile’s operating system (OS) is also updated from time to time. Sometimes, it may be a minor improvement whereas at other times, it can be a complete switchover to an upgraded version of the OS. Since apps are dependent on the OS, they will need to be updated if system updates have been installed recently.

Security patches: Hackers have an insatiable appetite for detecting vulnerabilities in digital devices and the installed apps. Some hackers may even exploit these vulnerabilities to their advantage. This is why security patches are regularly provided for mobile devices. It is a way to preempt the nefarious designs of a hacker and protect users from potential financial loss or data theft. Security patches are provided for both the OS and the installed apps.

Performance improvement: Sometimes, an app may not be able to deliver the desired performance. It might have become slow or there may be issues with the UI or UX. App updates are provided to fix such issues, so that users can have the best possible experiences.

Frequently updating your mobile apps can be annoying, even when you may have chosen the automatic updates option. However, if we consider the above points, especially the security concerns, it does make sense to keep your phone and apps updated. If you want your apps to perform better, and protect your device and data from potential hacker attacks, it’s advisable that you keep your phone and apps updated.


Google My Business Apps Gains Messaging, Posting, Photos & Much More

Google announced a revamp of the Google My Business app to help businesses create and manage their local listings in Google Maps. The new features in the app include a review management section, insight analytics, profile management, Google Posts management, real time messaging and notification.

You can download the revised app for iOS or Android. Here is the running list of changes:

  • In the new Customers tab you can respond to reviews, message with your customers, and see your followers all in one place.
  • Results on the Home tab. Clicks, calls, direction requests, and follows – see in one glance how and how much your customers interact with your Business Profile right from the app’s Home tab.
  • Introducing the Business Profile – that helpful box with your business information that you see on Google Search and Maps finally has a name: Business Profile on Google. Make edits to your Business Profile and see those changes on Google in real time.
  • With a tap of the new Post button in the app, you can easily upload photos, create enticing offers and share what makes your business so unique.
  • Real-time notifications let you know when a customer connects with your business on Google. Focus on what you love and rest easy knowing that Google My Business is on the clock helping you get more customers.
  • Fixed several bugs and made various other technical improvements to help keep your business running smoothly on Google.


USB TV streaming to be removed from iOS and Android Xbox apps (update)

A few years ago, Microsoft gave gamers the ability to stream live television to their tablets and smartphones through the Xbox app. Since then, many gamers have used this feature because not everyone owns a Windows 10 device. If you were using an iOS and Android device, then this was the only way.

Unfortunately, it looks like the iOS and Android Xbox app will be losing this feature soon. The company has sent messages to numerous Xbox One owners — including us — which stated the following.

You may have streamed TV content using a USB TV tuner from your Xbox console to the Xbox app. In 30 days, the Xbox app will no longer support this functionality. You will still be able to watch TV content on your Xbox One console via streaming to the Xbox app on Windows 10.

It’s unclear why Microsoft took this decision, but it seems like the company wants to limit availability, potentially with a lack of usage. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment and shall update you as soon as we receive a response from the team.

The company has removed a number of Xbox entertainment features recently, and this probably won’t sit well with iOS and Android TV-goers. Hopefully Microsoft will announce a replacement soon or incorporate it into the u


In-app updates API will let Android apps update while you use them

Android applications can have issues when you’re not on the latest version – especially ones that integrate with external services (social media, email, etc). Many apps, like Snapchat, have built-in checks to determine if they are out of date, and prompt users to install the latest version from the Play Store. Google today announced a new API that allows apps to install updates while you use them.

The aptly-named ‘In-app Updates API’ gives applications more control over how they can check for and install updates. Here’s how Google describes it:

You’ll have two options with this API; the first is a full-screen experience for critical updates when you expect the user to wait for the update to be applied immediately. The second option is a flexible update, which means the user can keep using the app while the update is downloaded. You can completely customize the update flow so it feels like part of your app.

The API is currently being tested with a handful of partners, and will become available to all developers soon. More information is available at the source link below.