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BBM Coming to iOS and Android this summer

It has taken a really long time, but BlackBerry has finally decided to tear down the closed gates and bring BBM to iOS and Apple — one of the reasons its platform is well known in the first place. With all the cross platform messengers that exist such as Whatsapp, Viber, Line, and even Facebook Messenger, it only makes sense for the company to push forward in this direction after many years and keep BBM relevant in the long run. Existing users will jump for joy with the ability to communicate with outside users who are not normally associated in their BlackBerry circles. According to the press release, BlackBerry intends to launch the application sometime this summer pending approval from Google Play and the App Store. The application will initially be supported for iOS 6 and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

Source: Engadget

NYC Man Earns $55,000 A Year Peddling Candy On Subway

Sugar rush hour from Bianca Consunji on Vimeo.

You would think that in the hard times that we currently live in, supporting your family, and all the other fun stuff associated with life would be difficult without any money. The story that I’m just about to tell all of you just goes to show that with determination, entrepreneurship, and “understanding” your market, you can actually make some decent money regardless of what you’re selling or doing.

While on Digg, I came across a story about a man in New York City who sells candy for a living on the subways. Not only does he actually make good money from it to support his family, he does it every single day. The article claims that he makes $55, 000 USD yearly which is all in cash. Alex McFarland aka. “Tracks,” the name that he goes by, shows that there are other alternatives for making money in our society with or without an education. He’s setting a standard for those that resort to making money on the streets with drugs, being part of gangs, and etc, and shows that with determination and the goal of supporting your family, anything is possible. If you watch the video above, just based on the way that he acts, he completely understands what kind of market he’s going in and tries to cater to everybody’s taste buds while remaining somewhat cocky about it at the same time. He doesn’t just carry one brand of candy, he carries different kinds which means that people are more likely to purchase something that they see for cheap. All I have to say is that’s pretty awesome for someone making that kind of money without working at an actual regular job.

Source: http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/12/02/nyc-man-earns-55-000-a-year-peddling-candy-on-the-subway

iPhone 4 is finally out!

I’m not really a fan of iPhones, but I will admit that I’m a fan of Apple products in general, such as the Macbook, Apple TV, Mac OS, and the list goes on.

For those who haven’t heard, Apple recently released their new iPhone, appropriately titled the iPhone 4. There is a lot to be excited about, including the overall design and software changes.

One thing that really got to me was just how fragile the iPhone product line looked. Sure it has a sleek look to it and that’s great and all, although it looks like one of those things that when dropped on the floor it will break easily — that’s always been one of my biggest fears when it comes to phones that are completely touchscreen. This time around, the iPhone looks solid and I’m absolutely loving the design.

I’ve never owned an iPhone before, I’ll stick to my BlackBerry thank you very much, but here are some of the features that got me interested for a non-iPhone user.

  • Facetime – It amazes me that something like this didn’t exist before, or at least in a way that could easily be integrated into a phone seamlessly. After hearing about this feature, I did some research to see how this technology worked exactly. I could imagine using this to talk to relatives that live overseas and have a face-to-face-like conversation, but unfortunately there are some downfalls to Facetime. In order for this work, you must have Wifi available and you must also already be having a phone conversation with the other individual at the same time. What if we applied this in technicality, long distance calls, plus having to stay in an area that has Wifi (not always possible)? Using Facetime is probably suited more for individuals or business that would like to have conversations locally or nationwide. I can’t imagine how much the phone companies would need to charge the customers if the actual video feed was running on their 3G networks.
  • HD Video Recording – Another feature to get excited about is HD video recording. Don’t have a video camera to shoot videos which you can upload to Youtube? No problem, the new iPhone can help you with that. I will admit that the quality is not the greatest after viewing some videos recorded with the iPhone on Youtube, however the quality was reasonable enough coming from a cellphone.
  • 5 megapixel Camera – Who would have thought that cellphones these days would have camera’s built into them. I remember the days when you could purchase even a 4 MP digital camera and pay hundred of dollars, but now you have one built into a cellphone.

Despite the many downfalls prior to the launch of the iPhone 4 and even upon release, I’m sure that all the other changes that have been made will win some people over including myself. It’s a shame that the white version of the iPhone has been delayed, either way I like both colors.

Would you keep your existing iPhone or get the new one? Post your comments below.