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Microsoft’s Bing Maps revamp is live in preview form, brings tons of new features!

Yesterday Microsoft has just launched a new version of its Bing Maps services on the web. The revamp, which is currently in a public preview, adds a number of new features and improvements, including some new search results cards.

Here’s what users can expect from the Bing Maps preview:

  • View information for multiple destinations with the new results cards: The Bing Maps Preview organizes your search results into “cards” that are displayed to the left of the map. The cards allow multiple destinations in a single view and each card displays relevant information, such as hours of operation, and similar businesses and services nearby. With every stop on your trip in one view, planning a night out is much easier.
  • Explore and plan using the new layout: The new Bing Maps Preview is touch-friendly and designed to be more intuitive. For example, choose your preferred map style (Aerial, Road) by clicking the button to the right of the map. Or, perform actions such as “save as favorite,” “add to route,” and “view streetside” by right-clicking on your screen.
  • Plan travel times with enhanced directions: Nobody wants to be stuck in traffic. Using predictive routing, Bing Maps Preview includes the option to input the day and time you plan to travel so you can view the estimated drive time. Now you can easily adjust plans if the roads look crowded.
  • Discover venues using Along the Route: Need to know where hotels, restaurants and gas stations are located on the way to your destination? Along the Route is the new feature that helps you find places you might want to stop at during your trip. Many have suggested this via Bing Listens, and we thank you for your feedback.
  • Easily explore with improved Streetside views: The new split screen layout gives a great street-side view of your destination while displaying the map directly below it. Take a 360-degree tour of the area or drag your mouse along the map to view a new location.
  • Save your destinations in My Places: We’ve heard from many of our users that it’s important to have a quick way to access their most-visited and most-loved destinations. We made this easy with My Places. In one click you can save a location under work, home or favorite. It will even sync with Cortana and the Windows Maps app.
  • Share travel plans with others: Once you’ve planned your outing, share it with those who will be joining you. Your travel companions will receive an email with the set of results cards, which they can view on their desktop or from a mobile device. And speaking of mobile, stay tuned for updates coming to the Bing Maps mobile experience.

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You can check out the Bing Maps Preview for yourself if you live in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Africa. More locations will go live in the future. Also, the Along the Route feature is currently just for US users. More infos on the official website [LINK].

BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 is rolling out now!

BlackBerry seems rolling out the new OS 10.3.2 already. I got it already on my Classic yesterday and meanwhile too on the Passport. Only the Leap is not prompting the update as of yet.

The new OS brings a few new additions with it like Anti Theft Protection. This feature makes it impossible to reuse a phone without knowing the last used BlackBerry ID.  I found the camera really got snappier as well, so good job BlackBerry. Keep the updated coming.

As always, it is highly recommend you back up your BlackBerry 10 device before any update.  Subject to your carriers approvals, the global roll-out of 10.3.2 will be available for the entire line of BlackBerry 10 devices.

Once available on your carrier’s network, you will receive a notification in the BlackBerry Hub that 10.3.2 is ready for download. If you have enabled automatic software downloads, you will be notified in the BlackBerry Hub that the software is downloading.

And this is what is new:

  • Version 10.3.2
      • Anti-theft protection – If your smartphone is lost or stolen, with the new anti-theft feature in BlackBerry Protect, the smartphone cannot be wiped and used by someone else.
      • BlackBerry® Blendto bring messaging and content on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. No saving to a cloud, no transferring information between devices. Learn about BlackBerry Blend
      • Android app compatibility – Download and install Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. Learn about the Amazon Appstore
      • BlackBerry Assistant – Manage your email, contacts, calendar and other features through simple voice and text commands.
      • Camera
        • Improved accuracy for face detection
        • Better low light performance in auto-mode
        • Improved focus speed and accuracy to reduce blur caused by motion
        • Automatically recommends modes and settings
        • Capture a panorama or even record video and take pictures at the same time.
      • Calendar
        • Meeting Mode – Automatically set your phone to quiet mode for the duration of your meeting, and choose types of events/durations that are affected by Meeting Mode.
        • New weekly agenda view
        • Growing numbers – numbers within the Month view will shrink/grow, based on how busy you are during work hours.
      • BlackBerry World for Work – organizations can now purchase BlackBerry World apps through BlackBerry World’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP)
      • Browser
        • Easily access private browsing from the tabs menu
        • Use Reader Mode Voice Support to have website content read out loud.
      • S/MIME Support for ActiveSync – Import your S/MIME certificate into your certificate store and manage your secure email settings in BlackBerry Hub.
      • BlackBerry Hub with Instant Actions – Quickly organize and action your inbox without having to go into each individual message.
      • Media improvements – Updates include the ability to “Favorite” your songs, photos or videos, and a new slow motion video edit feature.
      • Battery life improvements – Boost your battery life by up to 15% by customizing your Power Saving Profile.

Office 2016 is now available as Public Preview!

Microsoft has announced the public preview of its latest version of one of their most selling products,Office 2016. Public preview means exactly that, anyone can go ahead and load it up on their Windows PC and play around with it for a while.

There are a couple of different ways to go about getting your hands on it, and they hinge on whether you’re an Office 365 subscriber like me or not. Here’s what you need to do to get it on your machine:

If you are an Office 365 subscribers:

If you have a current subscription to Office 365, you’ll need to get the Office 2016 preview through your account management page. Here’s where to look for it:

  • Log in to your Office “My Account” page
  • Look for “Language and install options” and click it
  • On the next screen you’ll have to click on “Additional install options”
  • In the dropdown box you will see and select the Office Preview 32-bit or 64-bit installs as required.

By default Microsoft recommends installing the 32-bit version of Office regardless of whether you’re on a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows as it helps lower the chance of issues with third-party plugins.

For everyone else who doesn’t have the Office 365 subscription:

If you’re not an Office 365 subscriber then you will need to download the package from Microsoft directly. Follow below steps:

  • Visit https://products.office.com/en-us/office-2016-preview
  • You’ll see download links for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Office 2016 preview
  • As above, Microsoft recommends the 32-bit version by default
  • Make note of the product key on this page, you’ll need it to authenticate your install
  • Follow the install instructions and you are done

One more thing:  installing the Office 2016 preview will overwrite any current Office installs on your machine. So, if you’re not prepared to live with potential bugs, bear in mind you can’t run both side-by-side. If you have a spare machine it’d be worth loading it up on that instead.

BBM got updated in BlackBerry World – brings new Functions!

The latest update to BBM has now arrived in BlackBerry World and is available to all. This release is packing quite a few features including the ability to hide purchased sticker packs as well as the option to chat with contacts from your address book.

  • Start chatting with your address book contacts that are already using BBM – No invite required any longer!
  • We’ve bundled timed pictures, timed messages and retracted messages into a new BBM Subscription.
  • Broadcast messages can now be sent to specific categories.
  • Manage your Stickers – Choose which sticker packs are displayed in your Sticker Picker.
  • Improved Voice Chat experience.You now have the option to block receiving messages from a multi-person chat.

BBM Protected Updates:

  • Support auto passphrase in BBM Protected Groups so users don’t have to manually enter a passphrase
  • Address file/picture transfer issues under BBM Protected and Protected Plus
  • Improvements to Protected manual passphrase exchange – Requires both contacts to be running v2.8 on iOS and Android or v10.8 on BlackBerry 10

To get the update just visit  BlackBerry World right now and the update should show. If not follow this link (LINK).

Cipriani not to open in Downtown Dubai! But somewhere else…

Cipriani Dubai was due to open already on the end of last year. But as it is common here that Restaurants don’t open on time I had just been wondering when they will finally open ever since. Now Food lovers in Dubai who have been highly anticipating the opening of this high end Italian eatery might be disappointed.

As you can see on above Picture there is no more advertisement for the Cipriani Restaurant at all on the building. Even inside is another shop and the building is used to sell the Town Square project to customers.

So we contacted Cipriani to inquire on what is going on. The answer was confirming that Downtown will definitely not be the location for the Cipriani anymore. But: A Cipriani Restaurant will open in DIFC this Fall!  Still good news if you ask me. No further information was given on where exactly but I am sure it will be a great location.

Below is the image from before with the Cipriani label clear showing.

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Sad news. But I think there is no way that Cipriani will ever open in this location. Hopefully in another one somewhere here in Dubai…

BlackBerry rolling out officially OS 10.3.1…

If you have not gotten the Info yet in the BlackBerry Hub you might want to check available Software updates for your device. BlackBerry has rolled out officially OS 10.3.1 (Software Release 10.3.1.1581). I am on Etisalat and it is rolling out here in the UAE. I would expect the same on du.

OS 10.3.1 is rolling out now for the BlackBerry Q5, Q10, Z3, Z10, Z30,  Passport and P9983. If you are a classic user you are on 10.3.1 since release anyways.

BlackBerry 10 OS, version 10.3.1 brings together a refreshed look and feel, along with powerful new features designed to boost productivity, collaboration and communication.

Here are some of the new, powerful features.

  • BlackBerry Blend – BlackBerry Blend brings messaging blend-iconand content that is on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM™ and text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend works across multiple operating systems including Mac, Windows®, iOS and Android™.*
  • Dual app storefronts, offering hundreds of thousands of apps: BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World showcases essential business and productivity apps for professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration. Amazon Appstore – The Amazon Appstore is the place to download popular Android apps and games including favorites like Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, Kindle and Cut the Rope 2.
  • BlackBerry Assistant – The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, assistant-iconcontacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. It’s the only smartphone assistant on the market today that can access both personal and work content in your work perimeter. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond to you based on how you interact with it – if you type, it responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen.

Continue reading BlackBerry rolling out officially OS 10.3.1…

WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 Updated – Brings some news…

WhatsApp has continued developing of its messenger app for the  BlackBerry 10 Platform. You should now see a new update in  BlackBerry World. The update puts WhatsApp for BB10 at version 2.11.1167.2.  If you do not get prompted for the update just open BlackBerry World and search for WhatsApp and install in manually.

Here is what is new:

  • Added a chats-list filter drop-down (Pull the list down past the first item to see)
  • Added support for sharing locations to contacts from within the native maps app
  • Group and Contact info screens now show more media thumbs
  • Improved reliability of uploading large videos where only the first 16MB is sent
  • Added privacy settings for Read receipts (turn on or off)
  • Performance improvements for opening chats with large message histories
  • Miscellaneous fixes and updates

You can follow this link to get to Appworld and get more information or update from there. (LINK)

Holiday Mickey and Frosty the Snowman Sticker now in the BBM Shop…

As we are coming closer to Christmas more and more Festive Stickers arrive in the BBM Shop. This time around we got Holiday Mickey and Frosty the Snowman coming along. As usual you get 20 Stickers in each pack for 1.99$ each.

Holiday Mickey comes with all the known characters like Donald, Goofy, Daisy, Mini and of course Mickey himself.  If this is something you fancy grab the Stickers now in the BBM Shop.

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BBM for Windows Phone gets updated, brings new Features…

Finally BBM on Windows Phone made it to Version 2.0.0.24 and brings the features in that are since some time available on the other platforms.

The new features are:

  • BBM Shop with Stickers
  • Timed Messages
  • Message Retraction
  • HD Picture Transfer

If not set differently the update will be installed automatically on your phone so check your BBM app to see the changes yourself.

Here a few screenshots on a Lumia 930:

BBM Shop got updated…

BlackBerry has just pushing out an update for BBM in BlackBerry World. No features have been added this time around. But a new section within the BBM Shop has been added.

Other than that there isn’t much to the change log.

  • THE NEW BBM SHOP: Find great apps, sticker packs and more to personalize your chats
  • Bug fixes & performance enhancements

Some top apps which are accessing BBM are being recommended now, this includes iGrann Pro, Nobex, Radio 1 and BeWeather Pro.

The BBM version is showing as v10.5.15.15. If you’re not seeing it yet, refresh BlackBerry World, or even manually search for BBM.