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Instagram unveils its one-tap messaging app called Bolt

Facebook-owned Instagram has quietly launched an app called Bolt, which gives you the ability to send photo and video messages to your friends with one-tap. This is similar to Snapchat, as well as and Facebook’s recent Slingshot app.

Providence Equity Partners tipped to make an investment in WIND Mobile

The saga to become Canada’s fourth national wireless player continues. The latest report, courtesy of Bloomberg, suggests that US-based Providence Equity Partners Inc., is considering investing an unknown amount into WIND Mobile. Providence has previously invested in Univision, VoiceStream (now T-Mobile US), Warner Music Group, Western Wireless, and is part owner of Brampton-based Q9 Networks Inc. The finer details

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BlackBerry adds additional security with BlackBerry Guardian, a tool that automatically scans suspicious Android apps

Last February, BlackBerry and Trend Micro announced BlackBerry Guardian, a real-time tool that scans installed apps for malware against the company’s extensive database. The two companies combined resources to ensure apps within BlackBerry World are safe for BlackBerry 10 users to download. BlackBerry Guardian is a “multi-layered strategy” that involves both automated and manual analysis

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BlackBerry acquires voice and data security leader, Secusmart

One of BlackBerry’s continuing fundamentals is a core focus on security. The company has staked its future on providing secure and encrypted network options. During the BlackBerry Security Summit event today, CEO John Chen announced it has acquired Dusseldorf-based Secusmart GmbH, which is touted as being “a leader in high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government

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OneNote beta for Android brings handwritten notes and formatting options

Microsoft recently announced a beta program for its OneNote app on Android. As with recently projects on Google’s OS, Microsoft it committing itself to make its cross-platform experience uniformly better. On Google+, where the beta version is being managed, Ayush Rastogi, Software Development Engineer at Microsoft, announced the OneNote for Android Beta is live now. The biggest addition to the app

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Update: Apple acquiring personalized talk radio startup Swell for $30 million

Apple has been on an acquisition streak lately. CEO Tim Cook announced during Apple’s Q2 results that 30 company acquisitions have been made over the the last nine months, including $3 billion spent for Beats Electronics. Cook also declared that they Apple is “on the prowl” for additional companies and it was recently revealed that book

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