Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 1/29/2013 1:25 pm


Back in the day, fans of the BlackBerry were so dedicated, the device was often called the CrackBerry. But in recent years the BlackBerry has been an also-ran, behind the iPhone and Google's Android-driven devices. On Wednesday, BlackBerry's Canadian-based parent company, Research In Motion, will show off its first phone with the new BlackBerry 10 system. The company is promising a speedier device, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone. Most analysts consider a BlackBerry 10 success to be crucial for the company's long-term viability.

There is news from Apple
today. It's announced a new iPad with 128-gigabyte memory. That's twice as large as the current device. Of course, to account for the added storage space, the price tag goes up, too. The 128 GB Wi-Fi model will now cost about 800-bucks, while the LTE model will be a little over 900-dollars. The abrupt release marks a shift in how Apple is updating the iPad. Instead of rolling out new iPads once a year or so, as it does with iPhones and iPods, Apple is now treating the iPad more like its Mac line, releasing incremental updates to existing models. Apple has not explicitly announced this strategy shift, so it's an open question whether or not we'll see a more significant iPad update this year. The new iPad will be available a week from now.

If your an iPhone or iPad user, Apple has a software update for your device. Apple says iOS version 6.1 adds the ability to access the speedy "LTE" networks of 36 additional iPhone carriers. Internationally, they include major carriers in Italy, Denmark, Finland, Croatia, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. The update includes the ability to buy movie tickets through the "Siri" voice-controlled assistant feature. Also, subscribers to "iTunes Match" will now be able to download individual songs from their online lockers to their phones. The update is compatible with the iPod Touch as well.

The Jedi won't be returning in 3-D -- at least not for a while. Lucasfilm
says that it's postponing the scheduled 3-D releases of "Star Wars: Episode II — Attack Of The Clones" and "Episode III — Revenge of the Sith" this fall. Instead, the focus will be on "Star Wars: Episode VII." The Walt Disney Company confirmed Friday that J.J. Abrams, creator of the series "Lost" and director of 2009's "Star Trek" movie, will direct the seventh installment of the franchise. It's set for a 2014 release. Disney bought "Star Wars" maker Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion.

It's now Super Bowl week, with the big game just days away. The NFL'
s official Super Bowl site has a host of features to help you get ready for game day, including team and player profiles, a guide to Super Bowl related events and a clock that counts down to kickoff. You can even test your Super Bowl knowledge with a trivia game.

The new BlackBerry World for #BlackBerry10 to feature these top media partners for video, TV & more: http://t.co/GmbPKG27

You can watch the BlackBerry 10 launch live on January 30th thanks to RIM's webcast http://t.co/DxZEKR6i

Apple to Launch 128 GB iPad on February 5 for $799/$929 http://t.co/RwZGbBZP

Apple announces new iPad with 128-gigabyte memory, twice as large as current device. http://t.co/ORI7j92S

Apple releases iOS 6.1 with more LTE carrier support, Siri movie tickets, iTunes Match… http://t.co/L9m6jkR5

Analysts were disappointed today as Apple released iOS 6.1 according to guidance, rather than 6.7.

Star Wars 3D gets postponed due to focus on Episode VII. http://t.co/pgkfMHRB

Sith Happens: No 3D Release For The Remaining STAR WARS Prequels - http://t.co/whEOEL51

The long-planned 3D re-releases of #StarWars 'Attack of the Clones' & 'Revenge of the Sith' have been shelved: http://t.co/oWYHvLro

RT @NESN: Ray Lewis Says Reporters Aren’t Qualified to Ask Questions About 13-Year-Old Murder Case http://t.co/t5L255EO

RT @longlivequeenB: That didn't take long. Anyone else not surprised? RT @TMZ: NFL Defends Beyonce -- She's NOT a Pain in the Ass! http://t.co/Vxui5zZq

Hilarious picture of #49ers QB Alex Smith at Super Bowl #MediaDay (pic via @nfl) http://t.co/wuCPRkaK
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