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BBM coming to Android and iPhone – Yahoo unveils redesign – GTA V makes £497m on opening day

BBM on Android and iPhone

BBM, the popular messaging service for Blackberry handsets, is set to expand to cover a greatly increased number of devices, with iPhone and Android compatibility to launch in the near future.

Android users will be able to download BBM for free on September 21, with the platform coming to iPhone the following day. Speaking in a press release, Andrew Bocking, executive vice president for BBM commented:

"BBM is a very engaging messaging service that is simple to use, easy to personalize and has an immediacy that is necessary for mobile communications. With more than a billion Android, iOS, and BlackBerry smartphones in the market, and no dominant mobile instant messaging platform, this is absolutely the right time to bring BBM to Android and iPhone customers."

WhatsApp is currently the most popular messaging service available on Android in terms of users, and was previously the subject of speculation over a bid from Google, which eventually did not come to pass. The introduction of BBM on Android and iPhone devices will certainly increase the competition, and there are sure to be some anxious moments ahead for the instant messaging services which currently lead the way.


Yahoo redesign

Yahoo is following the redesign of Bing by announcing significant changes of its own, as the company continues to strive to retake its former position as a leading search engine. My Yahoo is designed to be a portal to the visitors' interests, containing emails, links to relevant news stories and sports results, as well as details on weather and other information of the users choice.

Led by CEO Marissa Mayer, it is hoped that the move will help to bring Yahoo up to date and into the modern era, with recent criticism of the company as old-fashioned. The main focus of the changes has been to streamline the layout of the design, making everything quicker, easier to use and more responsive.

With the latest search engine market share showing that just 3.22 per cent of users turn to Yahoo for their online queries, the company faces a significant battle to recapture the glory days. At the very least, this bold redesign shows that Mayer and Google are doing their very best.


GTA V makes £497m on opening day

The latest instalment of the Grand Theft Auto videogame series smashed records on its opening day, with over £497m in sales within 24 hours of release.

Even when you consider that Grand Theft Auto V was the most expensive game to make in history (costing over £164m), this is still an incredible early profit for the expansive open world title. The midnight release of the game attracted large crowds in many stores, with gamers eager to get their hands on the hotly-anticipated title.

It is the first new Grand Theft Auto game since 2008, and is the biggest by some distance. In fact, the map is more than twice the size of every other game in the series combined. From taking control of a criminal empire to playing tennis, flying stuntplanes or simply driving one of the thousands of vehicles around the map, it is no surprise that gamers have flocked to get their hands on a copy.

GTA V is already the most successful videogame in history, and with this success sure to continue in the coming months and especially over the Christmas period, the future of gaming has been changed forever by this release.

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