RIM

Free voice calls possible using BBM

BlackBerry users will be able to make free voice calls over a Wi-Fi network using the popular BBM messaging service.

Research In Motion announced Wednesday that it's adding the feature to BBM. Users will be able to switch back and forth from a text chat to a voice call. A split-screen option will let them talk and text at the same time.

The new feature is a free update for existing customers and comes months before RIM introduces its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

RIM surprised analysts in September when it announced that the number of BlackBerry subscribers grew, thanks in part to emerging markets and its popular BBM service.

RIM stopped short of offering the BBM voice feature over wireless carriers' own cellular networks.

Pinterest

Personal, business accounts now separate

Pinterest is allowing small businesses and corporations to create official accounts, a move that could be an early step toward profitability.

The San Francisco company said it is offering businesses free tools for their Pinterest content. Companies already use Pinterest to share photos of clothes, recipes and designs.

With Wednesday's changes, businesses can officially link their websites so they are listed on their Pinterest profiles.

-- Associated Press



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