BlackBerry 10 and Z10 Review: BlackBerry Catches Up
After years of Apple and Google grabbing its smartphone market share, BlackBerry today launched a version of its phones that it hopes will bring it back. At an event in New York City, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, not only announced the much-delayed BlackBerry 10, the new phone software the company has been working on for the past two years, but that RIM would now officially be called BlackBerry. On Monday, Feb. 4 it will be changing its stock ticker symbol to BBRY.
“We have been on a journey of transformation, to transform our business and our brand, but also one that will transform mobile communications to true mobile computing,” Heins said on stage. “Saying we have reinvented this company is simply not enough. Today is a new day in the history of BlackBerry.”
BlackBerry 10’s New Features
BlackBerry 10 is a completely new version of the BlackBerry software; it doesn’t share a line of code with the previous version called BlackBerry 7 and was built completely for the touchscreen. While the operating system is similar to that of the iPhone or Android, as it is built around pages of apps, BlackBerry says the other platforms are now outdated and that the BlackBerry 10 will provide “differentiating” features.
“It’s a change in smartphone experience — the dominant paradigm, introduced six years ago, was great and revolutionary at the time,” BlackBerry’s Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben told ABC News in an interview. “But six years is a long time for a technology cycle, with a new user experience with a clear focus we have the opportunity to take market share back.”
Its BlackBerry Z10 phone doesn’t have a physical keyboard, but it has a software keyboard that BlackBerry has put a lot of time and effort into crafting. The software keyboard predicts words as you are typing, and you can swipe words into the keyboard. There is also the Hub, which brings in all your messages — email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn — into a universal inbox. You can swipe up and left to get to the Hub from any screen. In fact, the entire operating system is built around swiping; there’s no back button or physical home button.
BlackBerry also discussed a feature called BlackBerry Balance, which allows you to create different areas of the phone for work and your personal life. Additionally, it’s new BlackBerry Messenger will have voice and video chatting functionality, allowing users a way around using their minutes.
BlackBerry World and Apps But Heins spent much of the presentation focusing on the big question people have had for the new software: How will it have the apps that have become so popular on the iPhone and Android phones?
“We will be the platform launching with the highest number of apps on day one,” Boulben said. The company has worked with software developers to stock its BlackBerry World store, which includes apps and music and movies, to have 70,000 apps out of the gate. RIM announced that popular apps like Facebook, Skype, Kindle, Twitter, Angry Birds, Evernote, Rdio, ESPN Scorecenter, Flixter and Cut the Rope will be in the store for consumers.
Analysts were impressed by the selection of apps but say BlackBerry has to keep up the momentum. “It appears the table stakes apps and services are there for most users,” Michael Gartenberg, Gartner Research director, told ABC News. “The key will be for BlackBerry to keep up the momentum in terms of execution and perception.”
The BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 BlackBerry 10 will first launch on the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. The phone has a 4.2-inch screen, a dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera on the front for video chatting.
The BlackBerry Z10 will be available in Canada on Feb. 5 and in the U.K. early next month. In the U.S. it will be available in March. AT&T and Verizon have said they will carry one of the first phones with BlackBerry 10. According to RIM, the Z10 will be sold for a suggested retail price of $199 with a two-year contract; an unlocked version will be sold for $599.
أعلنت شركة ريسيرش إن موشان “ريم” المصنع لأجهزة بلاكبيري اليوم الأربعاء عن جيل جديد من هواتفها الذكية الجديدة التي تعمل بنظام (BlackBerry 10) .
وسيتم بيع الجهاز بالتعاقد سنتين مع شركة اتصالات معينة بسعر 199 دولار، أو “مفتوح” بسعر 599 دولار.
وكشفت “ريم” خلال المؤتمر الذي أقيم في عدد من المدن العالمية في نفس الوقت وأعلن خلاله عن جهازي Z10 و Q10 التي جاءت تقريباً مطابقة من حيث الشكل الخارجي للشائعات والتسريبات التي توالت خلال الفترة الماضية، ويتمتع الـBlack Berry Z10 بشاشة تعمل بتقنية اللمس بشكل كامل بحجم 4.2 انش، فيما ظهر هاتف Blackberry Q10 مقارباً للشكل العام لأجهزة البلاكبيري المعروفة والمشهورة بلوحة مفاتيح QWERTY بالإضافة إلى شاشة تعمل بتقنية اللمس.
ومن المميزات التي تم إضافتها للنظام الجديد خصائص جديدة في تطبيق بلاكبيري ماسنجر تمكن المستخدم من إجراء محادثات الفيديو كإضافة إلى خاصية المكالمات الصوتية بين المستخدم وجهات الاتصال المضافة لديه وكذلك إمكانية مشاركته شاشة الهاتف للطرف الأخر، وبالنسبة للبرامج يتمتع بلاكبيري وورد بتوفير 70 ألف تطبيق للمستخدمين .
وسوف تكون الأجهزة متوفرة في الأسواق بشكل تدريجي بين عدد من المناطق حيث سوف متاحة يوم غد في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية وفي كندا يوم 4 فبراير وثم على مستوى الشرق الأوسط في الإمارات ابتداء من في الإمارات في 10 فبراير المقبل.
I am still coming to grips with cloud computing and storing all my data online, however this seems to be the direction the tech-world is taking and so gadgets must follow suit. We have here the Spider Computer, a portable device that relies on a projected screen and laser keyboard to offer you a ready computer on the go. It relies totally on the “cloud” factor and even doubles up as awkward phone.
Its three legs can easily be folded out, allowing it to be placed on a flat surface. The mirror head opens, and the projection is directed towards the table surface or a wall. Digital correction compensates for angular differences in projection versus surface. Working prototype was made for technology, user studies and research. When legs are folded into the body, it becomes a mobile device, used as a phone, for messages etc. Circular LCD display with graphic interface. It can be carried in your pocket and brought anywhere.
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Kingston’s 1TB USB 3.0 Thumbdrive. Where Do I get One?
In what is best described as a flash memory willy-waving demo, Kingston has unveiled a 1TB USB thumbdrive — that’s over a thousand gigabytes on your keyring.
The enormous memory inside the relatively compact USB stick will come at a considerable price. Although a figure hasn’t yet been set by Kingston, a 512GB stick that will launch in March will have a $1,700 (£1,000) sticker on it. You might want to double that figure for safe measure if a 1TB model seems like your sort of investment.
The drive is lightweight and felt extremely robust when we got hands-on time at CES. It uses USB 3.0 connectivity and Kingston promises read speeds of up to 240Mbps and write speeds up to 160Mbps.
No release date has yet been set for the 1TB HyperX Predator drive, but a Q1 2013 release has been suggested by the company.
Pardon us while we auction our kidneys here in Vegas in order to put down a deposit.
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