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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen promised that two Android smartphones would come before the company's fiscal year went out. He made the promise in the midst of collapsing investor confidence in Waterloo's money-losing hardware unit. Chen has repeated his belief that he could sell 5 million smartphones in a year. We may see what happens when the company's second quarter ends on September 28. The Motley Fool and plenty of analysts are thinking that BBRY will lose money for the next three years if it doesn't cut rope and sail from hardware. They believe that a ShopBlackBerry sale going through the ...

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    You already have enough to plug into your power strips. Putting in two chargers for your smartphone and smartwatch just to have them charge at the same time shouldn't have to be a problem. Samsung may be taking a crack at that issue with a new patent application at the US Patent and Trademark Office. A filing last week shows off a new design for a wireless charger — in the form of a tall block — that can transmit electromagnetic fields in both the vertical and horizontal axes. A smartwatch could take in power when wrapped around the block while a phone could charge when laid on the top ...

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    BlackBerry may be doing worse financially than it did last quarter or even last year, but it's better than what the Street expected and that's all that matters, right? The Waterloo-based tech company lost $670 million this past quarter, most of that coming from $599 million in write-downs and impairments. Revenues totaled $424 milion. Software sales were up 21 percent annually to $166 million while the new "mobility solutions" unit made up about $152 million of the total. The company claimed 500,000 unit sales versus 600,000 last quarter. While revenue was short of expectations, the ...

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    If you've ever thought of giving some of your hardware a little protective love, but with a little twist in style that keeps you thinking about how nice it feels, dbrand is fighting to be your partner in making it happen. After announcing its highly-anticipated Concrete material backing for its entire range of product skins, — we're talking everything from Dell's XPS 13 to the Huawei P9 to the iPhone 4 and the OnePlus 3, here — dbrand's taking the opportunity to give everyone a sale. It's a simple, pre-discounted 30 percent off the regular prices for everything at the store (the ...

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    The idea of Samsung moving its future smartphone releases from Android to Tizen has been around since it took up the operating system in some of its mobile electronics. And then, the smartwatches started picking up steam. As more of its smart appliances started picking up the open-source operating system, Tizen seemed to be a more tenable operating system for Samsung to capitalize on with its outstanding smartphone market share. Well, one unnamed executive at the company told The Korea Times this week that it will reduce Android's presence on its products in favor of Tizen. The only reason ...

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    We've been running the iOS 10 developer preview for a little more than a day, but it's not the only BETA being run in our offices. We also have Google's latest build of Android N running on a Nexus 5X. We think it's time for a comparison. This is a big update for Apple, reaching the tenth iteration of iOS, a lot of attention has been paid towards streamlining interactions, incorporating more 3D Touch and gesture support, and catching a few services up which have been lagging behind the competition. Likewise, Google has a lot riding on Android N, in making this build of Android more ...

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    Our phones have turned into one of the most intimate devices in our lives. It’s a possession you never leave home without similar to your car keys or wallet. Smartphones have taken the “time waster” slot in our lives away from more traditional means like crossword puzzles. There’s so many needs that our phones have filled for us that making a little money with them seems like the next logical step right? We’ve all been drawn to the idea of making easy money over the years but most internet based money claims are usually scams that we know are too good to be true. However, not ...

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    Digital security company Kaspersky has warned us about many threats. Valid ones, too. Kinda not now. It has posted the 95 Theses against the Church of Charging. First, it attacks third-party chargers. It's true that they've been the cause of explosions, injury and death, especially ones made with the idea of putting 220 volts through a USB port. But even with the charger out of the box, we've seen how badly the phones can handle that juice — though Kaspersky doesn't mention those incidents. And that's just plugging into the grid. The security firm's more concerned about the power you ...

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    During a recent conversation with my friend (and soon to be fellow contributor to the Pocket Now family) Clifton Thomas, we debated the need for widgets and the app drawer within Android. Clifton has recently purchased the Nextbit Robin and despite rockin' a close to bone stock version of Android it lacks an app drawer and widgets are handled via a separate layer that’s accessed via a pinch on one of the home-screens. Therefore, the Robin’s approach to Android is rather iOS-like in execution in that you are basically looking at pages of app icons. Some may like this and others may not. ...

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    Back in October 2014, when it closed the $2.9 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, many felt the world’s largest PC manufacturer hit the jackpot. After all, smartphone demand was still thriving everywhere from developed to emerging markets, and on the heels of a deep identity crisis as Razr feature phones became obsolete, the Moto brand got a breath of fresh air during a short period of Google oversight. Only Lenovo failed to capitalize on the apparent popularity of near-stock Android-running Moto Xs and Gs among power users and software purists, undergoing several restructuring ...

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    Flashback to June 7, 2010 for a moment. It may take a little thought to do so as it was damn near six years ago. You may not remember what the weather was like, what you wore that day, or even what devices you owned at that moment in your life. If you are a diehard techie I will tell you one thing you will remember from that day and that would be that year’s WWDC. The late and great Steve Jobs walked out on stage and unveiled the iPhone 4 in all of it’s gorgeous glory. The phone was amazingly sexy for its time and would come with one particular feature that is a staple point of the iOS ...

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    The launch of the iPhone SE brought up a few interesting questions regarding design. This hardware shell is now going on its fourth year of service with little change from the original iPhone 5. This is an obvious cost savings measure from Apple, and prevents any consumer confusion as to which new phones are "premium" and which phones are more "wallet friendly". However, if Apple were to recycle a shell, the iPhone 5 was a very well received design. There's something "classic" or "timeless" about the first iPhone to use a widescreen 16:9 display. We've asked questions like these before in ...

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    Apple's apocalypse/demise/plateau has firmed up enough for the time being to give Samsung the biggest portion of the US smartphone market. At least, it was the case back in March. Counterpoint Research reports that Apple had 23 percent market share, short of Samsung's 28.8 percent. It's the first monthly win for Samsung in 11 months and signals that the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge did indeed have great first-month results, especially when pitting them against the Galaxy S6's sales. Rounding the top five are LG (17.1 percent), ZTE (6.6 percent) and Alcatel (4.5 percent). Global ...

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    The congestion of the worldwide smartphone market has been anticipated by analysts for a long time now, and you can almost notice it with the naked eye these days. Whether we’re talking Android devices or iPhones, upgrades happen at a slower pace than before, and driving new adoption is mission impossible, as billions of people already own intelligent handhelds. The best most major OEMs can thus hope for this year is share and sales stagnation, with perhaps a handful of rising Chinese stars looking at growth on both fronts. Overall, the market has begun to contract, and global shipments ...

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    With any discussion on emergency preparation, it's never a bad idea to consult guides like the one posted by the Red Cross, or your own local law enforcement/first responder web sites. We recently produced a review on the SpareOne Emergency GoPhone, a no frills back up phone designed to make sure you can easily make calls or share your location if you're ever in trouble. Depending on what area of the world you live in, you likely face some kind of regionally specific disaster. Earthquakes, fires, flood, tornadoes, we often see similar recommendations for people when making an emergency ...

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    A lot of time, effort, money, and energy goes into phone design. These things are tortured and tested for months before being released to consumers. Yet for all that examination, why do we still face the tyranny of having buttons on BOTH sides of our phones? At this point we're likely already receiving angry comments from people, but aside from the satirical tone of that last sentence, there are a couple reasons why a person might enjoy moving controls to only one side of a device. We've all seen infomercials where people seem to have forgotten how their hands work, but there could be an ...

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    Another edition of Kantar Worldpanel's Smartphone OS Market Share Data report has come out and this one's a doozy for both iOS and Windows. The numbers cover the holiday quarter of 2015 and they seem to show an overall decline in interest with Windows-based phones and iPhones. Windows saw a couple of steep changes downwards year-over-year, with Italy seeing a 6 percent loss in share, France down 5.2 percent and Australia off by 3.3 percent. Small, but measurable gains were made in Great Britain and Japan. Still, with shares dropping from double digits to below 8 percent, it's not a pretty ...

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    It’s been a roller coaster of a week for Apple and Alphabet. The company which owns Google briefly took the mantle as most valuable publicly traded company, only to be leap-frogged by Apple again on the strength of iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch rumors. Apple continues impressive performance as a profit generating engine, but the gaps in Apple’s armor are becoming more apparent as we watch the mobility market mature. Cash is king Just as buying a phone is often an emotional decision more than a rational one, trading stocks is also an emotional reaction. We want to claim some kind of ...

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    The underground for smartphones is alive and thriving thanks to the underhanded middlemen that roam across geographical and legal borders to make a quick buck on vital technology. Be it in secret employee circles or a la carte smash-and-grabs, the circle of strife goes on. In Hong Kong, one interception by customs saw 891 Chinese-made smartphones taken off the market. It was the largest of four seizures made since the year began with the whole kit and kaboodle worth about $900,000. Just this past Sunday, a Pasadena, California, MetroPCS store was broken into during the dark of the ...

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    Mozilla imaged an entirely new development medium for those who were interested in the Firefox OS 2.5, but weren't willing to take the complete dive: by packaging an easy-to-install Android launcher and sending it right to you. Turns out it's not going to be of much use to those devs anymore. In fact, the platform is now dead. At least on the smartphone side. Mozilla senior vice president of connected devices Ari Jaaksi tweeted out the twist in Firefox OS's legacy saying that it will focus on the smartphone web experience and divert development towards the Internet of Things. #Mozilla ...

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    Ericsson used to have a larger footprint in the mobile technology space. In this decade, we're lucky if we hear from them once or twice a year. This time around, our luck may have run out if we're talking about smartphones. It's a hardware field that Google currently has a vested interest in. Not to worry, though, as one of its software managers has come up with her vision of what's next. Doom for the devices Stockholm-based Ericsson commissioned a survey of 100,000 participants across 40 countries including Sweden and has found that people will be getting "over" smartphones by 2021. They ...

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    Are we getting a little too comfortable with pornography these days? After all, we do have access to it with a few taps on glass. Furthermore, the instant socialization and crowdfunding of user-generated pornography has made nude selfie trading normal. But in terms of putting a number to all this triple-X, how much is there? One porn industry analyst estimates that there could be between one and five million porn sites on the web. A Juniper Research report from a few months ago says that by year's end, more than 136 billion videos will have crossed eyeballs in 2015. It forecasts 193 ...

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    When we talk about recycling our smartphones or thinking about the environment once we're done with our devices, we often see dreaded fields of waste or look to companies thinking up solutions like Fairphone. OnePlus makes a token gesture every once in a while to help doctors out. Some people just don't care. But some of the people that do care go to extraordinary lengths to make their point. Take Lin Shih Pao, a Taiwanese artist who took to creating a Formula 1 racecar out of a colorful multitude of smartphones and dumbphones. We were taken aghast by some certain sights: a cursory ...

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    We've spent hours on the subject of data transmission security and device security on this site. We've reviewed BlackBerry after BlackBerry and a Blackphone, too — with another one out there that we'd might want in our review labs. A lot of us treasure hiding data from our adversaries and our nightmares, whoever or whatever they are. But in the case of smartphone encryption, you could end up causing a nightmare for if not yourself, then your family and the people that would fight for you. Let's be clear that the majority of smartphones encrypted and picked up by law enforcement come from ...

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    Acer is getting ready to go all-in for an afternoon of Windows 10 desktops, laptops, tablets and phones to show you what it can do with them. You've got to admire the company for being an underlying current in Taiwan between the struggling HTC and the decently-performing ASUS. But once in a while, Acer should get to shine, too, just after Microsoft had its own Windows 10 devices event. And so it will shine with the Acer Windows 10 Global Press Conference in Taipei on Monday, October 12 at 2pm local time (2am Eastern). You can check out the livestream Acer has set up for the event below. ...

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