BlackBerry has finally made a solid move to attempt a financial turnaround by launching its first Android-powered smartphone called BlackBerry Priv, but some experts feel that the effort may have come five years too late.
The former mobile leader has already dropped way past iPhone and Samsung over the years, but BlackBerry wants to prove it is not yet ready to give up by launching the BlackBerry Priv. The first Android BlackBerry smartphone promises a level of security higher than that of Google's OS, but many fear that the device may not be enough to save the company, according to The Indian Express.
The BlackBerry Priv, which is now available in the United States for $700, runs the Android Lollipop alongside the BlackBerry software to quickly address the security flaws in the Android OS including bugs such as Stagefright. The smartphone is a good sell for customers who prefer a physical keyboard and those who want the hardware to match the online security measures of the device, Digital Trends reports. more >>
After the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the Internet is already abuzz with rumors about what Samsung's next flagship will look like and what new features it will have. According to a TechRadar report, Samsung may be looking at a January or February 2016 unveiling of the Galaxy S7. Speculations have it that the next flagship will have better processing power and the latest pressure-sensitive screen technology, among others.
With Samsung's next generation 14nm production method in place, the Galaxy S7 is expected to have on board the fastest processors so far manufactured – the new Exynos 8890 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. These new chips, according to another report in Phone Arena, have a lower power requirement, even with faster processing power.
According to the same Phone Arena report, Samsung is reportedly working with Synaptics as a partner in Synaptics' newest touch technology called ClearForce. This may mean that the next Samsung flagships will be equipped with this new technology, which is likened to Apple's 3D Touch technology. more >>
Vivo's Weibo account recently hinted that a new smartphone is coming – one that is named X6. The Chinese company was originally expected to follow up its XPlay 3S with a newer version called XPlay 5S. Instead, it teased that it is in fact coming up with a smartphone that will be the first to have 1 GB of RAM allocated just for graphics, according to a report in Tech Times.
In its Weibo account, the company showed an image of a gift box with the name X6 on it. No other information has been released about the device.
If reports and rumors are true, however, the Vivo X6 will be the first ever smartphone to sport a huge 1 GB RAM entirely for graphics use, out of the 4 GB total RAM of the device. more >>
International copyright advocates are celebrating the shutdown of one of the "most prolific movie pirates," known as YIFY. According to a report in Yibada, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) claimed responsibility for shutting down YIFY and its parent site YTS after it took legal action against Popcorn Time developers in Canada, leading to the closure of popcorntime.io in late October. Given this development, the report is also speculating that the biggest torrent downloading site, The Pirate Bay, may be next in line to be shut down.
YIFY, along with The Pirate Bay, was one of the few torrent downloading sites left standing until recently. Now, TPB is still standing despite attempts by some international copyright groups to put an end to their operations. A report in Heavy.com confirmed that Popcorn Time and YTS-YIFY are indeed shut down and that several groups are trying to take advantage of the void the shutdown has left through the proliferation of fake sites, such as yify-torrent.org and yify-movie.com.
Another Yibada report noted that the YTS/YIFY shutdown resulted in some rather "intriguing questions" as it turns out that there was an out-of-court settlement between MPAA and the operator of YIFY. Originally, MPAA filed a multi-million dollar suit but in the end, decided to settle it out of court. The report said that the agreement between MPAA and YIFY involved the pirate operator providing information to MPAA about how pirates operate. The agreement has been labelled as unprecedented because MPAA is known for being very harsh on offenders of copyright law, as attested by the previous cases it pushed. more >>
The next "Super Smash Bros. 4" DLC will not feature Shovel Night among the new characters, so fans are now eager to know who will be included in the final character roster.
Earlier, there were speculations about Shovel Knight being one of the new characters to be featured in the next "Super Smash Bros. 4," but the character creator later on debunked the rumors. After the voting period for the characters ended last month, there is still no word on the winners, so fans are still left hanging, according to Yibada.
There are also reports saying Nintendo will include characters from third-party games in the next "Super Smash Bros. 4" DLC character tier, which will feature at least 50 heroes from various video games. Microsoft has already gained permission from Nintendo to incorporate Banjo-Kazooie in the said game, the report relays. more >>
The new Pebble Time Round smartwatch will hit selected retail stores across the United States starting Nov. 8, the smartwatch maker Pebble has confirmed.
This Sunday, Pebble fans can start buying the new Pebble Time Round smartwatch for $249. The company's latest circular smartwatch looks more like an ordinary wristwatch and is lighter and thinner than its predecessors, according to NYC Today.
In terms of battery life, Pebble smartwatches hold a big advantage over its competitors because they last longer and require less charging. However, the latest unit has shorter battery backup and will only last two days versus seven days of the previous models, the report details. more >>