The BlackBerry Priv has finally been released today as part of the Canadian company's bid to turn itself around and save its hardware production business.
BlackBerry has launched its first Android-powered smartphone today. The BlackBerry Priv is a last-ditch attempt to make up for the financial loss from the company's hardware division. If this effort fails, BlackBerry will most probably close down its phone manufacturing business and focus instead on its software division, according to CBC.
In the past, BlackBerry had been criticized for its lack of apps at a time when a lot of consumers are more frequently streaming movies and accessing social media via mobile. Thus, after eight years, it has turned to Google for the operating system of its latest smartphone instead of sticking with its own BlackBerry 10 OS, Tech Insider (TI) explains. more >>
Lookout Security found a new kind of Android malware in software that can be downloaded from third-party app stores. The said malware projects itself as an established app but renders a device vulnerable to root attacks, Gizmodo reports.
The said apps will seem harmless at first because they will provide the same function as Facebook, Twitter, and other software from Google Play. However, they come with malicious code that gives them root access to the mobile OS. What makes the malware virtually impossible to remove is its ability to install a series of exploits that act as system apps, the report explains.
Hackers were able to come up with the malware by repackaging legitimate apps from Google Play and incorporating adware into them. Once downloaded, they can infiltrate a smartphone without the user's knowledge. Plus, the makers of the repackaged apps can make money from the ads generated, according to a ZDNet report cited by Latinos Post. more >>
Facebook is getting ready to combat Google News and Apple News with its own standalone news app "Notify," which will be launched next week.
The Notify news app will be Facebook's way of delivering fresh news to its users in real time. The social media giant has already struck deals with The Washington Post, Billboard, Vogue, CBS, and other media partners, according to a Financial Times report cited by The American Bazaar.
Unlike the Facebook's news feed, Notify will deliver news to users in a more organized way because only items from subscriptions will appear on the app feed. Facebook users can use the Notify app to subscribe to their desired media outlets. The app will also send them notifications whenever breaking stories are published, the report details. more >>
Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz was featured on Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show" on Thursday, where he debated the compatibility of religion and science with famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
While partly a comedic segment, the two offered their views on whether scientific discoveries harm religious belief, with Lentz stating that religious people shouldn't be afraid of science.
As tech companies race to outdo each other in the smartwatch department, consumers cannot help but be confused on which brand of device to buy. The Samsung Gear S2, LG Watch Urbane 2, and Motorola Moto 360 2 are among the smartwatches being pitted against each other.
To begin with, Samsung's Gear S2 boasts of a rotating bezel for selecting options and a 1.2-inch round AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. The recently released device, which runs the Tizen OS and is powered by a 300 mAh battery, has 512 MB of RAM and 4 G of storage, according to Phone Arena.
The LG Watch Urbane 2 LTE, on the other hand, boasts of a 1.30-inch P-OLED round display with a resolution of 480 x 480 pixels. The smartwatch, which was unveiled last month, runs the Android Wear OS and is powered by a 570 mAh battery. It is packed with 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage, and has LTE connectivity, the report details. more >>
Apple might release the MacBook Pro 2016 in December this year instead of next year, the latest rumors say.
While looking at the Apple PC OS El Capitan to straighten out some XHCI compatibility issues, Pike's Universum noticed the new Mac code AAPLJ951 that pointed to a new Mac Pro that could come out very soon. The discovery triggered speculations that the MacBook Pro 2016 might be launched in December this year instead of 2016, according to Latinos Post.
In addition, the code indicated that the new Mac Pro would have 10 USB 3.0 ports. Macworld says the current Mac Pro only has four USB ports and six Thunderbolt 2 ports, the report relays. more >>