BlackBerry, who pioneered the physical QWERTY keyboard on mobile phones, is joining the Android bandwagon, finally. The company is releasing two smartphones that will run on Android and images of these phones have already been leaked even before these phones are unveiled.
BlackBerry is trying to recover from its attempt to make a comeback in the smartphone market with its BlackBerry 10 line of smartphones, which run on a proprietary OS called BlackBerry 10. When it released the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 in 2013, both phones did not fare well among consumers and the company was forced to add support later on so that Android apps can run on their new phones.
Reuters stated that the company was contemplating on making its own Android smartphones in a bid to regain some foothold in the market, after its apparent failure with its own OS. more >>
Until recently, Casio has been keeping its smartwatch plans under wraps. The company has been quiet about what its plans are no less than the company's president and chief operating officer, Kazuhiro Kashio, has revealed that they are planning to come out with their own smartwatch soon.
Kashio told the Wall Street Journal that the company is "trying to bring our smartwatch to a level of watch perfection: a device that won't break easily, is simple to put on and feels good to wear." The watch will be launched in the U.S. and Japan in March 2016. Although it will be priced at $400, its introductory offer in the U.S. will make it available at $349.
Whether the watch will make use of the Android Wear OS is still unknown, but the report speculates that this may not be the case. The pricing also indicates that the new smartwatch is seeking to compete with other high-end smartwatch models in the market. more >>
The Turing Phone, which boasts of providing the ultimate security for smartphone data and having a case "stronger than steel," will be available for pre-order starting July 31. The phone's maker, Turing Robotic Industries, also announced that they will reveal available color options for the new phone on July 22. Those who will avail of the phone through the pre-order offer will also be receiving additional goodies the phone comes their way.
The new phone is made of a revolutionary liquid-metal which its manufacturer calls "liquidmorphium." A CNET report describes the material as "an amorphous alloy of zirconium, copper, aluminium, nickel and silver whose atomic structure is more like glass than like aluminium or steel." TRI also claims that because of this alloy, the phone's production produces a lot less waste and is therefore greener. Liquidmorphium is supposedly stronger than aluminium or steel thereby offering strength that is unrivaled by any other smartphone.
The phone's main attraction for consumers and buyers is its promise of ultra-security. Given that a lot of smartphone users nowadays rely on their smartphones not just for phone calls and SMS but also for personal and business purposes, data security is becoming a major concern. Most smartphones manage data through a third-party server that issues a security certificate. The Turing Phone manages data locally, through a built-in security chip called the Turing Imitation Key. Since encryption is being done locally, this keeps sensitive data offline and out of reach from hackers. Sharing sensitive data can now be done between Turing Phones. more >>
"Skyforge," a new action MMORPG from Allods Team and Obsidian Entertainment is set to launch its open beta by the middle of July.
Online developers Allods Team and Obsidian Entertainment have announced they are entering their new action MMORPG, "Skyforge" into open beta by July 16, releasing a trailer showing gamers what to expect.
Inspired by "Blade and Soul" and "TERA," "Skyforge" allows players to take on a combat-oriented character in the world of Aelion, starting as an immortal warrior, gathering followers in the quest to protect the realm, and eventually gaining the strength of a god. more >>
In his latest book The Jesus Experience, Christian author and filmmaker Bill Myers attempts to reignite faith in older believers and help new ones avoid the traps of works-based Christianity through a narrative on how his walk with God was transformed when he finally realized he didn't need to impress God with deeds and good behavior. Myer's begins the book by talking about his younger years and how he feared not receiving God's approval with his life. He also addresses the idea of being a "good Christian" in your own strength and shoots it down by attributing spiritual growth solely to God.
The book examines the question of what God asks of believers and Myers points out that many Christians will address their faith, or lack thereof with doing more in the church or in the community, but all of that is empty if it's done apart from abiding in Christ. To Myers, life is about saying yes to what God asks and not about setting out plans that sound holy or Christian and trying to carry them out. He says a believer's purpose can only be found through deep relationship with the Father.
Bungie announced previously that it will be bringing a major expansion for the second year anniversary of its hit FPS game title "Destiny."
In a report from IGN, community manager DeeJ was quoted as saying over at the official Bungie Blog site that "The Taken King" DLC would be "more than DLC – it's a game."
On their latest Bungie Weekly update, the studio also revealed some of the new exciting features coming over for "The Taken King" and this would include a host of new missions, weapons, quests, game modes, and more others. more >>