BlackBerry is not yet dead. A new leaked photo shows the company's new smartphone that runs the Android mobile operating system.
Just when everyone thought that BlackBerry has waved the white flag, along comes a leaked image of its new smartphone. The upcoming BlackBerry phone still has its trademark QWERTY keyboard, but it surprisingly runs Google's Android OS, according to Mirror.
The photo, which appeared on Twitter on August 19, seems to convey the message that the Canadian smartphone maker may be doing away with its own BlackBerry OS and replace it with Google's Android operating system. more >>
Blackphone 2 is more secure than ever because Silent Circle has updated its privacy-centered mobile operating system.
The all-new Blackphone 2 still builds on the concept of a spy-proof yet consumer-friendly smartphone, much like the first Blackphone. But the new secure smartphone comes with even more improved features, according to NBC News.
The Blackphone 2 is definitely larger and faster than its predecessor. It boasts of a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7-gigahertz octa-core processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128 GB, Information Week reports. more >>
With BlackBerry keeping mum about details of the company's newest devices, the rumor mill is once again running on overtime, with new reports coming in about what the upcoming device is going to look like and what specs it will carry, according to a report in Tech Times.
First among these rumors is that the new device will be coming pre-installed with Android and not the BlackBerry OS 10.
Another rumor has to do with a leaked image showing the Venice will be equipped with not just a sliding keyboard, but also an onscreen keyboard which looks like the one found on an Android smartphone. Initially, when the phone was hinted at by BlackBerry during the Mobile World Congress early this year, it was known to be a slider phone with a slide-out keyboard which is supposed to be more convenient for longer messages or emails. But in practice, an onscreen phone is certainly easier to use especially for notes and shorter messages. more >>
Google's ambitious project to create the first-ever modular smartphone has been delayed. According to a report on The Verge, the team behind the project recently acknowledged the delay, saying that the phone was not "staying together" as expected. The report specifically mentioned that the smartphone that Project Ara has so far put together is not passing the drop test – i.e. it's components are not staying together as expected.
The Project Ara team recently tweeted this: "No more electropermanent magnets. #ProjectAra #FailedTheDropTest." In a follow-up tweet, they said that they were working on "a signature experience to attach/detach modules." According to the report, this does not indicate how the team was going to do it, but it's an acknowledgement that they need to get back to the drawing board and "rethink" how they would join the modules of the smartphone together and make sure that the phone passes the test of durability.
In another report in Tech Times, it was mentioned that this slight delay meant that the project's scheduled trials which were supposed to happen in Puerto Rico would also be delayed. However, Google has recently announced that it would add a few more test cities to the project next year. The estimated release of the modular smartphone will be sometime in 2016 and not 2015 as Google had earlier predicted. more >>
As the primary season for the 2016 presidential election heats up, we hear all sorts of rhetoric surrounding the meaning of good leadership. Men and women from all over the country try to convince us that they are full of integrity, compassion, decisiveness and all sorts of other abstract qualities that seem impossible to measure or quantify. But what is God's plan for leadership, not just for our elected officials, but for everyday people?
Every Christian exercises leadership in some capacity. Whether we are at home, at church, at school, at work, in our peer groups or in our communities, we all influence others with our words and actions. God's plan for leadership in all these venues has not changed: we are to lead by serving and loving those around us. Yet the challenges we face as leaders today are different than in generations past.
In my own experience, one of the most daunting obstacles we face to exercising godly leadership is distraction. The ubiquitous presence of electronic devices and internet access presents unprecedented interruptions for everyone. To be effective leaders, we must learn to tune out these diversions and focus on what is most important. more >>
An Illinois pastor has created an App that places a user's name into Bible verses, thus adding a personal touch to the scriptural message.
Gregory Ijiwola, lead pastor along with his wife of The CityLight Church in Chicago, created and launched the ToYouBible App.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Ijiwola explained that he wanted Bible readers to "enjoy a more personalized experience in their Scripture readings and meditations." more >>