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Review: The Blackberry Z10 – In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king September 21, 2013

Posted by Ishmael Chibvuri in Latest Articles!!!.
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I’ve been hating my iPhone lately and I’ve got a love-hate relationship with my Lumia 920 so my buddy at AT&T loaned me a Blackberry Z10 for a month to try out. This is the same buddy who loaned me an AT&T Unite Hotspot in May. These are loans, I don’t keep them.

Imagine a world where there is no iPhone and there is no Android and there is no Windows Phone. In this world, the Blackberry rocks. Not just rocks, present-tense, but rocked, past tense.

I mean, seriously, the RIM 950 had an Intel 386 and 4MB of RAM. That thing ran for a week on a AA battery and changed my life. Blackberry connected me. That was truly innovative. Research in Motion changed mobile forever.

The Blackberry Z10 changes nothing. It pains to me to say this, truly it does. I’m sure that in some parallel universe Blackberry is on top and Mr. Spock has a beard. But on this planet, Mr. Spock has an iPhone (or probably a rooted iPad Mini that runs LCARS).

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But, still, I ran with a Blackberry Z10 for a month and I tried, I really did. It’s a lovely device, the Blackberry Z10, make no mistake. But, it’s a Blackberry-iPhone. It’s evil Spock, not Spock – a mirror if you will.

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Don’t we all appreciate the innovation in phone design that’s happened since the introduction of the iPhone?

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But is it a Blackberry? Kind of. It has BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) but that’s where it ends. It actually feels more like the lovely HP TouchPad’s webOS than like anything I’ve seen in the Blackberry universe. It’s certainly more visually polished and consistent than any Android I’ve used, has more clarity and depth than a Windows Phone and is some how as fluid as an iPhone.

Moving Around

You can move in and out of apps within a grid of four running apps. It’s similar to the row of thumbnails you see on iPhone iOS7 or Windows Phone, except in a grid. One nice touch is that some apps, like the NYTimes for example, can opt-in and draw a custom tiny thumbnail of their own. Apps that choose not to just show a standard thumbnail. This is a small but under-utilized touch that has potential if it takes off with developers.

You swipe left and right between the Blackberry Hub on the far left, the running task list, and the actual app launch takes up the remaining screens.

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Browsing

The browser is excellent. It supports much of HTML5, CSS3 and Media Queries and modern sites like my blog and podcast site rendered great. It’s not quite Mobile Safari but it’s very close. Fonts render clear and clean and the 1280×720 screen is fantastic.

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Your Information

The calendar has such potential, although the Month View is useless, as it is on literally ever smart phone I’ve ever used. It’s all birthdays and wasted space. Week View tips over quickly as well once you start having anything that resembles a normal person’s schedule.

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Email and The Hub

The one differentiator that this Blackberry has is the omnipresent “Hub.” It is always off to the side and accessible from any app. It’s Email and Facebook and Twitter and Texting all in one.

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Pros

  • Mini HDMI connection – I’m not sure I’d never use this, but I love that I have the chance. However with things like the Chromecast (and Miracast, AirPlay and Wi-Di) there’s just no reason to have a physical connection to a large screen anymore. Or at least there soon won’t be.
  • Feels great in your hand – It feels like an iPhone 5. It’s weighty, but not heavy, firm and well built. Even though the back comes off (a plus, so you can swap batteries) it still feels tight.
  • Fast – It never lagged, swipes were recognized and responsive
  • Blackberry Hub – Everything (Twitter, SMS, Email, etc) is all in one place. Reminiscent of the Windows Phone People Hub, but more “swiss army knife” with all your messages in one giant list, my only complaint is that the swipe to access the Hub is not-intuitive. You swipe up from the bottom, then turn 90 degrees and keep swiping to the right, like a right-turn sign.
  • Browser – I was really impressed with the browser. It supports CSS3 media queries nicely and scrolls fast.

Cons

  • Smallish battery – I never made it a full day without having to charge. To be clear, my iPhone barely makes it past 2pm, but I somehow expected more from a Blackberry. This battery is only 1800mAh.
  • Small App Ecosystem – The Angry Birds, Twitters, and Facebooks are all here, but once you start digging it’s clear that this is a paper dragon of an AppStore.

If you’re #teamblackberry and you have #iphoneenvy then this is likely the phone for you. However, there’s no compelling reason to switch if you already have a smart phone. If you’re in the market for your first smart phone, I’d consider one of the top three phones, as I just don’t see Blackberry winning. Still, it’s an impressive first outing.

Source: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ReviewTheBlackberryZ10InTheLandOfTheBlindTheOneeyedManIsKing.aspx

iPhone 6 could feature Liquidmetal exterior September 17, 2013

Posted by Ishmael Chibvuri in Latest Articles!!!.
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Changes could be afoot when it comes to the iPhone’s build quality, it has emerged, amid signs that Apple could ditch the glass and aluminium construction of the current-gen model for Liquidmetal.

Rumours that Liquidmetal would figure in a future iPhone have been circulating since April last year. The alloy is favoured by Apple because it is less scratch-prone than glass but still offers the same silky smooth surfaces.

However, speculation that a LiquidMetal iPhone is an idea whose time may have come got fresh legs today after a site discovered a patent awarded to Crucible Intellectual Property. This is the inauspicious-sounding company at the heart of Apple’s licensing deal with LiquidMetal Technologies.

The patent details a fresh approach to production, which has until now been restricted to SIM ejector tools. This is due to unspecified manufacturing challenges, of the sort that LiquidMetal inventor Dr Atakan Peker outlined last year.

How viable the new method is for mass production of devices isn’t clear. But while it’s unlikely that the next iPhone will debut the technology, there’s a very good chance that Apple will feature LiquidMetal for iPhones some time in the future.

Under the terms of its agreement with LiquidMetal Technologies, which was signed in 2010, Apple has exclusive rights to use the technology.

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· Simon Canning

2 months ago

Article could do with some embedded links as to what liquid metal is about…

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fmradioguy Simon Canning

a month ago

Just watch Terminator 3.

Mike fmradioguy

a month ago

T2 bro.

Kids.

arnold Mike

a month ago

impossible. it can’t form complex machines. they have chemicals, moving parts. it doesn’t work that way.

fmradioguy Mike

a month ago

Good call! Indeed it was T2. Call me kid anytime.lol

Ethos Mike

13 days ago

T1 bro ..

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Dylan Moore Ethos

5 days ago

Nope. Definitely T2.

InflatableBoobs Mike

12 days ago

T3 also has liquid metal, over exoskeleton.

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Haris Simon Canning

8 days ago

ever heard of wikipedia?

Marco Haris

40 minutes ago

What’s the point of reading articles then? Even news articles should describe the subject matter beyond just the news part and this article is hardly news, it’s speculation. The op’s comment was completely justified.

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serg

a month ago

funny they wont use it, just to look for another patent war if another company wants to use that material

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ianthetechman

a month ago

This won’t happen any time soon i would say the next iphone will look exactly the same as the current iphone 5. And apple will save any major changes for the generation after next.

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Mr_Chief

11 days ago

News just in…Apple intend to use the Moon’s Green Cheese as the outer shell of their iPhone 8 which is due for release on 29th February 2016 (you heard it here first folks).
They are also planning on using ice rocks from Saturn’s rings as a new, stronger, more scratch resistant screen for the iPhone 8S (release date TBC).

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Christopher Kiula

2 months ago

How much it will cost,especially in African countries?

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Oracle Christopher Kiula

2 months ago

TOO much. Approx:

Forty goats

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Twenty sheep

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Five camels

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Three daughters (non Female Genital Mutilated)

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Two daughters (virgins and ALREADY FGM-ed)

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ONE Islamic convert (NO criminal record) to become suicide bomber

Chi Am Oracle

2 months ago

….and a partridge in a pear tree.

A Christian guy! Oracle

a month ago

Oracle – COULD IT JUST BE THAT YOUR COMMENT IS RACIST?????

peter A Christian guy!

15 days ago

Islam is a religion NOT a race you plank!

سمَـَّوُوُحخ ̷̴̐خ ̷̴̐خ ̷̴̐خ ا Oracle

2 months ago

Yea, but you will get three ones if you trade in a used Samsung 🙂

Lee Oracle

a month ago

I’m bored of Political Correctness but this reply isn’t in the slightest bit amusing

Racim Afy Oracle

a month ago

Your mother didn’t educate you, I see? So, which one is it, the media brainwashing you or your insipid arrogance clouding your sanity? At first, I attempted to read your egregious, long
winded posts, because, I myself, make many large posts and I believe
firmly in giving due consideration to any poster that invests such time
and substance to their posts. I was at first thrilled, for it is rare
that we possess users which can go on at length giving very detailed
reasons why a character can win or why that argument is a failure or why
this evidence is not in fact evidence, or what have you. Furthermore, I
had warmed up to you, and that to me was the mark of a good thing..) So
I was thrilled.

Then..I read past the first two or three posts and well my
disappointment was enough to make go, make myself a sammich grab a coca
cola calm down and return. There are very few things I dislike more than
a person who considers himself intellectually superior to other people,
designs his posts specifically to showcase that perceived superiority
than perpetuates hostile attacks on a user while continuing the debate
through what I assume is Private messaging..after he specifically asked
an S mod to close the topic.

That speaks of a predatory, overcompensating mindset one that
takes advantage of the kindness of others while simultaneously showing
blatant dishonesty. Perhaps your intentions are noble, perhaps they have
become perverted by his outrage that a crappy character from a terrible
series is beating a decent character from an awesome series. This
happens to the best of us and I can forgive this. What I cannot forgive
is the seeming cowardice, of a man who seems to be overwhelmed in a
debate against three men..begs for the form in which that debate is
conducted to be closed down to so he can target the perceived weakest
link.

This stinks of hollow, meaningless and vicious petulance and
intellectual and moral weakness that I will not..under any circumstances
condone- This very well may not have been your intention but it more
than one person was given this impression by your antics.

I’ve pertained in quite some forums, I must say; Some forums are filled with trollish and hostile users that can call fourth
bravado and take a contrary stand point just to provoke. While other, more stricter forums rules that were like guidelines, and helped people to understand what is
acceptable and what is not. Without rules, most forums would probably be
chaotic. In any type of forums, there has to be some guidelines that
dictate how people act towards each other. In families, the parents
usually establish rules that the children have to abide by.
that have control over their users have shown indoctrined their users. Forums reflect upon their rules, therefore show how strong and respectful members of their community acted. Even under dire circumstances. You should show a moderate and passive nature and that is said
with respect instead of yapping your big mouth and discriminating the fellow.

You will not..attack with that level of pomposity another poster
of this forum without actually proving yourself..again, if you engage in
these tactics, if you continue to patronize and belittle our debaters I
can promise you, you will not enjoy the inevitable conclusion of that..

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Manuel Racim Afy

a month ago

What the ? That was a long winded post about …. nothing. Just you trying to show off the fact that you know some words in English. Yawn.

Majid Racim Afy

25 days ago

You are just plain st*p*d and lack communication skills.

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Racim Afy Majid

25 days ago

So I lack communication skills because I had told the person that discriminated the friendly user to back up? Are you being remotely coherent here as to point out something that bothered you? Is there anything that I did wrong here? Or just your insipid arrogance getting in the way?

iComment Oracle

2 days ago

well it was a good joke until the last part..

my view is neither race or religion is bad.. it’s like a gun.. it’s the man behind the race or religion, they can use it for bad purpose or good purpose.. remember we are all created equal.. we are all brothers, race and religion is just a ploy by the elites to segregate us from being united 😉

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modi Oracle

6 days ago

creepy joke

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bee7

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so my iphone gonna look like t-1000??

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Adam Massey

21 hours ago

The article could do with changing titles as half way down it states it probably wont be on the next iphone, but on iphones of the future… despite what the title says…

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AppleCheeks

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I don’t see many advantages in using the LiquidMetal Technologies process for a phone chassis – other than maybe making it a bit thinner, much more expensive and having a fancy name to appeal to the techies. No matter how thin they can make the case, the inner components will always define the size of the phone.

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Patrik Floding

3 days ago

"… signs that Apple could ditch the glass and aluminium construction of the current-gen model for Liquidmetal"

I’m pretty sure the glass screen won’t be replaced by any kind of metal.

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drdovy

4 days ago

I was just about to buy the new iphone5, but now i’ll just wait for this one. But then again maybe i’ll wait for the one after that one???

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2 days ago

Buy android while you are waiting bro.. it might be a long wait LoL

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Mike0001

a month ago

Apple is to make their phones out of mercury???

It would fit with their rounded corners "breakthrough" patent. How long before that runs out? Not before the Hg does, I hope.

Best Bluestacks Alternative for Using Whatsapp on PC September 16, 2013

Posted by Ishmael Chibvuri in Latest Articles!!!.
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Bluestacks is a software available Non-Android user who are not having a Android cellphone for running Android application on PC or Mac. Currently this application is very popular for among who want to chat with friends on Whatsapp.
Basically Bluestacks run only on those PC having 2GB of RAM and still its slow the computer…really its suck and most of the user simply quit it. But to run on PC having 1GB there are different method that can done check out this….. …….
but since this software is so heavy on computer having 2GB RAM in other case , i.e on PC having 1GB of RAM it actually bring the whole computer to halt ……so there is no way you can use it ..except to have at least 6GB of RAM
so what is other option left ….
since we know Android OS is freely available over developer section of Google Website . then why we can’t simply run this OS on Virtual platform ..so how this done

Like to Watch YouTUBE video tutorial go to end of the post or simply follw these steps

1 : Download these files
Virtual Box ( You can use other Virtual software as well )
Android_4.1.1_WhatsApp (this is the Android OS come pre installed whatsapp) (almost 298MB )
2 : After Downloading simply install Virtual Box
3 : Double click to open it
4 : Click as follows

5 : After Importing the Android OS start it
(Note : you should be connected to internet for carry out the further steps)

6: You can change the language by following manner or if its already in your language skip to step7

7 : The whatsapp may say that adjust the clock timing. Simply change time and date accordingly .
8: Browse a little bit over internet. Whatsapp will automatically ask for upgrading of software simply upgrade it

WoW! your are done….. register with your cellphone number and enjoy .
but you have add contacts manually one by one ..but its worth doing it ! hope you like this post share among your friends so they will also be online on Whatsapp.

Source: http://eutectics.blogspot.com/2013/08/best-bluestacks-alternative-for-using.html

3D SYSTEMS AND ITS GREAT GROWTH POTENTIAL September 12, 2013

Posted by Ishmael Chibvuri in Latest Articles!!!.
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tradingspritz

3-D Systems is a leading, global provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including personal, professional and production 3D printers, integrated print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike. The company utilizes its systems to produce models, engineering prototypes, mold patterns and other parts using CAD/CAM or other data supplied by its customers.

The market of 3D printers is still in its infancy. There is still far from any kind of mass production and it represents a niche segment but the current situation is similar to the traditional printers during the late 80s. None can exclude a mainstream adoption of 3D printers but it is only a matter of time: in few years, as technology will decrease the price, 3D printers will become an approachable solution for non-technical consumer. In this scenario early adopters will surely achieve competitive advantage. According to Wholers Report 2012, 3D printers’ industry grew more than 24%…

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