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BlackBerry Passport review

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:00

BlackBerry Passport review“BlackBerry is still around?”


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BlackBerry Passport smartphone coming to AT&T

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:00

BlackBerry Passport smartphone coming to AT&TBlackBerry today announced that its Passport smartphone will be coming to AT&T. The Passport is a large, oddly-shaped device with a 4.5-inch square display and three-row physical keyboard. AT&T is not saying how much the Passport will cost or when exactly it will be available, but BlackBerry expects the phone to cost about $249 on contract. It is also available off-contract for $599 now from BlackBerry's online store in the US, France, Gemany, the UK, and Canada. BlackBerry says it will be available in 30 countries by the end of the year. BlackBerry also says that the BlackBerry 10. ...


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Microsoft's Cube is a giant Kinect dance party

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:57

Microsoft's Cube is a giant Kinect dance partyWhat do you get when you combine multiple PCs, projectors, and Kinect sensors? A four-foot Microsoft Cube. It’s the latest interactive art installation out of Redmond, with pulsating music and Kinect sensors that let you dance through a zany virtual portal. Microsoft’s Cube is essentially a projection system that uses 5 PCs, 5 projectors, and 4 Kinect sensors to create an interactive dance party. Unlike Microsoft’s giant touchscreens, this isn’t a product the company will be selling, it’s simply an experiment for Seattle’s Decibel music and arts festival.


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Drone delivery: DHL 'parcelcopter' flies to German isle

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:54

A prototype "parcelcopter" of German postal and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL flies in BonnBERLIN (Reuters) - Logistics firm DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to the German island of Juist, in what it says is the first time an unmanned aircraft has been authorized to deliver goods in Europe. The company, owned by Germany's Deutsche Post, joins the likes of Amazon.com and Google in testing the potential for drones to deliver parcels and packages. Its drone - the "parcelcopter" - can fly at up to 65 km (40 miles) an hour. ...


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Gadgetwise: A New BlackBerry, Eager for Converts

NY Times Technology - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:49
The premium-priced phone makes a strong case to make the switch, but its size and difficult to use keyboard are among its drawbacks.






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Image of Asia: Reselling iPhones in mainland China

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:36

Scalpers try to offer resale of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices to people walking out from an Apple Store in Beijing, China Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. Apple's iPhone 6 has yet to arrive in China, the world's most populous country. Apple said it sold more than 10 million of the new two models in their first three days on sale. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)In this photo by Andy Wong, scalpers try to resell iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices to people leaving an Apple Store in Beijing. Apple's latest smartphones have yet to arrive on the Chinese mainland but are available in Hong Kong. Chinese customs officials say they've intercepted hundreds of the Apple devices smuggled between Hong Kong and the neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen. Apple said it sold more than 10 million of the two new models in their first three days on sale.


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John Malkovich is art — and also a nude John Lennon

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:29

John Malkovich is art — and also a nude John Lennon1999's Being John Malkovich, according to writer Charlie Kaufman, started out "as a story about a man who falls in love with someone who is not his wife." The most iconic part, however, is probably the tiny door hidden behind the file cabinet cabinet on the 7 1/2 floor, which leads you inside the mind of John Malkovich for 15 minutes. The movie uses this absurd concept as a way to explore identity and general human emotion — but it also made sure to find out what would happen if Malkovich entered his own mind.


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BlackBerry officially unveils its comeback device: Meet the BlackBerry Passport

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:26

 Meet the BlackBerry PassportThe past several years have been pretty rough for BlackBerry but the company is still with us and is still releasing new handsets to the delight of its fans everywhere. On Wednesday, BlackBerry officially took the wraps off its latest flagship device — the BlackBerry Passport. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users As you no doubt know by now, the Passport is most notable for featuring a 4.5-inch square display with a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 pixels that BlackBerry has boasted will give you a better look at images and videos than what you’d get on a rectangular display. BlackBerry touted the Passport’s wider display as a great way to


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My reviews are biased — that's why you should trust them

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:22

My reviews are biased — that's why you should trust themHi, I’m Vlad Savov and I write for a tech news publication on the internet called The Verge. We cover a whole bunch of other stuff, but I’m here to talk to you about my role as a product reviewer. It’s an enviable job and not one that I take lightly. The world’s biggest technology brands send me their latest gear, which I solemnly undertake to analyze and nitpick to death in my role as a professional consumer. ...


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BlackBerry CEO: Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, you can’t bend the Passport

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:14

 Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, you can’t bend the PassportShots have just been fired. During his big media presentation on Wednesday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen made reference to videos that showed how easy it can be to bend the iPhone 6 Plus and pledged that you will not be able to bend the new BlackBerry Passport no matter how hard you try. Chen’s swipe at Apple came just hours after Unbox Therapy uploaded a video that showed how much force it takes to bend the iPhone 6 Plus in your bare hands. Unbox Therapy found that while the Galaxy Note 3 similarly bent when you applied force to it, it also bent back to its regular shape more easily than the iPhone 6 Plus did. The BlackBerry Passport is BlackBerry’s


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Island to get 1st German drone delivery service

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:09
BERLIN (AP) — Deutsche Post DHL says it is starting Germany's first drone package delivery service, a test program transporting medicine to a pharmacy on a North Sea island.
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Painting in virtual reality will blow your mind

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 08:00

Painting in virtual reality will blow your mindIf you're like me, some of your fondest early computing memories may have been messing around on simple paint programs like Microsoft Paint and Kidpix. That's about as far as my computer art career got (sorry Paper fans), but I'm delighted to see that when virtual reality finally conquers the world (face-by-face), I will be able to once again indulge in my fantasies of becoming a digital Picasso/Dali/Bob Ross hybrid. Tilt Brush is a new paintbrush application for Oculus Rift created by Skillman & Hackett, a San Francisco interactive design studio, in just three weeks.


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That Apple TV set: Wait till ... the year after next year?

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:59

Josh Lowensohn/CNETPiper Jaffray's Gene Munster insists that the evidence points to an Apple television in the offing, a phenomenon that is "quite possible in 2016.">


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Samsung Gear S standalone smartwatch heading to US carriers this fall

Electronista - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:49
Samsung has confirmed it will be releasing the Gear S smartwatch in the United States. Launched last month, the standalone smartwatch with a curved two-inch 360x480 Super AMOLED display will be heading to AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon sometime this fall, though the manufacturer has yet to confirm exactly when it will be available....






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BlackBerry is about to announce the Passport – here’s how to watch live!

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:40

BlackBerry is about to announce the Passport – here’s how to watch live!September has been a ridiculously busy month for new smartphone launches as we’ve seen the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 as well as the release of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus and the 2014 Moto X. But we’re not done yet because BlackBerry is getting ready to unveil its flagship Passport smartphone at a special media event in Toronto starting at 9 a.m. EDT. Watching this event is easy: Just click here to go to BlackBerry’s Live Events page and pressing the Play button on the video starting at 9 a.m. EDT. Yes, it’s just that simple. For those of you who need a reminder, the Passport is most notable for featuring a 4.4-inch square display with a


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Photokina 2014: Sony interview - 'we still need to create more lenses'

Digital Photography Review - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:30

At Photokina last week we sat down with Shigeki Ishizuka, the global head of Sony’s Imaging Business. As well as talking us through Sony's current Alpha strategy, Ishizuka-san also explained why the name 'NEX' was dropped and told us a little about how Sony's sensor business works. Click through for the full interview

Amazon reportedly developing one-button ordering devices for your smart home

Yahoo Technology News - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:29

Amazon reportedly developing one-button ordering devices for your smart homeAmazon might be moving into wearables and Internet-enabled "smart home" appliances like one-button devices for ordering supplies, according to Reuters. In addition, the company is reportedly looking to increase its hardware-oriented Lab126 division's roster of employees to at least 3,757 over the next five years, raising it by 27 percent. One of Reuters' anonymous sources says that Amazon is testing a Wi-Fi device that will allow users to make purchases by pressing a button, while the other claims that Lab126 is interested in wearable technology. While nothing is finalized, one source reports that Amazon "envisions homes decked out with Internet-connected sensors that would allow it to tell customers ahead of time when they need to replace air conditioner filters or service their washing machines." The news provides unusual insight on Amazon's famously secretive lab.


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