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BlackBerry Presents DTEK60 Android Phone

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BlackBerry Presents DTEK60 Android Phone

BlackBerry might not be in the phone development business, but it is still lending its name to 3rd parties-- as is the case with the DTEK60, a TCL-made Android handset packing BlackBerry software.

A successor to the DTEK50 (technically a clone of the Alcatel Idol 4), the DTEK60 features enhanced security through the addition of a fingerprint sensor. It also carries a 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 resolution display, Sanpadragon 820 CPU, 4GB RAM, 21MP rear-/8MP front-facing cameras, and 3000mAh battery inside glass-backed casing. Connectivity comes through USB-C port.

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Microsoft Opens European HoloLens Preorders

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Microsoft Opens European HoloLens Preorders

Customers in France, Germany, Ireland and the UK interested in the HoloLens can now preorder the mixed reality computing headset, following an initial US launch.

The device has been available in N. America since August 2016, and previous to that (specifically in March) Microsoft started shipping a number of HoloLens kits to a select list of organisations. Technically, in its current state the headset is aimed at virtual and augmented reality specialists, but in actual case all one needs to buy the device is a Microsoft account and €3299.

"When we set out to pioneer mixed reality we knew that many of the best innovations would be discovered only when developers and organisations started developing with HoloLens," the company says. "It has been nothing short of inspiring to see what our partners have built and what individual developers have created."

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The Next Apple Enterprise Partner: Deloitte

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The Next Apple Enterprise Partner: Deloitte

Apple continues pushing towards enterprise as it announces a partnership with Deloitte-- one involving a Deloitte Apple practise with over 5000 "strategic advisors" guiding businesses in the way of the iDevice.

The Deloitte consultancy covers the entire enterprise, from customer-facing functions such as retail, field services and recruitment, to R&D, inventory management and back-office systems.

The two companies will also collaborate on a new Deloitte Consulting offering dubbed EnterpriseNext-- a means to help customers take full advantage of the iOS hardware, software and services ecosystem in the workplace. It covers 20 industry and includes Value Maps for iOS (helps customers discover the highest impact possibilities for iDevices within their industries, align mobile opportunities and prioritise digital resources), Workshops for iOS (allows the quick prototyping of custom-built iOS solutions) and the services of iOS architects, designers and engineers housed at Deloitte Digital Studios around the world.

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BlackBerry Gives Up on Phone Development

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BlackBerry Gives Up on Phone Development

Ailing phone maker BlackBerry announces plans to stop, well, making phones-- instead such a task will be farmed out to hardware partners, as the company wants to focus on software and security products.

As a result, future BlackBerry handsets will be like the recent DTEK 50, a BlackBerry-branded clone of the Alcatel Idol 4. It also makes the Priv, the first Android-powered BlackBerry launched back in November 2015, the last smartphone produced by the company.

"The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners," CEO John Chen says. "This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.”

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Location-aware Google App for Handsets

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Location-aware Google App for Handsets

An Android update is Nearby—that is, Nearby Google.

Google says "we're introducing a new Android feature called “Nearby,” which notifies you of things that can be helpful near you."

This app turns every Android phone into a beacon transmitter and receiver.

This is an update to Google Play Services and is compatible with Android 4.4 KitKat and newer.

When you are in a location for which there is an appropriate app or web site, a notification will pop up which you can either interact with or swipe away.

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