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BlackBerry Goes Classic

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BlackBerry Goes Classic

BlackBerry returns to its roots as it launches a literal smartphone throwback-- the BlackBerry Classic, a "no-nonsense" handset featuring a physical QWERTY keyboard and a design straight out of yesteryear.

It also features a touchscreen, specifically a 720x720 3.5-inch number allowing for one-handed use together with the keyboard, as well as a trackpad and physical navigation keys. Inside are a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (expandable to 128GB via microSD slot), as well as 8MP/2MP front- and rear-facing cameras.

“We listened closely to our customers’ feedback to ensure we are delivering the technologies to power them through their day-- and that feedback led directly to the development of BlackBerry Classic,” BlackBerry CEO John Chen says. “It’s the secure device that feels familiar in their hands, with the added performance and agility they need to be competitive in today’s busy world.”

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IBM-Apple Partnership Gives App Fruit

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IBM-Apple Partnership Gives App Fruit

The Apple - IBM enterprise partnership gives first fruit-- MobileFirst for iOS, a set of made-for-business iDevice apps bolstered with IBM cloud-powered big data and analytics capabilities.

Designed for the banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications, government and airline segments, MobileFirst apps are customisable and deployed, managed and upgraded via the cloud. IBM and Apple also promise delivery within a secure environment linked to core enterprise processes.

“This is a big step for iPhone and iPad in the enterprise, and we can’t wait to see the exciting new ways organisations will put iOS devices to work," Apple says. “The business world has gone mobile, and Apple and IBM are bringing together the world’s best technology with the smartest data and analytics to help businesses redefine how work gets done.”

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Intel-Based Ubuntu Tablet in the Works?

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Intel-Based Ubuntu Tablet in the Works?

Linux news site Phoronix reports a device named "UT One" is in the works-- an Ubuntu 10.1-inch tablet powered by an Intel Atom processor, to launch sometime on December 2014.

Hardware details include a quad-core 1.3GHz Atom Z3735D SoC, Intel HD Gen7 graphics, 2GB DDR3L RAM, 16GB storage, 2MP front/rear facing cameras and a 7900mAh battery. Connectivity comes through 802.11b/g/n wifi and Bluetooth, while the display handles 1280x800 resolution. The operating system is, of course, Ubuntu Touch, specifically the 14.10 release.

Leaking the information is one Andrew Bernstein, a developer with a history in Linux and open source development.

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A Walkie Talkie for the Mobile Era

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A Walkie Talkie for the Mobile Era

A startup called OnBeep presents a communications device that is a bit like a walkie talkie for the mobile phone era, if not the communicator from Star Trek-- the Onyx, a small speaker-equipped wearable button.

The concept behind the Onyx is simple. It pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth, and uses the phone's data connection to connect directly with other Onyx units within a pre-defined group. This means touching the Onyx device replaces handling the smartphone in order to make a call, allowing for hands-free communications.

An Onyx group can contain up to 15 people, and a companion iOS/Android app handles communications, group and location management. The actual device is small (60mm diameter) and light (46g), and is designed to clip to bags or clothing without damaging lighter fabrics.

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Vuzix Smart Glasses Get 3rd SAP App

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Vuzix Smart Glasses Get 3rd SAP App

The Vuzix M100 smart glasses get a version of a 3rd SAP enterprise application-- specifically AR Operator Rounds, an application enabling the workforce to conduct hands-free operator rounds and inspections.

AR Operator Rounds supports features including communications with beacons allowing equipment ID and improved indoor navigation, equipment readings and measurements directly int he Smart Glasses, over the shoulder remote support and full voice control, all with hands-free operation.

It joins SAP's AR Warehouse Picker and AR Service Technician mobile apps.

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