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Does the BlackBerry Z10 look like the Apple iPhone 5?

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The BlackBerry Z10 is finally official and its announcement caused an argument here in the office. Since we couldn’t reach an agreement, we had to turn to you our readers and hope you would be kind enough to settle it for us. Take a look at the picture below.

On the left, we have the newly unveiled BlackBerry Z10 and on the right we have the Apple iPhone 5. The question is simple – does the Z10 look like the iPhone 5? The GSMArena team is split in two on the matter. Read more »

Alicia Keys is BlackBerry’s new Global Creative Director. Wait, what?

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Today, at the BlackBerry 10 launch event, the BlackBerry’s CEO announced Alicia Keys will be company’s Global Creative Director. Now I will try to shed some light on what the singer’s new job actually means.

According to the press release, she will be working closely with developers, content creators, carriers and retailers to promote, innovate and expand the capabilities of the new BlackBerry 10 OS and devices. Read more »

Here are the BlackBerry 10 apps that’ll be available

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In this mobile-driven day and age having a lot of apps is a crucial requirement for a mobile OS to succeed. RIM BlackBerry realized this and made sure BlackBerry 10 comes to the market with a well-stocked app store. There are currently north of 70,000 apps in the BlackBerry World store, which is more than any platform has had at launch.

Let’s take a look at some of the major names that are available for the newly launched platform. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 promo videos go live

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BlackBerry’s Z10 and Q10 are fresh out the gate and the promo videos have started to roll in.

BlackBerry (formerly RIM) has posted two videos with Donny from Inside BlackBerry and Nawdesh – a member of Blackberry’s Product Management team – talking about the first BB 10 smartphones. Read more »

Here is what you can do with your Xperia Z, but you probably won’t

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The upcoming Sony Xperia Z is not only a beautiful phone, but it’s also pretty tough to break down. This has been confirmed by one of those always cool to watch torture videos, which shows the Xperia Z survive various trials to prove that it’s worthy of being your daily driver.

The video contains different scenarios (some of them a pretty ridiculous), and even if it’s a little disgusting, it’s still pretty fun to watch. Read more »

Skype will soon be available on BlackBerry 10 smartphones

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Skype, the popular instant messenger is heading towards the BlackBerry OS. The application will soon be available on BlackBerry 10 OS, which was officially announced today.

BlackBerry has also announced a wide range of new applications and media partnerships for its revamped OS and this move should surely help the OS to compete against the likes of Android and iOS. Read more »

Watch the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 announcement event replay here

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Did you miss the BlackBerry event that just concluded? Don’t worry, a recording of the event is now available online for your viewing pleasure.

In case you’ve missed or want to watch again the BlackBerry 10 OS and the Z10 and Q10 smartphones announcements, or just want to see Alicia Keys one more time, then you should proceed this way. Read more »

RIM renames itself to BlackBerry

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RIM has just announced it is officially changing its name to BlackBerry. This is a part of the major changes the company is going through, following the BlackBerry 10 OS launch.

BlackBerry’s official slogan is now “One brand. One promise.” Read more »

YouTube looking to offer paid channel subscriptions as early as Q2

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According to several sources, YouTube hopes to begin offering paid subscription channels which will offer premium, produced content.

In an attempt to lure producers away from the traditional television avenues of content delivery, Google is looking to become the first production company for online content capable of reaching such broad audience. Read more »

UA profiles for next-gen Samsung Galaxy tablets leak, we may see a Galaxy Note with the Nexus 10 screen

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User Agent profiles are a long time favorite of the rumor mill and they deliver again – three new model designations of Samsung tablets were discovered, presumably the Tab 3 series. The profiles give nothing but model number and screen resolution, but with a bit mode digging, we found out a bit more.

The top-end model is the GT-P8200, which packs a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel screen, the same as the Google Nexus 10 (manufactured by Samsung). AnTuTu scores for the P8200 list the OS as 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and the CPU clock speed as 1.7GHz. Read more »

Apple gets a trademark for their retail store design

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Apple has been granted a trademark for the distinctive design of their chain of retail stores. Although the claim was rejected twice in the past, Apple managed to successfully convince the US Patent and Trademark office the third time with a lengthy, 122-page document detailing the reasons.

The trademark includes use of items such as a paneled facade of glass, recessed lighting units and lined rectangular tables, but as usual, the trademark is for the sum of parts rather than any individual item. Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pro’s 64GB version will come with 23GB of available memory out of the box

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For those of you who are getting ready to shell out $899 for a Microsoft Surface Pro on February 9, there’s a rather unpleasant surprise waiting for you. It turns out that the 64GB version of Microsoft’s über tablet will come with only 23GB of available memory out of the box.

The 128GB version of the slate will come with 83GB of available storage. All in all, it looks like the Windows 8 OS, together with the built-in apps and recovery partition take up a cool 40+ gigs of the tablet’s built-in memory. Read more »

Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 Home Premium go on sale

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The Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 are finally on sale. The Office 365 Home Premium is currently available for $99.99 a year as expected. For that kind of cash you get to install the software on up to five PC’s or Macs.

Office 365 is also available in a “University” version for all the college students and the variant is priced at $79.99 with a four year plan. Read more »

Oppo Find 5 arrives at the office, we gawk at its 1080p screen

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It’s pretty clear that 2013 is the year of the 5” 1080p phones and the Oppo Find 5, which just arrived at our office, is part of the zodiac. 2012 was the year of quad-core processors, especially the Snapdragon S4 Pro chips towards its end, and the Find 5 has that too.

It’s not a matter of choice – with nearly 2 million pixels on the screen, the chipset will have to offer a lot in terms of both CPU and GPU power to make for a smooth experience. The Project Butter-enabled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean also helps. Read more »

Apple iOS 6 now powering over 300 million iDevices

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With the availability of the iOS 6.1 update Apple announced the iOS 6 is now ticking inside more than 300 million devices worldwide.

Since there are about 500 million iGadgets out there, those running on iOS 6 account for 60% of the entire flock. Read more »