BlackBerry was one of the most popular smartphone providers in the world years ago, but it has slumped and is seeing many of its customers leave for other devices today. BlackBerry is trying to turn itself around and get some of the popularity it once enjoyed back and one of the ways it is doing that is by trying to turn itself into a provider for people who are security conscious.
To help build up its security chops BlackBerry has reportedly purchased a German security firm called Secusmart. Secusmart specializes in providing voice and data encryption and was partnered with BlackBerry in the past.
Smartphones from BlackBerry with the Secusuite software from Secusmart are in use in Germany already with government agencies. Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. "The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security," said BlackBerry chief John Chen.
Adduplex, a company that services Windows Phone, has a new report out that states that Microsoft is now making some 94.5% of all Windows Phone devices. The data comes from its July report on the Windows Phone ecosystem, that in July, devices that the company marks as Nokia units had close to a 95% market share. That market share, now belongs to Microsoft.
The assets that Microsoft now owns are also gobbling up market share, securing another 0.7% this month according to adduplex. This means that Microsoft has become the biggest Windows Phone OEM, which should come at no surprise. The company is working with OEMs across the world to open up its hardware base, but to no avail just yet. We should see a bigger effort over the next year or so from Microsoft.
Right now Microsoft has a majority hold on its market share with Windows Phone, but this isn't great news - it means that other companies aren't investing in the platform like they do with Google's Android OS.
Space travel has a variety of restrictions, especially when it comes to humans making that trip across the sea of stars. Humans rely on oxygen to live, and so do other things like trees and plants.
Julian Melchiorri, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, has created the very first man-made, biologically functional leaf that is capable of taking in carbon dioxide, water, and light and releases oxygen. This leaf features chloroplasts, which are the part of a plant cell where photosynthesis happens, suspended in body made of silk protein.
Melchiorri explains: "This material has an amazing property of stabilizing (the chloroplast) organelles. As an outcome I have the first photosynthetic material that is living and breathing as a leaf does". Most can see the potentials of this for space travel, but it has big potential here on Earth, too. We could see front of buildings and lampshades made from the material, where it would exhale fresh air with just a thin coating of this new leaf material.
As a kid, I spent countless hours in the battlefield that was water balloon fights, but filling up those little balloons and tying them up took so much valuable time, but not anymore! Tinnuss Enterprises' Bunch O Balloons looks to revolutionize water balloon fights, and has taken to Kickstarter to fund its device.
The company has raised over $690,000 from Kickstarter, and considering it only asked for $10,000 - this might end up being one of the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time. The idea behind Bunch O Balloons is to fill as many balloons as possible, in the shortest amount of time. The device is capable of both filling, and typing up a crazy 100 water balloons per minute.
The Bunch O Balloons can fill 37 balloons up simultaneously, meaning that no party will be without water balloons. If you want one of these awesome Bunch O Balloons, you can pledge for the $17 version, which ships in September... of 2015. Most of the other packages are gone, but this isn't surprising. Now I'm off to pledge some money, as my daughter will be four years old by the time I get this, and she's going to love it.
Fresh from its ratings success proving there's still life in the decade old show, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Australia have announced to retailers the coming availability of the show on Blu-ray and DVD.
The limited event television series consisting of twelve 40 minute episodes returns Keifer Sutherland as CIA agent Jack Bauer, along with Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian is, at this stage at least, the end of the long running series.
Released on October 1st, the Australian Blu-ray release is expected to mirror that of the US release which includes all twelve episodes on 3 discs, 5.1 DTS-HD MA sound and a range of 'making of' featurettes, including a Blu-ray exclusive additional storyline entitled "24: Solitary".
Instagram has announced that it is launching its new instant messaging app, Bolt, in three countries today: New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. Bolt allows you to send one-tap photo and video messages to your friends.
An Instagram spokesperson explained why we have a limited launch of Bolt: "We decided to start small with Bolt, in just a handful of countries, to make sure we can scale while maintaining a great experience. We expect to roll it out more widely soon". Users will be able to sign up to Bolt using their phone number, without requiring an e-mail address.
From there, they can add friends to their list, and start tapping away to send photos and videos to their friends. Bolt also includes support for text captions, and you can also reply with text, or photos. Bolt works similar to how Snapchat works, where it throws messages away after you've swiped them to the side.
When Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is released later in the year, there will be three different versions, with three different prices. Starting at $59.99 for the standard version, to $79.99 for the limited version which will include some extra content, all the way up to $119.99 for the Atlas Pro Edition, which will include the game's season pass add-on content.
Normally we receive some ridiculous things in these expensive bundles, but Activision is providing digital incentives this time around. The $79.99, gamers will receive the Atlas Limited Edition, which includes the game itself, a SteelBook metal case, a physical manual for the game, and a bunch of digital goods: the game's soundtrack, two weapons, an upgrade for the military exoskeleton for the single-player mode and more. Also included is the Atlas Gorge multiplayer map, which is a re-made map from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, where it was known as Pipeline.
The massively expensive $119.99 version of the game includes all of the above content, but it also throws in the Advanced Warfare season pass, which includes four downloadable content packs for 2015. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on November 4 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.
Connected Data, the company behind the Drobo line of storage products, has announced a new product in the Drobo family: Drobo Mini with SSDs. Drobo Mini is capable of taking four SSDs, and is the one of best solutions on the market for portable SSDs for a wide variety of storage enthusiasts, including filmmakers and photographers.
The Drobo Mini hooks up to your PC through Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, and can take four 2.5-inch SSDs with an mSATA accelerator as an option. Coming in at less than three pounds, it's one of the lightest storage options on the market today. Better yet, it protects your data even in the case of multiple SSD failures. In this case, the Drobo Mini automatically repairs itself, returning to its protected state while providing the user with full access to their data, without the performance of the device being affected.
The new Drobo Mini with SSD is available right now in three capacities: 1TB, 2TB and 4TB with a starting price of $1199.
VR is really picking up steam, and with this, NVIDIA is putting some effort into the R&D of high-resolution screens for VR devices. The company is researching cascaded displays, using low-res displays, but many of them, to provide a high-res image.
NVIDIA has used two normal 7-inch 1280x800 panels (which is identical to the one used in the Rift DK1 unit), layering one of these panels on another, which allows one pixel on the top layer to lie above the quarters of four different pixels on the layer beneath it. A single backlight is used to illuminate both layers of the "Cascaded Display".
The company has also created some software which allows for the pixels on the front LCD to turn on and off, which allows just a particular quarter of the lower pixels to be shown. On its second pass, the front panel will change the displayed pixels, while the rear panel changes its colors. This allows for the quarter pixels to be displayed, which provides us with a higher resolution image.
EA has just announced a new subscription service exclusive to the Xbox One, known as Access. EA's new Access service will offer a bunch of EA games for a single, flat rate. Access launches in beta form today, but will soon be rolled out to all Xbox One users.
The Access beta will include four games for the moment, with FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, with more games on their way. EA Access membership also includes 10% discount on all of EA's digital content, even full games sold through the Xbox Games Store. Access members will also receive early access to trials of games, including Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA Live 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, up to five days before these games hit retail.
EA will be offering Access for $4.99 per month, or $29.99 yearly. Game retailers like GameStop will also be offering Access memberships, something that will be made available across the US, Europe and Canada.