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BlackBerry comes with a new smartphone “Passport”

At an event in Toronto, BlackBerry launched an unconventional smartphone “Passport” at a price of $599 for the unlocked version. According to the company, initially, just after the launch, the smartphone will be available through ShopBlackBerry.com and only for customers in Canada, Germany, France, the UK and the US. And within one year, BlackBerry would start selling the smartphone in more than 30 countries, including India, Saudi Arabia and the other parts of the Middle East, Singapore, Austria, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Venezuela, Philippines, Russia Slovakia, Spain, Romania, and Colombia.

This latest smartphone by BlackBerry is the first ever phone to have BlackBerry 10.3 OS onboard and features such as, BlackBerry Assistant and BlackBerry Hub with Instant Actions. And using BlackBerry 10.3 Os, users will also be able to browse through Amazon’s App Store for Android and access to as many as 24,000 apps.

The most intriguing aspect about BlackBerry Passport is that it includes 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. It also equips Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage capacity, which can be easily expanded to 128GB. Another prime highlight of the smartphone is its 13-MP rear OIS camera and 2-MP front camera. As far as the battery life of the phone is concerned, it will run up to 30 hours.

The phone measures 128×90.1×9.3mm and boast different connectivity options, including Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Micro-USB + Micro-HDMI via SlimPort, USB OTG, NFC, GPS, DLNA, Glonass, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, and 4G LTE. The BlackBerry Passport features a Nano-SIM card slot too.

As far as the display of the smartphone is concerned, it sports 4.5-inch 1440×1440 pixel resolution IPS LCD display with 453ppi. And using its three-line hardware keyboard having capacitive touch sensitivity, users can easily perform gestures, browse through lists and choose auto-complete recommendations.

Samsung comes up with a free business security app “My KNOW”

As a business user, how confident do you feel when it comes to sharing credentials on your Android-based Samsung smartphone? To provide a sigh of relief to all professionals and assure that their privacy is completely secure lately Samsung introduced a security app called as My KNOX.

It is especially made for working people in companies with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) accounts, enabling them to synchronize e-mails, calendar events and even all their important contacts between PCs and mobile devices. Initiated from Samsung’s very popular KNOX service, this free app is a very simple method to shield your smartphone, without taking the help of IT people. It enables professionals to remotely locate, wipe as well as lock your smartphone by just using my KNOW User Portal.

Within smartphone, My KNOX creates a virtual Android workplace with its own home screen, launcher, apps, and widgets. Thus further offers access to more secure work e-mail and every data and application stored on your mobile.

According to company’s official blog, “My KNOX is a fast and easy way to get access to your work email and key business apps without requiring IT admin support. My KNOX separates your work from your personal life on your device. And if you are looking for a free security solution that ensures your privacy while providing the simplicity of having a secure workspace for email and apps that is managed by you, look no further than My KNOX.”

In addition to this free app, Samsung also announced its new Know services “Knox Premium” and “Knox Express” for IT admins. These services will enable the IT people to easily deploy cross-platform mobile security across the company. Amongst the two, Knox Premium is primarily for large enterprises and will cost $1 per user. On the other hand, Knox Express is for small and medium businesses and is free of cost. However, Cloud support for Knox tools will cost $3.60 per user.

Currently, My KNOX app can be installed on Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4 smartphone without an IT administrator’s involvement.

Panasonic Announces the Launch of Lumix Camera Phone with Giant Sensor

The entrance of Smartphones has surely replaced compact cameras, but Panasonic has stepped ahead and brought both the camera and a smartphone together in its latest product called the CM1.

Recently, at the Photokina Trade Show in Cologne, Germany, Panasonic announced the launch of its latest hybrid smartphone-camera. The giant sensor enabled camera cum android device carries Leica lens and a 1 inch, 20-megapixel sensor. It’s all up to you as how you look at it – either as a very slim camera or a somewhat heavy android phone. It works great in both the forms.  This has surely eliminated the hurdle of carrying a separate camera with good megapixel to get some good pictures.

The hybrid approach by Panasonic is classically difficult as collaboration of two good things designed to appear as just one is an amazing step. Though it comes with a giant sensor, including lens and its metal ring, to monitor the aperture and the shutter settings, but it does looks bulky in front of contemporary smartphones.   The device comes with Android 4.4 KitKat and use LTE networks. Its storage capacity offers 16GB internal storage, 2GB memory and a microSDXC slot for expandable storage up to 128GB. The processor on which it runs is 2.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor.

Panasonic is not the first one to try its hands on hybrid smartphones. A year or so ago, Samsung also came up with a hybrid smartphone in the form of Galaxy Camera, but it didn’t went well with customers.

Though hybrid smartphones have not succeeded previously, but still Panasonic hopes that CM1 will be able to make its place in the market and people will love to make it as their actual phone.

The 11.9cm touchscreen Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-CM1, which has a dedicated switch that flips the phone into camera-mode, is expected to go on sale towards the end of 2014 with a price tag of 900 euros. It will go on sale only in Germany and France.

‘Apple Pay’ Is Arriving Soon To Get You Rid Of Carrying Wallets to Make Payments

Is carrying a wallet has become a big thing for you? Don’t want to take it everywhere you go, but cannot afford to do so? Now, you can leave your wallet safely at home and go on to shop and make payments in just a click with Apple’s iPhone 6. Isn’t it interesting?

Apple has planned to come up with a wireless digital wallet ‘Apple Pay’ this October. It has eliminated the task of carrying a wallet, including credit cards to everywhere or even if you want to shop online.

With Apple Pay in your iPhone 6, you will just have to put your finger on the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor your payment is done. The charge or the amount directly goes onto your credit or debit card –whatever you have setup with Apple iPhone 6.

How Apple Pay Works?

Apple Pay works by simply sending payment details through short-range radio waves. Here, the message or the payment details passes on from a special chip inside the phone to the register called NFC (Near Field Communication), and your payment is done.

Ease, Safety, Security and Apple Pay

It is a fact that people are bit conscious while using mobile payment systems due to security issues. Many of them are scared of getting hacked, while others find mobile payments more of an inconvenience.

Convenience and security has always been an issue with mobile payments. But Apple assures to alter the scenario and assures that it will gain popularity in United States. Apple is confident about its latest payment mode because it will be easier, safer and available with every major credit card.

The fingerprint sensor is a simple touch which is considered to be far better than typing a pin for your debit or credit card.  The Apple’s TouchID System cannot accept any unknown fingerprint and moreover, it also rejects any stored fingerprint. Your fingerprint is yours only and others cannot use your fingerprints for any sort of illegal access. So, you can feel safe and secure as your Apply Pay can only be accessed by your fingerprint and not by any other.

Moreover, with Apple Pay, the retailers are far away from knowing your credit card details. They do not exist in the loop.

How credit card details are added to Apple Pay?

To get your credit card added with Apple Pay, you just need to take a photo of it, which further goes to your bank that further sends a special key to your phone. The special key is the thing that gets stored on your phone, which at a time of checkout, generates a one-time use, unique code which is verified by the bank and your payment is done.

Apple Pay works will work on the following cards – American Express (AXP), Master Card (MA), and Visa (V).

So, stop wondering and just wait for the day to come when you can get Apple Pay on your iPhone 6 and make payments for yourself easier and faster.

Ink and Slide- Adobe’s first entry into the hardware market

How about showing your creative skills digitally? With Adobe’s two new digital drawing devices “Ink and Stylus”, you can showcase your creativity with ease. Designed to be used with Apple’s iPad, Adobe’s new creative hardware Ink is a sleek pressure-sensitive stylus having Adonit Pixelpoint technology. It is meant to offer artistic control along with unmatched accuracy. While on the other hand, Adobe’s Slide is a digital ruler designed to let you make perfect circles, straight lines, etc.

Together, these hardware tools are believed to offer designers completely different tablet drawing experience, much different than the usual stylus.

Integration with Creative Cloud

In order to make these devices all the more powerful, these devices are connected with Creative Cloud so you can browse your creative assets in album-like format and share them via e-mail, AirDrop, or Behance.

However, to be able to show your creative talent using these Adobe’s products, ensure to meet the basic requirements, including iPad 4th generation, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina display, or iPad.

As far as the availability of the products is concerned, right now these are only available in the U.S. for $199.99.

Mozilla to sell $25 Smartphone across India and Indonesia

Is it possible to get a Smartphone for as little as $25? No, it was not until Mozilla declared to sell smartphones for just $25 in India and Indonesia. The company’s general manager for China said that in the next few months it will begin selling smartphones in India and Indonesia, primarily in South and Southeast Asia.

The Mozilla has been talking about its Firefox mobile operating system for inexpensive smartphones for quite some time. The US based Firefox has even collaborated with four handset makers and five wireless carriers to offer smartphones powered by Firefox in Europe and Latin America.

However, the prices of these smatphones are more than US$60, which is again too expensive for most of the customers in India and other Southeast Asian countries. Gong Li, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer, said in an Interview, “In many countries even a single U.S dollar means a lot of money to consumers and therefore it’s really difficult to sell smartphones that cost more than $50.”

The company has now decided to collaborate with a Chinese chip maker Spreadtrum Communications Inc. to introduce a Smartphone that is both user-friendly and reasonable. The initial price of the phone will be $25 and it is going to attract customers who are looking forward to a cheap smartphones in place of feature phones.

Gong further added, “With this price and larger distribution network, Mozilla expects that the shipment of Firefox-enabled smartphones crosses 10 million units in the coming 12 months. However, it may face some challenge as the low-cost phones are common in China and other rising markets. Also, the Firefox OS is not as powerful as Android and iOS, therefore the quality of apps will not be as good as other expensive handsets.

The makers of the handset reveal that Mozilla is in talks with Chinese carriers to launch Mozilla-powered smartphone, but the software company is yet to expand its business in World’s largest mobile market. According to Strategy Analytics Neil Mawston, the Firefox OS is expected to capture 1% share on global smartphone OS market when it comes to shipment this year and it can increase up to 3 % by 2018.

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