BlackBerry plans to keep the QWERTY keyboard alive

The Canadian company confirms that their future phones will come with physical keys despite the decision to abandon domestic production.

blackberry-phoneasylum

If anything has characterised BlackBerry it’s the inclusion of a physical keyboard that stayed in some models even when touchscreens had exploded in the market. Going against everyone and everything the Canadian company said that the QWERTY keyboard formula will remain in future releases despite the decision to stop producing their own phones.

In an interview for the newspaper “Business News Network” BlackBerry CEO John Chen, said “We have to sit with each company to work on a product portfolio, we will be very selective”.

Currently, digital keyboards found on mobile devices with touch screens offer good sensations and are comfortable when typing, even in moments where speed is required for writing. Although no specific date has been set, the company has confirmed new models will definitely be launched with physical keyboard, but may not offer the same traditional design that consumers know well.

At present it is difficult to find mobile phones with physical keyboards. Until a decade ago, this setting was essential, but over the years touchscreens have taken over the industry exercising mechanism of interaction of the functions of mobile devices. Throughout history there have been different types, from the alphanumeric or QWERTY.

iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 and what Apple might be planning for Sept. 7th

Several rumours strongly point to the presentation of its flagship and most famous product with a new smart watch.

iphone-phoneayslum

Apple had a very clear date: September 7, 2016. In their new “keynote” which will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, the company will present its new products.

Cupertino are characterised by a high secrecy. Although this time they have confirmed with more time than the usual the date of their next appointment, as for what they have prepared nothing is known officially. However, there are already several rumours that strongly point to the presentation of the new iPhone, 7 and 7S, along with a new smart watch. However, the new range of MacBook Pro is almost certainly out of the “keynote”.

In short, there are so many rumours and leaks that we will make a summary of what Apple might be planning for next week.

1. iPhone 7
It is virtually certain that Tim Cook takes the stage of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to present the new terminal of the company. In September last year, it was the turn of the iPhone 6 S and 6S Plus. It’s time to renew and is very likely to have the new model, whose characteristics are:

– Two models: iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches.

– Design: there won’t be very big news at first sight so it is likely to again cause the company speculation in terms of basic design, yes they could bring to market two new dark colours the known space Gray and deep blue.

– No headphone jack

– No 16GB model. iPhone 7 lower range would be 32GB followed by 128GB and 256GB (maybe).

– Double camera: no doubt, it would be one of the most remarkable improvements of the new terminal. However, it has been rumoured strongly that only the top model, the 7S, would have the dual camera system.
– Chip A10: The A9 in the iPhone 6S, with 2GB of RAM, was been designed by Apple and is the world’s most advanced chip for now, enabling high performance and speed. We’ll see how the A10 does because it has very high standards.

– Home Button: the new terminal could incorporate system similar to the “trackpad” of the MacBook.

2. Apple Watch 2
– Thinner design: the new smartwatch could incorporate display technology that would help thin the device (currently 10.5 millimeters).

– Battery 334 mAh, which would represent a slight improvement over the previous one.

– With GPS and network connectivity: newest improvements.

– Could be submersible.

apple-watch1-phoneasylum

3. MacBook Pro
Four years have passed since the company last renewed their devices. Mark Gurman, an Apple journalist specialist who is almost-never wrong, has secured in “Bloomberg” that it won’t be until October when Apple introduces its new MacBook Pro.

And not only that. Cupertino are also working on a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air USB port Type C.

4. Operating Systems
At WWDC 2016, Apple introduced the new iOS 10. It is expected, therefore, that the new iPhone 7 comes with this new operating system with a new display, an interactive screen, new interface, 3D Touch, more widgets, etc.

Sierra macOS also presented for the expected new Mac; watchOS 3 opened to developers last June, so hopefully the new Apple Watch will be true. With that said the new operating system would be available in autumn.

Samsung could start selling second-hand phones

Rumours say the South Korean technology firm is seeking new ways to sustain growth

galaxy s7 in phone asylum

Samsung plans to change the strategy in order to increase the level of sales. According to Reuters, the phone company intends to include a program that consists of selling used high-end smartphones but with up to date software.

According to company sources, Samsung will launch this new business in order to maintain profit growth following the restructuring of its product line. As the growth in the global market for smartphones has plateaued in general, the South Korean company is showing interest in maximising cost efficiency and maintain operating margins above 10 percent.

The leading manufacturer of smartphones in the world will renew high-end phones that have been returned to the company by users enrolled in the program of annual device update, in markets such as South Korea and the United States.

Samsung, the source said, could re-sell these phones at a lower price, without giving further details. A company spokesman said the company does not comment on any speculation.

Apple, Samsung’s biggest rival, sells models of its iPhone a year after the launch to 69% of their original price, while the Samsung Galaxy model is sold at 51%, according to analysts at BNP Paribas.

The sale of refurbished phones could help manufacturers like Samsung increase its presence in emerging markets such as India, where high-end devices are often beyond the reach of most buyers.

In fact, Apple already sells refurb iPhones in several markets, including the United States, but does not disclose sales figures for this.

 

Google, must pay more than £5 million euros in Russia for abuse of dominant position

The Court of Appeal rejected the appeal by the Mountain View company because it considers “legitimate and reasonable” the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia in response to the complaint lodged by the search engine Yandex

google-pasylum

Google must pay a fine of 438.06 billion rubles (5 million gbp) after being rejected an appeal by the Court of Appeal No. 9 in Moscow, which considers “legitimate and reasonable” the decision of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) from the 11th of August in response to the complaint lodged by the search engine Yandex on abuse of market position from the american company.

Research of the Russian authorities was initiated following the complaint by Yandex, found that Google “abused its dominant position by forcing mobile device manufacturers to preinstall ‘Google Play’ and other applications”, in addition to prohibiting the preinstallation of other developer apps.

“We hope that the implementation of the resolution will create conditions for effective competition in the market on mobile applications,” said the director of the Department for Regulation of Communications and Information Technologies FAS, Elena Zaeva.

It is not the first time the Internet giant is accused of dominant position. Last April, the European Commission officially accused Google of abuse when considering imposing “restrictions” to manufacturers of Android-based operators and mobile network devices.

In addition, the Mountain View have yet another concern in Europe: Brussels expanded last July, the statement of objections to return to the charge and accused Google in digital advertising.

The Cybersecurity measures the Islamic State imposes on its members

Jihadists receive a 30-page document with instructions in order to not to be located on the Web. It includes advice on how to navigate through Tor or how they must use Telegram instead of WhatsApp.

A Russian-language terror news and recruitment website. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

The self-proclaimed Islamic State has boasted in recent times to master the world of internet. From the propaganda of the use of social networks to encrypted communications between supporters worldwide. But the reality, according to many analysts, is another. The most obvious example is the mobile phone that was allegedly used by one of the terrorist in the attacks of Paris: not only been located but have extracted a lot of data relevant to the investigation.

Experts and researchers, consulted by the EP agency, reinforce this theory of careless handling of communications by jihadists. In fact, in Europe there have been several operations against suspected terrorists who have resulted in captured fans through online systems.

Forces of the US intelligence follow the line of terrorists Networks. Through this work, the Centre for Counter-terrorism of West Point located a manual in which the organisation lectured to their cells on how to protect their communications and preserve their cyber-security, according to Wired.

The document of 30 pages, offers amazing tricks. In fact it is simple tips that anyone can carry out in order to protect their privacy.

Isis’s great secret lies in the use of the Tor network, a browser that prevents the original IP user is located. In addition, they are betting on Telegram instead of WhatsApp thanks to the privacy it offers. Wickr cryptocat and also for chats; Hushmail and ProtonMail to send emails (although they can also use Gmail with false credentials when navigating with Tor) and Signal RedPhone to make encrypted calls.

They also ask to remove the option of location, an elementary measure for someone who lives in hiding but not for the jihadist who published a selfie in a logistics centre and ended bombed by the United States. General of the US Air Force directly Herbert Carlisle called them “bobo” terrorists.

For this reason-and others evident jihadists have prohibited the use of social networks.

The iPhone 7 could be presented on the 7th of September

Foxconn and Apple, according to the latest leaks, are developing a glass casing in order to boost the demand for the new terminals.

iphone-phoneayslum

No day passes in which we don’t get new rumours about the new iPhone that Apple has designed and, as everyone assumes, will be presented in a few weeks. And as we know every September, the Cupertino company present their new products.

According to “Bloomberg” Tim Cook has picked the 7th of September to present the iPhone 7. Although, according to journalist Mark Gurman, they will also be also announcing a new MacBook.

The successor to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus could come to the market with a completely new design, breaking the previous expectations. In fact, Apple lacks when it comes to innovation in design and it clearly has been one of the biggest criticisms that the company has received in recent years.

New online rumours suggest that the new terminal Apple has prepared and will present in a few weeks will surprise everyone. It should be recalled also that it’s the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone and Cook would like to celebrate in some special way.

Apparently, Foxconn and Apple are developing a crystal case for their smartphones in order to boost demand for iPhones and become able to face competition, especially Samsung. Let’s not forget that after 13 years, Apple has ended their streak of economic growth as a result of the decline in iPhone sales. They need to reinvent itself.

However, Mark Gurman has said the opposite in another interview on “Bloomberg”. “Models this year will be similar” although “there will be notable tweaks”. The new iPhones hit the market at 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, as before, and will have a “hardware” and improved photographic capabilities.

“The outstanding features will be in the double chamber,” says Gurman, which also confirms the elimination of the headphone jack port.

The new iPhone could incorporate a type system similar to the trackpad of the new MacBook.

By the way, an Apple expert had called “revolution” to what the company has done to their new computers. It’s been four years since Apple last renewed their MacBook Pro. According to Gurman, the devices will be much thinner, with a slight design change (curved chassis), larger trackpad with USB-C ports, improvements to the specifications like graphics and an OLED panel.

Google mocks Apple in new promotional video

Google accuses their biggest competitor, Apple of having little space to store photos and videos

google-photos-iphone-phoneasylum

Google didn’t forget about their great competitor when promoting “Google Photos”, a new application that allows you to store a lot of images in the “cloud”. Through a video, the US company has mocked the little storage space of Apple and its iPhone.

In the pictures you can see how the lack of space the company offers spoils the great moments of its users, who are left without their family gatherings or sporting activities, all with a pop-up of an identical box that Apple devices show when the memory is full.

Google Photos allows you to store and organise all the pictures taken from mobile, which are uploaded to the cloud automatically. It also allows up to 3.23 GB of information.

You can watch the promo here.

The iPhone has become one of the most important and most successful products in history

Apple confirms that the iPhone has just passed the mark of one billion sold worldwide

IMG_0044.JPG

The CEO of technology giant Apple, Tim Cook, said Thursday that the company has already passed the one billion mark of iPhones sold worldwide since the release of the smartphone in 2007.

“The iPhone has become one of the most important and most successful products in history. It is now more than a constant companion” Cook said in a statement. The company said it was last week when iPhone saw the one billion sells, which is given after less than ten years of the product in the consumer electronics market.

The announcement of the milestone reached by Apple comes shortly after the seventh version of this iconic smartphone, the iPhone 7 (if maintained the tradition), which changed the way to surf the Internet, to communicate and consume software it is present or online services. “iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily lives and provides much of what we do during our day,” Cook said.

Only the appearance, rapid and massive acceptance of the iPhone is behind the dramatic transition from Apple to the world the most valued company in any industry, including oil, traditionally based in record numbers of benefits. Alphabet (parent company of Google and creator of the Android operating system) is the only one that lives up with the Apple capitalisation, and is the strongest competitor of the multinational founded by Steve Jobs.

However, the historical progression of the iPhone seems to be suffering and the publication of results from April to June revealed the second consecutive quarterly drop in sales of these devices.

iPhone 7: will this be the new Apple phone?

According to “Wall Street Journal”, the new iPhone will be almost the same as its predecessor, filtered images and videos about the new model that Tim Cook will present keep leaking and opening speculation. 

iphone6S-phoneasylum

Speculation about the iPhone 7 will not cease. Such is the anticipation of the new “surprise” that keeps Apple with suspicion (as always), that leaks occur every day.

One of the most recent came from a Chinese web with what seems to be a prototype of the new Apple device.

iphone-7-ASYLUM

The new smartphone would be larger. And, according to leaks, it seems to be true that in Cupertino they  have decided to remove the connector for headphones. This port 3.5 mm and the story could happen in September, date on which Apple would present it’s new creation for the wireless connection.

This connector space would be used for a second speaker while the terminal will also have a larger camera on the back.

It remains unclear,  if there will be two versions (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus) of different sizes (4.7 “and 5.5”). However, recent pictures leaked by Chinese website “Weibo” indicate that there could actually be three…

iphone-7--asylum

The ‘worst’ is that the iPhone 7 will be almost the same as its predecessor. At least that is what ensures “Wall Street Journal”. Tim Cook apparently follows the same line not innovate too much.

And more bad news considering that Apple is not going through its best in terms of sales. Last year was the first in which the Cupertino sales fell on iPhones, its flagship product (generating 63% of company revenues) since 2003. Seems like the competition from Android terminals of low cost and the slowing of the Chinese economy took advantage on the company.

Pokémon Go or how to make £1.3 million every day on iOS

The application has had 7.5 million downloads in the United States. Although it is free, it allows shopping for the player to advance into the popular Nintendo game.

PokemonGO_phoneasylum

Pokémon Go is a full business. Nintendo has been successful with the launch of this free game on iOS and Android. Users have become “crazy”. Both are generating only in the Apple operating system, 1.6 million dollars a day (£1.2 million, approximately).

As published by Quartz and based on data provided by the specialised app analytics company Sensor Tower, Pokémon Go is still the best feat of Nintendo. Despite being a free game, yes it is possible to make purchases within the application. For example, the player needs to get coins in order to buy more items like Poke-balls and go forward in the game. Only in the US, users are spending 1.6 million dollars each day. A fact that in Android, is so far unknown.

The application has had 7.5 million downloads in the United States. “Only 5% of people shopping within the application but those who make them pay an average of $9.60” explains Quartz. It is recalled that, traditionally, iOS users are more willing to pay for gaming applications. In fact, the average expenditure is at $15.34 per month, compared with $7.31 dollars a month paid by users on Android.

Since the release of Pokémon Go in the US, Australia and New Zealand last 6th of July, the game has managed to make history in the App Store. “Four and a half hours after launch, was ranked # 1 as the most downloaded free app in the US, a record for game titles,” recalls the publication.

In fact, Pokémon Go has exceeded by far Clash Royale, the game that had so far been a success.