Three winners from the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) will be chosen at CES 2015. All ten finalists will appear on stage at the Venetian in Las Vegas to vie for the opportunity to present their product later to Sir Richard Branson. Finalists have been helped towards their goal with a boost from such companies as Amazon who provides web service. Rackspace offers no-fee hosting. Back-up and recovery services come from Axcient. Helpful tools were additional perks, such as app development from Progress and from Spotfire data analytics from TIBCO. Entrants came from more than 100 countries and were whittled down to the final ten. Only
Looking very similar to the BlackBerry Bold, the beleaguered company has announced its new BlackBerry Classic. It’s smaller and most importantly, sports a full QWERTY keyboard and navigation buttons that are not virtual. That’s right; you can do your input on physical keys once again. Aimed at diehard fans who held on to the original BlackBerry which had been considered the best game in town, the Classic is reminiscent in design. If the newer, bigger touchscreen devices are too bulky for your shirt pocket, the Classic’s touchscreen is only 3.5 inches leaving room for the retro keyboard. The sculptured keys are backlit and come with
BlackBerry turnaround plans working? Company posts adjusted loss of 2 cents per share, better than 16 cent loss analysts have predicted.
No, Blackberry isn’t dead yet, and it’s coming out with what might be one of their most audacious products to date: the Blackberry Passport — which looks a lot like Blackberry’s Porsche Design P’9981. However, the Passport has a few really interesting features that make it a better phone than the Blackberry phones of yesteryear. This phone is being launched at first in the US and Canada. First and foremost, it has fairly up to date hardware, sporting a 4.5″ perfectly square display at 1440 x 1440 resolution. This is a fairly high resolution display for Blackberry and admittedly a very odd aspect ratio when compared
Few weeks ago, I wrote about the fragility of the new iPhone 3G …or just its lack of scratchproof coating (e.g. nano-paint). My Blackberry 9000 Bold also suffered the same fate, but at least it wasn’t a scratch caused by expensive protective case bought in Apple store. Just in case you wondered, the protective case that scratched the back of iPhone 3G can was a $35 purchase under the name Incase Slider for iPhone 3G. The phone was scratched while protected by the case – Incase Slider made too much pressure on the back side of the phone and scratched the logo. After the
iPhone debuted in Croatia today, and became an instant hit with more than 7000 devices sold in first 8 hours of being on the street. Now, if you had any perception about Croatia being a “country in development”, “emerging market”, “people eat food from cans” (quite popular assumption from my former british colleagues… even though their cuisine was pretty pathetic), think again. Prices for the iPhone 3G range from 25 cents to over $800, depending on your subscription model. Yes, you can buy the iPhone 3G for measily 25 cents, not a typo. But, only if you want to pay monthly subscription of $100, that
In a period of 24 hours, I managed to scratch my Blackberry Bold, while a friend of mine scratched is iPhone 3G. In the case of Bold, it was give-or-take my fault: Vodafone did not provide protective carrying case in the box, nor it was available for buying – thus, I had a relatively unprotected device filled with “shiny parts”. Given the fact that I was moving my things from Mountain House to Frisco, one can judge that it was my own fault. But in the case of iPhone… the scratched part was actually discovered when a good friend of mine removed the protective case
Back in May 2008, Nvidia’s Editors Day hosted a presentation by young guys from Elemental Technologies Inc (ETI). The demonstrated software was Badaboom, CUDA-powered video transcoder that demolished Intel’s Core 2 Quad processor when used in conjuction with GeForce 8800GTS. Months have passed, and guys worked hard on developing Badaboom in order to be ready for August release. But, their second project, RapiHD encoder for Premiere CS4 Pro needed some engineering help. So, the guys pushed back the release of Badaboom and Badaboom Pro until after the launch of CS4. It was a tough call, but with the release of Adobe Creative Studio 4 over