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New Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 ad makes fun of Blackberry

Samsung is known for making fun of its rivals in its adverts. In the past, it made fun of Apple fans queuing for the iPhone 5. Now, in its new Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 ad, it takes a crack at Blackberry users.samsung_safe_blackberry

In Samsung’s ads, it never mentions its rivals’ devices, but it does make it pretty obvious. In this case, it mocks Blackberry’s rather dull image and says today’s businessmen can be hip as well.

The video shows game developers hard at work, preparing for the launch of their new game. At the same time, they try and convince the boring business type to make the switch to hip Samsung devices. In one scene, an employee watches a basketball game while attending to clients on his Galaxy Note 2, making fun of QWERTY-sporting Blackberry device. In another scene, an elderly businesswoman refuses to make the transition from her work phone (Blackberry) and home phone (iPhone) system to the more efficient one phone system offered by the Galaxy S3.

Samsung’s ad is promoting SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise), which makes use of AES 256-bit encryption to keep work emails and files secure. It also allows colleagues to share their ideas via NFC and VPN.

Samsung’s ad couldn’t have come at a more convenient time, as RIM is scheduled to launch its much awaited Blackberry 10 software alongside two new handsets powered by the software, the Blackberry X10 and Z10.

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Blackberry App World renamed to Blackberry World – licensing BB10 ‘conceivable’

Research In Motion (RIM) has renamed its app store (Blackberry App World) to simply Blackberry World.bbworldlogo650

According to the Canadian phone maker, changing the name “reflects a shift in the type of things you can purchase from the store as we transition to BlackBerry 10 and beyond.”

This means that RIM is working double-time to add more TV shows, movies, music, and games. Recently a RIM exec claimed that as soon as Blackberry 10 is launched towards the end of this month, it will have tens of thousands of apps to its disposal. This also shows that RIM is planning to compete against the big dogs, namely Apple’s iTunes and Google Play. The problem is, Apple and Google are way ahead of the competition, which means RIM has a challenging task ahead of it.

Aside from the news about the software, recent leaks have revealed handsets powered by BB10 such as the X10 and Z10. These are the first handsets set to take on the iPhone and popular Android handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S3. Like the software, its new phones face stiff competition from its rivals.

It seems RIM has a backup plan, if things go south. Speaking to German newspaper Die Welt, RIM’s CEO, Thorsten Heins, said (translated from German), “Before you licensed the software, you must show that the platform has a large potential. First we have to fulfill our promises. If such proof, a licensing is conceivable.”

Last year, the CEO said, “You could think about us building a reference system, and then basically licensing that reference design, have others build the hardware around it.”

Do you think RIM should take a page out of Google’s book and license BB10 just like Android? What do you make of the Canadian firm renaming its app store to Blackberry World? Share your thoughts through a comment on our Facebook page.

Blackberry L-series to come in 4 versions – London, Laguna, Lisbon, and Liverpool

It looks like Blackberry’s upcoming L-series will come in four versions, according to a leaked document from none other than the Canadian phone maker RIM (Research In Motion).LSeries-Leak-01-580-90

The leak comes to us via TechRadar who have obtained the RIM training document. The site says, “TechRadar can exclusively reveal the specifications of the first fully touchscreen BlackBerry 10 smartphone after we got hold of some official Research In Motion (RIM) documentation.

“The slides we’ve seen are part of RIM’s training document for its new BB 10 operating system aimed at educating sales reps on the system.

“One of the slides is titled “specifications of the BlackBerry 10 L-Series” and lists various specifications of the handset including a 4.2-inch, 1280×768 HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an 1,800mAh battery.”

Speaking about the handset’s spec sheet, the site reveals, “A front-facing 2MP lens will offer users a 2x digital zoom and 720p video recording – useful for video calls and the odd vanity check, while round the back the Z10 is equipped with an 8MP snapper with single LED flash, auto focus, 1080p video recording and 5x digital zoom.

“RIM has always offered a decent array of connectivity options on its smartphones and the L-Series is no different packing Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS,4G and NFC – a few boxes ticked.”

Apparently, there will be four versions of the new smartphone. The site says, “If all that wasn’t enough it appears that the L-Series will arrive in four different guises around the world to cope with the various network frequencies.

“The BlackBerry London will be the only non-4G variant with support for 21Mbps HSPA+, while the BlackBerry Laguna, BlackBerry Lisbon and BlackBerry Liverpool will all feature LTE technology.”

RIM is expected to lift the lid on Blackberry 10 and handsets running the new operating system on the 30th of January. So stay tuned.

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Blackberry Q10 leaked in new photos – Z10 leaked in video

The yet to be unveiled Blackberry Q10 and Z10 have been leaked in new photos and a video. RIM is expected to lift the lid on these two new handsets running its next generation software, Blackberry 10, on the 30th of January.ImageUploadedByTapatalk1358217139_905913_1

On Monday, the QWERTY-sporting Blackberry Q10 (also known as the N-Series) was leaked in two photos posted on Instagram. This is according to a source on Crackberry forums.

The following day on Tuesday, Telekom-Presse, an Austrian site, released a video showing the Blackberry Z10 (also known as the L-Series). The Z10 is a touch-only handset, unlike the Q10 with RIM’s familiar QWERTY keyboard.

Antheauxny, a forum user from Crackberry, posted the two images of the Q10 on the site. He or she reportedly found the two images on Instagram, looking for the #BlackBerry hashtag. One of the photos show the device with a cord plugged in. The other photo shows it in a person’s hand.

Like RIM’s current models such as the 9900 Bold Touch or Curve 9360, the Q10 sports a QWERTY keyboard. However, there are a few buttons missing. These missing buttons are likely to be replaced with on-screen buttons in Blackberry 10.

Telekom-Presse posted a 7-minute video showing us the Z10 in all its glory as well as Blackberry 10 in action. Past rumours claimed that the handset would sport a 4.3-inch touchscreen. However, judging from the video, the screen seems to measure only 4.2 inches. The German-speaking narrator also reveals the phone’s specs. He says that the handset sports a 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage.

We’re expecting to see more leaks surface as we draw closer to the 30th of January.

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First Blackberry 10 handset rumoured to launch in Canada on the 28th of February – could launch in the UK soon after

Wondering when handsets powered by Blackberry 10 will be landing in shops? According to a report, the first handset powered by RIM’s next generation software will be offered by a network operator in Canada on the 28th of February. If true, this would mean that it would land in our shores soon after.bb10

The news comes to courtesy of BGR. The site says, “Research in Motion (RIMM) is scheduled to formally unveil its BlackBerry 10 operating system on January 30th, however it is unclear when we will see the first new BlackBerry smartphones launch. Despite the fact that all four major U.S. carriers — Verizon (VZ), AT&T(T), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile — have confirmed plans to carry new BlackBerry 10 devices in 2013, RIM has remained quiet regarding release details. According to an image provided to BGR and other publications allegedly showing Best Buy Canada’s (BBY) internal inventory system, the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone could launch in Canada on February 28th.

“This specific release date concerns Canadian carrier Bell (BCE), though the phone will likely launch on additional carriers at the same time if the date is accurate.”

BGR contacted RIM about the rumoured release date, but all the company said was, “We understand that there is a lot of excitement for BlackBerry 10. We will launch the platform on January 30th and until then we won’t comment on speculation.”

Will RIM release the first BB10-pwoered handset soon after the its 28th of February launch in Canada? Despite RIM’s unwillingness to spill the beans, there’s no reason for the company to release the handset at different time frames around the globe. TechRadar points out, “Although the leak represents only one network, in one country, there’s little reason to believe that RIM would stagger launches around the world, especially given the global nature of the launch event and the time the company has taken to complete work on BlackBerry 10.”

Excited to finally get your hands on a handset powered by Blackberry 10? Will you be ditching your iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 for a Blackberry? Let us know through a comment on our Facebook page.