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Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Special Device Help Prevent Suddent Infant Death

Researchers from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin has developed a new breathing sensor system that help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This syst...

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University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

University Installs Grass Lawn in School Library

Cornell University has built a grass lawn inside their school library as a part of a project of their institution's Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. The department is currently conducting a r...

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Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Wash Your Clothes in a Portable Washing Machine [Video]

Meet, the Scrubba, a portable washing machine, in form of a bag. This wash bag, allows people to do their laundry, on-the-go. The Scrubba is a lightweight, foldable bag that features small nodules to help sc...

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Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Fart-Deodorizing Underwear Sold in Japan

Thanks to Japan's new invention, the Deoest underwear, extreme farters can now release their foul smelling gas and prevent people near them from fainting. It is a fart-deodorizing underwear, created by Profe...

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BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 up and ready for download

Written on February 21, 2012 by Rudfer Tyron

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PlayBook OS 2.0 is finally up for Major Updates to the software system.

The new version OS for BlackBerry PlayBook is now finally up and can be download via PlayBook Davice. If you own a BlackBerry PlayBook, just go to Settings > Software Updates > Check for Updates and you should find PlayBook OS 2.0 available for wireless download. Follow the instructions on screen to finish the easy installation process.

What’s new to the new OS 2.0? BlackBerry PlayBoook OS 2.0 is a MAJOR software update to the operating system of Research In Motion’s first tablet, and it brings with it a ton of upgrades that owners have been waiting for. Check the Press release statement after the break.

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AT&T, Sprint, Samsung and T-mobile confirm use of Carrier IQ

Written on December 02, 2011 by Chris Martin

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Know which mobile carriers and handset makers use Carrier IQ 'rootkit'

If Carrier IQ and the controversies surrounding it are starting to bother you, then it might be best to keep an eye out and start learning more about it. It’s only natural if you’re starting to feel a little creeped out for something that could monitor almost every action you perform with your mobile device and comes pre-installed in more than 141 million handsets worldwide.

It wasn’t that long before the news broke out about Carrier IQ, a mobile logging software and the privacy issues that surround it and now people are starting to get alarmed while major companies have already started to keep their hands clean by addressing the issue.

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AT&T, Sprint Ships Three BlackBerry 7 Devices

Written on August 22, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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New models of RIM BlackBerry 7-based smartphones, now hitting the stores!

Following their earlier plans, AT&T and Sprint have finally shipped three of their RIM BlackBerry 7-based smartphones.

Sprint announced that it has just made the BlackBerry Torch 9850 and the BlackBerry Bold 9930 available in stores. The two handsets are said to be the cheapest phones on the line, since the Torch 9850 only retails for $150 when purchased online with a contract; while the Bold 9930 costs $200 (also available with a contract). Take note that although this would be the fixed pricing for the devices, some US carriers still plans to offer the phones for $50 more on average.

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T-Mobile Version of Bold 9900 Priced at $300

Written on August 17, 2011 by Lulu

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T-Mobile's version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 cost much more than the other networks like AT&T and Verizon.

T-Mobile chose midnight to set a price and release date for their version of BlackBerry Bold 9900. The BlackBerry 7 hardware is scheduled to be released on August 31. But for unknown reasons, the said version of the phone will be having a much costly price than the AT&T, Sprint or Verizon units at $300 on contract — even after a $50 rebate.

T-Mobile’s BlackBerry Bold 9900 should be the same to those of other networks other than the requisite change over its native bands for 14.4Mbps 3G. The said device’s features, like Wi-Fi calling, aren’t expected to be available immediately, and it’s not clear if the personal hotspot creation will be an option.

The 9900 is said to be RIM’s flagship for the year with a mix of a 2.8-inch, 640 x 480 touchscreen and a distinctive, large QWERTY keyboard. The 1.2GHz Snapdragon that goes along with 768MB of RAM and BlackBerry 7 are key to a major improvement in speed. Slimming down versus its predecessors, BlackBerry Bold 9900 has dropped it autofocus from the 5 megapixel camera but is returned by 720p movie recording. About 8GB of storage is built-in, even if 188MB is available purely for apps.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 Reaches FCC, Shipping May Begin in August

Written on July 12, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 hits FCC. Few features of the phone and release date were disclosed during the testing.

The RIM company revealed that its BlackBerry Bold 9900 model will hit the market soon, after appearing in FCC filing. The said test disclosed some of the smartphone’s features, such as its Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi network. Though the phone’s cellular connections were not discussed during the test, it is believed that BlackBerry Bold 9900 has a built-in GSM and HSPA+.

RIM updated the current-gen smartphone with a faster 1.2GHz processor, a 2.8-inch, 640×480 touchscreen display, and a 768MB RAM. And based from the features of BlackBerry 7, they’ve added the phone with a new interface, an OpenGL 3D gaming, faster browsing, and the BlackBerry Balance.

Some reports claimed that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will begin its shipping sometime in August or September. Most of the phone’s common details will not be leaked out until the 25th of August, due to FCC’s request of having a 45-day confidentiality. With a public introduction last May, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone will finally reach the market after four months of delay.

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BlackBerry, on the Verge of Developer Stampede

Written on June 21, 2011 by Lulu

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As BlackBerry's number of users still doesn't increase, Seesmic - one of its mobile application developer partner - had ceased their operation for creating BlackBerry apps.

Mobile application developer, Seesmic, will stop making its Blackberry Twitter app at the end of June. The company said that they will focus on developing apps on its most popular platforms like iOS, Android and Windows phone. Seesmic also added that they will continue working on their web and desktop apps.

Mobile application developers must focus on the platforms with the most number of users. Sadly, BlackBerry is not included in that group. Developers also don’t believe that BlackBerry will do in the coming years. Other mobile app developer companies are also considering the same move done by Seesmic.

If a stampede occurs, it might send BlackBerry into a downward death spiral because fewer apps mean fewer customers. And that can tantamount to less interest from developers and so on.

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Over 900 BlackBerry PlayBook Units Recalled Dues to Faulty Software

Written on May 16, 2011 by R. Depp

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Research In Motion (RIM) recalled almost a thousand units of Playbook tablet units with faulty operating systems.

According to RIM, the shipped tablets had software glitches that may have given users a hard time performing the initial set up of the device. In a interview with Crackberry, RIM said:

“RIM determined that approximately one thousand BlackBerry PlayBook tablets (16 GB) were shipped with an OS build that may result in the devices being unable to properly load software upon initial set-up. The majority of the affected devices are still in the distribution channel and haven’t reached customers. RIM is working to replace the affected devices. In the small number of cases where a customer received a PlayBook that is unable to properly load software upon initial set-up, they can contact RIM for assistance.”

RIM further said that majority of the tablets pulled out were still at retailers and haven’t reached the customers. The provided a list of the glitches devices — if you’re experiencing trouble with your PlayBook, check if you can find yours’ serial number here.

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Microsoft’s Bing Partners with RIM

Written on May 04, 2011 by R. Depp

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Looks like RIM is ditching Google for Microsoft’s Bing.

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, confirmed during the Research In Motion’s (RIM) Blackberry World conference in Florida that RIM has partnered with the computier giant. Since yesterday, Microsoft’s Bing will be the default search and map application for BlackBerry smartphones.

Bing’s search and mapping technology will include location-based services. Furthermore, the Bing-Blackberry partnership will also include voice search and Street View-esque maps, all to be integrated at an OS level.

According to Mashable, the continuing impact of a Microsoft/RIM deal for search might be minimal, but this partnership may also lead to more collaboration points between the two companies in the future.

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, RIM’s ‘Thinnest Yet’

Written on May 03, 2011 by R. Depp

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RIM announces BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 (aka Bold Touch), the company’s “thinnest and most powerful BlackBerry smartphones yet.”

The brand new BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 are 1.2GHz smartphones, running on Blackberry OS 7 (BlackBerry OS 6.1) and feature a touchscreen interface. The new phones also boasts NFC connectivity for smart tags, as well as Augmented Reality features that use a compass and GPS to assess the phone’s position in space.

In addition to the smartphones’ new features is a new product called Balance, that allows remote wiping and full app control — preventing users from moving text from an email to a web-app for instance. According to RIM, it separates “personal content from corporate content.”

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Android Takes the Lead in Market Shares

Written on March 07, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Google's Android mobile operating system has more than just caught up to the head starts that Apple and RIM had – it's taken the lead.

According to Nielsen’s latest statistics, Google’s Android mobile operating system has taken its lead. In November 2010 to January of this year, Android commanded 29% of the market, leaving Apple’s iOS and RIM’s BlackBerry behind with 27% a piece. Part of this success could be attributed to the breadth of available Android devices.

Check out the market share graph and more after the skip.

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