Google Talks Up First Wave of ARCore Apps

Google today highlighted some of the initial augmented reality apps to reach the Play Store that take advantage of ARCore 1.0. Google says some 60 apps are now available for dozens of smartphone models. For example, games such as My Tamagochi Forever, Walking Dead Our World, and TendAR overlay gameplay with real-world objects. A bevy of shopping apps, such as offerings from Pottery Barn, Wayfair, Sotheby’s, and eBay, allow people to preview goods in their homes. Another app, called Just a Line, allows people to make simple drawings on top of live video/photos. All these and other ARCore-based apps are available in the Google Play Store.

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BlackBerry Debuts ‘Fan League’ for Enthusiasts

BlackBerry Mobile today kicked off the BlackBerry Fan League, a way for BlackBerry smartphone enthusiasts to connect with the brand. BlackBerry says participants will have the opportunity to win prizes, including smartphones, as well as participate in surveys and beta programs, and interface directly with the BlackBerry Mobile team. Members can earn points by re-sharing official BlackBerry social media posts, creating their own BlackBerry-themed content, and recruiting new members. Points are what allow members to enter drawings for the weekly prizes. The BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League is available to all BlackBerry owners in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. BlackBerry Mobile handsets are designed and sold by TCL.

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T-Mobile Brings Back Offer Just In Time for Opening Day

T-Mobile is offering customers a chance to access free for a third year in a row. T-Mobile announced that baseball fans will be able to watch every regular season Major League Baseball game on their smartphones through 2018. T-Mobile has partnered with MLB and is providing customers with a free year of and MLB At Bat Premium. T-Mobile customers can stream every out-of-market regular season game to their Apple or Google smartphone and tablet via the app. At Bat Premium is a mobile sports app for watching home and away broadcasts, and it also includes player stats, highlights, and other information. T-Mobile One customers don’t need to worry about streaming on their plan thanks to unlimited data. T-Mobile says games will be streamed in standard definition by default, but can be viewed in HD if customers wish. T-Mobile customers will need to redeem the free subscription via the T-Mobile Tuesdays application between March 27 and April 2, and then sign up for Premium no later than April 2. On March 27, T-Mobile Tuesdays is also offering 25% off purchases made at and 10 cents off per gallon of gas at Shell stations. T-Mobile has made similar offerings to customers the last two years.

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TCL announce Blackberry Fan League

The Blackberry brand is iconic no matter where in the world you live, and gone are the days a Blackberry device is just for high end business customers.

We have reviewed the BlackBerry Motion recently and were impressed with what was put together for the price.

However now the company want yo hear from it’s customers.

TCL announce Blackberry Fan League

The introduction of Fan League will allow fans to feedback directly to the company, as well as enter competitions to win smartphones and participate in beta tests.

The service is rolling out in USA, Canada and the UK, if you are a Blackberry fan and want to take part, look out for more information coming soon.


IRVINE, Calif. – March 20, 2018 – BlackBerry smartphone fans are among the most loyal and passionate in the world, and BlackBerry Mobilefrom TCL Communication is launching its BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League just for them. The mission of the Fan League is to find new and creative ways to engage with BlackBerry smartphone fans, improving awareness of new Android-powered BlackBerry smartphones like the BlackBerry KEYone, but also helping these fans feel more connected to the brand they’re so passionate about. As part of the Fan League, participants will have a chance to win weekly and monthly prizes which will include new BlackBerry Mobile smartphones. Additionally, they’ll have opportunities to participate in special user surveys and beta testing programs, providing them a direct voice and input to the BlackBerry Mobile team.

“Launching the BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League is our way of better engaging with our customers, rewarding their loyalty and passion for BlackBerry smartphones, but also giving them a voice that will shape the future of BlackBerry smartphones from TCL Communication,” said Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for TCL Communication’s BlackBerry Mobile Division.

The BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League is a points-based social engagement platform that allows BlackBerry smartphone fans to earn points by re-sharing BlackBerry Mobile social media content, generating their own content about their BlackBerry smartphone, participating in surveys and recruiting new Fan League members. With the points they accumulate, they’ll be able to earn entries to have a chance to win a variety of weekly and monthly prizes – including the chance to win new BlackBerry Mobile smartphones. Fan League members also have access to exclusive user surveys which will play an important role in user feedback for future product development. In time, BlackBerry Mobile’s closed beta smartphone testing and user feedback programs will also be made available to Fan League members. Initially, the Fan League is only available to BlackBerry Mobile customers in Canada, the U.S. and U.K.

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BlackBerry and Microsoft Partner On Mobile Services

BlackBerry and Microsoft announced a new partnership that will see the two deliver mobile software and services to businesses customers. A new solution, called BlackBerry Bridge, lets business users access Microsoft mobile apps from within BackBerry Dynamics. This means corporate employees will have the same experience opening, editing, and saving Microsoft Office documents on any Android or iOS device. It gives mobile workers a secure way to access their files that are immediately backed up in Microsoft’s cloud. Microsoft says the partnership also brings new powers to the IT department, which will better be able to secure company data and maintain privacy while remaining compliant with regulatory statutes. In order to make this work, the companies have integrated BlackBerry UEM Cloud, Workspaces, Dynamics, and AtHoc into the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Microsoft and BlackBerry didn’t specify how quickly these new services will be available to their customers.

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Class Action Against BlackBerry Over Handset Sales Can Proceed

BlackBerry’s hope to squash a lawsuit has been dashed by a U.S. judge who says the legal proceedings can move forward. Plaintiffs allege BlackBerry “inflated its stock price and defrauded shareholders” by suggesting sales of BlackBerry 10 handsets were much better than they really were. The case was originally dismissed in March 2015, but new evidence suggests there’s merit to the accusations. A retailer called Wireless Zone compiled data that showed a high return rate for BlackBerry 10 handsets. James Dunham, former CEO of Wireless Zone, sold that data to Detwiler Fenton, which generated a report detailing consumers’ general dissatisfaction with BlackBerry 10 phones. BlackBerry’s executives publicly said at the time that Blackberry 10 owners were in fact “satisfied” and the company insisted that return rates for Blackberry 10 handsets were “at or below our forecasts and right in line with the industry.” It is these statements, in light of evidence to the contrary, that the plaintiffs say misled investors and eventually led to shareholder losses when BlackBerry 10 collapsed. BlackBerry did not comment on the matter, which now heads to trial.

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HTC Desire 12 and HTC Desire 12+ Announced

HTC Desire 12 and HTC Desire 12+ Announced
Remember the HTC Desire 11? Do you? Well, there wasn’t one. Not as far as we know. There was a HTC Desire 10, but no 11. How have we got to 12?

We can only presume it’s to stop people getting confused with the HTC U11 we reviewed.

Either way, HTC are still churning out handsets. During our visit to their stand in Barcelona you wouldn’t have really known that though, because it was..

HTC VIVE!!! VR!! VR, VR, VR!! VIRTUAL REALITY! HTC VIVE!! BUY THE HTC VIVE!!! …………oh yeah, we also do some phones..

So, here’s the new Desire 12 and the Desire 12+. The main difference between the two (there’s a load more, read on!) is the screen, with the 12 having a 5.5″ screen and the 12+ having a 6″ panel. Both handsets get an 18:9 edge-to-edge screen and there is an acrylic glass back. HTC also tell us that there’s a “new, streamlined look inside a seamless frame and beautifully curved edges”.

What else do we know? Well, they’re not going to be overly expensive, however exact pricing and availability isn’t available just yet.

There’s a 13 megapixel rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus on the Desire 12 with a dual camera arrangement on the HTC Desire 12+. This setup lets you refocus photos after you have taken a snap.

HTC Desire 12 and HTC Desire 12+ Announced

HTC Desire 12

Both phones have Android 8 and the HTC Sense Companion too. This will “learn” a bit about your life and has “Smart Alarms” which will do clever things like perhaps reminding you to power up before you leave for a meeting etc. It’ll also keep the phone in tip-top shape by checking for junk files and freeing up space.

The Desire 12, which looks to have originally had the name “HTC Breeze”, is 148.5 x 70.8 x 8.22mm and weighs in at 137g, so it’s not the slimmest. That 5.5″ screen is a 720p (x 1440) LCD panel and is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 64-bit quad-core CPU. We’ve done a bit of research and that’s pegged at 1.5GHz.

There’s a couple of versions – one with 16GB storage and one with 32GB. The former gets 2GB RAM and the latter gets 3GB. You can whack a microSD card in too. As mentioned before, that rear camera is 13 megapixels and has PDAF, BSI sensor and an f/2.2 aperture with LED flash and face detection. There’s a front 5 megapixel shooter with an f/2.4 aperture. It’ll do 4G, WiFi (2.4 and 5GHz) and has a 3.5mm plug plus Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS. The battery is a 2730mAh unit.

HTC Desire 12 and HTC Desire 12+ Announced

HTC Desire 12+

The Desire 12+, which was code-named the “Breeze+”, measures in at 158.2 x 76.6 x 8.4mm and is 157.5g. The 6″ panel on this is another 720 x 1440 resolution. For some odd reason the specs on this actually seem to go down in certain areas, like the WiFi – it’s 2.4GHz only on this and doesn’t do 5GHz according to the specs. This comes in one model only – a 3GB RAM / 32GB storage handset with microSD card. It also has a totally different CPU, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core 64-bit which goes up to 1.8GHz.

That dual rear camera (13 megapixel and 2 megapixel) is f/2.2 and it’ll do that flashy Bokeh effect. You also get a Beauty mode on the 8 megapixel front shooter. Again, there’s a 3.5mm audio plug, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS. It has a 2965mAh battery.

What we can’t see is a reference to NFC (Android Pay) on either spec sheet. That’s a bit of a kicker for people who now expect that sort of functionality in a phone.

In all honesty these seem a little strange. I can’t put my finger on it. Without NFC and with 720p screens they’d have to sell for around £120 just to compete with the likes of the Huawei P smart or the Honor 7 Lite.

For more information, you can have a hunt on the HTC website, where there’s now a dedicated page for the devices.

HTC Desire 12 and HTC Desire 12+ Announced

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Huawei P20 Lite to also hit China as the Huawei NOVA 3e

Huawei P20 Lite to also hit China as the Huawei NOVA 3e

Next Tuesday is a very special day indeed. It’s my son’s birthday! Yes yes, everyone wish him a happy birthday!

It’s also the launch of a new set of Huawei handsets. Away from the craziness of Mobile World Congress, Huawei have decided to announce their new devices at a totally separate event. However, we’ve seen all the pictures and Vodafone have confirmed that they’ll be taking them.

So, what little bits of additional information can we give you? Well, in China the P20 Lite won’t be called that. It’ll be called the NOVA 3e, and leaker extraordinaire – Mr Evan Blass has got yet more pictures with more colour variants.

If you ask us, there’s just not enough colours for phones. Black, silver and white are a bit drab… let’s add more rainbow shades!

Huawei P20 Lite to also hit China as the Huawei NOVA 3e


Huawei P20 Lite to also hit China as the Huawei NOVA 3e

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Broadcom-Qualcomm: Epic Takeover Battle's Fallout

Just two weeks ago, Broadcom Chief Executive Hock Tan had Qualcomm hooked. He was poised to reel in his biggest prize in a long string of trophy acquisitions of technology companies. In early voting, a significant number of Qualcomm shareholders reportedly cast ballots supporting Tan’s candidates for Qualcomm board of directors, which would pave the way for a hostile takeover.

Then in an instant, Qualcomm escaped — thanks to a last-minute rescue by the Trump administration. Last Monday, the President blocked the $117 billion buyout, deeming it a potential threat to national security.

The move brings to an end a five-month saga for control of Qualcomm, a cellular giant and San Diego’s flagship technology company with 13,000 local employees.

Momentum in this epic fight seemed to shift daily. Now that it’s over, what remains are questions about conflicts between America’s long-standing free market/free trade stance and the need for national security — particularly surrounding critical industries such as telecommunications.

Even on Friday, more drama erupted after Qualcomm announced that Paul Jacobs, son of co-founder Irwin Jacobs, would not be re-nominated to the board at next Friday’s stockholder’s meeting. That announcement came just after Jacobs told board members he wanted to take Qualcomm private, a move that analysts dismissed as a long shot.

Whatever happens next, Qualcomm must come to grips with the business headwinds that made it vulnerable to Broadcom’s hostile takeover in the first place.

More from CFIUS?

As the debate over balancing free trade with national security heats up, expect to hear more about the secretive Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States.

Known as CFIUS, the multi-agency regulator headed by the Treasury Department investigates the national security impacts of foreign investment in U.S. firms.

It doesn’t disclose much about its decisions. But based on documents that Qualcomm made public in this case, it was concerned…
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Fighting Meltdown and Spectre, Intel Designs New Chips

Intel said it has made progress in fighting against the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities through software patches and an upcoming generation of microprocessors with newly designed hardware.

In a public blog post shared on Thursday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich [pictured above] outlined a two-pronged plan to mitigate future damage by the two vulnerabilities, which were made public in January, rattling the cybersecurity community. In addition to software patches distributed to all Intel products launched in the past five years, Intel’s next-generation Xeon processors, code-named Cascade Lake, will have hardware redesigns to prevent both vulnerabilities.

Meltdown and Spectre were discovered last year by researchers led by Google Project Zero. The vulnerabilities can allow hackers to steal sensitive personal data stored in the computer’s memory via apps running in the computer, such as password managers, browsers and emails.

Meltdown steals data by bypassing the hardware barrier between running applications and the computer’s memory; Spectre tricks applications into handing over secret information from the computer’s memory. Due to the flaws dating back to the 1990s and in nearly all Intel chips, nearly all computers, laptops, mobile phones and cloud servers in the world were vulnerable to these bugs.

Intel has been working to protect computers from these two vulnerabilities in the past three months by issuing software patches. Krzanich said Intel has released updates for 100 percent of Intel products launched in the past five years that require protection against Meltdown’s side-channel hacking method.

The software updates do have limits, as they will prevent against one of two variants in which Spectre can be used by hackers to collect data from the computer’s memory.

“With these updates now available, I encourage everyone to make sure they are always keeping their systems up-to-date,” said Krzanich. “It’s one of the easiest ways to stay protected.”

Intel’s new microprocessors will prevent the…
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