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BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 tipped to have a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 3GB RAM

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Many BlackBerry enthusiasts are waiting until September or November for the Passport and Classic to be released. But those that want a bit more class and have a few extra bucks laying around may want to hold off until December. According to N4BB, BlackBerry and Porsche Design are coming back to market with the P’9983, a successor to the P’9982 and P’9981.

If you recall, the Porsche Design BlackBerry devices are priced around $2,000 each, made of stainless steel, wrapped in handmade Italian leather and sport special edition PINs.

For the upcoming Porsche Design P’9983, the codename is ‘Khan’, and will reportedly include a 3.5-inch display, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 64GB storage, 3GB RAM, and likely run a customized version of BlackBerry 10 (currently testing OS 10.3.0.700). In addition, similar to previous Porsche Design BlackBerry devices, the P’9983 will have the trackpad and ‘belt’ with navigation keys and made from carbon and steel.

Source: N4BB

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Razer Nabu smartband could allow exchange of contact info via high-five

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Razer’s smartband is supposed to offer more than just the usual notifications and fitness monitoring functionality. The company wants the Nabu to be capable of more and it wants the device to be better looking than the smartwatches and smartbands already on the market.

We’ve seen a ton of pictures of the Nabu. We even saw it in real life at CES (though it was inside a plastic case). We know it’s a good looking device. What we don’t know is what the device is capable of beyond the regular features we’ve come to expect from smartbands (like counting steps and showing notifications). Razer shed a bit more light on things this week when it revealed that the Nabu would have integrated support for WeChat. (more…)

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Coveted 416 area codes being sold for hundreds of dollars

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Back in 2012, the CRTC forecasted that the coveted 416 Toronto area code would be depleted by July 2015. To combat this they came out with 647 and, years later, 437. In addition, area code 387 was also set aside is to be set aside for future relief.

Glen Brown, project manager with the Canadian Numbering Association, says, “It’s conceivable you could get a 416 number; it’s probably difficult. It would be almost like old currency; it’s theoretically possible to pick up an old nickel or dime or quarter in your change, but the likelihood is greatly diminished,” said Brown. (more…)

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PUSH ships at the end of July, gyms will never be the same

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Get ready to pump some iron in a much smarter way. PUSH, the first wearable tech band to measure strength, is preparing to ship to backers pre-orderers by July 31st. We met up with the PUSH co-founder and CEO Rami Alhamad, and Sports Scientist Matt Kuzdub at a local gym in Toronto to get our hands on the final production unit and see it in action. (more…)

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Visa just made it easier for the next iPhone to become a payment platform

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Visa today announced a consolidation of its disparate payments solutions into Visa Digital Solutions, a suite of products, services and developer tools aimed at bringing payments to smartphones and wearables.

Last week, the company launched Checkout, a multi-screen solution for online payments. But omitted from that announcement was an explanation of how Visa plans to tackle the next generation of physical payments, which is made more complicated by the tenuous relationship between merchants, acquirers, financial institutions, government bodies and Visa itself.

As detailed in a release today, Visa Digital Solution tackles the problem of future payments into categories: support for new payment methods; and next-generation consumer protection measures. (more…)

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Xbox One SmartGlass Beta for Android and Windows Phone adds game purchases

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Microsoft’s latest console, Xbox One, is set to receive its August update in the coming days, and beta versions of the SmartGlass companion apps have been updated for Android and Windows Phone.

The new version of SmartGlass offers a number of new features, including low battery notifications and detailed activity feeds for each user account. But the crowning achievement, and what was most highly-requested among feedback givers, is the ability to purchase games, apps and add-ons from a smartphone or tablet. Once purchased, the software will begin downloading automatically on the console itself, ready to go when the user gets home.

The functionality has only been added to the beta versions of the app, and will be rolled out to the mainline branch, including on iOS, when the console update goes live in early August.

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Virgin Mobile will also release the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S, starts taking Tester Team applications

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The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S is heading to Bell on July 28th and it seems that its sub-brand Virgin Mobile will also carry the mid-range Android device. While not yet officially announced, Virgin has started accepting applications to its Tester Team for “an army of super-savvy Member phone lovers” to test out the Idol 2S.

Those interested in possibly scoring a free phone will have to submit the reasons why they’d be “an awesome addition to the VMC mobile phone tester team.” Virgin notes in the fine print that there are five spots up for grabs, and the “retail value of each prize is approximately $299.99.” This price is right in line with the no-term pricing that Bell will reportedly ask when it launches the device.

Source: Virgin
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Chrome 37 Beta brings Material Design to Chrome for Android

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Google today announced the beta release of Chrome 37 for Android. The app will hit the Google Play store sometime today and brings a couple of key changes.

The most important is probably the Material Design makeover. Google has brought the Material Design aesthetic to Chrome beta in preparation for Android L, the next version of Android. Announced at Google I/O, Android L will feature Material Design elements throughout the OS.  (more…)

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LG sees 20 percent boost in smartphones sales for Q2

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As earnings season rolls forward, LG has joined the slew of companies reporting quarterly results. Though the company is celebrating its strongest quarter profit in three years, it was the success of its own smartphone business that LG chose to highlight.

According to LG, the LG Mobile Communications Company has shipped a record-high of 14.5 million smartphones in the second quarter alone. This represents a 20 percent increase compared to the same period last year, and a 16 percent increase over Q1, when LG shipped “just” 12.3 million phones. The mobile division’s Q2 operating profit of $83.4 million US marks the end of three consecutive quarters of losses. LG credited the upcoming LG G3, which is already available in Korea, for contributing to such a successful quarter. The company predicted higher revenues due to the G3 when it reported Q1 earnings back in April. (more…)

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Google announces new Explore feature for Google Maps

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Google is really spoiling Maps users this month. Just last week, an update to Google Maps added the ability to view elevation when planning cycling routes and the ability to ask questions during Navigation. Now, Google is introducing (via server-side switch) a new feature for iOS and Android users that will help you discover new and exciting things to do wherever you are.

Explore is a button that pops up on the bottom right of your map and will help you find nearby points of interest, places to eat, and things to do based on your location, the weather, how far you’re willing to go, and the time of day. You can toggle these settings if you’re looking for a recommendation for another time or for restaurants in another place entirely. (more…)

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