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BlackBerry 10 unveiled

blackberry-z10 BlackBerry has finally revealed its BB10 OS and devices, the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.The new OS is centered around touch gestures, even the Q10, which comes with a QWERTY keyboard.

The BlackBerry Z10 has a 4.2” WXGA screen , a dual-core Krait CPU at 1.5GHz and 2GB of RAM to make sure it’s capable of multitasking, which plays a huge part in the new experience.

BlackBerry also made sure the Z10 is capable in terms of multimedia with an 8MP main camera that has TimeShift and shoots 1080p video and an HDMI port. The phone packs 16GB of storage and you can plug in a microSD card (up to 32GB) to expand it.

On the connectivity side, there’s LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

The Z10 boasts an advanced touchscreen keyboard, which has received excellent reviews from the critics.

If you still need a physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Q10 could be the one you are looking for. The smartphone keeps the trademark hardware Q10QWERTY keyboard. It also has a touchscreen, a 3.1″ square AMOLED screen.

The BlackBerry Q10 has a stainless steel frame and an “edge-to-edge” glass on the front.

Companies who have BES servers will need to upgrade to BES10 before they can integrate the new devices into their infrastructure. However, the devices can be used with Active Sync or POP3 Mail prior to the upgrade.


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Ridgeway to supply new Dual SIM Smartphone

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to supply the Quad band A75 smartphone .The device runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and sports a large, 5″ WVGA screen. As a dual SIM phone, 2 sims can be used on standby at the same time and users can choose which sim they wish to make outgoing calls from.

  • The device is ideal for those who wish to avoid hefty roaming charges while abroad as you can purchase a local sim card for data and outgoing calls while still receiving incoming calls on your usual number.
  • It can be used with a personal and work sim to avoid users needing to carry a second phone.
  • It is also ideal where customers make frequent International calls and already use an International sim.

The handset also features an 8MP camera and uses a MTK6575 CortexTM-A9 1GHz processor and has 512MB RAM and 2GB ROM (Micro SD slot supports up to 32GB).


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Apple sells five million iPhone 5 handsets in opening weekend

Worldwide sales of the iPhone 5 have topped five million in the first three days since release, a million more than the 4S did in over the same period. According to the manufacturer demand for the device has meant some direct customer pre-orders will not be shipped until October. Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience.”


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Half of UK mobile users now have smartphones

New independent YouGov research out this week suggests that almost half of UK mobile owners now use smartphones (47%), with a predicted steady climb to over 55% of the total market likely within the next 12 months.

Fuelled by the continued success of its iPhone, Apple is out in front with a 29% share of smartphone sales but Samsung (20%) and HTC (16%) are gaining ground fast, while BlackBerry (17%) is also attempting a fight back.

Based on its findings, YouGov expects Samsung to do well in the months ahead because the manufacturer has a firm presence in both the smartphone and feature phone markets, putting it in a strong position to tempt loyal users across to cleverer devices.

That said, Nokia is still the most popular brand among feature phone owners with a 43% market share in the UK. Leading with its Microsoft-powered Lumia range, the mobile veteran is hopeful of a turnaround in the smartphone market where it currently holds a 9% share.

According to YouGov, the road ahead for everyone is unlikely to be easy in terms of upping market penetration, with well over a third of feature phone users saying they “have no need of a smartphone”.

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BlackBerry maker RIM to re-focus efforts after disappointing results

The firm made the announcement as it revealed another set of disappointing quarterly results which saw the firm record a loss of $125 million (£78 million) and revenue slide 25% to $4.2 billion (£2.6 billion) from $5.6 billion in the same quarter a year ago.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, who took over in January, said: “We plan to refocus on the enterprise business and capitalize on our leading position in this segment.”

Reports that RIM intend to abandon the consumer market have been strongly denied by the company saying that their comments have been incorrectly interpreted. “While we announced plans to re-focus our efforts on our core strengths, and on our enterprise customer base, we were very explicit that we will continue to build on our strengths to go after targeted consumer segments. We listed BBM, as well as the security and manageability of our platform, among these strengths.” said Patrick Spence, RIM’s managing director of Global Sales & Regional Marketing.

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Mobile World Congress 2012

Last week the big names in telecoms gathered in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2012, which is like a ‘Cannes Film Festival’ equivalent for phones. Over 60,000 people attended across the five day event, to see the unveiling of many new devices, technologies and services. So what grabbed the headlines this year?

A key theme from last week was the continued focus on smartphones. With Apple choosing not to attend, HTC announced its ‘supercharged’ OneX , OneS and OneV models. Chinese manufacturer Huawei caused a stir with its impressive Ascend line-up, while Nokia unveiled a 41 megapixel camera phone! Samsung’s success in the mobile space got a further lift with the Galaxy S2 beating the iPhone to win Best Smartphone prize at the Global Mobile Awards. The hardware buzz at this year’s event was around larger touchscreens, with 4.3” – 4.7” screens becoming the norm and a move towards ultra-slim mobiles. Quad core processors also made their debut in devices, boosting battery life and supporting faster web browsing.

Looking further ahead, NFC (Near Field Communication) and LTE (Long Term Evolution 4G) are ones to watch. The Vodafone Visa worldwide partnership which was announced at Mobile World Congress is paving the way to consumers being able to pay for goods and services with a simple wave of their mobiles. LTE, on the other hand, is all about the network and promises improved speeds and a far richer data experience.

Coming out of this year’s event we expect Android, particularly with Samsung and HTC, to dominate high-end devices alongside Apple, with RIM pushing hard in the consumer space. Microsoft will become more of a driving force in mobile with Windows 8, while smartphones and 3G devices will filter through to all levels of the PAYG market.


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Barclays launches mobile transfer service

Barclays has launched allowing its customers to send money to any UK bank account using a mobile phone number.The free service links a customer’s mobile phone number with their bank account allowing payments to be sent without a bank account number being disclosed. To send money, customers must download the free Barclays Pingit app which is available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.In order to receive payments, customers must register their details online via the Pingit website.


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