Google’s auto ambition will reportedly bring Android M straight to the dash

In the next version of Android, Google could potentially sideline Android Auto in favor of putting the entire Android OS into cars. Unlike Android Auto, Android M would be built directly into the car’s infotainment and navigation system and would not require the driver to plug in a smartphone.

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Nexus 9 Magic Cover lands at Best Buy for $49

In addition to being available on the Google Play Store, Amazon, and through HTC, the Nexus 9 Magic Cover is also arriving at Best Buy. Retailing for $49, the black Magic Cover is currently listed as out of stock at Best Buy online and through most local stores, so you may want to check the big box retailer’s inventory before headed out to your nearest Buy Buy store to snag one.

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More Than a Feeling: Great Classic Reviews Keep on Coming

The praise keep coming in as reviewers are finding they just can’t resist the BlackBerry Classic, available now online today through and for $449 in the U.S. and $499 in Canada.

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Packed full of features both familiar and new, the device brings home (and to work) the goods. As MobileSyrup’s Daniel Bader said in a review we covered HERE, “the Classic brings home the feels.”

 “BlackBerry Classic, I Can’t Resist You”

Do you like physical keyboards? So does The Verge’s Micah Singleton in a review titled, “BlackBerry Classic, I Can’t Resist You”:

“Much like Antonio Stradivari perfected the violin in the early 18th century, BlackBerry has mastered the physical keyboard, and from everything I’ve seen, it will not be surpassed. I[I]t just looks like an improved Bold, and that’s exactly what I, and many other BlackBerry lovers, want . . . [Y]ou should take a close look at the BlackBerry Classic – you’re not going to find anything better than the legendary BlackBerry keyboard.

N4BB’s JT Teran agrees, writing, “The BlackBerry Classic has the best physical QWERTY keyboard on any device I have ever used . . . I cannot overstate how great it is typing on this phone . . . You may never want to type on glass ever again . . . OS 10.3.1 works fully with the five-key toolbelt. You can literally use the Classic and not miss out on any major functionality by simply relying on [it and] the keyboard.”

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Teran also cites the 22+ hour battery life as one of the other main selling points:  “The Classic is a device that you can take off the charger at 6am, be out all day, and all night, and not have to plug back in until that evening or even the next morning . . .  If you want something more familiar that at the same time brings performance and durability to the table, then the Classic is the best choice out there.”

“BlackBerry Classic is a Fantastic Productivity Phone”

Over at CNET, Nate Ralph writes, “[With] a superior physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Classic is a fantastic productivity phone for old-school QWERTY junkies . . . The BlackBerry Classic couples a comfortable, accurate keyboard with an attractive design that’s sure to please BlackBerry fans. Support for Android apps will please the rest of us, too . . . I easily made it through the weekend before I sought an outlet . . . The Classic is a clarion call to the faithful, a reminder that BlackBerry is still at the top of its productivity game.

TIME’s Alex Fitzpatrick calls Classic “the ultimate dad phone”:  “BlackBerry’s new BlackBerry Classic looks just like the BlackBerry your dad used to use — and that means your dad’s going to love it . . . I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard business-types in particular lament over their long-lost BlackBerry and its keyboard, like the BlackBerry Bold . . . That means the BlackBerry has an opening to differentiate itself from its competitors by going long on the keyboard for customers who want one. That’s exactly what it’s doing with the Classic.”

“The Speed and Performance of BlackBerry 10 with the Familiar Keys you Know and Love”

“The BlackBerry Classic has now arrived, and it brings the promise of the speed and performance of BlackBerry 10 with the familiar and classic navigation keys you know and love,” writes CrackBerry’s editor, Bla1ze. “It’s a device purposefully built to be reliable, durable, made with high-quality materials, and that delivers on quality and fits neatly in your pocket . . . I really love the BlackBerry Classic and I think it will be a great device for whoever picks it up.”

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GSMArena writes: “The Classic is a compact phone with a high-res touchscreen, snappy hardware, a critically-acclaimed design and all the features that . . .  made BlackBerry a best-selling company . . . The newcomer combines all qualities that once made its maker a powerhouse in the smartphone realm with modern functionality, headed by integration of Android apps . . . Corporate types with years of BlackBerry experience  . . . might find it to be just what the doctor ordered.”

“I Love what BlackBerry’s doing with the Classic”

Even BGR’s resident skeptic Brad Reed is giving out kudos:

“Here’s why I love what BlackBerry’s doing with the Classic: I tease BlackBerry a lot but I’m actually hoping the company is successful. Why? Because I think it serves an important niche and its devices make customers within that niche very happy . . . Wealthy people from Google chairman Eric Schmidt to Kim Kardashian have all expressed their love for QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry phones as secure messaging devices. Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merkel all still use BlackBerry phones, as do plenty of important people in the financial services industry.

“So if you have heads of state, Wall Street execs, one of Hollywood’s most infamous personalities and the chairman of one of the world’s biggest tech companies as potential customers… that’s not a bad market to start out with . . . There are a lot of professionals who still use the Bold 9900 today because it is still a great device for their specific needs, mostly related to quick messaging and secure communications. These particular professionals [will embrace the Classic].”

Meanwhile, our partner Amazon has its first “Verified Purchase” review. BlackBerry Classic customer “Techieprowrites, “I decided to order the Classic to check it out. This phone is the best of both worlds! Slightly bigger than the Q10 but still has that awesome keyboard and don’t even get me started on the amazing trackpad and toolbelt . . . The more I use this phone the more natural it feels. Overall, great job Blackberry! 5 stars!

Pricing and Availability

Customers with a North American shipping address can purchase the BlackBerry Classic online today through and ShopBlackBerry for $449 in the U.S. and $499 in Canada.

It will also be offered by AT&T, Verizon, Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless and TELUS. (Note that pricing differs per market.)

Are you getting a BlackBerry Classic? Tell us in the comments below, and as always, we’ll keep you updated on the latest news, reviews and goings-on you care about, so stay tuned to INSIDE BlackBerry.

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​Free software GNU/Linux laptop in development

There are lots of Linux laptops, but none that have the Free Software Foundation’s blessings. That may change.

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There are more reasons every day to consider a prepaid plan for your Android

Prepaid plans just keep getting better, even as postpaid offerings get more enticing

I wrote all the way back in September 2012 of the benefits of considering prepaid service over more traditional postpaid plan offerings. Now, over two years later, things just keep getting better for those who think outside the box and go a different route for their phone service. Having LTE is now the norm on prepaid, while data packages keep getting larger and flexibility with BYOD is expanding.

I do have to say, however, that the increased competitiveness of these prepaid carriers have caused postpaid carriers to mix things up as well to try and entice you back to the other side. Separation of device subsidies from plans have cut down he overall cost of owning a phone for the savvy consumers, and new differentiators like inexpensive global roaming plans, shared data buckets and other add-ons make the choice a bit tougher.

But in the end if your bottom line is the be all end all for phone service, prepaid is still the way to go — and you don’t have to give up as much as you used to before.

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Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them

anonymity-apps Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead? These questions come to mind today as one of the leading companies in the “anonymous social” category, Secret, revamped its application, borrowing ideas from popular apps like Yik Yak and… Read More

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Tim Cook supporta una fondazione per i diritti LGBT manifestando il suo impegno per i diritti di eguaglianza

Non molto tempo fa, Tim Cook ha dichiarato apertamente la sua omosessualità. Oggi, Chad Griffin, presidente di una Fondazione per i diritti umani ha annunciato di aver ricevuto un’ingente donazione da parte del CEO di Apple.


Quando Tim Cook ha letto per la prima volta del Progetto One America, la nostra fondazione a tutela dell’uguaglianza e dei diritti LGBT in Alabama, Arkansas e Mississipi, ha subito esclamato: “voglio farne parte”. Grazie al suo personale investimento finanziario nel programma, riusciremo ad offrire una concreta protezione a tutte le persone che ne avranno bisogno.

Tim Cook sostiene che come capo di una delle aziende più influenti al mondo, diffondere il messaggio che “essere gay è ok” era davvero importante ed è per questo motivo che lo ha dichiarato al mondo intero.

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McDonald’s sperimenta iBeacon ed ottiene ottimi risultati sulle vendite

L’utilizzo del framework iBeacons incluso da Apple nelle ultime versione di iOS sta ottenendo ottimi risultati in America. A testimoniarlo è McDonald’s che lo scorso mese ha sperimentato l’utilizzo di una piattaforma Beacon in alcuni negozi.


Attraverso questo sistema, la catena riusciva ad inviare informazioni pubblicitarie agli utenti che entravano nel negozio, in maniera del tutto automatica. Sugli smartphone dei clienti, venivano pubblicizzati i McChicken e le McNuggets e stando alle statistiche, la pubblicità ha catturato l’interesse di 18.000 clienti, comportando un aumento delle vendite dell’8% sui McChicken e del 7,5% sulle McNuggets rispetto al mese precedente.

Ricordiamo che McDonald’s è stato anche uno dei primi negozi a supportare l’Apple Pay, dichiarando che oltre il 50% dei pagamenti in store avvengono attraverso questo sistema.

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Red Hat credits Q3 earnings win to cloud, big data strategies

Red Hat’s CFO boasted the software company has achieved sequential revenue growth every quarter for the last 51 straight quarters.

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Secret app updated with chat and communities

Secret‘s anonymous confession app has had a significant overhaul in both style and function. In addition to being able to spill the beans about anything without fear of reprisal, now you can enter private conversations with other anonymous users.

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