CONFIRMED: This is the BlackBerry Passport in White

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. In the past few weeks since John Chen announced the BlackBerry Passport at our Annual General Meeting, rumors and speculation about the device have been rampant. And frankly, I won’t stand for it.

Today, I’d like to take one of those rumors right off the table and replace it with actual footage of a white BlackBerry Passport… on a table (click on the image below to see an even larger version).


I do have to admit: some of our friends on the Internet DID beat us to the punch with a picture of the white BlackBerry Passport (I’m looking at you, Bla1ze). On the one hand, I love the enthusiasm; on the other, I wanted to be the one showing it off first. Score: Team BlackBerry: 1, Donny: 0.

However…you all know I’ve got my hands on a black Passport and have been sharing stories from my actual use. To answer some of my questions around the white Passport, I asked Brian Paschke and Joseph Hofer, designers of the Passport here at BlackBerry:

Q: What are some of your design philosophies informing the white Passport?

Paschke: Our team chose this exact shade of white to work with the warmth of the unique, stainless steel frame. The color is custom to BlackBerry.

Hofer: On a detail level, the white color has been further tuned for each individual part and material in order to create overall color harmony.

Q: What inspired the look, feel and materials of the white Passport?

Paschke: The rear cover uses a ‘porcelain feel’ coating that is smooth to the touch while providing grip and complementing the soft touch coating used on the black Passport. So they work as a family.

Hofer: In fact, all of the surfaces for both the black and white Passport have been gently softened for comfort while maintaining a modern look. The finish along with the smooth shaping creates a refined experience.

Q: Tell me what makes the Passport so special to you in general?

Paschke: The Passport leverages our strength and heritage, yet is new and innovative. As the name implies … the format is inspired by a traveler’s passport; a familiar and universal symbol of mobility. This familiarity has potential to leverage existing systems and standards.

Hofer: Though the layout may be unique, the experience of using Passport will feel familiar to many.


Q: As Editor of Inside BlackBerry, may I have one in white?

Paschke: No, no you may not.

Source : Inside BlackBerry

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Announcing the ‘Weekly Photo Contest: Reflection’ winners!

When we posted last week’s photo contest with the prompt of “reflections” we knew folks would come up with something good. The pages full of entries in the forums did not disappoint, and we were greeted with dozens of fantastic pictures to choose from. In the end we had to narrow it down to just two winners, who will each take home a prize for their photography skills. Read along and see the winning entries this week

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Die besten Android Launcher im Überblick

Ein Beispiel für die umfangreichen Personalisierungsoptionen unter Android ist der Launcher, der die gesamte Benutzeroberfläche verändert, teils radikal. An dieser Stelle entsteht ein Überblick über die bekannten und weniger bekannten Launcher auf dem Markt. Wenn Ihr mal wieder nach einer Alternative sucht, schaut einfach vorbei, der Artikel wird fortlaufend aktualisiert.

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Der Google Now Launcher ist nur der Anfang. Android bietet so viel mehr. / © ANDROIDPIT

(Dies ist ein Teaser – klick hier, um den kompletten Beitrag zu lesen)

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Duolingo Test Center, la certificazione per l’inglese che potete fare da casa (video)

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Duolingo è un’applicazione piuttosto conosciuta e destinata a chi vuole imparare una nuova lingua ma ora alza il tiro e ci propone una certificazione dell’inglese che è possibile effettuare direttamente dal nostro smartphone (o dal PC).

Grazie alla nuova app Duolingo Test Center, attualmente in beta, potrete infatti effettuare un test che certificherà la vostra conoscenza della lingua inglese; cosa vi impedisce di barare? Ci sono delle misure di sicurezza: durante la prova, fotocamera e microfono del vostro smartphone registreranno tutto, in modo da vedere se distoglierete gli occhi dal display o se proverete a comunicare con altre persone.

LEGGI ANCHE: Duolingo ci insegna l’inglese

Inoltre, al momento il test è gratuito, mentre in futuro dovrete pagare 20 dollari per poterlo effettuare, dato che la correzione verrà effettuata dal personale competente. Il dubbio a questo punto è il valore del certificato, che dubitiamo sia riconosciuto nelle università o al lavoro, ma Duolingo sta cercando di diffonderlo.

In ogni caso, visto che ora è gratis, potete provarlo subito scaricando l’applicazione dal badge sottostante: riceverete il vostro risultato entro 48 ore.

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Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Sensor, The Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

sense_hand_charcoal_lit When I first took a look at the Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q product. “Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a startup behind the device called Hello. “I wanted to… Read More

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HTC on that watch in that video: It’s not a real product

Here’s HTC’s response to an obvious watch showing up (look for it about 35 and 44 seconds in) in that design video from July 9:

HTC encourages our design team to explore and tinker with new ideas and even models, as is the case with the watch some viewers noticed in our recent HTC Design video. It in no way indicates an actual product HTC is planning to release. Keep an eye on this space for exciting new products from HTC when they are ready to be announced!”

So, yeah. It’s a watch. Or a design of a watch. Either way, not a real product. The good news is we can still expect some Android Wear fare from HTC, as it’s still an official partner. We just don’t know when, or what, we’ll eventually get.

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El diseño del Samsung Galaxy Alpha se muestra por primera vez en fotos reales

Tras infinidad de especulaciones y recreaciones basadas en los rumores, el Samsung Galaxy Alpha por fin se muestra en las primeras fotografías.  En éstas se muestra un smartphone de tamaño medio cuyo diseño aparentemente está basado en los rasgos más característicos del Samsung Galaxy S5, aunque también fusiona detalles estéticos de las nuevas tabletas Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

En un principio se pensó que Samsung idearía una versión de Samsung Galaxy S5 que destacaría por la adopción de una carcasa metálica. La presentación oficial del Samsung Galaxy “Prime” echó abajo esta teoría, aunque volvería a cobrar importancia al iniciarse una nueva tanda de rumores que mencionaban por primera vez el nombre Samsung Galaxy Alpha o Galaxy F. Filtración tras filtración, el equipo de MovilZona tuvo acceso a información privilegiada que nos permitió sacar a la luz detalles fundamentales sobre el modelo.Frontal del Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Ahora, la publicación de las supuestas primeras imágenes reales del Samsung Galaxy Alpha dan muestras de que nuestra fuente no se equivocaba al avanzarnos detalles sobre el modelo que está destinado a competir con el inminente iPhone 6. El foco de la información ha sido el popular foro vietnamita, donde un usuario ha colgado hasta cinco fotografías en las que aparece el emblemático Samsung Galaxy Alpha.Carcasa trasera del Samsung Galaxy Alpha

El primer detalle que podemos extraer de las fotografías es el propio nombre del equipo. La captura realizada durante el arranque del equipo deja muestras de su nombre definitivo, ya que en la pantalla del gestor de arranque aparece bien legible la denominación Samsung Galaxy Alpha. A este respecto cabe matizar que son muchos los que indican que éste sería el nombre en clave del modelo y que será conocido en el mercado como Samsung Galaxy F, algo que por ahora no se puede ratificar.Compartimento interior del Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Además del nombre del equipo, las fotografías publicadas en la Red ofrecen una perspectiva de cómo lucirá la carcasa trasera. A grandes rasgos, parece evidente que Samsung seguirá apostando por los materiales gomosos, aunque en esta ocasión la superficie se asemeja más al acabado de las Samsung Galaxy Tab S que a la superficie microperforada del Samsung Galaxy S5. Eso sí, del buque insignia surcoreano heredaría el flash LED y el sensor de ritmo cardíaco, aunque no su disposición ya que en el Samsung Galaxy Alpha se sitúa ligeramente escorado a la derecha de la cámara y no en la parte inferior.

La tercera captura filtrada también nos regala detalles implícitos. La batería sería extraíble y se situaría en un lateral del compartimento interno, como así sucede también en el S5. Al adoptar esta solución y carecer aparentemente de las juntas de goma destinadas a sellar el compartimento interior, se corrobora de nuevo uno de los datos que publicamos en exclusiva referidos a la inexistencia del certificado IP67 que dota al equipo de resistencia al agua y al polvo.Perspectiva del Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Por último, la instantánea tomada del frontal del Samsung Galaxy Alpha denotaría un acabado con ribete metálico, aunque queda por confirmar si en este caso se trata de metal o si por el contrario es plástico tratado con una capa brillante con aspecto metálico, tal y como ha hecho el fabricante con sus buques insignia desde la presentación del Samsung Galaxy S3. El resto de imágenes, a las que podéis acceder desde la página encargada de la filtración, se muestran borrosas, “movidas” que no aportan realmente más datos a los ofrecidos por el resto de fotos.

En lo que a las características técnicas del Samsung Galaxy Alpha se refiere, podréis acceder a una completa descripción del modelo a partir del artículo que publicamos en exclusiva hace unas semanas.

Fuente: AndroidAyuda

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout blasts onto Google Play, no in-app purchases in sight

The latest in Gameloft’s Modern Combat series is now available in Google Play, and it’s actually hitting a day earlier than we expected. Modern Combat 5: Blackout offers a new unified character progression system that ties together the single player and multiplayer games, along with four distinct character classes, new vehicles and improved visuals.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 : une utilisation intensive peut déformer le capot

Certaines Galaxy Tab S 8.4 présentent un défaut de fabrication au niveau de leur coque arrière. Samsung a reconnu et corrigé le problème en production. Les modèles déjà en circulation seront pris en charge.

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Which Moto 360 band do you plan to brandish?

As we’re all not-so-patiently awaiting the Moto 360 — which some 61 percent of more than 12,000 of you said you are holding out for — let’s take another look at its aesthetics. Specifically, the watch strap, or band.

While we’re still missing any real official details, Motorola’s been showing off its Android Wear watch from the start with a metal links band, as well as a leather strap. (It was the leather variety that we got to take a look at a month ago.) Both have their merits. Leather tends to be a little more comfortable for some. The links certainly look more sophisticated, though. But then there’s the issue of hair pulling, and sizing it to fit in the first place.

And so we ask you: Which one are you planning on rocking? Leather? Or links?

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