• BlackBerry keyboard update brings number pad customization options, Chinese and Indian language improvements

    As we near the end of the month when BlackBerry typically starts rolling out new builds of their apps, the latest BlackBerry Keyboard update has now arrived in the Google Play Store.
    As we near the end of the month when BlackBerry typically starts rolling out new builds of their apps, the latest BlackBerry Keyboard update has now arrived in the Google Play Store. For this release, BlackBerry moved beyond the usual minor enhancements and stability fixes and added a few new tricks including improv
  • Samsung’s HMD Odyssey is the best way to experience Microsoft’s Mixed Reality

    When Microsoft announced its entrance into the VR headset market, its partner products were attractive and relatively inexpensive, but didn’t live up to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in terms of pure image quality and specs. Enter Samsung’s HMD Odyssey, a $499 headset that can compete with the best of them. I’ve been living with the Odyssey for the past couple of months, spending many an hour immersed in Microsoft’s mixed reality world. The Odyssey’s combination of
  • Kylie Jenner’s tweet hurt Snapchat. Its users are destroying it.

    Kylie Jenner yesterday tweeted that she wasn’t using Snapchat anymore, and today the company’s stock took a major hit. But it wasn’t just Kylie who’s falling out of love with the app — users are already on their way out due to a very unpopular new update. The tweet, by itself, doesn’t sound too damning: sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad. — Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018 Considerin
  • Endless OS Helps Tear Down Linux Wall

    The Endless OS is a distro with its own adapted desktop environment based on Gnome 3, and with an even simpler and more streamlined user experience. Although it looks and feels a lot like an Android shell running on a PC, Endless OS is a fully functional Linux distro designed to be easy to install and very simple to use. The latest version's features include automatic updates, improved launch speed for applications, and some Flatpak programs from the Flathub community repository rather than Endl
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  • How Apple Can Improve Its AirPods In 2018

    Michael Grothaus22/02/2018 - 10:22pmThe awesome EarPods could be even better.Today Bloomberg broke the news that Apple has not only the next version of its AirPods in the pipeline but the one after that too. According to Bloomberg: “The model coming as early as this year will let people summon Apple’s Siri digital assistant without physically tapping the headphones by saying ‘Hey Siri.’ The function will work similarly to how a user activates Siri on an iPhone or a HomePo
  • Who needs Half-Life 3 when you have Final-Half-Fantasy-Life XV?

    Square Enix will soon release a new version of Final Fantasy XV for PC — because when a game takes ten years to come out, they’d better milk it for all its worth. But the promotional extras for the game seem more like a cruel joke on the PC faithful. The Steam version of FFXV comes with the Half-Life Pack, a cosmetic add-on that lets the player dress up as Gordon Freeman, complete with crowbar, both in single-player and multi-player. Given how long players have been w
  • Will AI enslave the human race? Probably not, but it might jack you at the ATM.

    AI is changing everything. The healthcare industry is in the middle of a revolution, social media is getting smarter, and the era of drone-wielding super villains is right around the corner. Earlier this week seven of the world’s most prominent organizations in the field of futurism published a report predicting the dangers posed by AI. The document is called “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation.” You can read the full version
  • Cryptocurrencies and their effects on emotion are bigger than you may think

    Cryptocurrencies, like most other emerging technologies, are often called “disrupting” for a number of different reasons. Its advocates believe that they will change financial transactions and affect the social order, while its opponents believe that it will create a huge economic bubble and further distrust for financial institutions, for example. Whatever view one might subscribe to, it is hard to ignore the impact that cryptocurrencies have had on our world, particularly when it
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  • Google Home Max is the best smart speaker for the money. Period.

    There’s never been a better time to buy a smart speaker. Once dominated by Amazon, the space has exploded in recent months to include stellar offerings from Apple, Sonos, Microsoft, and my pick for best in class: Google. Google’s Home Max isn’t perfect, and the $399 price tag might be a bitter pill to swallow for those looking to upgrade from the original Google Home (or an Amazon Echo) but it checks enough boxes to make it the most well-rounded offering in its class. Weighing
  • BlackBerry Mobile ramps up BlackBerry Trade-In program in Germany

    If you have been putting off purchasing a new BlackBerry KEYone or BlackBerry Motion waiting for further details about the BlackBerry Trade-In program to arrive, we now have an idea of what it will look like.
    If you have been putting off purchasing a new BlackBerry KEYone or BlackBerry Motion waiting for further details about the BlackBerry Trade-In program to arrive, we now have an idea of what it will look like. Starting with Germany, those interested in trading in their devices can visit the
  • Uber's New Express Pool: Walk and Wait

    Uber has launched a new service that lowers ride-sharing costs for customers willing to walk to and from designated locations. Express Pool became available this week in several participating cities. Passengers must walk a short distance to a pickup intersection. They are then dropped off at another designated spot, close to their final destination. Customers appreciate the cost savings of normal ride-sharing, but many would like the benefits that come with having designated pickup and dropoff l
  • YouTube still hasn’t fixed its Trending problem

    YouTube is in hot water again after it failed this week to catch a conspiracy theory video before it topped the Trending section — proving the company still doesn’t have a handle on its own algorithms, despite being raked over the coals for this multiple times in the past. The video in question — which, in the interest of good taste, I’m not going to embed or link to — is about David Hogg, one of the survivors of the Parkland high school shooting rampage
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  • CrackBerry Poll: Are you using the BlackBerry Launcher or have you switched to a different launcher?

    Since the release of the BlackBerry Priv, the BlackBerry Launcher has improved plenty by adding new features and improvements to the mix such as the ability to hide icons, a dark theme, improved shortcuts and more. But do you use it?
    Since the release of the BlackBerry Priv, the BlackBerry Launcher has improved plenty by adding new features and improvements to the mix such as the ability to hide icons, a dark theme, improved shortcuts and more. It went from something basic to being pretty well r
  • Cryptocurrency News – Feb 22 – I’m The Apps Man (Frowning)

    Hello everyone, good morning. I’m here at Cryptocurrency News Headquarters and I have the latest. No regrets The Bitcoin Regret Club is a thing where you can, say, choose a date, and then it will say how many moneys you’d have had you invested whatever you put in to see how rich you’d be. It’s got a lot of coverage by people saying “boy oh boy, I’m an idiot for not investing in the mysterious online money that has absolutely no backing!” It’s kind
  • Banks are still overcharging Coinbase users for cryptocurrency purchases

    Coinbase customers are going through an especially rough patch. Days after the popular exchange desk admitted its users are being erroneously charged for the same purchase multiple times, complaints that the issue is still occurring continue to roll in on Reddit. “Triple charged again,” read one of the more recent threads. According to the affected customer, the original purchase took place on February 4, but he was charged on two separate occasions: February 16 and February 21. The
  • Get advice for starting your own business from Startup.co University!

    If you've been considering starting your own business but need some advice or guidance for getting things off the ground, check out this great deal from CrackBerry Digital Offers and Startup.co University!
    Do you have that entrepreneurial spirit inside of you? Are you working on launching your first startup, or still trying to figure out the best practices to reaching success? Starting your own business can be a lucrative and rewarding experience, but it also helps to have a mentor in your corne
  • This angel investor got all of his crypto stolen by T-Mobile impersonators

    Because I started playing with cryptocurrencies as a hobby years ago, and for a long time they were not worth much of anything (read Some thoughts on cryptocurrencies), it did not occur to me to treat my crypto holdings more securely than other assets I owned. I assumed that by using very complex passwords, or a password manager like Dashlane, and requiring two-factor authentication with text messages sent to my cell phone, I would be safe. Boy was I wrong! I did not realize I had a (very)
  • Listen Up! New AirPods Are COMING in 2018

    Richard Goodwin22/02/2018 - 4:05pmApple WILL update its AirPod headphones in 2018, according to sources close to the companyApple made a KILLING with its AirPods – even by Apple standards. Word on the street suggests Apple’s wearables business grew by as much as 70% last year, and a lot of that growth was down to the AirPods.
    And we’ll be seeing a new pair launched in 2018, reports suggest, with better Siri integration and full on waterproofing – not that anyone
  • By 2020, 30% of search is voice-conducted. Here’s what that means for your business.

    Bought an Amazon Echo last Christmas? You were not the only one. According to a statement released by Amazon, “millions” of Echo Dots — the manufacturer’s smart home devices featuring voice assistant Alexa — were sold during the holidays, making it the best-selling item on their website. Indeed, virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa are increasingly being used in everyday life — and this changes the way consumers browse the web. Gartner predicts that by 2020
  • Big Data — useful tool or fetish?

    In 2012, the Obama administration unveiled a two hundred million dollar initiative to facilitate the growth of the Big Data industry and demonstrate its potential in large-scale markets. However, the initiative was an apparent failure. Despite government endorsement, Big Data has been unable to develop into an industry in its own right; the analysis and evaluation of billions of data points remain a trend rather than an emerging technology. Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy at OSTP, release
  • Do You Have A Phone Addiction? Take Motorola's Quiz To Find Out

    Paul Briden22/02/2018 - 3:24pmWe might be too attached to our phone and it's something Motorola wants to fixYou've probably seen news reports before based around the idea that we're all addicted to our phones. The arguments are that we spend too much time on them, that they're degrading our relationships with real humans, and with the world around us, and that they're helping us become addicted to social media too.
    Do you think you're addicted to your phone though? If you've ever wondered, Motor
  • It’s full Python expertise in one course bundle…and you can get it all at your price

    Python is one of the key programming disciplines among working development pros — and you can learn absolutely everything about it in the Absolute Python course bundle, which you can pick up for any price you want to pay.
  • This dildo orders Domino’s pizza after you cum

    You have never experienced this level of comfort before: adult webcam platform CamSoda has engineered a hi-tech dildo that will not only help you achieve robust orgasms, but will also hit up Domino’s and order a pizza for you after you’ve cum. Unlike your dumb dildo, the so-called RubGrub has been equipped with an internet-connected button, which users can press to place a delivery for a pizza after a heated rubbing session. Why would someone want a contraption like this? Well, beca
  • BlackBerry announces BlackBerry Secure World Tour events for North America, Europe, and Australia

    As BlackBerry looks to spread the word of their BlackBerry Secure offerings they have now announced details for BlackBerry Secure World Tour events for North America, Europe, and Australia.
    As BlackBerry looks to spread the word of their BlackBerry Secure offerings they have now announced details for BlackBerry Secure World Tour events for North America, Europe, and Australia. The events, designed for CIOs, CSOs and business leaders, is a chance to hear from BlackBerry execs, technology and secu
  • TNW’s Big Spam: Google doesn’t want you to send a message to Barack Obama

    Hey. Tomorrow we have a TNW Answers session with cryptography expert, Iddo Bentov. HAVE YOU ASKED YOUR QUESTION YET? Top trending tech news: 📱 Smartphone sales declined for the first time (TechCrunch) 📞 FB now lets you add users to calls without disruption (TNW) 😮 Samsung Galaxy S9 images leaked (BBC) What we’re talking about: The FCC’s official net neutrality repeal document is here. Read it and weep. After the #T
  • DirecTV Now vs Hulu TV vs PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV vs YouTube TV: the best live TV apps!

  • Product Hunt has a news app called Sip (and it’s a bit like Twitter Moments)

    Product Hunt just launched a new tech news aggregator app, called Sip. Think of it as an unholy hybrid of Twitter Moments, and Reddit’s autotldr bot. Stories are hand-picked and then compressed into the pertinent parts, along with some relevant commentary from Twitter. Sip presents these in digestible bite-sized chunks, which you can casually scroll through. Here’s how Sip presented the launch of Uber Express POOL. It presents the news in your typical inverted-pyramid style. Along t
  • Nokia 7 Plus Leaked In Product Renders

    Paul Briden22/02/2018 - 11:05amThe Nokia 7 Plus might be coming to MWC 2018, and now the design has leaked in three colour choicesThe Nokia 7 Plus might not be as headline grabbing as the rumoured Nokia 9 or Nokia 8 Pro, but there might be reason to get excited about the idea of HMD Global bringing some premium-class to the mid-range segment if these latest leaked renders are any indication.
    Looking very much like official product renders, the images show the three colour options the Nokia 7 Plu
  • Here’s what to expect from Samsung, LG and others at MWC 2018

    The annual Mobile World Congress expo is nearly upon us, and that means we’re in for a bevy of phone launches next week. Here’s a quick rundown of everything we’re excited to see there from major brands in just a couple of days. Samsung Everything you need to know about Samsung’s next flagship has already been doing the rounds: the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will share much of their design thinking with their predecessors, while moving the fingerprint sensor below the camera on t
  • Google doesn’t want you to ‘send a message to Barack Obama’

    … Well, kind of. It appears that the Google app for Android is suffering from a bizarre glitch that breaks its interface anytime someone tries searching how to send a message to Barack Obama. As spotted by observant users on Reddit, what triggers the bug is the search input – or namely ‘how to send a message to Barack Obama.” Instead of Obama’s contact details, the search breeds a long string of incomprehensible characters. Here’s what happens when you type
  • Swype Keyboard is DEAD, Nuance Confirms…

    Richard Goodwin22/02/2018 - 9:16amSwype Keyboard was used by tens of millions of Android users, but all good things must come to an end…Swype Keyboard is dead. Yep, the keyboard app, which was one of the most popular apps of all time inside Google Play, is officially being discontinued.
    Swype Keyboard was so popular with users that Huawei even hard-installed it on its phones. But the company behind Swype Keyboard, Nuance, has now confirmed that the keyboard app will soon reach its end of
  • Android P Will Block Apps Accessing Your Camera

    Richard Goodwin22/02/2018 - 9:06amBackground apps inside Android P will not be able to access your camera – and this is a very good thing.Hackers and nefarious developers can access your camera and do all kinds of unspeakable things with it. It’s kind of scary when you think about it. Mark Zuckerberg ALWAYS has tape over his computer’s webcam, and he owns the internet basically. So, yeah…
    Snooping is a real thing, and you need to be careful. With Android P, Google is tak
  • This blockchain-based startup will cut out the middlemen in travel booking

    The travel and tourism industry is worth nearly $1.6 trillion globally and accounts for one-tenth of the world’s GDP. Despite this vast market, the industry is dominated by monopolies. This is quite evident in the space for travel booking services. Major players like Booking.com, Expedia, and Airbnb have become the go-to places for finding hotels and rooms but they all charge fees for the vendors while payment processing charges a fee on the customer. According to the Vietnam-based travel
  • LG K8 and LG K10 Launch: Improved Camera, Better Specs

    Richard Goodwin22/02/2018 - 8:53amThe budget-focussed LG K8 and LG K10 are now official with better specs and improved camera performance LG’s budget phones don’t get much coverage, but the range of handsets are decent enough if you’re after something basic with Android in tow. The latest handsets – the LG K8 and K10 – have just been relaunched with better specs and improved cameras.
    The K brand has been around since 2016, but these new 2018 models are qui
  • Level puts a fitness tracker in your glasses, and it’s not the worst idea ever

    VSP Global, a network of eye care businesses in the US, is gearing up to begin selling its Level smart glasses next month. But unlike efforts from Intel and Vuzix, these spectacles don’t feature fancy displays or augmented reality capabilities; instead, they’re designed to help you stay in shape. The $270 glasses, which will go on sale in March at optometry practices across the US, look like standard spectacles and come with the same sensors that are found in fitness trackers design
  • Signal’s secure messaging app gets a $50 million lifeline from WhatsApp co-founder

    One of the first messaging services to offer end-to-end encryption for truly private conversations, Signal has largely been developed by a team that’s never grown larger than three full-time developers over the years it’s been around. Now, it’s getting a shot in the arm from the co-founder of a rival app. Brian Acton, who built WhatsApp with Jan Koum into a $19 billion business and sold it to Facebook, is pouring $50 million into an initiative to support the ongoing developmen
  • Hologroup’s MR Guide makes Microsoft’s HoloLens your new tour guide

    Russian startup Hologroup recently released MR Guide for HoloLens developers. The software gives anyone the ability to make a holographic tour for Microsoft’s mixed-reality headset, with no programming necessary. Currently the HoloLens hardware is available to the public only in a costly developer’s edition, but it’s already seeing useful software. MR Guide gives early adopters the tools to create experiences directly in the HoloLens’ native interface, without the need f
  • Bowers & Wilkins PX Review: Beautiful sound – after I got a haircut

    Bowers and Wilkins’ PX are among the best Bluetooth headphones I’ve tried in recent memory. It’s just weird it took a trip to the barber to get the best sound out of them. The PX are a $400 pair of noise cancelling headphones that launched to rave reviews for their classy looks and pristine sound. Unfortunately, my experience out of the box was not quite the same. The sound seemed to lack body, especially when noise cancelling was off, and more importantly, sound was dramatica
  • iPhone X vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Can Samsung Take Apple Down?

    Michael Grothaus22/02/2018 - 8:32amHow will the biggest flagships compare?2018 looks to be really interesting in the battle between the biggest smartphone makers. Samsung is expected to unveil its new Samsung Galaxy S9 flagship soon and everyone wants to know how it compares to the iPhone X. Though the S9 isn’t out yet, we’ve got a good idea of what its specs will be thanks to a number of leaks. And of course, we are well aware of what the iPhone X is like since it’s been out s
  • Gadget Ogling: A Different Sort of Activity Tracker and a Smartwatch for Kids

    More often than I'd care to admit, I feel the seconds, minutes, and hours of a day slip into the ether before I realize it's happening. When it's time for bed and I try to take stock of my day, it's difficult to recall exactly how I spent my time. As someone who would like to be more efficient and productive, I think Timeflip seems like a terrific way to keep track of where all that precious time goes. It's a 10-sided, die-like device that you simply turn to log the activity you're engaged in at
  • Facebook, Google, and Microsoft gurus say AI will help workers, not replace them

    “In general, AI will not replace jobs, but it will transform them. Ultimately, every job is going to be made more efficient by AI,” says Facebook’s Yann LeCun. Reports of the demise of human labor may be hyperbolic, if you believe the likes of LeCun, Google’s Peter Norvig, and Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz. The trio, each heads of research for the tech giants who employ them, participated in an “ask me anything” (AMA) session on Reddit earlier this week to d
  • Twitter users cry foul when asked to verify their identities

    Some Twitter users woke up to an unpleasant surprise this morning: Upon attempting to access their Twitter accounts, they were told they were temporarily locked out of their accounts. Shortly after this, the hashtag #TwitterLockout began trending, as users began to complain of being censored or persecuted by the site. That wasn’t all of it. Upon logging in, they discovered they had lost a number of followers. Some users have speculated that the loss of follower numbers is part of a &ldquo
  • Read the official FCC net neutrality repeal document and weep

    The US government’s official journal, the Federal Register, today revealed the FCC’s net neutrality repeal paperwork in an “unpublished” version ahead of the unveiling of the official version set for 22 February. The document is titled “Restoring Internet Freedom.” This name, we can only guess, is meant to continue former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai’s trend of lying to the American people. It’s available at the Federal Register’s websi
  • Vivo X Review: BLU's Most Appealing Smartphone Yet!

  • BlackBerry KEYone and Motion join the list of Android Enterprise Recommended devices

    BlackBerry smartphones have always played a role in Enterprise and that continues with the BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion as both of are now on the list of Android Enterprise Recommended devices.
    BlackBerry smartphones have always played a role in enterprise, and that continues with the BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion as both of are now on the list of Android Enterprise Recommended devices. In order to get on the list, Android devices and services must meet requirements which ar
  • Facebook Messenger now lets you add friends during calls without stopping the party

    Facebook Messenger is making it easier to invite friends to your calls. Starting today, you can add friends onto an ongoing session. Previously you had to close your call, create a new group, and then initiate a call again. Now you can just tap on the screen while on a call and select the ‘add person’ button. It’s small change, but one that’ll make the calling experience more seamless. Say you want to surprise a friend for their birthday and discuss details with someone
  • YouTubers turn car into the world’s biggest mouse

    A YouTuber turned a small car into a massive mouse, and now we want to use it to play all the games. The car is “Cheese Louise,” a canary-yellow Comuta-Car —  an electric car from the 80s which looks like a sentient, upside-down garbage skip. Louise is owned by Simone Giertz, who you might remember as the person who built — and subsequently got tangled up in — a rubber-handed alarm clock of death. The person doing the mousifying is William Osman, who used an o
  • Why batteries are holding up tech breakthroughs — and what’s happening now

    Chances are, you’re reading this article on a device that depends on a battery to operate. It might be your smartphone, your laptop, your tablet, or some other device, but it requires electricity to function. We live in an era of explosive growth in technological innovation, yet so many of our new technologies still rely on the same methods of energy storage. Despite incremental advancements, batteries haven’t changed all that much over the past decade. Major brands like Duracell ar
  • This cloud computing service runs Windows on Mac and Overwatch on smartphones

    French cloud computing startup Blade today announced its Shadow PC service is available in California, marking the company’s entry to the US market. With it, you can run Windows 10 on a Mac or play competitive shooters online using your smartphone and a game pad. The Shadow PC service gives users unlimited access to a high-end computer on the cloud. It’s a complete Windows 10 experience allowing subscribers to install any software they own, including Photoshop or Slack. Most importa
  • Cryptocurrency News 2/21/2018

    Editor’s note: The following column is written as intentional satire and may or may not have deliberate or undeliberate errors. What happened everyone. What happened?! Cryptos go to the toilet God damnit we were all doing so well, and now Bitcoin is down to $10,500. How the hell am I meant to pay back the 40% APR loan I took out to buy all of them? This is ridiculous! You’ll hear from my senator Mr. Bob Fudge (Democrat). Japan breaks Bitcoin Zaif (pronounced “Wife”), a J

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