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BlackBerry has a new security-focused flagship phone

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BlackBerry, the innovative maker of mobile phones, is dead. But by the genius of branding and the company’s software expertise, the BlackBerry name will carry on, at least for the time being. To wit, BlackBerry just announced the successor to the DTEK50, which broke cover earlier in the year.

The unimaginatively named DTEK60, like the DTEK50, takes its design cues from an existing Alcatel, or should we say TCL, phone, but ramps up the specs and price considerably from its predecessor. The result is the most powerful handset to bear the BlackBerry logo, though there are faster and cheaper models out there, outside of BlackBerry’s walls.


You can already purchase the DTEK60 from the company’s website for $499. It’s available in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the U.S., and the U.K. BlackBerry says it is looking to release the phone to more territories in the “coming weeks.”

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For the money, you’re looking at Android Marshmallow; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset backed by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage; a high-resolution, 21-megapixel camera (and a huge camera bump); a fingerprint scanner; and a 3,000mAh battery that charges over a USB Type-C interface. The hardware itself sports a dual-glass design and a 5.5-inch Quad HD display. It looks like a lovely piece of tech, for sure, even though all the credit must go to TCL.

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The DTEK60 has a metal frame and a glass back.

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But don’t let the logo fool you; BlackBerry didn’t design this phone.

The software, however, has BlackBerry written all over it. The DTEK60 is billed as one of the “most secure Android smartphones,” all thanks to the additional privacy, security, and enterprise apps that come preinstalled on it. The extra software features are the same as the Priv’s and the DTEK50’s.

As for the brand’s future devices, expect them to be “fully developed” by hardware partners, meaning we’ll probably run into one or more TCL-turned-BlackBerry phones down the line.

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Source: The Verge

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Chandrayaan-2 is India’s ambitious project to explore the Moon

Only the US, China, and Russia have achieved this so far

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Fifty years back the United States became the first country to send man to the Moon. Since then, many countries like the former-Soviet Union, China, and the EU have tried to accomplish similar feats. Thanks to advancing technology, we no longer need to send humans to the Moon for exploration. Rovers and satellites have sufficient capabilities to explore the surface and all operations can be handled remotely.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been at the cutting edge of technology and managed to make huge strides in space exploration. The agency is India’s backbone for sending satellites and has a spectacular track record of successful launches. Their first mission to the Moon was Chandrayaan-1 and it was launched in 2008. The spacecraft was able to complete 95 percent of its objectives before a connection was lost and it crashed on the Moon’s surface.


Now, India is back with a new project called the Chandrayaan-2. Chandra means Moon in Sanskrit and Yaan means a vehicle, the project marks the entry of the developing country in an elite club of nations with similar space exploration capabilities. In fact, the mission has cost just INR 1,000 crores, equivalent to US$ 145 million. For comparison, a single Transformer movie costs upwards of US$ 200 million.

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This cost-effective method of research and development gives India a unique edge. The Chandrayaan-2 intends to do a soft-landing on the surface of the Moon. So far, only the US, China, and Russia have been able to master soft landings and India aims to join the list.

The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft consists of an orbiter named Vikram and a moon rover called Pragyaan. The landing module sits on top of the rocket and is covered in a composite golden film to protect the components from extreme temperatures. The surface rover is safely tucked inside the lander and shall come down a ramp once the soft-landing is complete.

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Propelling the spacecraft is a GSLV Mk 3 rocket (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) that’s 44 meters tall and weighs 640 tons. After separation, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will travel 3.84 lakh kilometers and near the South Pole of the Moon, a region which hasn’t been fully explored by humans yet.

The mission was supposed to launch in the early hours of July 16 but a last moment technical snag in the rocket delayed the launch. Now, ISRO has announced Chandrayaan-2 will be launched on July 22 at 2.43 p.m. from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The country also plans to send a manned mission to the Moon in the coming years and has tied up with multiple international companies for transfer of technology.

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You might soon have a pickup truck emoji thanks to Ford

Because it’s 🌏 Emoji Day

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Let’s admit it, not a day goes by without us sending out emoji to our family and friends. We all have our favorites, too — from Apple’s pleading face to the pinching hand emoji. But other users noticed there’s something else missing: the pickup truck emoji.

And who would have the authority to propose one but the truck specialist themselves? Ford submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium (which is the organization that reviews and approves proposals for new emoji) back in 2018 to include the pickup truck emoji. After some time, it has now been short-listed as a candidate for inclusion in the future.


“Given the F-series’ status as America’s best-selling truck for 42 consecutive years, there’s no one better than Ford to help bring an all-new pickup truck emoji to hard-working texters around the globe,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager.

If the emoji is indeed approved by early 2020, the design will be customized for all mobile platforms and you can just send a pickup emoji whenever you need a pickup. 😉

 

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A Galaxy S8 saved tourists from drowning in Cebu

Phone survived 30 minutes underwater

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A smartphone is more than just a fancy device. Today, mobile technology carries so many features and packs so much durability. In the right situation, a smartphone can save lives. In the face of impending disaster, your favorite device should be in your handbag at all costs.

Case in point, a smartphone recently saved several divers in Cebu. As reported locally, the boat capsized near Bogo City. Coming from Malapascua Island, it was transporting local and foreign divers to a diving spot nearby. Before it could reach safety, the boat sank. Thankfully, emergency responders quickly acted on a call for help. All crew members and passengers were saved.


Recently, Samsung revealed a deeper story surrounding the event. According to a press release, the divers’ emergency call originated from a Galaxy S8. Thirty minutes after the incident, Jim Emdee, one of the passengers, found his smartphone submerged in seawater. To his surprise, the smartphone still worked. He made the call, alerting responders to their position.

“I really hope my [thank you] can make it to the engineering team as honestly it really saved us all. Only my S8 was able to connect… and worked all the way until we made it to land. It stayed alive for much longer than I thought possible and it really made the difference,” he said.

The Galaxy S8 sports IP68 water resistance. Typically, it can survive five feet underwater for up to 30 minutes. Besides increased durability, the smartphone also carries emergency software features. For example, Samsung 321 can quickly contact emergency services in dire situations. It can also automatically send SOS messages smoothly with just a few button presses.

At this age, knowing your smartphone’s emergency features is a necessity. You’ll never know when you might need them.

SEE ALSO: Android Oreo update for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ resumes

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