BlackBerry pins hopes on an Android phone as handset losses continue

From InfoWorld: It's official: BlackBerry's next phone will run Android.

The phone, called Priv, will also include BlackBerry security and productivity tools, Chairman and CEO John Chen told investors early Friday.

The move suggests that Chen still can't decide whether BlackBerry should focus on the more profitable enterprise mobile device and application management software sector, or remain a loss-making phone maker with one foot still in the cut-throat consumer electronics market.

Microsoft's creating a Google Cardboard rival dubbed VR Kit

From PC World: Microsoft appears to be taking inspiration from Google Cardboard with “VR Kit” for Windows phones.

Much like Cardboard, VR Kit aims to enable cheap virtual reality through a cardboard box with a pair of attached eye lenses. Users slide their phone into the box, and view apps that are formatted for viewing through the lenses up close.

Apple sells record 13 million iPhones in first weekend for 6S, 6S Plus

From CNET: The iPhone phenomenon endures.

Apple said Monday it sold 13 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus units from Friday through Sunday, the first three days of sales.

The tally represents a record for Apple, which sold 10 million iPhones over the same period a year ago when the previous models hit stores.

Are modern cars equipped with too much electronics?

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Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 Review (Page 1 of 12)

There are many reasons why you should never hit jaywalkers. Firstly, depending on how hard you hit them, you might damage your car bad enough that it would be structural. But regardless of how hard you hit them, the moment you claim insurance, it will go on your car's accident history, which brings us to the second reason: It will reduce your vehicle's resale value. Thirdly, since you are hitting another uninsured entity, you will have to pay the deductible even though it is their fault, which will run you at least a few hundred dollars. Lastly, while your car is in the repair shop, you might be stuck with some cheap rental car you may not enjoy. On a side note, you might injure someone. Oh, did I just mess up my priorities? Oops. On a serious note, the main point of why you should not hit jaywalkers, regardless of who is at fault, is because you may inflict serious bodily harm to another human being, and life is infinitely more valuable than any material or monetary loss. Unfortunately, if we focus on the wrong priorities, then we will come up with all the wrong reasons. When Intel launched their desktop Skylake processors last month, it became clear to us the enthusiast grade Core i7-6700K was a marginal improvement over last year's Core i7-4790K. If we look at performance alone, then one could argue this is a pointless upgrade. However, once we move onto the platform end of things, then you will soon realize it is not just about the CPU, but also everything else around it. With twenty PCI Express 3.0 lanes from the Z170 chipset, not only do we now have full bandwidth for two M.2 SSDs like the Kingston HyperX Predator, but also SATA Express storage and USB-C with USB 3.1 support. RAM also got a generational increment to DDR4. To see what Intel's latest platform brings to the table, we took in Gigabyte's GA-Z170X-UD5 mainstream performance board to find out.

Verizon, Qualcomm set to supply controversial unlicensed LTE starting next year

From ComputerWorld: Verizon and Qualcomm are on track to extend LTE networks into Wi-Fi frequencies by the end of next year despite a heated controversy over whether that would slow down wireless LANs.

Verizon will start field trials of LTE-Unlicensed in October, aiming for a commercial launch next year, executives said during a briefing at the company's Innovation Center in San Francisco. Qualcomm demonstrated chips for mobile devices and small cells and said they would show up in products around the middle of 2016.

It's official: North America is out of new IPv4 addresses

From PC World: North America has finally run out of new addresses based on IPv4, the numbering system that got the Internet where it is today but which is running out of space for the coming era of networking.

The American Registry for Internet Numbers, the nonprofit group that distributes Internet addresses for the region, said Thursday it has assigned the last addresses in its free pool. The announcement came after years of warnings from ARIN and others that IPv4 addresses were running out and that enterprises and carriers should adopt the next protocol, IPv6.

Apple disables iOS 9's space-saving 'app slicing' feature due to iCloud bug

From PC World: The 'app slicing' feature in iOS 9 that enabled developers to send optimally-sized variants of their apps to different devices is unavailable because of a bug in iCloud, Apple's cloud service for its devices.

Slicing is one of three components of Apple's app-thinning process that enables developers to install iOS apps by matching app delivery to the capabilities of the user’s particular device, with a resultant smaller footprint.

Samsung, Facebook's Oculus plan November launch for Gear VR headset, at $99

From CNET: Virtual reality is about to become very real.

Smartphone giant Samsung and Facebook subsidiary Oculus VR will launch in November the first virtual reality headset widely available to consumers. The headset, called the Gear VR, will cost $99 and work with mobile devices, including Samsung's lineup of phones from this year such as the newly released Note 5 and Galaxy S6.

"With mobile VR, you only need a great mobile game device and a smartphone," said Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, speaking at the company's developer conference here.

Instagram surges past Twitter to become 2nd biggest social network

From InfoWorld: Instagram hit a milestone this week, logging more than 400 million monthly users, solidly surpassing rival Twitter.

Instagram, a five-year-old site for posting and photos and video online, has claimed the No. 2 spot in the social networking world -- behind parent company Facebook.


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