25 July 2013
Team BlackBerry celebrates 10th Anniversary existence here in Singapore with a new product, BlackBerry Q5 which will be available across all 3 Singapore Telcos, namely Singtel, M1 and StarHub with a retail price of $528. As of now, it will only be available in Black and White colour, although I think Red colour will be more appealing. It will be available for sale 2nd August, 2013.
BlackBerry Q5 is cater for customers who are concern about budget yet want to enjoy a QWERTY keyboard in a stunning, youthful design and makes it easy for users to have fun, create, share and stay connected via social networking and messaging.
It is pre-loaded with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.1, similar to the existing OS which are available in BlackBerry Z10 and Q10. This means you can also sideload Android Apps. Q5 QWERTY keyboard do remind me of their legacy BlackBerry Curve edition, the island-style keyboard. One thing I do notice, when you press one of the letter, surrounding letters will sink in a little, however that doesn't affect my typing experience and it does feel different as compared to typing with Q10. It is not a matter of which is better feel, but just an issue of preference. In fact, just like what one of the Team BlackBerry representative had told me during the launch event, BlackBerry is probably the only Smartphone manufacturer that still produces a QWERTY keyboard handheld. Building on what they do best!
BlackBerry Q5, similar with Q10, comes with 720 x 720 resolutions, 3.1 inch, IPS LCD display which will display consistent and accurate colour from all viewing angles. Unlike the other LCDs, it do not lighten or show tailing when touched. As such it offer clear images and stable response time. Q5 offer a slightly bigger battery capacity, 2180 mAh, non-removable. 5 MP rear facing camera, Auto Focus, 5x digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording. 2MP front facing camera, 3x digital zoom, 720p HD video recording.
Usual stuff like Wireless 802.11 b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot. 4G LTE available. Hot Swappable microSD slot, support up to 64 GB. 8 GB Internal Storage. 2 GB RAM. Dual Core 1.2 GHz Processor.
23 July 2013
Steve Rogers: The uniform? Aren't the stars and stripes a little...old fashioned?
Agent Phil Coulson: Everything that's happening, the things that are about to come to light, people might just need a little old fashioned.
HDMI Output available
Bradley Cooper spotted using BlackBerry Q10 taking self portrait picture with Gerard Butler during Wimbledon.
Above review is done for Starhub Community.
19 July 2013
Recently Nokia reported its financial results for the June quarter. Overall, Nokia is hanging in there. The company is seeing much stronger results from its ownership in Nokia Siemens Networks, while the business of making phones has not yet returned to profitability.
As far as Lumia goes, Nokia managed to sell 7.4 million of these Windows-based smartphones compared to 5.6 million last quarter. Naturally, with BlackBerry having shipped only 6.8 million phones last quarter (a number that has been in decline), the media jumped all over this to declare Nokia the victor as the #3 player in smartphones.
I think the comparison of 7.4 million Lumias to 6.8 million BlackBerrys is pretty much useless. Why? Well, this is the 7th quarter of Lumia shipments while it’s barely the 2nd quarter of BlackBerry 10 shipments. And obviously the Q10 has had nearly no effect on BlackBerry’s latest numbers because of the timing of its launch relative to quarter end. In addition, the Q5 hadn’t even shipped by the time the quarter ended. So we really need to see what the next couple of quarters bring. Yes, Nokia is far ahead of BlackBerry, but both Lumia and BlackBerry 10 device volumes are growing.
But more important, we should not be thinking about legacy BBOS phones as part of the modern day smartphone battle. The latest BB7 OS may still be selling well in emerging markets, but it represents the past, not the future. Legacy BlackBerry users will either migrate to BlackBerry 10, or they’ll leave the platform in favor of something else.
It’s worth pointing out that in Lumia’s second quarter on the market, they shipped only 2 million phones versus BlackBerry 10 volume of 2.7 million in the second quarter. Lumia volume grew to 4 million in the third quarter of shipments, and I suspect given the launch of the Q10 and Q5 in the BlackBerry August quarter, we’ll see much stronger performance than this from the Waterloo company when they report their next results.
Depending on how you look at the fight between Nokia and BlackBerry, you can therefore argue that BlackBerry is winning because it’s accelerating BB10 phone sales faster than Nokia, or you can argue that timing is irrelevant, and Nokia is ahead in absolute numbers. So this battle for third place is quite interesting.
It’s also interesting to reflect on the fact that Nokia had to sell Lumia phones to an audience that was not already using Windows Phone, while BlackBerry has a huge built-in customer base having peaked its subscriber base at about 80 million. So one should expect BlackBerry to experience a stronger acceleration, just as appears to be happening. Yet for Nokia to have delivered 32% sequential growth in Lumia volume is nothing to dismiss.
Nokia and BlackBerry are fairly similar companies in a lot of ways. Nokia has 4.1 billion EUR of net cash, while BlackBerry has $3.1 billion. Smartphone volumes are similar, and I’d guess that Nokia’s device margin of 24.4% is close to BlackBerry’s. Remember that BlackBerry recently had 36% gross margin, but this includes a fairly large chunk of high-margin service revenue. On the bottom line, as I said, both companies are pretty close to break even.
Let them both keep moving. Let the race continue, and let the players fight hard. In the end it’s all makes our consumer experience better.
18 July 2013
We wanted a name that stands out from the rest, something out of the norm, something that best describes our food. The logo is inspired by the Superman logo and the thumbs up in Chinese means ＂超好＂which means super good. Why damn good? Some would say that it is crude, rude, and damn by itself is rude but what we are focusing on is the 2 words "damn+nice" which describes our food... The overall look of our food may be a little messy (crude, rude) but when you taste it, you will acknowledge that it is not just good, but it is damn good!
Our rent is the highest in the "green zone" in Chinatown complex. The eating area is separated into various zones such as red, yellow, blue and green. We wanted to get started as soon as possible despite the rent being high; we believe we will do ok.
My mum started working from the age of 13 as a construction worker. At the age of 16 she started working as a domestic helper for several households, where she picked up skills by looking at how people cooked. So far we have been getting very good response from customers and I believe this is no mere hype.
(Close on Monday)
11 July 2013
You are not sure when it will happen to you and sometimes, it is better be prepared than to be caught off guard. Fact of the matter is, we do forget things, we do forget we left our iPad or iPhone in a public toilet, in a restaurant, in the cab or worst, stolen! You will be surprise how some owners do not know there is this feature that can track your missing iPhone or iPad, send a message, secure it with password, play a sound or kind of alarm or the last resort, in order to protect your data, you can choose to wipe clean your iPhone or iPad when determine irrecoverable and render useless when you set your password.
Personally, I had a actual account of someone's lost iPad returned simply because I use "Find My iPhone".
Setting up "Find My iPhone"
Go to your iPhone/iPad, click Settings.
Make sure "Find My iPhone" is activated.
Next, is to test your set up is done properly.
Go to www.icloud.com . Enter your Apple ID. Your email address and your password.
From here, it will tell you the location. Click the location which is the green ball, it will pop up the name of your iPhone or iPad. If your iPhone or iPad is still running, it will indicate how long ago it was located.
Click "i" to pop up the feature.
As mentioned previously, here you can play sound to alarm the device, if you misplace it, you can use this feature to locate within your vicinity. If lost or stolen, this will let the person who "pick" up know you are locating it.
Click Lock to enter a password aka passcode to lock down your iPhone or iPad. Key in twice to confirm.
If there is no response and you are very certain that there is no way to recover it, last resort, to protect your personal data or your company confidential information like emails and all, click "Erase iPad/iPhone"!
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10 July 2013
Although WhatsApp was officially launched for BlackBerry 10 devices, however the support was somewhat lacking. At least when come to restoring the message you back up which took me quite awhile to find out how to do so.
Why do I need to do that?
When I am so keen to always upgrade my BlackBerry Z10 or even recently 'Q10 I got from StarHub for review' with the latest leaked OS, I want to make sure I still keep track of WhatsApp history log.
WhatsApp back up feature which can be found after swiping down at WhatsApp, showing "Settings", click Media Settings, it will state when it was last backup. I suggest you click "Backup conversations" at the point when you are updating your BB OS or wipe your device.
After which you access your BlackBerry Internal Storage, under Misc file folder, you will see WhatsApp folder, that is where your history chat backup are stored. Copy out and paste it to your desired location on your laptop. You will need to copy it back to the same location before you install WhatsApp back to your newly upgraded OS. You can also copy it to your new BB 10 device if you want your history chat to be in the new BB 10 device.
Upon completing update of your OS or setting up your new BB device, make sure you paste it back to the 'Misc' folder under your BB Internal Storage, not your Media Card.
Once done, you can go to BlackBerry World and download "WhatsApp". Load it, click "Agree & Continue". Enter your mobile number, at certain point, it will prompt you "Backup Found. Would you like to restore your message history from backup?"
Click Yes. It will indicate how many messages were restored. From here, you are good to go.
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