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After Near-$1B Inventory Write-Down, BlackBerry Starts Selling Unlocked Smartphones Direct To U.S. Buyers
Well that was quick: Not long after T-Mobile announced it would stop carrying BlackBerry hardware in its retail stores (but continue selling them online), the Canadian smartphone maker has revealed a new direct selling model that it likely hopes will shore up that retail channel loss. BlackBerry now offers unlocked Q10 and Z10 smartphones via its own site, for $ 549.00 and $ 449.00 respectively.
Those may not be quite bargain basement prices, but they’re cheap enough compared to other unlocked flagship phones from manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, Sony and HTC, and the move is almost certainly tied to BlackBerry’s near-$ 1 billion write-down on hardware inventory reported last quarter.
The massive write-down was blamed almost entirely on poor performance of the Z10, the BlackBerry 10 flagship device launched last January by the beleaguered BlackBerry, and the first smartphone to be powered by its brand new operating system. The Z10 was clearly not the rousing success its creators hoped it would be, and the write-down plus the $ 449 outright price now on offer via its site reflect the fact that there are probably tons of these things just sitting around burning precious and expensive warehouse space.
BlackBerry’s decision to price the Q10 slightly higher might be due to a marginally better reception for the keyboard-sporting design. Having reviewed both devices, the Q10 was definitely the better of the two by a wide margin, if only for basic advantages like longer battery life.
While the pricing and U.S.-only availability of these unlocked devices doesn’t scream “fire sale” just yet, it is worth noting that this is a similar strategy to the one BlackBerry took (back when it was still RIM) with the PlayBook tablet, another big hardware miss for the company. Based on that example, if you’re looking for an unlocked GSM BlackBerry smartphone (unclear why you would be), it’s probably better to wait a little while and watch the company deeply discount both the Z10 and the Q10 in time for the holiday shopping season.
No sign of the Q5 in the direct sales channel just yet. And BlackBerry’s Z30, a new smartphone similar to the Z10 with a built-in bigger battery and larger, lower pixel density display went on sale in many markets recently, so it also isn’t listed as one of the phones you can buy unlocked from BlackBerry. The company likely won’t have made the same mistake of producing lots of inventory for that device, given the Z10′s track record and the low-key launch it enjoyed, but it’s totally possible those could end up on BlackBerry’s virtual store shelves too, if that’s something you’re into.
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Broadcom, wireless. Peanut butter, jelly. Together, they just work. So today’s announcement that the company is adding WiFi Direct to its WICED (Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices) platform feels pretty natural. The firm believes that WICED Direct will allow OEMs to develop wearable sensors — pedometers, heart-rate monitors, keycards — and clothing that transmit everyday data to the cloud via a connected smartphone or tablet. This would help push along the internet of things movement that’s been bandied about so much recently, and maybe even ensure you aren’t locked out of the house again.
Just Move Already: Valley Town In Norway Installs Giant Mirrors To Avoid Months Of No Direct Sunlight
The Norwegian town of Rjukan sits in a deep valley that receives no direct sunlight for 82 days of the year. So what did the town do? Pack up their bags, burn the village to ashes, and move somewhere else? NOPE. Installed three 300-foot mirrors to aim a single beam of light into the town square. *standing in beam* Weird, I still feel depressed.
A few days ago, helicopters descended on the 3,500-person town to install three huge rectangular mirrors on the face of the mountains that pin Rjukan in on either side. Technically, these are heliostatic mirrors, which are controlled by a central computer that tilts their positioning to reflect the sun onto a specific, static location.
The “hot spot,” in this case, is a 2,000-square-foot circle on the town square–soon to be converted into an ice rink (apparently, the reflected light still won’t be terribly warm).
Okay, so here’s the plan– “Use a giant magnifying glass to concentrate the beam and set the town ablaze?!” What? No! Well, not until they fail to deliver the ransom anyways. Remember: good plans have steps.
Hit the jump for a shot of the town and the conceptual light beam (which won’t be tested until September).
Just in time for the summer concert season, Spotify’s launching a StubHub app to give fans of sweaty, cramped music venues (indoor and out) quick ticket access. Starting today, Spotify users in the US and UK will be able to access the free app using App Finder to search upcoming concert schedules by location and purchase tickets through provided StubHub links. It’s pretty basic stuff, but if you’re the impulsive type, this mini-app could be the best thing for your social life and the worst for your wallet.
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Yesterday a series of leaked PowerPoint slides in the Washington Post revealed a program codenamed PRISM that allowed government investigators access to data from a number of top internet companies. That leak has been followed up in the last 24 hours by a series of blanket denials as tech companies (and their CEOs, including Google’s Larry Page and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg) claimed they do not give “backdoor access,” only generally acknowledging that they do respond to individual court orders. Meanwhile government officials including President Obama responded to the claims mostly by claiming whatever is going on — including the bulk collection of call logs by the NSA — is legal and has been “repeatedly authorized by Congress.”
Tonight, a New York Times article may be able to explain the difference between the statements, citing information from people briefed on the program and lawyers that handle the requests. Their report is that the companies discussed ways to “efficiently and securely” share data about foreign users in response to requests made under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. In contrast to the initial reports of direct server access, this report claims when a government request is made under an individual FISA request, it’s reviewed by company lawyers and then sent over, sometimes electronically using company servers. That can include an investigation into a specific person, logs of certain search terms, and in some cases “real-time transmission of data.” One specific instance cited involved an NSA agent going on-site at a company’s HQ, installing government software on its server and remaining there for several weeks to offload data to a laptop.
So why the quick denials about something the companies listed (including AOL, parent company of Engadget) may actually have ties to? Because FISA requests are by their nature secret, the report claims employees that deal with the requests can’t discuss the details, even with their fellow employees. Notably, although companies must by law respond to the requests, they’re not legally obligated to make it easy, and the article points out Twitter as a company that has declined to participate. Because of that, even if PRISM is more a streamlining of bureaucratic processes than a government backdoor into your Candy Crush Saga level, the semantic differences of company denials may not sit well with users, much less citizens voting for the officials who oversee the programs.
Source: New York Times
A lesson in how to say something without really saying anything at all.
Via: Jeff Chiu / AP
Read all the tech giants’ denials regarding the NSA's PRISM program and you'll start to notice a pattern:
Google CEO Larry Page:
We have not joined any program that would give the US government—or any other government—direct access to our servers.
Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the US or any other government direct access to our servers.
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ISPs in the United States are simply getting around to enforcing a “six strikes” policy against unlawful P2P sharing, however France is now considering a suppression on the streaming and direct downloads of pirated content. Hadopi, the government company behind the nation’s existing “3 strikes” law, launched a brand-new report that proposes sites take a page from YouTube’s book and actively oversee content by using awareness algorithms and so on to take down things that are presumed unlawful. If a website just weren’t to cooperate after a round of warnings, it may face penalties consisting of DNS and IP obstructing, domain seizures and even monetary repercussions that include having their accounts with “payment intermediaries” (think PayPal) suspended. When it comes to enforcement of this potential government mandate, the dossier posits that it can bank on internet service providers instead of hosting services, which according to EU law, can’t be required to conduct extensive security. For now, these techniques aren’t being made policy, however Hadopi is mulling them over.
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