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New arrivals: BlackBerry Leap in Singapore for business users

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

The mid-tier 5-inch all-touch smartphone is now available in Singapore for S$389 from M1, Singtel and StarHub.

The new BlackBerry Leap is an all-touch alternative to the mid-tier BlackBerry Classic.

The new BlackBerry Leap is an all-touch alternative to the mid-tier BlackBerry Classic.

BlackBerry Leap is basically the all-touch version of the Classic – the other BlackBerry mid-tier smartphone – for those who prefer an onscreen keyboard over the traditional QWERTY keyboard in the similarly-priced sibling.

Like the Classic, the new Leap is targeted mainly at the business user whose main priority is to get work done – effectively and efficiently – while on the go.

BlackBerry Leap features the latest BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system, an edge-to-edge five-inch HD display and more than a full day’s battery power.

First look

I had a quick hands-on with the new BlackBerry Leap last week when John Sims, BlackBerry’s President of of Global Sales was in town last week to brief the deployment of a new automated fare collection system in Southeast Asia that’s based on the company’s QNX Neutrino OS.

Check out the first impressions below that I had from trying out the phone over lunch.

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First look: BlackBerry Passport smartphone in Singapore

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

BlackBerry officially launched the new Passport smartphone in Singapore tonight. It has actually gone on sale with the three main Telcos in Singapore for S$938 (incl. GST but excluding line contract) on 26 September.

First impressions: Overall, the BlackBerry Passport is a handsome and sturdy smartphone that puts greater productivity on the fingertips of road warriors.

First impressions: Overall, the BlackBerry Passport is a handsome and sturdy smartphone that puts greater productivity on the fingertips of road warriors.

The square-screen design is really unique and gives a beefy look to the phone.

The build looks sturdy and with the squarish aspect ratio, is probably less bendable than the usual longish form factor of regular smartphones.

The BlackBerry Passport with a square screen.

The BlackBerry Passport with a square screen.

The wider screen makes reading documents a lot easier, without having to scroll left-right in addition to scrolling up and down.

The Passport is definitely too wide for one-handed operation – but who uses a BlackBerry with one hand anyway?

And since people expect to use two hands when using the Passport, ladies with smaller palms may not object too much to the increased girth of the new smartphone.

As expected, the physical QWERTY keyboard makes typing so much easier than on a virtual keyboard onscreen, especially for ladies with long nails.

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New arrivals: BlackBerry Passport smartphone in Singapore

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

BlackBerry Passport targets productivity for professionals with square (1440 x 1440 pixels) touch screen and QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard. Available from tomorrow, 26 September, 2014 (M1, SingTel, StarHub) at S$938 (incl. GST).

Inspired by actual passports, the universal symbol of mobility, the size and form factor of BlackBerry Passport is portable enough to easily tuck into pockets and use wherever you go.

Inspired by actual passports, the universal symbol of mobility, the size and form factor of BlackBerry Passport is portable enough to easily tuck into pockets and use wherever you go.

BlackBerry has launched its new smartphone in Singapore – the Passport, targeted towards business professionals looking for greater productivity.

The smartphone utilises Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for the display and forged stainless steel for added strength and durability.

The large square screen is designed for viewing and creating content, and everyday tasks like reading and writing emails, reviewing and editing documents, web browsing, and map navigation.

The large square screen is designed for viewing and creating content, and everyday tasks like reading and writing emails, reviewing and editing documents, web browsing, and map navigation.

The BlackBerry Passport includes the first touch-enabled keyboard with gestures that make typing, editing and navigating more efficient and accurate.

According to a BlackBerry user study, BlackBerry Passport’s new QWERTY keyboard is almost four times more accurate than BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboards – the error rate is on average 74% lower – so there are fewer typos.

The BlackBerry Passport and the Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry are the first devices to launch on BlackBerry’s latest OS platform, BlackBerry 10.3.

They come preloaded with new productivity-enhancing features including BlackBerry Blend and BlackBerry Assistant, as well as the BlackBerry World storefront and Amazon Appstore, offering access to apps for work and play.

Highlight features of the BlackBerry Passport include:

  • High-Resolution Square Screen – The BlackBerry Passport includes a 4.5 square-inch screen with a 1:1 aspect ratio, 1440 x 1440 pixel (453 dpi) HD display and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for added strength.

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New arrivals: BlackBerry Z30 smartphone in Singapore 10 October

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The all-touch BlackBerry Z30 is the new flagship smartphone from BlackBerry and features a 5-inch display, 2880 mAh battery, and the latest version 10.2 of the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Available in Singapore from 10 October at S$828 (without contract).

BlackBerry's new flagship: Z30 with 5-inch SuperAMOLED display, 1280 x 720 resolution at 295ppi.

BlackBerry’s new flagship: Z30 with 5-inch SuperAMOLED display, 1280 x 720 resolution at 295ppi.

Key new features of the BlackBerry Z30 include the BlackBerry Priority Hub, which can learn what conversations and people are important to you – making it fast and easy to find the messages and information you need.

BlackBerry Natural Sound creates an immersive experience for music, videos, apps and games, and makes BBM Video chats sound more natural and realistic, with nuances and variations in tone clearly audible.

With the largest battery ever on a BlackBerry smartphone, you can get up to 25 hours of mixed use, and BlackBerry’s new antenna technology dynamically tunes reception to give better connectivity in low signal areas, and improves data transfer speeds and reduces dropped calls.

Finally, the device comes with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2, which includes hundreds of refinements plus many new features that help the user get more productive.
The BlackBerry Z30 comes with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, 1280 x 720 resolution at 295ppi.

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BlackBerry launches Q5 QWERTY smartphone in Singapore

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The mid-range LTE and NFC capable BlackBerry Q5 runs on the BlackBerry 10 operating system and will be available in Singapore on 2 August in Black and Pure White from M1, SingTel and StarHub.

RRP: SGD$528 (without line contract).

The BlackBerry Q5 (SGD$528 without line contract) will be available in Singapore on 2 August in Black and Pure White from M1, SingTel and StarHub. The Red version is not available in Singapore.

The BlackBerry Q5 (SGD$528 without line contract) will be available in Singapore on 2 August in Black and Pure White from M1, SingTel and StarHub. The Red version is not available in Singapore.

The Q5 comes with the classic BlackBerry physical keypad and is the younger sibling of the Q10.

It occupies the market segment previously held by BlackBerry’s Curve series, and is targeted at the young and fun-loving crowd.

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Samsung Knox approved by DoD for use by US Government

Monday, May 6th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has approved mobile devices enabled with Samsung Knox for use in DoD networks, after the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) finished the testing of Samsung Knox devices.

Samsung KNOX is a comprehensive enterprise mobile solution that addresses the mobile security needs of enterprise IT without invading the privacy of its employees.

Samsung KNOX is a comprehensive enterprise mobile solution that addresses the mobile security needs of enterprise IT without invading the privacy of its employees.

What does this mean for consumers?

“Samsung Knox delivers fundamental security at the platform level, while leaving the user experience consistent,” said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President and Head of B2B R&D Group, Samsung Electronics.

It means that Samsung devices equipped with Knox are so secure that even the US DoD has approved its use in its internal networks.

The recently launched GALAXY S4, for instance, is Knox ready.

It also means that enterprise IT administrators can sleep easier if their employees use their Knox-enabled mobile devices for both work and personal stuff.

Apart from Knox on the GALAXY, DISA also approved BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 on BlackBerry’s Z10 and Q10 smartphones, as well as PlayBook tables.

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Latest gadgets recommended by Jetstar Asia Magazine May 2013

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

We’re into the month of May. Check out Page 15 in the latest issue of Jetstar Asia Magazine for some of the latest gadgets that you can get for yourself or your better half this month.

From the latest to the best, and a touch of quirkiness, a quick guide to what's hot on the gadget scene.

From the latest to the best, and a touch of quirkiness, a quick guide in the May 2013 issue of Jetstar Asia Magazine to what’s hot on the gadget scene.

You can access the entire magazine online or on board a Jetstar flight.

Happy reading!

RIM launches BlackBerry 10 – unveils Z10 and Q10 smartphones

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Research In Motion (RIM) President & CEO – Thorsten Heins – launched the new QNX-based BlackBerry 10 operating system and unveils the full-touchscreen Z10 and physical keyboard-equipped Q10 smartphones.

RIM is also renaming itself as BlackBerry from today.

Shareholders’ response to the launch inside. All images in this article were screen-grabbed from webcast of the event.

The first manifestation of the new BlackBerry 10 - the full-touchscreen Z10 (left) and physical keyboard-equipped Q10 (right).

The first manifestation of the new BlackBerry 10 – the full-touchscreen Z10 (left) and physical keyboard-equipped Q10 (right).

The basic premise of the new “BlackBerry experience” is about extending connectivity to everything around users – connecting the phone to the car, sound system, healthcare system etc.

Three overarching innovations to enable this are the BlackBerry Hub, Peek and Flow.

Hub is akin to the People Hub of Microsoft Windows Phone operating system and consolidates all people related and social network information and updates in one place.

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RIM unveils details of BlackBerry US$10k Developer Commitment initiative

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

RIM has announced the details to two initiatives to attract developers to the BlackBerry 10 platform: the US$10k Developer Commitment initiative and Built for BlackBerry initiatives.

RIM BlackBerry 10 US$10K Developer Commitment.

RIM BlackBerry 10 US$10K Developer Commitment.

First announced during BlackBerry 10 Jam Singapore, the US$10,000 Developer Commitment initiative is offered to developers that meet the following criteria.

US$10K Developer Commitment

Developers must certify their apps through the Built for BlackBerry program and submit them prior to the launch of BlackBerry 10.

RIM Built for BlackBerry developer initiative.

RIM Built for BlackBerry developer initiative.

Over the period of 12 months from launch of BlackBerry 10, if the app earns at least US$1,000 on its own but less than US$10,000, RIM will pay the developer the difference between the revenue earned and US$10,000.

Developers are only eligible to receive this one time. In the event where the app earns less than US$1,000 or more than US$10,000, the app is not qualified to be part of the program.

Built for BlackBerry

The Built for BlackBerry program will be initiated this September and allow developers to submit their BlackBerry 10 apps for third-party review.

From productivity apps to lifestyle apps to games, developers will be able to submit their BlackBerry 10 WebWorks or BlackBerry 10 Native app to the Built for BlackBerry program, and when cleared through the review, will receive the “Built for BlackBerry” quality status.

The “Built for BlackBerry” designation will convey to customers the added level of evaluation an app has gone through and that it meets RIM’s high standards for quality and performance.Developers will be able to display this title on their website, on the BlackBerry App World storefront, and anywhere else they market their apps.It is a means for professional developers to differentiate their apps on BlackBerry App World.

The program will be free for now.

BlackBerry reveals 4G LTE PlayBook

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

RIM has unveiled the new 4G LTE PlayBook. Available in Canada on 9 August with 32GB and a more powerful 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. Prices TBA.

The new PlayBook comes with much needed cellular connectivity.

The new PlayBook comes with much needed cellular connectivity.

The 4G LTE version of the BlackBerry PlayBook will make its debut in Canada next Thursday, with availability in other countries in the following months.

Cellular connectivity
LTE 700, 1700 MHz
HSPA+ 100, 1900, 1700, 800, 900 MHz

Given the incompatibility of 4G networks in different countries, it could be some time before a version compatible with your country becomes available.

In the meantime, the new PlayBook will at least bring much needed cellular connectivity (on 3G) for users from countries which do not have a 4G network yet (or who have incompatible networks).

Available in Canada on 9 August, 2012.

Available in Canada on 9 Aug.

Research In Motion (RIM) had announced earlier that the PlayBook will eventually run on BlackBerry 10 OS.

So the 4G LTE should be upgradeable from the current BlackBerry Tablet OS when BB10 becomes available next year.

Apart from the 4G LTE connectivity and CPU speed-up, the hardware for the new PlayBook remains the same – which is a testimony of how advanced it was to begin with when the original PlayBook was launched last year.