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BlackBerry launches Z3 and Q20

I guess BlackBerry was starting to feel left out with all the new phone announcements so they decided to show off their brand new Q20 and Z3 phones this week. The Q20 has a physical keyboard that many BlackBerry users love and is an upgrade over the previous Q10. The Z3 is a touchscreen smartphone that appears to be aimed at budget consumers around the world as the price tag is rumored to be around $200 bucks off contract. The specs on the Z3 are pretty low but with a price tag of $200 bucks I think people can forgive the lower specs. GSM Arena has all the details on both these new phones.

BlackBerry has announced a new duo of smartphones at the MWC 2014 - the BlackBerry Z3 and the BlackBery Q20.

The BlackBerry Z3 is a full-touch smartphone with a 5" display and runs BlackBerry OS 10.2.1. BlackBerry CEO John Chen says that this is the first phone to come up with the strategic partnership with Foxconn.

Ford at 2014 Calgary International Auto & Truck Show

We spent some time last week at the Calgary International Auto and Truck Show and took a look at what Ford has to offer - as well as strolled the venue to see what is new or exciting (or really, really shiney). Take a look at the video below and see what they have coming down the pipe and what we can expect from BlackBerry as they make moves in this direction in the coming years.

 

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Superman Now Changing Clothes in Dirty Old HotSpots

Do you remember the last time you used a pay phone? I actually remember saving up and counting out those nickels and dimes to make a call. I think the last time I had used a pay phone was at my high school before I got a cell phone and even back then, it was a little gross to touch a public phone. There certainly isn't a lot of phone booths that are in operation anymore. NYC has arrived in the0 21st century by turning their public pay phones into free (ad-supported) WiFi hotspots!

Remember when they got into hot water over their mapping of private Wi-Fi hotspots during the Google Streetview recon missions? Anything that improves the accuracy of their geo-location data is of high interest to the data scientists in Mountain View. An entire city bathed in free Wi-Fi could be a commercial goldmine for businesses of all stripes looking to develop a better understanding of who is nearby and what they’re currently looking for.

Source: VentureBeat

Valve Steam Controller Resurfaces with Thumbstick

We've been waiting for a full Steambox to ship now for a while and after CES 2014, they announced that they were going back to work on their controller as the version they were showing off had a fair bit of negative feedback. Now it has shown its head once again and this time it's not quite so ugly and will be a little more familiar to console gamers. While it still has dual trackpads, they've also added a thumbstick where we expect to see a D-Pad on and Xbox controller.

It's not clear if the image is just a design or if Valve has actually produced prototypes of the new layout, but it's not an unwelcome change: As innovative as the controller's tactical pads are, we found they had a tendency to feel a little alien under the thumb. For most games, an analog stick is a sufficient replacement for the d-pad it supplants, and it would also serve as an alternative control for folks who can't stomach using the left touchpad for movement.

Source: Engadget

Google Helps with Exploration

Have you ever been in a new place and wondered where you should eat or what you should do? Google is doing something to help with this. This week they are releasing an update to the Maps app for Android and iOS that adds an Explore button; essentially letting you see what is close by and can even change what distance it will show you! Another cool feature is that you see how the weather will affect things!

Now, whenever you want to discover places in your area, simply tap the new Explore button at the bottom right corner of your map to get a quick look at what’s nearby (where available). With Explore as your guide, you’ll see different places and activities that adapt to each area and moment throughout your day. This also works when you’re browsing other neighborhoods and cities on the map so you can plan your day’s outing or daydream about your next vacation. 

Source: Google Blog

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