Michael Dell’s apparently willing to put his money on DELL. Unnamed sources have told Bloomberg that Dell, the founder of Dell Inc. , is planning to spend “as much as $1 billion of his personal funds” to regain control of the company and take it private. Bloomberg’s sources indicate that Dell would combine the personal funds with his own $3.6 billion stake in the company to fund just over half of the money needed to buy out Dell. The rest of the buyout would reportedly be “financed by debt and possibly some of the $11 billion of cash Dell reported” in its last earnings report, as well up to $2 billion provided by Silver Lake Management and Microsoft.
A BlackBerry spokesperson has told AllThingsD that the company is “in talks” with both Instagram and Netflix to make mobile applications specifically for the BlackBerry 10 platform. However, the spokesperson also added that they “could not confirm when those apps will make their way into the store,” so BlackBerry fans may have to wait a while before they have access to two of the biggest apps in the mobile world. Instagram’s absence on BlackBerry 10 is particularly glaring because RIM claims it has a strong partnership with Instagram owner Facebook .
BlackBerry announced the availability of its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones at a press event in New York City on Wednesday. The flagship 4.2-inch BlackBerry Z10 can now be preordered from all four major carriers in the United States and will launch in March for $199 with a new two-year agreement or $599 off contract. The device will also be released in the United Kingdom on January 31st, Canada on February 5th for $149.99 on a 3-year contract and in the United Arab Emirates on February 10th. Pricing information hasn’t yet been announced for the BlackBerry Q10 QWERTY keyboard smartphone, although the company expects the device to be available to consumers by April.
BlackBerry also announced the Q10 apart from Blackberry Z10, which will be the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone with a physical QWERTY keypad. It only goes on sale in April, unlike the Z10 that is available in a couple of countries right away and will be available in India next month. Apart from the physical keypad, BlackBerry is showing off a glass-weave material used for the back cover, which it claims is unique to the Q10 and isn’t available with any other smartphone vendor. Specifications are a bit sketchy at the moment but read on for the key ones.
BlackBerry Q10 key specifications:
- Display: 3.1-inch 720×720 pixels
- Processor: TI OMAP 1.5GHz dual-core
- Memory: 2GB RAM
- WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4/5GHz
- GPS: Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
- Connectivity: NFC, microUSB , microHDMI-Out, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
The new BBM messenger can not only do text IMs but also live video calls. What’s more users can also share their screens so one can see exactly whats on the other person’s screen. With ScreenShare, users will also be able to navigate through their screens, which could be anything from a tour of a photo album or a presentation deck. This is going to be a handy feature, especially for corporates and takes BBM a step ahead of Apple’s FaceTime service. Check out the new BBM in action in the video below.
BlackBerry, today announced its latest lineup of devices running BlackBerry 10. On top of the rebranding of the company, executives took the stage to show of the new 4.2-inch BlackBerry Z10 and a second model launching equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. Some of the early reviews for the devices and BB10 are starting to roll in and below we’ve put together a roundup of first impressions:
The Z10 and BB10 represent a radical reinvention of the BlackBerry. The hardware is decent and the user interface is logical and generally easy to use. I believe it has a chance of getting RIM back into the game, if the company can attract a lot more apps…. Master BlackBerry thumb typists might not find it as fast as the traditional physical keyboard, but, for a one-finger typist like me, it was faster and more accurate than either the native keyboards on the iPhone or Android. This is partly because it features predictive typing.
The Z10 is a fine device, well made, reasonably priced, backed by a company with a long track record. But it’s not the only device of its kind, and it’s swimming against a massive wave of entrenched players with really, really good products… . It does everything a modern phone should do, usually without hesitation. It doesn’t do everything perfectly, but it does many things — most things — reasonably well. The problem with the Z10 is that it doesn’t necessarily do anything better than any of its competition.
As a replacement for older versions of BlackBerry OS, BB 10 is a huge step out of the dark ages of mobile OS design. It’s something that finally feels intended for a modern, full-touch device, yet still offers the core productivity focus we think BBID-holders will like. Does it have mainstream appeal? Yes, it does, but we’re not sure a great stock keyboard and some trick gestures are enough to unseat the current kings of mobile devices.
With the Z10, BlackBerry has created a smartphone that’s worthy of being mentioned in the same conversation as the latest Android devices and the iPhone. That alone is an accomplishment for a company that has seemed on the verge of extinction for quite a while now…. BlackBerry 10, and by extension the Z10, need to be Cinderella stories to bring BlackBerry back from where it is now, and while extremely solid and with a few very impressive features, I’d be hard-pressed to say there’s anything here that will necessarily convince an Android-loving BlackBerry convert to come back to platform.
With the BlackBerry Z10, I can finally start walking around with just one device in my pocket without feeling like I’m missing out. BlackBerry 10 retains the best features of the BlackBerry of old, plays catch up in the OS and apps department to the competition, and with features like Hub and Flow actually push the smartphone experience further. It’s a BlackBerry that is equally good at getting work done and having fun too.
As the software capabilities grow with a much better browser, all-touch keyboard and other features, it feels like RIM loses it’s core. The company is forced to try to reinvent the smartphone and in the process just seems to end up making an iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone competitor that isn’t as good as any of them. And in several ways, it isn’t even as good as the BlackBerry before it.
This is the best BlackBerry I’ve ever used. I think a lot of people will like it and some will absolutely love it… From the moment you turn this phone on, you can tell that RIM has put a lot of thought into every aspect of the device. The phone is sleek, certainly, but it isn’t that striking to look at.. But the fluid, flowing nature of the new BlackBerrys is really the main thing that sets it apart from other smartphone platforms.
Honda just specified that the Accord and Acura RDX and ILX 2013 models will support Siri’s hand-free integration, also known as “Eyes Free”, as a dealer-installed option.
“Later this year, owners with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel,” said Honda in a press release. “Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping your iOS device’s screen from lighting up.”
Apple announced at WWDC that Siri would gain an all-new “Eyes Free” feature as part of iOS 6. After five months of staying quiet on the feature, General Motors announced it would be the first of nine automakers previously outlined to adopt the tech in vehicles starting in early 2013. The other manufacturers, aside from Honda as well, include Audi, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota.
Details on pricing and availability are not yet available, but more information in the press release below.
Honda and Acura to offer Convenience of Apple’s Siri Eyes Free on Select 2013 Vehicles
TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 – American Honda today announced it will integrate support for Siri, the intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking, into its 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX models as a dealer installed option. Later this year, owners with a compatible iPhone* running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping your iOS device’s screen from lighting up.
“iPhone has become so integral to people’s lives that they continue to use them in their vehicles, ” said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of automobile product planning, American Honda. “Offering Honda and Acura owners Siri and its Eyes Free mode via Bluetooth is an incredible opportunity to provide next-generation connectivity and meet our customer’s ever-changing needs.”
Honda recognizes the power of Siri and Eyes Free mode as an in-vehicle tool that will help meet the connectivity and convenience needs of its customers in a responsible manner. Honda has reengineered its software to seamlessly integrate Siri Eyes Free mode into its Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® via the onboard microphone and speakers.
* Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd and 4th generations), iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation), and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.