BlackBerry Q10 Review: Return Of The Classical

BlackBerry Q10sIt’s been a rough few years for BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion. From execs jumping ship, to selling jets to make up for costs, and falling sales — BlackBerry has definitely seen less bruising days. But, a light bulb went off at the Canadian company, and BlackBerry 10.1 was born. Improvements, all around, and a new touchscreen slate smartphone — the Z10.

But, that was diverting from BlackBerry roots: you see, a real BlackBerry uses a QWERTY keyboard.

And this is it: the BlackBerry Q10. It’s supposed to compete with the likes of Samsung, Apple, and HTC. So, the question is: can it? And if so, should you buy it?

An Interview With Icreon Tech’s Devanshi Garg: Using Software To Assist Business

Icreon_LogoIcreon Tech is a boutique consulting firm in New York City, with a primary goal of rearing in companies that need software implemented through evolving technologies.

By planting one of Icreon’s own inside of a company, he/she is properly introduced to the dynamics of whatever business that resources are being put into. From restaurants to website software, Icreon Labs has a pretty great grasp on it all.

In my phone interview with Devanshi Garg, their COO, we talk about the company’s various projects, plans to adapt to future projects and upcoming technologies, and probably the most trivial, competition from other firms in the city. Check it all out below!

*Updated to reflect name change.

World’s Thinnest Phone Of Metal: The Huawei Ascend P6

huawei-ascend-p6In a press event in London, Huawei unveiled its latest smartphone. What’s the big deal? It’s the thinnest smartphone in the world, measuring 6.1mm thin, and made of metal. The Ascend P6 also features more important things, like a 4.7-inch 720p display, with availability in 19 countries at the end of July for $600. What’s Huawei’s competition you ask? It’s limitless and daunting: Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5, the Xperia Z or HTC One; however you want to spin it, really.

But if you really want to get nitty and gritty with it, it turns out that Huawei is missing one important feature: 4G. There will be models with LTE capability launched in October, but why wait? Otherwise, a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB of storage (with microSD). 8 megapixel back-facing camera and 5MP front-facing, and a (small) 2,000 mAh battery round off the hardware. Software-wise, there’s Android 4.2.2, with of course, some sort of proprietary design interface that aims to improve the stock version of Android.

Sure thing, Huawei. A launch is expected in at least 100 countries between July and the fourth quarter.

Press release after the break.

AT&T Will Deploy Solar Charger Stations Around NYC


Specifically, in parks and beaches around New York City, AT&T with the help of Goal Zero will bring solar-powered smartphone charger stations. Location-wise, they’ll be deployed at Fort Green Park on June 18th, then Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Riverside Park, the Rockaways, Summerstage in Central Park, Randall’s Island, Governor’s Island, Union Square, and Hudson River Park over the next few weeks. Each solar-powered pole, designed locally by Pensa, sports six USB connections: for iPhones and iPads, there’s 30-pin and Lightning plugs, Android and Windows Phone users can hook up to micro-USB, and everyone else can use their own cable with one of three typical USB connectors.

Each station has three 15-watt solar panels, a 168 watt-hour battery, and is 12.5 feet tall, so six different devices can be charged without exposure to the sun. Of course, to completely fill up your phone can take some time, but 5-15 minutes of charge could be everything that lets you get past 6PM on that wonderful device you always use with impunity.

Via: NYT

Now, Adobe’s Creative Cloud Is Available For All, At A Price

adobe-creative-cloudIndividual Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop and Lightroom are available for $20 each and a whole Creative Cloud subscription — pretty much every app Adobe has to offer —  can be had for $50 per month. If you has Creative Suite 3 or above, you’ll pay $30 instead – it’s an incentive. After today marks a new beginning for apps like Photoshop however: no longer can you buy a physical disc; instead you have to hit up your buddies at Adobe, by offering cold hard cash on a monthly basis.

Time to see if this works out.

Via: Adobe

So, Samsung Wants To Sell An LTE-Advanced Version Of The Galaxy S 4

DSC00514In a real gutsy move, the co-chief exec of Samsung Mobile, JK Shin, has been telling Reuters today that a modified Galaxy S 4 will be the first smartphone to commercially launch on LTE-Advanced, the next step up from existing 4G LTE, which is already available in parts of Russia. It’s really interesting that Samsung is willing to move this quickly with network technology, and even more so, taking the Galaxy S 4 and spinning it around every way possible.

To add context, JK Shin went on to say that, “As operators seek to provide more data-centric mobile services, I think this will become mainstream 4G technology globally in the coming years”. However, when asked when and what carriers the LTE-Advanced Galaxy S 4 would make a debut on, his reply was a refusal.

Via:  Reuters

Now We Know Why The Ancient Romans Had Better Concrete Than Us

Roman-concrete-Al-torbermoriteWhereas current concrete structures begin to deteriorate after 50 years, Roman concrete has been holding up for thousands of years. Portland cement has been the most-used ingredient in today’s concrete, but it’s nothing as good as what the Romans had. Instead, the Romans used two different ingredients in their recipe — wait for it —  lime and volcanic rock. Shocking, indeed.

Scientists in the United States and Europe have been studying this for quite a while, and after being published in a press release of this month’s Journal of the American Ceramic Society and American Mineralogist, we now know what exactly is so great about Roman concrete:

“The Romans made concrete by mixing lime and volcanic rock. For underwater structures, lime and volcanic ash were mixed to form mortar, and this mortar and volcanic tuff were packed into wooden forms. The seawater instantly triggered a hot chemical reaction. The lime was hydrated – incorporating water molecules into its structure – and reacted with the ash to cement the whole mixture together.”

The best part? Current cement-creation methods have an environmental impact, whereas the Roman’s use of lime and volcanic rock is extremely eco-friendly. Of course, there are a few cons: it takes longer to dry than current concrete. But, now all that needs to be done is to adapt the recipe to today’s standards, and get building.

Via: Berkeley Lab