BlackBerry Takes A Few Steps Back: Cuts 4,500 Jobs, Posts $950 Million Loss

All The BlackBerriesThat’s pretty much the dusk of BlackBerry, on the consumer level. By cutting 4,500 jobs and posting  $950 million operating loss, the Canadian smartphone company is taking a 50% step back from advertising BlackBerry on the consumer scale, and instead will focus on enterprise solutions while the current cash tank for the company is now $2.6 billion.

But, that’s not all: BlackBerry will also be negating the price points of all its existing devices, leaving only one flagship device, the Z30, as a consumer-oriented device. And, that’s that.

Press release, after the break.

iFixit Tears Down The New iPhone 5S, Which Is Available Today

iphone5steardownIt’s high-time for the engineers and tinkerers at iFixit to dismember the newest Apple products. Starting with the iPhone 5S, which is available in Apple Stores starting today, they’ve noted it has a “repairability score” of 6 out of 10, ten being the easiest to disassemble and repair, while one being the most difficult.

A few interesting notes from their research included the following: they haven’t figured out who manufactures the new A7 processor, the iPhone 5S has a bigger 1560mAh battery, and that the advertised M7 co-motion processor could not be physically found, instead most likely being integrated into the A7, or if they just aren’t looking for the right thing.

Via: iFixit

Google Goes Out With A New Logo And Universal Design

logo6wBesides making the new Google logo join the “flat design” revolution, the big G in California has also done away with the top black navigational bar that everyone has come to notice for a while now, and instead has gone with an app tray for its popular services. This meaning one more click than previously required, but apparently Google thinks it is worth it due to the increased minimalism.

The updated design will roll out in the coming weeks.

Via: Google

HP Creates The First Gesture-Controlled Laptop, The Envy 17 Motion SE

hpleapmotion_primary-100054830-largeIt’s the exact same Envy 17 that is on the market, with Haswell processors, NVIDIA graphics, HD touchscreen and Beats branding, but in this case, integration of the Leap Motion controller on the right side of the palm rest, with an app store built-in the Windows 8 build to give you access to the various apps the motion control can take advantage of.

Also, once you calibrate the sensor, you can turn the controller off by pressing the spacebar plus the Fn key; a small LED indicator will light up to let you know when it’s on. However, HP notes that the only real con of having it on is reduced battery life. Sigh.

Look for it October 16th, with a starting price of $1,049.99 and your choice of Intel Haswell processors and NVIDIA graphics.

The Nikon AW1 Might Just Be The Coolest Waterproof Camera Ever

nikon-aw1With waterproofing down to 49 feet without any more protective housing than its own body, the Nikon AW1 is a great contender for best mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that is waterproof.  For optics, it has an AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and the AW 10mm f/2.8 lens, which will be sold in a kit with the 11-27.5 lens for $800, or in a two-lens kit with both optics sets for $1000. Also, add shock-proofing to 6.6 feet drops and built-in GPS to that list.

Other dandy gadgets built on-board the AW1 include an altimeter, depth gauge, electronic compass, and built-in WiFi, making it fitting for just about any situation. The only real con here is the image sensor: it’s a CX sesnor, which is smaller than traditional mirrorless sensors and takes 14.1 megapixel shots.

The ISO range is 100 – 6,400 and can shoot 15 FPS stills and can go all the way to 60 FPS when the autofocus is locked. Video is shot in 1080p and includes a slow-motion mode that captures footage at either 400 FPS or 1,200 FPS.

Pretty nice camera, right? Release date is in October with colors of black, red, or white.

Via: Nikon

iOS 7 Is Now Available For Download, Worldwide

ios-7-2-xlIt’s been months of beta testing and waiting, but after all, it always has to come to an end: the arrival of iOS 7. If you own an iPhone 5 / 4S / 4, an iPad 2/3/4, iPad Mini or the 5th generation iPod touch, then you’ll be able to start downloading iOS 7 by jumping into Settings, right now.

And with the download of iOS 7, comes the “flat design” revolution that Sir Jonathan Ive is attempting with the world’s most popular mobile operating system, along with iTunes Radio, which also makes a debut in the software.

Psst: Infinity Blade III Has Been Released On The App Store

screen568x568After a two-year hiatus, the Infinity Blade franchise has found its third and final game, appropriately named Infinity Blade III ($6.99/£4.99), which is now available on the App Store, ahead of the iOS 7 release.

It supports all iOS devices 6.0 and up, and features new rendering effects, including depth of field, blur and full-screen vignettes, utilizing the same tap-to-move controls from the past two installments. That’s all, folks.

Via:  Infinity Blade III

BlackBerry Goes Once More Unto The Breach With The New Z30

blackberryz30officialBlackBerry just can’t give up. So, they must create new devices: enter, the 5-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2,880mAh battery and BB 10.2-laden BlackBerry Z30.

Internally, it sports a  dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro (paired with 2GB RAM) and Adreno 320 GPU, much like the Moto X, but without the X8 system that actually makes it interesting.

Internal storage at 16GB, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2-megapixel front facer capable of 720p video  with an 8-megapixel rear module with an f2.2 lens that captures video in 1080p is all that finishes the package. However, BlackBerry’s current carrier partners have not announced availability or pricing for the Z30, so this story hasn’t ended, apparently.