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The all new KEYone proves that BlackBerry still got a chance!

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Over the past seven years, BlackBerry’s market share has slipped away, lost to Apple and Android. The company made multiple attempts to revive its own fortunes, from its oft-delayed BB 10 operating system to devices like the Z10 and Passport. Nothing stuck, including the company’s first attempt to combine a hardware keyboard and the Android operating system, the BlackBerry Priv. After first being revealed at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the new device was officially put up for sale in the UK earlier this week. London’s Selfridges is the only place you can currently buy the BlackBerry KEYone, with the famous old department store having an exclusive until May 5th, when Carphone Warehouse will also start selling the device. The KeyOne runs Android Nougat 7.1.1 and uses a Snapdragon 625 SoC. That’s an eight-core CPU clocked at 2GHz (all eight cores are based on the Cortex-A53). Performance when running single-threaded code will not be particularly strong, since the Cortex-A53 is…

DEAD! Cherish your Windows Phone NOW as none will come again!

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If you've been expecting Microsoft to issue a press release formally announcing the end of its Windows phone business, you're probably hoping for a bit too much. But make no mistake: its phone hardware business is dead. Some fans, and even some in the media, have consistently refused to acknowledge this, despite the clear signs in recent quarters. Now, Microsoft's own figures, and its statements regarding its phone division, should make it irrefutably clear that there is no life left in its Windows phone business. For anyone who's been paying attention, this shouldn't be a surprise. All of Microsoft's 'latest' Lumia Windows phones are now well over a year old, with no sign of direct replacements. In many markets, these devices have been out of stock for weeks - or even months, in some cases. Meanwhile, the new Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update supports only a handful of devices, and delivers only a small number of relatively minor improvements, despite so…

UAE’s Thuraya partners ELSE to expand satellite services

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Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading mobile satellite service operator and ELSE SA, a Swiss NewSpace startup, has announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) paving the way for a strategic alliance between the two companies. The strategic alliance will enable the companies to expand satellite services to customers with machine-to-machine (M2M) and internet of things (IoT) communication, enabled by the Astrocast satellite constellation. They will benefit from each other’s capabilities on multiple fronts including technical and regulatory. They can extend their product and service portfolios considerably besides facilitating expedited access to the market. “This agreement forms the foundation of an extensive framework and an exciting long-term collaboration towards providing a progressive platform for our partners to offer services beyond basic satellite connectivity,” said Jassem Nasser, Thuraya’s chief strategy officer.  “FUTURA, our future plan encompa…

Brother PocketJet Mobile Printer Honored With Prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD 2017

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Brother Mobile Solutions, Inc. (BMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brother International Corporation and premier provider of mobile printing and labeling solutions, has announce that the Brother PocketJet 773 full-page mobile printer has been named a winner in iF International Forum’s “iF DESIGN AWARD 2017” in the Product Design category. Two portable industrial label printers in the BMS lineup – the PT-P950NW and PT-E800 series have also been honored with the prestigious award. iF DESIGN AWARD is hosted and judged by the iF-International Forum Design, in Hannover, Germany. This is one of the most prestigious international design competitions and has been running since 1953. It is recognized around the world and judged not only on external appearance of the product, but also on criteria such as functionality and environmental performance. Recognized as a symbol of design excellence around the world, this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD competition welcomed over 5,500 submissions from 59 countrie…

CNSG Partners Aryaka to Provide Global SD-WAN to its Enterprise Customers

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Leading global software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) provider Aryaka®, has announced a partnership with Converged Network Services Group (CNSG) to deliver its global SD-WAN solution to enterprises looking to replace their legacy Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) connectivity worldwide. CNSG is the premier master distributor for connectivity services and cloud enablement solutions. The alliance further expands Aryaka’s reach into the IT and telecom partner communities through targeted engagement with CNSG’s industry-leading partners, MSPs and VARs. “Global businesses are actively looking for SD-WAN solutions to replace their MPLS and provide simplified connectivity and access to cloud/SaaS applications,” said Jim Hilbert, Chief Revenue Officer at Aryaka. “Aryaka offers a global SD-WAN solution that deploys in days, offers performance improvements for all applications, and is delivered as a complete managed service. Our partnership with CNSG will help us further expand our market…

Tecno Is Most Popular Brand, As It Sells 25m Mobile Devices In Africa…launches new Phone

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Leading Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Tecno Mobile sales has reached 25 million devices, including 9 million smartphones in 2015, helping it to sustain the most "popular" brand status in Africa. Globally, it sold 60 million devices last year while the sale of smart phones manufactured by the company increased by 40 percent. In a statement was made by the firm while announcing the launching date of its newest smartphone Camon X, the company disclosed that it also produces tablets for the middle and high end market.   The smartphone is being launched today with Tecno saying it will be made available to 41 countries across Africa, the Middle East and Latin America promising a brighter, clearer and faster selfies than before. Mohammed Hasseni Marketing Manager of Tecno Mobile Ethiopia says with 25 percent share of Africa's phone market, it's confident its newest offering will attract the eyes of prospective customers.  Stephen Ha, General Manager of Tecno Mobile expla…

InnJoo becomes the official sponsor for La Liga club, RCD Espanyol

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InnJoo, the fastest growing smartphone brand in Middle East and Africa announced that they have reached an agreement for the Spain’s leading football club, RCD Espanyol de Barcelona to become the official sponsor of the club and appear on the back of the first team’s jersey starting from current season. InnJoo is one of the fastest growing smartphone brands across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The Dubai headquartered company was established in the year 2014 and since then it has come a long way to become a choice of millions of consumers in 30 countries including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria, Spain, Portugal, Italy among others. Currently, InnJoo is ranked among the ‘Top Smartphone Brands’ in several of the countries that it operates in and is gradually entering several new countries spread across EMEA region. While expressing his happiness to be associated with one of the top clubs in the country, the General Manager for InnJoo in Spain, Conrado Vázquez said "We are deligh…