Photo of the BlackBerry Mercury with physical keyboard surfaces

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With the looks of it, BlackBerry is going out with one last hurrah with an in-house device before it finally hands off the development of future Blackberry devices to its partners.  A photo of a new BlackBerry device sporting a physical portrait keyboard surfaced online, the device is likely to be the long rumoured BlackBerry Mercury



The BlackBerry Mercury is said to have a 4.5 inch display and an aluminium body. The rest of the internals includes a Snapdragon processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 18MP/8MP camera combo, and is powered by a 3400mAh battery

New Netflix update brings offline mode to Android and iOS apps

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Netflix today announced the addition of one of most requested features to its Android and iOS apps. The download mode which allows users to save movies and TV shows for viewing at a later time or when they're without an Internet connection.



The new download feature is available to all Netflix users worldwide at no extra cost regardless of their pricing plan. Saving the videos is just as easy as streaming it and all the user needs to do is to tap on the download icon on the page. Downloaded videos can be accessed via "My Downloads" in the Hamburger menu.



Users can choose to save the videos in SD or HD quality, although it should be noted that not all videos can be downloaded, those videos which can be downloaded are denoted by the download icon on their pages. 

Photos of the Samsung Galaxy S7 in yummy glossy black surfaces

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Days after been reported by some mobile tech websites, Samsung's answer to the Jet Black IPhone 7 is live and showing off its gorgeous glossy black self for photos. 

The photos courtesy of the Weibo account of a Samsung official shows the Galaxy S7 edge from different angles. While the photos aren't all that great, the Glossy black  Galaxy S7 edge does look great. 

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This 5 seconds video will make every iPhone crash

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For years Apple's OSes have been regarded as pretty much bulletproof so kind of makes geeks everywhere a bit giddy when a vulnerability surfaces.



A new vulnerability reported by some Reddit users shows the iPhone running the latest iOS crashing after playing the video. The video causes the iPhone to go into a loop which causes the iPhone to crash 10 seconds after watching it. The only way to recover from the crash is to press and hold down both the power and home buttons at the same time to perform a hard reset. The iPhone bug is said to crash only the device if the file is sent as a link.



The video below by EverythingApplePro shows the bug crashing an iPhone.

If you're insanely curious and would like to give the video a go, you can grab it from this link.

Gear Manager app for iOS IPA file surfaces online

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Samsung has been teasing iOS compatibility for its Gear S smartwatch line for almost a year now. iOS compatibility was supposed to debut months after the Gear S2 was introduced but that didn't happen. With the introduction of the Gear S3, it seems Samsung is finally making good with that promise with an IPA file for the iOS Gear Manager surfacing online. The Gear Manager allows users to pair their Samsung Gear S2 or S3 with their Apple iPhones just like they would with their Apple watch. 

If you have got a Samsung Gear S2 or S3, and would like to pair it with your iPhone,  you can download the IPA file from here to your computer. Once you have downloaded the file, connect your iPhone to your computer and double click on the IPA file and tap install. Once the synchronisation is done,  navigate to the Settings > General > Device Management , then trust the Samsung certificate. Then do a factory reset of the Gear S2 or S3, and pair it using the Gear Manager app via Bluetooth. 

It should be noted that there is only a small number of watch faces available for iPhone users which is kind of expected considering that the support for iOS devices isn't official yet. 

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WhatsApp begins rollout of video calling feature to all users

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WhatsApp announced today at its event in India that it be rolling out its new video calling feature to all of users starting today.  The Video calling feature which has been available to users in their Beta program, will now be available to every one of the over 1 Billion users across the world over the bext few days regardless of the platform (Android, iOS and Windows).


Making Video calls on WhatsaApp doesn't differ much from making a voice call.  All one needs to tap on the phone icon 📞  in the contact's chat thread and choose Video call instead of Voice call.   

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Samsung to acquire audio electronics giant Harman for $8 Billion

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Samsung announced this morning that it has reached an agreement to acquire Harman International Industries for about $8 Billion. The Cash deal will see Samsung pay $112 per Harman share, which is a tempting 22% premium on the $87.5 share price of Harman International Industries.

Samsung's acquisition of Harman would see it gain a substantial foothold in the industry with Harman's large portfolio of audio electronics companies which includes notable brands such as Bang & Olufsen, JBL, Harman/Kardon, AKG, infinity among others.  The deal would allow Samsung to make a play in the  connected car business, which has been growing in leaps and bounds especially with car infotainment systems getting more sophisticated and replicating a lot of the functionality found in smartphones.

Samsung Opens Galaxy Beta program for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users in South Korea, Us and UK

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Samsung has announced a Galaxy Beta program for owners of the latest Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones in South Korea, US and the UK. 

The Galaxy Beta program allows users early access to the updated version of Samsung's User interface, try out new features before it is available to the public. The Galaxy Beta program would allow Samsung to get feedback on how well the software performs as well as its reliability. The Galaxy Beta program is available to users with the unlocked models of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and also carrier branded versions on Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in the US. Users with the Galaxy S7 injustice Edition and  Galaxy S7 edge  Olympic Games edition for some reason are precluded from the program.

 In order to participate in the Galaxy Beta program would require a Samsung Account, either one of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and download the Galaxy Beta Program app through the Galaxy Apps or the Samsung Members app from.the Google Play Store. Once downloaded, users would need to fill out a form and wait to be accepted into the program. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. The program is expected to run through the end of year. Accepted users would would be able to try out the beta version of Android Nougat. 

Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature new AI personal assistant

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With the Galaxy Note7 bombing, Samsung is more than dedicated to ensure that the Galaxy S8 is a smash hit. The Galaxy S8 has confirmed to have a revamped AI which is more in line with what Google is trying to achieve with its Pixel exclusive "Google Assistant". 

The new Personal Assistant which is a product of its recent acquisition of Viv Labs founded by the creators of Apple's Siri. The new Personal Assistant would allow Samsung Galaxy users to interact with their smartphones using natural language. For an idea of how the new Personal Assistant would work, check out the video below.

Renders of Nokia's D1C Android Smartphone shows up online looks every bit like a Lumia from 2 years ago

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The wait for a Nokia Android Smartphone is about to come to an end if the recent renders are any thing to go by. The new smartphones which are as a result of the partnership between Nokia and HMD Global bear a striking resemblance to previous Lumia devices. 

The D1C is said to come in two variants, one which will have a metal frame along with a polycarbonate build and another with an all metal build.

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Check out Bruno Mars' panty dropping new single "Versace on the floor"

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After getting us all joyously hyped on his first single "24K Magic" from his new album with the same name. Bruno Mars thinks it's time to slow it down a bit and chill with his new single "Versace on the floor".

The sexy new single which sounds remarkably like the "80s/90s" R&B songs that groups like Boyz II Men were known for, has Bruno Mars serenading the ladies with lines like "So baby let's just turn down the lights / And close the door / Oooh I love that dress / But you won't need it anymore / No you won't need it no more / Let's just kiss 'til we're naked, baby"

With the first two singles from 24K Magic being above board i can't wait to hear what the full body of work sounds like.

Samsung Q3 profits drops by 30% as the Galaxy Note7 bombs

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Samsung Electronics has released its third quarter earnings  this morning and boy did it take a hit with the cancellation of the Galaxy Note7.  The revenue was $41.9 billion which is down by 7.5% year-on-year. The operating profit amounted to $4.5 billion down by $1.89 billion, which was in line with the expected decline of 30%. 

The IT &  Communication division which makes its smartphones fared a bit worse with profits dropping by 96% to $87.1 million no thanks to the cancellation of the Galaxy Note7. 

Check out Xiaomi's futuristic edgeless smartphone

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The dual curved screen Mi Note2 was not the only device that Xiaomi unveiled this morning. It also unveiled its own VR headset and the real star of the show, the Mix which sports a breathtaking futuristic practically edgeless 6.4inch HD display.

The Xiaomi Mix which was made in conjunction with Phillipe Starck features a sleek all ceramic body which is free of any bezels on three sides. In order to accomplish the feat, Xiaomi had to do away with the earpiece and the sensors which tend to occupy the top bezel in most smartphones. The physical earpiece is replaced by a piezoelectric ceramic driver and the usual array sensors (proximity and light sensor) is replaced by an ultrasonic proximity which sits below the display. While the front facing camera has been relocated to the bottom of the device.

The Xiaomi Mix would be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processor, with 6GB and 128GB/256GB of storage, a 5MP/16MP camera combo, SAP assisted GPS, HD audio processor (192 KHz / 24 bit) and a large 4400mAh battery.

The Mi Mix will be available starting from November 4 in China at 3499 Yuan ($516) for the 4GB/128GB version and 3999 Yuan ($590) for the 18K edition with 6GB/256GB.

While Xiaomi isn't the first to make a device with this kind of display, The Crystal Aquos (shown to right in the picture below) from Sharp was the first to have this type of screen, it's really great to see smartphone makers experiment a little with design.

Xiaomi Mi Note2 goes official: Galaxy Note7 for half the price

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Xiaomi just took the wrap off the Mi Note2 smartphone whic in some way is an ode to Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note7. The Mi Note2 not only does it share the Note name, it also shares a striking resemblance to the Galaxy Note7. Which is not a bad thing considering how good the Galaxy Note7 is. The pair also share a similar aluminium and glass body.

The Xiaomi Mi Note2 shares a similar 5.7 inch dual curved AMOLED display as the Galaxy Note7. Although the resolution maxes out at 1080p rather than 2160p. The screen to body ratio of the Mi Note2 goes all the way up to 77.2% which is quite an accomplishment. Under the Mi Note2 packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with a clock speed of 2.3GHz, 4GB or 6GB RAM depending on the configuration, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage with a large 4070mAh battery ensuring that the device stays on all day long. It also has AQSTIC HD audio processor with Hi-Fi sound quality and low distortion (24 bit / 192KHz), NFC with fingerprint payments and improved SAP assisted GPS. 

ln the camera department, the Mi Note2 packs a 22MP/8MP camera combo.  The rear camera is a Sony made 22.56MP IMX318 EXMOR RS sensor with a 3-axis gyroscope, f2. 0 aperture,  PDAF and EIS (Electronic Image stabilization) in place of OIS. The camera also supports 4K video image stabilization at the hardware level. The 8MP front facing camera is also made by Sony and comes with Beauty 3.0 which Xiaomi says would produce more accurate and natural colours. The front camera also has autofocus capabilities which would ensure that your selfies remajn in focus. 

The Xiaomi Mi Note2 would be available in three variants; a version with 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage which would cost 2799 Yuan ($413), a 6GB RAM version with 128GB of storage for 3299 Yuan ($487) and a 6GB RAM with 128GB storage Special Global Edition for 3499 Yuan ($516). The 6GB RAM with 64GB version comes with support for all global LTE bands which is great for non-Chinese buyers. The Xiaomi Mi Note2 would also be available in a choice of Glacier Silver and Piano Black.

Samsung Galaxy On Nxt with 5.5" HD Display, full metal body, 3GB RAM goes live in India

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Samsung has just announced a new addition to its Galaxy On series of smartphones with the Galaxy On Nxt. The all metal midranger launched in India for all intent and purpose is basically an Exynos version of the China only Galaxy On7. 

The Galaxy On Nxt sports a 5.5inch 1080p HD display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection and is powered by a 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 7870 processor with Mali T830 GPU with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD slot. The camera optics consist of a f/1.9 aperture 13MP rear camera with LED flash while the front camera unit is a f/1.9 aperture 8MP camera. The device would run Android 6.01 Marshmallow out of box and sports the usual Dual SIM, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE connectivity options. A fingerprint sensor and 3300mAh battery makes up the remainder of the specs. 

The Galaxy On Nxt which retails exclusively on Flipkart for Rs 18490 ($247), would be available in a choice of Black and Gold colours.