T-Mobile is now selling the BlackBerry Priv


Now that its exclusive carrier arrangement to sell the flagship is out of the way, BlackBerry’s Priv is being sold by T-Mobile. The carrier stated last week it would begin selling the handset on January 26, and today orders were accepted on schedule.


T-Mobile customers have a number of ways to purchase the Priv, assuming they want a handset with a slide-out physical keyboard sitting behind a 5.4-inch display. Longtime, trusted customers can get the Priv for $30 per month for twenty-four months without putting any money down. Through the JUMP! On Demand program, the monthly payments become $34 spread across eighteen months. Those building credit can pay $396 upfront and get the handset for $13.50 per month for twenty-four months. However, you can purchase it outright by laying out $719. That seems like a steep price, but it’s about right when compared to offerings from Samsung and LG.

Verizon customers have been waiting since November to see the handset become availability. It was three months ago when Big Red posted that the Priv is “coming soon.”

The BlackBerry Priv has a 5.4-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, 18MP / 2MP cameras, 3410mAh battery, and Android 5.1.1 built into an extremely secure framework. Apparently consumers have liked the Priv because BlackBerry is expanding its availability, launching in India in two days.

BlackBerry’s early success with the Priv has pushed the company to make a direct switch to Android for their 2016 devices. A handset with the codename Vienna, which features an always-present physical keyboard, leaked a few months ago showing BlackBerry pairing Android with a form factor the company is known for.

The Android powered BlackBerry Priv is now available from T-Mobile

If you’re a T-Mobile customer who has been waiting for theBlackBerry Priv to land on the nation’s third largest carrier, today is the day you’ve been looking forward to. The first Android powered BlackBerry is now available from T-Mobile’s retail locations and online store. Qualifying customers can purchase the phone for $0 down, paying off the balance at the rate of $30 each month for 24 months. That works out to $719.99 (you get a penny back in change).

If you don’t mind leasing the slider, you can turn to T-Mobile’s JUMP! On Demand. With that program, you can pay $0 down (which is always the best part), and pay $34 for 18 months ($612). With this plan, you are entitled to trade-in your phone and exchange it for a hot new model up to three times a year. At anytime, you can purchase the device by paying off the remaining installment balance and “residual purchase amount.”

If you are thinking about biting the bullet and paying the full retail price, you can actually save $20 by buying the unlocked version directly from BlackBerry. This model does support the T-Mobile pipeline. If you are interested in purchasing or leasing the device, click on the appropriate sourcelink. The BlackBerry Priv is available in your favorite color, assuming that your favorite color is black.

AT&T had an exclusive on the carrier-branded version of the phone in the U.S., which expired on January 20th. Both Verizon and Sprint will also be adding the slider to their equipment lineup in the not too distant future.

Intex Aqua Air II With 5-Inch Display Launched

Intex Aqua Air II With 5-Inch Display Launched at Rs. 4,690

Intex after launching the Cloud 4G last week has now unveiled a new entry-level Aqua Air II smartphone. Priced at Rs. 4,690, the Intex Aqua Air II is now listed on the company site and can be expected to be available in the market soon.

The Aqua Air II is a dual-SIM smartphone running dated Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. It features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) TFT display and also sports Corning Gorilla Glass for protection from scratches. Powered by a dual-core MediaTek MT6572W processor clocked at 1.2GHz, the Aqua Air II comes with 1GB of RAM.

The latest Intex smartphone sports a 2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It bears 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB (via microSD card).

Measuring 145.5×72.8×9.9mm and weighing 154 grams, the Intex Aqua Air II’s connectivity features include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, and GPS. A 2300mAh battery backs the handset, rated to deliver up to 4 hours of talk time on 3G network, and up to 6 hours of talk time on 2G network. It will be available in a Grey colour variant.

Last week, Intex unveiled the Cloud 4G Smart priced at Rs. 4,999 – a smartphone then that went up for sale exclusively via Flipkart. The Intex Cloud 4G Smart supports 4G, which is a highlight of the device at this price point.

The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Cloud 4G Smart features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) TFT display. It is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It includes 8GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). The handset measures 144.4×73.2×9.75mm and weighs 156 grams.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones Renewed for a Second Season on Netflix

Marvel's Jessica Jones Renewed for a Second Season on Netflix

Jessica Jones, the second collaboration between Marvel and Netflix starring Krysten Ritter as the show’s eponymous lead, will get a second season on the streaming service, the company’s head of content acquisition Ted Sarandos announced at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday.

The Marvel drama premiered back in November to generally positive reviews from all around, with creator and writer Melissa Rosenberg commended for the show’s portrayal of women. It landed Ritter a nomination in drama’s best actress category at the Critics’ Choice Awards, and gave Marvel a successful second entry after April’s Daredevil – also on Netflix – as the studio looks to expand its influence into television.

Daredevil itself is set for a second season in March this year, and will be followed by series for Luke Cage (Mike Colter) who was introduced in Jessica Jones; and Iron Fist, who is yet to be cast. After that, Marvel intends to bring all four of them together for a mini-series titled The Defenders. There are also rumours of a spin-off series starring Jon Bernthal of The Walking Dead fame as The Punisher, who is set to appear in Daredevil’s Netflix return.

There is no word yet on when production will begin on season two of Jessica Jones or when it’s slated for release. Sarandos said: “The Defenders production schedule will determine the production schedule of second [for Jessica Jones] and third seasons [for Daredevil]. It’s a work in progress.”

Netflix also provided premiere dates and production news for a whole host of original programming during its presentation. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the surprise hit comedy, will have its second run on April 15. While the fourth season of Orange Is the New Black will arrive on the service on June 17, Sci-fi dystopian tech anthology series Black Mirror will have a season run of 12 episodes, with Charlie Brooker still at the helm.

Nasa’s Scott Kelly Shares Photo of First Flower Grown in Space

Nasa's Scott Kelly Shares Photo of First Flower Grown in Space

Over the weekend, Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly shared an image of a blooming flower that the crew of the International Space Station has managed to grow. This is the first flower that has been grown in space. The space organisation announced plans to grow flowers last November.

A flower has bloomed in the zero gravity of space. Kelly made the news public on Twitter on Saturday, adding that a zinnia plant flowered. “First ever flower grown in space makes its debut! #SpaceFlower #zinnia #YearInSpace,” he wrote, adding: “Yes, there are other life forms in space!”

The team grew zinnia, a genus of plants of the sunflower tribe within the daisy family, late last year. In August last year, team sampled the first lettuce it had grown in space, and said it tasted “awesome.”After starting the zinnia flower project in November, Kelly noted the plants’ condition started to wither amid excessive humidity and limited air flow. Kelly said he had to channel his inner Mark Whatney, a reference to the popular 2015 motion picture, and made some alteration to the way the plant was taken care of including changing when to water the plant.

“The zinnia plant is very different from lettuce,” said Trent Smith, Veggie project manager. “It is more sensitive to environmental parameters and light characteristics. It has a longer growth duration between 60 and 80 days. Thus, it is a more difficult plant to grow, and allowing it to flower, along with the longer growth duration, makes it a good precursor to a tomato plant.”

The mission of Kelly and his team is to study the effects of a long-term stay in space. The ability to grow plants beyond Earth’s boundary is a small step toward setting up human colonies in space, Mars and other planets.

Nasa announced Veggie project in 2014 to produce plants and flowers in Nasa. As you can imagine, there are a number of challenges, including pouring water, in growing anything in space. For this, the team has a special irrigation system that delivers moisture to the plant pillows from below.

Microsoft Says Upcoming Processors Will Only Support Windows 10

Microsoft Says Upcoming Processors Will Only Support Windows 10

Microsoft is curtailing hardware support for older versions of Windows. The Redmond, Washington company has announced that moving forward new processors from major chipmakers will only support Windows 10. This is company’s newest move to push users to make the switch to Windows 10, limiting their OS of choice when buying new hardware.

Essentially, all new desktops, laptops, and tablets that come with the latest processors – whether it is from AMD, or Intel, or Qualcomm – won’t support Windows 7, Windows 8 or any version of the operating system other than Windows 10. Users of current generation Intel Skylake hardware will also be affected.

In a blog post, Microsoft’s Windows chief Terry Myerson announced that Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lakeprocessor lineup (based on Intel’s next gen 14nm SoCs), Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, and AMD’s Carrizo will only support Windows 10, the desktop operating system Microsoft released to public on July 29. But why? Here’s how Microsoft explains it.

“Windows 7 was designed nearly 10 years ago before any x86/x64 SoCs existed. For Windows 7 to run on any modern silicon, device drivers and firmware need to emulate Windows 7’s expectations for interrupt processing, bus support, and power states – which is challenging for Wi-Fi, graphics, security, and more,” Myerson wrote. “As partners make customisations to legacy device drivers, services, and firmware settings, customers are likely to see regressions with Windows 7 ongoing servicing.”

Microsoft said it will only support select desktop versions of Intel’s 6th-generation Core processor – better known as Skylake – until July 17, 2017. Post that date, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users on Skylake will only receive security and other critical updates for their “on previous generation silicon.” The company said that after July 2017, it will seed most critical updates to these owners provided the update doesn’t risk the “reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.”

The company hopes that users would utilise the 18-month period to switch to a newer version of Windows. Intel and Microsoft said the Skylake platform were designed for each other, and certain features can only be supported on the new hardware. Microsoft has previously committed to support Windows 7 until 2020 and Windows 8.1 until 2023. This means that users, and most especially enterprise users, will be forced to switch to the Windows 10 ecosystem ahead of these deadlines that they might have planned for, if they intend to use new hardware within the next 4-7 years. It could certainly be seen as a rude shock to enterprise users, who may now be forced to stick to older hardware just to run their chosen operating systems.

This wouldn’t affect most average consumers as they are happy with running whichever operating system that ships with their computer. However, many will find this as disheartening. The change in company’s support policy means that users wouldn’t be able to test Windows 7 or Windows 8 – their existing setup – on the newest chipsets.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Dual SIM Launched

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Dual SIM Launched at Rs. 51,400

Samsung has finally unveiled the dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy Note 5 phablet in India. Priced at Rs. 51,400, the 32GB inbuilt storage variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Dual SIM is now available to buy via Samsung’s India eStore.

With the launch of the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 5, the single-SIM version has received a price cut. It is now retailing at Rs. 47,900 for the 32GB, and Rs. 53,900 for the 64GB model via the company’s official store.

To recall, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 5 back in September in India at Rs. 53,900 for the 32GB variant, and Rs. 59,900 for the 64GB variant.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 dual-SIM version was first spotted in Philippines in August last year. The Galaxy Note 5 Dual SIM, unlike its single-SIM model, supports dual Nano-SIMs. Rest of the specifications of the Galaxy Note 5 Dual SIM are identical to the original model.


For those unaware, the Galaxy Note 5 Dual SIM features a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Super-Amoled display with a pixel density of 515ppi, and is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.1GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz. The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based smartphone packs 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and optical image stabilisation, apart from a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery and also supports Fast Charging technology. The Note phablet features dimensions of 153.2×76.1×7.6mm, and weights 171 grams. It will be available in Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium colour variants.

The 64GB variant of the Galaxy Note 5 Dual SIM smartphone is also due to launch in India soon, and is expected to bear a Rs. 57,400 price tag.

Skype Group Video Calling Coming to Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Mobile

Skype Group Video Calling Coming to Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Mobile

Marking its 10-year anniversary, Microsoft’s Skype team on Tuesday announced that it has introduced the group video calling feature to everyone on Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Mobile. Skype already supported group video calls but only for those who opted for Skype for Business. The feature is now available to non-subscribers as well.

The feature can be used free of cost and will be rolled out to users in the ‘coming weeks’. However, for those who want to preview the group calling feature, they can sign-up by submitting some details.

The Skype group video calling service lets up to 25 users share a video call on desktop. However, the popular VoIP service is not the only one sporting such kind of feature. Rival apps such as GoogleHangouts also supports group video calling for up to 10 users. Line (with Popcorn Buzz), Viber, WeChat, and other popular chatting apps also have the feature. Hike in September last year introduced group audio calling feature, letting up to 100 people to talk to each other in a group call. Other popular chatting applications such as FaceTime and Facebook Messenger are yet to receive the feature.

Gurdeep Pall Singh, the Global Corporate Vice President of Skype in the company blog post added that in 10 years Skype users have generated nearly 2 trillion minutes of free Skype video calls. “In fact, with that amount of time, you can use Skype to read to every child in the world for 10 hours, every family can be together over Skype for more than 7 hours and there’s still time left for the entire world’s workforce to have an hour-long interview via Skype,” he said.

Google IO 2016 Dates and Venue Announced

Google IO 2016 Dates and Venue Announced

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced the date and venue for the company’s annual developer event. Google I/O 2016 will be held in Mountain View, California on May 18 through May 20 later this year.

Pichai shared the news on social media adding that the event was heading back “to the neighbourhood where it all started 10 years ago: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.” The company has for the past several years held its annual event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, which is why its decision to hold the event at a different could have a special purpose.

The company typically utilises the event to announce the new Android version and make available its developer preview to enthusiasts. The company, for instance, announced Android M (since lengthened to Marshmallow) and its feature at its last year’s developer conference. The company also announces major upcoming changes to apps and its cloud products.

At Google I/O 2016, the company is expected to introduce Android N and showcase some of its features. One feature that we’re really looking forward to is multi-window support on Android. Reports suggest that the company is working on it – in fact, it was expected to be announced with Android M, later revealed as Android Marshmallow. We also expect to get an update on Google Glass, and perhaps see a new improved version of Cardboard.

The company could also share an update on Brillo and Weave, the operating systems for IoT devices. It will be interesting to see if Google reveals any major update to Chrome OS, which will supposedly bring some Android features.

The company’s decision to hold the event in its own backyard certainly could be seen as the new beginning for the company, which announced a major reshuffle last year, creating a holding company,Alphabet Inc. It could also mean that the company will use the voluminous space to give self-driving car demonstrations.

Google Maps for Android Can Now Figure Out Where You’re Going

Google Maps for Android Can Now Figure Out Where You're Going

Google Maps is all set to receive its first major update in 2016 which brings several new features including Driving mode and more.

The new Google Maps for Android version 9.19 is currently not available on Google Play and can be expected to be rolled out soon. For those who can’t wait for the new features can download the apk which is signed by Google via APK Mirror.

One of the biggest highlights of the upcoming Maps update is the ‘intelligent’ Driving mode which essentially utilises the user’s location history and Web searches to provide traffic updates and ETA (estimated time of arrival). The new Driving mode feature is an optional feature in the new Maps update for Android. It can be enabled from a shortcut on the home screen and can also be turned on from the navigation drawer.

Android Police points out that Driving mode in the latest update is already plagued with a bug that actually makes it hard to switch on the feature. “Driving mode has to be enabled through some arcane set of steps on each device before it can actually be used,” writes Cody Toombs of Android Police. Google may fix the bug before making the new app available to all users, and so a gradual rollout could be expected.

The new Maps for Android update (version 9.19) also brings the on-screen toggle for turning on or off the turn-by-turn voice assistance. Previously, the toggle for audio was shifted to overflow menu making it harder for users to turn on or off the option while driving.

The Google Maps interface has also received minor tweaks with the Manage location settings option been switched for Timeline settings. The new setting allows users to control what the users see and restrict data usage. Some of the other additions include to option to see images from Google Photos or switch on the search option to correct an inaccurately feed location.