Tinder Plus Set to Launch This Monday

It looks like a new version of the Tinder app is set to launch on Monday. Bearing the name of Tinder Plus, the app is said to include some new features compared to the free version at a $9.99 price tag.

There is also mention of a subscription package within the app, leading to the conclusion that Tinder is yet again trying to set a new pricing structure. So far, the current version of the app is known to include subscription packages ranging from $0.99 to $19.99 per month.

A subscription to Tinder Plus is said to grant the user the Rewind feature, granting him or her the ability to reverse previous left swipes. The Passport feature seems to come in the new version as well, expanding a user’s searches beyond the current geographical location set by the smartphone.

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Limited Edition Black and Gold BlackBerry Passport Revealed

BlackBerry’s flagship Passport smartphone is getting a limited edition black and gold model – featuring real gold trim and black leather case – to join the conventional black, white, and red models already on the market.

The handset, limited to 50 numbered units, will cost $899 which, BlackBerry stresses, is a bargain compared to the customised BlackBerry of Canadian rapper Drake, who reportedly paid $3,000 to have his phone plated with 24-carat gold.

Its aesthetic is all this limited edition BlackBerry has to offer over a standard Passport model – strip away the gold and leather facade, and it’s just a bog-standard BlackBerry passport.

The exclusive handset was released on Wednesday but, according to the BlackBerry blog, has already sold out as of 12:45 ET.

Source: The Verge

BlackBerry Offering $550 for Your Old iPhone

In an example of apparent desperation, BlackBerry has started to offer up to $550 towards a new BlackBerry Passport when you trade in an iPhone. They’ll give you $240 for an iPhone 4s and up to $550 for an iPhone 6.

BlackBerry has been in decline for some time, losing money, customers and good ideas. The device they’ll give you the discount on in return for the trade-in, is the new BlackBerry Passport – a phone with a giant square display and keyboard. We haven’t yet heard about how many of these “worst designed thing, ever” devices have sold yet, so it’ll be interesting to see what effect this trade-in offer has on BlackBerry’s fortunes.

Source: 9to5Mac

 

BlackBerry Shows its Answer to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana

Personal assistants have been around for some time now, having people demanding a more complex and interactive approach from their voice-enabled personal assistants. Apple’s Siri has been the first to arrive, followed by Android and Google Now, and Microsoft’s recent Cortana addition in the WP 8.1. All of the latter provide users with some great features, coming with their own pros and cons. However, it seems that BlackBerry is gaining some ground in the personal assistant sphere with its new BlackBerry Assistant.

“The BlackBerry Assistant is in lockstep with what I need to do on my Passport, without being distracting or costly (resource-wise)” said Donny Halliwell, BlackBerry’s social media marketing executive.

It is said that the company will release the new feature to its BlackBerry 10 devices this Wednesday in the BlackBerry 10.3 update. This is said to be a welcomed development for BlackBerry users, as well as developers, since a voice-enabled personal assistant will boost the BlackBerry handset brand. In addition, BlackBerry could also draw some developers into making some productivity applications featuring the personal assistant, thus helping users “manage simple tasks” on their devices.

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Blackberry Announce ‘Square is The New Rectangle’ With The Passport Smartphone

Since the early days of the modern smartphone, the focus has been on creating a screen which is the ‘optimum’ shape and size for the user to reach with just one thumb and this has led us to a series of devices that have rectangular screens in a portrait orientation. In more recent time, less has been more when it comes to connections and buttons. Where we once had full mechanical keyboards and home buttons, everything has now been replaced by on-screen icons and touch sensitive areas on the front face of the handset with a couple of buttons on the sides for volume control and screen lock.

It seems though that Blackberry are tired of this ‘generic blueprint’ stating that the sense of innovation is dead – designers are stuck in their ways and this is what has led to most smartphones looking roughly the same with components all in roughly the same positions. This however is not good enough for Blackberry as they announce square as the new rectangle with the Passport smartphone.

“We’ve been living in a rectangular world for quite some time and know it’s a great ergonomic design that drives content, media consumption and quick communications. However, the rectangle has become a de facto approach to smartphone design, perhaps limiting innovations.”

Built around a 4.5″ square display with a 1440 x 1440 resolution, Blackberry claim that this design is comparable to a typical smartphone that features a 5″ display, but due to the screens wider aspect, the viewing experience is improved considerably.

“Consider how IMAX movies begin with the screens set to a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio projection for conventional movie trailers, before expanding to their true dimensions (and the audience goes, “ooh”). The Passport is like the IMAX of productivity, and you don’t have to sacrifice screen real estate, vertically or horizontally.”

Designed mainly for the business market the Passport will feature a physical keyboard as seen on a number of other business orientated handsets from Blackberry and the intention is that spreadsheets and word processing should be a lot easier as well as the reading and composition of emails due to the space to fill in an extra 20 characters per line on the display.

A launch date could around later this year is expected (to coincide with the launch of Blackberry’s 10.3 OS) and although there is no word on pricing at this moment, I expect we will see an attractive price being pitched in order to draw people in as we know Blackberry are not in the best of financial positions at this moment as it is.

Whether the Passport will be a popular handset or not is something that I can’t quite decide at this moment in time to be honest. I can understand where they are coming from with the wider aspect display, but when we look at how far display technology has come in the last couple of years, I don’t think it will be long before we see rectangular displays packing a typical resolution of 1440 x 2560, meaning they will be able to display more than the Passport is projected to offer – something to mull over there I think.

Source and image courtesy: Ars Technica

Western Digital My Passport Enterprise 500GB USB3.0 External Hard Drive Review

All portable hard drives on the market are in essence the same in generally speaking there is very little that sets each one apart, after all they take your files from one place to another. But waht if you wanted your portable hard drive to give just a little bit more? How about taking not just your files, but your entire desktop with you so that you can plug it into any computer, boot it up and then work in your very own workspace? Well it turns out this option is very much a reality and users of Windows 8 Enterprise have this option at their finger tips but this does mean that they need to have a Windows To Go compatible drive.

Windows To Go is a little picky on what drives it can be installed to and thus in order to use this feature, you need to find a certified product. The vast majority of the certified products however are flash based, but whilst this is great for speed, space is compromised. This is where Western Digital step in with the world’s only Windows To Go certified portable USB3.0 hard drive. Granted the drive is not going to offer to blazing speed that flash can, but it does repay the user with considerably more space to play with out of the box.