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IBM Plans to Buy BlackBerry Enterprise If BB10 Flops (2)

Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind BlackBerry, is banking its hopes and dreams on its upcoming QNX-based BlackBerry 10 mobile OS. RIM is trying to overcome the challenges of a weakening brand image, a very saturated market, and a shrinking engineering department. But in case the public would not embrace new mobile operating system come launch time next year, there is a reported backup plan. Citing sources close to parties knowledgeable of the situation, Bloomberg reports that IBM is serious in purchasing BlackBerry's enterprise division. RIM, however, would rather put the potential sale on hold as the company waits to see whether BB10 would become a hit. Delaying a potential purchase would actually become beneficial to IBM. In case BB10 would fail, RIM may become desperate and sell its prized unit at fire-sale-level price. The BlackBerry Enterprise unit has made US$4.1 billion in service fees charged to mobile carriers last year and is currently valued at $1.5-$2.5 billion. But a question still lingers: who would purchase the phone unit? No one--according to Bloomberg's insiders--have expressed interest in buying RIM as a whole unit, as well as interest in buying the struggling phone unit. Source: Bloomberg, via Daily Tech Photo credit: Jefri Aries/Zuma Press Read More

PlayStation 4 to Debut February 20 (3)

Sony Entertainment will be hosting a PlayStation Meeting in Manhattan on February 20, Wednesday, and the PlayStation 4 is expected to be unveiled there. Images of the PlayStation 4 controller, both as a mockup and in-the-flesh, have been leaked online. The design is similar to the previous versions, with a flat surface at the center that is rumored to be a touchpad. Sony teases that the upcoming console would offer "new gaming options." Various publications speculate that Sony's acquisition last year of cloud-gaming company Gaikai may be involved, particularly how it will let people play games streamed in real time over the Internet. The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, says that the streams will feature games designed for the outgoing predecessor, the PlayStation 3. This would have taken Sony a lot of effort to make the PS4 backward-compatible, as a previous WSJ report indicates that the next console would likely be embedded with AMD-made chips instead of the ones developed by Sony, IBM, and Toshiba, that were featured on PS3. If indeed true, playing games while on stream with the PlayStation 4 would--in a way--address the popularity of mobile game apps on smartphones and tablets. But with a new way of playing games on PS4 comes with new questions on how players would be charged for the streams, which the Journal has not reported. Source: Wall Street Journal, via CNET Read More

Nokia’s Lumia 920 Ad Channels Apple’s 1984 Commercial (2)

Putting out advertisements that attack the competition is nothing new. Apple did it on January 1984 when it channeled the novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four," where Macintosh was "saving humanity" from conforming with IBM computers, telling consumers to "Think Differently." Nokia is attempting to do the same, promoting its Lumia 920 at the expense of the iPhone. The animated spot for the so-called "anti-iPhone" takes Apple's 1984 advertisement to modern times, featuring lifeless individuals queuing for a smartphone with "5" in its display. Once the hero reaches the store's counter, he uttered one word that sent shockwaves throughout the establishment: "Colors." Blasphemy, as if the store clerk and other customers would say based on their reactions. The ad concludes with colorful people holding their just as colorful Lumia 920s. "For better or worse, phone manufacturers have turned to attacking the Apple and the iPhone rather than simply advertising their phones," Matt Burns of TechCrunch lamented. Well, Apple does attack other phones... by suing them for patent infringement. Just saying. Source: TechCrunch Read More

Tetris Ice Cube Trays (1)

Russian design studio Mystake turned to the previous generation for inspiration for their ice cube tray. People, meet the Tetris Ice Cube tray. Icetris for short. Designer Dima Komissarov, member of the Mystake design team came up with the nostalgic, colorful neon molds that you can not only use to hold ice, but tetris jellos, tetris popsicles and even tetris soap as well. Sounds like an invitation to play with your food right? That should be fun except that you have to move really fast or your pieces could melt before you can do a triple or a tetris. Then again, how are you supposed to play ice tetris without a big enough container to hold it, right? Mystake design studio probably is already working on it. The Tetris Ice Cube Trays are available in stores and online for $9.99Image source: Technabob Read More

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