Ask Engadget: best email phone?

Ask Engadget best email phone

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from Arthur, who has asked one of the most dangerous questions it’s possible to ask the internet.If you’re looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

“I’m out of contract, and my employer is offering me a company phone of my choice. I’m currently using a BlackBerry Bold 9700 and I handle a lot of e-mails on any given day. What phone would you recommend for someone who needs to send and receive plenty of emails during travel and downtime? I’m not tied to an ecosystem and I don’t care about app libraries or anything else — I just need the best email phone on the market. Please help me!”

What a question! Your first concern should be comfortable typing and if it’ll play well with your work server. If you’re wedded to a physical keyboard, then you should probably wait for the BlackBerry Q10. If not, then Windows Phone’s keyboard is pretty good, but the added real estate offered by the Galaxy Note 2 might be more your scene. What do you think, friends? Give the man some options by filling in the comments below.

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Appears that a regular data plan will work

Unlike older BlackBerrys, the Z10 and future models don’t require tiers with BlackBerry Internet Service or BlackBerry Enterprise Server support in order to work their push messaging magic. Those migrating from a regular BlackBerry plan won’t have to worry about switching, though. The lone exceptions are subscribers who have barebones, social-only plans where BIS serves as the filter. While the switch could lead to price hikes for those cost-conscious users, it’s otherwise good news for BlackBerry devotees who’ve wanted the same choice in service as the rest of their smartphone-owning peers.

Reported by Engadget and confirmed by Crackberry.PSA: BlackBerry 10 doesn’t need a special data plan

BES Express 5.0.4 – Messaging Agent failing each night (5305)

Since patching my E2010 boxes with Windows Updates this week, the last 4 evenings I’ve seen the BlackBerryAgent.exe miss heartbeats then fail to start with error code 5305. The problem starts after midnight, and once it starts failing, I can’t get it to start properly / behave unless I restart all BES services.

This link discusses that error, but all of those solutions imply that it never s tarts properly. Mine just starts failing during the evenings. I’ve just been getting up early to restart BES servicse, at which point it’s fine the rest of the day.

Has anyone encountered this?

WSJ: Eric Schmidt calls China ‘the most sophisticated and prolific’ hacker of foreign firms

WSJ: Eric Schmidt calls China 'the most sophisticated and prolific' hacker of foreign firms

The Wall Street Journal snagged a preview of an upcoming book co-authored by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and the company’s Jared Cohen, and it doesn’t seem to paint the rosiest picture of China. Dubbed The New Digital Age, the tome reportedly claims China is “the world’s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information” in addition to “the most sophisticated and prolific” hacker of foreign firms. Recent stats and events don’t exactly help the nation’s image.

In addition to the threat of hacking attempts originating from China, the work also touches upon the Chinese government’s alleged involvement with network infrastructure providers such as Huawei. According to the book, such cooperation puts the US at an economic and political disadvantage since “the United States will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter (and better enforced) and because illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play.” However, Schmidt and Cohen posit that even western firms “will coordinate their efforts with their governments on both diplomatic and technical levels” as the future unfolds.

In terms of what’s to come, the work also considers that the country’s “mix of active citizens armed with technological devices and tight government control is exceptionally volatile,” and that it could cause “widespread instability,” and even “some kind of revolution in the coming decades.” If you’re interested in more prognostication from Google’s head honcho, the book is slated to hit shelves this April. For now, you can hit the neighboring source link for additional morsels.

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Custom DPI without Upsetting Google Play

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If you’ve ever altered the DPI value of your device in an attempt to gain some more valuable screen real estate, you’ve no doubt noticed the most unfortunate side effect of this tweak. It causes some apps to become unavailable from the Play Store, either being labelled and not compatible with your device or simply not showing up at all.

There are a few ways to get around this such as returning to the stock DPI value, side loading applications, or installing a modified Play Store/Google services framework APK. These however, can be tedious to do on a regular basis. XDA Senior Member hamsteyr has come up with an alternative solution, in the form of a Windows based tool that should make correcting this issue just a little bit less of a chore.

Google Play DPI Fix Tool is a straight forward, few-clicks solution that will allow you to simply connect your device to a PC and then specify a custom DPI value for the device itself and the Play Store, thereby ensuring that all apps are available and compatible with your device. The great thing about this tool is that it is not reliant on existing modified files, but it takes the relevant APK files directly from your device and modifies them automatically before pushing them back. Tested on Android versions 2.3 through 4.2.1, this should be compatible with the vast majority of devices in the wild. There are a few prerequisites such as the file names of the Play Store APK and the installation of a few things you probably already have installed such as ADB drivers and JRE.

If you’re a fan of using a custom DPI and would like to try this out, check out the application thread.


RQ : Call recording App

I hope somebody will finally come up with a simple app that is going to be able to meet the following very very simple requirements :
1. To record incoming and outgoing calls
2. Does not require the speaker to be ON during the call ( by the way this stupidest thing on the planet )
3. Does not silance my speaker so the other party can not hear what I am saying ( I changed my mind, that is the stupidest thing on the planet )

I refuse to accept that puting together an app like this is soooo difficult. Nokia have created a one 1000 years ago …

Thank You very much in advance !

BlackBerry announces Limited Edition device availability for Verizon Wireless developers

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In the last few weeks, developers who qualified for the Limited Edition device have been submitting their applications to trade up from their Dev Alpha. However, those who are on the Verizon network were receiving emails about an issue with the CDMA carrier in the USA. Today BlackBerry released a statement concerning the availability:

Many developers have already submitted their requests for the Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 device. We’ve started sending out confirmation emails to those that have qualified for the device. Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we are unable to offer a Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 for developers on the Verizon network.

In addition, for those developers who wish to remain with Verizon, BlackBerry is offering them the following choice in lieu of the Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 device.

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Patience is a virtue… unless you’re in the USA and just want to get your freak’n hands on a BlackBerry Z10 right now!

Common.. Give it to America too!

CrackBerry’s I Got My BlackBerry Z10 thread is already starting to fill up with replies. Lots of Z10s were given away at the BlackBerry 10 launch events, and the Zed 10 went on sale in the UK this past Thursday. In Canada, Zed 10′s are already sitting in the back of carrier stores, just waiting for Tuesday morning to hit so they can go on sale.

In the United States, however, BlackBerry fans are sitting on the sidelines, watching all of the fun unfold everywhere else while they wait until March to be able to buy the Zee 10. Based on the reaction of US-based members on CrackBerry, the waiting is not getting any easier as the days go by. For example, almost every time I click on a blog post and scan through the comments I come across at least one comment linking to this Bring the BlackBerry to the USA Sooner petition (this article is in honor of that act; please go sign the petition so these members can stop link spamming it across every post on the site). I’m sure tomorrow’s BlackBerry Super Bowl commercial will be awesome, but it won’t tell Americans they can run to the store on Monday to buy a new BlackBerry 10 phone.

We ran the poll already asking America how they were coping with the wait until March for the Zee 10, and 56% of you said you were ticked off. The rest of you we’re okay with it and understood the wait could come with some benefits, like more app titles in BlackBerry World at launch. We further analyzed the rationale and and potential silver lining associated with BlackBerry 10 launching in the U.S. a little later rather than sooner. Logically, I understand it and get it. It’s not *all* bad.

But emotionally, I just don’t care. I wish America could have the Z10 this coming week too. The waiting just sucks. I feel bad for everybody in the US right now who wants a BlackBerry Z10. Right now the CrackBerry fans in the US are sitting on the sidelines watching the rest of us who already have a Z10 or will be getting one this week have all the fun, and we are having fun. Seriously, the last 72 hours have felt like the second coming of CrackBerry again. For me personally, it’s like we just rewound the clock to 2008. The site is BUZZING. We have so much to talk about. The excitement is there. The device is here. It’s all new. We have sooo much to write about that we can’t type fast enough. I always have fun, but I haven’t had *this much fun* in years.

I sincerely hope the BlackBerry Z10 comes to the USA not one day longer than is necessary to get it launched. I’m not sure there’s much I can say to help the situation here. I will say that February is the shortest month of the year, which at least saves a few days of waiting until March. As I’m sitting in Canada as I type this, I’ll make everybody south of the border a promise. I promise CrackBerry’s honeymoon phase with the Z10 will not be short lived. When we get a new device, things get crazy for a while around here on CrackBerry. It’s over the top, but it’s awesome. I promise that when the Z10 finally hits US carriers, that we’ll keep the Z10 honeymoon phase going for a long time, so you feel just as excited when you get your Z10s as I do right now.

As for that petition to bring BlackBerry 10 to the U.S. sooner, I’m not sure if it’ll help, but signing it definitely won’t hurt. Hit it up at the link below.

Sign the Bring BlackBerry to the USA Sooner Petition



How to unlock Blackberry cell phones Patience is a virtue… unless you're in the USA and just want to get your freak'n hands on a BlackBerry Z10 right now!

How to edit videos on BlackBerry 10 using the built in video editor

BlackBerry 10 Video Editor

Aside from the pretty awesome Story Maker app that BlackBerry included with BlackBerry 10, there is also a more basic video editor included in the OS. While you’ll not be editing your next indie movie with it, it’s a pretty nice inclusion if you’re looking to do some quick editing of your captured videos for length, brightness, contrast, color and more. Perhaps the best thing about it is that it’s all pretty straightforward and easy to use. Jump below to see how it all works and how you can make the best of it when capturing video on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

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220 mph rocket-powered motorcycle sells on eBay

A close look at the business end of Glenn Brittian's rocket motorcycle (Photo: Glenn Britt...

A state-of-the-art rocket-powered motorcycle that was recently advertised for sale on eBay has been sold to Gerd Habermann Racing. Capable of hitting speeds in excess of 220 mph, the bike was designed and built by Glenn Brittian, one of the few drivers licensed by the National Hot Rod Association to drive a rocket dragster. The asking price was US$27,000, but the actual selling price has not been made public. ..
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Alt-week 2.2.13: SpaceLiners, building a brain and the man made multiverse

Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days.

Altweek 2213 SpaceLiners, building a brain and the man made multiverse

What’s black and white, and read all over? This week’s dose of sci-tech news, silly. What is less black and white, however, IS where reality ends, and the stuff of science fiction begins. Europe to Australia in 90 minutes? Automatically-melting military technology? A material that hosts multiple universes? It’s all here, it’s all alt-week.

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email advice

hi all

first of all thanks to everyone for the brilliant advice I could not have got this far without you.

I am in the process of setting up email forwarding to my BB, unfortunately I have read elsewhere on this forum that gmail/google is cutting the service it provides for blackberry users.

who do you think the best (free) email provider is for compatibility with BB?

I am thinking of forwarding my email from my gmail account to another more BB friendly provider and then linking this to my BB (and eventually move all my contacts over to the new provider.)

any thoughts / tips / advice is very welcome

cheers

Don

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Instagram for BlackBerry 10

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How to unlock Blackberry cell phones Where there's a will, there's a way

6 Samsung Devices Leaked in Benchmarks: Galaxy Fonblet 5.8, Galaxy Pocket 2, Galaxy Star and More

We’re closer than ever to MWC 2013, that takes place in just about 3 weeks. Samsung may be attending the event, but they’re not bringing the much coveted Galaxy S IV. However they will be showcasing a bunch of new products, including the already confirmed Galaxy Note 8.0 and some handsets. Some of them got leaked recently in benchmarks as detailed below.

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So, let’s analyze the new models, one by one and let’s see what specs they’ve got prepared for us:

Samsung Galaxy Fonblet 5.8 – GT-I9150/GT-I9152

The Samsung Galaxy Fonblet 5.8 is, according to the benchmarks a device based on a Broadcom BCM28155 CPU, clocked at 1.2 GHz. There’s also a VideoCore IV GPU inside, a qHD display and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean as the OS.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket 2 – GT-S5310/GT-S5312

Benchmarks have shown that the budget phone Galaxy Pocket 2 features a Broadcom CPU clocked at 850 MHz, a VideoCore IV GPU and a VGA display. Its OS is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and the Galaxy Pocket 2 is a low end Samsung device.

Samsung Galaxy Star – GT-S5282

The Galaxy Star is another low end device made by Samsung, one packing the Spreadtrum processor, a Mali 400 GPU, a VGA display and it has Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean as the operating system.

Samsung Galaxy Young – GT-S6310/GT-S6312

The Galaxy Young is also a lower end device, one with a 1 GHz Qualcomm 7×27 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU and a HVGA display, plus Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung tested the device with Android 4.0 ICS originally, but then switched to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy Frame – GT-S6810/GT-S6810P

The Galaxy Frame is yet another budget model with a Broadcom 1 GHz CPU, VideoCore IV GPU, a HVGA screen and Jelly Bean 4.1.2. The device will come in two versions, one with NFC and the other one without.

Samsung Galaxy ?? – GT-B9150

The GT-B9160 is a mystery phone with a dual core Exynos 5250 CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz, plus a quad core Mali T604 GPU and a Full HD screen. The interesting aspect about the handset is that it runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. We can’t really say if this is a phone or tablet, since Samsung uses the Bxxxx codenames for QWERTY devices, but that’s probably not the case.

So, which of these models has you excited?

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PSA: BlackBerry 10 doesn’t need a special data plan

PSA BlackBerry 10 doesn't need a special data plan

With BlackBerry 10 devices wending their way into the hands of patient fans, there’s been some uncertainty as to just what service plans customers need to reach the new platform’s full potential. The short answer, after confirmations at CrackBerry: just about any of them. Unlike older BlackBerrys, the Z10 and future models don’t require tiers with BlackBerry Internet Service or BlackBerry Enterprise Server support in order to work their push messaging magic. Those migrating from a regular BlackBerry plan won’t have to worry about switching, though. The lone exceptions are subscribers who have barebones, social-only plans where BIS serves as the filter. While the switch could lead to price hikes for those cost-conscious users, it’s otherwise good news for BlackBerry devotees who’ve wanted the same choice in service as the rest of their smartphone-owning peers.

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