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Just a day ago, I came across an article with the following headline in Forbes magazine

iPhone 6S Is Reportedly Going To Have 2GB RAM And Apple SIM Pre-Installed

From reading the author’s enthusiasm, you would think that it is they had made a major technological break through.

Really guys?

The first iteration of BlackBerry 10 devices, the Z10 in early 2013 was launched with 2 GB RAM. The Samsung Galaxy SG4 that was launched in April 2013 had 2 GB RAM.

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So Apple, you have fallen behind in terms of functionality available on your iPhone.  We are glad that you have finally caught up to 2013, but there are still widely available features on other platforms that still have not made it to the iPhone.  How about having a fully functional NFC or a standard hdmi port that can be connected to your tv?  Or an external SD card slot for more memory or a native file directory or even giving your users the ability to download content outside of ITunes?

Yes iPhoniens, you really think your master Apple has innovated, but they truly have not and everyone else is laughing at you.

If you want true innovation, there are other companies out there.  Especially one called BlackBerry, that no doubt went through some hard times in recent years, but is now out innovating its competition and forming new partneships.  This was noted in the following UTB article earlier this week titled “John Chen Changes The Game Again – Soon They Will All Be Powered By BlackBerry”

BlackBerry has an amazing BB10 operating system that does true multitasking.  Unfortunately the iPhone cannot.  It has an notification system that can be accessed from any app on the phone. It has the HUB with its unified inbox, peek and flow, timeshift and other features that you have been dying for that your overlords at Apple refuse to let you have.

You don’t have to follow the crowd and let others choose for you! Now is the time to take off those shackles and come #BackToBlack. Once you do so and enjoy your newly found freedom, you will be glad that you did and wonder what took you so long to do so.

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It seems there has been a rash of fraudulent transactions breaking out using Apple Pay. In a karmic twist, it appears many of these fraudulent purchases are being made at Apple Stores.

Criminals are setting up iPhones with stolen credit card information and simply making purchases at retailers with ease. Remember, with Apple Pay, you just tap and go, it’s quite easy. And it’s just as easy for the criminals.

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When I got my Passport in October one of the first features I wanted to try was BlackBerry Blend.

I was NOT disappointed.

What look like simple ideas are often the best and this one is just amazing. For ages now we’ve heard people say ‘why can’t I BBM on my PC?’ well BlackBerry took that and powered it up.

On steroids.

For those not in the know BlackBerry Blend effectively allows you to use your phone on your computer. In real time. So you can access the Hub, BBM or SMS right there, from your desktop or tablet (or both!) at the same time. a true, real revolution in working, particularly since you can also access the files on any connected device at the same time.

The best bit?

It just works! It finds your phone over USB, wifi or mobile network and just works! No clever setup, no fancy networking stuff, no odd errors (in my experience, anyway). It’s a great example of good programming, something that does what it says on the tin. Looks simple but the theory behind it must be mind boggling.

What I REALLY love about it is the reaction from those that have tried it, They dont get it when you explain (my fault surely, must explain better!) but when they actually use it its game on.

This has led rise to a new term in our office… ‘Blending’ to describe when people are connected – and with some pride, I have to say.

‘Can’t beat a bit of Blend’ said a Manager the other day.

Yes it has its limitations but this is V1 of something that is going places.

My question to you is, now everyone has it, do you Blend?

If you don’t, you should…

iPhonians and Androidians stand amazed when you show them!

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We give Apple a lot of flack around here. After all, they make it quite easy. Constantly spouting off about innovation as they produce the same phone year after year. Having huge events when they add ‘new’ tech to their phones that we have had on ours for the last 2-3 years. Running out to patent things that they didn’t invent and that others have been using for… well, it feels like forever with most things that they steal patent.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen was interviewed by CNN earlier today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.  He did face some tough questioning on a number of issues including the BlackBerry Leap, BlackBerry’s expansion into the software and services business and the company’s future prospects.

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iPhonians!

Yes sir!

Yes madam!

YOU!

Here is a video of YOU!

We here at UTB would like to congratulate you. You are the people who keep the dream alive. You are the people who will queue up and have no idea what on earth you are buying. YOU make the profits they don’t plough in back to you.

And here’s the best bit…

You are the people keeping Apple alive.

Why? Because their ENTIRE BUSINESS PLAN revolves around you upgrading. Or to put it another way…

NOT FINDING OUT THAT THERE’S OTHER STUFF OUT THERE THAT’S BETTER!

We’re proud of you, we really are.

Because every single one of you makes us look good.

Thanks!

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Today BlackBerry announced that BBM has reached a very important milestone in hitting the 100 million download mark on Google Play Store.  This is a tremendous achievement given the short time BBM has been available cross platform.

BBM for Android has officially achieved a milestone on the Google Play Store: 100 million installs. That puts BBM in the top tier of messaging apps on Google Play, and we got there in a little over a year as we first posted BBM for Android in late October 2013. We have 3.7 million reviews, and just shy of 2.4 million of them are five stars.

Of course, Android is just one of the four platforms on which BBM is now available. The others, of course, are BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phone. So while 100 million installs is a big number, it’s still just a fraction of the total.

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As most of you already know, BlackBerry briefly showed off their new slider that will be released this year.  There have been much speculation as to what this device will offer.  In this video below, John Chen makes a very intriguing comment that has me wondering what innovation this device will bring.

“It’s not just mechanically very innovative, it has a lot of different usage that you have to wait to see” John Chen.

I’m not sure what he means here but I am certainly looking forward to finding out.

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