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BlackBerry 10: Visual Tour Of Smartphones, OS

RIM rebrands itself as BlackBerry and unveils a new operating system and two new smartphones. Take a closer look at the company's last hope of regaining mobile glory.
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BlackBerry has more than 60 million subscribers to its BlackBerry Messenger texting service, so it's eager to exploit that network. A new Video Chat feature, demonstrated above under mood-setting blue light at the BlackBerry 10 launch event, lets you go from texting into live conversation, supported by the 2-MP front-facing cameras on the Z10 and Q10. In a distinction from Apple Facetime, the Video Chat feature also lets you share your screen with another BlackBerry 10 user so you can do a presentation (much as you might on say, a WebEx demo) or show off photos.

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Verdumont Monte
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1/31/2013 | 10:01:15 PM
re: BlackBerry 10: Visual Tour Of Smartphones, OS
It would be nice to know what features of BB could be locked down by the enterprise. My previous employer provided me with a nice BB bold (or torch, I don't remember the model), but they disabled app world,BBM and all nice features of BB. This is where I love my Andriod device. I tried Good for enterprise a little bit, it creates a separate area in your phone for enterprise email, and if they do a wipe, it doesn't touch your personal stuff, which is nice. I would also like to know if the apps like maps comes with the base version of BB 10. Most likely the enterprise users will be "stuck " with the basic apps that comes with the OS.
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1/31/2013 | 9:36:57 PM
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Information Week only had one important New Year's Resolution this year. '"No Slide Show Articles with out a prominent 'View-as-one-page' link." How's that working out for you so far?
D. Henschen
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1/31/2013 | 9:22:47 PM
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Both parties could be on WiFi. That's how I do most of my Facetime. The real problem, for now, is the old fax-machine catch-22: how can you video chat on your Z10 if few others have them yet? This is where corporate device purchases would help, but lots of companies are moving to BYOD.
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1/31/2013 | 7:29:53 PM
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David Pogue of the NY Times reviewed the Z10 here http://nyti.ms/14vzvoc and explained the keyboard shortcut features at length. Very cool time saver on typing on a tiny keyboard. Best keyboard is one you don't have to use as much.
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1/31/2013 | 7:09:25 PM
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Video chat/screen sharing's nice but with the prevalence of limited data plans will they really be used?
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1/31/2013 | 5:04:42 PM
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Most everybody at the NY launch got a Z10. I've been testing a bit. Touch-screen seemed balky at first, but either I'm learning it or the phone is learning me. Operation is getting smoother and it does seem to reduce the in-and-out of apps syndrome you experience on iPhone and -- guessing here cause I don't have one -- Android. You're still in and out of communication options from the Hub, but they're all in one place under your thumb.
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