Key Trends To Watch As BlackBerry Reports Q1 Earnings

 

BlackBerry is expected to publish its Q1’18 results on June 23. We expect the company’s revenues to trend lower on a year-over-year basis, amid lower service access fee and hardware revenues, although this could be partially offset by higher enterprise mobility software sales. Below we provide a brief overview of what to expect when BlackBerry publishes earnings.

Trefis has an $9.50 price estimate for BlackBerry, which is slightly below the current market price.

EMM Business Should Drive Software Revenue Growth

Late last year, BlackBerry updated its EMM offering by integrating its BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) software and the Good Technology product that it acquired in 2015, naming the product BES UEM. The EMM business has been gaining traction, with the firm processing 3,532 customer orders during Q4 2017, marking a 16% sequential increase, with its exposure to non-regulated industries – which are traditionally not BlackBerry’s forte – rising. The recent customer wins should allow the firm to bolster overall revenues during the quarter, as BlackBerry now employs a licensing model for the software.Image result for Key Trends To Watch As BlackBerry Reports Q1 Earnings

Updates On Fleet Management Business

BlackBerry has been increasing its presence in the fleet management space with its Radar solution, which enables transport companies to transmit information regarding the location, temperature and physical contents of their trucks. During Q4, BlackBerry won a contract with Trailer Wizards, Canada’s largest commercial trailer rental company with about 25k trailers. BlackBerry charges $10 to $20 per month for every trailer connected to Radar, implying that the business could become lucrative if BlackBerry scale up its installed base. That said, the fleet management market is very fragmented and bigger players such as Verizon have also been doubling down on the market via acquisitions. Larger players are likely to benefit from greater economies of scale and better network effects

 

Google Play Music’s New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn’t That Exclusive

 

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New Google Play Music feature now rolling out
Samsung Galaxy S8 users getting the New Release Radio station
Some users able to use the new feature on non-Samsung devices
For Samsung Galaxy S8 users, Google Play Music is the default music player and streaming service. Now, Galaxy S8 users are receiving a brand new feature dubbed New Release Radio, which is a personalised radio station with new music releases and updates on a daily basis.

The latest New Release Radio feature has steadily been popping up on Galaxy S8 devices with “Samsung Exclusive” tagline. The pop-up describes the new feature, “Listen to brand new music, personalised to your tastes and listening history – with new recommendations every day.” The feature was first spotted by a Reddit user, and was reported by Sammobile.Google Play Music's New Feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 Isn't That Exclusive

Engadget, however, points out that the feature may not be limited to Samsung Galaxy S8 users as some users have been able to add the “New Release Radio” station to their libraries. Some Reddit users also claim that they were able to add the new feature to their libraries while using Google Play Music Web interface as well as on non-Samsung devices. Unfortunately, there’s no word whether the feature will be kept as an exclusive for Samsung Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) devices or to be made available to all users in the long run.
We can expect an update on the status of availability of the “New Release Radio” station for non-Samsung devices.

Samsung and Google jointly announced their new partnership back in April, and it gave some benefits to Samsung users. They were allowed to upload 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free, which is almost double the limit for owners of non-Samsung devices.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and More

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was globally unveiled at MWC 2017
It sports a 9.7-inch QXGA Super AMOLED display
It was launched in Wi-Fi only and LTE variants
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was launched in India on Tuesday at an event in Bengaluru. The productivity-focused tablet was first unveiled at MWC 2017 in Wi-Fi and LTE variants. It will be made available in India via offline retail stores and the Samsung India site from Tuesday itself.

The highlight of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the inclusion of the S Pen stylus (featuring a 0.7mm tip and 4,096 pressure levels), as well as an all-new glass design. The tablet also offers HDR video playback capabilities, and a quad-speaker system that has been tuned by AKG.

Other Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 features being touted by the company include the Galaxy Game Launcher (with Power Saver, Mute Games, and Ongoing Calls modes). The tablet also supports a Keyboard Cover that’s sold separately. Finally, the company is touting the up to 12-hour battery life, powered by the 6000mAh battery onboard.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price in India and launch offers
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price in India is Rs. 47,990 for the LTE variant. The company has not brought the Wi-Fi only variant to the country. The tablet will be available in Black and Silver colour variants. The Book Cover has been priced at Rs. 2,999, while the Keyboard Cover has been priced at Rs. 8,499. The S Pen is bundled in box.

As for launch offers, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 gets a double data offer for Reliance Jio users, providing 28GB + 28GB per month at Rs. 309 – this offer is valid till December 31. The company is also offering a one-time screen replacement at Rs. 990 for tablets bought before July 31, for 12 months from purchase.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specifications
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specifications include a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536) Super AMOLED display; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (2.15GHz + 1.6GHz), 4GB of RAM; a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, an f/1.9 aperture, and LED flash; a 5-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and 32GB of storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).

Moving along, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C (3.1) port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. As we mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 battery is rated at 6000mAh. It measures 237.3x169x6mm, and weighs 429 grams for the Wi-Fi only variant, and 434 grams for the LTE variant. The latter variant supports Nano-SIM cards. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the Home Button. The tablet runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

Disclosure: Samsung sponsored Gadgets 360’s flight to Bengaluru for the launch event.

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Display
9.70-inch
Processor
1.6GHz quad-core
Front Camera
5-megapixel
Resolution
2048×1536 pixels
RAM
4GB
OS
Android 7.0
Storage
32GB
Rear Camera
13-megapixel
Battery Capacity
6000mAh
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (LTE) (Black, 32GB, 9.7 inch with Wi-Fi+4G) – OFFER
Rs. 47,990

 

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max to Go on Sale in India Today

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max price in India is Rs. 17,900
  • The smartphone was first unveiled last week
  • It is the first smartphone with Samsung Pay Mini

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max will go on sale in India on Tuesday, after being unveiled last week. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max price in India is Rs. 17,900, and it will be available to buy via offline retail stores as well as the Samsung India site. It will be available in Black and Gold colour variants.

One of the highlight features of the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is the inclusion of Samsung Pay, marking the first time the mobile payments service is offered in a mid-range smartphone from the South Korean company. Samsung has included Samsung Pay Mini, a pared down version of the original service.

Samsung Pay Mini is meant for phones that do not have an inbuilt NFC chip, and doesn’t work with regular swiping machines for ‘tap and pay’ offline payments, but instead just supports mobile wallets and UPI for online payments.

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and sports a 5.7-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The storage is further expandable via a microSD card slot as well.Samsung Galaxy J7 Max to Go on Sale in India Today

As for optics, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max packs a 13-megapixel rear and front sensors with f/1.7 aperture and f/1.9 aperture respectively, and flash support on both ends. There’s also a smart glow mode around the rear camera that gives you alerts for notifications when they arrive. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max packs a 3300mAh battery, and connectivity options include LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth support. The smartphone is only 8.1mm thick.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

Rs. 17,900
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Display

5.70-inch

Processor

octa-core

Front Camera

13-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3300mAh

BUY AT
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 17,900
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Max (Gold, 32GB)
    Rs. 17,900

 

Tivoli Audio Model One Digital review: Big sound from a small footprint

 

If you looked at Como Audio’s Duetto tabletop radio and couldn’t swallow its $399 price tag, Tivoli Audio’s Model One Digital sounds about as good and costs $100 less. The Tivoli lacks a number of features compared to its competitor, but you might not miss them.

Like the Duetto, the Model One Digital is equipped with an FM radio, but it’s primarily designed for streaming digital music. There’s Bluetooth support, of course (although aptX support is conspicuous in its absence), or you can connect it to your Wi-Fi network and play the music you own via a DLNA server.

There’s also support for most of the major streaming services, including Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, and the lesser-known (in the U.S., at least) QQ Music. There’s TuneIn support for Internet radio stations, but Apple Music is not supported, and neither is Apple’s AirPlay technology.

Tivoli Model One Digital

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Kudos to whoever designed Tivoli Audio’s app.

You control the radio mostly from Tivoli’s app, which is available on Android and iOS devices. You can also perform basic functions with the volume/power knob and the aluminum ring encircling the radio’s 3-inch display. Turning the ring changes stations and presets on terrestrial radio, and scrolls through playlists on streaming media. Pushing the ring in pauses and resumes a stream.

I expected to encounter a bit of play in the larger ring, but the way the volume control knob wiggles under your fingertips feels disappointingly sloppy. The rest of the radio feels so precise in comparison. The circular display shows basic information, such as the track and artist name, the current source, the status of your network connection, and the time. But the only way to view album art is on your device, via the app.

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The Tivoli Model One Digital has elegantly retro styling, but its largeish display is underutilized—no album art.

As does Como, Tivoli has its own multi-room audio ecosystem, with several other speakers that can be networked and controlled from the app. The Model One Digital has a “party mode” button on its back that can instantly stream the same music to all the compatible speakers at once. It’s on this point that Tivoli offers a significant benefit over Como: Buy Tivoli’s $60 ConX, and you can transform any speakers into a Tivoli network node. Or you can use the same device to stream music from any audio device—a turntable, for example. That’s pretty cool.

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The 3.5-inch slot port helps the Tivoli Model One Digital deliver impressive bass response. But the paucity of inputs and outputs is disappointing.

Features Como offers that Tivoli doesn’t

This is a good time to sum up the features that Como Audio includes in the Duetto that you won’t find on Tivoli’s radio: I’ve already mentioned two of them: aptX codec support and the ability to display album art on the radio itself. The Model One Digital also lacks NFC support, for quick-and-easy Bluetooth pairing; a headphone output; an optical digital audio input, a line-level output (there is an analog Auxiliary input); a USB port for playing music from USB storage, which can also be used to power a Chromecast dongle or an Amazon Echo Dot; and hardware radio preset buttons.

Tivoli Model One Digital top

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The cabinet is made from furniture quality wood, with a tweed-like cloth grill. The ring around the display has multiple function.

You’ll need to decide for yourself, but that’s a lot of features to give up to save a hundred bucks. Fortunately for Tivoli, it doesn’t sacrifice audio quality. The diminutive Model One Digital sounds fabulous, reproducing music in high fidelity at volume levels that are entirely disproportionate to its size: Crisp highs, a well-defined midrange, and surprisingly robust bass response, thanks to a 3.5-inch slot port in back. I no longer have the Duetto to make an A/B comparison, but going by memory, I’d say audio quality is a tossup at worst. Having said that, however, I think the Duetto earns its price premium.

 

Sony Mobile to discontinue mid-range Xperia line up

 

Telecommunications company Sony Mobile has confirmed plans to discontinue the mid-range Xperia line-up of smartphones and will only focus on flagship devices going forward.

The dropped line up which the company considers “premium standard” includes models like the Xperia XZ Premium and XZs at the top end and mid-rangers like the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra.sony-xperia-XA1-Ultra-launched-mwc-2017

“Sony is seeking to try and recover market share in 2017 and hopes to differentiate its products with technologies that only Sony can deliver,” the company said in a blog post. ALSO READ: Sony DPT-RP1 digital paper tablet with Bluetooth support, 16GB storage launched: Price, specifications and feature

The company will also only focus on markets, where it can leverage its brand strength including territories such as East Asia, APAC, Middle East and Europe.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 India Launch Expected Today

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was originally unveiled at MWC 2017
The tablet is powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC
Samsung is set to reveal India launch details at an event in Bengaluru
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is anticipated to be launched in India on Tuesday. Samsung is holding an event in Bengaluru on Tuesday, where it is expected to detail the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 price and availability.

The invite to the Samsung event features the tagline ‘Work, Play, My Way’, with a slight outline of a device shown in the image showing the Home Button as well. To recall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was first launched at MWC 2017 in February this year.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 comes with the S Pen stylus in the box, and support for Pogo Keyboard Covers. The Galaxy Tab S3 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and the tablet sports a 9.7-inch QXGA (2048×1536 pixels) Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC (2 cores at 2.15GHz and 2 cores at 1.6GHz) coupled with 4GB of RAM. As for the camera, the tablet sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with flash and 4K video recording, and a 5-megapixel front camera. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 India Launch Expected Today

At MWC, the tablet was launched in Wi-Fi only and LTE models, while other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, and USB 3.1 Type-C port. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 measures in at 237.3x169x6mm and weighs 429 grams on the Wi-Fi only version, and 434 grams for the LTE variant. Sensors on board include accelerometer, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, geometric sensor, and RGB sensor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (LTE)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (LTE)

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

9.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

2048×1536 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

6000mAh

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  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825 Tablet (9.7 inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE + Voice Calling), Silver –
    Rs. 47,990
  • Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (Gold, 64GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 45,900
  • Apple MK762HN/A iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi Cell 128GB (Space Grey)
    Rs. 49,900
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Wi-Fi)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (Wi-Fi)

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

9.70-inch

Processor

1.6GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

2048×1536 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

6000mAh

Also See
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825 Tablet (9.7 inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE + Voice Calling), Silver –
    Rs. 47,990
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 SM-T825 Tablet (9.7 inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE + Voice Calling), Black –
    Rs. 47,990

 

Samsung Galaxy S8+ Beats iPhone 7 Plus in Consumer Reports’ Ranking

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ top-ranked phone by Consumer Reports
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 and S7 Edge takes the second & third spot
  • LG G6 takes the fourth spot while the iPhone 7 Plus comes in fifth

After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung had a lot riding on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ this year. And if the latest Consumer Reports’ findings are to be taken into account, the two smartphones have performed exceptionally well, raking in the top two spots. Consumer Reports ranks the Samsung Galaxy S8+ as the top smartphone, followed by the Galaxy S8 in the second place.

Consumer Reports lauds the Samsung Galaxy S8+ for its narrow design and great battery life. The publication adds that while the LG G6 and the iPhone 7 Plus packed dual rear cameras, the Samsung cameras were top-notch and didn’t suffer due to the lack of a dual camera setup. The LG G6 stood in the fourth spot in the Consumer Reports rankings, while the iPhone 7 Plus took the fifth spot, Samsung’s own Galaxy S7 Edge was third.

The report also lauded Samsung’s bezel-less display design and the ability to survive under water. However, one thing that the folks at Consumer Reports were not so happy about, was its one-hand operation, and recommends its readers to try out the phones in the store before purchasing them. “Even on the smaller model, it will be hard for most users to reach the upper regions of the screen with their thumb,” lead phone tester Richard Fisco says in the report.

The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 also received heavy praise. The report lauds its low-light imaging and video recording capabilities, and also says that the lack of dual cameras at the back is not something that is missed badly. “Finally, a few top-end cameras, including the iPhone 7 Plus and the LG G6, have dual rear-facing cameras, to enhance either zoom or wide-angle photography. The Samsung phones haven’t gone that route yet—and we don’t think they suffer for it,” the report states.Samsung Galaxy S8+ Beats iPhone 7 Plus in Consumer Reports' Ranking

This positive response will be welcome by Samsung, coming in as sort of redemption for last year’s Note 7 recall. The iPhone 7 Plus sits on the fifth spot, but that’s because it’s a phone that was launched almost nine months ago, and three of the smartphones ahead of it were launched rather recently. It will be interesting to see if the ranking changes once the much-rumoured iPhone 8 is released in a few months’ time.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+

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  • Design
  • Display
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  • Performance
  • Battery life
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  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Gorgeous looks and excellent construction quality
  • Brilliant displays
  • Phenomenal camera quality
  • Class-leading performance
  • Bad
  • No flat screen option
  • Nearly unusable fingerprint reader
  • Software stuffed with unnecessary features

 

Xiaomi Mi 6 to be available outside China starting today

Officially unveiled back in April this year, the Xiaomi Mi 6 has only been available in China so far. Well, that changes now, as the device will also be available in Hong Kong starting today. The Taiwan launch is set for tomorrow.

The Mi Max 2, which was unveiled last month and is already available in a few markets, will also land in these countries in the same order – Hong Kong today, Taiwan tomorrow. Pricing information for these markets (for either of the phones) isn’t currently known.

 

Google Play Hit by More Ztorg-Based Android Malware, Says Kaspersky Labs

 

HIGHLIGHTS
Google has removed Magic Browser and Noise Detector apps
These apps belonged to the Ztorg Trojan family of Android malwares
Kaspersky researcher spotted these apps and their attack course
In a bid to increase security on its Android platform, Google has reportedly removed more Android apps from its Google Play store for the second time this month. Google has taken strict action against two malicious apps – Magic Browser and Noise Detector – acting as conduits for attackers to remotely ‘root’ control the infected devices after a researcher from Kaspersky Lab pointed out the threat in his report. The Android malware carried by these apps belongs to the Ztorg Trojan family, which is notoriously known for bypassing Google’s safety controls to root infected Android devices.

In a report published on Kaspersky Lab’s Securelist website, senior researcher Roman Unuchek presents extensive analysis on the new Ztorg-based malware. Kaspersky Lab says Ztorg malware bypassed Google’s malware checks almost 100 times since September last year, and the malware family is best known for gaining ‘root’ privileges of infected devices to completely control them. Ztorg apps like Privacy Lock and a false Pokemon Go guide raked in huge download numbers before they were recognised as malicious and deleted from Google Play.Google Play Hit by More Ztorg-Based Android Malware, Says Kaspersky Labs

Coming to the current batch of apps, the first one is Magic Browser that pretended to be a Chrome browser alternative in Google Play. It was published on May 15 and had been downloaded over 50,000 times before it was finally removed. The other app is Noise Detector that was meant to allow users to measure the decibel level of sounds and had more than 10,000 downloads before its removal.
Both the apps, as we mentioned, belonged to the Ztorg Trojan family, but didn’t root affected devices before their removal. Unuchek says the app had the Ztorg digital fingerprint, and speculates that the developers may soon have added the root ability if the apps hadn’t been removed.

Unuchek says the Magic Browser app was being used by developers to either test or use malicious text messaging functions. The Magic Browser could send premium text messages to infected phone numbers and leave no traces behind by even deleting the incoming messages and muting the notification sound. “In total, the Magic browser app tries to send SMS from 11 different places in its code. Cybercriminals are doing this in order to be able to send SMS from different Android versions and devices. Furthermore, I was able to find another modification of the Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.Ztorg that is trying to send an SMS via the “am” command, although this approach should not work,” reads Unuchek’s report.