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The Ritot Smartwatch Indiegogo Campaign Raises Red Flags

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The Ritot smartwatch is an interesting product that looks like something right out of the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake. It seems a lot of people also love the idea, as the Ritot has raised over $300,000, well in excess its initial goal of $50,000.

But can the Ritot do everything it claims? Judging from the information on the Indiegogo, there’s some major technical challenges the company claims to have solved, but won’t actually show how or demonstrate they’ve solved them. In fact, they make some bold claims while showing blatant Photoshops of stock photography.

Read the full article at Connectedly.com.

BlackBerry 10 Needs Better Call Management Apps

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The above image shows that the Caller ID API is a feature logged in JIRA but it still isn’t coming.

Almost all of the “call management” apps on BlackBerry 10 are apps that completely block all incoming calls. Why would anyone want that as a feature? Just turn your phone on silent. The whole Call Management category is broken on BlackBerry 10. Some apps, like Call Manager by CSL Limited, have terrible ratings and seem to be lying about the feature set. Doesn’t BlackBerry test feature claims to some extent?
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BlackBerry App World Reviews Becoming Increasingly Diverse

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When you look at BlackBerryCool.com’s traffic over the years, there’s been a major shift in the readership’s location that has shifted in direct proportion to where the majority of BlackBerry users come from. Back in 2009, traffic was mostly the US, UK and Canada. Now, Indonesia, India and Latin America, represent the lion’s share of traffic. One place you can see this demographic shift is in the BlackBerry World reviews.
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What’s Going On With ScoreLoop at BlackBerry?

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Here’s a simple feature suggestion for ScoreLoop: why don’t you just read whether someone is viewing a link from their mobile or desktop, and display the appropriate app store? When you get a ScoreLoop email and you click the link from your desktop, the ScoreLoop page says:
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QNX and Other Ottawa Technology Companies Making Headlines at CES 2014

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Ottawa’s technology companies are driving some of the most important headlines at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this year. Both large companies and small startups from Ottawa are disrupting industries and challenging incumbents from around the world. Here is a look at some of those companies that are putting Ottawa on the map at the world’s largest consumer technology conference.

Read the full article at the Ottawa Business Journal.

Does BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 Hurt BlackBerry’s Competitive Advantage?

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With BlackBerry’s new CEO John Chen talking a lot about Enterprise and BlackBerry’s competitive advantage in this space, one can’t help but wonder if BES 10 is helping or hurting their position in the enterprise. In a sense, BlackBerry is sort of enabling enterprise to adopt iOS and Android with BES 10′s BYOD features. On the other hand, the market is going to shift regardless, and you can either sink or swim. It’s an interesting discussion and it seems BlackBerry has taken the stance that BES 10′s BYOD is a must have, because BYOD is the natural evolution of mobility in the enterprise.
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