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BlackBerry Z30 Hands-On Impressions: Better Performance and a Huge Screen

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EDITOR NOTE: The following is sent in by a friend of mine that has early access to devices as he works in IT. I’m reposting this under my name because he’s obviously under NDA. Personally, I’ve played around with the Z30 a little, but not enough to write an impressions post.

I was a bit skeptical when I started hearing about a big touch screen BlackBerry. I’m not too keen on the notion that powerful has to be big but when I actually felt the Z30 in my hands, it felt familiar. I had played with the Galaxy line up to the latest version and I always found the format bulky in the hand. I was a big fan of the PlayBook for its size, and after many manufacturers followed without admitting that when BlackBerry referred to the book/novel size as perfect, they were actually right.
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Jack Dorsey in Canada: Fireside Chats Versus Keynote Speaker Presentations #AccelerateTO

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Yesterday, AccelerateTO presented Mike Serbinis, founder of Kobo, and Jack Dorsey, founder of Square/Twitter. Both speakers came to the event and presented in a fireside chat style conversation, where the host talks to them in what’s supposed to be a casual and frank manner, with the goal of getting more of a personal, insider’s view into the guest’s mind. This sort of discussion is sometimes really well done, and will often press the speaker to talk about things they might be otherwise uncomfortable with. Sometimes this isn’t the case, and you can tell that the interviewer is just taking it as an opportunity to be buddy-buddy with the speaker. In this case it was Chris Albinson talking to Jack Dorsey about everything we’ve already read about a million times.
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BlackBerry 10 Design Flaw: Gestures on Lock Creates Pocket Dialing Problems

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The new BlackBerry 10 OS has a feature that starts off seeming pretty cool, but it turns out it’s actually a pretty terrible design flaw. When we first saw BB10, it was really cool to see the device get woken up with a gesture swipe. The OS even does this fun thing where it wakes the device up right at your finger tip, revealing the homescreen in a gradient fashion. But after using BB10 for over 7 months and having the most pocket dials in my entire life, I can tell you it’s definitely a design flaw.
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TacoQuest is DinDin Kitchen Inc’s Foray Into A Micro-Search Platform

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Three BlackBerry employees: Alex Kinsella, Derek Alldritt and Chad Tetreault have launched an app called TacoQuest and a startup called DinDin Kitchen. According to LinkedIn, DinDin Kitchen “specializes in brining innovative apps to mobile platforms.” The first app, TacoQuest, is an interesting concept that, powered by foursquare, aims to be a “micro-search platform”.
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The Top 5 Vendors on iOS By Number of Apps Submitted to the App Store

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Recently, there has been a lot of talk about how one BlackBerry World vendor, S4BB, has submitted 47,000+ apps to store and that it doesn’t bode well for BlackBerry’s view that it was about “quality, not quantity”. We decided to do some investigating with the help of the guys at Pretzil.com, to find out exactly how many apps the top 5 vendors, by number of apps, have submitted. Nobody comes close with the most number of apps submitted by a single vendor being 2,168.
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Do You Still Want To Read About Legacy BlackBerry News?

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Just recently, we got a note from BlackBerry that Facebook v4.1 had just been released for BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 5 to 7.1. All I could think about when reading it was “SO?!”. As someone who writes about BlackBerry on a daily basis, it’s very difficult to care about legacy devices. Sure, there’s still 80 million or so legacy users worldwide, and I’m sure they’re looking for info as well, but I don’t see this website being the source for that. It’s way more fun to talk about where BlackBerry is going and the new products coming to the platform. It’s soul-wrenching to discuss an outdated platform that clearly has an end of life coming up.

Readers – are you still interested in reading about legacy BlackBerrys? Personally, I think onwards and upwards without looking back is the way to go.