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Nomad ChargeKey and ChargeCard Are Great For Remote Employees

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The question I’ve had a lot is “when do you have a laptop but not a micro-USB?”. It’s a totally valid question and the simplest answer is “You will. Trust me.” The Nomad ChargeKey and ChargeCard are the smallest, simplest ways to carry about a micro USB. In fact, I’m traveling as I write this and my charger broke, leaving me with the ChargeCard and a laptop as my only lifeline to charge my phone. Considering these USB cables just sit in your wallet or on your keychain, it’s worth the cost of the device as a backup.

Check out Nomad products at this link. The ChargeKey and ChargeCard go for $30.

BBM on iOS and Android Review Rebuttal: Why Pins and Other Features Make Sense

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My recent review of BBM didn’t go over well with a few die-hard BlackBerry fans and I thought it only fair to give them a chance at rebuttal, since the site the review is posted to doesn’t allow comments. Generally, the big problems I had with BBM are rooted in the user experience, specifically around adding friends and onboarding users. The other major issue I have is that most people I talked to don’t really understand what the current value of going BBM is over current communication apps out there, including basic SMS. Considering this is a messaging app, those are pretty big criticisms, but I’m happy to concede I might be wrong or misguided. Read on for some rebuttal from reader @StephenBB81.
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10 Ways to Use Wolfram Alpha Voice Control With BlackBerry 10

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Recently, BlackBerry and Wolfram Alpha partnered to make the BlackBerry Voice Control app more useful. In the press release, BlackBerry said that Wolfram Alpha could help users with queries such as “what’s 18% of $43.00?”. This is basically impossible to do because the voice control can never properly recognize numbers. For example, if you say “what is 18 percent of 500″, you’ll get something like “8 teens percent of 5 hundred” and it won’t know what you’re talking about. After realizing this, we wanted to see what was possible with Wolfram Alpha on BlackBerry 10. There’s actually a lot it can do to make life easier, but we’re going to say that mathematical queries is not one of them.
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BBM On iOS and Android Review: Basic Features With Big Implications

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BlackBerry announced that BBM on iOS and Android hit the 10 million download mark and for a first day launch, that’s pretty incredible. The question, is whether BlackBerry can grow and keep those users engaged, in order to rival WhatsApp’s 350 monthly active users, and be a significant player in the industry. We’ve played around with BBM for iOS and Android, as well as asked some friends in the biz what they think.

Click here to read the full article on Macgasm.net.

BlackBerry Q5 Review: The Affordable, BlackBerry 10 QWERTY Smartphone

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The BlackBerry Q5 was announced at BlackBerry World 2013 in Orlando, Florida. The smartphone bills itself as an affordable and modern QWERTY smartphone that has all the apps you expect on BlackBerry 10, coupled with the productivity and ease of messaging that BlackBerry is known for. So does it live up to expectations? Read on and see.
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13 Bugs With the BlackBerry Z10 That Need Fixing

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I’ve had a BlackBerry Z10 now since the launch in NYC and while it’s a fun touchscreen device, there are still, to this day, bugs in the OS that give me headaches. Perhaps BlackBerry needs to invest more money in QA, or perhaps I just have some weird magnetic field around my body that breaks technology. Either way, if other, less forgiving users, had the same headaches I’ve been getting with a device, they would probably be switching to another device or platforms. I’ve documented just 13 of the common headaches I’ve been getting with my Z10 and keep in mind, these are all still happening to this day, even on the latest OS 10.1.0.273. There are some I haven’t documented but could describe, such as the odd times when my browser doesn’t provide me any options other than to exit and I have no idea why. Read on for screenshots.
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