BlackBerry launches service to manage Android, iOS devices

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BlackBerry launched a service on Tuesday allowing government agencies and corporate clients to secure and manage devices powered by Google Inc’s Android platform and Apple Inc’s iOS operating system.

The long-anticipated offering, which BlackBerry had said would come out around mid-year, could help the company sell high-margin services to its large clients even if many, or all, of their workers are using smartphones made by its competitors.

The new Secure Work Space feature will be managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10, a new back-end system launched at the start of this year that allows BlackBerry’s clients to control mobile devices on their internal networks.

The company, a one-time pioneer in the smartphone arena, is now fighting to regain ground lost to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy devices. To compete, it has rolled out a trio of devices powered by its new BlackBerry 10 operating system (Review).

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Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Next-gen showdown

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PS4 and Xbox One were always destined to go head-to-head. So, with both consoles fully revealed at E3 2013, which gaming goliath comes out on top?

Microsoft and Sony have finally shown their hands and revealed the next generation games consoles within. As the dust begins to settle, and these two tech heavyweights go head-to-head in the run up to Christmas, we take a look at who’s winning the battles, and who might win the war.

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Sony PlayStation 4

Sony have only given tantalising details of the PS4, but by all accounts it will provide a new boost for gaming.

The controller has replaced some buttons with touchscreen technology, and the console now has a share function which lets you record, edit and upload gaming footage and share it online with friends.

Industry analysts say that they don’t expect to see one until the E3 gaming expo this June, and will probably be released in December.

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New tech lets feature phones access smartphone apps over USSD

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An Israeli technology company has developed a method where old or outdated phones can run apps available only on smartphones.

The system developed by the VascoDe company allows users to obtain apps with the firm’s cloud-based system that requires no downloads and uses the text-based Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), similar to the Short Message Service (SMS), Xinhua reported.

Customers will be able to use many apps available until now for smartphone users only.

However, the only difference is that they will see the apps in black and white.

The USSD system does not allow access to the Internet, but rather it uses the API (Application Programming Interfaces) from pages like Facebook, Gmail, and the like, according to technology and health website Israel21c.

VascoDe CEO Doron Mottes said 83 percent of cellphones in the world are simple and do not connect to the internet, which means that almost four billion people in the world cannot check their email on the go.

He said the difference between being able to check emails and respond to them, can make a whole difference in a world so hung up on the internet, because it can give you the possibility to respond to job offers, for example.

VascoDe’s main markets are developing countries like Brazil, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, where most of the population cannot afford Internet connection or a computer, and has to rely on expensive internet shops to log on their accounts.

Xbox One to launch November at $499; new Halo coming next year

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Amid growing doubts over its next-generation strategy, Microsoft today told the world’s gamers when they’ll be able to get hold of the latest and greatest Xbox, and how much they’ll have to pay for the privilege: this November, and $499, respectively.

Though the Xbox One’s holiday-season launch timing is standard for new consoles, the price surprised many onlookers. Pundits including Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter had predicted a $399 debut, in line with the Xbox 360’s premium edition at its 2005 launch.

Microsoft also took the opportunity to dive further into the console’s innovative online features. The Xbox One’s DVR features go beyond just recording TV; it’ll automatically record key gameplay moments, and let you add commentary and titles before uploading them to social media or other sharing services. Live streaming of your games is also possible, thanks to the Xbox One’s integration with up-and-coming streaming TV service Twitch.

But the Xbox One’s software capabilities weren’t the main focus of Microsoft’s press conference. Instead, the company unveiled a veritable avalanche of in-development Xbox One games, ranging from a creative, kid-friendly riff on Sony’s LittleBigPlanet series to a violent and gory action game set on the battlefields of ancient Rome.

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“We have more titles in development now than in any other time in Xbox history,” Microsoft Game Studios vice-president Phil Spencer said. Among the titles Microsoft demonstrated were new episodes in the Metal Gear, Battlefield, and Dead Rising series, together with versions of PC hits World of Tanks and Minecraft.

Although the Xbox One will launch without a Halo game, Master Chief fans won’t have too long to wait. 343 Studios’ Bonnie Ross introduced the next installment in the game, which will continue the “Reclaimer” story that began in Halo 4. It’ll be launched in 2014, Ross said.

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