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Video leaks BlackBerry Z10 details before RIM official announcement

Previously, Technically Motivated briefly covered BlackBerry 10, Research in Motion's attempt to modernise it's once-popular BlackBerry range of phones and other devices and the proprietary BlackBerry OS system running on them; and to make BlackBerry relevant to the modern generation once again. We also know that BlackBerry plan to launch two models of phone at first to run this system: first, a fully touchscreen model recently officially named the Z10; and then, a month or two later, a keyboard-equipped model akin to its popular Bold line, tentatively known as the T-Series.

RIM have been keeping very mum over the new system and phones, choosing not to reveal any major details until the official launch announcement of BlackBerry 10, still two weeks away. However, with regular leaks from RIM's manufacturing partners; and tech reviewers getting prototype models, there has slowly been a number of details being released about both.

A new video making the rounds, however, might be the best look we’ve had yet. German newspaper Telekom Presse, after a hands-on with a prototype model of the Z10, recently released two YouTube videos detailing both the software and hardware of the upcoming BlackBerry phone quite extensively.

The first seven-and-a-half minute video, which has been given English subtitles to be easy to understand by those who don't speak German, describes almost everything the phone has and does; and assuming RIM doesn’t make any substantial changes to the model that hits markets, you may well be looking at the final product here, albeit without the official explanations and highlighting that RIM will be doing when it’s announced.

With that said, what are your views on this potential new phone? Do you think RIM has a chance with this new model and system; or are they too far down to be saved? Let us know in the comments!

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    unuTM The World’s First All-in-One Tablet, Gaming Console and Smart TV System at CES 2013

    Originally Posted at Sanitarium.FM

    The multifaceted device that first greeted the world at gamescom 2012 under the name “snakebyte eins” is now celebrating its world-premiere at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, as well as a new name, “unuTM”. The pre-release version will be playable for the duration of the event.

    What is unu ™ ?

    unu™ is entertainment. unu™ is gaming. unu™ is different. Unlike previously announced and currently available Android-based gaming platforms, unu™offers a truly multifaceted experience. Whether in your lap as a tablet, in the docking station on the TV or right in front of you on the table, unu™ goes where you go, ready to be used wherever and however you want. Games, videos, music, apps, mobile surfing and email – unu™ provides the total package. Developed and designed entirely in Germany, unu™ draws on fifteen years of experience in the games industry.

    With perfectly balanced components, unu™ enables users to experience their familiar media and games in totally new ways. The heart of unu™ is the tablet and its custom-coded user interface. But there’s more to the package: unu™ comes with a docking station, a game controller and an air mouse, opening up optimal gaming, media and smart TV experiences. Thanks to the docking station, the unu™ tablet can be quickly connected to the TV so that users can enjoy movies and music as well as games on the big screen. With the tablet docked, the user interface can be operated by the game controller or the air mouse.

    The unu™ air mouse makes it possible to intuitively and comfortably interact with the user interface while sitting on the couch, just as easily as if you had the tablet in your hands. No other smart TV manufacturer has been able to offer that kind of ease of use. Touch-based games like Angry Birds can be comfortably played on the TV while relaxing on the couch. A full-fledged keyboard for surfing, writing email and posting to social media is integrated on the back of the unu™ air mouse.
    When it comes to intense gaming experiences, the unu™ game controller has all the bases covered. Games optimized for controllers can be played as though they were real console games. snakebyte has been designing and manufacturing gaming peripherals for more than fifteen years and that wealth of experience shines though, reflected in the high-quality components employed. There are already many games with controller support and the number is continually growing. Thanks to an integrated button mapping app, games without native controller support can also be enjoyed with unu™ and the game controller.

    Tablet. Gaming Console. Smart TV.
    unu™ unites the worlds of tablets, gaming consoles and smart TVs. The heart of the unu™ concept is diversity. unu™ isn’t just a stationary gaming console like its competitors, unu™ is also a tablet that can be used while on the go, out in the back yard or curled up on the couch. But unu™ isn’t just a tablet. With its docking station and game controller, unu™ delivers a 100% authentic console experience on the TV. And thanks to its multimedia features and the wealth of digital content providers, like Netflix and Maxdome, unu™ is the television of tomorrow – a truly smart TV.

    unu™ at CES 2013

    Every day during CES 2013 in Las Vegas, unu™ will be playable at the snakebyte booth (LVCC, South Hall 2, Booth 25200). Appointments for personal presentations are also available.

    You’ll find more info on Facebook on the official unu™ page:

    Watch the CES 2013 trailer on youtube:


    Apple claim “record-breaking” new iPad launch sales; won’t say which device sold more

    In a rather bullish release yesterday (5th November), Apple announced that in the week of the iPad Mini's launch, both it and the iPad 4 amassed a total of three million sales in just three days, doubling the 1.5 million sales of the iPad 3 in its first weekend in March.

    CEO Tim Cook called the sales "record-breaking", adding: “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis."

    However, close analysis of the figures reveals some hidden details. At the time of the iPad 3's launch, Apple only targeted 12 countries in the launch window; the new devices target 34. Given a near-200% increase in market size from launch, a significant increase in sales is only expected.

    In addition, while the iPad 3's launch was a single device, the iPad Mini's launch introduces two products at the same time. Interestingly, Apple's announcement offers no breakdown of sales for the individual devices, rather treating both as almost a single entity. Many analysts are taking this as a sign that the iPad Mini is, as many had predicted, a slow burner which is not yet drawing much interest; though it is hard to say for sure, as in absence of a breakdown it is impossible to state for certain whether the predicted "1 to 1.5 million" sales of the Mini were in fact achieved – and given the reports of a lack of queues for the new device (unusual for an Apple product launch) and constant rumours of high return rates, there's always the possibility that this is simply an attempt to hide potential embarrassment to the company.

    In all cases, it was the WiFi-only version of the tablet that went on sale. Cellular versions of both products will hit the stores in a few weeks. Given that early Apple customers tend to be those who care more for a device's specifications than its price, in the absence of a breakdown the likely assumption is Apple may be keeping its hold in the top end of the market where the iPad 4 sits, but failing to make a dent in the cheaper 7 inch tablet market where they want to make an impact. What do you think?


    UK ATM Locator Free for iOS – Find Free ATMs Throughout the UK

    The following is a press report published by Emityme Solutions to promote a new product and/or service; and has been approved for public distribution. Because it is written by the company in question to promote said products, the below post may be biased to spin the company or its offerings in a more positive light. Technically Motivated does not echo the opinions expressed below unless otherwise stated.

    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – Emityme Solutions today is pleased to introduce UK ATM Locator for iOS, their new free Utility app that instantly finds the nearest ATM, anywhere in the United Kingdom. Finding a Cash machine while traveling can be problematic. Having finally located one, it is not uncommon to face a withdrawal charge of up to two pounds. UK ATM Locator lists every cash machine in the vicinity with the closest first and those imposing no charge at the top half of the list. The app includes in its database more than 66,000 bank and standalone cash machines.

    Whether one is accustomed to using cash frequently or not at all while traveling, there will come an instance where one must rely on finding an ATM machine. It may be to make a cash purchase, offer as a gratuity, or loan to a friend. Finding a cash machine nearby is an inconvenience, but finding one that offers free withdrawals can be a challenge. UK ATM Locator provides an instant solution to both.

    At launch in portrait mode the app asks if it may automatically enter the user’s present location as the target of the search. Typically, the user will respond OK. Alternatively, an empty text field allows the entry of any postcode. Scrollable results appear immediately, with the closest locations listed first. Machines without withdrawal fees are given priority and occupy the top half of the list clearly marked, giving the user the opportunity to save on unnecessary charges. Each location on the list includes the following: exact distance from present location (or postcode entry), name of machine (name of bank or cash machine company), full street address including postcode, and the exact fee charged (where appropriate).

    Tapping any listing (four to an iPhone screen) brings up a full screen, zoomable Google Street Map with a red pushpin marking the location. The attractively designed and simple to operate app functions perfectly from anywhere in the world, providing the distance to the nearest UK ATM correct to one-hundredth of a kilometer.

    Feature Highlights:
    * Find the closest bank ATM or cash machine from any location in the UK
    * UK ATM Locator 1.0.0 is free
    * Automatically uses the present location to search
    * Optional search using postcode
    * Contains more than 66,000 ATMs in its database
    * Gives listing priority to free ATMs
    * Displays exact distance to and map location of each machine
    * Withdrawal fees, if any, are displayed

    “Have you ever been in a new city, wanted to pay cash and you had none? ” asked Tope Abayomi, Director of Emityme Solutions. “The nearest ATM cash machine is about to charge you £1.99 for withdrawals. Well, ATM Finder will locate and flush out the nearest free ATM to you in seconds. Including Banks and standalone cash machines.”

    Device Requirements:
    * iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
    * iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
    * 1.0 MB

    Pricing and Availability:
    UK ATM Locator 1.0.0 is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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    Located in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, the Emityme Solutions Ltd team is an independent software company founded by Tope Abayomi in August of 2004. Committed to providing the highest quality software, Emityme Solutions Ltd has delivered applications to multiple clients operating in various industries from healthcare to telecoms, education to electronics. Copyright (C) 2011 Emityme Solutions Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.



    The Document Foundation offers a preview of future product and technology developments

    The following is a press report published on behalf of The Document Foundation by Florian Effenberger to announce future plans for the foundation. This report has been approved for public distribution.

    Note: In the below press release, any reference to OOo refers to OpenOffice, the open-source office software LibreOffice is based on. Since OpenOffice is now a trademark of Oracle, inc. and the rights have not yet been donated back to the project, The Document Foundation are legally obliged not to use the full name.

    The Internet, November 9, 2010 – “The Document Foundation is about documents and the associated software is pivotal to create, exchange, modify, share and print documents”, says Thorsten Behrens, a software developer and a member of TDF Steering Committee. “LibreOffice 3.3 is the first flavour of this long term strategy, but the journey has just begun, and the enormous advantages of our developer-embracing environment are not yet fully reflected in the upcoming software release”.

    LibreOffice 3.3 is based on OOo 3.3, with code optimisations and many new features, which are going to offer a first preview of the new development directions for 2011 and beyond. TDF founders foresee a completely different future for the office suite paradigm, which – in the actual format – is over 20 years old, to be based on the document (where the software is a layer for the creation or the presentation of the contents).

    TDF developers are working full steam at improving the overall quality of OOo code, which is a good starting point, and making easy testability of the code and quality assurance a priority. This is an area where new developers and code hackers, whose number has grown to over 90 in just a month, are instrumental for the bulk of the activity. Continue Reading »