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  • BlackBerry Q5 revealed: 3.1-inch touch and type smartphone

    BlackBerry has officially the Q5, a Qwerty smartphone running BlackBerry 10 but designed for emerging market countries. We've known for some time now that BlackBerry would be launching such a device, but in the run-up to its unveiling we had it pegged that it would run under the R10 moniker. It's unclear how much the Q5 will cost, although we do know that it will come with a 3.1-inch touch-screen. If the leaks prior to the Q5's unveiling are to be believed then it will also come with 2GB of RAM, alongside a 5MP camera, 8GB of internal memory and a...

  • No Facebook phone, but its app’s going to be preloaded into emerging market Android devices

    Sad news? No, best news ever. Previous “Facebook” phones were utter crap. So it’s great news that instead of forcing another aborted effort into the tech world, Facebook will instead work hand in hand with Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum and hardwire its Facebook app into and endless amount of cheapie Android phones, according to Gigaom.com. Rejoice! Here’s the skinny: Spreadtrum says that millions of Android phones will now be “Facebook ready” as it will pre-install...

  • Dual-SIM Samsung Chief Hero reaches SA shores

    Not actual size of phoneIt is becoming the next big thing to have a dual-SIM phone and Samsung is jumping on the bandwagon. It is now expanding into emerging markets, including South Africa with its Chief Hero phone. The Chief Hero isn't aimed at the typical smartphone user but at a market looking for a robust, cheaper phone. The press release stated that it is a "GPRS Smart dual-SIM phone designed for cost-sensitive users". That suits South Africa's needs perfectly, especially as it is a stronger phone. The dual-SIM aspect lets users take advantage of various mobile operator price plans,...

  • Bangladesh releases $130 laptop

    First India unveiled a US$45 tablet. Now Bangladesh has unveiled an Android-powered US$130 laptop. This locally made laptop, like the uber-cheap tablet will hopefully bring advanced learning into even the most rural of areas. The prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina released the Doel (meaning Magpie) at an unveiling ceremony in the capital city of Dhaka. Hasina said that by 2021, the Doel would help Bangladesh to become a middle-income nation. The Doel...