TCL Communication launched the all-new BlackBerry KEYone at Mobile World Congress!

After quite some months of anticipation and teasing , TCL Communication has now officially given the new keyboard device formerly known as the ‘Mercury’ a name, a pricing, and even a release timeframe. As unveiled at Mobile World Congress, the BlackBerry KEYone will be available globally beginning this April and will be priced at or under €599 /£499 /$549 .

On the inside of the BlackBerry KEYone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC along with Adreno 506 GPU. The phone comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, plus you can expand for more storage with a microSD card. There is also a decent sized 3,505 mAh battery along with Quick Charge 3.0 support; additionally, BlackBerry touts a “Boost mode” for charging speeds, although this merely consists of turning on Power Saving mode when the device is charging. Seeing how battery efficient the Snapdragon 625 SoC is, how small the display is and how large the battery is, the BlackBerry KEYone will easily be able to provide more than a day’s worth of battery life.

For the camera, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a 12MP Sony IMX 378 sensor on the rear, and a 8MP front camera. The rear sensor is the same as one used on the Google Pixel, so we will have to see how BlackBerry manages the camera software to compete with top end flagships.

The BlackBerry KEYone also comes with the latest Android 7.1 Nougat software right out-of-the-box. BlackBerry has also been fantastic with timely security updates. Combined with their own security enhancements on the device like the DTEK app and feature additions like the BlackBerry Hub, the KEYone will be a good choice for corporate and enterprise customers.


You can check out the full press release below:

DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT. DISTINCTLY BLACKBERRY.

TCL COMMUNICATION LAUNCHES ALL-NEW BLACKBERRY KEYone TO THE WORLD AT MWC 2017

BARCELONA – February 25, 2017 – Today, TCL Communication, a leading global smartphone manufacturer, unveiled a new BlackBerry smartphone to the world – the BlackBerry KEYone. This launch represents the first BlackBerry smartphone released from TCL Communication under a new brand licensing agreement signed in December 2016 with BlackBerry Limited. Offering users all the great smartphone features you’d expect – like great camera, display and design – in a distinctly different experience, the KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry Limited’s software and security with TCL Communication’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers around the world. The BlackBerry KEYone will be available globally beginning in April and will be priced at or under €599 EUR/£499 GBP/$549 USD.

“Impressively designed to be distinctly different, the BlackBerry KEYone reimagines how we communicate by offering unmatched productivity and the world’s most secure Android smartphone experience,” said Nicolas Zibell, CEO for TCL Communication. “We’re humbled to play such an important role in the future of BlackBerry smartphones, which have been so iconic in our industry, and we’re eager to prove to the BlackBerry community that their excitement around this new BlackBerry smartphone is something they can be proud of as well.”

“We want to congratulate TCL Communications on the launch of KEYone,” said Alex Thurber, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobility Solutions for BlackBerry. “We have worked closely with TCL to build security and the BlackBerry experience into every layer of KEYone, so the BlackBerry DNA remains very much in place. We couldn’t be more excited to help bring it to market and introduce it to BlackBerry fans.”

DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT

Tucked into an anodized aluminum frame and soft touch textured back, this new BlackBerry smartphone is built to offer the best in durability while still remaining easy on the eyes. Featuring a 4.5-inch display (1620×1080 resolution / 434 PPI 3:2 aspect ratio) with Corning ® Gorilla® Glass 4 that offers greater impact and scratch resistance, the KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more useable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone.

With BlackBerry KEYone, you can forget what you knew about keyboards. The device’s Smart Keyboard responds to touch gestures mimicking the heritage of the BlackBerry trackpad making web browsing, reading emails and writing messages with flick typing a much smoother and intuitive experience. This Smart Keyboard can also be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, such as pressing “I” for your inbox or “M” to access maps; providing even greater ease of use. In addition, KEYone is the first smartphone to provide the security of a fingerprint sensor built directly into the keyboard spacebar, for added functionality and security.

DISTINCTLY BLACKBERRY

Beyond the iconic BlackBerry design that’s been curated for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of features and security enhancements making this smartphone distinctly BlackBerry. Out of the box, the device runs Android 7.1 – giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps – and will receive Google security patch updates. It comes loaded with BlackBerry Hub®, bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account. Another benefit of BlackBerry Hub, is the ability to manage multiple email accounts without switching between apps, with support for Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, Microsoft Exchange accounts, and many other IMAP and POP3 email providers.

What really sets a BlackBerry smartphone apart from any other Android device are the enhanced security features built into every device right from the start. From a hardened operating system to BlackBerry Limited’s proprietary technique for establishing a hardware root of trust adding security keys to the processor, the BlackBerry KEYone is intentionally designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience possible. This device comes pre-loaded with DTEK by BlackBerry, offering constant security monitoring and protection of your operating system and apps by letting you know when your privacy could be at risk and how you can take action to improve it. A quick glimpse lets you see the overall security rating for your device and provides simple access allowing you to easily improve your security status. This BlackBerry security application monitors your other apps, alerting you if one is accessing your camera to take a picture or video, turning your microphone on, sending a text message, or accessing your contacts or location.

THE BLACKBERRY KEYONE EXPERIENCE

Beyond the design and security features making the BlackBerry KEYone so distinct, these additional features truly reinvent mobile communications for the business and enterprise user. At the core of this new BlackBerry smartphone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 mobile platform with the Qualcomm AdrenoTM 506 GPU. This means BlackBerry KEYone users will enjoy long battery life thanks to more efficient battery usage and fast LTE speeds for super-fast file sharing. It includes Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, making it possible for the 3505 mAh battery on the KEYone – the largest ever in a BlackBerry device, to receive up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes. And for when you only have a few moments to grab a fast charge, BlackBerry’s Boost can turbo charge your battery to get you the most charge with the limited time you have.

“We are proud to be working with TCL on the BlackBerry KEYone,” said Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president and president, Qualcomm EMEA. “The Snapdragon 625 mobile platform with X9 LTE and the Adreno 506 GPU is purpose-built for users who demand superior performance and connectivity coupled with outstanding battery-life.”

The BlackBerry KEYone experience would not be complete though without a great camera. That’s why it includes a 12MP rear camera with the industry leading Sony IMX378 camera sensor. With a large pixel size(1.55μm) and Phase Detect Auto Focus, moments captured on the BlackBerry KEYone will be ultra crisp and clear. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens. For more information about the BlackBerry KEYone and to register for pre-order updates, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services worldwide under three key brands – TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry. The company’s portfolio of products are currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, TCL Communication ranked as a top-10 global smartphone manufacturer by IDC. Headquartered in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates nine R&D centers worldwide, employing more than 13,500 people across the globe. For more information, please visit www.tclcom.com. TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

Qualcomm, Snapdragon and Adreno are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Quick Charge is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Adreno and Qualcomm Quick Charge are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Win Exclusive Invites for the Advanced Screening of “Nocturama”

Thanks to Front Row Filmed Entertainment five lucky readers of the The Acme Blog have the chance to win Exclusive double Invites to the Advanced Screening of the upcoming crime / drama / thriller “Nocturama” written and directed by Bertrand Bonello and starring Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa and Martin Guyot.

But this time there is one speciality on this Screening. The Movie is in french. So if you do not understand french, this might not be for you!

The advanced screening of the film will take place on March 6, 2017 at the VOX Cinemas at the Mall of the Emirates. Doors will open at 8:15 pm. The Film starts at 8:30 pm. The film has got the rating 15+. So people younger will strictly not be allowed to the screening!

The Plot in short: Some young folks, tired of the society they’re living in, plan a bomb attack over Paris before to take shelter for a night in a shopping center.

And this is how you can win:

Simply answer the following question in the comments below.

In which City plays Nocturama in ?

    1. New York
    2. Paris
    3. London

Those who answered the question on Facebook , please, send via PM the following info:

  1. Your full name
  2. E-mail

The end of the competition will be the evening of the 5th of March.

will release in UAE cinemas on 9th of March 2017 and you should check out the Trailer below:

And the Exclusive Invites for the Advanced Screening of “Trespass Against Us” are going to…

Front Row Filmed Entertainment and The Acme Blog gave 5 lucky readers of the chance to win Exclusive double Invites to the Advanced Screening of the upcoming crime/action movie “Trespass Against Us” directed by Adam Smith, and starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men, Asassin´s Creed) and Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow, Harry Potter).

The advanced screening of the film will take place on February 20 (tomorrow), 2017 at the VOX Cinemas at the Mall of the Emirates. Doors open at 8:15 pm. Film starts at 8:30 pm. The film has got the rating 15+. So if you participate you need to be above 15, younger won´t be able to enter.

The right answer on the asked question in which Movie did Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender already act together in aside from “Trespass Against Us” was of course Asassin´s Creed.

And The Winners are:

  • Iecz Kool
  • Nhing Reyes
  • Mai Apostol
  • Christobel Bartholomeusz
  • Tahir Ashraf

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie!

Here again the Plot in short: Three generations of the Cutler family live as notorious outlaws among some of the wealthiest lands in Britain. They spend their time hunting, raiding large estates and tormenting the police. In the midst of it all, Chad (Michael Fassbender) finds himself torn between respect for his father (Brendan Gleeson) and a desire for a better life for his children. The law is cracking down on his clan, and the decision might not be his to make.

“Trespass Against Us”  will release in UAE cinemas on 23rd of February 2017 and you should check out the Trailer below:

The most Toxic Countries in the World

The Eco Experts recently revealed the “most toxic countries in the world” and the UAE came in in fifth place. The data shown was compiled by taking five environmental factors into account:

– Energy consumption per capital
– CO2 emissions from fuel combustion
– Air pollution levels
– Deaths attributable to air pollution
– Renewable energy production.

Now lets have a look on the list itself, what do all of the Worst 10 Countries have in common? Well, not very surprising, that ist the Oil and Gas Industry. Scroll down and check out the graphics and the Link to the full report.

The 10 Most Toxic Countries in the World:

1- Saudi Arabia
2- Kuwait
3- Qatar
4- Bahrain
5- United Arab Emirates
6- Oman
7- Turkmenistan
8- Libya
9- Kazakhstan
10- Trinidad and Tobago

An interesting map from The Eco Experts shows the most toxic countries in the world.

Most Toxic Countries

Source: http://www.theecoexperts.co.uk/most-toxic-countries

Win a Huawei Mate 9 with the Acme Blog

Its been a few weeks since the last competition, but here we are back with your chance to win a brandnew Huawei Mate 9 with us.  This is the 64GB Version coming in Moonlight Silver. It is the actual Top Phone from Huawei bringing you a brilliant Large 5.9-inch display. 

The Huawei Mate 9 offers a truly revolutionary battery life. With its large 4000mAh battery and smart power-saving technology, you can enjoy two days’ usage*. State-of-the-art HUAWEI SuperCharge technology safely charges the device for a full day’s power* in 20 minutes.

And this is how you can win:

Just participate below and have the chance to win. Please note that this competition is International. The device will be either shipped via Aramex/DHL or handed over in person in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

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Movie Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

“My whole life consists of running away and killing,” the heroine Alice sighs in “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” during an awkward breather – and their words at this moment can also be understood as an eye-opening description of the entire zombie action series , Which with the sixth film now goes almost 15 years after the prelude in March 2002 in its (supposed) last chapter. Nevertheless, fatigue is not the case with the main actress Milla Jovovich (“The Fifth Element”) or with director Paul W.S. Anderson (“Event Horizon”, “The Three Musketeers”). Once again, they give full throttle and create a fast-paced hunt between mutants, nasty corporate people with wannabe world rulers and the few other surviving humans. However, the apocalypse scenario after the once again fulminant prelude does not really bring anything new into this genre despite impressive images. Not until the protagonists return where “Resident Evil” once started, Anderson finds his way again and brings his saga to a satisfactory end with a few brilliant individual moments and a handful of clever and playful ideas.

The mighty Umbrella Corporation, led by the mighty Dr. Alexander Isaac (Iain Glen) and his willing handler, Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), has made the insidious T-virus turn almost all of the world’s population into drooling zombies. Also Washington D.C. Lies in ruins after a devastating undead attack. Of those who have stood there against the monsters, nobody lives anymore – except for Alice (Milla Jovovich). She learns that there is an antivirus that can stop the apocalyptic plague, but the only ampule with the remedy is hundreds of kilometers away under strict surveillance in the underground Umbrella headquarters in Racoon City. The woman with the enigmatic past has only 48 hours to capture and release the antidote …

As in the past films, the content links to Capcom’s “Resident Evil” video game series, which form their basic story and template, but this time the story is not too tight to the game this time either. Nevertheless, there are of course all kinds of references and also some ingredients of the first person shooter “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard” appearing at the same time as “The Final Chapter”. But director and author Paul W.S. Anderson has long since created his own film parallel world and linked the narrative threads right from the start in the usual mischievous way: from the off he lets Alice tell the prehistory of the immanent worlds end, beats the arch back to the beginning of the film series, Reveals details of the past to its main character, prepares the later resolution of its identity conflict and at the same time provides “Resident Evil” newcomers  orientation gauges. In this compact explanatory sequence, he also narrates a familial drama that ends in an outrageous treachery, establishes the basic motive of greed and religious blindness – and provides a first adrenaline rush with a brilliant cableway scene.

The famous  preludes of “Resident Evil: Afterlife” and “Resident Evil: Retribution” are not reached this time by Paul W.S. Anderson , but when he shows us the ruins of Washington and its political symbols in a panorama of dreary beauty, the fantasy scenario has for a moment something oppressive real and actual. In the case of other “Resident Evil” films (especially the fifth part), the fun surface of kick-ass action as well as more or less cool sayings was also about capturing existential sensations in images and movement.  Before the setting of the devastated capital at the end finds its iconically end, first a lot of action is happening In the beginning, Alice has to get to Racoon City through apocalyptic desolation and soon meets the Umbrella Head Dr. Isaacs (with pleasure in the madness: Iain Glen) in a fortified tank with a huge horde of zombies in the tow. It comes to all sorts of battles  which however get a bit alike by the unsteady camera and the partly very high cutting frequency.

Anderson uses the possibilities of stereoscopy less than in his other 3D films (besides “Resident Evil 4 and 5” these also include “The Three Musketeers” and “Pompeii 3D”). Instead, he relies on delicate slow-motion, flying bodies and small scale fights. At times, the overview is lost and “The Final Chapter” turns into a very average dystopia spectacle. Thus, for example, there is a siege sequence in which Alice finds new and old comrades (again), but both the gasoline-saturated carnage itself as well as the figure drawing (double play and childish conflicts inclusive) hardly satisfy higher demands. Clever, on the other hand, is like the director always plays with the video game origins of his story, for example, when suddenly a motorcycle stands on the edge of the street just because Alice just needs it. In one of the best scenes of the film, Alice also plays in her head different possibilities of action and we see not only the potential sequence, but also the percent success prospects. This is one of the highlights of the last third, in which Anderson’s strengths are more effective: in the cold, long aisles of the Hive, he celebrates not only a dramatic homage to the most famous scene of the first movie, but he literally confronts Alice and Isaacs With itself – here, form and content, sensuous charm and deeper meaning once again form exemplary together.

Conclusion: Milla Jovovich in her top role, a lot of monsters, a few impressive Apocalypse pictures and some clever ideas – “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is a solid zombie action movie and a fair conclusion of the film series.

Acme Blog Movie Rating4.0 Stars

Check out the Trailer below:

WhatsApp now offers two-step verification for everyone

This feature was already available in beta, but now recame available to everyone. WhatsApp is rolling out two-step verification, an additional layer of security, to all of its users on iOS, Android and Windows. It’s an optional feature which you can set up by heading to Settings, followed by Account and Two-step Verification inside the app. You’ll need to create a six-digit passcode, which will then be required every time you try to register your phone number with WhatsApp (for instance, when setting up your account on a new smartphone).

You can also designate an email address which, in an emergency, can be sent a link to disable the feature. WhatsApp highly recommends this as a fallback, just in case you forget the code. It’s a different approach to most technology services, which typically send a randomized string to your phone over SMS. To help you remember, WhatsApp says it will ask for your code “periodically.” An inconvenience, sure, but a trade-off we would argue is worthwhile for greater security. If the app is your primary mode of communications, you owe it to yourself to turn this feature on.

One Important Note on this: If you receive an email to disable two-step verification, but did not request this, do not click on the link. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.

Source: Whats App
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