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  • PSA: BlackBerry 10 doesn’t need a special data plan

    PSA BlackBerry 10 doesn't need a special data plan

    With BlackBerry 10 devices wending their way into the hands of patient fans, there’s been some uncertainty as to just what service plans customers need to reach the new platform’s full potential. The short answer, after confirmations at CrackBerry: just about any of them. Unlike older BlackBerrys, the Z10 and future models don’t require tiers with BlackBerry Internet Service or BlackBerry Enterprise Server support in order to work their push messaging magic. Those migrating from a regular BlackBerry plan won’t have to worry about switching, though. The lone exceptions are subscribers who have barebones, social-only plans where BIS serves as the filter. While the switch could lead to price hikes for those cost-conscious users, it’s otherwise good news for BlackBerry devotees who’ve wanted the same choice in service as the rest of their smartphone-owning peers.

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    Source: CrackBerry

  • WSJ: Eric Schmidt calls China ‘the most sophisticated and prolific’ hacker of foreign firms

    WSJ: Eric Schmidt calls China 'the most sophisticated and prolific' hacker of foreign firms

    The Wall Street Journal snagged a preview of an upcoming book co-authored by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and the company’s Jared Cohen, and it doesn’t seem to paint the rosiest picture of China. Dubbed The New Digital Age, the tome reportedly claims China is “the world’s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information” in addition to “the most sophisticated and prolific” hacker of foreign firms. Recent stats and events don’t exactly help the nation’s image.

    In addition to the threat of hacking attempts originating from China, the work also touches upon the Chinese government’s alleged involvement with network infrastructure providers such as Huawei. According to the book, such cooperation puts the US at an economic and political disadvantage since “the United States will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter (and better enforced) and because illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play.” However, Schmidt and Cohen posit that even western firms “will coordinate their efforts with their governments on both diplomatic and technical levels” as the future unfolds.

    In terms of what’s to come, the work also considers that the country’s “mix of active citizens armed with technological devices and tight government control is exceptionally volatile,” and that it could cause “widespread instability,” and even “some kind of revolution in the coming decades.” If you’re interested in more prognostication from Google’s head honcho, the book is slated to hit shelves this April. For now, you can hit the neighboring source link for additional morsels.

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    Via: The Verge

    Source: Wall Street Journal

  • Tesla Model S app hits Android in beta

    Tesla Model S app hits Android in beta

    Sending commands to a Tesla Model S via a native smartphone app is already old hat for iPhone users who have one of Musk and Co.’s electric chariots, but Android users are just now getting their first crack at a dedicated app. Google Play has finally been graced with a beta version of the software, packing the look and features of its iOS counterpart. Armed with the application, Model S owners can remotely control charging, keep tabs on the car’s battery level, adjust the cabin’s climate, find and track the auto on a map, trigger door locks and more. Regarding bugs in the beta, Tesla warns that some UI glitches are on its radar. Jab the bordering source link for the download.

    [Thanks, Jarrod]

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    Source: Google Play

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