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  • Switched On: BlackBerry's depressing keyboard trends

    Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

    DNP Switched On BlackBerry's depressing keyboard trends

    In a March interview, Google chairman Eric Schmidt, whose company’s smartphone ambitions led to his vacating a board seat at Apple, claimed that he didn’t use either an Android phone or iPhone. Rather, he uses a Blackberry, citing his affinity for its keyboard despite a number of Android models released over the years integrating physical thumb keyboards.

    RIM devices had keyboards even before they had email; the feature was part of the BlackBerry’s predecessor, the RIM Inter@ctive Pager. Indeed, tactile feedback was so valued by the company that it tried to integrate it into the touchscreen with the BlackBerry Storm. In reviewing that phone for The New York Times, David Pogue noted, “A BlackBerry without a keyboard is like an iPod without a scroll wheel.” Imagine such a thing.

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  • PSA: Yahoo Mail Classic shuts down June 3rd

    PSA: Yahoo Mail Classic shuts down June 3rd

    Yahoo’s been on a bit of a warpath lately, shuttering old services and streamlining existing ones — the firm classic email interface, slated to discontinue tomorrow, June 3rd, is the latest to get the axe. We knew this was coming, of course, but its more than a mere visual update: users who choose to upgrade to the new interface will have to agree to Yahoo’s updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Yahoo’s own help documentation points out why this matters, explaining that the new ToS includes “the acceptance of automated content scanning and analyzing of your communications content, which Yahoo users to deliver product features, relevant advertising and abuse protection.”

    Nothing new for Gmail users, but a change worth consideration. The company says users can opt out of contextual advertising or otherwise dodge it with a desktop email client, but will still need to accept the new ToS to continue using Yahoo Mail. Mostly par for the course, but if you’re concerned about privacy, you can read up on the changes for yourself at the attached source link.

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    Via: TechCrunch

    Source: Yahoo

  • LG Optimus L9 II, T-Mobile branded F6 appear on Twitter

    LG Optimus L9 II, TMobile branded F6 appear on Twitter

    Android lover on a budget? LG just might be prepping a few new phones in your price bracket. Pictures obtained by @evleaks show a follow up to the firm’s Optimus L9 smartphone as well as a mysterious F6 handset with T-Mobile branding. The Twitter-based source doesn’t have a lot of detail on either device, but a sticker on the L9 II suggests that the phone is bound for European markets. Interested in taking a peek? Check out the links below.

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    Source: @evleaks (Twitter) (1), (2)

  • The After Math: Internet trends, Apple TVs and Samsung's Finnish triumph

    Welcome to The After Math, where we attempt to summarize this week’s tech news through numbers, decimal places and percentages.

    The After Math Internet trends, Apple TVs and Samsungs Finnish triumph

    The launch of the Xbox One may be behind us, but we still have plenty of numbers to crunch. Speaking of ones, this week we saw a record-setting auction for an old Apple 1, a multi-tabbed refresh of our inbox and the release of Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report. Add to that some big names taking the stage at D11, an anti-graffiti drone and a rather bizarre-looking harp, and you have this week’s After Math. Join us after the break for the digits.

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