BlackBerry is teasing a new device, ISIS will be rebranded and gmail brings forth new languages. This and more in tonight’s news!
Want proof BlackBerry is desperate? Enter the BlackBerry Passport, a device that aims to differentiate itself by offering a square display. BlackBerry believes rectangular screens are a thing of the past. This may sound nuts, but in some ways they do have a point.
BlackBerry wants professionals to be using these, and we must accept spreadsheets, some websites and other documents do look better with a wider screen. In addition, the keyboard doesn’t take up as much space as the usual on-screen keyboards do.
Opinion: I still believe BlackBerry went a little nuts, though. I have tested devices with weird ratios, like the LG Optimus Vu. The experience is not that great for the usual consumer, but it sure is great for documents and typing fast.
ISIS will soon see a rebranding, and not for the best of reasons. It turns out a militant group that goes by the same name has been the cause of much violence in Iraq and Syria. Sharing names with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not always the best idea for a service like ISIS.
The company still hasn’t come up with a new name, but this information should come to light very soon.
Opinion: I understand ISIS’ position. Though none of us would confuse both organizations, it doesn’t look good to do this. Not to mention,sharing names would also give coverage to the militant group.
Gmail may be the most popular email service in the world, but it doesn’t cover all the languages quite yet. With today’s additions, Gmail is finally reaching 94% of the internet’s population in their native languages.
Google has just added 13 new languages, including Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala and Zulu.
Opinion: While there is still a good amount of people having to use another language with Gmail, Google is getting close to reaching everyone. Maybe soon!