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The giant has awaken, finally after the long long wait for the latest OS from blackberry have been revealed on Jan 30th. BB10 the new competitor in the smart mobile market will try to dominate the market as it predecessor did few years ago. I got an invitation from Blackberry ( formally known as RIM ) to attend the launch of Blackberry 10 in Dubai. The international launch of Blackberry 10 was in 6 different countries around the world through a video live feed all in the same time & Dubai was the middle east’s city of choice. The event started in Armani Hotel with Robert Bose the managing director for the middle east welcoming us and introducing Thorsten Heins Blackberry’s CEO to reveal Blackberry 10 to us.
Of course most of you have been following my live event update through twitter, Instagram & Tumblr and im gonna go through the most things and more details are coming up in another BB10 review post.
Now lets get back to the main attraction the Blackberry 10, Mr.Heins first announced that RIM have renamed themselves to become BLACKBERRY, then he revealed the new Re-designed, Re-engineered and Re-invented and i must add Revolutionary Blackberry Z10 ( An all touch screen handset ) & Blackberry Q10 ( The legendary keyboard form-factor handset Blackberry famous for).
First we got introduced to the main feature that all Blackberry 10 users gonna be using which is the Blackberry Hub, it gathers all the emails, BBM, SMS, Twitter, Facebook, Calendar events in one place to maximize the user productivity. Gathering all the notifications in one place and woking all the time in the background to keep the user updated and undistracted by having to check one place which is the Blackberry Hub rather than having to check multiple apps.
Now BBM users can contact each other using video calls & of course voice calls which got introduced in Blackberry OS7. Adding to the BBM video call a screen share option in my opinion is gonna be so useful for some of us and Im so positive that Ill end up using it especially when guiding someone to what they should do to achieve a certain task on their device.
Blackberry 10 is launching with over 70,000 application and its a huge number of apps for a new OS considering the fact that it just launched while in compare with Windows Mobile 8 that launched lat year with only 20,000 apps so 70,000 is a great number to start up with and keep you moving. Another important features that was announced is the Camera which is an 8 MP with a Time shift that enables you to catch that perfect moment before the person closes his eyes or the right moment when he/she is smiling. check the video below to get an idea about it.
The surprise of the event was that Blackberry made Alicia Keys Global Creative Director for Blackberry of course Alicia Keys were a blackberry user for many years.
Many new features have been announced but i wont go into the details of each of coz thats another post you would have to wait for 😉 but i cant end a post without mentioning the new Blackberry keyboard with an awesome prediction and the ability to learn your own words as you type. At the end of the video live feed we headed out to try Blackberry Z10 device that was available for us. I compared it with the Galaxy S3 & iPhone 5 sizes on the images down below (Of course special thanks for PinkGirlQ8 for the pics ) the Z10 feels really great in the hand not so big neither small with the perfect weight of 138 Grams which adds a premium feel to it.
Now for the main question most of our readers are asking is when its gonna be available and how much would it cost?
Its gonna be available in UAE starting Feb 10th and of course in kuwait by mid or end of Feb. The exact Z10 price for Kuwait was not revealed but its going to be between 180-200 KD Black or white.
As for the Q10 is gonna be available in the second quarter (No exact date was revealed also).
Special Thanks to Blackberry for the invitation & Bensirri for organising everything in Kuwait
A new fuel tanker arrives on location somewhere in the Middle East.
The company manager in charge tells the fleet supervisor to ensure that the tanker is clearly labeled: “Diesel Fuel” in Arabic and “No Smoking” in Arabic. This is what he got …
It was just confirmed earlier last month that Alshaya and The Cheesecake Factory have signed an agreement to bring the brand to the Middle East. According to the pic, the first branch is soon to be opened in Dubai Mall next to Candillicious
Few days ago I passed by Al Muthana Complex and went to the famous book store in the basement to discover that it’s almost empty. The thought that I lost my passion for reading shocked me, this book store used to be one of my favorite places in the world. I’m guilty and I have to confess that the last time I did read a full book was 2 years ago. The problem we r all facing in the middle east that we do not read and don’t even have book clubs or book stores other than Alsalasel & the one in Muthana. When u travel to any foreign country u notice how much people read either e-books or books in general and most of the iPad and Tab users just use it for games and internet broswing.
It’s really shocking how our community do not read or encourage reading. I’m not talking about newspaper reading or browsing the internet coz it not considered reading. I must mention that browsing the net make us unable to concentrate on a certain subject for a long time coz we bounce from site to another and from a subject to another but reading a book will help concentrating on a certain subject and get into every detail of it. So I’m asking all of u out there do u feel that u don’t read as much ??? And why???
Ramadan is just around the corner and i think it’s a great opportunity to read at least one full book & stop watching too many useless series. U can read Quran if u want but u must read another Islamic book on the side if u r up to the challenge.
Im putting links for famous e-book stores in case ur excuse is not finding the book u r looking for, as for myself I’m going with Kobo and I’m planning to download some books on my iPad so I can access it every where. People might argue that they don’t have much time but let me introduce a simple math equation to those. If u take 2 hours a day only and dedicate it to reading, if u r a slow reader u will be able to finish 15 pages. 15 pages per day for a whole month u end up reading a book of 450 pages which I believe will be more than enough to read a medium size book (300+ pages).
So is anyone out there up to the challenge ???
Or we have reached a point in life were we feel so lazy and so indulged in watching TV shows, sitcoms & ignoring our brain food.
Who is gonna join me in this challenge????