T-Mobile’s Blackberry PRIV costs $720 with $0 down

T-Mobile today revealed the pricing details for their Blackberry PRIV, which is launching January 26th. The company has it going for $720, which is about $20 more than what you can get it for at the Blackberry store.

That said, the phone does come with the benefit of getting it on a $0 down payment plan of either $30 per month for 24 months or $34 per month for 18 months. It will still be more expensive in the long run, but perhaps a lower upfront cost is more important for some of you.

Beyond that, it’s the same Blackberry PRIV you could have gotten when the phone was first made available last year. Let us know if you’ll be using this as a good excuse to put a new Blackberry phone into your pocket next week.

You can now install Android apps using Google Search

Installing apps from the Google app. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of AndroidGoogle is making it possible to install Android apps directly from Google Search. The feature, which is already available for some users, makes it even easier to find Android apps and games. How many times have you searched Google for an app? It’s a common practice — especially if you aren’t looking for a specific title;

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Benchmark Entry Reveals Specs for Samsung’s 2016 Galaxy J5

The company logo is displayed at the Samsung news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas January 7, 2013. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

There’s a new benchmark entry over on GFXBench that gives us an inside look at the upcoming Galaxy J5 from Samsung. The device will have the SM-J510 base model number and will come with a 5.2-inch 720p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Snapdragon 410 SoC, 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras and it will have Android 5.1.1 installed on it out of the box.

Moto G Turbo Edition begins getting Android 6.0 in India

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One user in India with the Moto G Turbo Edition has gotten the update to Android 6.0, indicating that Motorola could be currently rolling out the software update to users in that region.

The latest version of Android introduces a lot of new features, including App Permissions, Google Now On Tap, Doze and much more.

This update comes in at a whopping 445MB, also including the Android December security update. Once installed, you should see your firmware version hit 24.11.22. If you haven’t gotten it yet, you can check for it manually in Settings > About Phone.

While Motorola hasn’t offered any official confirmation that it’s rolling out yet, users have begun seeing the option to install Android 6.0 on the Moto G Turbo Edition in India.

Motorola did detail update plans for Android Marshmallow on a variety of smartphones back in October. The company also earlier this month brought the update to the Moto X Play (review here) in India.

Has anyone else seen the update yet?

source: Sanchit Kulkarni (Twitter)
via: FoneArena


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Can Donald Trump Really Move iPhone Production to the US?

Can Donald Trump Really Move iPhone Production to the US? is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

During a recent Presidential candidate debate, Republican candidate and business magnate Donald Trump said that he could get Apple to bring its production to the US, but can he actually make something like that happen?

While Apple used to build its products in the US in its early days, the company now manufactures most of its products overseas in China, where it contracts Foxconn to assemble millions of iPhones and iPads every year.

The company has been proactive about US production and recently began manufacturing its Mac Pro in the US, but Apple’s most popular products are still sourced in China.

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However, Donald Trump thinks he can persuade Tim Cook and company to bring its manufacturing back to the US for good:

“We’re going to get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.”

A well-said statement from a potential President of the United States of America.

We’re not sure if he knows that some of Apple’s products are already manufactured in the US, but like many people, Trump may not know where most of his gadgets came from, except taking an obvious guess and picking China.

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Many people think Trump is out of his mind for even thinking that Apple would want to bring its manufacturing back to the States, but back in 2011, President Barack Obama is said to have done the same thing.

Obama asked Apple co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs about what it would take to make iPhones in the US. Jobs replied with a frank, “Those jobs aren’t coming back.”

However, two years later, Apple moved its Mac Pro production to the US, so there’s still some hope that the iPhone could come back to the US, right? Probably not.

During a CBS 60 Minutes interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, the head honcho says that the US simply doesn’t have the skills necessary to manufacture the iPhone, or at least there’s not enough workers in the US that could do it.

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Cook says that many of the vocational skills that are needed to make Apple products aren’t taught as widely as they are in China:

“I mean, you can take every tool and die maker in the United States and probably put them in a room that we’re currently sitting in. In China, you would have to have multiple football fields.”

Whether or not this is actually true could probably be debated, but it can also be argued that another big reason why Apple manufactures in China is because of lower labor costs.

Carl Howe, Vice President of data sciences at the Yankee Group (speaking with MarketPlace.org), says that “labor costs [in the US] are somewhere in the vicinity of two to three times what they’re going to be in China.”

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However, labor costs isn’t the whole story. You also have all of the different factories that make the individual parts that go into the iPhone, and there are a ton of components in an iPhone. Furthermore, there could be as many as two or three sources just for one individual component that goes into an iPhone.

So when you zoom out, iPhone production is an absolutely massive undertaking, so bringing all of that to the US would be nearly impossible. Plus it would put millions of people out of jobs in China (yes, millions), so it’s a good bet that China would heavily resist such a move.

In the end, most iPhone users likely don’t care where their iPhone is made. If anything, users care more about whether or not the device they’re using was ethically made.

In today’s world, most people are concerned with labor laws and making sure their clothes weren’t made in a sweatshop, or that their iPhones weren’t assembled by child laborers, and it turns out that Apple is in the hot seat currently with a new child labor scandal hitting the presses.

Can Donald Trump Really Move iPhone Production to the US? is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.