BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite Launched

BlackBerry has expanded its premium smartphone range in India with the launch of the Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite. Priced at Rs. 99,990, the new premium Qwerty smartphone will be available to buy in the coming days. The move to launch its new premium smartphone now appears to be an attempt by BlackBerry to tap the upcoming festival season in the country.

The new premium Qwerty smartphone is a variant of the Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone that waslaunched last year.

Initially launched in May, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite smartphone features “exclusive graphite-metallic coloured elements” while also sporting “hand-wrapped leather on the back door cover.” The new Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite smartphone is the fourth smartphone launched in collaboration between BlackBerry and Porsche Design, with the others being – BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983, BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982, and BlackBerry Porsche P’9981.

For specifications, the Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite features identical innards as the Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone. It features a 3.1-inch touch screen with a resolution of 720×720 pixels and offers a pixel density of 330ppi. Under the hood, the handset is backed by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (MSM8960) processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, and 64GB inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

A 2100mAh battery powers the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite, and it sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. For connectivity options, it features Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; LTE; FM radio; Micro-USB, and Micro-HDMI.

One of the highlight features of the Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite is the unique PIN feature – BlackBerry provides an exclusive Porsche Design PIN range to every consumer. The new premium smartphone from BlackBerry comes with such BlackBerry 10 features as BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Blend, and BlackBerry World (for downloading business and productivity apps).

The company in a press statement lists some of exclusive Porsche Design accessories that will be in the box including a premium stereo headset, an international charging kit, a polishing cloth, and a USB cable for high-speed data transfer.

Commenting on the launch, Hitesh Shah, Director – Sales and Distribution, at BlackBerry India said, “With the launch of the new P’9983 Graphite from BlackBerry, we bring a unique stylish smartphone combined with the superior productivity and ultimate security experience of BlackBerry 10 technology for our Indian consumers. This new smartphone is custom-built for power professionals aiming to make a style statement while not willing to compromise on effective communication and collaboration.”

BlackBerry Porsche Design P9983 Graphite

BlackBerry Porsche Design P9983 Graphite

Display

3.10-inch

Processor

1.5GHz

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

720×720 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

BlackBerry OS 10

Storage

64GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery capacity

2100mAh

Google’s Android Stagefright Security Patch Is Flawed, Says Researcher

Android’s Stagefright vulnerability has received its share of concerns and patch releaseannouncements from various Android OEM manufacturers, including a new monthly security update cycle. The problem however seems to still be around even after Google released a patch this month for its Nexus devices that was claimed to fix the Stagefright bug.

Jordan Gruskovnjak, a security researcher from Exodus Intelligence has discovered ‘severe’ problems with patch rolling out to Nexus devices. Jordan also claimed that the Stagefright Detector app released by Zimperium (the company that reported the issue initially) is unable to detect the flaw that remains after the patch, which just contains four lines of code.

“Despite our notification (and their confirmation), Google is still currently distributing the faulty patch to Android devices via OTA updates,” notes Exodus Intelligence.

To recall, Stagefright is an open source media player and which is believed to be used on about 95 percent of Android devices, an estimated 950 million users. The vulnerability, if exploited, can let attackers take control of an Android device by sending a specially crafted media file delivered by an MMS message.

“Along with the initial bug report, a set of patches to stagefright flaws were supplied and accepted by Google. One of these patches, addressing CVE-2015-3824 (aka Google Stagefright ‘tx3g’ MP4 Atom Integer Overflow) was quite simple, consisting of merely 4 lines of changed code,” notes Exodus Intelligence official blog.

Jordan tested out a Nexus 5 with an updated firmware flashed to it and was greeted with a crash upon testing. He was able to test the flaw through a specially-crafted mp4 file that bypassed the patch.

The security research company says that it notified Google, and was told the Mountain View company has allocated the CVE identifier CVE-2015-3864 to its report. The company claims that it had to make the issue public with their findings to notify everybody about the issue.

Google confirmed the findings to The Verge, and added that a second patch was already being pushed out. “We’ve already sent the fix to our partners to protect users, and Nexus 4/5/6/7/9/10 and Nexus Player will get the OTA update in the September monthly security update,” said Google in a statement.

The company however did not comment when non-Nexus devices can expect to receive the patch.

Last week, Google and Samsung announced they will offer a monthly security patch to their devices. LG and Motorola also joined to reveal Stagefright vulnerability patches.

Microsoft Improving Touch Mode in Windows 10, Leaked Build Tips

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Microsoft appears set to be revamping the Windows 10 touch mode, which was introduced alongside the Continuum feature for hybrid devices with the January Technical Preview , as per a new leaked build.

Build 10056 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for desktops, laptops and tablets surfaced on the Web last week showcasing several touch-friendly improvements and upgrades in Windows 10. The Verge, which got hold of the leaked build, notes that the tablet mode now removes all the apps from task bar, leaving users with access to the Start Screen, virtual desktops, and the Cortana voice-based digital assistant only.

The new UI is said to be similar to the touch version of Windows 8.1 OS. However, the Charms bar has now been replaced with a notification centre with easy access to settings and notification. The build also shows recent apps when swiped on screen from left, while giving a full screen view of the Live Tiles and apps when accessing the Start Screen. Also, a new animation has been introduced for the Start Screen, which overlays on the desktop wallpaper.

The apps when launched take up the entire screen without congesting the taskbar. Some of the other changes mentioned in the leaked Microsoft Windows 10 build are black notifications centre, dark-themed UI elements, a new Recycle Bin, resizing of Start Menu and switch transparency on/off, as well as options to change the colour of the UI. Microsoft is yet to officially roll out the build to Windows Insider testers.

Over the weekend, Microsoft rolled out the second build (10051) of the Windows 10Technical Preview for phones. The highlight of the build is the inclusion of an early version of Microsoft’s Spartan browser for phones, along with a number of other features.