BlackBerry has announced a brand new smartphone: the BlackBerry Passport.
It’s equipped with a square screen and has a physical QWERTY keyboard. Each key has a touch-sensitive surface, which means the keyboard can also be used in a similar way to a trackpad.
Podcast - 24th September 2014
This week's podcast begins with the latest news from Phones 4u, where hundreds of jobs have been saved but there are a large number of redundancies as well.
The 5-TILES touchscreen keyboard has been released as a beta version by ETAOI Systems today.
As the name suggests, it uses just five keyboard tiles to type the alphabet rather than 26. This makes it particularly well-suited to devices with small screens, such as smart watches, as well as conventional smartphones.
Cambridge-based Neul, which specialises in producing hardware to support the ‘Internet of Things’, is reported to have been acquired by Huawei.
The deal is said to be worth £15 million.
Dixons Carphone, EE and Vodafone have all offered roles to a number of staff affected by the closure of Phones 4u stores.
Over 5,500 staff worked for the retailer when it went into administration last week.