YOU.i is a company that specializes in User Interface design and User Experience. The company has recently announced a cross-platform, connected car concept called The HIVE, that has some interesting implications for companies like QNX. YOU.i even calls BlackBerry out specifically, saying “companies like BlackBerry owned QNX missed a big opportunity at CES.” It’s an interesting point and BlackBerry could very well be going in this direction. BBM and BES 10 are both cross-platform, and QNX going cross-platform with infotainment is surely part of the plan.
The HIVE is a cross-platform connected car concept. The platform uses a cloud-based knowledge bank to learn from the driver and passengers, and allows the platform to change, showing various data points and enhancing the experience for drivers and passengers.
The cross-platform nature of this product is what YOU.i believes is at the core of what makes it great. According to YOU.i:
“We don’t believe an Apple or Google-led initiative is viable as neither company is incented to interoperate with the other – in fact their aim is to destroy one another. But, the devices that passengers bring into the car are varied, so an OS agnostic experience is key to a great user experience.
This is where we think companies like BlackBerry owned QNX missed a big opportunity at CES. They’re in a unique position to build a cross-platform connected car experience that ties the ecosystem together. Instead, they showed off car engine noises (which can be had for $40 on Amazon) and were notably left out of the party.”
Ottawa’s technology companies are driving some of the most important headlines at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) this year. Both large companies and small startups from Ottawa are disrupting industries and challenging incumbents from around the world. Here is a look at some of those companies that are putting Ottawa on the map at the world’s largest consumer technology conference.
The “did u?” app is a very simple app that has one goal in mind: to help you finish your To Do list. While To Do lists can get long and cumbersome, the “did u?” app seeks to simplify the experience. With “did u?”, you simply add a List, fill it with items, and set a deadline. The app will then ask if you’ve completed those items, giving you an added push to get things done.
Did you know that you can add a search engine to the BlackBerry 10 Browser? Follow the steps below to add a new search engine such as Wikipedia, this blog, or a variety of other websites when using the BlackBerry 10 Browser.
When finished, you can choose the new search engine whenever you perform a search, or optionally set it as the default search engine!
- Open a website with a search engine you would like to add
- Perform a search using the website’s search field
- Tap the three dot icon in the bottom right corner followed by Add Search
- A dialog will appear with the search engine details, click Add
Note; Depending on the search engine website, the Add Search option might not be available.
How to change the BlackBerry 10 Browser Search Engine
After adding a new search engine, you can set it as the default search engine using the following steps.
- Open the Browser and enter a search term
- Tap the search engine icon that appears in the top right corner and tap your desired search engine
- The Browser will use the new search engine going forward
How to remove a BlackBerry 10 Browser Search Engine
Follow the steps below to remove a search engine from the BlackBerry 10 Browser.
- Open the Browser and enter a search term
- Tap the search engine icon that appears in the top right corner
- Tap and hold the search engine you would like to remove
- Tap the trashcan icon
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BlackBerry World vendor JediCompany is selling a few apps that have an interesting juxtaposition. The apps “Al Quran”, “Hot Israelian (sic) Girls” and “Indonesian sexy girls”, don’t seem to really make sense coming from the same vendor. I wanted to dig a little deeper and find out more about this company, but it’s really tough to find out anything about JediCompany on the Internet. Instead, I offer a theory about the company.
Here’s my theory: JediCompany is from Indonesia, a Muslim country that forbids pornography and since they’re Muslim, have a fascination with Jewish Israeli girls and scantily clad girls in general.
Why would you buy an app that has pictures you could find on Google Images? It seems there’s actually a market for this. If you live in Indonesia, the law says that “it is forbidden to spread pornographic content”. So one would be really cautious to start Googling “hot Israeli girls”, since Internet search traffic might be monitored by the authorities. But downloading an app is probably a workaround, since it puts the onus on BlackBerry the company rather than the individual. Which also makes you wonder why BlackBerry would allow this app to be distributed in Indonesia.
The app isn’t available in Saudi Arabia though. Too bad because I bet “Hot Israelian girls” would be a hit there.