Blackberry announces the Blackberry Q5

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From GSM Arena:

The start of the BlackBerry Live 2013 annual conference today in Orlando, USA, saw the announcement of the BlackBerry Q5 – a QWERTY device for emerging markets.
The Blackberry Q5 revolves around a 3.1-inch touchscreen and one of BlackBerry’s classic physical QWERTY keyboards.

The new BlackBerry Q5 will be available in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America, with availability beginning in July. The smartphone will be offered in black, white, red and pink.

Another announcement that came from the today’s keynote is that the BlackBerry 10.1 update is now ready to seed to the BlackBerry Z10 (later this month in the US). Not only that, but starting today, Skype will be available to all users who update their Z10s to v10.1.

Will this phone be popular in Nigeria? That is likely. A budget phone with cheap reasonably-priced data plan, sounds like a winner.

Google’s Atari Breakout Easter Egg

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If you’re an old-school gaming nerd and have spent your fair share of time on the Arm Chair Empire, then you might remember a little game released by Atari called Breakout. The idea was simple: just hit a ball around and break things. Don’t let the ball get past you, or you lose. It was heavily influenced by Pong.

The game’s introduction was 37 years ago, in 1976. Whether it was in April or May of that year, Google has decided to commemorate the occasion with a little easter egg in image search that will suck all of your free time from you. It’s good to see Google doing these kinds of things away from their normal doodle, especially since a lot of their users might not remember Breakout.

Go to Google image search and type in “atari breakout.” You won’t get to click through images though…instead the experience gets turned into a fully interactive and playable Breakout game, using the search results as blocks

So you don’t get hacked

I love comics

I am an avid comic reader. I have been reading comics since I was a little boy. I started with web comics since 2003. I have never missed a day since then. Any day that I miss reading the comics, I make it up. Sometimes, I might not have a chance to read them up to 2 weeks depending on my engagements, but recently, I always have time for them.

I came back from church today (12-May-2013), opened my laptop and engaged my list of web comics. Cyanide & Happiness was not available. What could the problem be? They that been hacked. Which kind of sick bastard hacks the website of a web comic? Really? What type of publicity stunt is that?

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The horde of Cyanide & Happiness readers have flocked to their facebook page reporting the hack. The page should be restored in no time.

How to ward off hackers

If you run a website, how can you prevent this happening to you? Or remedying it quickly, if it does happen. I will reveal a particular set of activities I perform on my sites. My major activities include:

  • Monitoring my sites as close to real time as possible.
  • Ensure I am using the proper file permissions across installations.
  • Use the latest security plugins.
  • Monitor the content generated by users of the sites. Sometimes, malicious links can be sent in through comments.

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If Samsung copied Apple…

apple-vs-androidA typical conversation between an Apple fan boy and an Android fan boy

  • Apple Advocate: Samsung COPIED the iPhone completely!
  • Me: So a Samsung Galaxy Series phone works just like an iPhone?
  • AA: YES!
  • Me: So I get the same experience with Samsung that I get with Apple?
  • AA: No. Android sucks, Samsung phones are horrible to use!
  • Me: So Apple’s phones suck and are horrible to use too?
  • AA: NO! Apple’s phones are awesome.
  • Me: But I thought you said that Samsung copied Apple’s phones. How can that be, if they’re identical as you say?
  • AA: Uhhhh…
  • Me: Do Apple phones have LTE?
  • AA: No. You don’t need LTE, 3G EVDO is good enough!
  • Me: Do Apple phones have screens larger than 3.5 inches?
  • AA: No. 3.5 inches is enough for anyone.
  • Me: Does Apple offer a removable battery?
  • AA: No. Removable batteries are terrible!
  • Me: Is Android a comparable operating system to iOS?
  • AA: No. Android SUCKS!
  • Me: Does Apple make its phone with a plastic case and back?
  • AA: No. It’s all glass.
  • Me: Does Apple make a phone with an AMOLED display?
  • AA: No. Apple uses LCD, which is good enough.
  • Me: So, basically, what you’re saying is, other than the user experience, screen size, color, backplane, form factor, operating system, data speeds, look, feel and usability, the phones are exactly alike.
  • AA: YES! SAMSUNG COPIED APPLE!
  • Me: *shakes head*

Review of MI Abaga’s Website

Kudos to MI Abaga for putting up a lovely website. And it is active too. I cant say that much for other artists. It is a cool site, but….

Yes, there are some buts… see below:

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  • 3 font types
  • Non working social links
  • Search input below screen
  • Extra large posting date
  • Something checkered that links to nowhere

Jude, speak to your web developers, I’m sure they can easily fix it.

 

9 clever uses for the space under the stairs

If you live in a two-story house, stairs are inevitable. But they sure do take up a lot of space — and what to do with that wedge-shaped no-man’s-land underneath? A lot of houses have closets in this area, but if you want to go for something a little more creative, Apartment Therapy has some ideas.

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1. A bathroom.
Think that space under the stairs is too small for a bathroom? Think again. This understairs bathroom, from UK Bathrooms via Houzz, utilizes space-saving fixtures like a wall-mounted sink and toilet to fit everything in a tight space. Double doors ensure that your guests don’t have to wiggle in.

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2. Drawers.
The main problem with an under-the-stairs closet is that the things you’re storing probably aren’t wedge-shaped. So inevitably, small stuff gets put in the back, and bit things get put in the front, and then when you want to get the small things out, you have to take out everything in the closet. These under-stairs drawers? Fix all that. Photo by Tom Stringer Design Partners via Houzz.

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3. A kitchen.
Well, not a whole kitchen. But part of a kitchen. The architect of this Prague apartment saved space by tucking the oven under the stairs. From Inhabitat, via Apartment Therapy.

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4. Bookcases.
We love books at Apartment Therapy. We also love bookcases. And we really really love this staircase with a bookcase underneath, from Mark Koehler Architects via Plastolux. Can’t get enough of bookcases + stairs? There is more where this came from.

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5. Bike storage.
Bikes are big. Where to put them, if storage outside is not an option? Stash them under the stairs, as in this townhome seen in Dwell.

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6. A home office.
Underneath an open staircase is a great place to squeeze in a desk. Hus & Hem via Desire to Inspire.

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7. A wet bar.
Because why not? You never know when you’ll want a drink. Home of Lucy Williams, via J C Webb Studios. Thinking about doing it yourself? Check out this under-stair closet turned wine bar from The Sweeten.

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8. A cozy corner.
Something about the space under the stairs just says ‘cozy,’ so a curluppable little nook is the perfect fit. Photo from Espacio Vital via Paperblog.

And finally, the space under the stairs is perfect for…

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9. A bedroom for your orphan nephew.
He’ll thank you later.

via http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/9-clever-uses-for-the-space-under-the-stairs-188501