Articles by Simon Sage

Here's why the BlackBerry Passport looks the way it does
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Here's why the BlackBerry Passport looks the way it does

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We were really eager to talk with BlackBerry's design folks at the Toronto Passport launch event to get some details on the device's distinct form factor. Alison Phillips, BlackBerry's Managing Director at Industrial Design, gave us the run-down. The keyboard, which BlackBerry diehards hold dear, is considered by the design team as four rows, rather than the more obvious three. The...

Blackphone fires back: 'BlackBerry betrayed its customers and jettisoned its credibility'

Blackphone fires back: 'BlackBerry betrayed its customers and jettisoned its credibility'

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The folks working on the security-centric Android-powered Blackphone have posted a rebuttal to the criticisms made by BlackBerry recently. The piece focuses primarily on BlackBerry's poor market performance, dwindling stock price, and ultimate reliance on competing platforms. The main selling point Blackphone CEO Toby Weir-Jones posited for their product compared to BlackBerry was...

Scientists now know why rechargeable batteries go bad, and may know how to fix them

Scientists now know why rechargeable batteries go bad, and may know how to fix them

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Sweet, sweet science is on its way to finding a cure for how lithium-ion batteries (like the one in your phone) lose their ability to hold a charge over time. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley, Brookhaven, and Stanford have found a pattern to the erosion that happens at both anode and cathode ends of the battery, when previously it was assumed the erosion was uniform. The salt that forms...