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Unboxing the Elite New Porsche Design P’9982 from BlackBerry

I’m pleased to introduce the elite, new, all-touch Porsche Design P’9982 Smartphone from BlackBerry. Today, in a press release, we announced the new smartphone. I’ve had my hands on it for a little while and filmed an exclusive unboxing video to share with you eager readers. Watch the video below and continue reading for highlights. […]
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Are You Using IPv6 Yet? Should You Even Care?

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IPv6 is extremely important for the long-term health of the Internet. But is your Internet service provider providing IPv6 connectivity yet? Does your home network support it? Should you even care if you’re using IPv6 yet?

Switching from IPv4 to IPv6 will give the Internet a much larger pool of IP addresses. It should also allow every device to have its own public IP address, rather than be hidden behind a NAT router.

IPv6 is Important Long-Term

IPv6 is very important for the long-term health of the Internet. There are only about 3.7 billion public IPv4 addresses. This may sound like a lot, but it isn’t even one IP address for each person on the planet. Considering people have more and more Internet-connected devices — everything from light bulbs to thermostats are starting to become network-connected — the lack of IP addresses is already proving to be a serious problem.

This may not affect those of us in well-off developed countries just yet, but developing countries are already running out of IPv4 addresses.

So, if you work at an Internet service provider, manage Internet-connected servers, or develop software or hardware — yes, you should care about IPv6! You should be deploying it and ensuring your software and hardware works properly with it. It’s important to prepare for the future before the current IPv4 situation becomes completely unworkable.

But, if you’re just typical user or even a typical geek with a home Internet connection and a home network, should you really care about your home network just yet? Probably not.

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What You Need to Use IPv6

To use IPv6, you’ll need three things:

  • An IPv6-Compatible Operating System: Your operating system’s software must be capable of using IPv6. All modern desktop operating systems should be compatible — Windows Vista and newer versions of Windows, as well as modern versions of Mac OS X and Linux. Windows XP doesn’t have IPv6 support installed by default, but you shouldn’t be using Windows XP anymore, anyway.
  • A Router With IPv6 Support: Many — maybe even most — consumer routers in the wild don’t support IPv6. Check your router’s specifications details to see if it supports IPv6 if you’re curious. If you’re going to buy a new router, you’ll probably want to get one with IPv6 support to future-proof yourself. If you don’t have an IPv6-enabled router yet, you don’t need to buy a new one just to get it.
  • An ISP With IPv6 Enabled:  Your Internet service provider must also have IPv6 set up on their end. Even if you have modern software and hardware on your end, your ISP has to provide an IPv6 connection for you to use it. IPv6 is rolling out steadily, but slowly — there’s a good chance your ISP hasn’t enabled it for you yet.

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How to Tell If You’re Using IPv6

The easiest way to tell if you have IPv6 connectivity is to visit a website like testmyipv6.com. This website allows you to connect to it in different ways — click the links near the top to see if you can connect to the website via different types of connections. If you can’t connect via IPv6, it’s either because your operating system is too old (unlikely), your router doesn’t support IPv6 (very possible), or because your ISP hasn’t enabled it for you yet (very likely).

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Now What?

If you can connect to the test website above via IPv6, congratulations! Everything is working as it should. Your ISP is doing a good job of rolling out IPv6 rather than dragging its feet.

There’s a good chance you won’t have IPv6 working properly, however. So what should you do about this — should you head to Amazon and buy a new IPv6-enabled router or switch to an ISP that offers IPv6? Should you use a “tunnel broker,” as the test site recommends, to tunnel into IPv6 via your IPv4 connection?

Well, probably not. Typical users shouldn’t have to worry about this yet. Connecting to the Internet via IPv6 shouldn’t be perceptibly faster, for example. It’s important for operating system vendors, hardware companies, and Internet service providers to prepare for the future and get IPv6 working, but you don’t need to worry about this on your home network.


IPv6 is all about future-proofing. You shouldn’t be racing to implement this at home yet or worrying about it too much — but, when you need to buy a new router, try to buy one that supports IPv6.

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Viber and HERE Transit hit select Nokia Asha phones

Nokia’s touch-based Ashas are getting a couple of important apps – Here Transit Beta is now available to the Asha 50x range, while Viber has hit the Asha 3xx. Both of these apps were available for certain old-school S40 Nokias, but now owners of the touch-based Ashas can use them too.

Viber works just about like you would expect – it needs a mobile data connection or Wi-Fi, it supports push messages, it will sync your contacts and it even does voice calls, so it’s not just text.

The Viber app is available for the Asha 308, 310 and 311, grab it from the Ovi Store. Older versions of the app can be found for X3-02, C3-00, Asha 302, Asha 300, Asha 303.

Nokia’s HERE Transit for Asha supports the same 800 cities the Windows Phone 8 version supports. It has the same features too – you can check schedules for nearby stops, plan and visually inspect a door-to-door route (with walking directions included), even plan routes for future dates. That, plus the option to save routes for offline use, makes this app a great tool for planning a trip abroad.

This version of HERE Transit is in beta and is available for the Asha 500, 501 and 502. You can download it here (free registration required).

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Nokia Lumia 2520 hitting Verizon on November 21

Nokia took the wraps of its Lumia 2520 at this year’s Nokia World in Abu Dhabi. The gorgeous looking slate is just about to go sale across the globe and Verizon has announced that it will be joining the fun starting from November 21.

The 10.1-inch Nokia Lumia 2520 will cost you $499.99 and the slate will also be up for grabs for $399.99 with a two-year contract. The Black color model will be available across all the Verizon stores, while if you order online you will be able to choose between the Black and the Red versions.

AT&T has also announced that it will be stocking the Lumia 2520, but it will be getting it a day later – November 22. AT&T does offer to subsidize the price to $200 if you opt to get the slate with one of the Nokia Lumia flagships, though.

If you are considering taking the plunge you might want to check out our hands-on with the slate to know more about it.

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Most promising 3D printing applications

From replacement kidneys to guns, cars, prosthetics and works of art, 3D printing is predicted to transform our lives in the coming decades as dramatically as the Internet did before it. "I have no doubt it is going to change the world," researcher Jam...
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Initiating the First Global Campaign for Printing Solutions

London to Amsterdam, people have been spotting a sign of innovation, literally. Samsung Printing Solutions’ new slogan, “Samsung. Printing Innovation”, has been making appearances in various cities around Europe. Innovation is definitely not a foreign …
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See all 5 copies of Lincoln’s handwritten Gettysburg Tackle on the Google Cultural Institute

Not quite four score and seven years ago, I was an elementary school student, staring at a classroom map, gripped by the (mistaken) deduction that since Los Angeles was in the southern half of the country, Civil War battles must have clattered on the ground outside my home. While a teacher eventually helped me understand that California wasn’t in the Confederacy, the moment led me to understand the weight of history and that it has shaped the world into what it is today.

Today, on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we’re helping make the past come a little bit more alive. Three new exhibits now available on the Google Cultural Institute focus on President Lincoln and the 272 words that shaped a nation’s understanding of its identity. Thanks to our friends at the White House, the Lincoln Library, Cornell University, Dickinson College and the Library of Congress, you can browse high-resolution digital versions of all five Lincoln-handwritten copies of the address. You can also:


Comparing two copies, side by side

You can also contribute your own version of the Gettysburg Address to Learn the Address, a project by documentarian Ken Burns, who has also been reaching schoolchildren across the U.S. with Google+ Connected Classrooms.

Most of us will never stand in the Lincoln Bedroom and see the handwritten draft exhibited there. But now anyone with access to an Internet connection can explore all these artifacts from this defining moment in history—perhaps a bit more accurately than when I gazed at that map.

Posted by Amrit Dhir, Partner Development Manager

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Google is working on new camera API with RAW support

According to data from public Android source code, Google is working on new camera API. Support for camera RAW is apparently also coming our way, meaning that Nokia smartphones will not be alone in carrying the feature.

The public source code revealing the juicy details dates a month before the release of Android 4.4 KitKat. Other bits of data from the API suggest that in the future, Android might feature baked-in support for capturing images in burst mode, as well as removable cameras. The latter could include the likes of the Sony QX10 and QX100.

Support for uncompressed image files will greatly enhance the possibilities for post processing photos –both on the Android device, or using an external photo editor.

Welcome image quality improvements on an API level are also in the works. They should be particularly helpful for stock Android devices, which were never know for their outstanding camera performance.

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