BlackBerry Manager lets you install BlackBerry apps on any Android device

BlackBerry Manager lets you install BlackBerry apps on any Android device

BlackBerry has been making an effort to make its suite of apps compatible with Android devices, but if your phone has been left out in the cold, your options have been fairly limited up until this point. Rooting is always an possibility, but a lot of people don't want to do that to their device. Luckily, XDA Developers is highlighting a new option called BlackBerry Manager, which will let you install BlackBerry's apps without needing to root your device first.

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Volkswagen’s 2017 enthusiast fleet is ready for summer

Volkswagen’s 2017 enthusiast fleet is ready for summer

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the heat, beaches, and road trips. It is a time when car lovers all around the country gear up for the ultimate getaway. Volkswagen fans are not that different, even if their tastes do diverge from fan to fan. Taking those varying tastes and interests in mind, Volkswagen's 2017 enthusiast show fleet channels the spirit of fun and diversity at the SOWO: The European Experience.

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5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip

5 Things we learned on our Chevrolet Bolt winter road trip

It's easy to love electric cars when the sun is shining and the mercury is comfortably pegged at a balmy 75 degrees, but dial back the seasons to the starker setting offered by winter's chill and things get a little more complicated. I'd been excited by the prospect of the Chevrolet Bolt since it was first announced - finally, an affordable EV with real-world range - but I was somewhat nervous as to how it would handle the ice palace climate of my native Montreal, where you can use your back porch as a deep freeze during January, February, and most of March.

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Ford is updating 2016 SYNC 3 cars with CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford is updating 2016 SYNC 3 cars with CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford is rolling out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its earlier SYNC 3 cars, with a hotly-anticipated update for its model year 2016 vehicles. SYNC 3 version 2.2 will be available both via a dealer-installed update and via a DIY method, with owners able to load the new software onto a USB stick themselves. However, for the first time, Ford will also offer an over-the-air update as a third option, part of its shift to bring some smartphone-style thinking to its infotainment platforms.

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Renault Kangaroo Z.E. charges wirelessly while running at 100 kph

Renault Kangaroo Z.E. charges wirelessly while running at 100 kph

Some car makers are already announcing the death of diesel engines and their replacement by electric ones. As ideal as that might be from an economy and environment perspective, it's still an untenable future, mostly because of problems with the ubiquity and spread of charging stations. If all goes well with this new development, however, that may no longer be a problem at all. Renault, Qualcomm, and Vedecom have successfully demonstrated a Kangaroo Z.E. that was able to charge wirelessly up to 20 kw, even while traveling at speeds of or more than 100 kilometers per hour.

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Google Home understands accents better than Siri, Alexa

Google Home understands accents better than Siri, Alexa

It seems that voice-controlled personal assistants are all the rage these days. Microsoft and Harman Kardon just revealed the Invoke Cortana speaker, Amazon put a screen on the Echo and called it a a Show, and Google just gave the Assistant more smarts, more features, and more places to be on. But one of the inherent drawbacks of relying on voice as a medium is that no one really speaks the language in the same way. Yes, we're talking about accents, which has tripped up many personal assistants. Years after their initial debut, how far have these AI-powered agents come along? The folks over at WIRED made some rather comical tests to find out.

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Android apps can now do a Netflix and hide from rooted phones

Android apps can now do a Netflix and hide from rooted phones

If you were up in arms over Netflix's latest move that put itself against the Android enthusiast and modding community, you might want to borrow a few more arms to raise. Netflix might actually just be the first of a new breed of Android apps, a breed that shuns rooted devices or even those whose bootloaders have been unlocked. And before you point your fingers at developers, do know that it is Google that is actually making this an official feature.

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Galaxy S8 claimed faster than iPhone 7 in battery of tests

Galaxy S8 claimed faster than iPhone 7 in battery of tests

The never ending rivalry between Apple and Samsung always leads to their respective flagship getting compared generation after generation, even if they are launched practically half a year apart. With the Galaxy S8 having reached major markets, the comparisons with Apple's current champ, the iPhone 7, has naturally started. Is the Galaxy S8 faster than the iPhone 7? Does the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, which was made by Samsung for Qualcomm, have what it takes to unseat the Apple A10 Fusion? Tom's Guide performs five tests to answer that.

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Pioneer 2017 NEX in-dash receivers turn any car into a smartphone

Pioneer 2017 NEX in-dash receivers turn any car into a smartphone

Not everyone needs a hi-tech, and expensive, "smart" car, but almost no one will deny the entertainment and navigation benefits that come with our smartphones. For some car owners, especially those with older models, an upgrade just isn't possible. Thankfully, Pioneer has a new batch of NEX in-dash DIN multimedia receivers that can give any car, even older ones, a taste of the future.

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LG V30 could use this patent for a bezel-less second screen

LG V30 could use this patent for a bezel-less second screen

The bezel-less wars are on. Even Apple might be joining the fray, though perhaps delayed. Xiaomi fired the opening salvo, and LG quickly followed suit. It was, however, perhaps shoved to a corner by the Samsung Galaxy S8. If, however, LG manages to use this recently unearthed patent, it could get back in the running. The patent shows a smartphone that seems like a mix of the G6 and the V30, combining a nearly all-screen front and a second screen.

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Panasonic Toughbook 33 rugged 2-in-1 flaunts 3:2 display

Panasonic Toughbook 33 rugged 2-in-1 flaunts 3:2 display

Panasonic's line of rugged Toughbook computers isn't exactly new. It isn't the first time it put out a 2-in-1 detachable laptop form factor either. But Panasonic still has some things to be proud of in its latest Toughbook 33. For one, it sports the latest 7th gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. For another, Panasonic boasts that this is the first 2-in-1 Toughbook to use a 3:2 aspect ratio screen, which it bills to be an even better fit for its industry customers.

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OnePlus enlists DxOMark team to make its cameras better

OnePlus enlists DxOMark team to make its cameras better

Some might not agree with their process or their results, but fact of the matter is that OEMs have started wearing DxOMark scores like a badge of pride. The latest unexpected winner was the HTC U11, which surprisingly bested titleholder Google Pixel. Perhaps inspired by these exploits, OnePlus set out on its own quest to improve its photography chops. But it admits it can't do so alone and needs help. And who better to do that, at least from OnePlus' eyes, than the people behind DxOMark themselves.

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