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Can the new BlackBerry Android slider change the game?





BlackBerry is gearing up for a new launch as various leaks of a new BlackBerry Android phone have surfaced over the past few weeks. Skeptics had said that the Canadian company, with John Chen leading it, will not migrate to Android should start reconsidering their forecasts, as it looks like the new BlackBerry Venice is going to debunk most of what we had expected of the struggling company.

Although the BlackBerry Passport wasn’t as successful as Chen had hoped, it did give the company a bit of spotlight and thus an opening for novelty and innovation. People are more interested in BlackBerry now because of the Passport, because of Chen and his new management techniques, as well as because an Android phone from BlackBerry had been unheard of until a few weeks ago when rumors first surfaced.

In the meantime, Evleaks, Crackberry and many more have picked up on a series of leaked images showing the new BlackBerry Android phone that is code-named Venice. People seem to be very interested in the new release, not just because it involves Android 5.1 Lollipop, but because of a new design element that the company will be introducing with this phone: the slider keyboard.

BlackBerry Venice, from what we can tell, is going to attempt to revolutionize the way in which we use our smartphones and if the company engineers everything right and matches software just as well, we might have a new winner on our hands. Most fans of the company might not like the operating system switch, but our sources tell us that Android will only be on the surface. Deep down, the BlackBerry Venice will still be BBM, encrypted communications, total security and a proprietary messaging and file sharing system.

Android 5.1 Lollipop for BlackBerry means more of a visual overhaul than one impacting performance, as most of you probably know that the company’s previous devices had had no performance issues. Or at least, not very often. Porting Android to a BlackBerry phone is a bit scary because it might change the way in which long-time BlackBerry fans perceive the company and it might change the way in which they interact with their phones. Hopefully, the change will be for the better.

Keep in mind that this BlackBerry Android phone is not yet official, or confirmed by the company, so all the information within this article (and elsewhere, for that matter) should be taken with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, the leaked images seem authentic enough to warrant a confirmation on the community’s part that BlackBerry is indeed working on an Android-based smartphone and one with a slide-out keyboard on top of that.

The most interesting part about the Venice device is its slider keyboard. The name of the handset is not confirmed yet, but “Venice” has appeared in leaked documentation repeatedly, pointing towards a consistent presence of the new device on the company’s agenda. Whether the slide-out keyboard will change the way in which we use smartphones remains to be seen, but the concept is certainly promising.

Those of you who are used to QWERTY keyboards, like BlackBerry fans and those familiar with Seacrest’s Typo cases will most likely love the idea, while those accustomed to on-screen typing (as is the case with Android and iOS most of the time) might be a bit taken aback at first. Until we can actually test the slide-out keyboard on the BlackBerry Android phone, we remain just as skeptical as anyone else. Our hopes are that the keyboard will not add to much weight or bulk to the phone, and the leaked images look pretty good from that point of view at the moment.

At the same time, if the new BlackBerry Android phone uses a slide-out keyboard, it’s going to have some software optimization and hardware optimization in place for the seamless use of the keyboard itself. The fact that the keyboard is built-in will most likely make it easy to use and more responsive than any touch-based keyboard. Considering that BlackBerry’s keyboard tech is off the chart and people all over the world enjoy what they make, I would say the slider will be a success.

Nonetheless, skeptics say BlackBerry doesn’t have a shot at getting back in the game with the big players. Many hope (probably Chen, too) that the switch to Android and the addition of a slide-out, hiding keyboard will convince more people to come to the BlackBerry side. Android is a very important factor, maybe even more important than the QWERTY element, because people are used to it. With this move, BlackBerry can attract long-time Android fans who didn’t like BlackBerry’s own OS, and that’s quite the market share right there.

Whether the BlackBerry Android phone is a success among Android fans or not depends on you guys. Do you think the company can pull off Android or do you think that they should stick with what they know? In my opinion, there’s little the company can do right now to get back in the game, and partnering with Google is one of the few things that can actually present serious results.

To be as comprehensive as possible, we’ve also gathered a multitude of rumors about the Venice, so that we can get an idea what lies beyond the surface. The BlackBerry Android phone is supposed to be a beast and compete against everything that’s on the market right now, and if rumors are true, it might have a great shot at taking on the major leagues.

According to various insiders, rumors, leaks and community members, the BlackBerry Venice will feature a 5.4-inch IPS display with an FHD resolution of 1080*1920, or something close to that. Under the hood, it will sport a Snapdragon 808 (just like the one in the LG G4), 3 GB RAM and up to 128 GB expandable internal storage. USB Type-C might be features in the end, although in the leaked images of a prototype, we can’t spot it. There will be a massive 18 MP camera on the rear with dual-tone flash and optical image stabilization and an 8 MP camera on the front, which sounds absolutely amazing. If the company gets the camera setup right, Lumias, Samsungs, iPhones and any others that you can think should start trembling.

A fingerprint sensor might be possible, although the design of the phone might not allow for that, unless embedded in the sliding keyboard. Since there’s no trace of such a feature in the prototype images, it’s safe to say that the BlackBerry Venice might lack the feature. But it might use eye-tracking technology for biometric security instead, which is an interesting idea to consider. A microSD card slot and a big battery will only add to the appeal of the device. A removable battery is out of the question, however, because the design can’t allow for that, from what we can tell.

No matter what the BlackBerry Android phone, code-named Venice, will bring to the market, it’s definitely going to be a step ahead for the company. Availability and pricing are uncertain, seeing as John Chen and co. haven’t completely confirmed the existence of the phone yet. A prototype was flashed at the MWC this year, but that’s about when it comes to official information. When we have more, we’ll let you know. Are you excited?

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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3 Video Games About Women’s Health





Video games have transcended entertainment to become powerful tools for promoting health and wellness. One notable genre in this realm is fitness gaming, exemplified by titles like Hatsune Miku Fit Boxing, which motivates players to engage in physical activity to enhance their fitness levels. Building on this foundation, developers have ventured into women’s health with games designed to raise awareness and empower players to take control of their well-being. Here are 3 video games on women’s health that provide valuable health information and foster a sense of agency to uplift women around the world.

Tampon Run – Menstrual health

Created by Girls Who Code alumnae Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser in 2014, Tampon Run is an old-school 8-bit online game where the main character, Luna, lobs tampons to destroy enemies, who will confiscate the tampons if she lets them pass by. Interestingly, the concept of weaponized tampons is based on a real incident that occurred in 2013, where Texas state troopers confiscated tampons as potential projectiles, but not guns, from visitors observing a vote on abortion restrictions at the Texas State Capitol. The goal of Tampon Run is to destigmatize periods and menstrual products, which, up until recently, have not been properly studied to measure their absorbency, which underscores the need to address menstrual health so that women can get better care.

In between tossing tampons, Luna shares empowering messages about how periods are a natural part of women’s lives and should not be a source of shame or embarrassment. The game is available to play on the Tampon Run website and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iOS users.

PCOS Vitality – PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex hormonal condition and the leading cause of female infertility that affects approximately 5 to 6 million women in the US, according to the Endocrine Society. Common features of the condition include having irregular menstrual periods, hyperandrogenism, and polycystic ovaries. Additionally, some studies estimate that up to 88% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese. While there are weight loss programs helping women tackle PCOS, focusing on aspects like lifestyle, symptom management, diet, and other tips for how to lose weight with PCOS, the condition itself remains grossly under-researched. For some women, it may take years to confirm that they have PCOS, as there are other disorders that mimic PCOS signs and symptoms that must be excluded.

The lack of research has extended to a lack of awareness among the general population and is what clinicians from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are trying to address with the 2023 game PCOS Vitality. Essentially a learning tool, the game takes users through a simple obstacle course. As you click toward the finish line, you are asked simple trivia questions about PCOS. The game is free to play on Focus Games’ website.

Bound by Blood – Period poverty

Period poverty refers to the lack of regular access to period products, painkillers, or underwear during a menstrual cycle. In the US, where 16.9 million menstruating women live in poverty, two-thirds cannot afford basic menstrual products. Period poverty has also been associated with mental health issues and urinary tract infections.

Available to play on the website, Bound by Blood was created by Jessica Gates in 2017 and aims to educate players about the reality of period poverty. Users take the character of Beth, a homeless woman who wakes up in her car and realizes that she’s started her period. Players then make a series of choices to try to stay as hygienic as possible in spite of lacking resources such as menstrual products and clean restrooms. There isn’t really a way to “win” the game, and it is instead a peek into the reality of life where period products are inaccessible and how this affects women’s quality of life.

Through these games, players not only gain valuable insights into various aspects of women’s health but also find themselves actively engaged in their own well-being. As developers continue to explore this emerging field, the potential for video games to serve as educational tools and catalysts for change in healthcare remains promising

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PS5, PS4 Game Death Stranding Coming Natively to iPhone 15 Pro





PS5 and PS4 console game Death Stranding Director’s Cut is coming natively to the iPhone 15 Pro, demonstrating its power. The entirety of Kojima Productions’ seminal hiking sim, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will be available on your phone. Bonkers!

Tech giant: “Continuing Apple’s leadership in smartphone silicon, A17 Pro improves the entire chip, including Apple’s biggest GPU redesign. The new CPU is 10% faster with microarchitectural and design improvements, and the Neural Engine is 2x faster, powering iOS 17 features like autocorrect and Personal Voice.

According to the company, the pro-class GPU is 20% faster and unlocks new experiences with a 6-core design that boosts peak performance and energy efficiency. Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 4x faster than software-based, gives iPhone 15 Pro smoother graphics and more immersive AR and gaming experiences. The iPhone 15 Pro brings console games to smartphones for the first time.

As with all cutting-edge Apple products, participation is expensive. The iPhone 15 Pro will cost £999/$999 at launch, and the Max model will cost £1,199/$1,199 for a 6.7″ screen. The most basic option only gives you 128GB, so you’ll need more if you want to play Death Stranding on the go.

However, the blurring of standalone consoles and mobile games is fascinating. The success of Genshin Impact, a full-fledged open world, has shown there’s a market for console-like mobile games. It will be interesting to see how Death Stranding performs on this latest iPhone generation.

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Launched Redmi Note 12 series: 200MP camera, 210W charging for less than $400





The three phones have similar screens and processors, but they vary in a number of ways.

The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has historically been the brand’s most well-liked smartphone line, providing excellent value in the entry-level market. The Redmi Note 12 series has now been unveiled by the firm in China.

The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus are the three phones we truly have this time. A flat 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 5G processor, and a 16MP selfie camera are features shared by all three devices.

They both have a 3.5mm connector, NFC, IR blaster, and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, among other things. In contrast, there are a few significant variances.

Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition


The Note 12 Discovery Edition of the Redmi Note 12 has a 200MP HPX primary camera (f/1.65, OIS), making it possibly the most striking model. This camera can capture photographs with a resolution of 200MP, 50MP pixels (using four-in-one binning), or 12.5MP (using 16-in-one binning). Additionally, the phone offers a 2MP macro lens and an 8MP ultrawide camera.

The phone is notably different from its stablemates in that it supports 210W wired charging; according to Xiaomi, a full charge can be achieved in just nine minutes. Although you only get a 4,300mAh battery here, this high wattage comes at the expense of battery capacity.

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus


Thought a 200MP smartphone with a larger battery would be cool? With the Pro Plus model, you get precisely that. The triple back camera system will have the same 200MP+8MP+2MP resolution as the Discovery Edition.

The Pro Plus variant, on the other hand, chooses a 5,000mAh battery and still blazing-fast 120W cable charging. Xiaomi claims that a full charge should be achieved in about 19 minutes.

Redmi Note 12 Pro


Have no interest in megapixels? The Redmi Note 12 Pro, which adds a 50MP IMX766 primary camera (f/1.88, OIS) in addition to the 8MP+2MP duo, fills this need. The Oppo Find X5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone 9 both feature flagship devices with 50MP sensors similar to this one. We therefore have high hopes that it will also produce acceptable image quality on the Note 12 Pro.

The Pro version additionally includes a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired speeds. A 100% charge should be expected in a still quick 46 minutes.

Pricing and availability for the Redmi Note 12 series
The base 8GB/256GB variant of the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition costs 2,399 yuan (about $332), while the base 6GB/128GB model of the Redmi Note 12 Pro costs 1,699 yuan (about $235). Do you want Pro Plus? The 8GB/256GB variant thus has a starting price of 2,099 yuan (about $290).

Although Xiaomi acknowledged that these phones are currently limited to China, it advised us to “keep tuned” for international announcements. To be fair, the Chinese Redmi Note 11 series was very different from the international variants that debuted a few months later.

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