Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fairfax Funds offer to buy Blackberry, valued at 4,700 million dollars

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The Canadian group of BlackBerry smartphones announced Monday an agreement for purchase by the Fairfax Canadian investment fund , which already has 10 % of its shares , valuing the firm at 4.700 million.

This operation would take the handset maker of the bag.

The company said in a statement that " signed a letter of intent under which a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited offered to buy the firm."

Fairfax , a Canadian firm headed by billionaire Prem Watsa , is the largest shareholder of BlackBerry . Watsa left the BlackBerry in August directory .

Under the agreement, the consortium will pay nine dollars per share. Fairfax will provide its own shares to the transaction. Blackberry said its board supports the plan.

The agreement , after administrtivos formalities completed , is expected to be announced on November 4 .

BlackBerry said it will continue for the best offer to date.

BlackBerry shares traded stopped just before the announcement and the price was at $ 8.23 ​​per share.

On Friday, the manufacturer announced the dismissal of 4,500 employees , 40 % of its workforce , leaving clear the hang of this icon of the 2000s .

Analysts reacted with measured optimism purchase announcement .

" This is it probably will the best solution among several unattractive options for Blackberry " said analyst Jack Gold of J Gold Associates.

BlackBerry helped create the mobile phone culture , with users glued to their devices. But since then , many of those customers were switched to Apple or other manufacturers like Samsung , most of them with Android operating system .

On Friday, the Canadian smartphone maker announced the layoff of 4,500 employees worldwide , 40 % of its workforce .

The company, which announced losses in the second quarter of its fiscal year by about 1,000 billion, about 7,000 employees maintain .
BlackBerry is continuing to fall for at least three years

The group had already removed some jobs in recent months in various sectors , but for spring (boreal ) still had 12,700 employees.

Precursor of smart phone market , BlackBerry is continuing to fall for at least three years, and in 2012 and had been forced to lay off 5,000 employees worldwide .

The launch of BlackBerry 10 this year failed to boost sales .

While the results will be published in a week, the company estimates that it sold 3.7 million of the devices in the second quarter , but especially older models BB7 .

The company will reduce its portfolio of products from six to four devices , according to a statement.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Major improvements and new iPhone 5S

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The Apple event yesterday brought us, among other things, a renewal of the iPhone 5 named iPhone 5S. Although it may seem by their outward appearance, the terminal is completely different from before and is well above regarding specifications and power.

Here we will tell you the main new features of the iPhone 5S.

TouchID, the fingerprint sensor

If anything highlights the iPhone 5S regarding his younger brother is the new fingerprint scanner. In Apple TouchID and have called to confirm the rumors, is located right on the Home button. It is made of sapphire and its technology to read to 360 °, putting your finger in any direction, and identify in just one second to unlock the terminal or to purchase on the App Store. Currently there is open to third party applications, but everything will come.

A7 Processor 64-bit

The iPhone 5s is the first phone in the market with 64-bit architecture, without going into too much technical detail, we say that this chip improves the performance of the previous A6 twice. They have also added M7 processor dedicated to tracking the movement and will allow new apps related to it arise in the App Store.

A greatly enhanced camera

One of the most attractive improvements iPhone 5s is related to the camera. An element, keeping 8MPX resolution of the iPhone 5 has been greatly improved in other ways. A larger sensor and a focal aperture of f2.2, together with the improvement of the dual LED flash, enable better, sharper images, both moving objects and in low light conditions. Related to the camera is one of the new possibilities of this, the record in Slow Motion at 120fps, a feature that, surely, will allow us to make some spectacular videos.

A new color, gold

A traditional models black and white color, Apple has added a gold, a new look for the iPhone that will surely have supporters and detractors.

Release dates and prices of iPhone 5S.

The iPhone 5S will be available on a first group of countries as of September 20, the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, China, France, Japan, United Kingdom and Singapore, would be elected, the rest, among which is located Spain will have to wait until December. As for the price, the base model 16GB free, can be purchased for $ 649.