Newsletter: Sony Playstation 3’s Farewell & Blackberry Keyone

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“War is to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th; the pillar that supports global economy.” – Colonel Roy Campbell (Metal Gear Solid 4)

SONY PLAYSTATION FINALLY BIDS ADIEU BUT IT’S LEGACY LIVES ON

THE STORY

Sony’s previous generation gaming console Playstation 3 finally retired from production in Japan.

WHAT HAPPENED?

The PS3’s fate was sealed ever since Sony announced PS4 Pro, and saw its last US shipments in October 2016. Although the console was still available in Japanese markets, but it seems the owners have now driven the final nail in PS3’s coffin and have halted its production in Japan. Although its rival the XBOX 360 met it’s demise way before PS3, its own sales weren’t nearly as close to Playstation 2.

Nevertheless, provided the vast difference between the specs of PS3 and PS2 along with their pricing, we can safely say consider this to be a successful run for Sony. The Playstation 3 had already outlived the expected 10-year lifespan and still has considerable demand for several gaming titles.

WHAT NOW?

Despite of the console no longer in production, owners and gamers can still buy play PS3 games through their newly launched Playstation Now game streaming service. In fact, Sony have also announced plans on an updated Playstation Plus service that provides up to 2 PS3 games totally free of cost each month. But given the extensive library of games for this console, there’ll be a lot of time before demand for this troubled yet iconic gaming machine to dissipate.


BLACKBERRY BRINGS BACK SATISFACTION WITH REDESIGNED QWERTY KEYPAD

THE STORY

Blackberry KEYone brings the simplicity of physical Keypad with touchscreen like controls

A KEYPAD SMARTPHONE IN 2017?

It might sound a little foolhardy for anyone using a smartphone in 2017. But Blackberry’s new KEYone smartphone attempts to break modernist trends and goes for straight up user-friendliness. In fact, if you love phones with a larger screen, KEYone might not be what you desire.

Nonetheless, it’s QWERTY keyboard offers navigational convenience, that no other keypad-less smartphones offer. Interestingly, the keypad is also embedded with touchpad like settings that allows users to use gestures such as swipe to navigate and scroll to make things extremely user-friendly.

WHY ELSE SHOULD I BUY THIS OVER AN IPHONE?

There are several reasons for buyers to choose a KEYone over iPhone 7 and the biggest one of them is the inclusion of an audio jack. It also runs on Android 7.1 and is equipped with Google Assistant, making it quite an adept smartphone. Even though its specs aren’t as impressive as Samsung Galaxy S8, the 3GB RAM with a Snapdragon 625 processor makes it a mean, if not savage platform for mobile gaming and high-fidelity video.

BETTER SECURITY AND BATTERY?

The best part about the KEYone is its larger capacity battery (3505 mAH) as compared to iPhone, Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel that make it far more reliable. It also charges via a commonly available USB C jack and can charge up to 80% in merely 30 mins.

Coming to the phone’s security, KEYone is far more secure than most popular smartphone models. It adds an extra layer of security thanks to the DTEK app that keeps track of any apps trying to access your camera, microphone or want to know your personal location.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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