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You can pickup a Blackberry PRIV for $299

GeneralEdward KiledjianComment

Blackberry is one of the few Android devices where users are receiving regular security updates. You can pickup an unlocked AT&T version of the Blackberry PRIV for $US299 on eBay.

This is a fantastic price for this device. It is the same price as the new DTEK50 but offers a larger screen and a physical keyboard. Great medium performance phone with a physical keyboard.

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Will Twitter offer a commerce platform?

technologyEdward KiledjianComment
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Re/Code, the new site from Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, revealed  (link) that Twitter is working on a new commerce platform that will enable users to buy and sell via tweets.

It looks like Twitter will use the Sponsored Tweet model and insert commerce ads into your twitter stream. The user can click on the link and will be taken to a special Twitter page showing the standard commerce information (pictures, description and the ability to buy the item. The current information shows Fancy.com as the backend.

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Twitter has refused to comment on this story but the word on the street is that Twitter is attempting to find solid, highly desirable partners for a possible launch.

I found it interesting that these sample screenshots show Bell as the wireless provider. Not sure if thats a clue to a Canadian test launch or just a coincidence.

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Counterfeit USB chargers on eBay may be dangerous

technologyEdward Kiledjian1 Comment

 

In the age of electronic everything, most of us need a couple of chargers to get through the day (one in the car, one at home and one at work). Do you really need to spend $20 for an Apple charger or will a $5 look-a-like device from eBay perform just as well?

Ken Sheriff has written an interesting review about USB chargers and provides a clear scientific explanation as to why those cheaper ones may not be such a good deal afterall. His analysis considers efficiency, power stability, power quality, and power output.

Devices he tested include include major brands such as Apple, HP and Samsung. It includes secondary manufacturers like Belkin, Monoprice and KMS. Last but not least, it includes some counterfeit products that look like the real thing but are anything but.

He recommends buying original chargers from reputable stores and skipping the cheap often fake ebay products. He explains how the fakes provide dirty power which can he dangerous for the health of your device and you.

I had a similar counterfeit experience on eBay I wrote about here. If something is too good to be true, it probably is fake.