articles by Ivor Soans

News & Analysis

Apple versus FBI takes centre stage at RSA Conference

Just as Apple versus FBI is on the boil, along comes the world's largest information security event with over 40,000 practitioners from businesses, government, military, academia and every company that plays in the information security space.

Reviews

iPad Pro review: Extraordinary gadget, but not a laptop killer yet

I started using the new, almost 13-inch iPad Pro with a mix of trepidation and excitement. I was excited about a tablet that had the hardware specs to make it a laptop replacement, but was also wondering if I’d be disappointed once again—the big, big promise of device consolidation, but failure to actually deliver in real day-to-day use.

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Apple iPad Pro first impressions: Signs of a true notebook-killer?

You could argue about this, but the Apple iPad kick-started the tablet segment five years ago and has stayed firmly on top of the premium slice of the tablet market pie. However, in recent times, the iPad hasn’t exactly been setting the market on fire. Ergo, say hello to the iPad Pro, the biggest iPad ever at 12.9 inches.

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India's iPhone dilemma: Buy the pricey iPhone 6s or the cheaper iPhone 6?

Do the new 6s and 6s Plus justify their price tags or should prospective iPhone customers wait for prices to fall–which is unlikely to happen soon. Or should they simply go for the year-old iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which come at significantly lower prices?

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BlackBerry India MD Sunil Lalvani quits for greener pastures

BlackBerry India Managing Director Sunil Lalvani has put in his papers at the Indian subsidiary of the once mighty mobile player that is now transforming itself into a software and services company focused around security.

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First look: Blackberry Classic has a physical keypad, meant for BB fans

We take a look at BlackBerry Classic, a phone with a dedicated QWERTY keypad which is meant purely for the 'BlackBerry Boys'

Reviews

BlackBerry Passport review: This is BlackBerry's comeback smartphone

This is BlackBerry's comeback smartphone, and whether it is wildly successful or a moderate success, the company has everyone's attention.

News & Analysis

How BlackBerry stands to benefit from NSA snooping allegations

Since the software developed by the BSI is not compatible with the iPhone, the conclusion of many observers is that soon iPhones will start disappearing from the German Parliament, says Kesarios.

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Micromax, Celkon, Spice and Zen to pre-install BBM

The pre-installation plan is in addition to BBM continuing to be available as a free download from Android app stores, including Google Play.

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Two challenges new BlackBerry CEO John Chen must beat

Now that it's clear that Chen knows that the handset business means for BlackBerry and exiting the handset business is not a decision that will be taken lightly or in a hurry, what should he be focusing on?

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Clarification: Decoding the RCom - iPhone India deal

Reliance Communications is not taking the risk of customer delinquency here, but the credit card issuing bank will do so.

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US Healthcare.gov fiasco has many lessons for India

The world's only superpower has put on an embarrassing show that proves that a huge technology spend without a razor sharp focus on quality and without proper project management oversight is a recipe for disaster

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BlackBerry Z30 at Rs 39,990: All you need to know about the phone

Should you consider buying the Z30, especially in the face of overwhelmingly negative customer sentiment? That's a question that only you can answer. But as for what's measurable and reviewable, here's the story.

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Amazing battery but poor camera: Pros and cons of BlackBerry Z30

Here is a quick round up of what we loved and hated about the device. For a more detailed and comprehensive review, go here.

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BBM for Android review: Elegant, zippy but not all elements are here

Exactly a month after a bug-ridden early version of BBM for Android leaked, and took a wrecking ball to BlackBerry's #BBM4ALL party, BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for Android is finally here.

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Is the BlackBerry Z10 a good buy for Rs 29,990?

So, even as you may have expressed the desire to buy the Z10 but tripped over the price tag earlier this year, is it worth considering the Z10 now, or should you give it a wide berth?