Technological World for January 5, consumer tech: Two neat gadgets from Samsung, the end of Blackberry (OS)

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is on right now, and while it’s back to being a live event in Las Vegas, many companies that would normally have made the trip have opted to participate from afar. Samsung had a couple of new products to show off. And the Blackberry operating system is well and truly ended.

Samsung’s got a new kind of video projector in the Freestyle

The Freestyle is a projector and smart speaker all in one. The cylindrical device weighs less than two pounds, automatically adjusts the screen to the surface it’s displaying on and the environment it’s in, and delivers a picture that can be up to 100 inches.

Odyssey Ark is Samsung rethinking the gaming monitor

The Odyssey Ark is a 55-inch curved gaming screen that can be set up either horizontally or vertically; you can configure the display so if you’re using it vertically, you can have it display multiple screens stacked on each other.

Final nail for many Blackberry device users

If you or anyone you know is still using an old Blackberry, you’re going to want to seriously think about an upgrade. As of January 4, any device running Blackberry operating systems are no longer supported.

This includes “data, phone calls, SMS, and 9-1-1 functionality.” While some devices may continue to work, they “will no longer reliably function” according to the company.

Blackberry abandoned the device manufacturing business and licensed the brand to TCL Communications in 2016. Those Blackberry handsets run Android, and are not impacted. TCL let the license expire in 2020 and a U.S. startup, OnwardMobility, picked it up with plans to release a 5G handset.

The company transitioned its business into software, including security. In a post, CEO John Chen wrote that, “we secure 96% of the threat landscape, preventing more than 165 million cyberattacks in 2021 alone.”

Blackberry’s end of life FAQ.

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