Blackberry Ltd. showed off the last phone it will market itself before completely outsourcing design, production and distribution to partners: A 5.5-inch touchscreen device that rivals the size of the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel XL, but at a lower price.
The DTEK60 isn’t exactly a full BlackBerry phone. Like the DTEK50, which BlackBerry released in July, it was partly designed and manufactured by Chinese electronics company TCL Corp. and uses BlackBerry’s version of Alphabet Inc.’s Android software. It’s geared toward companies and government departments that don’t want their employees using personal phones for sensitive work business.
BlackBerry has been winding down its shrinking smartphone unit ever since Chief Executive Officer John Chen took over three years ago and began focusing more on software. Last month, BlackBerry said it would completely stop designing its phones and instead license out the BlackBerry brand to other manufacturers.
“This phone is somewhat of a bridge to that world,” Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard said in a phone interview. With future phones, BlackBerry won’t hold inventory or sell the devices itself. The DTEK60 is available now on Amazon.com and at BlackBerry’s website. It retails in the U.S. for $499. Aside from the larger screen, other upgrades from the DTEK50 include a higher-megapixel camera, new fingerprint sensor and a memory card slot.
BlackBerry is still working on forging licensing deals with other manufacturers and so far only has an agreement with an Indonesian telecommunications consortium to build BlackBerry-branded phones. Last month, Chen said he was working on other deals in China and India.
The licensing agreements could extend beyond phones though, Beard said. The company has been talking up the potential for its security software to protect any device that communicates through the internet, and began selling a truck-tracking gadget in September. It’s possible that soon you could see similar devices built and sold by other companies, but running BlackBerry’s software and carrying its brand, Beard said.
“We’re not restricting ourselves to just phones,” he said. “There are other segments that are interesting and where both our management capability and our security capability and our software — which is great — would be useful.”
Nigerian Afro-pop star, Yemi Alade, has emerged the ‘Best Female Artist’ of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) for the second consecutive year.
Alade edged out other nominees, including her Nigerian counterpart, Tiwa Sawage, to win the trophy at the 2016 MAMAs held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the ”Mama Africa” crooner also won the 2015 ‘Best Female Artiste’ of the annual music fiesta, making her the first female singer to win the award twice.
Alade made her musical debut in an all-girl group called Noty Spices in 2005, but her music became widely popular after she won the Peak Talent Show in 2009.
She later released her first single “Fimisile” under the Jus’ Kiddin’ label and is best known for her hit single ”Johny”.
Also, Star boy Wizkid won the ‘Best Male’ award and picked the ‘African Artiste of the Year’, the highest coveted trophy.
The ‘Ojuelegba’ singer also won the ‘Best Collaboration’ award with DJ maphorisa who he featured in the song ‘Soweto baby’.
Other Nigerian Singers who won awards at the event include ‘Tekno’ who got the ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ honour and ‘Falz.’
South Africa topped the list of countries with the highest numbers of awards, carting six awards from different artistes.
The MTV Africa Music Awards , which is run by Viacom international Media Network Africa, recognises iconic musicians across Africa every year and celebrates Pan-African music talents with winners chosen by public vote.
The Awards, also known as the MAMAs, was established in 2008 by MTV Networks Africa, now Viacom International Media Networks Africa, to celebrate most popular contemporary music in Africa.
It was conceived and created by the SVP and MD of the MTV Networks in Africa, Alex Okosi.
Earlier, African artists had been included in the MTV Europe Music Award, where MTV Base Africa viewers voted for Best African artist in the 2006 and 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards.
The first awards show was held at the Velodrome in Abuja, Nigeria on Nov. 22, 2008 and was broadcast around the world on Nov. 29 in conjunction with Airtel and local television channels in Africa.
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Award-winning author and celebrated feminist speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the new face of Boots No7 make-up, with her debut campaign launching on Friday.
Boots is not alone in recognising the draw of Adichie, whose much-celebrated TED talks have been sampled by Beyoncé and featured on T-shirts in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut Dior show earlier this month.
Said TED talks have received millions of views across the world, she has three critically acclaimed novels under her belt and just days ago she contributed a “thank-you note” to US First Lady Michelle Obama for The New York TimesT Magazine cover feature. This is a woman with influence.
In Vogue’s November 2016 Real Issue, in “The New Face Of Beauty: You”, she said of the campaign: “I think much of beauty advertising relies on a false premise – that women need to be treated in an infantile way, given a ‘fantasy’ to aspire to… Real women are already inspired by other real women, so perhaps beauty advertising needs to get on board.”
The campaign launches on television, online, in print and in outdoor media on October 21, with Adichie speaking about how she used to fear being taken less seriously because of her love of make-up, but later came to embrace it as a tool, an enhancement and as part of her own identity.
“I love make-up and its wonderful possibilities for temporary transformation. And I also love my face after I wash it all off,” she said in a statement. “There is something exquisitely enjoyable about seeing yourself with a self-made new look. And for me that look is deeply personal. It isn’t about what is in fashion or what the rules are supposed to be. It’s about what I like. What makes me want to smile when I look in the mirror. What makes me feel slightly better on a dull day. What makes me comfortable.”
And Adichie feels the same way about fashion – she told Vogue
“At No7 we believe that when women know their make-up is just right they feel great, they feel ready to show up in the world in the way they want,” said Kristof Neirynck, the vice president of skincare and global brands for Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Chimamanda was the perfect choice for us, as not only is she an inspirational woman, we share the same philosophy about beauty.”
Read “The New Face Of Beauty: You” in Vogue’s November 2016 Real Issue, on newsstands now or downloadable here.
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