Why I’m Excited About the BlackBerry Z10

In case you were living under a rock, Research In Motion has unveiled its flagship device for early 2013. One quick thing I’m going to get out of the way – I’m still going to refer to BlackBerry as R.I.M., even though they officially changed their branding (including their stock name as well) to BlackBerry. It’s just dumb. The BlackBerry is the product, not the company’s name. Ugh.  And don’t even get me started on bringing Alicia Keys on as the Creative Director.  Barf.

I’ve always held a soft spot for R.I.M.’s premium offerings. The Bold 9000 and 9900 were always my favourite devices from R.I.M., simply because they got what you needed to get done, done. It was quick to navigate, very little lag time, and of course, the ever popular BlackBerry Messenger.

R.I.M. has garnered wide interest from major developers to create apps for their new BB10 platform, including Skype, WhatsApp, and possibly Instagram and Netflix. Those two apps are quite possibly the deciding factor for me when it comes times for me to decide what my next smartphone is (not BlackBerry Messenger, believe it or not). The entire BB10 operating system is a breath of fresh air compared to Apple’s stagnant iOS and Androids increasingly fragmented upgrade schedules for its flagship devices.

Unfortunately, I’m not going to pick up the BlackBerry Z10 when it comes out on February 5th in Canada. I’m going to wait a couple of months (perhaps sooner) until R.I.M. releases several updates to its operating system, which will eventually iron out its kinks (and the questionable battery life). Call it avoiding the early adopter syndrome.

Myself and @TechFibe Were on the CBC’s ‘National’!

Yesterday was an extremely exciting day for http://www.roflmaocopter.com and http://www.techfibe.com.  We both won the newly launched Nexus S smartphones, courtesy of Future Shop at Yonge & Dundas and Samsung Mobile Canada!  Keep an eye out on TechFibe‘s website for an exclusive unboxing and video review!

In addition to that amazing news, we were interviewed right after winning the Nexus S for the CBC’s The National‘s segment on the BlackBerry PlayBook!  We were interviewed for about thirty minutes, and were shown on The National for roughly a minute during the BlackBerry PlayBook’s segment and its imminent launch on April 19, 2011.

Check out Serge from TechFibe and myself from http://www.roflmaocopter.com at the link below (specifically, at the 1:38 mark!).

CBC – The National – RIM co-CEO in spotlight as PlayBook launches

Habitat For Humanity Build! Join Us For a Good Cause!

This post is one that can only come from the heart.  The Armenian Family Support Services (@AFSStoronto on Twitter, Armenian Family Support Services on Facebook) is organizing the sixth annual Habitat For Humanity build, which is currently in the second phase of development.

Maida Icliates, the Chair of the Board of Directors, said the following,

Through participation in local events such as Habitat for Humanity Toronto, we not only make a difference in the lives of low-income families, but we gain a sense of understanding as we realize that when we come together for a cause, we CAN make a difference.  When you’re hammering a dry wall knowing that in weeks to come a family will be living there, that it will be their shelter from the cold and rain, THAT is an amazing feeling and makes you appreciate what you have. This build is the second phase of what we were working on last year. It’s wonderful to know that last years homes have already been occupied!

Although the event is taking place this Saturday, there is still time to make a difference in your community!  Please register today by emailing maida11@rogers.com. There will be a hammering contest and prize giveaways!

The Armenian Family Support Services  (AFSS) started an initiative in 2006, called the “Armenian Memorial Faith Build” as part of the Adopt-a-Day with Toronto Habitat for Humanity,  which annually commemorates the Armenian Genocide while making a difference in our local communities.   Over the past five years, 130 participants raised over $12,000 dollars for Habitat for Humanity (HFH)- Toronto.

As part of our 5th Anniversary celebration last year, the AFSS was featured in the Fall 2010 Issue of the Habitat for Humanity- Toronto called “Foundations.”

Courtney Mooney, Faith Relations Coordinator, wrote an article called “A Partnership to Last”.   Maida Icliates, Chairperson of the Armenian Family Support Services, and Seta Kerim, Armenian Faith Build participant, are featured in the article.

To access the article, click on the link below and proceed to page 9 on the left side.

http://www.torontohabitat.ca/publications/H4H_Foundations_Fall2010_FINAL.pdf

Facebook Messages Update Is Rolling Out!

Social networking addicts, rejoice!  The new and highly anticipated Facebook Messages update is now available.  You have the option to choose to upgrade, or keep the way it is, although, personally, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to update.  The upgrade features significant changes and noticeable improvements.  Here is what I’ve noticed so far:

  • You get a personalized Facebook email address.  Awesome.  Mine is now aret.mazmanyan@facebook.com, for those who are interested.
  • All your messages are connected.  Simply put, if you receive a text, email (to your Facebook address), or a simple message from one person, they are all merged into one, easy to read, threaded message.  Think of it as a major plus; you don’t have to sift through several messages just to find something one person sent you a year ago.
  • “Download Your Information”.  Bloody fantastic.  Click this button, and you have all your pictures, account information, posts, etc. all saved to one zip file on your computer. Mark Zuckerberg, kudos to you and your team for unveiling this extremely useful feature.

These are the major changes I’ve found so far.  Another thing to note: this update was already rolled out to the United States, but I live in Canada, so this is major (exciting) new for me!!

P.S. If Shawnt ends up reading this, yes, I’m well aware of our verbal contract. I will update my blog with the post (hopefully) tonight.  Please don’t kill me.