TCL Phone launches typically run on a predictable cycle. A new Samsung Galaxy S phone launches in the first quarter, while new iPhones make their debut in September. But BlackBerry Mobile, run by Chinese consumer electronics giant TCL, is bucking its usual trend this year and won’t be launching a new flagship phone in the summer. Francois Mahieu, general manager of BlackBerry Mobile, said that a new version of its BlackBerry Key franchise won’t appear for at least six months.That means its existing Key2 will be on the market for at least 14 months, an unusually long time for a phone. TCL is keeping the line fresh with minor updates, like the introduction of a new red color and boost in storage on Sunday at the MWC Barcelona trade show. Now playing: Watch this: MWC 2018: Where are they now? 1:16 Mobile World Congress 2019 Mentioned Above BlackBerry Key2 (64GB, black) 19 Photos Comments $994 “If we’re true to the brand and price segment we’re in, we need to find the right driver for the next stage,” Mahieu said. “What will make you upgrade?”Mahieu wouldn’t close the door on a new BlackBerry phone this year, so we could see one in the second half. One key upgrade driver could be 5G, but Mahieu said in a prior interview that there won’t be a BlackBerry running on next-generation wireless technology in 2019. He did keep the possibility alive for a 2020 5G BlackBerry though. BlackBerry embraces color with the Key2 LE See it 2 Review • BlackBerry Key2 will make you crazy if you’re not a keyboard die-hard 5G BlackBerry Alcatel OneTouch Mobile World Congress 2019 Share your voice reading • BlackBerry hits pause on annual phone upgrade trend Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared CNET may get a commission from retail offers. BlackBerry Key2 Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone • Tags Phones Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 See All “We don’t want to throw out another BlackBerry for the sake of refreshing it,” Mahieu said in an interview a day before the announcement. BlackBerry Mobile isn’t likely to start a trend — after all, it remains a niche player as one of the few companies offering a phone with a physical keyboard — but its move reflects a slowing market that’s seen declining phone sales and consumers reluctant to upgrade as frequently as they did in the past. Mahieu insists BlackBerry is still growing, but notes that the marketplace is crowded. He also noted that BlackBerry customers — like everyone else — are hanging on to their phones longer. As such, he didn’t feel the need to hit the annual upgrade deadline. News • BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition is out in the US and you’ll pay $50 more for it Preview • The BlackBerry Key2 doubles down on literally everything
Indian police have arrested ten university students for playing PUBG, the hugely popular smartphone game described by one minister as a “demon in every house”.The arrests occurred Wednesday in western Gujarat state, where local authorities enforced an outright ban on PUBG last week over concerns about its impact on the “behaviour, conduct and language” of those playing it.The students were released on bail later the same day, police inspector VS Vanzara said Thursday.Another police official, Rohit Raval, told the Indian Express newspaper the game was “highly addictive and the accused were so engrossed in playing” they did not even see police approaching.Gujarat is the only Indian state to ban the game — which has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world.But concern has been raised in other parts of the country, where close to half a billion people are online and cheap smartphones and data plans are bringing more first-time users into the digital realm.Parents and educators say the game incites violence and distracts students from their studies.A minister in coastal Goa state described the PUBG as “a demon in every house”. Last month, a mother complained to prime minister Narendra Modi about her son’s addiction to online games during a public interaction and he replied: “Is this the PUBG one?”Often likened to the blockbuster book and film series “The Hunger Games”, PUBG is free to download and pits players stranded on islands against one another in a virtual fight to the death.
Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeHarris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez held a press conference to discuss the arrest of Pablo Munoz Garza.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims of a man who works for a local security company and that has been arrested for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping to come forward.Sheriff Ed Gonzalez held a press conference Thursday to discuss the arrest of Pablo Munoz Garza, 39, owner of TexGuard Services Co.A joint task force of the Violent Crime Unit at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested Munoz Garza for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping for an incident that occurred in July of 2018.Photo provided by Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeInvestigators with the HCSO and the Texas DPS arrested Pablo Munoz Garza for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.According to the investigation, on July 29, 2018, Garza and several of the security guards that work under him assaulted and robbed a 33-year-old Hispanic male at a club called La Oveja Negra. One of the security guards could be identified with the name “Cowboy.”HCSO lieutenant Jeff Stauber said that, based on their findings, investigators think there are other victims.“We definitely believe, even from this particular instance, that there seems to be a group of them that are working together to carry out these crimes,” Gonzalez said. He emphasized the HCSO doesn’t require victims of crime to report their immigration status.Information can be provided to the HCSO’s Violent Crime Unit by calling 713-274-9100.