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The Punkt MP02 inches closer to what a minimalist phone ought to be

There’s an empty space in my heart for a minimalist phone with only the most basic functions. Bad for my heart, but good for a handful of companies putting out devices aiming to fill it . Punkt’s latest, the MP02, goes a little ways to making the device I desire, but it isn’t quite there yet. Punkt’s first device included just texting and calling, which would likely have worked as intended if not for the inconvenient choice to have it connect only to 2G networks. These networks are being shut down and replaced all over the world, so you would have ended up with a phone that was even more limited than you expected. The MP02 is the sequel , and it adds a couple useful features. It runs on 4G LTE networks, which should keep it connected for years to come, and it has gained both threaded texting (rather than a single inbox and outbox — remember those?) and Blackberry encryption for those sensitive communications. It has nice physical buttons you can press multiple times to select a letter in ye olde T9 fashion, and also lets you take notes, consult a calendar, and calculate things. The battery has 12 days of standby, and with its tiny monochrome display and limited data options, it’ll probably stay alive for nearly that even with regular use. Its most immediate competition is probably the Light Phone, which also has a second iteration underway that, if I’m honest, looks considerably more practical. Now, I like the MP02. I like its chunky design (though it is perhaps a mite too thick), I like its round buttons and layout, I like its deliberate limitations. But it and other would-be minimal phones, in my opinion, are too slavish in their imitations of devices from years past. What we want is minimalism, not (just) nostalgia. We want the most basic useful features of a phone without all the junk that comes with them

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BlackBerry Key2 LE Goes Official At $399 – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo BlackBerry Key2 LE Goes Official At $399 Ubergizmo There had been some reports over the past couple of months suggesting that TCL Mobile, the company that makes BlackBerry-branded smartphones now, could launch a more affordable version of the BlackBerry Key2. The handset has officially been ... and more »

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Sweden’s Engaging Care raises $800,000 for its digital healthcare SaaS

Engaging Care , a Swedish heathtech startup co-founded by Charlotta Tönsgård, who was previously CEO of online doctor app Min Doktor before being asked to step down , has raised $800,000 in “pre-seed” funding to continue building out its digital healthcare SaaS. Backing the burgeoning company are a host of well-established angel investors in the region. They include Hampus Jakobsson (venture partner at BlueYard Capital and co-founder of TAT, which sold to Blackberry for $150 million), Sophia Bendz ( EIR at Atomico and the former Global Marketing Director at Spotify), Erik Byrenius (founder of OnlinePizza, an online food ordering company sold to Delivery Hero) and Neil Murray’s The Nordic Web Ventures . With the aim of dragging healthcare into the digital age, but in a more patient-friendly and patient-centred way than tradition electronic medical record systems, Engaging Care is developing a SaaS and accompanying apps to bring together patients, healthcare providers and partners to be “smarter and better connected”. Unlike software and digital services that work outside existing healthcare systems, the startup’s wares are billed as being designed to work within them. It is initially targeting people with long-term health conditions. “There has been tremendous progress made in the healthcare sector over the last decade. New advanced drugs, new methods for surgery and other treatments, but how healthcare workers share important information with the patient and the interaction between caregiver and patient still basically happens the same way it did 50 years ago,” Tönsgård tells me. “The systems of today are still designed around the doctor – even though we might spend as little as 15 minutes with him or her every year, but hours, days and years alone with our condition. On top of this, most western healthcare systems are struggling financially, with an ageing population, more prevalence of chronic diseases and a shift in expectations from the public, adding to the challenges”.

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Tech founders as Founding Fathers — here’s who’s who – Mashable

Mashable Tech founders as Founding Fathers — here's who's who Mashable It's time to celebrate America. What better way to cheers to the old white men who created America than to honor the middle-aged white men who still control it? Of course, in America today, some of our politicians don't command much reverence or respect. and more »

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Instagram’s IGTV app goes live on Android and iOS – Phone Arena

Phone Arena Instagram's IGTV app goes live on Android and iOS Phone Arena The new video channels will be accessible directly from a button within the Instagram app when the update rolls out over the next days, but the company has also launched a stand-alone IGTV app for Android and iOS that you can download right now if you ... Welcome to IGTV – Instagram Instagram Press Instagram's “IGTV” video hub for creators launches tomorrow TechCrunch Introducing IGTV | Instagram for Business Instagram Business all 1,132 news articles »

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BlackBerry starts hyping up Key 2 smartphone on Twitter – Mashable

Mashable BlackBerry starts hyping up Key 2 smartphone on Twitter Mashable As the guy who reviewed the phone for Mashable , I was pretty impressed. It's chunky, but sleek. It has a physical QWERTY keyboard at a time when no other phone maker includes one on their devices. The camera is pretty good (for a BlackBerry ), battery ...

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BlackBerry Key 2 will be announced on June 7 in New York – Mashable

Mashable BlackBerry Key 2 will be announced on June 7 in New York Mashable As the guy who reviewed the phone for Mashable , I was pretty impressed. It's chunky, but sleek. It has a physical QWERTY keyboard at a time when no other phone maker includes one on their devices. The camera is pretty good (for a BlackBerry ), battery ... and more »

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