Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Dec 2017 19:30 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

While we are pleased to announce continuing support for BB10 and BBOS users for at least another two years, current device owners should be aware that we will be closing some ancillary services such as the BlackBerry World app store (12/31/2019), the BlackBerry Travel site (February 2018), and the Playbook video calling service (March 2018). Customers who upgrade to a new KeyOne or Motion won't miss a beat as they'll have immediate access to the rich universe of apps in the Google Play store without compromising on either security or their desire for a physical keyboard.

The platform was clearly winding down for a number of years now, ever since BlackBerry moved to Android, but it's still yet another casualty on the road towards the iOS-Android duopoly. I know a surprising number of people here on OSNews absolutely adored their BB10 devices, and I'm sad I never managed to purchase a Passport, the most enticing BB10 device to me.

I'm still keeping an eye out for an affordable used Passport, because I definitely want to write about BB10 in more detail in the near future.

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Are technology duopolies the norm?
by BlueofRainbow on Sun 17th Dec 2017 22:03 UTC
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It seems that the world of technology is always ultimately tending toward a duopolies, or a triopoly with a weak third member.

For phones and tablets: Android and iOS.

For desktops and notebooks: OS X and Windows plus Linux and derivatives.

For central processing units: ARM and AMD/Intel.

For graphics processing units: AMD (ATI) and NVIDIA.

Will it ever be possible to prevent this with the next technology advance?

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