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Regarding lack of signal on mobile phones in the Mells, Coleford, Holcombe area.

I have been to the Mells Parish Council meeting recently and put to them to get something moving with other parish councils locally.

Down in south Somerset they have put great pressure on the mobile phone operators and they have put up several extra masts, and are now receiving a signal.

They have put up a petition book in Mells post office so hopefully this will get well filled.

MP David Heath and several businesses including The Talbot and Babington House, etc, are right behind this.

Please can you back this in this area as it is an outlet we should be able to use in the 21st century.

Alan Brady

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Can Porsche drive up Blackberry sales with $2000 luxury phone?

  • Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite from BlackBerry has physical keyboard
  • Firms say it is aimed at luxury market
  • Will run Blackberry 10 software, and include Amazon app store
  • Users can choose their own hand wrapped leather back for their phone




Blackberry is hoping that a luxury phone designed by Porsche could help it claw its way back inot the mobile phone market.

The new Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry boasts a hand wrapped leather battery case, ‘glass-like’ keys and even a personalised PIN so everyone know you own one.

However, it also comes with a high price – around $2,000

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The new Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry boasts a hand wrapped leather battery case, ‘glass-like’ keys and even a personalised PIN so everyone know you own one.


Pioneered in 1999 with the launch of the RIM 950, BlackBerry changed the culture by allowing on-the-go business people to access email wirelessly.

Then came a new generation of competing smartphones, and suddenly the BlackBerry looked ancient.

Apple showed that phones can handle much more than email and phone calls. Blackberry was late in overhauling its operating system to compete.

BlackBerry now holds a small fraction of the U.S.

smartphone market after commanding a nearly 50 percent share as recently as 2009.

‘This new member to the P’9983 family will provide exclusive graphite-metallic colored elements and the finest, hand-wrapped leather on the back door cover,’ the firm boasts.

‘This new Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite smartphone from BlackBerry will combine a unique stylish design from an iconic, timeless brand with the fluid and effortless productivity experience of BlackBerry 10 technology.’

Porsche Design worked with BlackBerry to design the keyboard to use glass-like keys, blackened glass and a graphite stainless steel color frame.

‘The iconic styling of the new P’9983 Graphite from BlackBerry is technically inspired with longevity, integrity, and individuality at its core,’ says Roland Heiler, Chief Design Officer of the Porsche Design Group. ‘And it will offer a new way to express individual style with the luxury of being one step ahead.’

‘Finally, an exclusive Porsche Design PIN ID group – 2AAXXXXX, sets you apart and makes you instantly recognized among other Porsche Design users.’

The firm also hopes a physical keyboard will help sales.

The physical keyboard is something traditional BlackBerry users prefer because they find it easier than touch screens to type with.

The company is also emphasizing battery life and security.

‘A lot of people say the Classic is aiming for loyal customers. And that is true,’ CEO John Chen said at the gadget’s launch event, tellingly held in New York City’s Financial District.

But he also invited people who haven’t used a BlackBerry ‘especially people who are young,’ to try the BlackBerry Classic.

The handsets have a legion of loyal fans.

‘I love a BlackBerry,’ Kardashian West admitted to the Code Mobile conference earlier this year.

‘Every time I say that, people are horrified that I have a BlackBerry, and I don’t understand that reaction.’

‘BlackBerry has my heart and soul, I’ll never get rid of it,’ she said.

‘I do have an iPhone, and I use that for photos, but if you have an email and you need to type fast, you need to have that keyboard.’

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The BlackBerry Classic iwas released earlier this year, bringing back the keyboard to Blackberrys handsets.

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Even Apple Pay Can’t Protect Your Identity

What security measures have you taken to protect your identity? Whatever measures you have taken, chances are, it is probably not enough. That is the sad reality of this present age, and likely, the age to come.

The bad guys are getting smarter at the same rate as the good guys. Technology does not give either side the advantage. Like the Force in Star Wars, technology is neutral.

Apple Pay1 is the latest would-be protector of our digital security and identity.

But does it have big enough shoulders to hold up to the world s expectations? Does anything? Why has this level of pressure not been placed on mobile payment products that have been around much longer than the nascent Apple Pay?

It is as if people expect that what comes out of unfocused, feature-driven product companies to be a lamentable mess.

Apple, however, has traded on its reputation of, it just works. While other companies make products, Apple is expected to offer solutions. In some quarters, if Apple s first attempt to address a seemingly intractable problem does not immediately and permanently vanquish it, then that solution will be deemed a failure regardless of how revolutionary it might have been.

The Promise and Perils of Apple Pay

Based on the amount of news it has garnered, one would be forgiven for thinking Apple Pay has been the mobile payment standard for many years.

With so little talk of anything else, one would also be forgiven for mistaking Apple Pay for the pioneer in the field. Neither perception comes close to the truth.

Apple Pay was announced in September 2014 alongside the iPhone 6 and 6+. It was a Jonny-come-lately in a crowded field of early movers.

Most notably, Google Wallet had been around for a few years. Even they were not first, far from it. Mobile payments have been a reality in many parts of the world for quite a while.

It is only new to the U.S.

One of the most noteworthy things about Apple Pay is how popular and successful it has become in such a short period of time, with limited distribution, available only to a limited number of devices. Already, it is the most successful mobile implementation, far surpassing such rivals as Google Wallet.

One of the big selling points of Apple Pay is industry leading security. It uses one-time, digital tokens.

It never transmits your credit card information. It has a secure element powered by 64-bit hardware encryption, and hashed fingerprint data for biometric authentication. It is practically bullet-proof.

But bullets are not the threat about which we need be concerned.

While Apple Pay, itself, remains unbroken, it is only one part of a bigger system. As a whole, that system is already broken. Thieves have already demonstrated one of many flaws in the banking system, this time, using Apple Pay.

The promise of Apple Pay2 includes claims as grand as the end of data breaches.

The warnings tell of lax authentication practices3 by banks. As Business Insider points out, this peril does not lie at Apple s feet. It s not Apple Pay fraud4, according to this article, but the weak link of the bank.

What has happened is that Apple Pay itself is basically fraud-proof, so fraudsters have turned their attention to the next weakest link: credit cards before they re added to an Apple Pay wallet.

New Tech Still Needs Old Fashioned Security Measures

There is no full-proof method of securing your identification from fraud. Technology, alone, is not enough.

The best security tool you have is constant vigilance. To that end, there are three things you should always monitor:

Your Credit Report

Often, the first sign that something has gone wrong is a negative mention on your credit report, or lowering of your credit score. If you do not monitor it, the first sign you will have is when you are denied credit you expected to get.

On their Facebook page, CreditRepair.com5 tells the story of Carolyn, who only discovered her credit problem when trying to purchase a car.

After taking credit repair measures, she was able to purchase a house for her family. By monitoring your credit report, you can take measures before getting blindsided.

Your Devices

Now that smartphones and, soon-to-be, smart watches6 can act as payment devices at NFC-equipped terminals, they are more than just electronics. They are your wallet.

Losing one is like losing a wallet full of credit cards. Carelessly leaving your smartphone on a table in a library or restaurant is not acceptable. You have to keep up with your credit cards.

Treat your smart devices accordingly. Once a bad guy has physical access to your device, no security measure in the world can keep you safe.

Your Personal Information

Whenever you are forced to answer security questions for retrieving your password, lie shamelessly7. Do not supply your real birthday, high school, or pet s name.

Use memorable fakes for all of these questions every time. Every identity thief can dig up true information about you. Only your lies are safe.

At the moment, Apple Pay is the most secure form of payment in the world, with others rapidly retooling to catch up.

Yet it cannot fully protect your identity from fraud. No technology can. Old-fashioned vigilance is still your best tool.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.


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