Canadian smartphone company BlackBerry could go private soon, which means the company may not have to report its financial health to the public anymore. But for now, the company is continuing to provide updates on its current situation… and the state of the BlackBerry is not good.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- More bad news for BlackBerry: $400 million restructuring charge expected in 2014
Hot on the heels of quarterly results showing nearly a billion dollar write-down from unsold BlackBerry Z10 inventory, the financially troubled smartphone pioneer is warning of more losses to come. [The Globe and Mail]
- FAA panel says it’s safe to use WiFi during airplane takeoff and landing
An FAA advisory panel recently made a recommendation to allow passengers to use some electronic devices during takeoff and landing. Now they’re saying you probably don’t really have to shut down your WiFi either. [The Verge]
- Google Play gift cards now available in Canada
Want to give the gift of Android apps, music, movies, etc? Now you can… in Canada. It’s also not a bad way to get cash to spend in the Play Store for yourself if you don’t want to link your account to a credit card. [Reddit]
- Fujitsu Arrows Tab FJT21 is a 10 inch Android tablet with a fingerprint scanner
Apple’s not the only company with fingerprint authentication on a mobile device. [Engadget]
- Grocery chain Tesco sold 35,000 Hudl tablets in the first week
Milk, eggs, bread, a pack of chewing gum, and oh yeah, I’ll take that Android tablet too. [Engadget]
- Welcome back, UMPC Portal!
Ultra Mobile PCs weren’t a bad idea… they were just ahead of their time. The name might be largely dead, but the product category is booming, and mobile tech blogger Steve “Chippy” Paine is reviving the UMPC Portal website. [UMPC Portal]
- Early build of Cydia store for jailbroken apps shown on an iPhone 4 with iOS 7
Developers are hard at work finding ways to crack open Apple’s latest version of iOS so that users can install officially unsupported apps. [Redmond Pie]