Transferring Information to a New BlackBerry

Q:

Has anyone found a way to transfer saved emails, saved calendar entries and saved memos from older BlackBerrys, like the Bold, to the new Q10? I am told by Verizon sales staff that only contacts can be transferred.

A:

The new Q10 and Z10 are based on an entirely different operating system and are a break with the past, so transfers are limited. According to a BlackBerry spokesman, a program called BlackBerry Link will transfer over memos and calendar entries saved to your old device, or your computer, but not locally saved emails. However, he said, emails stored in a cloud account can reappear when you link the new phone to that same cloud account.

Q:

You recently reviewed new Intel chips that greatly increased battery life in two laptops. Are these same chips likely to be showing up in tablets and smartphones?

A:

Most tablets and smartphones don’t use laptop-grade Intel chips, but instead rely on chip designs from a competitor, ARM, which specializes in mobile devices. Various manufacturers produce ARM-based processors. The only tablets I know of that use Intel-laptop chips are Windows 8 tablets that are essentially hybrid laptops, like Microsoft’s Surface Pro.

Email Walt at mossberg@wsj.com.

Intel Rumored to Make 10 Percent of Apple A7 Chips While Samsung Gets Cut By Half

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Yesterday, we found out that both Hon Hai and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) were hiring 5,000 new employees; a move that could mean the tech industry is on its way back up. Today, DigiTimes is reporting that TSMC is in direct competition with the biggest chipmaker in the world for Apple’s affection for manufacturing the A7 processor.

Samsung and Apple’s relationship has been rumored to be on the rocks for some time now. It is no wonder considering how many times the two have gone to court over patent infringement suits. TSMC has also been rumored to be the go-to company to pick up the pieces of Apple’s broken heart. However, that still hasn’t come to fruition.

Today’s report from DigiTimes claims that “institutional investors” have information showing that, not only will TSMC be making chips for apple in the future, but so will Intel.

“TSMC has been said to become the second largest supplier for Apple’s A7 processors and production is reportedly to begin in 2014. But recent rumors have spread that Intel may also receive Apple’s orders.”

The report claims that Samsung will retain 50 percent of chip manufacturing for Apple, while TSMC will make 40 percent and Intel will make 10 percent of the A7 processor chips.

Recently, rumors have been heating up that Intel and Apple have come to an agreement on chip making. DigiTimes’ report seems to back this information. The A7 chip is scheduled to begin production in 2014.

[Via: AppleInsider]

As Obama Speaks, Tech Industry Praises Immigration Reform Proposal

Amid wide-ranging discussion of U.S. immigration reform — including a set of bipartisan principles introduced this week and a speech by President Barack Obama on the issue today — tech companies are particularly optimistic about a bill introduced this morning that is focused on highly skilled workers.

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The Immigration Innovation Act, proposed by Senators Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and Chris Coons, D-Del., would increase the H-1B visa cap from 65,000 to 115,000 and establish triggers for more visas in response to market demand. It would also loosen green card rules for people who are dependents of visa recipients and people with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math from U.S. universities.

Early criticism of the bill has targeted the fact that it is a “piecemeal change” rather than comprehensive reform, but it’s possible that it could be included in future broad legislation, which hasn’t been proposed yet.

But tech leaders were quick to praise the bill, with companies such as Intel, Hewlett Packard and Google and industry groups issuing statements this morning specifically in support of the Immigration Innovation Act, which has already been nicknamed I-Squared.

The bill “is a significant step forward in ensuring that the U.S. economy has the workforce and intellectual capacity it needs to enhance innovation, spur job creation and improve our economy,” said HP VP of global government relations Gregg Melinson.

“The current focus on immigration reform presents the best opportunity we have seen in years to make needed fixes to the employment side of the immigration equation,” wrote Intel government relations director Peter Muller.

Though his most closely watched remarks were about undocumented immigrants, Obama spoke specifically to the tech industry, saying that one in four high-tech companies was started by an immigrant.

“Instagram was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and stayed here,” Obama pointed out, referencing Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, a Brazilian who studied at Stanford before working on the photo-sharing startup.

Tim Bajarin’s tech industry predictions for 2013 include hybrid Mac+iPad

“Each year, about this time, I put out a list of predictions for the coming year. I have been doing this for 23 years and over that time have I have had a reasonable level of success with these predictions,” Tim Bajarin writes for TechPinions. “I have had some spectacular failed predictions too, like the year I said Microsoft would buy RIM. Because of our work and research, we get to see a lot of technologies in the works behind the scene as well as look at the data and numbers and make some educated deductions about the tech trends for the new year.”

Among Bajarin’s predictions:

Apple creates a Hybrid tablet/PC with iOS: Imagine a sleekly designed hybrid that perhaps has the design lines of the MacBook Air but the iPad screen detaches from its ultra-thin keyboard. For lack of a better term I call it the MacBook AirPad or iPad Air. I know Tim Cook has denounced this type of design suggesting it is like attaching a “toaster to a refrigerator.” But a sleek and elegant iPad/keyboard device designed by Apple would be of interest to a lot of people, me included.

Many more predictions in the full article – recommended, as usual – here.

MacDailyNews Take: It would certainly be interesting to see what Jony Ive could conjure up. When we’re on-the-road, we always have our MacBook Airs and iPads/iPad minis with us, so we can imagine it’d be a useful product, at least to some people. Such a device would, of course, be dependent on whether Apple determines there’s a large enough market to warrant development. Would you buy one?