BlackBerry Ltd launches FM radio for Z30 Q10 Q5 phones — a

TORONTO — BlackBerry has launched a new feature that it can boast even the latest iPhones don’t have: FM radio.A new version of the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which the Waterloo, Ont.-based company says includes hundreds of enhancements and new features, started being rolled out Tuesday in Canada.Battery efficiency is said to be improved and a new interface shows which running apps are the biggest drains on power.Web pages can now be saved for offline reading without an Internet connection.And users with a BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Q5 will be able to tune into local FM radio stations without a data connection.Those phones have built-in FM tuners, which are now activated by the new software update.Samsung’s flagship Galaxy phones used to have FM radio tuners but the feature was discontinued with the latest Galaxy S4.BlackBerry was up more than 3%, or 35 cents, to $11.19 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Canadian Press read more

Number of cars on the road declines for first time since Second

Analysis of vehicles currently in use reveals an increase in the proportion of low CO2 emitters and an average 1.7% reduction in CO2 emissions across the 2009 parc, compared with 2008. In the last three years, the number of vehicles which emit less than 120g/km of CO2 has risen dramatically, by over 90%, and now accounts for 936,117 vehicles on the road.  “The recession is the most obvious factor impacting on the number of cars on the road,” comments SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. “The Scrappage Incentive Scheme has also removed a large number of older and more polluting vehicles. Alongside these economic factors, tough enforcement has helped remove unlicenced vehicles from UK roads.” Growth in the UK parc has slowed during recent years and now sits at 31,035,791 cars, representing a 0.7% fall compared to 2008.  “Significant advances in technology, higher fuel costs and innovative design are affecting the types of models within the parc, raising the appeal of more fuel-efficient vehicles and making them more accessible to buyers.” The number of cars on UK roads has fallen for the first time in 64 years, bucking the upward trend which has traced a year-on-year rise in the vehicle parc since the Second World War. According to SMMT’s analysis this is the first peacetime decline since vehicle records began in 1904.  In terms of choice, silver cars continue to be most popular amongst consumers, topping the colour charts for the second consecutive year after knocking blue off the top spot.  Blue and black cars now follow closely behind in the rankings, with red falling out of favour in fourth position. Number of cars on the road declines for first time since Second World War·         Total number of vehicles in use falls in 2009.·         Average reduction in CO2 emissions across the 2009 car parc.·         Silver cars top colour poll. The Motorparc database is produced annually by SMMT and provides a detailed reporting service specifying make and model of every vehicle currently in use on UK roads.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more