BlackBerry Smartphone Features Skype, Physical Keyboard

blackberry Q10

BlackBerry launches its Q10 smartphone with new features and a blast from the past.

Like BlackBerry’s Z10, the new smartphone will feature apps including Skype, something missing from the company’s earlier devices. However, the device still includes a full physical keyboard, bucking trends in the industry but keeping typing purists happy.

“We are excited about our plans to bring Skype to smartphones running the brand new BlackBerry 10 platform,” said Bob Rosin, VP & GM of business development for Microsoft’s Skype division. “We are working closely with BlackBerry to ensure Skype runs great on BlackBerry 10 devices. This will give BlackBerry 10 users a great Skype experience, including free voice and video calling, sending instant messages and text messages, sharing photos, videos and files and calling to landlines and mobiles at Skype’s low rates.”

The Q10 features a wider 3.1-inch screen, allowing the physical keyboard to be bigger. Metal frets separate the keys. This feature means you’re more likely to send a quick message to your associates about a “change in the meeting time” rather than a “cjanhe in thr meeyinh time” if you still haven’t mastered typing on a screen.

It’s clear from online discussions of the new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone that people who’ve used a BlackBerry phone in the past enjoy the fact that this smartphone still sports a physical QWERTY keyboard.

An admitted BlackBerry fan who still keeps an older BlackBerry device alongside her iPhone, Joanna Stern of ABC News is one such keyboard advocate. In her early review of the BlackBerry Q10 she writes, “It’s actually hard for me to write about the keyboard and not completely gush about it – the keys are the right amount of “clicky” and the perfect amount of firmness.”

BlackBerry officially launches the Q10 almost a month after the company began shipping its new Z10 phone, a more conventional-looking smartphone with an on-screen keyboard. The move may indicate BlackBerry is betting customers miss a physical keyboard, and the strategy could win over a percentage of smartphone users. The Q10 will be available at the beginning of May in Canada with a U.S. launch soon to follow.

With the launch, BlackBerry is also partnering with makers of popular smartphone apps specifically designed to run on the Q10. Besides Skype, apps for Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and LinkedIn will come pre-installed on the new device.

Q10 Photo via Blackberry


Residential status in India is based on physical presence



I have been living in Dubai for the past 15 years and have decided to return to India in November this year. I wanted to know how I will be taxed this year, and would it be better for me from a tax point of view to shift a little later so that my tax deduction in India starts in the next financial year (FY) 2017-18?

—Kamlesh Sharma

It is likely that your status in FY17 will be of a non-resident assuming your total physical presence in India in the year is less than 182 days. As a non-resident, you will be liable to tax in India only on income arising, earned and received in India.

Income earned and received outside India and subsequently remitted into India is not liable to tax in India in case of a non-resident.

Examples of incomes arising or earned in India include income earned from employment exercised in India, any business or profession here, sale of assets in the country, interest from bank accounts in India, among others.

Your residential status in India is determined based on your total physical presence in India in the current FY and preceding 10 FYs since taxability in India differs on the basis of residential status in India. If the individual satisfies any of the basic conditions mentioned below, the individual would qualify as a resident; otherwise she would qualify as a non-resident:

Basic conditions:

*Stay in India during the FY is 182 days or more, or stay in India during the FY is 60 days or more and is in India 365 days or more in the preceding four FYs.

A resident may either qualify as an ‘ordinarily resident’ or ‘not ordinarily resident’.

If both the additional conditions mentioned below are met, then the individual would qualify as an ordinarily resident; if not, such a person would qualify as a ‘not ordinarily resident’.

Additional conditions:

*Resident in India in 9 of 10 FYs preceding the relevant FY, and

*Stay in the 7 years preceding the relevant FY adds up to 729 days or more.

An ordinarily resident can be taxed on her worldwide income and is required to report assets held in India and outside India in the Indian tax return.

However, a ‘not ordinarily resident’ and a non-resident can be taxed in India only on income received in India or deemed to be received in India, and income accruing or arising in India or deemed to accrue or arise in India.