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Following the recent news that BlackBerry's global decryption key was in the hands of the Canadian Police since 2010, current CEO John Chen has taken to the BlackBerry Blog to clear the air. BlackBerry feels as though "tech companies as good corporate citizens should comply with reasonable lawful access requests," a position they have made clear in the past. The case that surfaced was an old...

BlackBerry's global decryption key was obtained by Canadian Police in 2010

BlackBerry's global decryption key was obtained by Canadian Police in 2010

It appears as though BlackBerry's global decryption key was previously obtained by the Canadian Police. According to a report, the police have had the key to BlackBerry devices since 2010, but neither the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) nor BlackBerry will confirm the details of how it was handed over. From Vice's report: According to technical reports by the Royal Canadian Mounted...

Save up to 70% on select Crucial and Lexar storage products at Amazon

Amazon's Deal of the Day can score you up to 70% savings on various hard drives, memory cards, memory and more from Lexar and Crucial. Whether you need a new hard drive for your computer, some RAM to speed it up a bit, or a new memory card for your phone, you won't want to miss out on this deal. Some of the deals include: Crucial 480GB Internal SSD - $100 Crucial 960GB Internal SSD - $200...

Kmashi 20000mAh power bank

Right now you can grab Kmashi's 20000mAh power bank for $20 at Amazon with coupon code 3Z9KLROS, a savings of $13. The power bank is Quick Charge 2.0 compliant, so you'll be able to charge your phone fast while on the go. The ultra-slim design keeps it at just over half an inch thin, and the built-in LED flashlight can come in handy during an emergency situation. If you find yourself wishing...

April security patch now available for the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry PRiv

The April security patches are now available for BlackBerry Priv owners. Those who purchased their phones from ShopBlackBerry may have already received the update on March 23, but now more carriers are pushing it. This update patches the latest round of vulnerabilities that Google discovered, keeping your phone even more secure. BlackBerry has posted additional details about the update as...

You can now sign up for the BlackBerry Priv Marshmallow beta

BlackBerry Priv Marshmallow beta begins

As rumored, BlackBerry has announced the Marshmallow beta test for the BlackBerry Priv. You can now sign up to join the program, and the company will accept registrations for two weeks. The first wave will only be available to those who purchased their devices from Amazon, ShopBlackBerry or Carphone Warehouse. Spaces will be limited, and BlackBerry will begin pushing the beta out in the...

Latest Priv update patches recent security exploits

Priv update brings a stronger Linux kernel

An update is now available for those with the BlackBerry Priv, and this update also focuses on security. We've seen monthly security patches since the phone's release, but this is a bit different. A recent discovery showed that the Android / Linux kernel was vulnerable to a specific attack, and this update fixes that to prevent issues. BlackBerry has posted additional details on the update...

AT&T is now pushing March security patch to BlackBerry Priv

AT&T pushing March security patches to Priv

T-Mobile has now also sent out their update OTA. Priv owners should find it readily available when checking for updates. The unlocked BlackBerry Priv has already received its monthly security patch for March, and now AT&T is pushing its update. We've seen the carrier variants get the updates anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks after the unlocked version, and this one is on the later end. The...

T-Mobile adds new BingeOn partners

T-Mobile has announced a number of new partners for its BingeOn program, including YouTube, Discovery Go, Redbull TV and others. John Legere took to Twitter with some stats that the company has collected, like that millions of subscribers are now streaming more than twice the amount they were before BingeOn, and that on the T-Mobile network you get 480p Netflix instead of the 360p that others...

Aukey 15000mAh power bank

Aukey is currently offering its 15000mAh power bank for just $17 at Amazon with coupon code NC6QYHJ3. Featuring two USB outputs, you can charge multiple devices at the same time, and one of the ports is Quick Charge 2.0 compliant. This means that you will be able to get that nice fast charge, even while on the go. At 15000mAh you will be able to charge your phone, tablet and other devices a...

Grab SanDisk's 200GB microSD card for its lowest price yet, $59 at Amazon

SanDisk 200GB

SanDisk's 200GB microSD card is on sale today at Amazon for just $59, which is $20 less than the previous deal price. This is the lowest price we have seen this card reach, and it makes it an even better value. If you're looking to add more storage to your phone, tablet or even camera, you won't want to miss out on this one! Be sure to act quickly though, as this will certainly be a popular...

BlackBerry continues to beat expectations with security patches on the Priv

BlackBerry has taken to its official blog to pat itself on the back for being able to keep up with pushing security updates to the Priv faster than any other OEM. Since the release of the Priv, BlackBerry has pushed the security update out the same day Google detailed the changes. Other OEM partners range from one to 37 days, with several partners still not even pushing patches for updates from...

Verizon

Verizon Wireless has been ordered to pay $1.35 million for its use of "Supercookies" in mobile traffic, following an investigation by the FCC. As a result, Verizon will have to make some changes to the way it delivers advertising to customers. The process will now require Verizon to get opt-in or opt-out consent from each customer before it is able to target ads at them. From the FCC's ruling...

March security patch now available for the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv March security patches available

Update: The full details of what has been addressed in this release can now be viewed on the BlackBerry Knowledge Base. The March security patch for the BlackBerry Priv is now available to download. The update, which weighs in around 17MB, brings some additional security enhancements to the phone. At this time it is not known which vulnerabilities are addressed in this update, though Google is...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits digital on April 1

If you've been waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to become available for you to purchase, you won't have to wait too much longer. The digital copy will be available on April 1, with the DVD and Blu Ray versions becoming available on April 5. After shattering box office records with more than $926 million domestic and $2.05 billion worldwide, many have been anxiously awaiting the chance...

Snag SanDisk's 200GB microSD for $79 at Amazon

SanDisk is offering its 200GB microSD for $79

SanDisk is offering its 200GB microSD card for $79 at Amazon, a savings of around $20 from its regular price. This is a great value for those picking up a new phone like the BlackBerry Priv, and want to have plenty of space to store their favorite pictures, music and videos. We've seen the price drop quickly on the price of the 200GB card, and the $79 price point is around the lowest we have...

Save on Tronsmart's QC 2.0 wall charger at Amazon

Tronsmart is offering its Quick Charge 2.0 wall charger for $5.50 with coupon code WALLCHAR, a savings of $5. Being QC 2.0 compatible, you'll be able to charge your phone or tablet at an even faster pace, giving you that extra battery to make it through the day. The charger is also backwards compatible with other devices that don't support Quick Charge, so this won't hurt your phone in anyway...

Snag GOOLOO's dual USB car charger for just $3 at Amazon with coupon code

GOOLOO is offering its car charger for just $3 at Amazon

GOOLOO is hosting a deal at Amazon that drops the price of its dual USB car charger down to just $3 with coupon code PVL7RNOX, a savings of $4. With having two outputs, you'll be able to charge multiple devices at the same time without having to have a splitter or alternate between what gets charged. One of the outputs is at 2.1A while the other is at 1A, so one will charge faster than the...

Verizon is offering free data for those on its XL plan

Verizon is once again offering an additional 2GB of data per line when adding or upgrading a device to an XL or larger data bucket. In order to get the free data, which is good for the lifetime of your account, you need to be on Verizon's XL or XXL data buckets. The XL plan comes with 12GB of shareable data, while the XXL bumps it up to 18GB. For each line that you add, or upgrade the hardware...

SanDisk's 200GB microSD is just $89 at Amazon

Amazon is offering a great deal for those in need of some additional storage for their phone or tablet. You can now grab SanDisk's 200GB microSD card for just $89, or if you need to spend a little less you can go with the 128GB card for only $44. When SanDisk first released the 200GB card, it carried a price tag of around $250, meaning that this new price is a 64 percent savings from its...

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