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John Chen confirms commitment to BlackBerry 10, updates coming in 2016

John Chen confirms commitment to BlackBerry 10

Following the recent reports that BlackBerry was all but abandoning BlackBerry 10, John Chen has cleared the air on the company's stance regarding the operating system. The reports claimed that BlackBerry was going all-in on Android, and was leaving behind the BlackBerry 10 platform. According to a new post from the CEO, John Chen, that may not be entirely true, though he does not specifically...

DBPOWER sports armband just $3.50 at Amazon

DBPOWER is offering a 50 percent savings on its sports armband at Amazon with the coupon code D4YPGOPP, so you'll only pay $3.50. There are three different size pouches to fit your smartphone of choice in it, whether it be large or small. The pouch allows you to place your smartphone, a house key, ID and even cash if you need it inside, and then it gets strapped to your arm. This is a great...

QNX showcases new software platform for automated driving

QNX showcases software platform for automated driving

QNX has been busy behind the scenes, bringing a number of big announcements to CES 2016. The latest announcement from the team is a new software platform for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automated driving. With this platform, automotive companies will be able to build a full range of automated driving systems, from informational ADAS modules that provide 360 degree surround...

QNX announces Acoustics Management Platform for in-car audio

QNX announces new Acoustics Management Platform

QNX, a subsidiary of BlackBerry, has announced a new Acoustics Management Platform (AMP) which it will use to manage in-car acoustics better. Currently, modern vehicles contain multiple acoustic and audio signal-processing systems that all run at the same time, often interacting with each other. Sometimes these interactions are unpredictable, making for a not-so-great experience. QNX's AMP...

QNX car

A new collaboration between Ford and QNX hopes to create an industry standard for integrating smartphone apps into cars. Ford has ported its open source SmartDeviceLink (SDL) technology to the QNX platform, which will let drivers use voice commands, steering-wheel buttons and other in-car controls to interact with various smartphone apps. Both QNX and Ford hope that the initiative will...

BlackBerry Priv now receiving its January security patch

BlackBerry Priv security patch now available

Update: The January security patch has been fully detailed by Google. Check out everything that you need to know about the update. You can also check out BlackBerry's security bulletin on for the update as well, right here. BlackBerry is beginning to push its monthly security update to the Priv, though at this time it is not exactly known what it addresses. According to a tweet from Michael...

BlackBerry will operate in Pakistan

BlackBerry won't be pulling out of Pakistan after all. The local government has rescinded its shutdown order and dropped its request for access to BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) email and messaging content. A new post from Marty Beard, BlackBerry's Chief Operating Officer, revealed that the two reached an agreement, and that the Pakistani government was able to accept BlackBerry's position...

Save up to 70% on select Transcend microSD cards at Amazon

Save up to 70 percent on select Transcend memory products

Amazon is currently hosting a deal on select Transcend storage products that can save you as much as 70% on the purchase. Whether you are looking for a microSD card or a full sized SD card, or want a solid-state drive for your computer, this deal has you covered. Some of the deals you can find are: microSD cards 16GB Transcend Class 10 microSD - $7 64GB Transcend Class 10 microSD - $14 128GB...

Verizon will pay up to $650 to cover your switching costs

Verizon

Verizon is now offering up to $650 per line to those who are looking to make the switch to its network. We've seen other carriers offer to pay your switching costs, and now those looking to jump to Verizon's network can do so without a huge financial impact. Whether you are in the middle of a contract or making monthly device payments, Verizon will pay up to $650 per line of service that you...

BlackBerry's AtHoc selected by Dept of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded its deployment of BlackBerry's AtHoc, this time to the Farm Services Administration. AtHoc helps organizations ensure safe and effective communications, like alerts, messages and more, during times of emergency. With this expansion, more than 15,000 personnel from the department will be covered for emergency communication and personnel...

You can save $5 when unlocking your BlackBerry 10 smartphone with coupon code

Save $5 on unlocking BlackBerry 10 phones

If you've got a BlackBerry 10 smartphone that you want to use on another carrier, you'll want to check out this deal from GetUnlocked. With coupon code CRACKBERRYXMAS you'll be able to save $5 on the cost of the unlocking service. To unlock your phone, all you'll need is the IMEI number, which you can find in the phone's Settings, and then a payment method. Supported phones for unlocking...

AT&T is now pushing its first update to the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv update pushing from AT&T

As promised, AT&T is now pushing its first update to the BlackBerry Priv, bringing along with it a number of changes. The update, which was released to unlocked phones last week, brings camera enhancements, security patches and more to the smartphone. Weighing in at around 475MB in size, you can expect the following changes after downloading and installing this update: An improved...

T-Mobile is making it sweeter for Verizon customers who want to make the switch to its network. We've already seen T-Mobile give its customers 3 months of unlimited data, as well as enticing offers for customers on other carriers. Sprint customers got an extra $200 when switching, while AT&T customers got discounts on accessories and savings on the iPhone. The deal for Verizon customers...

Verizon is offering 2GB for life when upgrading lines

Verizon has launched a new promotion to entice customers to upgrade or add lines to their XL or XXL data packages. Each line on the account that upgrades their phone, along with each line that is added will get two free gigs of data that are shareable with the whole account. That's right, so if you have four lines, and each of them upgrade, you'll get an extra 8GB of data at no cost to you....

BlackBerry pushes first update to the Priv with camera improvements and more

BlackBerry Priv now receiving its first update

The BlackBerry Priv is now receiving its first update, and it brings a number of improvements. This update, which weighs in around 475MB brings a number of welcomes improvements to the smartphone. Being the first update from BlackBerry, there are some improvements to the camera, some enhancements to security, and more. A full list of changes in this update include: An improved camera: We'...

Aukey's 20000mAh power bank is just $19 at Amazon

Aukey's 20000mAh power bank is $19 at Amazon

Aukey's 20000mAh power bank is on sale at Amazon for just $19 with coupon code QBI8OGMD, a savings of $11 from its regular price. If you're looking to keep your phones, tablets and other electronics charged on the go, you won't want to miss out on this deal. With 20000mAh in a portable package, you'll be able to charge most phones around 5 to 7 times, and tablets anywhere from 3 to 5. If you...

Save now on Tronsmart's 5 port Quick Charge desktop charging station

Save on Tronsmart's 5 port desktop charger

Accessory maker Tronsmart has recently released a 5 port desktop charging station, and this time around all 5 ports support Quick Charge. This desktop hub doesn't take up much space, and let's you plug in up to 5 different devices to charge at the same time, and the best part is that if they support Quick Charge, you'll see that battery jump up quickly. The total output on this charger is 90W...

Save up to 60 percent on SanDisk memory products

Amazon is currently hosting a deal that saves you up to 60 percent on select SanDisk products. Included in this deal are incredible savings on microSD cards, USB flash drives, full sized SD cards, solid-state hard drives and more. Here are some of the deals: microSD cards: 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSD - $44.99 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSD - $99.99 SD cards: 32GB SanDisk Ultra SD card - $12.79...

Qualcomm has detailed in a new blog post how the company is able to assist in improving low-light photos and video. Over the past year, we've seen smartphone cameras improve quickly, and behind many of the best smartphones is Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, which actually assists in the pictures. The processor is able to detect dark spots, brighten them, clean up the noise, and deliver the...

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