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BlackBerry Priv gets the July 5 Android security patch

BlackBerry Priv gets the July Android security patch

BlackBerry Priv owners can now get their hands on the July 5 Android security patch. The update is for those who purchased their phones from ShopBlackBerry, Amazon or otherwise factory unlocked and patches the latest set of vulnerabilities. Some people may have already seen this update arrive earlier this week. This security patch fixes a number of vulnerabilities that are detailed by...

Get a refurbished UE Boom Bluetooth speaker from Amazon for just $57

If you're in the market for a portable Bluetooth speaker, you should check out Amazon's latest deal on the Logitech UE Boom. For a limited time, you can get a refurbished speaker in black for $56.94. The UE Boom from Logitech offers up to 15 hours of music playback over Bluetooth through its 360-degree speaker. The model on sale is Logitech Certified Refurbished, and as such comes with a 90-...

Sprint customers now can pay for Amazon Prime through their bill, get first 60 days free

Sprint has announced that customers can now sign up for Amazon Prime service through Sprint. This will allow customers to pay for the service on their Sprint bill for $10.99 per month. From Sprint: Sprint, the exclusive wireless retailer of Amazon Prime, offers customers the convenience of adding Amazon Prime to their monthly wireless bill for just $10.99. AND…for the month of July,...

BlackBerry launches summer sale on Passport and Priv

BlackBerry launches summer sale on Passport and Priv

BlackBerry is offering some great summer deals on the Passport and Priv. For a limited time, the company is offering the Passport for $355 in the U.S. through ShopBlackBerry. Canadian and European customers can pick up the phone for CAD$489 and €449, respectively. If you're looking for something a little fancier, the Passport Silver Edition is available for US$399, CAD$550, and €479. And...

BlackBerry offers $100 off the Priv for Father's Day

BlackBerry offers $100 off the Priv for Father's Day

BlackBerry is currently holding a Father's Day sale on the Priv, offering $100 off the Android-powered smartphone. From now through June 20, you can get the Priv for $549, or $749 CAD when you buy through ShopBlackBerry in the U.S. and Canada. The BlackBerry Priv is the company's first stab at an Android smartphone. It retains familiar BlackBerry elements such as a physical keyboard, and...

Bluetooth 5 will go further and faster than ever; announcement coming June 16

Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has revealed that the group will formally introduce its fifth-generation standard next week in London. Bluetooth 5 is set to see much faster speeds and range over the current Low Energy specification, with a particular emphasis on location services that don't rely on the internet, such as in-store Bluetooth beacons...

The Android for Work DevHub helps business developers learn and connect

The Android for Work DevHub helps business developers learn and connect

Google is expanding its support for enterprise developers with the new Android for Work DevHub. The hub is meant to keep developers informed about the latest news surrounding Android in business environments, and give enterprise developers a place to communicate with one another. Members of the DevHub will also receive exclusive Google Play for Work and Android for Work product betas. DevHub...

The weBoost eqo hopes to blanket your home in great cellular coverage

The weBoost eqo boosts cellular signal throughout your home

If you want to boost the cellular reception in your home, weBoost's latest product, the eqo Cellular Signal Booster, might be what you're looking for. Compatible with Verizon, AT&T, and other major networks, eqo enhances cellular signals for greater reach across your home. You can find the eqo on Amazon now for $349.99. You'll just need to place the eqo in an area that is receiving a...

T-Mobile Netherlands may borrow strategy from its U.S. brother in turnaround attempt

In order to remedy issues with T-Mobile Netherlands, parent company Deutsche Telekom is reportedly planning to take a page out of the book of its U.S. counterpart. While T-Mobile Netherlands has lost over 1 million subscribers in the last three years, T-Mobile US has been consistently adding subscribers for the last couple of years, thanks in large part to aggressive pricing and promotions....

Verizon and Google said to be preparing bids for Yahoo

Verizon and Google said to be preparing bids for Yahoo

Verizon is reportedly preparing to make a first-round bid for Yahoo next week. Both Verizon and its AOL subsidiary are said to be in talks with three separate financial institutions about the bid. Google may also make its own bid for the beleaguered company. From Bloomberg: Verizon Communications Inc. plans to make a first-round bid for Yahoo Inc.'s Web business next week, and is willing...

WhatsApp turns on end-to-end encryption for its 1 billion users

WhatsApp turns on end-to-end encryption for its 1 billion users

The Facebook-owned WhatsApp has announced that going forward, messages, voice calls, and sharing of photos and videos, are now encrypted end-to-end. Now people using WhatsApp on any platform can send anything to another user, and it will be inaccessible to anyone except the recipient. Not even WhatsApp itself can get in. From Wired: This means that if any group of people uses the latest...

Verizon set to add new $20 charge to smartphone upgrades [Update]

Verizon set to add new $20 charge to smartphone upgrades

Update: In a statement to Droid Life, Verizon confirmed the move, saying: "The upgrade fee helps cover our increased support costs associated with customers switching devices. Customers can pay the charge when they upgrade, bill it to their account or trade in an old device to offset the cost. The fee for upgrading on device payment is still half of the two-year contract upgrade fee."...

Sprint teams with Dixons Carphone to open 500 stores in the U.S.

Sprint has announced a partnership with UK retailer Dixons Carphone to open 500 new Sprint retail stores in the United States. The two launched a pilot program last summer, which seems to have been successful. Each company will have an equal stake in the stores, which will operate similarly to existing Sprint-branded stores run by third-party retailers. From Sprint: Under the agreement,...

Instagram announces full support for multiple accounts

Instagram on the BlackBerry Priv

Following recent reports that it was testing the feature, Instagram has officially announced that it is rolling out full support for multiple accounts. Starting this week, users will be able to log into multiple accounts at once, and easily switch between them within the Instagram app for Android and iPhone. From Instagram: Starting this week, you can quickly and easily switch between...

BlackBerry Priv goes on sale in France for €779

BlackBerry Priv goes on sale in France for €779

The worldwide rollout of the BlackBerry Priv continues, with the handset now available in France. Customers can order the device from the French ShopBlackBerry store for €779. The Priv is BlackBerry's first Android phone, and was originally released in November 2015 in the U.S., UK, Canada, and Germany. Sales expanded to Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands earlier this month. The BlackBerry...

T-Mobile offers AT&T customers up to 50% off on smartwatches, speakers, and more

T-Mobile is continuing its "Un-carrier Unwrapped" holiday initiative, this time with a couple of offers for AT&T customers. For a limited time, customers switching from AT&T to T-Mobile can get up to 50 percent, or up to $125, off items like speakers and headphones, chargers, fitness trackers, and even smartwatches. These offers are open to all AT&T customers, including post-paid...

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