Lights, cameras, thermostats — The top home automation gifts for this holiday season

Give the gift of home automation this holiday season with any of these excellent options that will switch your home into smart mode. Need some gift ideas for that special someone who's all about automating their home? Whether it's a smart thermostat, camera, door lock, or light bulbs, this comprehensive guide highlights some great products to consider that are user-friendly and fun to use. If...

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BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry fans who still have unanswered questions about the new Priv smartphone might be able to get them answered on Thursday, Dec. 3. That's when BlackBerry team members will be taking questions from the Reddit community in one of their official AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions. BlackBerry stated: In attendance will be BlackBerry Security Director and Canada's Smartest Person Finalist...

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BlackBerry Priv now available again from Amazon in the U.S.

BlackBerry Priv now available from Amazon in the U.S.

This post has been updated several times to reflect when the device has returned to being available. Most recent orders from Amazon have the device arriving December 4, 2015 and onward. If you live in the U.S. and you're looking for yet another place to pick up the new BlackBerry Priv, it looks like Amazon now has you covered. The online retailer is listing the unlocked BlackBerry Priv again...

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.2813 update files now available for download

BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.2813 update files now available for download

Looking for a new BlackBerry 10 OS? If so, you can now go ahead and give OS 10.3.2.2813 a try if you're down with manually installing it using the update files. At this point, as the files are brand new, it's pretty hard to say what has changed but this is the first BlackBerry 10 OS update we've seen in a while. Some app versions have been updated and the OS has a build date of 2015-10-05, but...

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BlackBerry will shut down BBM Meetings service on Feb. 10, 2016

BBM meetings

BlackBerry is shutting down its BBM Meetings service, just 15 months after it launched in November 2014. BBM Meetings, which offered customers access to video and voice conferences for BlackBerry 10, iOS, Android, Windows and Mac platforms, will be shuttered on Feb. 10, 2016. An offshoot of its BBM messaging app, BBM Meetings offers customers access to HD video and voice conferencing for up...

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T-Mobile adds 11 more streaming services to Music Freedom

T-Mobile adds 11 more streaming services to Music Freedom

If you're in it with T-Mobile for the music, you now have quite a few more options for getting your fix. T-Mobile has added 11 more streaming services to Music Freedom, allowing you to use them without eating into your data allotment. Here's the rundown of services hitting Music Freedom today: Aud.io Dash Radio DatPiff Jango KCRW Noon Pacific Radio Danz SomaFM Spinrilla StreamOn TuneIn...

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Win a year of free storage from MediaFire!

Win a year of free storage from MediaFire!

Update - The winners! Chris Carreira djbrooks1 dlcunha ejup2009 Keith Deal LoneStarRed lucky_luke_nmg marcaccioc Merboy6969 mutigbeere Rana_Tauqeer semime Smitty13 srikar mantha StawneyTW TallPaul86 vishalvegad vstromryan walcolm Z10KW A couple of weeks ago we posted about MediaFire and their new BlackBerry 10 cloud storage app. The native BB10 app lets you easily upload all your files - like...

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BlackBerry Priv design

As has become a bit of a tradition when releasing a new device, BlackBerry has now posted up an interview with the design team behind the companies latest creation. Lead Industrial Designer, Michael DeFazio and two members of the Priv design team - Principal Mechanical Architect Aaron Allen and Senior Industrial Designer Cortez Corley offer a closer look at the design influences, inspiration...

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BlackBerry Priv to go on sale in Singapore in mid-December

Priv

The recently-launched BlackBerry Priv will expand its reach to Singapore sometime in mid-December. The company said that the Android-based smartphone will go on sale in that country for the local price of SGD 1,098. The Priv will be available via a number of authorized third-party outlets in Singapore, including M1, Singtel, and StarHub. Looking for more about the BlackBerry Priv? Be sure to...

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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'...

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Priv owners, missing Story Maker from BlackBerry 10? Give Adobe Premiere Clip a try!

Although BlackBerry brought over a few of their apps to Android from BlackBerry 10, one fan favorite app that never made the cut (yet?) is Story Maker. Story Maker allows anyone to create, edit and export their own video clips using content such as music, videos, and photos directly from their device but with it being missing from the Priv, folks are understandably looking for alternatives....

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AT&T to bump price of grandfathered unlimited data plans to $35

AT&T to bump price of grandfathered unlimited data plans to $35

According to a new support page on its website, AT&T plans to increase the price of grandfathered unlimited data plans from $30 to $35 starting in February 2016. The company says this would mark the first price hike for unlimited plans, which are no longer offered to new customers, in 7 years. From AT&T: Customers who have a grandfathered unlimited smartphone data plan will receive...

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How to setup an email signature on your BlackBerry Priv from the BlackBerry Hub

How to setup an email signature on your BlackBerry Priv from the BlackBerry Hub

Like BlackBerry 10 and BBOS devices in the past, the BlackBerry Priv has the ability of automatically setting a default email signature, such as the "Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone", we are used to seeing in the past. Of course, the Priv is no different and comes with its own default message when sending emails from the BlackBerry Hub, which users may or not want to keep. Users are free...

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Apple Music coming to Sonos in beta on December 15

Apple Music coming to Sonos in beta on December 15

Sonos has announced that Apple Music will arrive for the speaker system on December 15, 2015, which is just over two weeks from now. However, Apple Music will still be in beta on Sonos at that time, so there will still be fine-tuning taking place once the service rolls out. You'll be able to access Apple Music on Sonos through the Sonos controller app for Android. On Sonos, users will be...

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Gamer

Holiday Gift Guide for the Gamer

Need to find the perfect gift for the gamer in your life? This helpful guide should point you in all the right directions. Gaming is no longer the TV-tethered experience that it once was. Now mobile gaming and the latest gen consoles rock amazing technology and high-end graphics to enjoy whether you're a part-time gamer or an adventure addict. This year there are plenty of exciting gaming...

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Mobile Nations Community Update, November 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, November 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update Hope you had a great November! It's time again for our Community Update - wherein we take a look at some of the best stuff that happening around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central. Plenty of great things happening around the network, including our Android History series (I'll tell you more...

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Developers slash app prices for Cyber Monday

Developers slash app prices for Cyber Monday

Now that Black Friday is over, it's now time for Cyber Monday deals. For today only, a handful of developers have cut some of their app prices. If you have been eyeing any of the apps on offer, then you better snap them up with these bargain prices. There are many apps on offer from a variety of developers, whom we love. There are popular apps in the list and you may have them already but some...

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2015 Cyber Monday Deals

2015 Cyber Monday Deals

2015 Cyber Monday Deals It's time to save It's that mad mad time of year: holiday sales season is kicking into top gear — and that means it's time to get the savings ball rolling online. It's Cyber Monday, the biggest online sales day of the year, and we want you to get the very best deals. So we're rounding them all up right here. Holiday Gift Guide Phones Phone accessories Tablets...

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Vodafone will let you use your UK allowance for £5 per day in 28 new countries

UK mobile operator Vodafone will be adding 28 new destinations to the company's WorldTraveller on December 1. This move will enable subscribers to travel abroad to even more markets and enjoy their contracted allowances without incurring massive charges when returning home. The actual service requires you to pay £5 for a full day's use, but you'll be saving in the long run. The full list of...

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BlackBerry explains why they will no longer operate in Pakistan

BlackBerry explains why they will no longer operate in Pakistan

Since this post initially went up, the Government of Pakistan has notified BlackBerry that it has extended its shutdown order from November 30 to December 30. BlackBerry will delay its exit from the Pakistan market until then. Back in July it became known that Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority had ordered local carriers to shut off BlackBerry Enterprise Services beginning November 30,...

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