WhatsApp hit with 72-hour ban in Brazil [Update: suspension lifted]

WhatsApp hit with 72-hour ban in Brazil

Update: A judge has now overturned the suspension just a day after it went into effect, Reuters reports. The block would have affected more than 100 million WhatsApp users. Original story: Brazil has once again opted to temporarily block the popular messaging service WhatsApp in the country. According to Brazilian publication Folha De S.Paulo, the block is scheduled to remain in place for 72...

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Amazon's one-hour Prime Now delivery service gets a dedicated website

Amazon Prime

Amazon has launched a dedicated website for its Prime Now delivery service. The service was previously accessible only through a mobile app, but if you're living in an area that's covered by the service, you have the option of ordering directly through the website. To see if your area is serviceable, head to PrimeNow.com and enter your zip code. In a statement (via Re/code), Prime Now chief...

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John Chen: We have two new phones coming out between now and the end of the year

Ahead of appearing at Milken Institute Global Conference, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with CNBC's Brian Sullivan to discuss all things BlackBerry. While the interview didn't dig deep into new information but instead focused on a lot of what was covered in BlackBerry's earnings call, there was one item on agenda that is of concern to many and that's BlackBerry hardware. */ While it...

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Watch John Chen's panel from the Milken Institute Global Conference 2016

The Milken Institute Global Conference is well under way in Los Angeles and over 700 speakers are scheduled to appear. This year, BlackBerry CEO John Chen is discussing Digital Darwinism: How Companies Can Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age, and you can watch live. It doesn't take a genius to know that the digital revolution has overturned the world order. With connected homes, self-...

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Rome

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Rome

If you missed BerryFlow Upstream live last night, no worries. You can kick your week off right by checking out the video or audio replay right now. This week, there was plenty to talk about with Marshmallow being launched, BBM rolling out video chat for Android and iOS plus, BlackBerry hiring a new Senior Vice President of Global Device Sales. If that's not enough, we dig into those Rome and...

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You can grab an unlocked BlackBerry Priv for just $380 at eBay right now!

BlackBerry Priv

If you have been waiting for the price to drop below $400 to pick up a BlackBerry Priv, your time has come. Right now, you can pick one up at eBay for just $380, which is the lowest we have seen it yet. Recently Newegg offered the phone for $400, and before that it was available for $450. Considering that Marshmallow has begun rolling out already, and will hit carrier variants in just a few...

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Don't miss your favorite TV show with the help of Kalendar

Don't miss your favorite TV show with the help of Kalendar

If you still like to watch TV shows as and when they are aired, then this is an app you'll probably want to check out. Kalendar makes it easier for you to track your favorite TV shows, upcoming movies, even major tournaments, and events. You even have the ability to sync the information with your calendar to make sure you don't miss a thing. As well as shows, Kalendar also includes National...

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John Chen wants to give you a BlackBerry!

John Chen wants to give you a BlackBerry

No, seriously. He does. As announced on his Twitter account, BlackBerry CEO John Chen will be picking a 'BlackBerry Fan of the Month' on the 1st of every month, and the only thing you need to do to win is tweet him with how BlackBerry helps you every day. In fact, he's already awarded the winner for this month with a brand new BlackBerry Passport. 1/4 I'll be picking a #BBFOTM [@BlackBerry Fan...

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TELUS will roll out the Marshmallow update for BlackBerry Priv on May 3

BlackBerry Priv

The Canadian carrier TELUS has announced that it will begin rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for the BlackBerry Priv on May 3. The reveal was posted on the TELUS update schedule, and notes that the Priv will get a security update along with the Marshmallow rollout. BlackBerry began updating the Priv to Marshmallow 6.0.1 earlier this week for people who bought the phone...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: A little bit of give and take

Mobile Nations Weekly: A little bit of give and take

The tech gods giveth and the tech gods taketh. The news this week around Apple revolved around money. Apple reported their quarterly earnings, and while they were right in track with what Apple had predicted, it was the first time that Apple saw a year-over-year drop thanks to a slip in iPhone sales. And Wall Street lost its collective mind despite Apple's forecasting of a great-but-not-...

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About those Rome and Hamburg 'leaked' renders

About those Rome and Hamburg 'leaked' renders

Chances are by now you've all read the headlines about the 'leaked' renders of BlackBerry's next Android devices. There were a ton of sites that ran them without a second thought and, well, that has caused a lot of confusion among those who care about BlackBerry and were already familiar with the images. The problem? They're not 'leaked' renders of the next BlackBerry devices, as in renders...

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Mobile Nations Community Update, April 2016

Mobile Nations Community Update, April 2016

Mobile Nations Community Update Time again for the Mobile Nations Community Update! That's right, it's time to round up some of the best stuff happening around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central. We've had some really great contests this past month. We've given away a pair of LG G5's, Samsung Galaxy S7's, an iPad Pro, a...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen to present at the Milken Institute Global Conference

The Milken Institute Global Conference kicks off in Los Angeles on May 1-4, and over 700 speakers are scheduled to appear. Among them this year, just like last year, will be BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who will be discussing Digital Darwinism: How Companies Can Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age The panel will be streamed live on Monday, May 2nd at 1:45 PM ET, so be sure to tune in....

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Stop unwanted calls with an updated Call Blockr

Stop those unwanted calls with Call Blockr

Nuisance calls can get very annoying, especially late at night. To prevent those unwanted calls you need an app like Call Blockr. With it you can set your phone to only receive calls from your contacts, make a blacklist of numbers to block or only allow whitelisted listed numbers to call you. There is even the ability to schedule when you want to block calls. Call Blockr has just received an...

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BBM for Android and iOS updated to include BBM video chat in beta

BBM for Android updated to include BBM Video in beta

The iOS version has now gone live on iTunes as well. While BlackBerry 10 customers have had the ability to BBM video chat between each other since the launch of BlackBerry 10, Android and iOS users have been left out of the loop, until now. A new version of BBM for Android has now been released through Google Play, which brings BBM video chat between Android and iOS devices in the US and...

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AT&T will shut down its 2G network by the end of 2016

AT&T

AT&T has announced that it will decommission its 2G EDGE network by the end of 2016. CFO John Stevens told Wireless Week that the carrier has moved over 6 million subscribers off the legacy network over the last 12 months, with the remaining 2G userbase largely consisting of connected devices. Stevens said that the cost played a major factor in the decision to shut down the 2G network...

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BlackBerry Priv Android 6.0.1 AAE570 system release notes

BlackBerry Priv Android 6.0.1 AAE570 system release notes

For as good as BlackBerry has been about offering up release notes for their monthly security updates, when it comes to issuing release notes for any one specific OS update, they have been slightly less reliable. The last batch of release notes was made available on December 7, 2015, for OS AAD027 and AAD028. But now that Android 6.0.1 has arrived, BlackBerry has made available the release notes...

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Wind Mobile beefs up network coverage in Calgary area

Wind Mobile beefs up network coverage in Calgary area

If you're a Wind Mobile customer in the Calgary, Alberta area, you should begin seeing better cellular coverage and faster LTE speeds across the board. That's because Wind Mobile has announced the completion of a major network upgrade that should improve overall performance for customers in the area. Wind Mobile notes that this completes its second major network upgrade in its Western market...

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BlackBerry hires Alex Thurber to lead global sales of its devices

BlackBerry

BlackBerry has hired Alex Thurber to be its new senior vice president for global device sales. The new hire comes as the company is still dealing with poor sales of its hardware products, including the recent BlackBerry Priv smartphone. According to The Wall Street Journal: Mr. Thurber will oversee BlackBerry's in-house sales teams as well as its efforts to generate additional revenue...

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Grab an unlocked BlackBerry Priv for just $399 at Newegg

BlackBerry Priv

Newegg has a great deal going on right now for the BlackBerry Priv, dropping the price down to just $399. The units being sold are unlocked AT&T variants (STV100-1), so you will be able to use it on the GSM carrier of your choice. Mango Wireless is selling and shipping the phones through Newegg, and you can even get free shipping on your order right now. If you are in the market for a...

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