Chatbot API coming to BBM in early 2017

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As announced on the new BBM Blog, early 2017 will see an expansion of BBM into the chatbot arena with BBM offering developers and businesses a chatbot application programming interface (API) for BBM. Early next year, we're going to open up a chatbot application programming interface (API) for BBM. It will enable new and existing businesses on BBM with a conversational interface...

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BlackBerry rolls out their latest Android beta to DTEK50 owners

A nice little surprise for DTEK50 owners as we head into the weekend. BlackBerry has now begun to roll out their latest Android beta to DTEK50 devices enrolled in the beta program. This time around, the update comes in weighing around 337MB and when all is said and done, you will be on firmware version AAH108. As with all beta releases, there is no full changelog here but thanks to the Android...

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BlackBerry highlights four reasons why Hub+ on Android is better than Samsung Focus

A few months ago it was rumored Samsung would be releasing an app that was widely noted to similar to that of the BlackBerry Hub on Android. Eventually, those rumors turned to reality and Samsung Focus was released to Google Play for Samsung devices. Considering the comparisons made before release, BlackBerry has taken a look at Samsung Focus and laid out four reasons why BlackBerry Hub+ on...

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Grab this pocket-sized 5000mAh power bank for just $6

For a limited time, you can pick up Kmashi's pocket-sized 5000mAh power bank for just $6 with coupon code S6Y8AMQO, a savings of $5. Being 5000mAh you'll be able to charge just about any phone or tablet that you are carrying around fully from the pack while out and about without needing to strap yourself to a wall. It outputs at a maximum of 5V/2A so it will deliver a quicker charge to your phone...

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BlackBerry DTEK60 pops up at Staples Canada

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Another day, another BlackBerry DTEK60 spotting. This time around, the folks at Staples Canada have now listed the still unannounced officially BlackBerry DTEK60 to their website. Unlike previous listings, though, Staples is not taking any pre-orders for the device. Instead, they just place it out of stock online and left the $699.99 price tag there for all to see. Who knows? Maybe if you...

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New BlackBerry Hub+ App Suite beta updates available for Priv and DTEK50

If you've signed up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone and are looking to get the latest BlackBerry Hub+ App Suite beta updates, BlackBerry has now pushed the latest batch to Google Play. This time around, all of the apps contain minor bug fixes across the board. New versions of PIM Applications have been posted to Google Play and will soon be available. The update includes minor bug fixes in...

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If you rely on the Cisco WebEx Meetings app on BlackBerry OS 6, 7 or 10, you will need to look into alternative options beginning January 4, 2017. As announced via their website and in-app, Cisco will stop supporting and selling Cisco WebEx Meetings for BlackBerry OS 6, 7, and 10, however, standard dial-in procedures will still work. Cisco WebEx Meetings for BlackBerry OS 6, 7, & 10...

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Save $10 on these magnetic Bluetooth headphones right now!

Right now you can pick up a pair of Vtin's magnetic Bluetooth headphones for just $12 with coupon code 3ZNN27RG, a savings of $10. The magnets in these headphones allow for them to do additional tasks just by simply separating or placing the two together. For example, if you have the headphones connected to each other around your neck and separate them, it will automatically answer an incoming...

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BlackBerry DTEK60 goes up for pre-order from B&H Photo

And as expected, it has now disappeared from B&H Photo. Look for it to return next week. Although the DTEK60 still remains unofficially announced by BlackBerry, that hasn't stopped retailers from putting the device up for pre-order. The latest comes from B&H Photo who now has the unlocked Android-powered DTEK60 available for $499.99 with some pre-order bonuses. Specs as per B&H...

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Chronos hands-on: The cure for the common wristwatch

I'm Michael Fisher, and I'm a smartwatch superfan. Sure, they're imperfect, but in my view they're also incredibly underrated; I love being able to glance at my wrist to see why my smartphone just buzzed from the bottom of a bag, or use my watch to ping the same phone when I lose it in the couch cushions. The thing is: not all smartwatches are stylish, and keeping up with the biennial...

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Pivot

If you missed out on Upstream live, you can (and should) get yourself caught up now. This week, we kept things shorter than normal but still packed a lot of conversation in covering BlackBerry's Alex Thurber discussing upcoming handsets, the latest Hub+ Services update, what could happen to BlackBerry 10 in the future and more! Topics BlackBerry's Alex Thurber discusses upcoming handsets...

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Review: udoq corrals your gadgets with style — for a price

Take it from a guy with too many phones: finding the right charging station is well worth the effort. Striking the right mix of style and utility in a docking station can be tough — but the folks behind the cheekily-named udoq might just have found it. It's a machined aluminum shelf that comes in four different sizes and lets you charge smartphones, tablets, or other pocketables... and...

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How to change the swipe shortcuts on the BlackBerry DTEK50

How to change the swipe shortcuts on an Android powered BlackBerry device

If you own a BlackBerry DTEK50, then you'll probably know that there are some swipe gestures that allow you to launch apps from the homescreen. If you weren't aware of that, now you are, and this article will show you how to customize those gestures to your liking. If you don't know how it the swipe gestures work, it's pretty simple. From the homescreen, you can swipe up from the Home button...

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BlackBerry 10 may live on in BlackBerry-branded handsets

BlackBerry 10 may live on in BlackBerry-branded handsets

As BlackBerry has continued talking to the media and relaying their messaging surrounding their move to outsource their hardware design and development to licensees, one topic that keeps appearing in small ways is BlackBerry 10. To their credit, BlackBerry hasn't avoided discussing BlackBerry 10. They've let it be known that BlackBerry 10.3.3 is still on its way and support for the operating...

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Alex Thurber discusses unreleased devices, rumored devices and BlackBerry's future

If you follow BlackBerry's Senior Vice President for Global Device Sales, Alex Thurber on Twitter you'll know he's a busy man who has been traveling a lot recently talking with BlackBerry partners. His most recent journey has taken him to London for some media interviews, one of which was with Chris Foxx, technology reporter at the BBC. In the new interview, Thurber discusses the recent news of...

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Borrowing some ideas from other messaging apps such as Snapchat, WhatsApp has now rolled out some previously in beta camera features officially to their messaging client. As noted on the WhatsApp blog, 'with WhatsApp's new camera features, you can now write or draw on photos and videos, as well as add emoji to express yourself.' Today we're introducing new ways to customize and enhance...

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Hub+ Services update brings Facebook Messenger to the BlackBerry Hub!

If you're a BlackBerry Beta Zone member who is testing all of the Hub+ Services apps, there are some new updates waiting for you in Google Play. For the most part, the changes are noted being bug fixes for BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, Contacts by BlackBerry, Tasks by BlackBerry and Notes by BlackBerry but one, arguably, larger change is the addition of Facebook Messenger to the...

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - ERA

If you missed out on Upstream live, you can (and should) get yourself caught up. This week, we aimed at clearing up the questions and setting a dialog for what we have coming forward including a potential last QWERTY designed by BlackBerry, the high-end DTEK60 which may launch in the coming weeks and we dive deeper into the pivot strategy and what this means for BlackBerry. Topics...

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John Chen discusses the future of BlackBerry devices

John Chen discusses the future of BlackBerry devices

BlackBerry CEO John Chen and his execs have been busy talking to the media to ensure the message surrounding BlackBerry's latest strategic developments are clear but looking to add even more to the conversation, John Chen headed to the BlackBerry company blog to lay out a post titled 'The Future of BlackBerry devices'. Last week we announced some strategic developments for our Mobility...

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