BlackBerry enters definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc

BlackBerry Acquiring AtHoc to Enable Secure Mass Communication and Collaboration

BlackBerry has now announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc, a leading provider of secure, networked crisis communications. Its software platform enables people, devices and organizations to exchange critical information in real time during business continuity and life safety operations. "BlackBerry is making strategic investments in security, privacy...

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Password manager app Symple ID now has headless support so you can tap to sign in even faster

We first posted about an app called Symple ID back in April 2014 calling for support for a Kickstarter that was bring the app to the BlackBerry platform. The Kickstarter received its funding and we reviewed the app in August 2014. There have been a few updates in here but recently it saw a nice update that brings a headless element to it. For those who have never heard of the app, it's a...

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FCC chairman recommends approval of AT&T's pending DirecTV acquisition

FCC chairman recommends approval of AT&T's pending DirecTV acquisition

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has officially come out in support of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, recommending that the regulatory commission approve the deal. However, in order for the deal to go through, Wheeler is asking AT&T to agree to some conditions, including stricter net neutrality requirements. From CNET: Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom...

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UK Government publishes updated guidance on using BlackBerry 10 smartphones

In another nod to BlackBerry security, the UK government via the Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG) has released updated security guidelines for government agencies and various other secure organizations that wish to use BlackBerry 10 devices. The guidelines are designed to help government and corporate users set up devices it deems secure to offer the best balance between...

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AT&T may be raising upgrade fees starting August 1

According to a new report, AT&T may be raising its upgrade fee to $45, and introducing a new $15 activation fee for AT&T Next and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) customers, starting August 1. Droid Life is reporting that the $5 increase in upgrade fee, and $15 activation fee will apply to all customers beginning August 1, though those currently making payments under a Next Installment Plan...

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Work Wide

Although it hasn't been all that long since the last Work Wide update, the latest version has now arrived on BlackBerry World. This release brings some slight visual changes to all devices via a new action bar on the menu page as well as some movement of action items to make getting around Work Wide easier. Additionally, there's also device specific changes that we've outlined below as well as...

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Several Canadian carriers have now officially released BlackBerry OS 10.3.2

Despite having been officially announced back on June 2nd, Canadian carriers have sort of lagged in officially rolling out the BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 update to customers but it looks as though the wait is finally over for the most part. As noted in the CrackBerry Forums multiple times now and via our tips line, several Canadian carriers including Bell, TELUS, Rogers, Wind and SaskTel have started...

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BBM

For those of you out there using BBM on either BlackBerry 10 or Android, you'll want to fire up the respective app stores and get the latest updates downloaded. New builds for both BlackBerry 10 and Android have now arrived and are available. What's new you ask? Well, we really don't know because the changelog this time around was simply left at 'bug fixes and performance improvements'. Still...

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Talking Alarm wakes you up with a weather update, events for the day and more

For most, an alarm with a tone to wake you up in the morning will probably be enough but if you're looking for something different, Talking Alarm may be for you. It does what it says on the tin -- talks to you. It's really that simple. There are a few options to choose from such as the having the alarm include the local weather forecast and an RSS feed of your choosing. You can choose from...

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Verizon

Verizon has published its earnings report for Q2 2015. The US carrier performed rather well in the second quarter of this year, pulling in $32.2 billion of revenue. The company continues to battle competitors to retain customers, but did manage to see its churn rate drop to just 0.90% – the lowest in three years. As well as revenue of $32 billion, Verizon also reported earnings of $4.23...

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BlackBerry cuts more jobs as CEO John Chen continues turnaround

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BlackBerry will be cutting more jobs as CEO John Chen continues to tighten up the budget and control company expenditure. In a statement, spokeswoman Kara Yi revealed that some employees will be affected by company turnaround plans, though exact figures were not disclosed. The statement read as follows: "As BlackBerry moves into the next stage of its turnaround, we remain focused on...

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Join us for the BlackBerry Security Summit live stream on July 23

Join us for the BlackBerry Security Summit live stream on July 23

On Thursday, July 23, 2015, BlackBerry will be hosting their annual BlackBerry Security Summit in New York. The event will be headed up by BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chairman, John Chen as well as key members of the senior leadership team including Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard, Vice President of Product Management Tim Choi, Corporate Strategy Vice President Jeff Holleran, Chief...

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Evernote nabs Chris O'Neill from Google as new CEO

Evernote nabs Chris O'Neill from Google as new CEO

Evernote has announced that it has appointed a new CEO, Chris O'Neill, who will step into the job on July 27. Co-founder and current CEO, Phill Libin, will step down from the position to become the Executive Chairman. Evernote says that Libin will stay "actively involved with the company," though they didn't specify exactly what that would look like. From Evernote: "Chris brings to...

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Shrink and share videos of any size with ViSS for BlackBerry 10

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Have you ever tried to share a video from your BlackBerry 10 device only to get the message pop up on-screen that the video is too large as the maximum file size is 16MB? It's rather frustrating to say the least. The good news is that there is now a simple work-around thanks to developers S4BB. Viss - Video Shrink and Share does just what the name suggests. I initially thought I'd record a...

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Monsters Inc Stickers roar into the BBM Shop

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When it comes to the BBM Shop there seems to be a slight inconsistency as to when new products show up for users. I'm not sure if this is a regional thing or a glitch, but either way, I was rather pleased to see the Monsters Inc sticker pack show up for me over the weekend. I don't mind admitting that I'm not a regular 'buyer' of stickers as I think they are a wee bit overpriced (personally...

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Social

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Social

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live? If so, you can now watch the video or download the audio for playback. This week, we started off by saying there wasn't a ton of BlackBerry news to discuss but as it turned out, we managed to talk our way through a ton of topics. Where we see BlackBerry in the coming months, what BlackBerry still needs to succeed, Carl Wiese coming to...

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CrackBerry Asks: Do you regularly use the trackpad on your BlackBerry Classic

We run polls here on CrackBerry quite often and include all BlackBerry users but this time I'm specifically targeting BlackBerry Classic users. Since getting my hands on a white BlackBerry Classic, I decided to stick with it, at least for the summer. I find myself using the trackpad a lot - for scrolling through the Hub, apps on the home screen and more. After using a BlackBerry Passport, since...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for July 17, 2015

BlackBerry App Roundup 7/17/15

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all had a wonderful week and are getting ready to relax and enjoy the weekend. Things started off with a bang with our own Kevin Michaluk debuting his new YouTube Channel with the unboxing of the gorgeous blue BlackBerry Classic. Be sure to leave a comment on the YouTube video for your chance to win a blue Classic of your own. Also this week , Carl Wiese...

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile has agreed to pay a $17.5 million fine to the US Federal Communications Commission. The fine will settle an investigation of the wireless carrier by the FCC due to two separate nationwide 911 outages on T-Mobile's network that happened on August 8, 2014. The FCC stated: In its investigation, the Enforcement Bureau found that T-Mobile did not provide timely notification of the...

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Arsenal star Mesut Özil and his red BlackBerry Passport

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While I was browsing through Twitter earlier today for BlackBerry news I came across the below Tweet from Arsenal soccer player Mesut Özil sporting his rather swish looking red BlackBerry Passport. As far as I'm aware there isn't an official link between BlackBerry and Arsenal Football Club, so I'm presuming that Mesut must have chosen the Passport himself. He may well have been drawn to it...

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