BlackBerry Priv pre-orders go live: USA $699, Canada $899, UK £559

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry has gone live with the pre-orders for the Android-based BlackBerry Priv smartphones for both the US and Canada in its company's stores. Pricing for the US version is $699 and Canada's price is $899. Shipments are scheduled to begin on November 6. One interesting thing about the US pre-order listing is that the Priv is not compatible with Verizon, Sprint or US Cellular but that has...

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You can now schedule posts for a later time in BBM Channels

You can now schedule posts for a later time in BBM Channels

Let's be honest here. BBM Channels has not received much love from BlackBerry by way of updates outside of a few additional features here and there, so when updates do come along they tend to be a surprise. Such is the case with the latest feature now appearing for those who use channels through the online portal vs. using it on their devices. A new scheduling feature has arrived which...

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AT&T reports Q3 2015 earnings: $39.1 billion in revenue, adds 2.5 million wireless customers

AT&T has reported its earnings for the third quarter of 2015, noting quite a bump in revenues due mostly to the acquisition of DirecTV. In all, consolidated revenues totaled $39.1 billion, which is up 19 percent over the same period last year. In addition, earnings per share were 74 cents—up from 65 cents a year ago— before accounting for merger-related expenses and other one-time costs....

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Priv by BlackBerry passes through the FCC

Priv by BlackBerry passes through the FCC

The moment you have been waiting for has arrived! Alright, not really. But, it's one more hurdle the Priv had to jump before BlackBerry could officially sell the device. Yes, several versions of the Priv by BlackBerry have now passed through the FCC under the following ID's L6ARHK210LW, L6ARHL210LW, L6ARHM180LW with model numbers RHK211LW, RHL211LW, RHM181LW accordingly. Astute folks will...

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Latest BlackBerry Blend update brings a few bug fixes

If you love BlackBerry Blend as much as I do, you're going to want to stop for a minute and fire up BlackBerry World. A new BlackBerry Blend app update has now arrived and is available for download. The change log on this one is pretty short and simply notes 'bug fixes' and does not call out anything specific, but improvements are always a welcome addition. With that in mind, if you happen to...

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Quickly add emojis to your messages and apps with 1000 copies of Emoji Pack Pro

A short time ago, I told you about an application called Emoji Pack Pro. This native application gives users the ability to insert various types and styles of emojis into their messages and various applications. The free version of Emoji Pack comes with over 200 emojis arranged in five different categories: people, nature, objects, places, and symbols. The premium version unlocks the...

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Grab a JBL Clip Bluetooth speaker from Best Buy for $30

JBL Clip speaker on sale for $30 at Best Buy

Best Buy is currently offering JBL's Clip portable Bluetooth speaker for $30, which is a savings of $20. If you're looking to play music from your smartphone or tablet a little bit louder than the built-in speakers allow for, this is the accessory for you. The built-in clip design makes it ultra portable, and it comes in a variety of colors to match your style. The deal won't last forever, so...

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Official BlackBerry Priv listings pop up with detailed specs and price, November 16 ship date

UPDATE - The pricing reflected here has changed now that pre-orders have gone live. Priv pricing is now set at $699 in the US and $899 in Canada and available in the UK for £559 If the ads pointing to a Friday pre-order date for the Priv didn't have you salivating already, things are starting to heat up. BlackBerry is now listing the Priv on ShopBlackBerry, and although you can't pre-order...

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Priv by BlackBerry pre-orders may start as soon as this Friday, Oct. 23

Priv by BlackBerry orders may start as soon as Friday, Oct. 23

It turns out that we may be closer to the Priv by BlackBerry launch than we thought. According to some recent advertisements that have begun popping up around the web, including our own site, we could see pre-orders open up this Friday, October 23. This isn't a firm confirmation quite yet, as the ads could have simply started circulating a little earlier than intended. Still, we've seen...

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Priv by BlackBerry pre-orders now available through Rogers reservation system

Earlier we pointed out that Bell was gearing up for the release of the Priv by having the device appear in their latest flyer but not to be left out of the mix, Rogers has also let their own bit of Priv information out as well. Rogers customers looking to pick up a Priv by BlackBerry can now go ahead and place their pre-order through the Rogers device registration system. Like all...

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Here's how BlackBerry secured Android on the Priv

Here's how BlackBerry secured Android on the Priv

BlackBerry has offered some additional information about the steps it took in making sure that the Priv by BlackBerry was secure, even while running Android. For years, BlackBerry has been known for security, its operating system was built around it. With the switch to Android on the Priv, some were left concerned about how BlackBerry planned to stay true to its roots in making sure that the...

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Priv by BlackBerry makes an appearance in new Bell marketing materials

Priv by BlackBerry makes an appearance in new Bell marketing materials

The Priv by BlackBerry has made an appearance in Bell's new marketing materials for its LTE-A expansion. While we have still not yet received an official launch date, we could expect that with the smartphone making its way to marketing materials it may not be far off. BlackBerry recently gave us an official hands on look at the upcoming Android-based handset, though launch details are still...

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Verizon reports its earnings for Q3 2015, welcoming 1.3 million new customers

Verizon

Verizon has published its financial report for Q3 2015. The US wireless carrier brought in $33.2 billion of revenue during that time period, and also added 1.3 million customers, with its churn rate set at just 0.93 percent for the quarter. As well as revenues of $33.2 billion, which was a 5 percent increase compared to the same period a year before, Verizon also reported net income earnings...

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BlackBerry CSO David Kleidermacher talks IoT and raising the bar on cybersecurity

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, NASDAQ recently hosted a closing bell ceremony and luncheon with the focus being placed on 'Your Evolving Digital Life' that covered the smart world we live in and the importance of educating everyone on cyber security as we become increasingly connected. Joining in on the discussions was BlackBerry Chief Security Officer David Kleidermacher,...

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How to make a PayPal payment through BBM

How to make a PayPal payment through BBM

Back in August PayPal integration was introduced through BBM in beta mode. Then at the end of September, BBM went official on all platforms. While PayPal integration was initially only available to those in Canada, it has slowly been rolling out to other regions. What better time to check out how easy it is to send money with PayPal through BBM. The whole process is really simple, even...

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St. Louis County Emergency Management signs deal with BlackBerry's AtHoc

BlackBerry

BlackBerry signed a deal with St. Louis County Emergency Management (EMA) to utilize the company's AtHoc division, providing a secure crisis communication platform to enable reliable and critical channels. This partnership enables services to protect not only first responders, but also the general public during emergency situations that call for immediate deployment. The platform was...

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Manifest

Upstream

Looking to catch up on all the latest BlackBerry news? If so, you'll want to tune into this week's BerryFlow Upstream podcast if you missed it live. This week was all about Priv with the registration page having gone live, Carphone Warehouse offering up a hands-on look at the device and BlackBerry rolling out their own introduction video. You can check out the full list of topics, video and...

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ems

BlackBerry has now announced that EMS, a BlackBerry strategic channel partner, has expanded their portfolio of mobility solutions from BlackBerry. The entire suite of BlackBerry enterprise solutions will now be offered through EMS including BES12, BES12 Cloud, ESBL, BlackBerry Technical Support Services as well as BlackBerry's value added services such as VPN Authentication by BlackBerry, BBM...

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ReadItNow! updated to version 7.7 with a new grid cover theme, fixes and improvements

Looking for a new app this weekend? This is an app that has been regularly updated the past few months, showing a very dedicated developer - which I welcome very much. It's an app I use daily and it really is nice to see it still gets some love from the developer. If you don't know what it is all about, ReadItNow! is a third party Pocket client that allows you to save articles to read later....

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Interswitch partners with BlackBerry to integrate payments through BBM in Nigeria

Interswitch, Africa's leading digital payments and commerce provider, has announced the integration of its Quickteller services with BlackBerry's BBM. Through the use of the new app called Quickteller Mini, BBM users with a Nigerian bank account can make a request for money, airtime and payment for services from one of their BBM contacts. In much the same way as PayPal through BBM works, you...

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