QNX announces improvements to its in-car hands-free systems

QNX Mercedes

Following the announcement of a new in-car operating system, QNX has also introduced the newest version of its Acoustics for Voice system that handles hands-free communications. Version 3.0 has been made official at the Detroit Telematics conference and adds improvements to echo cancellation, noise reduction, adaptive equalization, automatic gain control and more. Our cars are fast becoming...

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Bargain alert - BlackBerry Q5 only £99.99 on Pay As You Go from O2 UK!

Q5

If you're looking to pick up a new BlackBerry 10 device in the UK you may well want to consider hitting up the O2 website. They have very generously reduced the price of the BlackBerry Q5 to just £99.99 on Pay As You Go - which is an absolute bargain! Now clearly the Q5 is the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to BlackBerry 10 specs, but it still does an awesome job for you hardware...

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QNX announces new safety focused Automotive operating system

QNX

BlackBerry owned QNX has today announced a brand new operating system for the car with with a distinct focus on safety behind the wheel. The QNX® OS for Automotive Safety 1.0 will provide the groundwork for such in-car technology as digital instrument clusters, head-up displays and advanced driver assistance systems. The QNX OS for Automotive Safety – rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it –...

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BlackBerry 10 users have downloaded 2.5 Million Android apps thanks to Snap

I went through the process of wiping my device tonight and due to that, I had to download Snap once again. At the time I did it, the Red Light of Love site was down and all that was coming up for me was cached pages. In those cached pages, I noticed an announcement James Muir, Developer of Snap had made. According to his stats available through Snap, the app that lets BlackBerry 10 users...

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#MobileFit Month Kickoff Show!

#MobileFit Month Kickoff Show!

This week the Connectedly show was highjacked in honor of #MobileFit month here at Mobile Nations. We're going healthy for the month of June, and we're getting things started with this kickoff show. I was joined by Kevin, Phil and Sam for this episode where we talked all about #MobileFit month, Fitbit and some of what you'll be seeing from the Mobile Nations sites in the coming weeks. There...

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PGpgp adds encryption for multiple recipients, additional translations and UI improvements

As a BlackBerry user, one vital concern is security when sending emails. Not too long ago, we told you about an application called PGpgp which allows you to exchange encrypted messages with your recipients or decrypt messages addressed to you. It involves creating and storing public and private keys that are not accessible by other application. The developer dropped a line that there have been...

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BBM for iOS gets updated - makes signing up easier and adds new emoticons

BBM iOS

We knew that BBM for iOS would be updated soon and the new version has indeed dropped (version 2.2.0.19), so make sure you tell your buddies who use an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to communicate. What's nice to see here is that the initial sign up process has been made easier - something that many users have complained about since BBM went cross platform. As you'll see below there are also a...

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Sprint store sign

Normally the offer is off the table the instant you walk out the door with your new phone, but for the month of June any customer on Sprint will be able walk back in that door of no return and purchase insurance for their device. The offer doesn't change the price or service at all — it's still $11-a-month for the Ausurion-provided loss/theft/damage replacement, or $13/month for Total Equipment...

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Rogers and Vodafone strike up 4G roaming agreement

Vodafone

Canadian service provider Rogers has struck up an exclusive agreement with multinational giant Vodafone for 4G roaming. Whether or not that means LTE or HSPA+ is anybody's guess. The deal will also connect Rogers to equipment providers that regularly work with Vodafone to help build out the Canadian network. Vodafone regularly makes these kinds of arrangements through their Partner Market...

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ShopBlackBerry and BlackBerry World need affiliate programs

BlackBerry World

My recent editorial on BlackBerry app developer revenue being down has sparked a lot of great discussion among developers in the community. Among the suggested solutions we outlined of things BlackBerry could do for BlackBerry app developers to make more money, there is unanimous agreement that BlackBerry selling more phones would help the most. Expanding on this point, I received an email...

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Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) for BlackBerry Z10

Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, purchase the Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) for BlackBerry Z10 and get 52% off the list price! This hard case protects your BlackBerry Z10 from scratches and drops while adding minimal bulk and convenient viewing with its built-in kickstand. Durable plastic is accompanied by our soft-touch coating, which enhances the look of your device without attracting lint. List...

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Assistive tech and fitness: We're not quite there yet

The original Assistive Tech

There's a major niche for fitness products that is mostly untapped — for now As you will see during Fitness Month here on Mobile Nations, there is a wide array of cool and connected gadgets to help you get fit or stay fit. Bracelets, bands and clips that communicate with smartphones to tell you how far you've walked, how fast you did it, and how healthy it makes you come from plenty of...

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WhatsApp CEO mocks Apple for copying WhatsApp features in iOS 8; clearly forgets he systematically ripped off BBM feature by feature

Having followed the mobile game for a longgggg time now, it's very clear that everybody copies everybody. Yes, some borrow more than others. And some do it quietly, while others get on stage and take credit for inventing features that have been around elsewhere for years. Yesterday at Apple's WWDC conference, Tim Cook and his team got on stage and announced a bunch of new features in iOS 8....

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BlackBerry World has some pretty awesome movies on sale at silly prices

BlackBerry World Movies

We've seen movies getting price reductions a few times in BlackBerry World, but I was having a quick look through this week and noticed that for just £0.79 there are some real gems on offer. I tend not to watch many movies myself on my BlackBerry, but maybe that's as I use the Q10 as my primary device. But for you all touch BlackBerry 10 users you may well want to take advantage of these...

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BlackBerry World vendor portal changes coming soon

BlackBerry World vendor portal changes coming soon

Although this doesn't really apply to end-users, it's certainly going to appeal to BlackBerry developers. Over the past few weeks, BlackBerry has been beta testing a new a version of the BlackBerry Vendor Portal. Beta invitations are still being rolled out, so you can keep checking your email to see if you've been invited. If you've not been invited as of yet, here's what you can expect....

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A look at what Apple came up with, borrowed, stole and re-invented for iOS 8

I missed out on iMore's WWDC live blog, so I'm just getting caught up on it all now. As expected, Apple went ahead and announced iOS 8 which promises to bring a ton of changes to the platform for both customers and developers and, like always with Apple, it's being touted as 'the biggest iOS release ever' — but Apple never had time to talk about them all. Only the key features were brought up...

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"Loyalty doesn't feed my family, BlackBerry. I need incentives. I need to make more money."

I recently caught up with a friend who is an independent app developer. He's capable of developing for other mobile platforms, but historically he's focused on BlackBerry app development and has been quite prolific at it over the years. There is a good chance you have downloaded one or more of his apps. It didn't take long for me to ask my friend —who's name I'm going to leave anonymous for...

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Best running apps for BlackBerry

Best running apps for BlackBerry

It's fitness month here at Mobile Nations. Are you ready? I have enjoyed fitness month the past two years and I quite like that we're doing it in June this year. It's warmer and I think more people will jump in this time. If you're looking into running then this post is for you. We've compiled a list the best running apps on BlackBerry 10, see which one tickles your fancy and give it a try....

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Win a BlackBerry Classic or Passport!!!

Win a BlackBerry Classic or Passport!!!

Login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this article for your chance to win an IOU for a BlackBerry Classic or BlackBerry Passport (windermere) when it becomes available!! UPDATE: The BlackBerry Windermere is officially the Passport — the BlackBerry Classic will be launching in November! June is here and I wanted to start the month with an awesome CrackBerry contest. I was thinking...

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BlackBerry Windermere images and specs turn up online

BlackBerry Windermere images and specs turn up online

One of the most anticipated (yet still unofficial) devices is the BlackBerry Windermere AKA BlackBerry Q30. We've heard plenty about the rumored device lately, there has still been plenty left to the story. Today some images and specs have turned up online, offering plenty of insight into just what BlackBerry has in store for the Windermere later this year. We already know the Windermere...

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