Chronos hands-on: The cure for the common wristwatch

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

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

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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WhatsApp for Android now allows you to write or draw on photos and videos, as well as add emoji

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

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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Mobile Nations Weekly: Pixeling, retargeting, and pivoting

Mobile Nations Weekly: Pixeling, retargeting, and pivoting

Google ramps up to Pixel, BlackBerry ramps down hardware, and Lenovo's Yoga is coming in hot for landing. Coming soon from a Google near you: Pixel. Tuesday will bring the follow-ups to the Nexus line of "pure" Android phones, but this time Google's making more of a Google phone. There have been some leaks, but there's a lot we don't know and are looking forward to. And we might just get to...

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BlackBerry DTEK60 goes up for pre-order from NCIX

BlackBerry DTEK60 goes up for pre-order from NCIX

Although I can't say I suggest taking them up on their offer, considering the handset remains unofficially announced as of yet, the DTEK60 has now been listed on the NCIX website as available for pre-order. As suggested by earlier leaks, the pricing has been set at $699 CAD, and the estimated release date is noted to be October 11, 2016. Additionally, slightly less blurry images have been...

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Latest BlackBerry Android beta now available to most Priv owners

Latest BlackBerry Android beta now available to most Priv owners

I'm required to say most because, well, Verizon is still missing from the list but if you're on any other carrier or using a factory unlocked BlackBerry Priv, there's now a new beta update available for you. As we know from all other beta releases, this one will contain the upcoming October security fixes from Google as well as any other fixes BlackBerry has put in place themselves. Unfortunately...

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Flash Notification uses your Priv or DTEK50's camera flash as a notification LED

All of us are accustomed to seeing the notification light go off on our devices. We are drawn and addicted to the flashing red light. However, for certain Android handsets such as the DTEK50, they do not come with a RGB LED. To help solve this problem, as well as a tendency to miss alerts, popular BlackBerry 10 and Android app developer Toysoft released Flash Notification. As indicated by its...

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John Chen: It's the start of a new chapter rather than the end of an era

Looking at the headlines and comments from people following the announcement from BlackBerry that they would end all internal hardware development of BlackBerry handsets and will be outsourcing to partners from here on out, one common phrase used to describe the situation has been 'end of era.' BlackBerry CEO John Chen doesn't see it that way at all, though, and prefers to view it as the start...

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MPP Michael Harris name-drops the unreleased DTEK60 in Ontario Legislature speech

While much of the media was busy writing obituaries and retrospectives for BlackBerry handsets, Michael Harris, MPP (Kitchener—Conestoga) was busy letting the Ontario Legislature know the facts behind BlackBerry's announcement. The speech itself was pretty great as it lays out the reality of the situation at BlackBerry, granted it might not be the reality that some folks had hoped for...

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Save $35 on this Bluetooth speaker that will keep your party going!

Save $35 on this Bluetooth speaker that will keep your party going!

Right now you can grab Sharkk's Commando+ Bluetooth speaker for $75 at Amazon, a savings of $35 with coupon code Sharkk35. This powerful speaker has a 20w driver inside to get your music going loud, and the battery will last around 16 hours per charge to keep it flowing all night. The rugged design is paired with an IP65 rating so you can get it wet, just not fully submerge it. Unlike some other...

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This thin and protective Priv case is just $16.95 today!

This thin and protective Priv case is just $16.95 today!

Looking for a protective case for your BlackBerry Priv that doesn't add a ton of bulk to it? Seidio's Surface series provides a thin layer of solid protection to it that will prevent dings and scratches without making the phone any harder to use. Right now you can pick one up for just $16.95!

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John Chen: BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard will live on

John Chen: BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard will live on

Despite BlackBerry getting out of the business of making handsets, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has plans for devices with the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard. Speaking to Amber Kanwar, John Chen confirmed it will continue on and BlackBerry will be selective when managing the brand. A lighter side of the video, John Chen got to pick out his three favorite BlackBerrys. The Bold 9900, the...

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John Chen: We will have BlackBerry devices on an ongoing basis

As the news of BlackBerry's plans to end all internal hardware development and outsource that function to partners makes it way around the web, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been handling interviews with the media after the announcement. Speaking to Amber Kanwar via BNN, John Chen took the time to expand upon the announcement and clarify some of the remaining questions such as what it means for...

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