John Chen: 'BlackBerry has survived; now we have to start looking at growth'

That's the message John Chen has been relaying in all of his recent interviews but once again reiterated in an interview with Reuters. November 4th marked John Chens one-year anniversary at BlackBerry, and there's no doubt things have changed since his arrival, including how others are now looking at the company. It's no longer a company stuck in a 'death spiral' as many predicted. "Once...

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New Apple iMessage de-registration tool lets you switch to BlackBerry and reclaim your SMS

Apple has launched a new tool to make it easier for iOS users to switch to a competing smartphone platform and not lose text messages. Previously, iPhone users who switched to a rival operating system would still have their numbers locked into Apple's iMessage servers, creating problems with text messages not showing up. Now, with the new tool, users can unregister their numbers from the...

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BlockIt receives a small but significant update for keeping unwanted calls at bay

One of the call blocking applications that I utilize on my device for BlackBerry 10, BlockIt received a slight update this week that offers a few improvements to limit unwanted calls. If you are unfamiliar with the application, it offers an easy to use and intuitive interface to block calls from numbers in your address book, from your phone log, and those inputted manually. As a headless...

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We've got a couple colors left of these OEM skin cases for BlackBerry Bold; yours for only $2.95 today!

Made from a durable silicone, the flexible BlackBerry Soft Shell gives the back and sides of your BlackBerry Bold 9930/9900 a protective barrier against bumps and scratches. You'll have access to your display, camera and ports while you enjoy a slim, lightweight design from front to back. Get yours today and save 85%

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Keep track of money lent and borrowed with 300 copies of EvenSteven

Keep track of money lent and borrowed with 300 copies of EvenSteven

Over the year the years, there have been numerous items I have loaned out. Be it money, books, household items, or various other gadgets or gizmos distributed amongst friends, family or neighbors, there are certain things you do need to keep track of. Last time we took a look at EvenSteven in the roundup it was a free ledger application with a basic UI that tracked funds lent and borrowed....

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ReadItNow! brings option to delete archived items and more in the latest update

This app one of my most used apps on a daily basis. If you're a Pocket user, ReadItNow! is a great third party client. If you've never heard of Pocket, it's a service that allows you to save articles to read later. Even a great way to save any articles you come across. ReadItNow! has come very far since its first iteration and it frequently receives updates from the developer. Always great to...

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Test your brain cells with IQ Mission - free today from Amazon

IQ Mission

If you fancy exercising the old grey matter then you may want to jump into the Amazon Appstore and download IQ Mission which is currently free today. If you're a whizz at board and puzzle games (very much unlike me) this one should keep you well occupied. If you've recently purchased the BlackBerry Passport, IQ Mission runs perfectly, as I tested it out - although I was terrible at the game...

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Angry Birds Transformers - get it for free on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone

Angry Birds Transformers

If you're thinking "Oh, just another Angry Birds game" then think again as Angry Birds Transformers is very much different to the original Angry Birds and it's many sequels. This one doesn't focus on the classic catapult action that we're so used to with Angry Birds, which I think is a nice move from developers Rovio. If you ever played Major Mayhem, that we featured back in August 2013, there...

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BlackBerry Passport in white

We've already seen what the BlackBerry Passport looks like in white, and now we have more news regarding availability. It looks like the white color variant will launch on December 25, according to a pre-order listing on Amazon. The listing also suggests that BlackBerry will be rolling out a red color variant of the device on the same day. The pre-order listing was spotted by one of the...

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Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan gives BlackBerry turnaround plan another vote of confidence

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is one of Canada's largest institutional investors through their diversified portfolio of Canadian and international assets. Their investing methods rely on achieving the best risk-return balance for its members and thus far, they've been extremely successful. They simply don't invest in things they don't believe in, and they've now given John Chens BlackBerry...

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John Chen fights back after White House tech officer pokes fun at her BlackBerry

The days of BlackBerry letting people get away with saying disparaging things about the company are coming to an end. The change in management and namely, BlackBerry CEO John Chen are not putting up with anymore and are, whenever possible, fighting back. Last week, The Hill highlighted a New York Times article where White House chief technology officer Megan Smith, noted the White House's...

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AT&T to expand North American coverage area with Mexico carrier Iusacell acquisition

AT&T announced that it would be acquiring Mexico wireless carrier Iusacell to create a North American Mobile Service area covering 400 million customers and businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. The deal will bring 8.5 million Iusacell subscribers under AT&T's umbrella. AT&T credits recent reforms in Mexico made under Prsident Pena Nieto for the deal. Iusacell's network covers 70...

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Nickelodeon brings Avatar the Last Air Bender stickers to BBM

Nickelodeon brings Avatar the Last Air Bender stickers to BBM

If you're an avid user of BBM Stickers there's a couple stickers that have become available this week. Disney has been busy bringing us plenty of sticker packs. We've even had some sticker packs from DreamWorks and MGM and now Nickelodoen has joined in with the Avatar the Last Airbender sticker pack that includes Aang, Katara and Sokka. If you fancy something a little more romantic to share...

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Blaq for BlackBerry 10 v1.4.1 now available with several bug fixes in place

If you've been having some issues with Blaq since the last update, you'll want to go ahead and try out the latest build now available in BlackBerry World. v1.4.1.1 brings with it a lot of bug fixes plus, introduces a new public logging feature to help squash bugs even faster should they arise again. Here's the list of other fixes included: When compose floater is turned off, actionbar is also...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for November 7, 2014

BlackBerry App Roundup for November 7, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry Nation! Another week has come to a close and boy it has been a busy one. We started things off with letting you know to vote for ReFocus Tech games in the NGF Awards, moved on to an epic app sale by Max Secure Software, and then told you about a former NSA lawyer claims BlackBerry limited their sales. The last one is an article you should be sure to read as security is a hot...

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Rogers introduces new roaming plan for traveling to the U.S.

Rogers introduces roaming plan for traveling to the U.S.

Rogers is introducing a new international roaming plan for those customers traveling to the United States. The Roam Like Home plan allows Rogers customers to access their Share Everything minutes, text, and data while in the United States for $5 per day. Rogers will charge you for a maximum of ten days with Roam Like Home, for a total of an extra $50 on your bill. If you're in the U.S. for...

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Passport

Just in time for the weekend, the BlackBerry Passport is now back in stock at ShopBlackBerry for $599. If you haven't yet had the chance to pick one up, now you can grab one straight from the source. We're not sure just how long these guys will be in stock, so get one now while the gettin' is good! To go along with the new supply of devices, BlackBerry has dropped two new Passport promo...

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Get even more out of your email experience on BlackBerry 10 with Email++

Get even more out of your email experience on BlackBerry 10 with Email++

One of my favourite apps on BlackBerry OS, which seems so very long ago now, was Email++, which was created by the developer of HUB++ version brings a bunch of other features to the mix too. After downloading the app, by default, you'll start to get pop-ups for all email messages that come through to the Hub. If you don't want this, you can turn it pop-ups off globally, then create filters...

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Friday Deal: Pick up this 2-pack of BlackBerry Q10 screen protectors for only $9.95!

Truprotection has utilized the highest grade materials and cutting-edge technologies to create a screen film worthy of protecting your BlackBerry Q10. Equipped with a high-gloss crystal finish and specially formulated for the display, installation is simple with an innovative static cling adhesive and a precise die-cut fit. Set includes 2 HD Anti Glare front screen films that resist...

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UK will hold radio spectrum auction next year to aid 4G LTE expansion

Passport

UK communications regulator Ofcom has today announced more radio spectrum will be available at auction for mobile operators next year (or early 2016). The two bands that will be up for grabs are the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz frequencies that will offer high data capacity for the increasing use of mobile connectivity. The 2.3GHz band has been deployed in 10 countries outside Europe, including China,...

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