What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?

What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?

Have you seen them? If you're on v2.11.967.2 then the chances are good you have and that has left many folks wondering exactly what they mean. As it turns out, they mean WhatsApp has finally enabled the ability to know whether or not your message was read after its been sent according to their updated FAQ section. As we've mentioned in the past, WhatsApp has never had an indicator that showed...

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Qualcomm Q4 FY2014 earnings boosted by increase in chip sales

Qualcomm's Q4 FY2014 earnings better than last year, but slips from last quarter

Qualcomm announced its fourth quarter earnings today and despite shipping more chips, earnings were down from the previous quarter. The main news from the earnings report is that the company is reporting net income of $1.89 billion on revenues of $6.69 billion. Revenues and income are both up year-over-year, but down from the previous quarter. In addition, Qualcomm's operating income rose to $1...

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Reddit In Motion receives massive update - Passport support, improved caching and more!

I've been waiting for this one since I started using my BlackBerry Passport and finally, it has arrived. Reddit In Motion has now received a massive update that brings a ton of changes to the native Reddit reader app. Thankfully, the developer has included a change log to go along with the update, so we know exactly everything that has changed. BlackBerry Passport support. New "Favorites"...

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EFF releases 'secure messaging scorecard,' ranks BBM against competitors

EFF releases 'secure messaging scorecard,' ranks BBM against competitors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued security rankings for several popular communication platforms, including Apple's iMessage Google's Hangouts and Skype from Microsoft. Both iMessage and Apple's FaceTime were named as the best mass market options for secure messaging according to the EFF's criteria. These categories include message encryption in transit, independent code review...

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Carrier IQ settles class-action lawsuit over consumer privacy

Carrier IQ settles class-action lawsuit over consumer privacy

Carrier IQ, whose software was used by carriers and phone manufacturers to collect network data, has settled a class-action lawsuit over violations of consumer privacy rights. Consumers felt that Carrier IQ's tracking was too extensive and invasive. The exact terms of the settlement have so far been undisclosed, and the settlement still needs to be finalized by the court. In addition to...

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Save 52% today on these durable, slim hard cases for BlackBerry Z10!

Save 52% today on these durable, slim hard cases for BlackBerry Z10!

Crafted from a hard yet flexible material, the Seidio SURFACE Case provides an amazingly thin layer of protection without adding any excessive bulk. This case consists of interlocking top and bottom pieces that fit your BlackBerry Z10 snugly with a soft-touch coating. Get yours in black, red or purple today for only $16.95!

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BlackBerry Passport now available in Italy - Priced at €649

Passport Italy

Just a quick heads up for the good folk of Italy that have been waiting to get there hands on the BlackBerry Passport. The flagship device is now available in Italy at authorized retailers and selected carriers. Priced at €649, including tax, I'm hoping that the Passport will be equally available to both consumers and business users, unlike here in the UK where most carriers are only...

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The UK government still wishes to address problems with cellphone coverage across the UK, and details on how it wants carriers to do this have been shared today. In certain areas of the country, consumers find themselves with little to no connectivity, and while National Roaming has been touched on numerous times, it was rejected by major operators. The government has come up with some other...

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How to use the music equalizer with BlackBerry 10.3

How to use the music equalizer with BlackBerry 10.3

Did you know that BlackBerry 10.3 introduced an equalizer into the music player? I didn't until I stumbled upon it quite by accident. And what a nice surprise it was. To cut a long story short, the equalizer in BlackBerry 10.3 allows you to make your music tracks sound just the way you like. With 17 options to choose from - including Bass Boost, Treble Boost, Acoustic, Jazz and Rock, just to...

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BlackBerry Blend device and desktop apps updated

BlackBerry Blend device and desktop apps updated

If you're a BlackBerry Passport owner or P'9983 owner and have been enjoying BlackBerry Blend, the time has come to update. Jumping into v1.0.1.74, this is the first time the on-device app for BlackBerry 10 has officially been updated since its initial release back on September 24th. As for what has changed, the change log notes performance improvements and bug fixes. Additionally, the...

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TeamViewer 10: Remote Control Beta now available in BlackBerry World

Although BlackBerry 10 has remote file access built right into the file manager or through BlackBerry Blend, sometimes just having file access alone isn't enough and you simply need to work with your (or someone else's) entire desktop. For that, there's several remote access clients available in BlackBerry World but now, the folks from TeamViewer have made their remote control app available for...

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Proposed emoji changes would bring racial diversity to smiley faces

Proposed emoji changes would bring racial diversity to smiley faces

A new proposal drafted by the Unicode Consortium would introduce more racial diversity into the popular emoji characters used in messages on smartphones. The proposal, edited by Google's Mark Davis and Apple's Peter Edberg, would bring skin tones, based on the Fitzpatrick scale for dermatology, to emoji characters in five hues ranging from a pale creme to a dark brown. To use the new emoji...

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Ingram Micro and BlackBerry team up to offer better BlackBerry 10 smartphone distribution

If you've ever tried to buy an unlocked BlackBerry 10 smartphone at any major retailers across Canada, then you know it can often be a struggle. Looking to improve that situation and have the ability to offer unlocked BlackBerry 10 smartphones in more places, Ingram Micro Mobility and BlackBerry have now announced a new distribution agreement in Canada to serve the unlocked smartphone market...

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Win FREE Mobile Wi-Fi for Life from Karma!

Win FREE Mobile Wi-Fi for Life from Karma!

In today's world, no one has time to be tied down. We're always on the move, and that means we don't always have access to reliable Wi-Fi to keep us connected to our digital world. Well all of that is now a thing of the past with one perfect little device from a company called Karma. Keep reading for all the details, and to see how you can enter to win free Wi-Fi for LIFE! Karma Go is an...

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Listen up: BlackBerry 3.5mm premium stereo headsets are only $9.95 today!

Listen up: BlackBerry 3.5mm premium stereo headsets are only $9.95 today!

The modern design of this OEM stereo headset incorporates style and manageability with features such as an elastomeric cord for less tangles and a sleek control to switch between media options and the phone with a single touch. It gives you quality audio and sound isolation when you're listening to music or chatting on the phone! Get yours today and save 80%

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AT&T's Next 24 plan gives customers 30 months to pay off their BlackBerry

AT&T Store

AT&T will give its customers an even longer amount of time to pay for their new smartphones with $0 down. The newly unveiled Next 24 plan will allow those folks to take 30 months to pay for their device in monthly installments starting on November 9. The wireless carrier will still offer its Next 12 and Next 18 plans as well, which gives customers 20 and 24 months, respectively, to pay...

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Theme for BlackBerry 10 gets updated with Passport support

Theme from S4BB

I'm fairly sure that S4BB are the biggest developer for BlackBerry 10 and if we were to tell you when each of their apps got updated we would soon bore you. However, I'm quite a fan of their app 'Theme' so I decided it was well worth mentioning that if has today been updated for you BlackBerry Passport owners. For long term BlackBerry users you'll know that 'back in the day' themes were big...

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TV on the go with SPB TV - now available for BlackBerry 10

SPB TV

Here's a blast from the past. Who remembers SPB TV from legacy BlackBerry devices? Bla1ze took a look at this one on video back in 2009 and this week I was pleased to see it arrive in BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10 handsets. It may be the Android version, but it works so that'll do me. If you've not heard of the service before it's a nice, simple one to explain. SPB TV gives you access...

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Sprint may go un-carrier and ditch phone subsidies and contracts in 2015

Sprint may go un-carrier and ditch phone subsidies and contracts in 2015

In 2015, customers on Sprint's Now Network shouldn't expect to sign a two-year contract and walk out the door with a $650 iPhone for just $200. According to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, the carrier may transition from the contract and subsidy model in favor of phone leasing programs and equipment installment plans. Sprint had begun its experimentation with phone leasing programs for the iPhone...

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