Western Digital finalizes $16 billion SanDisk acquisition

Western Digital finalizes $16 billion SanDisk acquisition

In an effort that will create a storage giant, Western Digital has officially completed its purchase of SanDisk. The deal was originally announced in late 2015, carrying a total value of about $19 billion. According to a report from The Verge, however, that amount was lowered to $16 billion after Chinese firm Unisplendour backed out on its plans to purchase a 15% stake in Western Digital. No...

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Verizon adds more data to its prepaid smartphone plans

Verizon adds more data to its prepaid smartphone plans

Verizon Wireless has announced the company is adding more data to its prepaid plans for smartphones, with 6GB of data a month for $60 and 3GB of data for $45 a month. Here's the breakdown of what the new prepaid smartphone plans offer for Verizon customers: 6 GB of data including 1 GB of AutoPay Bonus Data with unlimited talk and text in the U.S. and unlimited text and calling to Mexico...

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EU blocks Three's £10 billion takeover bid for Telefonica's O2

EU blocks Three's £10 billion takeover bid for Telefonica's O2

The EU has blocked the CK Hutchison — owner of Three UK — bid to take over Telefonica's O2 operations in the UK due to concerns that the merger would limit customer choice and increase prices. As reported by the BBC, the deal was to be worth around £10.3 billion, reducing the number of major operators to just three — EE, Three and Vodafone. CK Hutchison has stated the company is considering...

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WhatsApp introduces their new desktop app for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp introduces their new desktop app for Windows and Mac

Following the release of leaked documents showing a WhatsApp desktop client being in the works, WhatsApp has now officially introduced the offering for Windows and Mac via their company blog. From WhatsApp: Today we're introducing a desktop app so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work. Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop...

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John Chen talks to CNN Money about the saturated smartphone market

John Chen talks to CNN Money about the saturated smartphone market

Last week, BlackBerry CEO John Chen attended the Milken Global Conference 2016 to take part in the Digital Darwinism: How Companies Can Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age panel. In addition to the roundtable, John Chen also sat down with CNN Money's Cristina Alesci to discuss the smartphone industry, whether BlackBerry is still relevant, and which is more secure — a BlackBerry or an iPhone...

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Samsung EVO Plus 256GB

Samsung has announced plans to release the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card. The card, which can store up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video, will go on sale in June worldwide for $249.99. Samsung claims its new microSD card has the highest amount of storage in its class. It adds: The EVO Plus 256GB raises the bar for capacity and performance of microSD cards thanks to Samsung's advanced V-NAND...

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T-Mobile will offer families four lines with 6GB of data for $30 a month per line

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T-Mobile's latest promotion is offering families four lines, each with 6GB of data, for $30 a month per line. Additional lines can be added for $20 a month each. T-Mobile says their new plan offers a savings of $20 per month for a family of four on its Simple Choice with Family Match plan. The new plan begins on Wednesday, May 11 and will only be offered for a limited time.

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BlackBerry backed NantHealth files IPO

BlackBerry backed NantHealth files IPO

Back in April 2014, it was announced that BlackBerry had made a strategic investment in end-to-end medical solutions provider NantHealth. That relationship grew further during CES 2015 with the announcement that BlackBerry would be providing the software platform for NantHealth's HBox. Now, the Culver City, California-based company has filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) worth possibly as...

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BBM for Android update brings bug fixes and improvements

BBM for Android update brings bug fixes and improvements

While the last update to BBM for Android was huge in the fact that it brought BBM video chat in beta form, the latest BBM update rolling out through the Google Play Store is a little bit less eventful but still significant. This time around, BlackBerry kept things simple according to the changelog, which notes bug fixes and performance improvements as the reason for the update. The update is...

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FTC, FCC want to know more about how carriers and manufacturers issue security updates

FTC, FCC want to know more about how carriers and manufacturers issue security updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have embarked on a joint fact-finding mission of sorts to better understand how security is handled by mobile device manufacturers. As part of the joint inquiry, the FTC notes that it has issued orders to eight companies to gauge how each issues security updates. In all, the FTC's probe includes Apple, BlackBerry,...

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BB10

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BB10

If you missed BerryFlow Upstream live last night, you can now go ahead and get yourself caught up. This week, we discuss John Chen's panel from the Milken Institute, the wider rollout of Marshmallow, two new phones coming out between now and the end of the fiscal year and much, much more. Topics Watch John Chen's panel from the Milken Institute Global Conference 2016 John Chen: We have two...

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BlackBerry names Ralph Pini as its new COO and devices head

BlackBerry names Ralph Pini as its new COO and devices head

BlackBerry has named Ralph Pini to be its new Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for Devices. In a company Q&A, Pini reveals his priorities for the devices business. Pini first joined BlackBerry in 2012 when his company, Paratek Microwave, was acquired by the Canadian business. Pini served as Vice President for Radio Frequency Technology at BlackBerry before today's announcement...

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T-Mobile customers will be able to use their phones in Cuba this summer

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T-Mobile has announced it has signed a interconnect and roaming deal with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba. It will allow T-Mobile customers to use their phones for calls, texts and data while they are traveling in Cuba sometime later this summer. T-Mobile's press release states the new agreement will also allow T-Mobile Simple Choice customers to call landlines and wireless phones in...

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BlackBerry makes some pricing changes to its Enterprise Partner Program

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BlackBerry has announced it will be making some changes to its Enterprise Partner Program. They include what the company is calling an "integrated and simplified pricing structure" for its partners. The Enterprise Partner Program allows third-party solution providers to offer access to BlackBerry's security and productivity programs. BlackBerry says: The enhancements to the program are...

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Save more than 50% on this smart leather flip case for your Priv today!

Save more than 50% on this smart leather flip case for your Priv today!

Looking for a case that adds protection and some added functionality to your BlackBerry Priv? BlackBerry's leather smart flip case keeps the front and back of your phone safe, and even has a cut out for you to keep your notifications visible when the case is closed. You can pick one up for $28.95 today.

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Lock it down

Mobile Nations Weekly: Lock it down

Software updates, financial updates, stealth updates, and account updates. Tesla had a huge week, starting off with their quarterly earnings call — they're still losing money, in case you were concerned. No, what's actually interesting is that Tesla is dramatically accelerating their production timeline, shooting to be producing 500,000 cars a year by 2018 — they plan to make 80,000-90,000...

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This hard case and holster combo for the BlackBerry Q10 is just $4.95 today

This hard case and holster combo for the BlackBerry Q10 is just $4.95 today

If protection and easy access are what you need for your BlackBerry Q10, then we have the case for you. Amzer's Shellster hard case and holster combo gives you a nice protective hard case for your phone, and a holster to keep it in when it isn't in use. The combo is only $4.95 today!

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You can now roam across Europe with Vodafone for free

You can now roam across Europe with Vodafone for free

Vodafone has followed in the footsteps of both Three and Tesco Mobile to offer inclusive roaming in select plans. Bundled with the UK mobile network's Red and Red Value packages, the addition of included roaming allows phone users to text, call and access online services without incurring extra charges. There's one slight downside to this addition, however, and that's the limiting of data, which...

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BlackBerry rolls out another batch of Priv app updates

BlackBerry rolls out another batch of Priv app updates

Following up on the last batch of updates at the end of April, BlackBerry has once again pushed another batch of updates to the BlackBerry Productivity Suite for Priv. This time around, there's updates for the BlackBerry Calendar, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Services, Contacts by BlackBerry, Notes by BlackBerry and Tasks for BlackBerry. Sadly, BlackBerry skipped out on fresh changelogs for...

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BlackBerry drops pricing on Passport as part of May Madness promotion

If you're looking to get yourself a deal on a BlackBerry Passport or score some bonuses when purchasing a BlackBerry Priv, you might want to check out ShopBlackBerry this month. A new May Madness promotion has now begun. Hello again, #TeamBlackBerry! We've got another exciting announcement to bring you today: we're ringing in May with another awesome sale on ShopBlackBerry! As part of our...

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