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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 rollout has officially begun

BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 rollout has officially begun

It has begun. Yes, after many rumors, speculation and confirmation at the BlackBerry Classic event of a February launch, the rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is now official according to BlackBerry and will be available to customers around the world starting today in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10. This announcement is...

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Detwiler Fenton reportedly facing criminal case over BlackBerry sales information

Back in April of 2013, research firm Detwiler Fenton claimed that Z10 devices were being returned in unusually high numbers, which caused BlackBerry stock to drop nearly 8%. At the time, the claim sounded rather crazy because it essentially made it look as though returns were exceeding sales. BlackBerry understandably took issue with the claims and stated they were absolutely false and sought...

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TELUS BlackBerry Z30 owners can now update to OS 10.3.1

TELUS BlackBerry Z30 owners can now update to OS 10.3.1

Much like Rogers, the initial push of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 on TELUS was limited to the BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Q5, leaving BlackBerry Z30 owners waiting a bit longer. Now though, the update has started rolling out and Z30 owners have the OS update available to them according to several folks in the CrackBerry Forums as well as TELUS' own Twitter support channels. If your device isn't set to...

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FCC votes 3-2 to reclassify broadband as a utility, sets new net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 today to regulate broadband providers like telephone and cable utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The FCC will also enforce a set of net neutrality rules for those companies. The changes were first proposed earlier this month. The new rules would allow the FCC to ban both fixed and mobile broadband companies from slowing...

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The Guild Series features BlackBerry Industrial Designer Joseph Hofer

The Guild features BlackBerry Industrial Designer Joseph Hofer

BlackBerry has a long standing history of winning design awards for their BlackBerry smartphones and recently, film producer and music composer Ryan Freeman of Freeman House Productions, based in Toronto, Canada, contacted BlackBerry with a request to feature Joseph Hofer, Senior Industrial Designer at BlackBerry, in what was then an upcoming short film series called The Guild Series. The...

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BlackBerry Leap 'Rio' gets caught in new photos

BlackBerry Leap 'Rio' gets caught in new photos

It seems the BlackBerry Rio, which might go to market as the BlackBerry Leap, can't stay under wraps any longer. The mid-range or low-end depending on your tastes, all-touch device which has been appearing in various ways since late last year has now been caught in some new photos. As we noted before, the design is familiar to that of the Z3 but inside the specs are slightly different. 295...

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BlackBerry Classic now available online from Verizon Wireless

We knew it was coming but now it's really here. Yes, the BlackBerry Classic is now available for purchase online from Verizon Wireless while retail outlets will have the devices starting on March 5th. Verizon has priced the Classic at $99.99 with new two-year activation after $50 mail-in rebate debit card (takes up to six weeks and expires in 12 months) plus, it's also available for eligible...

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BlackBerry works with Google to enhance mobile security and user experience

BlackBerry announced today that the company is working with Google to enable BES12, the cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications that debuted at Google I/O last year. "BlackBerry is working with Google to provide customers with solutions they can...

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Rogers BlackBerry Z30 and Q5 OS 10.3.1 updates now available

Rogers BlackBerry Z30 and Q5 OS 10.3.1 updates now available

While Rogers has already rolled out OS 10.3.1 to BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 owners, their estimated time of arrival for the update on other devices such as the Z30 and Q5 was up in the air for a bit there with some reports suggesting, at the time, 'early next week' with others suggesting March. Long story short, the update was always still in the works but now it has started appearing on Z30's...

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Gemalto denies 'massive theft' of SIM card encryption keys by NSA and GCHQ [updated]

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Update: A new report in The Intercept claims that Gemalto is drastically downplaying the effects of this attack. In the report, several security researchers came to the conclusion that "the company made sweeping, overly-optimistic statements about the security and stability of Gemalto's networks, and dramatically underplayed the significance of the NSA-GCHQ targeting of the company and its...

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Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

Ting's GSM network, which it announced late last year, has officially entered into an open beta. Previously, customers could test the network out on an invite-only basis. If an open beta for a network sounds odd, Ting explained the benefits of the tests it has done so far: We've been hard at work on Ting on a GSM network. We've sent out invitations in the thousands with a majority of...

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Leaked BlackBerry Passport OS 10.3.1.2480 upgrade files now available

Leaked BlackBerry Passport OS 10.3.1.2480 upgrade files now available

Previously we let you all know BlackBerry was working on a fix for the Passport screen flicker issue and while there was no ETA mentioned, if you don't mind taking an unconventional route, you can try out that fix. OS 10.3.1.2480 has 'leaked' (using the term loosely because it's not a full autoloader) and it certainly does appear to be the fix for the BlackBerry Passport screen flicker issue...

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QNX Wireless Framework brings smartphone-caliber connectivity to Embedded Systems

This week, at Embedded World 2015, QNX Software Systems will showcase its latest product developments for embedded developers but they've already got the news rolling. Following up on their QNX Hypervisor announcement, they've now announced the QNX Wireless Framework, which enables rapid cellular and Wi-Fi integration and faster time to market for embedded system applications. "The QNX...

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Euroimpianti will use the QNX Neutrino to power its next-gen autonomous robots

Euroimpianti, a global leader in automated warehouse solutions, will use the latest release of the QNX Neutrino OS to power the realtime control systems and human machine interfaces (HMIs) of its next-generation autonomous warehouse robots. Until recently, Euroimpianti used another OS for the HMIs of its operator panels and recently re-assessed this approach after evaluating the HMI...

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BlackBerry Rio to be called the BlackBerry Leap at launch?

BlackBerry Rio to be called the BlackBerry Leap at launch?

By now, most folks who keep up on the latest BlackBerry news should be aware of the device known as the BlackBerry Rio and since it first leaked out, we've been wondering whether or not BlackBerry would roll with the Rio name when it was announced or if it would be something like the Z20 as it has also been referred to many times. As it turns out, BlackBerry appears to have given the device...

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BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 updated with custom PIN and no ad options

BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 updated with custom PIN and no ad options

In addition to the iOS beta rolling out, BBM for BlackBerry 10 is also getting a beta update, that brings both platforms in line with each other. With that being the case, the change log for the BlackBerry 10 release is almost identical so, BlackBerry 10 users will have the option to create a custom PIN, remove ads and have a special badge on their profile picture in BBM. New Features BBM...

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BBM for iOS beta updated to v2.7.0.59 with custom PIN and no ad options

Previously we let you all know BlackBerry was testing custom PIN and no ad options for BBM but they weren't fully enabled. Now, BlackBerry has pushed a new BBM for iOS beta that opens the doors to those options for some wide testing. As noted in the changes, vanity PIN's, removable ads and a new avatar badging feature are now up for testing if you have an iOS device and are using BBM on it....

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BlackBerry testing screen flickering fix for the BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry testing Passport screen flickering fix

If you're used to using leaks, then chances are you're fully aware of the 'screen flickering' issue that was present in early builds of BlackBerry 10.3.1 for the BlackBerry Passport. The bug, while random, would cause the screen to flicker off and on with no real pattern to it. When BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 started rolling out, that bug remained in the OS and since then, many folks have reported...

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SIM card manufacturer Gemalto says its products are secure following NSA hack

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Digital security vendor Gemalto has announced that its products are "secure" following a report last week stating that the NSA and its UK counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into the vendor's SIM cards. With a production run of over 2 billion SIM cards a year, Gemalto is the leading SIM card manufacturer in the world, and counts the four major US carriers...

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Snap v3 Beta 3 now available for download

Snap v3 Beta 3 now available for download

With two beta releases already out there, it's now time for Snap v3 beta 3. As expected, this release brings along with it several bug fixes and changes including some changes to address download issues, scrolling and there's now additional layout fixes for the BlackBerry Passport as well. That's just a small list of additions, you can view the rest below. Snap v3 Beta 3 (2.9.9.2) Fixed...

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