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BlackBerry Classic targeted for November release

BlackBerry Classic targeted for November release

Although the BlackBerry Classic has already been officially announced by BlackBerry, the device never really was unveiled so to speak nor did BlackBerry really put a timeline on its release outside of saying 'The new smartphone will be available in the second half of 2014.' A recent interview between BlackBerry CEO John Chen and USA Today finally lays a little bit more of an official timeline...

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The BlackBerry University Power Tour once again visiting UAE

The BlackBerry University Power Tour once again visiting UAE

If you live in the UAE, and are looking to learn more about BlackBerry then you'll be pleased to know the company is once again 14 different universities across the UAE, giving students a chance to get up close and personal with the latest technology and products from BlackBerry. As something that started in 2012, BlackBerry has seen great success with the tour and this time around they'll be...

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BlackBerry’s ace in the hole

BlackBerry’s ace in the hole

BlackBerry quietly and slowly exhales as it sits unnoticeably at a table surrounded by other high profile players sporting taller stacks of chips. Nobody’s head is turned at BlackBerry’s direction but their eyes are secretly watching. The river has quite possibly changed the outcome for BlackBerry, but what cards the other players hold has yet to be revealed. The world audience waits in...

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BlackBerry to award young app developers at Canada-Wide Science Fair

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BlackBerry will be giving away a Mobile App Development Award at this year's Canada-Wide Science Fair. The Award will be presented during the nation championship of the Fair, taking place in Windsor from May 10-17, and two BlackBerry employees will sit on the judges panel. Finalists will come from three age groups, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. Multiple awards will be presented. To win,...

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Leading Canadian organizations begin deploying BES10

Leading Canadian organizations begin deploying BES10

Today BlackBerry announced a handful of enterprise customers upgrading to BES10. An obvious one is the City of Waterloo, BlackBerry’s hometown. Municipal workers are using BBM to stay coordinated on all fronts, but they have some outward-facing partnerships too. They’ve worked with BlackBerry to create an app called Ping Street which enables users to find location-specific information like...

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BlackBerry 10.3 Roadmap announcement explained

BlackBerry 10.3 Roadmap announcement explained

Earlier today we reported the news of BlackBerry updating the 10.3 Roadmap. I'm afraid some may have taken some of the news out of context (good, bad, or otherwise), so I hope to provide context around the line items mentioned. First and foremost, realize this is an announcement for the 10.3 developing environments which will obviously have end user implications but perhaps not quite what you...

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Back This: Symple ID makes signing into your favorite sites simple!

It seems not a day goes by that I don't end up resetting a password for some site or service that I use. Even though I use several different password reminder services, they're not always a perfect solution. But what if it there was a solution that utilized your phones NFC functionality and and a simple NFC tag? Would that be easier? Richard Fox-Ivey thinks so and he's come up with Symple ID...

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smartphone theft

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well. What they're all committing to is the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment." All phones sold by the signees after July 2015 will offer...

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Rogers has new international roaming plans and they're still awful

Rogers

Rogers has announced some new roaming add-ons for Canadian travelers. Not too long ago, Rogers unveiled a $7.99 daily roaming plan for the U.S. (which already faces stiff competition against WIND’s $15 unlimited plan), and this new one is built for roaming worldwide. But don’t get too excited; it’s $9.99 for a day for up to 20 MB (depending on where you're going), with no voice or text. That’s...

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BlackBerry invests in healthcare IT firm NantHealth

NantHealth

BlackBerry has made a strategic investment with an end-to-end medical solutions provider by the name of NantHealth. As you can imagine, the health industry requires cloud connectivity while remaining secure, and NantHealth’s solutions, like BlackBerry’s, fall into that category. Specifics of the partnership are still being hashed out, but we can expect synergies to be found across QNX (which is...

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BlackBerry pressing courts to stop sales of Typo keyboards

Typo keyboard

BlackBerry is pushing to immediately halt sales of the Typo keyboard case for iPhone. While Typo insists that they are a small company that lacks the capability to produce a large quantity of keyboards, BlackBerry alleges that Typo has contradicted these statements, flooding the market with keyboards before an injunction could be imposed. Typo previously stated that it had written and verbal...

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What if BlackBerry had the best devices and BB10 became the best OS in the world?

During CrackBerry podcast episode 114, Chris Umiastowski brought up the reality that it probably doesn’t matter if BlackBerry unquestionably had the best devices and OS in the world, because it still wouldn’t help them gain market share. The CrackBerry team engaged in this discussion a little but it deserves more attention and certainly makes for an interesting conversation. Of course within...

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Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

Verizon is finally going to give you a discount for off-contract phones. Starting April 17th, customers of Big Red are going to be able to bring their own off-contract devices onto shared MORE Everything plans at a discount. No longer will they have to pay a subsidy fee for a subsidy they're not using. Plans at or under 8GB will see a smartphone add-on reduction of $10 (bringing the fee to $30/...

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T-Mobile putting an end to overages on all consumer plans

T-Mobile

After introducing a $40 base plan and then doing away with extra charges for cellular tablets and giving them a free gigabyte of data, T-Mobile is at it again by doing with overage fees. The elimination of domestic overage fees hits all T-Mobile plans. T-Mobile CEO John Legere called out his competition, pointing out that overage fees amount to $1 billion in extra payments from consumers every...

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BlackBerry patching Heartbleed vulnerability for Secure Work Space, BBM

BlackBerry patching Heartbleed vulnerability for Secure Work Space, BBM

BlackBerry is working on patching Heartbleed, the recently discovered OpenSSL vulnerability that could potentially allow a malicious attacker to gain information off a server, including private keys and passwords. Primarily they're focusing on Secure Work Space and BBM. BlackBerry SVP, Scott Totzke, commented on the realities of the threat and the chances of the vulnerability being exploited...

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Case manufacturers already preparing for the Q30 / Windermere

Case manufacturers already preparing for the Q30 / Windermere

Although it remains to be seen what, if anything, will become of the alleged BlackBerry Q30 / Windermere, case manufacturers are already getting started on making cases for the device it seems. It's a pretty common practice in the case world, you somehow end up getting the dimensions of a device before official release and you build a ton of cases for it making you the first to market with...

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Are BlackBerry devices so good that they're bad?

Are BlackBerry devices so good that they're bad?

The quality and durability of BBOS and legacy devices are so legendary that they continue to outsell BlackBerry 10 devices still after a year of BB10's launch and, as announced, will stay in BlackBerry's handset business. Why is this happening and what does this mean for BlackBerry moving forward? Some explanations are obvious, such as the lack of effective marketing by BlackBerry and support...

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Get Ready For It: Smartwatch Fans is expanding... and rebranding!

Logo Sneak Peak!

When we Welcomed Smartwatch Fans to the Mobile Nations family on January 1st of this year, we told the story of how the site came to be. In reality, we actually started 2013 with the goal of building a community and resource with a broader focus, covering not only smartwatches, but also other wearables and the broader world of connected devices often referred to as the internet of things. The...

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Rogers introduces Suretap mobile payment system

Today Rogers has launched their suretap wallet — a new app for NFC-enabled BlackBerry 10 and Android devices that allows users to make payments at thousands of retailers using just their smartphone. Users can store eligible cards within the app, and at participating retailers can then tap their phones on the payment terminal for a transaction. Suretap wallet lets you store cards such as a...

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