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MTN, Vodacom and Cell C now offering the Priv in South Africa

MTN, Vodacom and Cell C now offering the Priv in South Africa

Although it was previously announced that MTN, Vodacom and Cell C would be offering the BlackBerry Priv in South Africa, at the time of the announcement there was no real date set for release, but as it turns out, potential Priv owners didn't have to wait all that long. Right now, the first Android-powered smartphone from BlackBerry is available from all three providers in South Africa at...

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Rogers, Bell and TELUS rolling out February Priv security update

Rogers, Bell and TELUS rolling out February Priv security update

In keeping in line with the updates already sent out to ShopBlackBerry, AT&T and T-Mobile Priv's, Canadian carriers Rogers, Bell, SaskTel and TELUS have now started sending out the February update to Priv owners. Build AAD444 as it is otherwise known comes in at 17MB, and if you haven't got the notification to update yet, you can head to Settings, About phone and checking for it there....

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Instagram announces full support for multiple accounts

Instagram on the BlackBerry Priv

Following recent reports that it was testing the feature, Instagram has officially announced that it is rolling out full support for multiple accounts. Starting this week, users will be able to log into multiple accounts at once, and easily switch between them within the Instagram app for Android and iPhone. From Instagram: Starting this week, you can quickly and easily switch between...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Rumors, acquisitions, and accusations

Mobile Nations Weekly: Rumors, acquisitions, and accusations

Everything is crazy. For being in the weird pre-MWC quiet time, it was a busy week. The biggest news was a surprise acquisition: Microsoft snapped up keyboard app company SwiftKey for $250 million. The slow burn leading up to MWC got a little bit hotter with Sunday, February 21, being the official day for Samsung's next big event — *cough*Galaxy S7*cough*. Speaking of the GS7, it's backside...

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BlackBerry confirms new round of layoffs in Waterloo and Sunrise

BlackBerry said to be cutting 35% of Waterloo workforce

Update - Rather than letting folks wonder about the number of employees laid off, BlackBerry has now stated "approximately 200 employees have been impacted in Canada and Florida." BlackBerry has now confirmed a new round of layoffs has impacted a small number of employees in Waterloo and Sunrise, Florida. In a statement issued by BlackBerry, the exact number of employees impacted by the...

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Gary Klassen, Inventor of BBM has left BlackBerry

Gary Klassen, Inventor of BBM has left BlackBerry

Update - BlackBerry has now confirmed the new round of layoffs in Waterloo and Sunrise. While there are some unconfirmed reports of another round of layoffs hitting BlackBerry in Waterloo and Florida, there's one exit that can be confirmed. Gary Klassen, inventor of BBM has now exited BlackBerry after nearly 16 years with the company. Gary Klassen, who joined BlackBerry in 2000 as part of the...

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Watch the Good Dynamics App SDK webcast replay

Watch the Good Dynamics App SDK webcast replay

If you missed out on the Good Dynamics App SDK webcast that took place on February 2nd, no matter. You can load up the replay and get caught up on what you missed. In addition to the Good Dynamics App SDK, which enables developers to create enterprise apps employing the features of the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform discussion, Ed Bourne, Senior Enterprise Solutions Manager and Richard...

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T-Mobile's first Super Bowl ad features Drake in a box

T-Mobile's first Super Bowl ad features Drake in a box

T-Mobile has decided to release the first of two planned Super Bowl 50 ads early, featuring rap music star Drake in a parody of his own Hotline Bling music video. The ad shows Drake doing his signature Hotline Bling "dance in a box" and singing the chorus line, "You used to call me on my cellphone". The director then calls "Cut" as some folks in suits come up to the shooting stage. They...

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AT&T rolls out their latest software update for the BlackBerry Priv

AT&T rolls out their latest software update for the BlackBerry Priv

For those of you on AT&T with a Priv waiting for the January update, you can stop waiting. AT&T has now released software version AAD447, which contains both the January update and February update in one batch. All you have to to do is go into your settings, about phone, check for software updates and it should be there waiting for you. Sure, AT&T may have lagged a bit in getting...

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BlackBerry isn't making a Windows Phone, but you probably knew that already

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry's managing director in India, Narendra Nayak has gone on record to state the company has no plans for Windows Phone. It was asked if BlackBerry was going to take its multi-platform strategy to the next level, taking on yet another OS to further branch out and appeal to more consumers. Rather unsurprisingly, BlackBerry does not plan to support Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile any time...

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Alta is Fitbit's sleekest fitness tracker yet; pre-orders now open for $129

Fitbit's Alta is the company's sleekest fitness tracker yet

Fitbit has announced its latest fitness tracker, the Alta, which is one of the nicest-looking offerings from the company. Pre-orders are now open for the tracker, with shipments beginning in March 2016. Realizing that people don't always want their fitness tracker to look like one, Fitbit is offering a number of band options for the Alta, like a metal bracelet, leather band and a classic band...

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T-Mobile offers unlimited data four lines for $150/month, 10GB/line for $120

T-Mobile is offering fourth line free again

T-Mobile has brought back its popular "fourth line free promotion" with Family Match, and this time around the carrier is offering customers the choice between 10GB per line or unlimited data. Previously, the carrier ran a limited-time promotion that scored you four lines with 10GB each for $120, and more recently had only been offering family plans with 6GB of data each. Now, the carrier has...

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BlackBerry announces AtHoc data center in Canada for global customer support

BlackBerry announces AtHoc data center in Canada

BlackBerry has announced a new secure data center in Canada that will allow support for global customers who want to take advantage of its AtHoc services. With the new cloud offerings, BlackBerry will be able to address data residency requirements for global customers who want to use its services for networked crisis communications. Additionally, the company can now better serve a large number...

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Optus will offer the BlackBerry Priv in Australia starting February 4

Optus will offer the BlackBerry Priv in Australia starting February 4

For a while now it has been known that Optus would be releasing the BlackBerry Priv in Australia but there was no set timeframe attached to the launch. That has now changed, and those who live in Australia looking to get their hands on BlackBerry's first-Android powered smartphone will be able to place their orders through Optus. From Thursday, February 4th, the Priv will be available to Optus...

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Ditch the native BlackBerry 10 Facebook app and give Face10 a try!

Face10 for BlackBerry 10

Since December 2015, Nemory Studios has been working hard on a new app called Face10 with the goal of the app being to replace the native BlackBerry 10 Facebook app, which let's be honest, has seen better days as it hasn't been updated since June 2015. Now, after a few months in the BlackBerry Beta Zone being tested, Face10 has arrived in BlackBerry World. Standard Features Update Status,...

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BlackBerry highlights how and why the Priv protects against rooting

BlackBerry highlights how and why the Priv protects against rooting

Ahead of the BlackBerry Priv launch, there was one question that popped up a lot in the CrackBerry Forums, and that was, how would BlackBerry handle the ability to root Android on the Priv? After all, BlackBerry is a company that has a history and reputation of building secure devices; surely they wouldn't just let their device be rooted easily, but how would they prevent it given its...

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QNX wins Tech CARS award

BlackBerry subsidiary QNX are no strangers to winning industry awards and now that we're well into 2016 already, they've got a new year to collect some more. First up, Auto Connected Car News has calculated the votes for their Tech CARS Awards and in the category of Best Backhaul Software or Development Platform for Automakers, QNX has been named the winner by capturing the vast majority of the...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Revenue, earnings, discounts, and rumors

Mobile Nations Weekly: Revenue, earnings, discounts, and rumors

All the profit in the world isn't enough. This week in technology was dominated by two things: dollars and rumors. On the dollars front we got earnings reports from both Apple and Microsoft, neither of which is in bad shape. Apple had the largest-ever quarterly profit but didn't quite meet analyst expectations or paint a gold-plated rosy picture of the future, and thus got punished. Microsoft...

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BlackBerry 10 was officially launched three years ago today

BlackBerry 10 officially launched three years ago today

Sure, there was plenty of hype for BlackBerry 10, once upon a time called BBX, ahead of the global launch including plenty of teases and even developer devices but January 30th, 2013 is the day it all went down. The BlackBerry Z10 along with the BlackBerry Q10 got officially introduced across the globe with six events being simultaneously held in New York City, Johannesburg, Toronto, Paris,...

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T-Mobile teaser for its Super Bowl 50 ads is a look back at classic commercials

T-Mobile teaser for its Super Bowl 50 ads is a look back at classic commercials

T-Mobile will once again run commercials during this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 7. The carrier has posted up a teaser for those ads that looks back at classic commercials that have debuted during the big NFL game. The clip has visuals that reference ads like Apple's 1984 commercial for the Macintosh, along with Volkswagen's Darth Vader ad and more. The teaser says that none of those...

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