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Verizon XLTE hits six new cities, including Jackson and Selma

Verizon XLTE hits six new cities, including Jackson and Selma

Verizon has announced that it has expanded its XLTE service to six more cities across the U.S. Verizon has over 400 total XLTE markets, with the service providing up to double the speed of standard 4G LTE. Both the BlackBerry Classic and the Z30 are compatible with XLTE. XLTE is now live in the following locations: Carlsbad-Artesia, NM Coos Bay-North Bend, OR Corbin, KY Jackson, MS Selma,...

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Latest update to BBM for iOS brings bug fixes and improvements

Latest update to BBM for iOS brings bug fixes and improvements

Looking to keep things in line, across all the platforms the app supports, BlackBerry has now posted up a new build of BBM for iOS. Just as with the latest BlackBerry 10 and Android releases, the changelog on this one isn't exactly huge and only highlights bug fixes and improvements as the key additions. Still, it's an update, so go ahead and give it a go and let us know in the comments if it's...

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August 1 marks the 10th Anniversary of BBM

August 1 marks the 10th Anniversary of BBM

August 1, 2005. That's the day that hundreds of people started downloading BlackBerry Messenger v1.0 for the very first time as BlackBerry Principal Architect and main creator of BBM, Gary Klassen nervously sat at his desk. Originally planned for release as a part of BES 4.1, only a small number of employees were involved with the first version of BBM, which was to be called QuickMessenger until...

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Gartner names WatchDox by BlackBerry a visionary in Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing

BlackBerry has now announced that WatchDox by BlackBerry has been named a "Visionary" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) for the second consecutive year. "WatchDox provides organizations with a solution for two major needs that are often in conflict with each other: security and productivity," said Billy Ho, Executive Vice President,...

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Pakistan government asks to stop use of BES in country

The Pakistan government has asked mobile phone operators to discontinue the use of BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) in the country by November 30. The government is citing security concerns around the enterprise services, and the decision was made following a meeting of several government departments in mid-July. A notification issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on...

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BlackBerry 'Dallas' arrives at the FCC

BlackBerry 'Dallas' arrives at the FCC

Following up on the news of the BlackBerry Dallas getting certified for Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the device has now appeared at the FCC using the known model number of L6ARHR190LW / SQW100-4. As with most FCC listings, the filing doesn't offer much by way of new information but it does mean the device is progressing through all the proper channels. Assuming it's a device for...

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FCC approves AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV

FCC approves AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV

The FCC has voted to approve AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, just a few days after FCC chairman Tom Wheeler recommended the commission do just that. In its approval statement, however, the FCC has outlined some conditions to which AT&T had to agree in order to receive approval. From the FCC: As part of the merger, AT&T-DIRECTV will be required to expand its deployment of high-...

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BlackBerry extends security focus to the Internet of Things

BlackBerry extends security focus to the Internet of Things

BlackBerry is looking to make everything more secure, and the latest effort from the company may be aimed at the Internet of Things (IoT). At its recent Security Summit — which you can watch again here — the company had very little to say about hardware, and everything to say about security. On stage, there was a demonstration showing just how easily someone could hack into an IV pump in a...

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Watch the BlackBerry Security Summit 2015 replay now

Watch the BlackBerry Security Summit 2015 replay now

If you were not able to tune in to the BlackBerry Security Summit 2015 when it was live, don't worry, as you can now watch the stream online. BlackBerry has posted the recording on YouTube, allowing you to see everything that happened for yourself. With topics of discussion ranging from cloud security, to the recent acquisition of AtHoc, there is a lot of great information shared. Security...

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AT&T reports Q2 2015 earnings: $33 billion in revenue, adds 2.1 million wireless customers

AT&T has reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2015 today, showing a slight bump in revenue over the same period a year ago. In all, second quarter revenue clocked in at $33 billion, which is up 1.4 percent when compared to the same period a year ago. Additionally, earnings per share were 69 cents — up from 61 cents a year ago. As far as AT&T's wireless arm is concerned,...

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John Chen discusses AtHoc acquisition, BlackBerry security, hardware and more

Following up on the news that BlackBerry has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with Fox Business to discuss what the acquisition means for BlackBerry and AtHoc and what the plans are for integrating the software platform. Also up for discussion was BlackBerry security, John Chen's plan for the hardware business going forward as well as...

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BlackBerry scores new U.S. Department of Defense approval for BlackBerry smartphones

Fresh off of wrapping up the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry has now announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the use of derived Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) credentials on BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 smartphones. "Security is the cornerstone of BlackBerry technology, which is why we have served as a proud and trusted mobile partner of government...

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Introducing Mobile Nations' Kicked TV, bringing you the latest and greatest in crowdfunding projects!

Sorting through the thousands and thousands of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowdfunding projects that go live every day can be daunting. That's why we're thrilled to welcome Kicked TV to the Mobile Nations family! Kicked is built around the Kicked Weekly show, a quick look at the top new and exciting crowdfunding projects out there that you might want to check out, and maybe even back...

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The one year Emberify app sale!

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The 25th of July will mark the one year anniversary that BlackBerry 10 developers Emberify have been around as a brand and to celebrate they are very kindly reducing the price of their apps to just $1 for a week! The apps on offer are as follows: Reminder Now (66% off) Tilt Now (50% off) Instant (50% off) Inbox Zero (50% off) Follow Mail (50% off) Chances are that you've seen us feature...

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BlackBerry enters definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc

BlackBerry Acquiring AtHoc to Enable Secure Mass Communication and Collaboration

BlackBerry has now announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc, a leading provider of secure, networked crisis communications. Its software platform enables people, devices and organizations to exchange critical information in real time during business continuity and life safety operations. "BlackBerry is making strategic investments in security, privacy...

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FCC chairman recommends approval of AT&T's pending DirecTV acquisition

FCC chairman recommends approval of AT&T's pending DirecTV acquisition

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has officially come out in support of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, recommending that the regulatory commission approve the deal. However, in order for the deal to go through, Wheeler is asking AT&T to agree to some conditions, including stricter net neutrality requirements. From CNET: Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom...

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UK Government publishes updated guidance on using BlackBerry 10 smartphones

In another nod to BlackBerry security, the UK government via the Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG) has released updated security guidelines for government agencies and various other secure organizations that wish to use BlackBerry 10 devices. The guidelines are designed to help government and corporate users set up devices it deems secure to offer the best balance between...

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AT&T may be raising upgrade fees starting August 1

According to a new report, AT&T may be raising its upgrade fee to $45, and introducing a new $15 activation fee for AT&T Next and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) customers, starting August 1. Droid Life is reporting that the $5 increase in upgrade fee, and $15 activation fee will apply to all customers beginning August 1, though those currently making payments under a Next Installment Plan...

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Several Canadian carriers have now officially released BlackBerry OS 10.3.2

Despite having been officially announced back on June 2nd, Canadian carriers have sort of lagged in officially rolling out the BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 update to customers but it looks as though the wait is finally over for the most part. As noted in the CrackBerry Forums multiple times now and via our tips line, several Canadian carriers including Bell, TELUS, Rogers, Wind and SaskTel have started...

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Verizon

Verizon has published its earnings report for Q2 2015. The US carrier performed rather well in the second quarter of this year, pulling in $32.2 billion of revenue. The company continues to battle competitors to retain customers, but did manage to see its churn rate drop to just 0.90% – the lowest in three years. As well as revenue of $32 billion, Verizon also reported earnings of $4.23...

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