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Keyboards!

Today's CrackBerry Mailbag letter comes to us from a CrackBerry reader in Bulgaria, who reminds us that while BlackBerry 10 has come a long way over the past year, there is still some filling in left to do around the edges. Specifically in this case, we're talking about the languages available for typing. Hi Kevin, I'm from Bulgaria and I currently use my BlackBerry Bold 9900 but if I...

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John Chen: BlackBerry isn't selling or leaving the handset business any time soon

Last night some stories were floating around stating that BlackBerry CEO, John Chen would "consider dumping" the handset business if that portion of the company remains unprofitable. Fact of the matter is, that's not the case — "my comments were taken out of context," he says. Chen says he has no intention of selling off the handset business, and that the focus of the company is trying to make...

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BlackBerry patches buffer overflow vulnerability discovered in BlackBerry OS 10.1

Back in June of 2013, the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team was advised by modzero that a buffer overflow vulnerability was discovered in BlackBerry 10 OS versions earlier than version 10.2.0.1055. As part of the process, the modzero team contacted BlackBerry to reveal their findings and laid out what exactly the issue was. In that time, BlackBerry has issued a fix for this...

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BlackBerry

Speaking to Reuters, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company would consider dumping the handset division. This would only be the case if the unit remained unprofitable. The company is also looking at broadening its corporate reach by considering strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Here's John Chen on BlackBerry's mobile phone outlook if the unit can't be a money maker: "If I...

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Comcast reported to be considering their own mobile service provider business

Comcast may branch out from cable and landline internet, moving into the wireless service arena in the future. According to a report out of The Information, Comcast has been looking into the idea of creating a nationwide wireless phone network that relies primarily on Wifi with back-up service leased from already-established cellular carriers. Instead of having to pursue purchasing large...

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John Chen Soup

While the new BlackBerry CEO hasn’t been at the company very long, he’s made a lot of changes and most of us agree that he’s been very effective so far. Lately, on the legal front, he’s shown that BlackBerry won’t take any crap from anyone. The company successfully stopped Typo from selling their iPhone case after convincing a judge that BlackBerry would likely win a lawsuit. The injunction...

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Formula 1: 2014 Bahrain GP recap

Formula 1:  2014 Bahrain GP recap

It was the second race in just as many weeks on the Formula 1 circuit, but that didn't stop the BlackBerry-sponsored Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg from strutting their stuff. From practice through qualifying, it was clear that the two were out to continue their epic 2014 run — holding down the 1 and 2 positions for the race start on Sunday. The Mercedes cars jumped off the...

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BlackBerry wins patent infringement case brought by NXP

BlackBerry wins patent infringement case brought by NXP

Back in April 2012, NXP hit BlackBerry with a lawsuit claiming the company had infringed upon six NXP patents in their BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet surrounding design, data transmission and other features of those devices. Today, BlackBerry has announced the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division has found both that BlackBerry did not infringe...

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StoreDot's Nanodot bio-organic nanochrystals will charge you phone in 30 seconds flat… in 2016

We use smartphones nearly every minute of every day, and that can be an issue, specifically for batteries. If there’s one area in tech that we haven’t seen any innovation – not for lack of trying – it’s batteries. Sure they’ve grown in size and chipsets have become more power efficient, but for the most part, charging is still charging in 2014. Now, an Israeli firm named StoreDot has...

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Verizon Wireless buying spectrum and assets from Cincinnati Bell for $210 million

Cincinnati Bell Wireless has entered into an agreement to sell its spectrum holdings and wireless infrastructure to Verizon Wireless. The deal, valued at $210 million will see Cincinnati Bell's customers transferred to Verizon "or other wireless providers" over the next 8-12 months, during which time the carrier will lease back that spectrum and those towers for "a nominal fee". With 340,000...

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U.K. carrier EE raising prices slightly on May 28

U.K. carrier EE raising prices slightly on May 28

The U.K's EE network is set to increase prices by 2.7% — yes, two-point-seven-percent — on May 28, 2014. EE's new terms and conditions allow them to raise prices by the RPI (retail price index — i.e. the rate of inflation) once a year with 30 days notice. Here's the relevant bit from EE: You will see a 2.7% increase to your monthly plan charge on any bills you receive from the 28th May, if...

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Android apps on BlackBerry 10 - Why the negativity?

Android Apps

I'm sure you've seen that since BlackBerry 10.2.1 hit the scene we've decided to feature a few more Android apps and games that were not previously available to us. I've also noticed in both the post comments and in the CrackBerry forums that some of you aren't too happy about this — and we get that.  Whilst everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I'm slightly baffled as to why you wouldn't...

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Mercedes AMG Petronas says 'thank you' to 100,000 BBM channel subscribers

Mercedes

If you hadn't noticed, we're fans of the BlackBerry sponsored Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team in these parts. Looks like we're not the only ones, too, as the team has delivered a special 'thank you' message to 100,000 subscribers to its BBM Channel. The Channel's remarkable growth has seen a 150% increase in just 2014 alone – it sure doesn't hurt starting the new season with back-to-back wins!...

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T-Mobile lays out their own $100 discount offer to loyal BlackBerry users

Following BlackBerry's own offer of a $100 discount on device purchases from ShopBlackBerry, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has now laid out the same offer in an open letter for loyal BlackBerry customers discussing the changes and expectations. If you’re already with T-Mobile, you can continue to count on us for the great service you’ve come to expect, the regular OS updates, and, of course,...

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Buying BBM Stickers

Ok, I take back ALL the mean things I said about BBM stickers. I kinda, actually, LOVE THEM! Honestly, BlackBerry was smart to give away the WWE BBM stickers free of charge for a limited time. I pretty much reply to every BBM I receive now with The Ultimate Warrior. Beyond the freebie sticker packs, I've also been purchasing the other for sale ones, like Bubble Bot and Cos Cat (don't judge me...

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Dropped BlackBerry

Just how far would you go to get your BlackBerry back? At times many of us have left them behind in a cab or at a restaurant, or maybe even dropped it in the toilet. But has it ever been dropped somewhere that made you think twice about trying to get it back? Maybe 16-year-old Ella Birchenough should have thought about it a bit more after she dropped her BlackBerry in a storm drain. She...

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First renders of the reversible USB 3.1 cable released

First renders of the reversible USB 3.1 cable leak

We’ve become accustomed to knowing one end of a USB cable has to go into a computer or charger, and the other end goes into your phone, but there is a future where you can use either end in either thingie, and this is what that utopian paradise looks like. The USB Implementers Forum is showing off two USB 3.1 connector standards today. Type-C shows off a design similar to the microUSB format...

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Stock Talk: BlackBerry’s situation for the next year

Stock Talk: BlackBerry’s situation for the next year

Last Friday we had a chance to look at the Q4 financials for BlackBerry, and the CrackBerry team held a podcast to talk about it. Were we all doom and gloom? I don’t think it was quite that negative, but we are keeping it balanced and considering the good and bad areas of the business when we talk. No sugar coating. Over the weekend I did some more thinking about BlackBerry, while enjoying...

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UK opening up payments via mobile numbers this month

UK Money

The Payments Council, which supervises banking transactions within the UK, has today announced ‘Paym’. This new service will enable account-holders to pay friends, family or other parties without having to abstract bank details and other personal information. Simply using a mobile number, UK consumers can wire funds in no time at all. Think of it as a unique account number all your contacts...

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T-Mobile

We may have had to deal with the usual April articles yesterday, but one that stood out from all the jokes was T-Mobile’s plans to scrap corporate discount from Simple Choice plans. The mobile network has today confirmed a partial reversal, allowing only existing customers to retain their discount. Sorry, new subscribers. Those who take out new rate plans will be met with a T-Mobile gift card...

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