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BlackBerry expands their Android beta program to include BlackBerry-authored apps

With the Priv's Android Marshmallow beta up and running, BlackBerry has now decided to go ahead and add BlackBerry-authored apps such as Hub and Calendar to the beta program as well. Starting next week, those who signed up through the opt-in form available through the BlackBerry Beta Zone will be added to the app beta's on a first come, first served basis in batches of 100 due to Google's...

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BBM Channels begins rolling out stats for individual posts

BBM Channels begins rolling out stats for individual posts

If you're heavy into BBM Channels and have been hoping for a way to view stats for individual posts to arrive, now is the time to celebrate. It looks as though that's the latest feature to be added to BBM Channels through the desktop admin portal. As noted by BerryFlow: Today as I was posting some content to one of my BBM channels I noticed something I hadn't seen before. There is a new...

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Sprint offers free year of Amazon Prime with its $100-a-month Better Choice XXL plan

Sprint has announced that customers who sign up for its $100-a-month Better Choice XXL plan will get a year of Amazon Prime for free, which is normally worth $99. Sprint says that families can share 40GB of high-speed data under the Better Choice XXL plan. If they run out of that amount of data before the month is over, they can choose to stick with the lower 2G speeds or automatically...

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Give me your top five reasons why BlackBerry 10 is still better than Android

Ever since the release of the BlackBerry Priv, I think it's safe to say the CrackBerry community has been rather split when it comes to BlackBerry's phone offerings. Having both BlackBerry 10 and Android offerings on the table has caused many to reconsider their thoughts about Android. Still, there's plenty of BlackBerry 10 users out there who believe BlackBerry 10 is, has been and always will...

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Western Digital finalizes $16 billion SanDisk acquisition

Western Digital finalizes $16 billion SanDisk acquisition

In an effort that will create a storage giant, Western Digital has officially completed its purchase of SanDisk. The deal was originally announced in late 2015, carrying a total value of about $19 billion. According to a report from The Verge, however, that amount was lowered to $16 billion after Chinese firm Unisplendour backed out on its plans to purchase a 15% stake in Western Digital. No...

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Verizon adds more data to its prepaid smartphone plans

Verizon adds more data to its prepaid smartphone plans

Verizon Wireless has announced the company is adding more data to its prepaid plans for smartphones, with 6GB of data a month for $60 and 3GB of data for $45 a month. Here's the breakdown of what the new prepaid smartphone plans offer for Verizon customers: 6 GB of data including 1 GB of AutoPay Bonus Data with unlimited talk and text in the U.S. and unlimited text and calling to Mexico...

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WhatsApp introduces their new desktop app for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp introduces their new desktop app for Windows and Mac

Following the release of leaked documents showing a WhatsApp desktop client being in the works, WhatsApp has now officially introduced the offering for Windows and Mac via their company blog. From WhatsApp: Today we're introducing a desktop app so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work. Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop...

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John Chen talks to CNN Money about the saturated smartphone market

John Chen talks to CNN Money about the saturated smartphone market

Last week, BlackBerry CEO John Chen attended the Milken Global Conference 2016 to take part in the Digital Darwinism: How Companies Can Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age panel. In addition to the roundtable, John Chen also sat down with CNN Money's Cristina Alesci to discuss the smartphone industry, whether BlackBerry is still relevant, and which is more secure — a BlackBerry or an iPhone...

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T-Mobile will offer families four lines with 6GB of data for $30 a month per line

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T-Mobile's latest promotion is offering families four lines, each with 6GB of data, for $30 a month per line. Additional lines can be added for $20 a month each. T-Mobile says their new plan offers a savings of $20 per month for a family of four on its Simple Choice with Family Match plan. The new plan begins on Wednesday, May 11 and will only be offered for a limited time.

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BlackBerry backed NantHealth files IPO

BlackBerry backed NantHealth files IPO

Back in April 2014, it was announced that BlackBerry had made a strategic investment in end-to-end medical solutions provider NantHealth. That relationship grew further during CES 2015 with the announcement that BlackBerry would be providing the software platform for NantHealth's HBox. Now, the Culver City, California-based company has filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) worth possibly as...

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FTC, FCC want to know more about how carriers and manufacturers issue security updates

FTC, FCC want to know more about how carriers and manufacturers issue security updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have embarked on a joint fact-finding mission of sorts to better understand how security is handled by mobile device manufacturers. As part of the joint inquiry, the FTC notes that it has issued orders to eight companies to gauge how each issues security updates. In all, the FTC's probe includes Apple, BlackBerry,...

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BlackBerry names Ralph Pini as its new COO and devices head

BlackBerry names Ralph Pini as its new COO and devices head

BlackBerry has named Ralph Pini to be its new Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for Devices. In a company Q&A, Pini reveals his priorities for the devices business. Pini first joined BlackBerry in 2012 when his company, Paratek Microwave, was acquired by the Canadian business. Pini served as Vice President for Radio Frequency Technology at BlackBerry before today's announcement...

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T-Mobile customers will be able to use their phones in Cuba this summer

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T-Mobile has announced it has signed a interconnect and roaming deal with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba. It will allow T-Mobile customers to use their phones for calls, texts and data while they are traveling in Cuba sometime later this summer. T-Mobile's press release states the new agreement will also allow T-Mobile Simple Choice customers to call landlines and wireless phones in...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Lock it down

Mobile Nations Weekly: Lock it down

Software updates, financial updates, stealth updates, and account updates. Tesla had a huge week, starting off with their quarterly earnings call — they're still losing money, in case you were concerned. No, what's actually interesting is that Tesla is dramatically accelerating their production timeline, shooting to be producing 500,000 cars a year by 2018 — they plan to make 80,000-90,000...

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Time calls the BlackBerry 6210 one of the most influential gadgets of all time

If you were making a list of the top 50 most Influential gadgets of all time, which BlackBerry would you put on the list? The folks over at TIME have chosen the BlackBerry 6210, otherwise known as Quark. Officially launched in 2003, the BlackBerry 6210's blue colored cover stood out while the device itself combined wireless e-mail, phone, SMS, browser and organizer applications and more all...

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BlackBerry pushes new Marshmallow beta build for T-Mobile Priv

Android Marshmallow BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry is now pushing out a fresh Marshmallow beta update for the Priv to those who signed up to help test it, though, this time around they are being a bit more specific about who exactly will be receiving it. For this release, T-Mobile customers whose Priv is of the STV100-1 variant and signed up for the beta should be seeing the update notification. Additionally, those on Canadian...

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Check out the AtHoc product demo webinar on May 4

Check out the AtHoc product demo webinar on May 4

When BlackBerry announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire AtHoc, a lot of folks were wondering what exactly AtHoc was as it appeared to come out of nowhere right into the BlackBerry spotlight. Now, there's a better understanding of what the company does in its efforts to safeguard millions of people and thousands of organizations through its networked crisis communication....

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The wider rollout of Marshmallow has begun for Priv owners

The wider rollout of Marshmallow has begun for Priv owners

When Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow was rolled out to ShopBlackBerry devices at the end of April, it was noted select carriers would be offering the upgrade on May 3, and now the wider rollout of Marshmallow has begun. Priv owners on TELUS, Rogers, Bell, Wind Mobile, Optus, Maxis Malaysia, Telkomsel, SFR France and more, have all reported receiving their update notifications. We've already taken a...

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WhatsApp hit with 72-hour ban in Brazil [Update: suspension lifted]

WhatsApp hit with 72-hour ban in Brazil

Update: A judge has now overturned the suspension just a day after it went into effect, Reuters reports. The block would have affected more than 100 million WhatsApp users. Original story: Brazil has once again opted to temporarily block the popular messaging service WhatsApp in the country. According to Brazilian publication Folha De S.Paulo, the block is scheduled to remain in place for 72...

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Amazon's one-hour Prime Now delivery service gets a dedicated website

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Amazon has launched a dedicated website for its Prime Now delivery service. The service was previously accessible only through a mobile app, but if you're living in an area that's covered by the service, you have the option of ordering directly through the website. To see if your area is serviceable, head to PrimeNow.com and enter your zip code. In a statement (via Re/code), Prime Now chief...

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