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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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BlackBerry cuts more jobs as CEO John Chen continues turnaround

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BlackBerry will be cutting more jobs as CEO John Chen continues to tighten up the budget and control company expenditure. In a statement, spokeswoman Kara Yi revealed that some employees will be affected by company turnaround plans, though exact figures were not disclosed. The statement read as follows: "As BlackBerry moves into the next stage of its turnaround, we remain focused on...

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Join us for the BlackBerry Security Summit live stream on July 23

Join us for the BlackBerry Security Summit live stream on July 23

On Thursday, July 23, 2015, BlackBerry will be hosting their annual BlackBerry Security Summit in New York. The event will be headed up by BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chairman, John Chen as well as key members of the senior leadership team including Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard, Vice President of Product Management Tim Choi, Corporate Strategy Vice President Jeff Holleran, Chief...

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Evernote nabs Chris O'Neill from Google as new CEO

Evernote nabs Chris O'Neill from Google as new CEO

Evernote has announced that it has appointed a new CEO, Chris O'Neill, who will step into the job on July 27. Co-founder and current CEO, Phill Libin, will step down from the position to become the Executive Chairman. Evernote says that Libin will stay "actively involved with the company," though they didn't specify exactly what that would look like. From Evernote: "Chris brings to...

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Monsters Inc Stickers roar into the BBM Shop

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When it comes to the BBM Shop there seems to be a slight inconsistency as to when new products show up for users. I'm not sure if this is a regional thing or a glitch, but either way, I was rather pleased to see the Monsters Inc sticker pack show up for me over the weekend. I don't mind admitting that I'm not a regular 'buyer' of stickers as I think they are a wee bit overpriced (personally...

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile has agreed to pay a $17.5 million fine to the US Federal Communications Commission. The fine will settle an investigation of the wireless carrier by the FCC due to two separate nationwide 911 outages on T-Mobile's network that happened on August 8, 2014. The FCC stated: In its investigation, the Enforcement Bureau found that T-Mobile did not provide timely notification of the...

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Arsenal star Mesut Özil and his red BlackBerry Passport

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While I was browsing through Twitter earlier today for BlackBerry news I came across the below Tweet from Arsenal soccer player Mesut Özil sporting his rather swish looking red BlackBerry Passport. As far as I'm aware there isn't an official link between BlackBerry and Arsenal Football Club, so I'm presuming that Mesut must have chosen the Passport himself. He may well have been drawn to it...

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AT&T officially releases OS 10.3.2.556 for Passport and Classic

ATT officially releases OS 10.3.2.556 for Passport and Classic

Are you making use of an AT&T purchased BlackBerry Passport or Classic? If so, you're going to want to go ahead and check for updates either through your device or via BlackBerry Link. As noted on the AT&T website and confirmed by folks in the CrackBerry Forums, AT&T has begun their official rollout of OS 10.3.2.556 for AT&T Passport and Classic devices. As expected, the changes...

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T-Mobile gives families four lines of service with 10GB each for $120

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T-Mobile's latest Un-carrier Amped move beefs up the company's family plan offering. The new Simple Choice Family Plan offers two lines of service for $100, including 10GB of high speed data for each line. Each additional line beyond the first two costs $20 a month, and also comes with 10GB of data for that line. To sweeten the deal even further, T-Mobile is offering customers a fourth line...

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Carl Wiese to succeed John Sims as President of Global Sales at BlackBerry

Carl Wiese is BlackBerry's new President of Global Sales

A new President of Global Sales has joined the BlackBerry team. The company has announced it has named Carl Wiese to be its new President, Global Sales. He previously worked at Cisco, where he worked for more than 10 years, and rose to the rank of Senior Vice President. Wiese will succeed John Sims, who has now departed the company. The full press release naming Wiese as BlackBerry's new...

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John Chen sits down with CBC's The Exchange to discuss BlackBerry turnaround efforts

As you may have caught on our BBM Channel earlier, BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently sat down with CBC's The Exchange with Amanda Lang for an interview to discuss his company's turnaround efforts. If you weren't able to catch the interview when it aired, you can now watch the replay in its entirety. Aside from the turnaround effort discussions, Chen also addresses rumors surrounding any...

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Google and BlackBerry announce new partnership for Android in enterprise

BlackBerry and Google have announced a new, enterprise-focused partnership. The two companies are working together to marry BlackBerry's BES12 enterprise device deployment service and new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop for increased mobile security, better device management, and easier deployment of enterprise apps for Android devices. BES12 already comes with support for Lollipop...

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T-Mobile no longer charges you for using your phone in Mexico and Canada

T-Mobile no longer charges you for using your phone in Mexico and Canada

T-Mobile is not finished with the media this morning. The US carrier has just unveiled Mobile Without Borders. This new Un-Carrier Amped move sees the company allowing customers to travel across the border into either Mexico and Canada and use their mobile phone without charge. T-Mobile's Simple Choice plans are affected, meaning those on said plans will be able to text, call and surf the web...

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T-Mobile adds 2.1 million subscribers in Q2 2015

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T-Mobile has released a preliminary report, boasting 2.1 million total net customer additions for Q2 2015. This up 41% year-over-year and is 300,000 more subscribers than what the US mobile network achieved last quarter. This marks the 9th consecutive quarter T-Mobile has experienced growth with over a million net customer additions. More than 1 million branded postpaid net customers were...

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BlackBerry Classic in Cobalt Blue now available for purchase in Hong Kong

After making its debut only a few days ago on ShopBlackBerry for those living in the US, Canada, UK and the Netherlands, BlackBerry has already extended the availability of the cobalt blue BlackBerry Classic into Hong Kong. Gallant Leon, Managing Director, North Asia at BlackBerry, said: "With the arrival of the limited edition cobalt blue coloured BlackBerry Classic, customers in Hong...

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