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New COO at BlackBerry another sign of software focus

New COO at BlackBerry another sign of software focus

Yesterday BlackBerry announced that they've hired a Chief Operating Officer. The company has not had a COO since John Chen took over and cleaned house. Remember when Thorsten Heins brought in his own management team including COO Kristian Tear who had tremendous experience from Sony Ericsson and Ericsson? Or how about the co-COO structure that worked very well for BlackBerry during its hyper...

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Verizon's second quarter profits soar, highest recorded revenue in six quarters

Verizon

Verizon has posted its second quarter earnings, which saw the carrier accruing a double-digit percentage increase in operating income and earnings per share. Over the course of the quarter, Verizon has managed to add 1.4 million new postpaid wireless subscribers, up from 941,000 over the same period last year. The carrier posted profits of $4.21 billion and $1.01 earnings per share, up from...

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Yahoo scoops up mobile analytics firm Flurry to strengthen their mobile products

Yahoo has been on a mission to strengthen their mobile products for a while now and to push that envelope even further, the company has now announced they'll be acquiring mobile analytics firm Flurry after having reached a definitive agreement. Flurry, was started in 2008 and today has reached over 170,000 developers across 1.4 billion devices monthly with their services being offered to pretty...

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At one investment firm in NY, privacy concerns are leading many to ask for their BlackBerry back

Over at CIO today, Tom Kaneshige ran an article titled: Mobile Workers: 'I Want My Blackberry Back' It highlights comments from an IT executive at 'a well-known investment firm in New York City' and the troubles the organization is having with their Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy and MDM solutions that ultimately has employees asking for their corporate BlackBerry back. The issues...

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Get online while abroad for just £2 a day with O2 Travel

EU Passport

If you're looking for a sweet deal with regards to using data abroad on this year's holiday, O2 may well have the right bundle price at just £2 a day. We've all been in that situation, looking at pricing and being stunned by just how expensive roaming can be, even when travelling within the EU. UK mobile operators are attempting to tackle the issue of high charges (as is the EU, which hopes to...

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From the office to the track, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 team stays secure with BlackBerry

It's hardly a secret that BlackBerry is one of the sponsors for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 team. The partnership was announced back in February 2013 and continues today but rather than just being a sticker on the cars and a logo on the teams gear and fire suits, BlackBerry is deeply involved in the organization by providing BES 10 encrypted solutions and handsets across the board. How...

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From the Editor's Desk: The past month of BlackBerry

From the Editor's Desk: The past month of BlackBerry

Time flies when you're having fun. That's the old saying right? July 19th marked exactly one month since BlackBerry CEO John Chen pretty much fully unveiled the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic. For the most part, much of the focus has been on the BlackBerry Passport. Considering it's the first of the two new devices out of the gate, there seems to be more of them out there in the...

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The numbers are in, 73 percent of CrackBerry readers still want to see another all touch BlackBerry released

The BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic are the next two devices set to arrive from BlackBerry. They're locked in and John Chen and his team are readying the rollout for each right now. The issue there though, for some, is that both of those devices are QWERTY keyboard devices leaving those who like all touch devices such as the Z10 and Z30 with nothing to really upgrade to. Last week we...

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Missed the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar? Catch the replay

Missed the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar? Catch the replay

If you missed out on the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar that was held on July 10th, this weekend might be a good time to get caught up on it all, as the replay is now available. The QNX Cloud team hosted the event and ran through a lot of stuff surrounding Project Ion and the initiatives happening at BlackBerry and QNX in the Internet of Things arena. Led by Steve West, senior...

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7Digital drops their own music purchasing app into BlackBerry World

7Digital drops their own music purchasing app into BlackBerry World

Remember back in July when we noted 7Digital was still working with BlackBerry on a solution to offer music to BlackBerry customers? They seemingly wanted to get the message out thanks to it having a negative effect on their stock. At the time, we postulated that the arrangement could end up simply being the release of a 7Digital app on BlackBerry World and lo and behold, that's exactly what...

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BlackBerry Passport gets caught in hands-on video and fresh images!

BlackBerry Passport gets caught in hands-on video and fresh images!

Well, this has been a long time coming so, sit back relax and enjoy a good nearly three minute hands-on video with the BlackBerry Passport. In the video, you get a nice look at the hardware everyone is waiting to get their hands on and although the video is chopped a bit to cover up the PIN, you get to see that capacitive keyboard in action. It's hard to say going by video how final this device...

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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, a new ebook rental service for $9.99 a month

Amazon Kindle on the BlackBerry Z3

Amazon has today announced a new ebook rental service called Kindle Unlimited. The new service enables consumers to choose from over 600,000 books, listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible and more for just $9.99 a month. Think of it as a music streaming package, but for books with Amazon. The online retailer will have Kindle Unlimited logos on eligible titles, which can be read for...

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BBM Beta goes live on the Windows Phone Store

BBM Beta goes live on the Windows Phone Store

If you've joined the BBM Beta program for Windows Phone, there's good news. The BlackBerry Messenger app is now live and ready to be downloaded in the Windows Phone Store, allowing Windows Phone customers to message friends on the BBM service. Of course, most folks here won't care as everyone already has BBM on their BlackBerry but hey, you can tell any Windows Phone folks you know it's being...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen heading up Security Summit on July 29th in New York

BlackBerry has been doing a lot recently to reinforce the fact security is important in Enterprise mobility where they remain the market leader but to help push it even further, BlackBerry CEO John Chen and his senior leadership team, BlackBerry partners, customers and industry experts are hosting an exclusive Security Summit on July 29th in New York. Discussions and demos will address...

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Senior Vice President of Marketing at BlackBerry: 'The No. 1 objective is making BlackBerry synonymous with work'

Back in November, BlackBerry announced the departure of Kristian Tear as Chief Operating Officer, and Frank Boulben as Chief Marketing Officer. Their exit left room for John Chen to make some new hires of his own and when it came to marketing, he opted to appoint Mark Wilson as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Wilson previously served as Senior Vice President, Corporate and Field Marketing...

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Disney Villains and Paul Frank stickers now available in the BBM Shop

Disney Villains and Paul Frank stickers now available in the BBM Shop

The BBM team has been adding a new batch of stickers pretty much a weekly basis for the past little while now and seems this week is no different. Two new BBM sticker packs are now showing in the BBM shop to choose from, both of which are priced at $1.99. First up, Disney Villains have been added. So you can now get Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar, Scar, Cheshire Cat and more. Especially...

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Three UK to provide free Wi-Fi on London Underground

London Underground

Three UK has announced that it is partnering with Virgin Media to provide its customers with free access to Virgin's Wi-Fi network on the London Underground. Other carriers like EE, Vodafone and O2 have already made similar deals in the past. Three's Director of Customer Strategy, Danny Dixon, revealed to TechRadar that free Wi-Fi access will be available at 137 Underground stations by the...

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Could the Apple/IBM enterprise mobility deal bring Microsoft or Google closer to BlackBerry?

Yesterday IBM and Apple announced the start of a significant courtship that stands to forever change the landscape of enterprise mobility. In short, Apple and IBM launched an exclusive deal by which IBM will sell iPhones and iPads to its enterprise customer base, create iOS apps and services, and launch other cloud solutions including mobile device management (MDM). That last bit … cloud...

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BlackBerry Assistant officially unveiled for OS 10.3

BlackBerry Assistant

BlackBerry tooks the wraps off BlackBerry Assistant today, which aims to provide voice actions for just about everything you could want to do with your phone. We've caught glimpses of Assistant through leaked BlackBerry 10.3 builds, and we suspect the whole affair is powered by Waterloo local Maluuba. So what does BlackBerry Assistant do? Search e-mails, send calendar invites, see what's...

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BlackBerry OS 10.2.1.3253 autoloaders now available for all BlackBerry 10 devices

If you're on Verizon and using a BlackBerry Z10, then you may have noticed a new update has landed on your device. While other areas have already received the OS 10.2.1.3247 software version 10.2.1.2977 update, Verizon has decided to throw a little bit of confusion into the mix by releasing OS 10.2.1.3253 with software version 10.2.1.2976. Although the changelog is technically old, given the OS...

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