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John Chen not a fan of UK Prime Minister's desire to ban encrypted messaging apps

In what I'm sure will come as a surprise to no one, John Chen has now spoken out against UK Prime Minister David Cameron's comments supporting the banning of encrypted messaging apps which could include BBM, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, among others. Heading to LinkedIn to share his thoughts, the BlackBerry CEO laid out details that highlight how privacy and national security can be balanced. Hint:...

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Evernote shutting down support for BlackBerry 7 and PlayBook

Evernote shutting down support for BlackBerry 7 and PlayBook

For those of you who might still be using Evernote on your BlackBerry 7 device or BlackBerry PlayBook, Evernote has now announced they'll be discontinuing support on those platforms while BlackBerry 10 support is still ongoing. As of February 7th, we'll be retiring Evernote Hello, Evernote Peek, Evernote for BlackBerry 7, and Evernote for BlackBerry PlayBook. This means they'll no longer...

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For $5-a-month, AT&T subscribers can now place unlimited calls to Mexico

$5-a-month gets unlimited calls to Mexico on AT&T

AT&T has revamped their AT&T World Connect $5 monthly international calling package to offer unlimited calls to Mexico. The news comes just days after AT&T got approval from the Mexican government for a $2.5 billion acquisition of Iusacell, Mexico's third-largest cellular carrier. Said AT&T Mobility Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher: "We're always looking for...

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You can now order the BlackBerry Z3 SIM free in the UK

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This one maybe a little late to the party but if you fancy picking up the low cost BlackBerry Z3 SIM free in the UK you can now do so thanks to Clove. The British online retailer has the Z3 priced at £154.99, including VAT, which seems reasonable value for money if you ask me. It feels an age away that the BlackBerry Z3 was announced, although it was only February last year and it then went...

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Big Hero 6 and Puss in Boots BBM Stickers now available

Big Hero 6 and Puss in Boots BBM Stickers now available

Disney and Dreamworks are no strangers to the BBM Shop and both have now expanded their offerings of BBM stickers available. First up is Disney, which has released a brand new Big Hero 6 sticker pack that offers artwork featuring Baymax and Hiro as well as several other characters from the hit movie such as Tadashi and Go Go. Next up is Dreamworks, which is now offering a Puss in Boots sticker...

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Samsung may extend its current partnership with BlackBerry but won't buy it

Samsung may extend its current partnership with BlackBerry but won't buy it

The head of Samsung's mobile phone division stated today that the company could extend its current partnership with BlackBerry. However, he repeated what the company said last week that Samsung has no plans to acquire BlackBerry itself. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung's mobile phone leader J.K. Shin stated, "We want to work with BlackBerry and develop this partnership, not...

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Official Limited Edition gold and black BlackBerry Passport looks to be arriving soon

While we've seen several luxury retailers hop into mix willing to customize your BlackBerry Passport with some gold trim, BlackBerry themselves have yet to offer such a thing but that might soon be changing. According to a new listing on the ShopBlackBerry Canada website, a limited edition gold and black BlackBerry Passport could be in the works. Here's what the site has to say about it...

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Get $100 off a red BlackBerry Passport for a limited time!

Get $100 off a red BlackBerry Passport for a limited time!

Looking for a good deal on a red BlackBerry Passport? Head on over to ShopBlackBerry and pick one up for $100 off, bringing the cost down to $599. This deal is only running today from now until midnight EST. That's right, this sale ends just a little under 6 hours from now so if you're interested you're going to want to hurry. Please note, if you take advantage of special pricing offer for...

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The Lord of the Rings BBM stickers now available on the BBM Shop

The Lord of the Rings BBM stickers now available

Are you a fan of The Lord of the Rings? If so, Bare Tree Media has a new BBM sticker pack that you cannot pass... up. (that was cheesy but I'm not apologizing) For $1.99 you can grab The Lord of the Rings BBM pack featuring several characters from J. R. R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novels including Gandalf, Frodo, Gollum and more from Middle-Earth. You can have a look at the full pack below or...

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Ford talks features in the new QNX-based Sync 3 system

Ford talks features in the new QNX-based Sync 3 system

Ford's Sync 3 system made big waves at CES due to the switch from a Microsoft-based platform to QNX, which is exciting enough on its own, and with an entire platform overhaul like that there's bound to be some new features involved. John and Derek took a few minutes to talk with Jim Buczkowski, Director of Research for Electrical and Electronics at Ford, to figure out what some of those changes...

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BlackBerry has reportedly declined a handful of recent takeover offers

John Chen

A new report claims that BlackBerry has declined a handful of takeover offers in recent months from unnamed companies, in favor of its current plan to revamp its operations. The report was posted in the wake of Wednesday's rumors that centered on Samsung engaging in buyout talks with BlackBerry, which both BlackBerry and Samsung quickly denied. According to The Globe and Mail, BlackBerry's...

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Baby Popeye and Pro Football BBM Stickers now available in the BBM Shop

Baby-Popeye-BBM-Stickers

Hitting up the BBM Shop today I noticed a couple of new additions that are now available to purchase if stickers are your thing. First up, and following on from the original Popeye sticker pack we told you about a while back, is Baby Popeye. Here you get 20 stickers which are a mix of baby Popeye and baby Olive Oyl, portraying various messages or emotions - all rather sweet. Then for you...

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BlackBerry Classic launched in India

BlackBerry Classic launched in India

Right on time. As expected, BlackBerry India has now announced the arrival of the BlackBerry Classic. At the launch event held in New Delhi, Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India noted the device will be available through Snapdeal with a host of offers including trade-in options for any older BlackBerry devices customers may have and retail pricing being set at Rs. 31,990. Not sure...

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Samsung reportedly in talks to purchase Blackberry

According to a new report, Samsung has approached BlackBerry for a potential takeover worth as much as $7.5 billion. The news from Reuters, citing unnamed sources: Executives from the two companies, which are working with advisers, met last week to discuss a potential transaction, the source said, asking not to be identified because the conversations are private. Reuters also reports...

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Wind Italy now offering the BlackBerry Classic

Wind Italy now offering the BlackBerry Classic

While launch events are still being held for the BlackBerry Classic around the world and India expected to be next, Wind Italy is ready to roll right now. The carrier has now listed the BlackBerry Classic as being available through their website for 449.90 Euro or less when coupled with discounted calling, text and internet tariffs. Some of the deals listed do expire in February so if you're...

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BlackBerry Classic arrives in Malaysia through Celcom

Celcom BlackBerry Classic

Despite the fact it seemed to take forever to come to market, now that it's finally here the BlackBerry Classic has been given a rather fast and furious roll out. One of the latest carriers to pick up the device, is Celcom Malaysia who are now offering the BlackBerry Classic exclusively on their network for would-be customers and those looking to upgrade. Depending on which offering you take...

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Leaked OS 10.3.1.2072 autoloaders now available for download

Leaked OS 10.3.1.2072 autoloaders now available for download

If you've been itching to try out a new leaked OS, now is your chance. After the release of the updated device simulators to 10.3.1.2072, that OS has now appeared for all BlackBerry 10 supported devices as well. While the update is noted to be similar to that of OS 10.3.1.1949, some folks in the CrackBerry Forums are seeing some minor improvements. You can dig through the fixes and findings...

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BlackBerry Classic now available in the UK from O2

BlackBerry Classic now available in the UK from O2

While there's already several options for picking up a BlackBerry Classic in the UK such as through Carphone Warehouse, Selfridges, Amazon and ShopBlackBerry, O2 is now offering the device as well. Previously listed as coming soon, the BlackBerry Classic can now be purchased through the O2 website with free next day delivery when you order by 10pm and pricing starts at $0 for depending on...

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How would you improve BBM Channels?

How would you improve BBM Channels?

During CES 2015, BlackBerry decided to go ahead and share some hard numbers surrounding BBM and how it's performing. Taking a look back at the numbers, it's easy to see there were some 'wins' there for BlackBerry and the platform. They showed growth across the board with over 140 million new registrations to BBM from iPhone and Android devices, 70% of users being active daily, and the BBM Shop...

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BlackBerry Classic now available from B&H

BlackBerry Classic now available from B&H

Although B&H Photo and Video might not be the first place you think of when looking to purchase a BlackBerry Classic, they've now added the device to their offerings and you can order one directly through their website or if you live in New York, you can pick up the device in person. Pricing at B&H falls in line with other retailers including ShopBlackBerry with it being set at $449...

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