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BlackBerry Blend has officially reached EOL status

BlackBerry Blend has officially reached EOL status

If you're a fan of BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry has quietly posted some disappointing news. According to their software support lifecycle page, BlackBerry Blend as of July 31, 2016, has reached end of life status and will no longer be supported officially. The app which was originally released in September of 2014 alongside the BlackBerry Passport, allowed users to seamlessly bring messaging...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Seven One Ten

Mobile Nations Weekly: Seven One Ten

Samsung's new Note and Microsoft's new Xbox: head-to-head. It's time. Time for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. It's both a huge release for Samsung and something of an iteration at the same time. It retains a lot of the design language of the latest Note and S lines with a refined aesthetic, and is practically the same phone inside as the S7, but goes all-in on the big (and curved) display, S Pen...

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Here it is! The first community designed shirt by you, the CrackBerry faithful

Reminder - Last day to order your limited edition CrackBerry shirt before they're gone forever! Here it is! The first community designed shirt by you, the CrackBerry faithful. Member Phan Huy submitted the winning design and for a limited time, you can grab this awesome t-shirt. Available in assorted colors and styles (yes, we have hoodies!), the front features a BlackBerry-inspired keyboard...

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This guy caught all 142 North American Pokémon in Pokémon Go using his BlackBerry Priv

His name is Roberto Vazquez and according to a new report from CBC, after three and a half weeks, 266 kilometres and 25 pounds later he has managed to catch all 142 Pokemon available in North America using his BlackBerry Priv. Three and a half weeks, 266 kilometres and 25 pounds later, Roberto Vazquez says he's the first Toronto Pokemon Go player to catch all 142 Pokemon available in North...

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BBM for iOS updated with new features and enhancements

BBM iOS

Following the recent updates to BBM for BlackBerry 10 and Android, iOS users can now get in on the action as well. The latest update has arrived and is available for download right now with plenty of new features and enhancements to improve your BBM experience. Free Video calls! BBM users on iOS can now make video calls for free directly from BBM Upgraded group chat! Start a group chat with...

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BlackBerry announces normal course issuer bid for convertible debentures

BlackBerry has now announced that it has received acceptance from the Toronto Stock Exchange with respect to a normal course issuer bid to purchase up to US$125,000,000 principal amount of its 6 percent unsecured convertible debentures, representing 10 percent of the issued and outstanding Debentures in the public float as at July 31, 2016. "We intend to take advantage of our strong cash...

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BlackBerry files patent infringement lawsuit against Avaya in Texas

BlackBerry files patent infringement lawsuit against Avaya in Texas

Looking to protect their patent assets, BlackBerry has initiated a patent infringement lawsuit against Avaya in Texas. In the suit, BlackBerry alleges that Avaya Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara has infringed eight of its US patents pertaining to various mobile communications technologies. The exact patents in question are 9143801, 8964849, 8116739, 8886212, 8688439, 7440561, 8554218 and...

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Google Apps' new Android notifications for device activations are better than emails

Google Apps is rolling out a new feature to Android accounts that sends direct notifications to users when a new device is activated. This additional security feature has been found to be more effective than sending out emails. In a blog post, Google stated that when a new device is activated on an Android Google Apps account, that person will now see a notification pop up on any device they...

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BlackBerry now rolling out August 5 Android security patch for Priv

BlackBerry now rolling out August 5 Android security patch for Priv

What began in beta last week, has now gone official. BlackBerry Priv owners who purchased their phones from ShopBlackBerry, Amazon or have devices that are otherwise factory unlocked can now download the August 5 Android security update. Be sure to check out all of the details in BlackBerry's Knowledge Base post and check your phone for the update. If you aren't already seeing the update,...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Anniversary Update

Mobile Nations Weekly: Anniversary Update

BlackBerry's newest phone is a new approach and Microsoft ramps up for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Microsoft is updating in a big way — the week past brought a huge update for the Xbox One and the week ahead will be bringing the huge Windows 10 Anniversary Update to PCs. The Xbox update brings the console's feature set even closer to that of core Windows, including the addition of...

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BlackBerry rolls out their latest Priv Marshmallow beta through Beta Zone

A little something for Priv owners as we head into the weekend. As noted on the BlackBerry Beta Zone, a new Android Marshmallow build is available to Priv owners who have signed up for the beta releases. Howdy! It's Friday, and we have a new beta update! Build AAF960 is published and available now for all PRIVs on the program, except for AT&T and Verizon devices. It includes lots...

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Apple has reportedly hired BlackBerry's ex-QNX chief to work on car project

Apple has reportedly hired Dan Dodge, formerly of BlackBerry-owned QNX, to work on Project Titan, the company's electric car project. As you may recall, Dan Dodge resigned from the BlackBerry subsidiary in December of 2015 stating "My decision to leave was my own," at the time. "I threw my own party, invited everybody from QNX that I've known over the last 35 years and we had a grand time"....

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BBM for BlackBerry 10 and Android updated with new features and enhancements

After spending some time in beta, BlackBerry has now rolled out the latest BBM updates for BlackBerry 10 and Android. This time around, there is plenty of new features and enhancements including upgraded group chat, the ability to share longer videos, iOS and Android users can now make video calls for free directly from BBM and much, much more! Have a look at the full list of notable changes...

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Watch the BlackBerry DTEK50 Facebook Live Q&A replay

Watch the BlackBerry DTEK50 Facebook Live Q&A replay

BlackBerry's first Facebook Live Q&A event covering DTEK50 has now wrapped up but if you missed out on watching it live you can catch the replay. Eric Lai and BlackBerry's Global Head of Device Sales, Alex Thurber, fielded questions covering DTEK50, upcoming updates as well as the technical challenges of making a dual-boot Android/BlackBerry 10 phone. Plus, if you pay attention, you'll hear...

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Telus adds even more destinations to its Easy Roam offering

Telus adds even more destinations to its Easy Roam offering

Telus is looking to make it easier for customers to use their cell service while traveling abroad by adding even more countries to its Easy Roam options. In addition to the U.S., Telus says that customers traveling to England, China and more can now take advantage of its cheaper and less-confusing Easy Roam international roaming option. From Telus: Canadian travellers visiting our...

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Amazon launches its Dash grocery scanner in the UK to help you order stuff

Amazon Dash Scanner

Amazon has launched its Dash grocery scanner in the UK to help consumers quickly and conveniently add items to their basket for easy checkout by scanning barcodes. Once the items have been added, all that's required is to complete the checkout process on a PC or using one of the official Amazon mobile apps. As noted in Engadget's report, should two Amazon Fresh orders be completed before...

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DTEK50 now available for pre-order from Unlocked Mobiles and Clove in the UK

For those of you who live in the UK and might not want to pre-order your DTEK50 from ShopBlackBerry for whatever reason, two other UK retailers are now also taking pre-orders for BlackBerry's latest Android-powered smartphone. As noted on their respective sites, Unlocked Mobiles has the DTEK50 scheduled to ship from the week of Aug. 1, priced at £274.99 while, Clove Technology has an Aug. 5...

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ring your questions about DTEK50 to BlackBerry's first Facebook Live event

Do you have some questions about DTEK50 that simply can't be found elsewhere? If so, you might want to take part in BlackBerry's first Facebook Live event taking place on Thursday, July 28 where BlackBerry's Global Head of Device Sales, Alex Thurber will be taking on a Q&A session. Alex will answer your questions about DTEK's svelte design, its end user features such as its sharp 13...

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Watch the BlackBerry DTEK50 launch webcast

Watch the BlackBerry DTEK50 launch webcast

As you may have noticed, for the launch of the DTEK50, BlackBerry did have a webcast set up to introduce the device to the world, but it was not made public. Instead, BlackBerry opted to record the event and as such have now made it available for everyone to check out. This July 26, 2016, webcast from our headquarters in Waterloo, Canada was done with Alex Thurber, senior vice president...

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Will you be pre-ordering a BlackBerry DTEK50?

Will you be pre-ordering a BlackBerry DTEK50?

In a bit of a surprise as part of the BlackBerry DTEK50 announcement, BlackBerry let it be known the device is available for pre-order on ShopBlackBerry right now for those in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands and is expected to start shipping the week of August 8. With that in mind, we figured there's no time better than now to ask. Will you be pre-...

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