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BBM Protected support docs, training courses and more now available

BBM Protected support docs, training courses and more now available

Feeling a bit nerdy? Want to know all you can about BBM Protected? If so, you can now head on over to the BlackBerry site and scoop up as much info on BBM Protected as you can handle. All of the support documents, frequently asked questions and even training documentation has now been posted for your perusal. I've not gone through a lot of it as of yet, but the FAQ is really long and hits on...

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Jannah Hotels and Resorts deploys BBM to staff to increase efficiency

The BBM team has been on a roll as of late with big brands signing on for BBM Channels, the roll out of BBM Protect and having won 'Best Mobile Chat App' in Indonesia but they've now also scored another prime placement within Abu Dhabi-based Jannah Hotels & Resorts. The hotel chain announced all employees including room attendants, engineers and management team have been equipped with...

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BlackBerry ownership still ahead of Windows Phone for UK consumers

BlackBerry ownership still ahead of Windows Phone for UK consumers

Aside from Toronto being a hotspot for BlackBerry, it appears there are still more consumer owners of BlackBerry in the UK than Windows Phones, showing that while many have already proclaimed Windows Phone as the number three ecosystem, it's not as black and white as that. There is still room for BlackBerry to make some moves. The data comes from Kantar and ended reporting as of March 2014 and...

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250 new emoji could be coming to a phone near you

250 new emoji characters could be headed to a phone near you

The Unicode standard has been updated to add an additional 2,834 new characters, which includes about 250 pictographic symbols, or emoji. This expanded list of new symbols could help to add personality to messaging, such as SMS and MMS, Apple's iMessage, BlackBerry's BBM, Google's Hangouts, and other services. "This latest version adds the new currency symbols for the Russian ruble and...

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Sprint expanding LTE roaming to more rural and regional carriers

Sprint expanding LTE roaming to more rural and regional carriers

Sprint has signed agreements with 12 carriers to expand the LTE footprint of everybody involved. The dozen carriers, all smaller regional and rural networks, cover 34 million Americans not touched by Sprint's fledgling LTE network. The roaming agreements will expand Sprint's LTE coverage into those areas, as well as giving those carriers access to Sprint's network. The carriers involved...

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EU and South Korea working together to develop 5G networks

BlackBerry Z30

The South Korean government announced today that it will collaborate with the EU in developing new technologies, set standards and allocate radio frequencies for next-generation mobile information and communication networks. Under the terms of the agreement, a new joint working group will be established, which will "plan and set up joint research and development projects." The joint venture...

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BlackBerry launches BBM Protected, the first solution of the eBBM Suite

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We've been hearing about BBM Protected and the eBBM Suite for quite some time now, and today BlackBerry has finally pulled the trigger. BBM Protected is the first part of eBBM to launch and will bring a new level of security to BBM users. eBBM works within the existing BBM application, but adds another layer for enterprises that require the utmost security. Currently devices running BB0S 6.0...

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Unreleased BlackBerry 'Kopi' appears on eBay

Unreleased BlackBerry 'Kopi' appears on eBay

Ahh, the BlackBerry Kopi. It was rumored time and time again to eventually be released but at some point it fell off the map and at this point will most likely never see the light of day but that doesn't necessarily mean you can't have one. That is as long as you have $500+ and don't mind purchasing it through eBay. Up for sale right now is one white BlackBerry Kopi sporting BlackBerry 10.2.1...

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The Beta Test is Over.

BlackBerry Classic Keyboard

New BlackBerry CEO John Chen has already proven to be a very pragmatic leader, willing to make difficult decisions in order to keep the company afloat. He has said on many occasions that he'll exit the handset segment entirely if it proves to be in the best interest of the company, but has also made it clear that it's among the last things he wants to do. BlackBerry smartphones maintain the...

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AT&T

If you're an AT&T customer you may have received an email recently about a security breach within the organization. AT&T has now confirmed personal information such as Social Security numbers and call records may have been accessed by individuals not authorized to view such information. AT&T has not confirmed how many accounts have been affected but they did confirm the breach...

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I switched from BlackBerry 10 to BlackBerry 7 and survived!

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As I'm sure most of you already know, last weekend Kevin, James and I headed to Montreal to check out the Canadian Grand Prix — and we had an amazing time. I drove up from New Jersey with a friend of mine, but it wasn't until the day before that it dawned on me that I wouldn't have any phone service once hitting the Canadian border. Since I rarely leave the country I don't carry an...

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BlackBerry AGM!

It's time for my annual pilgrimage to Waterloo, Canada, the birthplace and hometown of BlackBerry, to attend the company's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. This will be my fourth year attending the AGM and John Chen will be the fourth CEO to take the stage in as many years. We were there for the end of the Mike Lazaridis / Jim Balsillie co-CEO reign and we were there for the Thorsten...

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Open Table Priceline

The Internet travel booking company Priceline announced today it will acquire the online restaurant reservation service OpenTable for $103 a share. The all-cash deal will cost Priceline a total of $2.6 billion. The deal is expected to officially close sometime in the third quarter of 2014. When that happens, OpenTable will be run as an independent business within the Priceline Group....

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More details emerge about eBBM and BBM Protected

More details emerge about eBBM and BBM Protected

BlackBerry has already announced their eBBM Suite and BBM Protected but aside from a few demos from Enterprise events and brief explanations of how it all works, there's hasn't been a ton of info relayed about it. Luckily though, some more information has now come up offering us some better insight into the expectations BlackBerry has for it, how it'll work and how people are essentially...

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Try Amazon Prime Music on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone right now

Try Amazon Prime Music on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone right now

By now you've likely read a headline or ten about Amazon's new Prime Music service. If not, it's a new service from Amazon for Prime account holders that offers up what Amazon claims to be over 1 million songs from their music catalog at launch. It's available for Mac, Windows, Kindle, Roku, Samsung Smart TV's, web browsers, and of course, iOS and Android. Missing from that list is BlackBerry...

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BlackBerry annual shareholder meeting to be held on June 19th

BlackBerry annual shareholder meeting to be held on June 19th

To go along with the First Quarter Fiscal 2015 results on June 19th, BlackBerry will also be hosting their annual shareholder and special meeting that day as well at 10:00am EDT in Waterloo, Ontario. The event will be webcast for all to tune into via the BlackBerry Investor Relations site. From a CrackBerry standpoint, Kevin will be in attendance to hopefully catch up with BlackBerry CEO John...

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BlackBerry remains the strongest brand in Indonesia, BBM leads messaging apps

Although the BlackBerry brand has arguably been beat up in North America, according to Nielsen On Device Meter the BlackBerry brand is holding its own in Indonesia. The latest data reveals 48 percent of smartphone users in Indonesia chose BlackBerry as their top brand while 34 percent of them chose BlackBerry as their favorite brand. On top of that, BBM as a brand of its own is doing fine as...

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What would it take to get me back to BlackBerry?

Z3 Back

Several months ago I embarked on an experiment. As a guy who'd used BlackBerry since 2000 I had deep experience with the platform along with good experience on iOS. But I had practically no experience on Android. So I put my Z10 on my bedside table and left it there while I moved my SIM into a Samsung Galaxy S4. At the time it was among the best Android handsets available. I realize I'm in...

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Looking Back Part Two: Passion still remains

Looking Back Part Two: Passion still remains

It has been almost a year since my editorial on why I am still an avid BlackBerry fan and how I still remain passionate for the platform. At the time the post made its way to the front page it was the beginning of a tumultuous six months in my life both at work and at home. During this time, however, the one constant that kept my head on straight and the will to persevere was my BlackBerry and...

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Attending the BlackBerry Experience: London

Attending the BlackBerry Experience: London

On Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 the BlackBerry Experience headed to London, U.K. This event ran a little differently to the previous events. Most of the attendees there were invited by BlackBerry themselves and we were lucky enough to get a press invite to the event. It was a small event and most of the people in attendance were IT administrators or representatives for global blue chip companies....

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