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Google's YouTube rumored to be buying video game streamer Twitch for over $1 billion

Google's YouTube is reportedly going to acquire popular video game streaming service, Twitch for more than $1 billion. Twitch lets Xbox and Playstation gamers share and watch live gameplay footage, and they claim more than 45 million visitors a month. According to Variety: The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition...

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AT&T acquiring DirectTV

AT&T acquiring DirectTV

AT&T has announced that they're planning to buy DirectTV. Rumored for weeks, the deal would give AT&T access to 20 million DirectTV customers and, theoretically, make them more competitive with Comcast, which is in the midst of their own merger with Time Warner Cable. What's especially interesting is that AT&T clearly sees this deal as fueling more than simply traditional television...

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BlackBerry Runtime for Android apps gets update to Android 4.3, BB10 accounts support

BlackBerry Q10

The Android 4.3 runtime is now available as part of BlackBerry 10.3 SDK beta. The new runtime will offer compatibility existing Android applications, as well as bring new APIs which will open even more applications for use on BlackBerry. Besides the update to support applications built against the Android 4.3 SDK, you'll get the following new features: Accounts Support: Android applications...

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BlackBerry Z3 sales appear to be off to a great start in Indonesia

BlackBerry Z3 sales appear to be off to a great start in Indonesia

Now that the BlackBerry Z3 has officially launched and is available for purchase, many folks are waiting to see how well the device actually sells for BlackBerry. Early indications showed there was some pretty good demand for the device with retailers but that's always debatable. Perhaps the best evidence of a good start that's available right now is actually seeing how many people turned out...

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Bert Nordberg stepping down from BlackBerry board next month

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BlackBerry board member Bert Nordberg won't be seeking re-election to his seat next month. A recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reveals that Mr. Nordberg won't be staying on as a board member with BlackBerry and will opt instead to step down. Mr. Nordberg has a storied history within the telecommunication industry. He earned his degree in Electrical Engineering...

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We've updated our CrackBerry Android app with some important fixes

Mobile Nations Apps

A quick heads up for those of you rocking the official CrackBerry App on Android— we've pushed out an update today with a number of important fixes. You're going to want to make sure you download this one, particularly if you've seen increased data usage or are using the widget on your home screen. The fixes apply to all the editorial (ie not the Tapatalk-esque one) apps for all our Mobile...

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The BlackBerry Live moment that left me speechless and brought tears to my eyes!

The ultimate BlackBerry birthday cake!

It's Thursday. Which means it's Throw Back Thursday. And in this week's spirit of looking back at some of our favorite moments of BlackBerry Live events in years gone by, today I'm sharing with you a never before seen moment. For me personally, it's not only one of my favorite BlackBerry Live moments, but one of the absolute most memorable moments of my life.... my BlackBerry Surprise Birthday...

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You can now text to 911 in an emergency

You can now text to 911 in an emergency

Starting today, you'll be able to send a text message to 911 in an emergency situation. The service will be supported by AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. Text 911 is only available in a small set of select cities in the US to start, however it will be rolled out everywhere by the end of 2014. Using the service is easy, just send a new text message to 911 with the details of your...

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First smartphone 'kill switch' bill in the US passed by… Minnesota

Security Phone

The Governor of Minnesota signed a new bill into law that prohibits the sale of any smartphone without anti-theft software pre-installed. The idea is to deter criminals from stealing handsets in the first place by allowing users to remotely disable and wipe a phone's data, rendering it useless. If a stolen phone is remotely disabled, there wouldn't be any monetary incentive left in the...

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Dixons and Carphone Warehouse announce merger

CPW

As widely reported last week, UK tech retail giants Dixons and Carphone Warehouse have revealed that they are to merge, creating one of the biggest high street technology brands in the country. Dixons CEO Sebastian James announced the news today while reporting trading details for the financial year, according to BBC News. "Today we also announce that we are setting out on a new journey with...

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Thoughts on BlackBerry opening BB10 to non-BES MDM

Thoughts on BlackBerry opening BB10 to non-BES MDM

BlackBerry opens up BB10 to outside MDM platforms. Right after I read this headline I thought I saw a pig flying out the corner of my eye. Is BlackBerry really allowing BB10 devices to be managed by another companies MDM system? Surely not? We don't have too much information right now, but we do have many questions. How It Works Today Today, you can activate a BB10 device directly...

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Mexican conglomerate Grupo Salinas deploys BlackBerry 10 and BES10

Mexican conglomerate Grupo Salinas deploys BlackBerry 10 and BES10

Mexican electronics/banking/television conglomerate Grupo Salinas has made the jump to BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10. With 68,000 employees (most of whom are not be getting corporate smartphones, but still, that's a lot) spread across the company and more than US$57 billion in annual revenue, Grupo Salinas represents a big get for BlackBerry. The big news here is the...

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BBRY on the stock market

Prominent investor Irving Kahn has increased his firm's stake in BlackBerry from 250,000 shares to 450,000. The Kahn Brothers group generally invests in unpopular stocks, and BlackBerry certainly qualifies. Seeing as Irving is 108 years old, he probably has a pretty good radar for companies that will ultimately make it in the long haul. BBRY stock is currently sitting at $7.38 on Nasdaq,...

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BlackBerry 10.3 SDK beta now available for developers, time to build apps!

BlackBerry development flight board

The BlackBerry 10.3 SDK Beta is now available for developers to get updating their BB10 apps. We've already been through some of the features the SDK promises to offer, but the major takeway is that the Adobe Air runtime will be retired. Beyond software, BlackBerry confirmed there is a simulator included for an upcoming device with a 1440 x 1440 square screen, which sounds an awful lot like the...

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BlackBerry Link updated for Windows and Mac - Patches Heartbleed exploit

Although the chances of the Heartbleed bug being exploited through BlackBerry Link was minimal, the desktop app for Windows and Mac had until yesterday remained on BlackBerry's vulnerable list. The good news though, if you were worried about it is that new versions that patch the exploit are now available for download as confirmed by BerryReview. BlackBerry Link for Windows v1.2.3.48 (...

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The BlackBerry Bold 9000 is *officially* unveiled at WES 2008!

The BlackBerry Bold 9000 is *officially* unveiled at WES 2008!

Normally this is the week the CrackBerry team would be in Orlando enjoying the sun and hanging out with ~5,000 other fanatics at the BIGGEST BlackBerry event of the year. With no BlackBerry Live event taking place this year, we're taking a few days to look back at some of our favorite moments from the BlackBerry Live / BlackBerry World / WES events we attended in previous years. WES 2008 was a...

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I tried...

As you can likely guess from the title of this article, yesterday I downgraded from BlackBerry 10 to BlackBerry 7. If you follow me on Instagram or BBM Channels (C00010BC5), you already know the reason. Whenever the weather gets warm, I always get the itch to rock a white phone, and looking through my collection of phones yesterday the white BlackBerry Bold 9900 caught my eye. I still think it...

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BlackBerry: The Future is Yours

BlackBerry: The Future is Yours

With the recent press release of BES10 being the most cost-effective MMS for Enterprise customers against the competition, BlackBerry has strategically maneuvered their way into a brilliant position for enterprise by offering unmatched security and world-class service at the most affordable rates. If you pair this amazing advantage with BlackBerry's EZ Pass Program, where IT managers receive...

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A quick video look at the BlackBerry Blend Beta dashboard

Now that we've have some time to play around with the latest BlackBerry OS 10.3 leak and poke around the files a bit more, we've also dug some more info on the BlackBerry Blend Beta. Previously we showed you some images of how it looks and how we thought it would all work together but we've found some new information as well that's certainly interesting and offers some insight as to where...

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BlackBerry kicks off security-focused Be Mobile Conference

BlackBerry kicks off security-focused Be Mobile conference

BlackBerry has announced that its second annual event in Latin America will focus on mobile security. Kicking everything off today, the Be Mobile Conference will run through how current and future security trends are impacting on government, enterprise and the consumer. Security and privacy concerns have been ripe as of late with the PRISM reports among other worries. BlackBerry is heavily...

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