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BlackBerry OS 10.3.0.296 gets caught on video

BlackBerry OS 10.3.0.296 gets caught on video

If you can't get enough of BlackBerry OS 10.3 and want to some more of it then you may want to check out this quick hands-on with 10.3.0.296 from ZonaBB. Overall, it shows off a lot of what we already know is coming but it's still nice to see in action. No telling if and when it'll leak but the folks at ZoneBB have noted they'll be, at the very least, showing off some more of the OS in the near...

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BlackBerry OS 10.3 new features, changes and additions roundup

BlackBerry OS 10.3 new features, changes and additions roundup

Over the past week we've gotten a good look at some of the new features, additions and changes coming to BlackBerry OS 10.3 via BlackBerry's own Michael Clewley. In case you missed some of those changes, we figured we'd round them all up thus far for you to browse through on your weekend. Those ugly boxed icons are no more on BlackBerry OS 10.3 Endless Folders are coming to BlackBerry OS 10....

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Bitly

If you've ever created an account for the url shortening service Bitly before, you'll want to listen up. Bitly has now announced via their blog that they have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised and are suggesting users change their API keys and OAuth tokens. We have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised. We have no...

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Lil' Frenchie and Lionel The Whale sticker packs now available on BBM

If you're not satisfied with the sticker packs you have now on BBM or are simply just looking to add some more to your collection, you might be pleased to know two new ones are now appearing in the BBM Shop and are available for purchase. Lil' Frenchie and Lionel The Whale have arrived with their pricing set at the typical $1.99 for each pack. Lil' Frenchie was designed by Eric Uchalik who also...

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Strategy Analytics says BlackBerry is the cheapest, lowest risk EMM platform

Strategy Analytics says BlackBerry is the cheapest, lowest risk EMM platform

On BlackBerry's last quarterly conference call, CEO John Chen said that customers are responding well to the product plans that the company has shared with its enterprise customers. Chen described a customer base that is willing to wait to see what arrives from BlackBerry in November of this year. Today BlackBerry was featured as the winning vendor in a new report from Strategy Analytics. I...

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New details about the BlackBerry 'Windermere' have changed my opinion on the device

We've all seen the early prototype pics of what is assumed to be the BlackBerry Windermere. From what we've seen thus far, it doesn't look the best and truthfully, I've been rather harsh on the look of it. I realize the images we've seen don't show the device in the best light and however, thanks to some new-ish details that hit the CB tips box; I'm starting to have a change of heart. So what...

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Tech giants blast FCC's net neutrality proposal

FCC net neutrality proposal could slow down certain applications on the Internet

In an open letter to the Federal Communications Commission, major Internet and technology companies are united in their fight to keep the Internet free and open. Companies that include Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix among others, are standing together to fight the FCC's plans to split the Internet into faster and slower speed lanes as part of a new upcoming vote. "According to recent...

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UK retailers Carphone Warehouse and Dixons to announce £3.7bn merger

UK retailers Carphone Warehouse and Dixons to announce £3.7bn merger

Carphone Warehouse and Dixons are set to announce a £3.7bn merger that will create one of the biggest high street technology groups in Britain. Further details regarding the merger will be made available to a Takeover Panel ahead of the May 19 deadline. The merger will create a new organization that will focus on mobile phones and electrical goods. While a name has not been finalized by both...

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Thank you BlackBerry

Thank you BlackBerry

Thank you BlackBerry; honestly and truly, thank you. I know it's an odd statement to make, though if you think about it, we all kind of share our kind sentiments and gratitude in some manner to our smartphones, no matter how small. In the struggle many may face when it comes to attempting to unplug ourselves from our devices, it's almost inarguable to say that without them, and we would...

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Check out this early BlackBerry pager testing equipment

Check out this early BlackBerry pager testing equipment

As I'm sure most folks know, early days at RIM were interesting and the company went from making LED notification systems for use on General Motors' assembly lines to working with the National Film Board of Canada on a system for synchronizing film editing. Eventually, they got around to releasing the Inter@ctive Pager but before they could do that, there was some testing of those devices...

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BlackBerry Magnum rises again from the ashes

BlackBerry Magnum rises again from the ashes

Remember when we did up our top 5 BlackBerry leaks that were never released? On that list was a device called the BlackBerry Magnum, it was essentially a mix of the Bold 9000 and a BlackBerry Storm. It had a SurePress screen that clicked, full QWERTY keyboard, and no trackpad. As we now know, that device was never released and arguably evolved into the Bold 9900 but it seems apparent, thanks...

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North Eurotunnel now has Vodafone and EE service

Eurotunnel

Should you be travelling through the Eurotunnel today, you'll be able to enjoy mobile connectivity depending on which mobile operator you're currently subscribed to. Vodafone and EE have infrastructure in place to take loads from today, while O2 UK will be going live soon. Utilizing a fibre optic retransmission system, operators have made it possible for passengers to enjoy stable connectivity...

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BlackBerry's real estate sale to net CDN$305 million

BlackBerry's real estate sale to net CDN$305 million

BlackBerry has been working to sell their real estate holdings in Canada for a few months now, and today they've got a buyer. Today brought the announcement that Spear Street Capital has agreed to purchase BlackBerry's more than 3 million square feet of real estate and vacant lands for CDN$305 million (US$278 million). Spear Street has waived their due diligence in the process to move things...

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Why BlackBerry hates me..

Remember how we told you about how the BlackBerry University Power Tour was once again visiting UAE? Well, they took J_Caloy along with them this time and well, I'll just let the video speak for itself. Poor guy, so weighed down with efficiency, productivity, security and options. Discuss more in the CrackBerry Forums

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T-Mobile adds 2.5 million new customers in Q1 2014

T-Mobile adds 2.5 million new customers in Q1 2014

T-Mobile US has published its Q1 2014 report. The company has reported its best ever quarterly performance in branded postpard net customer additions. A total net of 2.4 million customers were added, including over 1.3 million branded postpaid net customers. This report marks the first quarter the carrier has had with more than 2 million net customers added to plans. It's a stark contrast to...

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AT&T reportedly interested in acquiring DirectTV to better compete against Comcast

AT&T is reportedly interested in acquiring satellite TV provider DirectTV. DirectTV is currently the second biggest U.S. pay TV provider, with roughly 20 million customers while AT&T's TV business reaches roughly 5.7 million. Combined, AT&T and DirectTV would be better positioned to compete against Comcast, especially when and if their Time Warner Cable buyout goes through. That's...

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T-Mobile closes deal for 700MHz spectrum, reiterates commitment to LTE rollout

T-Mobile

T-Mobile has finally closed a deal to acquire highly-valuable 700MHz spectrum from Verizon, enabling the next wave of network upgrades for the carrier. In the wireless world not all spectrum is created equal, with lower frequencies being more desirable because they travel further distances and better penetrate buildings. Both of these attributes are badly needed on T-Mobile's network as it...

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BlackBerry Beta Zone opens to all BlackBerry developers!

BlackBerry Beta Zone opens to all BlackBerry developers!

The BlackBerry Beta Zone has been up and running for a long time now and with the exception of MockIt, it has never been open to anything but internal BlackBerry apps. That has now changed though as BlackBerry has just announced they're opening the BlackBerry Beta Zone to all developers. We are pleased to announce that BlackBerry developers are now able to beta test their BlackBerry 10...

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The BlackBerry identity

The BlackBerry identity

Android users buy specs, iPhone users buy brand, but BlackBerry users buy an experience. I have heard variations of such a statement throughout my time here in CrackBerry and it has me thinking if there is any substantial truth to it. As we consider where BlackBerry sits currently and moving forward, CEO John Chen faces one of the biggest challenges with the company, its perception. If I could...

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Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

Skype has evolved. Microsoft recently announced that group video calling would be available for everyone to use for free. Previously, you were required to have a Premium account. But what about those who were (and still are) subscribed and paying for the luxury? Skype has you covered with a small thank you upgrade package. Put short, you'll be able to call to countries around the world at no...

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