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Mobile Nations Weekly: Winding down and ramping up

Mobile Nations Weekly: Winding down and ramping up

As we recover from the CES blitz, MWC looms on the horizon. {.intro} After a week of recovering from the madness of CES, it's time to get back into the swing of things, and the tech industry's wasting no time. Google has set their dates for I/O 2016, bringing the annual Google confab back to their Mountain View, California, headquarters. Speaking of annual confabs, the always-insane Mobile...

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Competition and Markets Authority in the UK clears the BT and EE merger

Competition and Markets Authority in the UK clears the BT and EE merger

BT is set to merge with EE, and the company has just received the green light from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK. This body has approved the merger, which clears BT's £12.5 billion acquisition of EE to become the UK's largest mobile telecoms company. The CMA found that the merger of the two companies would not result in substantial lessening of competition in the UK....

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada's recently-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a quick stop at BlackBerry's Network Operations Centre in Waterloo. Trudeau toured the facility that handles the messages sent by BBM users to customers. BlackBerry stated: "We're extremely proud to have shown off the NOC to the Prime Minister. It, along with our BlackBerry Infrastructure, is where we manage the immense amount...

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BlackBerry

BlackBerry is defending itself against claims that a Dutch forensics unit has found a way to decrypt messages from a BlackBerry smartphone. The company has issued an official statement, saying it was unaware of the method that was used and added that its phones "remain as secure and private as they have always been." According to BBC News, the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) claims to...

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BlackBerry officially rolls out OS 10.3.2.2876 globally

BlackBerry officially rolls out OS 10.3.2.2876 globally

Back in December, BlackBerry updated ShopBlackBerry devices to OS 10.3.2.2876 (software version 10.3.2.2836) and it looks as though that OS has been released globally as well as many have started receiving it today from various locations around the world. An update to the BlackBerry blogs shows BlackBerry did start pushing out a new OS with some noted changes. A BlackBerry 10.3.2 Hot Fix...

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BlackBerry Priv goes on sale in France for €779

BlackBerry Priv goes on sale in France for €779

The worldwide rollout of the BlackBerry Priv continues, with the handset now available in France. Customers can order the device from the French ShopBlackBerry store for €779. The Priv is BlackBerry's first Android phone, and was originally released in November 2015 in the U.S., UK, Canada, and Germany. Sales expanded to Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands earlier this month. The BlackBerry...

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Several Good Technology apps receive highest levels of certification

Good Technology continues to prove its super secure

Good Technology, which is now a division of BlackBerry, has announced that several of its apps and servers have reached the highest level of certification available. These apps are ones that the company has made available on both iOS and Android, including Good Work, Good Access, Good Connect and several others. To gain this certification, Common Criteria assesses the design and...

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Rogers, Bell and TELUS Priv's now receiving January security patch

Rogers and TELUS Priv's now receiving January security patch

Update: Bell has also now started sending out the January patch, we've updated the post to reflect the addition. Following the initial push of the January security patch for the BlackBerry Priv, Canadian carriers Rogers, Bell and Telus have now gone ahead and released the update to their Priv owning customers. The update itself comes in at only 16MB and is identified as being build version...

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AT&T brings back unlimited data plans, if you also have DirecTV or U-Verse

AT&T brings back unlimited plan, for some

AT&T is once again going to offer an unlimited data plan, but only if you are also a DirecTV or U-Verse subscriber. Most U.S. carriers have moved away from offering unlimited data plans and towards data buckets for families, but AT&T is going backwards here and will begin offering the new plan, but it obviously comes with a catch. You won't be able to just sign up for AT&T or change...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: CES 2016 Edition

Mobile Nations Weekly: CES 2016 Edition

It's the biggest tech show of the year, and we were all over it. CES 2016 was last week in Las Vegas, and unsurprisingly there was a lot of news from the trade show. It takes over pretty much all of Las Vegas — it's simply absurd. The world's biggest tech companies (well, most of them), descend on the desert oasis with all their latest wares. There's everything and anything on the show floor,...

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Inside the QNX Toyota Highlander at CES 2016

Inside the QNX Toyota Highlander at CES 2016

This year at CES, QNX took the covers off their latest technology concept vehicle, based on a Toyota Highlander, and it's packed will all the latest innovations from the company. For the Highlander, QNX took their usual digital instrument cluster and a head unit concepts one step further and created what they refer to as a "glass cockpit" that combines the functions of both systems, along...

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BlackBerry Virtual Expert arrives on the Google Play Store for Priv owners

BlackBerry has now added another app to their growing list of Android offerings and this time around, it's one that will be familiar to some BlackBerry users. The BlackBerry Virtual Expert, which lets you run various diagnostics on your device to test everything from the display to speakers to the keyboard, has now arrived on the Google Play Store for Priv owners. Does your BlackBerry...

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Sprint adds 36 more countries to its international roaming add-ons

Sprint adds 36 more countries to its international roaming add-ons

Sprint has announced that it has added 36 new countries to its Open World and Global Roaming add-ons, allowing users to take advantage of affordable calls and data, along with free texts when venturing around the globe. Here's the list of new countries added in the latest expansion: Austria Afghanistan Bangladesh Belarus Belgium Bolivia Bulgaria Cambodia Croatia Estonia Finland Ghana Hong...

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John Chen confirms commitment to BlackBerry 10, updates coming in 2016

John Chen confirms commitment to BlackBerry 10

Following the recent reports that BlackBerry was all but abandoning BlackBerry 10, John Chen has cleared the air on the company's stance regarding the operating system. The reports claimed that BlackBerry was going all-in on Android, and was leaving behind the BlackBerry 10 platform. According to a new post from the CEO, John Chen, that may not be entirely true, though he does not specifically...

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Sprint kills 2-year contracts for smartphones

Sprint kills 2-year contracts for smartphones

Sprint has gone through with its plans to 2-year contracts for smartphones, according to an internal document sent to our sister site, Android Central, by an anonymous tipster. According to the document below, customers activating a new account with Sprint will no longer have the option of subsidizing their smartphone purchase with a 2-year agreement. Tablets, apparently, are still able to be...

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile is adding even more services to its recently launched Binge On program, which allows its customers to stream video from select services on the carrier's network with no data plan penalty. The new services include A&E, Lifetime, HISTORY, PlayStation Vue, Tennis Channel Anywhere, FuboTV, Kidoodle TV, Curiosity Stream, Fandor, Newsy, ODK Media, Lifetime Movie Club, and FYI. T-...

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CES 2016, Day 3: HP, Netflix, Dell, Honor, and more!

CES 2016, Day 3: HP, Netflix, Dell, Honor, and more!

CES officially opened today, and the show floor was absolutely packed with the latest and greatest wares from companies around the globe. Sure, a lot of the big announcements were yesterday, but that didn't stop anybody from rolling out even more new gadgets and services. This is CES, after all, and what's a day of CES without a bunch of new tech? 06 January HP goes premium Early in its...

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BlackBerry clears up the misconceptions surrounding John Chen's compensation

Chances are if you keep on BlackBerry news, you will have recently read the report put out by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) that claimed John Chen was the highest-paid CEO in Canada with total earnings of more than $89.7 million in 2014. At the time the report was issued, it seemed a little off in regards to how that number was established and as such, we chose not to post...

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BlackBerry Priv launching on Verizon 'by the end of March'

BlackBerry Priv launching on Verizon 'by the end of March'

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has already confirmed that the BlackBerry Priv is headed to more carriers soon, and we now have confirmation that one of them, Verizon, is planning to carry the phone by the end of March, if not sooner. The news comes by way of Verizon's VP of communications Jeffrey Nelson on Twitter: We expect to have the @BlackBerry #PRIV on the nation's most reliable network by the...

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