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First renders of the reversible USB 3.1 cable released

First renders of the reversible USB 3.1 cable leak

We’ve become accustomed to knowing one end of a USB cable has to go into a computer or charger, and the other end goes into your phone, but there is a future where you can use either end in either thingie, and this is what that utopian paradise looks like. The USB Implementers Forum is showing off two USB 3.1 connector standards today. Type-C shows off a design similar to the microUSB format...

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Stock Talk: BlackBerry’s situation for the next year

Stock Talk: BlackBerry’s situation for the next year

Last Friday we had a chance to look at the Q4 financials for BlackBerry, and the CrackBerry team held a podcast to talk about it. Were we all doom and gloom? I don’t think it was quite that negative, but we are keeping it balanced and considering the good and bad areas of the business when we talk. No sugar coating. Over the weekend I did some more thinking about BlackBerry, while enjoying...

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UK opening up payments via mobile numbers this month

UK Money

The Payments Council, which supervises banking transactions within the UK, has today announced ‘Paym’. This new service will enable account-holders to pay friends, family or other parties without having to abstract bank details and other personal information. Simply using a mobile number, UK consumers can wire funds in no time at all. Think of it as a unique account number all your contacts...

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T-Mobile

We may have had to deal with the usual April articles yesterday, but one that stood out from all the jokes was T-Mobile’s plans to scrap corporate discount from Simple Choice plans. The mobile network has today confirmed a partial reversal, allowing only existing customers to retain their discount. Sorry, new subscribers. Those who take out new rate plans will be met with a T-Mobile gift card...

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Watch ABC

Dish and Disney have reached a distribution deal that will allow subscribers to watch Disney content on their computers and mobile devices. Using apps found in Apple's App Store, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore (which works great on BB10 devices) and the Windows store, viewers will be able to watch live programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and Disney XD, as well as live network...

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CrackBerry Mailbag: The Death of the PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook Graveyard

Following yesterday's BlackBerry PlayBook update and subsequent recognition that this is the last OS update the BlackBerry PlayBook will ever see, the community has been pretty vocal. Looking back at the history of the PlayBook, it really is a sad story. So much potential, but instead we're left with shattered dreams, broken promises and what still feels all these years later, like an...

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Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix Recap

Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix Recap

Sitting in the pole spot in Malaysia for the second straight race, Lewis Hamilton had much higher hopes for even finishing the race this time. He has a 100% finish rate in Malaysia though, and once things got going it was clear he wasn't going to let that number change. Right from the start Lewis took a commanding lead and never looked back. His teammate Nico Rosberg held on strong in 2nd as...

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Three UK taking the worry out of phone ownership with 'Three Rescue'

Three UK

UK mobile operator Three has launched a new insurance option for consumers – Three Rescue. Following a report shared by the network detailing how British smartphone owners place a value of over £1,000 on the contents of their handheld devices. The insurance starts from just £2 a month with full cover for stolen, lost or damaged smartphones. Not only do consumers pay for smartphones alone, but...

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T-Mobile removes employer discounts from Simple Choice plans

T-Mobile

Tomorrow might be April 1st, but T-Mobile's not joking around with their latest move: they're scrapping employer rate plans discounts. Gone is the supposed complexity that came with wondering what kind of discount you might get with your Simple Choice plan based on where you work, replaced instead with a T-Mobile gift card worth $25 when your purchase a new device… based on where you work. It's...

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The Top 5 BlackBerry Leaks That Were Never Released As Actual Products!

In taking a look back at all of the BlackBerry leaks that have happened over the years, we started to wonder how many of them were device leaks that never ended up going to market. Many were just prototypes, or never meant for the public eye but somehow managed to make their way out anyway. As it turns out, there's a few of them out there, so have a look through our list of the top 5...

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Introducing the Mobile Nations Newsroom

Mobile Nations Newsroom

I’m excited to introduce you to a new initiative we’ll be piloting on Android Central, iMore, Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, and Smartwatch Fans this April. Internally we’ve dubbed it Mobile Nations Newsroom and it represents a change to our organizational structure and workflow designed to provide you, our readers, with a better experience. The goal of Newsroom is to get you the latest...

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EZ Pass migration tool now available for BES10

EZ Pass migration tool now available for BES10

If you've been looking for a way to upgrade your IT infrastructure from an ancient BES 5 or other MDM system, you're in luck: BES10 EZ Pass is now available. The migration tool, announced late in February, is intended to make it easier to move from both the older BES5 mobile device management system as well as from competing MDM suits like Good, MobileIron, and AirWatch. EZ Pass is a free tool...

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BlackBerry 10 smartphones finally launch on ShopBlackBerry for Canada

BlackBerry smartphones

BlackBerry has announced that starting today, customers will be able to purchased unlocked GSM versions of a number of BlackBerry 10 smartphones directly from the company's Canadian store ca.ShopBlackBerry.com. The available devices are the BlackBerry Z30, Z10, Q10, and Q5. These devices are compatible with Canadian LTE and 4G networks. Press release: BlackBerry 10 Smartphones Now Available...

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Says BlackBerry CEO, John Chen - "I know I have to make money"

Says BlackBerry CEO, John Chen - "I know I have to make money"

With the BlackBerry Q4 financial results now known, there's been plenty of talk about the strategies BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been putting in place. Everything from the release of the 'Classic' device to the new production run of the BlackBerry 7 Bold series to the level of new BBM users has been under the microscope and in an effort to get the message out there, John Chen sat down with CBC...

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BlackBerry wins injunction against Typo, sales of BlackBerry-style keyboard for iPhone barred

It's a bitter setback for Typo and a victory for BlackBerry, but it's not all that surprising that BlackBerry was able to win an injunction on sales of the Typo keyboard for iPhone. Considering how much Typo looks like a BlackBerry keyboard and how much BlackBerry has vowed to fight back against their perceived infringement, a sales ban was all but a foregone conclusion at this point. Sorry,...

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Here’s what matters from the BlackBerry Q4 financial results conference call

Here’s what matters from the BlackBerry Q4 financial results conference call

This morning BlackBerry published Q4 results for fiscal 2014 and held the usual analyst conference call. I’ll go through the results here, and I’d like to invite you to post your comments below. First of all, John Chen did a great job of communicating on the call. I really like this guy as the CEO. When he speaks it’s obvious that he understands the issues that are bothering shareholders. He...

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Some key thoughts on BlackBerry Q4 results that just hit the wire

Some key thoughts on BlackBerry Q4 results that just hit the wire

A few minutes ago BlackBerry issued its press release with financial results for Q4. As usual it’s a good news / bad news situation, and the conference call is in less than half an hour. I’ll come back afterwards with a more detailed review. Until then here are a few things I noticed. Revenue was weaker than analysts expected. Consensus estimates were $1.11 billion but the company generated...

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Reminder: BlackBerry Q4 Earnings Report and Conference Call Friday Morning!

BBRY

Just a quick friendly reminder for those of you holding shares of BBRY that Friday morning we'll see BlackBerry report its Year-End and Q4 fiscal earnings. The earnings report should cross the wire around 7am ET, and the conference call will kick-off at 8am ET. Those wanting to listen into the conference call can dial 1-800-814-4859 or click into the webcast here. CrackBerry's plan of attack...

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BlackBerry Cyclone prototype listed on eBay once again

BlackBerry Cyclone prototype listed on eBay once again

If you're wanting to get your hands on that BlackBerry Cyclone prototype that turned up, now is your chance. It has been listed on eBay once again after having been removed a few times already. The current bid is at $80 but you can hit that buy it now button and grab it for $1,000 if you've got that kind of flow to toss around. Obviously you'd not be buying it for use but who knows, could be...

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Our Top 10 Favorite BGR BlackBerry Leaks!

Our Top 10 Favorite BGR BlackBerry Leaks!

In a blog post on the official Inside BlackBerry blog yesterday, CEO John Chen relayed word that the company will be cracking down on leaks. In addition to the company putting in place more measures to prevent leaks from happening in the first place, BlackBerry will also show no mercy in legally going after those who choose to leak (and get caught doing it of course). You can view my thoughts...

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