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BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK goes gold

The BlackBerry Classic is well on its way and to ensure developers can have their apps ready for it, BlackBerry has now released the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK along with a new developer OS (OS 10.3.1.997) for all devices. Over at the Inside BlackBerry Developer blog, they've taken the time to highlight some key items that you must consider if you're building for or...

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How to get Amazon Prime Instant Video on BlackBerry 10

How to get Amazon Prime Instant Video on BlackBerry 10

Do you have an Amazon Prime account? If so, then you likely know that Amazon offers up Prime Instant Video and you may also likely know that, after many years of holding out, they recently released an Android version of Prime Instant Video so folks with an Amazon Prime account can purchase, rent or watch movies and TV shows on the go, provided their device was supported, which many are not....

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Vision Mobile Developer Economics Survey

If you're a developer, take this 10-minute survey and you could win some really great prizes! It's that time of year again, and our friends at Vision Mobile need 10 minutes of your time to participate in the 8th edition of their Developer Economics Survey. If you're not familiar with the survey, Vision Mobile uses it to compile the most comprehensive report on the worldwide app economy and...

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Former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins lands at wireless charger company Powermat

Thorsten Heins takes leadership of Powermat

It's been a while since we've heard from former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, but there's now news of him: he's the new CEO and chairman of wireless charging company Powermat. Heins ran BlackBerry through a tumultuous just-under-two-year tenure that ended in late 2013, since replaced by John Chen. Hein's arrival has him replacing Powermat founder Ran Poliakine. Powermat's inductive charging...

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective stickers now available in the BBM Shop

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

He's the best there is. In fact, he's the only one there is. He's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and right now he's available on BBM in sticker form. Yup, that's right. A new BBM sticker pack has arrived featuring the legendary pet detective and you can call it yours for only $1.99. The pack should be showing for everyone at this point but if you're not seeing it in five minutes....... just wait...

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AT&T's latest Mobile Share promo gives you 15 GB for the price of 10 GB

AT&T's latest Mobile Share promo gives you 15 GB for the price of 10 GB

Starting tomorrow, November 18, AT&T will be running a limited-time promotion to bring more data to its 10 GB Mobile Share plan. For the same price that you would be paying on the 10 GB Mobile Share package, which comes with unlimited talk and text, AT&T will throw in an extra 5 GB bringing the shareable data bucket to 15 GB. The promotional 15GB Mobile Share Value plan at the...

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BlackBerry appoints a new Senior Vice President of Global Carrier Sales

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We're off to a flying start to the week with yet another press release from BlackBerry. John Chen certainly thinks that BlackBerry 10 carrier sales need to improve and he sure is right. So to combat the situation Howard Stevens has been put in place to strengthen relations - a good move. With the Passport now on sale in many regions and the Classic coming soon it seems the perfect time for a...

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Unable to log into Box? You're not alone - (Update)

Unable to log into Box? You're not alone - (Update)

Update: According to Box's status page, it looks like the issue has been resolved. Carry on! Are you amongst the many using Box for additional cloud storage on BlackBerry 10 smartphone? If so, have a look at your account and see if it's logged in right now. Many have noticed their accounts have automatically logged them out and when attempting to log back in, the 'Grant Access' button no...

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Verizon's new contract terms make it more expensive to defect early

Verizon's new contract terms make it more expensive to defect early

Verizon Wireless has updated its terms of service, which could increase the amount you're paying in early termination fees, or ETF, depending on when you wish to defect and leave the carrier. According to the new terms, if you sign a new two-year contract with Verizon and decide to leave towards the beginning of the contract term, you'll be out more money as your early termination fees do not...

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.1151 autoloaders now available

BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.1151 autoloaders now available for all BlackBerry 10 devices

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, if playing around with unofficial BlackBerry 10 builds is your idea of fun, you can now grab OS 10.3.1.1151 and give it a go. Autoloaders, as well as all the signed files, have appeared in the CrackBerry Forums and a readily available for download for most BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The rest are still being uploaded. As always, if you download...

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Join the BlackBerry Classic mosaic and be a part of the launch event!

Join the BlackBerry Classic mosaic and be a part of the launch event!

With the BlackBerry Classic launch date now announced, BlackBerry is welcoming everyone to be a part of it in a really cool way. They've set up a mosaic of the BlackBerry Classic comprised entirely of images and tweets from Twitter based on the tweets you've been sending using the hashtag #INeedMyBB or #BlackBerryClassic. You can hit Twitter now or head on over to the mosaic site to add...

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Work Wide - The best multitasking app ever now on BlackBerry World

Work Wide - The best multitasking app ever now on BlackBerry World

For those of you who own a BlackBerry Passport, you already know the device was built around productivity. But what if you could further improve that productivity through an app? That's the goal with the new Work Wide app now available in BlackBerry World. The Work Wide app started life based on speculation of being able to run two apps side-by-side on the BlackBerry Passport but when that didn...

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Rogers now taking preorders for the BlackBerry Classic

Rogers now taking preorders for the BlackBerry Classic

Rogers has wasted no time in letting folks know they'll be carrying the BlackBerry Classic. If you visit the Rogers website right now and look at the BlackBerry offerings, you'll see an ad letting everyone know the device is now available through the Rogers reservation system. At this time, it doesn't indicate how much Rogers will be selling the BlackBerry Classic for but it's likely to be...

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BlackBerry is on the cusp of returning as a growth company

BlackBerry is on the cusp of returning as a growth company

Yesterday could turn out to be one of the most pivotal days in the transformation of BlackBerry. I don't say this lightly either. I've been very concerned, yet hopeful about the future of the business since before the launch of BlackBerry 10. Despite the huge earnings and stock price volatility I still remain both concerned and hopeful. And I'm still a shareholder. I've never sold any of the...

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BlackBerry partners with ISEC7 to distribute BES12

BlackBerry partners with ISEC7 to distribute BES12

BlackBerry is teaming up once again with German group ISEC7 for the release of BES12. ISEC7 will provide customer support for customers switching over to BES12, as well as several other support. The company will provide full hosting of BES12 for their customers. BES12 was originally announced earlier this year as BlackBerry's mobile device management solution for all smartphone platforms. It...

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Telegram wants to give away $50,000 to a BlackBerry dev to bring their app to BlackBerry 10

Are you a BlackBerry developer who could use $50,000? If so, the folks from Telegram are looking for you. As noted on their Twitter account and company blog, they are looking for a BlackBerry developer or developers to bring their cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed to the BlackBerry 10 platform. A lot of Telegram users asked us to support...

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Sonic the Hedgehog spins onto the BBM shop in sticker form

Sonic the Hedgehog

A little something for 'old school' video game and cartoon lovers. Sonic blasted onto the scene in 1991 as a mascot for SEGA (Nintendo had Mario) and since then, he's starred in games, five different cartoon series and a TON of spin-offs. Now, you can bring Sonic to your BBM thanks to a brand new sticker pack having now arrived in the BBM Shop. The pack will set you back $1.99, but you get...

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John Chen: This is a platform that is going to last us for a very, very long time

In between taking the stage at the BlackBerry for Enterprise event and the BlackBerry investor day call, BlackBerry CEO John Chen found time to talk to CNBC about all the announcements from the event. As expected, there was a few choice quotes offered up in the interview surrounding what's in the pipeline for BlackBerry, how BlackBerry will compete and what they need to do in order to turn...

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U.S. government accused of spying on citizens with fake towers to collect phone data

A new report suggests that a U.S. Marshals Service spy program operating under the Justice Department is collecting thousands of cellphone identification numbers from Americans by employing fake communication towers. The program has been operational since 2007 and the towers are mounted on Cessna airplanes operating out of at least five metropolitan-area airports. These fake towers would trick...

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Miss the BlackBerry for Enterprise event? You can now watch the replay

Were you too busy to tune into the BlackBerry for Enterprise event and don't feel like reading through it all? If so, you can now settle in and watch the full replay of all the announcements that happened in San Francisco. Just head on over to the BlackBerry live stream site, though keep in mind that you'll need to set aside nearly two hours if you're wishing to catch it all. Watch the replay...

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