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BlackBerry stock is close to a new 52-week high

BlackBerry stock is close to a new 52-week high

In the weeks since BlackBerry's latest earnings announcement the stock has climbed significantly higher. It was trading in the $8 range (all figures in USD) prior to the quarterly news, and has now advanced to $11.43 as I write this. This week the stock reached a high of $11.63, which is very close to the company's 52-week high of $12.18. Momentum traders like to see stocks making new 52-...

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Windows Phone BBM beta test program already filled up

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BlackBerry is no longer taking sign ups for the closed beta test of its upcoming BBM app for Windows Phone, with users now being asked to register for a waitlist. This news, which was not unexpected, comes less than 24 hours after BlackBerry started taking signups for the Windows Phone BBM beta test. It's currently unknown just how many people were accepted into the beta test. While the app...

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G4S Argentina upgrades to BES10 for Secure Enterprise Mobility Management

The list of companies signed on for BES10 continues to grow, this time BlackBerry has announced the addition of G4S Argentina. With over 4,500 employees in Argentina, G4S has recently implemented their own bring your own device (BYOD) strategy and to assist with that they've decided to upgrade to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) as their enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution...

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9 of 10 emergency wireless calls lack accurate location data in D.C. area

9 of 10 emergency wireless calls lack accurate location data in D.C. area

Don't cut the cord just yet on your home phones! FCC data reveals that 9 out of 10 emergency calls made with a cell phone in Washington, D.C. lack accurate location information, making it harder for emergency workers to respond in a crisis. The data was collected in the first half of 2013 and only covers the D.C. area in the U.S. Through the Freedom of Information Act, public interest group...

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BlackBerry offers up another look at the revolutionary keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport

With the BlackBerry Passport now out there and in the open, there is still some folks who don't quite grasp how the keyboard and trackpad will work together or how it adds to the level of productivity one can achieve. To help offer a better look, BlackBerry has now posted up more information on how the keyboard will work along with the touch-enabled keyboard. For most CrackBerry readers and...

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BlackBerry Beta Zone now accepting sign ups for BBM beta on Windows Phone

As expected due to the app having arrived on the Windows Phone Store under private beta status, BlackBerry has now announced their open, external beta for BBM on Windows Phone. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry Blog, BBM on Windows Phone will bring a fresh new native look & feel having been specifically designed for Windows Phone. The BBM team here at BlackBerry has been busy...

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Disney's Mickey & Friends sticker pack now available in the BBM Shop

Disney's Mickey & Friends sticker pack now available in the BBM Shop

Following up on their Frozen and Toy Story releases, Disney has now released the Mickey & Friends sticker pack and I can't even play this one off like I'm not going to buy it. I already have! It has all the usual suspects such as Mickey, Pluto, Donald, Goofy, Daisy and Minnie and is priced at $1.99. Like all other packs, we're not sure of all the places it was made available but it's...

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'Things you do' and Characters BBM sticker packs now available

'Things you do' and Characters BBM sticker packs now available

The BBM team has already released several of the built-in emoticons as stickers on the BBM Shop but if you're favorites weren't covered previously, they just might be now. A new 'Things You Do' sticker pack has arrived and offers a few more of the BBM emoticons as larger stickers for use. You can cross your fingers, fist bump or go box someone's ears off and more in the latest pack. If that's...

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UK government set to rush through emergency surveillance legislation

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The UK government is looking to reinforce powers of security services to require internet and phone providers to maintain records of customer email and calls. Emergency laws are to be introduced into the Commons next Monday, following private talks and gaining support of both Labour and the Liberal Democrats on the basis that there will be new board to oversee the functioning of new powers. The...

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ShopBlackBerry drops prices on all white BlackBerry 10 devices

ShopBlackBerry drops prices on all white BlackBerry 10 devices

If you are looking to pick up a new BlackBerry 10 smartphone here's something interesting to consider. Right now, for whatever reason, all white BlackBerry 10 smartphones are on sale through the ShopBlackBerry store. No matter which device you choose from the available devices, as long as it's white they're all $100 off their original asking price. We've gone through the shop and it appears as...

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Monomeros Colombo Venezolanos S.A. upgrades to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

BlackBerry has added another name to their successful BlackBerry EZ Pass migration program. This time around, Monomeros Colombo Venezolanos S.A., a leading supplier of basic and intermediate chemicals for the agricultural and industrial sectors in Colombia, opted to migrate from BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 to BES10 to manage its fleet of BlackBerry 10 devices. "BlackBerry has always been...

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The UK government's Department of Transport has now joined with the U.S. in requiring that passengers on some international flights coming in and out of the country must show that their electronic devices can be powered up, in an effort to improve security. The new notice from the department stated: In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also...

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Bharucha & Partners law firm upgrades to BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BES 10

On top of the announcement that top UK law firms have chosen or are evaluating BlackBerry solutions, Bharucha & Partners out of Mumbai and Delhi announced all lawyers, paralegals as well as senior members of the administrative staff across their three offices have moved to BlackBerry 10 smartphones, primarily BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry Z30 smartphones coupled with BES 10. "In today's...

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QNX hosting Project Ion webinar July 10th, learn more about the Internet of Things

Curious and want to know more about Project Ion along with the 'Internet of Things'? If so, QNX is hosting a webinar on July 10 at 1 p.m. ET that might help you get a better feeling for it all. Although it's going to be focused on how Project Ion can transform your business, it's worth tuning into to learn more and it's open to everyone. Earlier this year we unveiled Project Ion, a series...

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My favorite BlackBerry OS 10.3 features thus far

My favorite BlackBerry OS 10.3 features thus far

Although there are still updates to BlackBerry 10.2.1 being released, it's no secret that BlackBerry 10.3 is well on its way. The developer OS has been released, the developer tools have all been updated and BlackBerry has slowly been offering everyone quick glimpses of what's next for BlackBerry 10. There have even been a few leaks of the upcoming OS, and while there is still plenty of time to...

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The BlackBerry fact check portal is a great idea and here are ways they can make it even better

On June 26th BlackBerry announced, via a blog post, something they are calling a "fact check portal." Technically it's not a portal but a category under which they can file blog posts. We can call it whatever we like. Portal, category or even a dedicated blog … these are just labels. What matters to me is the content and how well they market it. The very first blog post under this category...

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BBM private beta appears to have arrived on Windows Phone Store

BBM private beta appears to have arrived on Windows Phone Store

BlackBerry hasn't really kept the fact that BBM is coming to Windows Phone a secret. In fact, they've made several announcements on the matter with the most recent noting Windows Phone users would indeed be able to download the app at some point in 'July'. Of course, some beta testing has to occur before a roll out of the app happens and it seems that's possibly already underway as BBM has been...

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BlackBerry highlights why the Passport just might be the device for you!

While some folks are already sold on the BlackBerry Passport and will be picking one up as soon as possible, there are still plenty of folks out there that seem to be on the fence about the device, and understandably so. It's new, it's different, and takes a different approach to the smartphone. In an effort to help push even more folks towards the Passport, BlackBerry has taken to their own...

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BlackBerry sets the facts straight about agreement with Volkswagen Infotainment

For the past few days now there has been a flurry of news floating around surrounding BlackBerry and their agreement with Volkswagen Infotainment. Last week, Volkswagen issued a press release stating they would be taking over BlackBerry's European research and development centre in Bochum. We never wrote about it because there was a lot of information left out of the very simple press release...

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BlackBerry Q10, Q5, and Z30 win Red Dot design awards

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On top of being the hugely functional devices we know and love, the BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Q5, and BlackBerry Z30 are also earning accolades for design. All three just won Red Dot Awards when faced with a pool of over 4,800 entrants and a panel of 40 design experts judging every aspect of the products. BlackBerry won the same award for the BlackBerry Z10 last year. Brian Paschke, Senior...

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