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Alec Saunders

BlackBerry's Alec Saunders has announced his departure from the company sometime between now and November 3. We don't normally harp on outgoing BlackBerry staff, but Alec Saunders was a high profile guy who figured largely in many important launches. Prior to taking on the role of VP of Cloud Businesses and heading up Project Ion, BlackBerry's play into the Internet of Things space, Saunders...

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BlackBerry Passport launched in Hong Kong

BlackBerry Passport launched in Hong Kong

If you live in Hong Kong and have patiently been awaiting the arrival of the BlackBerry Passport, your wait is over. The device has now officially been announced at a launch event held earlier today and is available for ordering across several ordering channels of HKT such as CSL and 1010 with a suggested retail price of $6288 HKD. Nice to see the Passport roll out so quickly to all the...

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BlackBerry Passport Gold Edition spotted looking luxurious

BlackBerry Passport Gold Edition spotted looking luxurious

We've all seen the piano black and porcelain white version of the BlackBerry Passport, which are both great looking devices. Then we saw an all black version appear and as we know from previous device launches, it was only a matter of time before we saw one pampered in gold, be it directly from BlackBerry or a third-party. As it turns out, we didn't have to wait all that long at all as one...

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Top 5 new features coming with BlackBerry 10.3.1

Top 5 new features coming with BlackBerry 10.3.1

Earlier we posted up a quick look at some of the new features coming with BlackBerry 10.3.1 from the SDK but since then, an unofficial developer build of 10.3.1 has leaked out and folks have been going through it and finding out what's new. For those of you not interested in loading up a leaked or developer OS, CrackBerry Forums member pttptppt decided to do up a video and show off some of the...

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Sprint plans to lay off an unspecified number of employees in efforts to further reduce costs

While Sprint maintains their position as the third largest carrier in the U.S., they announced on Friday that they will be laying off an unspecified number of management and nonmanagement jobs this month in efforts to further reduce costs. According to the WSJ, referencing a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the reduction of employees will result in a charge of...

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BlackBerry Passport once again in stock on Shop BlackBerry!

BlackBerry Passport once again in stock on Shop BlackBerry!

If you still haven't got your hands on BlackBerry Passport and are looking to pick one up, you might want to hit up Shop BlackBerry as soon as possible. It appears as though BlackBerry's online storefront is once again taking orders for their latest and greatest smartphone. There is still a bit of a catch though. Only the US and Canada side are showing they have stock, all others are still...

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New BBM beta brings auto transfer of HQ photos, improved sticker picker and more!

If you're looking for a new beta to play around with over the weekend, BlackBerry is here for you. They've just announced a new build of BBM is now available through the BlackBerry Beta Zone, and it has numerous bug fixes and new features included that need testing. The list of bug fixes wasn't noted in the info, however, the new features list was and here's what to expect if you've been...

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ASPCA and Lil' Panda BBM stickers now available in the BBM shop

ASPCA and Lil' Panda BBM stickers now available in the BBM shop

The amount of stickers available in the BBM Shop continues to grow with the latest releases. This time around, there's two new packs to choose from and one of them is actually for a good cause. The Lil' Panda pack consists of some adorable pandas that I honestly didn't know were a thing until now but are from the Lil' Panda company, which is a fun lifestyle brand that seeks to empower girls...

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BlackBerry marketing gets a kick in the pants from advertising and marketing firm Gyro

Have you noticed there has been more marketing coming out of BlackBerry lately? The launch of the BlackBerry Passport has brought forth plenty of new videos, new imagery, new ad placements, new slogans and more. For years now, BlackBerry fans have been asking for marketing muscle from BlackBerry and according to Advertising Age, BlackBerry has heard folks loud and clear and has brought on...

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BlackBerry CEO: BlackBerry Passport is to help busy professionals make time, not kill it

Remember back when the first images of the BlackBerry Passport first started showing up? Many people thought BlackBerry was crazy and comments like 'What was BlackBerry thinking?!?' were pretty easy to find. After a while though, a lot of people began to change their mind on the device and began to appreciate the look of it. With over 200,000 units now sold, there are some answers to that...

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British red phone boxes are turning green to charge your smartphones

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Famous British red phone boxes are being revived to charge smartphones. The new solar-powered hubs are painted green and branded "Solarbox", but retain much of the same iconic design. Gone were the days of wired calls, say hello to free public charging. While the service to charge your smartphones is free, users will be met with advertisements displayed on a small screen located within the...

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Angry Birds

The Finnish studio behind Angry Birds, Rovio has announced that job cuts may be on the cards to simplify the company. CEO Mikael Hed admitted in a blog post published today the company has been growing on assumptions, a tactic that's clearly not sustainable in today's competitive market. We are an entrepreneurial company and have been exploring multiple areas. We have been building our...

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South African carrier Cell C rolls out awesome ad featuring the BlackBerry Passport

South African carrier Cell C is currently running their Believe & Make It #EPIC contest and marketing campaign wherein entrants can win over 7700 prizes worth R5 million, from the 1st of November 2014 until the end of January 2015. To help spread the word they've now rolled out a pretty clever ad featuring a rugby team, a little boy, a lost BlackBerry Passport and some adventures the little...

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A quick look at some new features coming in BlackBerry 10.3.1

A quick look at some new features coming in BlackBerry 10.3.1

If you own any BlackBerry 10 smartphone right now aside from a BlackBerry Passport and Porsche Design P'9983, you might be getting tired of hearing about BlackBerry 10.3 given the fact current devices won't be getting any version of 10.3 right away. Instead, all in market BlackBerry 10 smartphones will have to wait for 10.3.1 to arrive before they can enjoy all the features that came with 10.3...

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Verizon won't throttle its heaviest unlimited data users after all

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Verizon is backtracking on its plan to begin throttling data hogs on grandfathered unlimited plans on its 4G LTE network today. Originally, the carrier announced that starting on October 1, unlimited customers who use excessive data on a strained cell site may see their data speeds temporarily reduced, but after public backlash the carrier is now reversing its policy so that there will be no...

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Following its rivals, Verizon brings more data to More Everything plans

Following its rivals, Verizon brings more data to More Everything plans

Following the lead of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon Wireless will now be giving subscribers of its More Everything plans even more data, though you'll have to sign up this month to qualify. More data begins with the 12 GB plan, which will now net you a 15 GB data bucket each month, and goes all the way up to the 50 GB data plan, which through the promotion will double your data to a whopping 100...

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Sprint doubles data on high-end plans for families and businesses

Sprint doubles data on high-end plans for families and businesses

Sprint has announced that, starting today, they are offering "double the data" on high-end data plans compared to AT&T and Verizon. Sprint's 32GB, 40GB, and 60GB Family Share Pack plans will now offer 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB at no extra cost. Customers must sign up by October 31 in order to take advantage of the offer. Existing customers can take advantage of the promotion by visiting a...

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EE upgrades a further 18 towns in the UK to blinding 4G speeds

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EE today announced the mobile network has launched 4G in 18 new towns across the UK, including Sandhurst. This takes the total number of major towns and cities with LTE connectivity through the company to 281 – reported to be over 75 percent of the UK population. Sandhurst is the home of the Royal Military Academy, located in Berkshire. Hitting 75 percent of the UK population is quite the...

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