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A look back on the BlackBerry Passport event in London

A look back on the BlackBerry Passport event in London

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 marked the unveiling of the much awaited BlackBerry Passport. BlackBerry held launch events in Toronto, London and Dubai, simultaneously. A bit like the BlackBerry 10 launch back in January 2013 but this time around there were three separate presentations. At the BlackBerry 10 launch, the main stage with then CEO Thorsten Heins was live streamed to the other...

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New BBM for Windows Phone beta now available!

New BBM for Windows Phone beta now available!

If you're part of the BBM beta for Windows Phone, you'll want to go ahead and get yourself updated. BlackBerry has now rolled out v120.0.0.1 and it's packed full of bug fixes, features additions but alas, as it is a beta there's also some things to be aware of before you hop right into it. Luckily, BlackBerry has provided a full change log for everyone to look through so you can decide for...

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Forrester Research names BlackBerry a leader in Enterprise Mobile Management

Over the past three months since the launch of the BlackBerry Fact Check portal, BlackBerry has been taking their competitors to task over some of their claims against the company and their offerings but that's sort of to be expected. To hear other, outside parties also claim BlackBerry is a leader in Enterprise Mobile Management is entirely different and that's exactly what Forrester Research...

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Google's Eric Schmidt still loves his BlackBerry Bold 9900

Google's Eric Schmidt still loves his BlackBerry Bold 9900

If you've been around CrackBerry for a while, this post may not come as much of a surprise as there is a good amount of history with Google's Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, and his not so secret love for BlackBerry smartphones and their keyboards. In New York for a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi as well as six others including the heads of Boeing...

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The good 'ol days of being a BlackBerry user... are back!

BlackBerry Passport vs. 7290

When you read phone reviews, you don't typically see Fun as a category upon which different devices are rated and compared - it's things like Performance, Design and Battery Life that are the norm. It's too bad really that the fun factor isn't given much consideration. As much as tech products are there to add utility to our everyday lives, given how much we use and rely on tech these days it'...

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BlackBerry Passport launched in India, available in stores October 10th

As expected from previous reports, the BlackBerry Passport has now launched in India with pricing set at Rs. 49,990. Customers looking to pick up a BlackBerry Passport can place their pre-orders exclusively at Amazon.in starting today. Additionally, the BlackBerry Passport will be available at BlackBerry Exclusive stores with a gift card of Rs. 5000 along 5000 miles of Jet Airways starting from...

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From the Editor's Desk: Passport and onward!

From the Editor's Desk: Passport and onward!

We're almost at the end of September and, as I noted at the end of August, it was a month many of us were looking forward to. For most, it was due to the BlackBerry Passport being launched, but aside from that there were plenty of other nice surprises this month as well and really, the fun has only just begun. Let's take a quick look at what happened this month. Porsche Design P'9983 launch...

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Thank You BlackBerry for making email triage on 10.3 faster than iOS and Android

Email Triage!

Seven months ago I went went on a podcast rant and wrote an editorial here complaining about the "email triage" experience on BlackBerry 10. My issue? It was too damn slow. From the inbox, deleting or archiving a single email was a painful process. Unlike Android or iOS, where I could swipe left on a message to quickly take action on it, on BB10 I had to tap and hold on a single message, wait...

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AT&T offering double data on Mobile Share plans for a limited time

AT&T offering double data on Mobile Share plans for a limited time

Are you a heavy data user? If so, AT&T is hoping you'll look their way and consider their latest promotion. For a limited time, they're doubling up the data offered on their Mobile Share value plans. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, AT&T is offering new promotional Mobile Share Value plans that include double the amount of data offered on Mobile Share Value plans with 15GB to 50 GB of...

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BlackBerry Passport now officially available in Singapore

BlackBerry Passport now officially available in Singapore

If you've been waiting for the BlackBerry Passport to arrive in Singapore, your wait is over. The device has now been officially launched and is available for purchase across several of BlackBerry's authorized carriers such as M1, Singtel and StarHub. Pricing and special offers vary across retailers. Cameron Vernest, Managing Director of Singapore at BlackBerry said, "This is definitely a...

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European ruling opens up the cabin for in-flight phone calls, Internet access

Airplane mode no longer required on flights in Europe thanks to new EASA ruling

Through a new decision made by the European Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, the doors may be opening up to in-flight phone calls, emails, and streaming video on a flight in Europe in the future. Though EASA had allowed the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) on flights in airplane mode last year, the new ruling on Friday would allow these devices to remain on whether or not they are...

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John Chen

Here we are again. Another quarter has gone by and BlackBerry has reported another set of financial results. I look forward to these reports. I enjoy breaking down what can often seem like complex stuff into something that novice investors can understand. I enjoy being able to focus on what matters. Before I go into the numbers, let's have a quick glance at the markets. As I write this,...

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Monthly Active Users for BBM grows to 91 million

Monthly Active Users for BBM grows to 91 million

BBM continues to grow after having gone multi platform. Announced during the Q2 fiscal 2015 earnings call, Monthly Active Users for BBM grew from the previous 85 million to what is now 91 million. While there was no breakdown of where those users were gained, it's still great to see that BBM is continuing to grow. With new value added services such as BBM Protected and BBM Money continuing to...

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Over 200,000 BlackBerry Passports sold through Amazon and Shop BlackBerry

Since announcement of the BlackBerry Passport in Toronto, London and Dubai, there has been over 200,000 devices sold across Amazon and Shop BlackBerry. As noted by BlackBerry CEO John Chen on the Q2 2015 earnings call, the BlackBerry Passport has moved to the number one spot on the Amazon unlocked device list and sold out through ShopBlackBerry within the first six hours after sales had gone...

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BlackBerry Q2 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call

BlackBerry Q2 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call

The Q2 Fiscal 2015 earnings call kicks off at 8 am ET, and be accessed by dialing 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at the BlackBerry events website. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am by dialing 1-647-436-0148 and entering pass code 8015758#. For now though, anyone who is tuning in live can join us below for some chat as we listen to the call. We'll...

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MySmartPrice turns WhatsApp into a price comparison tool

WhatsApp

The price comparison website MySmartPrice is now enabling millions of consumers in India to check out better deals online, even when they have little connectivity. The web service will allow users to utilize WhatsApp, the massively popular cross-platform messenger, to make quick and speedy product price comparison searches. All that's required is to fire a message to 9332222222 with a query...

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This solid black version of the BlackBerry Passport is hot!

This solid black version of the BlackBerry Passport is hot!

In the lead up to the launch of the BlackBerry Passport we had heard there was several different color variations of the device out there in limited numbers and at least one has appeared in Dubai. Attending the Passport event in Dubai, @LeonJayJay found a solid black version of the BlackBerry Passport in his gift box when he unboxed it as posted up by @Emkwan. As most folks know by now, the...

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Mini Marilyn and Garfield stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

Mini Marilyn and Garfield stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

If you happened to open up the BBM Stickers shop tonight you might have noticed two new packs are now available to purchase for $1.99. The first is that finicky feline Garfield, known for his distaste of Mondays and his predilection for lasagna. For those who are a fan of the beloved comic strip this set includes all of the characters you know and love including John, Odie, and Arlene. There...

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Miss the BlackBerry Passport launch event live stream? Watch the replay

If you happened to miss out on the BlackBerry Passport launch event live stream, the replay of the event is now available via the BlackBerry events website and ready for you to view it at your leisure. You'll see the full unveiling of the BlackBerry Passport, along with some great demos of BlackBerry 10.3 and some pretty funny jokes from BlackBerry CEO John Chen. I won't give you the full run...

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A closer look at BlackBerry Blend from the BlackBerry Passport launch

A closer look at BlackBerry Blend from the BlackBerry Passport launch

BlackBerry Blend has finally arrived for those lucky enough to have a BlackBerry Passport or Porsche Design P'9983 and it's totally awesome. At the BlackBerry Passport launch event in Toronto, we caught up with Sanjay Nathwani, Product Manager at BlackBerry to get a closer look at BlackBerry Blend and some of the stuff you can do with the app on the whole. Although the video comes in at nine...

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