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VRHeads.com is here! Welcome CrackBerry's new virtual reality sibling site!

Welcome VRHeads.com, the new virtual and augmented reality community from the Mobile Nations team Are you interested in virtual reality? If so, I would like to take a moment to introduce you all to the latest site joining Windows Central, iMore, Android Central and, TeslaCentral as part of the Mobile Nations family, VRHeads.com. The folks at VRHeads have a single mission — invite everyone to...

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Pentagon expands its threat response capability using BlackBerry's AtHoc

BlackBerry has now announced that the Pentagon Force Protection Agency has awarded a contract to renew and expand its use of BlackBerry's AtHoc Networked Crisis Communications Suite. "We are honored by the continued trust in AtHoc by the Pentagon towards protecting its personnel," said Guy Miasnik, President of BlackBerry's AtHoc Division. "Their trust in AtHoc reinforces a shared mission...

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How your phone can help now that hurricane season is here

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Hurricane season is upon us, and your smartphone is now one of the most important tools in your preparedness kit. June 1 marks the official start to hurricane season. And while we've actually gotten off to a bit of an early start this year, with a bit of a development off the East Coast, there's no better time than to bone up on some of the best ways to keep current on what's out there, and...

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T-Mobile offers visitors to the U.S. a new $30 calling and data plan

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T-Mobile will launch its new Tourist Plan on June 12 for people who are visiting the United States. It will give them unlimited data and 1,000 minutes of calls inside the U.S for three weeks for $30. The T-Mobile Tourist Plan also includes 2GB of high-speed data, along with unlimited texting to over 140 countries. The plan also gives tourists in the U.S. a free SIM card. However, the plan...

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.3 beta autoloaders now available for developers

BlackBerry OS 10.3.3 beta autoloaders now available for developers

Remember the good old days when BlackBerry used to release beta OS builds to developers? Well, they're back. BlackBerry has rather quietly updated the BlackBerry Dev Alpha downloads page with beta builds of BlackBerry 10.3.3.746 so developers may test their apps against that build to ensure all remains working fine. Just as before, the OS builds are not full builds of the OS, they are...

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Some Priv owners receiving June Marshmallow update early

Some Priv owners receiving June Marshmallow update early

On Friday, BlackBerry released their fifth Marshmallow beta to ShopBlackBerry, Amazon, and T-Mobile devices but it seems as though the rollout went beyond those in the beta. Many folks in the CrackBerry Forums have now reported receiving Marshmallow build AAF153, which would presumably be the June 1st security update, on their ShopBlackBerry, and Amazon purchased devices. Fixes Bluetooth...

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BlackBerry working to allow updates on unlocked AT&T branded Priv's when not using AT&T SIM

If you're among the many who scooped up an unlocked AT&T branded Priv on the cheap only to find out the OS can't be updated unless you have an AT&T SIM, BlackBerry is offering some hope that that might soon no longer be an issue. As noted in the BlackBerry Knowledge Base, BlackBerry is currently working on a solution to allow updates to be made available to these devices. Software...

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Reddit in Motion update fixes Gfycat links and Reddit image hosting errors

UPDATE - Shortly after this post went up, I spoke with the developer who let me know he was aware of the issue with scrolling and will be releasing another update within the next 24 hours. Additionally, he noted he wanted to apologize to everyone for the issue having gone unnoticed. Although there are several Reddit clients available in BlackBerry World, Reddit in Motion remains one of the most...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Gems, Java, and smarts

Mobile Nations Weekly: Gems, Java, and smarts

Google wins in court, ZTE goes big, Tesla ramps up, Apple on the defensive, and the return of Windows Central Gems! Windows Central Gems is back! With support from Microsoft we're checking out some great and maybe overlooked apps across the Microsoft ecosystem — and giving away a bunch of great prizes to boot! Google just scored a big win in its ongoing court battle with Oracle over Java APIs...

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Bell to issue nearly $12 million in rebates over premium text message charges

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Bell will have to issue up to $11.82 million CAD in rebates to current and former customers. The ruling is in relation to the carrier charging premium texting fees that were hidden in third-party advertisements without customer approval. This all began back in 2012 when the Canadian Competition Bureau began an investigation into many of the big carriers, including Bell, Rogers, and Telus....

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Software maintenance release coming to Priv owners starting June 6

Software maintenance release coming to Priv owners starting June 6

This update has now gone live for multiple regions, carriers. You can discuss more in the CrackBerry Forums. Now that Android Marshmallow has been officially released for Priv owners, BlackBerry has already begun working on the next steps for that OS. As announced alongside the app updates for Priv today, Michael Clewley, Director of Software Product Management at BlackBerry let it also be known...

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AT&T offers more data for the same price on its high-speed GoPhone plans

 AT&T offers more data for the same price on its high-speed GoPhone plans

AT&T has announced it is adding more high-speed data for customers who are signed up for their pre-paid GoPhone plans. AT&T stated: If you're on the $60 plan, now get 6GB of high-speed data. If you have the $45 plan, now get 3GB of high-speed data. Either way, this is on top of unlimited talk and text and rollover data! Plus, customers on these plans can save $5 a month when they...

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AT&T will cut its Next payment plans from 4 to 2 starting on June 9

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At the moment, the device payment plans for AT&T are AT&T Next 24, AT&T Next 18, AT&T Next 12 and AT&T Next With Down Payment. On June 9, that will change to just two plans. From AT&T: AT&T Next Every Year: Upgrade to a new device every year, with a 24-month financing program term. AT&T Next: Upgrade every 2 years, with a 30-month financing program term. In...

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John Chen discusses why he came to BlackBerry, his future plans and more

John Chen

John Chen is no stranger to turning companies around, and that is what his main focus was when he came to BlackBerry. So, how did BlackBerry convince Chen to join the company? How is he progressing? Well, Chen recently sat down to answer some questions regarding why he accepted the position, his plans to fix the company and much more. From John Chen's interview with The Washington Post: Why...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Google In-and-Out

Mobile Nations Weekly: Google In-and-Out

Google I/O, on the Google campus, where Google unveils all the new Google things... So, there was this little thing out in California called Google I/O. Only a few small announcements: like Google taking on Amazon Echo, two new messaging apps, built-in VR for Android, apps that only download the parts you need as you need them, and a whole new smart assistant. Oh, and Android Wear 2.0 and...

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Consume news in a more interactive way with Ripple

Consume news in a more interactive way with Ripple for BlackBerry 10

Little Boat Studios, formerly ReFocus Tech, has now released a new app for BlackBerry 10 called Ripple. Ripple aims to offer you a new and unique way to get the latest news by introducing a predictive chat based feature that helps you browse through the top eight headlines every hour. Features: Ripple provides you with 8 things happening at this hour. Ripple provides you with a chat based...

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Veteran BlackBerry analyst says company should get out of the handset business

Gus Papageorgiou, the veteran Wall Street analyst who covered BlackBerry for many years and joined Macquarie Group in March, has initiated coverage of BlackBerry once again with a sell rating according to Bloomberg, believing that the market would applaud the company exiting the device business. In a note to clients, Papageorgiou noted: We remain skeptical that the company can make the...

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BlackBerry rolls out their fourth Android Marshmallow beta build to Priv owners

While many thought the public release of Android Marshmallow to Priv owners meant the beta testing was over, BlackBerry has proven that to not be the case at all. A new beta build, the fourth in the line of betas, has now been released. This time around, you'll have to have either an STV100-1 variant purchased from ShopBlackBerry or Amazon or an STV100-3 purchased through Canadian carriers...

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BlackBerry hosting annual Security Summit on July 19 in New York

BlackBerry hosting annual Security Summit on July 19 in New York

For the past two years now, BlackBerry has held their annual BlackBerry Security Summit in July and this year is no different. BlackBerry has now sent notices letting folks know their third annual BlackBerry Security Summit will be held on July 19 in New York. Please save the date to join BlackBerry on Tuesday, July 19 in NYC for the third annual BlackBerry Security Summit. BlackBerry...

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