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FCC approves AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV

FCC approves AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV

The FCC has voted to approve AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, just a few days after FCC chairman Tom Wheeler recommended the commission do just that. In its approval statement, however, the FCC has outlined some conditions to which AT&T had to agree in order to receive approval. From the FCC: As part of the merger, AT&T-DIRECTV will be required to expand its deployment of high-...

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BlackBerry extends security focus to the Internet of Things

BlackBerry extends security focus to the Internet of Things

BlackBerry is looking to make everything more secure, and the latest effort from the company may be aimed at the Internet of Things (IoT). At its recent Security Summit — which you can watch again here — the company had very little to say about hardware, and everything to say about security. On stage, there was a demonstration showing just how easily someone could hack into an IV pump in a...

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Watch the BlackBerry Security Summit 2015 replay now

Watch the BlackBerry Security Summit 2015 replay now

If you were not able to tune in to the BlackBerry Security Summit 2015 when it was live, don't worry, as you can now watch the stream online. BlackBerry has posted the recording on YouTube, allowing you to see everything that happened for yourself. With topics of discussion ranging from cloud security, to the recent acquisition of AtHoc, there is a lot of great information shared. Security...

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AT&T reports Q2 2015 earnings: $33 billion in revenue, adds 2.1 million wireless customers

AT&T has reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2015 today, showing a slight bump in revenue over the same period a year ago. In all, second quarter revenue clocked in at $33 billion, which is up 1.4 percent when compared to the same period a year ago. Additionally, earnings per share were 69 cents — up from 61 cents a year ago. As far as AT&T's wireless arm is concerned,...

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John Chen discusses AtHoc acquisition, BlackBerry security, hardware and more

Following up on the news that BlackBerry has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with Fox Business to discuss what the acquisition means for BlackBerry and AtHoc and what the plans are for integrating the software platform. Also up for discussion was BlackBerry security, John Chen's plan for the hardware business going forward as well as...

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BlackBerry scores new U.S. Department of Defense approval for BlackBerry smartphones

Fresh off of wrapping up the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry has now announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the use of derived Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) credentials on BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 smartphones. "Security is the cornerstone of BlackBerry technology, which is why we have served as a proud and trusted mobile partner of government...

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Introducing Mobile Nations' Kicked TV, bringing you the latest and greatest in crowdfunding projects!

Sorting through the thousands and thousands of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowdfunding projects that go live every day can be daunting. That's why we're thrilled to welcome Kicked TV to the Mobile Nations family! Kicked is built around the Kicked Weekly show, a quick look at the top new and exciting crowdfunding projects out there that you might want to check out, and maybe even back...

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BlackBerry Security Summit 2015 Live Blog!

BlackBerry Security Summit 2015 Live Blog!

It's time for the annual BlackBerry Security Summit. This year, we'll get to hear from BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chairman, John Chen as well as key members of the senior leadership team including Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard, Vice President of Product Management Tim Choi, Corporate Strategy Vice President Jeff Holleran, Chief Technology Officer, Secusmart, Christoph Erdmann, and...

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The one year Emberify app sale!

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The 25th of July will mark the one year anniversary that BlackBerry 10 developers Emberify have been around as a brand and to celebrate they are very kindly reducing the price of their apps to just $1 for a week! The apps on offer are as follows: Reminder Now (66% off) Tilt Now (50% off) Instant (50% off) Inbox Zero (50% off) Follow Mail (50% off) Chances are that you've seen us feature...

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BlackBerry enters definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc

BlackBerry Acquiring AtHoc to Enable Secure Mass Communication and Collaboration

BlackBerry has now announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc, a leading provider of secure, networked crisis communications. Its software platform enables people, devices and organizations to exchange critical information in real time during business continuity and life safety operations. "BlackBerry is making strategic investments in security, privacy...

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FCC chairman recommends approval of AT&T's pending DirecTV acquisition

FCC chairman recommends approval of AT&T's pending DirecTV acquisition

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has officially come out in support of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, recommending that the regulatory commission approve the deal. However, in order for the deal to go through, Wheeler is asking AT&T to agree to some conditions, including stricter net neutrality requirements. From CNET: Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom...

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UK Government publishes updated guidance on using BlackBerry 10 smartphones

In another nod to BlackBerry security, the UK government via the Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG) has released updated security guidelines for government agencies and various other secure organizations that wish to use BlackBerry 10 devices. The guidelines are designed to help government and corporate users set up devices it deems secure to offer the best balance between...

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AT&T may be raising upgrade fees starting August 1

According to a new report, AT&T may be raising its upgrade fee to $45, and introducing a new $15 activation fee for AT&T Next and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) customers, starting August 1. Droid Life is reporting that the $5 increase in upgrade fee, and $15 activation fee will apply to all customers beginning August 1, though those currently making payments under a Next Installment Plan...

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Several Canadian carriers have now officially released BlackBerry OS 10.3.2

Despite having been officially announced back on June 2nd, Canadian carriers have sort of lagged in officially rolling out the BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 update to customers but it looks as though the wait is finally over for the most part. As noted in the CrackBerry Forums multiple times now and via our tips line, several Canadian carriers including Bell, TELUS, Rogers, Wind and SaskTel have started...

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Verizon

Verizon has published its earnings report for Q2 2015. The US carrier performed rather well in the second quarter of this year, pulling in $32.2 billion of revenue. The company continues to battle competitors to retain customers, but did manage to see its churn rate drop to just 0.90% – the lowest in three years. As well as revenue of $32 billion, Verizon also reported earnings of $4.23...

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BlackBerry cuts more jobs as CEO John Chen continues turnaround

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BlackBerry will be cutting more jobs as CEO John Chen continues to tighten up the budget and control company expenditure. In a statement, spokeswoman Kara Yi revealed that some employees will be affected by company turnaround plans, though exact figures were not disclosed. The statement read as follows: "As BlackBerry moves into the next stage of its turnaround, we remain focused on...

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Join us for the BlackBerry Security Summit live stream on July 23

Join us for the BlackBerry Security Summit live stream on July 23

On Thursday, July 23, 2015, BlackBerry will be hosting their annual BlackBerry Security Summit in New York. The event will be headed up by BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chairman, John Chen as well as key members of the senior leadership team including Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard, Vice President of Product Management Tim Choi, Corporate Strategy Vice President Jeff Holleran, Chief...

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Evernote nabs Chris O'Neill from Google as new CEO

Evernote nabs Chris O'Neill from Google as new CEO

Evernote has announced that it has appointed a new CEO, Chris O'Neill, who will step into the job on July 27. Co-founder and current CEO, Phill Libin, will step down from the position to become the Executive Chairman. Evernote says that Libin will stay "actively involved with the company," though they didn't specify exactly what that would look like. From Evernote: "Chris brings to...

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Monsters Inc Stickers roar into the BBM Shop

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When it comes to the BBM Shop there seems to be a slight inconsistency as to when new products show up for users. I'm not sure if this is a regional thing or a glitch, but either way, I was rather pleased to see the Monsters Inc sticker pack show up for me over the weekend. I don't mind admitting that I'm not a regular 'buyer' of stickers as I think they are a wee bit overpriced (personally...

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile has agreed to pay a $17.5 million fine to the US Federal Communications Commission. The fine will settle an investigation of the wireless carrier by the FCC due to two separate nationwide 911 outages on T-Mobile's network that happened on August 8, 2014. The FCC stated: In its investigation, the Enforcement Bureau found that T-Mobile did not provide timely notification of the...

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