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BlackBerry and Cisco sign broad patent cross-licensing agreement

BlackBerry and Cisco Sign broad patent cross-licensing agreement

BlackBerry and Cisco today announced that they have entered into a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement covering their respective products and technologies. BlackBerry and Cisco have a long history of technical cooperation and intend to further collaborate under this agreement. "Our agreement with Cisco underscores the value companies place on BlackBerry's broad and foundational...

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BlackBerry Appoints Dr. Laurie Smaldone Alsup to the Board of Directors

In addition to the earnings reports announced today, BlackBerry has also announced the appointment of Laurie Smaldone Alsup, M.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of PharmApprove, to the Company's Board of Directors. "I am pleased to welcome Dr. Laurie Smaldone Alsup to our Board of Directors. Dr. Smaldone Alsup's expertise in the pharmaceutical industry aligns very well with our...

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BlackBerry announces Q1 Fiscal 2016 results

BlackBerry announces Q1 Fiscal 2016 Results

Right on schedule, BlackBerry has now announced their Q1 Fiscal 2016 financial results for the period ending May 30th, 2015. Last quarter, Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen noted "The second half of our turnaround focuses on stabilization of revenue with sustainable profitability and cash generation" and this report offers up a look at how well that focus has played out for BlackBerry. Q1...

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Reminder: BlackBerry to announce Q1 FY2016 results on June 23

Reminder: BlackBerry to announce First Quarter Fiscal 2016 results on June 23

Just a quick, friendly reminder for those of you holding shares of BBRY that Tuesday morning we'll see BlackBerry report its Q1 FY2016 results. The conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-877-795-3635 or by logging onto the BlackBerry Investors site. As always, we'll have a live blog set up for those who rise early and wish to...

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BlackBerry 'Prague' rumored to be company's first Android-powered device

BlackBerry 'Prague' rumored to be company's first Android-powered device

There has been quite a bit of chatter lately about Android-powered BlackBerry devices, and yet another rumor has surfaced. According to N4BB, BlackBerry's first Android device is called the BlackBerry "Prague", which won't be flagship style hardware, instead more on the lower end. It is said that the "Prague" will be aimed towards emerging markets, much like the Android One devices that other...

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The majority of CrackBerry readers wouldn't buy an Android-based BlackBerry

Shocking, right? Who would have thought? BlackBerry users love BlackBerry 10 and don't want an Android-based BlackBerry. Truthfully, I was playing devil's advocate a bit in asking the question because I entirely expected the majority to flat out tell me I was crazy for asking and proceed to reach for their pitchforks. But, that never happened aside from the odd 'what a dumb question' comment....

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FCC fines AT&T $100 million over throttling complaints

AT&T has received a $100 million fine from the FCC in regards to complaints that it was throttling data on unlimited plans. The FCC says it has received thousands of complaints from customers who noticed lower data speeds on their grandfathered data plan, and as a result AT&T will have to pay a hefty sum. In the ruling, the FCC points out that "AT&T inhibited consumers' ability to...

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Comcast is reportedly interested in acquiring T-Mobile US

Comcast is reportedly interested in acquiring T-Mobile US

Deutsche Telekom is now said to be in talks with Comcast about a potential sale of T-Mobile US. Recently, the Comcast deal fell through with Time Warner, and it was reported that Dish was interested in T-Mobile as well. According to Reuters, Comcast is considered to be the "more attractive" buyer for T-Mobile by the parent company. With Comcast's current financial situation, the company would...

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BlackBerry's upcoming slider, codenamed 'Venice', may release by November 2015

BlackBerry 'Venice' Slider may launch this year

According to some new information from N4BB, it appears as though BlackBerry's upcoming slider may be launching by November 2015. Currently the slider carries a codename of 'Venice', and in addition some supposed specs have surfaced as well. Here is what the reported specs of the Venice are: 5.4-inch Quad-HD display 18 MP rear-camera 5 MP front-camera 1.8 GHz Hexa-core (Snapdragon 808 chipset...

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Verizon gearing up for the rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.840

Verizon gearing up for the rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.840

On Verizon and wondering when you'll officially be getting the BlackBerry 10.3.2 update? If so, you might not have long to wait, especially if you're a BlackBerry Classic owner. Looking at the Verizon devices support site, they've started updating all of their BlackBerry 10 devices such as the BlackBerry Classic, Z10, Z30 and Q10 to show OS 10.3.2.840 as coming soon. Right now, it seems as...

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BlackBerry hosting Annual and Special Meeting webcast on June 23

BlackBerry hosting Annual and Special Meeting webcast on June 23rd

To go along with their First Quarter Fiscal 2016 results, BlackBerry will also be hosting their annual and special meeting webcast on June 23. The live webcast will kick off at 10am ET and you can tune in yourself via the BlackBerry Investor events website. As usual, we'll be tuned in to report on any news that comes out of the webcast, and follow-up posts for any of the important tidbits...

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T-Mobile will push out 10.3.2.798 for the Classic on June 17

T-Mobile will begin rolling out BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.798 for the BlackBerry Classic to users starting on June 17. According to T-Mobile Product Manager Des Smith, the update has received approval and is set to start pushing out for the Classic. BlackBerry already announced that OS 10.3.2 would make its way to all BlackBerry 10 devices, so it is great to see T-Mobile pushing it out sooner than...

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Rogers aims to have its BlackBerry devices updated to 10.3.2 by end of July

Rogers posts plans for OS 10.3.2 rollout

Rogers has posted its OS Upgrade plans for the upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 release in its Community Forums. While they don't give exact dates, it gives a basic understanding of when users can begin to see the update landing on their devices. Here's when each device will see the update. BlackBerry Passport - July BlackBerry Classic - June / July BlackBerry Q10 - June BlackBerry Q5 - July...

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BlackBerry Passport, Leap and Classic bundles all on sale through ShopBlackBerry

UPDATE - As expected, some devices (mostly Passport) have now gone to 'out of stock' status. At the time of this update, 4:39AM ET, there's still some Classics and Leaps left. No telling how long they'll last. If you've been holding off on purchasing a BlackBerry Passport, Leap or Classic for any reason, it might be time to make the jump. Right now, ShopBlackBerry has a pretty awesome sale...

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BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 update brings 'Private Chat' and Quote Message features

Right before the weekend, we saw the BBM for iOS beta get updated with some new features and now, it's time for the BlackBerry 10 BBM beta to get updated. Just as with the iOS release, the latest BBM beta appearing in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for BlackBerry 10 brings the new private chat feature plus, the ability to reorder your sticker packs without having to use a flaky workaround method and...

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BBM for iOS Beta

If you have an iOS device and have been testing out BBM through the Beta Zone, you'll want to ensure you get yourself updated the latest release through TestFlight as BlackBerry has sent out invites for v290.100.0.14. The biggest addition this time around is the introduction of 'Private Chat', which BlackBerry has bundled with the Timed Message and Retraction subscription to create a new...

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Tired of UK signal 'not-spots'? There's a national roaming SIM for that

Anywhere SIM

Many are growing tired of UK signal not-spots dotted across country. If you happen to be struggling with major mobile operators, the new Anywhere SIM may well be the answer you need. The new Lancashire startup connects consumers to whichever UK mobile network currently has the strongest signal in that given location. The new Mobile Virtual Network Operator will essentially allow you to hop...

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Vodafone now offers free Pay Monthly upgrades for SIM-only plan holders

Vodafone

Vodafone has announced new flexible upgrades for those rocking RIM-only plans. Those who sign-up to Vodafone's 12-month SIM-only plans can upgrade to pay monthly contracts after three months. Waiting for the next flagship smartphone to launch can prove to be a pain for many consumers, especially if they're looking to save a penny by taking out SIM-only plans. Vodafone is looking at ways to...

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BlackBerry reportedly considering Android for an upcoming smartphone

BlackBerry reportedly considering using Android on upcoming smartphone

According to a new report, BlackBerry may be considering putting Android as the operating system on an upcoming smartphone. The move is said to be part of a shift to a more software-centric strategy. From Reuters BlackBerry (BB.TO) is considering equipping an upcoming smartphone with Google Inc.'s (GOOGL.O) Android software for the first time, an acknowledgement that its revamped line of...

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