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Bell BlackBerry Classic owners now receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

Bell BlackBerry Classic owners now receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

First it was Rogers, then it was TELUS and now Bell has finally started rolling out the OS 10.3.1.2072 update for the BlackBerry Classic. I know, I know. It's not the update you were hoping for and yes, I know there's still nothing on your [insert every other device that is not a BlackBerry Classic] but for BlackBerry Classic owners, this is something to be alerted of. If you have a BlackBerry...

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BlackBerry's BBM Shop hit 1 billion user views in January

BlackBerry's BBM Shop hit 1 billion user views in January

So you don't care for BBM Stickers? Well, you just might be in the minority if so. BlackBerry has now announced the BBM Shop has hit 1 billion user views in January and 72% of customers with access to the BBM Shop interact with virtual goods each month. According to Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, virtual goods have generated more than 3 billion total...

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BlackBerry highlights how security is embedded in their hardware

BlackBerry Security Begins At The Endpoints

Throughout the history of BlackBerry, they've always pushed the fact that security in their devices isn't just an afterthought, it's not just 'bolted on' after and that it's built right in the core of all their hardware. If you've ever wondered what exactly that means, Alex Manea, Manager of Security Services at BlackBerry over at the Inside BlackBerry Biz Blog has laid it out in a way that's...

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BlackBerry Classic now officially available in South Africa

BlackBerry Classic now officially available in South Africa

To go along with the great South African BBM recruitment contest, BlackBerry has now announced the official release of the BlackBerry Classic there as well. While the press release lacks mention of carriers right now, Orange SA has the device listed online and in-stock for R5,445 with free shipping. South Africa is just one many new regions to now have rolled out the device including Australia...

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FCC set to propose strong net neutrality rules this week

FCC Board Members smile for the camera

A new report says that the Federal Communications Commission could propose a set of regulations Thursday that would support net neutrality for both fixed and mobile broadband service providers. The proposal is likely to be similar to the ones that President Barack Obama announced in November 2014. The Wall Street Journal reports that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will state that broadband...

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BlackBerry Classic owners on TELUS receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

BlackBerry Classic owners on TELUS receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

Although it started with Rogers, it seems as though TELUS has now joined the party in rolling out OS 10.3.1.2072. We've received several reports the OS is now appearing on devices when owners check for software updates and is readily available to download via OTA. If you're seeing it, go ahead and grab it. Of course, let us know how the process goes for you in the comments. Sadly, it appears as...

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Alex Saunders, former BlackBerry developer relations lead goes to Microsoft

Alec Saunders, formerly the BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations and the QNX, has landed at Microsoft. Specifically, after having left BlackBerry back in October, Saunders is now a "Principal Technical Evangelist" at Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft's venture capital arm. Said Saunders in a blog post announcing the move: "So it was natural that one of the first companies I reached out to...

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The great South African BBM recruitment contest

BBM-Passport-Hero

Over in South Africa it looks like BlackBerry are having a purge on getting more folk signed up to BBM and you can't blame them as it's without doubt the best instant messaging platform around. If you're in South Africa and are a BBM user, on any mobile platform, you can win R1,000 airtime just by getting as many of your friends to use BBM as possible. It works like this; you need to already...

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The new F1 W06 Hybrid Silver Arrow

The BlackBerry sponsored MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team ended the 2014 season on top with 16 wins, 18 pole positions, 12 fastest laps and 31 podium finishes throughout the 2014 season between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg plus, eleven one-two wins in a single season which, broke the previous record put in place by McLaren in 1988. Lewis Hamilton won the first ever Formula 1 Russian...

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Major carriers partner to bring LTE to Chicago's subways

Major carriers partner to bring LTE to Chicago's subways

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the city has reached a deal with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to bring 4G LTE from all four carriers to the Chicago Transit Authority's subway system. The network, which will replace the decade-old system currently in Chicago's subways, will provide continuous coverage for 22 miles. Mayor Emanuel expressed his hope that this upgrade...

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New BBM beta for BlackBerry offers landscape support, multiple picture transfer from the pictures app

Although this is a limited beta and not available to everyone right now, after many folks were upset that BBM on iOS got landscape support, I figured it was worth a mention that BlackBerry users haven't been forgotten and it looks as though landscape support could be coming soon, assuming all goes well with the beta. Landscape Mode – Looking for landscape support in the BBM application? Look...

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BlackBerry Classic officially launched in the Philippines

BlackBerry Classic officially launched in the Philippines

With Australia now taken care of, it was onto the next region for the BlackBerry Classic and this time it has now been officially announced for the Philippines although you'll still have to wait a few days before you can purchase one. Teaming up with MemoXpress, BlackBerry has now announced the BlackBerry Classic will go on sale in the Philippines starting February 5th, 2015 with a suggested...

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FTC rules that throttled unlimited data doesn't qualify as 'unlimited'

Signal strength

In a ruling that's resulted in a $40 million fine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's smacking down TracFone's speed throttling of customers that were paying for unlimited data service. The case in question only applies to TracFone, but it helps to reinforce a precedent that could apply to even the larger carriers in the United States. While AT&T and Verizon don't offer unlimited data...

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AT&T reports Q4 2014 results, 1.9 million net adds, $34.4 billion in revenue

AT&T reports Q4 2014 results, 1.9 million net adds, $34.4 billion in revenue

AT&T has reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 today. Overall, the carrier brought in revenue of $132.4 billion on the year, with $34.4 billion in the fourth quarter alone — up 3.8 percent over the same quarter a year ago. Additionally, the company reported that, after compensating for a 77 cent per share loss because of various charges, earnings per share were up to 55...

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Some BlackBerry Classic owners on Rogers receiving OS 10.3.1.2072

While a lot of folks are sitting around waiting to see if the rumors of a January 27th roll out of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is going to happen on a grand scale (it's not), it seems at least something is happening. Earlier it was noticed that the previously leaked OS 10.3.1.2072 (SW 10.3.1.1450) was appearing on BlackBerry servers and now, it has seemingly been pushed out in some official capacity...

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'BADASS' surveillance program let British, Canadian governments spy on smartphones

More information about government surveillance has come to light, and it seems that the British and Canadian governments apparently used special software filters to acquire sensitive smartphone user data from the servers of a number of advertising and analytics companies. The program, called BADASS, gathered unencrypted data sent to the companies from mobile devices, including BlackBerry,...

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Heroes Of The Valiant Universe BBM sticker pack now available

Heroes Of The Valiant Universe BBM sticker pack now available

A little bit of nerdery for comic book fans. Back in 1989, former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter founded a company called Voyager Communications. Through Voyager Communications, Valiant Comics was started and thus was the beginning of The Valiant Universe. Eventually in 1999, Valiant Comics was discontinued after being bought out by video game company Acclaim but they shut down in 2007....

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Do you REALLY want a Limited Edition Gold and Black BlackBerry Passport?

If so, eBay is likely your best chance of getting one and right now, you can scoop up number 45 out of the 50 produced. That is if you have around $4,000 to spend on it, nearly $5,000 if you're Canadian. Yes, that's the asking price for this Limited Edition Gold and Black BlackBerry Passport but it looks like it comes with a few other goodies as well. You know, to really sell you on it....

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BlackBerry Classic now available in Australia from Telstra

BlackBerry Classic now available from Telstra

Launching today in Australia, the BlackBerry Classic is now available for purchase through Telstra in a wide array of pricing options ranging from $63 AUD to $130 AUD on Telstra S, M, L, XL plans. If you do not want to sign up for a plan, the outright purchase cost is set at $504 AUD but you'll need to check with retailers as the Classic might not be available for purchase across all Telstra...

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AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion

AT&T Nextel Mexico

AT&T plans to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion in an effort to create a massive North American Mobile Service area that will be able to offer wireless access to 400 million people. The news comes a few months after AT&T announced plans to buy another Mexico-based wireless carrier, Iusacell, for $2.5 billion. Nextel Mexico has three million customers and its network covers 76...

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