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From the Editor's Desk: The past month of BlackBerry

From the Editor's Desk: The past month of BlackBerry

Time flies when you're having fun. That's the old saying right? July 19th marked exactly one month since BlackBerry CEO John Chen pretty much fully unveiled the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic. For the most part, much of the focus has been on the BlackBerry Passport. Considering it's the first of the two new devices out of the gate, there seems to be more of them out there in the...

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The numbers are in, 73 percent of CrackBerry readers still want to see another all touch BlackBerry released

The BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic are the next two devices set to arrive from BlackBerry. They're locked in and John Chen and his team are readying the rollout for each right now. The issue there though, for some, is that both of those devices are QWERTY keyboard devices leaving those who like all touch devices such as the Z10 and Z30 with nothing to really upgrade to. Last week we...

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Missed the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar? Catch the replay

Missed the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar? Catch the replay

If you missed out on the Project Ion Internet of Things webinar that was held on July 10th, this weekend might be a good time to get caught up on it all, as the replay is now available. The QNX Cloud team hosted the event and ran through a lot of stuff surrounding Project Ion and the initiatives happening at BlackBerry and QNX in the Internet of Things arena. Led by Steve West, senior...

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7Digital drops their own music purchasing app into BlackBerry World

7Digital drops their own music purchasing app into BlackBerry World

Remember back in July when we noted 7Digital was still working with BlackBerry on a solution to offer music to BlackBerry customers? They seemingly wanted to get the message out thanks to it having a negative effect on their stock. At the time, we postulated that the arrangement could end up simply being the release of a 7Digital app on BlackBerry World and lo and behold, that's exactly what...

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BlackBerry Passport gets caught in hands-on video and fresh images!

BlackBerry Passport gets caught in hands-on video and fresh images!

Well, this has been a long time coming so, sit back relax and enjoy a good nearly three minute hands-on video with the BlackBerry Passport. In the video, you get a nice look at the hardware everyone is waiting to get their hands on and although the video is chopped a bit to cover up the PIN, you get to see that capacitive keyboard in action. It's hard to say going by video how final this device...

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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, a new ebook rental service for $9.99 a month

Amazon Kindle on the BlackBerry Z3

Amazon has today announced a new ebook rental service called Kindle Unlimited. The new service enables consumers to choose from over 600,000 books, listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible and more for just $9.99 a month. Think of it as a music streaming package, but for books with Amazon. The online retailer will have Kindle Unlimited logos on eligible titles, which can be read for...

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BBM Beta goes live on the Windows Phone Store

BBM Beta goes live on the Windows Phone Store

If you've joined the BBM Beta program for Windows Phone, there's good news. The BlackBerry Messenger app is now live and ready to be downloaded in the Windows Phone Store, allowing Windows Phone customers to message friends on the BBM service. Of course, most folks here won't care as everyone already has BBM on their BlackBerry but hey, you can tell any Windows Phone folks you know it's being...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen heading up Security Summit on July 29th in New York

BlackBerry has been doing a lot recently to reinforce the fact security is important in Enterprise mobility where they remain the market leader but to help push it even further, BlackBerry CEO John Chen and his senior leadership team, BlackBerry partners, customers and industry experts are hosting an exclusive Security Summit on July 29th in New York. Discussions and demos will address...

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Senior Vice President of Marketing at BlackBerry: 'The No. 1 objective is making BlackBerry synonymous with work'

Back in November, BlackBerry announced the departure of Kristian Tear as Chief Operating Officer, and Frank Boulben as Chief Marketing Officer. Their exit left room for John Chen to make some new hires of his own and when it came to marketing, he opted to appoint Mark Wilson as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Wilson previously served as Senior Vice President, Corporate and Field Marketing...

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Disney Villains and Paul Frank stickers now available in the BBM Shop

Disney Villains and Paul Frank stickers now available in the BBM Shop

The BBM team has been adding a new batch of stickers pretty much a weekly basis for the past little while now and seems this week is no different. Two new BBM sticker packs are now showing in the BBM shop to choose from, both of which are priced at $1.99. First up, Disney Villains have been added. So you can now get Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar, Scar, Cheshire Cat and more. Especially...

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Three UK to provide free Wi-Fi on London Underground

London Underground

Three UK has announced that it is partnering with Virgin Media to provide its customers with free access to Virgin's Wi-Fi network on the London Underground. Other carriers like EE, Vodafone and O2 have already made similar deals in the past. Three's Director of Customer Strategy, Danny Dixon, revealed to TechRadar that free Wi-Fi access will be available at 137 Underground stations by the...

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Could the Apple/IBM enterprise mobility deal bring Microsoft or Google closer to BlackBerry?

Yesterday IBM and Apple announced the start of a significant courtship that stands to forever change the landscape of enterprise mobility. In short, Apple and IBM launched an exclusive deal by which IBM will sell iPhones and iPads to its enterprise customer base, create iOS apps and services, and launch other cloud solutions including mobile device management (MDM). That last bit … cloud...

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BlackBerry Assistant officially unveiled for OS 10.3

BlackBerry Assistant

BlackBerry tooks the wraps off BlackBerry Assistant today, which aims to provide voice actions for just about everything you could want to do with your phone. We've caught glimpses of Assistant through leaked BlackBerry 10.3 builds, and we suspect the whole affair is powered by Waterloo local Maluuba. So what does BlackBerry Assistant do? Search e-mails, send calendar invites, see what's...

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BlackBerry OS 10.2.1.3253 autoloaders now available for all BlackBerry 10 devices

If you're on Verizon and using a BlackBerry Z10, then you may have noticed a new update has landed on your device. While other areas have already received the OS 10.2.1.3247 software version 10.2.1.2977 update, Verizon has decided to throw a little bit of confusion into the mix by releasing OS 10.2.1.3253 with software version 10.2.1.2976. Although the changelog is technically old, given the OS...

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Crushed by a stampede of petitioners, the FCC extends net neutrality comment period

Crushed by a flood of commenters, the FCC has extended the open comment period for their Open Internet proceedings until Friday. When we wrote about the importance of net neutrality back in May, the FCC had opened the door for open comment, and that window was due to close today. But after having been smashed yesterday and today by people like you registering their thoughts with the FCC about...

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Blackphone

The folks working on the security-centric Android-powered Blackphone have posted a rebuttal to the criticisms made by BlackBerry recently. The piece focuses primarily on BlackBerry's poor market performance, dwindling stock price, and ultimate reliance on competing platforms. The main selling point Blackphone CEO Toby Weir-Jones posited for their product compared to BlackBerry was encrypted...

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QNX releases update to QNX OS for Medical

QNX releases update to QNX OS for Medical

BlackBerry's QNX today announced a new release of its software platform for medical devices that is now IEC 62304-Compliant. The QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is based on QNX OS technology field-proven in an array of systems for angiography, proton therapy, laser eye surgery, hemodynamic monitoring, and other critical healthcare applications. The OS supports both single-core and multi-core devices...

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Three UK makes 0800 numbers free on new SIM-only plans

Three

UK mobile operator Three has announced new SIM-only plans, enabling consumers to save on calling 08- numbers. Free 0800 calls will be included, while other 08- numbers (084, 087, etc) will cost 5p per minute. The network will also be introducing new spending tools, which will prevent customers from exceeding allowances and limits on premium numbers. On top of all this, new allowances for...

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The BlackBerry Knight concept is the prime example of a great looking Z10 successor

In our poll earlier, we asked how many people were still holding out hope that BlackBerry would announce a new all touch device and thus far, the results show the vast majority still want to see BlackBerry announce something in that area. Looking through the comments, a lot of those who voted feel as though the BlackBerry Z10 needs a 'successor' device and as luck would have it, DHabkirk...

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Odd looking pre-release BlackBerry Z30 turns up on Craigslist

Odd looking pre-release BlackBerry Z30 turns up on Craigslist

Every now and then when devices end up getting released to the public, we often see early prototype versions end up hitting some weird places online and it seems that tradition has continued on with the BlackBerry Z30. CrackBerry forums member boilerkim has come across such a creature on Craigslist and it certainly doesn't fit the bill of a 'normal' BlackBerry Z30. There's info to suggest that...

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