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BlackBerry Blend appearing in users download lists in BlackBerry World

This is more of a PSA then anything but here it goes. As some folks have noticed, BlackBerry Blend has started appearing in the 'My World' section of BlackBerry World. As folks are noticing, you can't do anything with it as of yet and even clicking on it leads to an error. That's because it's not ready and well, BlackBerry hasn't even officially announced it or even really acknowledged it as...

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Cowabunga! TMNT and Sponge Bob stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

Cowabunga! TMNT and Sponge Bob stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

A little Friday fun has now appeared in the BBM Shop. I suspected they would be arriving, given they started appearing last night but finally, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob Squarepants BBM stickers have now finally arrived. With the TMNT pack, you get the usual suspects including Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello and Shredder, all for $1.99. If TMNT aren't your flavor,...

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Lion King and Suzy's Zoo stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

Lion King and Suzy's Zoo stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

Another batch of BBM Stickers has been released and this around for $1.99, there's two options to choose from. Either the Lion King, which features favorites such as Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Scar and more. Sadly, there's no Rafiki, so keep that in mind. The other pack now available is Suzy's Zoo, the creations of Suzy Spafford and featuring her characters Suzy Ducken, Jack Quacker, Corky Turtle,...

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BlackBerry 'Visa' and 'Victoria' could be the next devices with interesting keyboards

With the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry is introducing their new three-row keyboard. While the verdict is still out on how BlackBerry users will feel about it, it's starting to look as though there are already plans to continue with that styling even further. Generally, I don't give patents much weight. BlackBerry files patents all day long and now even have a dedicated business unit handling...

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BBM Money

Although BBM Money was announced back in 2013, we've not really heard much about it on a large level but BlackBerry is now finally ready to make some more moves with it and has announced a series of new initiatives today that will enhance the mobile payment capabilities for users of BBM. Initiatives they note will, take the ability to connect and share using BBM Money one step further and...

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Verizon Wireless: We won't support Wi-Fi calling until mid-2015

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A Verizon Wireless executive stated this week that the company won't be adding support for Wi-Fi calling for its smartphones until sometime in mid-2015, stating that it will take "some technological work in our network to make it available." FierceWireless reports that Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo made those comments as part of an address for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media...

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EE refreshes its SIM-only plans to offer more bang for the buck

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UK mobile operator EE today refreshed the company's range of 4G SIM-only plans, offering more bang for your buck when it comes to mobile data. Available from today both online and in EE stores, the new 12-month and 30-day plans offer a wider range of options for consumers looking to hop onto the 4G bandwagon, without having to fork out an extreme amount for the luxury of LTE connectivity....

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BlackBerry shows off the first official image of the Porsche Design P'9983

If you're waiting for the Porsche Design P'9983 to be official, you won't have to wait much longer as the event is set for September 17th (or later tonight depending on where you live) but it seems as though there might have been a little slip up on the Inside BlackBerry blog. A blog post describing the design process of the device with Roland Heiler, Managing Director of the Porsche Design...

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Microsoft considering bringing OneNote app to BlackBerry 10, add your vote!

Earlier today Microsoft rolled out OneNote for Android Wear of all things and that left many wondering if they'd ever port the Android version over to BlackBerry 10. As it turns out, their UserVoice forums where they collect feedback has been home to a request for OneNote on BlackBerry 10 since June. As it stands, Microsoft has placed the request 'under review' and has noted 'We are...

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hootsuite

BlackBerry has announced a new partnership with the social media management software and services company Hootsuite that will allow the BBM Channels app to be used in the Hootsuite dashboard. In a post on the Inside BlackBerry blog, Andrew Sorokovsky of Hootsuite stated: The BBM Channels app for Hootsuite makes it easy to incorporate your BBM Channel strategy into your overall social...

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BlackBerry Classic could bring the return of original 'keyboard shortcut' options

Fans of BlackBerry OS have been missing something on QWERTY BlackBerry 10 devices. Some would even go so far as to say it's a very crucial and sadly missed feature. If you're a QWERTY device user, you probably already know what I'm referring to without even reading any further. Keyboard shortcuts. They were awesome on BlackBerry OS and allowed BlackBerry users to unleash some truly powerful...

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Media Markt Germany now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Passport

Media Markt Germany now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Passport

If you live in Germany and are looking to be among the first to own a BlackBerry Passport, you'll want to hit up the Media Markt site and place your pre-order. Europe's largest retailer of consumer electronics has priced the device at €599 Euros at this point which includes VAT, though the site lacks details on when it's actually expected to ship after pre-orders have been placed. In fact...

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AIESEC Canada's Executive team uses BlackBerry Z30 smartphones to improve collaboration and productivity

BlackBerry has now announced a new partnership with AIESEC Canada wherein over the next 12 months, AIESEC Canada's seven-person executive team will be equipped with BlackBerry Z30 smartphones to help them manage their demanding schedule and document their experiences. The AIESEC executive team will utilize BBM, BBM Video and Screen Share, among other BlackBerry 10 productivity applications, as...

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National Transportation Safety Board calls for U.S. ban on distracted driving

U.S. National Transportation Safety Board calls for ban on distracted driving

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, is advocating the elimination of distractions while in a transportation vehicle. Citing disasters, sometimes fatal, that could have been avoided if the operator of their transport vehicle, whether that's a car, boat, plane, or train, was focused on the task at hand rather than distractions caused by the use of personal electronic devices (...

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Sprint's Prepaid service revamps with new tiered data plans

Sprint's Prepaid service revamps with new tiered data plans

The Sprint Prepaid brand will now have three new monthly plans, all of which offer its customers unlimited talk and text. The cheapest is now priced at $35 a month with 1 GB of data, followed by $45 a month with 3 GB of data and $55 a month for 6 GB of data. Those new plans, which the company announced in an email press release, are a lot better than what the Sprint Prepaid brand offered...

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From the Editor's Desk: See the bigger picture

From the Editor's Desk: See the bigger picture

As you may or may not have noticed, I skipped my From the Editor's Desk last week. For those who were wondering and asked, it was because I was traveling and shortly after my travels I was a little under the weather. No matter though, I'm all good once again after having loaded up on cold meds, drinking entirely too much Nyquil and catching up on some long lost sleep. Perhaps it's a good thing...

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UK retailer Phones 4U set to close its doors

UK retailer Phones 4U set to close its doors

UK's Phones 4U is set to close the doors on its 720 outlets after EE becomes the final carrier partner to terminate its relationship with the retailer prompting administration. The decision to shutter its stores will affect almost 6,000 employees though private equity owner BC Partners assures that "employees will continue to be paid until further notice." "Today is a very sad day for our...

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BlackBerry Classic appears once again in new batch of photos

BlackBerry Classic appears once again in new batch of photos

With one batch of BlackBerry Classic photos having already arrived via DTBlackBerry on Weibo, we were pretty much guaranteed to see more appear and that's exactly what was happened. This time around the images are looking a little more cleaned up and offer up a better look at the device many folks are waiting to get their hands on. Aside from looking pretty, the photos don't offer up much...

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BlackBerry will announce Q2 FY2015 earnings on Sept. 26

BlackBerry will announce Q2 FY2015 earnings on Sept. 26

BlackBerry has announced that it will announce earnings for the second quarter of the 2015 fiscal year on Friday, September 26. The announcement will be made over a conference call for investors as well as via a live webcast at 8 AM ET. "A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at http://ca....

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AT&T not in a rush, will offer Wi-Fi calling in 2015

AT&T not in a rush, will offer Wi-Fi calling in 2015

AT&T has plans to start offering Wi-Fi calling support by 2015. The system would allow subscribers to place calls using their phone's Wi-Fi connection instead of the cellular network. If that sounds familiar, it should, as T-Mobile has offered Wi-Fi calling for years now, and even dedicated their Uncarrier 7.0 press event to expanding on the concept. AT&T Mobile and Business...

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