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John Chen: 'BlackBerry has survived; now we have to start looking at growth'

That's the message John Chen has been relaying in all of his recent interviews but once again reiterated in an interview with Reuters. November 4th marked John Chens one-year anniversary at BlackBerry, and there's no doubt things have changed since his arrival, including how others are now looking at the company. It's no longer a company stuck in a 'death spiral' as many predicted. "Once...

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New Apple iMessage de-registration tool lets you switch to BlackBerry and reclaim your SMS

Apple has launched a new tool to make it easier for iOS users to switch to a competing smartphone platform and not lose text messages. Previously, iPhone users who switched to a rival operating system would still have their numbers locked into Apple's iMessage servers, creating problems with text messages not showing up. Now, with the new tool, users can unregister their numbers from the...

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Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan gives BlackBerry turnaround plan another vote of confidence

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is one of Canada's largest institutional investors through their diversified portfolio of Canadian and international assets. Their investing methods rely on achieving the best risk-return balance for its members and thus far, they've been extremely successful. They simply don't invest in things they don't believe in, and they've now given John Chens BlackBerry...

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John Chen fights back after White House tech officer pokes fun at her BlackBerry

The days of BlackBerry letting people get away with saying disparaging things about the company are coming to an end. The change in management and namely, BlackBerry CEO John Chen are not putting up with anymore and are, whenever possible, fighting back. Last week, The Hill highlighted a New York Times article where White House chief technology officer Megan Smith, noted the White House's...

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AT&T to expand North American coverage area with Mexico carrier Iusacell acquisition

AT&T announced that it would be acquiring Mexico wireless carrier Iusacell to create a North American Mobile Service area covering 400 million customers and businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. The deal will bring 8.5 million Iusacell subscribers under AT&T's umbrella. AT&T credits recent reforms in Mexico made under Prsident Pena Nieto for the deal. Iusacell's network covers 70...

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Rogers introduces new roaming plan for traveling to the U.S.

Rogers introduces roaming plan for traveling to the U.S.

Rogers is introducing a new international roaming plan for those customers traveling to the United States. The Roam Like Home plan allows Rogers customers to access their Share Everything minutes, text, and data while in the United States for $5 per day. Rogers will charge you for a maximum of ten days with Roam Like Home, for a total of an extra $50 on your bill. If you're in the U.S. for...

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UK will hold radio spectrum auction next year to aid 4G LTE expansion

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UK communications regulator Ofcom has today announced more radio spectrum will be available at auction for mobile operators next year (or early 2016). The two bands that will be up for grabs are the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz frequencies that will offer high data capacity for the increasing use of mobile connectivity. The 2.3GHz band has been deployed in 10 countries outside Europe, including China,...

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BlackBerry is synonymous with security

One of the key things BlackBerry has always focused on is security. Across all their devices and services, security has come first and has been a core part of their hardware and software offerings. But, what if that security was also part of their decline in the past few years? Seems a slightly crazy thing to say, right? Not if you ask former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker. Baker, who was...

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BlackBerry to host Investor Day on November 13th

BlackBerry to host Investor Day on November 13th

Along with BlackBerry hosting their enterprise event on November 13th, they'll also be hosting Investor Day as well. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. PST/3:30 p.m. EST, those interested can tune into the live webcast through the Investor Events website. Additionally, a replay of the webcast will be available following the event. ​​ Press Release BlackBerry to Host Investor Day WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(...

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Congressional committee meeting to discuss privacy in wake of recent nude leaks

Congressional committee meeting to discuss privacy in wake of recent nude leaks

A congressional advisory committee will be taking the initial step Thursday to discuss the legal ramifications of protecting Internet privacy. Prompted by the recent hacks resulting in the leak of nude photos of celebrities like the high profile case involving actress Jennifer Lawrence, the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee will be discussing the topic of privacy and the legal...

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What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?

What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?

Have you seen them? If you're on v2.11.967.2 then the chances are good you have and that has left many folks wondering exactly what they mean. As it turns out, they mean WhatsApp has finally enabled the ability to know whether or not your message was read after its been sent according to their updated FAQ section. As we've mentioned in the past, WhatsApp has never had an indicator that showed...

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Qualcomm Q4 FY2014 earnings boosted by increase in chip sales

Qualcomm's Q4 FY2014 earnings better than last year, but slips from last quarter

Qualcomm announced its fourth quarter earnings today and despite shipping more chips, earnings were down from the previous quarter. The main news from the earnings report is that the company is reporting net income of $1.89 billion on revenues of $6.69 billion. Revenues and income are both up year-over-year, but down from the previous quarter. In addition, Qualcomm's operating income rose to $1...

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EFF releases 'secure messaging scorecard,' ranks BBM against competitors

EFF releases 'secure messaging scorecard,' ranks BBM against competitors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued security rankings for several popular communication platforms, including Apple's iMessage Google's Hangouts and Skype from Microsoft. Both iMessage and Apple's FaceTime were named as the best mass market options for secure messaging according to the EFF's criteria. These categories include message encryption in transit, independent code review...

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Carrier IQ settles class-action lawsuit over consumer privacy

Carrier IQ settles class-action lawsuit over consumer privacy

Carrier IQ, whose software was used by carriers and phone manufacturers to collect network data, has settled a class-action lawsuit over violations of consumer privacy rights. Consumers felt that Carrier IQ's tracking was too extensive and invasive. The exact terms of the settlement have so far been undisclosed, and the settlement still needs to be finalized by the court. In addition to...

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The UK government still wishes to address problems with cellphone coverage across the UK, and details on how it wants carriers to do this have been shared today. In certain areas of the country, consumers find themselves with little to no connectivity, and while National Roaming has been touched on numerous times, it was rejected by major operators. The government has come up with some other...

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BlackBerry Blend device and desktop apps updated

BlackBerry Blend device and desktop apps updated

If you're a BlackBerry Passport owner or P'9983 owner and have been enjoying BlackBerry Blend, the time has come to update. Jumping into v1.0.1.74, this is the first time the on-device app for BlackBerry 10 has officially been updated since its initial release back on September 24th. As for what has changed, the change log notes performance improvements and bug fixes. Additionally, the...

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TeamViewer 10: Remote Control Beta now available in BlackBerry World

Although BlackBerry 10 has remote file access built right into the file manager or through BlackBerry Blend, sometimes just having file access alone isn't enough and you simply need to work with your (or someone else's) entire desktop. For that, there's several remote access clients available in BlackBerry World but now, the folks from TeamViewer have made their remote control app available for...

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Proposed emoji changes would bring racial diversity to smiley faces

Proposed emoji changes would bring racial diversity to smiley faces

A new proposal drafted by the Unicode Consortium would introduce more racial diversity into the popular emoji characters used in messages on smartphones. The proposal, edited by Google's Mark Davis and Apple's Peter Edberg, would bring skin tones, based on the Fitzpatrick scale for dermatology, to emoji characters in five hues ranging from a pale creme to a dark brown. To use the new emoji...

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Ingram Micro and BlackBerry team up to offer better BlackBerry 10 smartphone distribution

If you've ever tried to buy an unlocked BlackBerry 10 smartphone at any major retailers across Canada, then you know it can often be a struggle. Looking to improve that situation and have the ability to offer unlocked BlackBerry 10 smartphones in more places, Ingram Micro Mobility and BlackBerry have now announced a new distribution agreement in Canada to serve the unlocked smartphone market...

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AT&T's Next 24 plan gives customers 30 months to pay off their BlackBerry

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AT&T will give its customers an even longer amount of time to pay for their new smartphones with $0 down. The newly unveiled Next 24 plan will allow those folks to take 30 months to pay for their device in monthly installments starting on November 9. The wireless carrier will still offer its Next 12 and Next 18 plans as well, which gives customers 20 and 24 months, respectively, to pay...

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