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QNX showcases new software platform for automated driving

QNX showcases software platform for automated driving

QNX has been busy behind the scenes, bringing a number of big announcements to CES 2016. The latest announcement from the team is a new software platform for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automated driving. With this platform, automotive companies will be able to build a full range of automated driving systems, from informational ADAS modules that provide 360 degree surround...

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QNX announces Acoustics Management Platform for in-car audio

QNX announces new Acoustics Management Platform

QNX, a subsidiary of BlackBerry, has announced a new Acoustics Management Platform (AMP) which it will use to manage in-car acoustics better. Currently, modern vehicles contain multiple acoustic and audio signal-processing systems that all run at the same time, often interacting with each other. Sometimes these interactions are unpredictable, making for a not-so-great experience. QNX's AMP...

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BlackBerry partners with Sharecare to accelerate consumer-driven healthcare and enable secure communication

BlackBerry and Sharecare, a leading digital health and wellness engagement platform, have announced a new strategic technology collaboration at CES 2016. The partnership will see BlackBerry integrate Sharecare's proprietary fractal voice analysis into BlackBerry's secure messaging to increase consumer self-awareness, reduce stress and improve relationships, all while providing the gold-standard...

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CES 2016, Day 2: Huawei, Samsung, LG, HTC, HP and more!

CES 2016, Day 2: Huawei, Samsung, LG, HTC, HP and more!

The day before CES is a tradition for the tech media: it's press day. The biggest companies all trot out their latest gear in rapid fashion, and we write about it, take photos of it, and put our hands on it so we can give you a quick taste of what these new wares are like and whether or not you might want them. That day is today. There's a lot to it this year, so let's get started! 05 January...

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CES 2016, Day 1: Lenovo, ASUS, Faraday, and Acer galore

CES 2016, Day 1: Lenovo, ASUS, Faraday, and Acer galore

CES 2016 is here! Well, almost. It's a quick start to the year's biggest consumer technology show, with a slew of announcements from the likes of Acer and Lenovo and Asus, plus our first look at electric car manufacturer start-up Faraday Future. 04 January Acer's new Windows 10 phone is flagship material Continuum for you The Lumia 950 and 950 XL set the stage as the first Continuum-...

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QNX car

A new collaboration between Ford and QNX hopes to create an industry standard for integrating smartphone apps into cars. Ford has ported its open source SmartDeviceLink (SDL) technology to the QNX platform, which will let drivers use voice commands, steering-wheel buttons and other in-car controls to interact with various smartphone apps. Both QNX and Ford hope that the initiative will...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Auld lang gadgetry

Mobile Nations Weekly: Auld lang gadgetry

While we're still looking back at 2015, the new year (and CES) looms large. 2015 is in the books and 2016 is under way, but there's no time to rest and look back. CES 2016 is nearly here! The team's on their way to Las Vegas to check out the latest wares from across the tech universe. But in the meantime, BlackBerry won't have to hand over their servers to the Pakistani government and the...

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The Priv is the phone loyal BlackBerry users want over all others

BlackBerry Passport and Priv

When it comes to buying a new phone, we have a tendency to stick close to home. In our first look at the purchase interest and intent of the Mobile Nations' communities, we tapped into the level of demand for tablets, watches, and TV boxes being offered by the biggest smartphone providers. But the smartphone itself remains the primary digital device for many, and plenty of companies have...

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BlackBerry will operate in Pakistan

BlackBerry won't be pulling out of Pakistan after all. The local government has rescinded its shutdown order and dropped its request for access to BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) email and messaging content. A new post from Marty Beard, BlackBerry's Chief Operating Officer, revealed that the two reached an agreement, and that the Pakistani government was able to accept BlackBerry's position...

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AT&T reportedly set to ditch 2-year smartphone contracts on Jan. 8 [Update]

AT&T reportedly set to ditch 2-year smartphone contracts on Jan. 8 [Update]

Update: AT&T has sent over a statement that both confirms, as well as clarifies, the carrier's plans: "With $0 down for well-qualified customers, the ability to upgrade early and down payment options available with even lower monthly installments, our customers are overwhelmingly choosing AT&T Next. Starting January 8, AT&T Next will be the primary way to get a new smartphone at...

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Qualcomm looks to strengthen ties in China with new patent license deals

Qualcomm

Qualcomm is looking to head into 2016 with a clean slate in China now that the company has signed new patent licensing deals in the country. Qualcomm has reached an agreement with smartphone manufacturers Beijing Tianyu Communication Equipment and Haier Group. The move comes after the company itself was investigated by Chinese officials over an antitrust dispute. As well as working with...

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BlackBerry Priv now available in the UAE and KSA through Axiom

BlackBerry Priv now available in the UAE and KSA through Axiom

Although BlackBerry's official announcement had the Priv arriving in the UAE early January and in KSA during the first half of January, the folks at Axiom Telecom were taking preorders for the earlier date of December 27, 2015. With that date now behind us, those who never preordered can now also pick up a BlackBerry Priv from Axiom, which is currently listing the Android-powered smartphone as...

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Verizon will pay up to $650 to cover your switching costs

Verizon

Verizon is now offering up to $650 per line to those who are looking to make the switch to its network. We've seen other carriers offer to pay your switching costs, and now those looking to jump to Verizon's network can do so without a huge financial impact. Whether you are in the middle of a contract or making monthly device payments, Verizon will pay up to $650 per line of service that you...

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Mobile Nations Yearly: A quick look back at 2015

Mobile Nations Yearly: A quick look back at 2015

A year in review. For our final edition of Mobile Nations Weekly in this calendar year, we're mixing things up a bit. To be honest, a look back at the last week would be pretty dull anyway — thanks to those holiday things, the people who make the news take some time off, which means the people like us that write the news and the people like you that read the news get to take some much-deserved...

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SaskTel drops price of the BlackBerry Priv to $249.99 for a limited time

As part of their 'boxing week' deals in Canada, regional carrier SaskTel has decided to save their customers some cash on the new BlackBerry Priv. For a limited time, SaskTel is offering the Android-powered BlackBerry Priv for only $249.99, down from their usual $399.99 with a new two-year contract. Customers interested in picking up a Priv will have to hit up a retail / dealer location, though...

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Snag an unlocked BlackBerry Priv from Daily Steals for only $650

Snag an unlocked BlackBerry Priv from Daily Steals for only $650

Didn't find a BlackBerry Priv among your presents but still really want one? You might want to hit up the Daily Steals site then. Right now, they're offering up unlocked versions of the BlackBerry Priv for only $650 USD. Sure, that's not really a 'steal' considering you can purchase the device from ShopBlackBerry right now in a bundle with a Leather Smart Flip Case and a Sync Pod for $699,...

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BlackBerry Priv camera earns high marks in DxOMark Mobile test

BlackBerry Priv camera earns high marks in DxOMark Mobile test

One of the key device highlights for the BlackBerry Priv, even before its official release, has been that 18MP camera shooter on the back helped by a Schneider-Kreuznach lens. While there have been many debates about the quality of the pictures Priv is capable of taking, especially after recent updates improved the camera performance, the folks at DxO Labs have now put the Priv's camera through...

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BlackBerry Priv for Verizon rolls into the FCC

BlackBerry Priv for Verizon rolls into the FCC

A little something for those of you on Verizon who have been waiting for the BlackBerry Priv to arrive. You're now one step closer to being able to pick up the device as it has now checked in with the FCC seeking approval. Although it's no surprise given the fact Verizon has already announced the Priv as coming soon to their network, it's still nice to see. Plus, it adds a bit more...

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You'll be able to stream The Beatles this holiday season

The Beatles

The Beatles are set to arrive on various streaming services this week. Starting from tomorrow, Thursday 24, the group will be available for streaming on the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Prime Music, and Tidal. The greatest band. The entire catalogue. Tonight at midnight. #BeatlesOnSpotify pic.twitter.com/zVD4T5I6eJ— Spotify (@Spotify) December 23, 2015 A side...

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BlackBerry Priv officially arrives in Italy priced at 849 Euros

BlackBerry Priv officially arrives in Italy priced at 849 Euros

While folks in Italy haven't had too hard of a time getting their hands on a brand new BlackBerry Priv through retailers such as Amazon and Euronics, BlackBerry has finally made the Priv release in Italy official. The Android-powered smartphone will be available starting this week at physical retailers and selected online stores with a retail price of 849 Euros. That's approximately $928 USD...

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