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FTC, FCC want to know more about how carriers and manufacturers issue security updates

FTC, FCC want to know more about how carriers and manufacturers issue security updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have embarked on a joint fact-finding mission of sorts to better understand how security is handled by mobile device manufacturers. As part of the joint inquiry, the FTC notes that it has issued orders to eight companies to gauge how each issues security updates. In all, the FTC's probe includes Apple, BlackBerry,...

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BlackBerry names Ralph Pini as its new COO and devices head

BlackBerry names Ralph Pini as its new COO and devices head

BlackBerry has named Ralph Pini to be its new Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for Devices. In a company Q&A, Pini reveals his priorities for the devices business. Pini first joined BlackBerry in 2012 when his company, Paratek Microwave, was acquired by the Canadian business. Pini served as Vice President for Radio Frequency Technology at BlackBerry before today's announcement...

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T-Mobile customers will be able to use their phones in Cuba this summer

T-Mobile

T-Mobile has announced it has signed a interconnect and roaming deal with Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba. It will allow T-Mobile customers to use their phones for calls, texts and data while they are traveling in Cuba sometime later this summer. T-Mobile's press release states the new agreement will also allow T-Mobile Simple Choice customers to call landlines and wireless phones in...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Lock it down

Mobile Nations Weekly: Lock it down

Software updates, financial updates, stealth updates, and account updates. Tesla had a huge week, starting off with their quarterly earnings call — they're still losing money, in case you were concerned. No, what's actually interesting is that Tesla is dramatically accelerating their production timeline, shooting to be producing 500,000 cars a year by 2018 — they plan to make 80,000-90,000...

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You can now roam across Europe with Vodafone for free

You can now roam across Europe with Vodafone for free

Vodafone has followed in the footsteps of both Three and Tesco Mobile to offer inclusive roaming in select plans. Bundled with the UK mobile network's Red and Red Value packages, the addition of included roaming allows phone users to text, call and access online services without incurring extra charges. There's one slight downside to this addition, however, and that's the limiting of data, which...

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Time calls the BlackBerry 6210 one of the most influential gadgets of all time

If you were making a list of the top 50 most Influential gadgets of all time, which BlackBerry would you put on the list? The folks over at TIME have chosen the BlackBerry 6210, otherwise known as Quark. Officially launched in 2003, the BlackBerry 6210's blue colored cover stood out while the device itself combined wireless e-mail, phone, SMS, browser and organizer applications and more all...

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BlackBerry pushes new Marshmallow beta build for T-Mobile Priv

Android Marshmallow BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry is now pushing out a fresh Marshmallow beta update for the Priv to those who signed up to help test it, though, this time around they are being a bit more specific about who exactly will be receiving it. For this release, T-Mobile customers whose Priv is of the STV100-1 variant and signed up for the beta should be seeing the update notification. Additionally, those on Canadian...

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Check out the AtHoc product demo webinar on May 4

Check out the AtHoc product demo webinar on May 4

When BlackBerry announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire AtHoc, a lot of folks were wondering what exactly AtHoc was as it appeared to come out of nowhere right into the BlackBerry spotlight. Now, there's a better understanding of what the company does in its efforts to safeguard millions of people and thousands of organizations through its networked crisis communication....

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The wider rollout of Marshmallow has begun for Priv owners

The wider rollout of Marshmallow has begun for Priv owners

When Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow was rolled out to ShopBlackBerry devices at the end of April, it was noted select carriers would be offering the upgrade on May 3, and now the wider rollout of Marshmallow has begun. Priv owners on TELUS, Rogers, Bell, Wind Mobile, Optus, Maxis Malaysia, Telkomsel, SFR France and more, have all reported receiving their update notifications. We've already taken a...

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WhatsApp hit with 72-hour ban in Brazil [Update: suspension lifted]

WhatsApp hit with 72-hour ban in Brazil

Update: A judge has now overturned the suspension just a day after it went into effect, Reuters reports. The block would have affected more than 100 million WhatsApp users. Original story: Brazil has once again opted to temporarily block the popular messaging service WhatsApp in the country. According to Brazilian publication Folha De S.Paulo, the block is scheduled to remain in place for 72...

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Amazon's one-hour Prime Now delivery service gets a dedicated website

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Amazon has launched a dedicated website for its Prime Now delivery service. The service was previously accessible only through a mobile app, but if you're living in an area that's covered by the service, you have the option of ordering directly through the website. To see if your area is serviceable, head to PrimeNow.com and enter your zip code. In a statement (via Re/code), Prime Now chief...

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John Chen: We have two new phones coming out between now and the end of the year

Ahead of appearing at Milken Institute Global Conference, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with CNBC's Brian Sullivan to discuss all things BlackBerry. While the interview didn't dig deep into new information but instead focused on a lot of what was covered in BlackBerry's earnings call, there was one item on agenda that is of concern to many and that's BlackBerry hardware. */ While it...

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Watch John Chen's panel from the Milken Institute Global Conference 2016

The Milken Institute Global Conference is well under way in Los Angeles and over 700 speakers are scheduled to appear. This year, BlackBerry CEO John Chen is discussing Digital Darwinism: How Companies Can Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age, and you can watch live. It doesn't take a genius to know that the digital revolution has overturned the world order. With connected homes, self-...

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John Chen wants to give you a BlackBerry!

John Chen wants to give you a BlackBerry

No, seriously. He does. As announced on his Twitter account, BlackBerry CEO John Chen will be picking a 'BlackBerry Fan of the Month' on the 1st of every month, and the only thing you need to do to win is tweet him with how BlackBerry helps you every day. In fact, he's already awarded the winner for this month with a brand new BlackBerry Passport. 1/4 I'll be picking a #BBFOTM [@BlackBerry Fan...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: A little bit of give and take

Mobile Nations Weekly: A little bit of give and take

The tech gods giveth and the tech gods taketh. The news this week around Apple revolved around money. Apple reported their quarterly earnings, and while they were right in track with what Apple had predicted, it was the first time that Apple saw a year-over-year drop thanks to a slip in iPhone sales. And Wall Street lost its collective mind despite Apple's forecasting of a great-but-not-...

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About those Rome and Hamburg 'leaked' renders

About those Rome and Hamburg 'leaked' renders

Chances are by now you've all read the headlines about the 'leaked' renders of BlackBerry's next Android devices. There were a ton of sites that ran them without a second thought and, well, that has caused a lot of confusion among those who care about BlackBerry and were already familiar with the images. The problem? They're not 'leaked' renders of the next BlackBerry devices, as in renders...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen to present at the Milken Institute Global Conference

The Milken Institute Global Conference kicks off in Los Angeles on May 1-4, and over 700 speakers are scheduled to appear. Among them this year, just like last year, will be BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who will be discussing Digital Darwinism: How Companies Can Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age The panel will be streamed live on Monday, May 2nd at 1:45 PM ET, so be sure to tune in....

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BBM for Android and iOS updated to include BBM video chat in beta

BBM for Android updated to include BBM Video in beta

The iOS version has now gone live on iTunes as well. While BlackBerry 10 customers have had the ability to BBM video chat between each other since the launch of BlackBerry 10, Android and iOS users have been left out of the loop, until now. A new version of BBM for Android has now been released through Google Play, which brings BBM video chat between Android and iOS devices in the US and...

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AT&T will shut down its 2G network by the end of 2016

AT&T

AT&T has announced that it will decommission its 2G EDGE network by the end of 2016. CFO John Stevens told Wireless Week that the carrier has moved over 6 million subscribers off the legacy network over the last 12 months, with the remaining 2G userbase largely consisting of connected devices. Stevens said that the cost played a major factor in the decision to shut down the 2G network...

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Wind Mobile beefs up network coverage in Calgary area

Wind Mobile beefs up network coverage in Calgary area

If you're a Wind Mobile customer in the Calgary, Alberta area, you should begin seeing better cellular coverage and faster LTE speeds across the board. That's because Wind Mobile has announced the completion of a major network upgrade that should improve overall performance for customers in the area. Wind Mobile notes that this completes its second major network upgrade in its Western market...

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