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The NSA and GCHQ gave themselves a direct line into your phone

The NSA and GCHQ gave themselves a direct line into your phone

According to new documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its UK counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into the computers of Gemalto, a company that manufactures SIM cards for a large number of carriers around the world. In doing so, the intelligence agencies acquired encryption keys that would allow them to intercept communications from customers of all four...

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ShopBlackBerry and Amazon purchased devices now have OS 10.3.1 available

Digging through the CrackBerry Forums there's a lot of questions surrounding whether or not unlocked BlackBerry 10 devices will be able to get the BlackBerry 10.3.1 update directly from BlackBerry. Thankfully, that question was asked directly to BlackBerry Product Manager, Michael Clewley, who noted ShopBlackBerry devices would get the update direct. We followed up with Michael on that to ask...

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T-Mobile is in 'discussions' to sell BlackBerrys once again

T-Mobile CEO John Legere

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said today the wireless carrier is "having discussions" with BlackBerry about selling its handsets again. The two companies famously ended their partnership in April 2014, a couple of months after BlackBerry objected to a T-Mobile campaign that urged BlackBerry smartphone owners to switch to Apple's iPhone. During his regular quarterly conference call with financial...

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BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore

BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore

Although this announcement might not mean a lot for BlackBerry users, it could come in handy when recommending others to download BBM. BlackBerry has now made BBM available through the Amazon Appstore. All you Android BBMers out there: the latest BBM for Android is now available on the Amazon Appstore. The Amazon Appstore is both a website and accompanying app that connects Android users...

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What's new in BlackBerry OS 10.3.1

What's new in BlackBerry OS 10.3.1

With BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 now official, that means there's plenty of new features to look at. This update, while applicable to all BlackBerry 10 smartphones, is mostly aimed at early BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners such as those using a Q5, Q10, Z10, Z3 and Z30 as the Passport and Classic both came with their own iterations of 10.3.x. With that in mind, a lot of the features found on the...

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 rollout has officially begun

BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 rollout has officially begun

It has begun. Yes, after many rumors, speculation and confirmation at the BlackBerry Classic event of a February launch, the rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is now official according to BlackBerry and will be available to customers around the world starting today in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10. This announcement is...

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BlackBerry hosting App Wrapping and Secure Work Space on BES12 webcast

BlackBerry hosting App Wrapping and Secure Work Space on BES12 webcast

Following up on their BES12 Application Infrastructure webcast, BlackBerry has now sent out notifications for their App Wrapping and Secure Work Space on BES12 webcast that will take place on Thursday February 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST. The webcast will teach you everything you need to know about Secure Work Space on BES12, including what the Secure Work Space cross-platform solution is...

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Verizon Wireless swaps CEOs, John Stratton now in charge

Verizon Q10

Big Red has a new chief, with John Stratton replacing Dan Mead as CEO of Verizon Wireless. Stratton comes from within Verizon, having previously served as the company's President of Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline. Mead will stay with Verizon to oversee the sale of the company's wireline assets, and then plans to retire. Verizon Wireless is still a subsidiary of Verizon Communications,...

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QNX Hypervisor

Ahead of Embedded World 2015, QNX has just unveiled the QNX Hypervisor 1.0, a realtime Type 1 hypervisor for medical devices, industrial automation systems, and automotive applications such as car infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and digital instrument clusters. "With the release of the QNX Hypervisor, QNX Software Systems offers the core components for...

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TPSoft offering four free apps to celebrate Lunar New Year

TPSoft offering four free apps to celebrate Lunar New Year

To celebrate Lunar New Year also known as Chinese New Year, TPSoft dropped by the CrackBerry Forums to let us know they were giving away four of their apps for free with over 10,000 copies of each available. Which apps? Glad you asked. Here's the list: 7 Minute Workout - Full body workout in just 7 minutes English Dictionary 10 - Native dictionary for BlackBerry 10 Message Book Pro -...

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Qualcomm's new processors bring premium features to mid-range devices

Qualcomm

Qualcomm today announced four new processors for mid-range mobile devices.The new Snapdragon 620, 618, 425 and 415 chips will enable features and capabilities previously reserved for premium hardware. The former redefine the Snapdragon 600 series with significant advances in performance with integrated 64-bit ARM A-72 CPUs, as well as the new X8 LTE modem. The 425 and 415 bring new tech like...

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SaskTel lowers pricing on the BlackBerry Passport and Classic

SaskTel offering deals on Passport and Classic devices

SakTel customers looking to get their hands on either a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic can now do so for a little bit cheaper. The regional carrier that claims to cover 98% of Saskatchewan's population has reduced the pricing on both devices. A brand new BlackBerry Passport can be picked up for only $99, down from $149.99, while a brand new BlackBerry Classic can be yours for $0,...

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BlackBerry Classic now available in New Zealand through Vodafone

BlackBerry Classic now available in New Zealand through Vodafone

Live in New Zealand and been wondering when the BlackBerry Classic would arrive? If so, wonder no more. BlackBerry and Vodafone have now announced the device is available today from Vodafone stores online and in-store nationwide. Matthew Ball, Managing Director for BlackBerry in New Zealand, said: "We're delighted to partner with Vodafone New Zealand to launch our latest device, which is...

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Much of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was written on a BlackBerry

Much of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was written on a BlackBerry

Since the release of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2011, it has sold over 100 million copies, has been published in 52 languages and set the stage for the release of the movie bearing the same name, which has now earned over $266 million worldwide. Before all that though, Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James had to actually write the best-selling series and in April 2012, James recalled to ABC News...

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BlackBerry heads to Xbox Live to advertise the BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry heads to XBox Live to advertise the BlackBerry Classic

Seems BlackBerry is getting a little bit more aggressive with their marketing as they've now stepped into Microsoft's realm. A new ad is currently running on Xbox consoles in Canada and it's from BlackBerry promoting the BlackBerry Classic. The ad features the launch promo video for the device and invites Xbox Live users to download a free episode of Top Gear and MTV's Ridiculousness sponsored...

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iPhone users are paying for Frank Underwood's ringtone that comes free on BlackBerry

Netflix's House of Cards is a hit and if you've ever watched it, then you know their use of technology in the show is rather broad and it's certainly not abnormal in the run of an episode to see and hear several smartphones. As the show is about politicians, known to use BlackBerry regularly, it's not uncommon to hear several classic BlackBerry ringtones going off and as Business Insider...

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BlackBerry's going back to court over Typo2

The Typo2 keyboard for iPhone

Not content with legally prevailing over Typo on multiple occasions, BlackBerry is dragging Typo back into court of the iPhone case maker's second iteration of their Typo keyboard. The first edition was barred from sales for copying the Q10 keyboard design, which Typo ignored, which ended with them being hit with an $860,000 fine. Now the Typo2, which looks less like a BlackBerry keyboard, is...

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BlackBerry Classic arrives on AT&T February 20th

BlackBerry Classic now available through AT&T

As previously announced during CES 2015, AT&T has now laid down the arrival date of the BlackBerry Classic and let us know it will be made available for purchase through their site and in stores on February 20th. AT&T customers looking to pick one up can expect to lay down $49.99 with a new two-year agreement to call one their own. If you're not into contracts, AT&T is also offering...

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Save up to 67% on PNY microSD cards, Flash drives and more today at Amazon

PNY 64GB microSD

Today is President's Day in the US, and PNY has chosen this federal holiday to run one of its big mobile accessory sales on Amazon. Prices in this collection of products. which include microSD cards, SD cards, Flash drives and battery packs have been cut by between 23% and 67%. A good example is the 64GB version of the PNY High Performance microSDHC card, which normally sells for $54.99....

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