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Watch BlackBerry COO Marty Beard's presentation from FedTalks 2014

Watch BlackBerry COO Marty Beard's presentation from FedTalks 2014

Earlier this month, BlackBerry COO Marty Beard attended FedTalks 2014, the annual gathering of the top leaders in the tech and government IT communities in Washington, D.C. and while we've covered a few things said at that event already, FedScoop has now posted up the complete keynote speech from Marty as well as his interview afterward for everyone to check out. You'll need to set aside 20...

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Google Contribute to make ad-free blogs a reality

Google Contribute to make ad-free blogs a reality

It looks like advertising isn't the only way way to fund your favorite sites anymore. Google announced a new program called Contributor today that allows people to contribute money to participating websites via a monthly subscription to get rid of ads. In typical Google fashion, the service will be a slow rollout, requiring an invitation at first. After you receive an invitation, you'll have...

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Gorilla Glass 4 may help protect your future BlackBerry screen from drops

Gorilla Glass 4

Less than two years after Corning first revealed Gorilla Glass 3, the company is going ahead and introducing Gorilla Glass 4. The latest version of its touchscreen display glass is supposed to be up to two times tougher than any competitive cover glass product. Corning said that in their drop tests from one meter on a rough surface, devices with Gorilla Glass 4 survived the drop up to 80...

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White BlackBerry Passport coming to the UAE December 1st

White BlackBerry Passport coming to the UAE December 1st

Although it was announced alongside the piano black version, the white BlackBerry Passport has yet to go on sale anywhere. That will change come December 1st though as BlackBerry has now announced plans to have the white version be available in the BlackBerry store in The Dubai Mall as well as leading retailers across the UAE during an event that featured both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg....

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Thorsten Heins

Former BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins, is now CEO and chairman of wireless charging company Powermat. Founder Ran Poliakine will now take the seat of Vice Chairman but still be heavily involved in evangelism and other strategic partnerships. After about a year hiatus since leaving BlackBerry, Heins is once again ready to take charge in attempts to scale Powermat to a new level of not just...

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O2 shows that sharing is caring with new bundles

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UK mobile operator O2 has announced new plans for families and those with multiple handsets. Sharer and Family Sharer enables O2 subscribers to share data bundles of up to 8GB across multiple mobile devices attached to a single account. The new plans aren't limited to smartphones either as tablets and other data-connected hardware are all included. Should you be on the O2 Refresh tariff, you...

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AT&T: Government may need warrant to obtain location data

AT&T: Government may need warrant to obtain location data

AT&T has joined the growing legal conversation around the privacy of location data, stating that federal investigators might be required to obtain a warrant before gathering such data in the future, The Wall Street Journal reported today. While federal investigators are still required to obtain permission from a judge in order to gather the location data of a cellphone customer, the...

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NSA reform bill killed in U.S. Senate

NSA reform bill killed in U.S. Senate

A bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy and supported by a coalition of technology companies designed to curb NSA data collection had undergone a Senate vote and failed by two votes. The USA Freedom Act fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass, garnering 58 votes in favor and 42 against. If it had passed, the bill would introduce sweeping changes with the NSA with the organization no...

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Banana Cabana stickers arrive in the BBM Shop

Banana Cabana stickers arrive in the BBM Shop

Based on the quirky designs of Noah Z. Jones, Almost Naked Animals features an ensemble cast of underwear-clad animals, set in a beachfront hotel named the Banana Cabana. If you're a parent, you might be familiar with the show and now you can grab the stickers from the BBM Shop $1.99. Howie, Bunny, Duck, Sloth and more are included. Not a pack for me but if you're interested, they should be...

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BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK goes gold

The BlackBerry Classic is well on its way and to ensure developers can have their apps ready for it, BlackBerry has now released the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK along with a new developer OS (OS 10.3.1.997) for all devices. Over at the Inside BlackBerry Developer blog, they've taken the time to highlight some key items that you must consider if you're building for or...

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How to get Amazon Prime Instant Video on BlackBerry 10

How to get Amazon Prime Instant Video on BlackBerry 10

Do you have an Amazon Prime account? If so, then you likely know that Amazon offers up Prime Instant Video and you may also likely know that, after many years of holding out, they recently released an Android version of Prime Instant Video so folks with an Amazon Prime account can purchase, rent or watch movies and TV shows on the go, provided their device was supported, which many are not....

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Vision Mobile Developer Economics Survey

If you're a developer, take this 10-minute survey and you could win some really great prizes! It's that time of year again, and our friends at Vision Mobile need 10 minutes of your time to participate in the 8th edition of their Developer Economics Survey. If you're not familiar with the survey, Vision Mobile uses it to compile the most comprehensive report on the worldwide app economy and...

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Former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins lands at wireless charger company Powermat

Thorsten Heins takes leadership of Powermat

It's been a while since we've heard from former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, but there's now news of him: he's the new CEO and chairman of wireless charging company Powermat. Heins ran BlackBerry through a tumultuous just-under-two-year tenure that ended in late 2013, since replaced by John Chen. Hein's arrival has him replacing Powermat founder Ran Poliakine. Powermat's inductive charging...

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective stickers now available in the BBM Shop

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

He's the best there is. In fact, he's the only one there is. He's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and right now he's available on BBM in sticker form. Yup, that's right. A new BBM sticker pack has arrived featuring the legendary pet detective and you can call it yours for only $1.99. The pack should be showing for everyone at this point but if you're not seeing it in five minutes....... just wait...

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AT&T's latest Mobile Share promo gives you 15 GB for the price of 10 GB

AT&T's latest Mobile Share promo gives you 15 GB for the price of 10 GB

Starting tomorrow, November 18, AT&T will be running a limited-time promotion to bring more data to its 10 GB Mobile Share plan. For the same price that you would be paying on the 10 GB Mobile Share package, which comes with unlimited talk and text, AT&T will throw in an extra 5 GB bringing the shareable data bucket to 15 GB. The promotional 15GB Mobile Share Value plan at the...

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BlackBerry appoints a new Senior Vice President of Global Carrier Sales

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We're off to a flying start to the week with yet another press release from BlackBerry. John Chen certainly thinks that BlackBerry 10 carrier sales need to improve and he sure is right. So to combat the situation Howard Stevens has been put in place to strengthen relations - a good move. With the Passport now on sale in many regions and the Classic coming soon it seems the perfect time for a...

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Unable to log into Box? You're not alone - (Update)

Unable to log into Box? You're not alone - (Update)

Update: According to Box's status page, it looks like the issue has been resolved. Carry on! Are you amongst the many using Box for additional cloud storage on BlackBerry 10 smartphone? If so, have a look at your account and see if it's logged in right now. Many have noticed their accounts have automatically logged them out and when attempting to log back in, the 'Grant Access' button no...

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Verizon's new contract terms make it more expensive to defect early

Verizon's new contract terms make it more expensive to defect early

Verizon Wireless has updated its terms of service, which could increase the amount you're paying in early termination fees, or ETF, depending on when you wish to defect and leave the carrier. According to the new terms, if you sign a new two-year contract with Verizon and decide to leave towards the beginning of the contract term, you'll be out more money as your early termination fees do not...

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.1151 autoloaders now available

BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.1151 autoloaders now available for all BlackBerry 10 devices

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, if playing around with unofficial BlackBerry 10 builds is your idea of fun, you can now grab OS 10.3.1.1151 and give it a go. Autoloaders, as well as all the signed files, have appeared in the CrackBerry Forums and a readily available for download for most BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The rest are still being uploaded. As always, if you download...

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