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QNX-powered Ford Sync 3 infotainment system launching on 2016 Escape and Fiesta

Ford unveiled its brand-new QNX powered Sync 3 infotainment system late last year and while it has been a bit of a wait, they've now announced the first batch of vehicles to come loaded with the new technology. Arriving this summer on the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta, Sync 3 has been designed to work along the same lines as your phone or tablet, with plenty of big icons and swipe navigation...

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OS 10.3.2.798 update files for all BlackBerry 10 devices now available

While BlackBerry has announced the official roll out of BlackBerry 10.3.2, there's already another OS available for download that's slightly higher than what BlackBerry is delivering officially. The 10.3.2 update officially arriving on BlackBerry 10 smartphones varies a bit, but the highest release appears to be OS 10.3.2.680 (Software version 10.3.2.440) but savvy users looking to live a...

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BlackBerry 10.3.2 and Blend 1.2 will make their way to all BlackBerry 10 devices

All BlackBerry 10 users will be excited to find out that their devices will be receiving BlackBerry OS 10.3.2, along with BlackBerry Blend 1.2. In a post on their official blog, BlackBerry has announced that 'over the coming weeks' users will begin seeing the software update hitting their devices. With these new updates, users will notice enhancements across their device, as well as...

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Vodafone's new PAYG bundles offer generous 4G allowances from just £10

Vodafone's new PAYG bundles offer generous 4G allowances from just £10

Vodafone today launched Big Value Bundles on Pay As You Go, offering generous calls, SMS allowances and 4G access for those who top-up by £10 or more. Vodafone will be throwing in unlimited SMS, minutes and capped 4G data at certain price points. Simply pick up a SIM, throw it into your phone and top-up when you feel like doing so. For the unlimited calls and messages, you'll need to top-up...

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BBM for Android beta gets Material Design update

BBM for Android beta gets Material Design update

Last week BlackBerry teased something new was coming and while there was much speculation over what it would be, we can now put it to rest. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry blog, a new beta is filtering through the Beta Zone for those making use of an Android device and beta testing BBM that finally brings Android Material Design to the app, something BlackBerry committed to bringing several...

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BlackBerry and Typo have reached a settlement

BlackBerry and Typo have reached a settlement in the case against Typo for the blatant attempts at copying BlackBerry's iconic keyboard design. The two companies have seen each other in court before, but this settlement could mark the end of that. Some of the terms of the agreement include: As part of the settlement, Typo Products LLC, Typo Innovations LLC, Show Media LLC, Hallier...

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Grab a Telus BlackBerry Q5 from Best Buy Canada for only $99

Grab a Telus BlackBerry Q5 from Best Buy Canada for only $99

If you live in Canada and are looking to move into a new BlackBerry 10 device or are just looking to pick up a spare for those 'just in case' moments, you might want to head to Best Buy. Right now, the retailer is offering the BlackBerry Q5 for only $99 with no contract. That certainly beats the $299 pricing on ShopBlackBerry. The device is notably TELUS branded but when unlocked is...

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John Chen discusses privacy, security and BlackBerry's hardware business

If there is anything we've learned about John Chen in the 18 months since his joining BlackBerry as CEO, it's that he has a plan, and it's a plan he's sticking to it. Granted, not everyone might agree with that plan or believe that it will turn out in his favor, but it's a plan nonetheless. A new interview with Maria Bartiromo appearing on USA Today sees BlackBerry CEO John Chen lay out the...

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BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 and iOS updated in the Beta Zone

BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 and iOS updated in the Beta Zone

Aside from their teasing of something new coming on Twitter, the BBM team has also gone ahead and released two new BBM beta versions into the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Between the two new releases, there's ultimately two new features that have been added overall. We've got the rundown for each release. BlackBerry 10 This beta version of BBM introduces: Status Publisher on Feeds Tab: reading...

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BlackBerry Leap arrives in the Philippines May 30th

BlackBerry customers in the Philippines looking to get their hands on a brand new BlackBerry Leap won't have much longer to wait now. As announced by BlackBerry, the device will be made available starting May 30th with retail pricing set at PHP 13,490 through MemoXpress stores. Cameron Vernest, Managing Director, Philippines, at BlackBerry, said: "With an all-touch screen, BlackBerry Leap...

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Watch John Chen's full interview from the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Back on May 5th, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and 400 guests for a special luncheon and interview with Chamber of Commerce CEO, Ian McLean, that covered such topics as BlackBerry's turnaround strategy and the company's ongoing commitment to the region. At the time, there was no video from the event available but now, the full...

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BlackBerry Sign

I know. It has been a while since I've written a 'From the Editor's Desk' post and I should probably write more of them, but to be honest I really need to feel pretty strongly about something in order to write them and the past few days have me a little fired up. With that out of the way, the past three days have been interesting for the BlackBerry world, made even more so when you consider the...

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BlackBerry launches the Leap in the United Arab Emirates

BlackBerry Leap

BlackBerry has launched the Leap smartphone in the United Arab Emirates. The company has released the white and shadow grey variants, enabling consumers in the region to pick up the all-touch smartphone. From today, you'll be able to pick up the BlackBerry Leap at various telecom retailers at the suggested retail price of 1099 AED ($299). For those who require a quick reminder as to what is...

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Telcel Mexico launches the BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry Classic now available through Telcel

Telcel customers looking to pick up a BlackBerry Classic now have the choice of doing so through the Mexican carrier. With the launch event held recently, the carrier has now announced the arrival of the BlackBerry Classic to their device lineup. "We understand that many of our customers have held onto their BlackBerry Bold devices for some time because it's the productive device they...

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BlackBerry announces proposed common share purchase program

BlackBerry announces proposed common share purchase program

At its annual meeting of shareholders on June 23, 2015, BlackBerry will present for approval a new employee share purchase plan and a proposed increase in the number of shares available under BlackBerry's equity incentive plan. If these proposals are approved by shareholders at the meeting, BlackBerry will file a notice of intention to commence a normal course issuer bid with the TSX. "...

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BlackBerry Leap will be available in Singapore beginning May 23rd

BlackBerry Leap will be available in Singapore beginning May 23rd

Adding to the already expansive list of areas the BlackBerry Leap has arrived, BlackBerry has now announced the availability date for Singapore. Beginning May 23rd, BlackBerry customers looking to purchase a BlackBerry Leap in Singapore will be able to pick one up through M1 Shop outlets, as well as the enterprise sales teams of carriers M1, Singtel and StarHub. Cameron Vernest, Managing...

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QNX Technology powers automated fare collection system from MSI Global

QNX Technology powers automated fare collection system from MSI Global

We've already had some news from Asia in the past 24 hours with the BlackBerry Leap now being available to buy in Malaysia, but it's time for another announcement - this time regarding QNX. As you'll see in the press release below, QNX will now be powering a fare collecting system within Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand. Already onboard nearly 5000 buses in Singapore it's just another...

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BBM for iOS beta v2.9.0.6 improves timed message and message retraction features

When new features get added to BBM, BlackBerry seemingly rolls them out to iOS beta releases first for whatever reason and that appears to the case once again. A new BBM for iOS beta has arrived with plenty of bug fixes and some improvements to the timed message and message retraction features available through subscriptions. What's New this Build? Edit Messages with the Timed Message and...

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BlackBerry Leap now available for purchase through Flipkart

BlackBerry Leap now available for purchase through Flipkart

BlackBerry customers in India looking to pick up a BlackBerry Leap have had several options for purchasing the latest all-touch smartphone including Infibeam and BlackBerry Exclusive stores but the device has now arrived at India's largest online retail shop, Flipkart. In total, there are six retailers offering the device through Flipkart, but pricing remains consistent across all offers...

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Work Wide v1.3.0.61 update has 'bug fixes all over the place'

Work Wide v1.3.0.61 update brings multiple bug fixes and improvements

Following up on the initial rollout of v1.3, Work Wide has now been updated to v1.3.0.61. While there are no new features in this release, the changelog does note there are many bug fixes and improvements that should improve the user experience. If you've been having issues with Work Wide, have a look and see if they have been fixed in this latest build. Bug fixes all over the place Fixed -...

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