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Gemalto denies 'massive theft' of SIM card encryption keys by NSA and GCHQ [updated]

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Update: A new report in The Intercept claims that Gemalto is drastically downplaying the effects of this attack. In the report, several security researchers came to the conclusion that "the company made sweeping, overly-optimistic statements about the security and stability of Gemalto's networks, and dramatically underplayed the significance of the NSA-GCHQ targeting of the company and its...

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Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

Ting's GSM network, which it announced late last year, has officially entered into an open beta. Previously, customers could test the network out on an invite-only basis. If an open beta for a network sounds odd, Ting explained the benefits of the tests it has done so far: We've been hard at work on Ting on a GSM network. We've sent out invitations in the thousands with a majority of...

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Leaked BlackBerry Passport OS 10.3.1.2480 upgrade files now available

Leaked BlackBerry Passport OS 10.3.1.2480 upgrade files now available

Previously we let you all know BlackBerry was working on a fix for the Passport screen flicker issue and while there was no ETA mentioned, if you don't mind taking an unconventional route, you can try out that fix. OS 10.3.1.2480 has 'leaked' (using the term loosely because it's not a full autoloader) and it certainly does appear to be the fix for the BlackBerry Passport screen flicker issue...

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QNX Wireless Framework brings smartphone-caliber connectivity to Embedded Systems

This week, at Embedded World 2015, QNX Software Systems will showcase its latest product developments for embedded developers but they've already got the news rolling. Following up on their QNX Hypervisor announcement, they've now announced the QNX Wireless Framework, which enables rapid cellular and Wi-Fi integration and faster time to market for embedded system applications. "The QNX...

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Euroimpianti will use the QNX Neutrino to power its next-gen autonomous robots

Euroimpianti, a global leader in automated warehouse solutions, will use the latest release of the QNX Neutrino OS to power the realtime control systems and human machine interfaces (HMIs) of its next-generation autonomous warehouse robots. Until recently, Euroimpianti used another OS for the HMIs of its operator panels and recently re-assessed this approach after evaluating the HMI...

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BlackBerry Rio to be called the BlackBerry Leap at launch?

BlackBerry Rio to be called the BlackBerry Leap at launch?

By now, most folks who keep up on the latest BlackBerry news should be aware of the device known as the BlackBerry Rio and since it first leaked out, we've been wondering whether or not BlackBerry would roll with the Rio name when it was announced or if it would be something like the Z20 as it has also been referred to many times. As it turns out, BlackBerry appears to have given the device...

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BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 updated with custom PIN and no ad options

BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 updated with custom PIN and no ad options

In addition to the iOS beta rolling out, BBM for BlackBerry 10 is also getting a beta update, that brings both platforms in line with each other. With that being the case, the change log for the BlackBerry 10 release is almost identical so, BlackBerry 10 users will have the option to create a custom PIN, remove ads and have a special badge on their profile picture in BBM. New Features BBM...

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BBM for iOS beta updated to v2.7.0.59 with custom PIN and no ad options

Previously we let you all know BlackBerry was testing custom PIN and no ad options for BBM but they weren't fully enabled. Now, BlackBerry has pushed a new BBM for iOS beta that opens the doors to those options for some wide testing. As noted in the changes, vanity PIN's, removable ads and a new avatar badging feature are now up for testing if you have an iOS device and are using BBM on it....

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BlackBerry testing screen flickering fix for the BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry testing Passport screen flickering fix

If you're used to using leaks, then chances are you're fully aware of the 'screen flickering' issue that was present in early builds of BlackBerry 10.3.1 for the BlackBerry Passport. The bug, while random, would cause the screen to flicker off and on with no real pattern to it. When BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 started rolling out, that bug remained in the OS and since then, many folks have reported...

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SIM card manufacturer Gemalto says its products are secure following NSA hack

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Digital security vendor Gemalto has announced that its products are "secure" following a report last week stating that the NSA and its UK counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into the vendor's SIM cards. With a production run of over 2 billion SIM cards a year, Gemalto is the leading SIM card manufacturer in the world, and counts the four major US carriers...

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Snap v3 Beta 3 now available for download

Snap v3 Beta 3 now available for download

With two beta releases already out there, it's now time for Snap v3 beta 3. As expected, this release brings along with it several bug fixes and changes including some changes to address download issues, scrolling and there's now additional layout fixes for the BlackBerry Passport as well. That's just a small list of additions, you can view the rest below. Snap v3 Beta 3 (2.9.9.2) Fixed...

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Verizon to offer $50 rebate on the BlackBerry Classic

Verizon to offer $50 rebate on the BlackBerry Classic

Earlier this month we learned the BlackBerry Classic was expected to launch on Verizon on February 26th, but that news never brought any indication of expected pricing for the device. Over at N4BB, they've discovered some further details in that area and have noted Verizon intends to launch the BlackBerry Classic for $149.99 on new a two-year contract but a mail-in rebate, which also includes...

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Sprint now offering 10 lines with 12GB of shared data for $90 a month

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Sprint is launching yet another price promotion, this time for its Family Share Plan. The limited time offer will give customers up to 10 lines of shared unlimited talk and text, along with 12GB of data, for $90 a month. The carrier says that the offer will end on March 12. From Sprint: Sprint is reducing the data access charge on the $90 Family Share Pack plan from $25 to $15 for...

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BlackBerry testing 'No Ad' and 'Custom PIN' subscription features

This one won't come as much of a surprise, given BlackBerry's ongoing efforts to monetize BBM and the fact they announced it at CES, but it's interesting that it has now started to appear. If you're running the beta build of BBM on iOS, the 'No Ad' and 'Custom PIN' options have started showing up in the BBM Shop indicating BlackBerry might soon be ready to push them live or is at the very least...

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BlackBerry Passport and Classic now available for purchase from AT&T

BlackBerry Passport and Classic now available for purchase from AT&T

Right on time. As was announced earlier this month, AT&T set the release date for both the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic for February 20th and if you head on over to the AT&T website right now, you'll find both devices are now live and ready to be ordered online. If the rounded off Passport is the way you're going, you can grab it for $199.99 on a new two-year agreement...

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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

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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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