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BlackBerry Passport passes through the FCC

BlackBerry Passport passes through the FCC

If you're waiting for the BlackBerry Passport to arrive, you can take a small bit of satisfaction in knowing the latest BlackBerry 10 device from BlackBerry is now one step closer to release. It looks as though the BlackBerry Passport has arrived and passed through the FCC. Although the internal and external photos are still under the confidentiality agreement, the label is a dead ringer for...

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BlackBerry Blend Beta appears once again, this time on a Passport

BlackBerry Blend Beta appears once again, this time on a Passport

By now, most folks have heard of BlackBerry Blend. It has leaked out in so many ways now, I lost track. It's in BlackBerry OS builds, presented itself in Power Point presentations, it's even preloaded in the new BlackBerry 10.3 out of box set-up files and the icon is present on official images of the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic and still, BlackBerry refuses to confirm its...

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From the Editor's Desk: BlackBerry in the media

From the Editor's Desk: BlackBerry in the media

It's Sunday and time for another From the Editor's Desk. This weekend, for me personally, has been a rather slow one as it's Natal Day weekend in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. My time was spent with my son watching movies, checking out fireworks, and really just taking some time to relax and get ready for the week ahead. So, rather than going on some long...

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Unlock your phone legally starting today

President Obama to sign phone unlocking bill into law

President Obama will today sign a bill into law that will allow American citizens to legally unlock their phones in order to take them to another cellular carrier, either in the United States or abroad. The President announced his intent to sign the bill last week. The new law is only a temporary measure, and is only valid until 2015. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill last...

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All those 'App for' apps in BlackBerry World have 48 hours to change their name

You've all seen them. Those apps that appear in BlackBerry World that are all named 'App For' whatever, be it App For Instagram, App for Candy Crush Saga and countless other things. Well, it seems BlackBerry is finally taking a bit of a stand against them now and has begun sending out notifications letting those who submitted such apps they have 48 hours to change the name of the app or it will...

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Amazon Appstore now in more countries

Amazon Appstore now in more countries

Amazon says that its Appstore for Android is now available in 236 countries and territories following this recent expansion of 41 more regions. That said, not all apps within the Amazon Appstore catalog will be available in all regions due to local laws and restrictions on certain apps and content. However, for consumers, this will be another venue to purchase and download apps, which will be...

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New malware exploits USB, but isn't really that scary

Another day, another apocalyptic prognostication of computer security doom, this time focusing on the omnipresent USB connection. It's called 'BadUSB', and it's a malware proof-of-concept created by security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell that exploits a flaw in and resides in the firmware that controls the basic function of USB devices. The researchers claim that it's not a problem...

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Typo 2 resurrects the iPhone keyboard case, looks a bit less like a BlackBerry

As if the original Typo keyboard wasn't enough, a new version of everyone's favorite iPhone accessory is now available for pre-order. The $99 Typo 2 — while very similar to it's older brother — has been remastered and redesigned with some new features, hoping to steer clear of any lawsuits this time around. The Typo 2 features Typo smart typing (auto capitalization and the like), a backlit...

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32GB and 64GB MicroSD cards are insanely cheap today on Amazon

Save a boatload on a new MicroSD card

Transcend MicroSD cards are on sale today only at Amazon. You can grab a Transcend 32GB MicroSDHC Class 10 (with adapter) for $13.99 (that's 63% off) or a Transcend 64GB MicroSDXC card (also with adapter) for $28.99 (42% off). If you've been wanting to increase the storage space of your smartphone, today might be a good day to make that purchase. Added bonus: they both come in "frustration-free...

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T-Mobile posts strong Q2 revenue, adds 1.5 million new customers

T-Mobile posts strong Q2 revenue, adds 1.5 million new customers

T-Mobile posted its second quarter earnings today, and the main takeaway is that the carrier is continuing momentum as far as customer acquisition is concerned. The Uncarrier managed to add an additional 1.5 million customers in the second quarter, which makes it the fifth consecutive quarter in which the carrier added more than 1 million subscribers. The number sees T-Mobile crossing 50...

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Sprint expands 4G LTE network to 17 more markets

Sprint expands 4G LTE network to 17 more markets

Sprint is making an aggressive roll out behind its 4G LTE network, bringing its high speed mobile broadband access to n additional 17 more markets. The addition of these markets span across the United States. Here are the 17 new additions to Sprint's 4G LTE network: Eureka/Arcata/Fortuna, CA Redding, CA Bethesda, MD Dubuque, IA Danville, IL Marion/Herrin, IL Mt. Vernon, IL Hopkinsville, KY...

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New BlackBerry Passport video shows off touch sensitive keyboard and new style Active Frames

Looks like the folks over at Phone Arena scored a little bit of hands-on with the BlackBerry Passport, though it seems as maybe they weren't supposed to as of yet. The article they had up that went along with the video has since been removed but the video remains posted to their YouTube channel for everyone to see. In the video, we get a closer look at the Passport's touch sensitive keyboard...

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Sprint's first quarter 2014 results show they finally turned a profit

Sprint

Sprint today released its earnings report for the first fiscal quarter of 2014, detailing a net income of $23 million, the best result in over seven years. The US mobile operator also confirmed that 3G network maintenance was largely complete, while LTE coverage expands to cover approximately 254 million people. Sprint had previously been struggling with new affordable plans to attract custom...

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Catch Lollapalooza live with Red Bull TV

Catch Lollapalooza live with Red Bull TV

The Lollapalooza music festival kicks off in Chicago in a few days, but for those that can't make it, Red Bull has you covered. As part of a partnership, Red Bull will be live streaming the festival to a number of devices this weekend. Any device with a Red Bull TV app will be able to watch Lollapalooza live. Red Bull TV is available on devices like the Apple TV, Xbox 360, Chromecast,...

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BlackBerry Guardian adds another layer of protection to Android apps on BlackBerry

Back in February, BlackBerry announced they had teamed up with Trend Micro to roll out their own internal, proprietary app analysis program to help vet apps going into BlackBerry World called BlackBerry Guardian. Today, in NYC at the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry has announced that program will now extended to Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore and other sources when it...

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BlackBerry announces acquisition of mobile security company Secusmart

Secusmart CEO Hans-Cristoph Quelle

Today at the BlackBerry Security Summit in New York, BlackBerry announced the acquisition of a security company based in Germany called Secusmart. Above we can see Secusmart CEO Hans-Cristoph Quelle talking about the deal. Secusmart works on mobility security solutions for governments, wireless providers, and enterprise, which is right up BlackBerry's wheel house. Secusmart's solution is good...

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Germany wants more of its officials using encrypted BlackBerry 10 smartphones

After the news broke that the U.S. National Security Agency was tracking the mobile communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior took action and began using BlackBerry 10 smartphones coupled with German firm Secusmart's anti-eavesdropping technology. Since then, the German Government has deployed approximately 3,000 encrypted BlackBerry devices...

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BlackBerry Beta Zone rolling out new program for 'pre-release BlackBerry products'

If you've signed up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone, you might want to check and make sure you're not missing any emails. Members have been receiving emails letting them know about a new, exciting program for pre-release BlackBerry products is coming soon and folks are being asked to reply to a survey to show their interest. We're excited to announce that in the near future we will be...

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No offers to buy BlackBerry, says CEO John Chen

John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is chatting with the media again, this time with Bloomberg, where he states that the company currently has no offers to buy out the company. BlackBerry might, at first glance, be a target for an offer or takeover, but according to Chen, "I don't have any offers on my desk." He added, "If people would like to talk, I mean, talk is not an offer." It does seem clear...

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battery

A new research paper details the efforts of a team at Stanford University who are looking to create a lithium battery that, if successful, could lead to much longer battery life for smartphones and tablets, but it could take several years for that research to yield practical products. The paper, published in the Nature Nanotechnology scientific journal, talks about how the team has created a...

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