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Regulators looking at possible stock manipulation in Samsung buying BlackBerry rumors

Regulators looking at possible stock manipulation in Samsung buying BlackBerry rumors

When it was rumored that Samsung was in talks to purchase BlackBerry last month, one of the major side-effects was that BlackBerry's stock price skyrocketed. Now, regulators from both the U.S. and Canada are reportedly investigating trading activity around the time of the rumor in order to ascertain whether it was started to profit from the resulting surge in BlackBerry's stock price. From...

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with two new BBM sticker packs

Celebrate Chinese New Year with two new BBM sticker packs

The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it's now more commonly referred to will fall on February 19th this year and to celebrate the traditional Chinese holiday the BBM Shop has added some new stickers from Pyi Pyi Family and Pico Candy. Both the Chinese New Year Manjukan and Friends pack and Chinese Happy SuSheep Year pack feature a selection of characters partaking in several...

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Sprint and RadioShack pen deal to establish 1,750 co-branded stores

Sprint and RadioShack pen deal to establish 1,750 co-branded stores

After hearing various rumblings on such an agreement in recent days, it looks like Sprint has struck a deal with RadioShack that would see the carrier expanding into 1,750 RadioShack locations. According to the press release, the deal will "establish co-branded stores that will exclusively sell mobile devices across Sprint's brand portfolio as well as RadioShack products, services and...

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US carriers will soon start unlocking phones the easy way

The top five carriers in the United States will on Feb. 11 implement new unlocking procedures for smartphones, tablets, and other cellular devices sold on their networks. The new unlocking standards were set forth by the CTIA in late 2013 and, though a voluntary commitment by the carriers, define the conditions under which carriers must unlock your devices — and it's all looking good for the...

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Red BlackBerry Passport now available SIM free in the UK from Clove

Red-Passport-Hero

Just a quick heads up for you folk that have been waiting to order the red BlackBerry Passport over in the UK. Online retailer, Clove, now have the red variant available and in stock ready for you to order. This means that Clove now have all three versions of the Passport - Black, Red & White. And currently they still have a discount on the SIM free Passport - currently sitting at £525....

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Sprint

Following its preliminary publication, Sprint has today shared its final report for Q3 2014. The US carrier managed to bag just short of one million new connections, boasting "significant progress on building a consistent and reliable network". It's not all good news, however. As the recent Super Bowl ad teaser revealed, the company hopes you're watching. First, the good stuff. The report...

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Typo ordered to pay BlackBerry $860,000 for violating sales ban

The original Typo

Way back in March 2014, BlackBerry won an argument in court that saw the makers of the Typo keyboard barred from selling their wares, and Typo's ignoring of that order has resulted in a court-ordered penalty. For selling the suspiciously-familiar iPhone keyboard case when they were explicitly told not to, Typo's been ordered to pay BlackBerry damages to the tune of $860,000. Of course, Typo...

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The FCC plans to regulate the internet as a utility

It's official, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to reclassify internet service providers as utility providers under the FCC's Title II authority. The move aims to preserve the principles of net neutrality in law, barring ISPs from blocking, throttling, or prioritizing traffic. Said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: "I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open...

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Blue Line Magazine highlights BlackBerry's role in Law Enforcement

Blue Line Magazine highlights BlackBerry's role in Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement has a long history of making use of BlackBerry products and services around the world, so perhaps it's no surprise that in the latest issue of Blue Line Magazine when the topic of 'how the Internet age, cyberspace and virtual networks affect neighbourhood activity and community safety' comes up, there's also discussion of BlackBerry and how it helps community policing efforts...

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Verizon's cutting its data plans across the board up to $10/month

Verizon

Verizon Wireless will cut prices on most of its existing More Everything plans by up to $10 a month while also adding some new options starting on Thursday. The new plans will also allow some customers to add smartphones on Verizon Edge for $15 a month. Only the 500MB and 10GB data plans will remain the same price. Here are the new prices and the new options for Verizon's More Everything:...

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BlackBerry Blend and BBM Protected nominated for GSMA Global Mobile Awards

Each year, at Mobile World Congress the Global Mobile Awards are held and with this year's nominees now announced, we know BlackBerry has at least two offerings in the running. For Best Mobile Service or App for Consumers, BlackBerry Blend has been nominated and for Best Security/ Anti-Fraud Product or Solution, BBM Protected has received a nomination. On the QNX side, QNX-Powered System for...

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Chef Randy Feltis shows off his creative use of the BlackBerry Passport

Have you ever wanted to make your own pop tarts? If so, Chef Randy Feltis, has a pretty awesome recipe for them called DIY Elvis pop tarts. They consist of peanut butter, bananas and bacon all in one and they look amazing. But what's even more amazing is his process of making them, which he shared with Cityline. You see, this Chef is also a BlackBerry Passport owner, which he calls the world's...

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Bell BlackBerry Classic owners now receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

Bell BlackBerry Classic owners now receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

First it was Rogers, then it was TELUS and now Bell has finally started rolling out the OS 10.3.1.2072 update for the BlackBerry Classic. I know, I know. It's not the update you were hoping for and yes, I know there's still nothing on your [insert every other device that is not a BlackBerry Classic] but for BlackBerry Classic owners, this is something to be alerted of. If you have a BlackBerry...

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BlackBerry's BBM Shop hit 1 billion user views in January

BlackBerry's BBM Shop hit 1 billion user views in January

So you don't care for BBM Stickers? Well, you just might be in the minority if so. BlackBerry has now announced the BBM Shop has hit 1 billion user views in January and 72% of customers with access to the BBM Shop interact with virtual goods each month. According to Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, virtual goods have generated more than 3 billion total...

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BlackBerry highlights how security is embedded in their hardware

BlackBerry Security Begins At The Endpoints

Throughout the history of BlackBerry, they've always pushed the fact that security in their devices isn't just an afterthought, it's not just 'bolted on' after and that it's built right in the core of all their hardware. If you've ever wondered what exactly that means, Alex Manea, Manager of Security Services at BlackBerry over at the Inside BlackBerry Biz Blog has laid it out in a way that's...

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BlackBerry Classic now officially available in South Africa

BlackBerry Classic now officially available in South Africa

To go along with the great South African BBM recruitment contest, BlackBerry has now announced the official release of the BlackBerry Classic there as well. While the press release lacks mention of carriers right now, Orange SA has the device listed online and in-stock for R5,445 with free shipping. South Africa is just one many new regions to now have rolled out the device including Australia...

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FCC set to propose strong net neutrality rules this week

FCC Board Members smile for the camera

A new report says that the Federal Communications Commission could propose a set of regulations Thursday that would support net neutrality for both fixed and mobile broadband service providers. The proposal is likely to be similar to the ones that President Barack Obama announced in November 2014. The Wall Street Journal reports that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will state that broadband...

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BlackBerry Classic owners on TELUS receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

BlackBerry Classic owners on TELUS receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

Although it started with Rogers, it seems as though TELUS has now joined the party in rolling out OS 10.3.1.2072. We've received several reports the OS is now appearing on devices when owners check for software updates and is readily available to download via OTA. If you're seeing it, go ahead and grab it. Of course, let us know how the process goes for you in the comments. Sadly, it appears as...

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Alex Saunders, former BlackBerry developer relations lead goes to Microsoft

Alec Saunders, formerly the BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations and the QNX, has landed at Microsoft. Specifically, after having left BlackBerry back in October, Saunders is now a "Principal Technical Evangelist" at Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft's venture capital arm. Said Saunders in a blog post announcing the move: "So it was natural that one of the first companies I reached out to...

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