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This is the red BlackBerry Passport! [Updated]

This is the red BlackBerry Passport!

UPDATE - Despite this image being found on Amazon's servers, I've received word that it's not the final revision of the device and changes to it are expected. What changes exactly? I'm not sure. Even more red on the front/top being added, perhaps, as some people were hoping. Personally, I like the one above better but that's just me. So, a few days ago Amazon slipped up and listed the red and...

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BlackBerry earns a 2014 Green Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive

One of the key changes BlackBerry has made this year comes by way of their supply chain and thanks to those changes, the company has scored themselves a 2014 Green Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive. The awards highlight companies that are making sustainability a core part of the businesses and supply chain strategies. And they have the results to show for it. Almost 200...

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Kim Kardashian won't be getting a job at BlackBerry anytime soon

BlackBerry won't be hiring Kim Kardashian anytime soon

Despite having professed her love for BlackBerry's smartphones, self-proclaimed BlackBerry Bold-addict and reality television star Kim Kardashian won't be hired as a celebrity spokesperson for the brand. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that it's strictly business and that he is not focusing on the consumer market at this time. In an interview at the APEC CEO Summit in Beijing, Chen said of his...

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BlackBerry joins the Missing Children Society of Canada's mission to find missing children

BBM has a long history of being used in the aid of public safety and a new partnership with the Toronto Police Service and the Missing Children Society of Canada highlights that once again. At an event held in Toronto today, the Toronto Police Service and the Missing Children Society of Canada announced BlackBerry/BBM as the latest addition to their search program, Milk Carton 2.0. By...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen seeks growth in China, meets with Lenovo, Xiaomi and HTC

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has noted several times already that the next step in his plan for BlackBerry is to grow the company and one place where he sees opportunity, due to the demand for security, encryption and privacy is in China. Attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit in Beijing, John Chen sat down with Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun, and Lenovo's head Yang Yuanqing along with...

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AT&T ditches plans for in-flight 4G LTE connectivity

AT&T ditches plans for in-flight 4G LTE connectivity

AT&T announced that it will be abandoning plans to bring in-flight wireless connectivity. The carrier will not be bringing its 4G LTE service to the skies as previously planned through an air-to-ground-based service for domestic flights, citing that in-flight connectivity is too risky of an investment. In a statement to Runway Girl Network, AT&T said: As AT&T explores...

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President Obama wants ISPs to be regulated under net neutrality principles

President Obama Net Neutrality

President Barack Obama has issued a new request to the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband wired Internet service in the US as a public utility, like telephone or power companies are currently classified. This is just the latest attempt to regulate Internet service providers under net neutrality principles. President Obama believes that ISPs should not be allowed to...

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BitTorque - A native BlackBerry 10 torrent downloader, rises from the dead

UPDATE - BitTorque development revived, v1.3.0 now available for download BitTorque, the native BlackBerry 10 torrent downloader hasn't been available since February 2013, but thanks to some work put in by xsacha the app has now arisen from the dead. The app appeared on BlackBerry World but was quickly removed, thought to be never seen again. The developers tried to get BlackBerry to reapprove...

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BlackBerry ranked second highest Canadian company in R&D spending

BlackBerry ranked second highest Canadian company in R&D spending

Canadian smartphone-maker BlackBerry is still a leading spender in research and development. In 2013, the company had invested over $1.3 billion in R&D, placing it second behind Bombardier in the list of Canada's top spending companies in R&D. BlackBerry was ranked higher than IBM Canada, Rogers Communications, Ericsson Canada, and Sierra Wireless. Despite BlackBerry's high spending...

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John Chen: 'BlackBerry has survived; now we have to start looking at growth'

That's the message John Chen has been relaying in all of his recent interviews but once again reiterated in an interview with Reuters. November 4th marked John Chens one-year anniversary at BlackBerry, and there's no doubt things have changed since his arrival, including how others are now looking at the company. It's no longer a company stuck in a 'death spiral' as many predicted. "Once...

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New Apple iMessage de-registration tool lets you switch to BlackBerry and reclaim your SMS

Apple has launched a new tool to make it easier for iOS users to switch to a competing smartphone platform and not lose text messages. Previously, iPhone users who switched to a rival operating system would still have their numbers locked into Apple's iMessage servers, creating problems with text messages not showing up. Now, with the new tool, users can unregister their numbers from the...

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Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan gives BlackBerry turnaround plan another vote of confidence

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is one of Canada's largest institutional investors through their diversified portfolio of Canadian and international assets. Their investing methods rely on achieving the best risk-return balance for its members and thus far, they've been extremely successful. They simply don't invest in things they don't believe in, and they've now given John Chens BlackBerry...

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John Chen fights back after White House tech officer pokes fun at her BlackBerry

The days of BlackBerry letting people get away with saying disparaging things about the company are coming to an end. The change in management and namely, BlackBerry CEO John Chen are not putting up with anymore and are, whenever possible, fighting back. Last week, The Hill highlighted a New York Times article where White House chief technology officer Megan Smith, noted the White House's...

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AT&T to expand North American coverage area with Mexico carrier Iusacell acquisition

AT&T announced that it would be acquiring Mexico wireless carrier Iusacell to create a North American Mobile Service area covering 400 million customers and businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. The deal will bring 8.5 million Iusacell subscribers under AT&T's umbrella. AT&T credits recent reforms in Mexico made under Prsident Pena Nieto for the deal. Iusacell's network covers 70...

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Rogers introduces new roaming plan for traveling to the U.S.

Rogers introduces roaming plan for traveling to the U.S.

Rogers is introducing a new international roaming plan for those customers traveling to the United States. The Roam Like Home plan allows Rogers customers to access their Share Everything minutes, text, and data while in the United States for $5 per day. Rogers will charge you for a maximum of ten days with Roam Like Home, for a total of an extra $50 on your bill. If you're in the U.S. for...

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UK will hold radio spectrum auction next year to aid 4G LTE expansion

Passport

UK communications regulator Ofcom has today announced more radio spectrum will be available at auction for mobile operators next year (or early 2016). The two bands that will be up for grabs are the 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz frequencies that will offer high data capacity for the increasing use of mobile connectivity. The 2.3GHz band has been deployed in 10 countries outside Europe, including China,...

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BlackBerry is synonymous with security

One of the key things BlackBerry has always focused on is security. Across all their devices and services, security has come first and has been a core part of their hardware and software offerings. But, what if that security was also part of their decline in the past few years? Seems a slightly crazy thing to say, right? Not if you ask former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker. Baker, who was...

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BlackBerry to host Investor Day on November 13th

BlackBerry to host Investor Day on November 13th

Along with BlackBerry hosting their enterprise event on November 13th, they'll also be hosting Investor Day as well. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. PST/3:30 p.m. EST, those interested can tune into the live webcast through the Investor Events website. Additionally, a replay of the webcast will be available following the event. ​​ Press Release BlackBerry to Host Investor Day WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(...

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Congressional committee meeting to discuss privacy in wake of recent nude leaks

Congressional committee meeting to discuss privacy in wake of recent nude leaks

A congressional advisory committee will be taking the initial step Thursday to discuss the legal ramifications of protecting Internet privacy. Prompted by the recent hacks resulting in the leak of nude photos of celebrities like the high profile case involving actress Jennifer Lawrence, the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee will be discussing the topic of privacy and the legal...

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What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?

What are the blue check marks next to my messages in WhatsApp?

Have you seen them? If you're on v2.11.967.2 then the chances are good you have and that has left many folks wondering exactly what they mean. As it turns out, they mean WhatsApp has finally enabled the ability to know whether or not your message was read after its been sent according to their updated FAQ section. As we've mentioned in the past, WhatsApp has never had an indicator that showed...

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