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Mobile Nations Weekly: Google In-and-Out

Mobile Nations Weekly: Google In-and-Out

Google I/O, on the Google campus, where Google unveils all the new Google things... So, there was this little thing out in California called Google I/O. Only a few small announcements: like Google taking on Amazon Echo, two new messaging apps, built-in VR for Android, apps that only download the parts you need as you need them, and a whole new smart assistant. Oh, and Android Wear 2.0 and...

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Consume news in a more interactive way with Ripple

Consume news in a more interactive way with Ripple for BlackBerry 10

Little Boat Studios, formerly ReFocus Tech, has now released a new app for BlackBerry 10 called Ripple. Ripple aims to offer you a new and unique way to get the latest news by introducing a predictive chat based feature that helps you browse through the top eight headlines every hour. Features: Ripple provides you with 8 things happening at this hour. Ripple provides you with a chat based...

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Veteran BlackBerry analyst says company should get out of the handset business

Gus Papageorgiou, the veteran Wall Street analyst who covered BlackBerry for many years and joined Macquarie Group in March, has initiated coverage of BlackBerry once again with a sell rating according to Bloomberg, believing that the market would applaud the company exiting the device business. In a note to clients, Papageorgiou noted: We remain skeptical that the company can make the...

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BlackBerry rolls out their fourth Android Marshmallow beta build to Priv owners

While many thought the public release of Android Marshmallow to Priv owners meant the beta testing was over, BlackBerry has proven that to not be the case at all. A new beta build, the fourth in the line of betas, has now been released. This time around, you'll have to have either an STV100-1 variant purchased from ShopBlackBerry or Amazon or an STV100-3 purchased through Canadian carriers...

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BlackBerry hosting annual Security Summit on July 19 in New York

BlackBerry hosting annual Security Summit on July 19 in New York

For the past two years now, BlackBerry has held their annual BlackBerry Security Summit in July and this year is no different. BlackBerry has now sent notices letting folks know their third annual BlackBerry Security Summit will be held on July 19 in New York. Please save the date to join BlackBerry on Tuesday, July 19 in NYC for the third annual BlackBerry Security Summit. BlackBerry...

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BlackBerry 'Hamburg' purported specs turn up on benchmark tests

BlackBerry 'Hamburg' purported specs turn up on benchmark tests

With two Android-based phones already confirmed to be coming and rumors surrounding those devices having already been swirling for a while now, it was only a matter of time before more information started popping up. The latest tidbit of news comes by way of GFXBench, which is currently showing some purported baseline specs for the 'Hamburg'. According to GFXBench database, the Hamburg holds...

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WhatsApp rolls out beta update for BlackBerry 10, reminds users the app will be discontinued in December

WhatsApp has rolled out a new beta update through the BlackBerry Beta Zone. This release pegged as version 2.16.40.2, has multiple bug fixes for various media upload and sending issues as well as the typical miscellaneous fixes and updates. One, other addition to the beta update, though, feels a little like tossing salt in the wound. Yes, this release also includes an initial deprecation...

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One App from CellNinja helps add an additional layer of security to your phone

Have you ever had the problem where someone asks you to use your phone but you don't want to let them because you just know they might start flipping through its contents? Perhaps you often hand off your phone to a child to watch videos but don't want them to be able to access anything else? Maybe you just have an app you want to show off but not allow anyone to browse the rest of your phone. If...

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T-Mobile adds Google Play Music, Spotify, Qello Concerts and more to BingeOn

BingeOn T-Mobile

T-Mobile has announced that it has once again added a number of new BingeOn partners. This marks the fifth expansion of the service in the six months since its release, and it holds some big name additions. While some of these previously allowed music streaming under Music Freedom, they now offer unlimited video streaming as well. A list of new providers includes: Google Play Music Great Big...

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Meizu dips its toes into the U.S. market with a crowdfunded wireless speaker

Meizu wants you to help crowdfund its 'floating' Gravity wireless speaker

Meizu, a name you most likely associate with its Chinese-market Android phones, is looking to dip its toes into the U.S. via an unexpected product: a wireless speaker. However, rather than going with a more traditional launch, Meizu has opted to introduce its "floating" wireless speaker via a crowdfunding effort on Indiegogo. Called Gravity, the speaker features a design that make it look...

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AT&T is making it easier to use your phone in Mexico and Canada

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AT&T will begin offering new roaming deals for customers who use their phones in Mexico and Canada. Starting May 20, AT&T Unlimited Plan members will not incur any roaming charges in those two countries. AT&T says: AT&T Unlimited Plan customers will need to separately add the AT&T Roam North America feature to each smartphone and the Roam North America Data feature to...

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Today marks the three year anniversary of BBM Channels

Today marks the 3 year anniversary of BBM Channels

Yep. Three years already. Back on May 14th, 2013, at BlackBerry Live BlackBerry announced a new service within BBM dubbed BBM Channels. As it was described at the time: BBM Channels allows individuals and groups to create a dedicated channel and share information and updates with the immediacy that BBM offers. BBM customers around the world will be able to connect and share information,...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Looking, planning, and debugging ahead

Mobile Nations Weekly: Looking, planning, and debugging ahead

This week is brought to you by the future. The whole Android world is looking ahead for Google I/O 2016. Google's already unveiled and released a preview of Android N, so it's anybody's guess what exactly they'll have on tap. VR? Smart speakers? Self-driving dirigibles? Tune in next week to find out! As for Apple, there was a brouhaha over a supposed Apple Music bug that was deleting locally-...

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Amazon's latest Dash Button can be programmed for any task you want

Amazon's latest Dash Button can be programmed for any task you want

While Amazon's Dash Buttons are certainly a cool way to re-order commonly used products, the online retailer apparently also sees a use for the clever little buttons in the larger "Internet of Things" space. That's why Amazon's latest Dash Button has nothing to do with ordering everyday items at all (that is, unless you want it to). Instead, this new Dash Button can be programmed to do...

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BlackBerry expands their Android beta program to include BlackBerry-authored apps

With the Priv's Android Marshmallow beta up and running, BlackBerry has now decided to go ahead and add BlackBerry-authored apps such as Hub and Calendar to the beta program as well. Starting next week, those who signed up through the opt-in form available through the BlackBerry Beta Zone will be added to the app beta's on a first come, first served basis in batches of 100 due to Google's...

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BBM Channels begins rolling out stats for individual posts

BBM Channels begins rolling out stats for individual posts

If you're heavy into BBM Channels and have been hoping for a way to view stats for individual posts to arrive, now is the time to celebrate. It looks as though that's the latest feature to be added to BBM Channels through the desktop admin portal. As noted by BerryFlow: Today as I was posting some content to one of my BBM channels I noticed something I hadn't seen before. There is a new...

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Sprint offers free year of Amazon Prime with its $100-a-month Better Choice XXL plan

Sprint has announced that customers who sign up for its $100-a-month Better Choice XXL plan will get a year of Amazon Prime for free, which is normally worth $99. Sprint says that families can share 40GB of high-speed data under the Better Choice XXL plan. If they run out of that amount of data before the month is over, they can choose to stick with the lower 2G speeds or automatically...

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Give me your top five reasons why BlackBerry 10 is still better than Android

Ever since the release of the BlackBerry Priv, I think it's safe to say the CrackBerry community has been rather split when it comes to BlackBerry's phone offerings. Having both BlackBerry 10 and Android offerings on the table has caused many to reconsider their thoughts about Android. Still, there's plenty of BlackBerry 10 users out there who believe BlackBerry 10 is, has been and always will...

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UGO Wallet will remove TD Credit Card payments for BlackBerry 10 starting May 27

If you're a UGO Wallet user with a TD credit card attached to your account, you should soon be getting an email letting you know UGO Wallet will no longer support TD Credit Card payments on BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry 10 starting May 27, 2016. We'd like to let you know that starting May 27, 2016, UGO Wallet will no longer be able to support TD Credit Card payments on...

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