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Apple issues voluntary recall on the Beats Pill XL speaker

Apple issues voluntary recall on the Beats Pill XL speaker

Apple has issued a voluntary recall of the Beats Pill XL speaker. The Bluetooth speaker has been found, in what Apple says are rare cases, to pose a fire safety risk. Apple is offering either an electronic payment or Apple Store credit to customers who return their speakers. From Apple: Because customer safety is the company's top priority, Apple is asking customers to stop using their...

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Intel and QNX team up to build a 'car of the future'

QNX and Intel partner to build car of the future

The TU-Automotive show seems to be a busy one for the BlackBerry team, as QNX and Intel have announced a new partnership in which they hope to build a "car of the future." Under this new partnership, Intel will work with QNX to accelerate development of technology used in infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems. With connected cars becoming...

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QNX and Certicom look to enhance automotive security together

QNX and Certicom partner for better automotive security

Coming from the TU-Automotive show in Detroit, QNX has announced a new partnership with Certicom in an effort to enhance automotive security. Both companies are subsidaries of BlackBerry, and while QNX focuses on the software distribution, Certicom's focus is on the protection of the content, applications, and devices. With a variety of new technology making its way to the automotive industry...

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QNX revamps the digital instrument cluster for cars

At the TU-Automotive show in Detriot, QNX has revealed a new digital instrument cluster for vehicles. The new and improved cluster is said to offer drivers a much safer, and more enjoyable experience on the road. With vehicles adding more and more sensors, upcoming clusters will need to be able to display pertinent information to the drivers, and QNX will be providing just that. Drivers will...

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BlackBerry announces new IoT platform

BlackBerry has announced a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform that is aimed to make software updates on vehicles much easier. The new platform was unveiled in Detriot at the TU-Automotive show, and it is aimed to help cut maintenance costs, reduce recalls, and improve customer satisfaction for car manufacturers. With the BlackBerry IoT platform, manufacturers would be able to push out...

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Inst10 v2.1.0.1 has arrived with multiple bug fixes including image quality improvements

For those of you out there using Inst10 as your Instagram app of choice on BlackBerry 10, you'll want to fire up BlackBerry World and get the latest version downloaded. Noted as being v2.1.0.1, this release includes multiple bug fixes include greatly improved upload image quality, fixes for login issues and more. We've got the full list of improvements for you all to review. Greatly Improved...

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QNX-powered Ford Sync 3 infotainment system launching on 2016 Escape and Fiesta

Ford unveiled its brand-new QNX powered Sync 3 infotainment system late last year and while it has been a bit of a wait, they've now announced the first batch of vehicles to come loaded with the new technology. Arriving this summer on the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta, Sync 3 has been designed to work along the same lines as your phone or tablet, with plenty of big icons and swipe navigation...

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OS 10.3.2.798 update files for all BlackBerry 10 devices now available

While BlackBerry has announced the official roll out of BlackBerry 10.3.2, there's already another OS available for download that's slightly higher than what BlackBerry is delivering officially. The 10.3.2 update officially arriving on BlackBerry 10 smartphones varies a bit, but the highest release appears to be OS 10.3.2.680 (Software version 10.3.2.440) but savvy users looking to live a...

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BlackBerry 10.3.2 and Blend 1.2 will make their way to all BlackBerry 10 devices

All BlackBerry 10 users will be excited to find out that their devices will be receiving BlackBerry OS 10.3.2, along with BlackBerry Blend 1.2. In a post on their official blog, BlackBerry has announced that 'over the coming weeks' users will begin seeing the software update hitting their devices. With these new updates, users will notice enhancements across their device, as well as...

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Vodafone's new PAYG bundles offer generous 4G allowances from just £10

Vodafone's new PAYG bundles offer generous 4G allowances from just £10

Vodafone today launched Big Value Bundles on Pay As You Go, offering generous calls, SMS allowances and 4G access for those who top-up by £10 or more. Vodafone will be throwing in unlimited SMS, minutes and capped 4G data at certain price points. Simply pick up a SIM, throw it into your phone and top-up when you feel like doing so. For the unlimited calls and messages, you'll need to top-up...

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BBM for Android beta gets Material Design update

BBM for Android beta gets Material Design update

Last week BlackBerry teased something new was coming and while there was much speculation over what it would be, we can now put it to rest. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry blog, a new beta is filtering through the Beta Zone for those making use of an Android device and beta testing BBM that finally brings Android Material Design to the app, something BlackBerry committed to bringing several...

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BlackBerry and Typo have reached a settlement

BlackBerry and Typo have reached a settlement in the case against Typo for the blatant attempts at copying BlackBerry's iconic keyboard design. The two companies have seen each other in court before, but this settlement could mark the end of that. Some of the terms of the agreement include: As part of the settlement, Typo Products LLC, Typo Innovations LLC, Show Media LLC, Hallier...

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Grab a Telus BlackBerry Q5 from Best Buy Canada for only $99

Grab a Telus BlackBerry Q5 from Best Buy Canada for only $99

If you live in Canada and are looking to move into a new BlackBerry 10 device or are just looking to pick up a spare for those 'just in case' moments, you might want to head to Best Buy. Right now, the retailer is offering the BlackBerry Q5 for only $99 with no contract. That certainly beats the $299 pricing on ShopBlackBerry. The device is notably TELUS branded but when unlocked is...

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John Chen discusses privacy, security and BlackBerry's hardware business

If there is anything we've learned about John Chen in the 18 months since his joining BlackBerry as CEO, it's that he has a plan, and it's a plan he's sticking to it. Granted, not everyone might agree with that plan or believe that it will turn out in his favor, but it's a plan nonetheless. A new interview with Maria Bartiromo appearing on USA Today sees BlackBerry CEO John Chen lay out the...

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BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 and iOS updated in the Beta Zone

BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 and iOS updated in the Beta Zone

Aside from their teasing of something new coming on Twitter, the BBM team has also gone ahead and released two new BBM beta versions into the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Between the two new releases, there's ultimately two new features that have been added overall. We've got the rundown for each release. BlackBerry 10 This beta version of BBM introduces: Status Publisher on Feeds Tab: reading...

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BlackBerry Leap arrives in the Philippines May 30th

BlackBerry customers in the Philippines looking to get their hands on a brand new BlackBerry Leap won't have much longer to wait now. As announced by BlackBerry, the device will be made available starting May 30th with retail pricing set at PHP 13,490 through MemoXpress stores. Cameron Vernest, Managing Director, Philippines, at BlackBerry, said: "With an all-touch screen, BlackBerry Leap...

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Watch John Chen's full interview from the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce luncheon

Back on May 5th, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and 400 guests for a special luncheon and interview with Chamber of Commerce CEO, Ian McLean, that covered such topics as BlackBerry's turnaround strategy and the company's ongoing commitment to the region. At the time, there was no video from the event available but now, the full...

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BlackBerry Sign

I know. It has been a while since I've written a 'From the Editor's Desk' post and I should probably write more of them, but to be honest I really need to feel pretty strongly about something in order to write them and the past few days have me a little fired up. With that out of the way, the past three days have been interesting for the BlackBerry world, made even more so when you consider the...

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BlackBerry launches the Leap in the United Arab Emirates

BlackBerry Leap

BlackBerry has launched the Leap smartphone in the United Arab Emirates. The company has released the white and shadow grey variants, enabling consumers in the region to pick up the all-touch smartphone. From today, you'll be able to pick up the BlackBerry Leap at various telecom retailers at the suggested retail price of 1099 AED ($299). For those who require a quick reminder as to what is...

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Telcel Mexico launches the BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry Classic now available through Telcel

Telcel customers looking to pick up a BlackBerry Classic now have the choice of doing so through the Mexican carrier. With the launch event held recently, the carrier has now announced the arrival of the BlackBerry Classic to their device lineup. "We understand that many of our customers have held onto their BlackBerry Bold devices for some time because it's the productive device they...

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