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Some popular third-party BlackBerry 10 apps need to improve their security

As BlackBerry users, we've become accustomed to a certain level of comfort when it comes to installing apps and not worrying about what's going on behind the scenes security wise. The BlackBerry 10 OS allows us to adjust permissions on native apps on the fly, and if we see something happening we don't like, we can usually shut it down or disable it. But at the same time, that comfort in...

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BlackBerry 'Rio' accessories now starting to appear online

Although the BlackBerry 'Rio' might not be the most long awaited device in BlackBerry history, it still appears to be arriving at some point. The latest sign of its existence comes by way of accessory listings that have now started appearing across several third-party sites, in the same way the BlackBerry Passport accessories and BlackBerry Classic accessories such as the OEM sync pods and...

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Snap v3 Beta now available for download

Snap v3 Beta now available for download

It's here! Finally. After a few teases, Snap v3 is finally here. Well, in beta form anyway. Although it seems we've been waiting forever for release, we can now put that aside and test out the latest and greatest version of Snap, the app which helps you load Android apps onto your BlackBerry easily. As expected, you will still need to sideload this release using Sachesi or whatever method you...

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Snap v3 beta could arrive before the end of the week

Snap v3

Although it seems forever since we caught the first tease of Snap v3, which was followed up by a closer look at the end of December, the time of waiting could be over by the end of the week. That's according to Snap developer Jim Muir via his Twitter account. Snap v3 getting really close! Should be able to ship a beta version by the end of the week!— Jim Muir (@jamespaulmuir) February 5,...

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Rogers notes BlackBerry 10.3.1 updates coming this month

Rogers almost ready to release BlackBerry 10.3.1 to all BlackBerry 10 devices

Although this one likely won't come as much of a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention, it might help ease some minds of those waiting. Rogers has now updated their upcoming OS release form that gets posted to their community forums and according to the list, all BlackBerry 10 devices they sell or have sold will be updated at some point in time this month. Of course, that echoes...

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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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