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BlackBerry Assistant officially unveiled for OS 10.3

BlackBerry Assistant

BlackBerry tooks the wraps off BlackBerry Assistant today, which aims to provide voice actions for just about everything you could want to do with your phone. We've caught glimpses of Assistant through leaked BlackBerry 10.3 builds, and we suspect the whole affair is powered by Waterloo local Maluuba. So what does BlackBerry Assistant do? Search e-mails, send calendar invites, see what's...

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BlackBerry OS 10.2.1.3253 autoloaders now available for all BlackBerry 10 devices

If you're on Verizon and using a BlackBerry Z10, then you may have noticed a new update has landed on your device. While other areas have already received the OS 10.2.1.3247 software version 10.2.1.2977 update, Verizon has decided to throw a little bit of confusion into the mix by releasing OS 10.2.1.3253 with software version 10.2.1.2976. Although the changelog is technically old, given the OS...

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Crushed by a stampede of petitioners, the FCC extends net neutrality comment period

Crushed by a flood of commenters, the FCC has extended the open comment period for their Open Internet proceedings until Friday. When we wrote about the importance of net neutrality back in May, the FCC had opened the door for open comment, and that window was due to close today. But after having been smashed yesterday and today by people like you registering their thoughts with the FCC about...

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Blackphone

The folks working on the security-centric Android-powered Blackphone have posted a rebuttal to the criticisms made by BlackBerry recently. The piece focuses primarily on BlackBerry's poor market performance, dwindling stock price, and ultimate reliance on competing platforms. The main selling point Blackphone CEO Toby Weir-Jones posited for their product compared to BlackBerry was encrypted...

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QNX releases update to QNX OS for Medical

QNX releases update to QNX OS for Medical

BlackBerry's QNX today announced a new release of its software platform for medical devices that is now IEC 62304-Compliant. The QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is based on QNX OS technology field-proven in an array of systems for angiography, proton therapy, laser eye surgery, hemodynamic monitoring, and other critical healthcare applications. The OS supports both single-core and multi-core devices...

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Three UK makes 0800 numbers free on new SIM-only plans

Three

UK mobile operator Three has announced new SIM-only plans, enabling consumers to save on calling 08- numbers. Free 0800 calls will be included, while other 08- numbers (084, 087, etc) will cost 5p per minute. The network will also be introducing new spending tools, which will prevent customers from exceeding allowances and limits on premium numbers. On top of all this, new allowances for...

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The BlackBerry Knight concept is the prime example of a great looking Z10 successor

In our poll earlier, we asked how many people were still holding out hope that BlackBerry would announce a new all touch device and thus far, the results show the vast majority still want to see BlackBerry announce something in that area. Looking through the comments, a lot of those who voted feel as though the BlackBerry Z10 needs a 'successor' device and as luck would have it, DHabkirk...

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Odd looking pre-release BlackBerry Z30 turns up on Craigslist

Odd looking pre-release BlackBerry Z30 turns up on Craigslist

Every now and then when devices end up getting released to the public, we often see early prototype versions end up hitting some weird places online and it seems that tradition has continued on with the BlackBerry Z30. CrackBerry forums member boilerkim has come across such a creature on Craigslist and it certainly doesn't fit the bill of a 'normal' BlackBerry Z30. There's info to suggest that...

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The TV Show podcast episode 9: 24 hour 11, The Leftovers 2, Doctor Who season 2

The TV Show is like app or game reviews for television episodes. Whether you're watching on the console in your living room or streaming to your BlackBerry, follow along for the week of TV that was. On this episode Dave and Rene try to figure out what the hell happened in the penultimate 24, what the hell's happening in The Leftovers, if anything at all, and talk Doctor Who season 2: Tennant...

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Infographic shows the BBM Top 10 countries with World Cup Football Fever

Top 10 World Cup BBM Countries

The World Cup for 2014 is now over. One month, 64 matches, 32 countries. Germany emerged as the world champions after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final. It's great to see the world come together when events like these happen. And if you're like me, you may have tweeted during every match you watched or you may have been part of a BBM Group dedicated to World Cup talk. Over the weekend,...

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Retailers in India have sold through their initial stock of the BlackBerry Z3

When the BlackBerry Z3 was announced for India, many folks were watching and waiting to see how the device would be priced in the region as that would be a good sign of how well the device would sell. At the time of the announcement, some were upset at that price of Rs. 15,990 but then it started arriving at retailers with even deeper discount attached to it and according to the Economic Times...

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BlackBerry discusses Blackphone and why its consumer-grade privacy is inadequate for businesses

After gathering some hype following its announcement, the Blackphone has started shipping to customers who pre-ordered the device. For those who aren't familiar with the Blackphone, it's a result of a partnership between Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone and security company Silent Circle and uses a specialized build of Android called PrivatOS, which the company has dubbed 'an unparalleled...

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BlackBerry stock is close to a new 52-week high

BlackBerry stock is close to a new 52-week high

In the weeks since BlackBerry's latest earnings announcement the stock has climbed significantly higher. It was trading in the $8 range (all figures in USD) prior to the quarterly news, and has now advanced to $11.43 as I write this. This week the stock reached a high of $11.63, which is very close to the company's 52-week high of $12.18. Momentum traders like to see stocks making new 52-...

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Windows Phone BBM beta test program already filled up

BBM

BlackBerry is no longer taking sign ups for the closed beta test of its upcoming BBM app for Windows Phone, with users now being asked to register for a waitlist. This news, which was not unexpected, comes less than 24 hours after BlackBerry started taking signups for the Windows Phone BBM beta test. It's currently unknown just how many people were accepted into the beta test. While the app...

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G4S Argentina upgrades to BES10 for Secure Enterprise Mobility Management

The list of companies signed on for BES10 continues to grow, this time BlackBerry has announced the addition of G4S Argentina. With over 4,500 employees in Argentina, G4S has recently implemented their own bring your own device (BYOD) strategy and to assist with that they've decided to upgrade to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) as their enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution...

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9 of 10 emergency wireless calls lack accurate location data in D.C. area

9 of 10 emergency wireless calls lack accurate location data in D.C. area

Don't cut the cord just yet on your home phones! FCC data reveals that 9 out of 10 emergency calls made with a cell phone in Washington, D.C. lack accurate location information, making it harder for emergency workers to respond in a crisis. The data was collected in the first half of 2013 and only covers the D.C. area in the U.S. Through the Freedom of Information Act, public interest group...

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BlackBerry offers up another look at the revolutionary keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport

With the BlackBerry Passport now out there and in the open, there is still some folks who don't quite grasp how the keyboard and trackpad will work together or how it adds to the level of productivity one can achieve. To help offer a better look, BlackBerry has now posted up more information on how the keyboard will work along with the touch-enabled keyboard. For most CrackBerry readers and...

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BlackBerry Beta Zone now accepting sign ups for BBM beta on Windows Phone

As expected due to the app having arrived on the Windows Phone Store under private beta status, BlackBerry has now announced their open, external beta for BBM on Windows Phone. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry Blog, BBM on Windows Phone will bring a fresh new native look & feel having been specifically designed for Windows Phone. The BBM team here at BlackBerry has been busy...

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Disney's Mickey & Friends sticker pack now available in the BBM Shop

Disney's Mickey & Friends sticker pack now available in the BBM Shop

Following up on their Frozen and Toy Story releases, Disney has now released the Mickey & Friends sticker pack and I can't even play this one off like I'm not going to buy it. I already have! It has all the usual suspects such as Mickey, Pluto, Donald, Goofy, Daisy and Minnie and is priced at $1.99. Like all other packs, we're not sure of all the places it was made available but it's...

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'Things you do' and Characters BBM sticker packs now available

'Things you do' and Characters BBM sticker packs now available

The BBM team has already released several of the built-in emoticons as stickers on the BBM Shop but if you're favorites weren't covered previously, they just might be now. A new 'Things You Do' sticker pack has arrived and offers a few more of the BBM emoticons as larger stickers for use. You can cross your fingers, fist bump or go box someone's ears off and more in the latest pack. If that's...

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