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My recent editorial on BlackBerry app developer revenue being down has sparked a lot of great discussion among developers in the community. Among the suggested solutions we outlined of things BlackBerry could do for BlackBerry app developers to make more money, there is unanimous agreement that BlackBerry selling more phones would help the most. Expanding on this point, I received an email...

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Assistive tech and fitness: We're not quite there yet

The original Assistive Tech

There's a major niche for fitness products that is mostly untapped — for now As you will see during Fitness Month here on Mobile Nations, there is a wide array of cool and connected gadgets to help you get fit or stay fit. Bracelets, bands and clips that communicate with smartphones to tell you how far you've walked, how fast you did it, and how healthy it makes you come from plenty of...

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WhatsApp CEO mocks Apple for copying WhatsApp features in iOS 8; clearly forgets he systematically ripped off BBM feature by feature

Having followed the mobile game for a longgggg time now, it's very clear that everybody copies everybody. Yes, some borrow more than others. And some do it quietly, while others get on stage and take credit for inventing features that have been around elsewhere for years. Yesterday at Apple's WWDC conference, Tim Cook and his team got on stage and announced a bunch of new features in iOS 8....

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A look at what Apple came up with, borrowed, stole and re-invented for iOS 8

I missed out on iMore's WWDC live blog, so I'm just getting caught up on it all now. As expected, Apple went ahead and announced iOS 8 which promises to bring a ton of changes to the platform for both customers and developers and, like always with Apple, it's being touted as 'the biggest iOS release ever' — but Apple never had time to talk about them all. Only the key features were brought up...

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"Loyalty doesn't feed my family, BlackBerry. I need incentives. I need to make more money."

I recently caught up with a friend who is an independent app developer. He's capable of developing for other mobile platforms, but historically he's focused on BlackBerry app development and has been quite prolific at it over the years. There is a good chance you have downloaded one or more of his apps. It didn't take long for me to ask my friend —who's name I'm going to leave anonymous for...

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Follow all the happenings from WWDC 2014 live with iMore!

WWDC 2014

While we all love BlackBerry, there's no denying that today's a pretty big day in the tech sphere — and whatever your preference when it comes to mobile — it's always worth paying attention to what Apple is doing at its annual WWDC event which just so happens to start today. Most of the week is dedicated to developer sessions but the show is opened by a keynote address starring CEO Tim Cook...

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From the Editor's Desk: #MobileFit Month Begins Today!

#MobileFit

June 1st is here, which means #MobileFit Month has begun across all of our Mobile Nations sites, including Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, WPCentral and Connectedly! To kick off #MobileFit month right, I woke up early and went for a Sunday morning run. If you're looking for a little motivation to get active today, be sure to hit play on the video above. ;) The training montage video was...

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Join us in the #MobileFit month Fitbit Group Challenge!

Fitbit Group Challenge

The month of June is all about getting #MobileFit. We have a lot of great content lined up across iMore, Android Central, CrackBerry, Windows Phone Central and Connectedly that will highlight the intersection of fitness and mobile technology. There's also going to be a lot of fun had by everyone involved. We also invite those of you with a Fitbit activity tracker to join our community challenge...

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BBM Channel Chat, Take 2... A little cheating went a long way!

BBM Channels!

Well, it appears sometimes cheaters do prosper. After barely surviving my first BBM Channel Chat on Monday using my BlackBerry Q10 and thumbs, for my second chat I opted to use my BlackBerry Z30. However... I didn't use just the BlackBerry Z30. Getting clever, I paired up the Z30 to a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and took advantage of the microHDMI out port to connect to a bigger computer...

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Batteries

Sweet, sweet science is on its way to finding a cure for how lithium-ion batteries (like the one in your phone) lose their ability to hold a charge over time. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley, Brookhaven, and Stanford have found a pattern to the erosion that happens at both anode and cathode ends of the battery, when previously it was assumed the erosion was uniform. The salt that forms at the...

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T-Mobile merger with Sprint looks more likely as Softbank and Deutsche Telekom agree on sale

Softbank is making an end-run around concerns about a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US by instead hitting up T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom. As reported by Japanese news agency Kyodo, Japan-based Softbank has entered into an agreement with Germany-based Deutsche Telekom to buy the latter's ownership stake in US carrier T-Mobile. The US Federal Communications Commission and...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen speaks on new devices, developers and taking BlackBerry back to its roots

As part of the Code/Conference taking place, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with Walt Mossberg and Ina Fried to discuss what's happening at BlackBerry. On the list of topics covered was new devices, new verticals, developers and how BlackBerry is returning back to its Enterprise roots in order to get the company healthy again and once again reiterated that the company is nowhere near dead...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen talks to CNBC about the Z3 launch

BlackBerry CEO John Chen talks to CNBC about the Z3 launch

There has been plenty of talk surrounding the launch of the BlackBerry Z3 and ultimately how sales are going. As we noted early on, pre-orders for the device seemingly went well and when launch day came around, there was plenty of buzz at retailers as well. BlackBerry themselves spoke about the launch on their Inside BlackBerry Blog. Thus far, the company and more importantly BlackBerry CEO...

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T-Mobile holding Uncarrier 5.0 event in LA

Uncarrier

T-Mobile has setup another Uncarrier event for June 18 in Los Angeles. This will be their fifth such event, hence the name Uncarrier 5.0. Previously on the John Legere show, we've seen T-Mobile offer to pay your ETF from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon, Introduce their Jump! program, give everyone free international roaming and offer free LTE data for your tablet. It seems to be working for them,...

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Looking back at the incredible pace of change at BlackBerry in CEO John Chen's first six months

On November 4th, BlackBerry's board of directors made a shocking announcement. The company was officially ending its strategic review and eliminating the plan to go private. Instead they raised $1 billion in convertible debt, fired Thorsten Heins as CEO and brought in a guy named John Chen who was new to CrackBerry readers, but very experienced at technology turnarounds. The financing closed...

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Real-time speech translation coming to Skype later this year

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At the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA tonight, head of Microsoft's Skype and Lync Gurdeep Singh Pall showed off a peek at what he and his team have been working on — real-time speech translation for Skype calls. The demo showed Pall's English being translated — both the speech and in captions — to German, as his German colleague's voice was translated to English. Microsoft CEO...

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Canadian airlines will soon allow gate-to-gate electronics use

Airlines

Canadians airlines will soon allow unrestricted electronics access to customers following a new ruling by Canada's Transport Minister. The move comes after the US FAA announced last year that customers can use their electronic devices during "all phases of flight." While smartphones and cellular-enabled tablets need to be on Airplane Mode during take-off and landing, all other devices, like...

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BlackBerry and Sierra Wireless are a good fit for the Internet of things

BlackBerry and Sierra Wireless are a good fit for the Internet of things

Lately I've been feeling like there isn't much exciting going on in the world of BlackBerry. We're basically waiting until November to see if BES traction is as good as the company says it will be, and hoping to see BlackBerry get back to profitability. That's why last week's announcement of Project Ion was somewhat exciting to me. Don't get me wrong - I think the press release said...

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I survived my first scheduled BBM Channel Chat... Barely!

BBM Channel Chat Survivor!

Hoh. Lee. Shi. Te. I feel like the BBM team should give me a medal or something for surviving my first scheduled BBM Channel Chat. My frick'n thumbs hurt right now. From the moment my BBM status automatically updated to "Available to Chat" I was typing non-stop as fast as I could trying to reply to everybody who was messaging me. And when the status automatically updated 30 minutes later to...

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Lit Up 9900 Trackpad

Or more specifically, I hope like the BlackBerry Bold 9900, there is a ring or design element around the BlackBerry Classic's trackpad that lights up for notifications, and is last to turn off when the screen / keyboard backlighting powers down. I had this realization when I was out for dinner with my cousin Vinny on the weekend. He was on his Bold 9900 all night, and the room was fairly dark...

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