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Proposed emoji changes would bring racial diversity to smiley faces

Proposed emoji changes would bring racial diversity to smiley faces

A new proposal drafted by the Unicode Consortium would introduce more racial diversity into the popular emoji characters used in messages on smartphones. The proposal, edited by Google's Mark Davis and Apple's Peter Edberg, would bring skin tones, based on the Fitzpatrick scale for dermatology, to emoji characters in five hues ranging from a pale creme to a dark brown. To use the new emoji...

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Ingram Micro and BlackBerry team up to offer better BlackBerry 10 smartphone distribution

If you've ever tried to buy an unlocked BlackBerry 10 smartphone at any major retailers across Canada, then you know it can often be a struggle. Looking to improve that situation and have the ability to offer unlocked BlackBerry 10 smartphones in more places, Ingram Micro Mobility and BlackBerry have now announced a new distribution agreement in Canada to serve the unlocked smartphone market...

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AT&T's Next 24 plan gives customers 30 months to pay off their BlackBerry

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AT&T will give its customers an even longer amount of time to pay for their new smartphones with $0 down. The newly unveiled Next 24 plan will allow those folks to take 30 months to pay for their device in monthly installments starting on November 9. The wireless carrier will still offer its Next 12 and Next 18 plans as well, which gives customers 20 and 24 months, respectively, to pay...

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Sprint may go un-carrier and ditch phone subsidies and contracts in 2015

Sprint may go un-carrier and ditch phone subsidies and contracts in 2015

In 2015, customers on Sprint's Now Network shouldn't expect to sign a two-year contract and walk out the door with a $650 iPhone for just $200. According to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, the carrier may transition from the contract and subsidy model in favor of phone leasing programs and equipment installment plans. Sprint had begun its experimentation with phone leasing programs for the iPhone...

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Sprint reports Q2 operating loss of $192 million

Sprint reports Q2 operating loss of $192 million

Sprint has reported its second quarter 2014 financial results today. Overall the carrier is reporting an operating loss of $192 million on operating revenue of $8.5 billion. On the subscriber front, Sprint said it has added a net total of 590,000 customers. Most of these additions were through its wholesale business, however, as the company experienced a net loss of 272,000 postpaid customers...

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AT&T and Verizon to connect cross-carrier VoLTE calls by 2015

AT&T and Verizon to connect cross-carrier VoLTE calls by 2015

Soon customers on AT&T and Verizon will be able to call each other with HD voice quality thanks to a partnership that will bring cross-carrier compatibility to each network's Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service. Currently, the higher quality HD voice benefits of VoLTE calls are limited to customers who are in a VoLTE network and who own a VoLTE compatible device where the calls are made to...

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New legislation could be in the works to effectively force UK operators to offer roaming options for customers where signal is poor. The UK government continues to work with mobile carriers on a solution to address black spots and areas where signal is hard to come by. The plan is to offer said roaming support to make it possible to switch between networks to maintain service, something mobile...

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Toronto Raptors President and General Manager, Masai Ujiri works wide with his BlackBerry Passport

Being President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri is a busy man. Add in the fact that he's also founder of the non-profit organization, Giants of Africa and you can bet his schedule is pretty hectic. In order to help him get through his days, Masai makes use of the BlackBerry Passport and in a new ad, he takes the time to let us know all about it. Since September 24th,...

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John Chen discusses selfies, Kim Kardashian and Apple Pay

John Chen discusses selfies, Kim Kardashian and Apple Pay

BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, sat down with BNN recently to discuss an assortment of topics. Among them was targets for BlackBerry, monetization and security of BBM, how BlackBerry's Enstream deal differs from the mobile payment offering of Apple Pay, selfies and even Kim Kardashian's comments surrounding her BlackBerry and iPhone usage. It's an interesting interview; I especially like how the...

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Need a new BlackBerry? Save up to 55% on unlocked devices from ShopBlackBerry

Whether you're looking for a new BlackBerry or just looking to add to your already existing collection, you'll want to check out ShopBlackBerry. Freshly announced on the Inside BlackBerry blogs, starting tomorrow and running through the month of November you can save up to 55% on unlocked, select device purchases. For example, the price of the colorful Q5 (comes in black, white, red and...

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Verizon responds to AT&T by offering more data on $80 & $100 plans, $150 port-in credit

Verizon responds to AT&T by offering more data on $80 & $100 plans, $150 port-in credit

Craving more data for your money? Verizon has just announced that it is upping data allotment on its midrange More Everything plans for a limited time. $80 will now score you 10GB of data per month, while $100 will net you 15GB. Perhaps even better, the deal isn't limited to new customers; existing More Everything customers can get in on the action too. In addition to the data increase,...

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.1016 autoloaders now available for all BlackBerry 10 devices

Although the original release of OS 10.3.1.1016 has disappeared, the fact it even made its way out to begin with means it was caught by many folks and as such, autoloaders for it have been created for every BlackBerry 10 device available and are now available for download in the CrackBerry Forums. While it can't really be called a leak by the standard definition, we have to treat it like one...

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AT&T rolling out OS 10.3.1.1016 for the BlackBerry Passport

AT&T rolling out OS 10.3.1.1016 for the BlackBerry Passport

UPDATE: And just like that, the OS appears to have disappeared from being available on devices. However, the internet has the files now and they can all still be downloaded in the forums. Plus, you can check out the findings and fixes thread if you want to know what's new in the OS. Although AT&T has yet to even make the device available for purchase, it would seem as though they're...

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Verizon Wireless has quietly agreed to a settlement of a class action lawsuit that claimed the company was overcharging its Family SharePlan customers. Verizon will pay a total of $64.2 million to its customers and to cover legal fees. The proposed settlement, which was filed last week in US District Court in New Jersey, is in response to a lawsuit filed in 2006, which claimed Verizon was...

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EE switches on 150 Mbps 4G+ network in London

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EE customers in London will be able to enjoy blazing fast speeds on their smartphones and tablets as the carrier announced the completion of its 4G+ (LTE-A) network in the city. Live at 150 sites across London, EE's LTE-A network allows you to download at 150 Mbps on a compatible device. The carrier has stated that users in an area with 4G+ connectivity will see speeds up to 90Mbps, going up...

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BlackBerry Passport pre-orders now live in Indonesia

BlackBerry Passport pre-orders now live in Indonesia

If you live in Indonesia and have been waiting for the BlackBerry Passport to arrive, we have some good news for you. Both, Indosat and XL have now started taking pre-orders for the device with special offers included. Indosat is willing to give the device away with along with a Luminox Watch should you opt to go for one of their Matrix Super Plans while XL, through SmartBuy, Elevenia and...

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Axiom puts the BlackBerry Passport through some extreme drop testing

Axiom puts the BlackBerry Passport through some extreme drop testing

While Axiom was busy kicking off sales of the BlackBerry Passport in Saudi Arabia, their UAE YouTube channel decided to do some testing with the device. In what will most certainly be a painful video for those waiting for their BlackBerry Passport to arrive, we get a close look at an 'extreme drop test' done on the latest BlackBerry smartphone, which ends rather well all things considered....

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Add some spooky fun to your BBM with a new Halloween sticker pack

Add some spooky fun to your BBM with a new Halloween sticker pack

It's almost Halloween and to help celebrate the occasion, the BBM Shop has just been loaded up with a brand new Halloween sticker pack. It's a simple pack with spooky houses, ghosts, pumpkins and of course, candy to add some fun to your BBM. Unfortunately, the pack isn't free but it's cheaper than most of the recent packs that have arrived. You can call it yours for only $.99 and it should be...

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BlackBerry Z30 returns to the Verizon Wireless site

BlackBerry Z30 returns to the Verizon Wireless site

If you're a Verizon customer who has been on the hunt for a BlackBerry Z30, you might have noticed the device disappeared from the carriers website for pretty much three months. Many said it was on backorder, many said production on it had stopped, many said Verizon just simply decided to stop carrying it and while we might never know the full reason for its disappearance, we can now say it has...

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BlackBerry Classic launch apparently moved to December

BlackBerry Classic launch apparently moved to December

Since April, BlackBerry fans looking to get their hands on a BlackBerry Classic have had a November timeframe of release to look toward based on comments from BlackBerry CEO John Chen, but it seems somewhere along the line, that launch window changed a bit and we'll have to wait a bit longer. When John Chen spoke at the MIT Enterprise Forum in Hong Kong, the video captured from that event...

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