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ToySoft has brought their popular BlackBerry 10 app Power Tools to the Priv

Although we haven't heard from many BlackBerry 10 developers looking to move their apps to Android, the folks at ToySoft have slowly been releasing a few of their popular BlackBerry 10 apps onto the Google Play Store as well as creating new apps for the platform. The latest Android app for them is the well known BlackBerry 10 app, Power Tools, and it's jammed packed with features, options and...

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Verizon begins beta testing its sponsored data service FreeBee Data

Verizon now beta testing its FreeBee sponsored data service

Verizon has announced that it is now ready to begin beta testing its sponsored data service, called FreeBee Data. With this service, Verizon and partners hope to drive engagement with mobile content on its network by allowing customers to access various content without it impacting their data allotment for the month. We've seen T-Mobile offer music and video streaming that doesn't count...

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O2

O2 has launched a new service called Travel Alerts, which will allow the mobile operator to alert your credit card issuer or bank if your smartphone is currently roaming abroad. This will then allow you to use your cards while away without fear of having them decline because your provider believes it to be a fraudulent transaction. Initially, O2 will be partnering with UK credit card issuer...

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BlackBerry Priv now available in the UK from EE

BlackBerry Priv now available in the UK from EE

If you live in the UK, you now have another outlet to pick up a BlackBerry Priv from. EE has now made the BlackBerry Priv available to customers through their website for consumer and business accounts. If you're a consumer account holder, Priv pricing starts at £109.99 but can be had for as low as £29.99, depending on your chosen tariff and contract terms. For business customers, Priv...

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Dept of Vet Affairs is using BlackBerry's Athoc

BlackBerry's AtHoc division has scored yet another big contract, this time with the Department of Veterans Affairs to power its crisis communications. The deal, which is valued at $20 million, will have AtHoc assist the organization for multiple-year delivery of its emergency communications through pager, phone, fax and more. The system, which is known as VA-PAS is actively used by the VA for...

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WhatsApp gets rid of annual subscription fee

WhatsApp

WhatsApp has announced that it will axe its $1 annual subscription fee starting today. The Facebook-owned messaging service is nearing a billion users, and will start exploring alternate business models. WhatsApp failed to monetize in emerging markets due to low debit and credit card penetration, which led to the service being offered for free. Today's announcement reflects a change of...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Winding down and ramping up

Mobile Nations Weekly: Winding down and ramping up

As we recover from the CES blitz, MWC looms on the horizon. {.intro} After a week of recovering from the madness of CES, it's time to get back into the swing of things, and the tech industry's wasting no time. Google has set their dates for I/O 2016, bringing the annual Google confab back to their Mountain View, California, headquarters. Speaking of annual confabs, the always-insane Mobile...

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Competition and Markets Authority in the UK clears the BT and EE merger

Competition and Markets Authority in the UK clears the BT and EE merger

BT is set to merge with EE, and the company has just received the green light from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK. This body has approved the merger, which clears BT's £12.5 billion acquisition of EE to become the UK's largest mobile telecoms company. The CMA found that the merger of the two companies would not result in substantial lessening of competition in the UK....

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada's recently-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a quick stop at BlackBerry's Network Operations Centre in Waterloo. Trudeau toured the facility that handles the messages sent by BBM users to customers. BlackBerry stated: "We're extremely proud to have shown off the NOC to the Prime Minister. It, along with our BlackBerry Infrastructure, is where we manage the immense amount...

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BlackBerry is defending itself against claims that a Dutch forensics unit has found a way to decrypt messages from a BlackBerry smartphone. The company has issued an official statement, saying it was unaware of the method that was used and added that its phones "remain as secure and private as they have always been." According to BBC News, the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) claims to...

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BlackBerry officially rolls out OS 10.3.2.2876 globally

BlackBerry officially rolls out OS 10.3.2.2876 globally

Back in December, BlackBerry updated ShopBlackBerry devices to OS 10.3.2.2876 (software version 10.3.2.2836) and it looks as though that OS has been released globally as well as many have started receiving it today from various locations around the world. An update to the BlackBerry blogs shows BlackBerry did start pushing out a new OS with some noted changes. A BlackBerry 10.3.2 Hot Fix...

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BlackBerry Priv goes on sale in France for €779

BlackBerry Priv goes on sale in France for €779

The worldwide rollout of the BlackBerry Priv continues, with the handset now available in France. Customers can order the device from the French ShopBlackBerry store for €779. The Priv is BlackBerry's first Android phone, and was originally released in November 2015 in the U.S., UK, Canada, and Germany. Sales expanded to Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands earlier this month. The BlackBerry...

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Several Good Technology apps receive highest levels of certification

Good Technology continues to prove its super secure

Good Technology, which is now a division of BlackBerry, has announced that several of its apps and servers have reached the highest level of certification available. These apps are ones that the company has made available on both iOS and Android, including Good Work, Good Access, Good Connect and several others. To gain this certification, Common Criteria assesses the design and...

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Rogers, Bell and TELUS Priv's now receiving January security patch

Rogers and TELUS Priv's now receiving January security patch

Update: Bell has also now started sending out the January patch, we've updated the post to reflect the addition. Following the initial push of the January security patch for the BlackBerry Priv, Canadian carriers Rogers, Bell and Telus have now gone ahead and released the update to their Priv owning customers. The update itself comes in at only 16MB and is identified as being build version...

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AT&T brings back unlimited data plans, if you also have DirecTV or U-Verse

AT&T brings back unlimited plan, for some

AT&T is once again going to offer an unlimited data plan, but only if you are also a DirecTV or U-Verse subscriber. Most U.S. carriers have moved away from offering unlimited data plans and towards data buckets for families, but AT&T is going backwards here and will begin offering the new plan, but it obviously comes with a catch. You won't be able to just sign up for AT&T or change...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: CES 2016 Edition

Mobile Nations Weekly: CES 2016 Edition

It's the biggest tech show of the year, and we were all over it. CES 2016 was last week in Las Vegas, and unsurprisingly there was a lot of news from the trade show. It takes over pretty much all of Las Vegas — it's simply absurd. The world's biggest tech companies (well, most of them), descend on the desert oasis with all their latest wares. There's everything and anything on the show floor,...

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Inside the QNX Toyota Highlander at CES 2016

Inside the QNX Toyota Highlander at CES 2016

This year at CES, QNX took the covers off their latest technology concept vehicle, based on a Toyota Highlander, and it's packed will all the latest innovations from the company. For the Highlander, QNX took their usual digital instrument cluster and a head unit concepts one step further and created what they refer to as a "glass cockpit" that combines the functions of both systems, along...

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BlackBerry Virtual Expert arrives on the Google Play Store for Priv owners

BlackBerry has now added another app to their growing list of Android offerings and this time around, it's one that will be familiar to some BlackBerry users. The BlackBerry Virtual Expert, which lets you run various diagnostics on your device to test everything from the display to speakers to the keyboard, has now arrived on the Google Play Store for Priv owners. Does your BlackBerry...

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Sprint adds 36 more countries to its international roaming add-ons

Sprint adds 36 more countries to its international roaming add-ons

Sprint has announced that it has added 36 new countries to its Open World and Global Roaming add-ons, allowing users to take advantage of affordable calls and data, along with free texts when venturing around the globe. Here's the list of new countries added in the latest expansion: Austria Afghanistan Bangladesh Belarus Belgium Bolivia Bulgaria Cambodia Croatia Estonia Finland Ghana Hong...

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