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Microsoft enters into agreement to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft enters into agreement to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft has announced the company has entered into talks with LinkedIn to acquire the work-focused social networking platform. Shares have halted at the time of writing and the company has published a press release with further details. The deal is valued at $26.2 billion, but the LinkedIn brand, culture and overall independence will remain in tact. CEO Jess Weiner will retain his...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: All the way to Z

Mobile Nations Weekly: All the way to Z

Behold, Moto's new Zs. This was Motorola's first real outing under the Lenovo umbrella and they came out in full force with the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force with magnetically-attached Moto Mod accessories like an extended battery, loudspeakers, and projector. Just one hitch: the phones are exclusive to Verizon through the summer. Microsoft pushed yet another Insider build for Windows 10 and...

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BlackBerry to announce Q1 2017 results on June 23

BlackBerry to announce Q1 2017 results on June 23rd

Keeping in line with the date laid out on their Investor events calendar, BlackBerry has announced they will be reporting results Q1 2017 results on June 23rd. BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) will be reporting results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 on June 23, 2016. A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-...

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BlackBerry Security Summit 2016 confirmed for July 19 in New York City

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The 2016 edition of the BlackBerry Security Summit has been confirmed (it was a save the date previously) and will be held on July 19 in at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. In a blog post, BlackBerry stated that CEO John Chen, COO Marty Beard, and CSO David Kleidermacher are scheduled to attend, along with more company executives. It will also feature unnamed "industry experts,...

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Bluetooth 5 will go further and faster than ever; announcement coming June 16

Bluetooth 5 will go further and faster than ever; announcement coming June 16

Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has revealed that the group will formally introduce its fifth-generation standard next week in London. Bluetooth 5 is set to see much faster speeds and range over the current Low Energy specification, with a particular emphasis on location services that don't rely on the internet, such as in-store Bluetooth beacons...

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Register for the WatchDox by BlackBerry Email Protector webinar

Register for the WatchDox by BlackBerry Email Protector webinar

Now that WatchDox by BlackBerry Email Protector has been announced, BlackBerry is inviting everyone to join Dan Auker, Director of WatchDox Product Management, in a walkthrough of the key features and functionality. We invite you to join Dan Auker, Director of WatchDox Product Management, for an engaging one-hour webinar and product demo as we take you through the key features and...

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BlackBerry has intercepted BBM messages for authorities to fight crime

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It has been reported that a specialized unit within BlackBerry has been aiding authorities in "dozens of countries" by intercepting and sharing user data, including BBM messages. BlackBerry has failed to specify how many requests the company has received from government bodies, nor has it been confirmed how many requests have been fulfilled. From the CBC report: "CBC News has gained a...

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QNX Acoustics Software now ships in over 50 million automotive systems

In addition to announcing their new Platform for Instrument Clusters, BlackBerry subsidiary QNX also announced that its acoustics software for hands-free voice communications has shipped in over 50 million telematics and infotainment systems. In all, almost 20 leading automakers now use QNX acoustics software to enhance the user experience of their vehicles, in products such as Chrysler Uconnect...

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Verizon to discontinue its paid Visual Voice Mail service on select phones

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Verizon has announced that it will be discontinuing its paid Visual Voice Mail service on select phones as of July 8, 2016. The service, which previously cost $2.99, allowed customers to access their voicemails in a more visual manner. Those who are using the feature will be transitioned to Basic Voice Mail services, but you won't lose any of your existing messages. From the announcement, you...

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Anonymous AT&T exec claims Priv sales are 'really struggling'

Anonymous AT&T exec claims Priv sales are 'really struggling'

That's according to a new report coming from Roger Cheng over at CNET who spoke with a high-level executive who asked not to be named. "The BlackBerry Priv is really struggling," the high-level executive, who asked not to be named, said last week. "We've seen more returns than we would like." So what's the noted cause for the returns? Well, many factors are behind it, at least one of...

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Kim Kardashian might have to give up her BlackBerry Bold

Kim Kardashian might have to give up her BlackBerry Bold

It's certainly no secret that Kim Kardashian is a fan of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Aside from the countless photos of her using what is arguably one of the best BlackBerry smartphones ever made alongside her iPhone, she let it be known at Recode's 2014 Code/Mobile conference that she was scooping them up off of eBay and hoarding them in threes simply because of anxiety that she might not have one...

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BlackBerry's AtHoc brings new capabilities to its platform to improve rapid response crisis communications

Expanding on their already existing market-leading crisis communications platform, BlackBerry's AtHoc has now announced several new enhancements and capabilities that will give AtHoc customers additional pre-planning resources and automated processing of crisis communication activities, to help resolve critical incidents with less manual intervention and fewer improvised, on-the-spot decisions...

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M1 Singapore to offer BES12 Cloud to business customers on one mobile bill

As announced by BlackBerry, M1 Singapore is the first carrier in Southeast Asia to launch BlackBerry's Enhanced SIM-Based Licensing (ESBL), allowing for new and re-contracting M1 mobile business customers to have BES12 Cloud bundled for free with their new or renewed monthly plans. Mr. Willis Sim, Chief Product Development and Corporate Solutions Officer, M1 says, "M1 is pleased to be the...

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XL and BlackBerry team up to launch NOVI which allows three numbers on one SIM

XL Axiata and BlackBerry have now launched NOVI, a service that will enable XL customers to use multiple mobile numbers on a single device. Nicanor V. Santiago III, Chief Brand and Customer Experience Officer of XL says: "One of the ways we provide the best experience for XL customers is through continued delivery of new and innovative services that truly meet our customers' needs. NOVI...

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T-Mobile's latest Uncarrier move is all about thanking you

T-Mobile's latest Uncarrier move is all about thanking you

T-Mobile's latest Uncarrier move is all about thanking its customers. After doubling its subscriber base from 33 million to 66 million, the carrier wants to give back to everyone who made it possible. There are three different parts to Uncarrier 11, and those include: T-Mobile Tuesdays - You get free stuff from the T-Mobile Tuesday's app. There are free gifts each week, like pizza from...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Taipei calling

Mobile Nations Weekly: Taipei calling

ASUS goes big, Samsung gets fit, Tesla drives itself, and into the virtual realm. ASUS kicked things off at Computex 2016 with the announcement of an impressive and expanded ZenFone 3 lineup, Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro tablets, and the thin-and-light ZenBook 3 — oh, and a weird meowing/rolling robot. But they weren't the only ones at the big show in Taipei: Samsung launched the...

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BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Forum events coming to cities across North America

Much like previous years, BlackBerry has now announced they will once again be hitting the road this summer to host several BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Forum events. If you want to see BlackBerry solutions in action, speak to mobility and security experts and see how BlackBerry's portfolio can impact your enterprise mobility strategy across all devices, operating systems, you'll want to attend...

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AT&T's new rewards program offers free movie tickets and more

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AT&T is starting up a new rewards program for its customers this summer called AT&T Thanks. The carrier will offer free movie tickets, special deals on concerts and more as part of the program. Here are some of the new benefits of the program: 'Ticket Twosdays': AT&T postpaid wireless customers will qualify to get a free movie ticket on AT&T when they buy one at full...

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