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Typo ordered to pay BlackBerry $860,000 for violating sales ban

The original Typo

Way back in March 2014, BlackBerry won an argument in court that saw the makers of the Typo keyboard barred from selling their wares, and Typo's ignoring of that order has resulted in a court-ordered penalty. For selling the suspiciously-familiar iPhone keyboard case when they were explicitly told not to, Typo's been ordered to pay BlackBerry damages to the tune of $860,000. Of course, Typo...

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The FCC plans to regulate the internet as a utility

It's official, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to reclassify internet service providers as utility providers under the FCC's Title II authority. The move aims to preserve the principles of net neutrality in law, barring ISPs from blocking, throttling, or prioritizing traffic. Said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: "I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open...

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Blue Line Magazine highlights BlackBerry's role in Law Enforcement

Blue Line Magazine highlights BlackBerry's role in Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement has a long history of making use of BlackBerry products and services around the world, so perhaps it's no surprise that in the latest issue of Blue Line Magazine when the topic of 'how the Internet age, cyberspace and virtual networks affect neighbourhood activity and community safety' comes up, there's also discussion of BlackBerry and how it helps community policing efforts...

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Verizon's cutting its data plans across the board up to $10/month

Verizon

Verizon Wireless will cut prices on most of its existing More Everything plans by up to $10 a month while also adding some new options starting on Thursday. The new plans will also allow some customers to add smartphones on Verizon Edge for $15 a month. Only the 500MB and 10GB data plans will remain the same price. Here are the new prices and the new options for Verizon's More Everything:...

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BlackBerry Blend and BBM Protected nominated for GSMA Global Mobile Awards

Each year, at Mobile World Congress the Global Mobile Awards are held and with this year's nominees now announced, we know BlackBerry has at least two offerings in the running. For Best Mobile Service or App for Consumers, BlackBerry Blend has been nominated and for Best Security/ Anti-Fraud Product or Solution, BBM Protected has received a nomination. On the QNX side, QNX-Powered System for...

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Chef Randy Feltis shows off his creative use of the BlackBerry Passport

Have you ever wanted to make your own pop tarts? If so, Chef Randy Feltis, has a pretty awesome recipe for them called DIY Elvis pop tarts. They consist of peanut butter, bananas and bacon all in one and they look amazing. But what's even more amazing is his process of making them, which he shared with Cityline. You see, this Chef is also a BlackBerry Passport owner, which he calls the world's...

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Bell BlackBerry Classic owners now receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

Bell BlackBerry Classic owners now receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

First it was Rogers, then it was TELUS and now Bell has finally started rolling out the OS 10.3.1.2072 update for the BlackBerry Classic. I know, I know. It's not the update you were hoping for and yes, I know there's still nothing on your [insert every other device that is not a BlackBerry Classic] but for BlackBerry Classic owners, this is something to be alerted of. If you have a BlackBerry...

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BlackBerry's BBM Shop hit 1 billion user views in January

BlackBerry's BBM Shop hit 1 billion user views in January

So you don't care for BBM Stickers? Well, you just might be in the minority if so. BlackBerry has now announced the BBM Shop has hit 1 billion user views in January and 72% of customers with access to the BBM Shop interact with virtual goods each month. According to Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, virtual goods have generated more than 3 billion total...

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BlackBerry highlights how security is embedded in their hardware

BlackBerry Security Begins At The Endpoints

Throughout the history of BlackBerry, they've always pushed the fact that security in their devices isn't just an afterthought, it's not just 'bolted on' after and that it's built right in the core of all their hardware. If you've ever wondered what exactly that means, Alex Manea, Manager of Security Services at BlackBerry over at the Inside BlackBerry Biz Blog has laid it out in a way that's...

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BlackBerry Classic now officially available in South Africa

BlackBerry Classic now officially available in South Africa

To go along with the great South African BBM recruitment contest, BlackBerry has now announced the official release of the BlackBerry Classic there as well. While the press release lacks mention of carriers right now, Orange SA has the device listed online and in-stock for R5,445 with free shipping. South Africa is just one many new regions to now have rolled out the device including Australia...

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FCC set to propose strong net neutrality rules this week

FCC Board Members smile for the camera

A new report says that the Federal Communications Commission could propose a set of regulations Thursday that would support net neutrality for both fixed and mobile broadband service providers. The proposal is likely to be similar to the ones that President Barack Obama announced in November 2014. The Wall Street Journal reports that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will state that broadband...

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BlackBerry Classic owners on TELUS receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

BlackBerry Classic owners on TELUS receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update

Although it started with Rogers, it seems as though TELUS has now joined the party in rolling out OS 10.3.1.2072. We've received several reports the OS is now appearing on devices when owners check for software updates and is readily available to download via OTA. If you're seeing it, go ahead and grab it. Of course, let us know how the process goes for you in the comments. Sadly, it appears as...

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Alex Saunders, former BlackBerry developer relations lead goes to Microsoft

Alec Saunders, formerly the BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations and the QNX, has landed at Microsoft. Specifically, after having left BlackBerry back in October, Saunders is now a "Principal Technical Evangelist" at Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft's venture capital arm. Said Saunders in a blog post announcing the move: "So it was natural that one of the first companies I reached out to...

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The great South African BBM recruitment contest

BBM-Passport-Hero

Over in South Africa it looks like BlackBerry are having a purge on getting more folk signed up to BBM and you can't blame them as it's without doubt the best instant messaging platform around. If you're in South Africa and are a BBM user, on any mobile platform, you can win R1,000 airtime just by getting as many of your friends to use BBM as possible. It works like this; you need to already...

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The new F1 W06 Hybrid Silver Arrow

The BlackBerry sponsored MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team ended the 2014 season on top with 16 wins, 18 pole positions, 12 fastest laps and 31 podium finishes throughout the 2014 season between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg plus, eleven one-two wins in a single season which, broke the previous record put in place by McLaren in 1988. Lewis Hamilton won the first ever Formula 1 Russian...

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Major carriers partner to bring LTE to Chicago's subways

Major carriers partner to bring LTE to Chicago's subways

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the city has reached a deal with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to bring 4G LTE from all four carriers to the Chicago Transit Authority's subway system. The network, which will replace the decade-old system currently in Chicago's subways, will provide continuous coverage for 22 miles. Mayor Emanuel expressed his hope that this upgrade...

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New BBM beta for BlackBerry offers landscape support, multiple picture transfer from the pictures app

Although this is a limited beta and not available to everyone right now, after many folks were upset that BBM on iOS got landscape support, I figured it was worth a mention that BlackBerry users haven't been forgotten and it looks as though landscape support could be coming soon, assuming all goes well with the beta. Landscape Mode – Looking for landscape support in the BBM application? Look...

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BlackBerry Classic officially launched in the Philippines

BlackBerry Classic officially launched in the Philippines

With Australia now taken care of, it was onto the next region for the BlackBerry Classic and this time it has now been officially announced for the Philippines although you'll still have to wait a few days before you can purchase one. Teaming up with MemoXpress, BlackBerry has now announced the BlackBerry Classic will go on sale in the Philippines starting February 5th, 2015 with a suggested...

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FTC rules that throttled unlimited data doesn't qualify as 'unlimited'

Signal strength

In a ruling that's resulted in a $40 million fine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's smacking down TracFone's speed throttling of customers that were paying for unlimited data service. The case in question only applies to TracFone, but it helps to reinforce a precedent that could apply to even the larger carriers in the United States. While AT&T and Verizon don't offer unlimited data...

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AT&T reports Q4 2014 results, 1.9 million net adds, $34.4 billion in revenue

AT&T reports Q4 2014 results, 1.9 million net adds, $34.4 billion in revenue

AT&T has reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 today. Overall, the carrier brought in revenue of $132.4 billion on the year, with $34.4 billion in the fourth quarter alone — up 3.8 percent over the same quarter a year ago. Additionally, the company reported that, after compensating for a 77 cent per share loss because of various charges, earnings per share were up to 55...

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