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From the Editor's Desk: Passport and onward!

From the Editor's Desk: Passport and onward!

We're almost at the end of September and, as I noted at the end of August, it was a month many of us were looking forward to. For most, it was due to the BlackBerry Passport being launched, but aside from that there were plenty of other nice surprises this month as well and really, the fun has only just begun. Let's take a quick look at what happened this month. Porsche Design P'9983 launch...

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Thank You BlackBerry for making email triage on 10.3 faster than iOS and Android

Email Triage!

Seven months ago I went went on a podcast rant and wrote an editorial here complaining about the "email triage" experience on BlackBerry 10. My issue? It was too damn slow. From the inbox, deleting or archiving a single email was a painful process. Unlike Android or iOS, where I could swipe left on a message to quickly take action on it, on BB10 I had to tap and hold on a single message, wait...

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AT&T offering double data on Mobile Share plans for a limited time

AT&T offering double data on Mobile Share plans for a limited time

Are you a heavy data user? If so, AT&T is hoping you'll look their way and consider their latest promotion. For a limited time, they're doubling up the data offered on their Mobile Share value plans. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, AT&T is offering new promotional Mobile Share Value plans that include double the amount of data offered on Mobile Share Value plans with 15GB to 50 GB of...

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BlackBerry Passport now officially available in Singapore

BlackBerry Passport now officially available in Singapore

If you've been waiting for the BlackBerry Passport to arrive in Singapore, your wait is over. The device has now been officially launched and is available for purchase across several of BlackBerry's authorized carriers such as M1, Singtel and StarHub. Pricing and special offers vary across retailers. Cameron Vernest, Managing Director of Singapore at BlackBerry said, "This is definitely a...

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European ruling opens up the cabin for in-flight phone calls, Internet access

Airplane mode no longer required on flights in Europe thanks to new EASA ruling

Through a new decision made by the European Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, the doors may be opening up to in-flight phone calls, emails, and streaming video on a flight in Europe in the future. Though EASA had allowed the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) on flights in airplane mode last year, the new ruling on Friday would allow these devices to remain on whether or not they are...

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John Chen

Here we are again. Another quarter has gone by and BlackBerry has reported another set of financial results. I look forward to these reports. I enjoy breaking down what can often seem like complex stuff into something that novice investors can understand. I enjoy being able to focus on what matters. Before I go into the numbers, let's have a quick glance at the markets. As I write this,...

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Monthly Active Users for BBM grows to 91 million

Monthly Active Users for BBM grows to 91 million

BBM continues to grow after having gone multi platform. Announced during the Q2 fiscal 2015 earnings call, Monthly Active Users for BBM grew from the previous 85 million to what is now 91 million. While there was no breakdown of where those users were gained, it's still great to see that BBM is continuing to grow. With new value added services such as BBM Protected and BBM Money continuing to...

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Over 200,000 BlackBerry Passports sold through Amazon and Shop BlackBerry

Since announcement of the BlackBerry Passport in Toronto, London and Dubai, there has been over 200,000 devices sold across Amazon and Shop BlackBerry. As noted by BlackBerry CEO John Chen on the Q2 2015 earnings call, the BlackBerry Passport has moved to the number one spot on the Amazon unlocked device list and sold out through ShopBlackBerry within the first six hours after sales had gone...

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BlackBerry Q2 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call

BlackBerry Q2 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call

The Q2 Fiscal 2015 earnings call kicks off at 8 am ET, and be accessed by dialing 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at the BlackBerry events website. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am by dialing 1-647-436-0148 and entering pass code 8015758#. For now though, anyone who is tuning in live can join us below for some chat as we listen to the call. We'll...

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MySmartPrice turns WhatsApp into a price comparison tool

WhatsApp

The price comparison website MySmartPrice is now enabling millions of consumers in India to check out better deals online, even when they have little connectivity. The web service will allow users to utilize WhatsApp, the massively popular cross-platform messenger, to make quick and speedy product price comparison searches. All that's required is to fire a message to 9332222222 with a query...

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This solid black version of the BlackBerry Passport is hot!

This solid black version of the BlackBerry Passport is hot!

In the lead up to the launch of the BlackBerry Passport we had heard there was several different color variations of the device out there in limited numbers and at least one has appeared in Dubai. Attending the Passport event in Dubai, @LeonJayJay found a solid black version of the BlackBerry Passport in his gift box when he unboxed it as posted up by @Emkwan. As most folks know by now, the...

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Mini Marilyn and Garfield stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

Mini Marilyn and Garfield stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

If you happened to open up the BBM Stickers shop tonight you might have noticed two new packs are now available to purchase for $1.99. The first is that finicky feline Garfield, known for his distaste of Mondays and his predilection for lasagna. For those who are a fan of the beloved comic strip this set includes all of the characters you know and love including John, Odie, and Arlene. There...

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Miss the BlackBerry Passport launch event live stream? Watch the replay

If you happened to miss out on the BlackBerry Passport launch event live stream, the replay of the event is now available via the BlackBerry events website and ready for you to view it at your leisure. You'll see the full unveiling of the BlackBerry Passport, along with some great demos of BlackBerry 10.3 and some pretty funny jokes from BlackBerry CEO John Chen. I won't give you the full run...

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A closer look at BlackBerry Blend from the BlackBerry Passport launch

A closer look at BlackBerry Blend from the BlackBerry Passport launch

BlackBerry Blend has finally arrived for those lucky enough to have a BlackBerry Passport or Porsche Design P'9983 and it's totally awesome. At the BlackBerry Passport launch event in Toronto, we caught up with Sanjay Nathwani, Product Manager at BlackBerry to get a closer look at BlackBerry Blend and some of the stuff you can do with the app on the whole. Although the video comes in at nine...

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BlackBerry Assistant officially launches, lets you stay organized on the go

BlackBerry Assistant

BlackBerry Assistant has now officially launched with the release of the BlackBerry Passport, and now we have more details about how it works. BlackBerry demonstrated Assistant on stage today at the official reveal event for the BlackBerry Passport, stressing the importance of multiple interaction methods and context. BlackBerry Assistant can understand your commands or questions from either...

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BlackBerry Blend brings the power and security of BlackBerry to your computer and tablet

After many months of rumors and speculation, BlackBerry has now made BlackBerry Blend official along with the BlackBerry Passport. The new app seamlessly brings messaging and content from your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet and with Blend, users can take advantage of the secure BlackBerry network to blend their personal and professional content and conversations together...

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BlackBerry Passport redefines productivity for mobile professionals with boundary-breaking design and features

It's here! The BlackBerry Passport is now official and we couldn't be more excited about it. Announced today at events being held in Toronto, London and Dubai, the BlackBerry Passport is the latest flagship device and with it BlackBerry continues to arm mobile professionals with tools that make them more productive. "As we set out to design BlackBerry Passport, we were guided by a simple...

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Amazon brings Kindle Unlimited to the UK for £7.99 a month

Kindle

Amazon has finally brought across its Kindle Unlimited service to the UK, which launched in the US back in July. The service offers consumers unlimited e-book enjoyment for £7.99 a month, granting access to over 650,000 digital books, as well as thousands of audiobooks from Audible. The online retailer will have Kindle Unlimited logos on eligible titles, which can be read for free by those...

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Here's how to watch and chat about Wednesday's BlackBerry Passport press event

Here's how to watch and chat about Wednesday's BlackBerry Passport press event

Wednesday will be the day of BlackBerry's biggest press event in over a year as the company officially takes the covers off its next smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport. Today, the company offered some info on how anyone with an Internet connection will be able to watch the festivities. While BlackBerry is holding press events in Toronto, London and Dubai on Wednesday, the rest of the world...

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BlackBerry Passport set for Indian launch on September 29

BlackBerry Passport set for Indian launch on September 29

BlackBerry is all set to unveil the Passport in simultaneous events in Toronto, London and Dubai on September 24, with the device scheduled to be available in these markets immediately. Indian Blackberry fans will not have to wait much longer to get their hands on the latest from Blackberry either, as the Canadian manufacturer is set to launch the Passport in India on September 29. The...

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