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    There’s something ineffable about using a BlackBerry in 2014. Some of it is pure nostalgia, the kind of unavoidable reminiscence that comes with using a device bearing a 15-year-old brand. But the bigger part is the software: BlackBerry 10 is a blend of old and new, a kind of hodgepodge of traditional successes alongside more exotic ideas that couldn’t flourish elsewhere. And while the company continues to suffer from carrier woes and a steady loss of market share, it’s by no means taking these punishments sitting down: its latest operating system update just recently cleared US ...

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    Last week, BlackBerry broke into the fast-and-furious MWC news cycle with a few announcements of its own: not only would the company be keeping the door open for another tablet in the coming years, but it would also be releasing new smartphone hardware in the form of the Z3 and Q20. The former device was less than interesting, destined as it was for Indonesia, but the Q20 seemed like a BlackBerry fan's NSFW fantasy. As Stephen Schenck described in a follow-up piece: "The Q20 will be the company’s latest model to feature a hardware keyboard, and notably, it has the largest display of any ...

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    "The BlackBerry Z10 isn’t the strongest reboot the RIM of old could have delivered," we wrote back in February in our Z10 review, "but it gets an awful lot right about the smartphone experience." We continued: "In a broader sense, it has accomplished something not many products out of Waterloo have managed in recent years: it’s made us excited for the next BlackBerry." The next BlackBerry to cross our desks turned out to be the Q10, the Z10's QWERTY-packing little sibling. And while we rather liked the plucky little curveball, we were left a bit skeptical that many folks would go out ...

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    So you've decided to spring for a special gift this holiday season - either for a romantic partner, a family member, or yourself (you heel). Shunning more mainstream ideas like a quadrocopter or that perennial snooze-fest, the necktie, you've opted to give the gift of communication this year. You're buying a smartphone, despite how many hassles you're bound to run into when altering a wireless contract that's not in your name, and dealing with sales reps who may or may not be lying to your face. You're in for quite a trip. But that's not the end of your challenges. Because you, ...

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    With so many questions day by day about viewers still considering alternatives to the popular flagships in the market, it's always good to know what's worth your money, and what's not. We don't blame you for wanting to try some of the new products in the market at the moment, but for their price, it's not like if it's inexpensive to just try something new. We know a lot of you are still on the ropes trying to decide what to buy this holiday season if you’re close to being eligible for a phone-swap, or if you're wanting a tablet upgrade as well. 2013 has shown just how great technology ...

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    The mobile space is full of profound juxtapositions this week as Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet demand, while BlackBerry can't keep its head above water long enough to sell existing stock. Meanwhile, Microsoft announces its second round of Surface products, while soon to be-acquired hardware maker Nokia (allegedly) prepares its own Windows tablet - and the horrible marriage of smartphone maker HTC and audio baron Beats finally, mercifully, dissolves. That's the big news for the week ending September 27, 2013, and all of it -plus iOS 7 literally making people sick- awaits you in ...

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    We already have a series here at Pocketnow lamenting the choices of smartphone and tablet manufacturers, and trying to learn something from their most visible mistakes. It's called Worst Gadgets Ever, and it's a fun little video series that you should check out. But sometimes, a broader look at the industry's development is useful - and given the right attitude, it can also be fun. Earlier this year, our own Taylor Martin took you on a tour of smart phone form factors that are officially dead - not necessarily due to poor decisions, but owing to the constantly shifting mobile landscape ...

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    Normally, when we tell you about some crazy expensive boutique smartphone, it's largely due to curiosity or a desire for completeness, rather than suggesting that it's actually a model any of us will go out and purchase. That's what makes the Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 so interesting: it's actually managed to sell respectably and establish a high profile for itself – if you watch House of Cards on Netflix or Community on NBC, you've likely seen characters sporting P’9981s. The problem is, that's still a BlackBerry 7 model, and this is 2013. Now it looks like we might just be ...

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    Sprint finally showed up to the Windows Phone 8 party about a month ago, announcing both the HTC 8XT and the Samsung ATIV S Neo. At the time, the carrier wasn't ready to divulge just when each of these phones would become available. In the time since, we've seen the carrier announce a date for the 8XT, and even get started with sales. All the while, the situation's been quiet for the ATIV S Neo. We still don't have any official word, but a new leak may finally fill us in on when this handset will first go up for sale. According to this, Sprint expects to make the ATIV S Neo available on ...

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    It's weird when holidays fall in the middle of the week, because either you're kicking off a long weekend with the special celebration, or you're returning to work the next day with a fuzzy brain, a sunburn, and sand in your hair. We're in the latter situation this week at Pocketnow, the American portion of the team coming down from a day of BBQ and a night of fireworks ... but in our case, it's a good thing. Because today's the day for our weekly mobile tech podcast, and we love us some mobile-tech podcasting. We hope you do, too, because today's Pocketnow Weekly is quite possibly the ...

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    Let me preface by saying I got my start in the tech industry by being a die-hard BlackBerry fan. And the last thing I wanted to do when I got my hands on the latest batch of BlackBerrys was write another "end of BlackBerry" article. As I explained in my Pocketnow Insider bio, I ate, slept, and breathed BlackBerry back in the day. I wrote about BlackBerrys between and even during my classes and two other jobs. And even after trying webOS, iOS, and Android, it was hard to cut ties and drop the platform altogether. I had spent the better part of three years using nothing but BlackBerry, and I ...

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    I openly admit I was unmoved by the Q10 and Z10 announcement from BlackBerry in January. Maybe it was, as they say, too little too late. Or maybe the Q10 was just too "old BlackBerry" for my refined tastes in smartphones. Whatever the real reason, I had no desire to pick up a BlackBerry 10 device, even as a former BlackBerry fanatic. I have history with the platform and a special place in my heart for the company, a deep-seeded desire for the company to pull itself out of this rut and rival the other major players. Unfortunately, my anticipation and excitement for new hardware and software ...

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    In the food service industry, when you're a server who's been slammed with too many customers and can't keep up with the demand, you're said to be "in the weeds." On a podcast, that same expression means something quite different. It means you've wandered so far from your intended topic (in this case, mobile technology) that you've found yourself in the far-flung wilderness talking about anything but (in this case, sports cars, British accents, and the adult film industry). But while we do spend a fair amount of time in OT land on today's Pocketnow Weekly, we still manage to get some tech ...

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    It's been six years since the popularization of the touchscreen keyboard began in earnest, an eternity in the fast-paced world of mobile technology. But in contrast to -and maybe in defiance of- that breakneck pace, many less-cutting-edge consumers still cling to the more tactile artifacts of yesteryear. Even in 2013, these folks will settle for nothing less than a true physical keyboard on their smartphone. And though the options in that space have dwindled dramatically in recent years, some solid contenders remain. The BlackBerry Q10 is one of them. We glimpsed it briefly during our time ...

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    The war between the virtual and the concrete has been over for some time, and there's no real dispute that the former won. Software keyboards now dominate the smartphone space in no uncertain terms. But the conflict was long and protracted, with manufacturers like BlackBerry and Motorola fiercely holding on for years, fighting the good fight like those infamous WWII Japanese holdouts - even after it became clear that virtual keyboards were the wave of the future. That's not to say that physical keypads are entirely obsolete; "losing the war" in this context just means they're no longer the ...

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    As much as BlackBerry can boast to you that their new operating system can run Android apps, that's not necessarily a good thing. One of our biggest disappointments after our review of the BlackBerry Z10 is that these apps are all locked to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and that means that you're stuck running anything that was optimized for an operating system that was launched three years ago. Luckily the company has just announced that this is about to get a major change with BlackBerry 10.2. Within the changes that are planned for their new upgrade, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean apps will be ...

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    Topic Pocketnow Live kicked off twenty Fridays ago. We can't even believe it ourselves that we're at the twentieth installment of a show that is highly popular not only among our viewers, readers, audience in general, but also among members of the team. Episode 20 is also the Season Finale. We're wrapping up Season One with the team that kicked it off. Worry not, we're not only planning on Season Two, but thinking way ahead. So, before we take a break from the Live, let's have a great casual conversation one more time. Plenty of things going on, from the Galaxy Mega and HP TouchPad Go ...

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    We recently had the opportunity to review the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, an experience we enjoyed primarily because of the device's innovative hardware: a 6.9mm-thick, 495g chassis that manages to squeeze water- and dust-resistance onto its list of features. Pocketnow is currently in the midst of reviewing the BlackBerry Q10, a peculiar blend of yesterday's design cues with a modern OS - and we're enjoying the feeling of real physical keys under our thumbs again. The third-generation Apple iPad and Microsoft's Surface RT also share space in our office, and we love the sturdy (if heavy) hardware ...

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    We're still pretty new to the world of BlackBerry at Pocketnow, having started coverage in earnest just this past winter with the unveiling of the BlackBerry Z10 -and the company's next generation platform- in Toronto. Since then, though, we've given the fledgling new smartphone ecosystem its share of comparisons, reviews, and even re-reviews ... and it's about time we turned our focus to the second BB10 smartphone from the folks formerly known as RIM. It's time to review the BlackBerry Q10. Before we get there, though, we've got to take it out of the box - and that's just what you'll get ...

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    In the past six months, I've handled some of the world's most advanced mobile technology, including BlackBerry's new Z10 flagship, Nokia's one-of-a-kind N9 smartphone, and Sony's super-portable Xperia Tablet Z. And the thing I value most from these experiences isn't the Z10's unified messaging hub, or the N9's one-of-a-kind interface, or even the Tablet Z's water-resistant nature. Rather, the aspect I love most about these three products is that they all offer a variation on a buttonless unlock. This revelation might force you to question my priorities, and I acknowledge that idolizing ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the announcement of the BlackBerry Q10 for AT&T, along with the rumors of a flagship BlackBerry A10 for the fall. Microsoft has also announced Outlook RT for Windows RT, but there's a lot that's lame about the timing. Nokia is next as they've just leaked photos of their EOS smartphone emerge, some good, some fake. HTC takes the spotlight again today as we've got some leaked photos of an HTC One Mini, which looks like an interesting alternative to the One. We end today's show talking about Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy S 4 Active, ...

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    AT&T BlackBerry Q10 pre-orders are live now, for all those who want a physical QWERTY keyboard for fast text input (or for those who still prefer this method over the on-screen SIPs). AT&T has just flipped the switch for early adopters and you should go secure your unit if you're a fan of BlackBerry, the form factor, or the keyboard. For $199.99 on a two-year contract (or $584.99 outright) you can get this bad boy packing a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), 3.1-inch S-AMOLED screen with 720 ...

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    I got my start in the tech industry with BlackBerry. I was a fiend. I've owned dozens of different models, and I knew my way around the software like the back of my hand. I made my own themes in my free time, and was constantly flashing unofficial software and on the prowl for new apps and games. Above all, when BlackBerry failed to innovate and change direction with the rest of the smartphone market, there was one feature that I found unbelievably difficult to give up: the physical keyboards. BlackBerry was – and still is, for that matter – renowned for its second-to-none keyboards. ...

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    Yesterday we told you about Verizon's efforts to start offering LTE service on its newly-acquired AWS spectrum space, with the first markets going live later this year. Like T-Mobile did for phones like the Note II when it switched-on its own LTE network, Verizon revealed plans to activate this AWS mode on specific handsets through a future firmware update, giving them access to higher-speed data. At the time, the only phone we knew would be getting such an update was Samsung's Galaxy S 4. Today, we can expand that list a bit, and thankfully for once it's a cross-platform affair. Both the ...

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    Yesterday, I made the stupid unconventional decision to compensate for a sedentary workweek by walking nine miles from my home northwest of Boston to Newton, Massachusetts. The resulting hunger, thirst, and mild exhaustion drove me into a delicatessen upon my return to civilization - but before I could walk in the door, something caught my eye: a black van, with the legend "Z10" painted in blue on the back door and the admonition "keep moving" spelled out in smaller letters on the sides. Now, not even moderate dehydration keeps me from satisfying my curiosity when it comes to street-level ...

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