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    We're going to tackle ALL of your questions about the Moto Z, the Moto Z Force, and Moto Mods! Plus, we'll chat about mobile use in the military, Google's potential VR strategy, and what responsibility do companies have to provide access to encrypted devices? Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 210 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast at 2:00pm Eastern on July 21st (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version later this week. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at ...

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    The first of two prospective BlackBerry devices powered by Android has made its way through the FCC for radios certification. A look-up of the FCC ID as leaked gives us 17 entries owing to BlackBerry. Its model name, STH100-2, corresponds to previous leaks regarding the Hamburg model. The phone, as tested, supports two major GSM bands in the US and also supports LTE bands 2, 7, 38 and 41. Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi ac is supported. That's the least we know, given FCC reporting requirements. According to Wi-Fi Alliance documents, TCL is producing the phone. As the commission published the ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen took the time at his company's Security Summit this week to once again rip Apple, "the other fruit company" to shreds for defending its encryption against the FBI regarding an iPhone used by a suspect in a mass shooting. "I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility," Chen said. "If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out." Apple refused to assist the Department of Justice in unlocking Syed Farook's iPhone 5c. He and his wife were the alleged perpetrators of an attack on a San ...

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    Aside from building robust, productive mobile devices no one seems to care for anymore, and security and enterprise software that’s managed to keep its business afloat, BlackBerry is widely known for unconventional hardware announcements or early pre-release demos. Both the Passport and Priv were casually showcased by company CEO John Chen several months in advance of their commercial launches at otherwise low-profile events that had little to do with product introductions. Some expected similar cameo appearances of the looming “Neon” and “Argon” handhelds at the 2016 Security ...

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    Even though Netflix continues to be one of the preferred go-to services for media consumption on the web, the company has made a few controversial changes over the last few years that haven't proven to be popular. These changes have mostly been price hikes, which even though not significant, have definitely not garnered the company good publicity. Today Netflix has announced its Q2/2016 results, and customers seem to be voicing concerns loud and clear. Netflix has just revealed that it wasn't able to reach its planned growth of two million subscribers internationally and 500K in the US for ...

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    Still on the fence about the latest BlackBerry Priv “daily steal” that seems to be selling so well it’ll actually expire within the next 24 hours as opposed to the beginning of next week, how it was initially listed? Maybe a hefty 1.5GB package of Marshmallow software goodies will help seal the deal, finally bringing the AT&T version on par with T-Mobile and unlocked variants sold directly by the long-struggling Canadian device manufacturer. Bottom line, wherever you might choose to shop for your Android security and productivity fix, rest assured that you don’t need to settle ...

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    Reckon there’s no way BlackBerry could stir up your interest in the aging, retro-styled, bulky, Snapdragon 808-powered, 3GB RAM-limited Priv? Think again, as no matter how you feel about the utility (or lack thereof) of physical QWERTY keyboards, this security-centric bad boy is an absolute steal at $300. Come on now, three measly Benjamins for an “edgy” 5.4-inch Quad HD AMOLED touchscreen, 18MP Schneider-Kreuznach rear camera, massive fast-charging 3,410 mAh battery, 32GB expandable storage, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow goodies, with a splash of BB’s recognized privacy magic on ...

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    With both the US President and Senate apparently finally past the long-celebrated super-secure but out-of-fashion BlackBerries, an iconic design discontinued and unlikely to yield a direct successor, as well as the looming “Neon” and “Argon” rumored to adopt full touchscreen form factors, QWERTY keyboard admirers and nostalgics understandably felt uneasy. Enter BlackBerry SVP of Device Sales Alex Thurber, who decided to clarify on Twitter that “users have nothing to fear”, as “the keyboard is here to stay.” Technically, this could be interpreted in a number of ways, since ...

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    Is Google working on a Nexus smartwatch? Brexit is already causing tech prices to climb in the UK! Can Apple maintain high profit margins in an increasingly competitive industry? These stories, plus we'll be tackling your questions and comments, and get ready to vote for your favorite Pocketnow photog! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 208 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on July 7th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] ...

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    An email circulated around the Senate telling of the impending end to the issuance of BlackBerry 10 devices this week, but the future of those smartphones seems less dire and more clear now. The missive said that BlackBerry informed AT&T and Verizon that it has stopped producing all BlackBerry 10 devices, something that CrackBerry decided to ask the company about. In a statement, BlackBerry clarified that it is only ending the production of one device — a surprising choice at that. A part of it reads: //

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    President Obama dropped his BlackBerry — somewhat against his will (and to his liking) — and so will plenty of Capitol Hill staffers. Specifically, employees of the Senate will no longer be issued BlackBerry phones. Why? BlackBerry has stopped the factories and AT&T and Verizon are clinging onto little inventory. In a notice sent to Senate administration, the Sergeant at Arms said that BlackBerry will continuing supporting the Q10, Z10, Z30, Passport and Classic for the time being. But with no more BB10 phones being made, the end of the BlackBerry era within the well-entrenched ...

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    Forget everything you thought you knew about BlackBerry’s short-term hardware business-rebooting plans. It turns out there are not just two, but three security-focused Android phones in the pipeline, codenamed Neon, Argon, and Mercury instead of Hamburg, Rome and some other large European city. Only the 5.2-inch Alcatel Idol 4-cloning Neon is reportedly coming in a few weeks, with the bigger, badder Argon set to follow “sometime in October”, and the physical QWERTY keyboard/touchscreen-combining Mercury due out in Q1 2017. Although it’s supposed to turn a cold shoulder to QWERTY ...

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    What do we know about this rumored first party Google Phone? What bells and whistles might we get on the Note 7? And we're introducing a new series on this site where editors can battle against each other for your amusement! These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 207 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 30th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] ...

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    While the name “Priv” certainly had an odd ring to it at first, it wasn’t hard to grasp its origin and implication. Short for privacy, it played on a paramount selling point of BlackBerry phones since, well, forever. Now, the Android-powered QWERTY keyboard/touchscreen hybrid pretty much failed to substantially revive the Canadian company’s long-struggling consumer hardware business, but of course, the moniker isn’t at fault. As such, you may have expected a brand perpetuation of sorts this year in the mid-range “Hamburg” and/or Rome. The former doesn’t look like it’ll ...

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    BlackBerry could be saving money on its "mobility solutions" unit not by giving it up entirely — to investors' chagrin — but through an ODM agreement. Roland Quandt of WinFutre.de picked up a Wi-Fi Alliance certification dated June 24 for a TCL Communications (or, Alcatel to the consumer side) device with model number STH100-2. Blackberry Hamburg STH100-2 (5.2in FHD, SD615 etc) is made by TCL/ALCATEL! Blackberry outsourcing production/design? pic.twitter.com/m9ope583Ox — Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 25, 2016 Previous rumors tied the moniker with BlackBerry Hamburg, one of two ...

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    BlackBerry might not be on everyone's radar as it was around a decade ago, but that doesn't mean the company hasn't tried to change that. It took two dramatic shake-overs to have the company finally adopt Android with the BlackBerry Priv. We do know that the company's quarter results didn't say anything positive about that move, but that isn't everything the company has up its sleeve. Following the recent rumors of mid-range BlackBerry devices following the Priv, about the only missing piece of the puzzle is when. Lucky for us, the company's CEO John Chen did us the favor of spilling ...

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    BlackBerry may be doing worse financially than it did last quarter or even last year, but it's better than what the Street expected and that's all that matters, right? The Waterloo-based tech company lost $670 million this past quarter, most of that coming from $599 million in write-downs and impairments. Revenues totaled $424 milion. Software sales were up 21 percent annually to $166 million while the new "mobility solutions" unit made up about $152 million of the total. The company claimed 500,000 unit sales versus 600,000 last quarter. While revenue was short of expectations, the ...

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    The BlackBerry Priv clearly made a ton of headlines since launch for two very specific things. The first was obviously the fact that it was BlackBerry's approach to Android, and a very decent one indeed. The other was because of its crazy $700 price tag. That has actually changed over time, but now it has hit an all-time low. If you're in the market for a BlackBerry Priv, the AT&T unit is currently offered for $299 on eBay. Yes, we know the title says that this is an unlocked unit, but that's because the seller will actually include the unlock code in the box. Getting any flagship ...

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    Thinking about checking up with the checkmark for new service? You really sure about it? Maybe Verizon can make it a bit easier for you to come over. The carrier is making available the promo code "FORYOU300" that slashes $300 off the price of a phone valued at $400 or greater. Over a 24-month installment plan, that $12.50 off per month. The catch? You need to activate it on a device payment (installment) plan. Unfortunately while there are several phones that straddle the line at $399.99, they simply aren't $400. The deal isn't applicable to the iPhone SE, for example. On the other hand, ...

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    Even as T-Mobile has dropped the BlackBerry Priv from its shelves, the Un-carrier is providing proper software support for the device. In this case, it's getting Android Marshmallow onto the Priv in the middle of June. T-Mobile has listed the latest software update to build number AAF153 with the Android 6.0.1 package of features. Even as the file amounts to a whopping 1.3GB, you'll need about 300MB extra memory for padding. The OTA will be pushed out over the course of this week. If you want to rush things just a bit, head down to the source link for an OTA trigger or a download. Source: ...

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    Remember back in the day, when all the cool cats were wearing BlackBerries clipped to their belts? It was as much a fashion statement as a way of showing you meant business (literally), and were down with the latest breakthrough technologies, as well as top-notch mobile security measures. Unfortunately, for the most powerful person on Earth, time stood still for the past eight years, with both iPhones and Android devices deemed potentially hazardous in the hands of President Barack Obama. Ultimately, the two current world-leading platforms stepped up their encryption efforts enough for one ...

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    A judge has lifted a press embargo has on court records that tell how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police cracked into encrypted BlackBerry communications. The methods were used in the investigation of a member of a New York mafia who was fatally shot in the outskirts of Montreal in 2011. The RCMP used "stingrays" — fake cell towers — to pick up on IMSI numbers, identifying the mobile subscribers that connected with it. Other information, like location, text and voice conversations, can also be extracted. Police claim they were only used to sort out suspects' phones, but not locate or ...

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    As BlackBerry is trudging its way towards new phones, it's still trying to shake all its got out of the "old" new phone. The Priv is only half a year old in real terms, but the launch was eons ago on AT&T. Now that regrets have popped up at the Death Star, perhaps Un-carrier T-Mobile has its own. A T-Mobile customer representative tweeted out that its stores are "not currently" selling BlackBerry Privs. @newfangled0 Not currently! But you can check out our other phones here: https://t.co/fd8VdBBHQz *CelieP — T-Mobile Help (@TMobileHelp) June 6, 2016 It was late last year when CEO ...

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    BlackBerry’s desperate Hail Mary pass last fall couldn’t be converted into an immediate touchdown, and the clock might be running out on the Canadian security and productivity specialist that probably got with the Android times a little too late. CEO John Chen insists things are looking up, and a hardware profit isn’t too far off, but Priv sales numbers reportedly failed to meet even modest analyst expectations. Worse yet, an unnamed “high-level” AT&T executive recently told CNET “we’ve seen more returns than we would like”, which suggests many of the very few buyers of ...

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    It’s sure not easy to keep the Snapdragon 808-powered BlackBerry Priv in the limelight with the recent onslaught of 820 flagships from much more popular OEMs nowadays like Samsung, LG or even HTC, but the unique selling proposition of a physical QWERTY keyboard, industry-leading security, silky smooth software and reasonable pricing might well do the trick. Once upon a time (not that long ago) sold for a whopping $700, the financially struggling Canadian company’s Android pioneer gradually dropped to $600, $500, $450, $400 in the past few months, and now a measly $380. There’s no ...

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