Posts tagged with: Blackberry
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    Companies that sell smartphones like to sell popular smartphones; it's hardly a controversial position to take. So when BlackBerry's market share started waning in recent years, T-Mobile decided to take a step away from the company and its smartphone offerings, focusing instead on handsets from platforms that were more in demand. While BlackBerry hasn't exactly reclaimed its past status, T-Mobile has finally warmed back up to its phones, and has found a place for the BlackBerry Classic in its smartphone stable. We know, the Classic is already getting long in the tooth at this point, having ...

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    The BlackBerry Leap was announced on March 3, at the 2015 MWC, as a budget-oriented touchscreen smartphone, aimed at "young power professionals", as the company itself likes to call its target audience. We've managed to get a closer look at the device during our stay in Barcelona, and now BlackBerry is expanding the phone's availability. The BlackBerry Leap is available starting today in the United Kingdom, and, if you're interested, you can grab one from ShopBlackBerry.com or select carrier partners. Other markets, such as Germany, France, United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, ...

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    Mobile World Congress 2015: an iterative flagship smartphone and a reimagined one. A handheld intelligent object and a new midranger from a very old brand. And enough wearable releases to completely cover your forearms in technology. But mainly ... we just talk about the Vive. That’s right: against all odds, a room full of former virtual reality skeptics is rendered screamy-excited by a demo of HTC’s new VR headset – and one longtime MWC veteran even goes on the record to say that the HTC Vive is the most exciting product he’s ever seen at the show. We’ll talk about that, plus ...

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    Just a couple days into its run, and Mobile World Congress 2015 is already starting to slow down - way down.  That's largely a consequence of so many manufacturers jockeying to get their big announcements out first, leading to a pre-MWC Sunday that was positively stuffed to the brim with new hardware. Ever since, the flow of new phones, tablets, and wearables has been slowing down, though we still got a pretty impressive showing yesterday. Today's offerings have been a bit harder to come by, but we still got to see some good stuff. Let's take a look back on what you might have missed. ...

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    BlackBerry came to MWC this year ready to announce its latest BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Leap, and we've already had the chance to go hands-on with the new hardware. And while the Leap made its formal debut, it wasn't the only hardware BlackBerry brought along to Barcelona, and at its press event this morning the company also offered a sneak peek of a new spin on an aging form factor, showing off an upcoming QWERTY slider model. The BlackBerry lineup is no stranger to portrait-orientation QWERTY sliders, but so far we haven't seen any such models emerge as new BlackBerry 10 devices. At ...

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    BlackBerry just announced its latest smartphone, surprising MWC crowds with news of the five-inch BlackBerry Leap. Unlike recent keyboard-packing models like the Passport and Classic, Leap chooses instead to go the full-touch route. The company claims Leap will be an affordable device, marrying enterprise strength with a modern design. We went hands-on with the phone in Barcelona today to take a look for ourselves. Physically, the Leap is in the same size-ballpark as the Classic, though with much sharper angles. Its camera arrangement is the same 8MP rear, 2MP front setup, and we see the ...

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    In an announcement that basically came out of nowhere, BlackBerry's John Chen has revealed a new smartphone. The failing smartphone manufacturer has seen a lot of trouble over the past few years, especially with its smartphone lineup being unable to capture much of the market (whether low-end or high-end), but the OEM still looks to be kicking with this latest smartphone. On-stage at Mobile World Congress 2015, the company's CEO has announced the brand-new BlackBerry Leap. The Leap is an LTE-supporting smartphone targeted on "young mobile professionals who value security and privacy in a ...

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    Back in my early days of "smartphonery", I went with Android and my brother went with BlackBerry - the one with the rollerball. You know which one I'm talking about. Today, the rollerball is gone and the latest and greatest is the BlackBerry Passport. "Hey Joe, you haven't used a BlackBerry in a long time, let's see how you like this new BlackBerry Passport!" That's how the conversation began. I didn't like BlackBerry very much back then, so I came into this "adventure" more than a little biased. (You've been warned.) Days later a packaged arrived in the Pocketnow Utah office. I opened the ...

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    When BlackBerry first introduced the Classic two months ago, we knew that the smartphone would be finding a home in the US on AT&T. Shortly thereafter, we saw Verizon getting ready to welcome the handset to its own network, as well. US Mobile may have gotten a head start on both of them with its early January start to sales, but AT&T finally began selling the BlackBerry Classic for itself earlier this week (along with the Passport). That leaves Verizon; when could its users hope to get their hands on the Classic? Today the network makes its plans official, with BlackBerry Classic ...

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    If the BlackBerry Passport is "not your grandfather's BlackBerry," then the BlackBerry Passport AT&T edition is ... not ... your cousin's, either. That analogy didn't really work out for us, but this unboxing and first-impressions video sure did! That's right: after literally months of fielding comments, tweets, emails and voicemails wondering why we weren't paying BlackBerry its proper due with a Passport review, we finally caved and picked up a BlackBerry Passport sample device. (It wouldn't have been possible without the assistance of the good folks at AT&T, either – so ...

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    As efforts like After The Buzz, the Pocketnow U-Review, and Empty Nest demonstrate, we’re constantly searching for fresh ways to review mobile technology. The newest product of those efforts is Pocketnow’s “Review Rebuttal” series, in which a member of our team is assigned to test a smartphone or tablet that’s already gone through our standard review process. While the resulting video or editorial doesn’t affect the “official” Pocketnow review score, we hope it provides added context by showcasing an editor’s personal opinion, rather than a team-wide consensus. We call it ...

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    The South Korean smartphone manufacturer, who is currently in the top position and enjoying the majority of the Android (and smartphone, in general) market could soon become irrelevant, claims a high ranking Motorola executive. Samsung could go away, pretty much like its predecessors who were enjoying the same, comfortable, leading position. Of course, this is a prediction coming from a COO of a company, about other (competing) companies. "Every seven years, the person who’s been on top of the market has gone away", said Rick Osterloh, president and chief operating officer of Motorola. ...

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    Last month, we heard the return of an old tune: word was, someone was interested in buying BlackBerry. Such rumors were commonplace in years past, as BlackBerry struggled to find the direction that would keep the company moving forward in a smartphone climate heavy with change. But with the arrival of new leadership and the launch of new hardware like the Passport and Classic, memories of acquisition rumors started fading into the distance. Now all of a sudden there was this new report that Samsung was looking at snatching-up Blackberry. Both companies were quick to deny the claims, and ...

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    Openly carrying a BlackBerry in 2015 is an invitation to be interrupted. You’re bound to be asked by some well-meaning friend or nosey stranger, “is that a BlackBerry? Do people still use those?” And while the answer to both questions is an unqualified yes, the more interesting question (to me) is “what’s that like?” Thanks to the fine folks at GSM Nation and US Mobile, I had the opportunity to spend a couple weeks finding out. The result is the BlackBerry Classic review video below. During my time with the BlackBerry Classic, I took pages and pages of notes over several ...

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    If you care at all about the internet, you're very interested in seeing how things play out at the FCC with its current efforts to investigate reclassifying broadband providers as common carriers subject to Title II regulations. That decision's going to have far-reaching consequences, so it's little wonder that companies that build hardware that accesses the internet – firms like BlackBerry – are speaking up to offer their opinions on the matter. But now CEO John Chen's catching a little heat for his public letter that goes off the rails a bit, losing focus of the net neutrality issue ...

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    What happens when you join two companies that aren't really going through their best times? Well, it's hard to compare Samsung to BlackBerry, as Samsung is simply not reaching its goals, while BlackBerry is in dire need to re-invent itself one more time. We've been hearing reports of Samsung wanting to acquire BlackBerry, but those rumors end today. Samsung's J.K. Shin just came on record to confirm that there is no intent to acquire BlackBerry. Instead, Samsung's mobile lead has stated that the company wants to work with BlackBerry and develop the existing partnership. If you remember, ...

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    Back in the second half of 2013, months after the introduction of the the first BlackBerry 10 smartphones, BlackBerry the company wasn't looking too hot. BB10 was failing to really take off the way the manufacturer might have hoped, and rumors circled around the idea of a big corporate buyout to put the company under new ownership. Ultimately that failed to happen, and instead we got a new CEO and a renewed commitment to developing new smartphones. And while BlackBerry's continued on, it just can't shake this characterization that's followed it of a beleaguered company on the verge of ...

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    This past fall, Blackberry introduced the Passport, its Snapdragon 801-powered flagship. With a hardware keyboard, square display, and harshly-angled exterior, it wasn't a smartphone for everyone – though to BlackBerry's credit, the company's not afraid to do things differently from the rest of the smartphone pack. But with the new year upon us, we're also getting a slightly tweaked new edition of the Passport, as BlackBerry smooths-out those corners and prepares to bring a slightly softer-looking Passport to AT&T. Inside, it's the same Passport that launched in late September: ...

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    The International CES begins in just a few days, with major press conferences lined up for January 5. That means the world is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conventions of the year: a great tech-filled beginning to 2015. Because CES encompasses not just mobile tech but the tech world as a whole, it's easy to get lost in the torrent of information that comes from the show. To try to help consolidate all you might have been hearing, we've rounded up the biggest and most relevant mobile rumors all in one place, ordered by manufacturer. Without further ado, here's our CES 2015 rumor ...

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    Just over two weeks ago, BlackBerry introduced its latest BB10 smartphone, the BlackBerry Classic. With a look ripped straight from the pages of the company's history books, the Classic was a return to form for a manufacturer that's been struggling to keep its products relevant in an increasingly competitive marketplace. At the time of its launch, we knew of interest from AT&T in carrying the Classic, and Verizon has also chimed-in with news of its own plans. But for the moment, neither of those carrier have yet to begin BlackBerry Classic sales. If you're looking for one that does ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast (both to stream and download it), as well as timecodes to let you jump through the podcast. As always, thanks for listening, and we'll see you right here next week! "Bring us alternate topics," you said. And boy oh boy, have the waning days of December delivered. On today's podcast, we're joined by Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup for a firsthand account of the BlackBerry Classic launch and an acoustic retelling of MobileSyrup's BlackBerry Classic review, told as only a true Canadian can tell it. On the heels of that, we're ...

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    It has been entirely too long since we've talked BlackBerry with you. There's a good reason for that, as the platform's downward slide has continued unabated throughout 2014, with the latest global figures showing BlackBerry sales dipping to below one percent of the total market. But the company isn't giving up without a fight, and today we once again turn our attention to Waterloo as BlackBerry formally launches its latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Classic. If the look of the BlackBerry Classic seems familiar, that's because it's doing its best Bold 9900 impersonation; BlackBerry ...

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    Personal privacy and device security are two ever-important concerns in an increasingly digital world. Where there is personal, private, and potentially important information being stored, there is always someone out there who seeks to use it for personal gain. Harmless or not, keeping your information and devices locked down is never a bad idea. It's always smart to keep wandering eyes out of your sensitive information, even if you have nothing to hide. Fortunately, there is an increasing number of ways to beef up security your mobile devices. Most of the security measures are ...

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    There comes a time in every tech geek’s life when they have to ask themselves a question – “What else is out there?” There was a time when every platform – iOS, Android, Blackberry, PalmOS/webOS, Symbian, etc – offered something unique to the mobile space. They offered something compelling to keep you locked into their own ecosystems, so that you wouldn’t dare stray afield.  These days, that is becoming less and less of a concern. Platforms are catching up with other platforms and there is a lot more parity then there used to be. This isn’t universally the case, but the ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast below! Thanks for joining us for the live show, everyone, and enjoy the HQ downloads in the Links section. One of the nice things about a mobilized mob of fanatics is ... well, nothing. For the purposes of intelligent discourse and civility, there's nothing cool or helpful about a bunch of heated fanboys rabidly denigrating a new product because it happens to threaten their preferred smartphone. We've talked about this sort of thing before, and now we're talking about it again – this time in the context of Blackphone vs ...

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