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    Will Android and Chrome OS finally just merge already? What's going on with Android Wear, and will Huawei jump ship to Tizen? Can Blackberry survive by giving up on in-house hardware? This week we're joined by Trisha Hershberger to discuss these stories and answer your questions, so make sure you're charged and ready for the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on September 30th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. For folks watching live, you can comment and ask questions by using the #PNWeekly hashtag ...

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    While BlackBerry has officially wrapped up its mobile hardware division, it's still going to sell phones — Android smartphones — with its name and software on it. CEO John Chen has continued to insist that the company will be calling shots for the design of the phones and we may see another attempt at a physical QWERTY keyboard-equipped device. "When we allow other people to build a handset with our operating system, see, it will be compatible with [all of our existing Android handsets]," Chen said to BNN. "I don't mind telling you somewhere [in the next couple of years], we're going ...

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    Having trouble grasping our euphemism-packed headline, taken almost verbatim from BlackBerry’s latest quarterly financial report? In layman’s terms, it basically means BlackBerry phones as we know them are dead. No, the recently released DTEK50 and fast-approaching DTEK60 don’t technically count, setting up a new stage in the once thriving Canadian company’s evolution, where its brand and actual hardware production are “outsourced to partners.” These include TCL, Alcatel’s China-based parent, which rebadged the Idol 4 to combine “BlackBerry’s unique security, privacy and ...

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    Forget forgetting the BlackBerry DTEK60, aka “Argon”, as rumors of the Canadian company’s smartphone production resignation will likely be officially quashed… yet again as soon as October 11. Possibly even sooner, if the newly speculated D-Day proves to be the high-end 5.5-incher’s commercial release date as opposed to merely hosting a formal announcement. Either way, we reckon the full-touch Android should hit stores in time for the holiday season, at least as far as BlackBerry-friendly markets go, including Canada, select Western European countries, and maybe the US too. ...

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    How many times does BlackBerry CEO John Chen need to stress his company’s commitment to hardware production in general and physical QWERTY devices in particular? Or how often? Will FCC and Wi-Fi certifications suffice for now to prove the end isn’t 24 hours or, probably, a few months away either? Yes, ladies and gents, the DTEK60 is coming very soon, and love it or hate it, that moniker isn’t going anywhere. The previously codenamed “Argon” may or may not be based on a TCL-made Alcatel phone which may or may not have been released already, but it’s absolutely a flagship ...

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    How much does it REALLY cost to build an iPhone? Can any software truly be intuitive? Why is Comcast getting into the carrier game? We say hello to Google's Allo messenger, and we have a BUNCH of smartphone announcements to chat about from Huawei, LeEco, and Blackberry! These stories plus your questions, so make sure you're charged and ready for the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on September 22th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. For folks watching live, you can comment and ask questions by ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen promised that two Android smartphones would come before the company's fiscal year went out. He made the promise in the midst of collapsing investor confidence in Waterloo's money-losing hardware unit. Chen has repeated his belief that he could sell 5 million smartphones in a year. We may see what happens when the company's second quarter ends on September 28. The Motley Fool and plenty of analysts are thinking that BBRY will lose money for the next three years if it doesn't cut rope and sail from hardware. They believe that a ShopBlackBerry sale going through the ...

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    As humble and familiar as the DTEK50 looked at a first glance, it must have done something right, apparently prompting the financially (and creatively) struggling BlackBerry to brand the so-called Argon as DTEK60. The Canada-based device manufacturer confirms that on its official US website, no doubt jumping the gun with a product page hilariously labeled “do not publish.” Well, it’s published… for the time being, and in addition to DTEK50’s widely known features, it also blows the “Argon’s” cover once and for all. As rumored, this upcoming flagship-grade BlackBerry DTEK60 ...

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    T-Mobile and Sprint are delivering "optimized" unlimited data plans. What does this mean for your phone bill? We've spent some time with Google's Duo video chat. Will this pull people from Facetime? Plus we went hands on with the new Honor 8 at the launch even in San Francisco, and it seems we have yet another premium budget phone to compete against Oneplus, ZTE, and Alcatel. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 214 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 18th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio ...

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    Patent infringement lawsuits are obviously nothing new in the ultra-competitive, sometimes too heated and egocentric mobile industry, with Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Qualcomm, Google, Microsoft, HTC and Nokia just a few of the frequent protagonists of drawn-out court disputes that very often end in behind-the-scenes settlements. Of course, a lot of money is typically exchanged in such licensing and cross-licensing understandings, which BlackBerry must now be seeking from BLU Products. Those don’t exactly sound like the two most active smartphone-manufacturing companies on this battleground, ...

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    BlackBerry's main stake in the mobile industry is security. If it can't tout the hardware it comes out with as a unique selling point, it's got to be security, security, security. And secure it has for its DTEK50 and Priv phones. The company's first Android smartphones that were vulnerable to the last of the unpatched Qualcomm-based Quadrooter vulnerabilities have been patched. The update can be pulled down from the settings menu and will be sent out to users within the week. It will be available on devices bought new from ShopBlackBerry. Google said that it would deliver a patch of its ...

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    If you're still trying to get the Priv at this point, but can't afford its still-steep price tag, there's hope for you yet. Deals are on across ShopBlackBerry's site across North America and Europe as we approach the end of the pre-order period for the new TCL-made DTEK50. In the US, the price has fallen from $649 to $499, a full $200 off its launch price. Canada sees the Priv sunk from its full cost of $899 to $650. The United Kingdom gets a £100 discount to £449. It started off life at Carphone Warehouse just below £580. Prices include VAT. Across France, Germany, Italy, the ...

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    Juan's review of the Alcatel Idol 4S is LIVE, but what did Juan get wrong in his review? Apple sells it's billionth phone while sales decline. Blackberry delivers the "world's most secure Android smartphone", but can we trust that claim in the light of recent encryption issues? Those stories, and we'll tackle your viewer emails! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 211 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast at 2:00pm Eastern on July 28th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your ...

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    BlackBerry is a funny little company. Once a juggernaut in the mobile space, it has since fallen from grace. Overwhelming numbers by Android and iOS pushed BlackBerry down into the dreaded “other” category on most pie charts. Many companies would have silently slipped tail between legs and slinked off, but not BlackBerry, and that’s actually one of the thing I admire about the company. Overwhelming evidence suggests that BlackBerry has hit the canvas so many times, even LL Cool J is saying “Ain’t gonna Comeback”. But here comes Blackberry with another offering – the DTEK50 ...

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    If you want "The World's Most Secure Android™ Smartphone" and do not live in the US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, you now have your chance through a couple of UK-based resellers. Both Unlocked Mobiles and Clove Technology have BlackBerry's DTEK50 for £275, the same price as what BlackBerry is offering the phone direct to UK buyers. They're even offering the free 12.6Ah Mobile Charger that Waterloo is. Here's the good news for the rest of the world: the resellers will put in for delivery to your country with a surcharge. Clove is expecting first boxes to come ...

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    The US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands are now free to pre-order the DTEK50, BlackBerry's first of two mid-range smartphones for the next year. As rumored, the phone is produced by TCL and is very much similar to the Alcatel Idol 4. We saw a quick hit of specifications earlier today, but we now can bring you some specifics. Here's a full chart: [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.2 inches Resolution,1920 x 1080 Pixel desnity,424 ppi SoC,Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Type,Octa-core Speed,4 x 1.5GHz / 4 x 1.2GHz GPU,Adreno 405 RAM,3GB Storage,16GB (microSD-expandable ...

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    Despite the moderate box-office success of its rookie Android-based hardware effort, BlackBerry is still looking to release no less than three new phones running the world’s most popular OS over the next few months, according to rock-solid sources. The first of the bunch is arguably the least glamorous model, and should go official later today ahead of a commercial rollout a month down the line. In case early renders, a recently leaked pic starring the device’s rear, as well as chatter around the interwebs, didn’t make it clear enough, we now have confirmation the BlackBerry Neon, or ...

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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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