Posts tagged with: Blackberry
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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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    As much as we struggle to keep BlackBerry alive in our feeds, the company isn't doing the best job in helping us reach that goal. BlackBerry is more of an uncertainty than it is the aspiring line of products that most of us drooled for in the past. That said, BBM has been doing a decent job in gaining some cross-platform glory, and the next frontier is Windows Phone. The company recently launched BBM beta for Windows Phone devices, but as a closed beta for only a few. Today BlackBerry has launched BBM as a public beta for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices and the list of ...

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    Update: Due to today's difficulties with Hangouts, the below Hangouts video is not the ideal recording of today's Weekly episode. Instead, we highly recommend the Libsyn-hosted version, edited by our own Jules Wang and available for streaming and download at the links below. Thanks for listening! One of the nice things about hosting your own podcast is that you get to decide exactly what qualifies as "news." Not in the mood to pretend the latest wave of iPhone 6 display-glass leaks fit the description? Well, tweak the filter a little, and suddenly you've got just a small handful of ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    One of our biggest surprises back at MWC 2014, was the Blackphone. It's not until you see a booth packed with people willing to learn more about this product that you get to understand just how important security is to the world today. The Blackphone is already in the market, and after some negative criticism that it received from BlackBerry a couple of days ago, Blackphone's CEO Toby Weir-Jones decided to fight back with a statement. In his statement, Weir-Jones discusses how BlackBerry talks about the company's peer-to-peer encrypted voice calling, and how BlackBerry's current ...

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    Each year, dozens of new phones are introduced to the market. One has a marginally faster processor than last year's model; another has a larger display with nearly double the resolution; some other phone gets twice the RAM while this one gets more storage space; and all of them get the latest upgrade to expandable storage support. Most would agree that, on a yearly basis, upgrading your phone is a waste of money – that the gains of spending several hundred dollars to get a slight improvement over the phone you currently have isn't worth it. Frankly, the majority would be right. If I ...

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    By their very nature, smartphones have always been fairly private devices. The conversations we have, the pictures we take, and the other various types of data we store on our smartphones are likely very private and often very sensitive. While I don't personally keep anything compromising – pictures, text, or otherwise – on my smartphone, private conversations I wouldn't want other people to read abound. My smartphone also has access to my bank account, my LastPass account, which holds the passwords to all my online accounts, and cloud access to all my photos, documents, and other ...

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    Lately, it's felt hard to find a way to justify spending a lot of time talking about BlackBerry. While the company appears to have staved off its demise, it's not making a lot of forward progress, either, and even what little news we've brought you (like yesterday's deal with Amazon to feature the company's Appstore) often  to just assert that the old glory days of a self-sufficient BlackBerry are gone for good. But for all the hardships BlackBerry has faced, the company's still managing to keep its head above water, as evidenced by today's publication of its Q1 financial figures. Bottom ...

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