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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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    The pal that helps you and many other people pay up is updating its Android and iOS apps. Unlike many other apps, it's providing customers with a good idea of when to expect an update. Version 6.0 of the app, said to have "a new look and feel," will head to devices with Android 4.0.3 or later and iOS 9.1 or later. Windows Phone users will end availability for the current version of the app while both Amazon Fire and BlackBerry OS users will not be able to use the app beyond June 30. Joanna Lambert, Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering, said in the company's blog post: ...

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    Let's talk about audio. How our phones handle music and media is often overlooked for more impressive visuals. Playing games or streaming films looks better on camera. Video game performance can be used to rank phone performance, as most apps really don't tax our gadgets that severely. "Benchmarking" often means looking at artificial test designed to grade CPU and GPU power with scores relative only to how other devices complete the same artificial test scenario. Audio is a bit different though. From listening to music, playing games, or watching films, audio is a vital usage for many ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    We've been watching some of these partnerships for years, and other collaborations are new territory for consumers. Phone manufacturers can generate a lot of buzz and generate some healthy headlines when announcing a partnership with a camera company. It's exciting to see a fancy new label printed on the back of our phones, highlighting a photography reputation designed to impress us. A logo is slapped on the side of the box. Companies deliver press releases, but when actually using the fruits of those partnerships, do consumers actually benefit from these licensing deals? Do we really get ...

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    While BlackBerry’s first ever Android smartphone has hardly been selling like hotcakes, with or without discounts, the Canadian company that’s increasing its focus in the software landscape doesn’t want to throw in the hardware-producing towel either. Not with (modest) shipment goals realized, profits on the horizon, and the high-end, much too pricey Priv set to be followed up by a robust, relatively affordable pair of mid-rangers. Rendered not long ago based on sightings of prototype units, the BlackBerry Hamburg and Rome are further detailed today, courtesy of GFX Bench. Well, ...

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    It's been too long since BlackBerry OS got wide appreciation, especially as we've turned from BB10. But one good vestige of the platform that's made the move to Android was the BlackBerry Hub — a river of communications, calendar and reminder heads-ups and memorandums at a glance. The feature hasn't exactly spread far and wide in the Android world, but it may turn out that a Samsung version of the Hub could reach farther. SamMobile is reporting that the Samsung Focus feature will be launched on the Galaxy Note 6 later this year. The app interface — very faithful to Material Design ...

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    When not busy trying to force Apple’s hand to needlessly undermine its own mobile OS encryption and device security, the US government occasionally gets a half-decent idea of actually acting in the service of the people. Case in point, a joint FTC/FCC examination of the way smartphone and tablet manufacturers, as well as wireless operators stateside, look for, identify and ultimately address vulnerabilities in products designed by them or supported on their networks. Though the two independent government agencies are in this together, the Federal Trade Commission aims to “better ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen wrapped up a talk at the Milken Institute Global Conference today with some media stew. That stew was all up in the company's smartphones — phones that investors have seen the end of and that won't be making money. When a Bloomberg interviewer pointed out Chen's prior pledge to give up on hardware and how critics felt that the decision point was being dragged along, the executive said he wasn't giving any slack at all. "The first time I made that statement was September a year ago. So if people ask me 'how long will it take to see whether you'll make money or ...

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    We got to know the BlackBerry Priv first as "Venice." As word of an follow-on to the company's first Android device came about, we also heard of "Vienna." And then we wrote about some renders of supposedly new phones: one with an on-body keyboard and the name "Rome" attached to it; the other an all-touch device called "Hamburg." We talked about these renders on our podcast this week as if these were real things from real computers along the information chain. Turns out we fell into the weakest link of that chain with moire, editing and a whole bunch of watermarks — the worst kind of ...

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    There's no getting over it: the BlackBerry Priv is one unusual smartphone, and that means it's not going to be for everyone. From the unusual vertical-slider design, to the beefed-up security software, to the simple fact that this is an Android phone built by BlackBerry, the Priv is anything but your typical smartphone. But even if all those oddities end up endearing you to the handset (and don't get us wrong; there's a lot to like here) there's still been one big stumbling block keeping the Priv from making its way into the hands of more users: a seriously top-shelf price tag. Recently, ...

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    BlackBerry has this uncanny knack for keeping itself in the news year after year, despite its smartphone market share fading away into oblivion. But already this week we've heard about the latest software update to hit a BlackBerry phone, as the Android-based Priv gets its big Marshmallow release, and now we find ourselves checking out a possible leak that might just reveal the next generation of BlackBerry's handset lineup, as a set of renders and pics attempt to reveal the phones codenamed Hamburg and Rome. Company CEO John Chen has already confirmed his intention to release a pair of ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers tend to follow certain patterns, and eagle-eyed fans who manage to pick up on these tend to develop some well-founded expectations for how these companies will behave: when they'll launch new phones, and how older phones will be supported. But when a company does something new, as BlackBerry did with its Android-running Priv, we find ourselves at a loss. With no BlackBerry Android experience to draw from, how can we expect the company to behave? If you were concerned that BlackBerry's efforts enhancing Android with extra security layers might prevent it from ...

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    You're an AT&T customer, right? No? Oh, sorry for assuming. Well, if you're on the Death Star and you've been holding off on the BlackBerry Priv — long held as an AT&T exclusive to some others' chagrin — because it's just too darn expensive, you've had a bit of luck recently. First came the BlackBerry-sanctioned price cut, down to $650 from $700. Then there's a deal, still ongoing as of this post, for an unlocked AT&T Priv — you just have to shell up $450 upfront. Now, for those of you who would rather swallow bite-sized payments, you're still really stuck at this point. ...

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