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    We're coming up on the one year anniversary of the BlackBerry 10 launch – a year that BlackBerry probably wishes it could forget, if not just get a do-over. Neither the platform nor its hardware really resonated with the public in the way it needed to, and as a result, the company nearly ceased to exist. But now BlackBerry has found itself a second (third?) wind, got itself a new CEO, and is committed to moving forward with making smartphones. If you were a big fan of the progress the company made away from its hardware keyboard roots this year with models like the Z10 or the new Z30, ...

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    "The BlackBerry Z10 isn’t the strongest reboot the RIM of old could have delivered," we wrote back in February in our Z10 review, "but it gets an awful lot right about the smartphone experience." We continued: "In a broader sense, it has accomplished something not many products out of Waterloo have managed in recent years: it’s made us excited for the next BlackBerry." The next BlackBerry to cross our desks turned out to be the Q10, the Z10's QWERTY-packing little sibling. And while we rather liked the plucky little curveball, we were left a bit skeptical that many folks would go out ...

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    Update 2: Consider this your double-secret probation, absolute last-chance notice: the polls close tonight. Get your votes in while you can, and check back on Monday to see the winners! Update: It's been just about one month since our year-end readers' poll got started, where we asked you to pick your favorite phone and favorite tablet from 2013. So far the response has been great; we've heard from thousands upon thousands of you already. Still, we're going to have to close the polls sooner or later and actually announce our winners, so we're setting an end point for this all: you have ...

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    We're slowly leaving another year behind us, and what a year 2013 was! We couldn't have asked for more, yet, we're excitedly looking forward to seeing what 2014 will bring, and we know it's going to be even better. Smartphones, tablets, phablets, curved screens, convertibles, fingerprint readers, acquisitions, companies rising, falling, and I've just realized I could fill the entire page with keywords descriptive for 2013. It's a Pocketnow tradition to look back, every year end, at what happened, good or bad, and, of course, forward, to what we think we can foresee for the year to come. ...

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    One fact that's emerged from all the events surrounding the BlackBerry buy-out deal that fell through, the decision to keep on going with its existing business, and the move to new leadership has been that BlackBerry refuses to go down without a fight. While we see OEMs on other platforms continue to dazzle us with advanced model after advanced model, pushing limits every chance they get, BlackBerry has seemed content to keep pushing forward at its own pace. It's clear that the company still wants to keep making handsets, but a lot of talk about its future has focused on its enterprise ...

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    So you've decided to spring for a special gift this holiday season - either for a romantic partner, a family member, or yourself (you heel). Shunning more mainstream ideas like a quadrocopter or that perennial snooze-fest, the necktie, you've opted to give the gift of communication this year. You're buying a smartphone, despite how many hassles you're bound to run into when altering a wireless contract that's not in your name, and dealing with sales reps who may or may not be lying to your face. You're in for quite a trip. But that's not the end of your challenges. Because you, ...

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    This past spring, BlackBerry announced BBM Channels, a new social extension to BlackBerry Messenger, letting users create pages of their own content – the titular Channels – that others can then subscribe to. It's been in beta testing on BlackBerry platforms ever since, but today we finally see the company pull all the stops and go forward with plans to leave the Beta Zone, bringing BBM Channels to all its users. Actually, it hasn't happened just yet, but it's been confirmed for today, and availability should be just a couple hours away. Both BlackBerry 10 and classic BBOS users will ...

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    We're either right in the middle of a really great, chock-full-of-potential time to be a smartphone manufacturer, or smack-dab in one of the most difficult periods to date, where market domination by a couple big players creates significant barriers to competition. Samsung and Apple reign supreme over the landscape, together accounting for about 43% of global smartphone sales. After that it starts dropping off fast, and even the three next biggest OEMs combined don't have sales that equal Apple's. On one hand, the smartphone market is expanding into new regions, especially in developing ...

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    BlackBerry, the company now has a new CEO after not deal was finalized, and which reportedly plans to use quad-core chips and 1080p screens in the future, is continuously undergoing changes, as part of its reorganization. According to a recent press release, a couple of executives are leaving the company. Abandoning ship are Kristian Tear, Chief Operating Officer, and Frank Boulben, Chief Marketing Officer. Furthermore, the Chief Financial Officer position will be fulfilled by James Yersh, who will replace the current CFO, Brian Bidulka, who will serve as "a special advisor to the CEO ...

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    With so many questions day by day about viewers still considering alternatives to the popular flagships in the market, it's always good to know what's worth your money, and what's not. We don't blame you for wanting to try some of the new products in the market at the moment, but for their price, it's not like if it's inexpensive to just try something new. We know a lot of you are still on the ropes trying to decide what to buy this holiday season if you’re close to being eligible for a phone-swap, or if you're wanting a tablet upgrade as well. 2013 has shown just how great technology ...

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    BlackBerry refuses to die. The company has managed to side-step the once seemingly overwhelming threat of having to sell itself off, is fixing itself up with a new CEO, and despite all the setbacks it's faced, plans to continue on making smartphones. We just saw the BlackBerry Z30 launch in recent weeks, but what about further down the road – where might BlackBerry hardware go from here? It could be a long while before we see some new BB handsets, but some new rumors attempt to give us a little preview of what to expect. First up, there's the so-called Z50, which may be next year's ...

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    Not everyone sees the world in the same way. Of course that's plainly obvious if you've ever spent time in the dungeons comment sections of the internet, but it's easy to forget that it's also true in a literal sense. Not everyone sees or hears the same way you might … and that's as true for smartphone users as for anyone else. So what kind of considerations go into buying and using today's mobile technology products when you're visually impaired? What kind of brand wars exist in the world of the blind? Are we going in the right direction with audio cues and glass screens, or were the ...

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    For what seems like the hundredth time to date, the rumors of BlackBerry's demise may have been a bit premature. Don't get us wrong; the company seems farther away than ever from being able to recapture its former glory, but we now know it intends to solider on, rather than slicing itself up and selling off to the highest bidder. As the story of BlackBerry the company continues, so too does that of its phones, and today we get some additional details of how its latest will arrive. Late last month, we saw Verizon announce the BlackBerry Z30. The five-incher was set to start selling sometime ...

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    Well, the BlackBerry buyout didn't happen after all; instead, Fairfax will pay out $250M of BlackBerry’s debt and will secure $750M in similar investments from other parties, which accounts for a total of $1B for BlackBerry. Oh, and there's also a new CEO: John Chen. According to a recent Reuters report, the new CEO not only believes in the BlackBerry handset, but has no intention of ditching it. We'll likely see more BlackBerry-branded phones in the future, as Chen expressed his belief that "we have enough ingredients to build a long-term sustainable business. I have done this ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent BlackBerry shake-up, which includes a new CEO, and more funding. Samsung is next as we talk about their smartphone strategy plans for 2014. Nokia follows the news as we go through their future 8-inch tablet project. Then the Google Nexus takes the spotlight as we go through our unboxing, our giveaway, and some probable reports of another Nexus tablet. We end today's show talking about the Moto G event, and the future of the wooden Moto X. All this and more after the break. - Google Nexus 5 Giveaway: Stories: - No BlackBerry buyout: ...

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    BlackBerry has not been in the best shape lately, and the past couple months have been dominated not by stories of the new Z30 launching, but of efforts to sell-off the company to investors. By late September, we got word of the first real-sounding deal, with an offer by Fairfax Financial to acquire the company for $4.7 billion. Even with the plan on the table, we kept hearing about the possibilities of alternate offers from other interested parties, including a group led by co-founder Mike Lazaridis – one way or another, it sounded like a deal was happening. That's what makes this ...

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    The Nexus 5 has arrived, and this isn't just another flagship. As the Nexus handset of the year, this is the phone that best reflects Google's vision for Android, both where it is now, and where it's going form here. And as you've no doubt seen from our heavy coverage of rumors and leaks leading up to today's launch, that means the Nexus 5 is finding itself simply getting a boatload of attention. There's a lot to like about the Nexus 5, and while a solid chunk of that is thanks to the latest Android 4.4 code the phone will arrive running, we can't just ignore the underlying hardware ...

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    BlackBerry's future is very much uncertain at this point; who knows what will become of the company another year for now, much less who will own it? Still, as long as BlackBerry's still around, carriers continue to show support for BlackBerry 10, and recently we've been looking at efforts to bring the Z30 to Verizon. Over the weekend, a press render of the smartphone for the carrier leaked, and just in time, too – today, Verizon makes things official, announcing its US exclusive on the Z30. We know, the Z30 itself has been on the books for over a month now, but this will mark its ...

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    Announced on September 18, the BlackBerry Z30 visited the FCC, unveiling LTE bands, at the end of the same month. The phone might be available in some markets outside of the US, but we're now seeing a leak which suggests Verizon is getting ready to add the latest from Canada to its line-up. Aside from the Verizon branding on the front, as well as on the back -- where it is accompanied by the carrier's obligatory 4G LTE callout -- we're not seeing any differences in terms of aspect from its unbranded sibling. Those waiting for the Verizon BlackBerry Z30 should expect a phone that packs a ...

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    Just a couple of weeks ago, we all waited and forgot about BBM reaching iOS and Android, since first of all it didn't happen, and second, it's not like if we had any buddies left in the platform. The company has gained and lost buyers in the last couple of weeks, and it all seemed like if the cross-platform BBM project was silently abandoned in favor of securing an economic future. All the drama came to an end two days ago, or at least part of it, as the app was finally launched on both iOS and Android at the same time, and if you thought that people didn't really care about BBM, think ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about HTC's recent executive changes, which include their Chairwoman now taking on some of the CEO's roles. Nokia is next as we talk about all the leaks of the Lumia 1520, Treasure Tag and Nokia Guru. Apple follows as we talk about some rumors of a possible iPad type cover coming tomorrow. Sony follows as the Xperia Z1S gets leaked and will bring a smaller phone with flagship specs. We end today's show talking about BBM for iOS and Android launching today. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang to take over some of ...

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    It seems like the past couple months of BlackBerry news have been dominated by two main stories, neither of which painted the company in a particularly favorable light: we had all the business concerning plans to sell off the company, as well as the totally botched cross-platform BlackBerry messenger launch. BlackBerry blamed the issue on users attempting to connect to the service early by means of leaked client apps – though if they couldn't handle even that demand, we're unsure how the company expected its servers to survive an official launch. In any case, BlackBerry quickly shuttered ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we like to dream. We like to play the what-if game a lot. What if this worked like that? What if that company had released this product first instead of that? What if I found myself trapped in an elevator with Halle Berry? Ya know, nothing crazy. Well, we’re not content to just kick back and day dream. We like to really dig in and see what is possible. So, Blackberry's pretty much dead in the water right? If there is anything approaching a consensus among the technology community about things that will happen in the near future, that's about as close to a certainty as ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Sony Xperia Z1F, which finally brings us a flagship smartphone on smaller dimensions. We then talk about BlackBerry's future, including the fact that its cofounders want to buy it back. Nokia is next as we've got teasers for their October 22nd event that include a laptop. We then go through the Nexus 5 leaks, and a possibility of a launch next week. We end today's show talking about the HTC One Max, and the company's plans to bring some innovations to the fingerprint scanner. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Sony Xperia Z1 ...

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    If you've been keeping up with all the chatter about somebody buying-up BlackBerry, you're no doubt aware by now of just how many parties we've been talking about. Besides the Fairfax Financial offer that got the ball rolling, we've heard that half a dozen other firms could be planning their own bids. One of those rumors suggested that BlackBerry founder and Vice Chairman Mike Lazaridis might be putting together his own offer to take over control of the company. While we still haven't heard of any specific figure, it now looks like Lazaridis is getting serious about his intentions, filing ...

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