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    Earlier this week, we talked about the idea of BlackBerry putting together a smartphone around the upcoming Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 SoC, making it a 64-bit octa-core powerhouse. The thing was, those rumors were seriously forward-looking, far more than usual, and described this hardware not launching until well over a year from now. However, a new source is now talking about a much earlier embrace of 64-bit chips, and claims that a BlackBerry handset featuring such a processor could launch as soon as September of this year. Right away, that has us wondering if we're talking about ...

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    With how long it took BlackBerry to wake-up and share BBM to other platforms, we know many of you moved-on and solved your messaging needs with other well-established options. Still, if you've decided to give BBM a chance lately, you'll notice that BlackBerry has done a good job for the most part, even though BlackBerry-phone users had better luck when it came to features until today. BlackBerry has just announced BBM 2.0 for iOS and Android, and even though it hasn't reached the Google Play or App Stores yet for us to test, it claims to give you the full BlackBerry-exclusive experience to ...

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    Where are BlackBerry smartphones going from here? We've heard that hardware keyboard should be getting some more attention, and there's been recent talk about introducing some models this year with modern quad-core SoCs. Now one rumor attempts to look even further out, and claims that BlackBerry is planning to develop a handset around the still-unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8994. The MSM8994, based on what's been revealed in leaks, looks to be a beast of a chip. It would be a 64-bit component, apparently with eight processing cores, and would feature a new Adreno 430 GPU. We're ...

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    It's been just over one year now since BlackBerry launched BlackBerry 10, introducing the Z10 and Q10 in the process. BlackBerry really needed a new hit to keep its head above water in a rapidly shifting smartphone climate, and BlackBerry 10 was supposed to be that revitalizing force. Unfortunately for the company, the months that followed were anything but kind, and in spite of a few notable accomplishments (like the cross-platform release of BlackBerry Messenger), 2013 was a year largely dominated by missteps. Maybe more than any other smartphone maker out there, BlackBerry could really ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's new tablet-compatible QX10 and QX100, and what that means for the camera lenses. BlackBerry is next as we go through its 10.2.1 update, and all the significant changes you look-out for. Nokia and Microsoft are next as rumors have Windows Phone 8.1 making a debut in a lot of Lumia devices during MWC. We later go through Apple's quarter results and how everything performed well, except the iPhone 5c. We end today's show by talking about Apple's patents for interchangeable lenses and the iPen. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    Lately, it's seemed like every time we've had the opportunity to talk about BlackBerry, it's had to do with BlackBerry the company: who's leading it, how it seeks to restore its business, and all that. But today we get to put all that off to the side and focus on the phones themselves, as we see the release of a new software update bringing the platform up to version 10.2.1. Following installation, users will notice a whole lot of changes throughout the system. New controls allow the settings menu to be customized, there's the introduction of a picture-based unlock, and the BlackBerry Hub ...

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    Every so often, we get to talking about how much storage is available on our phones out of the box – and not the 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB on the spec flyer, but how much is actually free for us to use, after system software, OEM add-ons, and all that pre-installed bloat is accounted for. The thing is, we only pay a lot of attention to it after we first notice it's a problem – like how Microsoft found itself in hot water when Surface RT owners noticed their “32GB” tablets only having 16GB free. What we don't usually see is a nice breakdown, comparing the situation on a whole lot of ...

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     "Our revels now are ended, Kirk." That's a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the "Kirk" bit) it's a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood - and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it's a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain's ship out from under him. In both cases, it's a kind of farewell. And in today's example, it's also a goodbye - to the old times. That's a pretty dramatic way of saying that we're finally, officially past the post-CES ...

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    Last week we took a look at the state of the US smartphone market. Apple, Samsung, and (to a lesser extent) LG were winners, while everyone else seemed to be on the downswing. BlackBerry, especially, showed dismal numbers, with its market share declining by more than half over the course of the previous year. We've been curious to see how BlackBerry tries to resurrect itself this time around, new CEO at the helm, and with a focus more on services than hardware. The platform's always been strong in business and institutional settings, and today we see at least one sign of where BlackBerry's ...

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    With New Year's a couple weeks behind us, and CES already a thing of the past, we're solidly into 2014 by this point. While that means that we've got 50 weeks of new mobile tech news to look forward to, it's also about time that we're able to look back on some new figures from 2013, and as reports come in on smartphone market shares in the States, we can start examining the ongoing shifts in power. Apple appears to be maintaining its lead with little effort, and compared to Q4 2012, this past quarter showed its share rise from 35 percent to 42 percent of the market. While Samsung saw US ...

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    2013 was an interesting year – in theory. What I mean by that is 2013 saw a lot of activity in the theoretical mobile market. Theoretical because not many of the newcomers who stood up to be recognized actually had any kind of hardware that people could, you know, hold and use. But now that 2014 has rolled around, many of these emerging mobile platforms have actually started coming up with some promising looking stuff and we thought, with the dawn of the new year, we’d give them a look and see what we might expect. Many of the new kids on the block can be categorized into one of two ...

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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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