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    When BlackBerry first released its Android-running Priv, the manufacturer was clear that it wasn't about to let the Priv out there and just leave it to largely fend for itself. Instead, BlackBerry committed to regular monthly updates for the phone, just as Google's bringing its own Nexus models in order to keep them ahead of the curve on important security patches. Today the first monthly Priv update is making its debut, and beyond those latest security fixes, the release contains a number of additional improvements, including some enhanced camera performance. BlackBerry reports that the ...

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    BlackBerry finds itself in a precarious place right now, still feeling out market reaction to the introduction of its first Android-based handset, and attempting to gauge the impact that move stands to have on the company's sales going forward. While normally a company in its position would do all it could to expose itself to as many potential users as possible, today we get word that BlackBerry's stopping operations in one market altogether, as the firm informs users that it's about shut things down in Pakistan. The root of the problem is surveillance, and BlackBerry's unwillingness to ...

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    They say holiday shopping is a marathon, not a sprint. They don’t? Well, they should, and we do. Especially nowadays, with many an electronics merchant hell-bent on taking your money before Thanksgiving, as soon as you wrap up your Turkey Day feast, days after, and then on and around Christmas. Forget the biggest shopping day of the year, as stores, chiefly online, are taken by storm practically throughout November and December. Still, December 1, 2014 was responsible all by its lonesome for a record-breaking $2.68 billion worth of e-sales in the US, and there’s no reason to expect any ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    By embracing Android after years of doing its own software thing from the ground up, BlackBerry arguably took a great gamble. A necessary one, but a risk nonetheless, considering among others the Canadian company’s rock-solid security reputation and the growing malware issues of Google’s otherwise successful mobile platform. The BlackBerry Priv unsurprisingly looks flawed at a first glance, yet as far as data privacy is concerned, its makers insist it’s the best of the best. Yes, even better than 6.0 Marshmallow-powered Nexuses, despite technically running an “obsolete” Android ...

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    We have confirmed a pivot in BlackBerry's choice of software platforms. BB10 might be still in the stable, but it seems as though with a few pieces of baggage and one device already out, it seems that the Canadian OEM is ready to continue its Android drive. Nader Henein, one of BlackBerry's regional advisors for advanced security has said that the Priv "wouldn't be a once-off." "[The license to use Android] is too expensive and it is a mass market product," Henein said. The partnership with Google to put forward Android products has been healthy. It started before the Priv with BlackBerry ...

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    The plague of recently-released devices means that those devices will most likely skip out on the whole "dealdom" of Black Friday. Hey, these companies have blessed us consumers with new wares and we're apparently going to like them enough at full price to buy them, right? It might just be that we're going to be on a clearance streak instead. Take ShopBlackBerry.com and it's 20-percent-ish-off deals until December 1. That is, 20-percent-ish-off select BlackBerry 10 devices. The BlackBerry Classic's on sale for $299 — a bit better than 21 percent off — while the Leap stands at $179 — ...

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    Can we call the Priv a success just yet? Maybe not just yet. After all, we don't dispute the power of real numbers and we have a lack of them right now. We also lack concrete evidence of a further BlackBerry push for the Android ecosystem, other than an all-points render. Add this to the iffy picture pile as five GFXBench runs dated from November 7 have been logged with a test device called the "Blackberry STV100-1." The BlackBerry Priv, by the way, runs under the callsign "STV100-x" and obviously doesn't run with an Samsung-made Exynos processor. The Exynos 7420 in particular has been ...

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    Updated December 9: The Nexus 6 has been dropped from the Google Store. Step back from the food court, I repeat, step back from the food court. Move away from the deals. Seriously, though, you might be on a sales safari come this weekend or a cyber chase on Monday. If you're the type of person to give away phones and smartwatches for the holidays, though, it helps to actually consider what you're getting and how it fits the person you're getting it for. Like a sommelier does with wine, we're given you our suggestions on what phones to look for when you're talking about your dorky cousin ...

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    Gartner’s full mobile Q3 2015 sales numbers are in, and the identities of all the winners and losers should come as no shock to anybody the least bit familiar with recent market trends. Spurred by growing popularity in both China and Europe, Huawei managed to seize a generous 7.7 percent slice of the smartphone pie between July and September, up 2.5 points from the same period last year. Clearly, double-digit global share is the next realistic target for the makers of the Mate S and Nexus 6P, especially if the latter model puts Huawei on the US map. At the opposite end of the spectrum, ...

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    After over a week with the BlackBerry Priv, I'm still not entirely convinced it's real. I was joking when I tweeted that it felt like a phone from an alternate universe, but just barely. If you told me the Priv was a prop from the set of a 2005-era science fiction movie, some decade-old concept for what the future of BlackBerry would be, I'd probably believe you. That's a testament to the level of consistency BlackBerry has achieved with the Priv: no matter what else it is, at its core it's still a BlackBerry. That means it's complex –sometimes needlessly so– and also expensive, ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret the recently unveiled BlackBerry Priv will soon spawn a “range” of sequels, possibly starting with the Android-powered “Vienna”, and although it may feel too early to call it either way, CEO John Chen anticipates robust sales volumes. Already, the Canadian company that’s lost more money than you can count over the past couple of years is apparently “doing reasonably well from a financial standpoint”, despite the handset business not turning a profit just yet. But the gains will come in 2016, according to Chen, who emphasized his confidence ...

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    Who knew that breakfast television would be such a popular medium for spreading the word about mobile enterprise company BlackBerry? Apparently, the American Broadcasting Company's program "Good Morning America" knows. "GMA" is celebrating 40 years of broadcasting with a 40-hour-long non-stop broadcast that started at 5pm ET this evening. As of this post, we're currently watching hordes of girls screaming their affection for One Direction's Harry Stiles on the live stream. But we're also watching for some in-person giveaways for the AT&T version of the BlackBerry Priv being. Weather ...

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    Android might still eat iOS's lunch in terms of global usage share, but with the annual bean counts coming up in the tens of billions, you have to wonder how much money the iPhone makes for Apple. Well, at least for this past quarter, it seems like we've reached a high watermark. 94 percent. That figure according to Canaccord Genuity research. Samsung came in second place with a staggering 11 percent while Sony, HTC, BlackBerry and Lenovo ended up in the negatives and, thus, accounts for the mathematical discrepancy. Compare these numbers with the shipment report from this quarter: the ...

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    Brett Dennen isn't the only one that loves a comeback. John McCain isn't the only Comeback Kid. And it took a comeback for Apple to be in the elephant position it's been in for several years now. BlackBerry CEO John Chen believes the company can pull a Justin Timberlake and bring sexy back. Now we know that T-Mobile CEO John Legere believes so, too. How? Like in this lede, through word association. Seriously, a word association game. Who knew those things could be so telling? For example, when a CNET reporter mentioned "5G," COO Mike Sievert responded with "2020." It might be as early as ...

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    Whether you're a recent transplant from BB10 or a curious convert from another Android phone, odds are you're facing a steep learning curve if you've just bought a BlackBerry Priv. Whether you're bowled-over or underwhelmed by BlackBerry's first Android smartphone, the sliding monster with the full QWERTY keyboard is one of the most feature-laden devices on the market today. With so many facets vying for your attention, its easy to get overwhelmed and miss out on the minutiae that make moving into a new phone so enjoyable. After three days with a review device, here's eight of our ...

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    Update: The staff of the Pocketnow Weekly does not guarantee that you will retain a romantic relationship by introducing your JDate, FarmersOnly or TrekPassions date to this podcast. Please consult our latest Terms & Conditions regarding dates made with other dating services. Download at your own risk. We get a late-night delivery from a mysterious man in an unmarked minivan – and he comes bearing an wrist watch right outta the future. We get our Apple iPad Pro ordered up, and we find a friendly Canadian to tell us what to expect. And we finally spend a few days with the ...

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    The ever-popular BlackBerry Priv. Well, at least it's popular right now (we'll wait until Vienna to match up its scale). It's the star phone for the struggling hardware division of BlackBerry, so it has to succeed out of the gate. But excessive amounts of success in itself can bring returns of struggle. After notifying customers of potential delay of shipments last week, it has now aimed to get its backlog cleared out within the next 12 days. // d;d++)c[d].apply(u,n);return u}function a(t,e){f[t]=s(t).concat(e)}function s(t){return f[t]||[]}function c(){return n(e)}var ...

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    Every smartphone geek knows about the "honeymoon phase," the epic high immediately following the delivery of a new device, during which it can seemingly do no wrong. This phase has been documented in countless unboxing videos at Pocketnow and elsewhere, and it's what led to my near-manic elation in the BlackBerry Priv first-impressions piece I wrote earlier this week. Novelty junkie that I am, the honeymoon phase represents the absolute zenith of my time with a new device. Usually, it's all downhill from there. Less often talked about is what comes next, the inevitable slump that I'll ...

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    BlackBerry is still committed to BB10 support, but given the recently-released, high-profile and high-in-demand Priv, you'd think that the company seems a little torn in its software development. But it wouldn't make sense for the Canada-based OEM to just go one-and-done with the whole Android deal, right? Especially considering that the Priv is considered as "step one" towards getting its devices unit back to profitability. Enter the BlackBerry "Vienna," a phone much like the BlackBerry Priv (codenamed "Venice," so watch out for another name) in terms of height and keyboard, except ...

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    It’s hard not to get psyched about BlackBerry’s beautiful, dual-curved, powerful, productive and, above all, super-secure rookie Android effort at first glance, but are people willing to risk 700 whopping bucks on the precarious company’s last-minute “Hail Mary pass?” Yes, they are, it turns out, at least judging by pre-order delivery times estimated on the Canadian manufacturer’s website, and third-party retailer shortages. It was only yesterday that we saw Shop BlackBerry shipping slip to “the week of November 23”, and already, new prospective buyers are cautioned their ...

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    As I write this, I have known the BlackBerry Priv for three hours. It's sitting beside me, plugged into the wall, only about halfway through downloading the mess of apps I asked it to sync when I typed in my Google account info. My hands-on time with the phone amounts to a total of perhaps four minutes, one of which was spent positioning the phone for a mildly amusing tweet that more people than usual seemed to like. All this is to say: this is not a BlackBerry Priv review. This isn't even a hands-on. This is more like the editorial equivalent of an unboxing video, a setup for the ...

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    This could very well be a ploy meant to build last-minute hype around BlackBerry’s Hail Mary pass and latest desperate attempt at regaining lost glory, but whatever the cause, you can no longer order the Priv from the manufacturer’s e-store and hope to receive it in a matter of days. Stateside, as well as up north and on British shores, the extra-secure, extra-productive Android handheld is now “expected to start shipping the week of November 23, 2015.” Ironically, in the US, third-party retailer B&H PhotoVideo currently promises a November 20 rollout, which may however get ...

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    Support for wireless charging used to be one of the most contentious issues you'd face when buying a new handset. Would the phone you were buying support it at all? Would it support the same standard as your existing charging hardware? And even if the manufacturer built such support in to the handset's international edition, would local carrier variants see the feature stripped? By and large, the situation's much better these days: dual-standard support is becoming more common, and carriers are much more likely to leave the ability intact. But that's still not the case everywhere, and as ...

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    BlackBerry's Android-powered Priv smartphone is here, but between the high price and unusual hardware layout, it may not be the phone for everyone. Even if we're all not about to go out and pick one up, a lot of us are still super curious about BlackBerry's take on the Android software experience, so you may have found your interest piqued a couple weeks back when the first apps for the Priv landed on the Google Play Store. Problem was, they weren't compatible with non-Priv hardware, leaving the rest of us Android users out of luck … until now. Some users over on the XDA-Developers ...

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