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    BlackBerry security and law enforcement investigations do not mix. In general, police have had trouble decrypting phones for investigations. Google, Apple and BlackBerry have been stalwarts in making available the option for its device users to encrypt their data and not have it get deciphered by even those companies. While laws may soon come to pass regarding the issue, the Netherlands Forensic Institute seems to have skipped a step in the snafu — and it comes to a potential punch to BlackBerry's reputation. The NFI, which assists police and other investigators with evidence retrieval, ...

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    It’s no longer just the UK government that wants backdoors implemented into all of today’s smartphones for “safety” and terrorism-opposing reasons, as soon enough, New Yorkers may not be able to buy or lease fully encrypted handhelds in the fourth-most populous American state anymore. If a piece of legislation currently in debate at the NY state assembly is ultimately passed, “any smartphone that is manufactured on or after January First, Two Thousand Sixteen, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating ...

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    While BlackBerry has eyes for its future in Android, it's not going to be leaving behind its own platform as we had first been led to believe. In fact, CEO John Chen took to the INSIDE BlackBerry blog to let the public know that software development will go on for BlackBerry 10. Just like he said when the Priv was the hot thing around. The coming version 10.3.3 will be certified for NIAP compliance, meaning it will have passed the strictest government-grade security tests, enabling us to further support our government and regulated customers who use BlackBerry 10 devices and demand the ...

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    Back in the early days of handheld mobile technology we packed around things called "PDAs". Apple made one, which it called "Newton". Palm made one, which it called "Pilot". Microsoft's partners even made them, which went by a few names - Handheld PC, Palm-sized PC, Pocket PC, and so on. Eventually Apple killed Newton. Palm spun off and fizzled, and Microsoft pushed forward (renaming things again and again along the way). Ultimately, our PDAs and cellular phones merged into one device. Microsoft's offering was dubbed "Windows Mobile" (and later "Windows Phone"). Apple got back in (and ...

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    Is all BlackBerry needed to return to smartphone relevancy a new operating system? Last year's Priv may have been the most controversial move the company's made in recent years, dropping BlackBerry 10 OS in favor of good-old ubiquitous Android, and while that choice was a substantial gamble, it's sure looking to be one that's paying off; look no further than the news we received earlier today about plans to bring the Priv to a bunch of new carriers, including those who had previously distanced their lineups from the manufacturer's phones. Now that BlackBerry's got the taste of success ...

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    Update: BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced at the company's CES 2016 press conference that Sprint and Verizon will also have the Priv as well. Chen disclosed that AT&T had a 60-day exclusivity clause that has just expired. More from Chen in our Via link. Our original story is below. T-Mobile's been blazing on upwards for the past few years, though it's been getting majorly checked by competitors, regulators and watchdog groups in the past few months. Whatever you think about its deals and steals, its plans and services and how it operates all of the above, one thing that can make or ...

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    BlackBerry didn’t have anything new to showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, despite the encouraging box-office debut of its rookie Android effort, and loud and clear statements regarding imminent sequels. But that doesn’t mean the slowly recovering sleeping giant can’t make a few headlines from its Waterloo headquarters, taking to the official company blog earlier today to add three more European countries to the Priv’s world tour. Thus far sold through ShopBlackBerry only in the United States, Canada, the UK, and Germany, the security-focused smartphone spreads ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    BlackBerry’s long overdue rookie Android effort has one shot and one shot only to meet ambitious sales goals. It must expand from AT&T to the rest of America’s “big four” carriers as soon as possible, preferably before the rival spring 2016 flagships start to trickle in. Granted, the Priv has been doing a decent enough job at the box-office with just one telecom provider in its corner, but once the Galaxy S7s, HTC Perfumes, and LG G5s go official, its mainstream appeal may dramatically dry up, especially if discounts aren’t enforced in time or they’re capped off at $100 ...

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    Here at Pocketnow, we've got our nose to the mobile-tech-news grindstone day-in and day-out, scouring sources the world over in the hopes of bringing you the hottest, most interesting news from not just the biggest names in the industry, but also the fresh faces working their hardest to be the next big thing. With the year rounding to a close, it would be easy to look back and point to some of the biggest stories to cross our path – the launches of the most popular phones, the arrival of long-awaited software updates, and the like – but that's a little dry. After all, if you're half ...

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    While carrier exclusivities are rarely a good idea for a Hail Mary pass-type of device aimed at overturning a company’s long-struggling financials, the BlackBerry Priv should soon break AT&T’s shackles, and expand to Verizon, almost definitely T-Mobile, and likely Sprint too. How soon? That’s impossible to say with clockwork precision, but based on a recent FCC authorization, at least Big Red may be able to pick up the security-focused Android smartphone ahead of February’s Mobile World Congress and the spring onslaught of new high-enders from top-tier BlackBerry rivals. Of ...

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    Samsung almost certainly has the Galaxy S7 on deck for an announcement at or ahead February’s Mobile World Congress, HTC could be smelling the “Perfume” of a comeback in Barcelona, and the LG G5 may roll out in two months’ time as well (though most likely not). For its part, one of the newest recruits in Google’s ever-growing Android army merely plans to reduce the price of the fairly encouraging Priv in a “midlife kicker” effort. That means BlackBerry is aware of the competition’s looming technological advancements, and the effect they might have on the security-focused ...

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    BlackBerry posted some promising financial figures today, and while we're still in the early days of Priv availability, there are at least some signs that things could be about to start looking up for the company. Following the release of that data, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been talking a little about the company's strategy going forward, and in an interview he briefly touched on a topic that we're very curious to learn more about: possible plans for a second Android-powered phone. We've already heard sentiments from BlackBerry execs that the company would likely continue with ...

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    BlackBerry's grand experiment is underway: after years of sagging sales for smartphones running the company's own mobile platform, the manufacturer has expanded its horizons to the world of Android, and just a few weeks back we saw the arrival of the Priv. But even before the Priv got here, we knew that the stakes were high for the phone, with BlackBerry looking to see Priv-driven sales push the company's handset business up into the five-million-a-year range. Is there any chance of that happening? Today BlackBerry's sharing some of its first financial data since Priv sales have begun, and ...

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    Update: Thanks to everyone who entered, but only one of you is going home with the BlackBerry Priv. Our lucky winner is Peter H. in the UK. Peter, be on the lookout for an email where we'll get your shipping info, before we send this shiny new Priv your way. To everyone else, thanks for entering, and stay tuned to Pocketnow for your next chance to win! ___ Is it true what they say about good things coming in pairs? If you're interested in free smartphones, we've got just the ammunition to help support that theory, as we're giving away not one, but two BlackBerry Priv handsets with the help ...

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    HTC promised short lead times for the One A9's Android updates. 15 days, in fact. Turns out that BlackBerry's running on its own speedy pace, too. We told you about the unlocked BlackBerry Priv notching its first security update on December 1. It's been 14 days since then and we now see AT&T coming up with its tailored-update. All the same camera and performance improvements touted with the initial release are here in the Big Orange flavor. Today's also the day when BlackBerry's suite of apps get its updates on the Play Store. Canadian carriers Bell, Telus and Rogers sent out OTAs on ...

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    UPDATE: Congratulations, Justin Reynolds! You win a BlackBerry Priv!  Thanks to AT&T and thanks to everyone who entered! And if you didn't win this one, don't lose hope: our second BlackBerry Priv giveaway still has two days to go – and it's open to the whole planet! • The art of re-gifting is a tricky business. Shortly after landing my current gig as Pocketnow's review czar, I received a Pebble smart watch as a gift – a wonderful device, but also one which I'd already owned for quite some time. Thinking it the perfect match for my bicycle-racing, rock climbing, ...

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    Who said non-Android BlackBerries lack access to popular, fun, useful or affordable apps? Now, granted, the BlackBerry World library pales in comparison to Google Play or the iOS App Store. But if you’re one of the (very) few holding on to a Passport, Classic, Leap, Z30, Z10, Q5 or Q10, you can still crank up the out-the-box security, productivity and entertainment. At pretty great prices too, as part of a “Happy Holidays Sale” featuring close to 40 titles stateside. Unfortunately, none of those are available for free, instead requiring between $0.99 and $6.99 payments apiece. The ...

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    We’re less than a couple of weeks away from the theatrical premiere of the seventh installment in the epic Star Wars film series, and both iconic and new characters, as well as symbols instantly associated with the George Lucas-created franchise are already everywhere. You can’t leave the TV on for more than a few minutes without hearing the iconic soundtrack play while the December 18 release date is advertised over and over again, billboards around the world are plastered with lightsabers, and the threatening masked appearance of a cryptic Darth Vader heir is deeply imprinted on the ...

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    2015 has been a very interesting year, mainly because companies have seriously raised the bar for smartphone quality. Today we have great processors, great cameras, great build quality, but is there such a thing as a perfect smartphone for this year? Can we truly narrow down all this goodness and call out a winner? Off the bat let’s be clear, just like there’s nothing perfect in the world, smartphone’s aren’t perfect either. Each year companies push technology further, but there’s always something missing, even from the best flagships. Have you noticed that the Galaxy S6 Edge ...

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    As individual members of the editorial team here at Pocketnow, we often have the luxury of being able to pick up a different phone to use for every day of the week. While realistically it's more hassle than it's worth, theoretically, that would sound pretty cool to all of you. And yet, there comes a time when we'll reach the sunset on the other side of the hills. Giving it all up is not a matter of "if," but "when?" So, what if "when" was now? What would we be toting around as our daily drivers for the next two years? After a particularly strong year of showings from manufacturers large ...

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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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