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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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    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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    When we want to get a sense of the current state of the smartphone market, we often to look to various statistics of one form or another. We can examine reports of new shipments in order to tell which companies are hottest at the moment, or look at reports of device ownership to see who's getting users to stick around the longest. The latest data set to come our way looks at smartphone (and tablet) usage through the eyes of advertisers, and the picture it paints reveals some interesting differences between the various platforms. For instance, while Android smartphones create more ad ...

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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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    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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    The end of the year in tech is already dominated by lists - best of, worst of, top 5, bottom 50 - you get the picture. So rather than foist another array of numeric bullet points upon you on our last podcast of the year, we've decided to dedicate this show to you, the listener ... and more specifically, to those of you who've written to us. That's right - just like we did back in the summer, for the last show of 2013 we're focusing entirely on listener mail on this, episode 076 of the Pocketnow Weekly. The backed-up emails in our inbox span the full array of tech topics, ranging from ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    BlackBerry's been going through a real rocky time lately. While that little hiccup with the cross-platform BBM launch is embarrassing enough, it's got nothing on the company's financial woes. Last week, we heard about a new round of layoffs, later confirmed to slash 4,500 jobs. Sure, BlackBerry was trimming the fat, but what about those rumors of a straight-up sale, really circulating in full-force since this summer? Today, the other shoe finally drops, and we get news of Fairfax Financial's intent to buy BlackBerry in a $4.7B deal. So, what does this tentative deal mean for BlackBerry ...

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