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    Last week, we were talking a little about rumors that HTC might be interested in putting the company up for sale. Of course, we made the inevitable comparisons to other companies that have long been rumored to be looking to offload their phone businesses themselves, with BlackBerry near the top of that list. Later in the week, rumors once again returned to the possibility of BlackBerry seeking out a buyer. Today, however, we get some official news that sure adds a lot of weight to all that rumor and speculation, with word that the BlackBerry board has decided to "explore strategic ...

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    Last week, we started hearing that the upcoming BlackBerry smartphone, rumored as an A-series device, and referred to as the A10 for a while, would end up launching as the Z30. When some resources from leaked BB10 builds started depicting the Z30, that idea really felt like it had some legs to it. Now we've got a new image of the hardware to check out, showing just how much larger it will be than the existing Z10. Instead of the 4.2-inch screen on the Z10, the Z30 steps things up to five inches. Just as we saw when Apple introduced the iPhone 5, that transition means adding an extra row of ...

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    Back in early June, we heard rumors about a new BlackBerry 10 model that would be the first to arrive from the manufacturer's so-called A-series, possibly launching as the A10. What was so interesting about this theory was that the A10 wouldn't be a new budget device, but a flagship to take the place of the Z10. We've seen a few leaks since then of hardware that could be this A10, but could we be getting this news all wrong? What if this device is really going to arrive as something else entirely? That's what a new rumor suggests, offering that what we've been calling the A10 could instead ...

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    A few days back, we got to check out the rear cover for what appeared to be an unknown BlackBerry model, and the general styling of this component suggested it might be tied to the development of a new Porsche Design BlackBerry. Based on the shape of the bottom edge, our hunch was that this might be based on Q10 hardware, with a hardware keyboard and all, but today a series of new images arrives, clearly making this phone out to be a full-touch model, presumably built around the existing Z10. What's odd is that rumors claim this model could arrive as the P’9982. Sure, the last Porsche ...

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    Normally, when we tell you about some crazy expensive boutique smartphone, it's largely due to curiosity or a desire for completeness, rather than suggesting that it's actually a model any of us will go out and purchase. That's what makes the Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 so interesting: it's actually managed to sell respectably and establish a high profile for itself – if you watch House of Cards on Netflix or Community on NBC, you've likely seen characters sporting P’9981s. The problem is, that's still a BlackBerry 7 model, and this is 2013. Now it looks like we might just be ...

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    Yesterday we got a look at what's supposed to be an image of one of BlackBerry's upcoming BB10 smartphones, the A10. While a slate like the Z10, we saw a design that diverged from that model, picking up some more Q10-like styling along the way. Today we've got a new image to check out, and while it's being presented alongside the theory that it's the rear cover to the A10, we're not quite so sure. So, what's wrong? Well, the A10 has been rumored to be a five-incher, while this seems just a bit smaller. That image of the A10 we saw yesterday also looked to have a more gradual curve around ...

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    A little over a month ago, we started hearing rumors of an upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphone that would arrive as the A10. Supposedly, this phone would arrive to complement the Z10, Q10, and Q5 later this year. Specifically, there was mention of Sprint giving the A10 a home sometime this November. That was all interesting enough, but besides that name, didn't tell us anything about the phone itself. We might just be getting a little closer to the story on this A10 today, upon the leak of what could be the first image of the A10. Like the Z10, bookending the other side of alphabet, the A10 ...

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    It's weird when holidays fall in the middle of the week, because either you're kicking off a long weekend with the special celebration, or you're returning to work the next day with a fuzzy brain, a sunburn, and sand in your hair. We're in the latter situation this week at Pocketnow, the American portion of the team coming down from a day of BBQ and a night of fireworks ... but in our case, it's a good thing. Because today's the day for our weekly mobile tech podcast, and we love us some mobile-tech podcasting. We hope you do, too, because today's Pocketnow Weekly is quite possibly the ...

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    Let me preface by saying I got my start in the tech industry by being a die-hard BlackBerry fan. And the last thing I wanted to do when I got my hands on the latest batch of BlackBerrys was write another "end of BlackBerry" article. As I explained in my Pocketnow Insider bio, I ate, slept, and breathed BlackBerry back in the day. I wrote about BlackBerrys between and even during my classes and two other jobs. And even after trying webOS, iOS, and Android, it was hard to cut ties and drop the platform altogether. I had spent the better part of three years using nothing but BlackBerry, and I ...

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    The BlackBerry quarterly earnings call to investors is giving us more than just raw numbers on how the BB10 launch has been going, and we also get a few updates on other aspects of BlackBerry news. Unfortunately, just like those sales figures themselves, there are some more upsets in store here. The PlayBook's QNX-based OS made it the forerunner of the BlackBerry 10 devices we know today. When full-on BB10 launched back in January, we heard from the company that it intended to deliver the PlayBook an update to transition it over to BB10 proper – the idea of an all-new BB10 tablet was ...

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    Ever since BlackBerry 10 launched, we've been curious to get an accurate assessment of just how well it is (or isn't) doing. We've heard everything from glowing claims of strong sales to suggestions that the new platform has already flopped; who's right? Well, today BlackBerry released its most recent quarterly figures, and they don't paint a particularly strong picture of BB10. These latest numbers look at March, April, and May, so while they miss some very early Z10 sales in its first markets, they should capture the overall momentum of the launch. BlackBerry reports sales of 6.8 million ...

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    I openly admit I was unmoved by the Q10 and Z10 announcement from BlackBerry in January. Maybe it was, as they say, too little too late. Or maybe the Q10 was just too "old BlackBerry" for my refined tastes in smartphones. Whatever the real reason, I had no desire to pick up a BlackBerry 10 device, even as a former BlackBerry fanatic. I have history with the platform and a special place in my heart for the company, a deep-seeded desire for the company to pull itself out of this rut and rival the other major players. Unfortunately, my anticipation and excitement for new hardware and software ...

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    It's been six years since the popularization of the touchscreen keyboard began in earnest, an eternity in the fast-paced world of mobile technology. But in contrast to -and maybe in defiance of- that breakneck pace, many less-cutting-edge consumers still cling to the more tactile artifacts of yesteryear. Even in 2013, these folks will settle for nothing less than a true physical keyboard on their smartphone. And though the options in that space have dwindled dramatically in recent years, some solid contenders remain. The BlackBerry Q10 is one of them. We glimpsed it briefly during our time ...

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    We're still pretty new to the world of BlackBerry at Pocketnow, having started coverage in earnest just this past winter with the unveiling of the BlackBerry Z10 -and the company's next generation platform- in Toronto. Since then, though, we've given the fledgling new smartphone ecosystem its share of comparisons, reviews, and even re-reviews ... and it's about time we turned our focus to the second BB10 smartphone from the folks formerly known as RIM. It's time to review the BlackBerry Q10. Before we get there, though, we've got to take it out of the box - and that's just what you'll get ...

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    Who's the person responsible when a smartphone company really nails a handset launch? Who do we blame when a product bombs? While there are any number of engineers, designers, marketing folk, and executives involved with the release of a new device or service, when it comes to giving one of these corporate entities a face, more often than not we look to the company's CEO. Sure, up on this same level we can find all matter of presidents, board members, and chairpeople (persons?) overseeing a company's business, but in the end it's the Chief Executive Officer making the managerial decisions ...

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    In the past six months, I've handled some of the world's most advanced mobile technology, including BlackBerry's new Z10 flagship, Nokia's one-of-a-kind N9 smartphone, and Sony's super-portable Xperia Tablet Z. And the thing I value most from these experiences isn't the Z10's unified messaging hub, or the N9's one-of-a-kind interface, or even the Tablet Z's water-resistant nature. Rather, the aspect I love most about these three products is that they all offer a variation on a buttonless unlock. This revelation might force you to question my priorities, and I acknowledge that idolizing ...

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    Last month, BlackBerry broke the news that had been rumored for years prior: BlackBerry Messenger was going cross-platform. The company announced that apps for iOS and Android smartphones were on the way, and we'd likely be seeing them arrive this summer. While this was great to finally see happening, we had to wonder if it wasn't a bit like BBM going through its death throes – cross platform messaging is already a big deal, with plenty of apps delivering what users want, so why would they switch to BBM? Now we're starting to get a sense of BlackBerry's plans, and those could mean a ...

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    BlackBerry 10 launched hand in hand with the Z10, and we've since seen the Q10 start arriving to give users a QWERTY option. Then just last month we learned of the Q5, another hardware QWERTY model, but this time positioned as a more budget-friendly alternative to the Q10. Today we can add a fourth member to that lineup, with reports coming in of a BlackBerry A10 set to arrive this fall. CNET claims that "according to a person familiar with the carrier's launch plans," Sprint will be adding the A10 to its stable in November. We'll likely learn of it finding a home with additional carriers ...

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    AT&T BlackBerry Q10 pre-orders are live now, for all those who want a physical QWERTY keyboard for fast text input (or for those who still prefer this method over the on-screen SIPs). AT&T has just flipped the switch for early adopters and you should go secure your unit if you're a fan of BlackBerry, the form factor, or the keyboard. For $199.99 on a two-year contract (or $584.99 outright) you can get this bad boy packing a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), 3.1-inch S-AMOLED screen with 720 ...

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    Yesterday we told you about Verizon's efforts to start offering LTE service on its newly-acquired AWS spectrum space, with the first markets going live later this year. Like T-Mobile did for phones like the Note II when it switched-on its own LTE network, Verizon revealed plans to activate this AWS mode on specific handsets through a future firmware update, giving them access to higher-speed data. At the time, the only phone we knew would be getting such an update was Samsung's Galaxy S 4. Today, we can expand that list a bit, and thankfully for once it's a cross-platform affair. Both the ...

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    A few days back, BlackBerry had a big announcement to share, revealing that it was finally opening up the membership ranks of BlackBerry Messenger, and would start making the app available to smartphone users running iOS and Android. If you were a BlackBerry die-hard for years and have only recently transitioned to another platform, this was great news, letting you easily keep in touch with all your old contacts. We already heard that the iOS and Android apps would become available sometime this summer, but now a new limitation about those releases comes to light, with news that the ...

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    “Is anybody out there? Anybody there? Does anybody wonder? Anybody care?" Those words, so deftly harmonized by Joe Elliot, he of the shiny golden locks, pretty much sum up what’s been going on in the world of Blackberry of late. Is Blackberry still alive? Well, they kicked off it’s annual event yesterday, this year called unironically “Blackberry Live” and brought with it a few announcements of note. First and foremost, Blackberry has finally gotten their very own Centro. The Q5 was announced yesterday, a low-mid range phone designed for “emerging markets” (Read: no one in a ...

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    We talked about the BlackBerry Messenger news a little while ago, but that's just scraping the surface of what's happened today. BlackBerry Live is underway, and the festivities are serving as the point of origin for a host of other BlackBerry announcements. Let's take a look at some of the bigger stories to emerge, concerning both new hardware and new software. First up is the announcement of the BlackBerry Q5. This is the phone we'd been following as the R10, but it gets a proper name as it goes official. Frankly, the new moniker makes a large deal of sense, as the Q5 is clearly a ...

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    Yesterday, I made the stupid unconventional decision to compensate for a sedentary workweek by walking nine miles from my home northwest of Boston to Newton, Massachusetts. The resulting hunger, thirst, and mild exhaustion drove me into a delicatessen upon my return to civilization - but before I could walk in the door, something caught my eye: a black van, with the legend "Z10" painted in blue on the back door and the admonition "keep moving" spelled out in smaller letters on the sides. Now, not even moderate dehydration keeps me from satisfying my curiosity when it comes to street-level ...

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    We got a really nice look at an unannounced BlackBerry 10 QWERTY model earlier this week, apparently set to arrive as the R10. Seeing it go up against the Q10 made it crystal clear that the R10 isn't quite as refined nor sophisticated-looking, befitting its apparent fate as a budget-priced alternative to the Q10. At the time, we also got to check out some hardware specs for the phone. Now, we're heading back to correct one of those figures, upon the arrival of some new evidence of BlackBerry R10 hardware. By and large, the R10's hardware didn't sound so much worse than the Q10's, but there ...

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