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    BlackBerry 10 is just over the horizon, and we'll get the full scoop on the new platform right at the end of January. Any new platform is going to face some initial struggles, and app availability can be a key hurdle to overcome; after all, even the most impressive smartphone platform won't develop much of a following if there aren't any good apps to run on it. A little earlier this month we heard RIM estimate that it should have about 70,000 BB10 apps available in time for launch, and it sounds like it's making solid progress towards that figure, announcing that recent porting efforts ...

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    OK, so RIM's got its big BlackBerry 10 shindig on January 30, and the actual phones are supposed to hit carriers soon after, but just when? So far, there's been a lot of guesswork focused on February and March, but no real dates singled-out. Today, we've got two to look at, thanks to a pair of leaks. First up, a leak out of Bell in Canada (and who better to know about BlackBerry than a Canadian carrier) names February 28 for when it will first have BB10 hardware ready to sell. It doesn't name which phone we're talking about here, but the Z10 is the logical candidate. Then there's T-Mobile, ...

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    The latest system update to arrive for RIM's BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha handsets has arrived, and with it, a whole bunch of new images of the full-touch Z10, along with a short video showing off the BBM video call support we've been wondering about lately. The image set highlights some of the key software features that RIM will likely highlight in its BB10 promotion. BBM video calling is confirmed again here, and we get a chance to check out the white version of the Z10 hardware. All the big US carriers are on-board with BlackBerry 10, and with RIM's big launch event just two-and-a-half weeks ...

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    RIM's BlackBerry 10 launch event is coming up in just a few weeks, and everything we've seen suggests that the company will get the ball rolling with a pair of BB10 handsets, the full-touch Z10 and the hardware-QWERTY X10. Over the course of the past year, though, we've seen a whole lot of leaks and heard rumors discussing other potential BlackBerry 10 hardware, though with nowhere near the level of corroborating evidence we've seen for the Z10 and X10. Just how many BlackBerry 10 devices does RIM really have waiting in the wings? In a recent interview, RIM CMO Frank Boulben tackles the ...

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    January is finally here, and with it, the last details of BlackBerry 10, and its launch hardware, are really starting to come together. Late last month, we finally got a good look at RIM's BB10 hardware-QWERTY hardware, the X10, following a number of leaked pics of the full-touch Z10. Today, our attention swings back to the Z10, as well as to some just downright odd BlackBerry news out of T-Mobile. First up: the Z10. Sprinkled in amongst all the BB10 gossip last fall, we kept hearing talk about how excited all the carriers supposedly were to finally add BlackBerry 10 devices to their ...

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    There were quite a few RIM-related leaks recently and the BlackBerry 10 N-Series/X10 was one of them, though shyer than the L-Series. Luckily, thanks to some leaked images, we can finally get a good look at the N-Series, the X10. Apparently Mr. Blurrycam was off for the holidays, for which we're thankful. These are alleged pictures of the X10, both front and back, and there's a third one you can check out at the source link below. Make sure to let us know of your thoughts as well as whether this phone is something you'd be interested in. There aren't that many QWERTY-enabled devices on ...

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    Last week, we got a chance to see what may have been the first image to leak of RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 10 handset with the company's iconic inclusion of a hardware keyboard, the N-series (now rumored to launch as the X10). Unfortunately, that view was only from behind, and we still hadn't had the opportunity to see any more than a render of the phone's front side. If we're to believe the latest imagery, that may have now changed, with a new leak purporting to finally give us a proper look at the N-series hardware. The handset on the right appears to nicely match the renders we've seen ...

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    Yesterday we learned that RIM's first BlackBerry 10 L-series phone might make its retail debut as the BlackBerry Z10. Today we get to see what may just be the first confirmation of that rumor, as well as get a look at some N-series hardware in the flesh. Carphone Warehouse appears to have already added the Z10 to its inventory system, as revealed through a leaked photo. The system has entries for both the white and black versions of the Z10, but we're a little suspicious of the timing. After all, might the company have heard about the same leak we did and could be basing these entries off ...

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    At the end of November figures from Kantar showed that Apple regained the number one position in the US, pushing Google's Android back to the second place. A more recent report of sales data for 12 weeks ending November 25, 2012, shows that Apple has reached its highest ever smartphone share in the US. Previous (October) numbers showed Apple’s iOS on the top spot with 48.1% marketshare in the States followed by  Android, falling from 63.3% to 46.7%. The most recent figures show Apple at 53.3% (up 17.5% year-on-year) while Android continues its decline to 41.9% (down 10.8% ...

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    It's that time again when we slowly need to get used to writing a new number when mentioning dates; luckily thanks to our smart devices we don't need to go out and look for a 2013 wallet calendar, unless we really want to. It's that time when we look back at what happened this year, with all the goods and bads, and anxiously look forward to what next year might bring. As usual here at Pocketnow we're happy to tell you what we think, and we're excitedly waiting to hear your opinions, in our upcoming series which will contain both 2012 recaps and 2013 predictions. We'll have something for ...

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    When it comes to upcoming BlackBerry hardware, we've heard a lot of names thrown around. Besides codenames for individual devices, we've seen these models referred to by type, mainly as the L-series with its full-touch design, and the N-series with hardware keyboards. As January 30 looms just over the horizon, a new leak suggets that the first L-series model will arrive as the BlackBerry Z10. Sourced from some RIM marketing materials, and provided by very reliable tipster evleaks, this leak shows both a white and black version of the Z10, though even the white version isn't without a black ...

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    It's that time again when we slowly need to get used to writing a new number when mentioning dates; luckily thanks to our smart devices we don't need to go out and look for a 2013 wallet calendar, unless we really want to. It's that time when we look back at what happened this year, with all the goods and bads, and anxiously look forward to what next year might bring. As usual here at Pocketnow we're happy to tell you what we think, and we're excitedly waiting to hear your opinions, in our upcoming series which will contain both 2012 recaps and 2013 predictions. We'll have something for ...

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    We at Pocketnow all had our own opinions about the best smartphones of the year, but when we looked at your favorites from the comments, Samsung devices came out on top. It seems like that same love for Samsung hardware translated to some fantastic sales, as year-end estimates come in. While Samsung and Apple duked it out for the top spot in 2011, putting on a pretty even showing, Samsung really pulled ahead this year, with its shipments of smartphones accounting for something like 28% of the global market. Last year, both Apple and Samsung shipped about 20% of all smartphones each, and ...

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    When it comes to comparing smartphones, synthetic benchmarks may be well and good for what they are, but there's still something reassuring about seeing handsets being put to the test with some real-world tasks. When we're dealing with phones running different platforms, one of the most convenient ways to do that sort of comparison is by looking at how devices measure up with their web browsing. That's just what the guys over at GadgetMasters recently did, putting a RIM Dev Alpha B handset running BlackBerry 10 up against some of its competition, and the results are pretty impressive. ...

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    It's that time again when we slowly need to get used to writing a new number when mentioning dates; luckily thanks to our smart devices we don't need to go out and look for a 2013 wallet calendar, unless we really want to. It's that time when we look back at what happened this year, with all the goods and bads, and anxiously look forward to what next year might bring. As usual here at Pocketnow we're happy to tell you what we think, and we're excitedly waiting to hear your opinions, in our upcoming series which will contain both 2012 recaps and 2013 predictions. We'll have something for ...

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    2012 is nearly over, and its departure will signal the end of RIM's year of doing... well... nothing much interesting. While we didn't see any existing new hardware released commercially, RIM's been busy behind the scenes working to finalize the release of BlackBerry 10 and its associated hardware. Last month, the company revealed plans for a January 30 launch event, and as that date nears, RIM has begun distributing invitations, revealing the global nature of the launch. The big BlackBerry 10 US launch will take place in New York City on January 30, but that's only one component of RIM's ...

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    As RIM gets itself ready for its big BlackBerry 10 launch event (less than two months to go), it continues to fine-tune the software its developer community has been running on their Dev Alpha devices. The latest update to arrive contains a few resources that give us some nice new looks at RIM's upcoming BlackBerry 10 hardware. BlackBerry enthusiast Mujib Azizi has been posting his finds to Twitter all day, and he's stumbled across some nice pics and video. We get a very high-resolution image of an unknown BB10 handset, featuring a textured rear surface. This looks like the same phone ...

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    Over the past several months, we've fielded a lot of rumors regarding just when RIM's BlackBerry 10 hardware might come out of hiding and finally hit stores. We started to narrow-in on a window after RIM announced the platform itself would launch right at the end of January, with the first phones arriving sometime after that but before we got into Q2. Most recently, some comments from a RIM exec that the hardware would land "not too long after" the platform launch had us hoping we'd see the new BlackBerrys go up for sale in February. Now some analysts are claiming that March is the best we ...

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    "That's amazing! I've got the same combination on my luggage!" If you want real security for your smartphone, that means assigning it some sort of password. Face unlock's not going to cut it; to keep prying eyes away from your data, you'll need something a little more secure, whether's that's a complicated gesture lock, a PIN, or a straight-up password. RIM, to its credit, seems to be taking steps to make sure that your password in BlackBerry 10 will resist at least some basic attempts to guess at it, upon the discovery of a list of 106 passwords that users will be banned from choosing. ...

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    We only just got done telling you about a couple of the latest topics in Blackberry news and rumors, and now we've already got one more for you. Earlier this week we got to see what appeared to be the hardware keyboard that's going to go in the upcoming BlackBerry 10 N-series handset. So far, we haven't had a good look at a BlackBerry 10 phone with a keyboard outside of renders. That may be about to change, with news that RIM has some new development hardware ready for distribution, and this model finally sports a hardware keyboard. RIM's calling the phone the Dev Alpha C, and while it may ...

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    Even though RIM's big BlackBerry 10 launch event is still two months away, the BlackBerry news continues to roll in, thanks to a regular stream of leaks and new rumors. Some of the newest to cross our desk include some new functionality coming to BlackBerry Messenger, and a name change in the works for BlackBerry App World. A couple weeks back, we learned that BBM was getting a nice new feature for its latest beta release, upon the introduction of BBM Voice. Voice chat is well and good, but you can hardly help but think about its addition and not wonder if video chat might be the next ...

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    RIM's upcoming BB10 hardware has been popping-up all over the place lately. We've recently had our first real look at some of the N-series components, while the L-series continues to show its face in pic after pic. The latest to arrive gives us a nice comparison between the L-series hardware and a few other popular smartphones on the rest of the major platforms. We've got what appears to be a first-gen Galaxy Note, the Lumia 820, and an iPhone 5, next to the L-series hardware. From the looks of things, the screen size falls between the iPhone 5 and Lumia 820, likely somewhere around 4.2 or ...

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    Yesterday we got a look at the hardware keyboard that should grace RIM's upcoming N-series BlackBerry 10 handset. We're still waiting for the opportunity to see a fully-assembled N-series phone, but in the meantime we have some new pics of the platform running on RIM's L-series hardware, showing off some changes to BlackBerry icon design. RIM announced the changes to its icon design standards on the BlackBerry developer blog a little under two weeks ago. It decided to move from 150 x 150 icons to the more petite 114 x 114 you see here, offering a slightly less cluttered look. Though the ...

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    Has the tide started to turn on RIM's BlackBerry fortunes already? Sure, the launch of BlackBerry 10 is going to be the real trial-by-fire, but there's a palpable sense of optimism in the air lately, with rumors looking to BB10's arrival faring even better than expected. We've had quite a few opportunities to check out some of the upcoming full-touch BB10 hardware, in the form of leaks showing-off the so-called L-series handset, but we've been itching to get a better look at the N-series, which will have a hardware keyboard like so many of its BlackBerry predecessors. It's appeared in ...

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    BlackBerry 10 really is going to be the million-dollar question of early 2013. RIM has so much invested in its success, the company's future very nearly rides entirely on the platform’s successful launch. While RIM has had plenty of nice things to say about its OS, and claims that carriers and other entities that have had early exposure to the hardware and software are loving what they see, there's still a lot of convincing to be done. We may want to hold off on judgment until we get the opportunity to put BB10 through its paces ourselves, but it looks like some of RIM's BB10 optimism is ...

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