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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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    Over the past few months, we've had quite a few opportunities to check out some pics and leaked renders of some of the upcoming BlackBerry 10 launch hardware from RIM. By this point, the L-series full-touch handset is well familiar to us, and while we'd like to see some more of the N-series with its hardware keyboard, we still have a pretty good idea of what to expect. What we haven't seen so much of, though, are comparisons between this new hardware and the existing BlackBerry lineup. Obviously, the new operating system is going to take some time to adjust to, but will users face similar ...

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    It's not often that news of the latest BlackBerry software manages to catch our attention. Especially lately, when it's seemed like the only interesting thing RIM is doing is preparing for the launch of BlackBerry 10, run-of-the-mill software updates tend to get swept to the wayside. Today marks an exception to all that, though, as RIM has released a new beta of BlackBerry Messenger that delivers one very useful feature: voice chat. BBM is a huge part of the BlackBerry experience for dedicated RIM fans, so adding new functionality to the app has the potential to reach a major slice of the ...

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    The latest numbers from Garner are in for the third quarter of 2012, figures as of November 2012. Worldwide mobile phone sales are at 428 million units out of which 39.6 percent were smartphones, representing a 46.9 percent increase from the the same period of last year. Samsung managed to sell around 55 million smartphones in the third quarter of the year, and a total of 97,956,800 mobile phones. Together with Apple and its 23,550,300 smartphone units (up 36.2 percent year-on-year), the two companies "controlled 46.5 percent of smartphone market leaving a handful of vendors fighting ...

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    Yesterday,we got some of the first big news from RIM in a while, upon learning that the company was scheduling its BlackBerry 10 launch event for the tail end of January. While that was good to hear on its own, especially as we're so eager to finally get the full picture on BB10 and see how it's going to shape up against its quite fierce competition, it didn't really give us any insight into just when the hardware would actually become available; just look at the situation Samsung's facing with the WP8-running ATIV S, and the three solid months between its announcement and release, for ...

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    For over a year now, we've been anxiously awaiting the debut of RIM's next BlackBerry platform. While it was going by BBX this time last year, we've since learned that the OS will debut as BlackBerry 10. Over the past several months, we've heard a lot about the software, as well as the launch hardware, and have been wondering just when we'd get the opportunity to see whether or not BlackBerry 10 has what it takes to restore RIM's fortunes. The company's made it clear that we've been looking at a Q1 2013 launch, but rumors of delays had us wondering just when in Q1 RIM's news might arrive. ...

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    Smartphones are no strangers to studies attempting to link them to health concerns. While most credible research continues to insist that there's no link between the radio waves they propagate and any sort of illness, some users still treat them with caution. What about health effects that aren't related to EM fields, though? One group warns that some smartphones may be safer than others when it comes to users with specific allergies. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology took a look at some iPhones, Androids, and BlackBerrys, checking the phones to see if they contained ...

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    Last month, RIM provided us a bit of an update on its progress towards launching BlackBerry 10, saying that carriers would begin testing new BB10 devices sometime in October, with plans for an early 2013 launch. Since then, we've heard rumors that BlackBerry 10 might be facing delays. Now CEO Thorsten Heins is speaking back up, confirming that a Q1 release is still on track, and talking some more about the carrier testing currently underway. While it's good to hear that a Q1 launch is still in RIM's plans, that could represent a significant delay from what we had originally been expecting, ...

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    HTC's apparently been feeling a bit nostalgic lately, and recently took a trip down memory lane for the creation of this "Evolution of the Smartphone" infographic. It's a nice, if brief look back at how we got to the mobile device landscape we have now. HTC can't seem to help itself from making a few jabs at its competition along the way, even while calling out their achievements. The company's already made public its distaste for hardware QWERTY keyboards, and here it decries BlackBerry for building a brand around such features. The whole thing's a bit tongue-in-cheek, and this doesn't ...

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    It's been about a year since we first started seeing smartphones with 720p displays hit the scene. Since then, they've rapidly become the gold standard for smartphone screens, such that it's hard to accept even a qHD display on an upper-tier handset. Now, 1080p displays are about to arrive, with the first-such Android models already announced. Will we be seeing these super-high-res screens migrate to the other major platforms, or is 1080p going to end up like 3D displays, and quickly fizzle out? The Rise Of 720p LG premiered its Optimus LTE last fall, with a 4.5-inch 720p display. That may ...

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    A few hours back, we got to check out a newly-leaked T-Mobile roadmap, detailing some of the carrier's release plans over the next couple months. We specifically looked at two of the most interesting devices from that leak, the LG Optimus L9 and HTC's Windows Phone 8X, but that's all the roadmap revealed. Now, some more details have come in on the rest of the models depicted, along with some images of the hardware. The first phone listed in the leak was a BlackBerry device with codename Armstrong. Reportedly, this will be the Curve 9315. It sure looks a lot like the Curve 9220/9320 we ...

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