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BlackBerry's been doing its best to engineer a smartphone comeback, but its future doesn't just hinge on stuff that goes in your pockets. Those plucky Canadians have also had their sights on cracking the fabled internet of things, and today it's finally pulled back the curtain on a cloud-friendly...

January 7th 2015 at 1:59pm 0 Comments
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Love the idea of BlackBerry's extra-wide Passport, but wish its ergonomics were a little better suited to your hands and pockets? You'll want to pick up the newly announced AT&T version, then. This first (and only, since it's exclusive) US carrier model both rounds off the corners and adds a m...

January 7th 2015 at 12:40pm 0 Comments
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Maybe you remember the bizarre collision of worlds at last year's CES when Ryan Seacrest touched down in Las Vegas to introduce the Typo, a physical QWERTY keyboard case for the iPhone 5/5s. If you do, then you may also recall the controversy and legal tussling over the original Typo's striking re...

January 6th 2015 at 10:15pm 0 Comments
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Your humble narrator doesn't review too many gadgets, so it's always a treat when one hits the How Would You Change timetable. In my mind, the BlackBerry Q5 was the company's most important new device simply because it would show if BlackBerry could recapture its low-end dominance. After all, the...

December 28th 2014 at 10:24pm 0 Comments
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And just like that, the Rockstar Consortium's lawsuit campaign against Android is over. The patent holding group (backed by Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft and Sony) has sold all of its commonly held patents to clearinghouse RPX for $900 million, or a fraction of the $4.5 billion the total...

December 23rd 2014 at 2:15pm 0 Comments
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On top of laser weapons, passenger jets and space stuff Boeing is also, weirdly, building an ultra-secure Android smartphone called "Black" (not to be confused with the Blackphone). According to the Telegraph, it's now enlisted BlackBerry's help to make it even more secure, though it's not clear h...

December 22nd 2014 at 9:23am 0 Comments
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It's been almost a year since John Chen was appointed to save Blackberry and it's clear that his grand plan has, at least, stopped the company losing money hand over fist. In the Canadian outfit's latest three month report, it reveals that losses have been trimmed from $4.4 billion last year to a...

December 19th 2014 at 7:48am 0 Comments
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BlackBerry's "Classic" phone is a curious bit of fan-service, a seemingly conciliatory blend of old and new designed to appeal to Waterloo's die-hards. It might seem a little odd that the company would choose to go all retro on us in 2014, but there's no denying the formula still has some appeal....

December 17th 2014 at 2:15pm 0 Comments
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It's been nearly 10 months since the folks in Waterloo announced the throwback BlackBerry Classic, but today's the day the thing officially breaks cover. Hooray? If it wasn't immediately obvious, the "Classic" moniker refers to the fact that the device is a proper sequel to the BlackBerry Bold 99...

December 17th 2014 at 10:48am 0 Comments
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Ford has abandoned Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry with its third-gen Sync connected car system and promised smartphone-like performance, conversational voice control and a simpler interface. As had been rumored, the Sync 3 will use BlackBerry's QNX instead of Microsoft's MyFord Touch system plat...

December 11th 2014 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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Hate typing passwords? You might not have to enter them for much longer. The FIDO Alliance (backed by Google, Microsoft, PayPal and Samsung, among others) has just published the completed versions of its password-free standards for both regular and two-factor authentication. Apps and websites usin...

December 9th 2014 at 11:53am 0 Comments
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The original Typo keyboard case was a dream come true for many BlackBerry users who had converted to iPhone: a case which brought the tactile keyboard of your beloved old device to the best cell phone on the market. Then BlackBerry sued, and the Typo had to sit on the shelf... until now. While the...

December 8th 2014 at 4:15pm 0 Comments