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Facebook WhatsApp buy triggers unexpected BlackBerry boost

Facebook WhatsApp buy triggers unexpected BlackBerry boost

Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp has perhaps surprisingly given ailing BlackBerry a boost, as the Canadian company's share price jumped amid speculation that messaging service BBM could be worth more than previously believed. The Canadian firm's share price is up more than 5-percent today - and was up more than 9-percent in after-hours trading yesterday - as investors question whether BBM might be the undervalued star of BlackBerry's portfolio of services.

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BBM adds voice calls, BBM Channels and Dropbox for iPhone & Android

BBM adds voice calls, BBM Channels and Dropbox for iPhone & Android

BlackBerry has rolled out an update to BBM for iPhone and Android, adding in BBM Voice for making calls, and enabling BBM Channels, among other new features. The update, available today, sees BlackBerry's cross-platform messaging client also add in Dropbox support, allowing files stored in the cloud to be sent directly to a BBM contact without having to download it to the smartphone first.

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BBM chief leaves BlackBerry

BBM chief leaves BlackBerry

BlackBerry's EVP of BBM, Andrew Bocking, has left the company, over what some sources claim are disagreements of how the messaging platform should integrate with the rest of the company. Bocking had led the BBM team since June last year, having previously run its software product and ecosystem division, along with product management. Most recently, he was responsible for leading BlackBerry through the process of opening up BBM to rival platforms iOS and Android.

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BBM “Find Friends” feature added for iOS and Android

BBM “Find Friends” feature added for iOS and Android

Just in case you're having trouble finding friends using BlackBerry's own BBM on your iPhone or Android device, BlackBerry has added a feature called "Find Friends on BBM" to the mix. This update allows the user to detect all the friends you've got in your contact list (harvested from your phone) that already use BBM. Doing this allows you to quickly choose who you'd like to connect with by sending them a unique PIN code.

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BlackBerry pushes BBM with Android preloads

BlackBerry pushes BBM with Android preloads

Google might prefer Android users to stick with Hangouts for their instant messaging, but BlackBerry has inked a deal to preload BBM on a number of handsets running the OS in mulitple regions. The agreement - which will affect select Android phones offered in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and the Middle East - won't force new owners to register for a BBM account, but it will put the app right in front of them, as BlackBerry tries to push its cross-platform service out from under the shadow of BlackBerry 10.

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BBM update for iOS hits wi-fi iPad, brings Android battery fix

BBM update for iOS hits wi-fi iPad, brings Android battery fix

BlackBerry Messenger - or BBM - has been updated today to include a list of fixes and feature additions for Android and the inclusion of a couple new devices for iOS. This new version of BBM works with the wi-fi-only iPad now as well as the iPod touch where the first version did not. This update adds Android abilities to do things like sharing a BBM PIN and PIN barcode to social networks.

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BBM for WiFi-only iPad and iPod touch “within 24 hours”

BBM for WiFi-only iPad and iPod touch “within 24 hours”

BlackBerry's BBM instant-messaging service will be updated to run on WiFi-only iOS devices like the iPad and iPod touch "within 24 hours" the company has confirmed. The new version follows BBM's release for iOS and Android in late October for cellularly-enabled devices, with head of BBM Andrew Bocking confirming the imminent update to SlashGear today. The move will mean that owners of non-3G/4G iPad and iPod touch devices will be able to join the growing number of BBM users.

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BBM Android and iOS apps hands-on

BBM Android and iOS apps hands-on

Today it would appear that BlackBerry is actually aiming to release their BBM chat apps for both the iOS and Android ecosystems, and we've got our hands on the both of them to show you what they're all about. At its simplest, it would appear that BBM is coming to the public outside of the BlackBerry smartphone in a form that's extremely similar to the original. At its most complex, it seems that the software team behind the apps for each new platform have done their homework as far as how the design language should translate.

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