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Smartphone growth slowing warns IDC (and emerging markets aren’t helping)

Smartphone growth slowing warns IDC (and emerging markets aren’t helping)

The explosive growth of smartphones will slow over the next four years, IDC analysts predict, with Android dominating in bulk but iOS making the most money from each handset buyer. Emerging markets, though adding to the smartphone count in numbers in 2014, IDC suggests, will still leave high-end devices struggling to find as many buyers as before. "New markets for growth bring different rules to play by" IDC's Ryan Reith says, "and 'premium' will not be a major factor in the regions driving overall market growth."

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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 10 update brings quick-filters

BlackBerry 10 update brings quick-filters

In an effort to make BlackBerry 10 a bit easier to work with, the folks at BlackBerry have issued update 10.2.1, complete with a few gesture updates and oddities. Here you'll be able to swipe right to answer a call, left to ignore a call, and work with a number of icons that allow you to instantly silence a call or use your device's "Reply Now" function with BBM, SMS, or email.

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BlackBerry CEO accuses rivals of FUD-spreading

BlackBerry CEO accuses rivals of FUD-spreading

New BlackBerry CEO John Chen has promised a new age of transparence as he tries to turn the ailing Canadian company around, blaming rival phone manufacturers for trying to spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt around how it is holding up. "Don't be fooled by the competition's rhetoric" Chen wrote in a piece for CNBC, echoing parts of the company's manifesto as set out in its recent dire financial results, when it announced it would be pushing over some of the responsibility for handset design to Foxconn.

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Blackberry pulls latest Twitter for BB10 update, offers downgrade instructions

Blackberry pulls latest Twitter for BB10 update, offers downgrade instructions

Earlier this month, Blackberry pushed out an update to the Twitter mobile app for Blackberry 10, bringing it up to version 10.2.2. Along with the new release came some new features, such as the ability to be BBM connected, to reply within tweets, a boost to the search function and more. Unfortunately, the update also brought a variety of bugs with it, and as a result Blackberry has pulled it a little over a week after its release.

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BlackBerry sees huge Q3 losses: BB10 tanks, Foxconn deal inked

BlackBerry sees huge Q3 losses: BB10 tanks, Foxconn deal inked

BlackBerry has announced $4.4bn in losses in its most recent financial quarter, looking to a new device manufacturing deal with Foxconn to try to staunch the gush of cash from the beleaguered Canadian firm. BlackBerry shipped just 1.9m smartphones in the three month period ending November 30th, 2013, of which the majority were cheaper BlackBerry 7 handsets rather than the BlackBerry 10 phones the company has pegged its future on. Meanwhile, BlackBerry is also axing its BlackBerry Live conference, the company has admitted.

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BlackBerry Z30 hits Verizon with 5-inch display

BlackBerry Z30 hits Verizon with 5-inch display

This November those wishing to roll forward with the BlackBerry 10 universe will be able to see it happen on the biggest and most powerful handset ever to run the operating system. This device works with a 5-inch display with 720p resolution and a 1.7GHz processor under the hood. It'll be available from Verizon exclusively, too, so you know you're amongst a somewhat elite club of owners - so to speak.

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Google Play Store to debut on BlackBerry 10.2.1, images suggest

Google Play Store to debut on BlackBerry 10.2.1, images suggest

The newest BlackBerry OS build, 10.2.1, could allow the Google Play Store to be installed, letting users download and install Android apps to run on BlackBerry devices--if the four leaked photos shown below are to be believed. PhotoShop is always a suspect, but the images are plausible. As long as they represent a genuine near-future reality, BlackBerry users will soon no longer have to side-load Android apps.

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BlackBerry penning open letter of reassurance for customers [UPDATE]

BlackBerry penning open letter of reassurance for customers [UPDATE]

There is a future for customers hoping to stay inside the BlackBerry family - at least that's what BlackBerry wants the public to believe as they send out an open letter this week for reassurance. This letter comes from BlackBerry itself and is being pushed by BlackBerry's chief marketing officer Frank Boulben. He's made clear that this letter is being sent to major media outlets in order to "set the record straight" about what's been going on and on what's about to be going on in the near future for the company as a consumer-ready hardware and software creator. UPDATE: Full PDF now available.

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