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BlackBerry Leap: for “rising stars” with BlackBerry values

BlackBerry Leap: for “rising stars” with BlackBerry values

If you thought that BlackBerry was going back to its physical QWERTY keyboards for good, its announcement at MWC 2015 just proved you wrong. Introducing the BlackBerry Leap, the next all-screen smartphone from the embattled company. The Leap is selling itself as a smartphone for a younger generation, hence the lack of physical keyboards, yet shares in the same features that enterprise-level BlackBerry 10 devices have, including security and Android apps. All supposedly for an affordable entry-level price tag we have yet to know about.

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Leaked mid-range LTE BlackBerry is actually pretty sharp

Leaked mid-range LTE BlackBerry is actually pretty sharp

In all the lead-up to MWC, we’ve come across something from BlackBerry! This alleged device is actually pretty snappy, too. A mid-range device, the handset has reportedly ditched its ‘Rio’ moniker for the ‘Leap’ mid-range brand BlackBerry is believed to be launching. Sporting a composite shell, the handset doesn’t offer up many details, and we even see an OS that might be in early development. But for BlackBerry fans, and those in emerging markets, the handset might prove very useful.

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IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

You probably already knew, but the severity of it might surprise you. According to IDC, who track smartphone sales and shipments (among other things), Android and iOS have teamed up to take over mobile in a big way. When looking back at 2014, IDC says Android and iOS have combined to power over 95% of the smartphones in existence. Even more surprising is that most of the remaining 5% is occupied by Windows Phone. According to IDC, BlackBerry has fallen way off the grid, too.

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BlackBerry 10.3.1 update: Amazon Appstore, Blend, Assistant

BlackBerry 10.3.1 update: Amazon Appstore, Blend, Assistant

It has been quite a while since BlackBerry updated its own mobile operating system, but now the wait is over for the BlackBerry faihtful. The company has just announced the launch of BlackBerry 10 version 10.3.1 which, among other things, gives users access to Android apps via Amazon's marketplace. But more than just the new features, one of the important highlights of the update is that it is available for all existing BlackBerry smartphones in the market that are already running BlackBerry 10 OS.

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AT&T finally gives BlackBerry’s Passport and Classic some shelf-space

AT&T finally gives BlackBerry’s Passport and Classic some shelf-space

The BlackBerry Passport and Classic are wildly popular, the Canadian company has continually insisted, and would be more so if carriers would only get onboard; now, they'll have a chance to prove it, courtesy of AT&T. After no small delay, both the Passport and its more regularly-shaped Classic sibling are headed to AT&T stores on February 20th, the operator has confirmed, not only offering a subsidized way of buying both phones in the US, but more importantly giving BlackBerry the opportunity to put its sales where its hype has been.

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comScore: Apple, Samsung, LG gain as HTC sputters

comScore: Apple, Samsung, LG gain as HTC sputters

Of the estimated 182 million smartphone users in the United States, just over half use Android, according to comScore. The analytics firm just released their year-end report, and it shows just over 53% of us are using Android, while 41.6% are using iOS. Microsoft still holds a 3.4% market share with Windows, and BlackBerry fell hard, dropping half a point to capture just 1.8% of the overall smartphone market. In the OEM market share race, things are getting interesting, but are still dominated by Samsung and Apple.

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SEC investigating Samsung, BlackBerry takeover rumor

SEC investigating Samsung, BlackBerry takeover rumor

Remember that rumor about Samsung buying BlackBerry? It sounded logical enough, and caused quite the stir. Many rushed to get in front of a camera or slap an editorial out about why it was such a great deal for everyone (or not), and we all started thinking about what it could mean moving forward. The problem was — it wasn’t true. The rumor was just that, but it had ramifications. Stock prices soared for both companies, and now the SEC is investigating.

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BlackBerry says Net Neutrality means they should get Apple apps

BlackBerry says Net Neutrality means they should get Apple apps

It's not that the CEO of BlackBerry, John Chen, doesn't know what Net Neutrality means. It's just that he - and the rest of the company - want it to mean something that also happens to be extremely beneficial to them. Chen suggests that Net Neutrality should include apps and services, and that this means that Apple should be lawfully obligated to release their iMessage app and service to all mobile operating systems, not just iOS - not just the iPhone, but BlackBerry devices too.

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BlackBerry’s gold Passport sells out in short order

BlackBerry’s gold Passport sells out in short order

BlackBerry's Passport may be eye-catching for its unusually squat shape, but the Canadian firm is hoping to also make it notable for its unrelenting glamour with the new Limited Edition Black & Gold Passport. Revamping the metal trim around the square touchscreen and three-row QWERTY keyboard with a gold finish instead of the usual silver, the new version also gets a leather back-plate to coddle your palm. However, even if you're truly tempted you may be out of luck: you not only needed to come up with a fair amount of cash, but you needed to find it fast.

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Evernote shuttering Peek and Hello, ends BlackBerry 7 support

Evernote shuttering Peek and Hello, ends BlackBerry 7 support

Evernote is making some changes today, and sweeping out the unneeded bits in a bout of Spring (Winter?) cleaning. Saying “there’s a natural lifecycle to technology at some point”, Evernote is shutting down a few apps, and ending support for some platforms that — well, we’re honestly surprised Evernote still had users for. If you use either Hello or Peek, you’ve got until February 7th to find a new method. Additionally, those on BlackBerry 7 and/or the BlackBerry PlayBook will need to find a new digital home for their notes.

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