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BlackBerry 10.2 OS update beginning this week

BlackBerry 10.2 OS update beginning this week

BlackBerry has detailed the rollout for the 10.2 OS update. This one will be heading to those with a BlackBerry Z10 or Q10, and coincidentally, will have these handsets going to the same version that we saw the BlackBerry Z30 announced with back in mid-September. The good news here, the BlackBerry 10.2 OS update is set to begin rolling out this week.

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BBM for iOS and Android tops 10 million downloads in first 24 hours

BBM for iOS and Android tops 10 million downloads in first 24 hours

BlackBerry BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) service was downloaded more than 10 million times within the first 24 hours after its release to iPhone and Android users. This makes the app one of the highest-grossing app debuts on either platform. The app can be downloaded free of charge in the App Store and Google Play.

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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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BBM for Android and iPhone release today

BBM for Android and iPhone release today

BBM for Android and iPhone will take a second-attempt at launching today, with BlackBerry's instant messaging service hitting the Google Play and iOS App Store, though even if you can download it, you won't necessarily be able to use it. After the botched launch last month, this time around there'll be a two-stage process to getting BBM, BlackBerry says, with a waiting list in the app for service.

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Lenovo BlackBerry bid potential resurfaces

Lenovo BlackBerry bid potential resurfaces

Lenovo is once again rumored to be considering a bid to acquire BlackBerry, with sources claiming the Chinese company has inked a non-disclosure agreement to dig through the ailing Canadian firm's financial records. The interest, reported by the WSJ, does not mean that Lenovo will definitely attempt to buy out BlackBerry, though fuels long-standing speculation that the Chinese manufacturer is looking to acquire its way into the western market by leveraging an existing brand.

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BlackBerry rescue bid considered by Cerberus with turnaround the target

BlackBerry rescue bid considered by Cerberus with turnaround the target

BlackBerry has a new potential suitor, it's reported, with Cerberus Capital Management LP poking through the ailing smartphone company's financial records as it considers whether it could turn it around. The private-equity firm has inked a non-disclosure agreement with BlackBerry, Bloomberg Businessweek claims, giving it access to the Canadian firm's books. Interestingly, according to the source, Cerberus' goal would be to acquire all of BlackBerry and try to rescue its place in the market, rather than cut it up into pieces to be sold off separately.

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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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BlackBerry co-founders weigh buy-out bid as business breakup increasingly likely

BlackBerry co-founders weigh buy-out bid as business breakup increasingly likely

BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis is weighing an acquisition bid for the struggling smartphone company, increasing his controlling stake in the Canadian firm with a new share purchase. Lazaridis now controls around 8-percent of BlackBerry as a result of the deal, but is considering going even further and buying it outright, according to a new SEC filing.

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BlackBerry Z30 heads to Rogers Communications after all

BlackBerry Z30 heads to Rogers Communications after all

It appears that at least a few BlackBerry fans remain in the Great White North. Canadian mobile carrier Rogers Communications announced about a week ago that it would be avoiding BlackBerry's new flagship device called the Z30. Considering the sagging popularity of BlackBerry devices overall, the announcement wasn't that big of surprise.

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BlackBerry loses TAT BlackBerry 10 design talent

BlackBerry loses TAT BlackBerry 10 design talent

BlackBerry 10's designers The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), acquired by BlackBerry in late 2010 and renamed BlackBerry Sweden, have quietly abandoned the struggling Canadian company, with seven of the top talent founding a new company, TOPP. The startup studio will "craft new products and breathe life into innovative ideas through design, prototyping, and technology", across mobile, automotive, consumer electronics, and other segments.

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Piper study: US teen iPhone popularity rises, iPad remains dominant

Piper study: US teen iPhone popularity rises, iPad remains dominant

This this Fall 2013 season the Piper Jaffray analyst known as Gene Munster has released a report that spans several seasons into the past, covering the USA-based teen device wants and ownership in tablets and smartphones. What you'll find here is a collection of results very much centered on the Apple universe - with just the iPhone appearing in the "owns" category for phones - but also depicting an interesting set of trends in competing hardware. This study clearly shows Apple to be dominant in each category, while Android phones rise, Kindle Fire tablets fall, and Blackberry fades away.

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BlackBerry bids reportedly being contemplated by Google, Intel and more

BlackBerry bids reportedly being contemplated by Google, Intel and more

BlackBerry has been under a preliminary agreement with Fairfax Financial Holdings, its biggest shareholder, but is reportedly entertaining a backup plan in case the current bid falls through. The information comes from sources who spoke to Reuters, claiming that Google, Cisco, Intel, SAP, LG, and Samsung are all considering potential bids for BlackBerry or parts of the company.

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