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Why I refuse to believe iPhone is forever

Why I refuse to believe iPhone is forever

Over the past several years, I've seen attitudes change when it comes to the iPhone and the mobile world in general. I refer mainly to two groups of people whose understanding of the world tends to reflect society at large, especially when it comes to technology. People who I meet at gas stations on long trips are part of one group - the other is my extended family. According to them, things are changing. Or they have the potential to change.

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PayPal retires Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

PayPal retires Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

Microsoft's exit in the smartphone arena, or at least the hardware side of it, sends all the wrong signals to OEMs as well as app developers, whether Microsoft likes it or, most likely, not. As if by coincidence, PayPal has just announced that it will sunset the Windows Phone version of its app starting June 30. The good news for Windows Phone users is that they won't be alone in their misery, as BlackBerry is doing the same for BlackBerry and Amazon Fire owners.

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BlackBerry Hamburg at GFXBench confirms mid-range Android specs

BlackBerry Hamburg at GFXBench confirms mid-range Android specs

The bevy of announcements dropped at Google I/O may have many Android fans salivating over the idea of new smartphones and tablets carrying Android N soon. Of course, that's not gonna happen yet, even late this year, as most devices still to come will most likely still carry Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Take for example BlackBerry's Android "Hamburg" handset. Yes, another full Android smartphone coming from the embattled Canadian company. And based on this sighting at GFXBench, it will indeed be a mid-range device as rumored. At least it looks to be a decent one at that.

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BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome prototype renders explained

BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome prototype renders explained

In this business, dealing with leaks and unofficial sources is a risky afair. Sometimes you bump into dead ends. Sometimes you end up with red herrings. Of course, in the absence of real deal, which may or may not come, we take what we can. It seems that some did more than just take, in the case of some supposedly leaked renders of BlackBerry's two upcoming Android devices. BlackBerry Central's Dylan Habkirk went public to claim those images as his, but with one important correction: they aren't leaks but actually renders based on prototypes he has seen himself.

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BBM Video released in Beta for Android

BBM Video released in Beta for Android

Thank goodness, BBM Video has arrived (as a public Beta) in the United States this week. I, personally, was beginning to think it'd never arrive. Because I forgot that it existed, to be entirely honest. But now that it's here, BBM Video from Blackberry will be good to test against the masses of video messaging services that may have become complacent in the absence of any real massive competition. OR it'll be fun to speak with your one friend with a BlackBerry phone with video, at last.

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BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

This morning a set of photos of the next couple of BlackBerry handsets have been leaked - both with Android onboard. This bit of information should not come as a complete shock, as it's been all but confirmed that BlackBerry will no longer be making smartphones with their own BlackBerry OS. But the size and shape of these Android-based smartphones are new. They certainly don't look entirely new - they've got designs very closely related to the BlackBerry Priv - but they're newish nonetheless.

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BlackBerry rolls out Android 6.0 for Priv with more features

BlackBerry rolls out Android 6.0 for Priv with more features

Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been out in public for more than five months now but, unsurprisingly, it's adoption rate hasn't even reached a tenth of the Android market. There is, then, some merit to BlackBerry's boast of being one of the few OEMs to have embraced the new version so quickly. Then again, it really only has one Android device to worry about anyway. Still, it's a commendable effort, especially after only a month in beta testing. But rather than simply provided Android Marshmallow to BlackBerry Priv users, it also took the opportunity to introduce some new features to its only Android smartphone as well.

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Who killed BlackBerry OS? Android or the iPhone?

Who killed BlackBerry OS? Android or the iPhone?

In an interview this week BlackBerry CEO said "I love our handset business, but we need to make money." He was speaking with The National, where he also confirmed that there were, as the publication put it "no plans to launch new devices running the operating system" - the operating system being BlackBerry 10. Meanwhile the company would continue to support and release updates for the operating system for the time being. So whose fault is this?

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BlackBerry’s prepping two mid-tier Android phones

BlackBerry’s prepping two mid-tier Android phones

BlackBerry’s Android smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv, was a flop. The company points toward too high of a price tag as the reason, and so this year it will introduce a pair of lower-priced mid-range smartphones that, it hopes, will be more inline with its customers’ budgets. The news was shared by BlackBerry CEO John Chen in an interview recently; when exactly we’ll see the phones launch wasn’t detailed, though.

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BlackBerry Priv gets a price shaving to help boost sales

BlackBerry Priv gets a price shaving to help boost sales

What do you do when your premiere product isn't selling as well as expected? First you try to market it as hard as you can, utilizing all resources and channels as your budget allows. And when that fails, you perhaps have very little choice but to cut your losses and cut the product's price to encourage more sales. That might be the process, more or less, that BlackBerry went through with the Priv smartphones. Under the guise of making it more accessible to more people, the company has implemented a permanent price cut for the smartphone in the US, UK, and Europe.

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BlackBerry Priv’s sales numbers don’t look promising

BlackBerry Priv’s sales numbers don’t look promising

600,000 units. That's how many Priv smartphones BlackBerry was able to sell in the fourth fiscal quarter, ending September last year. Considering CEO John Chen's usual coy answer was to hint that things were "so far, so good", the lower than projected total doesn't inspire much hope in the company's future as a hardware maker. Always the optimist, however, Chen tries to mitigate the impression by relating how to company was able to slash its operating losses by half thanks to the sales of its smartphones.

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Facebook offers BlackBerry one last hope, makes web app available

Facebook offers BlackBerry one last hope, makes web app available

BlackBerry users with devices other than the Android-powered Priv are used to bad news when it comes to their platform of choice, but they were hit extra hard earlier this month when Facebook announced it was dropping support for its native app on the BlackBerry 10 OS, pulling its WhatsApp messaging service as well. What with Facebook being the most important website to hundreds of millions of people, it's easy to understand why BlackBerry users would be upset.

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