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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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Federal License Plate Reader Database sought by Homeland Security

Federal License Plate Reader Database sought by Homeland Security

This week a job listing posted by the Department of Homeland Security has suggested that they’re aiming for a Federal License Plate Reader Database in the near future. This database would hold instant connections to the people behind the wheel at any given time. License plate readers are not a new idea - a massive database containing every license plate ever made certainly would be a new concept.

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T-Mobile iPhone ad targets BlackBerry owners: “outrage” ensues

T-Mobile iPhone ad targets BlackBerry owners: “outrage” ensues

Supposing you’re a die-hard BlackBerry user and you’ve seen the T-Mobile USA advertisement released this week targeting you directly, you may feel puzzled. This advertisement shows the iPhone 5s and blasts the message "GREAT OFFER for BlackBerry customers". Since this message was posted earlier this week, BlackBerry users and top brass alike have taken to the soapbox to speak out against it.

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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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Smartphone Kill Switch in California: what’s the point?

Smartphone Kill Switch in California: what’s the point?

This week a piece of legislation is making its way through to the state level in California, a piece of legislation that would mandate a so-called "Kill Switch" for smartphones on every device inside state lines. Of course this legal document isn't about the state wanting to turn off smartphones in waves - instead it's about making the devices less accessible to thieves. This piece of law would have every smartphone manufacturer wanting to sell a device in the state of California legally bound to including a way to cut off service to the device remotely.

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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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