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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 to divest most of its Canadian properties

Blackberry to divest most of its Canadian properties

The latest page in Blackberry's business woes comes in the form of a property announcement, with the company revealing plans to divest the majority of its real estate located in Canada. This follows some pretty big layoffs, as well as a recent announcement that it'll be selling five of its buildings to the University of Waterloo for $41 million Canadian.

Blackberry smartphones to offer physical keyboards in bid to redirect company’s future

Blackberry smartphones to offer physical keyboards in bid to redirect company’s future

Blackberry kicked off 2013 with a bang, and though it had tried valiantly to remake itself, the company was down by summer's end and, ultimately, limped into the new year with a different CEO and more than a few wounds to be licked. With 2014 comes a bit more wisdom and a new perspective, however, and so it isn't surprising to hear from the company's new CEO that most of Blackberry's new phones will have physical keyboards.

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Typo BlackBerry-esque iPhone keyboard draws lawsuit

Typo BlackBerry-esque iPhone keyboard draws lawsuit

Remember that BlackBerry keyboard-looking case for the iPhone that popped up at the tail end of 2013? Looks like BlackBerry saw it too, and they weren't too happy about how similar it looked to their own handset models. The Typo iPhone keyboard is the subject of a brand new California court case which suggests the accessory is a "blatant" copy of BlackBerry's own designs.

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BlackBerry bins “Global Creative Director” Alicia Keys

BlackBerry bins “Global Creative Director” Alicia Keys

BlackBerry is splitting with "Global Creative Director" Alicia Keys, with news of the break-up just short of a year after the singer was hired to promote BlackBerry 10. The celebrity figurehead will be decapitated as of January 30th, CBC reports, with no reason given as yet for the Canadian company's decision. Still, with BlackBerry shifting its focus to enterprise and software, it's possible that whatever Keys' consumer market appeal might be is no longer perceived as valuable enough to keep paying her.

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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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Rockstar consortium reportedly in talks to sell portion of Nortel patents

Rockstar consortium reportedly in talks to sell portion of Nortel patents

Following the long Nortel Networks patents saga from yester-year, Rockstar Consortium, which outbid other big players to grab the portfolio, sued Google, Samsung and others over alleged infringements. That hasn't been the end of recent dealing with the intellectual property, however, if sources that spoke to Bloomberg are correct, and it may be the collective has had second doubts about the value of purchase.

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BlackBerry phone cancellations cuts out lower end

BlackBerry phone cancellations cuts out lower end

With BlackBerry joining hands with Foxconn Technology Group this upcoming season, it would appear that at least two unique devices have been cancelled before they’ll have been released. This cancellation includes phones codenamed Cafe and Kopi, both of them having been planned as lower-end devices. BlackBerry plans on having Foxconn take over the manufacture of all oncoming low-cost phones.

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