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Pentagon begins preparing for Blackberry’s demise

Pentagon begins preparing for Blackberry’s demise

Blackberry, despite some noble efforts, has found itself unable to pull out of its tailspin, and has been undergoing a long process of deciding what to do with the company, reportedly rejecting offers to sell its assets last month and recently the expected Fairfax buyout falling through. In light of all this, the Department of Defense is now setting up what amounts to contingency plans in the event that Blackberry fizzles away.

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Smartphone spec war wanes as IDC shows average pricing fall

Smartphone spec war wanes as IDC shows average pricing fall

This week the folks at IDC have released their quarterly tracking numbers for shipments of smartphones as listed by operating system. Alongside these numbers, IDC shows an smartphone average selling price (ASP) chart which shows a relatively clear trend: downward. Though many publishers today have chosen to follow the "Phablet" headline opportunity in this most recent report, this pricing trend is set to have one whole heck of a lot bigger an impact on the market in coming years.

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BlackBerry Z30 hits Verizon with 5-inch display

BlackBerry Z30 hits Verizon with 5-inch display

This November those wishing to roll forward with the BlackBerry 10 universe will be able to see it happen on the biggest and most powerful handset ever to run the operating system. This device works with a 5-inch display with 720p resolution and a 1.7GHz processor under the hood. It'll be available from Verizon exclusively, too, so you know you're amongst a somewhat elite club of owners - so to speak.

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Google Play Store to debut on BlackBerry 10.2.1, images suggest

Google Play Store to debut on BlackBerry 10.2.1, images suggest

The newest BlackBerry OS build, 10.2.1, could allow the Google Play Store to be installed, letting users download and install Android apps to run on BlackBerry devices--if the four leaked photos shown below are to be believed. PhotoShop is always a suspect, but the images are plausible. As long as they represent a genuine near-future reality, BlackBerry users will soon no longer have to side-load Android apps.

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BlackBerry rejected Apple and Microsoft split requests say insiders

BlackBerry rejected Apple and Microsoft split requests say insiders

BlackBerry rejected approaches from Apple, Microsoft, Lenovo and others to break up the ailing Canadian company and split its assets, insiders claim, with the firm's patent portfolio apparently of particular interest. Both Microsoft and Apple were eager to acquire BlackBerry's wireless patents, sources told Reuters, but the firm's board decided a piecemeal sell-off was not in the interest of all stakeholders.

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BlackBerry ditches Fairfax buyout and CEO Thorsten Heins for $1B investment

BlackBerry ditches Fairfax buyout and CEO Thorsten Heins for $1B investment

It's no secret that BlackBerry has been struggling to compete on the global smartphone market. The company was once one of the largest smartphone providers in the industry and in recent years has been unable to complete with offerings running the Android operating system and the iPhone from Apple. BlackBerry has been working hard to find a buyer to keep from going out of business altogether.

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Blackberry Z30 to arrive at Verizon in November

Blackberry Z30 to arrive at Verizon in November

Blackberry introduced its new Z30 smartphone back in September, and starting next month enthusiasts will be able to grab it exclusively from Verizon. With the handset comes a 5-inch HD display, as well as options for those who want to go with monthly device payments over a typical two-year contract. Verizon doesn't specify what day it will launch on, but we've the rest of the details after the jump.

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