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BlackBerry 10 launch inked in for January 30, 2013 with two new phones

BlackBerry 10 launch inked in for January 30, 2013 with two new phones

BlackBerry 10 will officially launch on January 30, 2013, RIM has confirmed, with the Canadian company promising to demonstrate its first two handsets at the event. The release dates for the two smartphones will also be confirmed at the same time, RIM says, though otherwise details - including where, exactly, the event will take place - are scant. All the BlackBerry company will comment is that there will be a simultaneous event "in multiple countries around the world."

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BlackBerry 10 on lockdown: Scores government-spec security clearance

BlackBerry 10 on lockdown: Scores government-spec security clearance

BlackBerry 10 has been approved for secure messaging by government agencies, with RIM's incoming OS safe for the pockets of secret agents and presidential advisers. The platform achieved Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification, RIM announced today, along with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, with encryption of data both on the server and on the device, and when en route between them.

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US smartphone market share slows down, Android still on top

US smartphone market share slows down, Android still on top

The smartphone market is a cage match, and all manufacturers are fighting for every last percentage of market share. However, the past few months have seen little activity as far as changes in smartphone market share. Since June, there hasn't been a significant increase or decrease in market share other than a couple of percentage points at most.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 31, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 31, 2012

Welcome to the special Halloween edition of the Evening Wrap-Up! The Halloween edition is pretty much the same as regular Wrap-Ups, the only difference is that I'm dressed as Ginger Spice as I type this. Let's spice up our lives with a recap, shall we? Microsoft is being sued over its Windows 8 live tiles, and Apple has removed delivery dates from iPad Mini LTE pre-orders, leading some to suspect that the company has been forced to delay them. T-Mobile and AT&T have opened up their networks in areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, letting customers of both carriers use either network - a respectable move by the two carriers in this time of need.

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BlackBerry 10 enters testing with RIM’s carrier partners

BlackBerry 10 enters testing with RIM’s carrier partners

While there's still a lot we don't know about BlackBerry 10 (like its release date), RIM CEO Thorsten Heins delivered some very encouraging news today. In a new statement, RIM's head honcho said that the new mobile operating system and some of the devices it runs on have entered testing with a number of the company's carrier partners. This suggests that RIM is still on track to launch BlackBerry 10 in Q1 2013.

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US Immigrations and Customs dump BlackBerry in favor of the iPhone

US Immigrations and Customs dump BlackBerry in favor of the iPhone

If you thought the BlackBerry platform was coming back simply due to their powerful contracts held with the US government, today's announcement of the ICE drop might throw you for a loop - especially since they're moving to the iPhone instead. This update comes from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who says BlackBerry "can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency." This government agency speaks for groups such as Homeland Security Investigations and has been using RIM's BlackBerry phones for 8 years.

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RIM partners with 7digital for the Blackberry 10 music store

RIM partners with 7digital for the Blackberry 10 music store

RIM has announced that 7digital will be its official music download service for the upcoming Blackberry 10 smartphones. According to the press release, the Blackberry App World will offer 7digital's catalog of over 22 million tracks, which includes new releases, independent artists, regional selections, and a back catalog of content. The Blackberry PlayBook and Blackberry smartphones' respective music stores are currently powered by 7digital.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 17, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 17, 2012

It's time to begin counting down to the weekend once again, because we've hit Wednesday evening. Today we heard that the iPad Mini could launch on November 2, which makes sense considering that date is just over a week after Apple's October 23 press event. Later in the day, more sources were mentioning a November 2 release date for the iPad Mini, as well as spilling a few more details about the long-rumored device. The Isis NFC mobile payment system will apparently be launching on October 22, and Microsoft said that Internet Explorer 10 will be coming to Windows 7 in mid-November.

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RIM CEO Thorsten Heins sticks up for BlackBerry in letter to NY Times

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins sticks up for BlackBerry in letter to NY Times

A couple of days ago, The New York Times published a piece called "The BlackBerry as Black Sheep," which contained interviews with BlackBerry owners who are ashamed of their phone. In a nutsell, the general idea of the article is that, as the rest of the world moves onto Android and iOS, those who are left using BlackBerry open themselves up to mockery and ridicule because of their preference for a perceived "outdated" handset. RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has taken issue with that little report, taking the Times to task in a letter that was sent to the newspaper and published today.

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