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BlackBerry “PRESS” by TCL to debut at CES 2017

BlackBerry “PRESS” by TCL to debut at CES 2017

Well that went fast. It feels like only yesterday when BlackBerry put out the DTEK60. Actually it was just a few months ago, so not exactly an exaggeration. It was no secret that BlackBerry had one last smartphone up its sleeve, perhaps the last of its kind. A smartphone bearing its own, non-sliding physical keyboard has been expected, and it seems it's coming sooner rather than later. At CES 2017, right at the start of the year, BlackBerry and TCL will reveal what is perhaps the last keyboard smartphone, the BlackBerry PRESS.

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BlackBerry “Mercury” to also make it to Verizon

BlackBerry “Mercury” to also make it to Verizon

If all goes according to schedule, or at least according to speculation, BlackBerry might be unveiling its historic last smartphone at CES 2017 next week. What might be revealed there, however, might not impress everyone, but everyone will at least have the chance to find out themselves. According to Roland Quandt, who was spot on in quite a few leaks, revealed that the so-called BlackBerry Mercury will not only be coming to the US, it will also be supporting Verizon's CDMA network.

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BlackBerry Mercury could be the Android innovator in 2017

BlackBerry Mercury could be the Android innovator in 2017

2017 is bound to have its share of impressive Android phones, but one you may want to begin paying attention to is the BlackBerry Mercury. Thus far, Blackberry has been tight-lipped about what to expect in the Mercury, but a number of leaks and reports have painted a fairly clear picture nonetheless. Should these turn out to be true, then the Mercury could end up being one of the most unique Android phones of the year.

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BlackBerry unveils self-driving and connected car research center

BlackBerry unveils self-driving and connected car research center

BlackBerry has announced its new QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center, AVIC for short. This innovation center is a research epicenter within the company for developing autonomous technologies related to vehicles, something it will do in partnership with some automakers and independently. The new research center was announced by BlackBerry CEO John Chen alongside Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today. Among the stated goals are plans to tap local software engineers who will be tasked with existing and new self-driving car projects.

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BlackBerry gives TCL almost full reign over its smartphones

BlackBerry gives TCL almost full reign over its smartphones

It is perhaps to no one’s surprise. After all the BlackBerry DTEK50, and the DTEK60 as well, were made by Alcatel. Now the two companies are just making things official and public. BlackBerry and Alcatel parent company TCL has announced the signing of a deal that fully brings a chapter in BlackBerry’s history to a close. BlackBerry will simply be licensing its software and brand to TCL, who will the design, make, and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones, which pretty much makes it the exclusive BlackBerry hardware partner.

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BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ spotted in leaked images, complete with physical keyboard

BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ spotted in leaked images, complete with physical keyboard

We've known for some time that the BlackBerry of years gone by is nearly dead and gone. The company has already abandoned its BB10 OS in favor of Android, and soon it won't even be making its own phones. But one element it continues to cling to for its devices is the physical keyboard. Case in point is the "Mercury," the codename for the much rumored, and possibly last, "traditional" BlackBerry phone.

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Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Unlike flagship smartphones, those on the mid-range are a dime a dozen. In fact, some manufacturers have more than two in that category at any given time. It results in an irony of choice, which, while giving you dozens of options to fit your budget and style, can also paralyze you with indecision. To help you in that crucial decision-making process this shopping season, we present you some of the best wallet-friendly smartphones that have landed this second half of the year, offering you the best bang for your buck when you don’t have much bucks to spend in the first place.

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Best of Android flagship phones of H2 2016 – The Pros and Cons

Best of Android flagship phones of H2 2016 – The Pros and Cons

The year is about to come to a close, but before that is, of course, the holidays and the shopping season and the shopping that goes along with it. If you’ve been waiting until then to make that long-planned high-end smartphone purchase, either for yourself or a lucky, special someone, the good news is that there is quite a lot to choose from. The bad news: there is a lot to choose from. To help whittle down the selection, here are 8 of the most notable Android flagship smartphones that popped up in the second half of the year.

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BlackBerry to give the keyboard smartphone one last hurrah

BlackBerry to give the keyboard smartphone one last hurrah

It is an end of an era for BlackBerry. Under the charge of CEO John Chen, the former smartphone giant has shifted its focus from a complete product stack to a software development house. There will still be BlackBerry phones of course, but those will no longer be made by BlackBerry itself. And chances are, they will be your traditional all-screen smartphone.Well, except one. Chen has finally confirmed that the company will pay tribute, perhaps one last time, to the classic keyboard-wielding phone that made the company popular.

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Verizon updates BlackBerry Priv to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Verizon updates BlackBerry Priv to Android 6.0 Marshmallow

While the BlackBerry Passport may have been the company’s most popular smartphone by way of eccentricity, the Priv is arguably it’s most contentious because of how it represented the company’s full embrace of the Android platform. Still, it has had its fans, especially with its sliding keyboard, and BlackBerry hasn’t forgotten them, and neither has Verizon. Now months after rival AT&T did so, Verizon is finally pushing Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the BlackBerry Priv, along with some special features of its own.

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BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry has penned a deal with Ford that will see it developing car software, the company has announced. This could prove a vital part of the company’s efforts to grow beyond the bounds of its failed mobile business, but the extent of BlackBerry’s automotive efforts aren’t clear at this time. Ford isn’t new to using BlackBerry-built software, though it has previously acquired it through Panasonic. With this new deal, the automaker will be getting it straight from BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 official: here’s what you’re getting

BlackBerry DTEK60 official: here’s what you’re getting

To the complete surprise of no one, BlackBerry has finally and officially acknowledged the existence of the BlackBerry DTEK60. Of course, that also means that sales can finally kick off as well. BlackBerry must already know that almost everything about the DTEK60 has been leaked anyway, so instead of focusing on the smartphone’s high-end hardware, the company instead turns your attention instead towards why you’d want to buy the BlackBerry DTEK60. Aside from not exploding, of course. In a nutshell, it all boils down to whether you buy into BlackBerry’s idea and implementation of enterprise-level security.

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