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BlackBerry KEY2 gets dual cameras and smarter QWERTY

BlackBerry KEY2 gets dual cameras and smarter QWERTY

A new BlackBerry is always a cause for celebration since the smartphone-maker's reinvention with Android, and the BlackBerry KEY2 is no exception. Unveiled in New York today, the TCL-made smartphone delivers what we've come to expect from the BlackBerry brand of late: the combination of a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard in a minimalistically-handsome design, along with the latest version of Google's OS.

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Facebook gave Apple, Samsung, Microsoft too much freedom

Facebook gave Apple, Samsung, Microsoft too much freedom

It seems that even after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has not yet covered all its legal bases or sorted out any loose ends. Perhaps that’s for the best since it allows even more information about the social networking giant’s practices to surface. A new report has revealed that Facebook may have given partners such as Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft, and BlackBerry far too much access not just to Facebook users’ data but even those of their friends as well.

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BlackBerry Key2 teaser reveals mystery button, dual rear cameras

BlackBerry Key2 teaser reveals mystery button, dual rear cameras

BlackBerry has announced the date for its upcoming BlackBerry Key2 smartphone unveiling. The company wasn't content leaving us in the dark, so it published a short teaser showcasing a few features users can expect. There are dual rear cameras, for example, as well as a physical keyboard. Most interesting, though, is the handset's new mystery button.

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BlackBerry KEY2 reveal set for next month

BlackBerry KEY2 reveal set for next month

While once a dominant phone manufacturer, BlackBerry hasn't really been a major contender in the smartphone space for quite some time. Still, that hasn't stopped BlackBerry Mobile and parent company TCL from releasing some interesting handsets over the past few years. One BlackBerry phone that managed to turn some heads was the KEYone, an Android device equipped with the company's signature physical keyboard.

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BlackBerry KEY2 “Athena” shows up at TENAA, leaked photo

BlackBerry KEY2 “Athena” shows up at TENAA, leaked photo

BlackBerry, or at least TCL, still isn't done with QWERTY phones apparently. BlackBerry is long overdue a 2018 smartphone and by the looks of it, it's almost here. Separate sightings, an official one at TENAA and a leaked photo over at Weibo, gives a pretty good look at the next BlackBerry, which is not really entirely new. Codenamed "Athena", this new BlackBerry looks pretty much like the KEYone so it shouldn't really be surprising to find out that it might be called the BlackBerry KEY2, or KEY2 if you really want to be precise.

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BlackBerry KEYone successor “Athena” renders leak out

BlackBerry KEYone successor “Athena” renders leak out

If you thought that BlackBerry, technically TCL, was done with QWERTY phones, then this latest leak might prove you wrong. Provided it’s accurate, of course. Renders of what is allegedly called the BlackBerry “Athena” have just popped up, suggesting that the phone maker is going to give the classic BlackBerry feature one more try, despite mediocre, though not exactly bad, market performance. It does seem, however, that the BlackBerry “KEYtwo” will at least be adopting modern smartphone trends while fortunately keeping one other classic feature.

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BlackBerry sues Snap, says it violated half a dozen patents

BlackBerry sues Snap, says it violated half a dozen patents

Less than a month after going after Facebook over alleged copyright infringement, BlackBerry is back with another lawsuit, this time taking Snap to task. As with last month's lawsuit, BlackBerry has accused Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, of infringing upon some of its messaging patents, in this case half a dozen that were issued from 2012 to 2014. Two of those six patents are part of BlackBerry's legal action against Facebook.

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BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League rewards praise on social media

BlackBerry Smartphone Fan League rewards praise on social media

BlackBerry is hoping to drum up new customers by turning existing handset owners into its biggest fans. The company has launched a new fan club of sorts, a new social campaign that'll reward "superfans" for sharing BB-related content on social media. Users who participate in challenges through the campaign will be given points that can be redeemed for a chance at prizes.

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BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents

BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over mobile messaging patents

BlackBerry is going after Facebook, as well as its Instagram and WhatsApp companies, for alleged patent infringement. The company filed a lawsuit against the social media platforms today, accusing them of developing mobile apps that infringe on BlackBerry's "mobile messaging intellectual property." A spokesperson for BlackBerry claims the company has spent "several years" in talks with Facebook over the alleged IP infringement, apparently without any progress in the matter.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition arrives in US via Best Buy, Amazon

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition arrives in US via Best Buy, Amazon

BlackBerry fans in the US can now purchase the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition variant from two major retailers, giving them access to the same model that started rolling out in other markets last year. We saw the KEYone Black Edition start its wider rollout back in September 2017, heading first to India and later on to Europe and the Middle East with other markets in the pipeline. The US market, however, hadn't been mentioned at the time, leaving consumers wondering when or if they'd get access to the handset.

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BlackBerry World paid apps removal scheduled for April 1

BlackBerry World paid apps removal scheduled for April 1

BlackBerry is alerting developers that it will be removing paid apps from its BlackBerry World app store starting on April 1. It's the latest move away from the BlackBerry 10 platform -- though BlackBerry World isn't going away, it will be switching to a free-only library, leaving little of interest for the few remaining BB10 users out there.

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MWC 2018 preview: Galaxy S9, Huawei, Sony and more

MWC 2018 preview: Galaxy S9, Huawei, Sony and more

Mobile World Congress 2018 should reveal new hardware products from a variety of big names in mobile smart devices. This event is a trade show fun by GSMA, and it's the place where some of the most important smart devices of the year are launched. Did I mention devices? Today I'm going to run down the basics in what we expect from MWC at the tail end of this month.

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