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Mar
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BBM update brings Android Wear support, ad-free option and more


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While Blackberry’s hardware division is still struggling to turn the company’s ship around, Blackberry Messenger has at least found a modicum of success on outside platforms including Android. Now at MWC 2015, Blackberry announced it is preparing to take the experience up a notch by introducing a few new features and a few new paid options in the latest update to its app.

When it comes to features, there’s really two new things on offer: photos in group chat, and support for the Android Wear platform. It is the latter of these features that is most interesting, letting you read and reply to messages right from your wrist.

As for the paid aspects? For those that wish their PINs were nothing more than then a random string of characters, you can now pay $1.99 per month to have a custom PIN. While certain restrictions apply, custom PINs let you use both numbers and letters, though the PIN must be at least 6-8 characters long. The other paid option is the ability to remove ads for $.99. No, not one time — reoccuring every month.

While some folks might be willing to pay monthly for an add free experience or to get a PIN that’s easier to remember for sharing with friends, you think a one time low cost fee or a once a year fee would be a much easier sell than the current monthly payment scheme. For Blackberry fans interested in Android Wear support, group chat photos and/or new montly ‘premium’ options, you can now grab the updated app on Google Play.



2
Mar
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BBM update brings PIN and Android Wear support


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Back in January at CES, BlackBerry announced that BBM would get support for Android Wear. Now it’s Mobile World Congress and they are announcing that it’s officially available. You can now read BBM messages in their entirety, respond to them via Google Now or with a pre-defined message, and accept BBM invites all from your Android Wear smartwatch.

In addition to Android Wear support, the app itself also gets PIN support. You can now create a customized 6-8 digit alphanumeric BBM PIN that’s unique and easy to share. However, you will have to purchase it for $1.99 per month.

One last addition for Android users is the ability to purchase a no-ad subscription for $0.99 per month.

source: BlackBerry

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2
Mar
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BlackBerry wants to bring some of its best features to every device


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BlackBerry has only been willing to give out tiny pieces of its smartphone experience so far, like BBM and its enterprise servers, but it’s going to be much more liberal in the near future. It’s launching BlackBerry Experience Suite, a collection of apps and services that bring some of its biggest features to Android, iOS and Windows gear in hopes of making them mainstays of the working world. Some of them are more behind-the-scenes features that keep your corporate info both secure and separate from your personal affairs. However, others are very conspicuously borrowed from BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The company is promising the BlackBerry Hub (which unifies BB10’s messaging), universal search and even its own input method — yes, you may get a BlackBerry keyboard on your phone without resorting to a Typo case. The suite won’t be available until later in the year, but it may be just the ticket if you (or your office) wants to try BlackBerry features while keeping the hardware and apps you already use.

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2
Mar
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BlackBerry wants to bring some of its best features to every device


The hub on a BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry has only been willing to give out tiny pieces of its smartphone experience so far, like BBM and its enterprise servers, but it’s going to be much more liberal in the near future. It’s launching BlackBerry Experience Suite, a collection of apps and services that bring some of its biggest features to Android, iOS and Windows gear in hopes of making them mainstays of the working world. Some of them are more behind-the-scenes features that keep your corporate info both secure and separate from your personal affairs. However, others are very conspicuously borrowed from BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The company is promising the BlackBerry Hub (which unifies BB10’s messaging), universal search and even its own input method — yes, you may get a BlackBerry keyboard on your phone without resorting to a Typo case. The suite won’t be available until later in the year, but it may be just the ticket if you (or your office) wants to try BlackBerry features while keeping the hardware and apps you already use.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Blackberry

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Source: BlackBerry (1), (2)

26
Feb
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Android for Work is ready to make your phone office-friendly


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Remember Android for Work, Google’s big effort to make your smartphone safe for business? It’s finally ready for prime time. The officially launched initiative lets you keep work-related accounts and app info separate from personal affairs while maintaining security — you don’t have to worry that higher-ups will peek at (or worse, delete) your vacation photos. You’ll only get full flexibility if you’re using Android 5.0 Lollipop, which lets you create work profiles, but an app will grant you access to corporate-approved tools if you’re running Android 4.0 or later.

The launch is getting help from a mix of app and hardware providers, including Box, Citrix, VMware, HTC, LG and Sony. Even BlackBerry is helping out with Android for Work support in its latest management tools. Developers of paid apps can even get in the mix, by opting-in to make their apps available for bulk purchase. However, Samsung isn’t pitching in to the same degree that was promised last year. While Samsung is still a partner, Google tells Recode that it didn’t end up using the Korean tech firm’s Knox technology to lock things down. Whatever’s under the hood, you now have a better chance of using your personal phone for office duties without enduring the hassles and security risks of the past.

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Source: Android Official Blog, BlackBerry

20
Feb
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BlackBerry 10.3.1 update includes the Amazon Appstore


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BlackBerry has just starting rolling out version 10.3.1 of its OS to a range of devices, including the BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, and Q5. What is particularly interesting about this update is that it also includes the Amazon AppStore, granting Blackberry users access to a wide range of Android apps.

This update has been a long time in the making, Blackberry initially announced Amazon store integration back in June of 2014. Although not quite as extensive as the Google Play Store, Amazon’s AppStore contains a good portion of the most popular Android games and applications, which will really help bulk up the range of apps available to BlackBerry customers.

Following a huge decline in its market share, Blackberry has gradually been opening up to competing platforms, including porting its messenger service to other operating systems and promising support for Google’s Android Wear. While clearly a positive move for consumers, this will likely come at the cost of support for its own store, as developers no longer need to cater exclusively to Blackberry’s smaller platform.

BlackBerry 10.3.1 is rolling out to devices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East starting today, subject to carrier approval, while a North American release is scheduled for the future.



20
Feb
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BlackBerry’s latest update brings Amazon Appstore to its phones


All BlackBerry 10 phones will soon get features previously available on the BB Classic only, thanks to the platform’s latest update. One of the most notable changes is the addition of Amazon’s Appstore, giving users access to a bevy of Android apps. The update also equips the phones with BlackBerry Blend, which consolidates emails, text messages, BBM, contacts and calendar, and keeps them all synced across devices and even across operating systems (it works on Mac, Windows, Android and iOS). There’s BlackBerry Assistant, as well: a virtual secretary like SIri and Cortana that responds silently if you type a question, speaks when you ask out loud and adds context to its answers if you’re using a Bluetooth headset and it thinks you don’t have access to the screen. These features, along with a bunch of other ones, are coming to all available BB 10 devices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East starting today, but it’s slated to make its way to North America in the future.

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19
Feb

BlackBerry update opens up Amazon App Store access for Android apps on all BlackBerry 10 devices


BlackBerry has revealed a pretty major software update for all of its BlackBerry 10 running devices. The build number carries version number 10.3.1 and brings in the BlackBerry Assistant, think Siri and Google Now. It also adds in a new feature called Blend that allows users to communicate via email, text, and other services while also […]

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17
Feb
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BlackBerry Passport and Classic come to AT&T on February 20th


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BlackBerry fans on AT&T, your long wait for a new phone is almost over — the carrier has announced that both the Passport and Classic will reach its stores on February 20th. As promised, AT&T’s ever-so-slightly customized (but still oddly shaped) Passport will cost you $200 on contract, $22 per month on Next 24 or $650 up front. If you’d like something a tad less squarish, the Classic will cost you $50 on contract, $14 per month on Next 24 or $420 outright. These BlackBerrys certainly aren’t the cheapest devices in AT&T’s roster, but they’re also the network’s only modern phones with hardware keyboards. If you still aren’t a fan of typing on glass, they’re your best bets.

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11
Feb
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Daily Roundup: Google’s robotic dog, one-way trips to Mars and more!


In today’s Daily Roundup, we marvel over the impressive stabilization abilities of the latest robot from Google-owned Boston Dynamics, get all the details on why people want to go on a one-way trip to Mars and review BlackBerry’s latest phone, straight out of 2011. All that and more past the break.

Google’s got a robot dog that stalks indoors, haunts dreams

Google-owned Boston Dynamics showed off its latest quadruped, “Spot.” This 160-pound robot is able to conquer a variety of challenging situations thanks to an array of sensors on its head that helps keep it balanced.

Here’s why people are volunteering for a one-way trip to Mars

A new documentary about the Mars One mission was just released by The Guardian. It interviews three Mars One finalists and asks why they’d want to leave our relatively safe and comforting home for a new life on a planet far, far away.

BlackBerry Classic review: A love letter to fans and few others

The BlackBerry Classic looks like a phone straight out of 2011, but it has a few modern touches to make it interesting. Is it enough to turn things around for the struggling company? Read our review and find out.

New video spec clears the way for 8K laptop screens

We’re finally starting to get comfortable with 4K displays, but the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) just unveiled Embedded DisplayPort 1.4a, a new format that lets all-in-ones and laptops use 8K screens. That’s a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels.

Neil Armstrong kept the original moon landing camera in his closet

After returning from the moon, Neil Armstrong stored numerous items from the Apollo 11 moon landing in a closet at home, including the 16mm Data Acquisition Camera used to record the iconic moment he reached the lunar surface. Some of these items will be on display at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum starting on June 8th.

Apple cracks down on accessory makers to discourage leaks

Sources for 9to5Mac claim that Apple is making key accessory manufacturers sign agreements that prevent them from making items for upcoming devices based on factory leaks. If the firms give in to the temptation and ship leak-based products, Apple warns of “penalties.”

Samsung swears its smart TVs aren’t eavesdropping on you

Samsung’s smart TV privacy policy recently left a number of people worried that the manufacturer was eavesdropping on private conversations. The company posted a response clarifying how its voice-recognition features work.

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