BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 rollout has officially begun

BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 rollout has officially begun

It has begun. Yes, after many rumors, speculation and confirmation at the BlackBerry Classic event of a February launch, the rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is now official according to BlackBerry and will be available to customers around the world starting today in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific for the entire line of smartphones running BlackBerry 10. This announcement is mostly significant for older BlackBerry 10 smartphones as this is the first major update since OS 10.2.1 last year.

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BBM

To go along with the BBM for iOS update, the BBM team has also rolled out a new update for the BlackBerry 10 as well. This release focuses on key issue that was affecting users and that's notifications not displaying for picture messages in group chats. A small but welcomed updated. It's live right now in the BlackBerry Beta Zone so if you're one of those on the limited beta, go ahead and get your fix. Version will vary depending on OS and device and take note, current chats will be lost by installing this version of BBM.

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Save 46% today on this rugged hard case and holster for BlackBerry Q10

Get the best all-around protection for your BlackBerry Q10 with this CONVERT Combo from Seidio! For low-profile protection, use the SURFACE case, which doubles as the inner most layer. On top of that is a rugged skin and plastic exoskeleton. To keep it all at your side use the durable swivel holster that locks with a switch of a button. Yours today for only $26.95

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BBM for iOS beta updated to v2.7.0.67

BBM for iOS beta updated to v2.7.0.67

UPDATED - Ahh, there was a full change log. The update just wasn't showing it. I have now included it below.

If you're a beta tester for BBM on iOS, you now have a new update available for you through TestFlight. While the change log for this one appears rather long, a lot of it's just the same as previous versions so it seems there's no huge changes in this release despite the larger version number. One item that appears new though is there has been some adjustments made to the 'connecting' messages that get displayed when network coverage and WiFi is low. Still an update is an update. Go get it!

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Mobile Nations Community Update, February 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, February 2015

It's that time again. Time to bring you up-to-date with the latest happenings around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in our Community Update.

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Dukto is an easy to use LAN file transfer tool

There are various applications at your disposal with which to transfer your files via WiFi. Using the Dukto open source code, one talented developer worked hard to create a seamless and beautiful native experience to BlackBerry 10. If you are not familiar with Dukto, it is a multi-platform LAN file transfer utility that supports sending text, files, or folders from one device to another and vice versa. It does so with users not having to worry about configuration, permissions, operating system, protocols, and servers.

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Parrott-Voice-Recorder-Hero

We first took a look at Parrot - Voice Recorder, on video, back in April 2013 and it got the thumbs up from me. The fantastic native BlackBerry 10 app has been updated several times since those early days, however today sees a massive new release, now that OS 10.3.1 is out.

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Detwiler Fenton reportedly facing criminal case over BlackBerry sales information

Back in April of 2013, research firm Detwiler Fenton claimed that Z10 devices were being returned in unusually high numbers, which caused BlackBerry stock to drop nearly 8%. At the time, the claim sounded rather crazy because it essentially made it look as though returns were exceeding sales.

BlackBerry understandably took issue with the claims and stated they were absolutely false and sought a US and Canadian review of the claims through Securities and Exchange Commission and Ontario Securities Commission and now it appears as though they might be seeing some justice on the matter according to a new report from the Boston Business Journal.

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TELUS BlackBerry Z30 owners can now update to OS 10.3.1

Much like Rogers, the initial push of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 on TELUS was limited to the BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Q5, leaving BlackBerry Z30 owners waiting a bit longer. Now though, the update has started rolling out and Z30 owners have the OS update available to them according to several folks in the CrackBerry Forums as well as TELUS' own Twitter support channels. If your device isn't set to automatically download updates, you can now go to Settings>Software Updates and see if it's available for you. Looking for what's new? We got you covered! Passport owner? Well, you're still waiting for now.

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FCC votes 3-2 to reclassify broadband as a utility, sets new net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 today to regulate broadband providers like telephone and cable utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The FCC will also enforce a set of net neutrality rules for those companies. The changes were first proposed earlier this month.

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The Guild features BlackBerry Industrial Designer Joseph Hofer

BlackBerry has a long standing history of winning design awards for their BlackBerry smartphones and recently, film producer and music composer Ryan Freeman of Freeman House Productions, based in Toronto, Canada, contacted BlackBerry with a request to feature Joseph Hofer, Senior Industrial Designer at BlackBerry, in what was then an upcoming short film series called The Guild Series.

The Guild Series aims to offer an inside look at the creative process through a number of categories including a Music Producer, City Planner, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer and in this case, an Industrial Designer whose recent work includes the Q10 and Z10, as well the BlackBerry Passport.

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BlackBerry Leap 'Rio' gets caught in new photos

BlackBerry Leap 'Rio' gets caught in new photos

It seems the BlackBerry Rio, which might go to market as the BlackBerry Leap, can't stay under wraps any longer. The mid-range or low-end depending on your tastes, all-touch device which has been appearing in various ways since late last year has now been caught in some new photos. As we noted before, the design is familiar to that of the Z3 but inside the specs are slightly different.

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Home-Scree-Plus-Hero

If your the type of person that likes to keep an eye on stocks while you're on the move, then the latest update to Home Screen Plus may well be of interest. It's only been a month since the last update, which introduced resizable widgets, but the developer, ShaoSoft, has been hard at work to bring a new unique experience to the already popular BlackBerry 10 app.

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BlackBerry Classic now available online from Verizon Wireless

We knew it was coming but now it's really here. Yes, the BlackBerry Classic is now available for purchase online from Verizon Wireless while retail outlets will have the devices starting on March 5th. Verizon has priced the Classic at $99.99 with new two-year activation after $50 mail-in rebate debit card (takes up to six weeks and expires in 12 months) plus, it's also available for eligible Verizon Edge customers or you can buy it outright for $399.99. If you're looking to learn more about the Classic, check out our full review otherwise, head on over the Verizon site to place your order where's it's available in camera and non-camera versions.

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Want to win some BlackBerry goodies? Enter now to win some hats, mugs and more!

We were due for a contest so, I decided to have a little bit of fun. As some folks might have seen on the CrackBerry BBM Channel (C00012B19), I've been hanging on to some BlackBerry goodies. Some hats, pens, stickers, spark logos, mugs, carabiners and a few other things. Obviously, I can't wear 10 of all the same hats and there's only so many key chains one can have a use for and since people haven't stopped emailing me about the stuff since I posted it, I figured now was a good time to go ahead and give some of it away so the emails will hopefully stop and well, because I like you all.

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Having 'Blue LED' errors on your BlackBerry 10 device? Here's how to fix it!

Since November, there has been a rather random issue happening to a limited number of BlackBerry smartphones that when the device was manually restarted, all data is removed and it a blue LED is displayed during startup. At the time it started occurring, it was happening on developer builds or otherwise leaked builds of 10.3.1 but there was no resolution for it that worked for everyone.

With 10.3.1 now officially released, BlackBerry has updated their knowledge base to fully address the problem and issue a fix for those who might be experiencing it, which seems to be mostly Z10 and Q10 owners but is available to everyone as it does a hardware check to determine if it's needed for your device.

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BlackBerry works with Google to enhance mobile security and user experience

BlackBerry announced today that the company is working with Google to enable BES12, the cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications that debuted at Google I/O last year.

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Rogers BlackBerry Z30 and Q5 OS 10.3.1 updates now available

While Rogers has already rolled out OS 10.3.1 to BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 owners, their estimated time of arrival for the update on other devices such as the Z30 and Q5 was up in the air for a bit there with some reports suggesting, at the time, 'early next week' with others suggesting March.

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iGrann-Pro-Hero

One of the apps that is always open as an Active Frame on my BlackBerry 10 device is iGrann Pro. Today a small, but welcomed, update is rolling out and although the improvements are not huge, it's nice to see yet another update from the developer.

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Z3 SIM card slot

Update: A new report in The Intercept claims that Gemalto is drastically downplaying the effects of this attack. In the report, several security researchers came to the conclusion that "the company made sweeping, overly-optimistic statements about the security and stability of Gemalto's networks, and dramatically underplayed the significance of the NSA-GCHQ targeting of the company and its employees."

Original story: Digital security vendor Gemalto revealed its findings today following last week's report of an incursion by the NSA and the GCHQ into the vendor's SIM card encryption keys. While Gemalto noted that an operation by NSA and GCHQ "probably happened" in 2010 and 2011, the intrusion could not have resulted in a "massive theft" of SIM card encryption keys as the breach affected the company's office network and not its secure networks.

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