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First Look: Here's the BlackBerry Passport in white!

First Look: Here's the BlackBerry Passport in white!

When BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced the BlackBerry Passport, he also made sure to note the device would be arriving in white alongside the standard black. Since then, many folks have been waiting to see the white version and until now, they've been disappointed. The white version has been hard to catch and while many folks like Pootermobile and Dylan Habkirk have created renders of what they think the device might look like, we've managed to grab a shot of what we're pretty positive is the real deal.

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A selection of QWERTY devices get a price cut in India

This is the kind of news I like to see, although it's just restricted to India at the moment. If you are in the country and are in the market for a new BlackBerry you may want to take advantage of the new lowered prices that have been introduced as from today.

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Deal of the Day: Incipio OVRMLD Flexible Hard Case for BlackBerry Z10

The Incipio OVRMLD Case is engineered with a raised polymer barrier to protect its soft finish from unpredictable scratches and surface wear. The dual-injected design combines impact resistant, semi-rigid NGP with a rigid plextonium frame for superior protection. Best of all, you can grab this case today for 45% off. Supplies are limited so act fast!

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BlackBerry has made BES10 (BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10) available as a Hosted Service through third-party partners around the globe. The service will be called BES10 Hosted and it will allow organizations to benefit from BlackBerry's secure network. They will be able to manage iOS, Android as well as BlackBerry devices securely. BES10 Hosted offers organizations the benefits of what BES10 offers "without compromising on security, reliability and cost-efficiency".

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Automate your everyday tasks with On Location

In this day and age being able to perform tasks quicker and easier is key. One employer of mine stressed the importance of "one less click" when devising a new task management system. From the developer that brought you SMSbyNow On Location is not as drastic as that but it is a headless application that performs specific actions when entering or leaving a location. While this is not a new concept to the platform, it certainly is a useful and interesting one.

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BlackBerry has been busy working on BBM. We've just seen an update to the BBM beta on Windows Phone but it seems a beta update has landed for BlackBerry 10 users too. There isn't much to this update but it does bring about a new way to add BBM contacts. There is a new Add Contact screen where you can seemingly add contacts from a suggested list or send an invite to a contact to their e-mail address. Even the scan barcode screen has been tweaked too.

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The TV Show is like app or game reviews for television episodes. Whether you're watching in your living or streaming to your BlackBerry, follow along for the week of TV that was. On this episode Dave and Rene are joined by Dave's ex-girlfriend, Ashley Williams to talk 24 finale, Fascape season 1, and — sorry, really, so sorry! — Doctor Who season 3, including the brilliantly terrifying Blink.

Support the TV Show: Go to harrys.com and use offer code thetvshow to save $5 off your order.

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Hemlock Grove's Famke Janssen isn't a fan of tech or selfies but still digs her BlackBerry Curve

Famke Janssen has had plenty of success throughout her acting career, starring in Nip Tuck, Taken, Taken 2 and perhaps most famously, as Jean Grey in the X-men series of movies and James Bond flick, GoldenEye but her role on Netflix's horror series Hemlock Grove is her latest work. As part of the promotion surrounding the shows second season, Famke sat down with USA Today to talk tech, even though she admittedly doesn't like much of it.

As noted in the interview, she's not on social media, she has an iPhone she's never used because of the touchscreen and she doesn't even have a TV. Which she does have though, is a bit of privacy, individuality and a BlackBerry Curve she's not really embarrassed to admit using. As for selfies, she's not a fan of those either and thinks they're a little intrusive on personal space.

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bbm

A new update for BlackBerry's BBM messaging app for Windows Phone is now available for download, and it's the first such update since the closed beta for the app went live a few days ago for its selected users.

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The new BlackBerry Vendor Portal is now live for developers

After a rather lengthy round of beta testing, BlackBerry has now pulled the covers off their new BlackBerry Vendor Portal for developers. The site was long overdue for a makeover, so a lot has been improved and changed for the better. The focus was to emphasize the user experience on the whole, so here's what you can expect if you're a developer and have not yet had access to it.

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New COO at BlackBerry another sign of software focus

Yesterday BlackBerry announced that they've hired a Chief Operating Officer. The company has not had a COO since John Chen took over and cleaned house.

Remember when Thorsten Heins brought in his own management team including COO Kristian Tear who had tremendous experience from Sony Ericsson and Ericsson? Or how about the co-COO structure that worked very well for BlackBerry during its hyper growth phase? They had Don Morrison covering carrier relationships (he was formerly an AT&T guy) and Larry Conlee (an ex-Motorola guy) who was in charge of manufacturing.

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In the world of BYOD, BlackBerry introduced Secure Work Space for iOS and Android as part of their MDM system. Companies can manage it all through the BES 10 administration console. Today, BlackBerry has released a few applications for the Secure Work Space for both iOS and Android, while others have been updated. Not all apps are available for both platforms yet but those are coming soon. Some apps are also available for BlackBerry devices that use BlackBerry Balance.

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Deal of the Day: BodyGuardz HD Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for BlackBerry Z10

These protectors from BodyGuardz are custom cut to fit your Z10's display and help keep abrasive elements from ever damaging it. They're easy to apply and even reduce annoying glare, making this dual-pack a no brainer - especially at 44% off! Supplies are limited so be sure and grab yours today before they're gone.

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The International Organization for Migration in Colombia jump on the BES10 bandwagon

More good news this week on the enterprise side of things for BlackBerry as the International Organization for Migration in Colombia have chosen BES10 as their platform of the future.

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Verizon

Verizon has posted its second quarter earnings, which saw the carrier accruing a double-digit percentage increase in operating income and earnings per share. Over the course of the quarter, Verizon has managed to add 1.4 million new postpaid wireless subscribers, up from 941,000 over the same period last year.

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Flycraft Herbie

Back at the start of the month we told you that FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines was coming soon to BlackBerry 10 and that day has now arrived. If you loved Herbie in the original FlyCraft then it's time to get addicted once again and this one sure is a challenge.

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Yahoo scoops up mobile analytics firm Flurry to strengthen their mobile products

Yahoo has been on a mission to strengthen their mobile products for a while now and to push that envelope even further, the company has now announced they'll be acquiring mobile analytics firm Flurry after having reached a definitive agreement. Flurry, was started in 2008 and today has reached over 170,000 developers across 1.4 billion devices monthly with their services being offered to pretty much every mobile operating system out there one way or another including BlackBerry 10 through their analytics SDK.

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Cast for BlackBerry 10 continues to improve and add new features, v1.0.7.3 now available

One of the cool things about writing about apps all day is the fact that you often times get to see apps grow from a very basic implementation into something totally awesome. Such is the case with Cast for BlackBerry 10, which offers up the ability to cast YouTube videos from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone to your Google Chromecast and so much more. The app is on its third or fourth update now and each time the developer behind it, Tony Creswell, aims to add features based on user feedback.

This time is no different and if you're a Cast user, you should find v1.0.7.3 now available for download via BlackBerry World. The change log, while short, adds some new features to the mix that improve the overall experience of using Cast on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Whether you've been using the app previously, or been holding off until more features were added, here's what's in the latest release.

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BlackBerry Beta Zone app updated to v10.0.0.36 - Bug fixes, performance improvements and more included

A little bit of an update for all you BlackBerry Beta Zone users. The BlackBerry Beta Zone app itself has just been updated to v10.0.0.36 and it includes some notable changes this time around such as performance improvements, notifications added for third-party beta programs and links now posted via the app will be recognized as URL's.

Finally, the usual 'bug fixes' are also noted to be included. If you've not grabbed the update already, go ahead and open the Beta Zone app, you should find that you'll be prompted to update it from there. If you don't have the app installed yet, then be sure to grab it from BlackBerry World sign up and find out if you're missing out on any beta testing you could be taking part in.

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At one investment firm in NY, privacy concerns are leading many to ask for their BlackBerry back

Over at CIO today, Tom Kaneshige ran an article titled: Mobile Workers: 'I Want My Blackberry Back' It highlights comments from an IT executive at 'a well-known investment firm in New York City' and the troubles the organization is having with their Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy and MDM solutions that ultimately has employees asking for their corporate BlackBerry back.

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