Articles by Jared Dipane

BlackBerry Priv

Newegg has a great deal going on right now for the BlackBerry Priv, dropping the price down to just $399. The units being sold are unlocked AT&T variants (STV100-1), so you will be able to use it on the GSM carrier of your choice.

Coocheer Bluetooth speaker

Right now you can pick up this Coocheer Bluetooth speaker for just $9 at Amazon with coupon code TUFIEZWH, a savings of $11. In addition to being Bluetooth, the speaker also has built-in NFC for quick and easy pairing to any phone that is compatible. The premium sound with bass enhance technology will give you a great quality of audio output for keeping the party going.

BlackBerry Priv

AT&T has slashed the price of the BlackBerry Priv by $60, dropping it down to $639 off contract. While this isn't a huge savings, it exceeds the $50 cut that BlackBerry recently did on the phone. If you are in the market for a new phone or have been eyeing the Priv but waiting for the price to drop a little, this may be your time to pick one up.

Priv Marshmallow

BlackBerry is now pushing out its first Marshmallow beta update for the Priv to those who signed up to help test it.

T-Mobile customers who signed up for the beta will begin receiving their invites to download the update in 24 hours, according to Nathan Webster who is the manager of BlackBerry's beta program.

So, if you are on the current beta be sure to check for an update. If you are a T-Mobile customer, keep an eye on your inbox in the coming days for your invite. The update weighs in at over 1.7GB, so you will want to make sure you have plenty of battery power and a good Wi-Fi connection to get it downloaded.

Verizon

Verizon has announced its Q1 2016 earnings with $32.2 billion in total operating revenue coming in, of which $22 billion came from the wireless end of the business. The carrier was also able to add 640,000 postpaid net additions, which is a low-volume quarter for them. Customer retention remained solid at Verizon, with its retail postpaid churn as low as 0.96%, a huge improvement year over year.

Mpow Wolverines

Mpow is currently offering its newest Bluetooth sports headphones for just $15 at Amazon with coupon code DM5PUY7O. Designed to be lightweight and long-lasting, these new headphones are great for your sporting adventures and more. They have 8 hours of battery per charge and offer noise cancellation to keep the outside sounds out and help you focus.

Ecnryption

Four big tech coalitions have teamed up to write an open letter to two senators in opposition to a bill that would require smartphone manufacturers to decrypt data for law enforcement on demand. Apple, Google, and Facebook are amongst the companies that these coalitions represent, and the letter expresses their "deep concerns" surrounding the proposed bill.

BlackBerry logo

Following the recent news that BlackBerry's global decryption key was in the hands of the Canadian Police since 2010, current CEO John Chen has taken to the BlackBerry Blog to clear the air. BlackBerry feels as though "tech companies as good corporate citizens should comply with reasonable lawful access requests," a position they have made clear in the past.

BlackBerry's global decryption key was obtained by Canadian Police in 2010

It appears as though BlackBerry's global decryption key was previously obtained by the Canadian Police. According to a report, the police have had the key to BlackBerry devices since 2010, but neither the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) nor BlackBerry will confirm the details of how it was handed over.

Save up to 70% on select Crucial and Lexar storage products at Amazon

Amazon's Deal of the Day can score you up to 70% savings on various hard drives, memory cards, memory and more from Lexar and Crucial. Whether you need a new hard drive for your computer, some RAM to speed it up a bit, or a new memory card for your phone, you won't want to miss out on this deal.

Kmashi 20000mAh power bank

Right now you can grab Kmashi's 20000mAh power bank for $20 at Amazon with coupon code 3Z9KLROS, a savings of $13. The power bank is Quick Charge 2.0 compliant, so you'll be able to charge your phone fast while on the go. The ultra-slim design keeps it at just over half an inch thin, and the built-in LED flashlight can come in handy during an emergency situation.

BlackBerry PRiv

The April security patches are now available for BlackBerry Priv owners. Those who purchased their phones from ShopBlackBerry may have already received the update on March 23, but now more carriers are pushing it. This update patches the latest round of vulnerabilities that Google discovered, keeping your phone even more secure.

BlackBerry Priv Marshmallow beta begins

As rumored, BlackBerry has announced the Marshmallow beta test for the BlackBerry Priv. You can now sign up to join the program, and the company will accept registrations for two weeks. The first wave will only be available to those who purchased their devices from Amazon, ShopBlackBerry or Carphone Warehouse.

Priv update brings a stronger Linux kernel

An update is now available for those with the BlackBerry Priv, and this update also focuses on security. We've seen monthly security patches since the phone's release, but this is a bit different. A recent discovery showed that the Android / Linux kernel was vulnerable to a specific attack, and this update fixes that to prevent issues.

AT&T pushing March security patches to Priv

T-Mobile has now also sent out their update OTA. Priv owners should find it readily available when checking for updates.

The unlocked BlackBerry Priv has already received its monthly security patch for March, and now AT&T is pushing its update. We've seen the carrier variants get the updates anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks after the unlocked version, and this one is on the later end. The update originally pushed out on March 7, which is two weeks ago.

T-Mobile adds new BingeOn partners

T-Mobile has announced a number of new partners for its BingeOn program, including YouTube, Discovery Go, Redbull TV and others. John Legere took to Twitter with some stats that the company has collected, like that millions of subscribers are now streaming more than twice the amount they were before BingeOn, and that on the T-Mobile network you get 480p Netflix instead of the 360p that others are offering.

Aukey 15000mAh power bank

Aukey is currently offering its 15000mAh power bank for just $17 at Amazon with coupon code NC6QYHJ3. Featuring two USB outputs, you can charge multiple devices at the same time, and one of the ports is Quick Charge 2.0 compliant. This means that you will be able to get that nice fast charge, even while on the go.

SanDisk 200GB

SanDisk's 200GB microSD card is on sale today at Amazon for just $59, which is $20 less than the previous deal price. This is the lowest price we have seen this card reach, and it makes it an even better value. If you're looking to add more storage to your phone, tablet or even camera, you won't want to miss out on this one!

BlackBerry continues to beat expectations with security patches on the Priv

BlackBerry has taken to its official blog to pat itself on the back for being able to keep up with pushing security updates to the Priv faster than any other OEM. Since the release of the Priv, BlackBerry has pushed the security update out the same day Google detailed the changes. Other OEM partners range from one to 37 days, with several partners still not even pushing patches for updates from December.

Verizon

Verizon Wireless has been ordered to pay $1.35 million for its use of "Supercookies" in mobile traffic, following an investigation by the FCC. As a result, Verizon will have to make some changes to the way it delivers advertising to customers.

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