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BlackBerry said to be cutting 35% of Waterloo workforce

Update - Rather than letting folks wonder about the number of employees laid off, BlackBerry has now stated "approximately 200 employees have been impacted in Canada and Florida."

BlackBerry has now confirmed a new round of layoffs has impacted a small number of employees in Waterloo and Sunrise, Florida. In a statement issued by BlackBerry, the exact number of employees impacted by the layoffs was not given but notes this is the continuation of the company turnaround plan.

BlackBerry Priv now available in Australia

If you happen to reside in Australia and are interested in the BlackBerry Priv, you'll be excited to find out that it is now available through Optus. In January, BlackBerry released the Priv in Italy, Spain, France and other locations, and now Australia is the latest to join the fun.

Fitbit's Alta is the company's sleekest fitness tracker yet

Fitbit has announced its latest fitness tracker, the Alta, which is one of the nicest-looking offerings from the company. Pre-orders are now open for the tracker, with shipments beginning in March 2016. Realizing that people don't always want their fitness tracker to look like one, Fitbit is offering a number of band options for the Alta, like a metal bracelet, leather band and a classic band.

T-Mobile is offering fourth line free again

T-Mobile has brought back its popular "fourth line free promotion" with Family Match, and this time around the carrier is offering customers the choice between 10GB per line or unlimited data. Previously, the carrier ran a limited-time promotion that scored you four lines with 10GB each for $120, and more recently had only been offering family plans with 6GB of data each. Now, the carrier has brought back the 10GB option, as well as introduced a new unlimited offering for the promotion.

BlackBerry announces AtHoc data center in Canada

BlackBerry has announced a new secure data center in Canada that will allow support for global customers who want to take advantage of its AtHoc services. With the new cloud offerings, BlackBerry will be able to address data residency requirements for global customers who want to use its services for networked crisis communications.

BlackBerry Priv Feb security update now available

Here is the list of what all was patched in this release. In total, there were six CVE's addressed in this update.

The BlackBerry Priv is now receiving its February security patch. At this time, it is not clear exactly what has been patched or changed with this build, though we expect Google to reveal details about the update shortly. BlackBerry has done an excellent job so far in pushing timely security patches to the Priv.

You can now use the 'thumbs up' in Google Play app

If you've wanted a way to show someone that their review of a particular app helped you, you'll be happy to see that you can now 'thumbs up' a review from the Google Play app. That's right, if you come across a review that you find worthy of being thanked, or liked, or acknowledged positively in some fashion, you can now do so right from your phone. To find helpful reviews, you can sort them by most helpful first, newest first or have the highest rated show up first. Previously, you were only able to use the button on the web, so it's great to see that make its way to the mobile app.

Verizon spent $70 million to triple Bay Area LTE capacity ahead of the Super Bowl

Verizon wants to make sure that all of its customers who are headed to the Super Bowl have full coverage, so the carrier has more than tripled its 4G LTE network capacity in the Bay Area. The carrier spent $70 million in what it calls a "long-term investment" to boost network performance from San Francisco to Santa Clara. With the additional capacity, Verizon will be able to deliver a more reliable connection, even when the area is overly saturated with users.

These upgrades have been in the works for two years: Verizon has built 16 new area cell sites improving network performance at more than 10 major area venues, three major airports, and several hotels.

New BES12 integrations make the platform more robust

BlackBerry has integrated WatchDox and Good, two of its recent acquisitions, into BES12 in a new Unified Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform. This announcement comes along with the company's release of a new suite of mobile apps under the Good Secure EMM branding.

BlackBerry announces Good Secure EMM Suite of apps

BlackBerry has announced Good Secure Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Suites, a new set of applications which aim to make it even easier to manage enterprise devices regardless of the operating system. The suite of apps include security, management, productivity and collaboration offerings that all feature best-in-class app security.

Verizon now beta testing its FreeBee sponsored data service

Verizon has announced that it is now ready to begin beta testing its sponsored data service, called FreeBee Data. With this service, Verizon and partners hope to drive engagement with mobile content on its network by allowing customers to access various content without it impacting their data allotment for the month.

Dept of Vet Affairs is using BlackBerry's Athoc

BlackBerry's AtHoc division has scored yet another big contract, this time with the Department of Veterans Affairs to power its crisis communications. The deal, which is valued at $20 million, will have AtHoc assist the organization for multiple-year delivery of its emergency communications through pager, phone, fax and more.

Netflix to prevent proxies and unblockers

Netflix recently became available in 130 more countries, but unfortunately not every area is able to access all of its content. While Netflix works on licensing agreements, it will begin preventing customers from using proxies and unblockers to access more content. This move may not be a popular one from the company, as people obviously will want access to as much content as possible, but it is something Netflix says is necessary for its business.

Keep charged with Kmashi's 15000mAh power bank for just $12.50 with coupon code at Amazon

Kmashi's 15000mAh power bank is on sale at Amazon with the coupon code FBDXPO7W, dropping the price to just $12.50 from its usual $20. That's right, you can save $7.50 on this battery pack to keep your favorite electronics charged by just entering a simple code at checkout. Featuring dual-USB outputs, you are able to charge more than one thing at the same time.

Good Technology continues to prove its super secure

Good Technology, which is now a division of BlackBerry, has announced that several of its apps and servers have reached the highest level of certification available. These apps are ones that the company has made available on both iOS and Android, including Good Work, Good Access, Good Connect and several others.

Save on Anker's 13000mAh power bank at Amazon

Anker is offering its 13000mAh power bank with dual-USB output for just $25 at Amazon with coupon code WRS5DIQV. That's right, you can save $8 on this large battery pack that will provide you with enough power to charge your phone, tablet or just about any other electronic.

AT&T brings back unlimited plan, for some

AT&T is once again going to offer an unlimited data plan, but only if you are also a DirecTV or U-Verse subscriber. Most U.S. carriers have moved away from offering unlimited data plans and towards data buckets for families, but AT&T is going backwards here and will begin offering the new plan, but it obviously comes with a catch. You won't be able to just sign up for AT&T or change your current plan to the new unlimited plan without subscribing to either DirecTV or U-Verse.

John Chen confirms commitment to BlackBerry 10

Following the recent reports that BlackBerry was all but abandoning BlackBerry 10, John Chen has cleared the air on the company's stance regarding the operating system. The reports claimed that BlackBerry was going all-in on Android, and was leaving behind the BlackBerry 10 platform.

DBPOWER sports armband just $3.50 at Amazon

DBPOWER is offering a 50 percent savings on its sports armband at Amazon with the coupon code D4YPGOPP, so you'll only pay $3.50. There are three different size pouches to fit your smartphone of choice in it, whether it be large or small. The pouch allows you to place your smartphone, a house key, ID and even cash if you need it inside, and then it gets strapped to your arm.

QNX showcases software platform for automated driving

QNX has been busy behind the scenes, bringing a number of big announcements to CES 2016. The latest announcement from the team is a new software platform for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automated driving. With this platform, automotive companies will be able to build a full range of automated driving systems, from informational ADAS modules that provide 360 degree surround view of the vehicle to high-performance processors that can control decisions in a fully autonomous vehicle.

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