Diving into BlackBerry World this morning I was greeted with an update to Evernote for BlackBerry 10. As you'll see below, it's not a huge update, but offers up some improvements which will please some folk.

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AT&T reports Q2 2015 earnings: $33 billion in revenue, adds 2.1 million wireless customers

AT&T has reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2015 today, showing a slight bump in revenue over the same period a year ago. In all, second quarter revenue clocked in at $33 billion, which is up 1.4 percent when compared to the same period a year ago. Additionally, earnings per share were 69 cents — up from 61 cents a year ago.

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John Chen discusses AtHoc acquisition, BlackBerry security, hardware and more

Following up on the news that BlackBerry has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with Fox Business to discuss what the acquisition means for BlackBerry and AtHoc and what the plans are for integrating the software platform. Also up for discussion was BlackBerry security, John Chen's plan for the hardware business going forward as well as some clarification surrounding the recent shifting of resources at BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry scores new U.S. Department of Defense approval for BlackBerry smartphones

Fresh off of wrapping up the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry has now announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the use of derived Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) credentials on BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

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Introducing Mobile Nations' Kicked TV, bringing you the latest and greatest in crowdfunding projects!

Sorting through the thousands and thousands of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowdfunding projects that go live every day can be daunting. That's why we're thrilled to welcome Kicked TV to the Mobile Nations family! Kicked is built around the Kicked Weekly show, a quick look at the top new and exciting crowdfunding projects out there that you might want to check out, and maybe even back yourself.

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Enter to win a BlackBerry Leap and more!

Who wants to win a new BlackBerry, along with some accessories and some CrackBerry goodies? If that's you, today is your lucky day. We have a brand new BlackBerry Leap to give away, along with a bunch of other fun stuff! As you may have caught in our full review, it's a pretty fantastic device all around and we're going to give everyone a chance to enter to win a brand new Leap right now! Keep reading for details on how to enter!

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BlackBerry Security Summit 2015 Live Blog!

BlackBerry Security Summit 2015 Live Blog!

It's time for the annual BlackBerry Security Summit. This year, we'll get to hear from BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chairman, John Chen as well as key members of the senior leadership team including Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard, Vice President of Product Management Tim Choi, Corporate Strategy Vice President Jeff Holleran, Chief Technology Officer, Secusmart, Christoph Erdmann, and more discussing the latest mobile security threats, their impact on enterprise and government customers, and how BlackBerry are staying ahead of them.

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It was only earlier this week that we introduced ViSS (Video Shrink and Share) for BlackBerry 10 and already the app has received quite a major update, bringing it up to version This update delivers two main things to the table - more features and some serious bug fixing.

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The one year Emberify app sale!


The 25th of July will mark the one year anniversary that BlackBerry 10 developers Emberify have been around as a brand and to celebrate they are very kindly reducing the price of their apps to just $1 for a week!

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BlackBerry Acquiring AtHoc to Enable Secure Mass Communication and Collaboration

BlackBerry has now announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc, a leading provider of secure, networked crisis communications. Its software platform enables people, devices and organizations to exchange critical information in real time during business continuity and life safety operations.

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We first posted about an app called Symple ID back in April 2014 calling for support for a Kickstarter that was bring the app to the BlackBerry platform. The Kickstarter received its funding and we reviewed the app in August 2014. There have been a few updates in here but recently it saw a nice update that brings a headless element to it.

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FCC chairman recommends approval of AT&T's pending DirecTV acquisition

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has officially come out in support of AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, recommending that the regulatory commission approve the deal. However, in order for the deal to go through, Wheeler is asking AT&T to agree to some conditions, including stricter net neutrality requirements.

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UK Government publishes updated guidance on using BlackBerry 10 smartphones

In another nod to BlackBerry security, the UK government via the Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG) has released updated security guidelines for government agencies and various other secure organizations that wish to use BlackBerry 10 devices. The guidelines are designed to help government and corporate users set up devices it deems secure to offer the best balance between work and personal use.

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AT&T may be raising upgrade fees starting August 1

According to a new report, AT&T may be raising its upgrade fee to $45, and introducing a new $15 activation fee for AT&T Next and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) customers, starting August 1. Droid Life is reporting that the $5 increase in upgrade fee, and $15 activation fee will apply to all customers beginning August 1, though those currently making payments under a Next Installment Plan won't have to pay on their next upgrade.

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Work Wide

Although it hasn't been all that long since the last Work Wide update, the latest version has now arrived on BlackBerry World. This release brings some slight visual changes to all devices via a new action bar on the menu page as well as some movement of action items to make getting around Work Wide easier. Additionally, there's also device specific changes that we've outlined below as well as the overall general improvements to improve app memory usage and load times. Have a look through the full list.

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Several Canadian carriers have now officially released BlackBerry OS 10.3.2

Despite having been officially announced back on June 2nd, Canadian carriers have sort of lagged in officially rolling out the BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 update to customers but it looks as though the wait is finally over for the most part. As noted in the CrackBerry Forums multiple times now and via our tips line, several Canadian carriers including Bell, TELUS, Rogers, Wind and SaskTel have started pushing out the BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 update for available BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

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For those of you out there using BBM on either BlackBerry 10 or Android, you'll want to fire up the respective app stores and get the latest updates downloaded. New builds for both BlackBerry 10 and Android have now arrived and are available. What's new you ask? Well, we really don't know because the changelog this time around was simply left at 'bug fixes and performance improvements'. Still that's enough reason to give them a go. If you happen to spot anything specifically new in either release, shout out in the comments and let us know. If you're an iOS user, no update for you as of yet.

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Talking Alarm wakes you up with a weather update, events for the day and more

For most, an alarm with a tone to wake you up in the morning will probably be enough but if you're looking for something different, Talking Alarm may be for you. It does what it says on the tin -- talks to you. It's really that simple. There are a few options to choose from such as the having the alarm include the local weather forecast and an RSS feed of your choosing.

You can choose from a male or female voice to talk to you. To set up your alarm, just tap the Set Alarm icon along the bottom, then start filling in what you want. You can set it to recur on specific, just tap the Recurrence toggle more options will show, select Custom to choose specific days. After that is the Talk Only toggle. If all you want the alarm to do is talk and dictate the weather, calendar events and RSS feed, then toggle this on, otherwise, you can set a ringtone. You don't have to have the app speak the weather, calendar events and RSS feed, you can choose which one you want by toggling them on. There is also a space for you to add a note. If you do add a note, this will also be read out.

You can set multiple alarms, just tap Set Alarm each time you want to set one. You can then see your list of alarms by selecting View Alarms along the bottom. One thing to note is that if you plan to add the weather and RSS feed to the alarm, you have to set these up in the app Settings before creating your alarm. To get to the app settings swipe down from the top and tap Settings. You need to Set Location if you want to add the weather. And you need too add the RSS feed URL in the Set RSS feeds' Source field. There are other options you can set in there too like whether you want a male or female voice as your alarm.

Along the bottom you'll find a total of four options. The other two are Home and News. Home is pretty much the display clock. It shows the time, weather, calendar events and the time and day of the next alarm. News shows you your RSS feed so you can quickly read through it. On this page, there are media buttons that allows you replay your alarm for the day.

It's not a bad app and does the job it says it does. I've found it to be hit and miss with RSS feeds though. The CrackBerry RSS feed works fine, however the BlackBerry Blog RSS feed doesn't. The developer is aware of this and has been looking for a fix. Talking Alarm uses the media volume for playback, so you have to make sure you have the volume set up high, otherwise it you won't hear it. The calendar can sometimes include entries for the next day, not always useful, as I wake up a bit confused with schedule or what day it is. Talking Alarm is headless, so at the very least you don't need to have it open once your have set up your alarm(s).

The Good

  • Headless
  • Choose of male or female voice
  • Has the option to add weather, calendar events and RSS feed

The Bad

  • Uses media volume so you need to make sure your volume is turned up to hear it
  • Will sometimes include calendar appointments for the following day

The bottom line

Like other apps, that are new...ish, tweaks and refinements would help to make it even better, especially with the RSS feeds but if you're not going to add one, the alarm works pretty well. And the developer is open to feedback anyway. It's something different to wake up to each morning (or when I need it). You have to play about with different RSS feeds, if you want to use the feature. Talking Alarm on the whole is a pretty decent app that I have found myself using it as my regular alarm. It could probably be cleaned up a bit in terms of making sure everything is seamless but it just the job it sets out to do.

Talking Alarm is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and costs $1.99.

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Verizon has published its earnings report for Q2 2015. The US carrier performed rather well in the second quarter of this year, pulling in $32.2 billion of revenue. The company continues to battle competitors to retain customers, but did manage to see its churn rate drop to just 0.90% – the lowest in three years.

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BlackBerry will be cutting more jobs as CEO John Chen continues to tighten up the budget and control company expenditure. In a statement, spokeswoman Kara Yi revealed that some employees will be affected by company turnaround plans, though exact figures were not disclosed.

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