The NSA and GCHQ gave themselves a direct line into your phone

According to new documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its UK counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into the computers of Gemalto, a company that manufactures SIM cards for a large number of carriers around the world. In doing so, the intelligence agencies acquired encryption keys that would allow them to intercept communications from customers of all four major U.S. carriers, along with 450 others around the world.

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ShopBlackBerry and Amazon purchased devices now have OS 10.3.1 available

Digging through the CrackBerry Forums there's a lot of questions surrounding whether or not unlocked BlackBerry 10 devices will be able to get the BlackBerry 10.3.1 update directly from BlackBerry. Thankfully, that question was asked directly to BlackBerry Product Manager, Michael Clewley, who noted ShopBlackBerry devices would get the update direct. We followed up with Michael on that to ask about Amazon devices as well and to ensure that the information was indeed correct before posting and now, both ShopBlackBerry and Amazon purchased devices globally will get the update directly.

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said today the wireless carrier is "having discussions" with BlackBerry about selling its handsets again. The two companies famously ended their partnership in April 2014, a couple of months after BlackBerry objected to a T-Mobile campaign that urged BlackBerry smartphone owners to switch to Apple's iPhone.

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BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore

BBM for Android now available on the Amazon Appstore

Although this announcement might not mean a lot for BlackBerry users, it could come in handy when recommending others to download BBM. BlackBerry has now made BBM available through the Amazon Appstore.

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We've decided to offer 83% off our BlackBerry PlayBook Journal Cases today just for you!

With a genuine leather exterior, chrome inset logo and elastic closure, the BlackBerry PlayBook Journal Case gets full marks for both style and convenience. A soft microfiber lining with a customized shell holds your device in place while you're using it with access to all the important stuff. Get yours today for only $9.95

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What's new in BlackBerry OS 10.3.1

What's new in BlackBerry OS 10.3.1

With BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 now official, that means there's plenty of new features to look at. This update, while applicable to all BlackBerry 10 smartphones, is mostly aimed at early BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners such as those using a Q5, Q10, Z10, Z3 and Z30 as the Passport and Classic both came with their own iterations of 10.3.x.

With that in mind, a lot of the features found on the Passport and Classic have transferred to older Blackberry 10 devices so there's some overlap in the 'what's new' from when the Passport and Classic were released. Let's have a look at what has been added, on the whole though, for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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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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BlackBerry hosting App Wrapping and Secure Work Space on BES12 webcast

Following up on their BES12 Application Infrastructure webcast, BlackBerry has now sent out notifications for their App Wrapping and Secure Work Space on BES12 webcast that will take place on Thursday February 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST. The webcast will teach you everything you need to know about Secure Work Space on BES12, including what the Secure Work Space cross-platform solution is, how to fully protect corporate data, how you can wrap your applications, and much more.

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Verizon Q10

Big Red has a new chief, with John Stratton replacing Dan Mead as CEO of Verizon Wireless. Stratton comes from within Verizon, having previously served as the company's President of Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline. Mead will stay with Verizon to oversee the sale of the company's wireline assets, and then plans to retire. Verizon Wireless is still a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, so Stratton will report to the parent company's CEO Lowell McAdam.

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QNX Hypervisor

Ahead of Embedded World 2015, QNX has just unveiled the QNX Hypervisor 1.0, a realtime Type 1 hypervisor for medical devices, industrial automation systems, and automotive applications such as car infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and digital instrument clusters.

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Work Wide rolls out bug fix update

Although the last Work Wide update was only issued a few days ago, it seems as though that release didn't fully address one of the bugs noted to be fixed. After the update, some customers still experienced a bug that caused the app to crash when SMS was involved. With that in mind, a new release is now available through BlackBerry World.

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TPSoft offering four free apps to celebrate Lunar New Year

To celebrate Lunar New Year also known as Chinese New Year, TPSoft dropped by the CrackBerry Forums to let us know they were giving away four of their apps for free with over 10,000 copies of each available. Which apps? Glad you asked. Here's the list:

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Qualcomm

Qualcomm today announced four new processors for mid-range mobile devices.The new Snapdragon 620, 618, 425 and 415 chips will enable features and capabilities previously reserved for premium hardware. The former redefine the Snapdragon 600 series with significant advances in performance with integrated 64-bit ARM A-72 CPUs, as well as the new X8 LTE modem. The 425 and 415 bring new tech like octa-cores to the 400 series.

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SaskTel offering deals on Passport and Classic devices

SakTel customers looking to get their hands on either a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic can now do so for a little bit cheaper. The regional carrier that claims to cover 98% of Saskatchewan's population has reduced the pricing on both devices.

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BlackBerry Classic now available in New Zealand through Vodafone

Live in New Zealand and been wondering when the BlackBerry Classic would arrive? If so, wonder no more. BlackBerry and Vodafone have now announced the device is available today from Vodafone stores online and in-store nationwide.

Matthew Ball, Managing Director for BlackBerry in New Zealand, said: "We're delighted to partner with Vodafone New Zealand to launch our latest device, which is purpose-built for customers who just want to get things done. The BlackBerry Classic is the powerful communication tool that many of our previous BlackBerry Bold and Curve users have been waiting for – a secure device that feels familiar in your hands, but with the added performance and agility for optimal productivity when you're on the move."

Pricing for the BlackBerry Classic will vary depending on plan options with on contract offers starting at $499 NZD and dropping all the way down to $0 NZD. Additionally, you can also purchase the BlackBerry Classic with no contact for $649.00 NZD outright. If you're looking to learn more about the Classic, read our full review or head on over to the Vodafone website to place your order.

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Much of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was written on a BlackBerry

Since the release of Fifty Shades of Grey in 2011, it has sold over 100 million copies, has been published in 52 languages and set the stage for the release of the movie bearing the same name, which has now earned over $266 million worldwide. Before all that though, Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James had to actually write the best-selling series and in April 2012, James recalled to ABC News that she typed out most of the erotic novel on her BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry heads to XBox Live to advertise the BlackBerry Classic

Seems BlackBerry is getting a little bit more aggressive with their marketing as they've now stepped into Microsoft's realm. A new ad is currently running on Xbox consoles in Canada and it's from BlackBerry promoting the BlackBerry Classic. The ad features the launch promo video for the device and invites Xbox Live users to download a free episode of Top Gear and MTV's Ridiculousness sponsored by BlackBerry. The ad itself is actually featured in two spots, you can catch another look below. Pretty bold (but logical) move if you ask me. I like it. Let us know what you all think in the comments.

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Netflix's House of Cards is a hit and if you've ever watched it, then you know their use of technology in the show is rather broad and it's certainly not abnormal in the run of an episode to see and hear several smartphones. As the show is about politicians, known to use BlackBerry regularly, it's not uncommon to hear several classic BlackBerry ringtones going off and as Business Insider highlights, lead character Frank Underwood's ringtone is a hit among iPhone users.

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BlackBerry's going back to court over Typo2

The Typo2 keyboard for iPhone

Not content with legally prevailing over Typo on multiple occasions, BlackBerry is dragging Typo back into court of the iPhone case maker's second iteration of their Typo keyboard. The first edition was barred from sales for copying the Q10 keyboard design, which Typo ignored, which ended with them being hit with an $860,000 fine. Now the Typo2, which looks less like a BlackBerry keyboard, is landing the company back in hot legal waters.

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QuickPost v2.1 released with a whole host of new features

One of my most used apps has just been updated -- QuickPost. It brings a bunch of new features and new pricing for pro features. There's a handful of new design changes, such as being able to choose which accounts to show. If you don't share to certain social media sites, you can hide those. You can also now use the native photo editing tools when you want to upload a photo. Handy little addition.

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