Watch BlackBerry COO Marty Beard's presentation from FedTalks 2014

Earlier this month, BlackBerry COO Marty Beard attended FedTalks 2014, the annual gathering of the top leaders in the tech and government IT communities in Washington, D.C. and while we've covered a few things said at that event already, FedScoop has now posted up the complete keynote speech from Marty as well as his interview afterward for everyone to check out. You'll need to set aside 20 minutes or so to take it all in but Marty covers quite a bit of content in that time as he talks about the legacy of BlackBerry, their future and being a mobile provider to the federal government.

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Asphalt 8: Airborne updated and now available for free on BlackBerry World

Asphalt 8: Airborne from Gameloft certainly isn't a new entry into BlackBerry World but it also hasn't had a lot of updates in the times it has been available either. That changed yesterday though, as Gameloft dropped a new update that brought not only further device support (all BlackBerry 10 devices are now supported) but also a few new features. Plus, Gameloft finally dropped the $.99 they were charging for the game.

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Google Contribute to make ad-free blogs a reality

It looks like advertising isn't the only way way to fund your favorite sites anymore. Google announced a new program called Contributor today that allows people to contribute money to participating websites via a monthly subscription to get rid of ads.

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Gorilla Glass 4

Less than two years after Corning first revealed Gorilla Glass 3, the company is going ahead and introducing Gorilla Glass 4. The latest version of its touchscreen display glass is supposed to be up to two times tougher than any competitive cover glass product. Corning said that in their drop tests from one meter on a rough surface, devices with Gorilla Glass 4 survived the drop up to 80 percent of the time.

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Pick up one of these BlackBerry Q10 spare battery chargers today for just $11.95!

Plug your BlackBerry Q10 into the battery charger with the built-in cable and insert a spare OEM battery (not included) for simultaneous charging with your existing wall, car or USB charger. This external battery charger is ideal for saving space and the battery life of your Q10 while traveling! Get yours today and save 52%

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BlackBerry-Logo-Hero

It's no secret that BlackBerry have been focusing on going back to their roots and putting all their attention into devices with hardware keyboards over the past few months. Unless you've had your head buried in the sand you'd have seen our content featuring the wonderful BlackBerry Passport and next month the Classic will hit retailers.

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Jigsaw-Passport-Hero

Me, a long term fan of action and car racing games writing about jigsaw puzzles? Yes, it's true and with good reason. Jigsaw Puzzles Epic is an Android game which you can pick up for free from the Amazon Appstore and if you are rocking the BlackBerry Passport the game looks exceptionally great on the devices square display.

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White BlackBerry Passport coming to the UAE December 1st

Although it was announced alongside the piano black version, the white BlackBerry Passport has yet to go on sale anywhere. That will change come December 1st though as BlackBerry has now announced plans to have the white version be available in the BlackBerry store in The Dubai Mall as well as leading retailers across the UAE during an event that featured both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Pricing for the white version of the BlackBerry Passport stays in line with that of the black version, being set at Dh 2,699. Will you be grabbing the white version, trying to snag a red version or sticking with the traditional black?

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In my experience, I have found that over the years we all seek out ways to get things done faster. Whether it is using a GTD application to plow through our tasks or using our smartphones to communicate faster with friends, friendly and colleagues. If you have ever been tasked with reading hundreds of emails on a daily basis (I'll raise my hand!), or simply looking to read your content faster such as documents, books, memos, or texts, then the developer behind Convertly and ARKick offers their solution. Their latest release is called Bolt – Fast Reader. It aims to not only improve your reading speed, but does so with your own content.

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Thorsten Heins

Former BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins, is now CEO and chairman of wireless charging company Powermat. Founder Ran Poliakine will now take the seat of Vice Chairman but still be heavily involved in evangelism and other strategic partnerships. After about a year hiatus since leaving BlackBerry, Heins is once again ready to take charge in attempts to scale Powermat to a new level of not just wireless charging hardware, but a worldwide wireless charging network. He's only been in the big chair for a few days, but our own Kevin Michaluk scored some time for a quick chat and Heins' take on what's to come for Powermat.

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Here's a sweet deal: BlackBerry PlayBook Journal Cases are only $9.95 today!

With a genuine leather exterior, chrome inset logo, and elastic closure, the BlackBerry Journal Case gets full marks for both style and convenience. A soft microfiber lining with a customized shell holds your PlayBook in place while you're using it and with external access to the ports and buttons, you can take full advantage of everything it has to offer. Get yours today and save 83% off the list price.

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MonumentValley-Passport-Hero

Elegance is a word I'd use to describe Monument Valley, which is Amazon's free app of the day today. That's not a word I use very often and certainly not when it comes to mobile gaming, but if you watch our brief hands-on video above you should see what I'm talking about.

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O2 shows that sharing is caring with new bundles

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UK mobile operator O2 has announced new plans for families and those with multiple handsets. Sharer and Family Sharer enables O2 subscribers to share data bundles of up to 8GB across multiple mobile devices attached to a single account. The new plans aren't limited to smartphones either as tablets and other data-connected hardware are all included.

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If you're big into your social networks you may well be a Vine user, or here on BlackBerry 10 our best option is the third party application Whine. Whine has been updated this week to version 3.0.0.2 and with it brings a small but valued selection of improvements - especially for BlackBerry Passport owners.

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AT&T: Government may need warrant to obtain location data

AT&T has joined the growing legal conversation around the privacy of location data, stating that federal investigators might be required to obtain a warrant before gathering such data in the future, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

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NSA reform bill killed in U.S. Senate

NSA reform bill killed in U.S. Senate

A bill introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy and supported by a coalition of technology companies designed to curb NSA data collection had undergone a Senate vote and failed by two votes. The USA Freedom Act fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass, garnering 58 votes in favor and 42 against.

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Banana Cabana stickers arrive in the BBM Shop

Banana Cabana stickers arrive in the BBM Shop

Based on the quirky designs of Noah Z. Jones, Almost Naked Animals features an ensemble cast of underwear-clad animals, set in a beachfront hotel named the Banana Cabana. If you're a parent, you might be familiar with the show and now you can grab the stickers from the BBM Shop $1.99. Howie, Bunny, Duck, Sloth and more are included. Not a pack for me but if you're interested, they should be appearing for everyone right now.

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Of the many enhancements and new features introduced in OS 10.3, one that stands out is how BlackBerry Story Maker now automatically creates what it calls "automatic stories" of your media content based on date taken, location, or whether they are designated as favorite. These stories appear in the date view of the Pictures app above your picture collection.

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BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK goes gold

The BlackBerry Classic is well on its way and to ensure developers can have their apps ready for it, BlackBerry has now released the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK along with a new developer OS (OS 10.3.1.997) for all devices.

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