NSA bulk phone data collection ruled illegal by U.S. Court of Appeals

A U.S. court has ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk phone data collection program was unauthorized. The new ruling on the program, which itself is part of long-running electronic surveillance efforts by the NSA, comes from the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the NSA exceeded the authority given to it by Congress.

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BlackBerry Classic

T-Mobile and BlackBerry today announced the US carrier will soon offer the BlackBerry Classic. The smartphone will go on sale on May 13 both online and inside participating T-Mobile stores, available for purchase outright and on select plans.

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BlackBerry Leap arrives in Vietnam May 15th through authorized BlackBerry partners

In addition to the announcement of the BlackBerry Leap arriving in Canada, BlackBerry has now also announced availability for the device in Vietnam. As noted in the press release, the BlackBerry Leap will be made available on May 15th through authorized BlackBerry partners.

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BlackBerry announces availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Canada

As expected, thanks to a bit of an early outing, BlackBerry has now announced the availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Canada. The new BlackBerry Leap will be available from Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, SaskTel, TELUS, WIND Mobile, ShopBlackBerry, and select Tbooth wireless and WIRELESSWAVE locations starting on May 7th, 2015, for as low as $0.00 on contract.

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Heidi Davidson, SVP of Corporate Communications, leaving BlackBerry

Although the name might not instantly ring bells among all CrackBerry readers, we can now confirm Heidi Davidson, head SVP of Corporate Communications for BlackBerry is leaving the organization. In an emailed statement, Adam Emery, VP of Corporate Communications at BlackBerry affirmed the significant contribution Davidson brought to the company.

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Building Secure Android Apps for the Enterprise webcast

If you're a developer interested in building secure Android apps for Enterprise, you might want to register for the Building Secure Android Apps for the Enterprise webcast taking place on May 21, 2015. The hour-long event will kick off at 11am EDT and is being hosted by BlackBerry Dev.

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WhatsApp beta updated to correct laggy performance

Living the beta tester life isn't always great as witnessed by some of the recent beta releases of WhatsApp, which many in the CrackBerry Forums members claim have had a few issues causing laggy performance and app hanging issues. The good thing though is that WhatsApp is incredibly fast at updating their betas and when issues arise, a new build is never far off and such is the case right now.

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BlackBerry brings targeted audience options to BBM Channels

Despite there being no official announcement, BlackBerry has recently added a pretty awesome feature to BBM Channels. Channel owners who use the online portal can now precisely target audiences they want to see particular updates and posts made to a channel. You can set targeting by a few different options such as demographic, geo-targetting as well as platform targeting.

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BlackBerry and ATT team up for Mobility Forum events

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been working hard with carriers and as such BlackBerry has now teamed up with AT&T for a series of events called A Mobility Forum from AT&T and BlackBerry. The events will take place in multiple cities over the coming weeks and will feature experts from BlackBerry such as BlackBerry Security Director Jay Barbour, AT&T and partners such as Box, all sharing best practices on current and emerging mobility challenges.

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White BlackBerry Classic now available in the UAE

White BlackBerry Classic now available in the UAE

Now that the white BlackBerry Classic has rolled out in Hong Kong and the UK, BlackBerry has started the push into other regions as well. This time around, BlackBerry has announced that customers in the United Arab Emirates can now purchase a white BlackBerry Classic starting today at the BlackBerry store in the Dubai Mall and leading telecom retail stores for a suggested retail price of 1799 AED.

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Canadian carriers preparing for the launch of the BlackBerry Leap

While BlackBerry has been rapidly rolling the all-new BlackBerry Leap out to new areas, one country interestingly left off of the list, which thus far contains France, Germany, Malaysia, US, and UK is Canada. Since the BlackBerry Leap availability started being announced, Canada has taken a 'coming soon' position leaving many folks wondering what the hold up is. That said, it's starting to look as though it won't be that much longer at all for Canadians who want to get their hands on one for a number of reasons.

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BlackBerry announces availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Malaysia

With the global rollout announced as starting back on April 15th, BlackBerry has continued to introduce the all-new BlackBerry Leap to new regions and this time around, they've announced availability for Malaysia.

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White BlackBerry Classic now available from retailers in the UK

At the end of last week, the white BlackBerry Classic started to appear on ShopBlackBerry and Amazon for UK customers but this week, the availability of the device has expanded a bit more. As announced by BlackBerry, the white colored BlackBerry Classic is available today from Mobile Phones Direct and Clove Technology.

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eddit In Motion update brings several bug fixes and improvements

Although there are several great apps for browsing Reddit on BlackBerry 10, one of the most popular ones has always been Reddit In Motion, mainly due to the updates it continues to receive from developer Domisy Dev and with that being the case, it might be no surprise to hear a new version has now been released and is available on BlackBerry World.

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The all-in-one utility application for Pebble and BlackBerry 10, Smart Watch Companion, also known as SWC, released an update that not only offered a few bug fixes and UI tweaks but also a brand new watch face to go with it.

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ohn Chen discusses BlackBerry's turnaround strategy at Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce luncheon

As we mentioned earlier this week, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce hosted special luncheon with BlackBerry CEO, John Chen today and while tickets for the event went fast, the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Twitter account did keep track of and shared a lot of the Q & A session with Chamber of Commerce CEO, Ian McLean, that covered such topics as BlackBerry's turnaround strategy and the company's ongoing commitment to the region. With that being the case, we've gone ahead and put the Q & A together as one piece, so anyone who missed it can read through it below or right here.

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Skype

A European Union court has ruled that the name of Microsoft's Skype VoIP service cannot claim a trademark in the EU. The court ruled that the name was too similar to the Sky broadcast network.

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Sprint reports a loss for Q4 2014, struggles amid competition and departing customers

Sprint shared its earnings report for the final quarter of 2014. The company continues to struggle with departing postpaid phone customers and dwindling funds.

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Pocket-Rally-Amazon

Here's a great little offering from Amazon for you BlackBerry 10 users that are partial to a bit of realistic car racing. Pocket Rally is their 'free app of the day' today and it's pretty darn sweet - especially for free!

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John Sims, President of Global Sales at BlackBerry discusses the proliferation of mobility in government

John Sims, President of Global Sales at BlackBerry sat down with the folks from Fedscoop to discuss how Federal governments are expanding their mobile system offerings and increasing the mobility offerings to their workforce but while doing so, end users are changing as well as what their expectations are when it comes to what they can do on their government-issued devices.

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