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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SoundScape by ReFocus Tech aims to improve your focus and boost your productivity through sound

I hate working in silence. I always need some music playing, the TV on or just some ambient noise, in general. It helps me concentrate and focus better. A new app called SoundScape, released by the folks at ReFocus Tech, seeks to help those of you out there who might be like me and need that background noise happening as well.

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If you are using Pushbullet third party client BlackBullet, you'll be happy to know that it has received another update. It is still labelled beta but the app is coming along nicely. Since our last update post there have been some tweaks and additions. One of which is support for Subscriptions (Channels) as well as improved CrackBerry News integration and Talk2Watch integration.

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If you are seeking to maintain or track your blood pressure for either yourself or to provide to medical professionals, BP Monitor is a handy application to have on your device. If you are not already familiar with it from the weekly roundup it is a Built for BlackBerry application which gives users the option to track blood pressure, heart rate, weight, height, BMI, date/time and notes on a daily basis. It also features a useful tool to export this data as a CSV file for sending to your PC or your physician via email.

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BlackBerry Classic arrives on AT&T February 20th

BlackBerry Classic now available through AT&T

As previously announced during CES 2015, AT&T has now laid down the arrival date of the BlackBerry Classic and let us know it will be made available for purchase through their site and in stores on February 20th. AT&T customers looking to pick one up can expect to lay down $49.99 with a new two-year agreement to call one their own. If you're not into contracts, AT&T is also offering the BlackBerry Classic for $419.99 outright.

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PNY 64GB microSD

Today is President's Day in the US, and PNY has chosen this federal holiday to run one of its big mobile accessory sales on Amazon. Prices in this collection of products. which include microSD cards, SD cards, Flash drives and battery packs have been cut by between 23% and 67%.

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AT&T exclusive version of the BlackBerry Passport now available

Have you been waiting for AT&T's exclusive version of the BlackBerry Passport to arrive? If you have, it arrives officially on February 20th. If you head on over to the AT&T website you can grab the details for the more rounded off version of the device.

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Tilt-Now-Hero

Just a quick heads up for you folk that like to use Tilt Now on your BlackBerry 10 device. The native location based app that provides you with a beautiful aminated list of what's around you has been updated to version 2.3.0.1 and as well as a few bug fixes there are also three new color themes introduced at no extra cost.

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