BlackBerry Leap Coming to Canada

BlackBerry’s latest ammunition in its fight to become competitive in the smartphone market once again is Leap, an evolved edition of the Z10. Canadians will be able to purchase the Leap for $349. Due to Canada’s weak dollar, consumers in United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany can purchase the smartphone through ShopBlackBerry for $275. While the device is currently available for pre-order in all of these locations including Canada, there is no solid confirmation on its official release date in Canada as of yet. Leap is the first all-touch BlackBerry released by the company in over a year. The

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BlackBerry CEO Open to Creating New Tablet

Despite lackluster sales of the BlackBerry Playbook back in 2011, BlackBerry CEO John Chen is considering taking another shot at the market. “It’s not in the works, but it’s on my mind,” Chen said in an interview at the Mobile World Congress conference. A new tablet might introduce a fresh revenue stream for the Waterloo, Ontario-based company, which struggles with smartphone sales. At the same time, BlackBerry might not have enough faithful users to support a new tablet, especially since the tablet market saw its first year-over-year decline in shipments in the fourth quarter. On the positive side, the market

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BlackBerry Device Management Platform Hits the Cloud

BlackBerry has announced its plan to offer a cloud-based version of its device management platform BES12, which will make the service more accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses needing to secure devices on their own networks. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company is known for its device management and security expertise, but up until now has mainly catered to the needs of large government agencies and corporations. BlackBerry is now broadening its offerings, as data security needs become more critical. “We are trying to broaden the enterprise mobility management space,” said BlackBerry Chief Operation Officer Marty Beard on a conference call with

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BlackBerry Passport and Classic Finally Available at AT&T

Months after its launch, the BlackBerry Passport – along with the Classic – will now be available at AT&T. So far, AT&T is the only U.S. carrier to offer the uniquely shaped Passport. As of February 20, the Passport and BlackBerry Classic will be available for purchase in-store and online. The Passport will cost $200 with a two-year contract, or $650 without. The more traditionally styled BlackBerry Classic will be available for $50 on a two-year contract, or $420 without a contract. Over the past few years, BlackBerry has been gradually shifting its focus towards business-class software and services. After

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BlackBerry, NantHealth Launch Cancer Genome Browser on Passport

  BlackBerry and NantHealth, a cloud-based healthcare data provider, have launched a secure cancer genome browser, allowing doctors to access patients’ genetic data on their BlackBerry Passport smartphones. BlackBerry bought a minority stake in NantHealth earlier this year, with an eye towards developing its presence in the healthcare sector. The company’s immense networks can manage and secure data on mobile devices, which will prove advantageous in the healthcare industry due to its heightened focus on patient privacy. The BlackBerry Passport’s wider screen is ideal for physician use, allowing for better viewing of X-rays, scans and documents. The genome browser is

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BlackBerry Will Pay Users to Switch from iPhone

In an attempt to win back customers, BlackBerry is offering users up to $600 to trade-in their iPhones for a new BlackBerry Passport. Canadian users with a model 4s or later can receive a trade-in value of up to $400, depending on the model of the phone, plus a $200 top-up from BlackBerry. Users in the U.S. are also eligible for this offer, which includes a $150 US top-up. However, this promotion is not available outside North America. Anyone hoping to take advantage of this offer must purchase a BlackBerry Passport from the company’s online store or from Amazon.com. BlackBerry

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BlackBerry to Release Classic Smartphone

BlackBerry will be releasing a new device called the BlackBerry Classic. CEO John Chen teased details about the device in a blog post, saying it will have a larger and sharper screen, a QWERTY keyboard and top row navigation keys. The Classic is designed to lure back the device’s traditional fans. “It’s tempting in a rapidly changing, rapidly growing mobile market to change for the sake of change,” Chen wrote. “But there’s also something to be said for the classic adage, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” BlackBerry has made many attempts to win back consumers during its decline

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BlackBerry Acquires UK Startup Morvirtu

In an effort to ramp up its portfolio, BlackBerry has recently acquired UK-based startup Morvitu. Its reasoning? Morvirtu’s software allows users to manage multiple phone numbers from a single device. BlackBerry’s core base of corporate and government clients makes Morvirtu a perfect fit for the company. Morvirtu’s technology allows users to have a personal and business number on a single device, and to toggle between these profiles as desired. It would also mean the separate billing of voice, data and messaging for each number. The best part is users don’t have to carry multiple devices or SIM cards. “Clearly this

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Apple’s iOS is the Safest OS Against Spyware

With security being an increased concern in the digital world as of late, it is important to know if your phone is vulnerable to attack. According to a test done by FinSpy, iPhone users can rest easy knowing they are the safest. FinSpy, spyware commonly used by law enforcement to monitor mobile devices, conducted a test to see how easy it was to break into different phones based on their operating systems. As it turns out, FinSpy was successful with all versions of Android and BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows 6.1 and 6.5. The only OS they could not crack was

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BBM Comes to Windows Phones

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has proved to be a bit hit for BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices. And as of July 31, Windows smartphone users can now download the popular chat app. BlackBerry recently announced its collaboration with Microsoft, which allows Windows 8 phones and higher to use BBM. BBM already has 85 million monthly users. “We are intent on bringing the most popular application experiences to Windows Phone, and with BBM, we are pleased to bring many of its top features to the Windows Phone platform,” Bryan Biniak, Microsoft vice president and general manager of developer experience, was quoted as

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