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  • BlackBerry 10.3.1 brings Assistant, Blend and Android app support [update]

    Update: The full device list that will receive the BlackBerry’s latest OS update has been outed, and includes the following devices: BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, Q5, Porsche Design P9983 and P9982. Additionally, the BlackBerry Classic’s software has been updated to 10.3.1.1565. BlackBerry has pushed updates of its BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 on Thursday, giving users of the Z10, Q10 and Z30 a chance to upgrade to the latest software platform. The company’s newest phones, including the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport already have the latest version installed, which allows users to access and install Android apps and a host of...

  • BlackBerry Classic is a stately, suave blast from the past [Gallery]

    I’ve been unnecessarily harsh on BlackBerry‘s design team of late, but have been (pleasantly) surprised with the likes of the BlackBerry Passport. Now, new to the company’s alternative arsenal is probably the most BlackBerry-ish BlackBerry of recent years. It’s the spiritual successor to the Bold 9900 appropriately dubbed the “Blackberry Classic.” At this point you might be wondering, “what’s the point?” and for good reason. Why upgrade a phone (or at least, refresh a concept) that was around in 2011? There’s a few good reasons, but we’ll cover that in the Gearburn review coming in the next few weeks. For now, what...

  • BlackBerry Classic now available in South Africa [update]

    On the back of the Passport‘s massive success, the company that goes by the name of BlackBerry has launched its latest business-smartphone competitor and blast from the past to the South African market — the BlackBerry Classic. For those who regularly suffer from nostalgia, this is probably the perfect phone for you. For all intents and purposes, it’s the traditional BlackBerry formula of the late 2000s repackaged in a more modern, smarter unit. Read more: BlackBerry Classic: a reheated Bold for those stuck in the past Like the Bold 9900 (its inspiration), it boasts a full physical QWERTY keypad, something that only...

  • CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI

    The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Considering that the internet of things, 4K resolution screens, curved screens, quantum dot screens, ridiculously thin screens (just, many screens, essentially) and a number of interesting products were well represented at this year’s fiesta, CES 2015 was predominantly the year of the couch potato. There were some more interesting launches catering for the casual gamer, the mobile media...

  • BlackBerry Passport the ‘IMAX of productivity’ says ever-hopeful company

    BlackBerry may be onto something square, according to company blog Inside BlackBerry. The company, which has long since been scrubbed from relevancy, is hoping that its latest phone, the BlackBerry Passport, will reignite buyers once more. With a “unique 4.5 inch square screen”, can the BlackBerry Passport make us actually want to own a BlackBerry phone again? BlackBerry naturally says “yes” and according to them, we’ve been stuck in a rectangular world without even realising it. The BlackBerry Passport is “a union of form and function” and because of the screens width, viewing is better on 4.5-inches than it is...

  • Blackberry phones gain Amazon’s Android app store with BB 10.3 OS launch

    BlackBerry sealed a deal with Amazon on Wednesday that will allow its mobile device users to access the online retail giant’s Android app store. The agreement comes as a last ditch effort by the Ontario-based company to retain its ever-dwindling customer base. It just might work, but we’re not holding our breath. The Amazon Android app store is set to launch on BlackBerry 10 devices as soon as the company rolls out its BlackBerry 10.3 operating system this fall. Although smartphone users powered by BlackBerry 10 will now have access to over 240 000 apps from the Android store, that doesn’t...

  • BlackBerry launches $200 Z3 ‘Jakarta Edition’ for Indonesia

    BlackBerry is launching its latest smartphone this week. The Z3, also called the Jakarta Edition, is a sub-US$200 smartphone designed specifically with the Indonesian market in mind. Apart from a 540×960 5-inch display, the Z3 has 8GB storage and carries a 5MP rear camera. Impressively, it claims a long-lasting battery life of more than 15 hours talk time and 16 days on standby. It runs BlackBerry 10 OS and boasts the usual software features such as Time Shift Mode, a variety of photo filters and the BB Hub which groups all your instant messages, emails and SMSes into one...

  • T-Mobile stabs BlackBerry in the back with iPhone 5s trade in offer

    Use your rusty old BlackBerry as down payment for a shiny new powerful iPhone 5s. That’s what the US telecom giant T-Mobile was hoping its customers would do. This, turned out to be a big mistake. Instead, it opened up a whole can of furious BlackBerry diehards and a truly “outraged” BlackBerry CEO. While T-Mobile might have stepped on BlackBerry’s toes, it did show how loyal its fans are. The controversial T-Mobile offer urges customers to “switch to iPhone 5s” to “get powerful communications and productivity apps — with the ease that Apple is known for.” Customers in turn...

  • BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 update is a big deal, adds radio

    Today, BlackBerry’s rolling out OS 10.2.1 with “hundreds of new enhancements and refinements”. While the embattled company says the update is live, none of our BlackBerrys could find the update. Give your Z10, Z30, Q10 or Q5 a day and the software update should be present. OS 10.2.1 looks to include a decent number of updates, especially the FM radio, and we’ve listed them all below: Customise Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry Hub — BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your messages and notifications in one place. A new feature lets you instantly filter the message list in the Hub....

  • BlackBerry Z30 review: flagship down

    For a while now, I’ve been struggling to enjoy BlackBerry’s latest smartphone, the 5-inch Z30, its “phablet” version of the Z10 (a phone I loved). Where the Z10 excelled, the Z30 fails. With a lackluster display that ruins gesture control and an endless list of bugs, the Z30 trails behind similar Android and iOS offerings. Worst of all is the price: aimed squarely at the high-end market, the Z30 would be a poor choice to make over the comparatively priced iPhone 5c or our phone of the year, the LG G2. It’s not all doom and gloom. There are...

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