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Grab your popcorn: Blackphone and BlackBerry are having a little spat

Last week, BlackBerry blasted Blackphone, saying it has "consumer-grade" security that doesn't stand up to BlackBerry's enterprise-grade security. Blackphone responded in kind through a blog post of its own.

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Passport: BlackBerry explains why it’s ‘hip to be square’

With a couple of months to go before the launch of BlackBerry's Passport smartphone, the mobile company has taken to its blog to explain more about why it chose to incorporate a square display.

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Money-saving measures help BlackBerry post surprise quarterly profit

Here's something you probably didn't expect to read: BlackBerry on Thursday posted a profit – its first in five quarters. That's the good news. The bad news is that handset sales are still falling, as is revenue.

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BBM hits 160m registrations, but only half are active

BlackBerry boss John Chen revealed Thursday that BBM – the cross-platform messaging app that's come to form part of the company's saviour strategy – now has 160 million active users. However, it appears only half of them are using it with any regularity.

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BlackBerry to launch absurd 4.5-inch QWERTY Passport phone in September

BlackBerry plans to launch yet another smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. The Passport will feature a 4.5-inch square screen and a physical keyboard when it debuts in September.

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Amazon agrees to let BlackBerry use its Appstore

Amazon agreed to grant BlackBerry users access to its fast-growing Appstore on Wednesday. BlackBerry users will now be able to download any content from Amazon's Appstore and it will come preloaded on BB 10.3.

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BlackBerry launches Z3 ‘Jakarta Edition’ smartphone for Indonesia

BlackBerry this week launches the Z3, Jakarta Edition phone made "exclusively" for the Indonesian market. The 5-inch touchscreen handset hits stores in the Asian nation Thursday with a $190 price tag.

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Don’t stop making phones, BlackBerry! We still need you around

Brazen comments from BlackBerry CEO John Chen have the future of the company’s handsets in question, but killing off the handset that started it all isn’t a wise move for anyone.

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Heartbleed: BlackBerry to roll out BBM patches for Android and iOS this week

While the risk of attack is deemed by BlackBerry as "extremely small," the company is nevertheless taking the precautionary measure of rolling out patches for Android and iOS users of its BBM app to prevent any possibility of a Heartbleed-related attack.

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BlackBerry boss says he doesn’t want to be dependent on handset business (updated)

Following recent reports suggesting BlackBerry is considering exiting the handset business, CEO John Chen has now said there are currently "no plans" for such a move, adding that it could take a couple of years for its smartphone unit to turn a profit.

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T-Mobile boss ‘disappointed’ at BlackBerry’s decision to end ties, makes new offer to users

T-Mobile boss John Legere has made his first comments on BlackBerry's decision to sever ties with the carrier. In an open letter, he expressed disappointment at the move and also announced details of a new offer for the company's BlackBerry customers.

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BlackBerry launches stickers for BBM in bid to monetize its messaging app

BlackBerry rolled out paid-for stickers for its BBM messaging app Tuesday as the company seeks to monetize the service. Costing $1.99, packs contains up to 25 stickers and feature original artwork as well as familiar characters.

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BlackBerry severs ties with T-Mobile following spat

BlackBerry has decided not to renew its licensing deal with T-Mobile, meaning that from April 25 the carrier will stop selling its devices. The severing of ties comes soon after T-Mobile ran a promotion encouraging BlackBerry owners to switch to the iPhone.

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BlackBerry reaffirms intent to launch BBM for Windows Phone as service hits 85m users

BBM forms a key part of BlackBerry's plan to return to profitability, with the company confirming in recent days its intent to bring the software to Windows Phone by July. The messaging app launched for iOS and Android in October last year.

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BlackBerry beats Typo in court to get the keyboard case banned

The QWERTY-style Typo keyboard case has received a sales ban from a U.S. judge after it was decided in court that the device was an "unmistakeable" variation on BlackBerry's famous keyboard design.

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