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January 26, 2016 • News

BlackBerry Priv Now Available on T-Mobile for $719 or $30/mo

T-Mobile is now offering the Android-based BlackBerry Priv for $719 or $30/month for 24 months. Hailed as the (possible) savior of BlackBerry, this qwerty keyboard device has drawn mixed reviews. The keyboard has been welcomed by fat-thumbers. An excess of heat from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and creaking body panels has been mentioned as …

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March 31, 2015 • News

The BlackBerry Leap is Available for Pre-Order Today!

As of March 30th, BlackBerry is now accepting pre-orders of their new BlackBerry Leap for the US, UK, France as well as Germany. The Blackberry leap features a 5-inch 720P display and will actually only be placed at $275, £199.00, or €289 according to the country that you live in and will be released officially on …

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January 21, 2015 • Gear Bits

BlackBerry Passport Now Available in Limited Edition Black Gold

If you’ve been tempted but haven’t yet pulled the trigger on the BlackBerry Passport (good move, BTW) – BlackBerry is now offering a limited edition black and gold trimmed version. Apparently only 50 will be offered at the price of $999 Canadian or $899 US. A quick review of BlackBerry’s site shows “out of stock”.

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January 14, 2015 • News

Get Ready for SamBerry: Is Samsung About to Buy Blackberry?

Rumors are swirling from CNBC that Samsung is looking to snatch up Blackberry for their patent portfolio (and presumably whatever positive goodwill still exists in the Blackberry name). Several suitors have been rumored for Blackberry, but Samsung certainly has the cash, and the incentive in the form of their ongoing arms race with Apple.

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November 26, 2014 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

BlackBerry Passport Black Friday Deal: Great for Those Expecting Coal in Their Stocking

Here’s one Black Friday offer you should refuse. It’s the BlackBerry Passport at $200 off.  If you fall for this deal, you are virtually guaranteed to be the only one amongst your friends to own this  BlackBerry device (GSM unlocked – coal colored) – normally $699 now $499 through November 30, 2014.

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June 19, 2014 • News

BlackBerry Reports 70% Sales Decline – Will They Ditch BB 10 for Android?

BlackBerry reported earnings this morning. Sales for the quarter were  $996 million  down 70% compared to the prior year’s quarter when sales were $ 3.1 billion.  Sales of devices shrank to 2.6 million smartphones compared to the year earlier when they sold 6.8 million.

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March 22, 2014 • Editorials

My BlackBerry Q10 Nostalgia Trip – Part 1

As I noted previously, I ordered the BlackBerry Q10 off contract via Amazon primarily out of nostalgia, because I think this is going to be the last widely available North American  BlackBerry device with a keyboard.

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March 17, 2014 • Editorials

The BlackBerry Q10: Why I’ve Bought What I Think Will Be BlackBerry’s Last Consumer Keyboard Smartphone

I’ve been eyeing the no-contract pricing on the BlackBerry Q10, and last week the non-contract price suddenly plummeted from $599 down to $399 for both AT&T and Verizon, so I bought one. As of now, the price on Amazon continues to fluctuate between $399 and $ 599 — likely because of some type of demand pricing …

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February 13, 2014 • News

BlackBerry Aspires to Be the Porsche of Smartphones

Interesting quote of the day from BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who is quoted as implying that apps don’t matter, that BlackBerry could be the Porsche of smartphones. Does history teach people anything? Perhaps I’ve been dozing the past two years as BlackBerry market share has completely nose-dived – largely due to a lack of applications.

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July 15, 2013 • Editorials

Checking Out the Latest and Greatest Smartphones – GearFest GearChat 2013

During GearFest 2013 Carly, Mike, Judie, and I — the Editorial Staff of Gear Diary — sat down to take a look at the current lineup of super phones on each of the major platforms. We laid out a dozen or so different smartphones and talked about some of our likes and dislikes. Among the …

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July 9, 2013 • Reviews

BlackBerry Q10 Review – The Return of the QWERTY King

The candy bar QWERTY has been one of my favourite form factors since I first laid my hands on the Nokia E71. It helped that the E71 was super slim, solid and had amazing battery life, but the tactile keyboard held me back from switching for quite some time. Since those days a glass slab …

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May 24, 2013 • Editorials

Switching Smartphones and Carriers Is Getting Harder Than Ever

Reading over Carly’s post and the comments made something clear to me – plenty of people have at least a vague sense of dissatisfaction with pretty much ALL of the available smartphone choices. iOS is ‘stale’, Android remains klunky, Blackberry is dead-end, and Windows Phone is the also-ran that just can’t seem to win. Many …

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May 9, 2013 • Reviews

BlackBerry Z10 Review – Too Little Too Late? Or the Long Overdue Update of the Original Business Smartphone?

For some time it seemed that if you wanted to be taken seriously as a business person, you had to have a BlackBerry device. Research In Motion — or RIM as the company was commonly called — built smartphones that were solid, had excellent QWERTY keyboards, they were secure, and they were the first devices …

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February 2, 2013 • News

Getting a BlackBerry Z10? Case-Mate is Ready to Help You Protect It

I am shocked (SHOCKED!!) by how much I am liking the new BlackBerry Z10 tht I was given at the BlackBerry Experience this past Wednesday. It feels great in the hand, is fast and the BlackBerry Hub integrates all my messaging in a way that is surprisingly convenient. Honestly, except for the lack of a …

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January 30, 2013 • Events

BlackBerry Q10 Hands On

Did I speak too soon when just yesterday, for probably the umpteenth time, I said that BlackBerry was dead? The jury is still out on that one, but perhaps I’ll be issuing an apology in the coming months — and make no mistake about it, that would be one apology that I would be happy …

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January 30, 2013 • Events, News

RIM Unveils Their Blackberry 10 at the Blackberry Experience in NYC

It is RIM’s last hope to stay afloat. After hyping the BlackBerry Playbook and banking on its success RIM has continued to stumble. Even hardcore BB-user like Elana and her brother have left their BlackBerries and moved to other platforms. And as for the Playbook not being a hit, when the company that made their …

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November 15, 2012 • Reviews

BlackBerry Music Gateway Lets You Go Wireless with Bluetooth and NFC

We’ve looked at a few different accessories that turn your wired speaker dock or home audio system into a wireless audio powerhouse, but none have been quite as powerful as BlackBerry’s upcoming $49 Music Gateway. What makes the Music Gateway stand out? NFC (Near Field Communication)! Let’s take a closer look. From BlackBerry: The BlackBerry …

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September 18, 2012 • Editorials

Another Step in RIM Death-Spiral As Yahoo! Offers Employees Any Smartphone EXCEPT Blackberry!

Imagine that your employer came around and told you that everyone in the company was getting their choice of smartphone! That would be so cool, and it’s something that just doesn’t happen in most companies. But it was something just done by new CEO Marisa Meyer at Yahoo!. There was just one stipulation according to …

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August 21, 2012 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

OnLive, Moto Mobility and the Harsh Reality of Tech Wars for Real People

Over the weekend we heard about the founder of OnLive basically shuttering the company in order to protect himself and the property by using a California loophole that allowed better creditor repayment than bankruptcy, but for workers … they were totally screwed just as if the company went totally belly-up. But that doesn’t mean all …

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April 15, 2012 • Gear Bits

Hell Has Frozen Over; Elana Is Getting an iPhone

Hell has frozen over and here’s a little video to go along with it. 🙂 This video has a great deal of meaning today because, in the last 72 hours, my wife Elana went from having neither an iPad nor an iPhone to having both. Yes, “another one bites the dust” as Elana is pulled …

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April 5, 2012 • Rants and Raves

Teething Troubles for Tablet Adoption in the Workplace

It’s always tempting to impute Unlikely virtues to the cute. – Ogden Nash The tech world is abuzz with them, many of us own our own and several of us use them at work. They have transformed the personal computing landscape and become a standard in their own right, sized  from the neighborhood of 10″ …

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