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Skype video messaging service now available on the desktop and mobile

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The Skype video messaging service is finally out of beta and is now available to all Skype users. It is available on the desktop in Skype for Windows desktop, Windows 8, OS X and on the mobile for Skype for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. The service is currently not available on Windows Phone.

For those who don’t know, Skype video messaging lets you send short video messages over Skype. Unlike your regular video calls, the recipient of these messages need not be online when you send them and can view them whenever they log into Skype. Basically, video messaging is to video calls what SMS is to voice calls. Read more »

BlackBerry Messenger to hit Android and iOS on June 27

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When BlackBeery announced that its Messenger service (BBM) was coming to iOS and Android many people, including me, got very excited, but unfortunately, the company wasn’t ready to announce a release date back then.

Now, almost a month after the Blackberry Live 2013 conference, the company has announced that its BBM service will hit Android and iOS as a standalone app on June 27. Read more »

BlackBerry Q10 goes through our battery test hoops, promises long texting sessions

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The BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 duo have the tough job of making the company relevant again. As we found out in our BlackBerry Z10 review, it’s very good phone overall, but merely mediocre as far as its battery performance is concerned.

We’ll see how the BlackBerry Q10 matches its brother in our full-blown review, which is coming very soon, but for now, we’ll concentrate on its battery endurance. Read more »

BlackBerry 10.2 update is in the works, brings emoji, reminders and more

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BlackBerry’s Product Manager Michael Clewley has confirmed some of the features coming with the BlackBerry 10.2 update.

The new version will bring support for standard Unicode emojis, multiple alarms, reminders and level 1 notifications. Read more »

BlackBerry Q10 lands in our office, we take it for a spin

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The BlackBerry Q10 is the company second device running on touch-friendly BlackBerry 10 OS. It’s also probably the most hotly anticipated handset by the die-hard fans of the Canadian company because of its iconic hardware QWERTY keyboard.

The Q10 packs a 3.1-inch 720p Super AMOLED display and runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 processor. It’s surely not the latest technology around, but it should be enough for smooth performance. Read more »

Skype for BlackBerry Z10 now available in BlackBerry World

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Skype’s BlackBerry Z10 version leaked a few weeks ago and now, the app is officially available in the BlackBerry World.

Skype for BlackBerry Z10 comes with the ability to send pictures, videos and files to any of your contacts. The app also allows you to talk to your Windows Live Messenger friends on Skype. Read more »

24K gold BlackBerry Q10 is what oil barons use to send email

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Sad that it’s been a while since Vertu put out a phone? Well, you can try a 24K gold BlackBerry Q10 instead. It comes from Goldgenie, which has a history of turning BlackBerrys into gold (Apple products too).

Anyway, the BlackBerry Q10 has a 24K gold-plated bezel and a 24K gold panel below the QWERTY keyboard. All other specs of the phone remain the same, except that the packaging has been upgraded to a snazzy wooden box. And it’s heavier, but Goldgenie gives no concrete numbers about that. Read more »

UK chain Selfridges sold out of BlackBerry Q10s only 2 hours after launch in a store record

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BlackBerry partnered with the Selfridges chain of stores in the UK for an exclusive early launch of its QWERTY-packing BlackBerry Q10 and it’s been a hit. The stores reported that its initial stock ran out in 2 hours, a record for tech items in the store.

The Q10 launched in Selfridges stores last Friday, April 26, ahead of the general April 30 launch. Read more »

BlackBerry releases official demo videos for its Q10 smartphone

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BlackBerry Q10, the QWERTY equipped smartphone, was recently launched with the company’s all new BB10 OS. BlackBerry, which was formally known as RIM, has released demo videos to help you familiarize yourself with the key selling points of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone.

The BlackBerry Q10 comes with a 3.1″ square AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels and 330ppi density. Read more »

BlackBerry Q10 gets WhatsApp support, Skype support coming in a few days

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BlackBerry’s Q10 QWERTY messenger will launch very soon and the BlackBerry World app store will greet it with a good selection of messengers (obviously, aside from BBM). This includes arguably the two biggest names in the game, Skype and WhatsApp.

Skype will be available for the BlackBerry Q10 at launch, or at least in Canada (where the phone hits the shelves on May 1). Read more »

WhatsApp has more active users than Twitter, CEO says

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Over at the AllThingsD Dive Into Mobile conference WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum took to the stage to discuss the app’s position, users and drop a bomb that his app is “bigger than Twitter” when looking at the active monthly users.

Although the two platforms differ in the way the work – Twitter being more of a social network where your tweets are public and WhatsApp being a peer-to-peer messaging service – Jan Koum said WhatsApp has more than 200 million active users a month, thus besting Twitter. Read more »

Viber launches on BlackBerry OS 5 and OS 7

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Viber has launched its popular free service on BlackBerry’s aging OS 5 and OS 7, letting you send free messages and do free voice calls over 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

Viber is already available on Android, BlackBerry OS 10, iOS, Nokia’s S40 Series and Symbian OS, and Windows Phone. Read more »

BlackBerry Music service set to shut down on June 2

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BlackBerry is shutting down its BB Music service as of June 2 and will stop accepting monthly payments this month.

BlackBerry delivered the news to subscribes over email today. While there’s no sync option or way to transfer your collection to another service the company has given users a voucher code for a 30 day Rdio pass in the email. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 gets its first teardown

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The newest flagship device from BlackBerry, the Z10, was released last month alongside the company’s brand new BlackBerry 10 OS.

Now that the device is finally available in a large number of markets, iFixit, the people that just love seeing what makes gadgets tick, give us a look at what’s under the hood of the latest BlackBerry. Read more »

BlackBerry 10 World app catalog reaches the 100,000 mark

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We have some good news about those planning to get a BlackBerry 10-running smartphone. Today BlackBerry announced the BB10 OS app catalog already offers more than 100,000 titles.

The announcement comes a day before the BlackBerry Z10 flagship launches in the USA and should help ease those concerns of severe app shortages. Read more »