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BlackBerry Passport will have a ‘new touch-enabled keyboard’

BlackBerry CEO John Chen proudly showed off a couple new BlackBerry 10 devices last week. The Passport will be available in September and the Classic is pegged for a November release. On a blog post today, BlackBerry released BlackBerry 10.3 Developer Preview OS, simulator, and SDK to the dev community. This is basically a tool

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Google set to preview the next version of Android at Google I/O

The next version of Google’s Android will be announced in a few short hours. Google I/O, its annual developer conference kicks off tomorrow, and head of Android, Sundar Pichai, was interviewed by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, declaring, “I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.” Google typically unveils a new OS in the fall,

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Minuum shows how its app would work on circular smartwatches

Whirlscape, the makers of the one-dimensional keyboard, recently declared they would expand past Android and make their app available on iOS 8 devices. The Toronto-based company has seen some success with Minuum and the downloads are somewhere in between 10,000 – 50,000, which is decent considering the app is $3.99. Heading into Google I/O tomorrow,

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BlackBerry cuts 65 jobs in the developer relations group

BlackBerry recently announced a licensing agreement with Amazon’s Appstore that would bring over 240,000 Android apps to BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry stated the partnership will officially launch when BlackBerry 10.3 is released this fall. BlackBerry CEO John Chen stated that “We’ve listened to our customers and have taken this important step to deliver on their needs,

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Rogers releases the HTC One M8 in Amber Gold

It’s been two months since HTC and Rogers announced the flagship One M8 will be available to Canadians in Amber Gold. Originally slotted for a mid-May release, then pushed to June “due to high demand,” today it’s finally available. The specs are the same as the Gunmetal Gray and Glacial Silver M8 that was released back

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Microsoft unveils the Android-powered Nokia X2

Microsoft Devices Group has unveiled the successor to the Nokia X, the aptly-named X2. The device runs a customized version of Android 4.3, but looks similar to Windows Phone 8, and is targeted to the “next billion” people. The device’s price tag is set at €99 (about $150) and sports a 4.3-inch 800×480 “ClearBlack” display

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Moto X+1 leaks online, shows what it will look like encased

Motorola’s successor to the Moto X is almost here. The device, which is rumoured to be called the Moto X+1, looks to sport a higher-resolution 1080p display and other improved specs over its 4.7-inch predecessor. A new leak by @evleaks shows the Moto X+1 inside a rugged protective case. The overall look seems to be the same as

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Montrealers receive the most SMS spam in Canada, says report

Mobile security firm AdaptiveMobile has released an interesting study that shows the breakdown of SMS spam between Canadian provinces. The results were based on a six-month collection period (December 2013 – June 2014), and while the company did not release specific numbers, AdaptiveMobile states that unsolicited messages are on the rise, even with the upcoming changes to

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