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BlackBerry Z10 to be released in March on all four major US carriers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 6:35 pm

BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research in Motion, wrapped up its launch event this morning in NYC by cluing journalist in on the release dates of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

 

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The feature rich, touchscreen based Z10 will be available through all four major US carriers in March with an MSRP of $199 with a two-year contract or $599 off contract. The device goes live in the UK tomorrow and in Canada on February 5th with a price tag of $149.99 with a four year contract. It will reach the Middle East on February 10th with pricing and contract length undisclosed.

 

It seems like there was great fanfare for the QWERTY keyboard sporting Q10 and rightfully so as there is still a major user base of BlackBerry users who love their keyboard-based phones. Sadly they will have to wait until sometime in April before the device hits shelves. No pricing or carrier information has been released for the Q10 at this time.

BlackBerry Z10 cases, backup battery charger, and Bluetooth speaker revealed at BB10 Launch Event

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:56 pm

BlackBerry had a lot of announcements this morning at its BB10 launch event in NYC. What we didn't see in the live coverage was the booth's set up around the event showcasing the official accessories for the new BlackBerry Z10.

 

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The Verge has just posted some images of a few of the official accessories geared for use with the new Z10. As expected there is a whole line-up of protective and stylish cases, but the big news accessories seem to be the optional Z10 charger that has a slot for charging a back-up battery.

 

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Alongside the new charger is what appears to be a clip on Bluetooth 4.0 speaker that is big enough to clip onto the straps of even the largest messenger bag. The speaker doubles as a speaker phone and it has an auxiliary port so you can play music wirelessly on any device that lacks Bluetooth support.

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BlackBerry announces Alicia Keys to fill newly created 'Global Creative Director' position

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:43 pm

The final major announcement at the BlackBerry 10 launch took most of us by surprise. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced that BlackBerry has been consulting with entrepreneurs and artist from around the globe in an effort to improve the company, and as a result BlackBerry has decided to create a new position called 'Global Creative Director'.

 

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Hines said, "We've created a new position at BlackBerry, Global Creative Director. We wanted someone at the top of her field, someone who could help guide us. I want to announce 40 time Grammy award singer song writer, one of the top 30 people on twitter, wife and mother, Alicia Keys as the new Global Creative Director at BlackBerry."

 

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Keys said "I'm so excited, thank you for reaching out to me. I love the new browser, the hub, the flow. I'm obsessed with the time shift, I love how you can switch from work to play mode through balance." Keys went on to say, "I was in a long term relationship with BB, and I started to notice some new hotter, more attractive, sexier phones at the gym. So I broke up with you, but started to miss how you organized my life. Then one day you called, and told me how you hard to started to work out, and now, we're exclusively dating again!"

BlackBerry 10 already has over 70,000 apps in the BlackBerry World app store

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:29 pm

BlackBerry just announced that as of today the BlackBerry World store already contains 70,000+ apps. They have partnered with all of the major app developers to bring the most popular apps to the service.

 

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VP of Global Alliances and Business Development Martyn Mallick said, "Many people didn't believe we could create a BlackBerry that has incredible content and experiences. We are launching BB10 with more apps by far than any first-gen operating system - over 70,000 applications have already been added to the BlackBerry World Store."

 

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Mallick continued, "When people get BB10 devices, they're going to be looking for certain apps... We have Skype committed to BB10, Amazon Kindle, Whatsapp, SAP, Angry Birds... over 1,000 of top applications from around the world committed to BB10."

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BlackBerry shows off its new BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 smartphones via promo videos

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:19 pm

BlackBerry the company formerly known as RIM has just uploaded promotion videos of its brand new Q10 (with physical keyboard) and Z10 (with touch keyboard) to its YouTube channel.

 

We've embedded them below for you to view.

 

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Here is the new Q10 keyboard and BBM features for BlackBerry 10

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:08 pm

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins along with Vivek Bhardwaj, head of software portfolio, just announced several new and exciting keyboard and BlackBerry Messenger features. Heins said "We have the experience to be best keyboard experience... Everything feels like a BlackBerry. I call this writing without typing. Imagine typing on one screen with a single thumb."

 

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Bhardwaj pointed out that "We wanted to do more than just building gestures. The new keyboard features predictive typing that can adapt by language. Sometimes I'm in a real rush and I start typing fast, make mistakes, miss spaces, the new BlackBerry 10 keyboard can fix that too on its own".

 

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The presentation then moved on to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). Bhardwaj said "The new keyboard is a great innovation, but I know there's another feature you can't live without: Blackberry Messenger. I've always enjoyed the real time nature of it, I use it for work, family, friends", said Heins.

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Research in Motion (RIM) becomes known as BlackBerry

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:42 pm

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins just announced that Research in Motion (RIM) from today forward will be known as BlackBerry.

 

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"Today RIM becomes BlackBerry... It's one brand, one promise. We are now more than ever a company that is united in our vision for mobile computing, we knew we had to maintain foundation of messaging and e-mail and give people what they want."

 

"Our shareholders are owners of BlackBerry. From today on, we are BlackBerry everywhere in the world, it all begins with one consistent brand recognized around the world."

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins says they will be leader in connecting you to 'your Internet of things'

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:35 pm

RIM CEO and President Thorsten Heins has said that the new BlackBerry 10 will soon give you more ways to connect your mobile experiences and yourself, not just to other people, but the whole world around you. People who want everything in one place, flow seamlessly from app to app and feature to feature without having to use a home button all the time will love the new Black Berry 10.

 

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"The new BlackBerry 10 is for the true multitaskers, people who want to get the most out of their smartphones. People who want balance in their personal and professional lives."

 

"BlackBerry will be a leader in connecting you to your internet of things. We were building this with a specific set of customers in mind: people who are hyper-connected socially."

RIM says it's been to every continent on the planet except Antarctica seeking BB10 developers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:21 pm

Research in Motion VP of developer relations Alec Saunders says RIM has been to every continent on the planet except Antarctica seeking developers.

 

"The response from the developer community has been pretty phenomenal. To all the developers out there: thank you for your commitment, your support, and your dedication", he said.

 

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He went on to say that he even received an app pitch from a 12 year old and that it has the largest app catalog ever for a "first generation" device.

Google Earth's Tour Guide feature gets 100,000 new tours

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:02 pm

Do you aspire to be a world traveler and just simply lack the funds required to do so? Well, you are in luck, as Google has just released over 100,000 new Guided Tours for its Google Earth software, giving you the world without ever leaving your couch.

 

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The Tour Guide update brings in over 100,000 new tours that span popular cities, places and things across 200 countries. In addition, existing tours have beefed up with extra features. The company has increased the number of 3D flyovers as well, adding a ton of landmarks and cities to the third dimension.

 

"Each tour ends with a selection of photo thumbnails which were selected from Panoramio as the best representation of a given place, clicking on one of the thumbnails enables a full screen photo experience."

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