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BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down on May 31st (update: not really)

There was a time when BlackBerry Messenger was a key selling point for BlackBerry phones… and it was exclusively available on BlackBerry devices. But in 2013 the company launched BBM for Android an iOS. A lot has changed since then. BlackBerry doesn’t make its own phones anymore. BlackBerry OS is pretty much dead. And now […]

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BlackBerry Messenger may become a subscription service (for enterprise customers)

There was a time when BlackBerry pretty much dominated the smartphone space, but that was a time when there also wasn’t as much strong competition. These days BlackBerry has stopped making its own hardware and sells phones built by TCL that run Google’s Android operating system. But they still have some BlackBerry DNA in them, […]

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BlackBerry Experience Suite will bring more BB features to Android, iOS, and Windows

BlackBerry smartphones have some loyal fans… but there aren’t as many of them as there were a few years ago. So while BlackBerry isn’t ready to stop making hardware anytime soon, it’s not surprising that the company is taking steps to reach potential customers on the phone’s they’re already using… whether those are BlackBerry phones […]

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Lilbits (7-29-2014): Why the Vivaldi open source tablet failed

Once upon a time a group of developers working on the open source KDE Plasma Active desktop environment for mobile devices figured it’d be cool if there was a tablet designed specifically to run the software. So they tried to find a device maker to offer truly open hardware with no proprietary components. It would […]

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Lilbits (3-28-2014): Microsofts reconsiders stance on email snooping

Microsoft recently made headlines for working with law enforcement to track down the source of Windows software leaks… and a lot of that press focused on the fact that the company read the emails of a Hotmail user as part of the investigation. Last week company officials defended the practice, saying they had enough information […]

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BBM 2.0 brings voice calls, channels to Android and iOS

BlackBerry is launching a major update to BlackBerry Messenger communication app. Android and iOS users will see some of the biggest changes, since they can now access features that had previously only been available to BlackBerry users. But there are a few new goodies in BBM 2.0 for BlackBerry users as well. Android and iOS […]

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Lilbits (1-03-2013): Are you ready for Windows/Android tablets?

Word on the street is that Intel thinks it’s found a way to make Windows tablets more popular — let users run Android apps on them. According to both Time Magazine and The Verge, Intel is encouraging PC makers to offer Windows devices that can run Android software in virtualization. That lets you run Android apps […]

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BlackBerry Messenger for Android, iOS launches

BlackBerry Messenger officially launches for Android and iOS today, bringing the Canadian company’s popular instant messaging service to the masses (of folks who gave up actually using BlackBerry phones a while back). BBM is available in the App Store and Google Play Store. According to BlackBerry, about 6 million iOS users signed up for information […]

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BlackBerry Messenger coming to Android, iOS this week

BlackBerry has announced the BlackBerry Messenger will be available for Android on September 21st, and it’ll hit the iPhone a day later. BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM is one of the company’s flagship apps, and up until now it’s only been available for folks actually using a BlackBerry devices. BBM for Android and iOS includes all […]