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BlackBerry jumps on reports of iMessage spam to tout the benefits of BBM

Given the recent spate of stories centering on iMessage being a haven for spammers, the official BlackBerry Blog seized the opportunity to pen a post detailing 5 reasons why BlackBerry's own BBM messaging service is impervious to the spam reportedly affecting iMessage users. 3) BBM Protected ups...

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BlackBerry gets Siri-alike, and it can do something Apple's assistant can't

Better late than never, right? That's clearly BlackBerry's attitude, as the company -- which still makes smartphones for some reason -- is just now introducing its Siri competitor. The blandly named BlackBerry Assistant performs several Siri-like tasks like sending text messages, checking the...

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"Stunning" maps show that mobile Twitter usage in big cities primarily comes from iPhones

Patently Apple shared the above map this week that shows Twitter usage in New York and New Jersey broken down by smartphone device. The photo above clearly shows that the iPhone is the smartphone of choice in Manhattan, though there remains a small stronghold of financial types in Midtown who...

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BlackBerry successfully prevents Apple from hiring top executive... for now

It looks like we may have a Mark Papermaster scenario on our hands. iMore reports that Apple is facing a legal battle from BlackBerry over its attempt to hire Sebastien Marineau-Mes as the company's VP of Core OS. While at BlackBerry, Marineau-Mes was a SVP of Software. According to reports,...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for March 7, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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BlackBerry CEO calls iPhone users "wall huggers"

With all of the corporate turnover at BlackBerry, it's hard to keep up with who's actually steering the ship these days. So in case you missed it, John Chen assumed the CEO position at BlackBerry this past November following the ouster of Thorsten Heins. Now it's no secret that the iPhone ushered...

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Morning news roundup for January 6

Welcome to the first Monday of 2014 -- officially the most depressing day of the year. But if going back to work in bitter, cold weather after the fun-filled holidays has you down, it could be worse: You could be getting sued, like Ryan Seacrest, which leads our morning news roundup for January...

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Daily Update for January 3, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some of the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top...

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President Obama not allowed to use an iPhone for security reasons

US President Barack Obama has revealed that he is not allowed to use an iPhone due to security fears. Speaking to a group of young people at an event promoting the new healthcare law, Obama said, "I'm not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone," reports SecurityWeek. The president then...

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With BlackBerry floundering, iPad is there to pick up the enterprise pieces

Historically, Apple has never been, nor has it ever wanted to be, an enterprise driven company. Indeed, Steve Jobs never preoccupied himself with selling to the enterprise, and stories abound regarding his distaste for CIOs. Nonetheless, both Apple's iPhone and iPad have made tremendous inroads...

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Daily Update for November 15, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires...

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Pfizer transitioning many employees to iPhone, Android

Pfizer is the world's largest pharmaceutical firm and up to this point, most of the company's 90,000 employees have used BlackBerry devices in order to communicate with each other. Now the company has sent out a memo to employees telling them to switch to either an iPhone or Android device when...

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Apple considered buying BlackBerry's IP and patents

Apple has expressed interest in buying a selection of BlackBerry's intellectual property (IP) and other patents, reports Reuters. While Apple wasn't the only entity to express interest in BlackBerry's assets (Microsoft and other tech giants reportedly were also interested), it certainly would be...

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BBM has gained 20 million new active users since the app was released

The troubled rollout of BlackBerry's BBM messaging app for iOS, coupled with its recent business issues, had some pundits doomsaying about the company's future. We may have had a few thoughts on the matter here at TUAW. But ultimately the only opinion that matters is the customer base, and it is...

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BlackBerry announces 5 million downloads of BBM for iOS and Android

After only eight hours of availability, BlackBerry has announced that its BBM app for iOS and Android has been downloaded 5 million times. That number is impressive, considering that it only applies to those that have downloaded and activated the app on their mobiles. The announcement came via a...

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