A Bold Proposal: An Intentional Digital Disconnection

I've decided to take a step forward, or as some would see it, a step backward. Back to a simpler time. I am going to ditch my uber-connected smartphone along with an always-on mentality that keeps an unprecedented amount of information and control at my fingertips. Instead I will replace my mobile device (currently the BlackBerry PRIV) with what some would seemingly believe to be a dumb-phone. A phone that is not connected to my car via CarPlay, nor both my wrists on which ...

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Throwback Thursday

Welcome to BlackBerryCentral’s #ThrowbackThursday! 

Each Thursday the BlackBerryCentral team will go back in the BlackBerry Chronicles to give you a glimpse of nostalgia. This will include device launches and announcements, and other announcements that made BlackBerry a household name and a superstar status.

May 31, 2012 | New P’9981 Smartphone launches in Singapore

BlackBerry launches its first handset in collaboration with Porsche Design - the P'9981

“We are very excited by our collaboration with Porsche Design,” said Gregory Wade, Regional Managing Director, East Asia ...

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Rumour Roundup

Welcome to BlackBerryCentral's Rumour Roundup!

Each Tuesday, we'll bring you the most interesting rumours in the BlackBerry community and let you know if there's any real supporting evidence. Devices, OS's, and more hot topics - it's your one-stop post to get the latest rumours.


BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome: Different Manufacturers?




According to rumour, the BlackBerry Hamburg may not be as BlackBerry-ee as you may have wanted:

"BlackBerry will release two mid-range Android devices but rather than being ...

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Chen Makes Donation to Children's Hospital

John Chen and wife Sherry H. have made a $1 million donation to the UCSF Beinoff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Neurosurgery department. The donation will be used to establish and maintain a chair position within department and will be first assigned to Dr. Peter Sun who is the department’s medical director. An additional goal of the donation is to help recruit and retain top neurosurgeons for the department.

The following statements have been released by the Chens:

"UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is a very ...

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Canadian Governor-General Backs BlackBerry

It appears that BlackBerry has gained a vote of confidence from an unlikely ally. Canadian Governor-General David Johnston recently weighed-in about the Canadian company giving his believe that the company is ready for a better future.

Johnston stated that: “BlackBerry has now stabilized, the future is very promising,” and when asked about the potential void which apparently BlackBerry has now left in Waterloo he said: “There are many other small- and medium-sized startups that are filling the void.”

Whilst Johnston is not really ...

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Happy Birthday BBM Channels!

Originally Posted On Inside Blogs:

When I wake up in the morning, there are four things that I regularly check: my BlackBerry Hub, the weather, my schedule and BBM Channels. Twitter used to be on that list, but my social engagement, as well as my interests, tastes and perspective on what’s important, have all changed drastically. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t become a mobile hermit, looking to niche out a social media hovel for me to peer at the rest of society from afar ...

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GFXBench Benchmark Reveals Hamburg Specs

BlackBerry is set to release two new Android handsets this year. One of these devices, the Hamburg, recently popped up on the GFXBench benchmarker as sporting some pretty decent specs. From what we know at BlackBerryCentral, these specs are legitimate (from an evaluation unit, and not faked) -- since both the Rome and Hamburg are to carry similar specifications over from the Priv -- with a slight boost in front cameras:

Of course, with all things unofficial, take it with a grain of salt, but here's ...

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BlackBerry Survey: One in Six Android Users Don’t Know About Android Security Patches

Originally posted on Inside Blogs:

There are currently 1.4 billion active Android devices worldwide, but what about the users behind them? Do they know about security patches and who is responsible for securing their device? How do they feel about privacy?

We set out to uncover the mobile security and privacy implications Android smartphone users take into consideration to protect their valuable information and data. We surveyed* over 8,000 Android smartphone users and found that they are security-minded, but only 12 percent ...

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