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BBM hitting the BlackBerry Beta Zone for Android, reports of iOS beta also surface

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) may be entering the final furlong as it approaches its much hyped, long awaited cross-platform release with a new version hitting the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Emails are reportedly hitting selected inboxes inviting participation in the cross-platform program for Android 4.x devices, while the same report claims that iOS beta testing is also being conducted.

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Win yourselves an iPad, courtesy of!

It's been a rough end to the week for our BlackBerry loving friends over at CrackBerry. The PlayBook, the one and only tablet from BlackBerry, long promised an update to BlackBerry 10, has basically been killed. A sad day for those who clung to their PlayBook waiting, hoping, but CrackBerry is determined to turn the mood around by giving away any tablet that isn't a PlayBook. That's right; you could win an iPad on CrackBerry!

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BlackBerry still promising BBM for iOS before the end of the summer

We're still getting asked this all the time, so just in case you were wondering, BBM — aka BlackBerry Messenger — is still coming to iOS, and it'll be with us by the end of the summer. BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins, used this mornings earnings call to let us know, but didn't provide any other, more specific details. And, since we're only just at the beginning of summer, it's not likely its just around the corner. Ah, well. Who's waiting, oh so patiently, for BBM?

More: CrackBerry earnings call live blog

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BlackBerry rolls out iOS support for BlackBerry Enterprise Service

Back in May, we heard from CrackBerry that BlackBerry was getting closer to releasing their Secure Work Spaces for iOS and now, it has finally come out of beta and is available through their BlackBerry Enterprise Service. Not unlike BlackBerry Balance for BlackBerry 10, Secure Work Spaces offers a solution for managed applications so they can be secured and separated from personal apps and data.

Through apps provided as downloads on the iTunes app store, the service offers functions such as integrated email, calendar and contacts, an enterprise-level secure browser and secure document viewing and editing.  As for IT admins, they only need to worry about one management console for all devices running on their network, be it iOS, Android or BlackBerry.

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Update: No BBM for iOS on June 27, T-Mobile got it wrong

Update: CrackBerry has heard back from the folks at BlackBerry, and it turns out this one is completely false. There's nothing to suggest exactly where T-Mobile was coming from, but we're back precisely where we were this morning.

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BlackBerry announces iOS support in enterprise service

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em - that's the message from the BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando, Florida this week. The company has announced BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10.1 to extend security capabilities for iOS devices.

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As of today, every major mobile competitor... also makes apps for iOS

A few minutes ago BlackBerry announced BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for iOS. With that announcement, every single one of Apple's major mobile competitors now makes apps for iOS. Google, who also has Android, makes many very popular apps including Gmail, Maps, Google+, etc. Microsoft, who also has Windows Phone, makes a bunch of apps and games for iOS, including OneNote and Kinnectimals. Nokia, Microsoft's primary Windows Phone partner, also makes Here Maps.

Now, BlackBerry makes BBM.

Apple, by contrast, makes precisely nothing for Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry. Not even iTunes.


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BlackBerry CEO supposedly says dumb things about the future of tablets, but what are the smart things?

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins was quoted today as saying tablets didn't have much of a future, product or market-wise. Given the huge, and still growing success of the iPad, even the idea sounds ridiculous. Here's what Bloomberg claimed he said:

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iPhone 5 vs. BlackBerry Q10: Which should you buy?

The BlackBerry Q10 represents the return of the original BlackBerry, and unabashedly so. Sure, it runs the same BlackBerry 10 operating system as the full touchscreen BlackBerry Z10, but it packs it into the classic, keyboard package every hardcore communicator and enterprise accomplisher knows and loves. But how does it compare to the iPhone 5, and if you're considering both -- which one should you get?

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Editor's desk: NYC -- and BlackBerry -- bound

I'm sitting at the gate waiting for my flight to New York City where I'll be working with Kevin Michaluk, David Lundblad, and the Mobile Nations team on a bunch of really cool stuff we're hoping to tell you, and everyone, about really soon. I'll also be attending the NYC CrackBerry party, where the CB team will be celebrating the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 and the new CrackBerry redesign, maybe in that order.

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