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New BlackBerry phone aims to revive faded brand

NEW YORK: There's a new BlackBerry smartphone, the latest effort to revive the once-dominant brand. The BlackBerry Key2 was unveiled Thursday in New York by TCL Communication, the Chinese manufacturer which took over the rights to the smartphone brand from the Canadian tech firm in 2016. The new device, which includes a physical keyboard under a 4.5 inch screen and runs the Android operating system updates the first BlackBerry Key released last year. It will be sold this month starting at $649 or 649 euros,…

BlackBerry sues Facebook over messaging apps

OTTAWA: Canadian telecommunications firm BlackBerry sued Facebook on Tuesday, accusing the American social media company of infringing on its patents for messaging apps. BlackBerry is claiming infringement on patents it holds for message encryption and notifications, and is seeking an injunction as well as damages for lost profits, although no figure was given. Facebook and its wholly-owned services Instagram and WhatsApp are named as defendants in the lawsuit. The company said it intends to fight the lawsuit. "We…

WhatsApp will stop working on these phones from 2018

As 2018 is approaching near, the major announcements in the area of technology are also expected. The world’s popular messaging app WhatsApp has announced that its application will stop working on some phones by the start of next year. Like last year, this year too the Facebook-owned instant messaging app is ending updates for a number of older platforms. "Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time," said the company on its blog post while announcing…

TCL carries flickering BlackBerry flame with new phone launch

BARCELONA: Blackberry may have exited the device business, but fans of the pioneering email machine need not despair as Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication has introduced its first Blackberry-licensed phone with the physical keyboard that was long its key allure. The KEYone combines a touch display with a physical keyboard to give users more usable space for typing than a typical 5.5-inch all-touch smartphone, along with BlackBerry's security and software, TCL said. TCL cut the new brand-licensing deal in…