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U.S. Census Bureau replacing 1200 BlackBerry’s with iPhones

The U.S. Census Bureau plans to purchase 1,200 iPhones for field workers to fill out surveys of American citizens, contracting documents show. The iPhone pilot is the first step toward a bring-your-own-device plan that will result in census workers using their own smartphones for surveys with the government supplying only the software. The Census Bureau currently furnishes field surveyors with 1,200 BlackBerrys, which it intends to phase out over the next six months, according to the solicitation posted on Dec.…

T-Mobile US offers Cloud-hosted BES10 Server

Get cost-effective Hosted Mobility Management Services for legacy BlackBerry®, BB10, iOS and Android devices T-Mobile in the USA is offering Hosted Mobility Management Service (HMMS) with BES10 in the cloud! It's scalable and can help you transition to BB10, iOS and Android devices – on your timeline —no forklift required! Better still, we'll handle this portion of the back end and support so your IT staff can focus their efforts on growing your business. Transition from your legacy devices. Migrate…

President Obama says he’s “not allowed an iPhone”

US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he was not allowed to have an iPhone owing to security fears -- explaining why he is sometimes seen with a super secure Blackberry. "I'm not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone," Obama told a group of young people at the White House for an event promoting his health care law. He added that his daughters Sasha and Malia spend a lot of time on their iPhones. The president often privately talks of how frustrated he is about the White House "bubble" which makes it very…

Pentagon dropping iPhone and Android, forcing some to return to BlackBerry legacy devices

Some military members who were working off Apple and Android-based smartphones and tablets now must return to using older model BlackBerrys because of a security service switchover, according to an email obtained by Nextgov and confirmed by Pentagon officials. The Defense Department is building a new mobile device management system to monitor government-issued consumer smartphones on military networks, but it's not yet ready for prime time. Employees within at least one Army organization were forced to disconnect…

BlackBerry Lawsuit 96 Hour Deadline Alert

Approximately 96 Hours Remain; Former Louisiana Attorney General and Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Remind Investors of Deadline in Securities Class Action Lawsuit Against BlackBerry Limited Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC ("KSF") and KSF partner, the former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., remind investors with large financial interests that they have only until December 3, 2013 to file lead plaintiff applications in securities class action lawsuits against BlackBerry Limited (Nasdaq: BBRY). Investor…

Tizen DevLab and Hackathon in Seattle. Registration now open

Are you a developer with a passion for mobile? Have an HTML5 app you’d like to port? Don’t have an app yet, but want to make one using HTML5 for Tizen, a new open-source mobile OS brought to you by the Linux Foundation? This hack’s for you! Developers who can make things with HTML5 and/or C++ are best suited for this hack. Join BeMyApp and Intel for a Tizen DevLab & Hack in Seattle. We’ll have the SDK, support and leadership you need, and we’ll be awarding cash prizes for the…

Jury awards Apple another $290 million

A federal jury on Thursday ruled that Samsung owes Apple a further $290 million for infringing on the iPhone maker’s patented technology, taking the the total due Apple from the two cases adding up to $929.83 million The award concludes a partial retrial of last year’s landmark case between the electronics giants. A jury in that case ruled in Apple’s favor and awarded $1 billion in damages. However, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that more than $400 million of that award was improperly calculated, …

Army Official Predicts ‘Mass Migration’ Away From BlackBerry

Android and iOS enabled devices will largely replace BlackBerry as the Army's smartphone of choice in the coming years, a senior service official said today at the Milcom conference in San Diego. Lt. Col. Ed Mattison, Army CIO/G-6 cyber security directorate and mobility technical lead, said there won't be any top down orders to make the switch from one type of smartphone to another because it is up to each individual command to dictate and fund their own mobility requirements. They all receive their mobility services…

Nokia sues HTC, RIM, and Viewsonic for infringing 45 patents around the world

Nokia just announced that it’s suing HTC, RIM, and Viewsonic for patent infringement in the US and Germany. All told, there are 45 patent in the various lawsuits, covering what Nokia says are proprietary technologies — i.e., not industry standards. Specifically, Nokia’s patents cover hardware features like antennas, radios, and power management, as well as software features like multitasking, navigation, app stores, retrieving email attachments on mobile, “conversational” message…