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Prime Instant Video Now Available on Android Phones

Prime members can now enjoy unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes on their Android phones, including HBO shows such as The Sopranos, True Blood and The Wire, as well as popular series like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome, 24, Extant, and Suits, and the Amazon Original series Alpha House--and for kids, exclusive subscription streaming access to SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Amazon Original shows for kids, Tumble Leaf, Creative Galaxy and Annedroids Amazon today…

SAP and FC Bayern Munich Join Forces

Technology Partnership Will Support the Football Club's Global Sports and Economic Goals At their first joint press conference in the Allianz Arena in Munich, SAP SE and FC Bayern Munich AG today announced that SAP has become the club's official partner for sport analytics and enterprise software. For the next three years, the two organizations intend to work together on innovative solutions to support the FC Bayern's goals to expand its global presence, maximize the team's performance and enhance the experience…

ShopBlackBerry offering 30% off phones and accessories

30% off BlackBerry phones and accessories through August If you're in the market for a new BlackBerry then you may be interested to know that ShopBlackBerry is currently offering 30% off BlackBerry smartphones and accessories from now until August 31st. Discounted phone prices are as follows: BlackBerry Z10 - £139.30 BlackBerry Q5 - £167.30 BlackBerry Q10 - £335.30 BlackBerry Z30 - £335.30 BlackBerry Q10 White and Gold Edition - £460 All those prices are inclusive of VAT. If you're just…

German government should not raise any objections to BlackBerry’s acquisition of Secusmart says Secusmart Boss

The managing director of Secusmart has said that the German government will not raise any objections to BlackBerry’s planned acquisition of Secusmart, whose encryption technology protects the devices of government officials including Angela Merkel, the head of the company said. “I am sure that there will be a positive decision after it has been looked at,” Hans-Christoph Quelle told Reuters in a telephone interview. The German government will be looking very carefully at the purchase to assure the…

Germany wants more of its government officials using encrypted BlackBerrys

After reports that the U.S. National Security Agency was tracking the mobile communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior took action and began using BlackBerry 10 smartphones coupled with German firm Secusmart's anti-eavesdropping technology. On Monday, Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior said it wants more of its officials using encrypted BlackBerrys. The ministry uses 3,000 encrypted BlackBerry devices outfitted with technology made by German…

Firefox OS Shows Strong Momentum and Expands Across New Devices, Markets and Categories

Firefox OS Ecosystem Shows Strong Momentum and Expands Across New Devices, Markets and Categories Mozilla announced today that its Firefox OS is showing “strong momentum”, and handsets based on it will be available in more markets in the near future - including in Asia Pacific and in more countries across Europe and Latin America. New European markets where customer will be able to buy Firefox OS smartphones include France, Czech Republic, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro. Further, starting this week,…

BlackBerry Wins Three Prestigious Red Dot Awards for Product Design

BlackBerry earned three acclaimed Red Dot Awards for the high design quality of its BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry Z30 smartphones. This year, the Red Dot Award's international, 40-member expert panel evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries. Winners were selected based on the quality and innovative strength of each product. "We pride ourselves on industrial design that is simple and intuitive in functionality, while maintaining iconic and familiar elements such as our keyboard and productivity-based user…

BlackBerry’s European research and development centre acquired by the Volkswagen Group

BlackBerry have been getting rid of as much real estate as possible in their continued efforts to cut costs. They have now successfully got rid of their European research and development centre in Bochum, Germany, which has been acquired by the Volkswagen Group. With the newly founded Volkswagen Infotainment, the Wolfsburg-based automotive group is further expanding its expertise and capabilities in the field of vehicle connectivity. With its objective of interlinking vehicles and the surrounding world, the field of…

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