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T-Mobile to acquire AWS spectrum from U.S. Cellular, expanding 4G LTE to 29 key markets in Mississippi Valley region

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BlackBerry Reports Q1 Fiscal 2014 Results

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BlackBerry just reported their Q1 Fiscal 2014 results and the numbers are in. They reported shipping 6.8 million smartphones without a breakdown for BlackBerry 10. They also increased their cash holdings by $200 million though they did report an overall loss. The interesting thing that stuck out to me is that US revenue is going up and balancing out compared to other regions. BlackBerry stock is going to be on a rollercoaster today since BlackBerry delivered almost exactly what their outlook was last quarter but missed analyst estimates.

Check out the details below or join the call at 8 am ET by dialing 1-800-814-4859 or through your BlackBerry 10 smartphone, personal computer or BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at this link.

BlackBerry Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 28, 2013) – Research In Motion Limited (doing business as BlackBerry(R)) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today reported first quarter results for the three months ended June 1, 2013 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).
Q1 Highlights:

—  Revenue $3.1 billion, up 15% sequentially from the previous quarter
—  North America revenue grows sequentially 30%, APAC revenue grows 35%,
    EMEA revenue grows 9%
—  LATAM revenue declines 6% as Venezuela foreign currency restrictions
    negatively impact $72 million of service revenue recognition in the
    first quarter; company gross margins negatively impacted by 2%
—  Shipments of 6.8 million smartphones, up 13% sequentially from the
    previous quarter
—  GAAP loss from continuing operations of $84 million, or $0.16 per share
—  Adjusted loss from continuing operations of $67 million, or $0.13 per
    share
—  Venezuela foreign currency restrictions impact reported GAAP earnings
    and adjusted earnings by approximately $0.10 per share; excluding such
    impact, adjusted earnings in-line with previously provided outlook of
    approaching breakeven financial results
—  Cash flow from operations of $630 million
—  Cash and investments balance of $3.1 billion
Q1 Results
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was $3.1 billion, up 15% from $2.7 billion in the previous quarter and up 9% from $2.8 billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2013. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 71% for hardware, 26% for service and 3% for software and other revenue. During the quarter, the Company shipped 6.8 million BlackBerry smartphones and approximately 100,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

GAAP loss from continuing operations for the quarter was $84 million, or $0.16 per share diluted, compared with a GAAP income from continuing operations of $94 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.18, in the prior quarter and GAAP loss from continuing operations of $510 million, or $0.97 per share diluted, in the same quarter last year.

Adjusted loss from continuing operations for the first quarter was $67 million, or $0.13 per share diluted. Adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share exclude the impact of pre-tax charges of $26 million ($17 million on an after tax basis) related to the Cost Optimization and Resource Efficiency (“CORE”) program. This impact on GAAP loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations are summarized in the table below.

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $3.1 billion as of June 1, 2013, compared to $2.9 billion at the end of the previous quarter, an increase of approximately $200 million from the prior quarter. Cash flow from operations in the first quarter was approximately $630 million. Uses of cash included intangible asset additions of approximately $335 million and capital expenditures of approximately $83 million.

“During the first quarter, we continued to focus our efforts on the global roll out of the BlackBerry 10 platform,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. “We are still in the early stages of this launch, but already, the BlackBerry 10 platform and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 are proving themselves to customers to be very secure, flexible and dynamic mobile computing solutions. Over the next three quarters, we will be increasing our investments to support the roll out of new products and services, and to demonstrate that BlackBerry has established itself as a leading and vibrant player in next generation mobile computing solutions for both consumer and enterprise customers.”

Outlook

The smartphone market remains highly competitive, making it difficult to estimate units, revenue and levels of profitability. Throughout the remainder of fiscal 2014, the Company will invest in BlackBerry 10 smartphone launches, and the roll out of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, to continue to establish the new BlackBerry 10 platform in the marketplace. The Company will also invest resources to evolve BlackBerry Messenger into a leading cross platform mobile social messaging application, and launch other revenue initiatives associated with new services and emerging mobile computing opportunities. Based on the competitive market dynamics and these investments, the company anticipates it will generate an operating loss in the second quarter. The company will also continue to implement the cost savings and process-improving initiatives it started last year, in order to drive greater efficiency throughout the company, and redirect capital from these savings to areas of investment that will drive future revenue growth.

Reconciliation of GAAP loss from continuing operations before income taxes, loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations to adjusted loss from continuing operations before income taxes, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations:

(United States dollars, in millions except per share data)

                                                 For the three months ended
                                      ————————————–
                                                       CORE                
As Reported:                                  GAAP   Charges(1)    Adjusted
                                      ————————————–
                                                                           
Loss from continuing operations before                                     
income taxes                          $      (164) $        26 $      (138)
                                                                           
Loss from continuing operations                (84)          17         (67)
                                                                           
                                      ————————————–
Diluted loss per share from continuing                                     
operations                            $     (0.16) $      0.03 $     (0.13)
                                      ————————————–
                                      ————————————–
—–                                                                      
–    Adjusted loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share   
     from continuing operations include the $72 million (approximately $50 
     million after tax or $0.10 per share) impact on service revenue       
     recognition of the Venezuela foreign currency restrictions noted above.
Note: Adjusted loss from continuing operations before tax, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of adjusted loss from continuing operations before taxes, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess the Company’s operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of the Company’s GAAP results.
(1) As part of the Company’s ongoing effort to streamline its operations and increase efficiency, the Company commenced the CORE program in March 2012. During the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company incurred approximately $26 million in total pre-tax charges related to the CORE program. Substantially all of the pre-tax charges are related to one-time employee termination benefits and facilities costs. During the first quarter of fiscal 2014, charges of approximately $10 million were included in research and development and charges of approximately $16 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.

Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

          Research In Motion Limited (doing business as BlackBerry)        
                    (United States dollars, in millions)                   
                              Revenue by Region                            
                                     For the quarter ended                 
                   ———————————————————
                                                                           
                              June 1,           March 2,        December 1,
                                 2013               2013               2012
                   ———————————————————
North America       $     761    24.8% $     587    21.9% $     647    23.7%
Europe, Middle East                                                        
and Africa             1,343    43.7%     1,227    45.8%     1,160    42.5%
Latin America             449    14.6%       479    17.9%       535    19.6%
Asia Pacific              518    16.9%       385    14.4%       385    14.1%
                   ———————————————————
Total               $   3,071   100.0% $   2,678   100.0% $   2,727   100.0%
                   ———————————————————
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                           For the quarter ended        
                   ————————————–
                                                        
                         September 1,            June 2,
                                 2012               2012
                   ————————————–
North America       $     868    30.3% $     794    28.3%
Europe, Middle East                                     
and Africa             1,087    38.0%     1,029    36.6%
Latin America             520    18.2%       580    20.7%
Asia Pacific              386    13.5%       405    14.4%
                   ————————————–
Total               $   2,861   100.0% $   2,808   100.0%
                   ————————————–
                   ————————————–
Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-800-814-4859 or through your BlackBerry(R) 10 smartphone, personal computer or BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablet at http://ca.blackberry.com/company/investors/events.html. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am by dialing (+1)416-640-1917 and entering pass code 4612565# or by clicking the link above on your BlackBerry(R) 10 smartphone, personal computer or BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablet. This replay will be available until midnight ET July 12, 2013.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in wireless innovation, BlackBerry(R) revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Research In Motion announced that effective January 30, 2013, the Company would operate around the world under the iconic name BlackBerry. The legal name of the Company has not changed, but the Company will do business as BlackBerry pending approval of the official change by shareholders, which will be sought at the Company’s Annual General Meeting later in 2013. Effective Monday, February 4, 2013, the Company commenced trading under its new ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visitwww.blackberry.com.
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What is VoIP and how it works

So as I hopefully will be landing a job with that deals with a lot of VoIP I thought I would give a brief introduction to it.

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is simply the transmission of voice traffic over IP-based networks.

The Internet Protocol (IP) was originally designed for data networking. The success of IP in becoming a world standard for data networking has led to its adaptation to voice networking.

Some background history:
Although VoIP has been creating quite a stir in the press recently, it’s actually not a new idea at all. VoIP has been around in one form or another since 1973 when it began as an experiment by the US Department of Defense.

Why VoIP is better ?
The number one reason to switch to VoIP technology , such as MegaPath VoIP services, for telephone service is cost reduction. VoIP has become popular largely because of the cost advantages to consumers over traditional telepone networks. VoIP slashes your monthly phone bill by a whopping fifty percent. Let’s put some light over these claims.
It offers cheaper international long distance rates which are generally one-tenth of what is charged by traditional phone companies. Its portability makes it a very good option and one could avoid expensive hotel phone charges and cell phone roaming charges. What one requires is just a high speed connection where one could plug the adapter into and people could reach you at your local number irrespective of your location.

Most Internet connections are charged using a flat monthly fee structure. Using the Internet connection for both data traffic and voice calls can allow consumers to get rid of one monthly payment. In addition, VoIP plans do not charge a per-minute fee for long distance.

By making VoIP calls using internet enabled cell phones one could avoid wireless roaming fees and long distance rates which generally touch north. Most of the times in-network calls to other VoIP service subscribers are free even if the calling parties are located in different parts of the world.

How does it work?
Just to confuse people, there are many kinds of VoIP. Using voice chat in MSN , G Talk or Yahoo messenger could be regarded as VoIP, so could the highly publicised Skype; but these are all proprietary systems. To talk to someone using MSN, the person at the other end also needs MSN. The same applies to Yahoo and, to a great extent, to Skype. They use their own special system that isn’t open and won’t connect to other systems easily.

True VoIP should really be based on the SIP system which is the recognized standard. Any SIP compatible device can talk to any other; you don’t even use a PC. Any SIP telephone can call another right over the internet, you don’t need any additional equipment or even a phone provider. Just plug your SIP phone into the internet connection, configure it and then dial the other person right over the internet.

In all VoIP systems, your voice is converted into packets of data, like little files, and then transmitted to the recipient over the internet and decoded back into your voice at the other end. To make it quicker, these packets are compressed before transmission, a bit like zipping a file.

Actual Cost of VoIP:
The promise of free international calls whenever you want them probably sounds a little too good to be true – there must be a catch, right? Well, yes and no. Provided you only wish to use VoIP to communicate with other VoIP users, everything is very straightforward. If however you want to be able to use VoIP to make and receive calls to and from people who don’t have VoIP, you’ll need to subscribe to a gateway service that provides a bridge between VoIP and the conventional phone networks.

Getting Started with VoIP :
Getting started with VoIP could hardly be simpler. Assuming you already have the two most important ingredients (a Windows or Mac computer and a broadband Internet connection), all you need to get started is the following:

Some free phone or messaging software.
A microphone.
Headphones or speakers (headphones are best because they won’t cause as much feedback).
An alternative to a microphone and headphones is an integrated headset, as this will leave your hands free.

When it comes to choosing which software to use, it’s worth considering whom you plan to call, since most VoIP software is proprietary. Check with any friends or relatives who already use VoIP and see what they’re using. If you plan to use VoIP to call people who use different software, you may need to install more than one program!
Examples of VoIP software you might choose to use are MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, SkyPe and ICQ, all of which are available as free downloads. All of these are designed to be beginner-friendly, so follow the installation instructions and you’ll be ready to go in a matter of minutes.

So what’s the catch?
Obviously nothing is ever as simple as it sounds. New technologies aren’t perfect and pricing often reflects this, if it wasn’t cheaper nobody would switch.

The main problem with VoIP applications is bandwidth contention. This complicated term isn’t as difficult as it sounds. You might have anything from a 512Kb broadband connection to 8Mb and beyond, dial-up isn’t suitable for VoIP. It doesn’t matter how big this connection is, it can still get busy.

VoIP phone call requires at least 100Kb or dedicated bandwidth and without this, you may find your phone calls less than satisfactory. To resolve this problem, there are now ranges of internet routers to use with your existing cable or DSL connection. These are VoIP aware and will dedicate the bandwidth to your phone call when you need it but free up all the bandwidth for other use when you’re not on the phone. Some VoIP service providers will supply a compatible router with your connection package, it’s essential.

Keeping it real

Keeping it real

Ed’s job as a greeter at the local Walmart lasted less than a day. Here’s why.

About two hours into his first day on the job, a very loud, unattractive, mean-acting woman walked into the store with her two kids, yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance.

As he had been instructed, Ed said pleasantly, “Good morning and welcome to Walmart. Nice children you have there. Are they twins?”

The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say, “(Bleep) no, they ain’t twins. The oldest one’s 9, and the other one’s 7. Why the (bleep) would you think they’re twins? Are you blind or just stupid?’

Ed replied, “I’m neither blind nor stupid, Ma’am. I just couldn’t believe someone had been intimate with you twice. Have a good day, and thank you for shopping at Walmart.”

His supervisor said he probably wasn’t cut out for that line of work.

Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10 Typing Tips

Inside BlackBerry Help Blog

Here are several typing tips you’ll want to know about whether you are using a BlackBerry Q10 or a BlackBerry Z10!

For example, do you know how to enter accented characters or symbols such as a trademark symbol?

1. Inserting Accented Characters & Symbols 

Adding special characters is really easy, all you need to do is hold the key that corresponds with the accent or symbol you’d like to insert. After holding the key for a second you’ll be shown a list of available characters. For example, in the screenshots below I am holding the R key on a BlackBerry Z10. It works the same on a BlackBerry Q10.

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Tip: To use accented characters in a text message complete the following steps:

  1. Access BlackBerry Hub
  2. Tap the action key in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap Settings followed by Text Messages
  4. Tap the Advanced icon and set Allow Special Characters to

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Facebook To Simplify Ad-Buying Process By Eliminating Half Of Its 27 Ad Units

TechCrunch

Facebook is wrapping up a press session at its Menlo Park headquarters where it talked about the progress that it’s making with advertisers and announced it will be eliminating and consolidating a number of ad units.

The big vision, according to Product Manager Fidji Simo, is to simplify the general process of running ads on Facebook. She said that when Facebook looked at its 27 different ad products, it found that “every single product is really good on its own,” but “the whole is less than the sum of its parts.” The process is too complicated right now, she said (which could potentially scare businesses away or mean that they run less effective campaigns). Ultimately, advertisers should just tell Facebook “who you are, what your message is, and what your objective is,” then they should be able to run the kind of campaign that works for them without any “guesswork.”

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Taxi E-Hail Apps Get The Green Light In New York City Officially, Finally, Once Again

TechCrunch

Good news for New Yorkers who don’t want to walk outside and raise their hands in an effort to attract the attention of a yellow cab passing by: The New York State Supreme Court has issued a ruling blocking a temporary restraining order, which had put into question the legality of taxi e-hail providers like Uber and Hailo operating in New York City.

The ruling is yet another victory for technology and innovation over the evil forces of inertia and bureaucracy in New York City. More literally, it’s a defeat for the black car and limo lobby, which had threatened the city’s proposed e-hail program with a temporary restraining order issued earlier this year.

Actually, this is just the latest in a string of launches, and re-launches, victories, and defeats for the likes of Uber and Hailo since the e-hail program was first announced in December. It was…

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Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Yahoo, Microsoft, Paltalk, AOL And Apple Deny Participation In NSA PRISM Surveillance Program

TechCrunch

The Washington Post today reported that Google, Apple, Facebook, Dropbox, Microsoft, Paltalk, AOL (TechCrunch’s parent company) and Yahoo participated in the so-called PRISM program which provided the NSA with what looks like virtually direct access to their servers and their users’ data.

We have now reached out to all of these companies and all of them have categorically denied that they are participating.

These denials are especially odd given that a number of publications, including USA Today, are now citing source that confirm the existence of this program. According to these reports, PRISM is not aimed at U.S. citizens or any person in the United States.

Here is what we got so far:

Facebook

“We do not provide any government organization with direct access to Facebook servers. When Facebook is asked for data or information about specific individuals, we carefully scrutinize any such request for compliance with all applicable…

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Essential Tech Products for Your Car Safety Kit

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With the weather turning warmer and summer travel season around the corner, many Americans will be hitting the road. Before you head out with your family in tow, you may want to consider these six tech products that can keep you safe and get you back on the road quickly if you have problems out on the highways. And while you’re at it, load up on our essential apps to use on the road.

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Eton

Eton Road Torq

Getting a flat tire on a dark road with no flashlight is no one’s idea of fun. The Eton Road Torq is a self-powered LED spotlight that provides plenty of light, without the need for batteries.

The Road Torq is powered by a dynamo hand crank — two-minutes of cranking give you 15 minutes of power. It also features a flashing emergency beacon to warn passing motorists.

Price: $19.94 on Amazon

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Amazon

Jump-N-Carry JNCAIR…

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