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Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld.

U.S. Z10 sales start Friday, but Blackberry's future still far from certain

BlackBerry Z10 sales kick off Friday in the U.S., but it is still unclear how popular the smartphone and its Q10 cousin running BlackBerry 10 will be, amid a number of contradictory predictions and indicators.

Used Samsung Galaxy smartphone values in line with used iPhones

The Samsung Galaxy S smartphone series has attracted rabid fans, with older-generation models keeping a residual value that rivals that of older-generation Apple iPhones.

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BlackBerry extends Balance dual-personality features to Android, iOS devices

BlackBerry announces technology designed to securely separate work and personal data on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, as its Balance software does for new BlackBerry 10 devices.

Making BlackBerry cool again is a giant task

BlackBerry faces a herculean task in marketing the new Z10 smartphone to U.S. consumers.

Industrial sapphire might be your next smartphone display

Sapphire could someday be used in some smartphone displays instead of the toughened Gorilla Glass popular today

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ARM still drives design for smartphones—1 billion in 2013

ARM creates the intellectual property used in the designs used to run more than 95% of the smartphones in the world, but the company had only a small booth at the edge of Hall 6 at Mobile World Congress this week.

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Firefox OS should make Microsoft sharpen Windows Phone 8 sales plan

The emergence of the Firefox OS is just one more reason that Microsoft and BlackBerry will need to sharpen their marketing savvy to sell more smartphones in 2013.

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Samsung takes inspiration from Fort Knox for mobile security

Samsung Monday announced an improved version of its SAFE management and security system for popular Samsung-branded smartphones and tablets.

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BYOD gets attention at Mobile World Congress

Helping IT shops deal with the security and management of consumer smartphones and tablets in the workplace will be a big theme at Mobile World Congress this week.

New super-duper smartphone cameras likely won't help HTC and Nokia, analysts say

HTC and Nokia are separately expected to announce super-high-quality cameras in new smartphones expected to be unveiled the next week.

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You can get a BlackBerry Z10 now--for $999

If you can't wait to get the latest BlackBerry in the U.S., there's this costly path to instant gratification.

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Can new smartphones rekindle the BlackBerry fire?

'Not dead yet' could well be the new BlackBerry marketing theme, two new BlackBerry 10 smartphones are expected to be announced Wednesday.

Verizon debuts two shared data plans for businesses

The plans include one for small businesses, with up to 25 lines of shared data, and one aimed at large businesses of any size, with no limit on the number of devices

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New BlackBerry mobile management tools ready for download

Analysts are unsure whether RIM's new enterprise mobility software can halt the migration away from BlackBerry smartphones

RIM gets Visa approval for mobile payments via NFC

Research in Motion announced Wednesday that credit card company Visa has approved RIM's security management system for use in mobile payments made with smartphones or tablets that use a Near Field Communication chip.