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T-Mobile customers hoping to pick up a BlackBerry won’t be doing so from a retail store. On Wednesday the carrier said it would no longer stock BlackBerry handsets in its retail stores. Instead, customers can order them online for delivery. The news came by way of Reuters who spoke with David Carey, T-Mobile’s executive vice president for corporate services.

Carey said that keeping retail stock “was inefficient” because of low in-store demand for BlackBerry devices. This news follows BlackBerry’s own warnings about its future as it has decided to focus on the pro-sumer and enterprise market. BlackBerry also signed a letter of intent this week to take a $4.7 billion buyout offer‘ from Fairfax Financial.

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Next month, Samsung will debut a new smartphone with a curved display. The news came direct from Samsung’s mobile business head of strategic marketing, D.J. Lee, according to Reuters, which reported the information on Tuesday evening.

Samsung may throw a few too many features in some of its products — see the Galaxy S 4 for an example — but the company does continue to push boundaries by trying new things in mobile devices. This development won’t be the first time Samsung has created phone with curved display: In 2011, the Galaxy Nexus, built by Samsung, had a slightly curved screen. I anticipate that the new handset to have a more prominent curve.

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Apple has resumed its AppleTV update on Tuesday, says 9to5Mac, after it pulled the software over the weekend amid reports of problems. Whatever the issue was appears to be fixed and version 6.0 of the software is now flowing to devices. The update includes support for iTunes Music, AirPlay from the cloud and more.

I was one of those that unsuccessfully tried to update an AppleTV over the weekend. Why did I jump on the software right away? iTunes Music was the key reason for me: I find the service to be quite good, even compared to Google Play Music All Access, which I won’t be subscribing to any longer.

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Motorola’s VP of Product Development, Punit Soni, has already said camera improvements were coming soon to the Moto X and it looks like the company is indeed working on them. An XDA forum member posted files from Android 4.3 for the Moto X on Friday and says that although the device runs a little slower than it did on Android 4.2.2, the camera seems improved.

Android Central, which originally found the XDA posting, notes that if you have an unlocked Moto X, you can install the software yourself. I wouldn’t advise it because it was dumped from a test phone. Clearly, the software update is still a work in progress. It’s good to see that progress, however: The inconsistency of image quality from the camera is the phone’s Achilles Heel based on my usage.

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Now that Google Wallet no longer requires an NFC-capable handset, expect to see it on non-Android phones. Case in point: The digital wallet app became available for iOS devices on Thursday in the iTunes App Store.

Obviously you can’t use the app on iOS for contactless payments; that part requires an NFC chip in the phone. But you can keep track of retail loyalty cards, get Google Offers while shopping or wirelessly send money to anyone with a Google account. Will it be a big hit on iOS? I suspect not, although Apple doesn’t yet have a similar wallet app just yet; as a result, this could give PayPal for iOS a scare.

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Given that many — yours truly included — thought Apple would be releasing a low-cost iPhone, it’s interesting to hear what Tim Cook says about such a product and why device usage is more important than market share. This interview with Cook, as well as Ive and Federighi, offers insight into the low-end handset market and why Apple isn’t likely to ever enter it.

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BlackBerry’s employee head count of 12,700 may be down to under 8,000 before the end of 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The company continues to slash costs as it is losing smartphone market share to iOS, Android and, most recently, to Windows Phone.

The cuts will reportedly take place over numerous departments although I suspect those associated with BlackBerry’s hardware division will be hardest hit, even though the company launched a new phone earlier today. BlackBerry is making far more money from its high profit services area and would be more appealing to a buyer without the low-profit hardware group.

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