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BlackBerry says interest is high in its new Passport handheld

Smartphone maker BlackBerry says that it is seeing high interest in the media and from technology enthusiasts in its forthcoming Passport handheld, which has the same dimensions as an actual passport. The BlackBerry Passport has a keyboard that can also function as a trackpad, and a large screen for viewing documents, playing games, and surfing the web.