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BlackBerry brings back the 48-hour flash sale on the BlackBerry Passport!

The last time BlackBerry hosted a 48-hour flash sale on the BlackBerry Passport, folks cleared ShopBlackBerry of all the BackBerry Passport Silver Editions. Seriously, there's none left. But if you're still looking to get an original BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry has fired up another 48-hour flash sale and you can snag one for a great price!

First BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device gets certified in Indonesia

The first PT BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device has slowly been making its way through the certification process for Indonesia and has now finally reached the final step, meaning its eventual arrival might not be that far off. At this point, there's plenty of rumored specs floating about, but no images have appeared for the device simply known as BBC100-1. As for those rumored specs, well, they've come from @rquandt previously, and @krispitech.

BlackBerry Mercury passes through the Wi-Fi Alliance for certification

Although it's slightly less interesting news considering we know we'll learn more at BlackBerry Mobile's Mercury launch event on February 25, for those of you out there who like to check on where things are in the line of progress, at least one variation of the BlackBerry Mercury (BBB100-2) has now passed through the Wi-Fi Alliance for Wi-Fi certification.

Priority #1, "Security is a hallmark of BlackBerry Mobile"

We interviewed Steve Cistulli, President & GM of TCL Communication (TCT) North America, to talk BlackBerry Mobile, the "Mercury" and more

When it was announced that BlackBerry would be producing secure Android smartphones, there was many in the BlackBerry community that were skeptical over how secure BlackBerry could make Android. Over time, though, BlackBerry was able to prove their world-renowned security model could be applied to Android.

With BlackBerry handing licensing over to BlackBerry Mobile to produce smartphones now, folks have been wondering if that security model will apply to new devices such as the BlackBerry Mercury as well. The short answer is a resounding, yes! To get the longer answer, we sat down with Steve Cistulli from BlackBerry Mobile who took the time to explain the security and privacy aspects of their upcoming devices. Steve stressed right away that security comes first.

I've always seen [security] solutions coming from other Android developers as the second bullet item, where with BlackBerry Mobile it is always the first bullet item.

With that in mind, BlackBerry Mobile will continue to leverage BlackBerry's enterprise security expertise to deliver that commitment, in fact, BlackBerry will continue to develop all of the security software, right down to digitally signing the OS inside BlackBerry, keeping that BlackBerry security DNA intact entirely.

The primary software integration point is still going to be done inside BlackBerry and even digitally signed inside BlackBerry. You're really never going to lose the DNA of BlackBerry going forward.

Having a company like BlackBerry and their security experts that are constantly updating the software, continuing to do monthly builds, making sure that our phones are always up to date when it comes to Android baseline, that's going to continue going forward and will certainly become one of the hallmarks of BlackBerry Mobile.

Partnering with BlackBerry is seen as a win-win. BlackBerry Mobile will focus on building amazing hardware, while BlackBerry (whose new motto is "Software is the new BlackBerry") will continue hardening the Android experience.

Perhaps, one of the highlights of the conversation for me was that BlackBerry Mobile recognizes that security is not just an enterprise thing either. Everyone these days needs to be considering security, especially with all the new cybersecurity threats that exist, the political landscape and more. Often, though, folks look at these things more as Privacy vs. Security and Cistulli and BlackBerry Mobile are aware of that as well.

We start with the words security because we're probably bringing our phones to work with us one way or another. Then we go home, and then we go out to dinner, and we don't call it security anymore. We call it privacy. Because people outside of work can't use the same words. Privacy really does matter. It's been building for the last decade, as we know. It's certainly getting a lot of press these days.

When you start with a Blackberry mobile device, from the moment that you have chipset key validation until the time you're taking a picture, you're putting it into your secure area, you have the ability for portable SD card encryption, etc. this is the type of security that we could talk about perhaps in technical terms. At the end of the day, it's, "Please don't steal my pictures. Please don't read my emails." I think it's serendipitous that we're all talking about this today.

In times where articles about how to keep your data safe and private while even just traveling are being written at a rapid pace, I have to say hearing Steve lay out the facts behind how BlackBerry Mobile will still be leveraging BlackBerry security is refreshing. Did you miss out on our CrackBerry podcast? Listen to it now below or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, RSS or download it directly!

Where did the BlackBerry Mercury codename come from?

And what does it mean for the next BlackBerry Mobile phone?

As we look ahead to BlackBerry Mobile officially launching the BlackBerry Mercury at Mobile World Congress, one question that has come up often is where did the BlackBerry Mercury codename come from? Did the internet just make it up? Is it an internal name designated to the device? In seeking an answer, we decided to ask Steve Cistulli from BlackBerry Mobile on our recent podcast and well, turns out we got a better answer than we initially anticipated and a bit of a tease.

BlackBerry sues Nokia over patent infringement

After taking on a legal battle with BLU Products and Avaya, BlackBerry has now filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia. In the filing, BlackBerry Ltd. v. Nokia Corp., 17-155, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, BlackBerry claims Nokia's networking gear, including its Flexi Multiradio base stations, radio network controllers, and Liquid Radio software, infringes 11 patents.

The complaint was filed Tuesday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. In the complaint, BlackBerry notes that the company 'seeks to obtain recompense for Nokia's unauthorized use of BlackBerry's patented technology', but doesn't mention how much they're seeking, nor are they seeking any court order that would block use of the inventions. Instead BlackBerry is just looking to 'to license them on fair and reasonable terms' because according to BlackBerry 'Nokia has persisted in encouraging the use' without a license from BlackBerry as noted in the complaint.

Nokia encourages and instructs customers, mobile service providers such as T-Mobile and AT&T, to purchase, deploy and use infringing products to develop and operate their LTE networks and UMTS networks

The patents-in-suit are U.S. Patent Numbers 6,996,418; 8,254,246; 8,494,090; 7,529,305; 8,861,433; 9,426,697; 9,253,772; 8,897,192; 9,125,202; 8,243,683; and 8,644,829.

Source: Bloomberg More: Law360

The CrackBerry Podcast is now available on Google Play Music!

Since we brought back the CrackBerry podcast for CrackBerry's 10th Anniversary we've had a number of requests asking that it be made available on Google Play Music - a request we were happy to oblige. Right now, if you fire up Google Play Music and head to the podcasts section, you should be able to search for CrackBerry and have it appear or just hit this link to subscribe.

BlackBerry releases Notable for Android as part of the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite of applications

Although we had a little bit of heads up of its arrival, thanks to a post that went live a little bit early, BlackBerry has now introduced the latest Android app that will join the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite of applications. Released as BlackBerry Notable, the latest app is a content creation and sharing app that allows you to quickly capture content on the screen, mark it up with text or free-form drawing tools, and share it with friends and colleagues.

BlackBerry teams up with ISARA to work on quantum resistant cryptography

Over the past few months, BlackBerry has been adding to their catalog of partners and today, have added another to the list. As announced on the Inside BlackBerry Blog, BlackBerry has now announced a new partnership with ISARA Corporation, the company behind ISARA Radiate, which offers quantum-resistant cryptography.

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BB Mobile

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BB Mobile

Were you watching the Grammy's last night instead of tuning into BerryFlow? It's cool. You can now check out the video and audio replays. This week, we dig into all the latest BlackBerry news including BlackBerry's newest SDK offering, BBM working on a remedy for spam invites and of course, quite a bit about the upcoming BlackBerry Mercury. Be sure to check it out!

BlackBerry Hub+ Suite beta now open to everyone through Beta Zone!

When BlackBerry launched their BlackBerry Hub+ Suite beta, it was only open to those who had registered through the BlackBerry Beta Zone and were accepted. Now, though, BlackBerry has decided to go ahead and open up beta testing to everyone who is interested in giving it a go.

All you need to do is head to the BlackBerry Beta Zone, log in with your BlackBerry ID and you should find the BlackBerry Hub+ program available to you. No approval process. No waitlist. Unlike when it was 'open' previously. Once you are registered for the program, you'll have access to download the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite beta. As a reminder, here's what all is included with the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite:

  • BlackBerry Hub
  • BlackBerry Calendar
  • BlackBerry Password Keeper
  • Contacts by BlackBerry
  • BlackBerry Device Search
  • Notes by BlackBerry
  • Tasks by BlackBerry
  • BlackBerry Launcher

Before you dive in fully, you do have to remember that this is a beta program, so there will likely be some bugs involved and if you're not willing to deal with them or offer feedback, then maybe it's best you skip out on signing up. That said, if you're willing to accept those caveats, then head on over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone and get yourself registered! Oh right, I shouldn't need to say this but, keep in mind you do need an Android device to take part. They are Android apps after all.

Sign up for the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite beta program

Rad Systems BlackBerry 10 apps updated across the board

Rad Systems BlackBerry 10 apps updated across the board

If you're using any of the several great apps put out by Rad Systems, you'll want to load up BlackBerry World and check for updates. Making their way through BlackBerry World right now, are all new versions of every app Rad Systems has put out including App Manager, Call Blockr, Charger Alert and more. Some of these updates are maintenance releases while others introduce brand new features!

BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10 updated with bug fixes!

It has been a while since BlackBerry World has been updated for BlackBerry 10 but a new update has now been released and is readily available for download. As noted in update details, this release contains just simple bug fixes and performance improvements but with the updates for BlackBerry World specifically few and far between these days, any update that fixes some bugs is appreciated. Fire up BlackBerry World, get it downloaded and installed and you'll be good to go!

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Subscribe for BlackBerry Mercury Updates!

Subscribe for BlackBerry Mercury Updates!

The BlackBerry Mercury is almost here, and we can't wait. BlackBerry Mobile will unveil the device LIVE in Barcelona later this month, and until then we're going to have all the latest news and updates.

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ShopBlackBerry offering Valentine's Day deals on DTEK50 and DTEK60!

If your Valentine's Day sweetheart isn't really into cards, candy or flowers, and would prefer a new BlackBerry, ShopBlackBerry has placed both the DTEK50 and DTEK60 on sale for a limited time across all regions ShopBlackBerry serves.

BlackBerry introduces secure cloud-based communications platform for developers

As BlackBerry continues to grow their software offerings, the company has now introduced a new software development kit for secure cloud-based communications better known as BBM Enterprise SDK. BBM Enterprise SDK, will enable developers to integrate secure messaging, voice and video capabilities into applications and services.

Latest BlackBerry Android app updates bring dark theme to the Hub and more!

After spending some time in the BlackBerry Beta Zone, the latest BlackBerry Android app updates have now started to filter out through the Google Play Store. This time around, the BlackBerry Hub gets the most attention as it features plenty of new enhancements as well as the long-awaited dark theme option. Also rolling out as a bit of a surprise is a new update to Password Keeper which also includes a new dark theme option.

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Brief

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Brief

Did you miss BerryFlow live last night? If so, you can now go ahead and get yourself caught up by grabbing the audio or checking out the video. This week, we kept things pretty brief in order to make time for the Super Bowl, but still managed to pack a lot of content into the conversation.

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BlackBerry announces major mobile software licensing agreement with Optiemus in India

Following several rumors and speculation, BlackBerry have now officially announced an exclusive, long-term licensing agreement with leading Indian telecom enterprise, Optiemus Infracom Ltd to bring the production of secure BlackBerry Android handsets in more global markets including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. This agreement with Optiemus comes shortly after announcing similar deals with TCL Communication and PT BlackBerry Merah Putih.

BlackBerry begins rollout of February Android security update

BlackBerry powered by Android Security Bulletin – February 2017 now posted for all.

Although the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team has yet to post the details for the February Android update, it does appear as though the rollout has begun for quite a few folks. As per normal, it has started with Priv owners and will expand out from there. Once downloaded and installed, you should see your security patch level set as 'February 5, 2017'.

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