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TCL drops video teaser of upcoming BlackBerry 'Mercury' ahead of CES 2017!

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With TCL already letting it be known they will 'unveil an evolutionary first in the mobile industry' and include a first look at how the BlackBerry brand will live on at CES, perhaps getting a tease ahead of CES 2017 is no surprise, but that's exactly what Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication (TCT), North America dropped on Twitter.

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - 2K17

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - 2K17

As we wrap up the holidays and head right into 2017, for the podcast this week we decided to take a quick look back at BlackBerry's 2016, what we expect to see in 2017 starting with CES, which kicks off later this week where we're expecting to hear more from TCL, QNX and more! Tune in.

BlackBerry 'Mercury' could make its way to Verizon

BlackBerry 'Mercury' could make its way to Verizon

While TCL has already committed to telling us more about their BlackBerry plans at CES 2017, that certainly has not stopped the bits and pieces about the BlackBerry 'Mercury' from popping up unofficially. The latest comes by way of Roland Quandt, some of which has been floated about before, but some of which is certainly new information, such as a possible launch of the device on Verizon.

In a stream of Tweets, Quandt notes the list of model variations for the 'Mercury' as well as claiming the device will come with a Snapdragon 625, a rumor floated about for a while now, but one he feels confident enough in confirming.

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Gala

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Gala

Given our next BerryFlow podcast was scheduled to take place on Christmas Day, we decided to have a bit of an impromptu gathering before the holidays fully took over. With BlackBerry's Q3 Fiscal 2017 results, new deals for BlackBerry Radar, TCL being vocal about the BlackBerry brand in their device portfolio and reaffirmations of the trajectory for BBM in 2017, there was plenty to discuss. Check out the video or download the audio now.

Inst10

Just in time for your holiday photo taking, Inst10 for Instagram has now been updated. This release has multiple fixes across the board addressing the speediness of the app itself right down to new a new icon and graphics.

Modagrafics partners with BlackBerry to offer Radar IoT Asset Tracking System

The news for BlackBerry Radar is starting to add up. First, Titanium Transporation announced they would be equipping their entire fleet with the system and now, fleet services graphics provider Modagrafics has announced a sales agent agreement with BlackBerry.

TCL confirms plans to give a glimpse into what new BlackBerry smartphones will offer at CES 2017

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When the TCL-BlackBerry smartphone software and brand licensing deal was announced, we knew TCL had bigger plans for CES simply based on the tweets sent out but now the company has gone and made the news official. A new announcement today highlights TCL's plans to 'unveil an evolutionary first in the mobile industry' and include a first look at how the BlackBerry brand will live on in a new generation of smartphones as noted by Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication (TCT), North America.

BlackBerry reaffirms their commitment to customer security and privacy

As we prepare to close out 2016, BlackBerry has been doing a little housekeeping so to speak and in doing so, they have been busy clearing the air and cleaning up some misconceptions about the company. Everything from what's happening in hardware, to the rumors of BBM moving servers to Indonesia and who 'owns' BBM have been clarified recently.

The latest clarification comes to us by way of BlackBerry's Chief Security Officer, David Kleidermacher, who has now reaffirmed BlackBerry's commitment to customer security and privacy. In the rather lengthy post, Kleidermacher lays out everything that BlackBerry has done in the past year to bolster their security and privacy efforts plus, lays out BlackBerry's practices, policies, and philosophies.

Titanium Transportation will equip their entire fleet with BlackBerry Radar

As mentioned on BlackBerry's Q3 Fiscal 2017 earnings call, Titanium Transportation has now signed on to integrate BlackBerry Radar. The mention during the conference call never made clear the scope of integration Titanium would be implementing but the company has now announced its entire fleet of trailers will be integrating the asset tracking solution to 'boost efficiencies, increase revenue per trailer and improve profitability'.

John Chen talks BlackBerry earnings, autonomous vehicles and more!

Following the BlackBerry Q3 Fiscal 2017 earnings report announcement and conference call, BlackBerry CEO John Chen hit several media outlets to discuss the results, profit margins, autonomous vehicles and more. One of his first stops was with Amber Kanwar at BNN, where he was pressed on when BlackBerry might turn over some overall total revenue for the company now that he has increased profit forecasts for the third consecutive quarter.

BlackBerry Q3 Fiscal 2017 earnings call live blog!

BlackBerry Q3 Fiscal 2017 earnings call live blog!

Now that BlackBerry's Q3 Fiscal 2017 earnings report is out, next up is the conference call and live webcast which will be held beginning at 8 am ET. You can tune in by dialing into 1-844-309-0607 or by logging onto the BlackBerry Investor site. As always, we invite you to join our live chat below and discuss the latest news with others. Additionally, a replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 11 am ET by dialing 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406 and entering Conference ID #18826550.

BlackBerry announces Q3 Fiscal 2017 results

BlackBerry announces Q3 Fiscal 2017 results

Right on time. BlackBerry has now announced their Q3 Fiscal 2017 earnings results. For the quarter ending November 30, 2016, Non-GAAP revenue was $301 million with GAAP revenue of $289 million. Approximately 80% of the third quarter Software & Services segment revenue (excluding IP licensing and professional services) was recurring. BlackBerry had over 3,000 enterprise customer orders in the quarter.

Reminder: BlackBerry to announce Q3 Fiscal 2017 results on December 20th, 2016

Keeping in line with their investor schedule, BlackBerry has now announced they will report their Q3 Fiscal 2017 results on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016. A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-844-309-0607 or by logging onto the BlackBerry Investor site.

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - TCL

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - TCL

As we head into BlackBerry Q3 Fiscal 2017 earnings, there has been a lot of small bits of news breaking cover. If you missed out on BerryFlow last night, now is a good time to go ahead and get yourself caught up on all that has been happening ahead of the earnings call.

BlackBerry QNX unveils innovation centre for connected and autonomous vehicles

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Although we had a bit of a heads up on the announcement earlier, BlackBerry QNX has now officially unveiled the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC). As part of the BlackBerry QNX facility in Ottawa, Ontario, folks working at the centre will be tasked with working on connected and self-driving cars by developing production-ready software both independently and in collaboration with BlackBerry QNX partners in the private and public sector.

Autonomous vehicles require software that is extremely sophisticated and highly secure, said Chen. Our innovation track record in mobile security and our demonstrated leadership in automotive software make us ideally suited to dominate the market for embedded intelligence in the cars of the future.

In order to keep innovation flowing, BlackBerry QNX will be adding to their employee count (up to 650 people) by hiring local software engineers to work on 'ongoing and emerging engineering projects for connected and autonomous cars'. The unveiling of the centre, was attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who noted:

With the opening of its innovation centre in Ottawa, BlackBerry is helping to establish our country as the global leader in software and security for connected car and autonomous vehicle development, said Trudeau. This centre will create great middle-class jobs for Canadians, new opportunities for recent university graduates, and further position Canada as a global hub for innovation.

As part of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario recently approving BlackBerry QNX to test autonomous vehicles on Ontario roads, one of the centre's first operations will be supporting BlackBerry QNX's work with the University of Waterloo, PolySync, and Renesas Electronics to build an autonomous concept vehicle. Early results from the centre will be unveiled in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2017.

BlackBerry Creates Innovation Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Ottawa, ON – December 19, 2016 – Underscoring the company's commitment to continuous innovation, John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), was joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today to unveil the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC). Housed within the BlackBerry QNX facility in Ottawa, Ontario, the centre will accelerate the realization of connected and self-driving vehicles by developing production-ready software independently and in collaboration with partners in the private and public sector.

As part of this initiative, BlackBerry QNX plans to recruit and hire local software engineers to work on ongoing and emerging engineering projects for connected and autonomous cars. The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario recently approved BlackBerry QNX to test autonomous vehicles on Ontario roads as part of a pilot program. One of the centre's first projects will be supporting this pilot as well as BlackBerry QNX's work with the University of Waterloo, PolySync, and Renesas Electronics to build an autonomous concept vehicle.

"Autonomous vehicles require software that is extremely sophisticated and highly secure," said Chen. "Our innovation track record in mobile security and our demonstrated leadership in automotive software make us ideally suited to dominate the market for embedded intelligence in the cars of the future."

"With the opening of its innovation centre in Ottawa, BlackBerry is helping to establish our country as the global leader in software and security for connected car and autonomous vehicle development," said Trudeau. "This centre will create great middle-class jobs for Canadians, new opportunities for recent university graduates, and further position Canada as a global hub for innovation."

BlackBerry QNX has been supplying mission-critical embedded software to the automotive industry for over ten years and can be found in more than 60 million vehicles today. Millions of telematics-equipped cars on the road are using BlackBerry's Certicom security technology for communication authentication and authorization. Already a leading supplier of software for infotainment, acoustics, telematics and digital instrument clusters, BlackBerry QNX is extending its platform expertise into ADAS (Advanced Driver Assist Systems), CVAV (Connected Vehicle and Autonomous Vehicle) systems and secure Over the Air Software Update services.

Experts predict that 50 percent of all cars will connect to the cloud by 2020, and the wide range of 'connected things' could exceed 20 billion. In the coming hyper-connected world, cars will soon carry one of the highest concentrations of Internet of Things (IoT) edge nodes and sensors, generating a vast amount of valuable and actionable data. Anticipating this shift, BlackBerry is investing in key technologies and building a product portfolio that will provide the embedded intelligence that powers the core electronics of connected and autonomous cars.

For more information on the BlackBerry QNX AVIC, please visit: http://www.qnx.com/content/qnx/en/blackberry-qnx-autonomous-vehicle-innovation-centre.html

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a mobile-native security software and services company dedicated to securing the enterprise of things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

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BlackBerry has no plans to move BBM servers to Indonesia

Back in June, BlackBerry announced a new partnership with Indonesia-based Emtek to help expand the consumer BBM business. Since then, several inaccurate articles have come out about who now owns BBM and most recently, several outlets published articles noting that BlackBerry would be moving BBM server(s) to Indonesia. Looking to clear the air surrounding that information, BlackBerry COO Marty Beard, has taken to the Inside BlackBerry blog to lay out the situation accordingly.

BlackBerry gearing up to open autonomous driving research center

According to a new report coming from Reuters, BlackBerry has plans to open a new autonomous driving research center on Monday. The information comes hot on the heels of BlackBerry and Ford signing an agreement for expanded use of BlackBerry's QNX and security software as well as BlackBerry, the University of Waterloo and Erwin Hymer Group being approved by the Ontario Government to test their automated vehicles on Ontario's roads.

Expect to hear more from TCL and BlackBerry at CES 2017

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Although the announcement of BlackBerry and TCL's smartphone software and brand licensing deal is still fresh and there is a lot to be explored there, one thing seems for certain, and that's that we should expect to hear more at CES 2017.

BB Merah Putih is already preparing a BlackBerry-branded device in Indonesia

When BlackBerry announced their device software licensing agreement with joint venture PT BB Merah Putih, they never mentioned how long it would take before we would start seeing any devices appear but according to records added to Indonesia's e-Certification database POSTEL, we might not be waiting all that long at all.

BBM releases Dewa Ping Pong with BBM in Indonesia

Continuing their roll out of regional games, BBM has now released another for the Indonesian market. The latest is called Dewa Ping Pong with BBM and it is an easy free-to-play, rhythmic and strategic game.

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