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BlackBerry, University of Waterloo and Erwin Hymer Group set to test self-driving cars in Ontario

Autonomous vehicles will officially hit the road in Ontario as early as next year now that the Ontario Government has announced they are launching the first automated vehicle (AV) pilot program in Canada, led by BlackBerry QNX, The University of Waterloo and the Erwin Hymer Group.

BlackBerry kicks off their Black Friday deals with up to 53% off select devices

Today is the last day to take advantage of BlackBerry's 'BlackBerry Friday' deals where you can save up to 53% on select devices such as Passport, Priv and DTEK50 and more!

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Deal

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Deal

In between the Thanksgiving weekend, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we still managed to find time to get together and discuss all the latest BlackBerry news on Upstream. This week we touch on 10.3.3 certification, Nasdaq hosting the BlackBerry developer summit in NYC plus, BBM launching new services within the popular messaging app. If that's not enough for you, we also discuss the new Black Friday deals on BlackBerry devices and take a look at BlackBerry being awarded a new cyber-security certification from the UK government. Tune in below for the latest!

BlackBerry awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification from the UK Government

BlackBerry has now announced they have become the first major mobile vendor to receive the new Cyber Essentials Plus (CE+) certification from the UK Government. Additionally, BlackBerry has announced they are now an accredited certifying body for Cyber Essentials Plus, with the certification being offered through BlackBerry Cybersecurity Services.

BlackBerry Hub, Contacts, Tasks, Notes and Calendar beta releases updated!

If you're doing beta testing of BlackBerry's Android apps through the BlackBerry Beta Zone, you'll want to load up Google Play and grab the latest releases. BlackBerry Hub, Contacts, Tasks, Notes and Calendar have now all been updated.

BBM launching two new services in Indonesia next month: BBM Shopping and BBM Travel

Since BlackBerry announced they would be working with Indonesia-based Emtek, there has been a lot of things happening surrounding BBM. New BBM enabled games have arrived, the new BBM Life news and video channel launched and BBM teamed up with Liputan6 to bring their news and videos directly into BBM and more! The progress in this area has been so great that BBM will now be bringing both games and news beyond Indonesia as well as launching two new services for BBM.

Google Play offers up 'Cyber Week Deals' on games, apps, books, movies, TV shows and more!

If shopping for digital goods instead of physical goods is how you prefer to spend your Black Friday, Google Play has you covered. Right now, until November 29, you can score some great deals on everything offered in Google Play including games, apps, books, movies, TV shows, comics and more.

BlackBerry unveils their expanded developer platform at BlackBerry Developer Summit

On November 17, BlackBerry held their BlackBerry Developer Summit at the NASDAQ stock market headquarters in New York City where they unveiled their expanded developer platform. The summit gave enterprise developers a chance to go hands-on with every portion of BlackBerry's enterprise platform. A new post from Mark Wilson, Senior Vice President, Marketing for BlackBerry, gives us a recap of the event.

Astronomy Bundle for BlackBerry 10 offers five great astronomy apps for one low price!

If you're into astronomy and on BlackBerry 10, developer Burning Platform has a pretty awesome app bundle up for sale. Right now, you can score four five-star rated astronomy apps for 50 percent off the price if you bought them individually.

Marty Beard lays out five reasons Samsung's acquisition of Harman could mean great things for QNX

Since it was announced that Samsung would be making an aggressive push into the connected car space by way of their $8 billion acquisition auto infotainment and audio provider Harman, there has been a lot of speculation around what it means for everyone else in the connected car industry and that of course includes, QNX, which Harman owned between 2004-2010 before selling it to BlackBerry.

As you might have guessed, a lot of that speculation speaks to how the deal could be a bad thing for QNX, but according to a new post from Chief Operating Officer at BlackBerry, Marty Beard, the acquisition 'has the potential to be excellent news for BlackBerry' and he has laid five reasons for that.

Where is BlackBerry OS 10.3.3?

Where is BlackBerry OS 10.3.3?

This article was updated on Monday, November 30, 2016 to reflect the latest movement. See bottom.

Where is BlackBerry OS 10.3.3? It has essentially become a running joke around here but if you're genuinely interested and want to know where BlackBerry stands on the release of the BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.3 update, the company has shared some details.

Additionally, BlackBerry has been responding on their blog with a similar message.

We are in the final stages of NIAP security certification for our latest BB10 release, 10.3.3. We are grateful for our devoted BB10 customers and continue to support the platform.

It might not be exactly the information you're looking for, but it's certainly better than silence on that front.

BlackBerry OS 10.3.3 has now been released officially. Additionally, those looking for an unofficial method to install the OS have the option to use the available autoloader files.

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Time Bomb

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Time Bomb

If you missed out on BerryFlow live last night, it's time to get yourself caught up. This week, we dig into the latest BBM update, discuss WhatsApp extending their BBOS and BlackBerry 10 support plus, everything else that happened in the past week of BlackBerry news. Also this week, we have special guest Daniel Patel joining us to discuss his latest DTEK60 videos and much more!

Snag a BlackBerry DTEK50 from Amazon Canada for only $279!

And just like that, the special pricing has left the building. Pricing has now been replaced with a $389 offer, which is still cheaper than ShopBB, but not as awesome as $279.

If you're looking to get your hands on a BlackBerry DTEK50 in Canada but don't feel like forking over the $429 ShopBlackBerry asking, Amazon Canada has the device available for a price that's a little more reasonable. Right now, you can pick up a brand new, unlocked DTEK50 from Amazon Canada for only $279 with free shipping.

BlackBerry Hub+ Services beta updates now available

BlackBerry Hub+ Services beta update now available

If you're looking for something new to try out and are a part of the Beta Zone, there is new BlackBerry Hub+ Services updates available. This time around Hub, Contacts, Notes and Tasks have been updated with Hub getting the bulk of the changes. Need to know what is new before you jump in? Have a look at the changelogs.


  • Added setting for default sending account
  • Support for viewing .eml email attachments
  • Toggle to remove an account from Hub and stop syncing it
  • Added contact avatars to Hub email notifications
  • Improved rendering for rich formatted HTML emails
  • Fixed issue with some attachments not downloading
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


  • Added ability to hide specific contact accounts and stop sync
  • Bug fixes for contacts sometimes not showing up in search
  • Fixed bug with DAV accounts that have different usernames and email addresses to use appropriate details
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


  • Bug fixes and performance improvements
  • Ability to hide completed tasks

BlackBerry Hub+ Services:

  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

The updates are there waiting for you in the Google Play Store if you if you signed up for the beta testing. If you didn't, well, at least you know what's coming when they roll out publicly, which usually isn't too much longer after the beta releases.


Over the past few OS updates that have been rolled out to Priv, DTEK50 and DTEK60 owners, there have been a few cases where BlackBerry's DTEK app has reported operating system issues after updating seemingly for no real reason. While the number of folks experiencing the issue thus far appears to be relatively small, there have been enough reports now for BlackBerry to add the problem to the BlackBerry Knowledge Base and let folks know they are looking into it.

BBM releases 'Rogue Life with BBM' - An addictive, easy to play action game in Indonesia

BBM's expansion into the Indonesian market continues with the release of the latest BBM enabled game known as Rogue Life with BBM. As announced on the BBM blog, Rogue Life with BBM is noted to be an an addictive, easy to play game that is action packed as a shooter-RPG crossover, where you defeat monsters and bosses.

WhatsApp extends their BBOS and BlackBerry 10 shutdown until June 30, 2017

Remember when WhatsApp decided to announce they would no longer be supporting BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 handsets by the end of 2016? Well, it seems as though they've had a little bit of a change of heart. As noted in their FAQ section and through a new app update available on BlackBerry 10, WhatsApp has quietly let users know the support will be extended until June 30, 2017.

WhatsApp support for mobile devices

As announced in our blog, we will soon be ending support for certain devices. On June 30, 2017, we will no longer support the following platforms:

  • BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60

The following platforms will no longer be supported at the beginning of 2017:

  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7
  • iPhone 3GS/iOS 6

These platforms don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android running OS 2.3+, a Windows Phone 8+, or an iPhone running iOS 7+ before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.

It should go without saying, this will certainly make some folks happy. The new update for the BlackBerry 10 version is available through BlackBerry World right now but keep in mind, it's a re-setting of the time-bomb built into the app, which will now no longer go off at the end of 2016.

Download WhatsApp from BlackBerry World

Thanks, Ray!


DTEK60 combines Android flagship hardware with BlackBerry's secure Android software.

Back in 2007 when I started here at CrackBerry, I never imagined that one day I would be writing about BlackBerry's third Android device being available, but here we are. The DTEK60 has arrived, and after having spent some time with the device, it's time to take a look beyond our initial hands-on and see how the DTEK60 stands up to everyday use.

BlackBerry rolls out a small update to BBM on BlackBerry 10

If you're on BlackBerry 10 and have been feeling a little left out when it comes to BBM updates, there's finally a new update now available through BlackBerry World. I would love to tell you it brings a ton of changes to the app but that wouldn't be true. This update is a simple bug fix and general improvement release according to the changelog supplied by BlackBerry. The update is live in BlackBerry World right now, so go ahead and get it downloaded if you haven't done so already.

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