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BlackBerry announces new comprehensive mobile-security platform for the Enterprise of Things

In a new announcement coming from Waterloo, BlackBerry has now unveiled their new comprehensive platform for the Enterprise of Things. Known as BlackBerry Secure, the platform is designed to be 'the foundation that enables the company to move to software' while addressing the entire enterprise from end-point to end-point. Plus, it marks the completion of the integration of BlackBerry's prior acquisitions of Good Technology, WatchDox, AtHoc and Encription.

BlackBerry's DTEK app updated with bug fixes and improvements

Following their larger app rollouts for December, BlackBerry has now also pushed out a new build of their DTEK app for Priv, DTEK50 and DTEK60. The changelog for this release keeps things simple and just notes 'bug fixes and improvements', but some folks have noted it fixes the issue with the app incorrectly stating device status. As it stands, the BlackBerry Knowledge Base hasn't been updated to state it either but in any case, it's still an update to the app, so be sure to get it downloaded if you haven't yet.

Download DTEK from the Google Play Store

Netflix members worldwide can now download TV shows and movies

After a lot of bouncing the idea around, Netflix has now finally announced that they have added the ability to download TV shows and movies to watch offline. For now, the content feels a bit random but it does include Netflix's own shows — including Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, The Crown, Narcos, and others — as well as select movies and TV shows. Notably, Netflix is not charging extra for the feature, as highlighted in their announcement, it is included in all plans and available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.

Drop what you're doing and hit PLAY on the video above! I was fortunate to get my hands on the newly announced BlackBerry Passport SILVER Edition a little early, so took it to the new KM studio to give it a proper debut for CrackBerry Nation (complete with vintage table slap at the end!).

Be sure to watch the video for some deep thoughts, and check out our photo gallery for lots of great photos of the new Silver Edition and you can also see how it compares to the standard issue Passport. As an official launch partner with BlackBerry for the Silver Edition, our CrackBerry Canada store also lined up a heck of a deal - if you order the Silver Edition you will receive $130 in FREE Silver Edition accessories. Considering the Silver Edition is just $50 more than the original Passport, it's a great deal.

Order the new BlackBerry Passport SILVER Edition from CrackBerry Canada and receive $130 in FREE accessories!

The BlackBerry Passport SILVER Edition here and CrackBerry is happy to be one of BlackBerry's official launch partners. In fact, CrackBerry is the only launch partner right now for the Silver Edition outside of ShopBlackBerry's own store for a limited time. Remember, this luxurious Passport won't be hitting any carriers - it's an unlocked phone that you need to buy direct.

Contest Reminder: Last Chance to win a BLUE BlackBerry Classic!

CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED! CLICK HERE

S'up CrackBerry Nation? Just chiming in quick with a friendly reminder that time is running out to get in for your chance to win a Beautiful BLUE BlackBerry Classic courtesy of me (try saying that sentence fast three times). I became smitten with this phone the second I laid eyes on it, so decided I'd give one away.

Entering for your chance to win is easy. You need to jump over to the video on youtube and leave a comment to the video there (be sure to subscribe to the channel while you're there so you never a miss a video or contest!). The entry deadline is Midnight Pacific time on July 31st.

We'll announce the winner here on CrackBerry, and on my twitter account and BBM channel.

BLUE BlackBerry Classic Video Unboxing & Giveaway!

CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED! CLICK HERE

Over the years I've always had a thing for white BlackBerrys. As much as the traditional black BlackBerry is iconic, professional and classy, white BlackBerrys have always just looked... sexy. Especially in the summer months when the sun is shining and the heat is on, a white BlackBerry just always seems ohhh sooo right.

So when word first surfaced that the BlackBerry Classic would be available in more colors, including white, bronze and blue, history should have dictated I'd be jonesing for a white Classic. Not this time though. It was the BLUE BlackBerry Classic that caught my eye. Blue is my favorite color. It's a color I wear a lot. When it comes to phones though, it has rarely been a color I've been drawn too. It just never is executed in a shade that I think looks good. BlackBerry nailed it with the blue BlackBerry Classic though. As soon as it became available on ShopBlackBerry I ordered it. Pulling it out of the box once it arrived, I was smitten. Specs and features be damned... this is a phone I'm going to rock for one main reason - I just love the way it looks. Be sure to watch the video above to see me unbox this blue beauty.

WIN A BLACKBERRY CLASSIC!

In honor of the launch of the new BLUE BlackBerry Classic and my new youtube channel (I'll hijack Bla1ze's Editor's Desk post this weekend to tell you all about it), I'm giving away a BlackBerry Classic!

How to Enter: Tap over to the youtube video and leave a comment on the youtube video for your chance to win. Give it a thumbs up while you're there and be sure to subscribe so you never miss an upcoming KM video. You have the month of July to enter - I'll be announcing the winner on my twitter account on August 1st (we'll announce it here on CrackBerry too).

I hope you enjoy the unboxing video! Be sure to leave a comment on youtube for your chance to win, and good luck!!

New Site Feature: Follow the CrackBerry content you care about and get notified of it instantly!

We are very excited to introduce Follow - a way to personalize your CrackBerry experience and get notified when new content is added. In addition to CrackBerry, the Follow feature is also available across our family of Mobile Nations properties, including Android Central, iMore, Windows Central and Connectedly.

We have built a system that is easy to use yet offers you maximum flexibility. You will now be able to follow:

  • Topics - Follow companies, devices, or any other topic such as Apple, Asus, Galaxy S6, Verizon, Google I/O
  • Authors - Follow your favorite writer, article, comments and forum posts
  • Members - Follow members to discover when they post new comments and forum posts
  • Article Comments - Follow an article's comment stream
  • Forum Posts - Follow a forum thread's post stream
  • Replies - Follow replies to your comments or forum threads you have participated in.

All of this activity will be displayed in a compact stream in the sidebar that appears when you tap on your user profile image at the top of the site (when logged in). If you follow content from more than one Mobile Nations site, it will aggregate the content from multiple sites into one single stream. We're also testing a "stickied" version of the follow stream as well as a full sized version. You can almost think of the full sized version being a customized homepage or dashboard showing you only the things you care about.

Follow is also the cornerstone of our new, much-requested notification system. For any of your follow activity, you can choose to get alerted using real-time push notifications via the Chrome web browser (both desktop and Android) and OS X Safari browser, or via instant emails. The same notifications will also be sent to upcoming releases of our popular apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and BlackBerry. With the plumbing for the Follow system now in place, we are also going to add new site features that give you further control over how you consume content, including Custom RSS feeds, Wildcard text search, and WebSockets for Follow Stream.

Be sure to watch the video above for a quick look at how it all works and be sure to give it a try. If you have any feedback or run into any issues, please report them on this Mobile Nations forum thread.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10

While the spat earlier this year between BlackBerry CEO, John Chen and T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, made for some tabloid-like headlines and deals for consumers on both sides in the short-term, since then it has ultimately left a lot of corporate customers in a lurch. With BlackBerry and T-Mobile US putting an end to their licensing agreement, companies that want to remain on T-Mobile and still use BlackBerry no longer have a direct pipe to new T-Mobile compatible BlackBerry phones.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10's for $250USD!

This issue has been brought to my attention more than a few times now since the break-up occurred, and more recently a solution has presented itself for T-Mobile corporate customers, with a BIG VOLUME of T-Mobile compatible BlackBerry Q10's being secured and available for purchase. For $250, unlocked, companies and individuals can pick up T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10's via Cellify. To be clear, these are Q10s with T-Mobile radio bands - just buying unlocked Q10s online does not necessarily mean you're getting the model that works with T-Mobile USA (the SQN-100-5 model). We vetted the deal to make sure everything is on the up and up in terms of how the inventory was obtained, etc. and everything checks out there.

For More Information and to purchase, CLICK HERE.

Live in Canada? Want to win a FREE BlackBerry Passport? If so, this is the contest for you! Our friends at Rogers are going to hook up one lucky CrackBerry reader with a complimentary BlackBerry Passport!!!!

Entering for your chance to win is super easy. Simply login to CrackBerry.com, leave a comment to this article, and you are entered. It's as easy as that! Only Canadian residents are eligible for this one of course, so if you're not in Canada please hold off on entering (don't worry - another contest is always just around the corner). The contest will remain open until Sunday, Midnight PST on October 12th, so be sure to spread the word! We'll announce the winner on the 13th.

To learn more about this awesome new phone, be sure to read CrackBerry's Passport Review. We wish you the best of luck in winning it, but if that doesn't happen we encourage you to jump over to Rogers and order one, where it's available for $249.99 on select 2-year plans, or you can buy it for $699.99 outright.

When you read phone reviews, you don't typically see Fun as a category upon which different devices are rated and compared - it's things like Performance, Design and Battery Life that are the norm. It's too bad really that the fun factor isn't given much consideration. As much as tech products are there to add utility to our everyday lives, given how much we use and rely on tech these days it's a nice bonus if the ownership experience can bring us a little extra joy, too.

Enter the BlackBerry Passport. I have been having an absolute BLAST as a BlackBerry Passport owner these past few weeks. I haven't enjoyed owning a new phone this much since 2005, which is when I got my first BlackBerry (which by the way I felt was BIG and UGLY when I first put my hands on it). And while the Passport is proving to be a solid performing phone once you work through the initial adjustment phase (it takes a few days to get used to the wide body design and three row keyboard), it truly is the fun factor of being a Passport owner that I'm loving the most. Which is kind of ironic really, considering BlackBerry set out to make the Passport the ultimate tool for productivity (and yes, it excels at that too... Instant Actions in the Hub FTW!).

Seven months ago I went went on a podcast rant and wrote an editorial here complaining about the "email triage" experience on BlackBerry 10.

My issue? It was too damn slow. From the inbox, deleting or archiving a single email was a painful process. Unlike Android or iOS, where I could swipe left on a message to quickly take action on it, on BB10 I had to tap and hold on a single message, wait for the menu to slide out from the right, and then move my finger down to the bottom to tap the delete icon. Thank God BlackBerry provided the option to turn off Delete confirmations, or that would have added another tap to the already-long process.

A drool-worthy BlackBerry photo

As a longtime BlackBerry addict and gadget lover in general, it's pretty rare (read: never) that I feel envious of another person's tech collection. That said, I just had one of those moments where I felt true envy.

The photo above was just tweeted to me by Barry Lapthorne, who in addition to his trusty BlackBerry Z30 is rock'n ALL of the latest and yet to be released BlackBerry 10 phones (Z3 excluded). He has the just-announced BlackBerry Passport, in white no less; the also-brand-new Porsche Design P'9983; and he even has the yet to be released BlackBerry Classic. I've never seen these four devices lined up like this before, so just had to immediately share the photo with CrackBerry Nation.

I'm drooling. Consider me envious, Barry. Nice collection!

Last Chance CrackBerry Nation!! Friendly reminder here that this contest closes on Tuesday, September 23rd at midnight PST. If you haven't entered yet, do it now!

Amazon App Store Sale

It looks like Bla1ze — CrackBerry's new Editor in Chief — is sleeping in this morning (he's still getting the hang of this whole waking up early to blog thing), so here's a little FYI for all of you running the Amazon App Store on your BlackBerry 10 phone.

For today and Saturday, Amazon is giving away 30 paid Android apps for free!

At the time of this posting, I have not checked each app to see how it runs on BlackBerry 10, so be sure to test things out and drop a note in the comments with your results. And if you're not running the Amazon App Store on your phone, click here for a tutorial on how to install it. It looks like US, India, Australia and the UK are all supported regions for this sale. That said, it may also show up in other regions, so if you find the apps are on sale for you be sure to spread the word. And keep in mind, the Amazon App Store will soon be officially supported by BlackBerry, so you can consider loading it up as a head start.

Here's a full list of apps and games covered by the Amazon App Store giveaway, which are temporarily available for free (31 in the US):

Thanks, Vivek!

Vivek Bhardwaj and Thorsten Heins

Late Sunday night, in response to a question posted in the CrackBerry forums, I publicly broke the news that Vivek Bhardwaj is no longer at BlackBerry.

In reality, this was old news. Vivek has not been with BlackBerry since the middle of May, which is when I first found out and spoke to Vivek directly about his decision to leave. As you can imagine, I was bummed to hear the news. Vivek has been one of CrackBerry Nation's favorite BlackBerry people ever since he made his stage debut at BlackBerry World alongside then CEO, Thorsten Heins, where he gave us our first glimpse of BlackBerry 10. An eloquent speaker, amazing on-stage presenter who delivered flawless demos time after time in front of thousands of people as well an all around awesome guy to hangout with, it's a definite loss for #TEAMBLACKBERRY. Both Vivek and I knew, like me, that BlackBerry fans would be bummed out when word got out about his departure, which is why we didn't rush to make it known. Eventually though, the word would have to get out.

There's a new chief in town!

It's been an exciting few days for BlackBerry fans and we're closing off the week with some exciting CrackBerry news of our own. I've been pondering shaking things up here for a while now, and today I'm happy to officially pull the trigger and announce some exciting changes to our editorial team.

I say officially, as behind the scenes we've already been beta testing the revised team structure since I sought out the community's feedback a week ago in the forums (we also talked about it in detail on Thursday's CrackBerry podcast). The changes have been well received and nothing has blown up yet, so we're going to make them stick!

Jessica Simpson loves her CrackBerry! #tbt

It's Thursday, which means it's Throwback Thursday. So while sitting through the procedural part (the boring part) of the BlackBerry's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, I took a stroll through some of CrackBerry's old Thursday posts and came across this beauty, which I posted on a Thursday some SEVEN years ago. On Thursday, June 21st, 2007 to be precise.

You can't really argue with Jessica Simpson, circa 2007, rocking a BlackBerry 8700. And how about that t-shirt she's wearing? Hot Damnnn!!!! :)

CrackBerry Asks: What do you think of the BlackBerry Passport name?

On BlackBerry's Q1 2015 earnings call, CEO John Chen leaked out that the rumored phone we've all been referring to as "windermere" is ultimately going to launch as the BlackBerry Passport.

I think this name is freak'n BRILLIANT. By conventional smartphone standards, the BlackBerry Passport's dimensions are kind of whacky, with the phone being super wide. The dimensions literally are Passport-like (see our brilliant mockup above for visual proof). There's no phone on the market like this right now. Heck, even compared to traditional full qwerty BlackBerry device models, it stands out in a big way. Which is the other brilliant part of the Passport's name and design.

With a phone like the Q10 or even the upcoming BlackBerry Classic, at a glance the "average consumer" could easily think the device is an "old" BlackBerry. Trained eyes can spot that the Q10 has no "toolbelt" and the keyboard is straight which gives away that it's a BB10 phone and not an older BlackBerry. With the Classic bringing back the toolbelt, however, untrained eyes still could easily think it's an older BlackBerry vs. something new. With the Passport, there will be no misinterpretation. When people bust out their BlackBerry Passport in public, it's going to stick out and catch people's eyes. They'll KNOW it's the new BlackBerry. And with a name like BlackBerry Passport which so adequately describes what the phone looks like, it's going to be an easy name to remember as well. The BlackBerry Passport isn't just a new phone - it's a built-in advertising campaign for the company.

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