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BBM Protected walkthrough and hands-on with Jeff Gadway

As part of the BlackBerry Security Summit held in NYC, we got to catch up with Jeff Gadway from the BBM Product Marketing team to learn more about BBM Protected, how it works and what to expect in the future updates for the secure enterprise messaging service. If you're not familiar with BBM Protected, it provides an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between BlackBerry smartphones and is the only secure mobile instant messaging app that uses a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library.

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Hands-on with Secusmart voice encryption on BlackBerry 10

Earlier today, BlackBerry announced the acquisition of Secusmart — a company that provides high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for organizations and enterprises. The addition of Secusmart will bring this encryption to BlackBerry devices, allowing users to make totally encrypted voice calls from their mobile devices.

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Deal of the Day: 58% off BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch for Z30

This professional BlackBerry Z30 case is made of hand crafted, genuine leather and features a soft inner lining that keeps your device safe from scratches. Designed to recognize your settings and preferences, the power saving technology that's built-in conserves your Z30's battery life while protecting it at the same time! Grab yours in black or white today and save 58% off the list price!

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Catch Lollapalooza live with Red Bull TV

Catch Lollapalooza live with Red Bull TV

The Lollapalooza music festival kicks off in Chicago in a few days, but for those that can't make it, Red Bull has you covered. As part of a partnership, Red Bull will be live streaming the festival to a number of devices this weekend.

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It is no secret that since its original inception on the BlackBerry PlayBook I made use of PillPad to keep track of my Mother's different medications for her various health issues. PillPad is an important tool for juggling, managing, and scheduling refills for your prescriptions. The changes in this latest revision are minor improvements to performance and a new password protection option.

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BlackBerry Guardian adds another layer of protection to Android apps on BlackBerry

Back in February, BlackBerry announced they had teamed up with Trend Micro to roll out their own internal, proprietary app analysis program to help vet apps going into BlackBerry World called BlackBerry Guardian. Today, in NYC at the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry has announced that program will now extended to Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore and other sources when it arrives with BlackBerry OS 10.3 officially.

BlackBerry Guardian is just one part of our multi-layered security strategy. BlackBerry 10 was designed for security from the ground up. Resilient enough to power nuclear power plants and designed to fail safe, the QNX microkernel core that powers the BlackBerry 10 OS offers exceptional security strengths. Its unique sandboxing capabilities are designed to contain and separate each application and its data from other applications and core system functionality.

If a suspicious app is detected, the user will have the choice to proceed or cancel the installation. This on-device service will be available for free to users of the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic and future BlackBerry 10 devices. Existing BlackBerry 10 customers can expect to see BlackBerry Guardian in an upcoming BlackBerry 10 software update.

If you already own a BlackBerry 10 device, this service is active for BlackBerry app installations, but starting with the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Guardian will automatically check all Android apps that you install on your BlackBerry smartphone.

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Secusmart CEO Hans-Cristoph Quelle

Today at the BlackBerry Security Summit in New York, BlackBerry announced the acquisition of a security company based in Germany called Secusmart. Above we can see Secusmart CEO Hans-Cristoph Quelle talking about the deal. Secusmart works on mobility security solutions for governments, wireless providers, and enterprise, which is right up BlackBerry's wheel house. Secusmart's solution is good enough for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to encrypt her device against the NSA apparently, so it seems like a great purchase for BlackBerry.

What do you guys think? Is now a smart time for BlackBerry to investing in new talent?

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If you have picked up a BlackBerry Z3 in one of the countries the low cost device is now available I suspect you'll be using some social applications for sure. The obvious ones like Facebook and Twitter would have come pre-loaded on your Z3 but there are a bunch of others that I'd suggest you check out.

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Germany wants more of its officials using encrypted BlackBerry 10 smartphones

After the news broke that the U.S. National Security Agency was tracking the mobile communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior took action and began using BlackBerry 10 smartphones coupled with German firm Secusmart's anti-eavesdropping technology. Since then, the German Government has deployed approximately 3,000 encrypted BlackBerry devices with Secusmart technology and a new report suggests they could be looking to add up to 20,000 more.

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The TV Show 11: Doctor Sorry. So sorry...

The TV Show is like app or game reviews for television episodes. Whether you're watching on the console in your living room or streaming to your BlackBerry or tablet, follow along for the week of TV that was. On this episode Dave and Rene talk Doctor Who season 4, marrying the Doctor's daughter, thinking through your anti-life plans, the end of the beginning of River Song, bionic companions, Time Lord bonds, and non-ginger regenerations.

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Contest winners: an Edifier Bluetooth Clock and a battery or external charger

The results are in! We have the winners from our last round of contests. This time we have an external charger or spare battery for BlackBerry as well as an Edifier Tick Tock Bluetooth alarm clock. We love to give stuff away, so be on the lookout for our next contest! We're going to have some fun ones coming up really soon. Also, be sure to follow the CrackBerry BBM Channel (C00012B19), because we run some exclusive contests there from time-to-time as well. Now, let's see whose names were pulled this week!

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BlackBerry Beta Zone rolling out new program for 'pre-release BlackBerry products'

If you've signed up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone, you might want to check and make sure you're not missing any emails. Members have been receiving emails letting them know about a new, exciting program for pre-release BlackBerry products is coming soon and folks are being asked to reply to a survey to show their interest.

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Snap2Chat updated with plenty of bug fixes

If you have Snap2Chat you may have already seen a prompt to update the app to the latest update. Nemory Studios is hard at work bringing about another third party app to BlackBerry 10 but he hasn't abandoned Snap2Chat. In fact, it had seen a few updates in BlackBerry Beta Zone and now an official update has made it's way to BlackBerry World. This update is more of a bug fix update but those are always welcome to improve user experience. There are some tweaks to the UI too but really nothing else new.

Snap2Chat v2.3.0 changelog

  • Fixed and New Profile Design
  • Fixed and New Viewing Best Friends Dialog
  • File Size Limit Checking only for attached Files
  • Video Recorded Timer Syncing
  • Shows Deleted and Blocked Friends by Default
  • Fixed Send to All Recipients

If you haven't yet updated to Snap2Chat v2.3 use the BlackBerry World link below. Not that the update is for the paid version only. There is a lite version available to download if you want to give it a try. The full paid version costs $1.99 and is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones. If you have already purchased the full version, the update is free.

Learn more / Download Snap2Chat from BlackBerry World
Learn more / Download Snap2Chat Lite

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No offers to buy BlackBerry, says CEO John Chen

John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is chatting with the media again, this time with Bloomberg, where he states that the company currently has no offers to buy out the company.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Leather Holster for Z10

This BlackBerry Holster is hand-crafted in genuine leather and has a soft inner lining for added protection. It also integrates power saving technology to help extend battery life. A durable 360 degree rotating belt clip and secure magnetic flap closure allows you wear this case any way you like. Grab yours today for 58% off the list price!

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A new research paper details the efforts of a team at Stanford University who are looking to create a lithium battery that, if successful, could lead to much longer battery life for smartphones and tablets, but it could take several years for that research to yield practical products.

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Just the other day we asked the CrackBerry nation if they thought that the forthcoming BlackBerry Passport and Classic should offer a dual sim option. The results were pretty straightforward - with just short of 83% of voters saying they would be in favour of the idea.

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From the Editor's Desk: The next few months of BlackBerry

In my last From the Editor's Desk, we took a look at the past month of BlackBerry. This week, we're going to take a look at the next few months of BlackBerry and what people should expect and be on the look out for, because there's going to be a lot happening. Not only for BlackBerry but also us here at CrackBerry. There's actually quite a bit to address when you really think about it, so let's get to it.

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BlackBerry Passport: How does it size up against other devices?

Ever since BlackBerry CEO John Chen unveiled the BlackBerry Passport, there has been a lot of noise made surrounding its size, shape and design. None of that has really fazed BlackBerry and they've been going through the process of explaining why they designed it the way they did for anyone who wants to know more and is excited for the Passport arrival.

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From the developer that brought us third party clients Snap2Chat and Facebook Messenger, Nemory Studios is working on a third party native Spotify app. I've been wanting a developer to bring us a Spotify app for a while now and if you have been waiting for one too, rest assured one is in the works. I'm glad to see Nemory Studios dive in to bring us Spo2fy. It's in the very early development stages right now but you can check out the screenshots so far over in the CrackBerry Forums. While you're there you might want to try out the app in beta.

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