BlackBerry adds the DTEK50 to their spring savings deals! Grab one now for only $249

Previously we let you all know about BlackBerry's 'Spring into Savings' offers that featured the BlackBerry Priv reduced to $349 USD and accessories 40% off, but if you were hoping for BlackBerry to add another device to the mix, your patience has been rewarded. BlackBerry has now added the DTEK50 to the list of devices discounted and right now, through ShopBlackBerry you can pick up a DTEK50 for only $249 USD, and of course, 40% off all accessories remains as well.

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Get 2TB of lifetime cloud storage for $50!

Get 2TB of lifetime cloud storage for $50!

It's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the ever-changing world of physical information storage. New hard drives and flash drives are constantly hitting the market and obsolescence is inevitable. There has never been a better time to store your data in the cloud, and cloud security has also never been better.

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Cloud services, however, can be costly or they just don't offer enough storage. You need a service that'll securely back you up for life, and you need a service that won't cost you thousands a year because you need terabytes of storage. This is especially prudent in a business scenario where you may have to provide cloud storage to multiple employees.

Zoolz cloud storage is the perfect solution. Through Crackberry Central Digital Offers, you can get 1TB of Instant Backup and 1TB of Archive Backup for $49.99. Zoolz regularly charges $360 per month or a lifetime fee of $3,600 for 1TB, but you get lifetime access to 2TB for 99% off.

Zoolz Instant Backup is where you can store everything you'll need on a regular basis. You can retrieve files instantly and all your data is encrypted before it even leaves your devices, so you know it's safe and secure. Zoolz Archive Backup is where you store the data you won't need for a while but may need to pull out at some point down the line. You can just dump up to 1TB and leave it, know it's secured with military-grade 256-AES encryption, just like your Instant Backup, so it's safe. You can get $7,200 worth of cloud storage for only $49.99 at Crackberry Digital offers.

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Grab this portable phone stand for just $8.85 today

Phone stands are often times forgotten about and people don't realize just how handy they can be, but with Nite Ize's QuickStand you can always have one with you. Stop laying your phone down flat on your desk and keep it propped up so you can see who's calling, watch movies without holding the phone, and more for just $8.85.

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Super Mario Run now available for Android!

Super Mario Run now available for Android!

The Nintendo nostalgia machine is strong here

Apparently, Nintendo couldn't wait to launch Super Mario Run for Android and decided to go ahead and surprise all those waiting for March 23, the previously announced launch date on Android, by rolling out the game a day early.

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BlackBerry KEYone finally checks in at the FCC

BlackBerry KEYOne finally checks in at the FCC

For whatever reason, there has been a small subset of folks out there concerned about how long it has taken for the BlackBerry KEYone to check in at the FCC, but finally, we can put their worries to rest. Some of the confidentiality agreements have now expired and the KEYone and some of the FCC information for the device is now ready for your perusal. As expected, some of the details are still hidden but, if you fancy reading through the available documents, you can check out FCC ID 2ACCJN016.

Read the full FCC filing for the BlackBerry KEYone

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A closer look at the BlackBerry Privacy Shade app

I love seeing new productivity and security apps from BlackBerry. As BlackBerry takes on a pivot to software and services, it's sometimes hard to connect the dots as to what that means for general consumers. If you look closely, however, you'll see ample signs of the quiet innovations in software that users like you and I will get to enjoy.

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Keep your BlackBerry protected on your hip for just $19.85 today

Looking for a great way to keep your DTEK50 protected while out and about but don't want to bulk it up while using it? If so, check out Rugged's QX Horizontal Pouch for a great way to keep your phone protected while on your hip and easily accessible, all for just $19.85.

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BlackBerry KEYone User Reactions from CrackBerry's Miami Meetup!

CrackBerry Kevin brought in the BlackBerry KEYone heat to Miami last Friday, and it was a blast! We held the meetup at The Anderson. Great ambiance, artfully crafted cocktails, and the venue packed with BlackBerry fans from all over Florida. Early in the evening, the energy was high and everyone in good spirits. As I worked the floor taking in everyone's perspectives it was incredible to see how diverse the meetup group was, so many prosumers from different walks of life; doctors, realtors, project managers, it was an eclectic group, and we were thrilled to have them all as our guests.

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Watch the replay of CrackBerry Kevin discussing the BlackBerry KEYone on Cheddar!

Ahead of preparations for the CrackBerry Meetup in New York City, CrackBerry Kevin stopped by the Cheddar studios today to discuss the BlackBerry KEYone. If you missed out on watching it live, you can now check out the replay which has been posted to YouTube. Go ahead and hit play!

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Grab a limited edition CrackBerry 10th Anniversary mug now!

February 26th, 2017 marked TEN YEARS since CrackBerry's official launch date and now you can commemorate all the fun and excitement with this limited edition CrackBerry 10th Anniversary mug. Every morning, you can fill it with an awesome beverage of your choice and help us celebrate this milestone!

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BlackBerry's AtHoc receives the first FedRAMP Authorization for Crisis Communication Software

BlackBerry has now announced that its crisis communication software, BlackBerry AtHoc, has received Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization after passing the rigorous federal security and risk management review process required to offer a cloud service to the US Federal government. Speaking on the achievement, John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackBerry noted:

BlackBerry is known for securing data and files, but the one asset we are most proud of securing is people. Being the first to receive FedRAMP authorization for our crisis communication solution showcases our commitment to serving and growing in the government sector, and is one more reason why the U.S. Federal Government trusts BlackBerry for its comprehensive approach to security.

As noted in the press release, BlackBerry AtHoc currently protects more than 70 percent of U.S. Federal Government employees using on-premises software and cloud services including employees of the FAA, Department of Treasury, and the Department of Energy and more.

BlackBerry Receives the First FedRAMP Authorization for Crisis Communication Software

Mar 21, 2017 - WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(March 21, 2017) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSX:BB), today announced its crisis communication software-as-a-service, BlackBerry AtHoc, has received Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authorization. This authorization certifies the BlackBerry AtHoc cloud service has passed the rigorous federal security and risk management review process required to offer a cloud service to the US Federal government. The sponsoring agency for the authorization was the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"BlackBerry is known for securing data and files, but the one asset we are most proud of securing is people," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackBerry. "Being the first to receive FedRAMP authorization for our crisis communication solution showcases our commitment to serving and growing in the government sector, and is one more reason why the U.S. Federal Government trusts BlackBerry for its comprehensive approach to security."

BlackBerry AtHoc currently protects more than 70 percent of U.S. Federal Government employees using on-premises software and cloud services. Customers with full cloud deployments, such as the FAA, Department of Treasury, and the Department of Energy benefit from the security this authorization ensures and from reduced total cost of ownership by managing their entire service on the cloud. Customers with on-premises deployments can benefit as well by using FedRAMP authorized BlackBerry cloud communication services with enhanced security and monitoring capabilities.

The FedRAMP authorized BlackBerry AtHoc cloud service includes AtHoc Alert and AtHoc Connect, among other capabilities. These offerings enable agencies to securely share information critical to safety during a crisis with their people and across agencies. AtHoc Alert enables secure multi-channel, bi-directional mass notification using almost any type of device, including via secure mobile apps, telephony and texting as well as integrating with other mass notification channels such as loud speakers, two-way radios, and digital displays. AtHoc Connect enables agencies to communicate with each other during crises, addressing some of the more critical deficiencies in crisis management and answering interoperability requirements set out by the DHS Interoperable Communications Act H.R. 615. Federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, among many others, all depend on these BlackBerry AtHoc services to help them protect personnel around the world.

State-of-the-art continuous monitoring and incident response capabilities, complying with FedRAMP standards, will be provided by the newly formed U.S. based BlackBerry Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC). The CSOC is led by former US Coast Guard CIO and Cyber Commander, RADM (ret) Bob Day who is now the VP of BlackBerry's Cyber Security Operation Services. Under his leadership, the CSOC will also provide support for future BlackBerry products that are slated for FedRAMP authorization process.

For more information on BlackBerry AtHoc, please visit: http://us.blackberry.com/enterprise/secure-communication/athoc

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a mobile-native security software and services company dedicated to securing people, devices, processes and systems for today's enterprise. 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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Become a Salesforce wizard with this $79 certification bundle

Salesforce is a huge asset for many companies looking to become more efficient, and they are willing to pay experts big bucks to help them out. Wouldn't it be nice to learn the skills you need now, so that when the next big opportunity presents itself you could be in the running? Sounds expensive and time consuming, right? Well, it doesn't have to be.

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Meet the Salesforce Administrator and App Builder Certification, a great way for you to learn these new skills and move towards getting certified.

With this bundle you'll get:

  • Access 15 hours of content 24/7
  • Configure & manage Sales & Service Cloud
  • Gain insight into each of the functional Salesforce user groups
  • Implement automation, security, debugging, data validation, & customize apps
  • Deploy applications & manage changes on the Force.com platform
  • Develop new applications using the declarative interface & Force.com fundamentals
  • Configure a Salesforce user interface

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Normally, this would all set you back nearly $1,600, but right now you can pay a fraction of that. For just $79 you can learn these new skills, and gain a new certification. This price won't last long, so be sure to grab it while you can now!

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CrackBerry Podcast: Catch up

CrackBerry Podcast: Catch up

Looking to get caught up on the latest BlackBerry news? Make sure you check out the latest episode of the CrackBerry Podcast!

Now that James is back from the awesome CrackBerry meetup in Miami, and CrackBerry Kevin is off to New York for the next one, we figured we better get a podcast in that covers all the BlackBerry news that happened in the past week. Settle in for the next 45 minutes and catch the video replay or grab the audio!

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Grab BlackBerry's stereo headphones for just $9.85 today!

Whether you listen to music or take a lot of calls on your BlackBerry you should have a set of headphones like BlackBerry's stereo option. The headphones are wired and offer a great fit, and right now you can pick up a pair for just $9.85.

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BlackBerry will announce Year-End and Q4 fiscal 2017 results on March 31

As per their scheduled investor events, BlackBerry has now announced they will be announcing their Year-End and Q4 fiscal 2017 results on March 31, 2017. A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 a.m. ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-844-309-0607 or heading over to the BlackBery Investor page and listening in live.

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BlackBerry KEYone gets SIZED up [Video]

BlackBerry KEYone gets SIZED up [Video]

CrackBerry Kevin finally had a chance to take his pre-production KEYone into the studio and this first video addresses the most frequently requested topic of wanting to see how the KEYone sizes up compared to other BlackBerry phones.

In the lead up to the official unveiling of the BlackBerry KEYone, one of the hottest topics in relation to the then-codenamed "Mercury" was the actual size of the device. We even had one awesome CrackBerry member creating mockups to help us better understand how the phone would stack up next BlackBerry phones like the Priv or Classic or Passport.

With actual BlackBerry KEYone in hand, we no longer have to rely on mockups. In this video I do a quick comparison of the KEYone to other BlackBerry smartphones (and even a couple of iPhones for good measure) so you can see how the size compares. It's really interesting. When you see the KEYone in photos with nothing to relate it to, the phone looks a little tall and skinny. But as you'll see in this video, overall it's a very well-proportioned phone that feels GREAT in your hand.

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REMINDER: CrackBerry KEYone Meetups Are Coming to Miami & NYC!

Following the success of our Barcelona and Toronto CrackBerry Meetups, we're keeping the CBK BlackBerry KEYone World Tour momentum going. We're started with CrackBerry's hometown of Winnipeg, then we're off to Miami, New York City, and more soon-to-be-announced destinations! RSVP NOW!

We're making it happen!! As we continue to celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry and the upcoming release of the BlackBerry KEYone, we're pulling out all the stops to give as many CrackBerry fans as possible an exclusive early look at this awesome Android-powered BlackBerry before it hits stores.

We kicked off the meetup fun in Barcelona on the eve of the BlackBerry KEYone's official launch event. Then on my way home from Mobile World Congress, we pulled together an impromptu meetup in Toronto that had a FANTASTIC turnout. Following that, we had an awesome meetup in CrackBerry Kevin's hometown of Winnipeg.

Next up are MIAMI and NYC!

MIAMI

The CrackBerry Miami Meetup was a HUGE SUCCESS! Thanks to everyone who attended!

This event is being held the evening of Friday, March 17th at The Anderson Miami. Hit the link below for full details and to RSVP. This will be our HOTTEST meetup yet!

MIAMI MEETUP DETAILS & RSVP: Friday, March 17th

NEW YORK CITY

This event is being held the evening of Wednesday, March 22nd at Up & Down NYC located at 244 West 14th Street. We have a big turnout for this event so we had to scramble for a venue, but this location should do nicely. We'll have the venue to ourselves so it'll be a truly CRACKTASTIC event. Full details and RSVP at the link below:

NYC MEETUP DETAILS & RSVP: NEW YORK CITY - Wednesday, March 22nd

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I'm planning out more destinations to visit and will have updates on that soon. In the meantime, if you haven't yet be sure to sign up for our BlackBerry KEYone mailing list and fill out the fields for your LOCATION. As we take CrackBerry Meetups to more locations, we'll send out a note to each city with full details. I'd had for you to miss out on the fun and your chance to go hands-on with the KEYone.

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New Android BBM update arriving on devices with UI overhaul

Looking for a new BBM update? BBM for Android version 3.3.1.24 is rolling out now to supported devices, and there's a solid changelog to go along with the version bump. Not only is there a substantial UI overhaul that has added new options to chats but there's also layout tweaks to the main navigation menu. The biggest new addition is the quick reply notification support for Android N. Nougat devices like the upcoming KEYone and the now available Aurora will have a smooth BBM experience without the application loading every time you fire off a quick response.

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BlackBerry launches new partner program for embedded software delivery

To help expand BlackBerry's reach in the embedded technologies world and reduce product time to market, BlackBerry has now announced a partner program that will help 'build a worldwide network of experts trained on BlackBerry QNX and Certicom technologies'.

"The explosion of unsecured Internet of Things devices and embedded systems has presented a tremendous opportunity for security and software solutions. As such, we are experiencing strong demand for BlackBerry QNX embedded software and Certicom Elliptical Curve Cryptography-based security solutions," said John Wall, senior vice president and head of BlackBerry QNX. "Our new VAI program will enable us to reach broader markets and expand our channels of distribution for a wider range of embedded applications that demand highly reliable and secure software solutions."

Among those already signed up for the program are Archermind Technology, Mcloudware, Micon Global, Mission Embedded, and ThunderSoft. Through the Value-Added Integrator (VAI) program, partners will provide support for the wide array of BlackBerry technology and services including BlackBerry's QNX Neutrino Realtime OS, QNX OS for Safety, QNX OS for Medical, Certicom Toolkits, Certicom Managed Public Key Infrastructure and Certicom Asset Management System and more covering applications for automotive systems, medical surgical robots, smart grids, train control systems and industrial automation.

BlackBerry Expands Embedded Software Delivery with New Partner Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 16, 2017) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) today announced the addition of a new specialized Value-Added Integrator (VAI) program that will build a worldwide network of experts trained on BlackBerry QNX and Certicom technologies. The VAI program allows partners to deliver integration services and build upon BlackBerry's embedded technologies to design and develop secure, mission-critical solutions - ultimately accelerating product time to market.

"The explosion of unsecured Internet of Things devices and embedded systems has presented a tremendous opportunity for security and software solutions. As such, we are experiencing strong demand for BlackBerry QNX embedded software and Certicom Elliptical Curve Cryptography-based security solutions," said John Wall, senior vice president and head of BlackBerry QNX. "Our new VAI program will enable us to reach broader markets and expand our channels of distribution for a wider range of embedded applications that demand highly reliable and secure software solutions."

VAI partners will provide support for technologies and services including BlackBerry's QNX Neutrino Realtime OS, QNX Momentics Tool Suite, QNX Hypervisor, QNX SDK for Apps & Media, QNX Wireless Framework, QNX OS for Safety, QNX OS for Medical, Certicom Toolkits, Certicom Managed Public Key Infrastructure and Certicom Asset Management System. Applications include automotive systems, medical surgical robots, smart grids, train control systems and industrial automation.

The following quotes are from early partners participating in the VAI program, including Archermind Technology, Mcloudware, Micon Global, Mission Embedded, and ThunderSoft:

"We work closely with chipset vendors, OEMs and ODMs to build cost-effective turnkey embedded solutions in China and globally. We're excited about the opportunity to deepen our expertise in BlackBerry QNX's safety- and security-certified embedded software, which will enable us to accelerate and reduce the cost to build and secure such products as white goods, automated fare collection systems, and commercial buses." - Jackey Yang, Executive Vice President and Co-founder, ArcherMind Technology

"As a member of BlackBerry QNX's VAI program in Taiwan, we will provide a value-added experience for electronic manufacturing services (EMS) companies using BlackBerry QNX's renowned embedded software including its safety- and security-certified realtime operating systems, middleware, Type 1 hypervisor and multimedia software and tools. This program will help speed embedded system integration and time-to-market for our customers across the industrial, transportation, medical and IoT markets." - Richard Yao, Vice President of Sales, Mcloudware

"Micon is excited for the opportunity to expand our technology services into the realm of secure manufacturing systems. Leveraging our expertise in secure supply chains and Certicom's security solutions, we can help semiconductor companies manage and secure their supply chain. From wafer manufacturing to packaging to final product production, Certicom's AMS can ensure device traceability and provenance - critical requirements for the evolving world of smart, trusted devices." - Tal Oren, CEO, Micon Global

"With an innovation track record going back more than 30 years, we have great expertise in developing and deploying mission-critical embedded systems globally. We're excited to partner with BlackBerry QNX. This allows us to offer the safety- and security-certified QNX product platform to shorten customers' design processes in a wide range of markets requiring a mission-critical infrastructure. These include transportation, medical, defence, air traffic management, as well as industrial applications." - Michael Kreilmeier, Managing Director, Mission Embedded GmbH

"ThunderSoft continues to deliver value to customers through our software and services. BlackBerry's VAI program will enable us to provide our customers with a strong software platform to leverage BlackBerry QNX's embedded safety and security software across the industrial, IoT, medical and virtual reality markets in China and throughout the world. Working with BlackBerry QNX, our expert team of engineers will help customers accelerate the design, development, integration and testing of mission-critical, next-generation systems." - Rock Yang, Vice President, ThunderSoft

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 investigating device performance issues with BlackBerry 10.3.3 update

BlackBerry 10.3.3 has been rolling out to users all over the world since the end of November, and for the most part, the update has gone fine for those who have received it. That's not to say there haven't been some issues among those who updated, though, as the CrackBerry Forums have been busy with folks looking for some help with correcting some issues that have popped up. For their part, BlackBerry has now acknowledged some of the more prominent concerns that have been raised.

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