BlackBerry CEO John Chen set to speak to the Empire Club on Sept. 26

Established in 1903, the Empire Club of Canada is recognized as one of Canada's oldest and largest, more important speaker's forum and on September 26, BlackBerry CEO John Chen will be sitting down with Amber Kanwar there for an in-depth discussion. Tickets for the event have already sold out, but it does appear as though at least some of the conversation will be live-streamed.

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Sequels and successors

iPhone 7 takes the world by storm, Forza races onto consoles everywhere, and yet another chat platform says Allo.

If there's only one iPhone 7 review you read, make it Rene's at iMore. Diving deep into what makes the new iPhone, both good and bad, it's everything you need to know about the phone you're going to start seeing everywhere. Oh, and there's also a whole new version of tvOS and even an updated and renamed Mac operating system.

The HP Elite x3 is the best Windows phone that Dan's ever used, but it's not yet ready. It's an awkward position. Forza Horizon 3 is one of the best racing games ever, if not the best — and the best Xbox One game. And Gears of War 4, coming in October is shaping up to be one heck of a game, and as an Xbox Play Anywhere title it'll work on both Xbox One and PC with one purchase.

After a few months of gestation, Google's anticipated chat app slash smart assistant Allo has launched. It's Google's latest attempt at a communications platform, and it's mostly stripped down the messaging side and seriously ramped up on the artificial intelligence. But if you're more into the hardware side of things, Google's next Nexus Pixel phones are coming on October 4. Probably.

If VR's your thing, Sony's PlayStation VR appears to be threading the needle between the accessible and affordable options that lack power (Samsung Gear VR) and the super powerful versions that demand an expensive PC to even function (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift). You might have heard of Sony — they've been doing the whole console gaming thing for a few years now — so it's no surprise that PlayStation VR has an impressive list of games lined up for launch.

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BlackBerry Camera app updated with usability enhancements and bug fixes

For those of you out there using a Priv or a DTEK50, you'll want to load up the Google Play store and get the latest BlackBerry Camera update downloaded. For this update, BlackBerry has added some usability enhancements and fixed up a few bugs some might hit folks. Also on the list of improvements is the ability to turn on the flashlight when taking photos.

What's new:

  • Turn on the flashlight when taking photos
  • Usability enhancements and bug fixes

Overall, it's a pretty small update but having the ability to turn on the flashlight when taking photos is nice for low-light situations and bug fixes are always appreciated. If you spot anything else, drop it in the comments. There's likely some more updates to other apps on the way as well as the whole suite of BlackBerry apps was updated through the Beta Zone earlier this week.

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As a BlackBerry power user, I rely on my device lasting throughout the day. Whether it's answering personal or work related emails, chatting with friends on BBM or a third party messaging app, or checking my social networks, the battery takes a beating every day.

There are a plethora of battery applications to choose from in BlackBerry World. The latest to hit the storefront is BatteryAlerts, a native and headless app by HugSoft. With BatteryAlerts you can view important information concerning your battery, as well as, setting alerts which will appear in your Hub during a specific event (i.e. battery charged, unplugged, etc.).

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BlackBerry hosting developer summit in New York on November 17

If you're a BlackBerry developer working with the Good Dynamics SDK, you'll want to stay tuned. BlackBerry has now sent out a 'save the date' for a developer summit they have lined up for November 17.

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Win a BlackBerry Classic from CrackBerry!

Win a BlackBerry Classic from CrackBerry!

It's time to announce the winner of our last contest, and to get our next contest underway! This month we're giving one lucky CrackBerry reader a BlackBerry Classic! You can find all the details on that below, but first, let's go ahead and reveal who the winner of our last giveaway is!

Everyone please join me in congratulating CrackBerry reader André M (CB username badelhas) for winning our last contest! (I will be in touch with you soon to get your prize sorted out.) Everyone else, keep reading for the information you need for your next shot at winning.

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Caravan Transport Group Inc. now using BlackBerry's end-to-end asset tracking solution, BlackBerry Radar

With BlackBerry Radar having moved past the testing phase, BlackBerry has now announced their end-to-end asset tracking solution has been deployed with Caravan Transport Group Inc. For those unfamiliar with BlackBerry Radar, the innovative 'Smart Trailer' software and hardware solution is built on BlackBerry's cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) software platform.

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Digital Offers: Get the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle for only $49!

It's tough to find work these days that doesn't require some pretty impressive computer skills. We're not just talking about proficiency with some basic office software or keyboarding skills, either; some of the most in-demand IT jobs require you to be an expert in security, Cloud software, Linux,networking, and more. How on Earth do you get these under your belt? When do you have the time to study, or the money for tuition?

The online education experts at iCollege have the solution you've been hoping for with the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle. By studying online, at your own pace, and at a much lower cost than you'd expect, you'll get all the training you'll need to pass the professional certification IT exams that will finally get you the job you've been wanting, or move your IT career to the next level.

The Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle is available right now through CrackBerry Digital Offers for only $49, a 95% savings on a three-course bundle that would normally cost you over $1000! Over a 12 month period, you'll learn from the very best and cover all of the essential IT topics, and you'll be able to:

  • Identify the hardware components of PCs & mobile digital devices
  • Understand operating systems, networking & security fundamentals
  • Install, configure & troubleshoot display devices & peripheral components
  • Manage system components & data storage
  • Install, configure, optimize & maintain Microsoft Windows & other operating systems
  • Support mobile digital devices, printers & multifunction devices

Prepare for your IT certification exams from the comfort of home and at your own pace. Move ahead at work or finally apply for the IT job you've always wanted. Take advantage of the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle now for only $49!

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Rare BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android goes up for sale on Kijiji

Remember before the Priv was announced there were multiple sightings of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition caught running Android? At the time, it was caught up in the codename confusion and was better known as Oslo, and well, we know now that it was in some ways, a test bed for BlackBerry's Android smartphones. Although they never went on sale for the masses, a new Kijiji listing might allow you to get your hands on one.

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Priv and Passport

BlackBerry is currently offering $250 off unlocked BlackBerry Passports, and $224 off the BlackBerry Priv through ShopBlackBerry. This is a big savings, and makes the great devices even more affordable to purchase unlocked and without a contract. Whether you are looking for a new BB10 or Android smartphone, you won't want to miss out on this deal. You can pick up a Passport for as little as $249 USD (or $299 USD for the Silver Edition) and the Priv drops down to $425 USD.

There is no indication of how long this deal will last, so if you are interested you will want to order before it is too late. Which phone will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments!

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BlackBerry and Zimperium partner to provide mobile threat protection for Enterprise and Government

BlackBerry and Zimperium have now announced they are partnering to deliver enterprise and government customers with comprehensive mobile threat detection, risk analysis and prevention for both iOS and Android devices.

Good Dynamics and BES12 integrated with Zimperium zIPS offers comprehensive threat detection, visibility and protection against network, device and application mobile attacks on corporate apps and data, said Dave Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry. "This is another example of how BlackBerry is working hard, every day, to secure, connect and mobilize the enterprise."

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How to set up the BlackBerry Hub widget on Android

How to set up the BlackBerry Hub widget on Android

The BlackBerry Hub app for Android has been updated on a regular basis the past few months and with each update, new features are added. In the latest update, the Hub Widget has been added. It allows you to add one of three views to your homescreen. If you also use the BlackBerry Launcher, then you can use the Hub popup widget to see another view, and be on top of your messages.

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11Street now taking DTEK50 pre-orders in Malaysia

11Street now taking DTEK50 pre-orders in Malaysia

If you live in Malaysia and have been looking into picking up a DTEK50, you now have the option of placing a pre-order with 11Street. The retailer has now posted up pre-orders for the DTEK50 with pricing set at RM 1,339.00, though, shipments are not expected to start going out until September 30, 2016. If you're still on the fence about the DTEK50, be sure to take a look at our review!

See at 11Street

Via: LowYat

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BlackBerry returns to Korean market with launch of the Priv

Following earlier reports that highlighted BlackBerry's plans to return to the Korean market, BlackBerry has now announced official availability of the Priv there at a launch event held in Seoul. As noted by Yonhap News Agency:

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Win a brand new BlackBerry DTEK50 from CrackBerry!

BlackBerry's newest device, the DTEK50, has recently released, and if you haven't already, you should check out Bla1ze's DTEK50 review, then head back here because we're giving away another one and you should enter to win! More details on that below, but first it's time to announce the winner of our last contest!

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BlackBerry 'Argon' likely to be released as the DTEK60

BlackBerry 'Argon' likely to be released as the DTEK60

Although we haven't heard a lot about the BlackBerry 'Argon' since the initial rumors popped up, there's now some further evidence the device exists directly off of BlackBerry's servers. Oddly enough, the details come directly from a page which was clearly not meant to be published given the 'donotpublish.html' extension but alas, they somehow went live confirming what was already rumored for specs of the 'Argon' only this time around, highlighting the device as the DTEK60.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Widget

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Widget

After taking a week off, Upstream has returned. If you missed it live on Sunday night, you can now get yourself caught up. This week, we discuss the latest build of Snap, BlackBerry Hub+ Suite updates, and expansions, as well as some iOS 10 news. Plus, with BlackBerry set to announce their Q2 fiscal 2017 results September 28th, we dig a bit into what that all could mean for the company.

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Sevens

You might have heard about the hot new thing in tech...

Samsung's Note 7-shaped hole, err, recall just keeps getting deeper — the recall of the potentially-explosive phone got "now the government's involved" official. If you're still using a recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (if you've not exchanged your phone, that's you), please go to the nearest store for your carrier and exchange it. It doesn't matter if you'll have to use a different phone for a week or two while we wait for replacement Note 7s to become available in mass quantities — this is a safety thing we're talking about.

As we've been saying since the news first broke, the timing couldn't be worse for Samsung: Apple rolled into town with the iPhone 7 launch and sucked all of the oxygen out of the room (we hear that's good for putting out fires), along with a major update to iOS. Of course, if you're not into Apple stuff, that won't change your mind, but it's worth noting that while there are a lot of people that read sites like this one, there are a lot more people that don't, and the only mainstream news about the Note 7 is that it blows up while the worst the iPhone 7 gets in the midst of another huge launch is that there's no headphone jack.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is staying quiet while the Note 7 and iPhone 7 storm rages on by (don't doubt that they'll have plenty to say about both in comparison once the dust settles). We saw new preview builds for the next major update to Windows 10 and a neat PC-phone-bridging feature coming to Skype. And with the new HP Elite x3 stepping into the spotlight as the new most powerful Windows Phone, it was put to the test with a week of using the phone with a monitor and keyboard instead of a PC.

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Have you switched to a Priv or DTEK50 from a BlackBerry 10 phone?

Back when the rumors of BlackBerry releasing an Android-powered phone were rampant, we ran a poll asking how many folks would you buy an Android-based BlackBerry. At the time, the majority (53.82%) stated if it wasn't running BlackBerry 10 they didn't want it.

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