BlackBerry announces AtHoc data center in Canada

BlackBerry has announced a new secure data center in Canada that will allow support for global customers who want to take advantage of its AtHoc services. With the new cloud offerings, BlackBerry will be able to address data residency requirements for global customers who want to use its services for networked crisis communications.

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Optus will offer the BlackBerry Priv in Australia starting February 4

For a while now it has been known that Optus would be releasing the BlackBerry Priv in Australia but there was no set timeframe attached to the launch. That has now changed, and those who live in Australia looking to get their hands on BlackBerry's first-Android powered smartphone will be able to place their orders through Optus. From Thursday, February 4th, the Priv will be available to Optus business customers and online to consumer customers on a range of post-paid plans, though, pricing details have yet to be announced.

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Face10 for BlackBerry 10

Since December 2015, Nemory Studios has been working hard on a new app called Face10 with the goal of the app being to replace the native BlackBerry 10 Facebook app, which let's be honest, has seen better days as it hasn't been updated since June 2015. Now, after a few months in the BlackBerry Beta Zone being tested, Face10 has arrived in BlackBerry World.

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Contacts Share updated with new adaptive theme, additional languages, and vCard files

Gone are the days of writing down numbers on slips of paper to share contact information. With our BlackBerry devices we can send our number and email address with just a few taps. We have already discussed Contacts Share, a native BlackBerry 10 application which allows you to quickly send contact information without attaching a file. An update is now available which incorporates several new features including an adaptive theme, the option to send .vCards, and additional language support.

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How to find, lock or erase your BlackBerry Priv from Android Device Manager

Losing your phone is not really a situation you want to be in but it is something that can happen. If you do find yourself in such a situation you can use Android Device Manager to remotely locate, secure or erase your BlackBerry Priv. The last thing you want is for your data to be accessible. Let's help you make sure your phone is set up for any eventuality.

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BlackBerry highlights how and why the Priv protects against rooting

Ahead of the BlackBerry Priv launch, there was one question that popped up a lot in the CrackBerry Forums, and that was, how would BlackBerry handle the ability to root Android on the Priv? After all, BlackBerry is a company that has a history and reputation of building secure devices; surely they wouldn't just let their device be rooted easily, but how would they prevent it given its prevalence in the Android world and why would they even want to?

Turns out, BlackBerry spent a lot of time thinking about this, as they should have and they've now posted up a new blog post highlighting how and why the Priv protects against rooting. The article itself takes the time to explain rooting, some of the benefits as well as the disadvantages of it but also offers a look at how BlackBerry Integrity Detection works to prevent rooting of the Priv. If some of this sounds familiar, it's because BlackBerry touched on it through several articles ahead of and after the Priv launch, the recent article just goes into greater detail.

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BlackBerry Priv

It's hard to believe that we're already a month into 2016, but sure enough here we are in February! We hope you're all having a fantastic year so far, but we thought maybe we could make it a little better for one of you. So, we're giving away another BlackBerry Priv to a lucky CrackBerry reader! There are several ways for you to enter to win this phone, so keep reading for all the details.


The winner will receive a brand new BlackBerry Priv, which does not include service.


Normal contest rules apply here. One entry per method per person. This one's open to all folks everywhere such contests are legal, but we can't guarantee the phone will work on your network. (You know how these things go.) The contest ends on February 29th. We'll announce the winner here on CrackBerry shortly after the closing date.

That's it! Good luck, everyone!

Win a BlackBerry Priv from CrackBerry!

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QNX wins Tech CARS award

BlackBerry subsidiary QNX are no strangers to winning industry awards and now that we're well into 2016 already, they've got a new year to collect some more. First up, Auto Connected Car News has calculated the votes for their Tech CARS Awards and in the category of Best Backhaul Software or Development Platform for Automakers, QNX has been named the winner by capturing the vast majority of the votes.

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BlackBerry Priv Feb security update now available

Here is the list of what all was patched in this release. In total, there were six CVE's addressed in this update.

The BlackBerry Priv is now receiving its February security patch. At this time, it is not clear exactly what has been patched or changed with this build, though we expect Google to reveal details about the update shortly. BlackBerry has done an excellent job so far in pushing timely security patches to the Priv.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Cheers

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Cheers

If you missed BerryFlow live this week, you can now catch the audio or video replay. This week, we discuss into the Priv finally landing on T-Mobile and in India plus, BlackBerry's integration of WatchDox and Good with BES12 and the new round of Priv app updates. Also, we take some time to reflect on the past three years of BlackBerry 10.



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All the profit in the world isn't enough.

This week in technology was dominated by two things: dollars and rumors. On the dollars front we got earnings reports from both Apple and Microsoft, neither of which is in bad shape. Apple had the largest-ever quarterly profit but didn't quite meet analyst expectations or paint a gold-plated rosy picture of the future, and thus got punished. Microsoft, meanwhile, reported healthy revenue and profits that beat Wall Street estimates, and despite the struggling of high profile segments was rewarded with an increased stock price.

For perspective, Microsoft earned $5.4 billion in profit on $23.8 billion in revenue. Apple registered an $18.4 billion profit on $75.9 billion in revenue.

On the rumors front, things are only heating up as we head towards the MWC unveiling of a whole new slew of smartphones. Up first is the LG G5, which might ditch the back-mounted power and volume buttons that have been a signature of the G-series flagships. Samsung, on the other hand, appears to be maintaining carrying over its existing styles to the upgraded Galaxy S7, but could actually go with a lower resolution camera in the GS7 for improved performance (as contradictory as that might seem on the surface).

There's plenty more going on, so let's dive right into this edition of Mobile Nations Weekly!

CrackBerry — Privspansion

This week was all about further expanding availability of the Priv with BlackBerry having now launched the device on T-Mobile and announced release for India and South Africa. That wasn't all though, BlackBerry also expanded their EMM offerings through Watchdox and Good Technology integration. Finally, there was also a new round of BlackBerry Priv app updates.

Android Central — Full steam ahead

Another steady news week has come and gone, with Google cutting prices of its latest Nexus phones, the OnePlus X going invite-free and the BlackBerry Priv finally launching on T-Mobile.

Galaxy S7 talk is heating up again this week, with a rumored U.S. launch date of March 11 coming to light alongside the rumor of a Samsung-run upgrade program. We explored the reasoning behind an expected lower resolution camera in the GS7, as well as a breakdown of the best time to sell your Galaxy S6 before you upgrade.

In further MWC-related news, we have even more leaks about the upcoming LG G5, and the HTC M10 (codename Perfume).

iMore — All the earnings

Apple earned more money than any company ever earned in the history of companies earning money this week… so of course the markets beat the stuffing out of them. (So. Doomed.) That's resulted in a ton of leaks on everything from a new 4-inch iPhone 4se, to the long-rumored Apple Car, to the newly-rumored Apple VR project, all in the hopes poor Wall Street will find something it likes. Apple, for its part, would love to tell you more about the massive services revenue the company already generates.

Windows Central — Revenue shifts

The big news this week for tech companies were their quarterly reports. Microsoft's FY16 Q2 results generated $23.8 billion in revenue beating Wall Street estimates, which the markets welcomed with a 5-percent bump in Microsoft stock since the announcement. The Surface business pulled in $1.35 billion in revenue, which is considered a success for the holiday release of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

Not all the financial news was great, however. The "More Personal Computing" segment dropped drop 5% to $12.7 billion. Although that number is ahead of the general PC business, there is still a recovery going on. Likewise, Microsoft's Windows Phone segment tanked by 49 percent although this was entirely expected with their new retrenched strategy.

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BlackBerry 10 officially launched three years ago today

Sure, there was plenty of hype for BlackBerry 10, once upon a time called BBX, ahead of the global launch including plenty of teases and even developer devices but January 30th, 2013 is the day it all went down. The BlackBerry Z10 along with the BlackBerry Q10 got officially introduced across the globe with six events being simultaneously held in New York City, Johannesburg, Toronto, Paris, London and Dubai with then-CEO Thorsten Heins leading the charge.

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T-Mobile teaser for its Super Bowl 50 ads is a look back at classic commercials

T-Mobile will once again run commercials during this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 7. The carrier has posted up a teaser for those ads that looks back at classic commercials that have debuted during the big NFL game.

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BlackBerry App Roundup 1/29/16

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has passed so you know what that means? Not only is it time to share with you another batch of applications for your BlackBerry 10 or Priv smartphone, but it's also time to catch up on all the news that transpired since we last met.

The major announcement this week was the Priv hitting shelves at T-Mobile — both the literal shelves and the online ones. We also saw BlackBerry announce their new Good Secure EMM Suites, which is a new set of applications to better manage enterprise devices. Finally, if you've been meaning to pick up a BlackBerry Priv or a BlackBerry Passport, ShopBlackBerry is offering a special promotion from now until February 24th where customers can enjoy discounts on both devices as well as a free accessory bundle.

Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all you passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite didn't make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.

SunCalc Premium by Burning Platform

SunCalc is an advanced and native sun tracking tool that provides important solar information. Whether you are a photographer searching for the perfect light, a vacationer planning a trip, or someone who enjoys astronomy, SunCalc displays data pertaining to that bright ball of fire in the sky in an easy-to-read manner. Not only can you track the sun's position in the sky, but you'll also get exact times for events like sunrise and sunset, be able to calculate the direction of shadows, obtain important astronomical information of the Sun, and view the 14-day weather forecast.

This app provides a comprehensive suite of tools to accomplish this task. SunCalc generates graphs that show the sun's path through the sky in any given location on any given day, shows exact times for all events including day and night length and twilight. It even gets very specific for the solar enthusiast, offering an altitude limit for monitoring when the sun reaches that level and how long it stays above it, and displays a real-time calculation of astronomical data as well as an interactive graph for the entire year.

SunCalc is a handy Built-for-BlackBerry app you can purchase it for $1.99.

Learn more / Purchase SunCalc Premium from BlackBerry World

Color Me by Michael Neuhold

Coloring is a beneficial activity for reducing stress and expressing creativity. When it comes to adult coloring books, this growing trend has been making its way across various platforms and media. Color Me brings the coloring books to BlackBerry 10, offering six different categories with each one containing five images. The first design of each category is free for you to color, however, an in-app purchase is required to access the remaining four in the pack. These patterns include animals, flowers, and exotic.

Color Me is an easy-to-use native app. All you have to do is use the color picker at the bottom to select a color and a particular hue and tap on the screen to color in a particular area. It also comes with a pinch-to-zoom feature to color in more intricate designs.

You can download this native application for free in BlackBerry World.

Learn more / Download Color Me from BlackBerry World

Brick Breaker Hero by Game Circus LLC

This classic game has gone through many iterations on various systems since its inception under the name of Breakout. From Arkanoid to Alleyway the allure of smashing bricks with nothing but a paddle has always provided hours of fun. For example, BlackBerry pre-loaded a version on their BBOS handsets. We all love this game so why not try one with a bit of a twist. And now, for Android, there is Brick Breaker Hero.

In this version, the game itself is more colorful, more animated, and sometimes easier than its predecessors. You still launch a ball to smash bricks, but in Brick Breaker Hero there is the context of a story. Your character uses the paddle and ball to attack monsters, engage in boss battles, and cast magic spells all to free the villagers. There are power-ups such as bombs, fire, or a lightning ball that your character casts to help him in his quest. Some of these are earned during gameplay, others can be obtained by viewing ads or through in-app purchases.

Brick Breaker Hero has over 150 levels, unique kingdoms with their own themes and adventures, and easy controls. All you have to do is place your finger below the paddle, where indicated, and swipe to either side of the screen.

It is also similar to other games we've seen, such as Angry Birds and Candy Crush, in that you try to achieve three stars on each level and are limited to set number of lives that are refilled over time.

You can download Brick Breaker Hero in Google Play for free.

Learn more / Download Brick Breaker Hero from Google Play

Camera MX by Appic Labs Corp

One of the features I used for taking photos on my BlackBerry 10 camera was Time Shift. It provided a convenient way to capture the best possible shot of your subject. It accomplished this by capturing images before and after your shot so you could choose the best looking frame (i.e. if a friend blinked).

Now that Im rocking a BlackBerry Priv, I wanted something comparable. Camera MX is one such app which offers a similar feature which they call "Shoot the Past" feature. It works like Time Shift, in that it captures images three seconds before an image is taken. Using the circular icon, you can slide it back and forth and choose the ideal shot to save. Quick and simple it gets the job done. However, unlike BlackBerry 10, it will not detect faces.

Camera MX is also an impressive all-round camera editing application for creating high-quality photos and videos. It offers an assortment of photo editing and video options, which can be previewed in real-time, a simple user interface, live shot capabilities for capturing moving photos, scene modes, support for 16:9 aspect ratios, and its own media manager.

You can download Camera MX in Google Play for free.

Learn more / Download Camera MX from Google Play

NUM: The Logical Game by DSDC Software

Looking for a game that is entertaining and exercises the noggin? NUM: The Logical Game takes the classic game and brings it to your BlackBerry 10 device. The object of the game is to clear the field by striking out pairs of numbers or chips. You can strike off pairs as they appear on the board or through line breaks, either vertically or horizontally. If you start to run out of moves, you can hit the transpose button to extend the playing field.

NUM comes with two different game modes, classic and random, which you can choose to play as chips or numbers. Each one presents their own level of difficulty though the developer states it is possible to get an unsolvable puzzle in random mode.

While simple, you do have to actually sit and think about your moves before you start selecting pairs. It can and will affect the game later one. This is especially true once you start adding rows.

You can purchase this native game in BlackBerry World for $0.99.

Learn more / Purchase NUM: The Logical Game from BlackBerry World

What You Might Have Missed

Read Out! by Sven Ziegler IT Solutions

After a brief hiatus due to some technical issues issues, this week saw the return of Read Out in BlackBerry World. As the name implies, it essentially translates text into speech and will read your messages out loud to you. Whether it's an email, text messages, BBM, or another application that supports sharing of text, Read Out! will automatically detect the language and convert into an mp3 audio file. Now that the issues are resolved, you can find the latest version (v2.4) in BlackBerry World.

You can purchase this text-to-speech application for $0.99.

Learn more / Purchase Read Out in BlackBerry World

Until next week...

That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games, be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS, the BlackBerry PlayBook, or even Android Apps in the Google Play store for the BlackBerry Priv. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

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Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2016

Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2016

Hope you had a very happy new year, and things are going great for you in 2016. Time again for our Community Update - where we take a quick look at some of the best stuff happening around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

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BlackBerry today announced the company had received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange to increase the maximum number of common shares for repurchase. This increase will take the total number of common shares BlackBerry can use as an alternative to dividends to 27 million (5.8% of the public float). BlackBerry has also enlisted a broker to allow for up to just shy of 2.7 million shares to be automatically purchased.

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BT completes its acquisition of EE

BT completes its acquisition of EE

BT has successfully escaped the gauntlet of regulatory approvals and is now able to complete the company's purchase of EE. Picking up and absorbing the largest UK mobile operator, the £12.5 billion deal is a victory for BT, which has plans to enter the competitive mobile industry once more. 31 million EE customers will be included in the deal, which will put BT in a strong position against the competition.

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BBM for BlackBerry 10 updated

Following the announcement of BBM Protected improvements as part of BlackBerry's expansion of their enterprise software portfolio, a new BBM update for BlackBerry 10 has arrived containing those improvements. The changelog for the update is brief, noting the changes for BBM Protected and the ability for users to set a subject for a multi-person chat, but we've expanded on what it all means.

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BBM, BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Contacts and more updated for the Priv

BlackBerry just pushed a handful of updates to their Google Play apps for the Priv. Most of the updates are for stability improvements and bug fixes though there are some new things added to BBM, which was added in a recent beta update. There's an update to BBM, BlackBerry Hub, Calendar, Contacts, Notes and Tasks. Get a rundown of what's new from each app below.

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Priv and Passport

People who have been waiting to get a BlackBerry Priv or a BlackBerry Passport can take advantage of some special promotions from now until Feb. 25. People who buy the smartphones via ShopBlackBerry will be able to get a free accessory bundle for those phones that are worth up to $99.

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