BlackBerry works with Google to enhance mobile security and user experience

BlackBerry announced today that the company is working with Google to enable BES12, the cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications that debuted at Google I/O last year.

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Rogers BlackBerry Z30 and Q5 OS 10.3.1 updates now available

While Rogers has already rolled out OS 10.3.1 to BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 owners, their estimated time of arrival for the update on other devices such as the Z30 and Q5 was up in the air for a bit there with some reports suggesting, at the time, 'early next week' with others suggesting March.

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iGrann-Pro-Hero

One of the apps that is always open as an Active Frame on my BlackBerry 10 device is iGrann Pro. Today a small, but welcomed, update is rolling out and although the improvements are not huge, it's nice to see yet another update from the developer.

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Z3 SIM card slot

Update: A new report in The Intercept claims that Gemalto is drastically downplaying the effects of this attack. In the report, several security researchers came to the conclusion that "the company made sweeping, overly-optimistic statements about the security and stability of Gemalto's networks, and dramatically underplayed the significance of the NSA-GCHQ targeting of the company and its employees."

Original story: Digital security vendor Gemalto revealed its findings today following last week's report of an incursion by the NSA and the GCHQ into the vendor's SIM card encryption keys. While Gemalto noted that an operation by NSA and GCHQ "probably happened" in 2010 and 2011, the intrusion could not have resulted in a "massive theft" of SIM card encryption keys as the breach affected the company's office network and not its secure networks.

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Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

Ting's GSM network, which it announced late last year, has officially entered into an open beta. Previously, customers could test the network out on an invite-only basis.

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Launch files, contacts, applications, URLs and more with Quick Launch

Upon first glance at the title of this post you may think to yourself that this is the same QuickLaunch that was on BBOS. A staple application for most of my legacy devices, it offered the ability to access your most used apps with the simple press of your right side convenience key. Of course with the introduction of BlackBerry 10, the convenience key was no longer necessary. However, that didn't stop one developer deciding that this functionality was still important for BlackBerry users, and as it happens the name.

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Dress up and caption your photos with InstaText

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. However, there are moments where these images resonate more with a caption or two while on the go. If you're the sort of person who likes to insert a witty remark, add a favorite quote or two, or just want to be a little creative with your images InstaText is one of many ways to accomplish that.

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ShopBB device owners can try this to get the 10.3.1 update

Did you purchase your device from ShopBlackBerry or Amazon and not get the BlackBerry 10.3.1 update yet? If so, here's a little something to try that might force the update to arrive on your device though it does seem as though the results are still mixed.

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BlackBerry Classic

Verizon Wireless has confirmed that the carrier will start selling the BlackBerry Classic on Thursday, Feb. 26. This news is in line with what we previously reported, but Verizon has also revealed that the smartphone will be priced at $99.99 with a new two-year contract, after a $50 mail in rebate.

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Leaked BlackBerry Passport OS 10.3.1.2480 upgrade files now available

Previously we let you all know BlackBerry was working on a fix for the Passport screen flicker issue and while there was no ETA mentioned, if you don't mind taking an unconventional route, you can try out that fix. OS 10.3.1.2480 has 'leaked' (using the term loosely because it's not a full autoloader) and it certainly does appear to be the fix for the BlackBerry Passport screen flicker issue.

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QNX Wireless Framework brings smartphone-caliber connectivity to Embedded Systems

This week, at Embedded World 2015, QNX Software Systems will showcase its latest product developments for embedded developers but they've already got the news rolling. Following up on their QNX Hypervisor announcement, they've now announced the QNX Wireless Framework, which enables rapid cellular and Wi-Fi integration and faster time to market for embedded system applications.

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Euroimpianti will use the QNX Neutrino to power its next-gen autonomous robots

Euroimpianti, a global leader in automated warehouse solutions, will use the latest release of the QNX Neutrino OS to power the realtime control systems and human machine interfaces (HMIs) of its next-generation autonomous warehouse robots. Until recently, Euroimpianti used another OS for the HMIs of its operator panels and recently re-assessed this approach after evaluating the HMI capabilities of the QNX Neutrino OS 6.6 and the new QNX SDK for Apps and Media, and now plans to use QNX Neutrino in the HMIs, as well as in the control systems, of its future products.

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By now, most folks who keep up on the latest BlackBerry news should be aware of the device known as the BlackBerry Rio and since it first leaked out, we've been wondering whether or not BlackBerry would roll with the Rio name when it was announced or if it would be something like the Z20 as it has also been referred to many times.

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BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 updated with custom PIN and no ad options

In addition to the iOS beta rolling out, BBM for BlackBerry 10 is also getting a beta update, that brings both platforms in line with each other. With that being the case, the change log for the BlackBerry 10 release is almost identical so, BlackBerry 10 users will have the option to create a custom PIN, remove ads and have a special badge on their profile picture in BBM.

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BBM for iOS beta updated to v2.7.0.59 with custom PIN and no ad options

Previously we let you all know BlackBerry was testing custom PIN and no ad options for BBM but they weren't fully enabled. Now, BlackBerry has pushed a new BBM for iOS beta that opens the doors to those options for some wide testing. As noted in the changes, vanity PIN's, removable ads and a new avatar badging feature are now up for testing if you have an iOS device and are using BBM on it.

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Evernote updated in BlackBerry Beta Zone - you can now see notebooks shared with you

Evernote users, this one is for you. Evernote for BlackBerry 10 will now give you access to notebooks that have been shared with you. This has been something I have been wanting since the beginning and now it's here. In beta form, at the very least. There is one caveat though, you cannot edit the content of those notebooks -- yet.

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BlackBerry testing Passport screen flickering fix

If you're used to using leaks, then chances are you're fully aware of the 'screen flickering' issue that was present in early builds of BlackBerry 10.3.1 for the BlackBerry Passport. The bug, while random, would cause the screen to flicker off and on with no real pattern to it. When BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 started rolling out, that bug remained in the OS and since then, many folks have reported having the issue.

BlackBerry has spent the past few days looking into the matter, trying to pinpoint the exact cause and now according to BlackBerry Product Manager, Michael Clewley, BlackBerry may have a fix for it and they're currently testing it to ensure it actually fixes the issue. While there's no ETA for the fix to be sent out to customers, it's at least in the works and hopefully will be resolved soon. In the meantime, he shared a suggested workaround as well.

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Enpass-Passport-Hero

Enpass is without doubt one of my 'must have apps' on BlackBerry 10. If you've not seen us feature it before it is essentially a password manager, however it offers some amazing features and I certainly wouldn't want to be without it.

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Evolution-Browser-Hero

While most BlackBerry 10 users are happy with the native browser there are a few decent alternatives out there are one that has been constantly updated and improved since its launch in mid 2014 is Evolution Browser from ShaoSoft. If you missed our previous coverage and hands-on video you may well be interested to hear that Evo Browser very cleverly removes all those annoying adverts from websites. If ads get on your nerves you'll want to check this one out. There's plenty of other great features too which you can find using the link at the base of this article.

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Free-App-Hero

It may be Monday and the start of the working week for most folk but that won't stop us putting a smile on a few BlackBerry 10 users faces. The developer (ETwoLTECH) of Data Monitor, Mapshot10 & CallBlocker10 has been in touch with us and is kindly giving away 500 copies of each application.

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