BlackBerry victorious in U.S. patent infringement lawsuit brought by Mobile Telecommunications LLC

BlackBerry has scored 'a sweeping victory' as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled in favor of BlackBerry in a patent infringement case brought by Mobile Telecommunications LLC (MTel).

MTel had originally claimed that BlackBerry infringed on five of their patents but before heading to trial, the Court found that two of the patents were directed to non-patentable subject matter, that BlackBerry did not infringe one of the patents, and that one of the patents was indefinite.

We are pleased with the jury's verdict, said Steve Zipperstein, Chief Legal Officer at BlackBerry. "We will continue defending BlackBerry vigorously against meritless lawsuits."

The remaining patent addressed in the suit, covered a two-way communication system for communication between a system network and a mobile unit.

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The BlackBerry Priv sync pod is $23 off today!

The BlackBerry Priv sync pod is $23 off today!

Interested in an easier way to charge and sync your BlackBerry Priv? If you are tired of looking for a cable every time, BlackBerry's sync pod is a perfect addition to your desk or nightstand. Right now you can pick one up for $16.95, which is $23 off.

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BlackBerry Hamburg / Neon built by TCL turns up at the FCC, marketing name DTEK 50

UPDATE - Additional variations have also appeared showing the marketing name once again as DTEK 50. You can view those FCC documents here.

When BlackBerry's Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard noted to us that BlackBerry's next handset release is "very, very imminent," he wasn't joking as a recent filing at the FCC appears to show. Documents dated July 14, have now appeared in the FCC database that match up with the previous findings from the Wi-Fi Alliance that show BlackBerry and TCL / Alcatel are working together to release a smartphone.

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AT&T reports Q2 2016 earnings with $40.5 billion in revenue, 2.1 million wireless net adds

AT&T has reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2016, noting a solid bump in both consolidated revenues and wireless net adds over this time a year ago.

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Watch John Chen's keynote from the BlackBerry Security Summit 2016

If you were not able to catch our live blog to follow along with the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry has now uploaded another portion of the event following the release of Rudy Giuliani's keynote. This time around, BlackBerry CEO John Chen's keynote from the BlackBerry Security Summit 2016 has been posted for all. As expected, Chen details BlackBerry's end-to-end mobile security strategy, which includes devices and software, the Internet of Things, and more. The video is about twenty minutes long, so be sure to check it out, if you haven't already.

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Save $32 on this BlackBerry Priv leather flip case

Looking for a case that not only keeps the back of your BlackBerry Priv protected, but also the front? BlackBerry's leather smart flip case is a great choice that can do just that, and even show you your notifications while the cover is closed. Today you can pick one up for just $27.95, a savings of $32.

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Verizon expected to crack down on unlimited customers using 'extraordinary amount of data'

According to a new report, Verizon may be planning a crackdown of sorts on customers it deems to be using "an extraordinary amount of data" each month.

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Corning Gorilla Glass

Corning has revealed Gorilla Glass 5, the next version of the company's smartphone display glass. Corning claims that phones with Gorilla Glass 5 will survive being dropped from up to 1.6 meters 80% of the time.

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Watch Rudy Giuliani's keynote from the BlackBerry Security Summit 2016

Although the BlackBerry Security Summit 2016 was not streamed live, there was at least one portion of the event recorded and that's the keynote address from former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, who was mayor during 9/11, recalled the role BlackBerry played to keep people connected in a time of crisis, reiterated the importance of cybersecurity and held a Q&A session for those in attendance. Go ahead and check out the video yourself. It's about half an hour long.

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Dashboard cameras are one way to provide evidence of what happened during a collision or fender bender. They can also document your driving habits, as well as, rare moments that occur on the road. If you are looking to turn your BlackBerry 10 device into a simple dashboard camera, there is DashCam Pro by Toysoft Development Inc. This easy-to-use app allows you to record live video (with audio) and take snapshots with date/time stamp, GPS coordinates, and traveling speed for both business and personal use.

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Media "conditioned" to ask BlackBerry about handset business, says Chen

BlackBerry says it has a great story to tell that has nothing to do with handsets.

BlackBerry's CEO, John Chen, rebuked questions about the company's flagging handset business during a media Q&A at the annual BlackBerry Security Summit in New York City on Tuesday, saying that reporters have "conditioned [themselves] to ask me that question."

"If I come to you with a billion dollar software business with a 70% margin," said Chen, "you'd never ask me about handsets," which appeared to be his way of saying that the potentially high-margin software business will more than make up for the company's money-losing hardware venture — eventually.

"What we've done with this turnaround is amazing."

But more than anything, said Chen, BlackBerry needs to do a better job at explaining its new position in the market, overcoming the media's tendency to dramatically overstate the importance of hardware to its future.

"From a mathematical perspective, you have a piece of business (hardware) that will never yield the kinds of margins a software business will yield," he continued, "so the question becomes one of scale." Chen continued his oft-spoken refrain of promising to stay in the hardware business only until it becomes unlikely the venture will make a profit. "If [it] can't make money, I have a fiduciary responsibility to my investors" to get out of it.

In an interview with CrackBerry, Marty Beard, BlackBerry's chief operating officer and long-time colleague of Chen, cautioned the media against maintaining the popular, nostalgia-driven narrative that has pervaded the company for nearly 20 years. "We're a software company. We've always been a software company. But for a long time, the there was a tangible thing we built, the phone, that showcased that software." Today, while the phone business is still very much alive, it is no longer a driving force.

"At the end of the day you're a business, and you have to bring in more than you're spending," said Beard. "When John took over this company in 2013 [from former CEO Thorsten Heins], we were burning $1 billion in cash per quarter. At that rate," he said, "we couldn't have been around for long. What we've done with this turnaround is amazing."

Most critics of BlackBerry's recent performance "have never turned around anything besides a car."

For Chen, BlackBerry is well past its turnaround goal, and is now looking to leverage its extensive software suite to sell to customers who need overarching mobile security solutions. "To many people, it doesn't matter how much you've done right, because all they can focus on is what you've done wrong," he said. BlackBerry's biggest challenge, he said, is to convince people — often the same customers that bought handsets in the hundreds of thousands — that it is just as valuable, or even more so, as a software company.

Beard praised his boss, noting that most critics of BlackBerry's recent performance "have never turned around anything besides a car." That the company has had 10 straight quarters of EBITDA growth — handset write-downs notwithstanding — is a significant and overlooked achievement, he said, despite quarterly declines in revenue and a stubborn software sales outlook that failed to garner the customer base Chen hoped for the end of Fiscal 2016.

Beard pins a lot of his hopes on partnerships, which are both numerous and varied. Some of the biggest companies in the space, from Microsoft to Google to Samsung, joined BlackBerry on stage at the Summit, reinforcing the fact that the Waterloo-based company still commands the respect of the tech giants, even if the scale has been reduced to small security code contributions to Android, or integrating Samsung's Knox platform more seamlessly with BES 12. In a narrative controlled by BlackBerry, it is a significant shaper of the mobile security market; to others, it is a minor player in a sea of worthy partners.

Still, as Beard noted in our interview, BlackBerry is stable and focused, with a tremendously promising product portfolio. It just lacks the hooks into the consumer market that made its story so much more compelling for reporters to tell.

Of course, with BlackBerry likely announcing a new Android-based handset next week, that reporting cycle will once again reset, and BlackBerry will ride it until it is no longer convenient to do so. Such is the fickle relationship between tech companies and the media that reports on them.

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Symphony Secure Collaboration Service arrives on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform

BlackBerry and Symphony Communication Services, LLC, the secure collaboration and workflow technology company, today announced the availability of Symphony's iOS application on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.

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BlackBerry and AppDone team up to enable codeless integration for apps

BlackBerry and AppDome today announced the availability of AppDome's AppFusion service for the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform from BlackBerry. With AppDome, applications can take advantage of Good Dynamics' specific secure workflow for enterprise apps without the need for developers to access the source code.

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United States Coast Guard chooses BlackBerry software for Alert Warning System expansion

Much like the U.S. Senate, BlackBerry has now announced that its AtHoc division has expanded its relationship with the United States Coast Guard, extending the capabilities and functionality of the Coast Guard's award-winning Alert Warning System (AWS) 2.0 to include alerting for staff members in the National Capitol Region.

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Secure Mobility Solutions from BlackBerry receive new U.S. Department of Defense approval

As part of the announcements coming out of the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry has now announced that its multi-OS EMM platform BES12 and the latest BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 for smartphones have achieved STIG approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for use at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Security is one of the top priorities for our government customers. The latest approval from the DoD around our secure end-to-end mobility offering, including BES12 version 12.3 and smartphone OS 10.3.2, shows that our secure platform is designed to meet their priorities, said David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry believes that security should be an enabler of productivity and collaboration in both the public and private sector. This achievement also provides confidence to our global enterprise customers when deploying the secure BlackBerry multi-OS EMM portfolio throughout their organizations."

As BlackBerry highlights, this approval shows that BlackBerry's security capabilities and trusted mobile solutions continue to comply with the latest security standards and certifications in the industry. In total, BlackBerry has more than 80 government certifications and approvals, which the company says is more than any other mobile vendor.

Secure Mobility Solutions from BlackBerry Receive New U.S. Department of Defense Approval

Multi-OS EMM platform BES12 and BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 help governments and organizations preventing cyberattacks

NEW YORK – BLACKBERRY SECURITY SUMMIT – July 19, 2016 – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that its multi-OS EMM platform BES®12 and the latest BlackBerry® OS 10.3.2 for smartphones have achieved STIG approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for use at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). With this, government customers are provided with confidence that the BlackBerry security platform meets the highest requirements of regulated industries.

STIGs (Security Technical Implementation Guides) are very important in helping prevent cyberattacks for the federal government, Department of Defense agencies and commercial organizations. This approval shows that BlackBerry's security capabilities and trusted mobile solutions continue to comply with the latest security standards and certifications in the industry. BlackBerry has more than 80 government certifications and approvals, more than any other mobile vendor.

"Security is one of the top priorities for our government customers. The latest approval from the DoD around our secure end-to-end mobility offering, including BES12 version 12.3 and smartphone OS 10.3.2, shows that our secure platform is designed to meet their priorities," said David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry believes that security should be an enabler of productivity and collaboration in both the public and private sector. This achievement also provides confidence to our global enterprise customers when deploying the secure BlackBerry multi-OS EMM portfolio throughout their organizations."

BES12, the foundation of BlackBerry's enterprise software portfolio, securely manages devices, apps, content and data across every major mobile platform, including iOS, Android™, BlackBerry® 10, Windows® and Mac OS® X. BlackBerry 10 OS with the latest 10.3.2 software provides advanced features for security and productivity of smartphone users.

The DISA STIGs comprise a library of documents that explain very specifically how computing devices should be configured to maximize security. There are over 400 STIGs available today, each describing how a specific application, operating system, network device or smartphone should be configured.

For more information on the DISA STIG program, visit http://iase.disa.mil/stigs

For more information about BlackBerry cross-platform solutions for the public sector, visit www.BlackBerry.com/government. To follow the news at the annual BlackBerry Security Summit today, use #BBSecurity and read more at www.InsideBlackBerry.com.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world's most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. 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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U.S. Senate will use BlackBerry software for crisis communications on Capitol Hill

BlackBerry today announced that the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms Office (Sergeant at Arms) has awarded a multi-million dollar order for the BlackBerry AtHoc crisis communications software to power the Sergeant at Arms' Joint Emergency Mass Notification Systems (JEMNS) over five years.

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TÜBİTAK MRC chooses QNX for its new E1000 electric locomotive

QNX Software Systems Limited today announced that the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)-Marmara Research Center (MRC) has selected the QNX Neutrino Realtime OS as the software platform for its new E1000 electric locomotive.

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BlackBerry will discuss new devices next week

BlackBerry will discuss new devices next week

If you were hoping for new device news to come out of the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry CEO John Chen put an end to that possibility early on during the event. However, we do now know when to expect some.

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CellTrust announces beta availability of CellTrust SL2 at BlackBerry Security Summit

As part of the BlackBerry Security Summit, CellTrust Corporation has now announced the beta availability of CellTrust SL2, the next generation of CellTrust SecureLine for mobile compliance enforcement.

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