Buying the best smartphone power pack - MrMobile explains

Proclaiming one external battery charger to be the "best power pack" for all people is a daunting challenge – and it misses the point.

The reality is that, as with smartphones, different power banks work well for different users. But I've collected between twenty and thirty external battery pack accessories in my time reviewing technology, and I've found that the secret to making the search a little less daunting is to focus on three key areas: safety, capacity, and speed.

This video includes products that excel in each field, and some even marry the benefits of all three with that all-important bonus: novelty. Join me for the MrMobile Portable Power Pack roundup!

And don't forget to be social!

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BlackBerry files patent infringement lawsuit against BLU Products in Florida

Following their filing of a patent infringement lawsuit against Avaya in Texas, BlackBerry has now initiated two patent infringement lawsuits against BLU Products, Inc. in Florida. In the suit, BlackBerry alleges that BLU infringes multiple BlackBerry patents by using, without authorization, BlackBerry's proprietary technology in BLU's commercial mobile devices.

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AT&T ditches monthly overages for reduced data speeds

AT&T has announced that the carrier will be ending overage charges in favor of reduced data speeds once you've used your allotment. The carrier will offer plans ranging from 1GB to 200GB of high-speed data so you can pick the correct amount for what you use. Some customers will actually get more data in their allotment under the new plans without paying any more money. Instead of charging per gigabyte, AT&T is offering on some plans to bump up your data, like 10GB more for just $20 a month.

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T-Mobile and Sprint revamp unlimited data plans, but they're not necessarily cheaper

T-Mobile is launching new plans on September 6 that will offer unlimited voice and LTE high-speed data starting at $70 a month. However, these new plans could actually be higher for some customers that make the switch.

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BlackBerry adds 'Buy Now Post' options to BBM Channels

BlackBerry adds 'Buy Now Post' options to BBM Channels

Although the option appeared in an early beta for iOS users, BlackBerry has now taken the next steps in introducing 'Buy Now' options in BBM Channels. If you login to the BBM Channels web portal, you should see options to sign up for access to what BlackBerry has dubbed 'Buy Now Posts.' I say sign up for access because it's not immediately available to everyone, it needs to be approved first.

Help drive your business objectives by adding a call-to-action button to your posts. Allow users to quickly buy your products or services, discover your content, and much more. To request access to this feature, click Request Access and complete the form. Our BBM team will respond to your request as soon as possible

For years now, BlackBerry has been building up their mobile commerce, and e-commerce solutions and a huge part of that progress has taken place within BBM and BBM Channels. According to an earlier Inside BlackBerry post, some of BBM's most popular channels are specifically for shopping deals, so the addition of 'Buy Now' buttons are certainly logical evolution and should be a welcome addition, especially in markets that are heavy in e-commerce as Indonesia has proven to be.

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Order a BlackBerry DTEK50 from B&H Photo and get a free mobile power pack!

If you missed out on the ShopBlackBerry pre-orders for the DTEK50 with a free mobile power pack, you can still get in on the action. B&H Photo has the all-new, unlocked BlackBerry DTEK50 in stock with the bonus BlackBerry MP-12600 Mobile Power Charger for $299.99 with free, expedited shipping.

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BBM Baby is Lana Del Rey's unreleased song about BlackBerry Messenger

Lana Del Rey has a pretty extensive history of unreleased songs hitting the internet and one of the latest having now appeared online is straight up about BlackBerry Messenger. BBM Baby, as it is known, was written and produced with Penguin Prison back in 2011 according to an interview with FILTER but it was never released until now.

I also heard that you were recently in the studio with Lana Del Rey, what was that experience like?

Well the studio as in my home studio. She came over and we worked on a song a while ago. It was called BBM Baby, I guess it was about her BlackBerry Messenger. I also did a remix to one of her songs called Blue Jeans which came out recently and people seem to like that one. Out of all the remixes I've ever done, the first one was for Marina and the Diamonds' song I am Not a Robot and I like that one the best, but I also like the new one I did for Blue Jeans. I think those two are the best remixes that I've made. I met her like 2 years ago and hung out with her a bunch in London and New York. She's funny, she's a very entertaining person to hang out with, and she has a wonderful singing voice.

Over the years, BlackBerry and BBM have been name dropped plenty of times in songs including those from Baby Bash, Fabolous, Jay-Z, Joell Ortiz and really, countless others including the insanely catchy Ping Me Baby by Riz. You can listen to BBM Baby below. I warn you, though, it's also catchy and you may hate yourself for liking it.

Via: PopCrush

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Cycles

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Cycles

This week, the BlackBerry DTEK50 is large portion of our discussion. We mourn the loss of Blend and take a look at several of the announcements BlackBerry made last week including lowering of Priv pricing for a limited time, Developer Hero Program winners, and the AtHoc receiving a Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) and Authority to Operate (ATO) with the US Army through April 2019 and more!

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BlackBerry

BlackBerry is rolling out a patch against the QuadRooter exploit to the Priv and DTEK50 starting today.

BlackBerry has built a patch against the fourth and final vulnerability of the QuadRooter exploit.

As a refresher, QuadRooter was able to use vulnerabilities in Qualcomm's firmware drivers to gain elevated permissions (read: root) on your phone or tablet. Zero cases have been reported in the wild, and the user would have to disable factory security settings and manually install an app using the QuadRooter code. In addition, all phones running Android 4.2 or higher and use Google Play have built-in protections that scan apps and warn the user before the installation. BlackBerry devices that run Android — the Priv and the DTEK50 — also have a secure boot process that verifies the system hasn't been tampered with.

In other words, this wasn't going to go far in the first place.

Nevertheless, it's great to see BlackBerry's active focus on security. Three of the four vulnerabilities were patched by Qualcomm and included in the August Android Security Patch, but the fourth was slated to come with the September patch.

Some critical Android vulnerabilities – for example, one that can be easily and remotely exploited with a publicly disclosed method to execute 'root' privileged malware – simply can't wait for a monthly update cycle. — BlackBerry Chief Security Officer, David Kleidermacher

Kleidermacher is correct. BlackBerry stakes its reputation on security, and patching a new firmware bug should take top priority. Well done, BlackBerry.

The patch has been released and is available today for devices purchased from ShopBlackBerry.com. Partners are expected to begin the rollout this week.

MORE: Android Malware — should you be worried?

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Ramp up

Yet another Android security scare, yet more MacBook rumors, and yet even more Windows 10 builds.

Android's open nature doesn't mean that it's any more vulnerable to security threats than any other OS. But it does mean that it's more vulnerable to the perception of being more vulnerable. Case in point: the so-called "QuadRooter" vulnerability — lots of smoke and lots of people blowing it around, but a tiny little fire.

LG's V20 is shaping up to be a worthy successor to the V10, sporting possibly the best audio we'll see on a smartphone and adopting the G5's modular design. And BlackBerry's new phone, the DTEK50 — is shipping now to customers alongside a reduced-price BlackBerry Priv.

Over in VR land we're dabbling in AR — Augmented Reality — with the Microsoft HoloLens headset, and it's simply incredible. Plus a look back at the first three months of Oculus Rift and another dipping of our toes in the PlayStation VR waters.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update isn't even two weeks old and Microsoft is already moving on to the next thing: Redstone 2. The first preview builds for the next big update to Windows 10 already have hit Windows Insiders, and there will be plenty more to come. Alongside that we might just expect to see the second edition of the Surface Book arrive, alongside a Surface All-in-One desktop range.

Rumors are flying left and right about the next products from Apple. The iPhone 7, while rumored to be physically quite similar to the iPhone 6-series phones, is said to have upgraded displays, while the long-overdue-for-an-update MacBook Pro might just be sporting a fancy OLED display strip to replace the function buttons and the addition of a Touch ID fingerprint reader.

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BlackBerry announces Developer Hero Program winners

BlackBerry announces Developer Hero Program winners

Back in June, BlackBerry announced the Developer Hero Program, which was designed to showcase new BlackBerry 10 apps by featuring them on BlackBerry World and promoting them on social media. Now, BlackBerry has announced the winners via the Inside BlackBerry Developer blog.

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BlackBerry lowers Priv pricing through ShopBlackBerry for a limited time!

While the DTEK50 is getting the most of the attention thanks to it being the latest BlackBerry device available, there's still plenty of love for the Priv to go around, and if you have been waiting for a sale from BlackBerry, your patience has been rewarded. BlackBerry has reduced Priv pricing through ShopBlackBerry across the board.

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Check out this BlackBerry DTEK50 giveaway for your shot at winning!

BlackBerry's newest device, the DTEK50, has just launched. For their second Android offering, BlackBerry sought out a balance between hardware and pricing and we think they might have found it with the DTEK50. It offers BlackBerry's security, privacy and productivity coupled with the Android ecosystem and it's priced to move, which is never a bad thing. If you haven't already, you should check out Bla1ze's DTEK50 review, then head back here because we're giving one away and you should enter to win! More details on that below.

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BlackBerry certifies first Global Platinum Solutions providers for Security and Mobility Services

BlackBerry today announced the first wave of Platinum achievements for partners as a result of the renewed Enterprise Partner Program for solutions providers. The program was launched in May and with ISEC7, GFI, GENOA and novalink, already four global partners are now ranked in the top tier level.

We are excited that ISEC7, GFI, GENOA and novalink achieved Platinum level in our Enterprise Partner Program by providing excellent consulting, professional services, and support and software lifecycle management opportunities for customers moving to mobile business, said Richard McLeod, Vice President Global Channels at BlackBerry.

According to the press release, the highest tier recognizes partners that are qualified to deliver the complete BlackBerry portfolio of competencies and have the most in-depth technology skills and expertise.

BlackBerry Certifies First Global Platinum Solutions Providers for Security and Mobility Services

New Platinum tier partners show enhanced skills to offer and support BlackBerry's cross platform security and productivity solutions

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 10, 2016) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced the first wave of Platinum achievements for partners as a result of the renewed Enterprise Partner Program for solutions providers. The program was launched in May and with ISEC7, GFI, GENOA and novalink, already four global partners are now ranked in the top tier level. This highest tier recognizes partners that are qualified to deliver the complete BlackBerry portfolio of competencies and have the most in-depth technology skills and expertise. These long term partners continue to demonstrate commitment on delivering industry leading secure mobility solutions from BlackBerry to customers.

"We are excited that ISEC7, GFI, GENOA and novalink achieved Platinum level in our Enterprise Partner Program by providing excellent consulting, professional services, and support and software lifecycle management opportunities for customers moving to mobile business," said Richard McLeod, Vice President Global Channels at BlackBerry.

To become a Platinum Partner, solutions providers need to build competencies on several disciplines to be a BlackBerry Support Professional, BlackBerry System Integration Professional, BlackBerry Technical Sales Professional and BlackBerry Advanced Sales expert. These four partners have made significant investment in building capabilities for BlackBerry´s secure mobility platform and will benefit from the closest relationship with BlackBerry including an incremental service discount with Support Services. This is their feedback on partnering with BlackBerry.

"The Platinum Solutions Provider designation will give us a branding advantage in the market, while the new accreditations and competencies included in the BlackBerry Enterprise Partner Program will further improve our capabilities and help us stand out from the crowd," explained Marco Gocht, CEO, ISEC7 Group AG.

"We are delighted to have received the achievement of Platinum Solutions Provider. This confirms the long term trustworthy and solid partnership as well as the mutual appreciation between GFI and BlackBerry. Customers of GFI benefit from this continued highest available partner accreditation by receiving superior mobility consulting, support and development services and get linked to the best in class security and mobility solutions from BlackBerry," said Jan Ratzke, CEO, GFI Informationsdesign GmbH.

"It is important for us to provide our customers with the best full-service for secure mobility management. We are delighted to be the first authorized Platinum Solutions Provider for BlackBerry in Austria. Through our close relationship with BlackBerry and this certification we are able to proof and optimize our in-depth skills and expertise. We stand for solutions on the highest level for the benefit of our customers," added Elmar Jilka, CEO, GENOA net works IT-Beratungs GmbH.

"Being a Swiss company, novalink puts high value on comprehensive expert service as well as customer focus. Partners and clients are being constantly and personally supported in the whole cycle of sales, support, development and workshops. Working with the right partner is important and our new BlackBerry Platinum Solutions Provider status demonstrates that novalink is even more present on the Swiss market and conquers new customer segments," said Christoph Hodel, CEO, novalink GmbH.

As part of the ongoing commitment to provide customers with world-class secure mobility solutions via accredited partners, BlackBerry will continue to invest in building out competencies and providing enhanced resources and support for Platinum Partners. This gives partners the right competitive advantage in the market.

More information on the BlackBerry Enterprise Partner Program can be found at - https://partner.blackberry.com/

Find out more on Good Secure EMM Suites at www.blackberry.com/enterprise.

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. BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

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S Army awards BlackBerry Software with Certificate of Networthiness and Authorization

AtHoc continues to collect accolades. BlackBerry has now announced that its AtHoc software has received a Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) and Authority to Operate (ATO) with the US Army through April 2019. The fulfillment of these essential information assurance and security requirements means that the AtHoc networked crisis communication software will remain in uninterrupted use protecting nearly 600,000 US Army personnel at more than 65 Army facilities around the world.

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Summer Sale

The heat of summer is still here, so don't miss out on this hot sale.

Feeling bummed that summer will soon be winding down? Well, how about an extra 20% off on the already-reduced ShopCrackBerry accessories? Don't miss out on this opportunity to stock up with cases, charging cables and more for your favorite BlackBerry phones. Whether you are looking for something to accompany your BlackBerry Priv, BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry Passport or something else, we've got you covered.

The savings runs now through Sunday, August 14, and all you need to do is enter coupon code SS16 to save the additional 20% on your favorite accessories. What will you be adding to your collection? Let us know in the comments.

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BlackBerry DTEK50 review

DTEK50 is BlackBerry's second Android-powered smartphone offering unique security and connectivity features BlackBerry is known for.

The release of the Priv was BlackBerry's first trip into the Android world, and it was not without some bumps in the road. The BlackBerry Android software, at the time, still had room to grow and pricing was a little on the high side for a lot of folks. Now, the DTEK50 is here, BlackBerry's Android software has had time to grow and improve, and we're once again taking a look at what BlackBerry brings to the Android world.

The quick take

For their second Android offering, BlackBerry sought out a balance between hardware and pricing and personally, I think they might have found it with the DTEK50. It offers BlackBerry's security, privacy and productivity coupled with the Android ecosystem and it's priced to move for its intended audience of enterprise fleet deployments and price-conscious consumers.

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INPS chooses BlackBerry's BES12 to securely manage its multi-platform mobile fleet

BlackBerry today announced that In Practice Systems Ltd (INPS), a leader in unique medical software for primary care and the wider healthcare environment in the UK, has upgraded to BES12 to securely manage its multi-platform mobile fleet.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Hub+

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Hub+

Although I had to miss Upstream last night due to travel, James, Alex, Ronell and Brandon kept it going. This week, BlackBerry's announcement of Hub+ takes up a good portion of the discussion alongside new lawsuits, BBM updates and the pending shipments of DTEK50 preorders. If you missed BerryFlow live, now you can get yourself caught up.

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Don't miss out on the DTEK50 special pre-order offer!

Have you pre-ordered your BlackBerry DTEK50 yet? If not, today is the last day to do so in order to take advantage of the special pre-order offer. For a limited time, customers who pre-order DTEK50 from ShopBlackBerry will receive a complimentary BlackBerry Mobile Power Pack, a 12600mAh battery portable charger worth $59.99 USD. The offer expires on August 8th at 11:59 pm PST and according to the site, the bundle is expected to start shipping the week of August 8, 2016.

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