Parliamentary Service New Zealand and Mai-Wel Group choose BlackBerry Software

The customer wins for BlackBerry software continue to grow as the company has now announced Parliamentary Service New Zealand and Australian healthcare organization, Mai-Wel Group, are among the latest organizations to deploy WatchDox and other cross-platform BlackBerry software solutions.

This news comes hot on the heels of a recent study from Australian research firm, Telsyte, which reveals a growing concern about the security of personal cloud storage services, and ranks BlackBerry as the leading MDM vendor in Australia and New Zealand. Paul Crighton, Vice-President for BlackBerry in Asia Pacific says that the new study and customer wins in government and healthcare underline the continued adoption of BlackBerry enterprise software.

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New patent shows how BlackBerry plan to employ authentication using their touch-sensitive keyboard

Aside from the Geekbench results showing off some purported specs for the BlackBerry 'Mercury', a new patent filed BlackBerry has now appeared that adds more weight to the rumor that QWERTY device will be making use of a fingerprint sensor through its touch-sensitive keyboard. Registered as US20160299682A1 and published on October 13, 2016, the new patent in its abstract form highlights how BlackBerry plans to employ authentication using a touch-sensitive keyboard.

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If you purchased an unlocked AT&T Priv your updates will now come directly from BlackBerry

If you're among the many who took advantage of grabbing an unlocked AT&T Priv for cheap only to find out you were somewhat shut out of updates, I have some good news for you. Starting today, with a new software update that should be arriving soon, your updates will now come directly from BlackBerry.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Play

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Play

Missed BerryFlow live? Go ahead and get yourself caught up. This week, we discuss BlackBerry Hub+ vs. Samsung Focus, the latest Android beta for the DTEK50, when we can expect the DTEK60 to finally be available and much, much more! Catch the audio or video below.

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BlackBerry 'Mercury' starts turning up on Geekbench running Android 7.0

While we're still waiting for the official announcement of the BlackBerry DTEK60, those who are waiting on BlackBerry's next QWERTY device better known as 'Mercury' for now, have something to discuss as the device specs have seemingly popped up on the benchmark testing site Geekbench.

Previous rumors called for the 'Mercury' to be powered by Android 7.0 Nougat running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 alongside 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a 4.5-inch 3:2 aspect ratio HD display as well as 3400maH battery. In the camera department, rumors also suggested 'Mercury' would have 18MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera.

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SanDisk 200GB

Right now you can pick up a 200GB SanDisk microSD card for just $59 at Amazon, a savings of $20 from its regular price. Whether you need some extra storage for your phone, tablet, camera or other devices, you won't want to miss out on this deal. Having 200GB of storage may seem a bit excessive to some and just right for others, but at the price you really can't go wrong with having the extra storage available to you. It will allow you to save music, videos, movies and more locally so you don't have to rely on your mobile data in order to access it all.

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Chatbot API coming to BBM in early 2017

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As announced on the new BBM Blog, early 2017 will see an expansion of BBM into the chatbot arena with BBM offering developers and businesses a chatbot application programming interface (API) for BBM.

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BlackBerry rolls out their latest Android beta to DTEK50 owners

A nice little surprise for DTEK50 owners as we head into the weekend. BlackBerry has now begun to roll out their latest Android beta to DTEK50 devices enrolled in the beta program. This time around, the update comes in weighing around 337MB and when all is said and done, you will be on firmware version AAH108.

As with all beta releases, there is no full changelog here but thanks to the Android security patch level indicator, we know that this includes all patches for the October security update. Go ahead and head to Settings>About phone>System updates and you should be able to pull it down. If not, hang tight, it'll be along shortly.

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BlackBerry highlights four reasons why Hub+ on Android is better than Samsung Focus

A few months ago it was rumored Samsung would be releasing an app that was widely noted to similar to that of the BlackBerry Hub on Android. Eventually, those rumors turned to reality and Samsung Focus was released to Google Play for Samsung devices. Considering the comparisons made before release, BlackBerry has taken a look at Samsung Focus and laid out four reasons why BlackBerry Hub+ on Android beats Samsung Focus.

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Grab this pocket-sized 5000mAh power bank for just $6

For a limited time, you can pick up Kmashi's pocket-sized 5000mAh power bank for just $6 with coupon code S6Y8AMQO, a savings of $5. Being 5000mAh you'll be able to charge just about any phone or tablet that you are carrying around fully from the pack while out and about without needing to strap yourself to a wall. It outputs at a maximum of 5V/2A so it will deliver a quicker charge to your phone, and the bank itself recharges fully in around three hours.

If you find yourself running low on battery during the day, you should grab one of these for your pocket, purse, desk, bag, or anywhere else you can think to store one. Remember, you need coupon code S6Y8AMQO for the discount here.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 pops up at Staples Canada

BlackBerry DTEK60

Another day, another BlackBerry DTEK60 spotting. This time around, the folks at Staples Canada have now listed the still unannounced officially BlackBerry DTEK60 to their website. Unlike previous listings, though, Staples is not taking any pre-orders for the device. Instead, they just place it out of stock online and left the $699.99 price tag there for all to see.

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New BlackBerry Hub+ App Suite beta updates available for Priv and DTEK50

If you've signed up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone and are looking to get the latest BlackBerry Hub+ App Suite beta updates, BlackBerry has now pushed the latest batch to Google Play. This time around, all of the apps contain minor bug fixes across the board.

New versions of PIM Applications have been posted to Google Play and will soon be available. The update includes minor bug fixes in BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, Contacts by BlackBerry, Tasks by BlackBerry and Notes by BlackBerry. All five apps are also available on a selected set of non-BlackBerry devices.

Product Versions:

  • Hub+ Services 1.4.0.41441
  • Hub 1.4.0.11736
  • Calendar 1.4.0.11736
  • Contacts 1.4.0.11736
  • Notes 1.4.0.11736
  • Tasks 1.4.0.11736

As noted, all of the updates are available on a selected set of non-BlackBerry devices as well as the Priv and DTEK50, so if you haven't grabbed them as of yet, be sure to do so and offer up any feedback you have on the new releases. Additionally, you should also see an update to the BlackBerry Launcher as well but there was no new changelog to go along with that, so drop a comment if you spot anything new there.

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Cisco to end WebEx Meetings support for BlackBerry OS 6, 7 and 10 on January 4, 2017

If you rely on the Cisco WebEx Meetings app on BlackBerry OS 6, 7 or 10, you will need to look into alternative options beginning January 4, 2017. As announced via their website and in-app, Cisco will stop supporting and selling Cisco WebEx Meetings for BlackBerry OS 6, 7, and 10, however, standard dial-in procedures will still work.

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Save $10 on these magnetic Bluetooth headphones right now!

Right now you can pick up a pair of Vtin's magnetic Bluetooth headphones for just $12 with coupon code 3ZNN27RG, a savings of $10. The magnets in these headphones allow for them to do additional tasks just by simply separating or placing the two together. For example, if you have the headphones connected to each other around your neck and separate them, it will automatically answer an incoming call. Putting the two back together with pause the music you are listening to or end a call for you. The lightweight headphones have a built-in battery that should provide around 7 hours of playback per charge.

If you are looking for a nice set of Bluetooth headphones that don't break the bank, you'll want to check these out. Remember, you need coupon code 3ZNN27RG for the full savings.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 goes up for pre-order from B&H Photo

BlackBerry DTEK60 goes up for pre-order from B&H Photo

And as expected, it has now disappeared from B&H Photo. Look for it to return next week.

Although the DTEK60 still remains unofficially announced by BlackBerry, that hasn't stopped retailers from putting the device up for pre-order. The latest comes from B&H Photo who now has the unlocked Android-powered DTEK60 available for $499.99 with some pre-order bonuses.

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Chronos hands-on: The cure for the common wristwatch

Chronos hands-on: The cure for the common wristwatch

I'm Michael Fisher, and I'm a smartwatch superfan. Sure, they're imperfect, but in my view they're also incredibly underrated; I love being able to glance at my wrist to see why my smartphone just buzzed from the bottom of a bag, or use my watch to ping the same phone when I lose it in the couch cushions.

The thing is: not all smartwatches are stylish, and keeping up with the biennial upgrade cycle isn't everyone's thing. Plus, there are plenty of beautiful timepieces out there already, some of them carrying sentimental value. What if you could imbue one of those with some modern smartwatch features, instead of springing for an entirely new accessory?

That's the question Chronos hopes to answer with its tiny disc of the same name, and it's unlike any wearable I've used before. Join me for a hands-on tour of Chronos: the cure for the common wristwatch.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Pivot

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Pivot

If you missed out on Upstream live, you can (and should) get yourself caught up now. This week, we kept things shorter than normal but still packed a lot of conversation in covering BlackBerry's Alex Thurber discussing upcoming handsets, the latest Hub+ Services update, what could happen to BlackBerry 10 in the future and more!

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Review: udoq corrals your gadgets with style — for a price

Take it from a guy with too many phones: finding the right charging station is well worth the effort. Striking the right mix of style and utility in a docking station can be tough — but the folks behind the cheekily-named udoq might just have found it.

It's a machined aluminum shelf that comes in four different sizes and lets you charge smartphones, tablets, or other pocketables... and unlike much of the competition, this docking station lets you use your gadgets while they top up. But is the udoq stylish enough to justify its steep price tag?

Check out MrMobile's udoq 400 review to find out!

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How to change the swipe shortcuts on an Android powered BlackBerry device

If you own a BlackBerry DTEK50, then you'll probably know that there are some swipe gestures that allow you to launch apps from the homescreen. If you weren't aware of that, now you are, and this article will show you how to customize those gestures to your liking.

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