What apps would you like to see added to the Hub on Priv?

While BlackBerry 10 has the luxury of having a lot of third-party apps that can tap into the BlackBerry Hub, when it comes to the BlackBerry Priv the options are a bit slimmer despite the Android ecosystem being much larger. While it's true, BlackBerry has been slowly expanding the available apps within the Hub on Priv from what was available when the device first launched, having now added Skype, Slack, Pinterest, Instagram, and WhatsApp there is still plenty of room for more to be added.

YouTube, Soundcloud, Vine, Snapchat, Google Hangouts and so much more could be added over time, though, granted there's probably some apps that should never be added as well due to how they operate already and the notifications in which they send. Let's just assume you had you pick of apps which could be added to the BlackBerry Hub to improve your Priv experience, what would they be? Sound off in the comments and let me know.

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Latest BlackBerry Enterprise Technical Expert video takes a look at bringing Android to Work With BES12

In a new video posted to YouTube as part of the BlackBerry Enterprise Technical Expert Series, David Arnold, Senior Enterprise Solutions Manager at BlackBerry, and Nicholas Barretta, Devices Sales Engineer at Google, talk about the partnership between BlackBerry and Google and the work they are doing together.

As noted on the Inside BlackBerry for Business blog:

The partnership between BlackBerry and Google brings together the leader in mobile security with the world's most popular mobility platform. Enterprises are embracing the Android platform to transform their business through mobile innovation, and the complementary solutions delivered by BlackBerry and Google accelerate that change while ensuring compliance with corporate security policies.

The world has embraced Android. No other platform delivers the range of choice and flexibility for deploying a rich mobile experience to workers across the enterprise. Google and the Android for Work ecosystem rely on the strong partnerships they have with enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers, application developers, service and connectivity providers, and device manufacturers. BlackBerry's partnership with Google covers all aspects of the Android for Work ecosystem. This is unique in that it gives BlackBerry the opportunity to influence and deliver the most advanced EMM solution for managing and securing Android for Work.

If you're looking to learn more about how BlackBerry cover all aspects of the Android for Work ecosystem, be sure to check out the full Inside BlackBerry for Business blog post. If you know all you need to know and want to give BES12 a try with Android for Work, you can sign up for a free trial right here.

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BlackBerry partners with HCL Infosystems in India to distribute enterprise software and services

BlackBerry has now announced a new partnership with HCL Infosystems, one of India's premier IT services, distribution and digital solutions companies, significantly expanding the channel and distribution network for BlackBerry enterprise software products and services in India.

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Latest Inst10 update fixes repeating Instagram feeds

Latest Inst10 update fixes repeating Instagram feeds

If you've been seeing repeated feeds on your Instagram while using Inst10, the fix is now in. Noted as v4.1.301.1, the latest update is rolling out through BlackBerry World right now.

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Bluetooth

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) have announced the details of Bluetooth 5. The next version of the wireless hardware standard will have double the speeds and four times the range of Bluetooth 4,

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BlackBerry offers $100 off the Priv for Father's Day

BlackBerry is currently holding a Father's Day sale on the Priv, offering $100 off the Android-powered smartphone. From now through June 20, you can get the Priv for $549, or $749 CAD when you buy through ShopBlackBerry in the U.S. and Canada.

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Power Tools updated for Android and goes on sale for BlackBerry 10

Power Tools by Toysoft, the Swiss Army knife of apps, is available to download for both BlackBerry 10 and Android handsets. This utility tool is chock full of features for improving your productivity and efficiency on your BlackBerry device. For those of you use this app on your BlackBerry Priv, a new version is now available to download. With this release, Toysoft added a few new options including adding a Connections option for triggering Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

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BBM video support for iPhone and Android expands to Europe and Africa

After having rolled out BBM video for iPhone and Android to North America, Latin America, and the Middle East, BlackBerry has now let it be known that as of June 14, 109 countries, territories, and regions in Europe and Africa are now also supported.

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Learn why the world's largest Medical device manufacturers rely on QNX

By now, most CrackBerry readers are familiar with QNX's long history in the automotive industry, but perhaps, a lesser known fact is that QNX already powers a wide range of medical applications as well including MRI machines, X-Ray machines, Medical Ventilators, artificial hearts and much, much more.

QNX Software Systems provides robust, reliable performance for your certified medical device. With QNX's field-proven and certified portfolio of pre-integrated technologies, solutions, services, and broad ecosystem, developers can focus on their IP, application design, and specific value proposition.

As a trusted industry leader for almost four decades, QNX is committed to providing operating systems and software that meet the unique and constantly evolving challenges facing medical device manufacturers today. We provide the building blocks that make innovations come to life and get to market faster, while fully complying with the strict safety, security, and connectivity requirements of medical applications.

The world's largest medical device manufacturers trust QNX to help run their blood diagnostics, ultrasound imaging, infusion delivery, heart monitoring and resuscitation, robotic surgery, and numerous other applications.

To educate everyone on the benefits of QNX in the healthcare space, the BlackBerry subsidiary has now released a new brochure that offers a closer look at QNX Medical. If you're interested in learning more about QNX Medical, its benefits and uses and what differentiates the QNX platform from other options, this is the brochure to take a look at.

Download the QNX Medical overview brochure

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Spruce up your messages with Emoji Pack - get your free copy now!

Whether you love them or hate them, emoji's have become an integral part of our day-to-day messages. As a quick way to express our feelings, they can be fun, cute, and make it easier to communicate with friends and family. While there are several emoji apps available for you to download in BlackBerry World, there is nothing wrong with having options, and Emoji Pack is one such app.

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iGrann rolls out a new update with multiple fixes and improvements

If you're using iGrann as your go-to Instagram app on BlackBerry 10, then you'll want to load up BlackBerry World and check for updates. A new release is now filtering through for the free and paid versions, and it's packed with multiple fixes and improvements to make the in-app experience better.

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Android Marshmallow beta now available for AT&T Priv owners

If you were among those who signed up for the initial Priv Android Marshmallow beta in the BlackBerry Beta Zone but have thus far been left out because you owned an AT&T Priv, your wait may be over. Emails have now gone out to those invited, plus the BlackBerry Beta Zone has posted a new announcement welcoming AT&T Priv owners.

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BlackBerry named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for EMM Suites

BlackBerry has recently announced they have been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Suites as they continue to gain momentum across secure mobility, content and app management.

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T-Mobile adds PBS, YouTube Gaming and more to its Binge On service

T-Mobile has added more media streaming partners to its Binge On service, which allows its customers to access those partners on the carrier's network with no impact on their data plans.

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T-Mobile now pushing Marshmallow update for BlackBerry Priv

T-Mobile is now pushing the Marshmallow update out for BlackBerry Priv owners. The update has been available for unlocked Priv's for some time, but it is great to see T-Mobile sending it out to its customers. With Marshmallow, you'll have the enhanced permission controls, Doze, adaptable storage and much more.

From T-Mobile's support page:

  • Beginning June 13, the BlackBerry PRIV receives a software update to Android version 6.0.1/build AAE153. This update provides features and improvements:
    • Android Marshmallow software
    • Performance and stability enhancements

If you have yet to receive the update notification, you can check for it manually now. To do so, head into your Settings, About device and finally check for the update.

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Microsoft enters into agreement to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft has announced the company has entered into talks with LinkedIn to acquire the work-focused social networking platform. Shares have halted at the time of writing and the company has published a press release with further details. The deal is valued at $26.2 billion, but the LinkedIn brand, culture and overall independence will remain in tact.

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CrackBerry Graduate Gift Guide

Get that graduating CrackBerry addict in your life a gift they'll truly appreciate.

Buying for a high school graduate heading off to college or a college graduate entering the "real world"? We've got sure-fire gift ideas to make things easier as they venture out and into the next chapter of their life.

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry's first phone built on the Android platform would be a great gift for the BlackBerry fan who hasn't upgraded their phone in a while. Sure, it's not BB10, which might be a deal-breaker for the hardcore CrackBerry addict, but the folks at BlackBerry have designed one of the best Android phones of the year with the Priv.

Featuring an 18-megapixel camera on the back and a slide-out physical keyboard, it's a surprisingly good phone that's sure to turn heads and have people asking "wait, that's a BlackBerry?"

The Priv features many popular features that BlackBerry users love — from BlackBerry Hub to advanced security options — but since it's running on Android, you also get full access and compatibility with everything found in the Google Play Store.

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MacBook Air

Whether your graduate is moving on to college, planning to travel abroad, or (hopefully) moving into their own place, a new laptop just makes life easier.

Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models, the MacBook Air is great for its portability and long-lasting battery. We'd recommend opting for the 256GB flash storage to give your graduate more space for their stuff. Each MacBook Air comes standard with Apple's full collection of productivity apps, perfect for taking notes in a university lecture or getting started on that epic novel, screenplay, or business plan. You know, adult stuff.

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Dell XPS 13

No one has room for a full desktop PC in their dorm or apartment. Literally, no one. So get your new graduate a Dell XPS 13, which features the full PC experience in a portable yet powerful machine.

Perfect for anyone heading off to college, the XPS 13 features a beautiful 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display, powered by an industry-leading battery that can offer up to 15 hours of usage. With 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB solid state drive options available, the XPS 13 will start up quickly if you're grad is running late for a lecture and should run smoothly when you're streaming Netflix while writing term papers. We know how it is.

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Bose QuietComfort 25

There's so many distractions in college, so give your grad a fantastic set of headphones to help block out the noise of a busy study hall. The Bose QuietComfort 25s are top-of-class for noise-cancelling over-the-ear headphones and feature the amazing sound quality Bose is known for.

These puppies are lightweight enough to comfortably wear all day and would make the perfect travel companion for a grad heading out abroad. Also, they're built to last, meaning this is a gift that your grad will cherish and use for years to come.

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UE Boom 2

Great Bluetooth speakers are perfect gifts no matter the occasion, and the UE Boom 2 is one of the best options available. Portable, waterproof, and shockproof, this speaker is perfect for dorms and designed to be taken along on any of your grad's adventures.

Featuring great 360 degree sound, 15 hours of battery life, and convenient touch controls, give your grad the freedom to share their favourite music with new friends and take it wherever they go. It's quick to pair with a Bluetooth or NFC-enabled device, featuring 100 feet of Bluetooth range.

Make sure to check out the Related Items. The Boom 2 is available in a bunch of different fun and funky color combinations, so you can find the right one to reflect your grad's style or personality.

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Fitbit Charge HR

The Freshman 15 — weight gained by students adjusting to their new college lifestyle from a combination of poor diet (pizza and ramen) and a sedentary lifestyle .

While you can't do much to curb that pizza addiction, you can help nudge your grad towards maintaining a healthier lifestyle by getting them a Fitbit Charge HR. It's comfortable and fashionable to wear all-day long, tracking every step they take along with providing instant heart-rate monitoring. Sync all the data using your laptop or the Fitbit app, which is available for Blackberry OS10 devices via the Google Play Store.

Not convinced? Read CrackBerry Kevin's thoughts on the Charge HR, along with the rest of the Fitbit lineup.

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What'd we miss?

Got a grad gift that you think is tops but isn't mentioned here? Sound off in the comments below!

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Clusters

Upstream

Were you too busy to tune into BerryFlow live last night? If so, no worries. We got you covered. This week, we dig into Priv sales, BlackBerry's expansion of enterprise software features for Good Secure EMM Suites, QNX announcing their platform for instrument clusters, the upcoming BlackBerry Security Summit and earnings result for Q1 2017, and more!

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Mobile Nations Weekly: All the way to Z

Behold, Moto's new Zs.

This was Motorola's first real outing under the Lenovo umbrella and they came out in full force with the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force with magnetically-attached Moto Mod accessories like an extended battery, loudspeakers, and projector. Just one hitch: the phones are exclusive to Verizon through the summer.

Microsoft pushed yet another Insider build for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, bringing the Fast Ring up to Build 14631. We also saw the return of the Bank of America app, last seen in the days of Windows Phone 8 — and a leak of NFC Tap to Pay for Windows 10 Mobile.

Tesla came under fire for suspension problems that turned out to no be poblems at all, but Tesla's salty response to the accusations threatened to overwhelm the original non-story. Tesla also announced a new battery pack option: a software-limited Model S 60 and 60D, bringing the starting price down to $66,000.

Team iMore is heading out to WWDC 2016 — Apple's annual World Wide Developers Conference, and while we can only speculate on what Apple might be poised to announce, there's a lot we want to see in iOS 10, macOS 12, tvOS 10, and watchOS 2.

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BlackBerry to announce Q1 2017 results on June 23

BlackBerry to announce Q1 2017 results on June 23rd

Keeping in line with the date laid out on their Investor events calendar, BlackBerry has announced they will be reporting results Q1 2017 results on June 23rd.

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