BlackBerry joins the National Cyber Security Alliance

BlackBerry has joined the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a nonprofit organization that is focused on helping citizens stay safe online. With BlackBerry's security expertise in software, hardware and the IoT, the NCSA hopes to keep everyone safer and more secure, regardless of the mobile device they are using.

The NCSA hopes to tap into BlackBerry's security understanding to solve cybersecurity challenges that are faced regularly, especially related to the Internet of Things.

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Here are our BBM prize pack contest winners!

Here are our BBM prize pack contest winners!

August 1 marked BBM's 10th birthday and to celebrate the occasion we put together 10 sweet BBM prize packs consisting of a BBM Mug, 10 BBM Splat / Spark Stickers, a BBM Notebook and of course, wrapped it all up in a nice BlackBerry gift bag. Now, it's time to go ahead and announce the ten winners.

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This may not be the most exciting topic in the world, but for you folk that rely on your BlackBerry as your alarm clock, this is a jolly handy tip to keep in mind. When it comes to snoozing my alarm, I'm an expert. What I mean by this is that I could hit that snooze tab over and over - there's just a real sweet feeling knowing that you can stay snuggled up in bed for a few more minutes.

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition available in Vietnam starting August 24

Hot on the heels of the initial announcement of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, BlackBerry has now announced the device is headed to Vietnam and will be available starting from August 24.

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Growing up in the days when Doom was popular I was eager to see how this would play on my BlackBerry Passport when it arrived in BlackBerry World. Based on the Quake series of games, in this case, the Quake 3 game engine, the goal is to frag or kill, enemy players to score points by completing different objectives.

Each of the matches happen in an arena and include such objectives as deathmatch (or free for all), capture the flag, and domination mode. Of course, you have to accomplish this all why avoiding the various obstacles and other players who will frag you first.

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Sprint's Open World add-on makes it more affordable to travel to Mexico, Canada, and Latin America

Sprint has announced a new free add-on, called "Open World," that brings a number of cool additions for frequent international callers and travelers. In all, the add-on offers free calls and texts to Canada and Mexico, along with rates starting at five cents for Latin American countries.

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Jeep Cherokee hack is not a vulnerability of QNX technology

When the news of hackers being able to remotely kill a Jeep Cherokee while it was driving down the road came to light by the folks at WIRED, it was some pretty scary information. Imagine driving down the road and losing all access to dashboard functions, steering, transmission, and brakes. Once the news was out, understandably, there was plenty of discussion in the CrackBerry Forums surrounding the hack and how it could possibly be related to QNX, despite there being not even a single mention of QNX in WIRED's original article and most of it related to Uconnect, the infotainment system Fiat Chrysler cars, SUVs, and trucks.

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John Chen answers some key questions about the next stages of BlackBerry's turnaround strategy

John Chen is nearing his two year anniversary at BlackBerry. Along the way in his nearly two-year journey, which began November 2013 with him being interim CEO, we've had several updates on his progress in turning around the company. We've heard everything from his initial thoughts on the company when he arrived right down to his feelings on how the stock is currently undervalued.

In a new interview with Fox Business, we're once again getting a look at how John Chen's turnaround strategy is working out as Chen took the time to go ahead and answer seven key questions surrounding BlackBerry's future, a few of which we've highlighted.

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BlackBerry has just released the brand new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, and it is gorgeous. With a refined design and featuring an awesome looking silver finish, the BlackBerry Passport SE has us all anxious to get our hands on one, and we're sure plenty of you feel the same! So here is your chance to win a free Silver Edition Passport for yourself, along with a bundle of accessories and some CrackBerry goodies!

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ThirdEye lets you add photo filters and effects in real time

There are quite a few photo editors out there for you to pimp out your photos after you take and before you share them. We've got another photo app for you today, newly released, after seeing a stint in BlackBerry Beta Zone. This app, however, is more of a realtime photo editor where you can apply the filter as and when you're going to take a photo. The app is called ThirdEye.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Safeguard

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Safeguard

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live? If so, you can now watch the video or download the audio for playback. This week, there was plenty to discuss with the release of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition being and then it possibly being caught running Android. We also hit on BlackBerry launching the Android Secured news portal and plenty of rumors and speculation surrounding the BlackBerry Venice slider.

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Welcome to Mobile Nations Weekly, a look back at the important stories of the week in mobile tech and mobile life.

The week that was brought us news, rumors, speculation, fear mongering, and opinion valid and not from all across the mobile space. On the Android front they're dealing with the Stagefright compromise and the rapid response of manufacturers to patch the exploit as well as checking out the awesome-at-twice-the-price Moto G 2015 for under $200. BlackBerry launched their new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and saw another leak of the Android-powered Venice slider.

Android wasn't alone in dealing with security issues — Apple had to grapple with blown-out-of-proportion coverage of exploits named ThunderStrike 2, DYLD, and Masque. Thankfully there'll be a new iPhone soon enough to distract all the pundits. And speaking of Apple stuff, Microsoft open sourced their software to port iOS apps to Windows Phone. There was also Gamescom with buckets of Xbox news, Windows Central's ever-expanding guides to Windows 10, and a new peak at an upcoming Lumia flagship phone.

CrackBerry — Passport Silver Edition, Android Secured and Smart Hospitals

This week started off with the official unveiling of the brand new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and just kept rolling from there. In typical CrackBerry fashion, we went all out on the announcement with hands-on videos, photos and more. From there, BlackBerry revealed what they were doing buying Android-based domain names by launching the Android Secured portal plus, we we got to take a look at how BlackBerry and Mackenzie Health are working together to redefine the healthcare experience by creating secure, Smart hospitals.

Android Central — Stagefright, security and really good (cheap) phones!

Android security (or lack thereof, depending on your Chicken Little quotient) dominated the news this week. But do you really need to worry? The Stagefright compromise is still making the rounds, and while it's bad, it's not as scary as it has been made to seem, and the manufacturers and carriers are working to make sure as many phones get patched as they can. But there's a good chance that not everybody will see an update.

We've also posted our review of the new Moto G from Motorola. Normally we're more excited by the expensive flagship phones, but this one is simply astoundingly good for costing less than $200 unlocked. If you're on a budget, it's seriously worth considering. Unsurprisingly, the Moto G 2015 tops our list of the best unlocked Android phones.

iMore — iPhone 6s cometh and security theater

The iPhone 6s is just one month away! Until then, we're suffering from bored reporters trolling the security conference speaker topics and publishing anything that lets them cram Apple into the headline. Witness ThunderStrike 2, DYLD, and the non-return of Masque Attack. Meanwhile, technology continues to make real lives better.

Windows Central — Gamescom, Lumia 950 leaks, and porting iOS apps

This week Microsoft dominated the European equivalent of E3 at Gamescom 2015. Many new titles were announced along with forthcoming DVR support for the Xbox One for over-the-air TV. You can read the recap of all of that news in our wrap-up article.

Windows 10 for PCs is still chugging along including the first major patch coming out on Wednesday. We also documented the most common errors that users are facing when upgrading to the new OS including some fixes. Of course, you can hit our main help and how-to page for all our Windows 10 coverage.

Windows Phone is still here too. In fact, we got our first glimpse of Microsoft's new flagship phone, which is either the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL. A second image came out later revealing a different perspective of the device, expected for October. Microsoft also detailed 'Project Islandwood', a set of tools for developers to easily convert iOS apps to Windows 10. Going further, Microsoft open-sourced the project in an attempt to crowdsource features and bug fixing.


This week on Kicked, we look at some cool guitars made to look like retro oil cans. We also feature a camera, ice machine, space-age rice cooker and a folding electric bike. Plus take a guess at whose pretty face Dan thinks would look great in 4K. This will be the last you see of him for a while as he leaves the show for a month to travel abroad. (Although he may call in from Thailand as long as we accept the charges.)

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This week on Connectedly we take a look at some of the best connected tech gadgets and devices including: Garage control from your phone, the best pocket camera ever made, how the Lexus Hoverboard really works and much more.


Kevin's been having too much fun driving around his Tesla Model S P85D. Anybody would — it's a car with insane mode, after all! But he's taken a few minutes out to outline his 11 favorite features (why stop at 10?) of the all-electric sports sedan, and, well, it's pretty awesome.

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BlackBerry 'Venice' slider captured in blurry cam photo

Although renders of the BlackBerry Venice slider have been rather easy to come by, capturing the real thing has proven thus far to be rather difficult, even with a room full of fancy cameras. The tide may be turning though as a new image suggested to be of the slider has appeared in all its blurry cam glory.

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BlackBerry 'Venice' renders show off the camera, Hub for Android and more!

Now that the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition has been released, we were rather hoping we would all start to hear more about the upcoming slider from BlackBerry otherwise known as Venice and that indeed seems to be the case. We've managed to get our hands on some renders of the device, not unlike those previously released when the Venice was noted to be running Android instead of BlackBerry 10 and headed for AT&T and most recently T-Mobile.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for August 8, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are having a fantastic week. What can I say but the big announcement of the week was the official release of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition. I think all other news pales in comparison to this announcement don't you think? Be sure to check out the hands-on video with this remarkable device. You can also browse through the photo gallery for a closer look. So will you be buying the Silver Edition? Be sure to hit up our poll and let us know!

Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite did not make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.

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Carphone Warehouse

Hackers have gained access to the personal data of up to 2.4 million Carphone Warehouse customers, the UK-based mobile retail giant has today admitted. The breach is said to have originated in the systems related to Carphone Warehouse stores, as well as the, and websites.

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This BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition appears to be running Android instead of BlackBerry 10

As I'm sure just about every CrackBerry reader knows already, BlackBerry has officially announced the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and as expected it's running BlackBerry 10. But what if some of the pre-release versions were set up to run Android? A new set of images, as well as a video, have now appeared over at Mondo BlackBerry which appear to show off just that. A pre-release BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android.

As we know from history, it's pretty easy to fake a BlackBerry running Android through the use of any of the launcher apps on the Google Play Store and about 3 minutes in Photoshop but there's something a little bit more interesting about this set of images and video. A few signs that maybe, just maybe, this thing might actually be legit. To be clear, I'm not saying it is. I'm just saying, there are signs that may otherwise not be accomplished. Which signs you're asking? Let me tell me you.

  • Icons - If you look carefully at the photos, you can see BlackBerry Safeguard is an icon on the device. Even through the use of a launcher, I've never been able to get that to show up. BlackBerry defines Safeguard as all the security measures on their device. Even though it's a bit of inside baseball, when they send out device review documents, Safeguard generally lists BlackBerry Protect, Picture Password etc. Meaning, if they are working on Android they could have coupled this into an app as a central spot for all things related to BlackBerry specific security. There's also a few others that wouldn't carry over if a launcher was used as well such as Help.

  • The device powers off - The images show the device powering off. Although it's in Portuguese, 'desligar' means switch off while 'encerrando' means closing. Unless there's some Photoshop magic happening here, that device is actually powering off via the power button. Something that wouldn't be controlled via a launcher as it doesn't tap into those controls. Just like the Android settings when accessed through the Android runtime can't turn off WiFi or Bluetooth, they also can't shut off the power.

  • The Keyboard - As you can tell by watching the video, the touch input comes off as being rather terrible but you'll also notice that moving around the device via the touch-sensitive keyboard also works. Granted, some apps that run through the Android runtime already work this way but, in my testing at least, I've never been able to use any Android launchers in that manner. It usually works within apps but never outside through a launcher.

With all that in mind, I'll once again reiterate. I have no idea if this thing is legit and if it is, no one is talking about it, so it should go without saying that everyone should take it with a HUGE grain of salt. That said, if it's a fake it's a pretty damn good one and I'd really like to know what tools were used to put it together because it appears to be integrating in ways that really should not be possible. Also, if you ordered a Passport Silver Edition, don't expect it to arrive running Android.

Source: Mondo BlackBerry

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How to update the Amazon Appstore on BlackBerry 10

How to update the Amazon Appstore on BlackBerry 10

Now that all BlackBerry 10 smartphones come preloaded with the Amazon Appstore, it's another one of those apps on your device that needs to be updated fairly regularly. For the most part, this is a fairly easy process as the app will check for updates whenever it's launched and let you know if there's any available, but if you're looking to take matters into your own hands and check for updates manually it's all rather simple.

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Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless will be making some big changes in both its device data plans and its smartphone purchase options, starting on August 13. On that date, Verizon will offer four data plans, with no more separate single-line or family plan options. The carrier will also do away with two-year contracts and their smartphone subsidies, with customers now offered the option of either paying for the entire retail price upfront or paying via a monthly installment plan.

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