John Chen discusses healthcare in the digital age at the Mackenzie Health Innovation Unit

Yesterday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen joined the "Partnering for Innovation: Healthcare in the Digital Age" keynote discussion alongside Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO of Mackenzie Health at the launch of Phase Two of the Mackenzie Health Innovation Unit and now, the Mackenzie Innovation Institute has uploaded the video of that event for everyone to watch.

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Keep your BlackBerry safe with a free case from ShopCrackBerry!

Summer is officially underway and for a lot of you out there that means vacations, tons of outside activities, and epic adventures galore! Of course, your BlackBerry is going to come along for the ride, and it's going to need some protection from potential damage. The obvious choice? No, don't put it in a bubble, grab a case and keep it safe from drops, bumps, scratches, and other mishaps! Keep reading for more info and see how you can win a free case for your BlackBerry!

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Money Plus goes on sale for a limited time

From time to time, I may be guilty of spending too much and not keeping track of the transactions. There are a variety of expense tracking apps available at your fingertips. Originally built for the BlackBerry PlayBook and available on BlackBerry 10, Money Plus is an expense transaction tracking and financial app that is also Built for BlackBerry.

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Amazon Appstore free apps

Amazon's latest giveaway in the Amazon Appstore includes over $40 of paid content for free now through July 1. Titles in this promotion include The Bard's Tale, Exiles Weather Live and many more.

Here's the full list of apps in this latest offer:

Also, today's free "App of the Day" in the Amazon App Store happens to be the acclaimed game Monument Valley.

Source: Amazon

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T-Mobile announces JUMP! On Demand

The first move from T-Mobile under its Un-carrier Amped campaign is JUMP! On Demand, an addition to its existing upgrade policy. Previously, customers had to pay a $10 fee each month to upgrade whenever they wanted, but T-Mobile has removed that fee in JUMP! On Demand.

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PushProtect aims to snap a picture of the culprit when your phone is stolen

When it comes to securing your BlackBerry smartphone when it is lost or stolen, we have BlackBerry Protect which allows us to remotely wipe, lock or make the device beep. You can also locate where it is using GPS. How about adding the ability to take a snapshot of the person who may have stolen your precious BlackBerry smartphone? That's what PushProtect aims to do, and we take a look at how the app works and how useful it would be.

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BlackBerry announces common share purchase program

BlackBerry anounces common share purchase program

As announced earlier and approved by the Board of Directors during their Q1 Fiscal 2016 results earnings call, BlackBerry has now announced an update on its planned share repurchase program to purchase for cancellation up to 12 million BlackBerry common shares, or approximately 2.5% of the outstanding public float.

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For those who want a native sports tracking app on BlackBerry 10 will probably have already heard of CascaRun Pro. We've looked at the app before and it's my go-to app for sports tracking right now. I was an Endomondo user before but you can't beat a native app experience, in my opinion. With the summer season now here, I'm sure you're all getting your workout fix. How about a free copy of CascaRun Pro thrown in there too?

For today (June 25) only, you will be able to download CascaRun Pro for free. There are unlimited copies, but the free giveaway will only run today, so if it's an app you've been wanting to try out, don't miss out, download it now. Follow the instructions below to get yourself a free copy.

  1. Open up BlackBerry World
  2. Swipe down from the top and tap Redeem
  3. Enter promo code CCRBB10S215
  4. Tap the green FREE icon to download

CascaRun Pro is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones. It usually costs $4.99. If you miss out on the free giveaway, use the link below to purchase yourself a copy.

Learn more / Download CascaRun Pro from BlackBerry World

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BlackBerry Maps updated with stability and performance improvements

If you're running an official BlackBerry 10 OS, you should now be able to load up BlackBerry World and grab the latest update to BlackBerry Maps. According to the changelog, this release doesn't add any new features but instead focuses on stability and performance improvements for the app on the whole.

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Evernote for BlackBerry 10 updated to v5.6.0.920

Evernote for BlackBerry 10 updated to v5.6.0.920

Just a little something for all you Evernote users. A new update to Evernote for BlackBerry 10 has arrived in BlackBerry World bringing the app into v5.6.0.920. According to the changelog, it's not exactly a huge update but rather a small one that offers various bug fixes and improvements.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Q1 Earnings

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Q1 Earnings

As some folks have noticed, we skipped Upstream on Sunday, but it was all for a good reason. We decided to wait until BlackBerry's Q10 FY2016 results were out so we could ensure that information was covered sooner rather than later. If you missed Upstream live, you can now tune into the video replay or grab the audio version for playback. A couple new faces joined this week to offer some broader perspective. Enjoy!

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Partnering for Innovation: BlackBerry and Mackenzie Health

Extending the already existing relationship with Mackenzie Health, BlackBerry CEO John Chen joined the "Partnering for Innovation: Healthcare in the Digital Age" keynote discussion at the launch of Phase Two of the Mackenzie Health Innovation Unit earlier today. Alongside Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO of Mackenzie Health, the discussions covered the role mobility can play in providing better patient experience and patient outcomes for healthcare providers as well the importance of security and privacy as healthcare organizations shift to connecting medical devices, also known as the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT).

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Rogers completes acquisition of Mobilicity, LTE spectrum from Shaw

Canada's Rogers Communications has announced that it has completed a deal that will allow it to immediately boost speeds for customers in British Columbia, Alberta, and Southern Ontario. The company has just finished its acquisition of Shaw's AWS-1 spectrum, and now completely owns Mobilicity. The deal gives Rogers significant spectrum that is already compatible with their LTE devices.

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Blast your way to victory with Vector Wars

Between work, blogging, and commuting, there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting back with a good game to relax. The latest release from FileArchiveHaven, named Vector Wars, is a simple top-down shooting game that pits your newly graduated from the academy character at the heart of an epic space battle. Your job is to eliminate the enemy fighters to protect Anna, the folks on the mothership, and exact revenge on all of the space aliens that cross your path. During this venture, you'll also have to face the sarcasm and witty banter of your cohorts, which is quite entertaining.

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The BlackBerry OEM Leather Pouch is a professional way to carry around your BlackBerry Leap

The BlackBerry OEM Leather Pouch is available to buy for BlackBerry 10 smartphones, the BlackBerry Leap version is no exception. I got my hands on one and took it for a spin for a while. One of the benefits of using the Leather Pouch is that your device is protect on the go but you can still use it in its naked form. Continue reading to see what I think of the BlackBerry Leap Leather Pouch.

The BlackBerry OEM Leather Pouch for the BlackBerry Leap is no different in design to other leather pouches available. You have the signature red thread on the right side, BlackBerry logo on the front and BlackBerry embossed name on the back. What is different on the Leap version compared to the BlackBerry Z30 version or even the Classic version is the way the pieces are sewn together. I'm no seamstress and don't know technical term for it but I the Leap version has an edge to it. See photo(s). It is also a lot lighter that other leather pouches and feels a bit more flimsy, for lack of a better word. I say flimsy because when there is no device inserted, you can squeeze at the sides and it bends easily, with other OEM leather pouches, you can't do this due to there being some sort of padding inside them. It is also due to the fact that there is no sleep magnet to be found either. Which is a first for BlackBerry OEM leather pouches, though it is because the BlackBerry Leap itself has no sleep sensor to begin with. Therefore there is no point in the case having a sleep magnet.

As usual the front piece of the pouch does not cover the device up to the top so you can see the LED notification at a glance. The sides are also free for you to be able to take your device out. You can slip the Leap in and out very easily and it can go in both ways too -- front facing or back facing. Though you'd probably want to insert it front facing so you can see the LED notification.

BlackBerry OEM Leather Pouch has always been a nice way to carry around your BlackBerry device and you can go wrong with using one. They're elegant and professional looking.

You can buy a BlackBerry OEM Leather Pouch for the BlackBerry Leap from Shop CrackBerry for $29.99 - currently on sale.

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BlackBerry announces election results for the company's Board of Directors

Just in case you missed the announcement during our live coverage of the BlackBerry Q1 Fiscal 2016 results, BlackBerry has now announced that the six nominees listed in the company's management information circular dated May 11, 2015 for the company's annual and special meeting of shareholders held on June 23, 2015, were elected as directors to serve until the next annual meeting of shareholders of the company or until their successors are elected or appointed.

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T-Mobile teases Un-Carrier Amped, more details coming June 25

T-Mobile is getting ready to make some more announcements on June 25, as the company teases Un-Carrier Amped in a new video. The next series of announcements to come from T-Mobile will carry the Un-Carrier Amped branding. With this, the company will be beefing up some of its already popular Un-carrier moves, making them even bigger. The first announcement will be on Thursday, June 25, with several others following in the weeks to come.

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John Chen not against building an Android device, provided he can make it secure

While neither BlackBerry's earnings report nor AGM webcast addressed any of the rumors surrounding the possibility of BlackBerry building an Android device, John Chen did sit down with CNBC for an interview where the question was raised. When asked about building a pure Android phone, Chen noted 'We only build secure phones and BlackBerry is the most secure phone so, if I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that.'

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Summer may be officially here, but our everyday schedule, unfortunately does not go on vacation so easily. On the contrary, I find there are even more items to track during this time. Noted is one such application for jotting and tracking important notes, todos and tasks.

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BlackBerry Q1 Fiscal 2016 Earnings Call Live Blog!

BlackBerry Q1 Fiscal 2016 Earnings Call Live Blog!

The report is out, but the earnings call still has to happen, so hop into the chat below and settle in. The conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-877-795-3635 or by logging onto the BlackBerry Investors site. After the earnings call, you'll want to come back at 10 am ET for the annual meeting webcast as well. We'll let the live blog roll right through for each.

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