John Chen increases his BlackBerry turnaround odds to 99 percent

After BlackBerry's Q3 fiscal 2015 earnings call, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with Bloomberg's Emily Chang to discuss the report, business strategy and profit outlook for the company. As has become a common question for Chen, he was asked how he felt about his chances of fully turning BlackBerry around. Rather than running with 50-50 or 80 percent this time, the CEO was confident enough to lay down a 99 percent. You can check out the full interview below or head on over to the Bloomberg videos site to watch it.

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During BlackBerry's Q3 fiscal 2015 earnings call, BlackBerry CEO John Chen highlighted the fact his company was now 'collaborating with Boeing to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES12 platform' but noted 'That by the way is all they allow me to say.'

A new report from Bloomberg though further confirms the collaboration with Andy Lee, a Boeing spokesman stating the organisations are 'pursuing a number of opportunities' that would pair the Boeing device with BlackBerry's BES server.

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Exterminate bugs in this fun game PESTS - 500 free copies up for grabs

Looking for a fun game to play over the weekend? How about a game called PESTS. In the game you have to exterminate flies using peas, bug zappers, fireballs, even lawnmowers. The more bugs you kill the higher your score, simple as. You do have tasks to complete too, just to make the game a bit more interesting. During game play, there are power ups to collect. There are different coloured power ups that drop down which represent the different ammunition you can collect. Just don't try to collect the black small one, that's one you must avoid.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 19, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! It is the end of an important week here, and that can only mean one thing, the BlackBerry Classic is finally here! I know you are all excited and awaiting your shipping confirmation but first things first. The only thing you should be doing before holding that device in your hands is reading through Bla1ze's comprehensive review. This week also saw BlackBerry Blend updated to a brand new version across the board with enhancements and fixes.

Now it is 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.

QuickReply by

From time to time, there are going to be moments where you need to save time and effort by replying quickly to a variety of emails that involve similar questions and requests. During those times, it is often necessary to use pre-filled responses and templates. QuickReply is a way for BlackBerry users to create and compose templates right from the BlackBerry Hub. Not only does it allow for text responses but you may add one or more files to include as attachments. Once a template is selected you have two options to compose your message. The first method is to tap and hold on a template and select the compose option from the menu. This will bring up a new BlackBerry compose email screen. The second option is to go into the hub and share the original message to QuickReply and tap on a specific template. The compose email screen appears as a reply to the original message where you can make further edits prior to clicking send. Fast and easy it is a handy application for consumers and business users alike. QuickReply is $0.99 for BlackBerry 10.

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Notes on Pictures by LaurentCie

Awhile back I took a look at Notes on Pictures for legacy devices. It was a fun application to insert witty and noteworthy captions to your personal pictures before sharing them on your social networks. The developer recently announced its availability on BlackBerry 10 with a slick, new, easy to use interface. Being able to add a caption to your pictures, whether it be creative observations, funny remarks or memes, or just put the image into context, the application lets you add text with easy. All you have to do is select an image or take a shot with the camera, add the text and save, and the rest is up to you. Current users can download this version for free, otherwise it is $0.99.

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Wall by Beekoi

For those of you with Tumblr accounts, a third party client popped up in the storefront this week simply called Wall. This application, by using it's easy to read dashboard-like view, allows users to receive notifications, search tags, filter by post, upload multiple images, and choose which blog to publish to. In addition, it lets you choose a publishing option (Post Now, Save as Draft, Add to Queue, Post Privately) and to select between a bright and dark theme. The interface is easy to use and the animations to select what type blog post to create give users the ability to quickly get their thoughts published. You can find it $1.99 for BlackBerry 10.

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Zengrams by Gameblyr, LLC

This week I found this unique puzzle game in the Amazon Appstore. I have to say it is quite challenging. The object of the game is to fill in the box(es) with the pieces given in a limited number of moves. At the bottom of the screen you will see three diamond shapes. These are used to track how many moves remaining to maneuver the pieces on the board. If you tap one of these diamonds you can undo your last move without restarting the level. Basically what you are doing is moving the pieces to fill in a set shape on the board. What is also interesting is that the pieces may come in different colors and sometimes the puzzle involves them overlapping (to form another color) or combining to form one piece that has to be moved as well. There are 70 puzzles included in this game and it involves a bit of thought to solve the various logic puzzles presented. Normally priced at $2.99, Zengrams is on sale for the holidays for $0.99.

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Wallpaper++ by Mamdouh Studios

If there one thing I can say, it is that I never get tired of swapping wallpapers on my device. No matter what the occasion there is nothing like livening up the screen by rotating amongst my favorite images. Wallpaper++ comes with over 1,000 images in ten different categories for you to choose from. What sets this apart from similar applications is that they are sized correctly for all BlackBerry 10 devices. All of the images are high quality and it's as easy as tapping on your selection to set the image as your background. This application is $2.99 to purchase for BlackBerry 10.

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What You Might Have Missed

Swirl by Dirk Songuer

Earlier this year, Foursquare spun off it's application into two parts, Foursquare and Swarm, with the latter taking over the role for all your check-ins. Versions popped up on the iOS, Android, and Windows Phone platforms but not on BlackBerry as we still had the original application to use. One talented developer decided took up the mantle and created his own third party client called Swirl. It allows you to check into venues around you, see where your friends are and their recent check-ins, view user and venue profiles, and contact your friends via all the registered channels. For a limited time you can find it for BlackBerry 10 for only $0.99.

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Until next week...

That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

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BlackBerry Q3 results show progress towards sustainable profitability

Earlier this morning BlackBerry posted its results for Q3 of fiscal 2015. Every quarter it seems people think this is a typo, so as a gentle reminder I'll point out that the company has a February fiscal year end.

To jump right to the short term situation, the market is not particularly keen on the numbers. The stock is down about 6% as I type these words. I suspect the big reason for this is the reported revenue line. BlackBerry reported $793 million for the quarter compared to analyst expectations of $931. That's pretty huge miss of 15%, and because I don't have my hands on a bunch of analyst models, I don't know where the miss came from right now. My guess is the analyst community was expecting better hardware sales, whereas BlackBerry only recognized revenue on 2 million devices.

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Hunger Games Mockingjay BBM stickers have arrived

If you want to bring a bit of The Hunger Games to your BBM, you can now grab the Hunger Games Mockingjay BBM sticker pack which features several characters from the hit movie, from the BBM Shop for only $1.99. Katniss, Peeta, Ceasar and Effie are among some of the stickers in the pack. Sadly, it seems Haymitch has been left out. Hit this link to be taken right to the sticker pack in your browser.

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Get this BlackBerry Z10 Battery Charger Bundle today for only $24.95—that's 50% off!

Charge your BlackBerry Z10 and a spare battery at the same time with this OEM charging kit. The bundle comes with a charging case that features a built-in micro-USB cable to charge your Z10 as well as a spare L-S1 battery that sits perfectly in the case. Use your existing micro-USB power cable to kick this bundle into action and you're all set! Get yours on the cheap today while supplies last!

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TELUS sales of the BlackBerry Classic go live!

TELUS sales of the BlackBerry Classic go live!

If TELUS is your preferred carrier and you want to get your hands on the brand new BlackBerry Classic, you can now place your orders. Sales of the new QWERTY smartphone with the traditional navigation keys and trackpad have gone live with two-year contract pricing set at only $50.

If you want to avoid the whole contract thing, you'll be looking at a $550 dip from you bank account to call the Classic yours, though that would be a bit silly considering ShopBlackBerry sells it for $500. Want to know more about the Classic? Check our full review here or hit the TELUS website to place your order as the device is not yet available in store.

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BlackBerry Q3 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call Live Blog!

BlackBerry Q3 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call Live Blog!

The report is out, but the earnings call still has to happen, so hop into the chat below and we can all listen to it together! Sound off with any comments and thoughts you may have on today's small bevy of news. The conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at the BlackBerry Investors site.

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BlackBerry Expands Support for Mobility Management Solutions to Android Lollipop

BlackBerry has now made another move to further improve their BES12 offerings by announcing support for Android 5.0 Lollipop.

"Customers recognize the risks that mobility brings into their organization, and BES12 is the insurance policy that will protect their critical data while giving them the freedom to choose whichever platforms they prefer," said Billy Ho, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Product and Value Added Solutions, BlackBerry. "We are pleased to manage Android Lollipop through BES12, allowing enterprises to enable better productivity for their employees."

BES12 support for Android Lollipop was made available to customers in early November. The capability underscores BlackBerry's commitment to unparalleled security in managing devices from multiple platforms in the enterprise, and further demonstrates the breadth of BES12 functionality.

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BlackBerry completes acquisition of Secusmart

BlackBerry completes acquisition of Secusmart

With the acquisition of Secusmart announced back in July and Germany having now approved the move, BlackBerry and Secusmart have finally sealed the deal and have officially announced the acquisition as complete.

"The acquisition of Secusmart underscores BlackBerry's long-standing commitment to being the best in enterprise mobile security. BlackBerry is the only vendor to offer secure and encrypted voice, text and messaging, setting us further apart from others in the industry," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "With the benefit of Secusmart's talented team at BlackBerry, we look forward to building on our leadership position in mobile security at a time when cybersecurity breaches and data theft pose ever-growing costs and threats to governments, companies and consumers."

"We're thrilled with the acquisition as we see significant opportunities to accelerate innovation for high-end secure communications solutions," said Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, Managing Director of Secusmart.

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BlackBerry announces Q3 Fiscal 2015 Results

BlackBerry announces Q3 Fiscal 2015 Results

BlackBerry has now announced their Q3 Fiscal 2015 results and revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $793 million. Revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 46% for hardware, 46% for services and 8% for software and other revenue. During the quarter, BlackBerry recognized revenue on approximately 2 million BlackBerry smartphones with 1.9 million being sold through to end customers.

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If you're a Vodafone customer in the UK I bring you both good news and bad. The company dropped me a quick email to advise that they would indeed be stocking the new BlackBerry Classic in early January, but only for business customers.

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If you're into your BBM stickers and are feeling festive you may well want to dive into the BBM shop and check out the latest two offerings? Holiday Mickey from Disney clearly features Mickey Mouse, but you'll also find a few of his friends there too, including Donald Duck and Pluto.

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BlackBerry to announce Q3 Fiscal 2015 Results December 19th, 2014

It's getting close to that time again where BlackBerry has to offer up everyone a look at their financial stats, more specifically, their Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results. The announcements will take place on December 19th, 2014.

BlackBerry will be reporting results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 on December 19th, 2014. A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at

A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am ET by dialing 1-647-436-0148 and entering pass code 8015758# or by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until midnight ET January 2nd, 2015.

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BBM rolls out new dynamic emoticon and sticker picker

BBM rolls out new dynamic emoticon and sticker picker

With the last BBM update, a lot of folks weren't happy that BBM defaulted to using stickers before emoticons in the app and didn't hold back on letting BlackBerry know the change was less than ideal. Thankfully, BlackBerry is pretty open to listening to feedback and as such, have now pushed a new BBM update into BlackBerry World that fixes the situation up a bit by meeting somewhere in the middle.

Some of you have told us that you love the new sticker picker – and some of you have told us you don't. We're listening. That's why, starting today, we are rolling out a new dynamic emoticon / sticker picker. It works like this:

Let's say you've typed something in the text field, like "I got you the perfect gift". – When you press the emotion picker it shows emoticons like it always has in past versions of BBM. Go ahead and add that smiley! Here's the cool part: If no text has been entered, and you press the button it will give you the option to send a big, bold sticker.

It's not a complete reversal on the change, but it's a reasonable resolution to the situation. It still allows BlackBerry to promote stickers while leaving those who prefer to use emoticons with quick and easy access to them. The update has appeared in BlackBerry World for most folks so if you're not seeing it, go ahead and give BlackBerry World a refresh and it'll likely appear for you. Android users should also be seeing the update on Google Play.

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1000 free copies of 3Words available

It's promo time! If you're looking for an interesting app to download, you may want to try out 3Words. 3Words is a third party client for the what3words service. Until this app made its way to my inbox, I had never heard of the service before but it's a pretty neat one. The service is all about making addresses simpler. Instead of a big long address, it assigns three words to a 3mx3m square on a map. So, if you wanted to give directions to someone all they need is three words, plus of course the 3Words app to find the destination.

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Whine gets updated to v3.2 bringing notifications

If you're a Whine app user, you may have noticed an update available. Whine is a Vine third party client for BlackBerry 10 and is a pretty nice app. This update takes us to v3.2 and brings some nice new features, including the ability to add people as favorites, so when they make an update, you can be notified about it. However, you do need to have the app open in order to be notified. The developer will work on bringing Hub integration and headless function to the app soon enough.

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BlackBerry kicked off their 'Festive Giveaway' earlier this month whereby users could download a selection of premium applications and games for free. The first batch of applications included in the promo ran until December 17th, with another one set to begin on December 18th through Christmas day.

Now that the new second week has begun, there is a whole new selection of popular and useful apps and games to choose from. They run the gamut in terms of categories whereby you have your choice amongst workout apps, utility applications including backup, to-dos, profiles, and browsers to games aimed at the whole family. However, please be aware that availability depends your device and region that you are located in, and as such, is subject to change.

To view all of the apps included in this promo you can click on the link below to be taken directly to BlackBerry World.

View all apps available in the festive giveaway

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