BlackBerry hosting networking event seeking new employees at all levels

While the news of BlackBerry laying off employees always tends to make a lot of noise, hardly anyone mentions when they go on hiring sprees. So, let's go ahead and change that up a bit. As announced on their job listings portal, BlackBerry will be hosting a Bay Area networking event on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 seeking to hire some new employees at all levels from new graduates to director level.

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QNX OS for Safety

While Mobile World Congress is going on in Barcelona this week, Embedded World 2016 is also taking place in Nuremberg where BlackBerry subsidiary QNX has won the best product in the software category award for its QNX OS for Safety, an operating system designed for safety-critical applications in the automotive, rail transportation, healthcare, and industrial automation markets.

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BlackBerry expands security portfolio with launch of Professional Cybersecurity Services

BlackBerry has announced the launch of its new Professional Cybersecurity Services practice that will further expand BlackBerry's security portfolio by offering organizations new consulting services, tools and best practices. To help with the offerings, BlackBerry has acquired UK-based Encription Limited in a deal that closed on February 19, 2016.

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BlackBerry will use Microsoft Azure to offer secure enterprise solutions and services

BlackBerry has announced the company will offer secure enterprise mobility solutions via Microsoft Azure, enabling customers of the cloud platform to take full advantage of the cloud while enjoying full access to BlackBerry's BE12 deployment. The two secure platforms fused together will pave the way for future BlackBerry tech to be incorporated into Azure.

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At MWC 2016 today and in the shadow of Apple's battle with the FBI over encryption, BlackBerry reiterated their stance on security and encryption. It's a nuanced position: compliance with legal requests but also protecting their customers' privacy.

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Centrify provides secure access on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility platform

Centrify has now announced a partnership with BlackBerry to provide secure access to thousands of cloud and on-premises applications and servers on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.

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Sharecare

Sharecare has teamed up with BlackBerry to launch a new BBM channel, which can be used by those who have medical questions or seek health advice and resources. Experts will be at hand from the American Cancer Society, as well as licensed physicians and nurses.

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BlackBerry COO Marty Beard talks cross-platform strategy, IoT and more with Mobile World Daily

Although BlackBerry specific news coming out of Mobile World Congress 2016 has arguably been light, BlackBerry is there showcasing their strong enterprise solutions covering EMM, secure messaging and IoT. Mobile World Daily, the official publication of the Mobile World Congress which gets written, produced and distributed as the event goes on recently caught up with BlackBerry COO Marty Beard for an interview to discuss all things BlackBerry.

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Zoom Cloud Meetings for BlackBerry 10 updated with bug fixes

If you're among those who decided to switch directly to Zoom Cloud Meetings from the now discontinued BBM Meetings, you'll want to make sure you grab the latest Zoom Cloud Meetings for BlackBerry 10 app update. This release introduces some new changes to the app as well as the typical bug fixes.

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Swarco Traffic Systems has chosen QNX for its ACTROS traffic light controllers

QNX has now announced Swarco Traffic Systems, one of the leading suppliers of intelligent traffic systems in Germany, has chosen the QNX Neutrino Realtime OS for its ACTROS family of traffic light controllers.

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QNX unveils new Bluetooth solution for embedded system developers

BlackBerry subsidiary QNX has now announced a new software development kit that simplifies the integration of Bluetooth connectivity into embedded devices for the medical, industrial, and consumer appliance markets. The QNX SDK for Bluetooth Connectivity as it is known is powered by technology from Mindtree Limited, one of the co-creators of the Bluetooth 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2 specifications. Mindtree has over 15 years' experience supplying and supporting Bluetooth technology, and their IP has been implemented in over 35 million systems worldwide.

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Grab some great BlackBerry 10 apps from BlackBerry World while they're on sale!

Looking to try out some new apps? Now might be a great time to do so. As announced on the BlackBerry Developer Blog, a lot of great BlackBerry 10 apps are now on sale through BlackBerry World. What apps, you ask? Well, here's a few of the gems available.

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How to enable Wi-Fi calling on your BlackBerry Priv

How to enable WiFi calling on your BlackBerry Priv

The BlackBerry Priv has support for Wi-Fi calling, which means that you can make and receive calls over Wi-Fi, even if you have limited or no mobile network coverage. However, while the Priv supports the feature, your service provider will have to support it too. If you're lucky enough to be with a carrier that supports Wi-Fi calling such as T-Mobile, this tutorial is for you. We'll help to get you going.

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Amazon

Amazon has quietly upped the price requirement you need to hit before you're able to take advantage of free shipping. That is if you're not a Prime member, of course. It used to be the case where you'd need to add $35 to your cart to get free shipping, but this has been increased to $49. Your order is also delivered at no charge if you have $25 or more worth of books in the cart.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Encryption

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Encryption

While we all wait and see what news will come from BlackBerry at Mobile World Congress, it's time to discuss some recent events happening in the world of BlackBerry. This week, we discuss the recent BES12 Cloud updates, the latest mobile payments options through BBM powered by Barclays Pingit and more!

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GOOLOO is offering its car charger for just $3 at Amazon

GOOLOO is hosting a deal at Amazon that drops the price of its dual USB car charger down to just $3 with coupon code PVL7RNOX, a savings of $4. With having two outputs, you'll be able to charge multiple devices at the same time without having to have a splitter or alternate between what gets charged. One of the outputs is at 2.1A while the other is at 1A, so one will charge faster than the other.

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And a great darkness was cast over the land, for on the horizon loomed the great spectacle of Mobile World Congress.

The team's on their way to Barcelona right now… but the news from MWC 2016 doesn't kick off until Sunday. There'll be plenty from them next week, so here's what happened this week!

The long-awaited cloud-centric Android-powered Nextbit Robin landed and was reviewed, revealing a device with compelling hardware and a unique solution that leverages the cloud to expand app storage dramatically. But the big news is coming next week, with the impending unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G5, among other things.

But the big news of the week came on the front of taking a stand, with Apple refusing to provide the FBI with the tools needed to unlock the iPhone that belonged to a terrorist. Their refusal isn't about terrorism — Apple CEO Tim Cook condemned the attacks — but a matter of maintaining the privacy of all iPhone users. Apple's not alone in the fight, with a number of tech leaders, including Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others lining up in support of Apple its users, and by extension their own users. This case isn't about a single iPhone — it's about setting precedent for maintaining or compromising the security of every mobile device.

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BlackBerry teams up with Barclays Pingit to bring mobile payments through BBM

BlackBerry has now announced they have teamed up with Pingit from Barclays, to enable mobile payments through BBM in the UK. As of today, BBM users can initiate mobile payment transfers to each other in seconds using the Pingit application. It's available to all individuals with a UK bank account, as well as all businesses with a Barclays account.

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Grab your limited edition CrackBerry "Back in BlackBerry" t-shirt while it's hot!

For years now, we've been giving away CrackBerry t-shirts to our various contest winners, but folks have always asked us for the ability to purchase their own gear, and although it took longer than expected, I'm excited to introduce what I hope will be the first of many custom CrackBerry shirts to you.

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