How to change the swipe shortcuts on an Android powered BlackBerry device

If you own a BlackBerry DTEK50, then you'll probably know that there are some swipe gestures that allow you to launch apps from the homescreen. If you weren't aware of that, now you are, and this article will show you how to customize those gestures to your liking.

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BlackBerry 10 may live on in BlackBerry-branded handsets

As BlackBerry has continued talking to the media and relaying their messaging surrounding their move to outsource their hardware design and development to licensees, one topic that keeps appearing in small ways is BlackBerry 10. To their credit, BlackBerry hasn't avoided discussing BlackBerry 10. They've let it be known that BlackBerry 10.3.3 is still on its way and support for the operating system will continue. In fact, several interviews have noted there are potential licensees for BlackBerry 10 and a new interview with Alex Thurber lays that out once again.

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Alex Thurber discusses unreleased devices, rumored devices and BlackBerry's future

If you follow BlackBerry's Senior Vice President for Global Device Sales, Alex Thurber on Twitter you'll know he's a busy man who has been traveling a lot recently talking with BlackBerry partners. His most recent journey has taken him to London for some media interviews, one of which was with Chris Foxx, technology reporter at the BBC. In the new interview, Thurber discusses the recent news of BlackBerry ending in-house development of devices, rumored devices, and BlackBerry's future.

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WhatsApp for Android now allows you to write or draw on photos and videos, as well as add emoji

Borrowing some ideas from other messaging apps such as Snapchat, WhatsApp has now rolled out some previously in beta camera features officially to their messaging client. As noted on the WhatsApp blog, 'with WhatsApp's new camera features, you can now write or draw on photos and videos, as well as add emoji to express yourself.'

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Hub+ Services update brings Facebook Messenger to the BlackBerry Hub!

If you're a BlackBerry Beta Zone member who is testing all of the Hub+ Services apps, there are some new updates waiting for you in Google Play. For the most part, the changes are noted being bug fixes for BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Calendar, Contacts by BlackBerry, Tasks by BlackBerry and Notes by BlackBerry but one, arguably, larger change is the addition of Facebook Messenger to the BlackBerry Hub.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - ERA

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - ERA

If you missed out on Upstream live, you can (and should) get yourself caught up. This week, we aimed at clearing up the questions and setting a dialog for what we have coming forward including a potential last QWERTY designed by BlackBerry, the high-end DTEK60 which may launch in the coming weeks and we dive deeper into the pivot strategy and what this means for BlackBerry.

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John Chen discusses the future of BlackBerry devices

John Chen discusses the future of BlackBerry devices

BlackBerry CEO John Chen and his execs have been busy talking to the media to ensure the message surrounding BlackBerry's latest strategic developments are clear but looking to add even more to the conversation, John Chen headed to the BlackBerry company blog to lay out a post titled 'The Future of BlackBerry devices'.

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Google ramps up to Pixel, BlackBerry ramps down hardware, and Lenovo's Yoga is coming in hot for landing.

Coming soon from a Google near you: Pixel. Tuesday will bring the follow-ups to the Nexus line of "pure" Android phones, but this time Google's making more of a Google phone. There have been some leaks, but there's a lot we don't know and are looking forward to. And we might just get to hear something about the "Andromeda" project that will further blur the lines between Chrome OS and Android.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry weathered a rough week from making a sound decision. After years of declining handset sales, BlackBerry announced that they're done making their own phones, but they'll partner with other manufacturers to make new BlackBerry phones. They've done that twice already — the Leap was built by Foxconn and the DTEK50 is a re-badged Alctalel phone. Plus BlackBerry will be licensing their software and the famed BlackBerry keyboard to other manufacturers.

If you've been wondering which Apple Watch to get, wonder no more: here's the iMore review of the Apple Watch Series 2. Oh, and there's an iMore sticker pack for iMessage because this is the world we live in now.

Over in VR land we went for the ultimate in VR experiences: a roller coaster. In virtual reality. And real life. At the same time.. It's more insane than you might imagine. That was with just a mere Samsung Gear VR — imagine what that'd be like with a more powerful VR system like, oh, the soon-to-launch Sony PlayStation VR.

The phone that Windows Phone fans have been waiting for, the HP Elite x3 (or at least the phone that'll tide them over until the next phone they're waiting for) received a substanial update that's fixed a wide range of issues and improved performance. Of course, we're still waiting for it to go on sale in a predictable fashion. Oh, and we got our hands on the Lenovo Yoga Book running Windows 10 and we're really intriuged by it and chomping at the bit for our review!

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BlackBerry DTEK60 goes up for pre-order from NCIX

BlackBerry DTEK60 goes up for pre-order from NCIX

Although I can't say I suggest taking them up on their offer, considering the handset remains unofficially announced as of yet, the DTEK60 has now been listed on the NCIX website as available for pre-order.

As suggested by earlier leaks, the pricing has been set at $699 CAD, and the estimated release date is noted to be October 11, 2016. Additionally, slightly less blurry images have been published as part of the listing so you can take another look at the DTEK60 from all angles if you wish.

As you can tell, there's nothing really new here aside from the pre-order status and the slightly less blurry images but it's a sign the device is still progressing through channels. Other retailers such as Direct Dial are also starting to list the device as coming soon, so we'll see if that October 11 estimated date holds true or if that's just some placeholder date that's just been tossed around.

View at the NCIX website

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Latest BlackBerry Android beta now available to most Priv owners

I'm required to say most because, well, Verizon is still missing from the list but if you're on any other carrier or using a factory unlocked BlackBerry Priv, there's now a new beta update available for you. As we know from all other beta releases, this one will contain the upcoming October security fixes from Google as well as any other fixes BlackBerry has put in place themselves. Unfortunately, they don't break out the changelogs until the OS goes official but you can still give it a go.

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All of us are accustomed to seeing the notification light go off on our devices. We are drawn and addicted to the flashing red light. However, for certain Android handsets such as the DTEK50, they do not come with a RGB LED. To help solve this problem, as well as a tendency to miss alerts, popular BlackBerry 10 and Android app developer Toysoft released Flash Notification. As indicated by its name, this Android app uses the back or front (if supported) camera flash to notify you of important notifications.

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John Chen: It's the start of a new chapter rather than the end of an era

Looking at the headlines and comments from people following the announcement from BlackBerry that they would end all internal hardware development of BlackBerry handsets and will be outsourcing to partners from here on out, one common phrase used to describe the situation has been 'end of era.' BlackBerry CEO John Chen doesn't see it that way at all, though, and prefers to view it as the start of a new chapter as highlighted in an interview with Bloomberg's Emily Chang.

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MPP Michael Harris name-drops the unreleased DTEK60 in Ontario Legislature speech

While much of the media was busy writing obituaries and retrospectives for BlackBerry handsets, Michael Harris, MPP (Kitchener—Conestoga) was busy letting the Ontario Legislature know the facts behind BlackBerry's announcement.

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Save $35 on this Bluetooth speaker that will keep your party going!

Right now you can grab Sharkk's Commando+ Bluetooth speaker for $75 at Amazon, a savings of $35 with coupon code Sharkk35. This powerful speaker has a 20w driver inside to get your music going loud, and the battery will last around 16 hours per charge to keep it flowing all night. The rugged design is paired with an IP65 rating so you can get it wet, just not fully submerge it. Unlike some other speakers, this one has the play/pause, volume adjustments, skip track and answer/end call buttons on the top of it, so you can do things without reaching for your phone.

If you are looking for a portable speaker that gets loud and gives you great sound, you'll want to check this one out. This discount won't last long so be sure to get your order in before it is gone! Remember, you'll need coupon code Sharkk35 for the full savings.

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This thin and protective Priv case is just $16.95 today!

Looking for a protective case for your BlackBerry Priv that doesn't add a ton of bulk to it? Seidio's Surface series provides a thin layer of solid protection to it that will prevent dings and scratches without making the phone any harder to use. Right now you can pick one up for just $16.95!

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John Chen: BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard will live on

John Chen: BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard will live on

Despite BlackBerry getting out of the business of making handsets, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has plans for devices with the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard. Speaking to Amber Kanwar, John Chen confirmed it will continue on and BlackBerry will be selective when managing the brand.

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John Chen: We will have BlackBerry devices on an ongoing basis

As the news of BlackBerry's plans to end all internal hardware development and outsource that function to partners makes it way around the web, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been handling interviews with the media after the announcement.

Speaking to Amber Kanwar via BNN, John Chen took the time to expand upon the announcement and clarify some of the remaining questions such as what it means for BlackBerry's employee count, any hardware currently in the works and how the outsourcing will help BlackBerry's bottom line.

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BlackBerry is done designing and building their own phones, but they're not done with phones

Announced within their Q2 Fiscal 2017 results, BlackBerry has clearly stated they have plans to end all internal hardware development of BlackBerry devices and will be outsourcing to partners from here on out.

Our new Mobility Solutions strategy is showing signs of momentum, including our first major device software licensing agreement with a telecom joint venture in Indonesia. Under this strategy, we are focusing on software development, including security and applications. The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners. This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.

Arguably, BlackBerry was done with internal hardware design as soon as the DTEK50 was released. That device was based on a TCL reference design, and the leaked upcoming DTEK60 uses the same model as well. BlackBerry has consistently been moving away from the costs associated with their hardware for a while now, so the news while surprising at first blush, has been a long time coming. Still, it's a bit of an 'end of an era' feeling we're having here because of the history.

This leaves a lot of questions still in play. Who could BlackBerry partner up with? What will the hardware look like? According to John Chen, during the Q2 fiscal results call, there will be hardware out that is in the high-end range, but the conversation was limited. One thing is for sure for now, BlackBerry might not be building and designing their own phones, but they're not done with phones entirely. Stay tuned for more; there's a lot of information to pull out of here.

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BlackBerry announces device software licensing agreement with joint venture PT BB Merah Putih

BlackBerry announced an agreement with newly formed joint venture PT BB Merah Putih to license BlackBerry software and services for the production of handsets for the Indonesian market. This partnership accelerates BlackBerry's overall focus on driving software growth, specifically developing and licensing device software offerings, including security solutions and applications, through its Mobility Solutions business unit.

BlackBerry is no longer just about the smartphone, but the smart in the phone. Working with trusted partners to extend the reach and availability of our secure mobility software remains a key focus for the Mobility Solutions unit and this joint venture is just one of our next steps in making our software licensing strategy successful, said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "BB Merah Putih is comprised of companies with extensive background in providing innovative mobile services to their customers, making the newly formed joint venture the perfect partner to offer trusted BlackBerry secure mobile software that is available exclusively to Indonesian customers."

BlackBerry is a brand which Indonesians trust and respect, and this partnership will allow us to provide the type of mobile experience that our customers have come to expect with the productivity and security that the BlackBerry brand delivers, said Tan Lie Pin, CEO, PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia Tbk. "Leveraging BlackBerry's secure Android smartphone software will be a significant opportunity for us and we hope to deliver innovative and high quality devices for our customers in the Indonesian market."

BB Merah Putih will source, distribute and promote BlackBerry-branded devices that use BlackBerry's secure Android software and applications. BB Merah Putih will have full access to the BlackBerry experience, which includes the trusted BlackBerry for Android secure software, for production of new devices in Indonesia.

BlackBerry Announces First Major Device Software Licensing Agreement With Joint Venture PT BB Merah Putih

Agreement With Joint Venture Reinforces Continued Momentum in BlackBerry's Software Licensing Strategy for Mobility Solutions Business

WATERLOO, ON and JAKARTA, INDONESIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 28, 2016) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global software leader in securing, connecting and mobilizing enterprises, announced an agreement with newly formed joint venture PT BB Merah Putih to license BlackBerry software and services for the production of handsets for the Indonesian market. This partnership accelerates BlackBerry's overall focus on driving software growth, specifically developing and licensing device software offerings, including security solutions and applications, through its Mobility Solutions business unit.

BB Merah Putih will source, distribute and promote BlackBerry-branded devices that use BlackBerry's secure Android software and applications. BB Merah Putih will have full access to the BlackBerry experience, which includes the trusted BlackBerry for Android secure software, for production of new devices in Indonesia. The joint venture was created in support of the Indonesian Government's efforts to promote the development, manufacturing and creation of locally sourced products, while also increasing the number of value-added LTE smartphones available and sold in the country. It is being led by PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia Tbk, a leading telecommunication company with the largest distribution network in Indonesia. PT Tiphone is an affiliate of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk, which is the largest carrier in Indonesia. The JV and its affiliates account for nearly half of the total Indonesian mobile market.

"BlackBerry is no longer just about the smartphone, but the smart in the phone. Working with trusted partners to extend the reach and availability of our secure mobility software remains a key focus for the Mobility Solutions unit and this joint venture is just one of our next steps in making our software licensing strategy successful," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "BB Merah Putih is comprised of companies with extensive background in providing innovative mobile services to their customers, making the newly formed joint venture the perfect partner to offer trusted BlackBerry secure mobile software that is available exclusively to Indonesian customers."

"BlackBerry is a brand which Indonesians trust and respect, and this partnership will allow us to provide the type of mobile experience that our customers have come to expect with the productivity and security that the BlackBerry brand delivers," said Tan Lie Pin, CEO, PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia Tbk. "Leveraging BlackBerry's secure Android smartphone software will be a significant opportunity for us and we hope to deliver innovative and high quality devices for our customers in the Indonesian market."

BlackBerry's Mobility Solutions unit manages the BlackBerry smartphone business and development of device software offerings that includes maximizing the best of BlackBerry 10 software features and making them accessible on other platforms, including Android. This latest partnership is part of BlackBerry's continued effort to drive the growth of the company's trusted secure mobility solutions across multiple platforms and devices. By working with third parties such as BB Merah Putih, BlackBerry is able to advance the company's brand recognition and security promise to increased regions and end users around the globe.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry secures, connects and mobilizes the enterprise. For today's enterprise of things, BlackBerry provides devices and a software platform that enables and manages security, mobility and communications between and among hardware, programs, mobile apps and the internet of things. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

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BlackBerry appoints of Steven Capelli as Chief Financial Officer

BlackBerry today announced the appointment of Steven Capelli as Chief Financial Officer. Capelli brings 25 years of executive experience in the software and technology industry with a strong track record for driving profitable growth and increased operational efficiencies across business and corporate functions.

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