John Chen listed as one of Canada's top 50 most powerful business people

John Chen wasn't exactly an unknown before he accepted position as CEO at BlackBerry but since joining the company he's been tossed into the spotlight even further and has people paying attention to BlackBerry and what he might be doing next. Over at Canadian Business, they've now released their 'Canada's 50 Most Powerful Business People' list and perhaps, it's no surprise John Chen is in the top 10 coming in at 8.

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Sprint's not leaving the single-line users out of the party — they're offering a new $60/month unlimited talk, text, and data plan. There's just one catch: You have to bring your own device, pay for one up front, or sign up for Sprint's Easy Pay monthly payments and upgrade plan. That said, if you're a Sprint customer (or are considering being one), that's still some substantial potential savings you're looking at.

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There's something to be said for convenience and fashion in one, though we might have to question just how convenient the battery-as-a-bracelet QBracelet really is. The band splits in the middle, with a hinge on one side and your choice of a microUSB plug or Apple Lightning connector on the other. Simply pop it off your wrist and plug into the charge port on your phone to juice up. But how much juice are you looking at? Not enough, especially not for the $99 asking price. It's not a smartwatch — it's just a battery, for your wrist.

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T-Mobile is going after the customers of its three biggest rivals once again today, offering a free year of unlimited LTE data on their service if a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer gets a Sprint, Verizon Wireless or AT&T customer to switch to the "Un-carrier".

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BlackBerry L Concept

With all eyes being on the BlackBerry Passport recently it's been a while since we've featured a BlackBerry 10 concept. Jumping into our dedicated forums section I found the above images that have put together by AndrewZhilin and although he has done some great design work I'm not so sure I can see BlackBerry making this one.

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Today, BlackBerry and CMR have released a report entitled India Enterprise Mobility. It looks how enterprise mobility and BYOD in India and finds that 71% of organizations have a mobility policy in place or are in the process of creating one. This means that these companies will be looking for MDM solutions and BlackBerry would be looking to offer their products and services.

Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India says:

"As the perenial Gold Standard in enterprise mobility solutions, BlackBerry is constantly looking at new opportunities and avenues to further strengthen our enterprise offerings and address the growing complexities and risks of mobile communication."

The report also finds that two-thirds of the organizations use BlackBerry smartphones and they have a strong and loyal user base. Hopefully, we can see more of these organizations sign up for BlackBerry's solutions for enterprise MDM.

Press Release

Mobility -- A Top Priority for Most Indian Organizations: BlackBerry-CMR 'India Enterprise Mobility' Report

71% of organizations have a mobility policy while only 42% have a BYOD policy

New Delhi, India – To map out the latest enterprise mobility trends in India, BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) and CMR today announced the findings of the first-of-its-kind survey report titled 'India Enterprise Mobility'. The report highlights that enterprise mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) have gone beyond discussion forums as mobility emerges as a top priority for most organizations. Indicating this shift, BlackBerry-CMR survey finds that 71% of the organisations surveyed either have a mobility policy or are currently in the process of drafting one. Selecting the right platform and developing an enterprise-wide mobility strategy emerged as key challenges for implementing a mobility solution. Telecom expense management, packaged apps for mobile collaboration and MDM – spell out MDM in first reference solutions Key Highlights: • Data security and control of devices emerged as the key requirements for implementing a mobility solution • Business Agility as a competitive advantage and increased productivity of mobile workers identified as key drivers for mobility • A mobility solution vendor is employed in around one in every four organizations • Mobility budget of around half of the organisations is within Rs.50 lakh for the next 12 months • BlackBerry is being used in two-third of smartphones in enterprise space and has a strong base of loyal customers in the enterprise mobility • 69% of the organisations rely upon third party vendors for managing BYOD • Nearly 50% of the organizations have an MDM solution; IT/ITeS, Retail and Telecom identified as the early adopters featured in the three key areas of investment in enterprise mobility for India.

The report analyzes the continuous growth and evolution of the mobility market, driven primarily by the requirements of consumers rather than enterprise buyers. However, with BYOD initiatives, both the worlds are coming together. Though BYOD is a prevalent trend across sectors, only 42% of the organizations surveyed have a BYOD policy in place with the IT/ITeS vertical leading the pack, followed by BFSI & Telecom, and Media & Entertainment. Across all sectors, data protection followed by device security emerged as the biggest concerns while implementing BYOD policy.

Apalak Ghosh, Lead Analyst, Emerging Technologies, CMR said, "The era of mobile enterprise has arrived. An entire ecosystem needs to be developed to support enterprise mobility. Design, development, deployment and maintenance of devices and applications will assume critical importance in this process. The report presents exciting opportunities for enterprise mobility vendors and attempts to provide a direction to enterprises to align their mobile policy to address the new requirements."

"As the perenial Gold Standard in enterprise mobility solutions, BlackBerry is constantly looking at new opportunities and avenues to further strengthen our enterprise offerings and address the growing complexities and risks of mobile communication. We believe this report will highlight the disruption taking place in communication across enterprises as it offers compelling insights as well as a future roadmap for the industry at large. Mobility as an enabler for enterprises has become a business imperative and BlackBerry is uniquely positioned to offer end-to-end mobility solutions," said Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India.

Additional highlights from the report: BYOD · More than 20% of employees use their personal devices to access work related information on a regular basis in around one-third of organizations

· Top usage refers to email, specific app & calendaring when it comes to company information access

· BYOD policy adoption is at a fairly nascent stage. Of the organisations which have adopted, 25% created in last 6 months and 60% in last one year; Even the highly regulated BFSI has seen traction in the last 6 months

· Back-up, restore and protection of personal data figures high on policy priority

· Social media sites are at the top of the restricted list

· Lost devices, maintenance and procurement and security of enterprise data on employee mobile devices are the key concerns with BYOD implementation

· Security, policy compliance and ability to support multiple mobile platforms are the top three factors taken into consideration by organisations while implementing BYOD

· More than three-fourth of the organizations surveyed remain sceptical about benefits outweighing the risks for BYOD

· More than half of the organisations are aware of the more flexible and evolved version of BYOD policy like COPE (Corporate Owned Personally Enabled); highest awareness levels in IT/ITeS and Telecom sectors

MDM, Apps & Cloud · Security compliance and back-up & restore emerged as the top priorities for MDM

· Email, Sales Force Automation and Social networking for collaboration emerged as the top three enterprise application used

· One in every eight organisations explores customised enterprise apps for their mobile workforce. Manufacturing and BFSI lead this space.

· Around 50% of the organizations are considering a move to cloud for their mobility requirements, especially in Telecom, Media and Entertainment followed by Healthcare vertical

About BlackBerry A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices 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

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Have some fun, colorful gaming with Jelly Cats

I like games that I can just pick up and play. Sometimes I'll go for games that I can get myself immersed into or I'll go for a good puzzle game but for the most part, gaming on my BlackBerry device means something fun to play while travelling or when I want to kill some time. While browsing BlackBerry World I spotted Jelly Cats and since I love cats I thought I'd give it a download and check it out.

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Deal of the Day: Incipio Feather Case for BlackBerry Q10

Measuring less than 1mm thin, Incipio's Feather Case is ideal for the BlackBerry Q10 user seeking inconspicuous, first-class protection. The case is made of an ultra-strong polymer for light as a feather, form-fitting durable protection without the added bulk. Grab yours in black, pink or gray and save 44% today!

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EE has announced that it will be extending 4G roaming connectivity to 14 additional countries, following the rollout of the service to cover Spain and France earlier this year.

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Reddit In Motion updated to address 'network error' bug

The last update to Reddit In Motion was a small but important one but now there's another update rolling out through BlackBerry World that has a few more bug fixes in it. Moving up to v2.2.6.0, if you've been experiencing the 'network error' notification on start up this release should fix that along with your messages and comments being cut short by semi colons and other punctuation. Finally, the comment box is now cleared when you submit a comment of cancel the submission of one. Overall, another small update really but it corrects some annoying bugs and that's always awesome.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Although I don't follow much politics, UK PM David Cameron and his BlackBerry usage is pretty well known. He's been spotted on several occasions tapping away on different BlackBerry devices over the past few years and even had a little bit of an issue with being caught with his ringer left on during a question and answer session with students in Dubai.

Once again his BlackBerry has become a topic of conversation. This time around, Cameron was catching some heat for having taken a second summer vacation as Britain was getting deeper involved in military action against the Islamic State in Iraq but noted he would have no trouble taking care of his duties from his BlackBerry device.

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Third party Twitch app coming to BlackBerry 10

Third party Twitch app coming to BlackBerry 10

As BlackBerry users we know that big name apps don't always make their way to the platform. What we do have though are developers who are willing to put in the hours to support our beloved platform and bring third party versions for us to enjoy. Apps like iGrann, Whine and more. We know there's a Spotify app in the works courtesy of Nemory Studios and now it has come to light that a third party Twitch app is in the works for BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

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A few days ago we ran a poll asking how excited you are for the BlackBerry Assistant that we'll get when BlackBerry 10.3 gets released into the wild and also comes pre-installed on the BlackBerry Passport.

To be honest, I wasn't quite sure which way this one would swing. I know that iOS and Android users have been rocking Siri and Google Now for some time - and Windows Phone has just got there own assistant with Cortana, but traditionally us BlackBerry users are workhorses with our thumbs.

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BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 appears on e-POSTEL

With the BlackBerry Passport getting certified across several regions already, another rumored BlackBerry 10 device has started to pop up once again as well and this time it's BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983. Of course, it doesn't say BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 on the documentation, it just simply says BlackBerry P'9983 and carries the model number RHB121LW but we all know that follows the numerical designation for the Porsche Design devices.

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Soon Skype will only bother you on one device at a time

Skype will soon be doing more to curb notification noise on your devices. The company has announced a new feature, known as "active endpoint" that will contain chat notifications to the device that you're using, rather than alerting every single device. For instance, if you're chatting using Skype on your phone, your computer and tablet will remain silent.

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QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control wins Silver Stevie award

Over the years, the QNX team has won many awards for their products and service offerings and this year is no different. QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control, their high-performance software solution for engine noise reduction in passenger vehicles has won a Silver Stevie Award in the software category after having received more than 3,500 nominations this year from dozens of countries.

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Deal of the Day: BodyGuardz Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for BlackBerry Z10

These ScreenGuardz are custom designed to protect your BlackBerry Z10's display while reducing annoying glare at the same time. They're made of an ultra-slim polymer and shield your screen from abrasive elements day in and day out. Each package include 2, so you'll have a spare on hand or one to give to a friend! Get yours for just $8.95 today!

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100 copies of the game Grid up for grabs!

Some of the best types of games are the ones that you easily pick up, put down and pick up again. BlackBerry World is just ripe with games that fit this concept, not all are addictive enough, yet alone difficult, to take advantage of this idea. If you're looking for a new game to challenge yourself with then take a look at Grid. This recently released game is played with cards and grids (initially a 5x5 grid). Your goal is to fill said grid with said playing cards, the faster you fill the grid the better; but it's not as easy as that. Where's the fun if it doesn't really grab your attention?

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Twittly - A new native Twitter client from Nemory Studios in the works

While I think it's safe to say Blaq at this point pretty much owns the third-party Twitter app audience on BlackBerry 10, that doesn't appear to be a concern for Nemory Studios who is currently working on Twittly. Right now, it's in development and there's no beta as of yet but NemOry has posted up a preview video and some screenshots of the development thus far for everyone to take a look at and it looks pretty sweet. Although things could change, the plan is to release the app for free with an in app purchase to unlock pro features. Have a look and swing by the CrackBerry Forums to let NemOry know what you think.

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TELUS, Bell and Rogers all offering the BlackBerry Z30 for free!

I'm still no fan of contracts but if you've been waiting to get a BlackBerry Z30 on the cheap or the upcoming BlackBerry Passport isn't for you, now is likely the best time to do so if you live in Canada. Right now, TELUS, Bell and Rogers are all offering the device for free with a 2-year contract on specific plans until Sept. 15th.

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