BlackBerry now rolling out September Android security patch for Priv and DTEK50

As expected, thanks to the heads up from the beta releases, BlackBerry has now started rolling out the September Android security patch update for Priv and DTEK50 owners. Keep in mind, the updates start with ShopBlackBerry, Amazon and otherwise factory unlocked devices. If you purchased your device from a carrier, then you are reliant upon their update schedule.

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Snap v3 for BlackBerry 10 has moved out of beta and is now available!

Update: If you were having issues with v3.0.0.0 after purchasing it, please check your email for a new build - v3.0.0.1. If you've yet to purchase Snap, then you can do so now and receive v3.0.0.1

After what has got to be one of the longest beta testing periods ever, Snap v3 has finally moved out of beta and is now available. For this release of the native Android APK downloader for BlackBerry 10, Red Light of Love has opted to offer the app under a 'pay what you want' early access program with prices ranging from $4.99 to $0.99, though, the suggested pricing is set at $2.99. Should you not want to pay for the update, you will be able to download it for free on September 12, 2016.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Sophomore

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Sophomore

If your long weekend activities caused you to miss out on BerryFlow live, now is as good a time as any to go ahead and get yourself caught up. This week, we discuss the latest Android beta releases BlackBerry has pushed out to Priv and DTEK50 owners, as well as the app suite and BBM updates. If that's not enough, we also dig a little deeper into 3 Hong Kong making use of BlackBerry technology for their offer 10 mobile numbers on one SIM plus their launch of the DTEK50 and more!

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Save 30% or more on these awesome Anker accessories today!

Anker is running a one-day sale at Amazon and is offering at least 30% off its great accessories. Whether you need some new cables, an external battery or even a computer mouse, you won't want to miss out on this sale! Anker makes some great accessories for all types of smartphones and other electronics, so if you are looking to save some money and grab some fantastic accessories, today is your chance.

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A week of tech in Berlin, Apple sets the date for the iPhone 7 reveal, and Samsung's Note is maybe a little too hot.

The last time a smartphone company was hit with news this damaging about a retail product was Apple's iPhone 4 "Antennagate", and at least that didn't include literally exploding phones. That's the position that Samsung is in with the Galaxy Note 7, which has been recalled globally after several reports of fires and explosions traced back to faulty battery cells.

The Note 7 recall marred an otherwise successful IFA show for Samsung, which saw the launch of the new and bigger Gear S3 smartwatch, along with ASUS getting into the round Android Wear game with the ZenWatch 3. Sony also brought their a-game with the new flagship Sony XZ and Huawei impressed with the new Nova mid-range line.

But the real star of IFA was the category-bridging Lenovo Yoga Book, a convertible Android or Windows 10 laptop that sports a full touch panel base instead of a keyboard and trackpad. It's crazy in all the right ways, and awesome enough that it made both the Android Central Best of IFA 2016 and Windows Central Best of IFA 2016 lists.

Acer also came to impress, busting out the ludicrously thin Swift 7 ultrabook and the ludicrously powerful (and enormous) Predator 21X gaming 'laptop'.

And while IFA might have marked the prior week, it's Apple that's going to define the next. An Apple event on Wednesday will see the revealing of the iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2, and more from Cupertino — timing that makes Samsung's recall even more of a publicity predicament.

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BlackBerry and Samsung supply the first spy-proof tablets to the German government

BlackBerry has now announced at IFA Berlin that its SecuTABLET is being used by government agencies in Germany to ensure its staff can work on the go without falling victim to espionage.

BlackBerry's highly secure tablet, integrated with government-grade MAM technology, is based on the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, and was approved by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) at the "classified – for official use only" (VS-NfD) security level. The SecuTABLET is the latest BlackBerry cross-platform solution that fulfills the strict security guidelines set by German government agencies. SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 had also received approval and has long been used by the German government to secure its mobile voice and data communications.

Samsung has also made its Knox mobile security platform available on the SecuTABLET. Knox is able to reliably separate sensitive information from personal data, meaning that users can easily and securely switch between using their device for business and personal purposes.

Our collaboration with BlackBerry's Secusmart is a testimony to our commitment to mobile security," emphasized Sascha Lekic, Director of B2B Sales, IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics GmbH. "Samsung Knox has allowed us to add an extra level of security to the use of Android on Samsung smartphones and to create a foundation on which to develop mobile security solutions. The SecuTABLET is an impressive example of this."

As part of BlackBerry's new software licensing program, the BlackBerry Hub is now the SecuTABLET's centralized and secure messaging inbox, collecting all messages, such as emails, calendar entries and any application notifications in one organized location.

With the SecuTABLET, for the first time, we are combining secure software and hardware from multiple manufacturers into a joint solution. Receiving approval from the BSI confirms our resolve to offer solutions that combine maximum security with ease of operation and that are always available on the very latest hardware," said Dr. Christoph Erdmann, Managing Director of Secusmart.

The BlackBerry SecuTABLET is globally available now. For more information, you can head on over to the Secusmart website or read the full press release below.

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BlackBerry Offers Cross-platform Solution for Secure Voice and Data Communications

BlackBerry and Samsung supply the first spy-proof tablets to the German government

Berlin, DE – 02 September 2016 – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, announced today at the IFA Berlin conference that its SecuTABLET is being used by government agencies in Germany to ensure its staff can work on the go without falling victim to espionage.

BlackBerry's highly secure tablet, integrated with government-grade MAM technology, is based on the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, and was approved by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) at the "classified – for official use only" (VS-NfD) security level. The SecuTABLET is the latest BlackBerry cross-platform solution that fulfills the strict security guidelines set by German government agencies. SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 had also received approval and has long been used by the German government to secure its mobile voice and data communications.

The SecuTABLET uses the Secusmart Security card responsible for securely encrypting the transfer of mobile data as well as encrypting all the information stored on the device. Also integrated into the tablet is software that provides Certificate Management for managing all keys and certifications stored in the Secusmart Security Card and VPN for cryptographically secured data communication. Secusmart's leading secure voice technology will be added later this year. In conjunction with Samsung's Knox security platform and BlackBerry's MAM platform, the SecuTABLET enables users to access both business apps for working securely on the go and personal apps, all the while meeting the strict security requirements of German government agencies.

BlackBerry Hub is your secure message center

BlackBerry recently launched a software licensing program that enables the BlackBerry Hub and other applications to be available on devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This means the BlackBerry Hub is now the SecuTABLET's centralized and secure messaging inbox, collecting all messages, such as emails, calendar entries and any application notifications in one organized location.

"With the SecuTABLET, for the first time, we are combining secure software and hardware from multiple manufacturers into a joint solution. Receiving approval from the BSI confirms our resolve to offer solutions that combine maximum security with ease of operation and that are always available on the very latest hardware," said Dr. Christoph Erdmann, Managing Director of Secusmart.

Samsung Knox separates personal and business data

Samsung has also made its Knox mobile security platform available on the SecuTABLET. Knox is able to reliably separate sensitive information from personal data, meaning that users can easily and securely switch between using their device for business and personal purposes.

"Our collaboration with BlackBerry's Secusmart is a testimony to our commitment to mobile security," emphasized Sascha Lekic, Director of B2B Sales, IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics GmbH. "Samsung Knox has allowed us to add an extra level of security to the use of Android on Samsung smartphones and to create a foundation on which to develop mobile security solutions. The SecuTABLET is an impressive example of this."

The BlackBerry SecuTABLET is globally available now. For more information, visit: https://www.secusmart.com/en/for-companies/secutablet.

About Secusmart GmbH

A BlackBerry subsidiary, Secusmart (www.secusmart.com), is one of the world's leading experts in the development and implementation of comprehensive solutions for protecting businesses and public authorities from electronic eavesdropping. With its SecuSUITE for Government high-security solution, which is already used by more than 20 governments worldwide, Secusmart also protects the communications of governments outside of Germany as well as agencies and organizations responsible for providing emergency services. The trusted and well-established SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 continues to secure the mobile communications of German government ministries and agencies.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world's most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. 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 www.BlackBerry.com.

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BlackBerry technology enables 3 Hong Kong to offer 10 mobile numbers on one SIM

3 Hong Kong has now launched a new service called Numbers Master for iOS and Android smartphones based on technology from BlackBerry. According to the press release, Numbers Master is capable of loading up to ten mobile numbers on one SIM and users can make or receive calls anytime, anywhere via those ten numbers, allowing them to separate office and personal calls with the utmost ease.

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WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 updated with minor fixes

WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10

A small little bump in version numbers for those of you out there still using WhatsApp as a new update has now arrived in BlackBerry World. Miscellaneous fixes and updates are what are covered in the changelog but in reality, this is just an update for the previous version that was issued to BlackBerry World as it was set to expire in October.

This new update basically means the app will continue to work until the end of the calendar year when WhatsApp will discontinue the BlackBerry 10 version. Still, if you're riding out WhatsApp until the very end, you'll want to get this version downloaded as soon as possible.

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BlackBerry Hub+ App Suite beta updates now arriving for Priv and DTEK50

If you've updated your Priv or DTEK50 to the latest beta OS releases available, you might as well grab the newly updated beta apps too. Although they started to roll out through Google Play in smaller batches earlier, they have now reached a larger audience.

Despite there being no changelogs for these releases, we know already of a few things that were added and corrected. BlackBerry Hub now has a widget, conversation view in email has had a few fixes, and there are also some new ringtones for Calendar notification reminders. That's all on top of the usual bug fixes found in each release. If you signed up for the Beta Zone, be sure to get these downloaded.

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Latest BBM for Android update now available through Google Play

BlackBerry has been busy updating the Priv and DTEK Beta Zone OS builds and plenty of apps but they have certainly not forgotten about apps already on the Google Play Store either such as BBM. A new BBM build for Android has arrived and is now available for download. The changelog appears to be recycled from a previous build but takes a look in case you missed out on something the first time around.

  • Simplified BBM Channel profile and join UI
  • 'BBM Groups' can be accessed from the main navigation menu
  • Navigation enhancements to services in the Discovery screen and BBM in-app browser
  • Full-screen video support in BBM in-app browser
  • Phone Number sign-up feature enhancements
  • Bug fixes

I know some folks who were using an older version on Nexus devices had some issues with earlier builds and according to the forums, this appears to have corrected them. Either way, go ahead and get it downloaded and let us know if you spot any bugs not mentioned already that have been fixed.

Download BBM for Android from the Google Play Store

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BlackBerry DTEK50 now available from Rogers in Canada

BlackBerry DTEK50 now available from Rogers in Canada

Although they're coming in just a little later than some other Canadian carriers, not counting third-party sales at Costco, Rogers has now made the BlackBerry's second Android-powered smartphone, the DTEK50, available to their customers.

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BlackBerry rolls out their first DTEK50 Android beta through Beta Zone

Following the release of the latest Android beta update for some Priv owners, BlackBerry has now started to roll out their first Android beta for DTEK50 owners as well. Those who signed up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone and went through the process of enabling the debugging tokens should be seeing the update available.

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Summer may be almost over, but there are plenty of ways to keep your fitness goals going. Fitness trackers help us monitor our steps, calories, and distance traveled when we are active throughout the day. While some of us use wearables and smartwatches to track this information, others use fitness apps on our devices. One such app is bActive by Toysoft Development. It uses GPS to track your movement while jogging, walking, biking, and even driving. The information collected includes speed, distance, GPS coordinates, and date/time of the activity. This data can be exported and review at any time.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Redemption

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Redemption

As BlackBerry's software business continues to grow, U.S appeals court has sent a shareholder lawsuit back to a lower court. ShopCrackBerry has new BlackBerry DTEK50 accessories you can purchase and BlackBerry BetaZone adds DTEK50 and Hub+ Suite as testing programs. Lastly, BlackBerry has redeemed existing convertible debentures and issued new ones at a better interest rate. If you missed out on BerryFlow live, now is a good time as any to get yourself caught up!

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BlackBerry rolls out their latest Android beta build to some Priv owners

Ahead of the general monthly security patch update, which should around September 6th, BlackBerry has now pushed out their latest beta release for Priv owners through the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Unfortunately, it's not for everyone but instead is specifically for those running AT&T, Canadian carrier, and AsiaPac devices. This release, when downloaded should appear as AAG202 - AT&T / AAG191 - Canadian and AsiaPac with security patch level showing September 6th.

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Ludicrous zero-day nougat

Android goes to 7, Apple goes to the repair kit, and Tesla goes for maximum speed.

Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here! … if you have a Nexus phone. If using a modern Nexus phone, it might be a while before you get the update — or never. But does that really matter?

Apple found itself in sticky security waters following the disclosure and prompt patching of a trio of particularly nasty zero-day exploits. What's more terrifying than these sort of "fix it immediately" exploits is who is making them: private malware firms that cater to governmental desires for ever-more-prying eyes. Thankfully, Apple did the right thing and moved fast to patch their products.

The long-awaited HP Elite x3 is finally here. Kind of. Almost. But Windows Central got one and went hands-on with the latest and greatest Windows Phone anyway. It's the first Windows Phone to tout both a fingerprint scanner and an iris scanner, and all sorts of high-powered bits.

The Tesla Model 3 is set to start at $35,000. Tesla's newest Model S option, the P100D, starts at $134,500. It's just a small difference. But that P100D is the quickest production car on the planet, making it to 60mph in a dizzying 2.5 seconds. If you can afford it… and the inevitable speeding tickets.

So you're interested in getting into VR, but which headset should you be donning? VRHeads sits down and looks at the desktop-class options to figure out which is better: HTC Vive or Oculus Rift?. It's a tough call with how many variables are at play here, but rest assured that both are pretty damn cool.

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BlackBerry Announces Redemption of Existing Convertible Debentures and Issuance of New Convertible Debentures

Following the halting of BlackBerry stock for pending news, BlackBerry has now announced the redemption of existing Convertible Debentures and the issuance of new Convertible Debentures. Additionally, BlackBerry also announced that it has entered into an agreement with Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited and other institutional investors who will subscribe for 3.75% unsecured convertible debentures of BlackBerry on a private placement basis for an aggregate subscription price of USD$605 million.

"The restructuring of our convertible debt will enable us to significantly reduce our interest expense and potential future dilution for our shareholders," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "I am pleased that Fairfax will continue as BlackBerry's leading lender, reinforcing its ongoing commitment to the company as we continue to execute on our strategy of pursuing growth and sustainable profitability."

I know, not exactly the exciting news one would expect when trading is halted but alas, it does explain why it happened. As with all financial moves, the closing of the transactions are subject to customary conditions, including approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

BlackBerry Announces Redemption of Existing Convertible Debentures and Issuance of New Convertible Debentures

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2016) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced the amendment of the indenture governing its 6% unsecured convertible debentures (BB.DB.U) (the "6% Debentures") to permit optional redemption prior to November 13, 2016. Additionally, there will be an issuance of a notice of redemption to holders of the 6% Debentures pursuant to which BlackBerry will redeem the entire outstanding principal amount of the 6% Debentures on September 2, 2016 (the "Redemption Date"). As of the date hereof, approximately USD$1.245 billion aggregate principal amount of 6% Debentures remains outstanding.

The 6% Debentures will be redeemed on the Redemption Date at a redemption price of 106.7213% of the outstanding principal amount of the Debentures. The redemption price includes all of BlackBerry's obligations in respect of principal and interest, and no additional amounts will be payable under the 6% Debentures. BlackBerry may revoke the redemption notice at any time prior to the close of business on the business day prior to the Redemption Date. The normal course issuer bid for the 6% Debentures announced by BlackBerry on August 4, 2016 will terminate upon the completion of the redemption.

Holders of 6% Debentures remain entitled to convert their 6% Debentures into common shares of BlackBerry ("Common Shares") at a conversion price of USD$10.00 per Common Share at any time on or prior to September 1, 2016, pursuant to the terms of the 6% Debentures. Based on the conversion price, BlackBerry expects that none of the 6% Debentures will be converted.

BlackBerry also announced that it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited ("Fairfax") and other institutional investors will subscribe for 3.75% unsecured convertible debentures of BlackBerry (the "3.75% Debentures") on a private placement basis for an aggregate subscription price of USD$605 million. The transaction is expected to be completed on September 2, 2016. The 3.75% Debentures will be convertible into common shares of BlackBerry at a price of USD$10.00 per Common Share and will be due on November 13, 2020. Based on the number of Common Shares currently outstanding, if all of the USD$605 million of 3.75% Debentures were converted, the Common Shares issued upon conversion would represent approximately 11.57% of the Common Shares outstanding after giving effect to the conversion. The other terms of the 3.75% Debentures are substantially identical to those of the 6% Debentures, except that the 3.75% Debentures are not redeemable prior to maturity.

"The restructuring of our convertible debt will enable us to significantly reduce our interest expense and potential future dilution for our shareholders," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "I am pleased that Fairfax will continue as BlackBerry's leading lender, reinforcing its ongoing commitment to the company as we continue to execute on our strategy of pursuing growth and sustainable profitability." The closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

In light of Fairfax's interest in the 6% Debentures being redeemed and its subscription for 3.75% Debentures, these transactions are "related party transactions" that will be exempt from the minority approval and valuation requirements of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 - Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions of the Canadian Securities Administrators. BlackBerry intends to complete these transactions in fewer than 21 days in order to achieve the financing objectives described above.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world's most sensitive data across all end points - from cars to smartphones - making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. 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 www.BlackBerry.com.

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BlackBerry DTEK50 now available from multiple Canadian carriers

If you live in Canada and have been waiting for carriers to release the DTEK50 instead of picking one up from ShopBlackBerry, your wait just might be over. Multiple Canadian carriers have now listed BlackBerry latest Android-powered smartphone as available, and pricing is pretty consistent across the board.

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WhatsApp will start sharing your phone number with Facebook, but you can opt out

Get ready to see more targeted ads on Facebook.

WhatsApp has announced that it will start sharing your phone number with Facebook, its parent company. The messaging service has updated its privacy policy to indicate the changes as well as other additions to the platform, such as WhatsApp Web, desktop clients, end-to-end encryption, and voice call service.

That doesn't mean that you'll start seeing ads on WhatsApp. The messaging service is sticking to its promise of never offering ads on its platform. The data will instead be leveraged to show you targeted ads on Facebook, offer better friend suggestions, and fight spam. And if you don't want the service to share your data with Facebook, you can opt out.

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Stay on task with multiCRON for BlackBerry 10

Being able to juggle the various tasks for home and work is not easy. Time Management is one area in which I sometimes struggle with. There are several techniques available such as Pomodoro, which employ the use of timed intervals. By breaking down our tasks into manageable time periods, we free ourselves from being distracted until the job is done. For one BlackBerry 10 developer, they took this concept to the next level with multiCRON. It is the ultimate process timer for home, work, cooking, exercise, etc. by using multiple timed intervals and sequences.

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