Mobile Nations Weekly: Lock it down

Software updates, financial updates, stealth updates, and account updates.

Tesla had a huge week, starting off with their quarterly earnings call — they're still losing money, in case you were concerned. No, what's actually interesting is that Tesla is dramatically accelerating their production timeline, shooting to be producing 500,000 cars a year by 2018 — they plan to make 80,000-90,000 cars in 2016. They also executed a stealth upgrade option — some new Model S cars actually have a bigger battery than what they customer paid for, but they can pay to unlock the extra range.

Windows 10 has landed on 300 million computers, phones, and Xbox consoles. That's huge. Also big: a thorough updating and redesigning of HP's Pavilion PCs, our in-depth review of The Division, and details about how Microsoft plans to modernize classic Windows apps.

Google made a huge and long-awaited update to their keyboard app: one-handed mode (and some other stuff) while the HTC 10 got a software update with camera improvements. And while the roll-out of Marshmallow for the BlackBerry Priv continues, BlackBerry's CEO confirmed that two new phones are coming by the end of the year (and we'd put out money on them running Android).

Apple, ever the subject of the tech media's attention, found itself in the cross-hairs again. This time? Well-founded confusion about the confusing way that Apple Music merges streaming, cloud, and local music and the un-ending clamor that Apple's best days are behind it (which may be true, but is likely hogwash).

We should also mention the elephant in the room: that huge data breach that may have compromised up to 232 million logins for Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. If there was any doubt that you should be using two-factor authentication to make sure your accounts are secure, it should be erased now. Here's how to set-up two-factor authentication for your Apple, Google, and Microsoft accounts. Additionally, check Two Factor Auth.org for a comprehensive list of services where you can enable two-factor authentication.

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This hard case and holster combo for the BlackBerry Q10 is just $4.95 today

If protection and easy access are what you need for your BlackBerry Q10, then we have the case for you. Amzer's Shellster hard case and holster combo gives you a nice protective hard case for your phone, and a holster to keep it in when it isn't in use. The combo is only $4.95 today!

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You can now roam across Europe with Vodafone for free

Vodafone has followed in the footsteps of both Three and Tesco Mobile to offer inclusive roaming in select plans. Bundled with the UK mobile network's Red and Red Value packages, the addition of included roaming allows phone users to text, call and access online services without incurring extra charges. There's one slight downside to this addition, however, and that's the limiting of data, which will vary by plan.

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BlackBerry rolls out another batch of Priv app updates

Following up on the last batch of updates at the end of April, BlackBerry has once again pushed another batch of updates to the BlackBerry Productivity Suite for Priv. This time around, there's updates for the BlackBerry Calendar, BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Services, Contacts by BlackBerry, Notes by BlackBerry and Tasks for BlackBerry.

Sadly, BlackBerry skipped out on fresh changelogs for these updates, and the noted changes are exactly the same the same as earlier builds, so it's a bit of a mystery as to what has changed in each, though, the safe bet is to say it's all improvements for Android Marshmallow support and the standard bug fixes in each.

The updates are live now, so go ahead and fire up the Google Play Store and get them downloaded. If you've already grabbed them, let us know in the comments if you're spotting anything that's either new or fixed.

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Time calls the BlackBerry 6210 one of the most influential gadgets of all time

If you were making a list of the top 50 most Influential gadgets of all time, which BlackBerry would you put on the list? The folks over at TIME have chosen the BlackBerry 6210, otherwise known as Quark. Officially launched in 2003, the BlackBerry 6210's blue colored cover stood out while the device itself combined wireless e-mail, phone, SMS, browser and organizer applications and more all from one device.

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We're giving away a BlackBerry Priv or Passport! Enter now!

The contest has ended! Thanks for participating!

It's time to announce the winner of our March contest, and to get our next contest underway! We decided to go ahead and let the winner choose if they'd prefer a BlackBerry Priv or Passport again this time! You can find all the details on that below, but first, let's go ahead and reveal who the winner of our last giveaway is!

Everyone please join me in congratulation CrackBerry reader ams083 from Australia for winning our March contest! I will be in touch with you soon to get your prize sorted out. Everyone else, keep reading for the information you need for your next shot at winning.

THE PRIZE

The winner will receive their choice of either a brand new BlackBerry Priv or Passport, which does not include service.

THE RULES

Use the widget below to enter. There are several different options, and if you complete them all you'll have the maximum chance at winning! Please note, we DO verify the winning entries, so if you say you completed something, but you didn't actually do it, you'll be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen.

This one's open to all folks everywhere such contests are legal, but we can't guarantee the phone will work on your network. (You know how these things go.) Also, in the event the winner does not reside in the US, please be aware that the prize may be subject to customs fees and taxes, which are the responsibility of the winner. The contest ends on May 5th. We'll announce the winner here on CrackBerry shortly after the closing date.

That's it! Good luck, everyone!

Enter to win a new BlackBerry Priv or Passport from CrackBerry!

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Discover the new features of WatchDox in a live product demo webinar May 10

Following being named a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Enterprise File Sync & Share, Hybrid Solutions, Q2 2016 report, BlackBerry is now inviting people to discover the new features of WatchDox in a live product demo webinar that will be held on May 10.

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Android Marshmallow BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry is now pushing out a fresh Marshmallow beta update for the Priv to those who signed up to help test it, though, this time around they are being a bit more specific about who exactly will be receiving it.

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Enter CrackBerry's contest, and May the Fourth be with you!

There are a few days that geeks everywhere celebrate. March 14th is Pi Day. April 8th is Rex Manning Day. September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day. And May 4th is known far and wide as Star Wars Day!

Thanks to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and later this year Rogue One, there's a new era of Star Wars underway. Long time fans have new material to be excited for, new fans are being made every day, and there's just a lot to celebrate all around! You know we love celebrating stuff, and giving away fun things to our readers, so we decided to make it happen today.

THE PRIZES: We have a bunch of fun stuff to give away, and a total of 7 people will be winners! One person will win a BB-8 Droid by Sphero, one will win the Star Wars: Six Movie Collection (either digital or on Bluray), and 5 people will win a copy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (either digital or on Bluray). Awesome!

THE CONTEST: Use the widget below to enter. There are several different options, and if you complete them all you'll have the maximum chance at winning! Please note, we DO verify the winning entries, so if you say you completed something, but you didn't actually do it, you'll be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen.

This one's open to all folks everywhere such contests are legal. In the event the winner does not reside in the US, please be aware that the prize may be subject to customs fees and taxes, which are the responsibility of the winner. The contest ends at midnight tonight, May 5th. We'll announce the winner here on this post shortly after the closing date.

That's it! Good luck, everyone!

Enter CrackBerry's contest, and May the Fourth be with you!

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Check out the AtHoc product demo webinar on May 4

Check out the AtHoc product demo webinar on May 4

When BlackBerry announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire AtHoc, a lot of folks were wondering what exactly AtHoc was as it appeared to come out of nowhere right into the BlackBerry spotlight. Now, there's a better understanding of what the company does in its efforts to safeguard millions of people and thousands of organizations through its networked crisis communication. Still, if you're looking to learn more about AtHoc, you will want to check out the AtHoc product demo webinar on taking place on May 4.

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The wider rollout of Marshmallow has begun for Priv owners

When Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow was rolled out to ShopBlackBerry devices at the end of April, it was noted select carriers would be offering the upgrade on May 3, and now the wider rollout of Marshmallow has begun. Priv owners on TELUS, Rogers, Bell, Wind Mobile, Optus, Maxis Malaysia, Telkomsel, SFR France and more, have all reported receiving their update notifications. We've already taken a closer look at what Marshmallow brings, so below is a quick list of changes you can expect.

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WhatsApp hit with 72-hour ban in Brazil

Update: A judge has now overturned the suspension just a day after it went into effect, Reuters reports. The block would have affected more than 100 million WhatsApp users.

Original story: Brazil has once again opted to temporarily block the popular messaging service WhatsApp in the country.

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Amazon Prime

Amazon has launched a dedicated website for its Prime Now delivery service. The service was previously accessible only through a mobile app, but if you're living in an area that's covered by the service, you have the option of ordering directly through the website. To see if your area is serviceable, head to PrimeNow.com and enter your zip code.

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John Chen: We have two new phones coming out between now and the end of the year

Ahead of appearing at Milken Institute Global Conference, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with CNBC's Brian Sullivan to discuss all things BlackBerry. While the interview didn't dig deep into new information but instead focused on a lot of what was covered in BlackBerry's earnings call, there was one item on agenda that is of concern to many and that's BlackBerry hardware.

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Watch John Chen's panel from the Milken Institute Global Conference 2016

The Milken Institute Global Conference is well under way in Los Angeles and over 700 speakers are scheduled to appear. This year, BlackBerry CEO John Chen is discussing Digital Darwinism: How Companies Can Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age, and you can watch live.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Rome

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Rome

If you missed BerryFlow Upstream live last night, no worries. You can kick your week off right by checking out the video or audio replay right now. This week, there was plenty to talk about with Marshmallow being launched, BBM rolling out video chat for Android and iOS plus, BlackBerry hiring a new Senior Vice President of Global Device Sales. If that's not enough, we dig into those Rome and Hamburg renders as well.

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BlackBerry Priv

If you have been waiting for the price to drop below $400 to pick up a BlackBerry Priv, your time has come. Right now, you can pick one up at eBay for just $380, which is the lowest we have seen it yet. Recently Newegg offered the phone for $400, and before that it was available for $450.

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Don't miss your favorite TV show with the help of Kalendar

If you still like to watch TV shows as and when they are aired, then this is an app you'll probably want to check out. Kalendar makes it easier for you to track your favorite TV shows, upcoming movies, even major tournaments, and events. You even have the ability to sync the information with your calendar to make sure you don't miss a thing.

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John Chen wants to give you a BlackBerry!

John Chen wants to give you a BlackBerry

No, seriously. He does. As announced on his Twitter account, BlackBerry CEO John Chen will be picking a 'BlackBerry Fan of the Month' on the 1st of every month, and the only thing you need to do to win is tweet him with how BlackBerry helps you every day. In fact, he's already awarded the winner for this month with a brand new BlackBerry Passport.

That's a pretty cool initiative from John Chen and BlackBerry. The BlackBerry Fan of the Month was a thing previously, so it's nice to see it being revived by the company in such an awesome way. In any case, be sure to follow @JohnChen on Twitter and let him know how BlackBerry helps you.

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BlackBerry Priv

The Canadian carrier TELUS has announced that it will begin rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for the BlackBerry Priv on May 3.

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