First BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device gets certified in Indonesia

The first PT BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device has slowly been making its way through the certification process for Indonesia and has now finally reached the final step, meaning its eventual arrival might not be that far off. At this point, there's plenty of rumored specs floating about, but no images have appeared for the device simply known as BBC100-1. As for those rumored specs, well, they've come from @rquandt previously, and @krispitech.

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BBM for Android update brings fixes, refinements and spam blocking

Fresh out of beta testing BBM is rolling out a new update to our favorite messenger that brings some much needed fixed and refinements. Following up on commitments made earlier in the month, spam blocking has been added to help better the user experience.

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CrackBerry 10th Anniversary Podcast 02 - The Early Days of CB

For our second 10th Anniversary Super Special, we dive into the early days of CrackBerry and BlackBerry with some of our favorite memories and crazy stories!

Our first anniversary podcast was AMAZING with special guest, Steve Cistulli, from BlackBerry Mobile. If you missed it, you should definitely listen to that episode before you listen to this episode. Since we set the bar SO HIGH with our first show, for our second anniversary podcast we went the other way with a community focused show. We recorded it live and in video, with Craig Johnston, Bla1ze and myself fielding questions from the audience (at the end of the show we were even joined by some of the members of the community!). You can watch the replay or listen above, or follow the links below to find the CrackBerry podcast in your podcast player of choice.

One thing I realized as we recorded this episode is that there are way too many stories and memories from 10 Years of CrackBerry'ing to fit into an hour, so we'll be definitely be back with many more podcasts in March as we continue our anniversary celebrations.

Enjoy the show!

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Push to talk: remember when phones were walkie-talkies?

Gather round kids, and I'll tell you a tale of a time before text messaging was so ubiquitous, a time where a phone call was so easy, it only took one button… and man it could be annoying. Not the tech, the people.

I'm Michael Fisher, AKA MrMobile, and I relived the glory days of flip phones and push-to-talk (so you didn't have to). Join me as I recollect what was great about this feature, what people did to ruin it, and how you too can push a button to awkwardly interrupt your friends and co-workers.

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From the Editor's Desk: Barcelona Bound for BlackBerry Mobile!

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The Final Countdown is ON! Our CrackBerry Coverage heads to Barcelona, Spain this week for Mobile World Congress and most importantly, BlackBerry Mobile's official unveiling of the "BlackBerry Mercury".

We know a lot about this new Android-powered BlackBerry, but there are still a few remaining secrets to be learned and a few big questions that by this time next week we should hopefully have answers to. When will it go on sale? What will it cost? And while "Mercury" has been a pretty epic codename, what will the actual name of the phone be when it hits the market? [Please, Please, Please call it anything but DTEK70]

While we've already seen a few hands-on first looks of the Mercury from earlier this year at CES 2017 (I'll re-embed MrMobile's here for your viewing pleasure), this will be our first chance to really play with the Mercury and see how it stacks up to BlackBerry phones before it.

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Add a slim case to your BlackBerry Priv for just $22.87 today

Looking for an easy way to protect your BlackBerry Priv without making it harder to hold? If so, BlackBerry's slide out hard shell case is the way to go for a great slim option, and today it is available for just $22.87.

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BlackBerry Mercury passes through the Wi-Fi Alliance for certification

Although it's slightly less interesting news considering we know we'll learn more at BlackBerry Mobile's Mercury launch event on February 25, for those of you out there who like to check on where things are in the line of progress, at least one variation of the BlackBerry Mercury (BBB100-2) has now passed through the Wi-Fi Alliance for Wi-Fi certification.

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Everybody's Poop Smells (even Apple's and Google's and Samsung's)

The timing smells right for a BlackBerry resurgence

Two weeks ago today I had my first colonoscopy. If you're reading this and ever had the procedure, you understand why poop was on my brain. While the colonoscopy itself was painless and really easy, the colon prep process is umm… errm.. memorable to say the least. You drink a litre of powder mixed with water over the course of an hour, and before you're through it you're on the toilet for the next two hours. Then you do it again. Fun. :/

So why all the poop talk? Because it was while sitting on the the toilet cleansing my colon that the thesis for this editorial actually popped into my mind.

Watch the video and see if you agree with where my brain is at. The general premise? When BlackBerry fell from graces and took a brand beating several years back, it was during a time when other mobile platforms and manufacturers were going gangbusters with their mobile device success (iOS/iPhone, Android/Samsung, etc.). Now in 2017, nobody is smelling quite as clean and fresh and anymore. And the BlackBerry brand no longer has a stench to it. A lot of that smell neutralized during the lead of up to BB10 -- when there was a lot of excitement for a BlackBerry comeback -- and if anything, in the past few years the BlackBerry brand has been fine, if not just slightly forgotten about in certain markets. In this video I make the case why 2017 is the year where we will see BlackBerry Smartphones get back into the purchase consideration funnel for both enterprise and consumers a like in a meaningful way.

I hope you enjoy the video! And if you do, I really do appreciate any Shares and Thumbs Ups you can give to the video on YouTube (that'll help re-kickstart our channel a bit), and if you're not subscribed then PLEASE SUBSCRIBE! The more people who watch them the more we'll make! Be sure to turn on notifications so you don't miss any!

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"So if BlackBerry Mobile builds phones, what does BlackBerry sell now?"

Since bringing CrackBerry Kevin out of retirement to celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry and cover the hell out of the launch of the new BlackBerry "Mercury", I've quickly reverted to my old CBK habits. One of those habits is that nearly every conversation I have is in one way, shape or form related to BlackBerry.

As I mentioned in a recent editorial, the BlackBerry story is more complicated these days than it used to be. When it comes up in conversation, I explain that BlackBerry is now a Software company and that thanks to a partnership/licensing deal, we now have BlackBerry Mobile running the BlackBerry phones business (for most markets around the globe), including the launch of the new Android-powered Mercury.

What's interesting is that when I talk to "normal people" now about the new BlackBerry, they don't get it. The quickly understand BlackBerry Mobile, though. BlackBerry Mobile manufacturing, marketing, selling and supporting BlackBerry Smartphones makes complete sense. Then they ask the question - "So if BlackBerry Mobile builds phones, what does BlackBerry sell now?"

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Priority #1, "Security is a hallmark of BlackBerry Mobile"

We interviewed Steve Cistulli, President & GM of TCL Communication (TCT) North America, to talk BlackBerry Mobile, the "Mercury" and more

When it was announced that BlackBerry would be producing secure Android smartphones, there was many in the BlackBerry community that were skeptical over how secure BlackBerry could make Android. Over time, though, BlackBerry was able to prove their world-renowned security model could be applied to Android.

With BlackBerry handing licensing over to BlackBerry Mobile to produce smartphones now, folks have been wondering if that security model will apply to new devices such as the BlackBerry Mercury as well. The short answer is a resounding, yes! To get the longer answer, we sat down with Steve Cistulli from BlackBerry Mobile who took the time to explain the security and privacy aspects of their upcoming devices. Steve stressed right away that security comes first.

I've always seen [security] solutions coming from other Android developers as the second bullet item, where with BlackBerry Mobile it is always the first bullet item.

With that in mind, BlackBerry Mobile will continue to leverage BlackBerry's enterprise security expertise to deliver that commitment, in fact, BlackBerry will continue to develop all of the security software, right down to digitally signing the OS inside BlackBerry, keeping that BlackBerry security DNA intact entirely.

The primary software integration point is still going to be done inside BlackBerry and even digitally signed inside BlackBerry. You're really never going to lose the DNA of BlackBerry going forward.

Having a company like BlackBerry and their security experts that are constantly updating the software, continuing to do monthly builds, making sure that our phones are always up to date when it comes to Android baseline, that's going to continue going forward and will certainly become one of the hallmarks of BlackBerry Mobile.

Partnering with BlackBerry is seen as a win-win. BlackBerry Mobile will focus on building amazing hardware, while BlackBerry (whose new motto is "Software is the new BlackBerry") will continue hardening the Android experience.

Perhaps, one of the highlights of the conversation for me was that BlackBerry Mobile recognizes that security is not just an enterprise thing either. Everyone these days needs to be considering security, especially with all the new cybersecurity threats that exist, the political landscape and more. Often, though, folks look at these things more as Privacy vs. Security and Cistulli and BlackBerry Mobile are aware of that as well.

We start with the words security because we're probably bringing our phones to work with us one way or another. Then we go home, and then we go out to dinner, and we don't call it security anymore. We call it privacy. Because people outside of work can't use the same words. Privacy really does matter. It's been building for the last decade, as we know. It's certainly getting a lot of press these days.

When you start with a Blackberry mobile device, from the moment that you have chipset key validation until the time you're taking a picture, you're putting it into your secure area, you have the ability for portable SD card encryption, etc. this is the type of security that we could talk about perhaps in technical terms. At the end of the day, it's, "Please don't steal my pictures. Please don't read my emails." I think it's serendipitous that we're all talking about this today.

In times where articles about how to keep your data safe and private while even just traveling are being written at a rapid pace, I have to say hearing Steve lay out the facts behind how BlackBerry Mobile will still be leveraging BlackBerry security is refreshing. Did you miss out on our CrackBerry podcast? Listen to it now below or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, RSS or download it directly!

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Learn a new language with Rosetta Stone for just $150

Learning a second language can feel like an insurmountable challenge, but that doesn't have to be the case if you've got the right tools to help you on your way. Perhaps you've dreamed of traveling through Europe to experience the cultures of France, Italy, and Spain — but you never commit because you're concerned about the language barrier. Sure, these are countries that are used to hosting millions of tourists every year, but you're looking for that authentic experience that only comes when you're able to communicate and connect with locals to find the truly hidden gems.

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If traveling just isn't your thing, there are other great reasons to pick up a second language, too. Studies have shown learning a second language does great things for the human brain, including staving off the signs of dementia and Alzheimer's when you're older.

Rosetta Stone is second to none when it comes to language teaching software. Millions of people have learned through their comprehensive software so chances are you've already heard of them. Maybe you even considered buying a set, but stopped when you saw how much it costs.

Well, that's where CrackBerry Digital Offers comes in! For a limited time only, you can get a Rosetta Stone Language Box Set for only $149. You get four levels of courses in French, Italian, Spanish or English, which will help develop your command of a language and get you to read, write, speak, and understand a second language. The program goes through teaching you basic conversational skills such as shopping, ordering, and taking a taxi, then moves into advanced language skills such as sharing opinions and discussing pop culture.

When you place your order, you'll be shipped a physical copy of the software, which also includes a digital code for online content. The reason Rosetta Stone is so successful is because it teaches language in a dynamic way via many different methods, including:

  • Enhance your learning on-the-go w/ Rosetta Stone mobile apps (3-month trial included)
  • Play language-enhancing games & take live online lessons w/ the included headset/microphone
  • Use the advanced speech engine to compare your accent to native speakers
  • Get 12 live tutoring sessions w/ a native speaker

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So what are you waiting for? The first step towards learning a second language begins by taking advantage of this 66% discount offer for a Rosetta Stone Language Box Set. Once it arrives, you'll be well on your way to becoming bilingual. This price is only good through February 18, so act quick if you are interested!

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Where did the BlackBerry Mercury codename come from?

And what does it mean for the next BlackBerry Mobile phone?

As we look ahead to BlackBerry Mobile officially launching the BlackBerry Mercury at Mobile World Congress, one question that has come up often is where did the BlackBerry Mercury codename come from? Did the internet just make it up? Is it an internal name designated to the device? In seeking an answer, we decided to ask Steve Cistulli from BlackBerry Mobile on our recent podcast and well, turns out we got a better answer than we initially anticipated and a bit of a tease.

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BlackBerry sues Nokia over patent infringement

After taking on a legal battle with BLU Products and Avaya, BlackBerry has now filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Nokia. In the filing, BlackBerry Ltd. v. Nokia Corp., 17-155, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, BlackBerry claims Nokia's networking gear, including its Flexi Multiradio base stations, radio network controllers, and Liquid Radio software, infringes 11 patents.

The complaint was filed Tuesday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. In the complaint, BlackBerry notes that the company 'seeks to obtain recompense for Nokia's unauthorized use of BlackBerry's patented technology', but doesn't mention how much they're seeking, nor are they seeking any court order that would block use of the inventions. Instead BlackBerry is just looking to 'to license them on fair and reasonable terms' because according to BlackBerry 'Nokia has persisted in encouraging the use' without a license from BlackBerry as noted in the complaint.

Nokia encourages and instructs customers, mobile service providers such as T-Mobile and AT&T, to purchase, deploy and use infringing products to develop and operate their LTE networks and UMTS networks

The patents-in-suit are U.S. Patent Numbers 6,996,418; 8,254,246; 8,494,090; 7,529,305; 8,861,433; 9,426,697; 9,253,772; 8,897,192; 9,125,202; 8,243,683; and 8,644,829.

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Why We Still LOVE the BlackBerry Physical Keyboard

Valentine's Day this year has me feeling all lovey-dovey, so for my next CBK 2.0 video I decided to record a gush fest about BlackBerry Physical keyboards. Did I miss any reasons? Watch the video and let me know!

It's Valentine's Day today. We're less than two weeks away from the BlackBerry Mobile's unveiling of the Android-powered, keyboard-rocking BlackBerry "Mercury". I'm excited for it. To be honest though, for the last couple of years my smartphone daily driver has typically been a full touchscreen phone. Suffice to say I'm now pretty fast at typing on glass.

Typing speed is only one factor of the smartphone typing experience though. In this video I highlight 7 (maybe 8!) reasons why physical keyboards on smartphones still reign supreme for overall typing experience. Be sure to watch and see if you agree with my opinions. Did I miss anything? If so, let me know!

I hope you enjoy the video! And if you do, I really do appreciate any Shares and Thumbs Ups you can give to the video on YouTube (that'll help re-kickstart our channel a bit), and if you're not subscribed then PLEASE SUBSCRIBE! The more people who watch them the more we'll make! Be sure to turn on notifications so you don't miss any!

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[CLOSED] Valentine's Day Giveaway: Tell us why you Love BlackBerry for your chance to win [Updated w/ Winners!]

Updated: February 15th. This was a quick event in honor of Valentine's Day - Here are the winners!!

10 Years of CrackBerry T-Shirts: Gert16, Matty, pheathon, samson47, Solar Trends

CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse Books: DanLevy, Maria Mavoh, Theopilus, Timbale, VeryBadTim

$217 Store Credit to use at ShopCrackBerry.com: Tricia Coleman

30 Minute Phone Call from CrackBerry Kevin to talk BlackBerry stuff: OriginalLucy

Our Events Coordinator Michelle Haag will be reaching out to all the winners via the email addresses tied to their user accounts to coordinate logistics and get them their CrackBerry loot. Congrats to all the winners!!

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The CrackBerry Podcast is now available on Google Play Music!

Since we brought back the CrackBerry podcast for CrackBerry's 10th Anniversary we've had a number of requests asking that it be made available on Google Play Music - a request we were happy to oblige. Right now, if you fire up Google Play Music and head to the podcasts section, you should be able to search for CrackBerry and have it appear or just hit this link to subscribe.

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BlackBerry releases Notable for Android as part of the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite of applications

Although we had a little bit of heads up of its arrival, thanks to a post that went live a little bit early, BlackBerry has now introduced the latest Android app that will join the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite of applications. Released as BlackBerry Notable, the latest app is a content creation and sharing app that allows you to quickly capture content on the screen, mark it up with text or free-form drawing tools, and share it with friends and colleagues.

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More DIY mockups will help you better size up the BlackBerry Mercury

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More homemade comparisons of the BlackBerry Mercury will give you a better understanding of how it sizes up to the Passport and Priv!


CrackBerry member Twopack was blown away by the community's response to his first BlackBerry 'Mercury' Mockup, so he went back to his BlackBerry Arts & Crafts counter to whip up a version two Mercury mockup, which is a little more accurate than the first one.

In addition to comparing it once again to the BlackBerry Passport, by popular request he also did up a model of the Priv (since he didn't have one handy) to compare it to with both the slider open and closed. There are also a couple of photos comparing the Mercury to a Note 4 that he had handy.

Overall, the models should help provide you with a better perspective of the size of "The Merc" as compared to other recent BlackBerry phones. And note, these are mockups so may not be exact. The good news is we're now less than two weeks away from getting our hands on the Mercury again for real and I'll make sure we head to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress with a lot of BB's in bag so we can do comparison photos.

Props again to Twopack for taking the time to put this together. Fun stuff!

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BlackBerry teams up with ISARA to work on quantum resistant cryptography

Over the past few months, BlackBerry has been adding to their catalog of partners and today, have added another to the list. As announced on the Inside BlackBerry Blog, BlackBerry has now announced a new partnership with ISARA Corporation, the company behind ISARA Radiate, which offers quantum-resistant cryptography.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BB Mobile

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BB Mobile

Were you watching the Grammy's last night instead of tuning into BerryFlow? It's cool. You can now check out the video and audio replays. This week, we dig into all the latest BlackBerry news including BlackBerry's newest SDK offering, BBM working on a remedy for spam invites and of course, quite a bit about the upcoming BlackBerry Mercury. Be sure to check it out!

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