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BBM for Android and iOS is all sorts of messed up right now

Having issues logging into your BBM account? If so, you're not alone. Seemingly, there are plenty of folks out there, who after a recent update, are now no longer able to log into their BBM accounts.


Watch BlackBerry QNX's autonomous vehicle drive on Canadian public roads for the first time!

Sticking to their plans to have autonomous vehicles officially hit the road in Ontario in 2017 following the launch of the automated vehicle (AV) pilot program in Canada, BlackBerry QNX's autonomous vehicle has now hit public roads in Ottawa for the first time while also being connected to public infrastructure. The vehicle used for the occasion was BlackBerry QNX's self-driving Lincoln MKZ, which was previously used at CES on test tracks.

On hand for the event was Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Councilor Marianne Wilkinson, and John Wall, General Manager at BlackBerry QNX. On Jan. 1, 2016, Ontario became the first province in Canada to create a pilot regulatory framework to test automated vehicles on its roads and BlackBerry QNX, along with many partners such as The University of Waterloo, PolySync, Erwin Hymer Group, Renesas Electronics and more have heavily invested in autonomous vehicle research through such initiatives as the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC).

Before the event took place, Techopia Live spoke with Jenna Sudds, the executive director of the Kanata North Business Association, BlackBerry QNX's Grant Courville and Invest Ottawa's Blair Patacairk about the significance of the demo, be sure to watch the interview!

Via: MobileSyrup


CrackBerry Poll: What type of BlackBerry are you using?

Over the course of BlackBerry's existence, folks have gone from using BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and now, Android. With that in mind, it's not exactly a shocking experience to look around see folks still using older devices. Everyone from the folks you see walking down the street to celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton can still be spotted rocking out with older BlackBerry devices.


BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition officially launched in Singapore

The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition continues to launch around the world with the latest taking place in Singapore. Officially available starting tomorrow through several retailers such as Singtel, Starhub, and M1, the KEYone Black Edition has a suggested retail price of SG$858.00.


BlackBerry and BLU Products stop patent litigation in favor of patent license agreement!

Back in August of 2016, BlackBerry announced they had initiated two patent infringement lawsuits against BLU Products, Inc. At the time, BlackBerry alleged that BLU was infringing multiple BlackBerry patents by using, without authorization, BlackBerry's proprietary technology in BLU's commercial mobile devices.


BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from select retailers in Canada

Although the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition has appeared off and on through a few retailers in Canada, BlackBerry Mobile has now updated their site and sent off emails letting folks know the official list of spots to pick up a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition.


BlackBerry Motion makes it onto Late Night with Seth Meyers

Now that the BlackBerry Motion is official, news of its release has been spreading around in some interesting ways. For fans of late night TV or more specifically, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Meyers dropped a hot take on the latest BlackBerry Monday evening.


Du partners with BlackBerry to offer AtHoc, BlackBerry UEM and Workspaces in the UAE

Looking to expand their offerings to enterprise solutions to customers, du has announced a new partnership with BlackBerry which will see BlackBerry's latest software solutions and services be offered to enterprise customers across the UAE. Services to be offered include BlackBerry AtHoc, BlackBerry UEM and finally, BlackBerry Workspaces.


BlackBerry makes Samsung devices more secure by bringing new features to SecuSUITE for Samsung Knox

As BlackBerry continues to enhance their software portfolio, they've now announced new features to SecuSUITE for Samsung Knox to help keep Samsung devices more secure. Going forward, SecuSUITE for Samsung Knox will support SecuVOICE to make secure phone calls plus, customers can now also make use of BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) platform to manage their devices.


Belsimpel lists the BlackBerry Motion as coming soon for €469

An earlier version of this article noted the price being €499. After the article went live, Belsimpel dropped it to €469. We've updated the article to reflect the newly listed pricing of €469.

While the initial launch of the BlackBerry Motion was noted to be limited, it does seem as though some select partners are already gearing up for release beyond the UAE and Saudia Arabia. Belsimpel has now listed the Motion as coming soon on their site.


You can now pre-order the BlackBerry Motion from Axiom Telecom

If you're looking to be among the first to pick up a BlackBerry Motion in the UAE, the folks at Axiom Telecom have now opened up their pre-order page for the all-new touchscreen BlackBerry. As noted when the device was made official at GITEX, the BlackBerry Motion pricing has been set at 1,699 AED and if you place your order through Axiom, shipments are expected to start rolling out as of October 22. Have you pre-ordered? Let us know in the comments or swing by the CrackBerry BlackBerry Motion forums for more Motion discussion.

See more at Axiom Telecom


BlackBerry Motion Specs and Features

The parts that make up the BlackBerry Motion

Now that the BlackBerry Motion is official, that means the full rundown of specs has been put out to the world as well, here's what makes the BlackBerry Motion move.


BlackBerry Motion skips the keyboard, brings huge 4000mAh battery and IP67 rating instead!

With GITEX Technology Week now officially kicked off, BlackBerry Mobile used their time there to go ahead and officially announce their all-new BlackBerry Motion. Falling right in line with the rumored specs surrounding the device ahead of the official announcement, the BlackBerry Motion features a 5.5-inch full HD display, 4GB RAM and a 4,000mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support and is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, all powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. When it comes to taking photos, the BlackBerry Motion makes use of a 12MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture along with an 8MP front-facing camera.


Our BlackBerry Motion forums are now open!

Looking to discuss the BlackBerry Motion? Good news! We've now opened up our BlackBerry Motion forums and you're all invited to come hang out. Now that the device has gone from being registered at many of the compliance outlets to have the full-on render leak via @evleaks, we figured it was time to give it a proper forum for discussion. As it stands, there are already plenty of threads discussing the Motion and they're sure to grow with plenty of questions, device help and more! So, be sure to stop by often.

Join the discussion in our BlackBerry Motion forums!


BlackBerry KEYone now available to order in Colombia

After kicking off their launch party on October 4, BlackBerry Mobile has announced that the BlackBerry KEYone is now available in Colombia. Retail options will expand over the next few weeks but for now, those interested in picking up a BlackBerry KEYone can do so by placing their order with Alkosto, where the KEYone is priced at $2,299,030 COP. According to the site, orders placed will begin shipping as of October 16.

See more at Alkosto


FYI: Built-in Dropbox app on BlackBerry 10 no longer works, try these apps instead!

As BlackBerry 10 continues to age, features that were current when it was released have also started to age and change. One of the latest to come to an end is support for the built-in Dropbox app, which tapped into the native file manager. As of Sept. 29, Dropbox shut down their API v1 that the built-in Dropbox app relied on and with no update in sight for the app, folks now have to look for alternative apps for Dropbox access.


GSM Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone now available from B&H Photo

Quickly following up on their availability of the Verizon compatible BlackBerry KEYone, B&H Photo has now also listed the GSM Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone as being available on the site. As expected, pricing for the KEYone through B&H has been set at $549.99.

In addition to the device availability, they now also have several accessories in stock such as the Dual Layer Shell and the Flipcase. Unfortunately, shipping won't be as fast this time around as the stores will be closed for the Succos holiday and will resume processing on October 16. The waiting is the hardest part.

See more at B&H Photo

Thanks, Joel and Nate650!



Check out the video from the BlackBerry KEYone Argentina launch event

To celebrate the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone in Argentina, BlackBerry Mobile threw a pretty sweet party! In a new video posted to their YouTube channel, BlackBerry Mobile shared a quick look at the event which was complete with a special door you had to go through in order to gain access. Sorry, you don't win any prizes for guessing what the entry code was. The KEYone is available now in Argentina from Personal and Frávega.

See the BlackBerry KEYone at Personal See the BlackBerry KEYone at Frávega


BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition back in stock at Blueshop!

Although we're still waiting for larger retailers such as Walmart and Amazon to list the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition in Canada, our friends at Blueshop have had the device come in stock, sell out and then come back in stock. Right now, if you're looking to score a KEYone Black Edition, you can pick one up from Blueshop for $799.99 CAD. I suggest you don't take too long in deciding, however, as there is currently only a few listed as being available and they'll surely be scooped up pretty quickly. We'll update this post if they sell through.

See more at Blueshop

Thanks, Mark


BlackBerry Mobile heading to GITEX Technology Week

GITEX Technology Week kicks off on October 8 - 12 in Dubai and according to reports coming from local media there, BlackBerry Mobile will be on hand to showcase their products and solutions. As reported by ITP, François Mahieu, Global Head of Sales for BlackBerry Mobile, will provide an overview of their strategy and outlook for 2017 during the opening day of the show.


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