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CrackBerry Podcast - Leadership and Privacy

CrackBerry Podcast - Leadership and Privacy

Looking to get caught up on the latest BlackBerry news? Make sure you check out the latest episode of the CrackBerry Podcast!

If you missed out on tuning into the CrackBerry podcast live on Sunday, you can now go ahead and check out the video or grab the audio. This week on tap for myself and Simon Sage was the news of John Chen being named Executive of the Year, what makes the BlackBerry KEYone keyboard the smartest smartphone keyboard. Plus, we dig into BlackBerry's stance on privacy in light of new FCC legislation. We kept things brief, so it's an easy listen. No Kevin rants, which, could be a plus or a minus depending on how you look at it. ;)

On-demand viewing enabled for BlackBerry Webinars

On-demand viewing enabled for BlackBerry Webinars

BlackBerry has recently opened up Webcast Central for on-demand viewing. Webcast Central is an archive of different informational webinars that BlackBerry hosts regularly. This web spot also hosts upcoming webinars so you can check it out to know what's coming next.

Right now there are about 20 webinars you can go through and watch if you want to level up your enterprise know-how and learn more about BlackBerry Enterprise solutions.

The resource is for those who want to find out more about the products and services BlackBerry offers. They cover a range of topics from AtHoc product demos to details on Samsung Knox integration with BlackBerry UEM.

BlackBerry Webcast Central

BlackBerry earns 5-Star rating in CRN's 2017 Partner Program Guide

Although BlackBerry is no stranger to winning awards and certifications for their services, it never hurts to add even more. This time around, as noted by Richard McLeod, Global Vice-President of Enterprise Software Channels at BlackBerry, via the Inside BlackBerry blog, BlackBerry has now earned a 5-Star rating in CRN's 2017 Partner Program Guide for their BlackBerry Solutions Provider Program.

John Chen: 'We make it our business not to know your business'

In the United States, new legislation signed Monday night means that soon internet service providers (ISPs) will be able to legally monitor your online activity. Previously these providers had to get customer permission in advance through an opt-in process. The new FCC internet privacy rules have some concerned as customer information under the previous administration had stricter regulations.

BlackBerry begins rollout of April Android security update

Keeping in line with their monthly security update schedule, the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team on Twitter has now let it be known that BlackBerry has begun their rollout of the April Android update. Once downloaded and installed, you should see your security patch level set as April 1, 2017, or later.

John Chen named Executive of the Year by Ascend Canada

John Chen named Executive of the Year by Ascend Canada

Ascend Canada has announced the recipients for their 4th Annual Ascend Canada Leadership Awards. Among the five individuals recognized at the gala celebrations on April 4th, was BlackBerry CEO John Chen who took home the award for Executive of the Year.

BlackBerry Secure webinar taking place on April 6

BlackBerry Secure webinar taking place on April 6

Find out how BlackBerry is securing the connected world in a new webinar that airs tomorrow afternoon. The showcase will feature David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry. Kleidermacher will be joined by Alex Manea and Jonathan Jackson to discuss BlackBerry Secure and what this terminology means as BlackBerry advances BlackBerry UEM (Unified endpoint management) formerly known as BES. The dialog will include strategies around collaboration and boosting mobile productivity.

BlackBerry will elaborate on the end-to-end nature of their security implementation and discuss the rich developer platforms and secure communication tools that can help elevate your business to embrace the Enterprise of Things.

The Internet of Things is transforming how we live and work. With more connected things, comes more potential vulnerabilities. BlackBerry is uniquely qualified to address this emerging market need – we secure, manage and connect the Enterprise of Things via BlackBerry Secure. Being BlackBerry Secure means enterprise-wide solutions that recognizes vulnerability wherever it lies.

Join our webinar hosted by David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer at BlackBerry, to find out how BlackBerry is securely connecting the world through:

  • Comprehensive unified endpoint management with industry-leading security
  • Best-in-class secure mobile productivity and collaboration for improved operations
  • Rich development platform for enhanced custom/partner app enablement
  • Secure communications infrastructure for complete end-to-end protection

    What happens when BlackBerry gobbles up your startup?

    What happens when BlackBerry gobbles up your startup?

    You work at a startup, then out of nowhere 'BlackBerry' of all companies swoops in and buys you up for $59 million in cash. You're now an enterprise developer, and your work culture has entirely shifted. But what happens next?

    John Chen discusses BlackBerry's increase in software sales, profitability and more!

    Following BlackBerry's Year-End and Q4 fiscal 2017 results, BlackBerry CEO John Chen spoke with Bloomberg Technology's Gerrit De Vynck to discuss a wide range of topics including BlackBerry's increase in software sales, the company's current profitability as well as current and possible partnerships in automotive as well as their moves in cybersecurity.

    BlackBerry Mobile clears the air surrounding KEYone availability

    President & GM of TCL Communication (TCT) North America, Steve Cistulli, has taken to Twitter clarifying some information regarding the BlackBerry KEYone launch that was shared earlier this morning by BlackBerry CEO John Chen.

    During MWC17 the media was told that availability would begin in April. Fast forward to today, John Chen in the Q4 earnings call told listeners that BlackBerry KEYone availability would be in May and that production will ramp up in late April.

    Listen to the replay of BlackBerry's Q4 fiscal 2017 earnings call

    If you missed out on tuning into our live blog, you can now go ahead and listen to the replay of BlackBerry's Q4 fiscal 2017 earnings call. As noted in BlackBerry's press release, the earnings for Q4 Fiscal 2017 came in above expectations, and there were plenty of Q4 highlights noted.

    BlackBerry Year-End and Q4 fiscal 2017 earnings call live blog!

    With BlackBerry's Year-End and Q4 fiscal 2017 results now announced, next on the agenda is the conference call and live webcast which will be held beginning at 8 a.m. ET. You can tune in by dialing into 1-844-309-0607 or by logging onto the BlackBerry Investor site.

    As always, we invite you to join our live chat below and discuss the latest news with others. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 11 a.m. ET by dialing 1-855-859-2056 or 1-404-537-3406 and entering Conference ID #66409061.

    BlackBerry announces Year-End and Q4 fiscal 2017 results

    BlackBerry has now announced their Year-End and Q4 fiscal 2017 results. Non-GAAP revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 was $297 million with GAAP revenue of $286 million. Approximately 80% of the fourth quarter Software & Services segment revenue (excluding IP licensing and professional services) was recurring. BlackBerry had over 3,500 enterprise customer orders in the quarter.

    BlackBerry's Productivity Tab gets overhauled with a new look and features!

    In addition to the various other app updates BlackBerry has released recently through Google Play, they've now also announced that they've made improvements to the Productivity Tab app found on BlackBerry Android devices such as Priv, DTEK50 and DTEK60.

    New updates for BlackBerry Hub, Launcher, Notable, DTEK and more now available!

    With the month of March coming to a close and a new monthly update expected to arrive soon, BlackBerry has begun pushing their (mostly) monthly app updates as well. This time around, the changelogs for each are pretty slim only noting bug fixes, performance enhancements or improvements but that's pretty standard anyway. For those of you who like version numbers, the apps from the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite are all noted to be 1.5.1.12605 here, while others not in the Suite differ.

    BlackBerry will announce Year-End and Q4 fiscal 2017 results on March 31

    As per their scheduled investor events, BlackBerry has now announced they will be announcing their Year-End and Q4 fiscal 2017 results on March 31, 2017. A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 a.m. ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-844-309-0607 or heading over to the BlackBery Investor page and listening in live.

    Grab a limited edition CrackBerry 10th Anniversary mug now!

    Last few hours to get your mug purchased before they disappear forever!

    February 26th, 2017 marked TEN YEARS since CrackBerry's official launch date and now you can commemorate all the fun and excitement with this limited edition CrackBerry 10th Anniversary mug. Every morning, you can fill it with an awesome beverage of your choice and help us celebrate this milestone!

    Toysoft offers some of their best BlackBerry 10 apps free for a limited time!

    Over the course of BlackBerry 10's existence, Toysoft has created a ton of great apps for the OS and in turn, has received plenty of love back from the community. As part of a thank you promotion, Toysoft has for a limited time gone ahead and dropped pricing on some of those great apps.

    BlackBerry adds the DTEK50 to their spring savings deals! Grab one now for only $249

    Previously we let you all know about BlackBerry's 'Spring into Savings' offers that featured the BlackBerry Priv reduced to $349 USD and accessories 40% off, but if you were hoping for BlackBerry to add another device to the mix, your patience has been rewarded. BlackBerry has now added the DTEK50 to the list of devices discounted and right now, through ShopBlackBerry you can pick up a DTEK50 for only $249 USD, and of course, 40% off all accessories remains as well.

    Super Mario Run now available for Android!

    Super Mario Run now available for Android!

    The Nintendo nostalgia machine is strong here

    Apparently, Nintendo couldn't wait to launch Super Mario Run for Android and decided to go ahead and surprise all those waiting for March 23, the previously announced launch date on Android, by rolling out the game a day early.

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