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John Chen discusses security and the future of BlackBerry on CBS This Morning

Update from Kevin: Added YouTube embed so will be easier to watch across all devices!

Stopping by CBS This Morning, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down to discuss what exactly is going on with BlackBerry, their move to software and security and what the future holds for BlackBerry in the long run.

Rogers joins Bell and TELUS in offering the BlackBerry KEYone starting in April

Aside from letting it be known here in the CrackBerry comments section, Rogers has now confirmed on Twitter that they too will be offering the BlackBerry KEYone starting in April. In reality, Rogers was kind of a given to carry the KEYone anyway. They were on hand in Barcelona to do a BlackBerry KEYone hands-on plus; reps have been visiting Rogers locations showing off the device since it was officially announced.

BB Merah Putih BlackBerry Aurora official product page has gone live

With device images and press images already out there and pre-order pages having gone up across multiple Indonesian retailers, it was only a matter of time before the BB Merah Putih put the official BlackBerry Aurora product page live as well. The new site confirms pretty much everything we learned earlier about the BlackBerry Aurora, including the specs, available colors and more.

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from Bell starting in late April

With TELUS already on the confirmed list of Canadian carriers taking on the BlackBerry KEYone, others are starting to share their plans as well. In this case, Bell Twitter support has now confirmed they will indeed be carrying the BlackBerry KEYone starting in late April.

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The BlackBerry KEYone is almost here, and we can't wait. BlackBerry Mobile unveiled the device at Mobile World Congress 2017 and let the world know it will be available globally starting in April. Until then we're going to have all the latest news and updates about where to buy the device, who has pre-orders opening up and more.

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A passion for hardware and having strong products is key for BlackBerry Mobile

When it was announced that TCL would be licensing the BlackBerry brand to create BlackBerry Mobile, many folks were wondering what BlackBerry Mobile could do with the brand that BlackBerry could not and what the markers for success would be once things began rolling. In a new interview with TCL's Nicolas Zibell from Chris Foxx at the BBC, we finally get some answers to those questions.

BlackBerry KEYone scores plenty of awards at Mobile World Congress!

Going into Mobile World Congress 2017, we had a pretty good feeling folks would be impressed with the BlackBerry KEYone and as it turns out, that feeling was pretty spot on. As MWC2017 comes to a close, the time has come for the awards portion of the show to take place and it's fair to say the BlackBerry KEYone has been cleaning up.

BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device now has a name - BB Aurora

Following the images of the first BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device appearing, it seems as though Indonesian retailer Elevenia has outed the go to market name of the device as well. According to a small pre-order listing on their site, the device when released will be called the BlackBerry Aurora and is expected to arrive on March 3, though, we've heard a date slightly later than that but only by a few days.

Latest BBM release delivers a new look and feel, Chat API, spam reporting and more!

If you're not already on the latest release of BBM for Android and iOS, now is a great time to go ahead and get yourself updated. The latest versions available through Google Play and the App Store have gone through some significant changes there's plenty of new features and additions for you to check out.

Fingerprint Cards powers the in-keyboard fingerprint sensor on the BlackBerry KEYone

Although BlackBerry Mobile didn't spend any time talking about the fingerprint sensor on the BlackBerry KEYone during the launch at Mobile World Congress 2017, most CrackBerry readers I'm sure, know it's there and built right into the keyboard and if you don't, well you do now.

Given the few details offered up, and the uniqueness of it being built into the keyboard, I began wondering who exactly built the fingerprint sensor for the KEYone. As it turns out, the sensor was built by Fingerprint Cards who worked closely with the hardware team to create the first-in-the-world fingerprint sensor in a keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone.

Relax, the BlackBerry KEYone does have an RGB LED indicator

Believe it or not, one of the top questions asked about the BlackBerry KEYone has been whether or not it actually has an RGB LED indicator. For those who still doubt it is there and somehow seemingly avoided all the proof showing it off, we can assure you it is.

Unlocked Mobiles UK now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone!

For BlackBerry fans in the UK looking to get their hands on a brand new BlackBerry KEYone as soon as possible, the folks at Unlocked Mobiles have now started taking pre-orders. At this point, they have the pricing set at £494.98 including VAT and the expected time of shipment is currently set for April 10.

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from TELUS starting in April

If you're a TELUS customer looking to get your hands on a BlackBerry KEYone, you won't have to wonder if TELUS will be offering the device. The Canadian carrier has let it be known they will have the device available to customers starting in April. At this point, TELUS has not committed to any exact date or pricing but, just knowing the BlackBerry KEYone will be available is news enough to get happy about.

Watch the video replay of the BlackBerry KEYone launch event!

Did you miss out on taking in the BlackBerry KEYone announcement live? If so, you can go ahead and get yourself caught up by watching the full video replay. The event was hosted by our very own CrackBerry Kevin, and of course, features folks such as Nicolas Zibell, CEO at TCL Communication, as well as Logan Bell, Product Manager at BlackBerry Mobile.

TCL Communication launches the all-new BlackBerry KEYone at Mobile World Congress!

The BlackBerry KEYone is the Mercury's official name and you'll be able to get your hands on it and its QWERTY keyboard beginning in April.

After many months of anticipation, and a teasing at CES 2017, TCL Communication has now officially given the device formerly known as 'Mercury' a name, pricing, and a release time timeframe. As unveiled today at Mobile World Congress, the BlackBerry KEYone will be available globally beginning in April and will be priced at or under €599 EUR/£499 GBP/$549 USD.

BlackBerry KEYone Specs and Features

Official BlackBerry KEYone Specs and Features

The pieces that make the BlackBerry KEYone tick!

Now that the BlackBerry KEYone is official, that means the full run down of specs are available now as well. For the KEYone, every component of the device, including the Snapdragon 625 was specifically chosen with the goal of lengthening the battery life in mind. Mind you, the battery itself is the largest ever put in a BlackBerry, (3505 mAh) so we're already off to a great start. Read on to see what else makes up the BlackBerry KEYone.

BlackBerry brings back the 48-hour flash sale on the BlackBerry Passport!

The last time BlackBerry hosted a 48-hour flash sale on the BlackBerry Passport, folks cleared ShopBlackBerry of all the BackBerry Passport Silver Editions. Seriously, there's none left. But if you're still looking to get an original BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry has fired up another 48-hour flash sale and you can snag one for a great price!

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.

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.

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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