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BlackBerry and Appdome enable codeless integration of Secure Voice, Video and Messaging

Expanding on their already existing relationship, BlackBerry and Appdome have now announced they have teamed up to enable codeless integration of secure voice, video and messaging capabilities through the use of the BBM Enterprise SDK.

BlackBerry begins rollout of August Android security update

The BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team has now announced they have begun the rollout of the August Android security update for BlackBerry smartphones. Once downloaded and installed, you should see your security patch level change and this time around, it will appear as August 5, 2017, or later.

Grab the first episode of Disney's new DuckTales series from Google Play for free!

The rebooted DuckTales series from Disney XD premiered this weekend, but if you missed it, you can now go ahead and get yourself caught up. The first double-episode special "Woo-oo" is now available for free on Google Play.

Vuzix teams up with BlackBerry to deliver M300 Smart Glasses to Enterprise customers

As BlackBerry continues to expand their BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) software, they've now announced a new partnership with Vuzix that will see Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses working with BlackBerry UEM, enabling IT departments to manage and secure the data accessed and captured.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen discusses hardware partnerships, growth strategy and more!


BlackBerry CEO John Chen headed to Indonesia this week for some meetings and during his time there he spoke with Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia to discuss many topics. Among them, BlackBerry's recent hardware partnerships, growth strategy and markets and how BlackBerry is competing in the Internet and Enterprise of Things market.

BlackBerry partners with Slack for BlackBerry UEM integration

As BlackBerry continues to expand their enterprise of things platform, they've been growing their partnerships as well to help with that. One of their latest partnerships, announced via the Inside BlackBerry blog, sees them team up with Slack for BlackBerry UEM integration through AppConfig.

To help better-enable developers, we joined the AppConfig Community earlier this year as an EMM member. Established in 2016, AppConfig simplifies deployment and adoption by establishing a common, native approach to development. By using AppConfig, development teams can create configuration policies for applications that work consistently no matter what platform they're on.

Through our membership in AppConfig, BlackBerry has formed partnerships with promising developers and organizations. Our most recent is with Slack, the powerful workplace collaboration platform. Through AppConfig, we've integrated BlackBerry UEM with Slack, supporting the launch of the app's mobility management offering.

Integrating BlackBerry UEM with Slack through AppConfig will allow our clients to deploy and manage it alongside our Dynamics-secured apps, including BlackBerry Work, 80+ ISV apps, and 4,000+ custom apps developed through our SDKs. As a recognized leader in mobile application management, BlackBerry's security expertise ensures you can equip your employees with everything they need to stay connected and productive – without worrying about compromising your data.

If you're looking to learn more about how Slack can integrate with Enterprise Mobility Management, they have a rather broad technical layout that provides more information right here. You can also check out the full post over at the Inside BlackBerry blog.

BlackBerry Mobile has something special to announce at IFA according to new teaser

As we know from the lead up to the BlackBerry KEYone, BlackBerry Mobile likes to drop a few teases here and there before they fully unveil something and according to a new teaser put out across their social channels, they'll have something special to announce during IFA in Berlin on September 1-6.

1000 free copies of SMS To Email Pro available for BlackBerry 10 from Runisoft

If you're looking to back up your SMS and MMS messages on BlackBerry 10, there's no better way than offloading to a secondary location. One app that can accomplish that for you is Runisofts SMS To Email Pro. Using SMS To Email Pro, which allows you to send your SMS and MMS messages automatically to any number of email addresses, and easily back them up or read them from your desktop email client. Right now, until August 31, you can snag a free copy for yourself.

BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black now available in India!

Right on time. As announced by Optiemus last week at their launch event in New Delhi, the BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black is now available exclusively from Amazon India. BlackBerry customers looking to get their hands on the limited edition black variant of the KEYone can place their order directly through Amazon for Rs. 39,990.00. Additionally, special offers are in place for American Express Card Members and those who sign up with Vodafone will get up to get up to 75GB additional data for 3 months.

BlackBerry KEYone arrives in South Africa August 8

As the roll out of the BlackBerry KEYone continues, BlackBerry Mobile has now announced that South Africa is next on the list of availability. Those looking to get their hands on KEYone in South Africa can do so beginning on August 8.

CrackBerry Podcast: Limited Edition Black

On this episode, we dig into the BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black news, discuss the BlackBerry Aurora, dual-SIM slot uses and more!

With the BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black now announced, we figured we should fire up a podcast to discuss the latest variation of the BlackBerry KEYone and how it falls into BlackBerry's licensing deals. Also on this podcast, we dig into some BlackBerry Aurora and share some thoughts on that device as well. We kept things simple and straight to the point, so settle in for the next 45 minutes and get yourself caught up! We'll get the audio posted as soon as possible for those who prefer to tune in that way instead of video.

You can now pre-order a special edition gold plated BlackBerry KEYone from Axiom

Sure, the Limited Edition Black KEYone announced for India is cool, but if you're looking for a KEYone that's a little more bespoke, Axiom might have what you're looking for. Right now, the retailer is taking pre-orders for their own special edition gold plated BlackBerry KEYone.

BlackBerry Productivity Tab update brings back the dedicated Tasks tab!

Sometimes when you make a change in an app it's really good and everyone loves it. Other times, it doesn't work out that way and you have to consider possibly reverting some of the changes. The latter is what happened with the BlackBerry Productivity Tab and the latest update aims to make things right after the Tasks tab was uncermonioulsy moved to the bottom of the calendar view.

Optiemus launches the BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black in India

After plenty of rumors and speculation, Optiemus has now launched the BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black in India. Unveiled at an event in New Delhi, the BlackBerry KEYone limited edition black will be available exclusively from Amazon India and be made available starting on August 8 with pricing set at Rs. 39,990. Additionally, special offers are in place for American Express Card Members and those who sign up with Vodafone will get up to get up to 75GB additional data for 3 months.

Your Ready Business: BlackBerry is back and the KEYone is ready for business

With the BlackBerry KEYone now available from Vodafone, the folks at Your Ready Business recently sat down with Logan Bell, Senior Product Manager BlackBerry Mobile, TCL Communication, to discuss the Android-powered Smartphone and why it's designed for businesses.

"The business person's friend is back." BlackBerry has always held a special place in the hearts of people who do business. The functionality, the security features, and slick design made it the obvious choice for anyone who wanted to work harder, stay safer and make the right impression.

Well, the phones you knew and loved are gone, replaced by something bigger, brighter and bolder, but still retaining the iconic BlackBerry features you know and love. That's right; the keyboard is back.

There have been a lot of changes though, including the biggest battery on a BlackBerry phone… ever. So, you get 26 hours of mixed use – watching videos, calls, emails – it's an all day battery. It's ideal for remote workers who are always on the go. If you've ever been in a situation where your battery is dying, and you can't find a plug for a quick charge, then you'll definitely appreciate it. And assuming you do manage to drain the battery, the Qualcomm Quick charge 3.0 feature charges the KEYOne up to 50% in just 36 minutes.

The full blog post (and video) cover a lot of the features most CrackBerry readers already know about the KEYone but in case you're not familiar or are looking for more info about the KEYone, you'll want to hit play and read the post.

Read the full post at Your Ready Business

See the BlackBerry KEYone at Vodafone UK

BlackBerry KEYone looks all set to launch in India soon

Over the past few weeks, rumors and speculation surrounding the BlackBerry KEYone coming to India have been plentiful but it's looking now as though an official announcement is coming soon. The BlackBerry Mobile India Twitter and Instagram accounts have lit up with new teases, a new YouTube channel has been created and BlackBerry's own Alex Thurber has been busy packing for a trip to India.

Every BlackBerry fan should have one of these patent posters

While scrolling through our CrackBerry Slack channel this morning, I happened to notice Adam had dropped a link to what appeared to be a patent site seemingly showing off a BlackBerry patent. To my surprise, it wasn't really a patent site at all but rather a shop, called Retro Patents, where you could buy prints of patents to be used as posters. The one he had linked to was the very first BlackBerry patent.

BlackBerry KEYone now available at Sprint retail locations

As the first U.S. carrier to release the BlackBerry KEYone, Sprint started off their sales by making the device available online and through direct ship but now Sprint retail locations have begun sales as well. If you're a Sprint customer looking to pick up the KEYone you can swing by a Sprint retail location and walk out with a brand new KEYone of your very own.

Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone now available in Canada from Walmart

Users are reporting that DTEK60 devices were being shipped rather than KEYone units due to what looks like a UPC listing error on Walmarts end. BlackBerry Mobile's last update made clear that KEYone would be available unlocked in Canada later this summer. There is a new listing on Walmart CA that has KEYone at $729 and is currently out of stock... Developing.

When the BlackBerry KEYone was initially announced as coming in an unlocked version in Canada, BlackBerry Mobile planned to have the device available starting in June but that release eventually got pushed to 'later this summer' due carrier partner demand. It's now later this summer, and Walmart has begun selling the KEYone unlocked in Canada.

BlackBerry Privacy Shade gains some minor tweaks in latest beta

In addition to the new BBM beta being rolled out, BlackBerry has also released a new BlackBerry Privacy Shade beta. Granted, the changes are small this time around but still worth a mention for those who use the app as the minor fixes will improve the overall experience.

What's New

  • You can now toggle the finder outline on or off
  • You can now enable/disable the filter from covering the virtual keyboard

As we near the end of the month, and reach the time when BlackBerry typically updates all their BlackBerry Hub+ Suite apps, folks waiting for this beta to go public likely won't have that much longer to wait. In the meantime, you can get a closer look at the BlackBerry Privacy Shade app in the video below or download the current version from Google Play right now.

Download BlackBerry Privacy Shade from Google Play