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Keyboard File brings a BlackBerry 10 style file manager to your Priv or KEYone

Following the release of the awesome Keyboard Browser for Android, developer Alain Grange has now released a new a file manager app for Android as well. Taking on styling from BlackBerry 10, Keyboard File for Android allows you to enjoy the benefits of a physical keyboard for file management on your BlackBerry Priv or KEYone by integrating multiple keyboard shortcuts.


Billaway and BBM extend BBM Rewards to four new territories

When it comes to expanding the offerings within BBM, Creative Media Works has been on a roll. The latest version has brought better spam protection, video for Group Chat, a cleaner user interface, and more including the expansion of BBM Rewards to four new territories, after the initial release in South Africa, the U.S. and Canada. BBM users in Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore and the UK can now earn rewards by responding to surveys and other activities.

The technology used for this service relies on Billaway's marketing platform, which can be integrated seamlessly into any mobile application. Since launching in South Africa two months ago, BBM Messenger users are saving up to 80% of their monthly airtime bill via BBM Rewards.

BBM Rewards enables market research firms, polls and survey companies to seek consumer insights on a variety of topics such as sports, beauty, politics, food, technology and more.

"Consumers' opinions on important issues, current events, products and services are very valuable to organizations providing market research, polls and surveys. With BBM Rewards, you can now trade your thoughts and opinions for free mobile airtime, gaming credits or even tickets to local attractions," explains Paul Harkins, CEO of Billaway. "BBM Rewards is an easy, fun and best of all, cost-free way to lower your mobile bill and reduce costs on daily expenses."

As noted by Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company, which operates and runs BBM globally "We've been busy adding a ton of new services to the BBM Discover menu that we know BBM users are interested to use in their daily lives. We are focusing on working with best-in-breed partners like Billaway to provide an enriched experience within BBM, giving users more compelling reasons to share BBM content and services with their friends and family."

Billaway and BBM Messenger Further Extends BBM Rewards to Four New Territories

BBM Messenger Users in Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore and the UK Can Earn Free Mobile Airtime and Other Rewards by Responding to Surveys and Other Activities

Singapore, July 6, 2017 – Following the series of successful launches with BBM Messenger in South Africa, the U.S. and Canada, Billaway, a U.S. based marketing technology company that enables mobile phone consumers the ability to earn rewards, today further extends BBM Rewards with Creative Media Works, which operates as BBM, for consumers across Android and iOS platforms in Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

BBM Messenger users across the four markets can now earn mobile airtime or gift cards via BBM Rewards when they engage in surveys and other activities. Free mobile airtime is available to anyone who uses the BBM Messenger application, which can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android smartphones. To participate in the service, the user simply clicks on 'Rewards' in the BBM Discover menu within BBM Messenger.

The technology used for this service relies on Billaway's marketing platform, which can be integrated seamlessly into any mobile application. Since launching in South Africa two months ago, BBM Messenger users are saving up to 80% of their monthly airtime bill via BBM Rewards.

BBM Rewards enables market research firms, polls and survey companies to seek consumer insights on a variety of topics such as sports, beauty, politics, food, technology and more.

"Consumers' opinions on important issues, current events, products and services are very valuable to organizations providing market research, polls and surveys. With BBM Rewards, you can now trade your thoughts and opinions for free mobile airtime, gaming credits or even tickets to local attractions," explains Paul Harkins, CEO of Billaway. "BBM Rewards is an easy, fun and best of all, cost-free way to lower your mobile bill and reduce costs on daily expenses."

BBM Messenger is one of the largest mobile messaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a free messaging application for communication (text and video) to a social eco-system unifying chat, social, commerce and services including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, news, games, comics, video, shopping, travel, career, sports and polls.

According to Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company, which operates and runs BBM globally, "We've been busy adding a ton of new services to the BBM Discover menu that we know BBM users are interested to use in their daily lives. We are focusing on working with best-in-breed partners like Billaway to provide an enriched experience within BBM, giving users more compelling reasons to share BBM content and services with their friends and family."

*BBM is available on the App Store and Google Play for free download.

About BBM

On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) – one of Indonesia's largest media, content and technology businesses – announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM's research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:

  • Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit www.bbm.com.

Make sure you grab the latest updates from Google Play or the App Store today to ensure you have access to all the latest BBM additions.


STAGE360 mobile music and content service now available on BBM

The Discover tab in BBM continues to grow as BBM brings in new services and content to the platform. The latest to appear comes by way of Stream.Digital who today launched STAGE360 Music, a South African first mobile music and content service.


BlackBerry begins rollout of July Android security update

The BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team has now announced they have begun the rollout of the July 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 July 1st, 2017 or later.


BlackBerry KEYone now officially available in Belgium from Fnac!

If you live in Belgium and have been waiting to get your hands on the BlackBerry KEYone, Fnac can help you out. The retailer has now put their BlackBerry KEYone sales live on their website with retail pricing set at €599, which is certainly better pricing that what some of the third-party retailers have been selling the KEYone for.


From the Editor's Desk: Celebration and reflection

Hard to believe it's July already.

As usual, this month kicked off with Canada Day celebrations, which this year was extra special as it was the 150th anniversary of Canada. Across all of Canada, there were special events being held to honor the occasion. From a BlackBerry perspective, BlackBerry CEO John Chen took the time to write up a great post on the Inside BlackBerry blog highlighting the fact that even with BlackBerry's Global expansion, the company remains headquartered in Waterloo and their investment in Canada and Canadian innovation will continue.


MediaMarkt kicks off Testblogger campaign in Germany where you can test and keep a BlackBerry KEYone!

Live in Germany and want to test and keep a new BlackBerry KEYone? MediaMarkt has just opened up a TestBlogger campaign in the region that will facilitate just that. All you need to do is signup in their community and create some threads about what motivates you to want to try and keep a BlackBerry KEYone.

You have until June 30th to apply and on July 3rd four users will be selected from the Smart Wohnen Community based on their forum feedback. Now, you can already purchase the device in Germany from these fine retailers:


BlackBerry KEYone now available to pre-order in France from SFR

As BlackBerry Mobile continues to roll out the BlackBerry KEYone across various regions, they've now officially added the first French carrier to the list. SFR in France has now put their BlackBerry KEYone pre-orders live with shipments expected to start being delivered as of the first week of July.


Canadian unlocked versions of the BlackBerry KEYone pushed back until later this summer

Not exactly a bad problem to have if you're BlackBerry Mobile.

When the BlackBerry KEYone was announced as coming in an unlocked version in Canada, BlackBerry Mobile intended to have the device available starting in June but as it stands now, folks in Canada looking to purchase the unlocked version will have to wait until later this summer.


Pre-orders of the BlackBerry KEYone sell out in Japan, official launch happens on June 29!

Through their partners Fox. Inc and Caseplay, BlackBerry Mobile kicked off pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone in Japan on June 22. Demand for the KEYone in saw the latest Android-powered BlackBerry sell out in about an hour but if you missed out on placing your order, you can still do so.


BlackBerry Notable update allows you to edit an existing image you previously saved

Since its release back in February, BlackBerry Notable hasn't had any uhh notable changes made to the app but a new update rolling out through Google Play right now addresses one of the larger issues with the content creation and sharing app, being the inability to edit an existing image you previously saved.


Evernote will discontinue support for Evernote for BlackBerry 10 as of June 29

A little bit of sad news for those of you out there who are using Evernote on BlackBerry 10. As per emails being sent out from Evernote today, and support documents posted to their site, Evernote will discontinue support for Evernote for BlackBerry 10 as of June 29.


Which BlackBerry KEYone wallpaper is your favorite?

The BlackBerry KEYone comes packed with over a dozen different stock wallpapers to choose from and we want to know which one is your favorite! Using the poll below select your favorite wallpaper and cast your vote.


Listen to the replay of BlackBerry's Q1 Fiscal 2018 earnings call

If you weren't able to tune into BlackBerry's Q1 Fiscal 2018 earnings call, you can now listen to the full replay. As noted in BlackBerry's press release, there was plenty of highlights for the quarter and several relevant announcements made after the quarter closed.


BlackBerry announces common share purchase program

In addition to announcing their Q1 Fiscal 2018 results, BlackBerry has now also announced that it has received acceptance from the Toronto Stock Exchange to purchase for cancellation up to 31,000,000 BlackBerry common shares, representing approximately 6.4% of the outstanding public float as at May 31, 2017.

"The purpose of this repurchase program is to offset a portion of the expected dilution from our equity incentive plan and from conversion of our 3.75% Debentures," said BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen. "We intend to take advantage of our strong cash position to purchase our shares when the market price does not reflect what we view to be the underlying value and future prospects of our business, without adversely affecting our strategic initiatives," added Mr. Chen.

The actual number of shares to be purchased and the timing and pricing of any purchases under the share repurchase program will depend on future market conditions and upon potential alternative uses for cash resources.

BlackBerry Announces Common Share Purchase Program

Jun 23, 2017 WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(June 23, 2017) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) today announced that it has received acceptance from the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") with respect to a normal course issuer bid ("NCIB") to purchase for cancellation up to 31,000,000 BlackBerry common shares, representing approximately 6.4% of the outstanding public float as at May 31, 2017. BlackBerry can purchase the common shares pursuant to the NCIB through the facilities of the TSX, over the Nasdaq Stock Market or through alternative trading systems. Any BlackBerry common shares purchased through the NCIB will be cancelled.

As of May 31, 2017, BlackBerry had 531,475,629 common shares outstanding and the public float was 481,212,321 common shares, and the average daily trading volume on the TSX for the 6 months prior to June 1, 2017 was 1,378,965. Daily purchases through the facilities of the TSX will be limited to 344,741 common shares, other than block purchases. BlackBerry has entered into an automatic repurchase plan dated as of June 22, 2017 with TD Securities Inc. to allow for the repurchase of common shares at times when BlackBerry ordinarily would not be active in the market due to its own internal trading blackout periods, insider trading rules or otherwise. Purchases under the NCIB may commence on June 27, 2017 and will terminate on June 26, 2018 or on such earlier date as BlackBerry has repurchased the maximum number of common shares permitted under the NCIB.

In the past 12 months, BlackBerry repurchased for cancellation US$5,036,000 principal amount of its then-outstanding 6% unsecured convertible debentures (the "6% Debentures") at a weighted average price of US$105.26 per US$100.00 principal amount of 6% Debentures. In September 2016, BlackBerry redeemed all of the remaining 6% Debentures and completed a private placement of new 3.75% unsecured convertible debentures (the "3.75% Debentures").

On June 21, 2017, the shareholders of BlackBerry approved an increase in the number of shares available under BlackBerry's equity incentive plan. "The purpose of this repurchase program is to offset a portion of the expected dilution from our equity incentive plan and from conversion of our 3.75% Debentures," said BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen. "We intend to take advantage of our strong cash position to purchase our shares when the market price does not reflect what we view to be the underlying value and future prospects of our business, without adversely affecting our strategic initiatives," added Mr. Chen.

The price that BlackBerry will pay for any shares under the share repurchase program will be the prevailing market price at the time of purchase. The share repurchase program will be effected in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the TSX's normal course issuer bid rules, which contain restrictions on the number of shares that may be purchased on a single day, subject to certain exceptions for block purchases, based on the average daily trading volumes of BlackBerry's shares on the applicable exchange. In addition, subject to TSX approval, BlackBerry may enter into forward purchase or swap contracts in connection with common shares which may be settled by physical settlement, cash settlement or a combination thereof. The forward price will be based on market price, dividend yield and market interest rates.

The actual number of shares to be purchased and the timing and pricing of any purchases under the share repurchase program will depend on future market conditions and upon potential alternative uses for cash resources. There is no assurance that any shares will be purchased under the share repurchase program and BlackBerry may elect to modify, suspend or discontinue the program at any time without prior notice.

The TSX has not reviewed nor does it accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a mobile-native security software and services company dedicated to securing people, devices, processes and systems for today's enterprise. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.


BlackBerry reports profitability in Fiscal 2018 First Quarter

BlackBerry has now announced their Q1 fiscal 2018 results. Non-GAAP revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $244 million with GAAP revenue of $235 million. Approximately 79% of first quarter software and services revenue (excluding IP licensing and professional services) was recurring. BlackBerry had over 3,000 enterprise customer orders in the quarter.

"In Q1, we made great progress strengthening our strategic position in emerging growth markets, most notably in cybersecurity and the Enterprise of Things," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "We secured key design wins in high growth segments of automotive technology, including advanced driver assist, digital instrument cluster and our hypervisor solution. Our ecosystem is growing with Qualcomm and NVIDIA adopting BlackBerry technology for their automotive platforms. Furthermore, we have been recognized once again as a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant on the strength of our BlackBerry Secure platform."

Q1 Highlights

  • Q1 non-GAAP total revenue of $244 million; GAAP total revenue of $235 million
  • Q1 non-GAAP Company total software and services revenues of $169 million; GAAP Company total software and services revenues of $160 million
  • Q1 non-GAAP gross margin of 67%; GAAP gross margin of 64%
  • Total cash balance increased to $2.6 billion at the end of the fiscal first quarter
  • Awarded $940 million from the positive outcome of the Qualcomm arbitration
  • Launched AtHoc ACCOUNT, a new FedRAMP-authorized solution that enables government agencies and large organizations to account for personnel in real time; BlackBerry AtHoc is the only platform to achieve FedRAMP authorization for crisis communications
  • TCL initiated shipments of the BlackBerry KEYone, as part of the Company's licensing program
  • BB Merah Putih initiated shipments of the BlackBerry Aurora, as part of the Company's licensing program
  • Launched BlackBerry SHIELD, an assessment tool for cybersecurity risk management; partnered with Allied World to make the tool available to its cyber insurance policyholders
  • After the quarter, launched QNX Hypervisor 2.0, which enables the partitioning and isolation of safety critical environments in connected cars
  • After the quarter, announced that Qualcomm is adopting QNX Hypervisor 2.0 in support of its digital cockpit solutions
  • After the quarter, BlackBerry named a "Leader" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites
  • After the quarter, announced the general availability of BBM Enterprise SDK to address the Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) market; more than 60 ISVs are using the tool to develop mobile apps for iOS and Android

"Our financial foundation is solid," continued Chen. "We reported non-GAAP profitability for the third consecutive quarter, and our balance sheet continues to strengthen. More importantly, we are better positioned to invest in our strategic areas of focus to drive long-term sustainable growth, while returning capital through share repurchases to further enhance shareholder value."

"Our outlook for fiscal 2018 is unchanged. We expect growth at or above the overall market in software and services. We also expect to be profitable on a non-GAAP basis and to generate positive free cash flow for the full year, excluding the benefit of the Qualcomm arbitration award."

BlackBerry Reports Profitability in Fiscal 2018 First Quarter

Jun 23, 2017 WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(June 23, 2017) -

Q1 non-GAAP EPS of $0.02 vs. $0.00 a year ago; GAAP EPS of $1.23 vs. ($1.28) loss a year ago BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global software leader in securing, connecting and mobilizing enterprises, today reported financial results for the three months ended May 31, 2017 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Q1 Highlights

  • Q1 non-GAAP total revenue of $244 million; GAAP total revenue of $235 million
  • Q1 non-GAAP Company total software and services revenues of $169 million; GAAP Company total software and services revenues of $160 million
  • Q1 non-GAAP gross margin of 67%; GAAP gross margin of 64%
  • Total cash balance increased to $2.6 billion at the end of the fiscal first quarter
  • Awarded $940 million from the positive outcome of the Qualcomm arbitration
  • Launched AtHoc ACCOUNT, a new FedRAMP-authorized solution that enables government agencies and large organizations to account for personnel in real time; BlackBerry AtHoc is the only platform to achieve FedRAMP authorization for crisis communications
  • TCL initiated shipments of the BlackBerry KEYone, as part of the Company's licensing program
  • BB Merah Putih initiated shipments of the BlackBerry Aurora, as part of the Company's licensing program
  • Launched BlackBerry SHIELD, an assessment tool for cybersecurity risk management; partnered with Allied World to make the tool available to its cyber insurance policyholders
  • After the quarter, launched QNX Hypervisor 2.0, which enables the partitioning and isolation of safety critical environments in connected cars
  • After the quarter, announced that Qualcomm is adopting QNX Hypervisor 2.0 in support of its digital cockpit solutions
  • After the quarter, BlackBerry named a "Leader" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites
  • After the quarter, announced the general availability of BBM Enterprise SDK to address the Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) market; more than 60 ISVs are using the tool to develop mobile apps for iOS and Android

Q1 Results

Non-GAAP revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $244 million with GAAP revenue of $235 million. Approximately 79% of first quarter software and services revenue (excluding IP licensing and professional services) was recurring. BlackBerry had over 3,000 enterprise customer orders in the quarter.

Non-GAAP operating income was $14 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.02. GAAP operating income was $536 million. GAAP net income for the quarter was $671 million, or $1.23 per fully diluted share. GAAP net income includes $25 million in amortization of acquired intangibles, $17 million in restructuring charges, $218 million of fair value adjustment related to the debentures, $815 million in expense recovery and $139 million in investment income related to the positive outcome of the Qualcomm arbitration, and other amounts as summarized in a table below.

Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments increased by $855 million to approximately $2.6 billion as of May 31, 2017. This reflects free cash flow of $860 million, which includes cash flow from operations of $863 million. Excluding $605 million in the face value of the Company's debt, the net cash balance at the end of the quarter was approximately $1.9 billion. There were no purchase orders with contract manufacturers at the end of the first quarter, or at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, down from $150 million a year ago.

"In Q1, we made great progress strengthening our strategic position in emerging growth markets, most notably in cybersecurity and the Enterprise of Things," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "We secured key design wins in high growth segments of automotive technology, including advanced driver assist, digital instrument cluster and our hypervisor solution. Our ecosystem is growing with Qualcomm and NVIDIA adopting BlackBerry technology for their automotive platforms. Furthermore, we have been recognized once again as a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant on the strength of our BlackBerry Secure platform."

"Our financial foundation is solid," continued Chen. "We reported non-GAAP profitability for the third consecutive quarter, and our balance sheet continues to strengthen. More importantly, we are better positioned to invest in our strategic areas of focus to drive long-term sustainable growth, while returning capital through share repurchases to further enhance shareholder value."

"Our outlook for fiscal 2018 is unchanged. We expect growth at or above the overall market in software and services. We also expect to be profitable on a non-GAAP basis and to generate positive free cash flow for the full year, excluding the benefit of the Qualcomm arbitration award."

Conference Call and Webcast

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 by logging on at http://ca.blackberry.com/company/investors/events.html. 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 #23915085 or by clicking the link above.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a mobile-native security software and services company dedicated to securing people, devices, processes and systems for today's enterprise. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the Company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.


BlackBerry Hub now supports BBM Enterprise, Facebook lite, Messenger lite, Signal, TextNow and QQ accounts!

These updates have now reached public release and have now started rolling out through Google Play.

The latest beta for BlackBerry Hub has started rolling out through Google Play and this release is pretty huge for integrations being added. This time around, BBM Enterprise, Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite, QQ, Signal, and TextNow accounts have been added in addition to a few other notable improvements.


Watch the replay of the BlackBerry Annual General Shareholders Meeting 2017

If you missed out on tuning into BlackBerry's AGM held in Waterloo on June 21st, you can now watch the video replay. It was all pretty standard as CEO John Chen shared milestones in the company's journey so far, how they delivered on the Fiscal Year 2017 promises and how they are now focused on securing, connecting, and mobilizing the Enterprise of Things as a leading business software provider.


SEGA Forever brings Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, and more to mobile for free!

Are you not really into any of the new games out there? Longing for some retro games on your smartphone? If so, SEGA Networks Inc. has just what you're looking for. The first batch of the SEGA Forever collection has now been announced and made available for both Android and iOS.


BlackBerry announces election results for the company's Board of Directors

Ahead of BlackBerry announcing their Q1 Fiscal 2018 results on Friday, June 23, 2017, the company has now announced the election results for the company's Board of Directors during their annual, and special meeting of shareholders held on June 21, 2017.


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