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Appdome for BlackBerry Dynamics expands to include BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher

For those you out there working with Appdome for BlackBerry Dynamics, Appdome today has announced an expansion to include the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher, making it easy for developers and non-developers, to add the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher onto their workplace apps at the click of a single button and no coding required.

"The BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher makes enterprise mobility relevant, mobile apps accessible and the benefit of mobile management tangible for all mobile users," said Tom Tovar, CEO of Appdome. Enterprise users of Appdome can now add the launcher as part of any mobile integration project, complete the integration in seconds and showcase the expanded app coverage enabled through our platform.

Our goal is to increase the adoption and usage of secure mobile applications in the enterprise and provide organizations with unique and flexible solutions," said Billy Ho, executive vice president, Enterprise Product and Value-Added Solutions, BlackBerry. "This latest integration with Appdome allows us to grow our enterprise ecosystem and accelerates the reach of BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher."

The BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher integration option is available within the Mobility Management category of Appdome's platform by selecting the BlackBerry Dynamics SDK and enabling the launcher integration option. If you're looking to learn more, watch a replay of BlackBerry and Appdome's joint demo-driven webinar showcasing the codeless integration of the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher.

Appdome for BlackBerry Dynamics Expands to Include BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher for Single Point of Access to Business Apps and Tasks

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Appdome, the mobile industry's first cloud hub for mobile app integration, today announces the expansion of its automated service for BlackBerry Dynamics to include the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher. The launcher offers a secure mobile desktop as an overlay to mobile apps, making business apps and tasks easily accessible and actionable in one place. Appdome now allows enterprise users - developers and non-developers - to add the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher onto their workplace apps at the click of a single button. Like other mobile integration choices performed on Appdome, the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher is an optional-add feature, and no code or coding is required.

"The BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher makes enterprise mobility relevant, mobile apps accessible and the benefit of mobile management tangible for all mobile users," said Tom Tovar, CEO of Appdome. "Enterprise users of Appdome can now add the launcher as part of any mobile integration project, complete the integration in seconds and showcase the expanded app coverage enabled through our platform."

Simplifying use and expanding adoption

As a central point for users to access and switch between apps approved for their workplace, the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher streamlines workflows and boosts user productivity. The launcher eliminates delayed workflows, as users no longer need to waste time searching for the right apps in a stack of personal apps. It also eliminates the need to open and close various apps to complete a task.

"Our goal is to increase the adoption and usage of secure mobile applications in the enterprise and provide organizations with unique and flexible solutions," said Billy Ho, executive vice president, Enterprise Product and Value-Added Solutions, BlackBerry. "This latest integration with Appdome allows us to grow our enterprise ecosystem and accelerates the reach of BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher."

Appdome users that select to integrate the BlackBerry Dynamics SDK can now add the launcher to the same integration completed on the Appdome platform. This expands BlackBerry's reach to customers that require the development resources to add multiple SDKs to apps or that use apps without native support for the launcher.

The BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher integration option is available within the Mobility Management category of Appdome's platform by selecting the BlackBerry Dynamics SDK and enabling the launcher integration option.

To learn more, watch a replay of BlackBerry and Appdome's joint demo-driven webinar showcasing the codeless integration of the BlackBerry Dynamics Launcher.

About Appdome

Appdome is a productivity platform for mobile integration, providing the rapid integration of multiple third-party functions to apps, shortening the deployment cycle and connecting mobile apps to other services on demand. The codeless service operates as a mobile integration workflow in the cloud, and allows users to perform integration projects on the final application package. No source code or development expertise is required. Likewise, no modifications to an app or an SDK are required to complete integration projects on the platform. The solution is currently used by the world's leading financial, healthcare and e-commerce companies to support productivity, compliance and security for consumers and employees. Appdome was rated a "Cool Vendor" in Mobile Security by Gartner in 2015. The company is based in Silicon Valley, United States and Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, visit www.appdome.com.

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Ace three top cybersecurity certification exams with this $69 bundle!

The cybersecurity business is booming and shows no signs of slowing down; it seems like every day there is a new high profile hack or breach. That means the need for professionals in this field is at an all-time high.

Break into a new cybersecurity career with this certification training bundle! Learn more

What you need is a bundle of courses that starts with the basics of cybersecurity and moves through to more advanced topics covered in the certification exams needed to break into this lucrative industry.

Right now, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a deal on a Cybersecurity Certification Mega Bundle that includes the training needed to pass three top certification exams. Instead of the usual $999 price tag, you can right now get it at $69. That's 93% off the regular price.

Following completion of the courses in this bundle, you'll be set to ace the CISA, CISM, and CISSP certification exams. These three certifications are among the top needed and are what potential employers look for.

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If you're ready to jump into a new, lucrative cybersecurity career, this bundle will help you get where you're going. Access remains open forever once you're enrolled, but this deal is only here for a limited time.

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Charge from anywhere with this 12600mAh power bank for just $40 today!

There is nothing worse than having your phone about to die and being nowhere near a wall outlet to charge it up. Luckily you can charge from anywhere with BlackBerry's 12600mAh power bank, so you don't need to hunt down a pesky outlet again. The battery pack is slim and portable, and right now you can pick one up for $40.

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Due to demand, TELUS will be offering the BlackBerry KEYone to consumer customers

When the Canadian carriers for the BlackBerry KEYone were announced, TELUS customers were quick to point out that only business accounts were eligible to purchase the KEYone through their services. Now, due to demand and customer feedback, TELUS has decided to change course and make the BlackBerry KEYone available to consumer customers in 'the very near future'.

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VPN on BlackBerry KEYone

A good VPN isn't as complicated as it used to be, but it's still a pretty big step for a "regular" user to take. But it's time to get my family used to it. Their data may depend on it.

Over the past year I've been slowly moving my family to more secure options for their phones and computers. Password managers — to promote the usage of longer and stronger passwords — was the first step. Then we all moved to more secure messaging.

Now it's time for the big one. The one I'd been dreading. VPNs.

I've been using Virtual Private Networks for years. Almost exclusively for work, but I was plenty familiar with the principle. But while I'm certainly no expert in networking, I wasn't looking forward to trying to explain all this to my wife and kids. And, actually, it's still a work in progress.

The main issues:

  • What is a VPN?
  • Why would you need a VPN?
  • When do you need to use a VPN?
  • OK, fine. Now how do I use a VPN?
  • Which VPN should I use?

Not overly difficult questions, right? But when you're taking something that just works — our phones and our computers — and adding yet another layer of complexity atop what already has become more annoying with incomprehensible passwords and seventeen different messaging apps ... Well, I get it. Is a VPN something we really need to use?

Yeah, it is.

I'll keep this relatively short.

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A VPN is far from foolproof, but you'd be a fool to not use one.

What is a VPN?

A VPN is like a private tunnel created within the Internet stream to which you've connected. Whether you're at home, at work, in public — wherever.

When you're using a VPN, all of your data will flow — encrypted — through the VPN to the end destination, and look like it's coming from something other than your computer. So instead of looking like it's coming from computer aaa.bbb.c.c, it'll look like it's coming from xxx.yyy.z.z.

And if you choose a VPN provider with exit points outside of your home country, you can disguise your location — handy for when you're, say, traveling and are unable to get to your home content.

Why would you need a VPN?

Any time you want to have a strong layer of security around your internet traffic is when you'll want to use a VPN. That may be all the time. That may be only part of the time. That part's up to you.

Also sometimes content isn't available where you are, so you want to look like you're somewhere else. When I was on a work trip in China a couple years ago, things like Facebook and Twitter and loads of other services were unavailable behind the government firewall. For other folks it's about being able to see content (sports, for example) outside of the home area.

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Or maybe you just want to disguise your location on principle.

More recent and for many folks more concerning, has been the recent Net Neutrality rollback making its way through Washington. Internet Service Providers. Ignoring the politics of the matter, it really comes down to whether you trust your ISP (or mobile provider) to not do something with your data that you'd disapprove of.

It's your data. It should stay that way.

It's not just about trusting your ISP — it's about having to worry as much whether you can trust your ISP.

When should you use a VPN?

We've all done it a million times. Walked into a coffee shop, leeched off the free Wifi longer than we were supposed to, logging into all sorts of things while we were there. Free, unsecured Wifi.

At the gym. ... At the mall. ... On a plane. ... In the grocery store. ... Think of the number of places you've ever connected to an unsecured network without giving it a second thought. Is it likely someone was sniffing packets while you doing your thing? Who knows. But if someone wanted to, they could see any unencrypted traffic you were passing along. And I don't know about you, but that's not really the sort of thing I keep track of that that sort of level.

At a bare minimum that's when you're going to want to use a VPN. It's pretty much the only time I worry about it, other than when I have specific things I need to do for work that require a VPN.

As for the rest of the time? It's a matter of trust. Do you trust your ISP to not hand over your data — where you've gone online, and what you've potentially done while there — or, perhaps even more annoyingly, to not inject its own ads (or worse) whenever and however it wants? VPNs will help guard against this.

Using a VPN has gotten much easier — remembering to do so may be the hardest part.

How do you use a VPN

The good news: This has gotten easier over the years. Yes, there are plenty of lightweight clients that let you load configuration files manually. And if you're OK with that, great.

But most services out there also have standalone apps that take care of the details for you. You load up their app on your phone or computer, enter your username and password (which, by the way, probably shouldn't be something someone could recognize you by, since the idea here is to be a little more secretive than usual), and off you go.

Yes, it's an extra step and a few clicks. But not too much more than that.

Which VPN should you use?

Here's the thing: I don't know.

There are dozens and dozens of VPN providers out there. They all do things differently. Some are free. Some aren't. The basic rule of thumb, though, is that if you're not paying for a product, then you are the product. And when you're trying to protect your data it's not time to skimp.

You're going to want to do a little homework here. Read reviews. Read the blog posts from VPN companies. Check out the VPN subreddit. (I thought this piece from ProtonMail was really good.) Ask lots of questions. And don't be afraid to change providers if one does something you're not comfortable with. Commercial products are there to make money, first and foremost. That doesn't mean there aren't good commercial VPNs out there, but stay vigilant.

I'd recommend reading That One Privacy Site, which has an excellent comparison chart of VPN services. And for the more technically inclined, Ars Technica has a good tutorial on rolling your own VPN. (But even I haven't gone that far — yet.)

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The bottom line

If it seems like VPN providers are thirsty, that's because they are. Security and privacy are more important than ever, and they'll continue to be for a long, long time. That means there's a lot of money to be had.

Be wary of deals that sound too good to be true. Be skeptical. But also don't be afraid to pay for a service. Just remember that you're paying it to protect your data.

And above all, remember to use your VPN once you've got it.

Also: The pros and cons of using a VPN on your phone

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The BlackBerry KEYone is a great Android phone with an even greater keyboard

Don't call it a comeback! I've been here for years.

This isn't a typical review of a smartphone. I usually don't write those, because I'm not as good at it as others are and I've worked here long enough to say things like "I don't wanna" and almost get away with it. But sometimes, I want to make words about a phone that can be read alongside a proper review from one of the guys who are great at writing them. That's what this is because I need to make words about the KEYone.

The BlackBerry KEYone is one of the finest phones you can buy today. I know, that sounds like it's full of hyperbole and something a person would be paid to say, but trust me on this — it's an honest opinion from a dude who has been around smartphones, and BlackBerrys, since they were invented.

BlackBerry and I got a divorce when BBOS died.

Some of you guys already know, but I'm a BlackBerry guy at heart. At least, not if you count the gap between BBOS 7 and Android known as BB10. I still think the best smartphone I ever had was my old 8830, back when Sprint was good and BIS was a thing. I talked my boss into letting me keep it rather than "upgrade" to a newer Curve. When both of those things changed, I did, too.

While BB10 turned out to be a fine OS, at first it just didn't offer anything I wanted. I missed the awesome way email and messaging was handled, and it wasn't enough of an "entertainment device" to make me give up my iPod. I get that RIM had to change to try to stay in the race and that these things take time, but they lost me. I already had an Android phone (the HTC Hero) because I wanted to tinker with Linux on a phone, so I went for it. In retrospect, I'm glad I did. Especially when I took the KEYone out of the box and everything went full circle.

I'll come right out and say it, this is the best BlackBerry has offered (yes, I understand the relationship between BlackBerry Mobile and TCL, but still, it's a BlackBerry) in a long while and a pretty damn good Android phone at the same time. It's also the phone that might finally pull you away from BlackBerry 10.

Kickass hardware

Tired of phones that are paper thin and can't go all day without plugging it in? Me, too. Apparently, the people who designed the KEYone are as well and didn't try to chase the unicorns from Apple and Samsung. No matter why it was designed the way it is, it works.

When you hold the KEYone you're going to notice, too. There's a reason why every review says the same thing: It's built solid, out of "high-end" materials and machined exceptionally well. It feels like a tool in your hands.

Every word written about how solid the KEYone is built is true, and here are some more.

The display is better than it should be. I'm used to screens from Samsung and Google, and they're pretty great. While the KEYone screen isn't as bright or as big, I haven't missed anything in the time I've been using it. It's also nicely beveled and inserted in the frame with no gap, which helps that premium feel thing it has going on. I was sure I'd hate watching a video or reading a web page or book on the KEYone, but I was wrong and it's a really nice LCD display that works just fine for doing the things I do with a smartphone.

Maybe if I played a lot of 3D games or tried to edit photos or video on a phone I'd have a different opinion, but I don't. If you're looking for a media-centric phone, you might not like it as much as I do. And that's cool — there are a lot of phones out there that can fit you better.

I'm also feeling pretty good about the "guts" inside of it. There's a reason they went with the Snapdragon 625. It's the same reason Motorola did with some of their recent "flagship" phones: The battery life. Compared to stronger processors, you get almost the same performance with almost double the time on your battery. You might see a wonk from time to time that can be attributed to not having the fastest mobile CPU, but those are few and far between while the battery life is always there.

Battery, Battery, Battery. You measure the life in days not hours.

One thing I think they should have done (and should do for the KEYtwo) is used 4GB of RAM. Loading the core BB experience in memory and keeping it there would do away with some of the software slowness people have seen. A phone with a "light" OS can get away with 3GB of RAM, but the KEYone would still benefit from the extra GB, especially while BlackBerry keeps improving the BlackBerry app suite. When they get it as fine-tuned on Android as it is on BB10, then it won't matter.

The rest of the base hardware meets or exceeds my needs so I don't have much to say. The touchscreen is responsive, the fingerprint reader is fast and the camera takes decent pictures without trying. I expect these things to work with no issue, so not having a complaint is akin to being great.

The KEYboard

And that's why we're here. There are two types of people in this world: Those who love having a physical keyboard on their phone and those who are wrong. Seriously, though, if you're a fan of having the qwerty experience in the palm of your hands you'll love this thing.

If you listened to the special KEYone podcast we recently did, you heard Kevin, Bla1ze, Daniel Bader and I try to describe the keyboard in relation to the BlackBerry phones everyone has used in the past. That's tough because it's different. So I'm not going to try to tell you it's like a mix of a Bold 9000 keyboard and the touchpad you use to get in the building where you work or anything of the sort.

The Keyboard is good for more than texting your friends or family: You can write reviews like this with it, too.

The keys are individually beveled rectangles that make me think of the word lozenge for some strange reason. They don't have a single corner that's raised so you can tell when you move from one key to the next, and the dot on the D key is the only indicator to help you know where your thumb is. When I first saw it, I was a little worried. But I'll be damned — it works just great. I'm typing this with it, in bed, beside my wife while she watches Netflix.

There's just enough of a bevel between the keys so you can quickly learn where your thumb needs to go and the flat smooth top means you zip between them quickly without pressing any random keys. That's important for gestures and swiping. Don't worry about the way the keyboard is made or being able to adjust. If my crusty thumb (seriously, my wife says my fingers are like leather) can do it, yours can, too.

The best part of it all is the software that powers it. You're a BlackBerry fan and know what can be done with a combination of physical keys and smart software. You've seen in with the Classic and the Passport, as well as the Priv. Minus a gesture or two (and I have no idea why they were left out) it's the same experience you already love. And it will only get better because the folks in Waterloo do nothing but work on software to make stuff better.

The software

Android is fun for people developing an operating system. There are some rules you need to follow if you want Google to give you all their software for free, but other than that you can do anything you want. Unlike some companies who abuse this to make a mess you can't get away from (I swear working at Android Central makes me thankful for anything that's not orange and blue and bright green) BlackBerry Mobile leaves the majority of it simple, uncluttered and refined.

What they did focus on is extending the security features and adding their software suite on top of Android 7.1.1. And that makes a difference. Some people want everything plus the kitchen sink on their phone, but there are also folks who want a basic system without random apps and services constantly running and doing things they'll never want to use. I'm one of the latter and like what BlackBerry has done with Android and love how they did it.

All of BlackBerry's software acts like an app and not an intrusion of the system itself. You don't want to use the Notable app? They just disable it and it never wakes up and never does anything. Nothing else depends on it being there doing things when you're not using it. You'll find this with other phones and some of the stuff they add to Android, but BB's software takes things up a notch and lets you disable things like the BlackBerry Hub+ Service, which is a core component of their software. Basically, you can shut the whole thing down except for DTEK, which apparently will never die. I have a long list of reasons why DTEK is useless to me and if you find me wheeled up to a bar one evening we can spend a pitcher or two discussing them.

Now I'm not saying you should disable everything BlackBerry added, but it's important to know that you can. Not only is it a pretty nice user convenience thing, but it's a privacy thing, too. If you do not want to use a thing, that thing should never be allowed to do it's thing. Android could use more of this.

Speaking of the Hub. You probably have seen people say the software can stutter on the KEYone from time to time. It's true. It doesn't happen very often since BlackBerry updated the software on the pre-release phones, but it still happens. This is mostly the fault of the Hub and the Productivity Tab. I know this because my KEYone uses the Google Pixel launcher, has everything BlackBerry shut off (except for that damned DTEK app) and I just don't see it anymore.

It took years to "fix" the Hub on BB10. Let's hope it's done faster this time.

This doesn't surprise me (Mr. Mobile and I spent a while troubleshooting what might be the problem when he was doing his awesome thing that he does) and it's really good news. Since all those things can be updated independently through the Google Play Store (seriously, I f'ing love it when a company does that) the software jank can be fixed in house and we can all click a button and update it.

Don't be discouraged at the thought of all this. There is no phone (or computer) made today or ever that runs 100% lag-free. Even the kings of smoothness — the iPhone 7 and Google Pixel — will twitch and stutter every now and then. Hardcore fans of either may not admit it, but that doesn't make it not true. The KEYone, with all the BlackBerry bells and whistles enabled, is more than acceptable when it comes to the performance of the software.

That "Most Secure" thing

I take issue with any company claiming they make the most secure anything. I'll say that upfront. I'll also say that most of the preconceived ideas people have about Android being insecure are wrong, too. You'll find that the people who claim it either have an agenda or simply confuse security with privacy.

Android is a very secure operating system until you make it insecure.

The problem is that it's easy to make Android insecure. You can literally tap a virtual switch and install any garbage-ware you want, then say no when the OS tries to stop you. You can also do this on the KEYone. It's the flip side of letting people do whatever they want when it comes to installing apps. You still have to agree to all the permissions, but we all know nobody reads or understands those and just says yes. Boom — you have an insecure phone that's wide open for malware and all the rest of the shit the internet is filled with.

The alternative is to force everyone to use an iStore when they want to install an app and make it difficult and expensive to publish apps on that iStore. This is a much better security model, and I don't knock Apple for doing it this way. The two ways of doing it are just different, and one is better at some things while the other is better at other things.

BlackBerry does a few things that beef up the security, and a few things that Google does and every other company making Android phones could do if they wanted. Together, it all makes the KEYone a very secure mobile device as long as it's used as intended — with Google Play Services updated and running and apps downloaded only through Google Play.

As long as you keep sending critical updates as soon as they are available, you call it anything you like, BlackBerry.

One important thing BlackBerry does is the verified boot process. Every time you turn on your KEYone the installed OS is checked to make sure it is 100% unchanged from the way BlackBerry wrote it. BlackBerry uses what they call a Hardware Root of Trust, a proprietary technique that adds security keys to the hardware itself. The KEYone, like the Priv and both DTEK models, is never going to run an operating system that isn't signed in-house in Waterloo. Yes, I know never is a big word and we shouldn't say it, but I'm saying it.

BlackBerry is not the only company who does this, though. But don't let that take away from the fact that they are doing it, and appreciate that security is at the forefront of the phone as a whole.

There's some debate about BlackBerry fixing what wasn't broken here.

But the most important thing BlackBerry does when it comes to security is care, and update. There is a reason Google and Qualcomm and Broadcomm and every other company involved in making software that runs on a phone send out software patches. Things need to be fixed before someone exploits them. It's important that the companies who use this software take these patches and promptly deliver them to the people like you and me who are using the phones. Unfortunately, in the Android world, that means Google and BlackBerry are the only two companies who do it correctly.

The debate about BlackBerry fixing what isn't broken when it comes to device security is always going to be there. At the same time, it's fine for BlackBerry to toot their own horn because they are doing things the right way when so many other companies aren't. Anyone who thinks any software is free from any exploits likely doesn't write it for a living. If your phone hasn't been updated this month, do you trust that you know more than the bad guys?

I won't say a BlackBerry is the most secure Android phone, but I will say it's one of the few companies who can get away with that tagline. You keep doing what you do, BlackBerry.

The KEYone is my new phone

Yeah, there are a lot of words here, but added together they all mean one thing — the KEYone is the phone I'm using every day.

And that's by choice. Like a mechanic who may have an awesome set of Snap-On ½" sockets that I really want, the tools of the trade here at Mobile Nations are phones. We all can pretty much use whatever phone we want to because we need to use a lot of phones. I have the latest Android phones from just about every company who makes them at my disposal, and I'll stick with the KEYone.

If I were able to design Android with a keyboard, it would look a lot like this.

This is Android with a keyboard done right. Hell, done better than right and there are things here I never asked for because I never thought of them. I just click with a keyboard on a phone, and I know a lot of you guys and gals do, too. If you're one of them, make sure you take a look at the KEYone. I know it's not BB 10, but let's be honest — BB10 is dead. Eventually, you have to find something new. I went through it with BBOS and the death of, and you'll have to go through it now.

The good news is that the KEYone is there to bridge the gap. It's the best BlackBerry you can buy and a great Android phone all at the same time.

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BlackBerry KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry’s software and security with TCL Communication’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers around the world.

Beyond the iconic BlackBerry design that’s been curated for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of additional features that truly reinvents communications for the professional consumer.

  • Built to last – An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made reliable for the demanding user, the BlackBerry KEYone combines a sleek aluminum frame and soft grip textured back built to offer the best in durability.
  • Runs Android™ 7.1 Nougat – Giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps - and will receive Google™ security patch updates.
  • The keyboard reimagined – Forget what you knew about keyboards, the BlackBerry Smart Keyboard goes beyond typing. It can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing even greater ease of use. And use it to scroll through web pages, the picture gallery or to take a picture.
  • Loaded with BlackBerry® Hub® – Bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account.
  • Unrivaled security features – The BlackBerry KEYone is designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience possible.
  • Long battery life – Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone offers roughly 26 hours of mixed use, thanks to its 3505mAh battery.
  • Impressive photo quality – The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.87 in
149.1 mm
2.85 in
72.4 mm
0.37 in
9.4 mm
6.35 oz
180 grams
  • Display:
    • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1620x1080 resolution
    • 434ppi
  • Chips:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    • 8x 2.0Ghz Cortex A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/20 PDAF rear camera
    • Dual-tone LED flash
    • 8MP ƒ/2.2 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3505 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 + boost charging
  • Software:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • DTEK security suite
    • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption
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The BlackBerry KEYone will officially be on-sale in Canada beginning May 31

In addition to the U.S. release announcement for the BlackBerry KEYone, Canadians looking to get their hands on the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone will be able to do so officially beginning May 31. Starting at $199 CAD on a two-year term, the BlackBerry KEYone will be available either in-store or online from Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel and TELUS.

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The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from Amazon and Best Buy starting May 31!

If you've been waiting to pick up BlackBerry KEYone in the U.S., BlackBerry Mobile has now announced the KEYone will be available from Amazon as well as select Best Buy stores and online at BestBuy.com for $549.99 USD.

"This is an extremely exciting and humbling moment as we introduce a new BlackBerry smartphone to customers here in the U.S. with the launch of our BlackBerry KEYone," said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication, North America. "The KEYone is unlike any other smartphone available to consumers today, offering a premium communication experience, ensuring that our customers enjoy the security, long battery life and great functionality that have made BlackBerry mobile devices so iconic.

One highlight noted in the press release will be important to those looking to purchase unlocked variations:

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available in two unlocked variants for U.S. customers, optimized for GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as a CDMA variant optimized for Verizon network support – with the CDMA variant available via Amazon at launch. Additional carrier availability of the BlackBerry KEYone – including Sprint retail availability – is expected to start this summer.

THE BLACKBERRY KEYONE WILL BE AVAILABLE BEGINNING MAY 31 IN THE U.S. FROM AMAZON AND BEST BUY

IRVINE, Calif. – May 30, 2017 – Today, TCL Communication, a leading global smartphone manufacturer and global smartphone licensing partner of BlackBerry Limited, is announcing that the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone will officially be on-sale in the U.S. beginning tomorrow, May 31. Available online from Amazon, this all-new BlackBerry smartphone will also be available at select Best Buy stores and online at BestBuy.com for $549.99 USD.

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available in two unlocked variants for U.S. customers, optimized for GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as a CDMA variant optimized for Verizon network support – with the CDMA variant available via Amazon at launch. Additional carrier availability of the BlackBerry KEYone – including Sprint retail availability – is expected to start this summer.

"This is an extremely exciting and humbling moment as we introduce a new BlackBerry smartphone to customers here in the U.S. with the launch of our BlackBerry KEYone," said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication, North America. "The KEYone is unlike any other smartphone available to consumers today, offering a premium communication experience, ensuring that our customers enjoy the security, long battery life and great functionality that have made BlackBerry mobile devices so iconic."

"BlackBerry fans in the U.S. will be extremely excited to have the BlackBerry KEYone available in their market," said Alex Thurber, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of the Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry. "Anyone who is an Android loyalist and values the mobile security and productivity that BlackBerry software brings will love this smartphone."

BUILT TO LAST

An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone is housed in a durable and sleek aluminum frame with a soft textured back for extra grip. It has a 4.5-inch touch display featuring impact and scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4 offering the best in resilience and durability.

COMMUNICATION REIMAGINED

The BlackBerry KEYone uses an innovative Smart Keyboard reimagining how we communicate. Set up to 52 customizable shortcuts and transform each letter key for quick access to your favorite apps and most important contacts. Touch navigation responds to touch gestures like a trackpad, to quickly scroll through webpages or emails. Flick typing makes predictive text even faster with the ability to flick words onto your screen as you type. The device includes the world's first keyboard-embedded fingerprint sensor conveniently located in the spacebar and provides added device security.

POWERED BY ANDROID

Enjoy the familiarity and functionality of Android™ 7.1 Nougat giving users access to the entire Google Play™ store and over one million apps. This includes BlackBerry® Hub which brings all your messages into one consolidated place. This includes emails, texts and messages from any social media account.

OUTSTANDING BATTERY LIFE

Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone® offers all-day use and then some, with up to 26+ hours of mixed use, thanks to the 3505mAh battery. Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology enables up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes. BlackBerry® Boost is optimized to get you the most charge with the limited time you have so you can have peace of mind in times when you only have a few moments to charge up.

MOST SECURE ANDROID SMARTPHONE

The BlackBerry KEYone comes pre-loaded with DTEK by BlackBerry, offering constant security monitoring and protection of your operating system and apps by letting you know when your privacy could be at risk and how you can take action to improve it. Quickly view the overall security rating for your device allowing you to easily improve your security status. The KEYone will also receive regular monthly Android security updates, ensuring you have the most safe and secure Android smartphone experience.

IMPRESSIVE CAMERA

The BlackBerry KEYone features a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor (Sony IMX378) that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. The wide aperture lens with large 1.55μm pixels and dual-tone flash ensures your photos will have superior color and clarity. For times when you have to take a video conference on the go, the device includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus, LCD Flash, and 84-degree wide angle lens.

For more information and additional details on where to purchase the BlackBerry KEYone, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services worldwide under three key brands – TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry. The company's portfolio of products are currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, TCL Communication ranked as a top-10 global smartphone manufacturer by IDC. Headquartered in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates nine R&D centers worldwide, employing more than 13,500 people across the globe. For more information, please visit www.tclcom.com.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

Qualcomm, Snapdragon and Adreno are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Quick Charge is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Adreno and Qualcomm Quick Charge are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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BlackBerry KEYone

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DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT, DISTINCTLY BLACKBERRY

BlackBerry KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry’s software and security with TCL Communication’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers around the world.

Beyond the iconic BlackBerry design that’s been curated for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of additional features that truly reinvents communications for the professional consumer.

  • Built to last – An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made reliable for the demanding user, the BlackBerry KEYone combines a sleek aluminum frame and soft grip textured back built to offer the best in durability.
  • Runs Android™ 7.1 Nougat – Giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps - and will receive Google™ security patch updates.
  • The keyboard reimagined – Forget what you knew about keyboards, the BlackBerry Smart Keyboard goes beyond typing. It can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing even greater ease of use. And use it to scroll through web pages, the picture gallery or to take a picture.
  • Loaded with BlackBerry® Hub® – Bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account.
  • Unrivaled security features – The BlackBerry KEYone is designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience possible.
  • Long battery life – Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone offers roughly 26 hours of mixed use, thanks to its 3505mAh battery.
  • Impressive photo quality – The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.87 in
149.1 mm
2.85 in
72.4 mm
0.37 in
9.4 mm
6.35 oz
180 grams
  • Display:
    • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1620x1080 resolution
    • 434ppi
  • Chips:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    • 8x 2.0Ghz Cortex A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/20 PDAF rear camera
    • Dual-tone LED flash
    • 8MP ƒ/2.2 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3505 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 + boost charging
  • Software:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • DTEK security suite
    • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption
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How to setup Android Pay on the BlackBerry KEYone

Android Pay is an amazing feature that lets you tap your phone to a credit terminal rather than using a physical card

Android Pay is a virtual wallet that lets you store your credit and debit cards and use them to make purchases as NFC-enabled terminals. Rather than using your physical card, you simply hold your phone near the terminal to pay for your purchase. It's quick and easy and only takes a few minutes to setup!

How to Setup Android Pay on the BlackBerry KEYone

  1. If you haven't already, download Android Pay from the Google Play Store.

  2. Turn on NFC by going to Settings > More > NFC and tapping the toggle to enable NFC.

  3. Open the Android Pay app and follow the setup instructions. You may need to enable a PIN, password or pattern if you haven't already.

  4. To add a card to Android Pay, tap the + on the bottom right, then choose the card type.

  5. Use the camera to capture the card info, or enter it manually. If asked to verify the card, choose a method from the provided list and then enter the code you receive. Keep in mind that in some cases you may need to verify by calling your bank or using your bank's app

  6. To make a payment using Android Pay, simply unlock your device and hold it next to a compatible payment terminal. Your device will vibrate and you'll see a confirmation if the payment was successful.

Android Pay is an extremely useful tool as it allows you to pay using just your phone. Granted, it won't work at every terminal, but it's becoming more widely adopted around the world. You can add multiple credit and debit cards, as well as loyalty and gift cards, helping to keep you organized and slim down your wallet!

For more help setting up or using Android Pay, check out this link.

BlackBerry KEYone

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DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT, DISTINCTLY BLACKBERRY

BlackBerry KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry’s software and security with TCL Communication’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers around the world.

Beyond the iconic BlackBerry design that’s been curated for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of additional features that truly reinvents communications for the professional consumer.

  • Built to last – An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made reliable for the demanding user, the BlackBerry KEYone combines a sleek aluminum frame and soft grip textured back built to offer the best in durability.
  • Runs Android™ 7.1 Nougat – Giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps - and will receive Google™ security patch updates.
  • The keyboard reimagined – Forget what you knew about keyboards, the BlackBerry Smart Keyboard goes beyond typing. It can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing even greater ease of use. And use it to scroll through web pages, the picture gallery or to take a picture.
  • Loaded with BlackBerry® Hub® – Bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account.
  • Unrivaled security features – The BlackBerry KEYone is designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience possible.
  • Long battery life – Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone offers roughly 26 hours of mixed use, thanks to its 3505mAh battery.
  • Impressive photo quality – The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.87 in
149.1 mm
2.85 in
72.4 mm
0.37 in
9.4 mm
6.35 oz
180 grams
  • Display:
    • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1620x1080 resolution
    • 434ppi
  • Chips:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    • 8x 2.0Ghz Cortex A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/20 PDAF rear camera
    • Dual-tone LED flash
    • 8MP ƒ/2.2 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3505 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 + boost charging
  • Software:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • DTEK security suite
    • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption
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The BlackBerry KEYone looks even better with a touch of gold added to it!

When a new BlackBerry Smartphone comes out, it's pretty much inevitable it will eventually get a gold treatment at some point if possible and it really just comes down to who will be the first to do it. The new KEYone is no different in this respect and a quick look through Instagram shows off a couple gold-plated BlackBerry KEYone photos that are already out there.

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Take your tunes into the shower with this $20 speaker

Showers can be boring (especially the lonely ones!), and shower thoughts can just end up making you feel way less relaxed than a show should. Some people also happen to sing their best when in the shower — or so we tell ourselves.

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Whatever your reason for wanting music in the shower, you need a speaker in your bathroom. Cords probably aren't the best idea (you know — death by electrocution), so you'll want a convenient Bluetooth speaker that lets you wirelessly blast your tunes. Not all Bluetooth speakers are created equal, however, so you'll need something that's at least water-resistant so that you don't fry it the first time out.

Enter the XXL shower speaker, which has a driver twice the size of usual shower speakers, blasting out your music at 3W.This powerful speaker retails for $99.99, but through CrackBerry Digital Offers, you pay just $19.99, a savings of 80%.

The XXL sticks to any non-porous surface via suction cup, making it perfect for shower tile, glass shower doors, mirrors, and more. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology and has a large battery that usually requires charging less than once a month, so you can go a while without missing out on shower tunes. You can even take and make calls, thanks to the convenient microphone.

If you're looking for a great shower speaker that has a large driver but a compact body, then check out the XXL shower speaker at CrackBerry Digital Offers. It's $20, down from $99.99, so you save 80%.

Save 80% on the XXL Shower Speaker! Learn more

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The KEYone has received the most pre-orders ever at Rogers for a BlackBerry device!

In addition to providing a bit of an update surrounding the U.S. availability of the BlackBerry KEYone, Steve Cistulli, President & GM of TCL Communication (TCT) North America, also let it be known that the pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone on Rogers have now surpassed the pre-orders of any BlackBerry device that has been sold through the Canadian carrier previously. When you stop and think about that and consider that Rogers (Rogers Cantel at the time) was among the first to launch BlackBerry service in 1999, that's quite a milestone to surpass!

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BBM Enterprise update for BlackBerry 10 and Android brings new features and improvements

If you or your organization is making use of BBM Enterprise, you'll want to ensure you have the latest release downloaded. Right now, on Android and BlackBerry 10, a new build of BBM Enterprise is being rolled out that brings enhanced group chat options as well as few other new features including video calling support between BlackBerry 10 and Android/iOS contacts.

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The Perfect Amount of Swank... the BlackBerry KEYone launch event in Toronto [Video]

BlackBerry Mobile hosted a swanky KEYone launch party last week in Toronto. The Hazelton Hotel venue was transformed from restaurant/lounge into a proper modern event space complete with thoughtful engagement areas where guests could explore demo devices, partake in bourbon tasting, have KEYone notebooks and luggage tags monogrammed and even take home hand-rolled cigars as a memento. An area was setup with skeleton keys where partygoers could pull a key with #KEYone engraved on the back for a chance to win one of the devices. Nice details made everything feel very cohesive.

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From the Editor's Desk: The Final Countdown to KEYone in North America

Hello, CrackBerry Nation!

For those of you in North America, we're into the FINAL COUNTDOWN leading up to the May 31st availability of the BlackBerry KEYone. I've been having some fun on Instagram this week drawing the countdown out using KEYones. That number 8 is a work of art, don't you think? And no, those are not all my personal KEYones - they're the demo units I use at for our CrackBerry Meetups!

Unfortunately, I'm not going to be on US or Canadian soil for the BIG day -- I'll actually be in Taipei, Taiwan attending Computex 2017 -- but I thought I'd pop in to the blogs and say hello before I make the long trip and am living in the future. It's been a crazy few weeks for me - I went from two weeks of being sick to two weeks of insanely busy and fun travel as we completed our Canadian CrackBerry KEYone Meetup tour.

I had a few days to play catch up this week, and now as I type this, I'm actually sitting in the Air Canada lounge at the Vancouver airport, an hour away from making the almost 13-hour hop over to Hong Kong where I'll connect for Taipei.

I haven't had a chance to do much CrackBerry blogging since my BlackBerry KEYone Review went live, so I'll make the most of this airport waiting time. I have lots of little updates and quick thoughts to share, so keep reading!

Lots of Updates:

CrackBerry Meetup Tour

So. Much. Fun. Between our Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Kitchener/Waterloo meetups and the Toronto KEYone launch party, I literally met nearly ONE THOUSAND CrackBerry fans over the past two weeks. As much fun as it is to chat with each other online and on social, there's nothing better than meeting and talking in real life. CrackBerry fans are so passionate, so knowledgeable and so nice! Every meetup had a slightly different vibe, but everyone was awesome in its own unique way. The only negatives? I wish I had more time to spend with each person individually and I wish my liver was stronger. :)

Update on BlackBerry KEYone IOUs

As you know, we've been giving away a LOT of IOUs for BlackBerry KEYones this year, both here on the CrackBerry website but also at our various meetup events. Over the next few days Michelle Haag, our Events & Giveaways Coordinator, will be reaching out to all of the IOU winners with a link to a form they can fill out to provide their shipping address. We're working to get all the units acquired and sent out as fast as we possibly can. If you're one of these lucky individuals, congrats again on winning and thanks for the patience!

Save the Date for East Coast US CrackBerry Meetup Tour!

Once I'm back from Taipei, I'll have a little bit of time to recover and then we're going to take the CrackBerry Meetup tour on the road again. We'll be launching proper Meetup Pages soon for each event where you'll be able to RSVP (blog post with full details to come), but in the meantime, I wanted to share our next destinations:

  • June 19th, Boston
  • June 20th, Washington DC
  • June 21st, Atlanta
  • June 22nd, Houston
  • June 23rd, Dallas
  • June 24th, Chicago

These events should be pretty fun as I'll expect many in attendance to also be rocking KEYones. I'm also planning to visit some cities on the West Coast (LA for sure) - dates will get announced later. And Minneapolis, don't you worry, you will get a meetup this year for sure… I'll maybe plan a road trip for that one.

At these meetups I won't have to give out an IOU for a KEYone - somebody will get to take one home with them at the end of the night!

Where to Buy the KEYone on May 31st?

I know there's still some confusion around this. Am pretty sure we'll see more info on this soon clearing up what retail channels it'll be available in, etc. My big recommendation if you want to make sure you get your KEYone asap is to make sure you're watching for the when the links go live and buy asap. It seems pretty clear from what we've seen in the UK so far that the KEYones are moving quick when they get in stock.

If you're not following @crackberrykevin on Instagram & Twitter, you're missing out!

Realization - When I used to be really active on CrackBerry, BlackBerry phones didn't really support social apps like Instagram that well, so the audience for our content on those platforms was almost non-existent. Fast forward to 2017, and so much has changed. People are consuming a lot more content on social, and I'm definitely posting way more there. So if you don't see an article from me on CrackBerry, that doesn't mean I'm not doing something somewhere else worth checking out! So be sure to look for @crackberrykevin on Instagram and Twitter and YouTube and subscribe, so you don't miss out (yes, I'm on BBM Channels too!).

MrMobile Loves the BlackBerry KEYone

If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a huge fan of Michael Fisher aka MrMobile. In the past year since he launched his new YouTube channel, he's grown leaps and bounds and become one of the top tech reviewers on the scene. His videos are amazing to watch (so much production value) and his opinions are always spot on - he's so unbiased it's almost maddening.

That said, MrMobile LOVES the BlackBerry KEYone, and he's now made it his daily driver, which he hasn't really done in 2017 yet with any phone. For a guy who's constantly swapping phones, to me, this is a BIG deal. It's a huge stamp of approval for the KEYone. Be sure to watch the casual podcast we recorded last night to hear some of Michael's thoughts.

Beyond MrMobile, we're starting to see a bit of a cult following emerge for the KEYone, which I love. Photos like this one from Google I/O last week make me smile!

Until Next Time!

Lots more to chat on, but I'll wind this down for now.

As you know, I've been very lucky to have been rocking the KEYone for months now, since I helped BlackBerry Mobile unveil it at Mobile World Congress.

I'm really excited that we're now starting to move past the waiting for the KEYone phase and into the I have a KEYone, and I'm loving it phase! It's more fun. And it's a great phone. So I'm excited for you to get your hands on one to call your own sooner, rather than later.

Kevin Out!

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BlackBerry and Qualcomm settle on $940M final award in Qualcomm arbitration

Following the initial interim announcement back on April 12, 2017, BlackBerry has now announced that it has reached an agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated resolving all amounts payable in connection with royalty overpayments, interest and attorneys' fees. In total, the arbitration panel has issued a final award providing for the payment by Qualcomm to BlackBerry of a total amount of U.S.$940,000,000. Qualcomm will pay the full amount of the final award on or before May 31, 2017.

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Red, white and blue sale: Save 25% on BlackBerry accessories!

In honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our country, we're offering 20% off all BlackBerry accessories at ShopCrackBerry.

Starting today until Wednesday, May 31, you can pick up a new case, charging dock, screen protector or battery for your BlackBerry device and enjoy a 25% savings by using coupon code: MD17 at checkout. There's an extensive selection of BlackBerry accessories to choose from, along with a convenient 60-day return policy and free shipping on all orders over $50 in the US and Canada.

Save big on accessories for the most popular devices including the BlackBerry KEYone, BlackBerry Priv, BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry Z30, Unlocked Passport and the BlackBerry Q10.

Take your time, browse, and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

See at ShopCrackBerry

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CrackBerry Podcast: Making Memories w/ MrMobile & More!

MrMobile joins Bla1ze and CrackBerry Kevin for a casual chat and to confess his crush for the BlackBerry KEYone.

It's been a crazy few weeks and the craziness isn't about to slow down. After two weeks on the road for our Canadian CrackBerry KEYone Meetup Tour, I've barely unpacked and I'm off again to the airport, this time for the long flight to Taipei, Taiwan, for Computex 2017. Before leaving though we just had to get a CrackBerry podcast recorded as there's been so much happening and we've been slacking.

In this episode we talk about the final countdown to May 31st when the BlackBerry KEYone will officially become available for purchase on North American soil. I also give a play-by-play of our meetup tour and even drop the cities and dates we'll be visiting next in our upcoming US tour.

Most importantly though, on this show we had MrMobile join us to confess his crush for the new KEYone. For a guy who switches phones as often as most of our change up our underwear, it's been truly awesome to see the KEYone become his daily driver. BlackBerry By Choice For Real. Hmm.. maybe it's time to do another run of those shirts?

Enjoy the show!

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CrackBerry Asks: Do you need the Convenience Key?

One of the features on the new BlackBerry KEYone that made a return is the programmable Convenience Key. This is the button on the lower right-hand edge of the phone, which you can program on the KEYone to take actions, such as opening an app.

For many years the Convenience Key was a staple BlackBerry feature, and then it got phased out and we were all forced to get used to it not being there. On the KEYone, I've been loving its return - I initially set it to the launch the Hub, then the camera app, and now I've been using it to launch Voice Search, which I find uber convenient.

Now that so many existing BlackBerry users have gotten used to the Convenience Key not being on the phone, what I'm wondering is how important of a feature is it to you? If your current BlackBerry doesn't have it, are you missing it badly, or did you just get used it? For those lucky people who already have a KEYone, are you finding yourself using it a lot, or is it a meh feature?

Vote on the poll below and drop me a comment on your Convenience Key thoughts. I'm genuinely curious and can't wait to see the results!

How important is the BlackBerry Convenience key to you?
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Freelancers wanted: This is your chance to join the value-obsessed Thrifter team!

If you have the gift for thrift and are passionate about finding innovative ways to save and make money, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for.

You've likely noticed the Thrifter name accompanying tech deals content published on CrackBerry this year, but we haven't really paused to talk about what Thrifter is and where it's going. To be frank, that's because we weren't ready to. Now we are and we're super excited to start spreading the word as we get closer to our official launch.

While Thrifter has primarily been in the pre-alpha stage covering daily tech deals to date, our ambition and vision for Thrifter is much, much grander. Behind the scenes we've been building a superstar team, attracting top talent from deals and recommendation sites like The Wirecutter and 9to5Toys. Our product and brand teams have also been hustling, and we'll soon pull the wraps off our new brand and Thrifter.com website (of course Thrifter will also live on all the social media platforms you frequent).

The Thrifter mission is simple. We think wasting money is stupid and we want to make Thrifter the resource and community you trust when it comes to financial matters in your daily life or business. We also want to make the notion of being thrifty not suck. It's not about being dirt cheap and never spending money - it's about making sure when you do spend money that your hard-earned dollars are stretching as far they can. It's about living a sensible and awesome life. To that, we also want Thrifter to be as fun as it is educational. Afterall, being smart with your money should be celebrated!

Join The Team!

We're looking for freelancers and volunteers to join the growing Thrifter team. Various positions are available across a number of verticals - if you have a deep expertise in a subject as it relates to making financial decisions and want to share that expertise with others, we want to hear from you.

Hit the link below to learn more about the opportunities available. While being able to produce content for publication is part of the job, we're really looking for people who are obsessive about living the Thrifter lifestyle.

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