N4BB http://n4bb.com BlackBerry News, Reviews, FAQs, Leaks, Help Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:36:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 BBM Expressions and Popeyes Stickers Land in BBM Shop http://n4bb.com/bbm-expressions-popeyes-packs-land-bbm-shop/ http://n4bb.com/bbm-expressions-popeyes-packs-land-bbm-shop/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:28:36 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154556 On Thursday the BBM team pushed two new sticker packs for users to purchase. The first is a BBM Expressions pack, the pack takes a fair few of the well

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On Thursday the BBM team pushed two new sticker packs for users to purchase. The first is a BBM Expressions pack, the pack takes a fair few of the well known BBM emoticons and offers them big and bold in sticker form. This Expressions sticker pack is available for $0.99.

The second is from Hearst they have brought over Popeye themed sticker pack although I am surprised none of the stickers have any spinach in their imagery whatsoever. This pack is available for $1.99. Check out the BBM Shop on iOS/Android/BlackBerry to grab these for yourself!

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BlackBerry World Updated – Gets New 10.3 Icon Ahead Of Passport Launch http://n4bb.com/blackberry-world-updated-10-3-icon-passport-launch/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-world-updated-10-3-icon-passport-launch/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:45:10 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154546 BlackBerry is pushing an update for BlackBerry World right now that changes a few things up, and adds support for the new upcoming Passport and Classic smartphones. Change log: Micro

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BlackBerry is pushing an update for BlackBerry World right now that changes a few things up, and adds support for the new upcoming Passport and Classic smartphones.

Change log:

  • Micro carousel update on content home pages.
  • Image display enhancements for higher resolution devices
  • Addition of recently viewed and bookmarks on Search page
  • Updated support for future device form factors
  • Search performance enhancements

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The new version also features the new 10.3 icon, which looks pretty sweet if you ask me. The update is officially live in BlackBerry World, so make sure you open it up and update as soon as possible.

 

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AntiVirus by Max Secure launched following the Guardian http://n4bb.com/antivirus-max-secure-launched-guardian/ http://n4bb.com/antivirus-max-secure-launched-guardian/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:31:17 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154541 Max Secure Software are launching Antivirus by Max Secure today. It is a budget friendly scanner available for $3.99 without the security suite. This release caters to enterprise and consumer

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Max Secure Software are launching Antivirus by Max Secure today. It is a budget friendly scanner available for $3.99 without the security suite.

This release caters to enterprise and consumer uses by adding another layer of security against potentially malicious Android applications.

Main features:

- Complement BlackBerry Guardian with file scanning/ Will be available for pre 10.3 devices without BlackBerry Guardian
- Cloud scanning
- Based on Smart Scan Engine (Patent Pending)
- Headless scanning
- Enterprise ready
- Available in English, Bahasa, French

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Germany Will Look Very Carefully at the Implications of Secusmart Acquisition http://n4bb.com/germany-carefully-implications-secusmart-acquisition/ http://n4bb.com/germany-carefully-implications-secusmart-acquisition/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:41:09 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154525 The terms of BlackBerry’s Secusmart acquisition were not disclosed. The German government will be looking very carefully at the purchase to assure the security merits of the new owner meet

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The terms of BlackBerry’s Secusmart acquisition were not disclosed. The German government will be looking very carefully at the purchase to assure the security merits of the new owner meet the standards expected by the German government.

In a statement Wednesday by Germany’s Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth he states they [The German Government] were ‘unaware’ of the details of the announcement made on Tuesday at BlackBerry’s Security Summit in New York City.

“We will consider very, very carefully and with great seriousness if there are any long-term effects of this sale, in particular regarding the security properties of the affected products, and this also includes a review of possible legal action,”

Mr. Dimroth said at a regular government press conference in Berlin.

BlackBerry replied quickly with their own statement. “We have a long-standing and trusted relationship with the German government, and Secusmart has also been a long-time partner of ours,” a BlackBerry spokeswoman said in an e-mail. “However, the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, and until then we cannot provide comment.”

“I am sure that there will be a positive decision after it has been looked at,” Managing Director of Secusmart Hans-Christoph Quelle told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“Nothing changes the security of the ‘Merkel phone’ and the telephones supplied to the government,” added Quelle.

“All the secrets are only in the micro-SD (card).. which the BSI Federal Office for Information Security has developed and supplied to us,” he said. “Neither Secusmart nor BlackBerry has access to that.”

While BlackBerry has the security pedigree and the Secusmart acquisition makes logical sense as they progress their voice offerings, German officials will still consider the implications of an owner in North America. It reminds us of BlackBerry’s unique position in the market, and whether or not they can leverage themselves as the “Sweden” of secure data a task they are taking globally with their data infrastructure and initiatives like Project Ion.

Lest we forget all the governments already deploying BlackBerry for best in class management and security.

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BBM for Windows Phone Officially Available http://n4bb.com/bbm-windows-phone-officially/ http://n4bb.com/bbm-windows-phone-officially/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:26:31 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154521 BlackBerry has officially pushed out BBM for Windows Phone today and the app is now available in the Windows Markerplace. Check out the press release below for the full details.

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BlackBerry has officially pushed out BBM for Windows Phone today and the app is now available in the Windows Markerplace. Check out the press release below for the full details.

BBM Now Available for Windows Phone Users

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – July 31, 2014) – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced a collaboration with Microsoft to bring BBM™ to Windows Phone 8 and higher.

“We are intent on bringing the most popular application experiences to Windows Phone, and with BBM, we are pleased to bring many of its top features to the Windows Phone platform,” said Bryan Biniak, Vice President and General Manager, Developer Experience, Microsoft. “BBM on Windows Phone brings our customers the secure, easy-to-use messaging experience they demand, and we expect that new features will roll out in the months to come.”

“As the popularity of BBM continues to grow, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand its availability to the Windows Phone community,” said John Sims, President Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry. “The BBM app for Windows Phone shows our commitment to supporting cross-platform capabilities, and we are excited to be working with Microsoft to deliver a new level of collaboration to the Windows Phone platform.”

The BBM app for Windows Phone builds on the collaboration, privacy and security features that are at the core of the BBM experience loved by more than 85 million monthly active users around the world. Built specifically for the Windows Phone experience, BBM users will have a familiar, native user experience that embraces the clean, modern design of the Windows Phone UI.

Starting today, Windows Phone 8 users can download BBM and gain access to renowned features, including:
– BBM Chats: The Chats page is your single destination for all your chats,
including groups, multi-person and one-to-one. In a chat, you have lots
of ways to share. You can attach a picture from your camera, add a voice
note, send a contact, share a photo from your gallery or send your
location. Chats also include BBM signature “D” and “R” notifications
that allow users to know when messages are delivered and read.

– BBM Groups: With BBM Groups, up to 50 people can be added to the
conversation. Chat, share photos and schedules with even more friends.

– Find Friends: Discover people you know that are also using BBM and
invite them to your BBM contact list, from within the app. With the
ability to easily share your PIN with your friends and family,
connecting is easier than ever.

– BBM Feeds: Feeds lets you see what’s happening with your BBM contacts.
Here you will see when contacts update their status or profile photo. If
you want to chat about one of their updates, just touch on their name
and you’ll be taken to a chat. Here you can also quickly update your own
status to share what you’re up to or what’s on your mind.

– ‘Pin’ to Start: Pin BBM Groups and 1:1 chats to the Start screen for
easy access to your most important chats

Additional features for BBM on Windows Phone will continue to be added in future releases.
Check out more information and a “How to video” on Inside BlackBerry.

About BBM

Introduced in 2005, BBM set the standard for mobile messaging and continues to drive innovation in messaging and private social networking. Today, BBM is one of the largest private social mobile networks, driving real, active conversations. Customers love BBM for its privacy, controls and immediacy with Delivered and Read statuses and message-in-progress notices.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. 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.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used herein, words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “believe”, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by BlackBerry Limited in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that BlackBerry believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause BlackBerry’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of BlackBerry’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annu al Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry’s forward-looking statements. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.
Contacts:
Media Contact:
Sarah Burt
BlackBerry Media Relations
sburt@blackberry.com
519-888-7465 x75606

Investor Contact:
BlackBerry Investor Relations
investor_relations@blackberry.com
519-888-7465

 

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How About a BlackBerry Passport Slider? http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-slider/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-slider/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:00:47 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154512 BlackBerry will soon release its next-generation physical QWERTY smartphone later this year. The BlackBerry Passport is surely going to revolutionize the QWERTY market with its touch-sensitive keyboard. But, what if BlackBerry also

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BlackBerry will soon release its next-generation physical QWERTY smartphone later this year. The BlackBerry Passport is surely going to revolutionize the QWERTY market with its touch-sensitive keyboard.

But, what if BlackBerry also offered the Passport in a slider form factor? Enter the ‘BlackBerry Strong’ smartphone concept. This concept turns the Passport into a Torch-user-friendly device.

It has been rumored since 2011 there would be a BlackBerry 10 slider. In fact there was, dubbed the ‘Milan,’ but the project was later canceled. Nevertheless, check out the BlackBerry Strong concept below and let us know if you’d be interested in a Passport slider.

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‘We’re Going to Prove a Lot of People Wrong,’ says BlackBerry COO http://n4bb.com/prove-lot-people-wrong-blackberry-coo/ http://n4bb.com/prove-lot-people-wrong-blackberry-coo/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:48:51 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154506 BlackBerry is being pegged as a failing company for enterprise and more. However, BlackBerry is likely the best positioned company to actively attack the Internet of Things web-connected market. BlackBerry’s

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BlackBerry is being pegged as a failing company for enterprise and more. However, BlackBerry is likely the best positioned company to actively attack the Internet of Things web-connected market.

BlackBerry’s new COO, Marty Beard, sees this as the company’s next big plan of action through mobile phones, to connected cars and medical machines. Mr. Beard’s position with BlackBerry is to sell its software to their target market of government, financial, health care and energy sectors.

Beard, and the rest of BlackBerry’s executive team attended the company’s BlackBerry Security Summit 2014 where they answered reporter’s questions. The Wall Street Journal published an edited transcript of Beard’s interview during the Q&A session:

What is your day-to-day role with the company?

I’m going to be involved in everything from marketing, to the way we’re manufacturing, to the way we’re selling solutions, bringing in enterprise application partners and customer support, which will become increasingly important as we move deeper into the enterprise. Our goal is to be as efficient as possible.

What’s your first priority?

Making sure the operational efficiency around product launches is as tight as it can be. We’ve got a very busy fall coming up… in terms of new devices and software. I’ve got to make sure the connection between all of our groups is as efficient as possible, but we need to be flexible and more nimble because mobile moves so fast. We see opportunity and we have the assets and that’s great, but it doesn’t mean anything unless you bring them together as quickly as possible.

What does BlackBerry need to get back to being iconic?

We need to meet operation goals, which is to be cash flow positive by the end of next year (and profitable by the end of 2016). Then we have to be successful selling into verticals, to be able to show customers as references. Then comes broader growth. It’s an execution challenge, but the brand equity in the enterprise is there.

What are your thoughts on the Apple-IBM partnership?

It highlights that enterprise mobility is important. It takes a lot of work to make those successful. The market is enormous, so even if they are wildly successful, there’s a huge market. Obviously it’s competition, but that doesn’t mean they win 100% of the market.

Some would see it as a risk to go to a company that has struggled. Why join BlackBerry?

No. I have extremely high confidence we will meet the operational goals. Let’s say you join a company at the top of mountain, and all you try to do is stay at the top of the mountain. They’re are risks associated with that. Staying at the top is not a no-brainer. Over the last five to 10 years, we’ve seen incredible whipsaws in mobility. There will be more [market leader changes] and we can’t predict exactly which ones there will be. So there is risk in transforming yourself, but there is also a huge opportunity in the direction we’re going. I love when people think something is done or that you’ve lost A, B, or C. I’m very competitive so I love that challenge. I think that we’re going to prove a lot of people wrong.

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BlackBerry Devs: Make Your Q10 Apps Compatible With The Passport http://n4bb.com/blackberry-devs-q10-apps-compatible-passport/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-devs-q10-apps-compatible-passport/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:27:57 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154497 BlackBerry is sending developers an email today regarding the Passport and how they can ensure their Q10 apps will be available for this exciting new device when it launches. “The

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BlackBerry is sending developers an email today regarding the Passport and how they can ensure their Q10 apps will be available for this exciting new device when it launches.

“The BlackBerry® Passport will soon join the smartphone product line as one of BlackBerry’s most recent innovations. The unique square design features a 1440 x 1440 screen resolution, 1:1 aspect ratio and will support BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.

As the release of the BlackBerry Passport approaches, we want to ensure that your apps will be part of the new product launch. To test your existing apps for BlackBerry Passport support, download the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3 Developer Preview OS. Simulators, SDKs and information to get you started can also be found at this link. The great news for you is that most apps that offer support for BlackBerry Q10 will also function seamlessly on the new smartphone.

For your convenience, we will be automatically expanding your device support to include the BlackBerry Passport for your apps that currently support the BlackBerry Q10.”

BlackBerry is not only trying to get developers to join in on the Passport’s excitement, they’re going to be helping developers out by making their Q10 apps support the Passport automatically. Of course, developers may want to add their own little tweaks to get the most out of the new screen, and its bad ass resolution, but again, that’s up to them. BlackBerry will do their part if a developer fails to add the Passport to the list of supported devices.

The Passport is getting so close to being released, and when BlackBerry sends out emails like this, it makes you realize it’s even closer to being a reality than we may think. September can’t get here fast enough.

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Security, Security, BlackBerry Passport And More Security: A Recap Of Yesterday’s BlackBerry Security Summit http://n4bb.com/security-security-blackberry-passport-security-recap-yesterdays-security-summit/ http://n4bb.com/security-security-blackberry-passport-security-recap-yesterdays-security-summit/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:13:03 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154477 I love BlackBerry events, period. What can be more exciting than a whole day of BlackBerry talk? Yesterday, JT and I attended the BlackBerry Security Summit hosted in New York

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I love BlackBerry events, period. What can be more exciting than a whole day of BlackBerry talk? Yesterday, JT and I attended the BlackBerry Security Summit hosted in New York City. I can speak for both of us when I say we left very impressed.

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To get things started CEO John Chen took the stage to welcome attendees and talk about BlackBerry’s superior security and of course announce the great news that BlackBerry had acquired Secusmart, an amazing anti-eavesdropping company that’s best known for providing the SD cards to BlackBerry devices headed to the German government. Immediately after, the CEO of Secusmart, Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, took the stage.

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Secusmart’s CEO began, with a huge smile, to explain how excited he was to be part of BlackBerry and what his company brings to the table. Listening to him speak about how easy it is to listen into someone’s conversations is quite shocking, and it makes sense why the German Government would turn to them for help after the allegations of US espionage. We did finish on a high note with the big announcement that NATO is now a new client as well.

After Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, we were introduced to a panel of field security experts from the healthcare, energy and financial sectors.

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It was very informative and very scary to see how easy it is to have a breach in your security and how the mobile revolution is bringing a change that may be too rapid even for these guys.

I have to admit for someone who is not into enterprise security as myself, the panel dragged a little long, but to the rescue was the second panel which included BlackBerry Executive heavyweights SVP of Marketing, Mark Wilson, as the Moderator, QNX founder, Don Dodge, BlackBerry President, John Sims, and VP Core OS for BlackBerry Charles Eagen!

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The team identified the main issues of security and how BlackBerry is providing the proper solutions. Issues which include Malware found in applications and how BlackBerry will use BlackBerry Guardian to help you keep your device safe with the arrival of the Amazon Appstore. Another major issue is identity breach and the consequences it can have beyond the financial burden set by the target breach example. Main point of this conversation? Don’t take security for granted.

After the panel the main session was over, everyone was instructed to go to the 7th floor for demos and lunch. Media were told to stay behind for a personal Q&A with the same panel but with the inclusion of Secusmart CEO Quelle. Per usual the head of Corporate Comms for BlackBerry Heidi Davidson moderated the Q&A (never want to let an executive say more than they should lol)

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It was a very informative session with a lot of good questions. JT took the mic to ask about future marketing plans, a question that was differed to non-panel member, Mark Wilson. You can read more about that in our earlier post  

If you are excited for BlackBerry Virtual Assistant the company is in the process of naming it with the hard  task falling on Mark Wilson’s lap. At least now we know it will have a name!

After a lot of talk about how QNX powers both Car Play and Google’s venture into the automotive industry, I asked Don Dodge if we would be able to mirror a BlackBerry 10 device into cars powered by QNX. To my delight the answer was yes.

Things got interesting when a reporter asked about future devices and Charles Eagen began saying that the company is working on a range of different devices when a subtle look from Heidi brought that conversation to an end (hence why she moderates these things). The excitement in Charles face has beyond evident. He was almost giddy talking about what is coming down the line and it’s an AWESOME feeling to see a BlackBerry executive as excited as they were.

The Q&A session finished without me seeing a Passport and desperation kicked in. I went rogue and ventured off to see if anyone had one and BOOM! My first sighting of the device in person:

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Two seconds after I got my super secret shot a BlackBerry PR person instructed me to go upstairs to see a live demo of the device. I laughed, but hey I enjoyed my few moments of investigating reporting.

And here it is:

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The device was showing off a very cool medical app. I have to say this device is stunning. The resolution is amazing and it shows when you see how much you can fit in that gorgeous screen. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to touch it but I was able to take the above photo.

Now, you guys know we always try to get more information for our readers. Unofficially, JT and I were able to briefly play with the Passport and boy was it AMAZING. I can’t express how much I like this device without coming off as biased. The keyboard is beautiful and you can use it as a trackpad which we tested on a website. It worked flawlessly. The OS was extremely fluid and very fast and looked gorgeous on the Passport.  I can’t wait to spend more time with this device.

Last, but not least we were shown off a FANTASTIC demo from a company called Fluid Mobility. Their demo was very impressive and it was based on Geo-location services, and geofencing. Their service gives BES administrators the ability  to control the settings depending on where you are. If your employer doesn’t want you to have the camera app available when you are in the office, the camera app will disappear when you enter the building. The same goes with social media apps like Facebook and Twitter. This is a great tool and we will get into it a lot more in a separate post.

BlackBerry is clearly focused on Enterprise and security, and this is what this Summit was all about. BlackBerry, with the introduction of BES12, BBM Protected and the Internet Of Things’ Project Ion initiative is positioned very well for the future and I cant wait to see more.

The event had its secret off the record moments as well, so keep it close to N4BB for a lot of upcoming goodies!

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BlackBerry ‘Ensuring Speed and Collaboration at Every Mile’ for Mercedes http://n4bb.com/blackberry-ensuring-speed-collaboration-mile-mercedes/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-ensuring-speed-collaboration-mile-mercedes/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:25:34 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154472 There’s no denying that speed, reliability, and security are paramount necessities for Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team. If you missed out on our amazing interview with Mercedes IT Director,

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There’s no denying that speed, reliability, and security are paramount necessities for Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team. If you missed out on our amazing interview with Mercedes IT Director, Matt Harris, then check out this latest video they’ve released.

“A relentless focus on time dictates the way that our team operates every single day to achieve success: each individual workflow, process and output must be executed with maximum speed and efficiency.

Hear from Lewis Hamilton and our Engineering and IT Directors, Aldo Costa and Matt Harris, about how working with BlackBerry and BBM enables the team to collaborate and communicate quickly and securely across the 19 race season.”

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BlackBerry Passport Touch-Sensitive Keyboard Demoed (Video) http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-touch-sensitive-keyboard-demoed-video/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-touch-sensitive-keyboard-demoed-video/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:27:25 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154467 When information regarding the BlackBerry ‘Windermere’ Passport was scarce, we exclusively detailed specs and functionality of the rumored device. BlackBerry seeks to reimagine the physical QWERTY smartphone space with the

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When information regarding the BlackBerry ‘Windermere’ Passport was scarce, we exclusively detailed specs and functionality of the rumored device. BlackBerry seeks to reimagine the physical QWERTY smartphone space with the Passport.

BlackBerry Passport will be sporting a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a 1400×1400 resolution. It runs on Snapdragon’s 800 chipset with quad-core power coupled with 3GB of RAM. The phone is set to launch this September in London.

As we first detailed, the Passport’s touch-sensitive keyboard acts as a TrackPad. This lets users command certain aspects on the device, like scrolling and word prediction. Check out the video above and see it all in action.

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BlackBerry Passport’s Speakers Are Nice (Video) http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passports-speakers-nice-video/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passports-speakers-nice-video/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:17:50 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154458 As we have detailed before, the BlackBerry Passport will feature some nice speakers. The Passport will apparently feature top and bottom speakers, much like what’s found on the BlackBerry Z30.

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As we have detailed before, the BlackBerry Passport will feature some nice speakers. The Passport will apparently feature top and bottom speakers, much like what’s found on the BlackBerry Z30.

To demonstrate the excellent audio quality coming from the Passport, a user recorded a short Instagram video. It’s of a YouTube video playing, and despite the poor quality of the recording you can hear the audio is robust and clear.

Check it out in the Instagram video below:

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BlackBerry’s Future Marketing Plans Will Involve ‘Traditional Campaigns’ http://n4bb.com/blackberrys-future-marketing-plans-involve-traditional-campaigns/ http://n4bb.com/blackberrys-future-marketing-plans-involve-traditional-campaigns/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:07:59 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154447 BlackBerry’s marketing is probably the biggest problem the company has had over the past few years. While the devices, and operating system are solid, many hardcore BlackBerry fans have complained

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BlackBerry’s marketing is probably the biggest problem the company has had over the past few years. While the devices, and operating system are solid, many hardcore BlackBerry fans have complained that not enough people actually know about them to begin with. After a pretty sloppy BlackBerry 10 launch marketing campaign that underutilized Alicia Keys, and failed to really inform the consumer, this was made painfully obvious, and eventually led to then-CMO Frank Boulben being relieved of his duties.

Fast-forward to 2014, and BlackBerry is poised to take another shot at North America and Europe with two new high-end QWERTY-keyboard devices, the Passport and the Classic. While many will have you believe BlackBerry is ignoring the consumer, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, the focus is on enterprise, but the hardware division relies on device sales to consumers as well.

BlackBerry can only succeed with these two new phones if they market them, and thankfully, that’s what they plan on doing.

During a Q&A session at the BlackBerry Security Summit today, we asked SVP of Marketing, Mark Wilson, if we can expect a marketing push behind these new devices, and if so what kind would it be.

Wilson started by pointing out that enterprise users are also consumers, so if you want to appeal to them along with regular consumers, “you have to market it properly.”

BlackBerry is looking at a “traditional marketing campaign for BlackBerry devices going forward,” explained Wilson. While he wouldn’t go into specifics as to what this means, we can deduce it’s more of what we’re used to from other smartphone manufacturers (commercials, carrier marketing, brand awareness; etc).

What I want BlackBerry to do is to take more of what Chen has said, and will continue to say about their devices and their competitors’ and make something of it. The perfect example of a ‘Chenism’ that was underutilized was his “wall huggers” comment. Chen was the first to call iPhone users by this name, yet Samsung ran with it and made a pretty funny ad about it. Yes, they stole it, but BlackBerry failed to fully embrace it, and allowed them to.

BlackBerry does not have the amount of money Samsung and Apple have to pour into their marketing. They won’t be able (nor should they) get celebrities to endorse their products or commercials. That doesn’t work. I want compelling ads. I want real life applications of why owning a BlackBerry 10 device will make my life easier, and make me more efficient. Tell me about that insane battery life the Passport is going to have (reportedly), and how no other phone even comes close to it. Inform me that I won’t be lacking apps thanks to the Amazon Appstore, but remind me that thanks to the BlackBerry Guardian I can run apps more securely than most Android smartphones. These ideas don’t require a ton of money, but they do require proper execution, and a smart delivery. Hopefully Mark Wilson is cut out to give us exactly that.

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BlackBerry Guardian for Scanning Android Apps Hands-on (Video) http://n4bb.com/blackberry-guardian-scanning-android-apps-hands/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-guardian-scanning-android-apps-hands/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:35:58 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154443 Earlier today at the BlackBerry Security Summit 2014, BlackBerry announced further integration of BlackBerry Guardian. Current users will have seen the BlackBerry Guardian feature embedded within BlackBerry World. However, BlackBerry

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Earlier today at the BlackBerry Security Summit 2014, BlackBerry announced further integration of BlackBerry Guardian. Current users will have seen the BlackBerry Guardian feature embedded within BlackBerry World. However, BlackBerry looks to allow the Trend Micro service capabilities throughout the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

In some current BlackBerry OS 10.3 betas, the BlackBerry Guardian service is already available with deep integration. I’ve got such a 10.3 loaded on my Z3 (which I accidentally called a Z30. Sorry, it was 4am when I recorded the video) and have gone hands-on with the BlackBerry Guardian service.

It definitely gives you peace of mind when seeing that an application you might not trust has successfully passed the BlackBerry Guardian scan. Check it out in action in the video above and let us know your thoughts on the service in the comments.

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BBM for Android and iPhone Will Get a UI Makeover http://n4bb.com/bbm-android-iphone-ui-makeover/ http://n4bb.com/bbm-android-iphone-ui-makeover/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:14:37 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154437 With the BBM for Windows beta coming out, we got a look at a native, Windows Phone-looking app, that is sure to appeal to those users that are familiar with

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With the BBM for Windows beta coming out, we got a look at a native, Windows Phone-looking app, that is sure to appeal to those users that are familiar with that style of design and UI. Unfortunately, this has not been the case with the Android and iPhone apps during the time that they’ve been out, but it looks like this may be changing.

During a Q&A today at the BlackBerry Security Summit, we asked BlackBerry President John Sims about BBM and how the look of the app may change in the future for Android and iPhone users based on what we’ve seen with the Windows Phone version.

According to Sims, the prevailing philosophy from previous management was that the BBM app in the cross-platform world would be better served if it looked the same, basically like the BlackBerry 10 app, on Android and iPhone. Sims disagrees with that, “Our view of that is that’s not the case.”

The BBM experience on iPhone and Android “needs to be more of a native app experience,” added Sims. “You can expect to see that manifest itself in our Android and iPhone BBM apps.”

Sims did not mention a timeline for these updates, and for this UI redesign, but hopefully it won’t take long. One of the biggest complains from users that downloaded but failed to stay with BBM was that it was a bit confusing.

The current BBM apps do not follow guidelines for Android and iPhone, and for those users, having an app that follows these patterns is crucial for ease and constant use. Just think of how much more we prefer native BlackBerry 10 apps and how they look, over their Android counterparts. The same idea has to be applied for BBM on these other platforms, and it’s clear new BlackBerry management is aware of this. The redesign of how its main consumer focused app, BBM, looks on other platforms will surely impact how much other users support it. That’s why this is a great idea.

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BlackBerry Announces BlackBerry Guardian – Scans Android Apps For Malware http://n4bb.com/blackberry-announces-blackberry-guardian-scans-android-apps-malware/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-announces-blackberry-guardian-scans-android-apps-malware/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:03:42 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154433 One of the biggest concerns I had with the announcement of the Amazon Appstore was that a malicious Android app could sneak its way into one of our devices. Thankfully,

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One of the biggest concerns I had with the announcement of the Amazon Appstore was that a malicious Android app could sneak its way into one of our devices. Thankfully, BlackBerry being the leader in security that they are have come up with a new way to ensure our protection for this type of malware.

Today at the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry announced BlackBerry Guardian. This new Guardian will “automatically check all Android apps that customers install on their BlackBerry smartphones.” This new service will includes apps from the Amazon Appstore and apps installed from other sources such as direct installs through the browser or downloads.

The BlackBerry Guardian will be available for free to users starting with BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic and future BlackBerry 10 devices. If you currently have a BlackBerry 10 device, BlackBerry Guardian will be available with a future OS update. No word on whether that will be 10.3 or later.

Check out the source link below for the full post from the BlackBerry Business Blog.

 

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BlackBerry Announces Acquisition of Secusmart http://n4bb.com/blackberry-announces-acquisition-secusmart/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-announces-acquisition-secusmart/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:05:36 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154423 We’re live at the BlackBerry Security Summit 2014 in New York City. BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, just made a very big industry announcement: BlackBerry will be acquiring German mobile encryption

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We’re live at the BlackBerry Security Summit 2014 in New York City. BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, just made a very big industry announcement: BlackBerry will be acquiring German mobile encryption firm Secusmart.

Press Release

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, has entered into an agreement to acquire Secusmart GmbH, a leader in high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service providers in Germany and internationally.

The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals.

“We are always improving our security solutions to keep up with the growing complexity of enterprise mobility, with devices being used for more critical tasks and to store more critical information, and security attacks becoming more sophisticated,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. “The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security. This acquisition bolsters our security solutions with leading voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping technologies, and furthers BlackBerry’s security leadership in end-to-end mobile solutions.”

BlackBerry and Secusmart have previously partnered to offer Secusmart’s innovative technology to customers that have the most demanding security needs. In fact, last year, the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry® 10 solution was selected by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security for classified communications for the country’s highest public officials. Through this collaboration, the two companies have provided Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry smartphones to a significant number of German government agencies and almost all German government ministries and leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“This transaction is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate growth in the market for high-end secure communications solutions, driven by the need to combat electronic eavesdropping and data theft,” said Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, Managing Director of Secusmart. “Secusmart and BlackBerry’s solution already meets the highest security requirements of the German federal authorities and NATO for restricted communications. We see significant opportunities to introduce Secusmart’s solutions to more of BlackBerry’s government and enterprise customers around the world.”

BlackBerry’s acquisition of Secusmart is the latest demonstration of the company’s commitment to being the first name in enterprise mobile security. This commitment is why BlackBerry customers include all G7 governments, 16 of the G20 governments, 10 out of 10 of the largest global enterprises in each of the pharmaceutical, legal and automotive industries, and the five largest oil and gas companies. BlackBerry has more security certifications than any other vendor and is the only mobility solution to receive “Full Operational Capability” (FOC) approval to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks.

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LIVE: BlackBerry Security Summit 2014 in NYC http://n4bb.com/live-blackberry-security-summit-2014-nyc/ http://n4bb.com/live-blackberry-security-summit-2014-nyc/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:23:03 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154413 We’re live at the BlackBerry Security Summit today in New York City. BlackBerry CEO John Chen, and members of his senior leadership team are in attendance along with BlackBerry partners, customers and

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We’re live at the BlackBerry Security Summit today in New York City. BlackBerry CEO John Chen, and members of his senior leadership team are in attendance along with BlackBerry partners, customers and industry experts.

The BlackBerry Security Summit today will feature discussions and demos about today’s security threats, future security risks associated with the Internet of Things, investments in mobile security and security imperatives for regulated industries such as healthcare, financial services and government.

Niko and JT will be reporting live from the event. Follow along in the live blog below:

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Test ‘Pre-Release BlackBerry Products’ in New Beta Zone Program http://n4bb.com/test-pre-release-blackberry-products-beta-zone-program/ http://n4bb.com/test-pre-release-blackberry-products-beta-zone-program/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:51:34 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154399 If you’ve been a member of the BlackBerry Beta Zone, you may want to keep a keen eye for an email detailing a new program. The new Beta Zone program

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If you’ve been a member of the BlackBerry Beta Zone, you may want to keep a keen eye for an email detailing a new program. The new Beta Zone program will supposedly let you test ‘pre-release BlackBerry products’. Check out the email getting sent to members:

We’re excited to announce that in the near future we will be initiating an exciting new beta program for BlackBerry 10 devices! Based on your participation in past betas you look like you would be a good fit for the upcoming program. If you are interested in participating in a beta program on your BlackBerry 10 device please take this quick survey to indicate you’re interested and to help us select individuals who are suitable candidates to participate.

  • What kind of beta is this? – This beta will focus on pre—release BlackBerry products. It will require the use of your BlackBerry 10 smartphone in order to be eligible to participate. Participants will be expected to engage in regular activities such as software upgrades, sharing feedback, and submitting bug reports.
  • What happens if I am selected? – lf you are selected to participate we will contact you with more information about next steps. Only those who are selected will be contacted.

It’s worthy to note that you will need your existing BlackBerry 10 smartphone, which likely rules out the possibility the program extends to pre-release devices. We’ve heard that BlackBerry will be opening a public beta of BlackBerry Blends in the next coming weeks, which may be included as one of these ‘pre-release’ products.

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BlackBerry the ‘Only Brand’ that Meets German Government Security Standards http://n4bb.com/blackberry-brand-meets-german-government-security-standards/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-brand-meets-german-government-security-standards/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:38:22 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154394 BlackBerry may have taken a hit in the consumer sector, but governments and corporations are still sticking beside the tech giant. Despite growing competition from IBM, Apple and other MDM

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BlackBerry may have taken a hit in the consumer sector, but governments and corporations are still sticking beside the tech giant. Despite growing competition from IBM, Apple and other MDM providers, the German government is keeping their vote to BlackBerry.

Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior said it wants more of its officials using encrypted BlackBerry smartphones. Currently, the Ministry is using 3,000 encrypted BlackBerry devices bundled with Secusmart to make them less susceptible to eavesdropping.

More and more BlackBerry devices are constantly being purchased, said interior ministry spokesman Tobias Plate in an interview with Financial Post. “We have a federal authority for information security and they checked several smartphones, and the only brand that was approved by them is the BlackBerry smartphones… It’s the security of the device,” Plate said.

“BlackBerry has a long history providing secure mobility solutions across mission critical industries such as government, financial services, healthcare, and other security and productivity-focused sectors including all G7 nations and 16 of the G20 countries,” said a BlackBerry spokesperson.

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Reminder: BlackBerry Security Summit Tomorrow at 8:30am EDT http://n4bb.com/reminder-blackberry-security-summit-tomorrow-830am-edt/ http://n4bb.com/reminder-blackberry-security-summit-tomorrow-830am-edt/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:10:12 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154391 BlackBerry will be hosting the BlackBerry Security Summit tomorrow, July 29th, in New York City. BlackBerry CEO John Chen, and members of his senior leadership team will be in attendance

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BlackBerry will be hosting the BlackBerry Security Summit tomorrow, July 29th, in New York City. BlackBerry CEO John Chen, and members of his senior leadership team will be in attendance along with BlackBerry partners, customers and industry experts.

The BlackBerry Security Summit will feature discussions and demos about today’s security threats, future security risks associated with the Internet of Things, investments in mobile security and security imperatives for regulated industries such as healthcare, financial services and government.

Niko and I will be there covering the event, and we’ll be liveblogging on N4BB.com and livetweeting via our @N4_BB handle. The keynote starts bright and early at 8:30am, so make sure you keep it locked here for all the latest info.

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BlackBerry CEO Has No Buyout Offers, Aims To Build Value http://n4bb.com/blackberry-ceo-buyout-offers-seeks-build/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-ceo-buyout-offers-seeks-build/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:47:06 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154382 John Chen sits this morning with Bloomberg, giving his update on the company’s fortunes as he navigates BlackBerry toward profitability during the quarter coming in March. When asked about “speculation”

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John Chen sits this morning with Bloomberg, giving his update on the company’s fortunes as he navigates BlackBerry toward profitability during the quarter coming in March. When asked about “speculation” regarding buyout offers Chen quips, “I don’t have any offers on my desk…If people would like to talk, I mean, talk is not an offer.”

Chen has put he turnaround success for BlackBerry at “better than 80/20″ but shys away from 100% so as to not jynx his own fortunes. Withheld, but clearly focused, Chen seems pleased with the strategy taking shape, the leadership roles he’s brought in, and is looking to make this Fall one of the most revealing segments of BlackBerry’s 2014.

Chen closes the interview with a tempered sense of optimism,

“I am comfortable with where the company is today, how we managed our technology, our businesses, the margins, the distribution channel or the new products that’s coming out,” Chen said. “Whether it’s going to be good enough to be iconic again, OK, that’s something I need to chew on. I don’t know the answer to that question.”

 

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Snap2Chat Update Now Available for BlackBerry 10 http://n4bb.com/snap2chat-update-blackberry-10/ http://n4bb.com/snap2chat-update-blackberry-10/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:32:07 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154379 A new update has been released for the popular Snap2Chat app for BlackBerry 10. This app is a thirdparty client for the popular SnapChat application that let’s you share photos friends

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A new update has been released for the popular Snap2Chat app for BlackBerry 10. This app is a thirdparty client for the popular SnapChat application that let’s you share photos friends for up to 10 seconds before they are automatically deleted. Here’s what the new update brings:

  • Fixed @ new Profile Design
  • Fixed & New Viewing Best Friends Dialog
  • File size limit checking only for attached files
  • Video recording timer syncing
  • Fixed Registration
  • Shows selected & blocked friends by default
  • Fixed send to all recipients

Snap2Chat is available in BlackBerry World in both a Lite and Full version.

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BlackBerry Passport Size Compared To Other Smartphones http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-size-compared-smartphones/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-size-compared-smartphones/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:42:30 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154372 The BlackBerry Passport has been anything but camera shy. We’ve seen it pop up left and right, with comparisons to a Bold 9900 and other smartphones. We’ve even seen a

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The BlackBerry Passport has been anything but camera shy. We’ve seen it pop up left and right, with comparisons to a Bold 9900 and other smartphones.

We’ve even seen a screen resolution and size comparison between all BlackBerry 10 smartphones. However, some users still just aren’t sure if the BlackBerry Passport’s size will be realistically useable in real world scenarios.

To put it all in as best perspective as possible, Canoopsy has created two videos showcasing the Passport beside a range of different smartphones. Canoopsy went as far as to create a cardboard mockup to envision the Passport’s size and feel in hand.

Check out the video above of the Passport compared to other smartphones and the usability video below:

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BlackBerry P’9981 Makes Appearance in The Expendables 3 http://n4bb.com/blackberry-p9981-appearance-expendables-3/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-p9981-appearance-expendables-3/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:27:00 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154364 Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, and a host of other celebrities will be hitting the big screen in The Expendables 3. The movie is expected to release in US

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Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, and a host of other celebrities will be hitting the big screen in The Expendables 3. The movie is expected to release in US theaters on August 15th.

However, some early viewings of the movie have discovered there’s a BlackBerry cameo. During the movie, actor Harrison Ford uses a Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 for his device in a very serious conversation.

Here’s another clip from the scene:

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If you plan to watch the movie, keep a keen eye on this scene to catch the P’9981 in all its glory among the hands of Harrison Ford.

Thanks Dave!

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Spot2fy Brings Native Spotify App for BlackBerry 10 http://n4bb.com/spot2fy-brings-native-spotify-app-blackberry-10/ http://n4bb.com/spot2fy-brings-native-spotify-app-blackberry-10/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:58:16 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154349 BlackBerry 10 users will finally get a native Spotify app. However, it will not be from Spotify directly. NemOry, the developer behind Snap2Chat, will be developing a version of the

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BlackBerry 10 users will finally get a native Spotify app. However, it will not be from Spotify directly. NemOry, the developer behind Snap2Chat, will be developing a version of the highly sought after music app.

Originally, there were rumors that Spotify was working on an official release, whether it was native or Android port. Somewhere along the lines, the BlackBerry Developer Relations team just couldn’t seal the deal.

Features of Spot2fy will include:

  • Login / Register
  • Search – By Track, Albums, Artist & All
  • View Profile

NemOry says the Radio feature of Spotify will likely not be available due to limitations of the Spotify API. Spot2fy is expected to hit the BlackBerry Beta Zone in a few weeks. Check out the images of the current beta below:

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Never Lose a Shipment Again With Track A Pack for BlackBerry 10 http://n4bb.com/lose-shipment-track-pack-blackberry-10/ http://n4bb.com/lose-shipment-track-pack-blackberry-10/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:52:12 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153881 If you’re anything like me, you sometimes have several items being shipped to you at one time. You also probably like to keep track of where all these packages are

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If you’re anything like me, you sometimes have several items being shipped to you at one time. You also probably like to keep track of where all these packages are because you really enjoy getting stuff in the mail. And finally, you also probably get annoyed switching from email to email to open up the tracking information on your many packages. Thankfully there’s Track A Pack for BlackBerry 10 that helps you streamline all your shipping information in one location so you can obsess over when your new goodies will arrive like a healthy person.

What Is It?

I love when an app tells you exactly what it is just by the name alone. With Track A Pack you can… track a package. See what they did there? It’s a pretty self-explanatory app name for a pretty simple app that somehow still does quite a bit. Users can add the tracking information from nearly all shipping companies in North America, with no limit to amount of packages you can add, and follow along with the progress of its journey to your home.

You can also share the tracking info with people on BBM, Text, Email, Remember, and more, as well as give each shipment its own name for easier reference.

The Good

It’s extremely convenient having all your package information in one location. There have been times where I’ve been waiting for three to five packages to come in, and I would have to pull up the email with tracking information of each one individually. That’s such a hassle and inconvenience. I’m sure there were better ways out there, but that’s what I was working with.

Track A Pack centralizes them and lets you easily switch from one to the other with little to no struggle at all. Plus, you can add information from UPS, USPS, Fedex, UPS Mail Innovations, and CanadaPost. (DHL and Purolator integration are on their way soon).

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The Bad

While it is nifty to have all your tracking info in one spot, it’s a bit of a hassle to enter them all in individually. You have to put in the tracking number, name the package, enter the shipping company information, and so on. It’s not exactly difficult if you’ve got one or two packages to add at a time, but once you start getting in to larger numbers, it can be a bit tedious.

I would like to see Track A Pack have the ability to scan my email for tracking numbers and automatically add them in the app. Then maybe notify me that they’ve done that and give me the option to customize the information in there. That would really make this the perfect app.

Download It?

At only .99 cents in BlackBerry World, Track A Pack is a great bargain for an incredible that has a lot of room to grow, but will really help keep you moving. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to get this app to help you keep track of all the goodies you’ve got coming in the mail.

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BlackBerry P’9983 (Khan) and Z3 LTE (Manitoba) Specs, Details http://n4bb.com/blackberry-p9983-khan-z3-lte-manitoba-specs-details/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-p9983-khan-z3-lte-manitoba-specs-details/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:43:54 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154314 BlackBerry will be releasing four devices in 2014. These include the BlackBerry Classic, Passport and two others with codenames Khan, Manitoba. Thus far, we’ve seen quite a lot of coverage

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BlackBerry will be releasing four devices in 2014. These include the BlackBerry Classic, Passport and two others with codenames Khan, Manitoba. Thus far, we’ve seen quite a lot of coverage on the Classic and Passport. However, little is known about the Khan and Manitoba.

There have been inaccurate reports on the Manitoba, which pegged it as a high-end all-touch. We can confirm this to not be true in the least bit. BlackBerry has already publicly stated there will be a Z3 LTE device. We can confirm that the Manitoba is the Z3 LTE, but with a twist.

Z3 LTE (Manitoba) Specs:

  • 5-inch touch screen
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Dual-core 1.7 GHz CPU

But wait, these specs seem vastly familiar. That’s because the Z3 LTE a.k.a. Manitoba features similar specs as the BlackBerry Z30, but will be in a Z3-like form factor. The only difference in form factor from the original Z3 is the back, which features a different camera placement in a glass strip across the top (similar to the Bold 9900). We’re told the price target for the Manitoba is under $400 USD.

Sadly, this reiterates our sentiment that BlackBerry has distanced itself from the high-end all-touch device market, at least for 2014. Don’t expect a “Z50″ style device any time soon.

The next device we haven’t heard much about is the BlackBerry Khan. This will be Porsche Designs first BlackBerry 10 QWERTY device. It will likely be called the P’9983. The Khan will essentially be a BlackBerry Classic with a sexy Porsche Design form factor and a little better specs.

BlackBerry P’9983 (Khan) Specs:

  • 3.5-inch touchscreen
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Dual-core 1.7 GHz CPU
  • 64GB Memory

We’re told the Khan will have a form factor of carbon and steel. Think of it as a more aggressive looking P’9981. It’s like a stealth fighter jet. Price target is $2,000+ USD with availability before Christmas 2014.

2014 looks to be an interesting year for BlackBerry with a blend of devices manufactured in-house and from Foxconn. Which device(s) will you likely get this year?

BlackBerry P’9983 (Khan) and Z3 LTE (Manitoba) Specs, Details written by Lucas Atkins on N4BB

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BBM Coming to Android Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen? http://n4bb.com/bbm-coming-android-wear-os/ http://n4bb.com/bbm-coming-android-wear-os/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:09:55 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154300 BlackBerry has no plans to venture in the wearables market. The company is solely focusing on enterprise software solutions and smartphones. However, that doesn’t mean BlackBerry hasn’t wanted to support

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BlackBerry has no plans to venture in the wearables market. The company is solely focusing on enterprise software solutions and smartphones.

However, that doesn’t mean BlackBerry hasn’t wanted to support the wearable market. If a recently surfaced image is to be believed as authentic, it appears BBM may soon be available on Samsung’s Tizen and possibly Android Wear OS.

The image allegedly shows BBM on a Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch. Nothing else has been detailed on the alleged BBM on Galaxy Gear 2, so take this with a grain of salt for now.

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BlackBerry Passport Leather Flip Cover Case Pictured http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-leather-flip-cover-case-pictured/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-leather-flip-cover-case-pictured/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:10:48 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154288 We’ve been waiting to see what types of accessories would come alongside the Passport device later this year. Bla1ze has gotten his hands on a great picture detailing two leather

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We’ve been waiting to see what types of accessories would come alongside the Passport device later this year. Bla1ze has gotten his hands on a great picture detailing two leather flip covers for the Passport and they look absolutely gorgeous. Keeping in-line with the premium feel of the high-end QWERTY phabelt the leather covers which we are familiar with on devices like the Z30 will be making their way to future devices as the picture suggests.

The case looks to be OEM and is getting us curious as to what other accessories may come. I caught sight of this on NerdBerry a few das ago and I would love to see it materialize a Passport dock? Sign me up!

BlackBerry Passport Leather Flip Cover Case Pictured written by James Nieves on N4BB

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