John Chen discusses BlackBerry's CES 2016 announcements, security and the smartphone market

Following BlackBerry's CES 2016 presentation, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with CNBC's Jon Fortt to discuss some of the announcements such as QNX's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), the new Acoustics Management Platform (AMP) as well as the collaboration between Ford and QNX. Also on tap for conversation, of course, was BlackBerry's security business and how BlackBerry is...

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BlackBerry Priv

Owners of the BlackBerry Priv will have to wait a bit longer to find out when the Android-based smartphone will be updated to the current Marshmallow version. During a CES 2016 presentation, BlackBerry executive Ron Louks stated that news about when the update will be released will be revealed sometime in the first quarter of 2016. Louks also stated there will be news on new third-party...

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QNX showcases the building blocks for Automated Driving at CES 2016

QNX showcases the building blocks for Automated Driving at CES 2016

Ahead of CES 2016, QNX promised to show us their vision for the evolution of automated driving and they've now done so by showcasing advances in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. and OS technologies that will enable autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. "QNX has the unique advantage of...

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QNX showcases new software platform for automated driving

QNX showcases software platform for automated driving

QNX has been busy behind the scenes, bringing a number of big announcements to CES 2016. The latest announcement from the team is a new software platform for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automated driving. With this platform, automotive companies will be able to build a full range of automated driving systems, from informational ADAS modules that provide 360 degree surround...

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BlackBerry Priv confirmed for Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint by John Chen

BlackBerry Priv

While there have been plenty of leaks and rumors about the BlackBerry Priv coming to more carriers in the future, the CEO of the company, John Chen, has confirmed that the Android-based smartphone will soon be available from Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Chen made the announcement as part of a CES 2016 presentation. AT&T is the only current U.S. carrier for the Priv, but their...

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QNX announces Acoustics Management Platform for in-car audio

QNX announces new Acoustics Management Platform

QNX, a subsidiary of BlackBerry, has announced a new Acoustics Management Platform (AMP) which it will use to manage in-car acoustics better. Currently, modern vehicles contain multiple acoustic and audio signal-processing systems that all run at the same time, often interacting with each other. Sometimes these interactions are unpredictable, making for a not-so-great experience. QNX's AMP...

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BlackBerry partners with Sharecare to accelerate consumer-driven healthcare and enable secure communication

BlackBerry and Sharecare, a leading digital health and wellness engagement platform, have announced a new strategic technology collaboration at CES 2016. The partnership will see BlackBerry integrate Sharecare's proprietary fractal voice analysis into BlackBerry's secure messaging to increase consumer self-awareness, reduce stress and improve relationships, all while providing the gold-standard...

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Netflix expands to 130 new countries, including India, Russia and South Korea

Netflix expands to 130 new countries, including India, Russia and South Korea

Netflix is now available nearly everywhere in the world, with one big exception. Company CEO Reed Hastings revealed during his CES 2016 keynote speech that the streaming video service has gone live in 130 new countries, including India, Russia and South Korea. Hastings noted that Netflix is still not available in China, but he stated the company is working to add that country to the list in...

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BlackBerry expands Priv sales to Italy, Spain and the Netherlands

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry continues to expand sales of its recently launched Priv smartphone. The Android-based device is now available on the local ShopBlackBerry sites in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, for the price of €779. Previously, the Priv was released in the U.S, Canada, the UK and Germany. BlackBerry stated today: We're still hard at work getting the PRIV out to as many markets as possible...

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CES 2016, Day 2: Huawei, Samsung, LG, HTC, HP and more!

CES 2016, Day 2: Huawei, Samsung, LG, HTC, HP and more!

The day before CES is a tradition for the tech media: it's press day. The biggest companies all trot out their latest gear in rapid fashion, and we write about it, take photos of it, and put our hands on it so we can give you a quick taste of what these new wares are like and whether or not you might want them. That day is today. There's a lot to it this year, so let's get started! 05 January...

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Here are our December contest winners!

Here are our December contest winners!

We had several fun contests to round out the end of the year here at CrackBerry. The first contest was our Fa-la-la-liday contest where one grand prize winner would get to choose a BlackBerry Priv or Passport and five runners up would receive a box of CrackBerry goodies. The second contest was short and sweet, with one winner taking home some BlackBerry Priv accessories and a $50 Google Play...

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LastPass 4.0 redesigns everything you know about password management

LastPass 4.0 redesigns the password saving experience

LastPass has updated the company's password security apps on browsers, Android, iOS and OS X/PC. This latest release refreshes the user experience with an attractive new design, not to mention a new Sharing Center and Emergency Access. The revamped interface offers a more intuitive feel, which should appear streamlined to those who use the service across multiple platforms. Gone are the days...

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CES 2016, Day 1: Lenovo, ASUS, Faraday, and Acer galore

CES 2016, Day 1: Lenovo, ASUS, Faraday, and Acer galore

CES 2016 is here! Well, almost. It's a quick start to the year's biggest consumer technology show, with a slew of announcements from the likes of Acer and Lenovo and Asus, plus our first look at electric car manufacturer start-up Faraday Future. 04 January Acer's new Windows 10 phone is flagship material Continuum for you The Lumia 950 and 950 XL set the stage as the first Continuum-...

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QNX car

A new collaboration between Ford and QNX hopes to create an industry standard for integrating smartphone apps into cars. Ford has ported its open source SmartDeviceLink (SDL) technology to the QNX platform, which will let drivers use voice commands, steering-wheel buttons and other in-car controls to interact with various smartphone apps. Both QNX and Ford hope that the initiative will...

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BlackBerry Priv now receiving its January security patch

BlackBerry Priv security patch now available

Update: The January security patch has been fully detailed by Google. Check out everything that you need to know about the update. You can also check out BlackBerry's security bulletin on for the update as well, right here. BlackBerry is beginning to push its monthly security update to the Priv, though at this time it is not exactly known what it addresses. According to a tweet from Michael...

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Alpha

Upstream

Last week we closed out 2015 with a podcast and this week we're kicking off 2016 with a podcast. On tap for discussion this week, BlackBerry's Pakistan operations, the late January rumors of wider Priv availability on T-Mobile and Verizon. Plus, BlackBerry's short video tear down showing us all the engineering prowess put into the Priv and finally, what we're expecting from CES. Topics...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Auld lang gadgetry

Mobile Nations Weekly: Auld lang gadgetry

While we're still looking back at 2015, the new year (and CES) looms large. 2015 is in the books and 2016 is under way, but there's no time to rest and look back. CES 2016 is nearly here! The team's on their way to Las Vegas to check out the latest wares from across the tech universe. But in the meantime, BlackBerry won't have to hand over their servers to the Pakistani government and the...

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Stay fit in 2016 by grabbing these two health and fitness applications for free

The New Year is here and it's time to start implementing the resolutions we made. For me, it means eating a more balanced diet, going to the gym, and monitoring my health. To help with this endeavor are two useful applications by bsmInnovation – xFit WOD and BP Monitor. While the former focuses on tracking your CrossFit workouts to stay in shape and log your progression, the latter is designed...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 1, 2016: Games, ringtones, and more!

BlackBerry App Roundup 1/1/16

Happy New Year, CrackBerry nation! Another week has passed so you know what that means? Not only is it time to share with you another batch of applications for your BlackBerry 10 or Priv device! Looking back at 2015, it was indeed a fascinating year in mobile technology. And it marked the release of the BlackBerry Priv, BlackBerry's first Android-powered device and its subsequent arrivals in...

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