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TELUS offering $100 off the BlackBerry KEYone for small business customers

If you're a TELUS small business customer looking to move into a BlackBerry KEYone, you'll certainly want to check out their latest offers on the original silver and Space Black KEYone. Right now, until November 30, TELUS has reduced KEYone pricing by $100 bringing the hardware pricing to only $100 with a 2-year premium plan. The offer is available in-store and online, so no matter how you go about it you'll be able to take advantage of the pricing.

Here's what's new in the latest Hub Suite+ core app updates now available!

Previously we highlighted some of the recent changes that arrived with the Hub Suite+ core app updates but now, thanks to Michael Clewley and his latest blog post, we have a more robust changelog and a few additions for those app updates.

WhatsFixer fixes file sharing in the Android WhatsApp app for BlackBerry 10 users

While WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 is still chugging along, some folks have moved onto using the Android version of WhatsApp on their BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The move is not without some issues, however, key among them being the problems that arise when trying to send media files. Now though, just like WAA Fixer before it, WhatsFixer has been released for BlackBerry 10 and fixes sharing files in the Android WhatsApp app.

AT&T rolling out AAP606 update for the BlackBerry KEYone

While unlocked BlackBerry KEYone updates continue to roll out, the folks at AT&T have now also fired off their latest software update for the BlackBerry KEYone. As noted on the AT&T site build AAP606 has now begun rolling out and folks should be seeing it appear through the system update process.

Here is the current update: Android 7.1.1 Nougat

  • Release date: October 31, 2017
  • Android version: 7.1.1
  • Security patch level (SPL): October 5, 2017
  • Baseband version: MPSS.TA.2.3.c1-00333-8953_GEN_PACK-1.103777.4.107751.1
  • Kernel version: 3.18.31-perf-gdc0366cec_agent@br816cnc #1
  • Build number: AAP606
  • Build fingerprint: 7.1.1/NMF26F/AAP606
  • Previous versions required: AAN596 or AA0750
  • File size: 40-46MB

What's changing:

-Android device security updates, including BlueBorne fix (on SPLs September 1 or later)

Once downloaded, the install process only takes a few minutes to complete and you'll be good to go again. If you haven't got the update as of yet, you can check for updates by swiping down from the Notification bar and then tap the Settings icon, then tap AT&T Software updates > Check for updates, or just wait it out until your device lets you know it's there.

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Yes, the BlackBerry Motion does have an RGB LED indicator

Yes, we're doing this again. When the BlackBerry KEYone was released, there was some debate over whether or not it had an RGB LED indicator and we cleared that up quickly. This time, the same question has arisen about the BlackBerry Motion, so we're once again clearing it up so we can lay it to rest once and for all. Red. Green. Blue. It's all there, see for yourself. We good? All good? Goooood!

Discuss more in the CrackBerry BlackBerry Motion Forums

You can now access BBM Enterprise directly from both Windows and macOS

If you're a BBM Enterprise user, you'll be pleased to know BBM Enterprise has now been updated with a multitude of new features including the ability to access your account simultaneously on up to three devices plus, new Windows and macOS clients to help keep your messages synchronized across all platforms.

BlackBerry Motion goes on sale in Canada starting November 10!

Following the initial announcement of the BlackBerry Motion at GITEX, BlackBerry Mobile has now announced the first BlackBerry smartphone to offer IP67 water and dust resistance will also be made available in Canada starting November 10.

BlackBerry highlights the impact of KRACK vulnerability on BlackBerry products

As fixes for the KRACK vulnerability continue to be rolled out, BlackBerry has now posted their official update highlighting the impact of KRACK on BlackBerry products. All in all, the security notice doesn't state much of anything new but it does indeed confirm updates for BlackBerry smartphones powered by Android are rolling out, some of which have already been received, and others are forthcoming.

LinkedIn for BlackBerry 10 being retired on November 27

If you're a LinkedIn user and use their BlackBerry 10 or BBOS app to access the services, you'll have to turn to your web browser to access the services after November 27, 2017, according to an email being sent to BlackBerry LinkedIn users.

We are retiring the existing LinkedIn BlackBerry App on November 27, 2017, which means the app icon will remain on your phone but will no longer work.

You can continue to use LinkedIn on your BlackBerry phone by going to from your mobile web browser. From there you'll be able to access the full range of LinkedIn features, some of which were not available on the BlackBerry App.

Thanks for being a part of the LinkedIn community.

Sincerely, The LinkedIn Team

Given the app hasn't been updated since January 27th, 2015, and hasn't worked correctly in months, we won't pretend to be surprised it's being retired. Still, a bit sad to see yet another piece of BlackBerry 10 stroll off into the sunset. Of course, if you're using an Android-based BlackBerry you can continue using the LinkedIn for Android app.

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You can now hide and rename apps with the latest BlackBerry Launcher update

A new BlackBerry Launcher update has started to roll out through the Google Play Store and if you've been asking for the ability to hide apps for a while now like I have, you'll want to get it downloaded as soon as possible. This release brings the ability hide apps on your home screen and in the all apps grid as well as a few other enhancements.

How to change your chat background image on BBM

Over the past year or so, BBM has gone through many changes visually and one of the most shall we say disliked changes was the addition of a new background image for chats. While some folks didn't mind the cartoony style of it, others, hated it. Luckily, BBM got the feedback loud and clear and the latest BBM update rolling out through Google Play and the App Store brings the ability to change the chat background image. Here's how you can change it!

CrackBerry Podcast - Bringing you on a journey!

Pow! Time again for another CrackBerry podcast. This week, we dig into all the latest BlackBerry news including the latest BlackBerry Motion and KEYone announcements that have happened since our last podcast. Plus, we announce a brand new round of CrackBerry meetups for Europe and Canada.

Not enough? Well, we also dig into the latest news coming from the BlackBerry Security Summit in London and much, much more! Settle in, check out the video and if you prefer the audio download, hang tight! We'll get that posted as soon as possible for you!

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from JB Hi-Fi!

Looking to pick up a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition in Australia? If so, The folks at JB Hi-Fi can hook you up. The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition has now been listed on their site for $899 AU and if you order today, the device can be shipped out to you within three days. Additionally, you also have the option of using their Click & Collect option to pick it up at a retail location, but you'll have to use the site to see if that applies in your area.

See more at JB Hi-Fi

Canadians can grab a BlackBerry KEYone for only $649.99 for the next 24-hours!

If you've been holding out, waiting for a lower price on the BlackBerry KEYone to come, you're in luck!

Following the 24-hour BlackBerry KEYone flash sale in the U.S., BlackBerry Mobile has decided to go ahead an offer the same in Canada. Starting October 25 (12:01 AM ET), the BlackBerry KEYone in silver is on sale through Amazon, Blueshop and Staples for only $650 until 11:59PM ET.

New versions of BlackBerry Hub, Tasks, DTEK and more now available!

Seems like yesterday and today were update days at BlackBerry. A new batch of BlackBerry app updates have now been pushed to Google Play and have started appearing on devices. Everything from Hub, to Notes, right down to Power Center has been updated this time around. The majority of the updates simply highlight performance improvements, enhancements and bug fixes but there are a few other things that have been switched around.

BlackBerry Hub

  • Supported integration for Tumblr and QZone accounts
  • Set up a separate email signature for replies and forwards, and add links to email signatures
  • Reply to an email message using an Android Wear watch
  • Improvements for handling Gmail conversation threads (new conversations only)
  • Beta: select S/MIME message hashing algorithm with corresponding admin settings

BlackBerry Calendar

  • Add attachments to calendar events in Exchange ActiveSync 16 accounts
  • Minor enhancements and stability fixes

DTEK by BlackBerry

  • View security patch level
  • Security rating improvements

That's all the items with real changes noted, the rest just simply state bug fixes which can be pretty wide-ranging. In any case, the updates are live on Google Play right now, so fire it up and get everything downloaded. If you spot something awesome that has been addressed but not mentioned, let us know in the comments or in the CrackBerry Forums.

BlackBerry Marketplace now offers more than 100 Enterprise-Grade products!

Taking the time at BlackBerry Security Summit in London to highlight a major milestone, BlackBerry has now announced that through partnerships, BlackBerry customers now have access to more than 100 Enterprise apps, extensions and software solutions.

BlackBerry launches new cybersecurity services to safeguard people, privacy and assets

With BlackBerry hosting their Security Summit today in London, the company has now taken the wraps off of two new cybersecurity services they'll be offering to help with GDPR compliance and mitigating security risks in connected automobiles.

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from Staples Canada!

The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition continues to make its rounds to retailers in Canada and now it has arrived at Staples. Pricing for the Black Edition at Staples falls in line with the majority of retailers out there with it being set at $799.99 CAD with free shipping in 3-10 business days.

You'll want to note however, Staples has let it be known the KEYone Black Edition won't be available in stores, so if you're looking to scoop one up, it'll have to be through their website. Also, the specs on the site are listed wrong but the KEYone Black Editon has 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, Staples just goofed like every other retailer who listed it.

See more at Staples Canada

Thanks, Tariq!

BlackBerry OS autoloader files now available!

Seems BlackBerry has had an older OS floating around their servers for BlackBerry 10 devices that someone decided should be rolled out at some point. The files needed to create OS autoloaders have now been posted in the forums for all.

BlackBerry Motion goes up for pre-orders at Saturn

In addition to Media Markt, retail partners Saturn have now also placed the BlackBerry Motion up for pre-order. As expected, pricing at Saturn is in line with that of Media Markt as well, meaning if you're looking to snag a BlackBerry Motion, then you can expect to lay down €469 Incl. VAT.