BlackBerry News and Reviews

BlackBerry 'Krypton' to be released as the BlackBerry Motion, here's the first full image!

That's according to known leaker Evan Blass better known as @evleaks who has a pretty stellar record of accuracy and dropped the first full image of the device. As we know it, the device formerly known as Krypton has been making its way through certifications is largely expected to be announced at some point this month based on comments from François Mahieu, head of global sales for TCL. When it comes to specs, here's what is currently rumored:

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition coming to markets in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia

In the lead up to IFA, we were teased something special from BlackBerry Mobile and now, TCL has revealed that the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition is coming to markets in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

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BlackBerry announces it is first to support Purebred across all key platforms used by Department of Defense

Extending their already existing security credentials, BlackBerry has now announced it is the first to support Purebred key management server cross all key platforms used by the Department of Defense such as iOS, Android, Android Enterprise, Samsung Knox, Windows 10 and BlackBerry 10.

"No matter the platform, our automatic delivery of derived credentials will make it faster for agencies to improve their security posture and provide the mobility employees need in today's connected world," said Carl Wiese, president of global sales, BlackBerry. "From military-grade encryption to Purebred support, BlackBerry provides the U.S. government with the most comprehensive, holistic approach to connecting and securing their people, devices, process and systems."

Serving as a secure, scalable method of distributing software certificates for DoD PKI subscribers on mobile devices, Purebred helps alleviate the need to carry or present a Common Access Card (CAC) or Personal Identification Verification (PIV) card in order to verify identity and grant access to secure websites, digitally sign and decrypt emails, as well as access or authenticate to network resources.

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BlackBerry First to Support Purebred Across All Key Platforms

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 18, 2017) - Building on the company's leadership in security, BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) announced today it is first to support Purebred across all key platforms used by the Department of Defense (DoD) such as native iOS, Android, Android Enterprise, Samsung Knox, Windows 10 and BlackBerry 10. Purebred is the secure, scalable method of distributing software certificates for DoD PKI subscribers' use on mobile devices.

"No matter the platform, our automatic delivery of derived credentials will make it faster for agencies to improve their security posture and provide the mobility employees need in today's connected world," said Carl Wiese, president of global sales, BlackBerry. "From military-grade encryption to Purebred support, BlackBerry provides the U.S. government with the most comprehensive, holistic approach to connecting and securing their people, devices, process, and systems."

Derived credentials allow users to quickly access secure websites, digitally sign and decrypt emails, as well as access or authenticate to network resources - without the need to carry or present a Common Access Card (CAC) or Personal Identification Verification (PIV) card to verify their identity. With tens of millions of cards in circulation in both government and enterprise use, BlackBerry's support for derived credentials will allow IT to provide a secure authentication mechanism while providing users with the power to quickly identify themselves with a significantly reduced impact on productive workflows.

For more information about BlackBerry visit www.blackberry.com.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a cybersecurity software and services company dedicated to securing the Enterprise of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbol "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

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.

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Belsimpel now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Motion!

Although we had a bit of a heads up on this one thanks to their coming soon page going live, Belsimpel has now REALLY opened up their pre-orders for the BlackBerry Motion. Falling in line with the earlier noted pricing, the BlackBerry Motion when ordered through Belsimpel is set at €469.

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BlackBerry Motion coming to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland!

In addition to the availability of the BlackBerry Motion in the UK, BlackBerry Mobile has also announced the Motion will be making its way to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as well starting this month. A number of retailers including MediaMarkt, Saturn, NotebooksBilliger, and Otto will be offering the Motion as well as Vodafone.

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BlackBerry Motion now available to pre-order from Carphone Warehouse

When the BlackBerry Motion was announced at GITEX, BlackBerry Mobile noted it would be coming to select markets and now, thanks to the latest announcement, we know the UK falls into those select markets.

Folks in the UK looking to get their hands on the BlackBerry Motion can now pre-order the first BlackBerry smartphone to offer IP67 water and dust resistance from Carphone Warehouse starting today for only £399 with delivery expected November 10.

In addition to the pre-orders set up through Carphone Warehouse, later in November, the BlackBerry Motion will also be available from Selfridges, John Lewis, Dixons Travel, Currys PC World, Amazon, Very and Littlewoods in the UK.

See more at Carphone Warehouse

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Grab a BlackBerry KEYone for only $499.99 for a limited time from Best Buy and Amazon!

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

Starting October 18 (12:00 AM CT), the BlackBerry KEYone in silver is on sale for a limited time for only $499.99 through Best Buy online and in store. That's a savings of $50-off the normal pricing of $549.99 and it includes the GSM unlocked variant as well the CDMA unlocked variant optimized for Verizon.

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CrackBerry Podcast - In Motion

After a little bit of a break, we're back to discuss all the latest BlackBerry news including the all-new BlackBerry Motion, the latest KEYone rollouts, why BBM is acting silly and finally how Kevin and Adam are reaching their health goals while also doing some good in the world. Settle in, and let us take you on a journey of enlightenment or something awesome like that!

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BlackBerry and 451 Research hosting Securing the Enterprise of Things webinar

Following the release of the BlackBerry-commissioned whitepaper from 451 Research which takes a look at security in the Enterprise of Things, Marty Beard and Brian Partridge, VP of IoT at 451 Research will host a webinar on Thursday, October 19, 2017, to discuss the findings and take a deeper look into how companies can manage and secure the expanding Enterprise of Things.

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BBM teams up with HotelsCombined to make planning for vacation or business travels easy

Despite having some issues over the past few days they've been working through, BBM is still chugging along adding new services to the platform. The latest news has BBM teaming up with HotelsCombined to offer BBM users the ability to search and book their next vacation or business accommodation without leaving BBM.

"We're very excited about the partnership between HotelsCombined and BBM Messenger," says Amer AlHalabi, Regional Manager MENA, HotelsCombined. "This new service will make it even easier for users to search, compare and book the very best deal on their accommodation while being able to easily discuss their options with their friends, colleagues or families."

The access is offered in more than 55 different countries and aims to help you find the lowest possible rate on a hotel deal.

"HotelsCombined is a fantastic addition to our Discover menu," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally. "With the percentage of mobile travel bookings steadily rising, BBM Messenger is ready to offer those services where people are spending their time – in mobile messaging. HotelsCombined now joins the other travel services we've launched in BBM Messenger: BBM Travel for the Indonesian market, and Sa2eh travel and tourism content channel for the Middle Eastern market."

To access the HotelsCombined section, all you have to do is checkout the Discover tab within BBM and look for HotelsCombined to get started. If you're not seeing it, be sure to grab the latest BBM update from the App Store or Google Play Store.

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BBM Messenger and HotelsCombined Put Worldwide Accommodations at Users' Fingertips

New Service in BBM Discover Menu Makes Planning for Vacation or Business Travels a Breeze

Singapore – 17 October, 2017 – Creative Media Works, operating as BBM, has partnered with the world's leading hotel price comparison site, HotelsCombined, to offer BBM users seamless search of all the best hotel booking sites to find the lowest possible rate on a hotel deal.

HotelsCombined sits as an icon within BBM Messenger's Discover ecosystem of content and services. BBM Discover is a high-valued space within BBM, designed for high impact and reach while giving partners access to the power of social chat.

BBM Messenger users in more than 55 countries can now easily search and book their next vacation or business accommodation without leaving the BBM environment. In addition, with the one-click BBM Share feature, users can share their favourite hotels or the best hotel deals, enabling instant coordination among BBM contacts to discuss the best prices, preferences or favourites when planning travels.

"We're very excited about the partnership between HotelsCombined and BBM Messenger," says Amer AlHalabi, Regional Manager MENA, HotelsCombined. "This new service will make it even easier for users to search, compare and book the very best deal on their accommodation, while being able to easily discuss their options with their friends, colleagues or families."

BBM Messenger is one of the most popular mobile messaging applications. Established since 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for text and video communication to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce, content and services including bill payment, top-up, coupons, games, news, video, music, shopping, travel, career, sports, transportation and polls.

"HotelsCombined is a fantastic addition to our Discover menu," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally. "With the percentage of mobile travel bookings steadily rising, BBM Messenger is ready to offer those services where people are spending their time – in mobile messaging. HotelsCombined now joins the other travel services we've launched in BBM Messenger: BBM Travel for the Indonesian market, and Sa2eh travel and tourism content channel for the Middle Eastern market."

About HotelsCombined

HotelsCombined is one of the world's leading hotel price comparison platform. Founded in Sydney, Australia in 2005, their technology delivers availability and prices from all the top travel sites like Booking.com, Hotels.com and Expedia in one simple search, helping millions of travelers to make the right accommodation decisions every year. By partnering with key online travel brands and hoteliers from around the world, HotelsCombined offers the best range of hotel deals so users can feel confident they've got the most from their booking. HotelsCombined has helped over 400 million travelers search and compare hotel deals, is a 4x winner of the World Travel Awards, and is available in over 42 languages and delivers prices in 130 currencies.

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Get 2TB of cloud storage from Zoolz for just $39.99!

It's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the ever-changing world of physical information storage. New hard drives and flash drives are constantly hitting the market and obsolescence is inevitable. There has never been a better time to store your data in the cloud, and cloud security has also never been better.

Get 2TB of cloud storage for just $39.99! Learn more

Cloud services, however, can be costly or they just don't offer enough storage. You need a service that'll securely back you up for life, and you need a service that won't cost you thousands a year because you need terabytes of storage. This is especially prudent in a business scenario where you may have to provide cloud storage to multiple employees.

Zoolz Cloud Storage offers an elegant solution. You can get 1TB of cloud storage for data you access regularly along with 1TB of cold storage that lets you store those important files you can't afford to lose. The Instant Vault is easy to use — just drag and drop files via a web browser. The cold storage will allow you to automatically back up two devices at one time.

Use coupon code SOFTWARE20 for an additional 20% off! Learn more

Through CrackBerry Digital Offers, you can get 2TB of highly secure cloud storage data for just $39.99. Zoolz typically charges $3,600 for a lifetime subscription, but you won't pay anywhere near that much — save 98% and back up all your data! Just make sure to use SOFTWARE20 at check out!

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Grab a $50 Google Play Gift Card for just $45 at Amazon

Your next Android app just got more affordable!

Is this deal for me?

Google Play has millions of great apps, some of which are free and others of which you have to pay to use. Buying apps can be expensive, so it's best to do it when they are on sale, but not every app goes on sale. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to save a little bit on all your app purchases?

Well, right now you can pick up a $50 Google Play Gift Card for $45 at Amazon. It's extremely rare to find a discount on these gift cards at all, so when you do you'll want to be sure to jump on it.

Whether you are looking to save a couple of bucks on your Google Play Music subscription, or have a slew of apps and icon packs that you want to buy, this discounted gift card can help. Buying this now is like giving yourself $5 for free to spend.

There is a limit of one card per customer, and they are only valid in the U.S. You will have to wait for the gift card to be mailed to you, but the shipping is free and you can have it in as little as two days.

TL;DR

  • What makes this deal worth considering? - Google Play Gift Cards very rarely go on sale, so even being able to save $5 is a great deal.
  • Things to know before you buy! - There is a limit of 1 per customer, and you will have to wait for a physical gift card to ship to you. This will only work in the United States.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from Amazon Canada!

Although the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition has been hanging around a small number of retailers for a while now if you've been holding off for Amazon, your wait is over. Amazon Canada has now listed the Black Edition for all. Unlike CDW, which set the pricing insanely high, Amazon has theirs listed at $799.99 CAD which falls in line with Blueshop and right now they're currently showing the device in stock and ready for shipment.

See more at Amazon Canada

h/t: Dejanh

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Everything you need to know about KRACK, the WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability

Exploit in WPA2 means it's open season on your Wi-Fi network, no matter what router you use.

Update: Wpa supplicant (the method used to set up a Wi-Fi handshake in Linux) has been updated and is already available. Google has implemented this fix and the November 6, 2017 security update will include it. Google Wifi will automatically install the update as soon as it becomes available.

The original article follows.

For years we've all depended on the WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) protocol to secure our Wi-Fi networks. That all comes to an end today.

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef has revealed what he has labeled KRACK, an exploit that attacks a vulnerability in the handshake of the WPA2 protocol that you most likely use to protect your Wi-Fi at home and millions of small businesses around the world use, too.

Update: A statement from Google given The Verge says that while every Wi-Fi enabled device is affected, Android phones using Marshmallow (Android 6.0) or higher pose a special risk and are vulnerable to a variant of the exploit that can manipulate traffic. Models on older firmware are susceptible in other ways, but traffic injection is a serious issue. Expect a fix from Google in the near future.

Speaking at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Dallas, Vanhoef explained that this exploit may allow packet sniffing, connection hijacking, malware injection, and even decryption of the protocol itself. The vulnerability has been disclosed to the people who need to know these sorts of things early to find a fix and US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) has released this prepared bulletin:

US-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected. The CERT/CC and the reporting researcher KU Leuven, will be publicly disclosing these vulnerabilities on 16 October 2017.

According to a researcher who has been briefed on the vulnerability, it works by exploiting a four-way handshake that's used to establish a key for encrypting traffic. During the third step, the key can be resent multiple times. When it's resent in certain ways, a cryptographic nonce can be reused in a way that completely undermines the encryption.

How do I stay safe?

To be honest, for the next couple of days there aren't a ton of public options available to you. We're not going to tell you how it works or where to find more information on how exactly the attack works. But we can tell you what you can (and should do) to stay as safe as possible.

  • Avoid public Wi-Fi at all costs. This includes Google's protected Wi-Fi hotspots until Google says otherwise. If your carrier forces your phone to Wi-Fi when in range, visit the forum for your phone to see if there's a workaround to stop it from happening.
  • Only connect to secured services. Web pages that use HTTPS or another secure connection will include HTTPS in the URL. You should contact any company whose services you use and ask if the connection is secured using TLS 1.2, and if so your connection with that service is safe for now.
  • If you have a paid VPN service that you trust you should enable the connection full-time until further notice. Resist the temptation to rush and sign-up for any free VPN service until you can find out if they have been vetted and will keep your data secure. Most don't.
  • Use a wired network if your router and computer both have a spot to plug in an Ethernet cable. This exploit only affects 802.11 traffic between a Wi-Fi router and a connected device. Ethernet cables are relatively cheap and an eyesore strung across the carpet is worth it. Look for a Cat6 or Cat5e spec cable and there should be no configuration needed once plugged in.
  • If you use a Chromebook or MacBook, this USB Ethernet adapter is plug-and-play.
  • Relax.

What could happen if I am on an attacked network?

This hack can't steal your banking information or Google password (or any data on a correctly secured connection that uses end-to-end encryption). While an intruder may be able to capture the data you send and receive, it can't be used or even read by anyone. You can't even read it unless you allow your phone or computer to decrypt and unscramble it first.

An attacker may be able to do things like redirect traffic on a Wi-Fi network or even send bogus data in place of the real thing. This means something harmless like printing a thousand copies of gibberish on a networked printer or something dangerous like sending malware as a reply to a legitimate request for information or a file. The best way to protect yourself is to not use Wi-Fi at all until you're directed otherwise.

On phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and newer, the KRACK vulnerability can force the Wi-Fi connection to create an absurdly easy-to-crack encryption key of 00:00:00:00:00. With something so simple, it's easy for an outsider to read all of the traffic coming to and from a client, like a smartphone or laptop.

But if that traffic is encoded using the secure HTTPS and TLS protocols (and most web traffic should be these days), the data they contain is encrypted end-to-end and, even if intercepted, won't be readable.

Update: Ubiquiti, as well as other vendors, are distributing a patch for user testing today, or already have. That's great news and means a fix has been discovered. Now we wait to see it from the manufacturers of our own equipment.

Ubiquiti has been said to already have a patch ready to deploy for their equipment, and if this turns out to be true we should see the same from companies like Google or Apple very soon. Other, less security-conscious companies may take longer and many routers will never see a patch. Some companies who make routers are much like some companies who make Android phones: any desire to support the product stops when your money reaches their bank.

Does this really matter?

This is not a case where you should feel immune because your data isn't valuable enough. The majority of attacks using this exploit will be opportunistic. Kids who live in your building, shady characters who drive the neighborhood looking for Wi-Fi APs and general mischief makers are already scanning Wi-Fi networks around them.

WPA2 has had a long and fruitful life with nary a public exploit until today. Here's hoping the fix, or what comes next, can enjoy the same. Stay safe!

These are the router makers that have patched KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi flaws

KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi exploit already fixed in iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS betas

Microsoft releases statement on KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability

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John Chen discusses moving to the NYSE and BlackBerry's ongoing turnaround

BlackBerry CEO John Chen was on hand today at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell and transfer BlackBerry's listing from the NASDAQ to the NYSE. After the event, TheStreet caught up with John to discuss the move, why it happened and where BlackBerry stands in its ongoing turnaround.

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Inst10 for BlackBerry 10 updated with multiple photo viewing and improved support for Instagram Stories

After rolling out a major update near the end of September, Inst10 for Instagram has now recieved another new update. This time around, it's a feature addition which many folks have been waiting for. Available on BlackBerry World, the latest update to Inst10 brings support for multiple photo viewing in feeds as well as support for Stories, though, there's a catch. You can't post your own Stories, only view those posted by others.

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CrackBerry Kevin Fasting Fundraiser Complete: 20lbs dropped and $13k raised for hurricane relief efforts!

CrackBerry Kevin's Fasting Fundraiser is now complete. In 3 weeks CBK dropped 20lbs through fasting and exercise and helped raise over $13,000 for Hurricane relief efforts!

October 14th, 2017 - Hi Everyone! A quick update here in regards to my #FastingForFlorida challenge. I fly home Sunday back to Canada, which means this event has officially come to an end (that said, you can still hit the link at the bottom of this post to contribute to the disaster relief efforts of your choice).

It's been a transformative three weeks for me. On the fundraiser side, it's been amazing to exceed our $10k goal and raise over $13,000. On thee personal side, I feel like a 21 year old CrackBerry Kevin vs. 37 years old. I managed to drop 20lbs through fasting, strict diet and exercise and I feel simply awesome. I'm really taking this experience as a strong turning point to make sure I maintain both this focus on health but also on giving back and doing everything I can to help others.

Be sure to watch the video above for an update. And if you're curious to hear more of the nitty gritty details of my three weeks, be sure to stay tuned for the CrackBerry Podcast getting recorded early this week.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed. Your support is TRULY appreciated!

ORIGINAL POST: September 21st, 2017

I'm in Miami the next three weeks. Instead of over indulging the way I tend to when I visit Florida, I'm going to fast and give the money I'd normally spend on food and booze to the American Red Cross to help fund Hurricane Relief Efforts

OK CrackBerry Nation... it's time for... something a little cracky. For those of you who have been following this BlackBerry-loving community for the past ten years, you'll know that from time to time CrackBerry Kevin does slightly crazy things. Sometimes it's crazy for the sake of crazy, and sometime I try to make the most out of that craziness and raise money for good causes. Example: Here's a video of me eating a giant raw onion to help grow my Movember mustache quicker.

I'm tackling this new stunt as a way of raising money in support of Hurricane relief efforts. If you have the means to contribute and haven't yet, please hit the link at the bottom of the post to jump over to the official fundraising page where you can donate to the American Red Cross. I'd love us to raise a whack load of cash. And if you don't have the means to contribute, no worries - I'd appreciate your positive energy the next few weeks as I eat a lot of... air. Hopefully there will be some entertainment value here too. Be sure to watch the video above for the official #FastingForFlorida challenge introduction! :)

21 Day #FastingForFlorida Challenge

Over the past decade Florida has been my home away from home. Mobile Nations is HQ'd out of Florida and we have many people spread throughout the state. I spend a lot of time visiting colleagues and friends in Miami. And for many years BlackBerry would also hold their annual WES/BlackBerry World conference in Orlando every May, which was always the highlight of my year. I am lucky and grateful for to have sooo many fond and unforgettable Florida memories (including an awesome Bachelor party weekend...which I mainly remember).

Normally when visiting Miami I tend to indulge - lots of food and lots of booze. I can't help it. As a Canadian living in Winnipeg (COLD LONG WINTERS) coming to Florida always puts me into vacation mode, even when I'm here to hustle and get work done. Somehow flying into Miami today and thinking about all those who have been impacted by the recent (and ongoing) hurricane disasters hitting Florida and the Caribbean, transitioning into my default Miami lifestyle just doesn't feel right. So instead, I'm going to do the opposite. For the next three weeks I'm going to fast while here and take all that money I save by not eating or drinking and donate it to hurricane relief efforts. That's $3,000 I'm going to personally pledge. I'll do it safely - following the protocols outlined in The Complete Guide to Fasting. I'll also chronicle the experience for those who have ever wondered what's it like to give up food and exist off 200 calories a day (mainly soup broth and Kombucha) for three weeks. Be sure to follow @crackberrykevin on Twitter and Instagram for the daily updates and visit the #FastingForFlorida Fundraiser Page for regular updates.

My Challenge to You / Your Company

While I'll be personally donating $3,000 to this campaign, if you can contribute, please do. The more we raise the more I'm going to make sure I see this thing through to the end (no cheating!). Every dollar raised helps. I'd love to raise over $10,000 at a minimum. And more would be even better. And if any person or company is willing to match or exceed my donation, you a lot of CBK love is coming your way. Let's do this!!

Visit the #FastingForFlorida Fundraiser Page on CrowdRise to Contribute!

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BlackBerry Mobile drops hot new first look video of the BlackBerry Motion!

Sure, the BlackBerry Motion has already been announced and all that but if you go looking on YouTube for videos of the device in action, well, there just isn't that many as of yet since the device hasn't been released but luckily, BlackBerry Mobile has their own YouTube account and has now dropped a hot new video offering their first look at the BlackBerry Motion.

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1010 named as Hong Kong's first BlackBerry Platinum Partner

Expanding on their already existing business relationships, BlackBerry and 1O1O have now announced that 1010 is the first mobile operator in Hong Kong to earn BlackBerry Platinum Partner status, enabling 1010 to offer companies in Hong Kong BlackBerry services to manage and secure mobile devices, and connected things.

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BBM for Android and iOS is all sorts of messed up right now

Having issues logging into your BBM account? If so, you're not alone. Seemingly, there are plenty of folks out there, who after a recent update, are now no longer able to log into their BBM accounts.

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