BlackBerry News and Reviews

BlackBerry Privacy Shade gains some minor tweaks in latest beta

In addition to the new BBM beta being rolled out, BlackBerry has also released a new BlackBerry Privacy Shade beta. Granted, the changes are small this time around but still worth a mention for those who use the app as the minor fixes will improve the overall experience.

What's New

  • You can now toggle the finder outline on or off
  • You can now enable/disable the filter from covering the virtual keyboard

As we near the end of the month, and reach the time when BlackBerry typically updates all their BlackBerry Hub+ Suite apps, folks waiting for this beta to go public likely won't have that much longer to wait. In the meantime, you can get a closer look at the BlackBerry Privacy Shade app in the video below or download the current version from Google Play right now.

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BBM update brings animated stickers, richer video editing, and free custom PIN options

A new BBM Android beta has started rolling out, and it gives us a pretty decent look at what will be coming when it hits public release. Over the past few months, BBM has changed quite a bit both visually and in the features it offers, and this latest update sticks to that pattern as well by bringing new animated stickers, richer video editing and sharing, and free custom PIN options.

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We're giving away CrackBerry prize packs! Enter your photo and you could be a winner!

Our next BlackBerry KEYone giveaway is right around the corner, but in the meantime, we wanted to do something fun and a little different!

We want to see your photos, shot on the BlackBerry KEYone or another BlackBerry. All you have to do to enter is share your photos on Instagram or Twitter, with the hashtag #shotonKEYone and #contest or #shotonBlackBerry and #contest, depending on what device you used to take the picture.

Don't have social media? No problem! You can post your photo in the forums instead, at the link HERE. Please use the hashtags even when posting in the forum. We'll pick out our favorites and send out CrackBerry prize packages to the winners! We will pick three winners from each hashtag, so six winners total. Entries are open through August 1st, and we will announce the winners here on the blog shortly after the close date. Some of our favorites will even be featured on our social media accounts!

This contest is open worldwide, so anyone can enter. We want to see your best and most creative shots, so please limit your entries to three total. Your photo must be taken with a BlackBerry device, and it would be awesome if you can indicate which phone you used and a little background about the photo in the caption when you post it. We can't wait to see all of your submissions!

And don't forget, you can follow BlackBerry Mobile and CrackBerry on all your favorite social media sites.

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Secure your accounts and important login information for only $29!

In today's online world, you can't be running around with weak passwords. There are too many people out there trying to get a hold of your personal information for a variety of nefarious reasons and your standard "Passw0rd" password is not going to protect you from ransomware and data dumping. How do you fight back?

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A password manager is an excellent way to make sure you're creating complex and difficult passwords to keep all your data secure; however, plenty of password managers cost a pretty penny. What if you didn't have to spend a fortune to secure your login information?

Right now, through CrackBerry Digital Offers, you can get the award-winning password managing service RoboForm today!

RoboForm will not only store your passwords in a secure vault you can access at any time, it will also help you create strong and reliable passwords to use for all the accounts you have!

Just take a look at all the amazing features RoboForm provides:

  • Automatically remembers your passwords for every site you enter one and logs you in with a single click.
  • Random password generator creates strong and unique passwords for every site.
  • Folders and powerful search functionality make organizing hundreds of passwords easy.
  • AES 256-bit encryption protects against dictionary, brute force, and other attacks.
  • Password auditing ensures you have strong passwords for everything.

If you jump on this offer right now, CrackBerry Digital Offers will provide you with a 4-year subscription to RoboForm for only $29.95! That's a savings of 62%!

Stop worrying about your accounts getting broken into and start creating strong and reliable passwords to protect all your sensitive information today!

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Reminder: Follow BlackBerry Mobile on your favorite social media!

July has buzzed on by but it's not too late to catch up with BlackBerry Mobile and all social happenings. BBMobile has been crushing their Instagram game with regularly updated stories, videos, and posts. Right now there's actually a community call to action around the #ShotOnKEYone hashtag - so share your best summer photos shot on the BlackBerry KEYone for a chance to be featured on their channel.

☀ Summer is in full swing! 🌊 Tag us in your favorite KEYone summer photos using #ShotOnKEYone - we'll be featuring some amazing shots next week. Hit the link in our bio to learn more about this strong #BlackBerry camera. 📸 Until then, have a great weekend everyone! #TeamBlackBerry #KEYone

A post shared by BlackBerry Mobile (@blackberrymobile) on Jul 22, 2017 at 8:19am PDT

Besides Instagram, BlackBerry Mobile is prevalent on Facebook and Twitter keeping users up to date on the latest announcement and updates, such as back in stock notifications for some of their major retailers such as Amazon (US). If you're a YouTube viewer or avid LinkedIn user, BlackBerry Mobile has their own spaces on these platforms as well and are inviting users to subscribe.

Our post just earlier today on Orange France offering the BlackBerry KEYone was plucked right off the company's twitter where they even shared extra details that a retail presence for KEYone was setup in Paris. Finer details like this make BBMobile social channels a good place to join up so you can stay updated will all the announcements and upcoming news.

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BBM partners with Ariiyatickets to bring in-app ticket purchases to Nigeria

BBM has launched another new service in the BBM Discover Menu for users in Nigeria. This time around, they've partnered with Ariiyatickets to launch Event Tickets, a new service that allows Nigerians to browse for local concerts and events, and purchase tickets in advance right inside BBM.

"Nigerians have been enthusiastically adopting new mobile services for years," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company which operates and runs BBM globally. "Event Tickets adds to our growing portfolio of in-app services that make daily life easier, more convenient and more entertaining for our large and active user base in Nigeria."

Elsie Oluku CRO of said, "We are excited to be a part of this awesome innovation. The partnership with BBM Messenger provides us with a simple, convenient way to publicize events and sell tickets to a broad socially connected audience."

First-time users are only required to set up their account once with their debit card, and they can immediately transact on other services on Discover such as Quickteller Airtime Top-Up, Money Transfer and Paycode (used for cardless ATM withdrawal), and Movie Tickets.

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BBM Messenger Partners with Ariiyatickets to Offer Event Tickets Service to Users in Nigeria

New Service inside BBM Discover Enables In-App Ticket Purchase for Local Concerts and Other Events

Lagos, Nigeria – July 24, 2017 – Creative Media Works, operating as BBM, today launches Event Tickets inside Discover with partner, Ariiyatickets. The service allows Nigerians to browse for local concerts and events, and purchase tickets in advance – all without leaving the messaging app.

Ariiyatickets, similar to other Nigerian BBM Discover partners, uses the Interswitch mobile checkout feature developed for BBM Messenger. First time users are only required to set up their account once with their debit card and they can immediately transact on other services on Discover such as Quickteller Airtime Top-Up, Money Transfer and Paycode (used for cardless ATM withdrawal), and Movie Tickets.

Digital tickets are increasing in popularity, especially among millennials, who rely on their phones more than any other age group. According to the World Factbook, Nigeria has no shortage of them, with a majority of the population under 25 years old. Going digital means users can skip the line, purchase tickets in advance, and transact in a streamlined, mobile-friendly experience with secured payment within BBM Messenger.

BBM Messenger is one of the largest mobile messaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for communication (text and video) to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce, content and services including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, news, games, comics, video, shopping, travel, career, sports and polls.

"Nigerians have been enthusiastically adopting new mobile services for years," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company which operates and runs BBM globally. "Event Tickets adds to our growing portfolio of in-app services that make daily life easier, more convenient and more entertaining for our large and active user base in Nigeria."

Elsie Oluku CRO of said, "We are excited to be a part of this awesome innovation. The partnership with BBM Messenger provides us with a simple, convenient way to publicize events and sell tickets to a broad socially connected audience."

About BBM

On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) – one of Indonesia's largest media, content and technology businesses – announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM's research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:

  • Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit

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BlackBerry KEYone in black rumored to be launching soon

Ever since the BlackBerry KEYone was initially released, there have been rumors (and hopes) that BlackBerry Mobile would be releasing an all black version and now, it looks as though that might become a reality. As spotted by the folks over at BerryLink, what appears to be a pre-release BlackBerry KEYone in black has been spotted posted for sale alongside various other rumors suggesting a launch in China scheduled for August 8.

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Orange France offering limited time special pricing on the BlackBerry KEYone

The BlackBerry KEYone has now arrived at Orange France and for a limited time, the carrier is offering the new Android-powered BlackBerry for €119.90 after €100 refund when you agree to a 24-month term. Should you miss out on the special offer, which runs until August 22nd, the price of the KEYone will go to €219.90 or €599.90 if you purchase the device only.

According to the site, they KEYone is in stock right now and can be shipped out to you for free within 72 hours. Additionally, the @BBMobile Twitter account has noted Orange also has stock available in Paris via Boutique Orange Opéra.

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Where to buy the BlackBerry KEYone

Not sure where you can buy a BlackBerry KEYone right now? We've got you covered!

The BlackBerry KEYone is now on sale in some parts of the world and is making its way to other areas of the globe very soon. Within a few weeks, carriers all over the world will have the KEYone ready and waiting — and we'll be keeping track of each and every one right here. So if you're curious as to where you can buy the KEYone right now (or at least soon) you've come to the right place!

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

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

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


Width Height Thickness 5.87 in
149.1 mm
2.85 in
72.4 mm
0.37 in
9.4 mm
6.35 oz
180 grams
  • Display:
    • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1620x1080 resolution
    • 434ppi
  • Chips:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    • 8x 2.0Ghz Cortex A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/20 PDAF rear camera
    • Dual-tone LED flash
    • 8MP ƒ/2.2 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3505 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 + boost charging
  • Software:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • DTEK security suite
    • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption
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Best Buy's Cyber Monday in July deals are live: iPad (2017) for $280, 4K TVs under $400 and more!

Best Buy is running its Cyber Monday in July sale, and our friends at Thrifter are here with some of the best deals from it!

Following its Black Friday in July sale, Best Buy is back with a Cyber Monday in July sale. From appliances for your home to a new speaker system for your car, a new iPad for an upcoming present to a new TV for your living room, there are a ton of deals here you'll want to check out. Much like regular Cyber Monday deals, these prices are good for just today, July 24, so don't miss out!

You can also save $5 on select smart lights and outlets, up to $20 on select video game titles, and grab select seasonal K-Cup 18-packs for just $5.99. Be sure to shop the whole sale so you don't miss out on any of the deals!

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Carphone Warehouse knocks £50 off the price of the KEYone, now available for £449

If you live in the UK and still haven't picked up a BlackBerry KEYone, you might want to give Carphone Warehouse a look. The retailer is now offering reduced pricing on the latest Android-powered BlackBerry when you buy it SIM free.

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Snag some Comic-Con deals on movies from Google Play this weekend!

The San Diego Comic-Con is well underway and to celebrate, Google Play has some pretty sweet deals on superhero movies!

Following along with all the news coming out of the San Diego Comic-Con is always fun but if you're looking jump even deeper into the superhero world, why not take in a movie at home this weekend? Right now, Google Play has discounted a bunch of superhero movies that you can rent or purchase. Everything from live action movies to animated features are available, so there's sure to be something that piques your interest!

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Google Play Protect has arrived to keep your Android phone safe from bad apps

If you're using a BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android, chances are you got an update recently from Google and didn't even notice it. Initially announced at Google I/O, Google has now begun rolling out their new security system, Google Play Protect, on any phone with the latest version of Google Play Services.

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BlackBerry strengthens cybersecurity offering for the Canadian and U.S. Governments

As part of their growing BlackBerry Secure portfolio of software, BlackBerry has announced it has expanded its cybersecurity offerings for the public sector to include SecuSUITE for Government, their multi-platform solution for end-to-end encryption of voice calls and text messages.

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Get a Super-Sized Ethical Hacking bundle for just $43!

Hackers pose a serious threat, not only to individuals but also to large corporations. There are vast security structures in place to keep hackers out, but without testing that security, there's no way to know whether it will hold up. That's where ethical hackers come in.

Learn how to become a certified pentester with this nine-course bundle! Learn more

Ethical hackers are employed to test security systems, and the better they are at hacking, the better they are at their job. In order to become a successful ethical hacker, you really need to know what you're doing, and the training required is usually quite extensive and expensive.

Right now, however, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a deal on a Super-Sized Ethical Hacking bundle. Instead of paying the regular price of $1,080, you'll pay just $43. That's 96 percent off the regular price!

This nine-course bundle will take you from zero to hero with 667 lessons and over 76 hours of training. Courses include:

  • Bug Bounty: Web Hacking
  • CompTIA Security + Exam Preparation
  • Ethical Hacking Using Kali Linus From A to Z
  • Ethical Hacking From Scratch to Advanced Techniques
  • Learn Social Engineering From Scratch
  • Learn Website Hacking and Penetration Testing From Scratch
  • Hands on, Interactive Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking
  • Complete WiFi and Network Ethical Hacking Course 2017
  • Cyber Security Volume I: Hackers Exposed

Get started on an ethical hacking career with this $43 bundle! Learn more

If you've been thinking about making the internet a safer place by exposing its vulnerabilities, this is the bundle for you. Ethical hacking is a lucrative career, and this bundle has everything needed for a strong start. Don't wait too long; this deal doesn't last forever.

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BBM and Planet Sport Publishing team up to launch Football365 Worldwide

Looking to keep up to date with all the latest Football (I want to type soccer so bad!) news? Look no further than the BBM Discover menu. BBM in partnership with Planet Sport Publishing have now officially launched Football365 which covers 'all the leagues, teams, and goals worldwide'.

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Reminder: Update WhatsApp on BlackBerry 10 to ensure it continues to work

This is just a reminder for all you folks out there using [WhatsApp](/whatsapp] on BlackBerry 10 to ensure you're running the latest version available from BlackBerry World. We've received quite a few emails, Tweets and forum posts now from folks stating that WhatsApp is no longer working on their BlackBerry 10 devices.

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BlackBerry rolls out new beta versions of Hub Suite+ core apps

A fresh round of beta versions of the Hub Suite+ core apps have now made their way to the Google Play Store and are available for download to those with access. For now, we're seeing BlackBerry Hub+ Services, BlackBerry Keyboard, Contacts, Calendar, Hub, Notes and Tasks, all showing updates. Unfortunately, the changelogs have all been recycled from previous versions this time around so there are no hints as to what's new or might have been addressed in these updates.

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BBM launches travel and tourism discover channel in MENA

Middle Eastern and North African BBM users now have a new section in their Discover menu to check out as BBM has now added Sa2eh as a destination for travel and tourism content.

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Master AI and machine learning for only $25!

Whether we want the robots to one day take over or not, machine learning and AI has become an enormous part of our daily lives. From digital assistants, like Cortana, Siri, Alexa, and more, to marketing applications, video games, and detecting credit card fraud, it's everywhere. That means that programmers in the know are in high demand and will be more and more as this technology progresses. You need to get a foot in the door and build your machine learning and AI knowledge from the ground up.

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It's more complicated than simply Googling AI and figuring things out on your own – you need structured guidance. And maybe you're already in a full-time job and don't have days to spend sitting in university lecture halls, do assignments for classes that you're only taking because you need them to get your degree. You need a goal-oriented series of courses that you can take on your own time, in your own home.

Loonycorn has a series of online courses from four programmers who have honed their technical expertise at Google and Flipkart and compiled their knowledge into funny, engaging, and practical courses to take you from basics of machine learning to complexities of artificial intelligence and its applications in a multitude of fields.

If you were to purchase these courses directly from Loonycorn, you'd be looking at $780. Right now, through CrackBerry Digital Offers, you can get lifetime access to 10 courses, featuring over 63 hours of content, for only $25! That's a savings of 96% and you'll learn all you need to know about machine learning, including R and Python programming languages, mass data processing methods, data trees, and much, much more!

Machine learning and AI are the way of the future for far more than just humanoid robots. Learn all you can and get in on the development. Get lifetime access to the Complete Machine Learning Bundle and save over $700 with CrackBerry Digital Offers!

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