BlackBerry News and Reviews

BlackBerry 'BBD100-1' passes through Bluetooth SIG for certification

While rumors of the BlackBerry 'Krypton' and 'Juno' continue to add up, one of those rumored devices also known as BBD100-1 has now passed through the Bluetooth SIG for certification. According to the UAprofs that were found earlier, this device, could be viewed as a follow-up to the DTEK series based on the rumored specs.

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Master Microsoft Office with this $39 course bundle

Microsoft Office is one of the leading office suites in the world, thanks to its long lifespan and relative ease-of-use. Below the surface, however, is a powerful set of tools that can take months, if not years, to master.

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If only there were a course that taught you everything you need to know about each separate app without skipping over any important details, and without costing an arm and a leg.

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This bundle contains 12 CPD-certified courses that start with the basics and move on to more advanced topics. Courses include:

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  • Excel Intermediate
  • Excel Advanced
  • Word for Beginners
  • Word Intermediate
  • Word for Advanced Users
  • PowerPoint for Beginners
  • OneDrive
  • OneNote
  • Calendar
  • Visio
  • Access
  • Outlook

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BlackBerry once again recognized by Gartner for Critical Capabilities in High-Security Mobility Management

For the second year in a row, Gartner has awarded BlackBerry with the highest score in 6 out of 6 use cases in its Critical Capabilities for High-Security Mobility Management report. As noted in a post from Chief Operating Officer at BlackBerry, Marty Beard, out of the 15 vendors evaluated, BlackBerry achieved the highest score in all six use cases.

  • Highest score in High-Security Government Grade
  • Highest score in High-Security Commercial
  • Highest score in Shared Data
  • Highest score in Shared Devices
  • Highest score in Non-Employee
  • Highest score in Bring Your Own (BYO)

We believe it's all validation that our overall strategy – building a safer world by securing, connecting, and mobilizing the Enterprise of Things – is working, noted Beard.

In addition to the noted six use cases in Critical Capabilities for High-Security Mobility Management, BlackBerry also received the highest score in two use cases in Gartner's 2017 Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Mobility Management for Regulated Industries and Unmanaged Device Support. You can download the full Gartner report right here or check out the post on the Inside BlackBerry blogs.

BlackBerry Repeats as Highest Scorer in All Six out of Six Use Cases in Gartner's 2017 Critical Capabilities for High Security Mobility Management Report

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Community Review: SatchelSatchel - BlackBerry KEYone Leather Case

Editor's Note: Welcome to our first ever Community Review here on CrackBerry! This is a full product review created by a member of the CrackBerry community, and it's the start of a new program here. We're going to be slowly opening this program up to community members and companies interested in participating. Please reach out to our Community Manager if you have any questions or would like to join the program!

The BlackBerry KEYone is arguably the best phone BlackBerry has ever made. The beautiful design with a gorgeous screen and incredible BlackBerry keyboard, combined with a near stock Android experience with a few usable additions, make it a truly compelling device. As such, you want a truly compelling and beautiful case to go with it right? Of course, you do! Well, SatchelSatchel heard you, and boy did they answer.

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RSVP Now for a Special Edition CrackBerry Meetup in Berlin on August 31st!

BlackBerry Mobile is teasing something for IFA 2017, so we're taking the CrackBerry Meetup tour on the road to Berlin, Germany to get a first hand look! RSVP now to take part in the fun!

Update: August 26th: We still have a few spots open to attend our special edition CrackBerry meetup in Berlin this Thursday. It's going to be a great turn out, and we even have some BlackBerry fans flying in from all around Europe for it. If you can make it, RSVP and we'll see you there. Going to be a fun night!

Earlier this week BlackBerry Mobile dropped a teaser that they have something special to announce at the upcoming IFA tech show. So in true CrackBerry fashion, we're packing our bags and heading to Berlin, Germany, so we'll be there to get a first hand look at whatever this new BlackBerry hotness (or maybe darkness, based on the teaser video) may be.

Also in true CrackBerry fashion, and building on the success of the 15 meetups we've held this year, we're going to host a Special Edition CrackBerry Meetup in Berlin on August 31st. If you're a BlackBerry fan and live in Berlin or can make it there, this is a meetup you won't want to miss. The event will run from 7pm to 10pm - you can find full details and RSVP by hitting the link below.

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CrackBerry Not-A-Podcast: Randomness and Goodness

On this episode, we discuss BlackBerry Mobile at IFA, CrackBerrry Berlin meet up, AT&T releasing the Space Black KEYone and more!

Annnnd we're back with another CrackBerry podcast. This week, we're full of randomness and goodness as we discuss BlackBerry Mobile's plans for IFA, our CrackBerry Meet up in Berlin, AT&T releasing the Space Black KEYone and BBM - is it still a great messaging app or has it become a dumpster fire? This one clocks in at just a little bit over an hour, so settle in. We'll get the audio up ASAP.

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How your phone can help before and during a hurricane

Ed. Note: We're re-upping this since Hurricane Harvey decided to make life difficult on a lot of folks in Texas. Stay safe out there, everybody. And if you're told to evacuate, DO IT!

Hurricane season is here, a storm threatens, and your smartphone is now one of the most important tools in your preparedness kit.

You don't want to be caught unaware when a hurricane hits, and as we've learned recently, they can arrive unexpectedly, and in unexpected places. Hopefully anyone in the direct path of Hurricane Harvey in Texas has already gotten out of the way. For folks on the outskirts, though — and everyone else who lives where a hurricane or typhoon can happen, there's still plenty of storm season left. And there's no better time than now to bone up on some of the best ways to keep current on what's out there, and how to stay safe if a storm comes your way.

And just like with everything else, our smartphones now play an integral part with that.

I've lived on the Gulf Coast my entire life. I've been through storms. God willing, I'll never go through another. But either way, I'll be ready. Let's take a look at a few ways you can be, too.

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Verizon BlackBerry Priv owners now have software AAN368 available for download

If you have a Verizon BlackBerry Priv, your wait for the latest update is now over. Verizon has now begun sending out software AAN368 which is noted to have been tested to optimize device performance, resolve known issues and apply the latest security patches.

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BlackBerry rolls out new versions of Hub Suite+ core apps

As we near the end of the month, BlackBerry has now rolled out some updates to most of their core apps on the Google Play Store . This time around, most of the updates go beyond just bug fixes and performance improvements, so you're going to want to get them downloaded as soon as possible.

BlackBerry Hub

  • Additional Hub integrations: we now support Skype Lite, Zalo, and KakaoTalk accounts.
  • Improved Search capability: Quickly search all messages with the same sender or subject from the More Actions menu.
  • "Help Receive Emails Quicker": With this newly-added setting, you can receive emails quicker when BlackBerry Hub is running in the background.
  • Other minor e-mail improvements: readability of wide tables in e-mail messages for the "Resize email to fit screen" setting, and improved readability of e-mail messages in Ukrainian language.
  • Notification enhancements: The notification tray remains open after tapping an action icon in a Hub notification, enabling you to triage multiple Hub notifications at a time.
  • Admin enhancements: S/MIME can now be configured to use LDAP for certificate lookup when used in a managed profile. Using app config in Hub+ Services, an admin can configure it such that Chrome in the work profile uses single sign-on. This allows their users to only enter their username/password once per session when navigating internal work sites using Chrome.

BlackBerry Keyboard

  • Quick Modes make it easier for you to toggle between multiple modes via a toolbar. These modes include:
  • Dictation Mode: Access to voice input and settings for dictating messages.
  • Emoji Mode: Quick entry to the emoji mode to select from hundreds of available emojis and the most recently used ones.
  • Text Selection Mode: Access to improved fine cursor control with a joystick-like controller to give you better maneuverability. Also, easily select, select all, cut, copy and paste text, URLs and emojis.
  • Clipboard Mode: An advanced clipboard which remembers all your copied text, URLs and emojis so you can easily paste previously copied content.
  • Password Keeper Integration: Easily enter your stored passwords in login fields, if you use the BlackBerry Password Keeper with its Autofill feature.

Launcher

Grid Customization: Now under Launcher settings, you can take more control over the home screen of your BlackBerry device. There are 3 added customizations to change the launcher:

  • Icon size: Allows for 5 different sizes.
  • Grid Columns: Change the number of columns from 4 to 7.
  • Grid Rows: Change the number of rows from 3 to 7.

Calendar & Contacts

  • Work Week View: A new work week view with adjustable start date/end date.
  • Event Edit and Creation Enhancements: Landscape view now available for editing and creation of calendar events.
  • Contact Icon Refresh: New look for the contacts app, with redesigned icons throughout.

Productivity Tab

  • Add Item: Each tab now also has an add item button, making it easier to work within the productivity tab.
  • Free/Busy Time: Updated UX tweak to show your free or busy time with a nice visual indicator.

Notable

  • Usability Enhancements: You can now choose to save an image to a specific location on the phone.

Privacy Shade

  • Reading Window Resizing: Need to hide or see a bit more on the screen? We've added the ability to choose between three different sizes for the viewing area.
  • Turn the lens off and use Privacy Shade as a screen dimmer
  • Choose whether to allow the Privacy Shade to cover your phone's virtual keyboard

In addition to the noted updates, there are also a few others such as DTEK and BlackBerry Power Centre that have also been updated. Hit up the Google Play Store and check for updates right now, you should see them all listed and ready for download.

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Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone now available from Walmart Canada

After an initial misfire on availability from Walmart, the retailer has once again opened the doors to orders for unlocked versions of the BlackBerry KEYone in Canada. Through the Walmart site, unlocked versions of the BlackBerry KEYone are available for $729.98 with free shipping and can be received in as little as two days depending on where you live. Walmart doesn't list how many they have in stock, so you might not want to wait too long to place your order in case they sell out.

See the BlackBerry KEYone at Walmart

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BlackBerry KEYone in space black arrives exclusively at AT&T starting September 1

While Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to announce the availability of the BlackBerry KEYone, AT&T has chosen a different route and together with BlackBerry Mobile have now announced they will be carrying their own exclusive space black version of the KEYone starting September 1.

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Getting ready for a career change, or ready to take your current one to the next level? If so, you've got some studying ahead, lots of prep work, and maybe even a large cost associated with the choice.

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You don't have to spend a fortune in order to get ready for the next step in your career, especially with this Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Training Suite which is currently 90% off! Learn at your own pace with two years of access to these comprehensive training courses.

The courses included in this bundle are:

  • Cisco CCNA R/S (200-125): The Complete Course — Everything you need to prepare for and pass Cisco's new CCNA R/S 200-125 Certification Exam!
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BlackBerry KEYone will be available in Chile starting in September

Chile has been now announced as the first country in Latin America to launch the BlackBerry KEYone with availability starting in September. When it arrives, the KEYone will be available to purchase from Movistar and Falabella.

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Here's what KEYone and Motion owners need to know about Android Oreo

With Android 8.0 Oreo announced as coming to the BlackBerry KEYone and Motion chances are you're interested in what, exactly that means in terms of new features and enhancements. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a bit longer see Oreo on a BlackBerry KEYone or Motion but the folks over at Android Central have produced a pretty awesome video showing off the important bits. Here are some of the highlights in Oreo:

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Sprint now rolling out AAN982 update for the BlackBerry KEYone

If you purchased your BlackBerry KEYone from Sprint, now is a good time to go ahead and check for updates. A new update, marked as build number AAN982, has started rolling out to Sprint customers. As expected, it has all the right parts for the August Android security update but there could be specific fixes to Sprint, by way of the Sprint Mobile ID app, which had a bug causing it to reinstall Sprint pre-loaded apps repeatedly whenever one was removed or disabled.

Sprint noted at the time the bug was found that that wasn't the way the app was supposed to work and promised an update would be released quickly to address the issue and with this update now rolling out, it seems like those fixes might be in here as well. We've reached out to BlackBerry Mobile and Sprint to confirm and will update this post when we know for sure but in the meantime, you can see if the update is there and waiting for you now.

How to update software on the BlackBerry KEYone

  1. From the homescreen, tap the launcher icon to enter the application grid.
  2. Under the Apps section scroll down to the Updates application.
  3. Tap Updates app to view current Build Number
  4. Manually check for updates by tapping Check for updates now text.
  5. Your device will prompt you with new updates or display your System is up to date

Once downloaded and installed, which should only take a few minutes, your device will be running build AAN982. If you're not seeing it as of yet, hang tight it will be along shortly. You can also swing by the CrackBerry Forums and let us know how the update went when you get it downloaded.

Discuss more in the CrackBerry Forums

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CrackBerry Poll: How do you feel about the latest BBM update?

Last week, the latest BBM update was pushed out to the masses that contained a number of changes to how the app looks visually, how stickers are displayed and categorized plus BBM groups are now easier to manage. Really, the changes have been ongoing for months now, though, it finally looks like the BBM team might have settled on the most recent changes.

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Rogers begins rollout of AAN517 update for the BlackBerry KEYone

If you purchased your BlackBerry KEYone from Rogers and have been waiting for the latest update to be rolled out, you'll want to go ahead and check for updates. As of this morning, Rogers KEYone owners have reported receiving build number AAN517, which includes the August Android security updates as well as few under the hood changes such as improvements for Bluetooth connections, WiFi connections, and overall improved OS stability.

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BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility software will support iOS 11 on launch day

As Apple prepares to release iOS 11 to the masses, those who work with Apple services must also be prepared and that certainly includes BlackBerry. As announced on the Inside BlackBerry blog, when Apple does make iOS 11 official, BlackBerry UEM, BlackBerry Dynamics, and all BlackBerry productivity apps such as BlackBerry Work will be ready with iOS 11 compatibility.

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Get lifetime access to 2TB of cloud storage for only $49!

Our current, tech-obsessed world demands a storage solution for your multimedia data, the most convenient being cloud-based storage which you can access from anywhere. Most cloud-based storage services charge a monthly fee, which, over time, adds up to quite a fee. Those of you sick of subscription fees need a storage solution that requires a single payment for a lifetime of access. More importantly, you need cloud storage that is encrypted and can be accessed from all your devices.

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You will never be charged any extra fees, and you can access your cloud storage from multiple devices. Your data is protected with 256-AES encryption to better safeguard your stuff, and you can schedule backups and throttle bandwidth during uploads. Place files you know you won't soon need in cold storage — takes three to five hours to access — or place files you frequently need in standard storage that can be accessed instantly.

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BlackBerry KEYone and Motion will receive an upgrade to Android Oreo

Google has now officially taken the wraps off of Android 8.0 Oreo and if you're a KEYone owner, you're probably wondering if your device will receive Google's latest and greatest. To find out, we reached out to BlackBerry Mobile and had a representative confirm that yes, indeed, the BlackBerry KEYone will receive an upgrade to Android Oreo. Additionally, the BlackBerry Motion will also get an upgrade to Android Oreo.

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