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BB Merah Putih BlackBerry Aurora official product page has gone live

With device images and press images already out there and pre-order pages having gone up across multiple Indonesian retailers, it was only a matter of time before the BB Merah Putih put the official BlackBerry Aurora product page live as well. The new site confirms pretty much everything we learned earlier about the BlackBerry Aurora, including the specs, available colors and more.

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The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from Bell starting in late April

With TELUS already on the confirmed list of Canadian carriers taking on the BlackBerry KEYone, others are starting to share their plans as well. In this case, Bell Twitter support has now confirmed they will indeed be carrying the BlackBerry KEYone starting in late April.

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Heavy Duty Trucking recognizes BlackBerry Radar as top innovator

Heavy Duty Trucking has compiled a top 20 list of key products in 2017 and BlackBerry Radar Asset Tracking made the short-list. HDT's editors get to see so many new products in the trucking industry and selected products based off their level of innovation, ability to address significant industry issues and potential to benefits to a truck fleet's bottom line.

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BlackBerry KEYone Hands-On Video Roundup

With BlackBerry Mobile finally unveiling all there is to know about the BlackBerry KEYone at Mobile World Congress 2017, we're already starting to see plenty of hands-on impressions of the device, and thus far, the media seems to be taking to it very well. KEYone has even won a handful of awards and really, there is a lot to like about the device including its 4.5-inch screen with a full 4-row QWERTY keyboard, unique fingerprint sensor embedded in the spacebar and Sony IMX378 12MP camera sensor, the same used in the Google Pixel. But don't just take our word for it. Check out these videos below to get a well-rounded impression of the KEYone before it becomes available in April.

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The BlackBerry KEYone is almost here, and we can't wait. BlackBerry Mobile unveiled the device at Mobile World Congress 2017 and let the world know it will be available globally starting in April. Until then we're going to have all the latest news and updates about where to buy the device, who has pre-orders opening up and more.

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A passion for hardware and having strong products is key for BlackBerry Mobile

When it was announced that TCL would be licensing the BlackBerry brand to create BlackBerry Mobile, many folks were wondering what BlackBerry Mobile could do with the brand that BlackBerry could not and what the markers for success would be once things began rolling. In a new interview with TCL's Nicolas Zibell from Chris Foxx at the BBC, we finally get some answers to those questions.

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Meet the KEYone at a casual CrackBerry meetup in Toronto this Saturday!

Updated: We now have a venue! The come and go meetup will be at O'Grady's on Church on the second floor.

Live in the Toronto area? BlackBerry fan past, present or future? Want to get a first look at the new BlackBerry KEYone before anybody else? Free Saturday night? If yes, Keep Reading!

I'll be flying home from Barcelona tomorrow and spending the weekend in Toronto. While I'm there -- with a few pre-final production run BlackBerry KEYone phoness in my hand courtesy of BlackBerry Mobile -- I thought it only makes sense that we pull together an impromptu CrackBerry Meetup so BlackBerry fans in the area can get an early first look at the new phone weeks before anybody else does.

If you're in the Toronto area and think you can make it, hit up the link below for more details and to RSVP via Meetup.com. It'll be a casual come and go type affair on Saturday evening, starting around 7pm and going until we shut the place down. Speaking of venue, I haven't quite figured that out yet. We'll see how many people RSVP in the next 24 hours or so and will find a suitable venue based on that. But assume it will be downtown Toronto in a bar or lounge of some sort (so you'll need to be legal age to enter).

I'll keep this short and sweet. If you can make it, I'll see you Saturday! I am LOVING the BlackBerry KEYone and can't wait for you to give it a try too. I predict you're going to love it! :)

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Some Highlights from our Barcelona CrackBerry Meetup

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BlackBerry KEYone scores plenty of awards at Mobile World Congress 2017!

Going into Mobile World Congress 2017, we had a pretty good feeling folks would be impressed with the BlackBerry KEYone and as it turns out, that feeling was pretty spot on. As MWC2017 comes to a close, the time has come for the awards portion of the show to take place and it's fair to say the BlackBerry KEYone has been cleaning up.

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BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device now has a name - BB Aurora

Following the images of the first BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device appearing, it seems as though Indonesian retailer Elevenia has outed the go to market name of the device as well. According to a small pre-order listing on their site, the device when released will be called the BlackBerry Aurora and is expected to arrive on March 3, though, we've heard a date slightly later than that but only by a few days.

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Latest BBM release delivers a new look and feel, Chat API, spam reporting and more!

If you're not already on the latest release of BBM for Android and iOS, now is a great time to go ahead and get yourself updated. The latest versions available through Google Play and the App Store have gone through some significant changes there's plenty of new features and additions for you to check out.

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This portable Bluetooth speaker is just $19.87 today

Bluetooth speakers are a great way to play music loudly while on the go, and the Boombotix Boombot Mini is a great option for doing it. The speaker has a clip for keeping it in place, and is small so you can carry it around easily, and right now you can pick one up for just $19.87.

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Alleged images of new BB Merah Putih BlackBerry-branded device emerge

While much of the focus has been on the BlackBerry KEYone built by BlackBerry Mobile, alleged new images of the device better known as BBC100-1 built by PT BB Merah Putih for the Indonesian market have now emerged. These images detail a lower-end product that's built keenly for the market. Previous rumors have this device running a Snapdragon 425 clocked at 1.4 GHz and sporting a large, 5.5-inch screen at 720p HD, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

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Fingerprint Cards powers the in-keyboard fingerprint sensor on the BlackBerry KEYone

Although BlackBerry Mobile didn't spend any time talking about the fingerprint sensor on the BlackBerry KEYone during the launch at Mobile World Congress 2017, most CrackBerry readers I'm sure, know it's there and built right into the keyboard and if you don't, well you do now.

Given the few details offered up, and the uniqueness of it being built into the keyboard, I began wondering who exactly built the fingerprint sensor for the KEYone. As it turns out, the sensor was built by Fingerprint Cards who worked closely with the hardware team to create the first-in-the-world fingerprint sensor in a keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone.

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Relax, the BlackBerry KEYone does have an RGB LED indicator

Believe it or not, one of the top questions asked about the BlackBerry KEYone has been whether or not it actually has an RGB LED indicator. For those who still doubt it is there and somehow seemingly avoided all the proof showing it off, we can assure you it is.

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Unlocked Mobiles UK now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone!

For BlackBerry fans in the UK looking to get their hands on a brand new BlackBerry KEYone as soon as possible, the folks at Unlocked Mobiles have now started taking pre-orders. At this point, they have the pricing set at £494.98 including VAT and the expected time of shipment is currently set for April 10.

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The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from TELUS starting in April

If you're a TELUS customer looking to get your hands on a BlackBerry KEYone, you won't have to wonder if TELUS will be offering the device. The Canadian carrier has let it be known they will have the device available to customers starting in April. At this point, TELUS has not committed to any exact date or pricing but, just knowing the BlackBerry KEYone will be available is news enough to get happy about.

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From the Editor's Desk: KEYone Keynote

HELLO from Barcelona!

If you're reading this and have been following along all month as we celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry, you understand that it's been a crazy couple of days.

A lot has happened in the past 48 hours. The BlackBerry "Mercury" was officially unveiled as the BlackBerry KEYone, at an event I had the honor of participating in. And we celebrated our 10th anniversary in style with an awesome meetup, with 10 CrackBerry Members we surprised and flew in from around the world joining in on the festivities. I could write thousands upon thousands of words about both of these events, but instead I'm saving that for our next CrackBerry Podcast.

To keep things semi-efficient, I'll do a quick-ish brain dump of thoughts going through my head at the moment. It's after 3am here in Barcelona, and I need to get caught up on some sleep :)

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And the winner of an IOU for a BlackBerry KEYone from CrackBerry Kevin is...

The time has come to announce the winner in our Win an IOU for a BlackBerry Mercury from CrackBerry Kevin giveaway

In total, we had over 12,000 BlackBerry fans enter the Win an IOU for a BlackBerry "Mercury" From CrackBerry Kevin giveaway.

Today, after recovering from a post-BlackBerry Mercury/KEYone launch party hangover, we put that list of entries into our contest winner picking machine to decide who would be the lucky recipient of the newly-christened BlackBerry KEYone.

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