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BlackBerry Content Transfer app updated with enhancements and stability fixes!

If you happened to get your hands on a new BlackBerry over the holidays and are looking to transfer content from your old device the BlackBerry Content Transfer app is something you're going to want to check out. With that said, the Android version has been updated recently with user interface improvements as well as multiple enhancements and stability fixes that make using the app better, and easier than ever.

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Digital Offers: Keep your browsing private for life for $49

It's probably trite and a bit cliché at this point, but we increasingly live our lives online. Our bank information, personal information, likes, dislikes, and more are all over the internet — often whether we like it or not. That's all data, and nowadays, data is a commodity. You information is being bought and sold. Sometimes it's simply to show you catered ads; other times it's for the stuff that after-school specials used to warn you about.

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What can you do to combat all of this online tracking? Do you turn to VPNs? Sure, but they don't necessarily block tracking in every sense. Did you know that there are services and apps that actually block online trackers in order to keep your data safe?

Disconnect is one of the best tracker blockers around. It blocks tracking requests from connecting to any of your devices, thereby keeping your data safe. It even masks your location so that you can access websites as though you're in another country (like a VPN). Apps like these have subscription rates, and some charge an arm and a leg. If you were to go directly to Disconnect for a lifetime subscription, you'd pay $500. Through CrackBerry Digital Offers, you'll pay only $49, a savings of 90%.

Disconnect is available for iOS, Android, PC, and Mac, so you can cover all of your devices and keep your browsing habits private. If you often deal with sensitive information or would rather just keep your internet habits completely your own, you'll need a quality tracker block, and Disconnect is one of the best around. Check it out at CrackBerry Digital Offers and save 90%.

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Reminder: WhatsApp will no longer support BBOS or BlackBerry 10 as of December 31

It's 2018 and my WhatsApp is still working

Once the date passes Dec 31 2017, the app will go into "deprecation" mode. It will still continue to function for a short grace period, but some behaviors will change. Most importantly, you will no longer be able to re-register your account with the app. That means if you delete and reinstall it (or install it on a different phone), it will no longer allow you to verify your phone number and complete the setup process.

After the grace period, which is approximately two weeks after the published date, the app will go into "expired" mode. At this point, it will stop functioning as a usable WhatsApp client, and thus will no longer connect to our servers. (Around this same time, our servers will stop allowing the client to connect as well.) However, once it is expired, the BlackBerry 10 client app may still allow you to access your existing message content on your phone. This behavior should be similar to what was seen by everyone who forgot to update their app the last time our published expiration date had passed.

We've been down this road before, but it seems this time around, there will be no reprieve for BBOS or BlackBerry 10 support from WhatsApp. As of December 31, WhatsApp will no longer officially support BBOS or BlackBerry 10 and those still using the apps may see features stop functioning at any time.

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Check out the best Boxing Day deals in Canada from Walmart and Best Buy

Some of these deals could sell out at any moment, so get 'em while they're hot!

Walmart and Best Buy are celebrating Boxing Day in Canada with huge deals on media streaming devices, headphones, and other tech. Take advantage of these deals while you can because while they might stick around for a couple of days, these prices could easily sell out.

Amazon Canada is also having a huge sale for Boxing Day. Be sure to check out those deals right here.

Walmart's deals will last until December 31 but many supplies are limited. Get free shipping with orders over $50 or free in-store pickup for orders over $25.

Here are the best deals from Walmart:

Best Buy's deals last through December 28 and include free shipping over $35 unless the items are too big to qualify. Here are some of the best deals from Best Buy:

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Blaq for BlackBerry 10 updated to include support for 280 characters

With BlackBerry World being a bit shall we say unstable lately, it seems as though we missed mentioning one important update to the popular BlackBerry 10 Twitter client, Blaq. The latest update for Blaq, that became available on December 18th, includes support for the new 280 character count on Twitter. Additionally, noted in the changelog there are also some updates translations for good measure.

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Canadians save big on Boxing Day with dozens of Amazon sales

Hey, hey, it's Boxing Day!

Amazon Canada is celebrating the holiday with dozens of sales covering everything from printers to headphones to KitchenAid stand mixers. Many of the products on sale are down to their lowest prices ever, and there's just a huge variety to choose from.

These are the best sales going on right now:

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Get the training required to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam for just $29!

When it comes to data security, CompTIA is the golden standard of certification. If you're interested in a career in data security, you'll need to pass the Security+ (SY0-501) exam.

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The problem here is that the training covers a broad range of topics and the courses required are usually not cheap. Right now, however, CrackBerryl Digital Offers has a deal on the 2018 CompTIA Security Certification Training Bundle. Instead of the regular price of $999, you'll pay just $29. That's 97 percent off the regular price!

This training bundle contains well over 200 lectures spanning nearly 50 hours of content, covering everything from advanced exploitation techniques, vulnerability assessment, disaster recovery, and penetration testing. This is essentially everything you need to pass the certification exam.

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If you're interested in becoming a certified data security specialist, this is the course you need. Don't wait too long — this price is only here for a limited time.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from CrackBerry.com!

As we roll on through Christmas day, I just wanted to pop on real quick and make a post wishing all our readers Merry Christmas and let you know we here at CrackBerry hope you all have a safe and happy holidays. In this connected world we now live in, it's not always easy to tune things out but the holidays are a time for friends and family, so disconnect for a bit and enjoy that quality time.

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Win a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition from BlackBerry Mobile!

If you're not already following BlackBerry Mobile on Instagram, now is a great time to start as they have kicked their BlackBerry KEYone Holiday Contest. Up for grabs is a brand new BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition. As highlighted on the post, you have until midnight PST on December 29th, one week from today, to enter. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on December 30th just before new year's eve.

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Get 2TB of lifetime cloud storage from Zoolz for just $41.50!

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.

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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 is the perfect solution. Through CrackBerry Digital Offers, you can get 2TB of highly secure cloud storage data for just $23.99. How? Zoolz typically charges $3,600 for a lifetime subscription, but thanks to CrackBerry Digital Offers you won't pay anywhere near that much. After dropping the sale price to just $34.99, you can save an additional 17% with coupon code BESTOF17 which brings your final price down to just $41.50!

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Zoolz offers 1TB for you to store everything you'll need on a regular basis. You can retrieve files instantly and send things to friends via email or links, and all your data is encrypted before it even leaves your devices, so you know it's safe and secure. But they also include 1TB of cold storage for those files and projects you want to keep safe but won't be accessed on a regular basis. Think of cold stored data as a beefier version of Dropbox or Google Drive where you call store all the data you won't need for a while but may need to pull out at some point down the line. You can get $3,600 worth of cloud storage for life for only $41.50 at CrackBerryl Digital offers.

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Enter to win an Amazon Fire Tablet and get a Christmas surprise from GameStash!

Want the gift of unlimited mobile gaming for your kids this holiday season? How about a brand new Fire Tablet, the most child-friendly tablet ever to go along with it?

The team at GameStash is spreading some holiday cheer! Simply enter your email address below to receive a free Christmas surprise in your inbox and a chance to win 1 of 5 Amazon Fire Tablets courtesy of GameStash.

Tis the season for giving!

GameStash is one of the easiest ways for your kids to game without breaking the bank. With GameStash you pay just $4.99 a month and can choose from hundreds of big-name apps & games to use them whenever, wherever, with no extra in-app purchases or fees — ever. Install GameStash on a phone or tablet and your kids can play all they want without the worry of any "accidental" purchases.

What's in it for me?

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  • Choose from over 300 top-name titles like Badland, Cut the Rope, Tomb Raider, and more, with new games being added all the time!

Enter now and watch your email on December 24th for your free gift from GameStash, and to see if you've won an Amazon Fire Tablet!

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John Chen to deliver keynote at North American International Auto Show

If you tuned into BlackBerry's earnings call, you might have caught John Chen reminding folks he will be delivering the keynote address at the North American International Auto Show and heard his hints that BlackBerry would be announcing a new product that covers the future of connected and self-driving cars. If didn't listen, though, here are the full details.

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Deal: BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition gets $150 discount in Canada

Available from December 21 through the 24th.

We certainly hope you've gotten most of your Christmas shopping done at this point, but if you're still running around trying to get some last minute gifts, BlackBerry has a pretty solid deal to check out for our Canadian readers.

Starting on December 21 and running until December 24 at 11:59PM EST, Canadian shoppers will be able to purchase the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition for just $650. That's a saving of $150 off the retail price of $800, and while that's still not technically cheap, it is a pretty good deal if you want to get the BlackBerry fan in your life something truly special.

The Black Edition KEYone is mostly the same as its sliver-clad cousin, but it bumps up the RAM from 3GB to 4GB and offers double the storage at 64GB compared to 32GB. If that's still not enough space for all of your local files, you can always add a microSD card and expand your storage up to 2TB.

BlackBerry will be running this sale at Amazon, Best Buy, Blueshop, Staples, Visions, and Walmart.

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Listen to the replay of BlackBerry's Q3 Fiscal 2018 earnings call

If you weren't able to tune into BlackBerry's Q3 fiscal 2018 earnings call, you can now listen to the replay. Given the last call was held at the end of the September, a few of the same topics come during this one but there are a number of new highlights as well that BlackBerry CEO John Chen touches on such as BlackBerry QNX design wins with ten automotive suppliers in the quarter, new patent licensing agreement signed with Teletry and business wins with approximately 3,000 enterprise customer orders.

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BlackBerry pulls in record software and services revenue for the second consecutive quarter in Q3 Fiscal 2018

BlackBerry has now announced their results for Q3 Fiscal 2018 noting that for the second consecutive quarter they have pulled in record software and services revenue with software and services revenue reaching $199 million (non-GAAP) and $190 million (GAAP), breaking the record set last quarter. BlackBerry had a cash balance of $2.5 billion at the end of the fiscal third quarter while total company revenue was $235 million (non-GAAP) and $226 million (GAAP).

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Grab the most popular VPN of 2017 for just $29

Using the internet is becoming increasingly risky, and many people aren't taking the precautions necessary to protect their data and ultimately themselves. Using a VPN to protect yourself is never a bad idea, but free services are often unreliable, slow, and unsafe.

What you need is an affordable VPN service with a proven track record to keep your data private while you browse the internet. You have several devices, so you need it to work on multiple platforms, and you need servers close to you so you don't suffer from slow speeds.

Right now, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a sale on a lifetime subscription to the award-winning VPN Unlimited. A one-time payment of $29 never runs out — if you're unsure if this is the VPN for you, get the 3-year subscription for $29 and give it a good test — but you may as well go for the lifetime subscription.

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VPN Unlimited has servers in over 35 countries to ensure internet speeds are fast and reliable. You can use your subscription on up to five devices at once and can delete unused devices and add new ones. The VPN Unlimited app is available in multiple languages and is compatible with iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows, and Windows Mobile.

Connecting to the internet with a VPN means your data is encrypted — unlike many other VPN services, there is no limit on data usage, and you won't experience any throttling. The internet isn't getting any safer, so why wait? This lifetime subscription deal for only $29 won't be available forever.

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BigRoad purchases BlackBerry Radar-M devices to optimize new BigRoad Freight program

In addition to the Radar announcement made with Pana-Pacific, BlackBerry has also announced a partnership expansion with Fleet Complete that will see BigRoad, a Fleet Complete company, purchase BlackBerry Radar-M devices to help improve the company's new BigRoad Freight program.

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BlackBerry Radar available to more than 2,800 heavy-duty truck dealerships across North America

Ahead of the BlackBerry Q3 Fiscal 2018 results coming on December 20th, BlackBerry has gone ahead and shared some BlackBerry Radar news that's sure to be discussed more once the results are out. Partnering up with Pana-Pacific, BlackBerry has revealed that Radar is now available to more than 2,800 heavy-duty truck dealerships across North America.

"At Pana-Pacific, we strive to offer unique products and programs that exceed the needs and expectations of our commercial vehicle customers," said John Trenberth, CEO, Pana-Pacific. "We decided to add BlackBerry Radar to our portfolio because we believe the near-real-time information it provides will empower our customers to make better business decisions and improve the overall performance of their transportation operations."

"BlackBerry Radar allows fleet managers and equipment owners to make smarter decisions for their business, saving time, money and resources," said Philip Poulidis, SVP and GM of Radar, BlackBerry. "We're excited to partner with forward-thinking companies, like Pana-Pacific, who realize the value that technology and actionable data can provide to the transportation and logistics industry."

Radar has slowly been growing for BlackBerry over the last year with Caravan Transport, Titanium Transportation, Fleet Complete and more deploying the asset tracking solution. With that in mind, we'll be looking to see how much of a focus Radar gets during the earnings call and follow-up reports. Afterall, BlackBerry has had a bit more time to focus on Radar and really make part of their core strategy.

BlackBerry Radar Now Available to More Than 2,800 Commercial Vehicle Dealers in North America

WATERLOO, ONTARIO and FRESNO, CALIFORNIA - BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) and Pana-Pacific announced today that BlackBerry Radar, an asset tracking solution that provides unparalleled visibility into cargo and mobile fleet assets, is now available to more than 2,800 heavy-duty truck dealerships across North America. As part of the agreement, Pana-Pacific's customers have access to BlackBerry's Radar-M, which is designed for trailers and containers, as well as Radar-L, which is designed for flatbeds, chassis, containers, heavy machinery, and other valuable transportation or non-powered equipment assets.

"At Pana-Pacific, we strive to offer unique products and programs that exceed the needs and expectations of our commercial vehicle customers," said John Trenberth, CEO, Pana-Pacific. "We decided to add BlackBerry Radar to our portfolio because we believe the near-real-time information it provides will empower our customers to make better business decisions and improve the overall performance of their transportation operations."

"BlackBerry Radar allows fleet managers and equipment owners to make smarter decisions for their business, saving time, money and resources," said Philip Poulidis, SVP and GM of Radar, BlackBerry. "We're excited to partner with forward-thinking companies, like Pana-Pacific, who realize the value that technology and actionable data can provide to the transportation and logistics industry."

BlackBerry Radar is an innovative, fast install and data-driven solution that provides near real-time information such as vehicle location, route and mileage, temperature, humidity, door status, and cargo load state on a single intuitive online dashboard. It collects up to 100x more data than conventional GPS-based track and trace solutions, and uses this information to build a 360-degree visualization of a customer's assets to ensure safety, security, and regulatory compliance. All data is stored securely on a cloud platform, which maintains the privacy of user information at all times.

To find out more about BlackBerry Radar, visit www.blackberry.com/radar. For information about Pana-Pacific's solutions and services, please visit www.panapacific.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.

About Pana-Pacific

Our dedicated sales and engineering experts have worked side-by-side with Commercial Vehicle (CV) manufacturers for over 44 years, to develop and implement quality products for vehicles that live up to the required standards. Our customers have come to rely on us as the expert in the areas of mobile audio and infotainment, satellite radio, safety, telematics, navigation, video systems, communications, mobile appliances and more. Pana-Pacific has a systems-integration approach, which has positioned the company to offer world-class products from global companies to the CV manufacturers as well as their dealers and other valued customers. With 15 original equipment (OE) manufacturers as customers, Pana-Pacific provides services to approximately 2,800 OE dealers, over 35 OE part distribution centers and thousands of CV fleet companies. At any given time, you will find over 2,500 unique OEM part numbers in stock and available for shipment from our warehouse facility in Fresno, California. For more information, please visit www.panapacific.com.

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How to enable Glove Mode on the BlackBerry Motion

One downside of using a touchscreen is that you can't use it all that well when wearing gloves. This is just how touchscreens work, but it's not something that's gone unnoticed. Those of you glove-wearers in cold weather climates will be happy to know that the BlackBerry Motion has an included Glove Mode to help make your device easier to use when wearing gloves. Here's how to enable it!

How to Turn on Glove Mode on the BlackBerry Motion

  • Swipe down from the top of the home screen and tap the gear icon to access your settings.
  • Scroll down and tap Gestures
  • Tap the toggle to enable Glove Mode

With this setting on, your Motion screen will essentially become more sensitive allowing you to use it while wearing gloves. Keep in mind that this won't work in all cases for all types of gloves, but it should do the job most of the time.

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BBM officially announces Uber integration for BBM users around the world!

Slightly odd announcement here from BBM considering the timing. Back in August, we noted that Uber integration had begun rolling out to BBM users but at the time, there was no official announcement from BBM of its arrival. Skip ahead to today, and now BBM has officially announced they have partnered with Uber to bring the service into BBM allowing users around the world including Indonesia – BBM's largest market – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East to access the ride-on-demand service.

With the lag time from when folks fisrt started seeing it appear in BBM to the announcement, chances are many folks have already been using the integration for a while now. If you haven't, well, now is a great time to go ahead and check it out.

Uber and BBM Messenger Partner to Bring On Demand Rides to BBM Users Around the Globe

Request an Uber on BBM seamlessly

JAKARTA, 18 December 2017 – Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, has partnered with Uber, the world's largest on-demand ride-sharing company, to launch the Uber ride-on-demand service within BBM Messenger. Users around the world will have access to this new service, including Indonesia – BBM's largest market – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

The tie-up between two of the world's leading technology platforms means that BBM Messenger users – both Android and iOS users – can book an Uber ride via the Uber icon in the BBM Discover menu, without leaving the BBM app or having to have the stand-alone Uber app on their phone.

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

When launched from the Discover menu, the new Uber service asks riders to sign in with their mobile number or connect with a social media account. Once riders log in, the service accesses their profile and settings, automatically detects their location, and loads a map. Riders simply enter their destination, tap the Request Uber button as well as payment option, and wait for their ride to arrive.

Chan Park, General Manager, South East Asia, Uber, says: "Millions of people around the world use BBM Messenger to stay in touch. This partnership means they will now be able to request an Uber from within the BBM ecosystem. A safe, reliable and affordable ride is now at the fingertips of even more people."

"We are excited to be working with BBM Messenger – our first partner in Asia Pacific to use the m.uber platform to request an Uber ride for their users without ever having to leave the BBM app. With this partnership, BBM users can quickly request an Uber ride via BBM despite variations in quality of location, network speed, or device features."

Chan added that the collaboration enables millions of BBM users globally to access safe, reliable transportation at the push of a button – whenever and wherever they are.

Compatible with all modern browsers, m.uber is a web client for the global market that offers an app-like experience regardless of location, network speed, and device.

"Uber has grown to play such a key role in so many parts of the world today. We're happy to connect our millions of active users with the service, giving them an easy and reliable transportation option at their fingertips within the BBM eco-system," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company which operates and runs BBM globally.

In Indonesia, BBM users will also receive the latest information, benefits and other exciting features on Uber Indonesia Official BBM Channel (Channel PIN: C001E6536). New users in Indonesia requesting an Uber through BBM can enjoy 3 FREE RIDES up to Rp20,000 (valid until February 28, 2018) by entering the promo code UBERXBBM in the PROMOTIONS option.

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