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BlackBerry Hub+ Services update fixes battery drain, Android Oreo bugs, and more!

A new BlackBerry Hub+ Services update has landed on Google Play and is now ready for download. This release highlights a few important fixes for those experiencing battery drain, crashes on Android Oreo plus, it adds further compatibility for CSS in HTML emails.

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Tata Elxsi and BlackBerry team up to accelerate innovation in secure embedded designs

As BlackBerry continues to build out their range of partners, the company has now announced they have teamed up with Tata Elxsi to help companies design and develop secure, mission-critical solutions. The solutions created will cover automotive, industrial, medical and network communication using BlackBerry QNX technologies.

"Tata Elxsi is excited to partner with BlackBerry as a value-added integrator. This will allow customers across industries to rapidly adopt and integrate their products and shorten the time to market," said Nitin Pai, SVP of Marketing and Strategy, Tata Elxsi. "BlackBerry's rich suite of safety-certified and secure software solutions for mission critical applications, coupled with Tata Elxsi's automotive, industrial, medical and general embedded development capabilities will enable OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to quickly design, build and deploy sophisticated and secure system level solutions."

"The explosion of connected products and mission critical embedded systems has presented a tremendous opportunity for safe, secure, and trusted software solutions," said Kaivan Karimi, SVP and Head of Sales and Marketing for BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "By using trusted BlackBerry QNX technology, companies around the world can develop safety-certified embedded systems and devices that are not just secure, but BlackBerry Secure. We are excited to partner with Tata Elxsi, and look forward to helping their customers accelerate the design, development, integration and testing of mission-critical, next-generation systems."

The partnership will see Tata Elxsi provide integration and customization services for the full of BlackBerry QNX embedded software solutions including QNX Neutrino Realtime OS, QNX Momentics Tool Suite, QNX Hypervisor, QNX SDK for Apps & Media, QNX Wireless Framework, QNX OS for Safety, QNX OS for Medical, QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, QNX Platform for Acoustics, and QNX Platform for ADAS.

Tata Elxsi Partners with BlackBerry to Accelerate Innovation in Secure Embedded Designs

Nov 8, 2017 - BANGALORE, INDIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Nov. 8, 2017) - Tata Elxsi and BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) today announced they are partnering to help companies design and develop secure, mission-critical solutions for industries such as automotive, industrial, medical and network communication using BlackBerry QNX technologies.

Tata Elxsi will provide integration and customization services for the following embedded software solutions from BlackBerry: QNX Neutrino Realtime OS, QNX Momentics Tool Suite, QNX Hypervisor, QNX SDK for Apps & Media, QNX Wireless Framework, QNX OS for Safety, QNX OS for Medical, QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, QNX Platform for Acoustics, and QNX Platform for ADAS.

"Tata Elxsi is excited to partner with BlackBerry as a value-added integrator. This will allow customers across industries to rapidly adopt and integrate their products and shorten the time to market," said Nitin Pai, SVP of Marketing and Strategy, Tata Elxsi. "BlackBerry's rich suite of safety-certified and secure software solutions for mission critical applications, coupled with Tata Elxsi's automotive, industrial, medical and general embedded development capabilities will enable OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to quickly design, build and deploy sophisticated and secure system level solutions."

"The explosion of connected products and mission critical embedded systems has presented a tremendous opportunity for safe, secure, and trusted software solutions," said Kaivan Karimi, SVP and Head of Sales and Marketing for BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "By using trusted BlackBerry QNX technology, companies around the world can develop safety-certified embedded systems and devices that are not just secure, but BlackBerry Secure. We are excited to partner with Tata Elxsi, and look forward to helping their customers accelerate the design, development, integration and testing of mission-critical, next-generation systems."

To learn more about BlackBerry QNX's technology, please visit blackberry.qnx.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 symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BB" on the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

About Tata Elxsi

Tata Elxsi is a global design and technology services company, headquartered in Bangalore. It addresses the automotive, broadcast and communications, consumer electronics and healthcare industries. This is supported by a network of design studios, development centers and offices worldwide.

Tata Elxsi works with leading OEMs and suppliers in the automotive and transportation industries for R&D, design and product engineering services from architecture to launch and beyond. It brings together domain experience across Infotainment, Autonomous Driving, Telematics, Powertrain, and Body electronics, along with technologies such as artificial intelligence, analytics, cloud and IoT. Tata Elxsi is accredited with Automotive SPICE Level 5 certification and is a member of leading consortiums such as AUTOSAR and OPEN Alliance. For more information, visit www.tataelxsi.com.

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Canadians can save $100 on the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition for the next 24 hours!

The 24-Hour flash sale is back on in Canada, and this time it's for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition!

Following up on the previous 24-hour flash sales in Canada which were for the BlackBerry KEYone in Silver, BlackBerry Mobile has kicked off another 24-hour flash sale. This time around, Canadians can score a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition for $100 off bringing the total to CAD 699.99.

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Order a BlackBerry KEYone from the BlackBerry Mobile European store, get a free Flip Case!

From now until November 30th, BlackBerry Mobile is offering a free Flip Case when you order a BlackBerry KEYone from the BlackBerry Mobile European store. The BlackBerry Mobile European store ships to 28 European countries and offers the BlackBerry KEYone in silver as well as the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition.

BlackBerry KEYone Flip Case

The BlackBerry KEYone Flip Case is for those that don't want an all-out case but still need that extra bit of protection. The FlipCase holds your KEYone in a hard-shell back, with a leather flip cover up front for easy access. The BlackBerry KEYone Flip Case also has a built-in window for viewing notifications with the case closed.

Pricing for the KEYone in Europe starts at €599.00 for the original silver while the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition is priced at €649.00 when added to your cart. With both options, you can also choose between QWERTY, QWERTZ, and AZERTY keyboard as well as UK or EU power supplies.

See more at the BlackBerry Mobile EU Store

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Twitter officially expanding character count to 280 starting today!

After rolling a short testing phase that began near the end of September, Twitter has now decided to officially start expanding their character count to 280 to all accounts where language cramming has been identified as an issue.

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BlackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Tour comes to London this Friday - RSVP Now!

BlackBerry Unstoppable Tour comes to London this Friday - RSVP Now!

The first stop on our BlackBerry Unstoppable European Tour is London, and we're all set for a fantastic evening of BlackBerry fans and those thinking about picking up a new BlackBerry KEYone or BlackBerry Motion coming together.

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Here's a look at the first official BlackBerry Motion accessories

The first official BlackBerry Motion accessories are coming soon — here's a quick look.

While we're already starting to see cases from several vendors including Incipio for the BlackBerry Motion, BlackBerry Mobile has their own official BlackBerry Motion accessories on their way as well. Accessories lined up and coming soon are the Privacy FlipCase, a Hard Shell and finally, a Privacy Screen Protector.

Privacy FlipCase

The Privacy FlipCase, as the name suggests, keeps your privacy in mind by offering limited viewing angles while allowing for access to the full functionality of your BlackBerry Motion even if the cover is closed. In addition to keeping your Motion protected, the Privacy FlipCase also features a with built-in card slot on the back for easy convenience.

  • Keep privacy protected with limited 60° horizontal viewing angle.
  • Full-screen display with full touch functionality enables you to operate with the cover closed.
  • Full coverage design for improved protection.
  • Free your wallet with built-in card slot on the back.
  • Exquisite detail delivers superior quality and tactile sensation.

Hard Shell

The classic Hard Shell is perfect for those who are looking for something that offers protection for their Motion but don't really like a lot of bulk added to their devices. These are always my personal go-to's out of the gate for any new device.

  • 2H hardness protection effectively resists daily scratch
  • Snugly cut, customized texture and finish preserves phone's original beauty
  • 50% semi-transparent dark grey case reveals the subtle beauty of BlackBerry design, classic and stylish.

Privacy Screen Protector

In addition to the privacy features such as the Privacy Shade app pre-loaded on the BlackBerry Motion, folks looking to add an additional layer of privacy can opt to pick up a Privacy Screen Protector which offers not only increased privacy but also anti-scratch protection for that beautiful display.

  • Limited 60° horizontal viewing angle provides data security
  • Semi-transparent screen protector combines style and anti-scratch protection

All of the items listed here are noted to be coming soon and probably still subject to change, so we'll update the post with links to places to purchase them when they go live - online or in-store. For now, though, let us know in the comments what you think about the official lineup of BlackBerry Motion accessories.

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Pay what you want to become an Adobe CC Master!

Designing posters for events, making business cards, or creating graphics for Youtube videos all take powerful designing software to complete. The Adobe Creative Cloud is the gold standard in the design industry today, used by professionals and amateurs alike.

Learn Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more! Learn more

While the Adobe CC is loaded with powerful programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, they won't be much good to you unless you know how to use them, and learning how to use these sophisticated design programs can be tricky — especially if you want to master each program. Lucky for you, CrackBerry Digital Offers has the perfect solution.

Right now through CrackBerry Digital Offers you can pay what you want for the Adobe CC Lifetime Mastery Bundle! That's right, you don't have to pay a cent more than you want; here's how it works!

  1. Pay what you want (minimum 1$) and if that's less than the average price you'll still get two excellent courses!
  2. Pay more than the average price and you'll get the entire bundle of courses!
  3. Beat the Leader's price and you have a chance to win a giveaway prize!

This bundle of courses gives you lifetime access to valuable training content for all of Adobe's most popular designing programs. Regardless of your skill level coming into the courses, you will learn essential skills for using Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects and more! Here's just a sampling of the topics covered:

  • Use selection tools, work with layers, master crop and transform functions, and more.
  • Apply Photoshop filters, layer styles, and explore adjustment layers.
  • Understand the Type tool, blending shapes and colors, and basic effects.
  • Discover transparency and graphic styles.
  • Use templates and styles to speed up creating documents.
  • Explore graphics file formats and print terminology.

This entire bundle would normally cost you hundreds of dollars but is available right now through CrackBerry Digital Offers for only $10!! Hurry up and jump on this offer before the price goes up!

Lifetime access to the best design programs! Learn more

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Linked10 arrives to replace the official LinkedIn app on BlackBerry 10

With LinkedIn retiring their official BlackBerry 10 app on November 27, BlackBerry 10 users looking to keep up-to-date with their LinkedIn accounts will have to look for alternative apps or use their web browser. One option for an alternative app has now arrived in BlackBerry World from Nemory Studios by way of Linked10.

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Chat for Telegram arrives in BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10

Looking to access Telegram on BlackBerry 10? If so, Chat for Telegram has arrived in BlackBerry World from Nemory Studios. The app is a hybrid native app that brings together some web app features with native BlackBerry 10 app features, to bring you Telegram access on BlackBerry 10.

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RSVP now for the CrackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Canadian Tour and check out the latest BlackBerry Smartphones!

This is your chance to experience the newest BlackBerry Smartphones in your region, hang with other BlackBerry Fans, CrackBerry Kevin, and Bla1ze!

In addition to our upcoming European tour, we'll be heading back to Canada to close out our events tour for 2017 as we continue to celebrate CrackBerry's 10th anniversary and the new excitement for BlackBerry Smartphones this year ushered in by BlackBerry Mobile. This time around, we'll be starting in Vancouver, then heading to Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, and finally wrapping things up in Kitchener/Waterloo.

As with all of our BlackBerry events, we'll have plenty of food, drinks and BlackBerry fans in attendance, along with the latest BlackBerry Smartphones such as the BlackBerry Motion and BlackBerry KEYone for attendees to check out. We'll also have swag and prizes to give out too and for the Canadian tour we're also planning on having BlackBerry Motions and KEYones on hand FOR SALE! So if you've been holding off on getting one of these phones until you can get it in your hot little hands, this could be your time to buy. More details on that as we get closer to the event dates.

If you're a longtime CrackBerry reader, a BlackBerry fan or just thinking about picking up a new BlackBerry Motion or BlackBerry KEYone, these are events you won't want to miss! Hit the links below to jump over to the Meetup page for your city where you can RSVP. Once you're signed up we'll be sending out updates as we finalize our venues for each city and the meetup events occur.

I'll also be working my BlackBerry Motion and BlackBerry KEYone's hard on this tour, so you'll want to be following @crackberrykevin on Instagram where I'll be posting lots of photos, stories and even firing up live streams. So if you can't be there, you can still join in on the fun!

CRACKBERRY MEETUP DATES & RSVP

Hit the links below to jump over to official Meetup Page for full details and to RSVP. Once you're RSVP'd, you'll receive email updates as we get closer to dates, locking in the location and providing additional info.

SIGN UP TO A CRACKBERRY MEETUP GROUP NEAR YOU

If you haven't yet, be sure to visit our global CrackBerry Meetup Groups page, where you can sign up for your city. If an official CrackBerry Meetup is coming your way, we'll be sure to let you know.

Register for a CrackBerry Meetup Group In Your City

Visit the CrackBerry Meetup Groups Forum

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TELUS offering $100 off the BlackBerry KEYone for small business customers

If you're a TELUS small business customer looking to move into a BlackBerry KEYone, you'll certainly want to check out their latest offers on the original silver and Space Black KEYone. Right now, until November 30, TELUS has reduced KEYone pricing by $100 bringing the hardware pricing to only $100 with a 2-year premium plan. The offer is available in-store and online, so no matter how you go about it you'll be able to take advantage of the pricing.

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WhatsFixer fixes file sharing in the Android WhatsApp app for BlackBerry 10 users

While WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 is still chugging along, some folks have moved onto using the Android version of WhatsApp on their BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The move is not without some issues, however, key among them being the problems that arise when trying to send media files. Now though, just like WAA Fixer before it, WhatsFixer has been released for BlackBerry 10 and fixes sharing files in the Android WhatsApp app.

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AT&T rolling out AAP606 update for the BlackBerry KEYone

While unlocked BlackBerry KEYone updates continue to roll out, the folks at AT&T have now also fired off their latest software update for the BlackBerry KEYone. As noted on the AT&T site build AAP606 has now begun rolling out and folks should be seeing it appear through the system update process.

Here is the current update: Android 7.1.1 Nougat

  • Release date: October 31, 2017
  • Android version: 7.1.1
  • Security patch level (SPL): October 5, 2017
  • Baseband version: MPSS.TA.2.3.c1-00333-8953_GEN_PACK-1.103777.4.107751.1
  • Kernel version: 3.18.31-perf-gdc0366cec_agent@br816cnc #1
  • Build number: AAP606
  • Build fingerprint: 7.1.1/NMF26F/AAP606
  • Previous versions required: AAN596 or AA0750
  • File size: 40-46MB

What's changing:

-Android device security updates, including BlueBorne fix (on SPLs September 1 or later)

Once downloaded, the install process only takes a few minutes to complete and you'll be good to go again. If you haven't got the update as of yet, you can check for updates by swiping down from the Notification bar and then tap the Settings icon, then tap AT&T Software updates > Check for updates, or just wait it out until your device lets you know it's there.

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Yes, the BlackBerry Motion does have an RGB LED indicator

Yes, we're doing this again. When the BlackBerry KEYone was released, there was some debate over whether or not it had an RGB LED indicator and we cleared that up quickly. This time, the same question has arisen about the BlackBerry Motion, so we're once again clearing it up so we can lay it to rest once and for all. Red. Green. Blue. It's all there, see for yourself. We good? All good? Goooood!

Discuss more in the CrackBerry BlackBerry Motion Forums

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You can now access BBM Enterprise directly from both Windows and macOS

If you're a BBM Enterprise user, you'll be pleased to know BBM Enterprise has now been updated with a multitude of new features including the ability to access your account simultaneously on up to three devices plus, new Windows and macOS clients to help keep your messages synchronized across all platforms.

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BlackBerry Motion goes on sale in Canada starting November 10!

Following the initial announcement of the BlackBerry Motion at GITEX, BlackBerry Mobile has now announced the first BlackBerry smartphone to offer IP67 water and dust resistance will also be made available in Canada starting November 10.

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BlackBerry highlights the impact of KRACK vulnerability on BlackBerry products

As fixes for the KRACK vulnerability continue to be rolled out, BlackBerry has now posted their official update highlighting the impact of KRACK on BlackBerry products. All in all, the security notice doesn't state much of anything new but it does indeed confirm updates for BlackBerry smartphones powered by Android are rolling out, some of which have already been received, and others are forthcoming.

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BlackBerry Motion - Top 5 Features I'm Loving So Far!

The newly-announced BlackBerry Motion has made it into my CrackBerry clawing hands and in this video, I dive into first five features that have caught my immediate attention.

Given the similar specs of the phone to the BlackBerry KEYone, the Motion aka KEYnone definitely stands up nicely as a sibling / complimentary device for those who want to go full touch over rocking a physical keyboard. I'll be saving my full first impressions and review until I spend more time with the Motion as my daily driver, but even in using the phone just a little bit there are some immediate features that stand out.

I want you to watch the video though, so hit play and enjoy the show. And be sure to check out the other videos below where I do some durability testing to see how built for everyday life the Motion is.

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You can now hide and rename apps with the latest BlackBerry Launcher update

A new BlackBerry Launcher update has started to roll out through the Google Play Store and if you've been asking for the ability to hide apps for a while now like I have, you'll want to get it downloaded as soon as possible. This release brings the ability hide apps on your home screen and in the all apps grid as well as a few other enhancements.

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