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BlackBerry expands partnership with Vodafone to offer BlackBerry AtHoc

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BlackBerry today announced an expanded partnership with Vodafone that will see the organization offer BlackBerry AtHoc to its business and government customers in the UK with Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service having already making use of the emergency alert and crisis communications solution.

"BlackBerry and Vodafone, one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world, have had an ongoing relationship since 1999. We are excited to expand this relationship and now offer the comprehensive BlackBerry AtHoc critical event management solution to Vodafone's business and government customers in the UK," said Christoph Erdmann, Senior Vice President of Secure Communications at BlackBerry. "The solution can be deployed quickly to enable the most secure real-time information exchange across organizations, their people and devices, so that leaders can make informed and safety-critical decisions in times of crisis."

Speaking about why BlackBerry AtHoc was chosen, Darren Spurgeon, Police Inspector at Greater Manchester Police noted, "BlackBerry AtHoc will help us rapidly respond to internal operational issues and ensure accurate information is shared across multiple police departments and personnel using both analog and digital channels."

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Vodafone Chooses BlackBerry AtHoc for Secure Crisis Communications Offering

WATERLOO, ON, July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced an expanded partnership with Vodafone to offer BlackBerry AtHoc as its emergency alert and crisis communications solution. Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are the first two customers who have selected BlackBerry AtHoc to deliver secure communications and real-time alerts through this partnership.

"BlackBerry and Vodafone, one of the largest telecommunication companies in the world, have had an ongoing relationship since 1999. We are excited to expand this relationship and now offer the comprehensive BlackBerry AtHoc critical event management solution to Vodafone's business and government customers in the UK," said Christoph Erdmann, Senior Vice President of Secure Communications at BlackBerry. "The solution can be deployed quickly to enable the most secure real-time information exchange across organizations, their people and devices, so that leaders can make informed and safety-critical decisions in times of crisis."

BlackBerry AtHoc transforms how organizations work together to ensure business operations recover quickly and people stay safe during critical events. It enables organizations, like Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, to share critical safety and operational information within the organization and with other organizations in Greater Manchester to better protect the community and respond more efficiently.

"We chose the secure and reliable BlackBerry AtHoc messaging platform to allow us to share and receive real time information across our business and police operations," said Darren Spurgeon, Police Inspector at Greater Manchester Police. "BlackBerry AtHoc will help us rapidly respond to internal operational issues and ensure accurate information is shared across multiple police departments and personnel using both analog and digital channels."

"We are delighted to add BlackBerry AtHoc to our portfolio of security solutions. It will help customers such as Greater Manchester Police and Fire connect with their frontline staff quickly and securely," said Anne Sheehan, Business Director at Vodafone UK.

Vodafone is a BlackBerry Platinum Partner. Vodafone's in-house engineers, consultants, architects and desk-based support staff are trained and certified on BlackBerry AtHoc and BlackBerry Spark Suites solutions.

To learn more about how BlackBerry AtHoc provides secure communications to keep people safe and operations running, please visit https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/products/blackberry-athoc.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 175M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry QNX to power autonomous features in Canoo's next-gen Electric Vehicles

In a join announcement today, BlackBerry and Canoo let it be known that Canoo's next-gen Electric Vehicles autonomous features will be powered by the BlackBerry QNX operating system through a licensing agreement that includes QNX OS for Safety 2.0.

"The world's leading automakers, their Tier 1 suppliers, chip manufacturers and innovative startups such as Canoo continue to put their trust in BlackBerry and our ability to provide them with the safety-certified and secure software on which they can build the next generation of cars," said John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "Canoo is pushing the boundaries of AV development, challenging the traditional way of building, offering and using vehicles and we look forward to working with them to achieve their vision of a world in which transportation is affordable, electric, shared and autonomous."

"The global autonomous vehicle market is expected to reach nearly $600 billion by 2026. As these systems become more affordable and available to implement in the mass market, our membership model makes it easy to keep our vehicles up-to-date with the latest in ADAS technology," said Phil Weicker, In Charge of Propulsion & Electronics at Canoo. "BlackBerry QNX is the industry standard for safety certified software operating systems, so it was a natural choice for us."

Canoo is looking towards 2021 to have its first prouduction vehicles arrive with advanced level 2 autonomous features as a standard. The use of BlackBerry QNX OS will allow them to tap into radar sensors, parking sensors, cameras and more.

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BlackBerry to Power Autonomy Systems in Canoo's Next Generation Electric Vehicles

WATERLOO, Ontario and LOS ANGELES, July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and electric vehicle (EV) startup Canoo announced today that the ADAS systems for the company's membership-based semi-autonomous EVs will be powered by the BlackBerry QNX operating system (OS), including radar sensors, parking sensors and cameras.

As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will license its BlackBerry QNX technology to Canoo, including its QNX OS for Safety 2.0 to serve as the safe and secure foundation for the autonomous features within the company's sleek and city-friendly EVs. Canoo aims to bring its first production vehicles to market with advanced level 2 (or level 2+) autonomous features as standard at the end of 2021. Level 2 features are consistent with partial autonomy, enabling the vehicle to manage acceleration and steering and monitor components of its environment in certain conditions.

"The world's leading automakers, their Tier 1 suppliers, chip manufacturers and innovative startups such as Canoo continue to put their trust in BlackBerry and our ability to provide them with the safety-certified and secure software on which they can build the next generation of cars," said John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "Canoo is pushing the boundaries of AV development, challenging the traditional way of building, offering and using vehicles and we look forward to working with them to achieve their vision of a world in which transportation is affordable, electric, shared and autonomous."

"The global autonomous vehicle market is expected to reach nearly $600 billion by 2026. As these systems become more affordable and available to implement in the mass market, our membership model makes it easy to keep our vehicles up-to-date with the latest in ADAS technology," said Phil Weicker, In Charge of Propulsion & Electronics at Canoo. "BlackBerry QNX is the industry standard for safety certified software operating systems, so it was a natural choice for us."

QNX OS for Safety is an operating system that embedded developers can use to build safety-critical systems. Based on BlackBerry's advanced and secure QNX Neutrino real-time operating system (RTOS), QNX OS for Safety has been certified to ISO 26262 ASIL D and IEC 61508 SIL3. With a pre-certified microkernel RTOS, the solution enables automakers and embedded software developers in a wide variety of industries to accelerate their development timelines and reduce the cost in moving projects from research to production.

BlackBerry has a broad portfolio of functional safety-certified software including its QNX hypervisor, operating system, development tools and middleware for embedded systems. Outside of automotive, the QNX OS is widely used in life and safety-critical systems for medical devices, industrial controls, rail, robotics and aerospace & defense. BlackBerry's pedigree in safety, security, and continued innovation has led to its QNX technology being embedded in more than 175 million vehicles on the road today.

For more information on BlackBerry QNX products and engineering services for embedded systems, please visit BlackBerry.QNX.com.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 175M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

Your AT&T phone isn't going to stop making calls anytime soon

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The HD Voice transition won't happen until 2022.

AT&T customers have been receiving a worrisome email or text message from the carrier indicating that their phones are on the brink of no longer being supported, and that has caused quite an outcry. The issue, AT&T says, is that it plans to shut down its 3G network, meaning all calls will have to be made over VoLTE (aka HD Voice instead. And because only certain phones work with AT&T's VoLTE system, all other non-approved phones will no longer be able to make calls when that shutdown happens.

But there's no need to fret — this warning from AT&T is incredibly premature, and your calling service will be retained until at least the end of 2021. Here's what's really going on.

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Why (and when) is AT&T moving from 3G calling to VoLTE?

To put things simply, AT&T is trying to make the most of its spectrum (how many lanes it has available for traffic). Each carrier has a limited amount of spectrum in which to deploy 3G, 4G and 5G service, and keeping any amount of it locked up providing 3G to users when it could be better utilized for 4G and 5G is an inefficient use of resources. So AT&T is planning to shut down its 3G network in early 2022, which will necessitate all calls moving to 4G.

Now, this isn't a new idea. Verizon and T-Mobile have already made similar shifts away from 3G to an all-LTE calling network, so they can reuse precious spectrum holdings to deploy their new 5G networks. This is a completely normal thing to do, but it's a big shift — and that's why AT&T is getting so far out ahead of the actual shutdown with its messaging.

AT&T provided the following statement to Android Police when asked about these customer emails, owning up to the fact that it should've been clearer with the messaging:

This email was one of many planned to keep customers informed about the shutdown of our 3G network in early 2022. It should have included the date that certain devices would no longer be supported. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused and will be more clear in future updates.

Does my phone support AT&T VoLTE?

Here's the rub: it isn't clear exactly which devices support AT&T's HD Voice service. The only sure-fire way to know that your phone supports VoLTE on AT&T is to buy a phone from AT&T (or have bought one in the last few years). That's annoying, because we know there are huge benefits to buying phones unlocked, and AT&T's branded phones are often filled with bloatware and other customizations.

There's no sure-fire way to know if your unlocked phone will support AT&T VoLTE.

AT&T publishes a list of "phones that work on our network", with specific model numbers of devices that it has certified for use, but it actually isn't clear if that also means that each of those devices supports HD Voice. (For example, the Galaxy S4 Mini, from 2013, is on the list.)

The unlocked phone situation is annoying because some unlocked phones do support AT&T's VoLTE, even though AT&T doesn't say they do. Other unlocked phones are known to have all of the correct technology to use VoLTE (i.e. they're unlocked models of the exact phone AT&T sells) but are disallowed from doing so by AT&T. You can find hundreds of pages of forum discussions about which unlocked phones do and don't support VoLTE on AT&T — with little consensus.

If you have an unlocked phone on AT&T and are curious as to whether it supports HD Voice, you can get more information by using a network information app — like this one, this one or this one. Install the app, disconnect from Wi-Fi, place a call, and while still on the call check to see if the app shows it taking place over LTE. This isn't a guarantee that your phone is/isn't compatible, but it's a good start. Additionally, you can call AT&T customer service and ask if your phone is provisioned for HD Voice — lower-level customer service help may not know, but you can get lucky.

Do I need to upgrade my AT&T phone now?

No, you don't.

AT&T knows how many phones are on its network still making 3G calls still, and that's probably a very large number. Therefore it wants to start pushing people to upgrade to a VoLTE-capable phone now, rather than waiting until the last moment with the 3G shutdown nearing. Hence the very premature messages about phone incompatibility. But the truth is, your phone will continue to work and make calls until the last moment, so there's no need to upgrade your phone today.

Now obviously if you do upgrade your phone today, and you buy it from AT&T, it will support VoLTE and you'll be set for the future transition away from 3G (though that's still a long ways off). You'll also be able to actually take advantage of VoLTE, which provides higher-quality voice calls, in the meantime.

Realistically, this is a problem for you to think about a year from now, in the second half of 2021, when the 3G shutdown is actually imminent. Your phone will continue to work just fine until then.

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BlackBerry announces Fiscal 2021 Q1 results

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Following their Investor schedule, BlackBerry today announced their Fiscal 2021 Q1 results. As part of the announcement, John Chen, Executive Chairman, and CEO, BlackBerry noted "BlackBerry QNX was impacted by macro headwinds in the auto and other embedded sectors but we are starting to see signs of a recovery".

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue of $214 million; total company GAAP revenue of $206 million.
  • Non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.02; GAAP loss per basic and diluted share of $1.14 primarily due to a non-cash, one-time goodwill impairment charge.
  • Net cash used by operating activities of $31 million and capital expenditures of $1 million.

"On the enterprise front, we saw good demand from customers who recognized the necessity for BlackBerry's security, business continuity, and productivity solutions in an increasingly remote working environment. BlackBerry is capitalizing on the secular trends of securing and connecting endpoints."

If you're looking for the full table breakdowns, they can be found on the BlackBerry Investors website in addition to the supplemental financial information as well as the conference call transcript once it has been uploaded.

Press Release

BlackBerry Reports Fiscal 2021 First Quarter Results

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 24, 2020 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today reported financial results for the three months ended May 31, 2020 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

"BlackBerry QNX was impacted by macro headwinds in the auto and other embedded sectors but we are starting to see signs of a recovery," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "On the enterprise front, we saw good demand from customers who recognized the necessity for BlackBerry's security, business continuity, and productivity solutions in an increasingly remote working environment. BlackBerry is capitalizing on the secular trends of securing and connecting endpoints."

First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Highlights

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $214 million versus $267 million last year. Total company GAAP revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $206 million versus $247 million last year.
  • Recurring non-GAAP software product revenue was over 90%.
  • Non-GAAP gross margin was 71% versus 75% last year and GAAP gross margin was 69% versus 72% last year.
  • Non-GAAP operating earnings were $3 million versus non-GAAP operating earnings of $5 million last year. GAAP operating loss was $645 million versus GAAP operating loss of $36 million last year.
  • Non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.02 (basic and diluted) versus non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.01 (basic and diluted) last year. GAAP net loss per share was $1.14 (basic and diluted) versus GAAP net loss per share of $0.06 (basic) and $0.09 (diluted) last year.

First quarter fiscal 2021 GAAP net loss includes $594 million in a non-cash, one-time goodwill impairment charge primarily related to the impairment of the BlackBerry Spark reporting unit, $33 million for acquired intangibles amortization expense, $14 million in stock compensation expense, a charge of $1 million related to the fair value adjustment on the debentures, and other amounts as summarized in the table below.

At May 31, 2020, total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments were $955 million. Net cash used by operating activities of $31 million and capital expenditures of $1 million.

Outlook

Given the uncertainty across the global economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BlackBerry is not providing a financial outlook for fiscal 2021.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The tables at the end of this press release include a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures used by the company to comparable GAAP measures and an explanation of why the company uses them.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-877-682-6267 or by logging on at BlackBerry.com/Investors. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 8 p.m. ET by dialing 1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #5177627 and at the link above.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including more than 175M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry QNX software now embedded in more than 175 million vehicles!

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For the past year, BlackBerry has been reporting an install base of more than 150 million vehicles for BlackBerry QNX, but today, it announced they have now moved into more than 175 million vehicles.

"In the past five years we've gone from BlackBerry QNX technology helping to power 60 million cars to today's announcement of more than 175 million – a nearly threefold increase and a testament to the fact that today's leading automakers and their tier one suppliers continue to put their trust in BlackBerry and our ability to provide them with safe and secure software upon which the next generation of vehicles is being built," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "The electronic architecture of the vehicle is evolving from being hardware-driven to software-defined and this independent assessment by Strategy Analytics further validates our leadership position within the industry as the premier foundational software platform provider for the current and the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles."

The 25 million increase came from automakers and Tier 1s including Audi, BMW, GM, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota and more utilizing BlackBerry QNX software for advanced driver assistance, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, and infotainment systems.

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WATERLOO, Ontario, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced that its QNX® software is now embedded in more than 175 million cars on the road today. This is an increase of 25 million cars since the company last reported its automotive footprint in June 2019.

BlackBerry has a broad portfolio of functional safety-certified and secure software including its QNX operating system, development tools and middleware for autonomous and connected vehicles. Automakers and Tier 1s use BlackBerry® QNX® software in their advanced driver assistance, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, handsfree, and infotainment systems that appear in car brands, including Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, KIA, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

"In the past five years we've gone from BlackBerry QNX technology helping to power 60 million cars to today's announcement of more than 175 million – a nearly threefold increase and a testament to the fact that today's leading automakers and their tier one suppliers continue to put their trust in BlackBerry and our ability to provide them with safe and secure software upon which the next generation of vehicles is being built," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "The electronic architecture of the vehicle is evolving from being hardware-driven to software-defined and this independent assessment by Strategy Analytics further validates our leadership position within the industry as the premier foundational software platform provider for the current and the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles."

BlackBerry engaged with research and industry analyst firm, Strategy Analytics to verify the volume of QNX deployments based on the number of QNX products that are shipped in the automotive market and the number of cars that contain QNX products and technology. The vast majority of QNX software products that are integrated and used in automotive ECUs are licensed on a per-unit royalty basis. BlackBerry QNX technology includes QNX® Neutrino® OS, QNX® Platform for ADAS, QNX® OS for Safety, QNX® CAR Platform for Infotainment, QNX® Platform for Digital Cockpits, QNX® Hypervisor 2.0 and QNX acoustics middleware.

For more information on BlackBerry products and services for the automotive industry, please visit BlackBerry.com.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including more than 175M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry begins offering AtHoc Managed Service

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Responding to recent events, BlackBerry today introduced BlackBerry AtHoc Managed Service, which allows organizations of any size to fully launch crisis communications services in a 48 hour period. This move makes BlackBerry AtHoc more accessible than ever.

"Keeping employees safe and business operating, particularly during this time, requires accurate and responsive critical communication," said Christoph Erdmann, Senior Vice President of Secure Communications at BlackBerry. "We are incredibly pleased to offer the same services proven by some of the most demanding environments including 12 FedRAMP ATOs from United States Federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Treasury, and Department of Veterans Affairs as well as Parliament of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Port of Houston and the American Red Cross, to organizations of every size."

"COVID-19 elevated the importance of communications to support employees and business operations during a time of crisis. By making BlackBerry AtHoc available as a managed service, BlackBerry has dramatically expanded the number of organizations that can now use this capability," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst, Enderle Group. "The introduction of BlackBerry AtHoc Managed Service is a welcome addition to make it affordable and easy for any organization to keep their employees safe."

As part of the service, rather than organizations setting everything up themselves, BlackBerry will "set up, train, maintain and send critical communications" with 24/7 availability. BlackBerry is now offering demos of the service, so if you're interested you can check out the BlackBerry AtHoc Managed Service site for more details.

Press Release

BlackBerry Introduces AtHoc Managed Service; Offers Crisis Communications Solutions for All Organizations

WATERLOO, ON, June 22, 2020 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today introduced BlackBerry AtHoc Managed Service. BlackBerry AtHoc Managed Service delivers the full featured BlackBerry AtHoc system as a service managed and delivered by BlackBerry. The service allows any organization, of any size, to quickly establish and maintain a crisis communications capability used traditionally by larger organizations.

Current global events have compelled organizations to reassess the effectiveness of their crisis communication program to protect people and business operations. With the need to manage business disruptions, forced remote work and return to work, companies now have a continuous requirement for ongoing critical communications.

BlackBerry AtHoc Managed Service can be up and running in 48 hours.

Maintaining an effective critical communications platform, however, requires experienced dedicated teams and technical expertise that some organizations do not have. BlackBerry AtHoc Managed Service solves that problem by providing customers with 24x7 crisis management communications, alerts, and support, including the option to send alerts on the customer's behalf, so that they can focus on their essential day-to-day business. Customers may also exchange notifications with other government agencies and commercial enterprises using the BlackBerry AtHoc platform. This network effect increases the benefit of the critical communications of all the participating organizations.

"Keeping employees safe and business operating, particularly during this time, requires accurate and responsive critical communication," said Christoph Erdmann, Senior Vice President of Secure Communications at BlackBerry. "We are incredibly pleased to offer the same services proven by some of the most demanding environments including 12 FedRAMP ATOs from United States Federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Treasury, and Department of Veterans Affairs as well as Parliament of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Port of Houston and the American Red Cross, to organizations of every size."

"COVID-19 elevated the importance of communications to support employees and business operations during a time of crisis. By making BlackBerry AtHoc available as a managed service, BlackBerry has dramatically expanded the number of organizations that can now use this capability," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst, Enderle Group. "The introduction of BlackBerry AtHoc Managed Service is a welcome addition to make it affordable and easy for any organization to keep their employees safe."

BlackBerry AtHoc software is used by organizations around the world to communicate and collaborate in times of crisis. To learn more about BlackBerry AtHoc and BlackBerry AtHoc Managed Service, please visit https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/products/blackberry-athoc/managed-service.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry and Intel team up to fight Cryptojacking

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Looking to fight cryptojacking, BlackBerry today announced the release of BlackBerry Optics v2.5.1100 with runs on Intel-based computers and helps detect cryptomining and cryptojacking.

"Given the cost associated with mining cryptocurrency and the payments of ransomware demands on the decline, cryptojacking becomes an attractive option for threat actors to generate revenue," said Josh Lemos, VP, Research & Intelligence. "With our new cryptojacking detection and response capabilities, we're looking to make this practice a thing of the past, providing enterprises and their employees with a turn-key solution that will enable them to thwart cryptojacking attempts and ensure their software and hardware are used for their intended purposes. The days of exploiting unsuspecting users for free CPU time are over."

"As hackers use more sophisticated tactics to bypass detection, it's more important than ever to have built-in hardware security features," said Stephanie Hallford, Intel Vice President of the Client Computing Group and General Manager of Business Client Platforms. "Building on top of the built-for-business Intel vPro platform, enabled by Intel Hardware Shield, BlackBerry takes advantage of hardware visibility to offer advanced security protection, and we applaud them for this release."

Collaborating with Intel, BlackBerry Optics works with the Intel vPro platform as well as Intel Hardware Shield to effectively stop cryptojacking while offering easy configuration and minimal processor impact. If you're looking to learn more about BlackBerry Optics, you can find those details right here or check out the this BlackBerry blog post.

Press Release

BlackBerry and Intel Partner to Stop Cryptojacking Malware

BlackBerry Optics endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution automatically detects cryptojacking at the hardware level

WATERLOO, ON, June 17, 2020 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced today the release of BlackBerry Optics v2.5.1100 with cryptomining and cryptojacking detection for Intel-based commercial PCs.

To detect advanced cryptojacking malware, the BlackBerry Optics Context Analysis Engine (CAE) leverages unique CPU telemetry from Intel Threat Detection Technology (Intel TDT) to provide enterprises and SMBs unparalleled detection of cryptojacking attempts. BlackBerry has collaborated with Intel on technology that effectively stops cryptojacking. With virtually no processor impact and easy configuration, organizations can detect and mitigate cryptojacking with greater precision and consistent results across all types of workloads executing on Windows 10 operating systems.

Cryptojacking is the installation of malware on a device in order to hijack computing power to mine cryptocurrency without the user's knowledge. Many cryptojacking operations will utilize small quantities of power from many different machines to create a pool of processing power. This technique makes large corporations and businesses an ideal target for easy infection of multiple machines once access is gained. According to a recently published report, "around 10% of organizations received (and blocked) Cryptocurrency mining malware at some point throughout the course of the year."

"Given the cost associated with mining cryptocurrency and the payments of ransomware demands on the decline, cryptojacking becomes an attractive option for threat actors to generate revenue," said Josh Lemos, VP, Research & Intelligence. "With our new cryptojacking detection and response capabilities, we're looking to make this practice a thing of the past, providing enterprises and their employees with a turn-key solution that will enable them to thwart cryptojacking attempts and ensure their software and hardware are used for their intended purposes. The days of exploiting unsuspecting users for free CPU time are over."

"As hackers use more sophisticated tactics to bypass detection, it's more important than ever to have built-in hardware security features," said Stephanie Hallford, Intel Vice President of the Client Computing Group and General Manager of Business Client Platforms. "Building on top of the built-for-business Intel vPro platform, enabled by Intel Hardware Shield, BlackBerry takes advantage of hardware visibility to offer advanced security protection, and we applaud them for this release."

For more information about BlackBerry Optics, please visit BlackBerry.com/optics.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry and Bell partner on Enhanced Mobile Threat Defense for Enterprise customers

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BlackBerry and Bell announced today a new partnership that will see BlackBerry become Bell's Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) partner. Utilizing BlackBerry Protect, Bell will be able to use artificial intelligence to block malware infections, prevent URL phishing attacks, and provide application integrity checking for their Enterprise customers.

"We could not be more delighted to partner with Bell, BlackBerry's preferred telecom partner for BlackBerry Protect in Canada and one of the country's most innovative companies," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "Together, we will bring the next level of excellence in endpoint security to Canadian enterprise customers across the country."

"As organizations of all kinds enable remote work solutions for their teams during COVID-19, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant about security, including network and mobile device management," said Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada. "Bell is proud to be working with mobile security leader BlackBerry to expand the scale of our solutions for the country's largest organizations."

Over the years, BlackBerry Protect has grown into a much larger asset for BlackBerry and is now a full-fledged Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) solution that works alongside other services offered by BlackBerry including BlackBerry UEM and BlackBerry Dynamics. If you're looking to learn more about BlackBerry Protect, check out the full BlackBerry Protect site here.

Press Release

BlackBerry and Bell to Deliver Enhanced Mobile Threat Defense to Enterprise Customers

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and Bell (TSX, NYSE: BCE) today announced a new partnership to provide enhanced secure communications to business and government customers, strengthening their longstanding relationship to deliver leading-edge mobile security solutions to Canadian consumers and business customers.

BlackBerry becomes Bell's preferred Mobile Threat Defense (MTD) partner, enabling Canada's largest communications company to offer its enterprise customers access to BlackBerry Protect, the MTD solution that uses the power of artificial intelligence to block malware infections, prevent URL phishing attacks and provide application integrity checking.

"We could not be more delighted to partner with Bell, BlackBerry's preferred telecom partner for BlackBerry Protect in Canada and one of the country's most innovative companies," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "Together, we will bring the next level of excellence in endpoint security to Canadian enterprise customers across the country."

"As organizations of all kinds enable remote work solutions for their teams during COVID-19, it is more important than ever to remain vigilant about security, including network and mobile device management," said Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada. "Bell is proud to be working with mobile security leader BlackBerry to expand the scale of our solutions for the country's largest organizations."

To learn more about BlackBerry Mobile Threat Defense, please visit BlackBerry.com/MTD.

About Bell

Canada's largest communications company with more than 22 million consumer and business connections, Bell provides advanced broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services throughout the country. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry AtHoc usage expanded within U.S. Government Agencies

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BlackBerry AtHoc usage within U.S. Government Agencies continues to grow and today BlackBerry has announced, to date, they have received 12 Authority to Operate (ATO) certifications from Federal agencies. The latest, coming from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

"From mandatory remote working, natural disasters and cloud outages, to civil unrest and cyber-attacks, there are no shortages of incidents that continue to challenge the way organizations and departments maintain operations and keep people safe," said David Wiseman, Vice President of Secure Communications at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry AtHoc can be deployed quickly to enable the most secure real-time information exchange across organizations, their people and devices, providing them with the necessary details to make informed and safety-critical decisions. It's a privilege to support all our federal customers during an unprecedented time in our nation's history."

Other agencies include the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Treasury, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

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BlackBerry AtHoc Expands Leadership Position in Crisis Communications with U.S. Federal Government; Includes the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

SAN RAMON, Calif., June 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced that its FedRAMP-authorized BlackBerry AtHoc crisis communication system continues to expand on its leading position within the U.S. Federal Government with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) using BlackBerry AtHoc for secure crisis response.

The BlackBerry AtHoc FedRAMP solution set continues to expand its use as the standard and most secure emergency mass notification system across the U.S. Federal Government. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a new customer. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has joined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) AtHoc FedRAMP Cloud solution, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has achieved their Department Authority to Operate (ATO) for BlackBerry AtHoc.

"From mandatory remote working, natural disasters and cloud outages, to civil unrest and cyber-attacks, there are no shortages of incidents that continue to challenge the way organizations and departments maintain operations and keep people safe," said David Wiseman, Vice President of Secure Communications at BlackBerry. "BlackBerry AtHoc can be deployed quickly to enable the most secure real-time information exchange across organizations, their people and devices, providing them with the necessary details to make informed and safety-critical decisions. It's a privilege to support all our federal customers during an unprecedented time in our nation's history."

BlackBerry AtHoc is trusted by government, military, commercial and humanitarian organizations around the world including over 70% of U.S. Federal Government employees. To date, BlackBerry AtHoc has received 12 ATOs from Federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Treasury, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

To learn more about how BlackBerry AtHoc software helps organizations communicate and collaborate in times of crisis, please visit: https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/products/blackberry-athoc and follow @AtHoc.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry expands commitment to U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

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As part of its expanding commitment to the United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals, BlackBerry today announced several initiatives they are participating in including, investing in clean water access, being carbon neutral by 2021, and more.

  • Be carbon neutral by 2021. Climate change, primarily driven by carbon emissions, is limiting the availability and quality of water and is expected to have significant further impact. Since 2013 BlackBerry has reduced its carbon emissions by 88%.
  • Invest in wastewater treatment technology in Canada that eliminates the environmental impacts of discharging raw wastewater into watercourses and the sea and consumes less energy than traditional systems.
  • Invest in the rehabilitation and maintenance of water wells in Rwanda, where the population is currently fetching water from sources that expose them to bacteria. The economic benefits of improved water supply in the area will enable Rwanda's Smart Cities Blueprint, a framework aimed to accelerate the adoption of ICT-driven initiatives in cities across Africa.
  • Eliminate the use of single-use plastics globally by 2021, ahead of the Government of Canada's plan. The initiative will help tackle microplastics pollution, as well as ease the burden on oceans and streams where plastic waste ends up and harms marine life.

"BlackBerry's purpose and responsibility to our stakeholders include taking meaningful action to ensure our business practices and our platform enable a more sustainable and equitable world," said Neelam Sandhu, Vice President of Business Operations and Strategic Accounts, Office of the CEO at BlackBerry. "We are pleased to expand our commitment to the UNGC SDGs, by investing in initiatives that enable access to clean water and the opportunities and benefits that are tied to that, for Canadian citizens and the global community we are all a part of."

The announcement was celebrated by The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation Science and Industry who noted:

Now more than ever, it is vital that Canadian industries develop innovative solutions to the challenges we face. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate BlackBerry on their plan to become carbon neutral by 2021. When Canadian companies invest in clean technology projects, like BlackBerry is doing in the water sector, it not only helps to protect the environment and grow our economy, it also improves access to some of our most basic needs. Clean technology and renewable energy projects are key to helping Canada achieve our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

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BlackBerry Expands Commitment to the United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Development Goals

BlackBerry invests in clean water access initiatives as part of its SDG's action plan

WATERLOO, ON, June 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it has expanded its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of its commitment BlackBerry is investing in initiatives that enable access to clean water for the global communities the company serves.

Billions of people around the world lack access to clean water, sanitation and handwashing facilities today, with communities of color, lower-income people, tribal communities and developing countries most impacted. Safe water sanitation is a vital enabler of access to education, in particular for girls, and a strategy for economic growth and reducing poverty. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a further spotlight on the criticality of access to clean water, with handwashing being one of the key means to adequately prevent and contain disease.

BlackBerry today announced it will:

  • Be carbon neutral by 2021. Climate change, primarily driven by carbon emissions, is limiting the availability and quality of water and is expected to have significant further impact. Since 2013 BlackBerry has reduced its carbon emissions by 88%.
  • Invest in wastewater treatment technology in Canada that eliminates the environmental impacts of discharging raw wastewater into watercourses and the sea and consumes less energy than traditional systems.
  • Invest in the rehabilitation and maintenance of water wells in Rwanda, where the population is currently fetching water from sources that expose them to bacteria. The economic benefits of improved water supply in the area will enable Rwanda's Smart Cities Blueprint, a framework aimed to accelerate the adoption of ICT-driven initiatives in cities across Africa.
  • Eliminate the use of single-use plastics globally by 2021, ahead of the Government of Canada's plan. The initiative will help tackle microplastics pollution, as well as ease the burden on oceans and streams where plastic waste ends up and harms marine life.

"BlackBerry's purpose and responsibility to our stakeholders include taking meaningful action to ensure our business practices and our platform enable a more sustainable and equitable world," said Neelam Sandhu, Vice President of Business Operations and Strategic Accounts, Office of the CEO at BlackBerry. "We are pleased to expand our commitment to the UNGC SDGs, by investing in initiatives that enable access to clean water and the opportunities and benefits that are tied to that, for Canadian citizens and the global community we are all a part of."

"Now more than ever, it is vital that Canadian industries develop innovative solutions to the challenges we face. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate BlackBerry on their plan to become carbon neutral by 2021," said The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation Science and Industry. "When Canadian companies invest in clean technology projects, like BlackBerry is doing in the water sector, it not only helps to protect the environment and grow our economy, it also improves access to some of our most basic needs. Clean technology and renewable energy projects are key to helping Canada achieve our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050."

"The Sustainable Development Goals provide businesses with guidance to translate the world's needs and ambitions into business solutions. It is not possible to have a strong, functioning business in a world of increasing inequality, poverty, and climate change," said Ayman Chowdhury, Head of Secretariat at United Nations Global Compact Network Canada. "In this Decade of Action for the SDGs, the spotlight will be on companies who champion sustainability and are mobilizing their resources to be a force for good. BlackBerry's SDGs Action Plan clearly demonstrates their forward-thinking leadership for sustainable growth."

To learn more about BlackBerry's commitment to the UNGC SDGs visit www.BlackBerry.com/SDGs.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry to announce Q1 Fiscal Year 2021 results on June 24, 2020

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After their Annual Meeting, which takes place on June 23, 2020, BlackBerry is all set to announce its Q1 Fiscal Year 2021 results. The conference call will kick off at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing +1-877-682-6267 or live-streamed on the company's website at BlackBerry.com/Investors.

A replay of the conference call will be available at approximately 8 p.m. ET on June 24, 2020, by dialing +1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #5177627. It will also be available at the link above.

At the end of their 2020 results, BlackBerry reported total company GAAP revenue of $282 million as well as a total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $278 million with $32 million in free cash flow generated. No doubt investors will be looking for continued improvements.

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BlackBerry to Announce First Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Results on June 24, 2020

WATERLOO, ON, June 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) will report results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The conference call can be accessed by dialing +1-877-682-6267 or live streamed on the company's website at BlackBerry.com/Investors.

A replay of the conference call will be available at approximately 8 p.m. ET on June 24, 2020, by dialing +1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #5177627. It will also be available at the link above.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry to hold virtual Annual Meeting on June 23, 2020

John Chen

Like most organizations dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 BlackBerry has had to move its events to virtual platforms and today they announced the Annual Meeting of Shareholders would be held virtually on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 1 PM ET. Those interested in tuning in will be able to do sit by visiting this link. A replay will also be available via the BlackBerry website.

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BlackBerry to Hold Virtual Annual Meeting on June 23, 2020

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) will hold its Annual Meeting of Shareholders virtually, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 1pm ET. The live audio webcast can be accessed at https://web.lumiagm.com/254044781.

A replay of the meeting will be available at https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/company/investors.

For more information visit BlackBerry.com/Investors.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry Hub+ app updates bring crash fixes and improvements

BlackBerry KEY2 showing app updates with the Google Play Store

After sitting in beta for a while, the latest BlackBerry Hub+ app updates have now arrived on the Google Play Store. Inbox, Hub+ Services, Notes, Contacts, Tasks, and Calendar all have improvements and bug fixes within, but there are a few standout changes as well.

BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox

  • Setting to configure if read/unread state is synced back to the server on Delegated/Shared accounts

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  • Enhancements to folder support in Notes and Tasks

BlackBerry Hub+ Contacts

  • Support for Exchange Personal Distribution Lists (Contact Groups)

These updates also bring removal the of support for Android Lollipop/5.x, while also addressing crashes that were happening on Android 6.X devices. If you held out on updating due to the issues raised in the CrackBerry Forums shortly after release, those do appear to be fixed now.

Thanks, Rodney!

BlackBerry partners with Dedrone to deliver counter-drone technology

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Adding to their list of partners, BlackBerry today announced they have teamed up with Dedrone as part of an embedded technology partnership that will see Dedrone making use of BlackBerry AtHoc's advanced alerting capabilities alongside their drone detection technology.

"When an unauthorized drone enters restricted airspace, time is of the essence. The more effectively the on-site personnel can respond, the better their chances of countering whatever the drone is there to do. BlackBerry AtHoc's advanced alerting capabilities combined with Dedrone's drone detection technology, enable our customers to react precisely and in time to control the situation," said Aaditya Devarakonda, President and Chief Business Officer, Dedrone.

The technology will tap into the BlackBerry AtHoc API to deliver "automated, highly targeted alerts based on a range of criteria, including flight zones, drone behavior, and user groups" to Dedrone customers, which include the U.S. military, correctional facilities, airports, utilities and more.

"New advanced technologies have the potential to solve some of today's most pressing challenges, however, they also introduce new security risks," said Christoph Erdmann, Senior Vice President of Secure Communications, BlackBerry. "Drones are one of the many IoT endpoints that add to the growing chaos that security leaders must navigate. We're excited to partner with Dedrone to offer a critical solution that organizations around the world can use to keep citizens and the public safe."

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Dedrone and BlackBerry Partner to Counter Unauthorized Drone Activity

WATERLOO, Ontario and SAN FRANCISCO, June 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it has partnered with Dedrone, a market and technology leader in airspace security, to deliver advanced counter-drone technology to secure the world's most critical sites. As part of this embedded technology partnership, Dedrone, is integrating BlackBerry AtHoc software into its products to enable real-time secure alerts when a malicious or unauthorized drone is detected in an airspace.

"When an unauthorized drone enters restricted airspace, time is of the essence. The more effectively the on-site personnel can respond, the better their chances of countering whatever the drone is there to do. BlackBerry AtHoc's advanced alerting capabilities combined with Dedrone's drone detection technology, enable our customers to react precisely and in time to control the situation," said Aaditya Devarakonda, President and Chief Business Officer, Dedrone.

The Dedrone technology portfolio combines machine-learning software with best-in-class hardware sensors, electronic attack methods like smart jamming, and defeat weapons to provide early warning, classification of, and mitigation against drone threats. Dedrone's capabilities are used by hundreds of customers globally, including the U.S. military, allied and coalition forces, correctional facilities, airports, utilities, as well as other public and private organizations.

Working with the BlackBerry AtHoc API, Dedrone has integrated directly to BlackBerry AtHoc's extensive and granular alerting functionality. This allows the creation of automated, highly targeted alerts based on a range of criteria, including flight zones, drone behavior, and user groups – for a more efficient, focused response to the presence of an unauthorized drone.

"New advanced technologies have the potential to solve some of today's most pressing challenges, however, they also introduce new security risks," said Christoph Erdmann, Senior Vice President of Secure Communications, BlackBerry. "Drones are one of the many IoT endpoints that add to the growing chaos that security leaders must navigate. We're excited to partner with Dedrone to offer a critical solution that organizations around the world can use to keep citizens and the public safe."

BlackBerry is a global leader in secure communications and our BlackBerry AtHoc software is used by key organizations around the world including 70% of the US Federal government. To learn more about how BlackBerry intelligent security solutions are enabling a securely connected future everywhere, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry appoints Thomas Eacobacci as President

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Adding to their Executive Team, BlackBerry today announced the appointment of Thomas Eacobacci as President. As part of the role, Eacobacci will be responsible for BlackBerry's sales, field marketing, engineering, and customer support for BlackBerry Spark and BlackBerry IoT Solutions.

"I am pleased to welcome Tom to BlackBerry to lead the BlackBerry Spark and IoT Solutions Groups," said Mr. Chen. "Tom is a key addition to the Company. His deep experience in enterprise software and security, and long track record in executing go-to-market initiatives will be instrumental in expanding our addressable market and growing market share."

"I am very excited to join BlackBerry and lead the next phase of its market expansion," said Eacobacci. "BlackBerry's technology and vision for the industry are impressive. BlackBerry is an iconic company with incredible employees, partners, and customers. I am eager to work with John to deliver on this opportunity."

Officially, Eacobacci will join BlackBerry on June 15 and report directly to John Chen, Executive Chairman, and CEO. Prior to joining BlackBerry, Eacobacci was Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Americas at Citrix and before that, spent seven years with Accenture managing and designing application systems and processes.

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BlackBerry Names Thomas Eacobacci as President

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB) (TSX:BB) today announced the appointment of Thomas Eacobacci as President. Eacobacci will be responsible for driving BlackBerry's sales, field marketing, engineering, and customer support for BlackBerry Spark and BlackBerry IoT Solutions. BlackBerry Advanced Technology Labs, licensing, and corporate functions will continue to report to John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO.

BlackBerry is poised to be the leader in the enterprise IoT software market. BlackBerry's software solutions now set the standard for how connected endpoints are built, secured, managed and communicate. Its technical leadership for these solutions is widely recognized, and its reputation for security and privacy is undisputed. With its strategy and technology in place, the company is now focused on revenue growth and market share expansion in this highly attractive market.

Eacobacci brings to BlackBerry 20 years of customer-facing and go-to-market leadership expertise from his successful career with Citrix, where most recently he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Americas. Throughout his tenure with Citrix, Eacobacci has held global leadership roles across sales, services, customer success, and sales operations. Prior to joining Citrix, he spent seven years with Accenture managing and designing application systems and processes for various large international clients.

Eacobacci will join BlackBerry on June 15 and report to Mr. Chen.

"I am pleased to welcome Tom to BlackBerry to lead the BlackBerry Spark and IoT Solutions Groups," said Mr. Chen. "Tom is a key addition to the Company. His deep experience in enterprise software and security, and long track record in executing go-to-market initiatives will be instrumental in expanding our addressable market and growing market share."

"I am very excited to join BlackBerry and lead the next phase of its market expansion," said Eacobacci. "BlackBerry's technology and vision for the industry are impressive. BlackBerry is an iconic company with incredible employees, partners, and customers. I am eager to work with John to deliver on this opportunity."

To learn more about Eacobacci and his experience, please visit www.blackberry.com/leadership.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

How to fix BlackBerry World 'No Network Connection' errors on BlackBerry 10

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Following the announcement of the latest BlackBerry World update, several BlackBerry 10 users have been unable to successfully get the update downloaded due to running into "No network connection" errors. Luckily, there are several ways to get around the error and get your BlackBerry World working correctly, including an official guide from BlackBerry and a more straightforward guide from the CrackBerry Community and a video guide from TechOdyssey.

BlackBerry 10 users: Update your BlackBerry World app!

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As a bit of a surprise to BlackBerry 10 users in the CrackBerry forums, BlackBerry recently started rolling out a brand new BlackBerry World update seemingly out of nowhere. As it turns out, though, the update is pretty essential to get downloaded and installed if you wish to continue using BlackBerry World after May 30, 2020, as BlackBerry highlighted on Twitter.

BlackBerry launches BlackBerry Spark Suites

Expanding on their BlackBerry Spark offerings, BlackBerry today announced the availability of BlackBerry Spark Suites to help enterprise customers manage their security and endpoint needs.

"2020 is a pivotal year for organizations trying to maintain business continuity, while undergoing digital transformation and workplace upheaval. With the increased volume and variety of enterprise IoT endpoints and as the scale of cyber threats continues to grow, BlackBerry Spark Suites provide a consolidated, simplified endpoint security and management offering to reduce cost and complexity in a chaotic environment," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "We are excited to deliver the proven performance of BlackBerry's AI-powered, zero-trust platform to customers worldwide."

Arriving as four bundles, BlackBerry Spark UEM Express Suite, BlackBerry Spark UEM Suite, BlackBerry Spark UES Suite and BlackBerry Spark Suite, BlackBerry noted BPAY Group has deployed BlackBerry Spark UES Suite.

"As a leading payments provider, BPAY Group must ensure complete trust in our operations, service delivery and especially, our data integrity," said Angela Donohoe, CIO of BPAY Group. "BlackBerry's AI and ML engine, with its proven ability to prevent, detect and respond to sophisticated threats, was a major consideration in our decision to deploy the BlackBerry Spark UES Suite."

If you're looking to learn more about BlackBerry Spark Suites, you can check out the Inside BlackBerry Blog post here, which covers the capabilities of each suite.

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BlackBerry Spark Suites Launch to Provide Companies Intelligent Security, Everywhere

WATERLOO, Ontario, May 19, 2020 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced availability of BlackBerry Spark Suites, offering enterprises a range of tailored cybersecurity and endpoint management options to help protect data, minimize risk, and reduce cost and complexity.

BlackBerry Spark Suites combine the best endpoint security and management capabilities. The suites are powered by artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automation for improved cyber threat prevention and remediation from BlackBerry Cylance, plus seamless endpoint management, user authentication, and application and data encryption from BlackBerry UEM. The new suites improve user productivity and layered security defenses, while simplifying purchasing decisions for enterprise customers who are undergoing digital transformation and shift to remote work.

"2020 is a pivotal year for organizations trying to maintain business continuity, while undergoing digital transformation and workplace upheaval. With the increased volume and variety of enterprise IoT endpoints and as the scale of cyber threats continues to grow, BlackBerry Spark Suites provide a consolidated, simplified endpoint security and management offering to reduce cost and complexity in a chaotic environment," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "We are excited to deliver the proven performance of BlackBerry's AI-powered, zero-trust platform to customers worldwide."

The company also announced that payments leader BPAY Group has deployed BlackBerry Spark UES Suite - one of the four new BlackBerry Spark bundles – to help protect and prevent cyberattacks on its endpoints.

"As a leading payments provider, BPAY Group must ensure complete trust in our operations, service delivery and especially, our data integrity," said Angela Donohoe, CIO of BPAY Group. "BlackBerry's AI and ML engine, with its proven ability to prevent, detect and respond to sophisticated threats, was a major consideration in our decision to deploy the BlackBerry Spark UES Suite."

BlackBerry's unified offering is in-line with the convergence of mobile threat detection (MTD), endpoint detection and response (EDR) and endpoint protection platform (EPP) tools. Gartner has dubbed this combined infrastructure stack "unified endpoint security." Organizations should invest with this convergence in mind.1

"I expect a unified endpoint security solution like BlackBerry Spark Suites to become the dominant endpoint security model within the next 2-3 years," said Jack Gold, president and principal analyst, J. Gold Associates. "Enterprises should be planning now to move towards this unified endpoint security model for increased security, better TCO, and improved user experience."

BlackBerry Spark Suites are available now. The four suites that make up BlackBerry Spark Suites are BlackBerry Spark UEM Express Suite, BlackBerry Spark UEM Suite, BlackBerry Spark UES Suite and BlackBerry Spark Suite.

To learn more about BlackBerry Spark Suites, please visit https://blogs.blackberry.com/en/2020/05/blackberry-spark-suites-bringing-order-to-the-chaos and https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/products/blackberry-spark-suites.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite gains FedRAMP Authorization

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Back in June of last year, BlackBerry announced its Government Mobility Suite had reached FedRAMP ready status and today, BlackBerry announced, after passing the stringent requirements, the Government Mobility Suite has achieved FedRAMP authorization.

"BlackBerry is extremely proud to offer our Federal customers the BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite FedRAMP-authorized cloud service. A FedRAMP authorization provides Federal agencies and contractors the peace of mind that a cloud solution can be trusted to meet the stringent cybersecurity capabilities and processes required to handle federal data," said Rear Admiral Bob Day, U.S. Coast Guard (ret), President of BlackBerry Government Solutions. "This means employees can work efficiently, as well as communicate and collaborate securely, to conduct the business of the U.S. government from anywhere and on any device."

To go along with the announcement, BlackBerry has also posted a new blog post outlining the key benefits of BlackBerry the Government Mobility Suite. If you're looking for more information, be sure to give it a look right here!

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BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite Achieves FedRAMP Authorization

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2020 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced that its BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorization. BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite, a cloud-based endpoint management solution developed specifically for U.S. government agencies, protects sensitive data, whether stored or in transit, and allows secure browsing and access to applications behind government agency firewalls.

"BlackBerry is extremely proud to offer our Federal customers the BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite FedRAMP-authorized cloud service. A FedRAMP authorization provides Federal agencies and contractors the peace of mind that a cloud solution can be trusted to meet the stringent cybersecurity capabilities and processes required to handle federal data," said Rear Admiral Bob Day, U.S. Coast Guard (ret), President of BlackBerry Government Solutions. "This means employees can work efficiently, as well as communicate and collaborate securely, to conduct the business of the U.S. government from anywhere and on any device."

BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite eliminates the need for Federal agencies to own, operate, and constantly recapitalize on on-premises equipment. Additionally, the BlackBerry Government Solutions U.S.-based and U.S. citizen-staffed Security Operations and Compliance teams will manage the FedRAMP continuous monitoring and remediation program, reducing the amount of time that Agencies spend to ensure their mobility program meets Federal cybersecurity requirements. The FedRAMP-authorized endpoint management cloud solution is now listed on FedRAMP's Marketplace.

BlackBerry's portfolio of FedRAMP-authorized cloud products also includes BlackBerry AtHoc crisis communication and BlackBerry Protect AI-based endpoint security solutions. To date, BlackBerry has received 14 Authorities to Operate (ATOs) from Federal agencies including Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, National Science Foundation and Office of Personnel Management.

To learn more about BlackBerry Government Mobility Suite and the company's work to secure government agencies around the world, please visit https://blogs.blackberry.com/en/2020/05/fedramp-a-game-changer-for-cloud-computing and https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/solutions/fedramp.

About BlackBerry

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The University of Windsor and BlackBerry partner on cybersecurity curriculum

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The University of Windsor and BlackBerry have now announced they have partnered to create a new cybersecurity curriculum called BlackBerry Bootcamp, which will be delivered over 10 weeks as part of the University's Graduate Master's Program in Applied Computing.

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