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Snatch the unlocked BlackBerry KEY2 from GoTalk at a $100 discount

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If you missed out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the BlackBerry KEY2, the folks at GoTalk have you covered. Right now, you can save $100 on the unlocked BlackBerry KEY2 in Black or Silver when you use coupon code KEY2DEC at checkout.

To make things easier, GoTalk also offers free shipping and the option to use Affirm payment as low as $32 per month. If you don't already have a service provider or are looking to switch things up, you can also take advantage of their 3 free months of service provided by Mint Mobile which includes unlimited US Calls and Text Messages as well as 8GB of data.

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MetaMinds and BlackBerry partner to deliver Smart Education Systems in Romania

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As part of initiatives to provide advanced digital infrastructure to students through Romania's National Wireless Campus Project, BlackBerry and MetaMinds have now announced a partnership to deliver BlackBerry 2FA services along with Wi-Fi to 4,500 public schools across Romania.

"In the age of connected everything, when protecting what you care about is more important than ever, we rely on essential technologies from strategic partners like BlackBerry who wrote the book on secure mobility and online collaboration," said Andrei Cruceru, CEO of MetaMinds. "In collaboration with BlackBerry we are able to deliver on our key strengths for the National Wireless Campus Project, where our joint value proposition is being put to very good use as our country invests in the future for a protected online learning space and connected educational services."

"Smart Education Systems are critical for students to thrive in today's economy," said Adam Enterkin, Senior Vice President EMEA, BlackBerry. "BlackBerry is delighted to partner with MetaMinds to provide students across Romania with the advanced technology they need to securely and efficiently access the resources they require to succeed."

Press Release

MetaMinds Partners with BlackBerry to Deliver Smart Education Systems in Romania

BlackBerry 2FA technology will enable the Government of Romania to deliver Wi-Fi to 4,500 public schools and 1.5 million students

WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 12, 2019 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and MetaMinds (formerly Nova Tech) announced today a new milestone in their partnership that will provide advanced digital infrastructure to students as part of the Government of Romania's National Wireless Campus Project.

MetaMinds, an award-winning technology system integrator and managed IT solutions provider, will implement BlackBerry's two-factor authentication software, BlackBerry® 2FA, to deliver Wi-Fi to 4,500 public schools across Romania.

BlackBerry 2FA delivers user-friendly, high-security authentication that safeguards standards-based services, in the cloud and on-premise, and supports managed and unmanaged endpoints. The superior user experience and best-in-class security delivered by the solution will provide over 1.5 million students and teachers with a trusted collaboration environment that is conducive to greater learning.

"In the age of connected everything, when protecting what you care about is more important than ever, we rely on essential technologies from strategic partners like BlackBerry who wrote the book on secure mobility and online collaboration," said Andrei Cruceru, CEO of MetaMinds. "In collaboration with BlackBerry we are able to deliver on our key strengths for the National Wireless Campus Project, where our joint value proposition is being put to very good use as our country invests in the future for a protected online learning space and connected educational services."

"Smart Education Systems are critical for students to thrive in today's economy," said Adam Enterkin, Senior Vice President EMEA, BlackBerry. "BlackBerry is delighted to partner with MetaMinds to provide students across Romania with the advanced technology they need to securely and efficiently access the resources they require to succeed."

Learn more about BlackBerry 2FA at www.BlackBerry.com/2FA.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

WM Motor will use BlackBerry QNX to power their Next Gen vehicles

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As WM Motor looks toward producing their third-generation SUVs, it has now been announced they will be using BlackBerry QNX software and services including QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits, QNX Hypervisor for Safety as well as BlackBerry's QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS).

"WM Motor focuses on the mass market audience. Safety, security, and reliability are top of mind when we consider embedded systems," said Jarvis Yan, Partner and CTO of WM Motor. "BlackBerry QNX is the obvious choice for its safety-certified, extremely reliable, and highly secure automotive software."

Having produced over 20,000 cars, WM Motor has been ranked as one of the most popular electric car startups in China. "We are thrilled to partner with WM Motor to help them address those challenges with a view to developing world-class vehicles that deliver a secure, reliable and innovative mobility experience, " said Kaivan Karimi, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry.

Press Release

WM Motor Chooses BlackBerry to Power Next Generation Vehicles

SHANGHAI, CHINA and WATERLOO, CANADA – December 10, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced Chinese electric carmaker WM Motor will embed BlackBerry's QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS) and other BlackBerry QNX software products within the company's third-generation SUVs.

As part of the agreement, WM Motor will use a range of BlackBerry QNX software and services including the QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits and QNX Hypervisor for Safety to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the software within the forthcoming production run of its third-generation SUVs.

Since going into mass production just over a year ago, the company now has over 20,000 cars on the road manufactured out of its facility in Wenzhou.

"Powering more than 150 million vehicles on the road today and counting, BlackBerry QNX's automotive software products are made to address the complex software challenges faced by automotive manufacturers, including ISO 26262 ASIL-D safety certifications, deterministic performance and mission-critical security," said Kaivan Karimi, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry. "We are thrilled to partner with WM Motor to help them address those challenges with a view to developing world-class vehicles that deliver a secure, reliable and innovative mobility experience."

A forerunner in China's new energy vehicle (NEV) market, WM Motor was ranked one of the most popular electric car startups in China. The partnership with BlackBerry QNX is a strategic move to advance product excellence and customer satisfaction.

"WM Motor focuses on the mass market audience. Safety, security, and reliability are top of mind when we consider embedded systems," said Jarvis Yan, Partner and CTO of WM Motor. "BlackBerry QNX is the obvious choice for its safety-certified, extremely reliable, and highly secure automotive software."

As the leader in safety-certified, secure, and reliable software for the automobile industry, BlackBerry provides OEMs and Tier 1s around the world with state-of-the-art foundational software and cybersecurity technologies. BlackBerry's pedigree in safety, security, and continued innovation has led to its QNX technology being used and trusted by automotive OEMs and tier ones in their advanced driver assistance, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, handsfree, and infotainment systems.

BlackBerry's full suite of automotive offerings will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visit BlackBerry at Booth #7515 in the North Hall.

For additional information about the BlackBerry QNX platform and why it is the most advanced embedded software platform on the autonomous vehicle market, please visit www.blackberry.com/qnx.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

About WM Motor

WM Motor is an emerging leader in the Chinese electric passenger vehicle market, with a focus on a mass market audience. The Company currently offers world class, affordable battery electric vehicles (under the "Weltmeister", or "威马汽车" brand). These cars are equipped with best-in-class proprietary battery management systems, robust driving ranges, industry leading autonomous driving and smart connectivity features.

BlackBerry and MARELLI China team up to integrate QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits

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Looking to expand their partnership, BlackBerry and MARELLI Electronics China have now announced plans to collaborate to integrate QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits into MARELLI's Electronics eCockpit and Digital Cluster offering. The solution, once integrated, will be used by MARELLI's Chinese OEM customers.

"It's a privilege to work with MARELLI to deliver this innovative solution with a view to providing the kind of in-car experience that drivers want, with the safety, security, and reliability they need," said Kaivan Karimi, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry. "Together we will enable leading Chinese automakers to provide customers with access to the latest applications that consumers want while simultaneously securing and sandboxing the infotainment portion of the digital cockpit so that if an app crashes, or its security is compromised or needs to be updated, it will not impact mission critical-driving functions."

BlackBerry has worked with MARELLI Electronics China since 2016 deploying QNX Hypervisor for Safety and QNX Software Development Platform 7.0 across four major Chinese automakers. Speaking on the announcement, Wisea Wu, General Manager, MARELLI Electronics China noted:

"New automotive technologies are evolving faster than ever in the competitive global auto market, the partnership with BlackBerry aligns with our strategies and allows us to develop next-generation, safe and reliable digital cockpits for our customers, which we believe will help Chinese automakers to boost the security and connectivity of their vehicles."

Press Release

BlackBerry and MARELLI China to Power Major Chinese Vehicle Brands with QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits

SHANGHAI, CHINA and WATERLOO, CANADA – December 10, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and MARELLI Electronics China, a global Tier 1 automotive supplier, today announced a strategic collaboration to integrate QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits in MARELLI's Electronics eCockpit and Digital Cluster solution. The integrated solution is expected to be commercialized by a wide range of MARELLI's Chinese OEM customers.

By leveraging the QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits, MARELLI's sophisticated eCockpit and Digital Cluster solution enables automakers to deliver an in-vehicle experience that mirrors the personalized and seamless connected experience that customers have in their home or office, while ensuring that critical systems are safe, secure and reliable.

"It's a privilege to work with MARELLI to deliver this innovative solution with a view to providing the kind of in-car experience that drivers want, with the safety, security, and reliability they need," said Kaivan Karimi, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry. "Together we will enable leading Chinese automakers to provide customers with access to the latest applications that consumers want while simultaneously securing and sandboxing the infotainment portion of the digital cockpit so that if an app crashes, or its security is compromised or needs to be updated, it will not impact mission critical-driving functions."

The expanded relationship builds on a solid foundation between MARELLI Electronics China and BlackBerry, who since 2016 have used the QNX Hypervisor for Safety and QNX Software Development Platform (SDP) 7.0 to develop embedded cockpit systems which have been deployed with four major Chinese automakers."

"New automotive technologies are evolving faster than ever in the competitive global auto market," said Wisea Wu, General Manager, MARELLI Electronics China. "The partnership with BlackBerry aligns with our strategies and allows us to develop next-generation, safe and reliable digital cockpits for our customers, which we believe will help Chinese automakers to boost the security and connectivity of their vehicles."

The QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits is a leading-edge, fully-integrated, software solution that combines BlackBerry's safety-certified QNX Hypervisor for Safety, QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters, QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, and a secure Android implementation. It enables automakers to offer a reliable and secure QNX-based digital instrument cluster and infotainment system that provides access to the latest Android-based applications from a single ECU.

As the leader in safety-certified, secure, and reliable software for the automobile industry, BlackBerry provides OEMs and Tier 1s around the world with state-of-the-art foundational software and cybersecurity technologies. BlackBerry's pedigree in safety, security, and continued innovation has led to its QNX technology being used and trusted by automotive OEMs and tier ones in their advanced driver assistance, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, handsfree, and infotainment systems.

BlackBerry's full suite of automotive offerings will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visit BlackBerry at Booth #7515 in the North Hall.

For additional information about the BlackBerry QNX platform and why it is the most advanced embedded software platform on the autonomous vehicle market, please visit www.blackberry.com/qnx.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry

About MARELLI

MARELLI is a progressive, open-minded and truly global partner who inspires you to go further. MARELLI brings together two successful global automotive manufacturers from Italy and Japan, with a world-leading reputation for innovation and manufacturing excellence (Monozukuri). MARELLI operates out of 170 facilities and R&D centers across Europe, Japan, the Americas, and Asia Pacific, and has operational headquarters in Saitama, Japan and Corbetta, Italy.

BlackBerry to announce Fiscal Year 2020 Q3 results on December 20, 2019

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Before 2019 closes out, BlackBerry has to do their reporting for Fiscal Year 2020 Q3 and they've now announced those results will be detailed on December 20, 2019.

BlackBerry to Announce Fiscal Year 2020 Third Quarter Results on December 20, 2019

WATERLOO, ONTARIO – December 6, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) will report results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 at 8 a.m. ET on Friday, December 20, 2019. 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 11 a.m. ET on December 20, 2019, by dialing +1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #9608207. It will also be available at the link above.

During Q2 2020, BlackBerry reported total company GAAP revenue of $244 million, earning them 16% growth year-over-year with total company free cash flow sitting at $14 million. At the time, BlackBerry CEO John Chen noted "In the quarter, our QNX, Cylance and Licensing businesses executed at or better than our expectations. We achieved break-even non-GAAP earnings per share and generated free cash flow even with increased investments in sales and product development to support future growth,"

Protect your new tech with a warranty from Upsie

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Did you purchase new tech over the weekend? If yes, did you get the warranty protection offered by retailers?

Purchasing warranty protection is a no-brainer for anyone who only wants to buy the item one time. After all, if your device under warranty breaks, you only need to pay the deductible to get it repaired or replaced. And this time of year, when money seems to evaporate out of accounts, saving money is a novelty.

Not all warranty protection is created equal, though. For example, an in-store phone warranty tends to be significantly overpriced compared to Upsie. Upsie is a better, more affordable and incredibly reliable warranty option for your new tech. Check out this price comparison of a BlackBerry KEY2 repair between Upsie, Best Buy and a repair shop.

Upsie is affordable

Upsie is clearly the most affordable option. Additionally, Upsie's deductible prices are significantly lower than retailers. In most cases, you can even get your device repaired same-day at a repair shop near you.

So what if you already bought a warranty from a retailer, or even from a cellphone carrier? No problem! Warranties are surprisingly easy to cancel.

  • If you purchased your device within the last 45 days (smartphones) to 60 days (everything else) you can purchase an Upsie warranty.
  • You can cancel your retailer warranty at any time. Typically, you will receive a full refund if you cancel it within 30 days of purchase. If over 30 days have passed, you will likely get a prorated refund.
  • Simply call the phone number on the retailer's site to cancel your plan. Then, protect your new device with Upsie!

If you haven't purchased your tech yet, remember to get Upsie when the time comes. Upsie will save you up to 81% compared to retailer warranties now, and hundreds of dollars when your device breaks down the road.

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BlackBerry KEY2 software update ACF885 now available

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Although Rogers missed their scheduled update on November 27, the November security update for the BlackBerry KEY2 has begun rolling out over the air across several KEY2 variants.

If you have your KEY2 set to automatically download updates, you can look for the notification. If you prefer to manually download updates, go ahead and take a look and see if it's available for you. Right now, the update has been spotted on Rogers, Bell, Telus, AT&T and more.

Once downloaded and installed, you can check your security patch level, which should now be showing November 5, 2019. If you happen to spot anything new or fixed aside from the security patches, let us know in the forums!

Save $150 on the BlackBerry KEY2 from GoTalk during Cyber Monday

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GoTalk, for a while now, has been the best spot to pick up a new BlackBerry KEY2 and as part of their Cyber Monday deals, they're making it a bit easier on your bank account to pick one up. Simply use coupon code BFKEY2 at checkout, you will save $150 on the KEY2.

GoTalk has the KEY2 in Black and Silver, unlocked, and ready to ship out to you! If you're not currently with a carrier, Go Talk also has an option on the KEY2's product page which allows you to add a plan with today's purchase; you can even choose a 3-month Mint Mobile prepaid data plan for free, so your phone will be able to make calls and texts once it arrives at your home.

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The BlackBerry KEY2, powered by Android features the most intelligent keyboard and up to 2 days of battery life. Use coupon code BFKEY2 at checkout you will save $150 on the KEY2 during Cyber Monday.

AT&T BlackBerry KEYone software update ACG696 now available

BlackBerry KEYone software update screen

While updates for most BlackBerry KEYone variants have wrapped up, AT&T has continued releasing new builds and the latest, noted as ACG696, is now available.

Although the AT&T software update site hasn't been updated yet to show the new build, we know from folks who have already installed it that brings along all the November Android security patches.

If you purchased your BlackBerry KEYone from AT&T, go ahead and check for updates, and it could be there waiting for you. If you happen to spot anything else that been fixed, aside from the security patches, stop by the CrackBerry Forums and let others know.

Protect your Black Friday purchases with a warranty from Upsie!

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If you've spent time online in the past week, you've been bombarded by Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping deals. Many Americans will be taking advantage of these discounts to buy new tech. After all, you can find some great deals right now! When you purchase tech, you'll be asked if you want to add-on a warranty protection plan. Here's what you need to know before saying yes or no.

Does a warranty make financial sense?

Overall, warranties absolutely make financial sense. For example, the average out-of-pocket repair cost for a broken BlackBerry is $315. With smartphone protection from a retailer, you will save $6. Alternately, with smartphone protection from Upsie, you will save over $150! Upsie's plan prices are low and the deductible prices are the lowest in the industry.

If your phone were to break again, you would simply need to pay the deductible price to get it repaired again. For those of you with kids, you know how easily a device can break!

Upsie is affordable

The most affordable warranty option

Now, you might be wondering why Upsie's plan costs so much less than the retailer's plan. Easy. Upsie doesn't over-inflate their margins. Back in the day, Upsie's CEO saw how retailers were taking advantage of their customers. He looked into the numbers and figured out that retailers were marking up their warranty prices as much as 900%! Then he proceeded to start Upsie to give shoppers a better warranty option.

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Other benefits of Upsie

In addition to better prices, Upsie has significantly better service. When you purchase a plan, you must upload a picture of your receipt along with basic device information. Then, when you call to make a claim, a real person will answer the phone from their Florida call center. The Upsie reps will be able to pull up your device receipt and information so your claims call is quick and your device is repaired ASAP. Upsie is currently available in the US only.

Good luck shopping this holiday season! Remember to protect your new devices now so you will save money in the long run.

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Rogers BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE updates scheduled for November 27

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If you purchased your BlackBerry KEY2 or BlackBerry KEY2 LE from Rogers, you'll want to be on the lookout this week for the November security update. Per Rogers software update schedule, both devices are scheduled to be updated starting November 27.

Rogers software update schedule

If history is any indicator, once one Canadian carrier begins their rollout, the others are not far behind so even if you're not a Rogers customer, you'll likely want to check for updates around the same time. You can check current updates available for your device variant right here.

Twitter announces new controls for conversations, available globally now

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You can now "hide" your replies...

What you need to know

  • Twitter has announced new controls for conversations on Twitter.
  • Starting today, users will be able to hide replies to their Tweets.
  • Everyone will still be able to see and engage with these replies, but you can hide replies away to "shut out the noise".

Twitter has announced that it is changing the way conversations work on Twitter, bringing more control to users so as to make Twitter safer and more comfortable.

According to a press release:

Everyone should feel safe and comfortable while talking on Twitter. To make this happen, we need to change how conversations work on our service. Currently, repliers can shift the topic or tone of a discussion and derail what you and your audience want to talk about. To give you more control over the conversations you start, we tested the option for you to hide replies to your Tweets. We learned that the feature is a useful new way to manage your conversations. Today, we're making this available to everyone globally.

Everyone will still be able to see replies to your Tweets but to make them visible and engage with them, you'll have to tap/click a grey icon, Twitter says this will give users more control over the conversations you start and the direction of the conversation.

Twitter notes that during testing people mostly hid replies they thought were irrelevant, off-topic or annoying and says it's a new way to shut out noise. During testing, 85% of people who hid replies were not using the block or mute features. Apparently, public figures in politics and journalism haven't been hiding replies very often, which may prove surprising to some.

In Canada, 27% of people who had their Tweets hidden said they would reconsider how they interact with others in the future. Also, they thought it was a helpful way to manage what they saw, similar to muted keywords.

We learned that you may want to take further action after you hide a reply, so now we'll check to see if you want to also block the replier.

Addressing concerns over retaliation against people who hide replies because of the visible icon, Twitter said it was continuing to get feedback on this. It also said that these were early findings and that it would continue to learn as more people use the feature.

Twitter is also planning to launch a new hide replies endpoint, so developers can build additional conversation management tools. It also says it is exploring more options around "who can reply to or see specific conversations" - Twitter says it is testing engagement to see if this can lead to healthier discussions.

The new feature is now available globally on Twitter, do you think it's a good idea? Let us know!

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Canadian Pacific will deploy BlackBerry Radar asset monitoring solution

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Looking to a have deeper insight into their operations, Canada Pacific today announced they will be deploying 2,000 BlackBerry Radar devices across their intermodal chassis fleet at the Vaughan Intermodal Terminal.

"We're thrilled that CP has chosen BlackBerry Radar to improve the transparency and overall efficiency of their operations," said Christopher Plaat, SVP and GM of BlackBerry Radar. "Both CP and BlackBerry are iconic brands and it's exciting to work together to further technology adoption and efficiencies in the industry. We look forward to continuing to invest in and develop the BlackBerry Radar solution with CP's feedback, along with that of our existing customers, so we can continue to offer solutions that meet the evolving needs of intermodal companies across the North American transportation industry."

"CP is constantly looking to evolve, innovate and elevate the experience for our customers," said Jonathan Wahba, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Intermodal and Automotive at Canadian Pacific. "We're excited about this collaboration with BlackBerry Radar, and the potential benefits this technology will allow us to drive within our network."

Press Release

Canadian Pacific Chooses BlackBerry Radar to Enhance Chassis Visibility

WATERLOO, ONTARIO – November 20, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced today that Class 1 railway, Canadian Pacific (CP) (NYSE: CP; TSX:CP) is deploying BlackBerry Radar across 2,000 of its domestic intermodal chassis.

With the deployment of the BlackBerry Radar asset monitoring solution, CP will have rich data on their chassis providing enhanced visibility to their operations as well as to the supply chain. CP will install the 2,000 devices across its chassis fleet at the company's Vaughan Intermodal Terminal in the Greater Toronto Area.

"We're thrilled that CP has chosen BlackBerry Radar to improve the transparency and overall efficiency of their operations," said Christopher Plaat, SVP and GM of BlackBerry Radar. "Both CP and BlackBerry are iconic brands and it's exciting to work together to further technology adoption and efficiencies in the industry. We look forward to continuing to invest in and develop the BlackBerry Radar solution with CP's feedback, along with that of our existing customers, so we can continue to offer solutions that meet the evolving needs of intermodal companies across the North American transportation industry."

"CP is constantly looking to evolve, innovate and elevate the experience for our customers," said Jonathan Wahba, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Intermodal and Automotive at Canadian Pacific. "We're excited about this collaboration with BlackBerry Radar, and the potential benefits this technology will allow us to drive within our network."

BlackBerry Radar is an easy-to-install, asset monitoring solution for chassis, containers, trailers, rail cars and equipment. The device provides near real-time information and analytics on location, motion, mileage, utilization, dwell and turn times, among some of its many features. All data is transmitted and stored securely on a cloud platform, which maintains the privacy of user information at all times and is available on the intuitive on-line dashboard. The information provided will help Canadian Pacific improve asset utilization, reduce costs, and improve service to their customers.

Each BlackBerry Radar device is rugged, and takes only minutes to install, giving business owners virtually instantaneous access to a secure cloud-based dashboard. The solution includes everything necessary to start tracking mobile assets immediately including the device, cellular connectivity, dashboards, mapping, hosted cloud services and more.

To find out more about BlackBerry Radar, visit www.blackberry.com/radar.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

BlackBerry QNX will power Arrival's Generation 2.0 Intelligent Electric Vehicles

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As Arrival prepares to test their prototype electric delivery vans starting in 2020 with help from DHL, Royal Mail and John Lewis, it has now been announced they will be powered by BlackBerry QNX technology including the QNX SDP 7.0 real-time operating system.

"BlackBerry's QNX technology powers more than 150 million vehicles on the road today, many of which use QNX SDP 7.0 which is built to exceed the most demanding requirements for reliability, performance, and security so that forward-thinking vehicle manufacturers like Arrival can focus on what they do best – delivering a competitively priced EV that can go toe to toe with any gas or diesel equivalent," said John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry. "Arrival is committed to helping drivers to make a seamless switch to EVs and the opportunity to contribute our technology to their second generation of intelligent electric commercial vehicles is a real privilege."

"Arrival's electric vehicles represent a step change in the automotive industry - combining the very best technology to create a fully connected device on wheels that is a complete pleasure to drive," said Sergey Malygin, Chief of Technology, Arrival. "We are thrilled to be working with BlackBerry whose impressive track record and commitment to safety and security make them a perfect partner. The combination of our expertise will help us realize our vision of making affordable electric vehicles mainstream."

This announcement is the latest in a string of announcements of highlighting BlackBerry QNX. Recently, it was announced Hyundai Autron would be using BlackBerry QNX for their next-gen ADAS and Autonomous Driving Software Platform while ETAS and BlackBerry announced they would jointly develop and market a safety-critical platform for use in next generation connected and autonomous vehicles.

ICTSI deploy BlackBerry Cylance across their global network

BlackBerry continues to score wins with BlackBerry Cylance and today, it was announced International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has deployed BlackBerry Cylance technology across their business in Asia, Europe, Africa and The Americas.

"Economies never sleep – but neither do hackers. ICTSI helps to ship goods that power economies around the clock – relying on sophisticated technology for the secure planning and dispatching of every container. Every movement must be on time and secure to deliver the level of reliability we promise: 10 million times per year, twenty-four-seven. Cybersecurity is our priority at ICTSI, and why we need equally sophisticated, AI-driven-technology like BlackBerry Cylance to protect our assets." Brian Hibbert, Chief Information Officer at ICTSI said.

As part of the announcement, the press release noted ICTSI chose CylancePROTECT 'because it was easy to deploy, consumed minimal resources on systems and consistently detected malware and threats that other anti-virus (AV) solutions missed' which would certainly be important as ICTSI has 32 ports in 18 countries, which were all using different security tools.

"With such a diverse portfolio, we found that we had a diverse approach to end-point security. Some sites were using signature-based AV tools, some were using free solutions. Others were using out-of-date technology. This was a huge risk to our organization in today's threat climate – so we applied a single unified approach to endpoint security across our portfolio, delivering significant time, complexity and cost savings for our business." noted Hibbert.

Speaking on the announcement, Evan Davidson, Vice President of Sales, BlackBerry Cylance APAC noted:

"Today, malware mutates daily, even hourly, making signature-based prevention tools obsolete. In mission-critical industries such as shipping and ports, with legacy systems and connected networks and devices, organizations must think beyond traditional antivirus. Together with our channel partner, NEXUS Technologies, we are proud to help ICTSI move successfully from a traditional AV model to an AI-driven, preventative approach to threat mitigation with CylancePROTECT – ensuring the company is prepared for the next generation of threats."

Google begins rollout of RCS to all Android users in the U.S.

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Rather than waiting any longer for carriers to get things in order, Google has now announced they have begun their rollout of RCS (Rich Communication Services) to Android users making use of the Messages app in the U.S starting today with it being more broadly available by the end of the year.

To make your conversations more seamless, we've worked on upgrading traditional SMS text messaging with more useful chat features, powered by RCS (Rich Communication Services). When you and your friends message each other with these chat features, you can chat over Wi-Fi or mobile data, send and receive high-resolution photos and videos, and see if people have received your latest messages. Plus, you'll get better group chats, with the ability to name groups, add and remove people to and from groups, and see if people haven't seen the latest messages.

Chat features are already available for some of you in Messages, and today we're starting to broadly roll them out in the U.S. If you already have Messages, you'll also be prompted to enable chat features in the coming weeks. If you don't have Messages, you can download it on the Play Store. We expect this service to be broadly available in the U.S. by the end of year.

For BlackBerry users familiar with BBM, WhatsApp, or many of the other common messaging apps available, the feature set offered by RCS will certainly feel similar. You can think of it as an extended version of SMS built within the Android Messages app.

If you want to try RCS out, you'll have to load up the Messages app and look for the "Do more with Messages," notifcation. If you have that, you can tap on Get Started and then Next. Once you give permission for Messages to stay connected in the background and tap Next, you'll be all set to go.

What is RCS, and why is it important to Android?

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BlackBerry and Apple were just fruits

Life Was Easier When Apple & BlackBerry Were Just Fruits Shirt

Sure, technology is incredible and has enriched our lives in so many ways, but do you ever feel like in some ways, life was easier when Apple and BlackBerry were just fruits? That was the inspiration for our latest CrackBerry shirt design available now.

The shirts are 100% premium cotton, available in nine different colors, regular and women's fits, and in sizes from small up to 5XL. We've also got a mug that's microwave and dishwasher-friendly. If cozy hoodies are more your jam, you can grab one of those which come with a sweet pocket that has plenty of room for your phone, chargers, cables, and more!

This is a limited edition design that won't be around forever, so pick one up today while it is available. Be sure to check out all our other designs as well, including the classic CrackBerry logo designs. The hoodies are especially nice this time of year, as they're super warm.

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Life Was Easier When Apple & BlackBerry Were Just Fruits Shirt

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A throwback to simpler times!

We've got shirts, hoodies, stickers, and mugs, but these limited edition variants won't be around forever. Scoop something up for yourself today, while showing your support for CrackBerry!

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition back in stock at the BlackBerry Mobile EU store

BlackBerry KEY2 Device assortment

For a few weeks now, BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE stock levels at the BlackBerry Mobile EU store have been rather low. A quick look through the inventory today, though, shows most devices back in stock and available, including the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition.

Future Tech Awards Reader's Choice: Vote for your favorites and win BIG!

Which products are the best, according to YOU? Vote now and enter to WIN!

FTAs Readers Choice

What are your favorite products of the year? Is the iPhone 11 Pro your favorite smartphone, or does Google do it better? What about your favorite laptop, tablet, game console, headphones and more? That's what we want to know for the first annual Future Tech Awards Reader's Choice awards!

Throughout 2019, we've used thousands of products, and narrowing it down to the best of the best is difficult. At least 50 flagship phones, more than 100 computers, and millions of different accessories were launched this year. Across Future Tech, we've seen the good, bad, and great this year, and we've shortlisted the best products and services across a range of categories.

What's the best way to celebrate the best tech of the year? How about getting it in your hands in time for the holidays? There are four prizes available and you could win BIG. Here's what's on offer:

  • Grand Prize: Apple iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5 and iPad Pro 11-inch
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  • Fourth Prize: Oculus Quest & $100 worth of games

To cast your vote, fill out the survey below. You can scroll up and down between questions and go back at any time using the button at the bottom. Once you finish the survey, you'll be able to enter the giveaway. Note: Don't hit the back button in your browser, as your responses will be lost, and you'll have to start from the beginning.

We will announce the winners of the Reader's Choice the week of December 16th. Winners of the giveaway will be contacted the week prior, and we'll aim to have your prize shipped to you in time for the holidays.

Cast your vote now, make sure your voice is heard and you could have an extra special holidays!

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Girl Guides of Canada and BlackBerry launch Digital Defenders program

Guide showing off her Girl Guides badges

Girl Guides of Canada and BlackBerry have now joined forces to launch a new Digital Defenders program aimed at encouraging interest in the cybersecurity industry among young girls while providing valuable skills and knowledge on how to navigate the digital world through age-appropriate content.

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