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BlackBerry Hub+ beta community to close next week

BlackBerry KEY2 beta updates

Update - BlackBerry reached out to clarify that this notice only pertains to the BlackBerry Hub+ beta programs and will not impact any of their other BlackBerry Beta Programs such as those for Enterprise. Those will cotinue to be maintained through Codecenter.

Back in July 2018, BlackBerry moved away from their BlackBerry Beta Zone and launched a new beta program with the folks at Centercode. Now, a new email being sent out to members of that community states the time there is coming to an end as well.

Howdy!

We're writing today to share that we will be closing this beta community next week. We would like to thank everyone who spent time with us here over the last 2 years -- your feedback made a big difference in our releases and helped to shape the quality and features of our current suite.

The BlackBerry apps featured in this beta program will continue to have beta releases in Google Play! You can choose to Join or Leave beta testing for individual apps by clicking the appropriate link on an app's page in the Google Play app. We'll continue to receive and monitor all feedback submitted through the Private feedback to developer section in the Google Play app (on each app's page). You can also send feedback to our published support address, [email protected]

Thank you again for joining us in this community! We'll continue to see you online on our social media channels and other forums.

Cheers,

BlackBerry Beta Team

Naturally, it's disappointing to see the BlackBerry Hub+ Centercode beta communuty being shut down but as noted in the email, beta releases will still continue and feedback will be collected through the Google Play Store. Alternatively, you can also share any issues or feedback in the CrackBerry Forums. Larger issues tend to find their way to BlackBerry and fixes get released if enough people are vocal.

Discuss more in the CrackBerry Forums

BlackBerry adds new channel partners for BlackBerry Radar

BlackBerry Radar

BlackBerry today announced that over the past six months, they have added over twelve new channel partners for BlackBerry Radar including two in Mexico, marking the first time the monitoring solutions have been made available outside the U.S. and Canada.

BlackBerry introduces QNX Black Channel Communications Technology

Digital traffic

Expanding its embedded software portfolio, BlackBerry today announced a software solution called QNX Black Channel Communications Technology for OEMs and embedded software developers that helps ensure safe communication exchanges with safety-critical systems.

BlackBerry KEY2 software update ACN424 now available

Blackberry Key2 Red Software Update

Although the autoloader has been available in the CrackBerry Forums for a while now, unlocked and carrier versions of the BlackBerry KEY2 have now started receiving the latest software update over the air (OTA). Labeled as ACN424, this release features all of the March Android security update fixes.

If you haven't already got it downloaded and installed, go ahead and check for updates, and it just might be waiting for you. Keep in mind, however, not all variants are showing it as of yet so you'll have to hang tight or use the autoloader.

Discuss more in the CrackBerry Forums

BBMe updated with new features and enhancements

BBMe launch screen on Android

Following the latest update to BBMe on iOS, BlackBerry has now updated its Android version as well. Rather than a typical bug fix update, the changelog this time around is rather substantial, with new features and enhancements listed.

BlackBerry report highlights threat groups targeting Linux, Windows and Android

Blackberry Shield

A new report coming from BlackBerry titled Decade of the RATs: Cross-Platform APT Espionage Attacks Targeting Linux, Windows and Android is now available and it offers a closer examination of how five Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups have been targeting Linux, Windows, and Android.

As part of the report, BlackBerry notes the groups have been operating for nearly a decade now while remaining mostly undetected while conducting economic espionage focused on intellectual property and the ongoing attacks are taking advantage of the rise in work-from-home operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 Cross-Platform APT Espionage Attacks Targeting Linux, Windows and Android

Key findings in the report include:

  • The APT groups examined in this report are likely comprised of civilian contractors working in the interest of the Chinese government who readily share tools, techniques, infrastructure, and targeting information with one another and their government counterparts.
  • The APT groups have traditionally pursued different objectives and focused on a wide array of targets; however, it was observed that there is a significant degree of coordination between these groups, particularly where targeting of Linux platforms is concerned.
  • The research identifies two new examples of Android malware, continuing a trend seen in a previous report from BlackBerry researchers, titled Mobile Malware and APT Espionage: Prolific, Pervasive, and Cross-Platform, which examined how APT groups have been leveraging mobile malware in combination with traditional desktop malware in ongoing cross-platform surveillance and espionage campaigns.
  • One of the Android malware samples very closely resembles the code in a commercially available penetration testing tool, yet the malware is shown to have been created nearly two years before the commercial tool was first made available for purchase.
  • The report examines several new variants of well-known malware that are getting by network defenders through the use code-signing certificates for adware, a tactic that the attackers hope will increase infection rates as AV red flags are dismissed as just another blip in a constant stream of adware alerts.
  • The research also highlights a shift by attackers towards the use of cloud service providers for command-and-control (C2) and data exfiltration communications which appear to be trusted network traffic.

"This research paints a picture of an espionage effort targeting the very backbone of large organizations' network infrastructure that is more systemic than has been previously acknowledged," says John McClurg, Chief Information Security Officer at BlackBerry. "This report opens another chapter in the Chinese IP theft story, providing us with new lessons to learn."

Press Release

BlackBerry Report Examines Decade-Long Compromise of Linux Servers by Chinese APTs

WATERLOO, Ont. – April 7, 2020 –BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today released new research that examines how five related Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups operating in the interest of the Chinese government have systematically targeted Linux servers, Windows systems and mobile devices running Android while remaining undetected for nearly a decade.

The report, titled Decade of the RATs: Cross-Platform APT Espionage Attacks Targeting Linux, Windows and Android, provides further insight into pervasive economic espionage operations targeting intellectual property, a subject that the Department of Justice recently said is the focus of more than 1000 open investigations in all of the 56 FBI field offices.

The cross-platform aspect of the attacks is also of particular concern in light of security challenges posed by the sudden increase in remote workers. The tools identified in these ongoing attack campaigns are already in place to take advantage of work-from-home mandates, and the diminished number of personnel onsite to maintain security of these critical systems compounds the risks. While the majority of the workforce has left the office as part of containment efforts in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, intellectual property remains in enterprise data centers, most of which run on Linux.

Linux runs nearly all of the top 1 million websites online, 75% of all web servers, 98% of the world's supercomputers and 75% of major cloud service providers (Netcraft, 2019, Linux Foundation, 2020). Most large organizations rely on Linux to run websites, proxy network traffic and store valuable data. The BlackBerry report examines how APTs have leveraged the "always on, always available" nature of Linux servers to establish a "beachhead for operations" across a wide swath of targets.

"Linux is not typically user-facing, and most security companies focus their engineering and marketing attention on products designed for the front office instead of the server rack, so coverage for Linux is sparse" said Eric Cornelius, Chief Product Architect at BlackBerry. "These APT groups have zeroed in on that gap in security and leveraged it for their strategic advantage to steal intellectual property from targeted sectors for years without anyone noticing."

Other key findings in the report include:

  • The APT groups examined in this report are likely comprised of civilian contractors working in the interest of the Chinese government who readily share tools, techniques, infrastructure, and targeting information with one another and their government counterparts.
  • The APT groups have traditionally pursued different objectives and focused on a wide array of targets; however, it was observed that there is a significant degree of coordination between these groups, particularly where targeting of Linux platforms is concerned.
  • The research identifies two new examples of Android malware, continuing a trend seen in a previous report from BlackBerry researchers, titled Mobile Malware and APT Espionage: Prolific, Pervasive, and Cross-Platform, which examined how APT groups have been leveraging mobile malware in combination with traditional desktop malware in ongoing cross-platform surveillance and espionage campaigns.
  • One of the Android malware samples very closely resembles the code in a commercially available penetration testing tool, yet the malware is shown to have been created nearly two years before the commercial tool was first made available for purchase.
  • The report examines several new variants of well-known malware that are getting by network defenders through the use code-signing certificates for adware, a tactic that the attackers hope will increase infection rates as AV red flags are dismissed as just another blip in a constant stream of adware alerts.
  • The research also highlights a shift by attackers towards the use of cloud service providers for command-and-control (C2) and data exfiltration communications which appear to be trusted network traffic.

"This research paints a picture of an espionage effort targeting the very backbone of large organizations' network infrastructure that is more systemic than has been previously acknowledged," says John McClurg, Chief Information Security Officer at BlackBerry. "This report opens another chapter in the Chinese IP theft story, providing us with new lessons to learn."

To learn more and download a copy of the report, visit https://www.blackberry.com/RATs.

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. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

ZTR and BlackBerry team up to create remote railcar monitoring solution

Locomotive

Looking to combine their technical expertise, ZTR and BlackBerry today announced they have teamed up to offer railcar owners, operators, and suppliers a new end-to-end digital monitoring solution.

"Known as the railway experts, ZTR is the perfect partner to help us expand the reach of our asset monitoring solution in an otherwise underserved market and one in which visibility and fleet insights can make a major difference in railway profitability," said Christopher Plaat, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BlackBerry Radar. "Together with ZTR, we share a vision to bring digital transformation to the railroads so that they can make better, data-driven decisions that lead to greater fleet efficiency."

The new solution, available now, will offer a complete dashboard that provides insights into location-based services, utilization, motion, mileage, and cargo capacity across railway fleets.

Press Release

ZTR AND BLACKBERRY PARTNER TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE RAIL INDUSTRY

MINNEAPOLIS, MN and WATERLOO, ON – April 6, 2020 – ZTR, a market leader in delivering innovative locomotive modernization solutions, and BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB), today announced they are combining their proven technology expertise to offer railcar owners, operators and suppliers a powerful new digital monitoring solution.

Recognizing there was an immediate industry need for a remote railcar monitoring solution that could withstand the rugged conditions of the railway, provide greater fleet insights and operate with extended battery life, the two companies decided to leverage their mutual strengths. The partnership combines ZTR's decades of railway industry expertise, world-class technical support and Railway IoT experience with BlackBerry's industry-leading communication technology, battery management, security, and hardware capabilities.

It was an easy decision for ZTR to work with BlackBerry, according to Sam Hassan, CEO and President of ZTR. "We're always looking ahead to anticipate customer needs and improve availability, reliability and efficiency through innovation, so it made sense to join together to deliver greater customer value," he said.

The new railcar solution is an end-to-end solution for owners, OEMs, lessors, shippers and managers to achieve increased efficiencies. Available now through an intuitive online dashboard, the service offering includes location-based services, utilization, motion, mileage, and cargo capacity for railcars and other non-powered railway assets.

"Known as the railway experts, ZTR is the perfect partner to help us expand the reach of our asset monitoring solution in an otherwise underserved market and one in which visibility and fleet insights can make a major difference in railway profitability," said Christopher Plaat, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BlackBerry Radar. "Together with ZTR, we share a vision to bring digital transformation to the railroads so that they can make better, data-driven decisions that lead to greater fleet efficiency."

Backed by the strength of partnership and expertise, the new railcar product is the solution customers have been awaiting. Now with solid location information, they'll be able to realize huge efficiency gains through analytics and reporting, and get unparalleled visibility into their operations, allowing them to optimize asset utilization.

To see this solution in action or to find out more, email [email protected]

About ZTR

ZTR is a global high-tech company that develops new and innovative solutions for the rail and construction industries. Known as a pioneer in the development of locomotive modernization solutions and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technology, ZTR designs products aimed at improving the performance and reliability of aging locomotives, and delivers industrial telematics solutions that allow companies to remotely monitor and manage mobile and fixed assets. With more than 375,000 telematics-enabled assets under contract, ZTR serves over 70 industrial Original Equipment Manufacturers and many of the top rental houses in the world. For more information, www.ztr.com/industry/railway or follow us @ZTR_ Solutions.

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.

For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Hub+ apps updated with bug fixes

BlackBerry KEY2 showing app updates with the Google Play Store

Although BlackBerry Hub+ updates have slowed down a bit, a new batch containing bug fixes across the board has recently arrived on the Google Play Store. Tasks, Notes, Calendar, BlackBerry Services, Hub+ Inbox, and Contacts are available now.

With the changelogs being sparse and only highlighting bug fixes, nothing stands out as a considerable change. With that in mind, though, if you happen to spot anything specific fixed or improved, let us know in the comments or the CrackBerry Forums.

Thanks, @Rodney

BlackBerry announces Fiscal Year 2020 Q4 results

BlackBerry logo on black background

BlackBerry today announced their fiscal 2020 Q4 results with John Chen, Executive Chairman, and CEO, BlackBerry noting "We continue to have the right strategy and the right products to address the market's expanding security needs. Although we are going through unprecedented times, we are excited about our future opportunities for long-term growth."

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue of $291 million, or 13% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $282 million, or 11% growth year-over-year.
  • Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $287 million, or 16% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $278 million, or 13% growth year-over-year; both are record quarterly highs.
  • Non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.09; GAAP loss per basic and diluted share of $0.07.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $35 million and capital expenditures of $3 million, resulted in free cash flow generated of $32 million.

"In fiscal 2020, we delivered $1.1 billion in non-GAAP revenue and $0.13 of non-GAAP earnings per share, released over 30 new products and made strong progress on developing BlackBerry's zero-trust architecture as part of the Spark platform. This is essential for the secure IoT market," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "We continue to have the right strategy and the right products to address the market's expanding security needs. Although we are going through unprecedented times, we are excited about our future opportunities for long-term growth."

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 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Results

Fiscal Year 2020

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue of $1,099 million, or 20% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $1,040 million, or 15% growth year-over-year.
  • Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $1,078 million, or 26% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Service revenue of $1,019 million, or 21% growth year-over-year.
  • Fiscal year 2020 total Software and Services billings grew by a double-digit percentage year-over-year.
  • Fiscal year 2020 non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.13, above the $0.08 provided in the financial outlook for fiscal year 2020. Fiscal year 2020 GAAP loss per basic share of $0.27 and GAAP loss per diluted share of $0.32.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $26 million and capital expenditures of $12 million resulted in free cash flow generated of $14 million.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue of $291 million, or 13% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $282 million, or 11% growth year-over-year.
  • Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $287 million, or 16% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $278 million, or 13% growth year-over-year; both are record quarterly highs.
  • Non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.09; GAAP loss per basic and diluted share of $0.07.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $35 million and capital expenditures of $3 million, resulted in free cash flow generated of $32 million.

WATERLOO, Ontario, March 31, 2020 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today reported financial results for the three months and the twelve months ended February 29, 2020 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $291 million, up 13% year-over-year. Total company GAAP revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was $282 million, up 11% year-over-year. Total non-GAAP software and services revenue of $287 million, up 16% year-over-year. Total GAAP software and services revenue was $278 million, up 13% year-over-year. Fourth quarter recurring non-GAAP software and services revenue (excluding IP licensing and professional services) was over 90%. Non-GAAP gross margin was 77% and GAAP gross margin was 75%
  • Non-GAAP operating earnings was $51 million. GAAP operating loss was $41 million. Non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.09 (basic and diluted). GAAP net loss per share was $0.07 (basic and diluted). GAAP net loss includes $35 million for acquired intangibles amortization expense, $27 million in goodwill and long-term asset impairment charges, $17 million in stock compensation expense, a charge of $5 million related to the fair value adjustment on the debentures, and other amounts as summarized in the table below.
  • Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $990 million as of February 29, 2020. Net cash provided by operating activities of $35 million and capital expenditures of $3 million resulted in free cash flow generated of $32 million.

"In fiscal 2020, we delivered $1.1 billion in non-GAAP revenue and $0.13 of non-GAAP earnings per share, released over 30 new products and made strong progress on developing BlackBerry's zero-trust architecture as part of the Spark platform. This is essential for the secure IoT market," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "We continue to have the right strategy and the right products to address the market's expanding security needs. Although we are going through unprecedented times, we are excited about our future opportunities for long-term growth."

Outlook

BlackBerry will provide fiscal year 2021 outlook in connection with the quarterly earnings announcement on its earnings conference call. The earnings call transcript will be made available on our website.

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 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 #3146558 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 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.

For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry

BlackBerry takes steps to help employees, customers and partners through COVID-19 outbreak

John Chen

As the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Executive Chairman & CEO at BlackBerry, John Chen recently laid out the steps his organization is taking to help contirube to finding solutions and combatting the outbreak.

As a global community, we are facing unprecedented and uncertain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted life as we have known it. As we fight this fight together, I wanted to reach out and update you on the steps BlackBerry is taking to contribute to the solution. Our priority remains the community we serve, including our employees, our customers, and our partners.

We have asked all employees to refrain from travelling and to work from home, to help protect everyone's health and safety. This transition has been smooth and we continue to deliver 24x7x365 security, availability, and service to you.

We are ensuring every organization around the world has access to the same secure connectivity tools BlackBerry employees are equipped with to work remotely, including BlackBerry UEM, BlackBerry Desktop, BlackBerry 2FA, BlackBerry SecuSUITE, BBM-E and BlackBerry PROTECT. The solutions have been made available free of charge for 60 days, enabling businesses to continue their operations as they take steps to contain the spread of COVID-19.

We are using BlackBerry AtHoc to keep up to date on the status and health of our employees. We have deployed the same emergency notification and situation management solution to state and local governments to coordinate their response and communicate with citizens. This software has also been made available to you and any other organization that requires it, at no cost for 60 days.

Furthermore, we have turned our events into virtual events to enable everyone to participate and engage in the community while following social distancing guidelines.

Recent weeks have demonstrated how connected we are to one another and the importance of community during challenging times. I am thankful to you and everyone else who is contributing to the solution, especially the selfless people working tirelessly on the front lines, and grateful that BlackBerry is able to play a part.

As always, we have your back and are here to support you, your teams and your business as needed.

If you are aware of others that our technology can be of service to at this time, please contact us.

Sincerely,

John Chen

Executive Chairman & CEO, BlackBerry

BlackBerry is among the organizations which supply solutions ideally suited to help out in these times and it's great to see them not only stepping up and offering the solutions free of charge but also extending their hand to help others when and where they can.

Press Release

BlackBerry to Help Enable Remote Working Initiatives, Announces Free Availability of Secure Communication Solutions

BlackBerry Desktop, SecuSUITE for Government, BlackBerry AtHoc and BlackBerry Protect Available at No Charge for 60 Days

WATERLOO, Ontario, March 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it will be offering businesses additional assistance in implementing their own remote working programs, at no cost. Recognizing the gravity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, BlackBerry is committed to helping its current customers and other companies support their business continuity plans and remote working policies by enabling a secure, productive and connected environment for workers. This includes quick onboarding and enablement that can be delivered remotely with our services.

As part of this commitment, BlackBerry will be offering a range of its secure communication solutions for enterprises – free of charge for a 60-day period – in order to help manage and secure employees in the ways they are most likely to be working. These mission critical solutions include:

  • BlackBerry Desktop: To continue to enable secure and productive remote working practices, companies will be able to access this solution for a simple way to onboard and offboard employees as work policies shift. Whether this is through a personal laptop, desktop or mobile and tablet device, the ability to provide secure remote access across any device is paramount. The solution provides customers with:
    • Secure connectivity within a containerized environment, along with simple access to key productivity apps along with a secure browser for web based corporate apps, eliminating the need for individual VPN access
    • Increased secure collaboration through the integration of BlackBerry Dynamics with Zoom and Cisco Webex, allowing for the immediate securitization of web meetings when employees connect from their phones or tablets
    • Simple data path controls which securely route traffic through firewalls, while simultaneously keeping internal and SaaS data within a secure containerized environment
    • Quick onboarding by allowing IT to provide a single access key to employees, which will allow workers to access corporate resources with a single sign-on and keep personal applications separate
  • SecuSUITE for Government and Enterprises for Secure Messaging and Phone Calls: Enabling high security voice and messaging across iOS and Android environments so government bodies, first responders, law enforcement, healthcare providers, and enterprises can enable workers to continue with activities that require the highest level of security. Customers will have access to secure communications with uncompromised usability, allowing employees to make secure phone calls, exchange secure messages using the devices workers already own.
  • BlackBerry AtHoc for Employee Safety: Allowing organizations globally to unify their crisis communications, BlackBerry AtHoc enables companies to offer a level of protection for their staff and give leadership the information they need to make critical safety decisions, including capabilities such as:
    • Pre-configured Enterprise Package for Employee Safety
    • Rapidly alert recipients via SMS, mobile app, voice calls, and secure email
    • Easily target notification recipients by location or groups
    • Access live on-line "Ask the Trainer" sessions
  • BlackBerry Protect: Advanced endpoint protection using AI to prevent breaches and provide added controls for safeguarding against sophisticated threats.

"This is an unprecedented time. Organizations have worked quickly to ensure the safety of their employees through enabling remote work policies, however many of those people are new to working from home, which poses its own challenge," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "Our hope is that we can play our part, through our world-class BYOD security solutions, to enable companies impacted by the global pandemic – whether they are currently our customer or not – to remain successful by maintaining continuity of operations, communications, productivity, and security."

BlackBerry Desktop, SecuSUITE for Government, BlackBerry AtHoc for Employee Safety and BlackBerry Protect will be available free for 60 days. Those interested can contact your BlackBerry representative or email us at [email protected]

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 to announce Fiscal Year 2020 Q4 results on March 31, 2020

BlackBerry logo on black background

BlackBerry is all set to announce their fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 results on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Rather than an early morning conference call, this time around the results will come later in the day at 5PM ET.

BlackBerry to Announce Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Results on March 31, 2020

WATERLOO, ONTARIO – March 18, 2020 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) will report results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 31, 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 March 31, 2020, by dialing +1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #3146558. It will also be available at the link above.

During Q3 2020, BlackBerry reported total company GAAP revenue of $267 million and generated a total company free cash flow of $37 million. At the time, John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry noted "I am pleased with our progress. Our pipeline is growing as we deliver against our product roadmap and execute on our go-to-market expansion."

BlackBerry working on a fix for Password Keeper backup issues

Blackberry Password Keeper

Update - This issue has now been resolved and no app update was required. If you're still having issues, let us know in the comments or in the forums.

If you're having issues with BlackBerry Password Keeping being unable to backup to Google Drive, as many folks in the CrackBerry Forums have been, BlackBerry has now acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix that will be covered in a future update. In addition to the acknowledgement of the issue, BlackBerry has also offered a workaround to use until the fix is rolled out.

Overview

When enabling Google Drive for backups, the following error message is displayed; Password Keeper requires one or more Google Play services that are not currently available. Please contact the developer for assistance. This is a previously reported issue that is being investigated by our development team to be resolved in a future release of the BlackBerry Password Keeper.

Workaround

Create a manual backup of passwords via BlackBerry Password Keeper to Google Drive

Within BlackBerry Password Keeper;

  • Select the Left hand side menu
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Import/Export
  • Tap Export passwords
  • Select file format and records to export
  • Tap >
  • Enter your Password Keeper password
  • Tap >
  • Select the Left side menu
  • Tap the desired Drive account
  • Select a folder within Drive
  • Tap Save

I personally tried the workaround but unfortunately, I didn't have much success with it. When trying to save the file to my Google Drive, the save button did not work. I suggest you try it out for yourself if and see if you have better luck. Either way, you can still save locally to your device. It's not as convenient, but at least you'll still have a backup and hopefully BlackBerry will push a new build rather quickly.

Update - I was advised you need to select an exact location before it will save when exporting manually to Google Drive.

Discuss more in the CrackBerry Forums

BlackBerry updates SecuSUITE for Government and BlackBerry AtHoc Crisis Communication

BlackBerry AtHoc Logo

BlackBerry has now announced a new batch of enhancements and feature updates for SecuSUITE for Government and BlackBerry AtHoc. The new enhancements and features will further secure commincations and safeguard data within Government angencies.

Etisalat will discontinue BlackBerry Internet Service on March 10

9900 Keyboard

Following in the footsteps of EE and others, Etisalat UAE recently announced they would be discontinuing BlackBerry Internet Service, including BBM, PIN to PIN, and email services for BlackBerry OS smartphones on March 10, 2020. As part of the announcement, Etisalat noted customers will still be able to use their data allowance for all other internet services.

The announcement doesn't exactly come as a surprise. Despite BlackBerry noting last August that they will continue to offer network access for BlackBerry OS devices, carriers have no requirement to provide it. They can shut down BlackBerry Internet Service whenever they wish. Important to note, however, this announcement will not affect BlackBerry 10 or BlackBerry Android smartphones.

Discuss more in the CrackBerry Forums

Birds of Prey includes a BlackBerry KEYone cameo

Birds of Prey, the latest movie from the DC Extended Universe featuring Harley Quinn, who is joined by Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya, hits theatres today and is predicted to take over the box office this weekend. I've been excited about seeing this movie since the first trailer was released. Still, something I missed in the latest trailer was a spotting of the BlackBerry KEYone that appears at 1:18 and according to Reddit, it's featured throughout the movie.

While the time for product placement has undoubtedly passed, it's still always exciting and sometimes amusing to see where BlackBerry smartphones pop-up and the vast array of devices used. In a lot of cases, it's BlackBerry OS devices, but more recent shows and movies like Homeland and Gemini Man feature more modern BlackBerry smartphones such as the KEYone and BlackBerry KEY2.

Have you spotted any BlackBerry smartphones recently in TV shows or movies? If so, let me know in the comments where and what device it was. Let me know as well if you'll be taking in Birds of Prey.

TCL will no longer design, manufacture or sell any new BlackBerry mobile devices

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Customer service and warranty service for existing devices will run through August 2022.

Taking to Twitter to make the announcement, TCL today announced they will no longer be offering any new BlackBerry-branded mobile devices as they have no further rights to design, manufacture or sell them. They will, however, still be offering customer service and warranty service for existing devices until August 31, 2022, or later where applicable.

When TCL Communication announced in December 2016 that we had entered into a brand licensing and technology support agreement with BlackBerry Limited to continue making new, modern BlackBerry smartphones available globally we were very excited and humbled to take on this challenge. Indeed our KEY Series smartphones, starting with KEYone, were highly-anticipated by the BlackBerry community. What made these devices great wasn't just the hardware developed and manufactured by TCL Communication, but also the critical security and software features provided by BlackBerry Limited to ensure these were genuine BlackBerry devices. The support of BlackBerry Limited was an essential element to bringing devices like BlackBerry KEYone, Motion, KEY2 and KEY2 LE to life and we're proud to have partnered with them these past few years on those projects.

We do regret to share however that as of August 31, 2020, TCL Communication will no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices. TCL Communication has no further rights to design, manufacture or sell any new BlackBerry mobile devices, however TCL Communication will continue to provide support for the existing portfolio of mobile devices including customer service and warranty service until August 31, 2022 - or for as long as required by local laws where the mobile device was purchased. Further details can be found at www.blackberrymobile.com or by phoning customer support at the numbers found at https://blackberrymobile.com/hotline-and-service-center/.

For those of us at TCL Communication who were blessed enough to work on BlackBerry Mobile, we want to thank all our partners, customers and the BlackBerry fan community for their support over these past few years. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to meet so many fans from all over the world during our world tour stops. The future is bright for both TCL Communication and BlackBerry Limited, and we hope you'll continue to support both as we move ahead on our respective paths.

From everyone who worked on the BlackBerry Mobile team at TCL Communication over the years, we want to say 'Thank You' for allowing us to be part of this journey.

Goes without saying, that's certainly not the best news for a BlackBerry fan to take in on a Monday morning but things on the BlackBerry Mobile front have been quiet for a while with no new KEY devices in sight. At this point, it's hard to say whether or not someone else will pick up where TCL left off, but I'm glad BlackBerry Mobile offered what they did.

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BlackBerry Cylance integrates with SafeBreach

Expanding the reach of Cylance, BlackBerry today announced integration with SafeBreach, which will help organizations automate the process of identifying, analyzing and prioritizing security gaps within enterprise endpoints by simulating attacks in controlled environments.

"SafeBreach is on a mission to help educate customers about how hackers operate and how they can use this knowledge to better protect themselves," said Itzik Kotler, Chief Technology Officer at SafeBreach. "Together with BlackBerry Cylance, we can help our customers increase their resilience from attacks and minimize business risk."

"Many companies claim their security products use artificial intelligence (AI) but offer few details on how it benefits their customers," said Daniel Doimo, President at BlackBerry Cylance. "This joint solution helps our customers understand the before and after of deploying BlackBerry Cylance's AI-powered security solutions by simulating attacks, which generate data-driven results."

The joint solution is available now and has already collected praise from Yaron Levi, Chief Information Security Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City.

The integration between Cylance and SafeBreach helps us automatically and quickly identify attacks which are detected and should be blocked by BlackBerry Cylance. The road to improving our security configuration and reducing risk has just become much shorter.

BlackBerry has been steadily introducing new integrations for Cylance. Most recently unveiling BlackBerry Cylance artificial intelligence with BlackBerry QNX technologies at CES 2020 and earlier announcing integration with Chronicle Backstory.

Press Release

BlackBerry Cylance Integrates with SafeBreach to Deliver Automated Enterprise Endpoint Security Validation

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO – January 21, 2020 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced today an integration with SafeBreach to help organizations improve their overall security posture with continuous enterprise endpoint security validation. The joint solution is now available to automate the identification of security gaps and prioritize security configuration changes based on potential business impact.

BlackBerry Cylance and SafeBreach offer advanced cybersecurity solutions that customers can test in their own environment. Customers of both companies can now increase their ROI from BlackBerry Cylance by exposing misconfigurations and receiving actionable guidance on how to decrease risk. Quantification of business risk is based on easy to understand Key Risk Indicators (KRIs): Attack Surface, MITRE Framework, Critical Segments, Known Attacks and Exposure Time.

"SafeBreach is on a mission to help educate customers about how hackers operate and how they can use this knowledge to better protect themselves," said Itzik Kotler, Chief Technology Officer at SafeBreach. "Together with BlackBerry Cylance, we can help our customers increase their resilience from attacks and minimize business risk."

BlackBerry Cylance connects with SafeBreach to parse alerts, coordinate against simulations, and retrieve the results to show SafeBreach operators both the offensive and defensive spectrum. Thousands of controlled, safe forms of real cyber attacks are available as part of the SafeBreach Hacker's playbook. With 10,000+ breach and attack methods this playbook is the largest in the industry based on actual attacks, active investigations and cutting-edge research.

"Many companies claim their security products use artificial intelligence (AI) but offer few details on how it benefits their customers," said Daniel Doimo, President at BlackBerry Cylance. "This joint solution helps our customers understand the before and after of deploying BlackBerry Cylance's AI-powered security solutions by simulating attacks, which generate data-driven results."

IT and security teams save valuable time with automated correlation of BlackBerry Cylance detection events to SafeBreach simulations. Joint customers are expected to reach an optimal configuration of their BlackBerry Cylance deployment with SafeBreach exposing misconfigurations, which may cause attacks to be missed. Exposing and addressing misconfigurations from an attacker perspective, means priorities are determined based on the actual threat and hence lead efficient and impactful risk mitigation.

"The integration between Cylance and SafeBreach helps us automatically and quickly identify attacks which are detected and should be blocked by BlackBerry Cylance," said Yaron Levi, Chief Information Security Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City. "The road to improving our security configuration and reducing risk has just become much shorter," Levi concluded.

Please read the BlackBerry Cylance and SafeBreach joint solution brief for more information on the integration.

About SafeBreach

SafeBreach is a leader in breach and attack simulation. The company's groundbreaking patented platform provides a "hacker's view" of an enterprise's security posture to proactively predict attacks, validate security controls and improve security operations center (SOC) analyst response. SafeBreach automatically executes thousands of breach methods from its extensive and growing Hacker's Playbook™ of research and real-world investigative data. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, the company is funded by Sequoia Capital, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners, DNX Ventures, Hewlett Packard Pathfinder, PayPal and investor Shlomo Kramer. For more information, visit www.safebreach.com or follow us on Twitter @SafeBreach.

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.

BBMe updated with bug fixes and improvements

BBMe launch screen on Android

Since the closure of consumer BBM, BBMe has not had many updates, but now having passed 1M downloads, a new update, packed with bug fixes and improvements has arrived for Android and will be coming soon to iOS.

BlackBerry combines Cylance with QNX to unveil AI-based automotive solution

BlackBerry QNX vehicle

As part of their CES 2020 announcements, BlackBerry today unveiled what they are calling a concept solution for OEMs and fleet managers that combines BlackBerry Cylance artificial intelligence with BlackBerry QNX technologies.

"This solution represents a major milestone in the company's continued efforts to integrate BlackBerry Cylance's innovative prevention-first, predictive security products with our vast range of industry-leading technologies," said Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry. "With the average new car containing more than 100 million lines of code and some of the most complex software ever deployed by automakers, the need for a holistic view into the overall health and security posture of a vehicle's entire code base throughout its full lifecycle is absolutely critical. No one knows security better than us and we now have a transportation-focused framework that the industry can tap to enhance the security, trustworthiness, and safety of connected vehicles, providing peace of mind to drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike."

The integrated solution makes use of BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor, CylancePROTECT, CylanceOPTICS, CylancePERSONA, BlackBerry Jarvis, and BlackBerry UEM along with the BlackBerry OTA Software Update Management Service. The end result is an offering that is secure, safe, modular, flexible and can help accelerate development timelines and reduce cost.

Press Release

BlackBerry Showcases AI-Based Automotive Solution to Drive the Connected Future

Integrated solution combines BlackBerry Cylance artificial intelligence and BlackBerry QNX technologies

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today unveiled a customizable concept solution that OEMs and fleet managers can use for vehicle health and security use cases to 'future-proof' their vehicles, accelerating development timelines and reducing the cost of moving projects from research to production and onto roads.

Working with BlackBerry's cybersecurity and automotive embedded systems teams, companies across the transportation industry will be able to leverage the solution to build powerful AI and ML software-driven use cases with a view to enhancing the overall safety and security of their vehicles. The new offering marks the first time BlackBerry Cylance's AI and ML technologies have been integrated with BlackBerry QNX solutions, which currently are embedded in more than 150 million cars on the road today.

The modular and flexible system will allow automakers and fleet managers to activate just the features they need or use their own data or pre-built AI/ML models to create an aggregate view of the health of their vehicles from a single console or 'Vehicle Operations Centre,' while also being able to automate software patches, continuously authenticate drivers and proactively address cybersecurity threats using both Endpoint Protection and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) technology. The solution:

  • Is built on the ISO 26262 safety-certified BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor, providing a secure and reliable foundation for safety-critical applications.
  • Leverages threat detection technologies from CylancePROTECT to predict, prevent, detect, and remediate advanced malicious threats and malware in the vehicle infotainment system.
  • Integrates the contextual analysis engine from CylanceOPTICS to provide the capability to proactively scan the vehicle for signs of trouble or software anomalies before they lead to maintenance issues, cybersecurity vulnerabilities, or accidents.
  • Uses behavioral monitoring techniques from CylancePERSONA to ensure the identity of the vehicle's driver is known and trusted in relation to their driving profile.
  • Provides insights into cybersecurity and operational events on vehicle(s) and complete remediation through a fully customizable Vehicle Operations Center.
  • Incorporates the BlackBerry Jarvis cloud-based static binary code scanning solution to identify vulnerabilities in software used in automobiles.
  • Includes the BlackBerry OTA Software Update Management Service, a proven, reliable and secure OTA update service, to allow preventative software maintenance over the lifetime of a car, allowing automakers to deliver new capabilities to millions of end users simultaneously.
  • Leverages BlackBerry UEM for the deployment of malware-free applications to managed vehicles.

"This solution represents a major milestone in the company's continued efforts to integrate BlackBerry Cylance's innovative prevention-first, predictive security products with our vast range of industry-leading technologies," said Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry. "With the average new car containing more than 100 million lines of code and some of the most complex software ever deployed by automakers, the need for a holistic view into the overall health and security posture of a vehicle's entire code base throughout its full lifecycle is absolutely critical. No one knows security better than us and we now have a transportation-focused framework that the industry can tap to enhance the security, trustworthiness, and safety of connected vehicles, providing peace of mind to drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike."

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 or www.blackberry.com/smartmobility for more information.

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 collaborating with Amazon to deliver secure connected car platform

BlackBerry at CES 2020 information

As part of their CES 2020 highlights, BlackBerry and Amazon Web Services, Inc. have now announced they have teamed up to make connected cars more secure. As part of the announcement, they will be demonstrating a connected vehicle software platform that makes use of BlackBerry QNX and AWS' Internet of Things (IoT) Services in the cloud and in vehicle.

"By working with AWS, we can provide OEMs with a unique foundational software platform that will allow them to build the next-generation connected and autonomous cars of the future," said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "By combining our technologies and strengths into one dedicated cloud-based offering, we can ensure automakers have the tools they need to deliver the driving experience consumers want, without sacrificing on the security and reliability they need."

"Our automotive customers are developing exciting new products and services that rely on the power of the cloud, IoT, and AI/ML. We are thrilled to be working with BlackBerry QNX to provide secure connectivity and advanced edge computing capabilities for the next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles," said Bill Vass, Vice President, Technology, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Through the combination of technologies, auto manufacturers are able to securely access data from sensors, create software applications and machine-learning models for connected, electric, and autonomous vehicles, all while running a common software platform for all in-vehicle systems.

Press Release

BlackBerry Collaborating with Amazon Web Services to Demonstrate Safe, Secure, and Intelligent Connected Vehicle Software Platform for In-Vehicle Applications

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it has teamed up with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) to demonstrate a connected vehicle software platform for in-vehicle applications that combines the safety and security of BlackBerry's QNX real-time operating system with AWS' Internet of Things (IoT) Services in the cloud and in the car. The platform enables automotive manufacturers to securely access data from vehicle sensors, and create software applications and machine-learning models for connected, electric, and autonomous vehicles.

With the AWS-powered BlackBerry platform, automotive OEMs can expedite their vision of continuously and quickly bringing innovative connected vehicle services to market, ranging from cockpit personalization, vehicle acoustic conditioning, vehicle health monitoring, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features. Car companies can also leverage this platform for their new software-centric electric car and autonomous platforms, enabling essential functions such as continuous EV battery life monitoring and prediction, and managing vehicle sub-systems to holistically control warranty costs, providing important security updates and seamless updates of vehicle software features to delight their customers, and drive monetization of vehicle data while exercising control over data access.

The AWS-powered BlackBerry platform combines the two companies' edge and cloud technologies into a comprehensive edge-to-cloud offering for the global automotive industry. QNX software allows automotive OEMs to develop and run a common software platform across in-vehicle systems such as gateways, TCUs, engine controllers, digital cockpits and emerging domain controllers, while AWS capabilities enable automotive software developers to securely and easily access data from vehicle sensors, build software applications and machine learning (ML) models using vehicle data, and deploy them inside the vehicle to enable in-vehicle inference and actions. The platform will integrate the BlackBerry QNX operating system and over-the-air software update services, with AWS IoT cloud services for secure connectivity and telematics, Amazon SageMaker for developing ML models, and AWS IoT edge services for in-vehicle ML inference.

"By working with AWS, we can provide OEMs with a unique foundational software platform that will allow them to build the next-generation connected and autonomous cars of the future," said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "By combining our technologies and strengths into one dedicated cloud-based offering, we can ensure automakers have the tools they need to deliver the driving experience consumers want, without sacrificing on the security and reliability they need."

"Our automotive customers are developing exciting new products and services that rely on the power of the cloud, IoT, and AI/ML. We are thrilled to be working with BlackBerry QNX to provide secure connectivity and advanced edge computing capabilities for the next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles," said Bill Vass, Vice President, Technology, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

"Combining the safety and security of QNX with AWS cloud and edge intelligence has the potential to speed the development of Karma's connected car ecosystem," said Lewis Liu, Karma Automotive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy. "It shows how Karma's vehicle platform is being used by technologists as a test-bed to prove new innovation, speed product development and ultimately to provide owners with leading cyber-security resources and predictive maintenance information via the latest artificial intelligence applications. The result is enhanced VVIP treatment for our discerning luxury-customer base, and cutting-edge technology that can lead to new business opportunities for Karma beyond pure automotive retail sales."

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.

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.

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