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Register for the RBC Disruptors: BlackBerry's Big Pivot event

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, RBC Disruptors is hosting an event that will feature BlackBerry CEO John Chen discussing BlackBerry's big pivot and registration is now open for those who would like to attend in-person in the Toronto area.

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Verizon Enterprise and Small Business customers will soon be able to purchase the BlackBerry KEY2 LE

Although the BlackBerry KEY2 LE was previously certified for Verizon under bring your own phone offerings, Verizon will now soon begin to offer the device Verizon Enterprise and Small Business customers officially.

TCL unveils new headphone lineup at CES 2019

During their press conference at CES 2019, TCL unveiled a full lineup of headphones that will start arriving in February through to the summer. The lineup includes wired headphones right down to Bluetooth over-the-ear cans, which have been broken down to four distinct lines: SOCL, MTRO, ACTV, and ELIT.

QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits brings secure Android apps to the in-car experience

As part of their announcements for CES 2019, BlackBerry QNX went ahead and introduced the QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits, which combines QNX Hypervisor for Safety, QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters, QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment to create a secure Android implementation for automakers to offer applications such as Google Maps and Google Play Music.

January update for the BlackBerry Evolve brings improved camera performance

We haven't covered the BlackBerry Evolve updates, mainly because of the limited availability, but unlike previous security updates issued for the device, the January update rolling out now contains more than just the usual security enhancements from Google and are worth noting.

BlackBerry Secure enhancements enable safe and secure IoT devices

Although CES 2019 doesn't officially kick off until January 8, BlackBerry has begun spreading their news and the latest comes by way of service enhancements to their BlackBerry Secure offerings which will enable the electronics industry to build IoT devices consumers can trust.

BlackBerry survey shows consumers don't trust connected devices to keep their data secure

How much trust do you have in connected devices to secure your data and privacy? If you said to yourself 'not much'. You're not alone. According to a new BlackBerry survey conducted in the past 30 days, 80% of respondents in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada do not trust their current Internet-connected devices to secure their data and privacy.

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Karma Automotive to showcase BlackBerry's QNX technology at CES 2019

Karma Revero

Karma Automotive will be making their first appearance at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and as part of their time there, they will be showcasing how BlackBerry's QNX technology is used in their Revero luxury electric vehicle.

Mobile Nations 2018 Community Awards!

Kicking off a new year is always a great time to reflect on the previous year. While on the blogs we tend to look at the best devices, the greatest apps, and things of that nature, there is another section of our sites that deserves attention and appreciation as well -- the forums and the volunteers and members that make our communities so amazing.

We take great pride in our community and know that without the people who invest their time voluntarily helping out, answering questions, welcoming newcomers, and generally keeping our sites clear of spammers and junk posts, we wouldn't be the site we are today. With that in mind, we'd like to take the time to show some love and highlight folks who go above and beyond daily to make sure our communities remain awesome for everyone!

We opened up the table for suggestions from our volunteer team for outstanding community members, and the nominations poured in! So without further ado, here are some volunteers and community members that have stood out over the last year!

CrackBerry

Best New Member - Crusader03

Biggest BlackBerry Fan - bb10adopter111

Most helpful member - Conite

CrackBerry volunteer team MVP - ECM

Top Poster in the CrackBerry forums - Conite

Android Central

Best New Member - Kodak2

Biggest Android Fan - Mustang7757

Most helpful member - B. Diddy

Android Central volunteer team MVP - Javier P

Top Poster in the Android Central forums - B. Diddy

Windows Central

Best New Member - DavidBS1989

Biggest Windows Fan - Fatclue_98

Most helpful member - Ryujingt3

Windows Central volunteer team MVP - Worldspy99

Top Poster in the Windows Central forums - MSFTisMIA

iMore

Best New Member - Jude526

Biggest Apple Fan - Ledstepplin

Most helpful member - Just_Me_D

iMore volunteer team MVP - Rob Phillips

Top Poster in the iMore forums - Just_Me_D

Special recognition from the community

- BreakingKayfabe for being an iMore faithful and a dependable voice when it comes to participating in threads whether a simple Ask a Question Thread or one than can get quite heated. He's been a member for 10 years and he deserves some recognition, in my opinion.

- Almeuit, Pkcable, Golfdriver97, BigBadWulf, Guytronic, Jason Cockerham, Spencerdl, and Howarmat all received commendations for going above and beyond to do their part for our communities.

In Memoriam

2018 also brought a huge loss to our community with the unexpected passing of longtime CrackBerry member (and arguably BlackBerry's biggest fan) Mark Davidson, known around here as Carjackd. Not only was Mark a respected volunteer, he was also a good friend to many, and his memory will live on for a long time to come. You can read more about Carjackd HERE and if you'd like to contribute to his family's fund, that can be found HERE.

Thank YOU!

Of course, every one of our members and volunteers is important to us, and we wish we could put all of your names in a post, but that would be a pretty long post. From all of us at Mobile Nations, to all the volunteers and community members listed above or not, we want to say THANK YOU. We couldn't do what we do here without you, and we're grateful every day that you choose to spend your time here with us. So here's to 2018, and to 2019 and beyond!

It's nearly 2019, it's time to stop using BlackBerry 10 devices!

Arguably, it was time to stop using them when the BlackBerry Priv was released in 2015, but now that we're headed into 2019 and a total of seven Android-based BlackBerry smartphones have been released, it's time to look at where BlackBerry 10 stands for most users.

AT&T BlackBerry KEYone owners can now download software update ABM658

Carriers don't exactly have the best reputation when it comes to sending out updates for older devices, but AT&T deserves some credit for their consistency when it comes to the BlackBerry KEYone. Sure, it's coming a bit late in the month but it's only three weeks after their last update, and AT&T KEYone owners can now download ABM658, which contains the December Android security update.

BlackBerry gears up for CES 2019

CES this year takes place on January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas and BlackBerry is already gearing up for the event, letting folks know they'll be in attendance and what to expect.

Amazon and Best Buy have the BlackBerry KEY2 LE on sale for $320

Looks like Best Buy changed the pricing to $360 shortly after publishing this. Amazon, however, still has it available for $320.

If you were hoping to get a BlackBerry KEY2 LE under the tree this year, but it just didn't work out for you, you can still catch some savings by picking one up now. Amazon and Best Buy have the KEY2 LE in slate on sale for $320, which is $130 off the regular price.

Koodo offering $100 bonus gift with BlackBerry KEY2 LE purchase

For Canadians looking to pick up a BlackBerry KEY2 LE in slate, Koodo has a pretty fantastic online only deal running right now for new activations on their Tab Medium plans.

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John Chen discusses latest earnings and what's ahead for BlackBerry in 2019

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Following the annuncement of their 2019 third-quarter results, BlackBerry CEO John Chen caught up with Amber Kanwar for a little bit of a Q&A session surrounding the results and to discuss what's coming up in 2019 for BlackBerry. In the results, BlackBerry reaffirmed their 2019 highlighting revenue growth, profitability and positive cash flow.

BlackBerry reports fiscal year 2019 Q3 results

BlackBerry today announced their fiscal year 2019 third-quarter results highlighting Non-GAAP total software and services revenue of $228 million with GAAP revenue of $226 million. Total non-GAAP software and services revenue of $219 million, up 10% year-over-year.

Firefox Focus for Android adds support for safe browsing, improves tracking protection

For those of you using a BlackBerry smartphone with Firefox Focus preloaded or just using it as your preferred browser, a new update with some notable improvements such as support for safe browsing and better tracking protection has now arrived on the Google Play Store.

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BlackBerry KEY2 update ABM374 now available in North America

BlackBerry KEY2

Following the release to some EU variants of the BlackBerry KEY2, the December security update has now been released as ABM374 and has started arriving on North American KEY2 variants. The update is small, so go ahead and check to see if it's there waiting for you!

Google Assistant can now show you predicted flight delays

When it comes to travel plans, I've found myself increasingly turning to Google solutions to make things easier, especially the combination of Google Flights, Google Trips, and Google Assitant. As travel ramps up for the holidays, Google has added a new feature to Assistant which can predict flight delays with 85% confidence, making me even more likely to turn to their offerings.

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Google Play has some of the top holiday movies discounted right now

Google Play Movies

While the debate over whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not will rage on forever, the deals on some of the top holiday movies that Google is offering right now might not. Everything from Elf to A Christmas Story to Krampus are on sale right now starting at $5.

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