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John Chen talks Cylance, AI, and what's ahead for BlackBerry

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Speaking from the RSA Conference taking place in San Francisco, BlackBerry CEO John Chen today, spoke to Bloomberg's Amanda Lang and Shery Ahn to discuss a wide range of topics ahead of BlackBerry's 35th anniversary.

BlackBerry Hub+ app design refreshes move out of beta!

Since late last year, BlackBerry has been beta testing design refreshes of their BlackBerry Hub+ apps and today, they've gone ahead and made them available to all through the Google Play Store, starting with Hub, Contacts, and Tasks with more such as Calendar and Notes to follow.

BlackBerry Cylance introduces CylancePERSONA endpoint behavioral analytics solution

As part of a significant upgrade to their platform, BlackBerry Cylance has introduced CylancePERSONA user monitoring designed to offer real-time insight into suspicious endpoint users and prevent compromises through the use of biometrics behavior and AI.

BlackBerry Cylance wins five Cybersecurity Excellence Awards

The ink is barely dry on BlackBerry's Cylance deal, but already they're showing why BlackBerry made a move to acquire them as they've been recognized at the 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards in five distinct categories.

BlackBerry files patent infringement suit against Twitter

Following their legal battles with Facebook and Snapchat, BlackBerry has now filed a patent infringement suit against Twitter claiming Twitter's app improperly uses BlackBerry's mobile messaging intellectual property.

Order the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition today and save 10%

As part of Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry Mobile introduced the KEY2 Red Edition to all and opened up orders starting in Europe. If you have yet to order, there has been a code floating around, which can save you 10% off the €779.00 retail pricing.

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition Hands-On!

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition

The same phone you know, in a gorgeous new color.

When the BlackBerry KEY2 was initially introduced, you had the choice of black or silver, but now, BlackBerry Mobile has added another splash of color to the mix by introducing the Red Edition. Alongside the deep red Series 7 Aluminum frame, the Red Edition BlackBerry KEY2 retains its black accents while internal storage sits at 128GB with pricing set at $749.

BlackBerry Mobile announces the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition at Mobile World Congress 2019

BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition

The BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition will be available in select markets across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

When the BlackBerry KEY2 LE in Atomic red was announced, plenty of folks let it be known that they'd also like to see a red BlackBerry KEY2 released and now, BlackBerry Mobile has made it happen. Announced today at Mobile World Congress, the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition will see release in select markets across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Will we see anything new from BlackBerry Mobile at Mobile World Congress?

It's time again for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This year, the event officially starts on February 25th and runs through to February 28th and CrackBerry will be there to cover all things BlackBerry! Looking at the schedule for MWC 2019, we know BlackBerry Mobile will be on hand and given the original BlackBerry KEYone was officially announced there, there is a REALLY good chance they have something planned for BlackBerry fans this year.

Hub+ Services update changes how the BlackBerry Hub handles SMS and Call logs

In addition to the Hub and Calendar beta updates being sent out, BlackBerry also released new BlackBerry Hub+ Services update. Below is the changelog which highlights some important notes for the update due to Google Play policy changes in how SMS and calls are handled.

BlackBerry Hub and Calendar beta releases updated with multiple bug fixes

New BlackBerry Hub

Although still not officially available to everyone, BlackBerry has continued to push put new beta releases of their redesigned BlackBerry Hub+ suite of apps. Available today are new versions of the BlackBerry Hub, and the BlackBerry Calendar.

BBM beta adds new invite methods, improved replies and more!

The latest BBM beta has started rolling out through the Google Play Store, and according to the changelog, there's plenty new here to try out including new ways to invite users to BBM, a new mention system, and improved replies.

BlackBerry's strategic acquisition of Cylance is now complete

Back In November, BlackBerry announced their plans to acquire Cylance for $1.4B but it had to pass through regulatory approvals. Now, BlackBerry has announced the process has been completed.

Facebook introduces new privacy controls for location data on Android

Facebook sucks when it comes to privacy. It's a well-known fact, but if you haven't already trashed your Facebook account, they're looking to win back some of your love. As announced today, the company has started to roll out changes to location controls on Android.

Verizon releases ABP661 update for the BlackBerry KEYone

Much like Sprint, Verizon hasn't released Android Oreo for the BlackBerry KEYone, but they have continued to push out security updates for owners. The latest release, ABP661, has now appeared via OTA and brings along with it the February security patch from Google.

Bell, Rogers, and Telus release ABP924 for the BlackBerry KEY2 LE

While several variants of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE have already received their ABP924 February security update, Canadian carriers Bell, Rogers, and Telus have now also got in on the action. Rogers initially noted the update for the LE and BlackBerry KEY2 was set for February 19th, but it appears to have started a bit early, so you can go ahead and check for updates as you wish. With that being said, BlackBerry KEY2 owners should also be on the lookout.

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Sprint releases ABP662 update for the BlackBerry KEYone

Although the Sprint BlackBerry KEYone won't be getting Oreo, that hasn't stopped Sprint from pushing out security updates to owners. The latest update, ABP662, has now started to roll out OTA and includes the February security updates from Google.

Prime Minister of Canada announces $40M investment in BlackBerry QNX

Following the earlier rumors from The Globe and Mail, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an investment of $40 million in BlackBerry QNX to further develop safe and secure connected and autonomous vehicles.

The race for a top spot in the new economy has already begun, and if we want to see Canadians take the lead, we need to have their backs. That is why our government is investing $40 million in BlackBerry QNX to design and develop a new software platform for the cars of today and tomorrow. This investment will create good, middle class jobs for Canadians, make our cars safer and more secure, and further position Canada as a global hub for innovation. —The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Per the announcement, BlackBerry QNX will bring more than 800 new middle-class jobs in Canada over the next ten years, and maintain nearly 300 more. The funding provided will help BlackBerry QNX bring improvements and enhancements to their integration with connected car platforms, automated driver assistance systems, and to help build new automated vehicle concepts and test tracks.

Aside from the $40M investment received, BlackBerry has committed $310.5M for the project and another $5M to cybersecurity to collaborate with government, post-secondary institutions, and private sector firms.

Investment in Automotive Innovation to Make Vehicles Safer and Create Jobs for Canadians

Self-parking, automatic braking, driverless – the vehicles of tomorrow are bound not only to be autonomous, but also connected to one another. That is why the Government of Canada is making bold investments to establish Canada as a global leader in cybersecurity and automotive software for connected and autonomous vehicles.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an investment of $40 million in BlackBerry QNX, a business unit of BlackBerry Limited, to develop safe and secure software systems for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles.

The company will create more than 800 new middle class jobs in Canada over the next ten years, and maintain nearly 300 more. They will also provide new skills development and learning opportunities to help train Canadians for the jobs of tomorrow and keep Canada competitive in today's global economy.

With this funding, BlackBerry QNX will develop new automated control systems, upgrade and secure communications in vehicles, and improve vehicle safety and security by expanding its advanced driver-assistance system. BlackBerry QNX will also develop and use concept cars as labs for technology and software development.

The Government of Canada will continue to invest in new automotive technologies that make our vehicles safer and more secure, and position our country as the place where cars of the future are designed and built.

Quotes from the Government of Canada and BlackBerry

"The race for a top spot in the new economy has already begun, and if we want to see Canadians take the lead, we need to have their backs. That is why our government is investing $40 million in BlackBerry QNX to design and develop a new software platform for the cars of today and tomorrow. This investment will create good, middle class jobs for Canadians, make our cars safer and more secure, and further position Canada as a global hub for innovation."

—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

"We are betting on innovation driving our success at home and abroad. Our government is proud to invest in BlackBerry QNX's exciting project and to position Canada as a global leader in automotive innovation. That's how our investments today are creating new middle class jobs of tomorrow."

— The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"BlackBerry is trusted by automakers and Tier 1s around the world to protect hardware, software, applications, and end-to-end systems from cyberattacks. Thanks to the Canadian government's commitment we're now in an even stronger position to deliver on the demand for BlackBerry's safe and secure QNX software. Together we will spur innovation, create great jobs, educate the workforce of tomorrow, and solidify Canada as a world leader in automotive technology."

— John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry

Quick Facts

  • BlackBerry will invest $310.5 million in the project, as well as commit $5 million to cybersecurity to collaborate with government, post-secondary institutions, and private sector firms.
  • The Government of Canada's $40 million investment is made through the Strategic Innovation Fund, a program designed to attract and support high-quality business investments across all sectors of the economy by encouraging research and development that will accelerate technology transfer and the commercialization of innovative products, processes and services, and will facilitate the growth of innovative firms.
  • In 2017, Canada's automotive industry – one of our country's largest export industries – produced 2.2 million vehicles, contributed over $18 billion in GDP, and directly and indirectly employed over 500,000 people in well-paying, middle class jobs.
  • BlackBerry's pedigree in safety, security, and continued innovation has led to its QNX technology being embedded in more than 120 million vehicles on the road today. It is used by the top seven automotive Tier 1s, and by 40+ OEMs including Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, KIA, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen. The company partners with automotive Tier 1s, like Aptiv, Bosch, Denso, Panasonic and Visteon, and silicon partners, such as Intel, Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Renesas.
  • BlackBerry employs nearly 2,000 people in Canada.

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BlackBerry could see $40M in funding from Canadian Government for connected car technology

Update: Funding has now officially been announced.

According to a new report coming from The Globe and Mail, BlackBerry could be all set to receive $40M in funding from the Canadian Government to help boost BlackBerry QNX's connected car technology.

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