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BlackBerry 'Krypton' passes through the FCC

Following the BlackBerry 'Krypton' passing through the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Bluetooth SIG, the full-touch BlackBerry suggested to be released in October has now arrived at the FCC. This time around, there's not even any debate as to whether or not it's actually the Krypton, it's noted right in the filenames.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition available from Selfridges retail shop Sept. 14

Adding to the list of retailers in the UK picking up the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition, it has now been announced that the Oxford Street, London Selfridges BlackBerry Shop will begin selling the Android-powered BlackBerry starting September 14.

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BlackBerry enters patent license agreement with Timex Group

In a rather quick and straight to the point press release, BlackBerry has now announced they have entered into a patent license agreement with Timex Group. The agreement includes on-going royalty payments from Timex to BlackBerry but other terms of the agreement have been kept confidential.

"This license agreement with Timex demonstrates the strength of BlackBerry's patent portfolio, and will enable us to focus on further patent licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market," said Jerald Gnuschke, senior director of Intellectual Property Licensing, BlackBerry.

With the agreement being kept confidential, it's hard to say how much of an effect it will have on BlackBerry's balance sheet and unlike other license agreements BlackBerry has been signing, there's no mention what this patent is for.

To keep you guessing, BlackBerry notes they have approximately 40,000 worldwide patents and applications covering a wide array of technologies including wireless communications, networking infrastructure, acoustics, messaging, enterprise software, operating systems, virtualization, and cybersecurity.

BlackBerry and Timex Group Enter Patent License Agreement

WATERLOO, ONTARIO and MIDDLEBURY, CONNECTICUT--(Marketwired - Sept. 13, 2017) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) and Timex Group announced today they have entered into a patent license agreement. The financial structure of the deal includes on-going royalty payments from Timex to BlackBerry. Additional terms of the agreement are confidential.

"This license agreement with Timex demonstrates the strength of BlackBerry's patent portfolio, and will enable us to focus on further patent licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market," said Jerald Gnuschke, senior director of Intellectual Property Licensing, BlackBerry.

BlackBerry's portfolio consists of approximately 40,000 worldwide patents and applications covering a wide array of technologies including wireless communications, networking infrastructure, acoustics, messaging, enterprise software, operating systems, virtualization and cybersecurity.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a mobile-native security software and services company dedicated to securing the enterprise of things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

About Timex Group

Timex Group designs, manufactures and markets innovative timepieces around the world. Founded in 1854, Timex Group is a privately held company headquartered in Middlebury, Connecticut with multiple operating units and over 3,000 employees worldwide. As one of the largest watchmakers in the world, Timex Group companies produce watches under a number of well-known brands, including Timex, Guess, GC, Versace, Versus, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Nautica. Launched in 1950, Timex sells millions of watches each year worldwide. www.timexgroup.com

BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

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Carphone Warehouse now shipping out BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition orders!

Did you pre-order your BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition from Carphone Warehouse? If so, we've just received word pre-ordered devices have been shipped out and should start arriving today. If you didn't pre-order a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition but still want to get in, Carphone Warehouse is making that easy as well.

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Apple brings some BlackBerry 10 flavor to the iPhone X

Apple has just unveiled their brand new iPhones (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X) but as they were demoing the iPhone X and all its new features, folks couldn't help but notice that some of the 'revolutionary' new features weren't exactly all that new. Check out the video in the first tweet below, bet it looks awfully familiar to you!

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Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone now available from Amazon Canada!

Following the release across retailers such as Walmart, Staples, Blueshop and more in Canada, the folks at Amazon have now also hopped on board with selling the unlocked KEYone.

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How to adjust the fingerprint sensor LED lights on the BlackBerry KEYone

Ever wonder if you can lower the brightness or disable the LED lights on the KEYone fingerprint sensor?

Out of the box, every BlackBerry KEYone has a set of LED lights enabled on the fingerprint sensor. It's cool that they're there as it helps you find the fingerprint sensor at times and acts as security indicator by letting you know when apps are interacting with the fingerprint sensor but it's far from a crucial addition to the KEYone. Have you ever wanted to disable them? I'm sure a few of you have and with the latest KEYone update rolling out you can!

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Sprint offering 50% off the BlackBerry KEYone with eligible trade-in for a limited time!

If you're looking to score a BlackBerry KEYone on a deal, Sprint is a good place to start looking. According to some tips we've received and confirmation from Sprint, the carrier is now offering 50% off the BlackBerry KEYone with eligible trade-in for a limited time!

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BlackBerry confirms Priv will not get Android Nougat

Our pals over at UTB Blogs celebrated episode #100 of their podcast and had none other than Alex Thurber GM of BlackBerry Mobility Solutions on to help share in the milestone. The podcast ran just over an hour, and the crew asked many of the questions we've seen crop up regularly here in our forums. One of the biggest takeaways from the podcast was that Thurber was able to confirm that Priv will not receive an update to Android 7 Nougat. He cited Priv already being updated from Lolipop to Marshmallow in 2016 and that the amount of work required to get all the partners together behind such an update was next to impossible.

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CrackBerry Kevin talks KEYone, the BlackBerry brand and more with Cheddar!

Editor's Note: We've updated this post to include the longer version of the segment.

With the BlackBerry KEYone now widely available and new Black Edition variants making their way to market, CrackBerry Kevin swung by the Cheddar offices once again. On tap for discussion was how KEYone is doing, what TCL is doing to help the BlackBerry brand thrive and a little bit of what's next by way of devices. Go ahead and hit play on the video if you haven't caught it yet!

Source: Cheddar

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BlackBerry Keyboard app updated with minor enhancements and stability fixes

The last major update to the BlackBerry Keyboard app brought plenty of new features called Quick Modes, which allow you to quickly access dictation mode, emojis, text selection mode, and the clipboard right from the keyboard but the latest update rolling out concentrates purely on minor enhancements and stability fixes.

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BlackBerry KEYone now available from Movistar in Chile

As the BlackBerry KEYone continues to make its way through Chile, BlackBerry fans looking to pick one up now have another resource to do so. Movistar has now listed the KEYone on their website for ordering.

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BlackBerry begins rollout of September Android security update

Although it hasn't been noted by @BBSIRT yet, BlackBerry has now begun the rollout of the September Android security update according to a new post on the BlackBerry Knowledge Base. Once downloaded and installed, you should see your security patch level change to show September 5, 2017, or later.

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BlackBerry 'Krypton' passes through Wi-Fi Alliance for certification

After having popped up at the Bluetooth SIG, the device known as BBD100-1 or perhaps more commonly known as 'Krypton' has now also swung by the Wi-Fi Alliance for certification. As always, the certification documentation doesn't really highlight many details outside of noting that there are at least four different SKU's with possibly six in total (BBD100-1, BBD100-2, BBD100-3, BBD100-6) and that they're all running Android Nougat with the standard support for 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz Wi-Fi, but it's something.

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Latest version of BBM brings refined chat screen and bubbles, new sticker shop and more!

Whether you agree or disagree with some of the recent changes in BBM, one thing is for certain, and that's that BBM is continuing to add new features when and where they can. As outlined by Matthew Talbot on the BBM blog, the latest release is now available in Google Play and the App Store and they're loaded up with plenty of 'improvements to enhance your BBM Messenger experience.'

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BlackBerry KEYone now available in Chile from Falabella!

After being announced as the first country in Latin America to launch the BlackBerry KEYone, BlackBerry fans in Chile can now get their hands on the KEYone. Falabella has now listed the device available on their site and in store.

"BlackBerry has built its trademark on strong security and power productivity features. The modern user will have the opportunity to experience all of those traits, including a high-definition camera, clear display, and distinctive design. Together with TCL Communication, we have incorporated our expertise into every layer of this new and improved smartphone, so the BlackBerry DNA remains in place," said Luis Kovalsky, BlackBerry Director for LATAM.

When ordering from Falabella, you'll have to set down the full CLP $499.990 purchasing cost unless you do financing with them. The other option is to hold out for Movistar, which will offer it for slightly cheaper if you already have an existing plan starting at CLP $30.000 or more.

See the BlackBerry KEYone at Falabella

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Register now for KEYone Black Edition availability info in Canada!

The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition is coming to Canada but with all the pre-orders going up around the world, Canadian readers are wondering when exactly it will be available in Canada. We'd love to give you an exact date but right now that's not available outside of the Q3 2017 time frame that was noted in the official announcement.

What is available, however, is the sign-up page from BlackBerry Mobile. Canadians interested in picking up a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition can sign up to receive the latest updates from BlackBerry Mobile, plus they'll let you know when the unlocked BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition is available if you don't read it here first. ;)

Register now for KEYone Black Edition availability info in Canada!

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The BlackBerry KEYone coupled with Android Auto can help you stay safe on the road!

As Android Auto continues to expand through automobile manufacturers and aftermarket solutions from the likes of Kenwood and Pioneer and others, more and more people are making use of the system. Luckily, all versions of the BlackBerry KEYone are compatible with Android Auto to keep you safe when driving.

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Media Markt now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition!

Joining the list of retailers taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now is Media Markt. As posted on the site, Media Markt Germany is expecting to have the device available as of Sept. 20, 2017, for shipping but as with all pre-orders, that is subject to change.

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Here's what changed with BBM this week and why it was changed

Following our post covering the recent issues that have come up with BBM users switching devices, Alex Thurber, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the Mobility Solutions Division at BlackBerry, took to the Inside BlackBerry blog to lay out exactly what changed with BBM this week and why the changes were made.

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