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

Arrival van

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

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

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

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

ICTSI deploy BlackBerry Cylance across their global network

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Android Messages app logo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BlackBerry and Apple were just fruits

Life Was Easier When Apple & BlackBerry Were Just Fruits Shirt

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

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

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

Limited Edition

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Life Was Easier When Apple & BlackBerry Were Just Fruits Shirt

From $15 at Teespring

A throwback to simpler times!

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

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

BlackBerry KEY2 Device assortment

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

Girl Guides of Canada and BlackBerry launch Digital Defenders program

Guide showing off her Girl Guides badges

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

Best Buy has the BlackBerry KEY2 LE on sale for as low as $250

BlackBerry KEY2 LE showing keyboard and app icons

Best Buy has kicked off their early Black Friday deals, and for BlackBerry fans, that means they've reduced the price of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE a little bit more than usual. Right now, you can pick up a new KEY2 LE in Slate or Champagne for as low as $250 with activation today.

If you're not interested in activating today, you can still score $150 off the regular pricing of $450 and pick up a BlackBerry KEY2 LE for $300. Given Best Buy BlackBerry stock tends to come and go rather quickly, you'll probably want to scoop up the deal as soon possible or risk missing out.

Affordable Productivity

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

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$250 at Best Buy

A Keyboard That Doesn't Break the Bank

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE is the KEY2's more affordable cousin. It basically feels the same to use as the KEY2 - the only real difference in practice is the lack of capacitive touch. It pairs the best of Android with a distinct smartphone experience you can find only in a BlackBerry smartphone.

BlackBerry Motion software update ACF202 now available

BlackBerry Motion showing available update screen

Although it might seem as though the BlackBerry KEY2 has been getting all the update love, BlackBerry Motion updates are still rolling out and the latest has now arrived and is available for download.

Showing up as software update ACF202 for most variants, this release covers all of the Android security patches for October. Once downloaded and rebooted, your Android security patch level under Settings will display October 6, 2019.

If you don't fancy waiting for the over-the-aire (OTA) update, and want to take matters into your own hands, you can download the autoloader from the CrackBerry Forums. Just be sure to follow the instructions on how to load it.

BlackBerry and the University of Waterloo renew partnership to help drive Canadian innovation

University of Waterloo Stratford Campus

BlackBerry and the University of Waterloo have a long history of working together, and today, they announced plans to renew their partnership with the intent to jointly create a research and development lab that will help fast track products so they can be taken to market.

BlackBerry Hub+ beta apps updated with bug fixes

BlackBerry KEY2 showing app updates with the Google Play Store

The last batch of BlackBerry Hub+ app updates arrived only a week ago, but already BlackBerry has pushed new builds to the Google Play store. Unlike those previous releases, though, which included larger change logs, these updates are short on detailed changes across the board.

For each of the apps, the only thing you'll find noted in the change log section is 'bug fixes.' That presumably means there are no vast changes this round, but rather, just general improvements to the features that already exist. With that mind, if you download them and happen to spot anything noteworthy not highlighted, let me and others know in the comments.

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Bryan Palma steps down as President and COO of BlackBerry

BlackBerry logo on black background

In a brief press release issued today, BlackBerry has announced Bryan Palma has decided to leave his role at the company as President and Chief Operating Officer to pursue other oppurtunities.

Palma was appointed to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer reporting directly to BlackBerry CEO John Chen back in January following nearly 20 years' experience working with Cisco, Boeing, Hewlett Packard, PepsiCo, and the United States Secret Service.

No replacement has been announced at this time. Instead, BlackBerry IoT Business will report directly to John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO.

Google Play Points rewards program launches in the US

Google Play Points logo

You can earn Play Points to use for special items and discounts

If you're looking to get a little more out of your purchases from the Google Play Store, Google has now announced the expansion of its Google Play Points program to the U.S. after initially launching in Japan and South Korea.

The BlackBerry 'Uracco' is a beautiful throwback concept

BlackBerry Concept device

If you're looking for a bit of retro design to fill your day, here you go! Check out the BlackBerry 'Uracco' concept. Straying from the usual concept design of throwing everything possible in the mix, the Uracco sticks to the basics and builds off of older BlackBerry smartphone designs available at the time.

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Given it was envisioned ten years ago, it has a very BlackBerry Curve look to it overall, right down to the color, and I'm digging it. Those angles look perfect for the device to be cradled in your hand without getting fatigued, and for the time, it really would have stood out in a crowd.

There's something about seeing older BlackBerry smartphones remixed that I like, and I'm always left wondering how many great designs were put together in Waterloo and elsewhere that we never got to see. What do you all think about the Uracco? If it was sold back in the day, would it have been something you were interested in? Let me know in the comments.

The CrackBerry forums are now ad-free

We are delighted to announce that our forums are now an ad-free experience for all logged-in users!

BlackBerry KEY2 showing off display

To welcome CrackBerry to the Future family of sites, your Community Team would like to proudly announce that forums here at CrackBerry are now completely free of advertisements to all registered, logged-in members. We want to make your experience in our communities the absolute best that we can, and one way to do that is to make it much easier and more convenient for you to navigate the boards and engage in discussions. To achieve that goal, we've turned off all ads for all logged-in, registered users of the forums.

If you've not yet registered, now is the perfect time to do so to take advantage of the new ad-free forum browsing. Be sure to sign up here and swing by our Introductions Thread to say hi! Registration and participation in our forums are, as always, free - and now so much more convenient.

We are incredibly delighted to make this change for our fantastic community and can't wait for you to dive into the new forum experience.

See you in the forums!

Will BlackBerry return to building its own smartphones?

BlackBerry CEO, John Chen is entertaining that very idea. As part of a fireside chat with Brian Moynihan, Chairman & CEO of Bank of America during the BlackBerry World Tour Event held in New York last week, the BlackBerry CEO noted he was feeling motivated to get back into phones after hearing about the issues and trends happening now with bring your own device (BYOD).

Punkt MP02 software update v1.6 now available

Several Punkt MP02 devices grouped together

After rolling out v1.5 three months ago, Punkt has now released its latest update for the minimalist MP02 phone. This release noted as v1.6 follows up on their promises to provide compatibility with US carriers LTE networking while also addressing a larger amount of bug fixes and improvements overall.

We are pleased to announce the third update (v1.6) of the MP02's firmware is available to install. The numbers of the firmware v1.6 to look for on the handset are EU.01.06.0069 for Version 1 (EU, GB, JP, and AU) and US.01.06.0069 for Version 2 (USA/Can).

Version 1.6 requires the MP02 to have already been updated to version 1.5 (EU.01.05.0065 for Version 1 and US.01.05.0065 for Version 2). If 1.5 is not yet installed, or if you are not sure, simply repeat the updating process until no new update is shown as being available.

If you're looking to get your MP02 updated and not sure how, you can follow the guide right here (pdf) that will walk you through the process. Once you get it downloaded and installed, drop by that CrackBerry Punkt forums and let us know how it's all working out for you. The list of changes is massive, so hopefully, that will improve the user experience for many.

Accreditation with US mobile service providers

The MP02 now confirmed as compatible with AT&T and Cricket (with VoLTE) and T-Mobile (without VoLTE). Anyone having difficulty with VoLTE from AT&T or Cricket should contact the relevant provider directly:

Bug fixes and feature adjustments:

  • Text input: random letter duplication during text input no longer occurs
  • Silent mode: now stays on when selected
  • Tethering: instabilities occurring after reboot have been solved
  • Text messaging: occasional screen freeze after sending a message has been solved
  • Notifications: the aural notification for received text messages now works properly
  • Text messaging: the 'new message' notification is now correctly displayed on the Home Screen when the keypad is unlocked
  • Calling: when a call is on mute, the unmute option is now available in the Call Options contextual menu (Down arrow)
  • Calling: a call can now be put on hold by pressing the Call key
  • Call history: bug that caused the first number from Call History to be dialled instead of the desired contact is now fixed
  • Flip-to-silence: the ringtone in no longer deactivated when the phone is righted
  • Flip-to-silence: silent mode is no longer deactivated when the phone is righted
  • Flip-to-silence: vibration alert is deactivated when the phone inverted (face down)
  • Bluetooth: bug that prevented completion of the pairing process with some devices is now fixed
  • Calculator: cursor positioning is now functioning correctly
  • Timer audio signal and Note reminder alarms: these now sound for one minute
  • Timer: the audio signal now sounds when Silent mode is activated
  • Timer: the audio signal sounds when the keypad is locked
  • Timer: elapsed time is now retained when countdown has finished, instead of resetting to 00:00:00
  • Keypad unlock: this now occurs promptly
  • Clock: inaccuracies on Keypad Locked screen/Home screen no longer occur
  • Silent mode no longer affects vibration alert settings
  • A number of other minor bug fixes

Partial fixes:

  • Battery life: significant improvements
  • Call key: some issues related to secondary functions of the Call key are now fixed

** Known issues:**

  • Punkt key: after certain text input pressing the Punkt. key enters a new line instead of displaying the contextual menu (like the Enter key on a keyboard). For consistency, we will be removing this. In the meantime, the contextual menu can be displayed by pressing the Punkt key twice
  • Silent mode: in some circumstances, this can become deactivated after a software update
  • Date and Time: the automatic date and time setting does not automatically change time format (12/24 hour clock)
  • Customised message templates cannot be sent when receiving, or during, a call
  • We are working towards fixing these issues with the next MP02 software update.

UI language

  • UI language: a number of errors have been corrected with this release. Now that most of the operating system's bugs have been fixed, we will shortly be releasing the finished version of the text-only MP02's subtly distinctive UI phrasing.

BlackBerry KEY2 ACE748 software update now available

BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE side-by-side

Although the autoloader files for both the BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE have been available in the CrackBerry Forums for a few days now, those who prefer their updates to come through the official over-the-air process are now starting to see the ACE748 update rollout.

BlackBerry Hub+ app updates add Android 10 dark theme support and more

BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox loading screen

After a bit of lull in updates, BlackBerry has once again fired off some updates to the Google Play Store covering the BlackBerry Hub+ App Suite. Looking at the changelogs, they're mostly similar to the previous beta releases with some subtle changes and bug fixes.

BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox

  • Use delegated or shared email accounts when you add a Microsoft Exchange Web Services account
  • Send read receipts and respond to read receipts with a Microsoft Exchange Web Services account
  • Apply your device's dark or light theme setting (on devices running Android 10 or later)
  • Switch to the dark theme when you turn on the device battery saver (on devices running Android 9 or earlier)

BlackBerry Hub+ Services

  • Microsoft Exchange Web Services support

BlackBerry Hub+ Contacts

  • Use delegated or shared accounts when you add a Microsoft Exchange Web Services account
  • Apply your device's dark or light theme setting (on devices running Android 10 or later)
  • Switch to the dark theme when you turn on the device battery saver (on devices running Android 9 or earlier)

BlackBerry Hub+ Calendar

  • Use delegated or shared calendars when you add a Microsoft Exchange Web Services account
  • View file attachments in calendar events from a Microsoft Exchange Web Services account
  • Apply your device's dark or light theme setting (on devices running Android 10 or later)
  • Switch to the dark theme when you turn on the device battery saver (on devices running Android 9 or earlier)

BlackBerry Hub+ Notes

  • Apply your device's dark or light theme setting (on devices running Android 10 or later)
  • Switch to the dark theme when you turn on the device battery saver (on devices running Android 9 or earlier)

BlackBerry Hub+ Tasks

  • Apply your device's dark or light theme setting (on devices running Android 10 or later)
  • Switch to the dark theme when you turn on the device battery saver (on devices running Android 9 or earlier)

Despite no huge changes being listed from the earlier versions, they are new releases so there's sure to be some improvements across the board. All the updates are live right now, so go ahead and get them downloaded if you haven't already. Holler out in the comments if you spot any changes or improvements not noted in the changelogs, sometimes things slip in there unannounced.

BlackBerry introduces CylancePROTECT for mobile

Looking to further integrate Cylance AI, and help organizations manage their mobile fleets BlackBery today announced the availability of CylancePROTECT for mobile devices managed through BlackBerry UEM.

"Today, we have further integrated Cylance's advanced threat protection with BlackBerry UEM to support organizations in their pursuit of a zero trust environment," said John Chen, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO. "With CylancePROTECT, BlackBerry UEM customers can now manage and secure all of their mobile endpoints across all devices, networks, and applications from a single console."

CylancePROTECT is built directly into BlackBerry UEM and BlackBerry apps and does not require end-users to install or manage any third-party applications or certificates. It can be set up, managed and configured from the existing BlackBerry UEM console so all your mobile endpoints are protected.

Unlike traditional endpoint products that would rely on signatures and behavior analysis to detect threats, CylancePROTECT:

  • Uses AI to identify and block known and unknown malware from running on mobile endpoints and from within applications
  • Prevents against common and unknown threats without a cloud connection
  • Continuously protects mobile endpoints without disrupting users
  • Protects users from Phishing attacks and malicious websites

If you're interested in learning more, you RSVP to attend the BlackBerry World Tour 2019 events where BlackBerry has been showcasing their solutions or you can check out the BlackBerry's Mobile Threat Defense information page.

Press Release

BlackBerry Announces Availability of CylancePROTECT for Mobile; Further Integrates Cylance Artificial Intelligence Technology Innovation

WATERLOO, Ontario, Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced availability of CylancePROTECT for mobile devices managed by BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Management (BlackBerry UEM). Leveraging Cylance's artificial intelligence (AI) security technology, this mobile threat defense (MTD) solution provides advanced mobile endpoint protection to prevent, detect, and remediate advanced malicious threats.

Organizations are using mobile devices to compete in an agile, evolving market. For the first time, more than half of all devices connected to the Internet are mobile. At the same time, mobile malware is more prevalent than ever, with attacks rising 50% in the last year alone. Gartner confirms this trend and now recommends that IT Security Risk Management leaders implement MTD solutions.

CylancePROTECT augments the security baseline provided by BlackBerry UEM by preventing attacks at the device and application levels. The solution proactively identifies security vulnerabilities and potential malicious activities on mobile devices by monitoring OS updates, system parameters, device configurations, and system libraries.

CylancePROTECT automated threat detection continuously works to protect all mobile endpoints from malware infections, URL phishing attacks, and application integrity checking without disrupting end-users, leveraging the best of zero trust architectures. Unlike traditional endpoint security products that rely on signatures and behavior analysis to detect threats in the environment, CylancePROTECT uses AI to identify and block known and unknown malware from running on mobile endpoints and from within applications.

"Today, we have further integrated Cylance's advanced threat protection with BlackBerry UEM to support organizations in their pursuit of a zero trust environment," said John Chen, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO. "With CylancePROTECT, BlackBerry UEM customers can now manage and secure all of their mobile endpoints across all devices, networks, and applications from a single console."

Since CylancePROTECT is built into BlackBerry UEM and BlackBerry Dynamics applications, organizations can be assured that their entire mobile fleet is protected without having to rely on employees to maintain third-party applications. CylancePROTECT provides an improved user experience that prioritizes safety, productivity, and the seamless sharing of critical information with no separate product or console to set up and configure.

Those interested in learning more about CylancePROTECT can RSVP to attend the BlackBerry World Tour 2019, where BlackBerry will showcase how it leverages this AI-based cybersecurity solution to protect the Internet of Things, or by visiting www.blackberry.com/mtd

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.

Light Mode returns to CrackBerry, but you can still turn out the lights

Light Mode on CrackBerry

It's been a few years since we went dark on CrackBerry, so I'm now excited to announce that not only is light mode back, but we're also giving you the option to choose whether you want dark mode or light mode. Whichever experience you want, it's yours! It took a lot of work to make it happen, but it's totally worth it for you!

Here's how it works:

  • On iOS 13+, Windows 10, Android 10+, and macOS 10.14+, we'll see if your device is in dark mode or light mode and adjust the site theme to match.
  • If you want to override the automatic selection, or you're using an OS or browser that doesn't support theme detection, you can hit the brightness switch in the ≡ menu in the top left corner of the site to switch between dark and light modes.
  • Or you can hit the same brightness toggle right here:

Dark ModeLight Mode

And that's it! We're excited to roll this out to you, and want to hear your feedback. Like it? Hate it? Found something that's broken? Drop a line in the comments and let us know what you think!

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