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July has arrived, and that means that Prime Day 2019 will be here before you even know it. We've been talking a lot about the upcoming event, but now that we have less than two weeks until the 48-hour event takes place, it's time to really start getting ready. In order to participate in all the deals that will be happening, you're going to need to be a member of Amazon's Prime subscription, which normally costs $119 per year.

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How would you improve BBMe?

There is always room for improvements.

It has been nearly a month now since BBM consumer shut down and BlackBerry announced they would be opening up their enterprise-grade end-to-end encrypted messaging platform, BBM Enterprise (BBMe) to individuals. In that time, we've heard from folks who are really digging BBMe and folks who have set off to find a different messaging app that fits their needs.

BlackBerry, Forrest Green and Microsoft partner to modernize Indigenous infrastructure

As part of the Indigenous Technology Summit, BlackBerry has announced they will be working with Forrest Green and Microsoft to help Indigenous communities across Canada deploy new technologies and modernize their technology infrastructure while also setting up skills-based education programs.

"This is nation-building in action," commented Joseph Norton, Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke. "BlackBerry has the most secure CPaaS communications infrastructure in the world and, when coupled with Microsoft's world class cloud and analytics solutions and Forrest Green's critical systems integrations efforts, First Nations will have the technological tools necessary to manage their communities and ensure the well-being of their people – a significant step towards self-governance. First Nations need to own, control, and possess their own data and communications systems in order to create vibrant, self-sustaining communities."

"Effective community leadership requires both secure communications and access to accurate data to make decisions, allocate funding, and ultimately solve problems," said Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry. "We're proud to provide the Indigenous community with BlackBerry's secure IoT communications and industry-leading AI expertise that will provide the security and privacy First Nations can trust."

The efforts will see a mix of technologies being made available including secure communications, cybersecurity, cloud, AI and ML technologies, which will allow the Chiefs and Grand Chiefs across Canada to make informed, data-based decisions with the overall goal to improve health, education, safety, and economic development.

Press Release

BlackBerry to Help Modernize Canada's Indigenous People's Technology Infrastructure in Collaboration with Forrest Green and Microsoft

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – June 28, 2019 – Today at the Indigenous Technology Summit, BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced it is helping Indigenous communities across Canada deploy new technologies with a view to improving their overall well-being from a health, education, safety and economic development standpoint.

Working collaboratively with Forrest Green and Microsoft, the companies will bring a comprehensive mix of next-generation secure communication, cybersecurity, cloud, AI and ML technologies to Chiefs and Grand Chiefs across Canada – providing them with valuable tools for making better, data-driven decisions. The three parties will also enable residents to take part in skills-based education programs, so they are well-positioned to participate in the digital economy.

"This is nation-building in action," commented Joseph Norton, Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke. "BlackBerry has the most secure CPaaS communications infrastructure in the world and, when coupled with Microsoft's world class cloud and analytics solutions and Forrest Green's critical systems integrations efforts, First Nations will have the technological tools necessary to manage their communities and ensure the well-being of their people – a significant step towards self-governance. First Nations need to own, control, and possess their own data and communications systems in order to create vibrant, self-sustaining communities."

"Effective community leadership requires both secure communications and access to accurate data to make decisions, allocate funding, and ultimately solve problems," said Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry. "We're proud to provide the Indigenous community with BlackBerry's secure IoT communications and industry-leading AI expertise that will provide the security and privacy First Nations can trust."

Taking place at the Mount Royal Club in Montreal, the Indigenous Technology Summit is playing host to more than 15 First Nations Chiefs, the Métis National Council, dozens of Indigenous entrepreneurs, and senior level federal government executives. The summit will feature Indigenous representation from coast-to-coast-to-coast including the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (Northwest Territory), Mustimuhw Information Solutions (Vancouver Island), the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (Quebec) and the Atlantic Policy Congress (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), all of whom are on hand to discuss how to achieve Canada's recent commitment to spend $1 billion with Indigenous controlled businesses by 2023, a 17 fold increase on the $60 million/year the federal government currently allocates. The single fastest growing vertical for federal government spend is in the information technologies / knowledge economy.

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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YouTube changes give you more control over suggested channels and videos

I love YouTube. I probably spend far too much time watching YouTube videos, like Rene's hour-long video covering everything you need to know about macOS Catalina, but their algorithm for recommended channels and videos I might want to watch next is a dumpster fire. Luckily, YouTube seems to know this and are rolling out some changes that give you more control over suggested channels and videos.

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Watch the replay of BlackBerry's 2019 Annual General Meeting

While today was all about BlackBerry's earnings report, BlackBerry also held its Annual General Meeting this week and if you missed out on the conference call, you can now take in the video replay, which includes all the slides and data to help break things down.

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BlackBerry and LG expand connected and autonomous vehicle technology partnership

BlackBerry and LG Electronics have announced an expansion of their partnership which will see them working together to speed up deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology across multiple OEMs and suppliers. As part of the agreement expansion, LG Electronics will use a wide array of BlackBerry QNX software and services.

BlackBerry announces Fiscal Year 2020 Q1 results

BlackBerry today announced first quarter fiscal 2020 results while BlackBerry CEO John Chen re-affirmed the fiscal 2020 outlook with Cylance integration being ahead of schedule, investments taking place and over 30 new secure communication products and services coming this year.

First Quarter Fiscal 2020:

  • First quarter fiscal 2020 total company non-GAAP revenue of $267 million, or 23% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $247 million, or 16% growth year-over-year
  • First quarter fiscal 2020 total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $260 million, a record quarterly high; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $240 million
  • First quarter fiscal 2020 non-GAAP BlackBerry Software and Services (excluding Cylance) revenue growth of 8% year-over-year; GAAP BlackBerry Software and Services (excluding Cylance) revenue growth of 10% year-over-year
  • First quarter fiscal 2020 non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.01; GAAP loss per basic share of $0.06 and GAAP loss per diluted share of $0.09
  • First quarter fiscal 2020 free cash flow usage of $49 million, before considering the impact of acquisition and integration expenses, restructuring costs and legal proceedings; free cash flow usage of $66 million, as reported

"We are off to a good start to achieve our financial outlook for fiscal 2020," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "We are ahead of our schedule in our Cylance integration, while investing in the right opportunities to drive long-term growth and profitability for BlackBerry. Customers are looking forward to our robust product cycle this year, with over 30 new secure communication products and services to be released."

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 First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Total Company Non-GAAP Revenue Growth of 23% Year-Over-Year and GAAP Revenue Growth of 16% Year-Over-Year

First quarter fiscal 2020 total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue growth of 35% year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue growth of 27% year-over-year

First Quarter Fiscal 2020:

  • First quarter fiscal 2020 total company non-GAAP revenue of $267 million, or 23% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $247 million, or 16% growth year-over-year
  • First quarter fiscal 2020 total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $260 million, a record quarterly high; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $240 million
  • First quarter fiscal 2020 non-GAAP BlackBerry Software and Services (excluding Cylance) revenue growth of 8% year-over-year; GAAP BlackBerry Software and Services (excluding Cylance) revenue growth of 10% year-over-year
  • First quarter fiscal 2020 non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.01; GAAP loss per basic share of $0.06 and GAAP loss per diluted share of $0.09
  • First quarter fiscal 2020 free cash flow usage of $49 million, before considering the impact of acquisition and integration expenses, restructuring costs and legal proceedings; free cash flow usage of $66 million, as reported

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today reported financial results for the three months ended May 31, 2019 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was $267 million, up 23% year-over-year. Total company GAAP revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was $247 million, up 16% year-over-year. Total non-GAAP software and services revenue of $260 million, up 35% year-over-year. Total GAAP software and services revenue was $240 million, up 27% year-over-year. First quarter recurring non-GAAP software and services revenue (excluding IP licensing and professional services) was above 90%. Non-GAAP gross margin was 75% and GAAP gross margin was 72%.

  • Non-GAAP operating income was $5 million. GAAP operating loss was $36 million. Non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.01 (basic and diluted). GAAP net loss was $0.06 per basic share and $0.09 per diluted share. GAAP net loss includes $35 million for acquired intangibles amortization expense, $17 million in stock compensation expense, $1 million in acquisition and integration charges, a benefit of $28 million related to the fair value adjustment on the debentures, and other amounts as summarized in a table below.

  • Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $935 million as of May 31, 2019. Free cash flow used, before considering the impact of acquisition and integration expenses, restructuring costs and legal proceedings, was $49 million. Cash used in operations was $64 million and capital expenditures were $2 million.

"We are off to a good start to achieve our financial outlook for fiscal 2020," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "We are ahead of our schedule in our Cylance integration, while investing in the right opportunities to drive long-term growth and profitability for BlackBerry. Customers are looking forward to our robust product cycle this year, with over 30 new secure communication products and services to be released."

Outlook

BlackBerry re-affirms its fiscal 2020 outlook of total company year-over-year non-GAAP revenue growth and non-GAAP profitability for fiscal 2020.

Fiscal 2020 total company non-GAAP revenue growth of between 23% and 27%, driven by a double-digit percentage increase in billings. Non-GAAP revenue growth is broken down as follows:

  • IoT year-over-year non-GAAP revenue growth of between 12% to 16%;
  • BlackBerry Cylance year-over-year non-GAAP revenue growth of between 25% to 30%;
  • Licensing year-over-year non-GAAP revenue decline of 5%; and
  • Non-GAAP service access fees to be between $10 and $20 million of revenue in FY20.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 a.m. ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1- 877-682-6267 or by logging on at https://www.blackberry.com/us/en/company/investors . A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 11 a.m. ET by dialing 1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #3689875 and at the link above.

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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BlackBerry Hub+ beta app updates bring 'stability fixes' across the board

A new batch of BlackBerry Hub+ beta app updates has now arrived through the Google Play Store for those of you out there who are about that beta life. Hub+ Inbox, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes all have updates, but the changelogs have been kept small this time around and highlight 'stability fixes' across the board.

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AT&T releases June update for the BlackBerry KEYone

Although it's not listed on their support page as of yet, AT&T has now released their June software update for BlackBerry KEYone owners who purchased their device from the carrier. The update is coming through as ABX992 and features all the security patches for June.

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BlackBerry QNX software is now embedded in more than 150 million vehicles!

Ahead of their Fiscal Year 2020 Q1 results being announced on June 26, 2019, BlackBerry has announced BlackBerry QNX software is now embedded in more than 150 million vehicles, marking a 30 million increase since 2018 when it was announced they had reached 120 million.

"As this milestone proves, BlackBerry's footprint in the automotive industry has never been stronger," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "The world's leading automakers, tier ones, and chip manufacturers continue to seek out BlackBerry's safety-certified and highly-secure software for their next-generation vehicles. Together with our customers we will help to ensure that the future of mobility is safe, secure and built on trust."

To verify the number, BlackBerry made use of Strategy Analytics which calculated the deployments across Automotive OEMs and tier ones including Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, KIA, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

Press Release

BlackBerry's QNX Software Now Embedded in More Than 150 Million Vehicles

WATERLOO, Ontario, June 24, 2019 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced that its QNX software is now embedded in more than 150 million cars on the road today. This is an increase of 30 million cars since the company reported its automotive footprint in 2018.

BlackBerry, a leader in automotive cybersecurity, has the highest level of automotive certification for functional safety with ISO 26262 ASIL D and decades of experience in powering mission-critical embedded systems in automotive and other industries. Automotive OEMs and tier ones use BlackBerry QNX technology in their advanced driver assistance systems, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, handsfree systems, and infotainment systems that appear in car brands, including Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, KIA, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

"As this milestone proves, BlackBerry's footprint in the automotive industry has never been stronger," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "The world's leading automakers, tier ones, and chip manufacturers continue to seek out BlackBerry's safety-certified and highly-secure software for their next-generation vehicles. Together with our customers we will help to ensure that the future of mobility is safe, secure and built on trust."

BlackBerry engaged with research and industry analyst firm, Strategy Analytics to verify the volume of QNX deployments based on the number of QNX products that are shipped in the automotive market and the number of cars that contain QNX products and technology. The vast majority of QNX software products that are integrated and used in automotive ECUs are licensed on a per-unit royalty basis. BlackBerry QNX technology includes QNX Neutrino OS, QNX Platform for ADAS, QNX OS for Safety, QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits, QNX Hypervisor 2.0 and QNX acoustics middleware.

For more information on BlackBerry products and services for the automotive industry, please visit BlackBerry.com

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 devices unaffected by Triada malware

BlackBerry retains strict controls over what software is added to the system image

Earlier this month, Google, via their security blog, outlined the details behind the Triada family of malware that was discovered back in 2016. In the post, Google highlighted how the malware evolved over the years, going from being embedded into apps to effectively being pre-installed on Android devices at the factory before they were ever even shipped to customers.

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A1 Bulgaria now offering the BlackBerry KEY2

The BlackBerry KEY2 continues to be added to carrier lineups in different regions, and one of the latest is A1 Bulgaria, which has now started offering the device to their customers. A1 decided to go with the Dual-SIM, 128GB variant in black.

Rogers BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE June update now available!

If you purchased your BlackBerry KEY2 or BlackBerry KEY2 LE from Rogers, you'll want to go ahead and check for updates if you haven't already, as Rogers has now begun sending out their June Android security update. The update itself is noted as ABY271 for the KEY2 and should be ABX563 for the KEY2 LE.

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BBMe adds new features and enhancements

For those of you out there who made the jump from BBM Consumer to BBMe or were already using BBMe, you'll want to fire up the Google Play Store and get the latest build downloaded as BlackBerry has added a few new features and enhancements to the latest build.

Fresh BlackBerry Hub+ beta app updates now available!

A fresh batch of BlackBerry Hub+ beta app updates have now started filtering out through the Google Play Store and are readily available for download. The most significant changes this time around are found in the BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox app itself, but Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes also got some love. Here's the full breakdown of each!

PSA: Google Calendar is currently experiencing some issues [Update]

Today is totally canceled

Updated: As noted by Google, Google Calendar has now come back online. "The problem with Google Calendar should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better."

If you're a heavy Google Calendar user, you may have noticed the website is currently down right now and producing different error messages. Google has noted via their G Suite Status dashboard they are currently investigating and will provide further information soon.

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BlackBerry introduces new BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Suite features and capabilities

As part of an upgrade announcement made today, BlackBerry has now introduced new features and capabilities for its BlackBerry Enterprise Mobility Suite aimed at offering a more modern experience, improved workflows, improved content sharing while keeping everything secure.

BlackBerry to announce Fiscal Year 2020 Q1 results on June 26, 2019

After the annual meeting taking place on June 24, BlackBerry is all set to announce their fiscal year 2020 Q1 results on June 26, 2019, starting at 8 a.m. ET. Last quarter, BlackBerry reported record software and services revenue with CEO John Chen noting BlackBerry had created 'a solid foundation for continued profitable revenue growth in fiscal 2020.'

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