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BlackBerry Motion now available to pre-order in Germany from Media Markt

As we learned recently amidst several availability announcements, the BlackBerry Motion is heading to Germany by way of Media Markt. Those interested in picking up Motion now have the option of placing a pre-order for the all-new full touchscreen for €469 Incl. VAT. As for when your Motion will be shipped, according to the Media Markt site, delivery will happen in 9-10 working days, so you won't have long to wait at all.

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CrackBerry Kevin discusses the BlackBerry Motion, KEYone and more on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast!

Looking for a podcast to check out this weekend? A good one to catch is Pocketnow Weekly featuring Juan Carlos Bagnell and Jules Wang. This week, CrackBerry Kevin joined the crew to discuss everything BlackBerry including the all-new [BlackBerry Motion](/blackberry-motion],KEYone and what's in store for BlackBerry Mobile.

The podcast is just over an hour and well worth the full watch but if you're just interested in the BlackBerry discussion, that begins at around the 49:00 mark. If you prefer to wait for the audio links, you can subscribe on iTunes and Google Play to grab that when it becomes available.

PS: Kevin totally drops a look at the Motion, and Juan and Jules are way more organized than Kevin, Adam and I, so enjoy!

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TELUS now offering the BlackBerry KEYone in Space Black

When it comes to availability of the BlackBerry KEYone in Canada, there's certainly no shortage of options whether you want the original silver variant or the KEYone Black Edition with its slightly bumped up internal storage and RAM specs. TELUS is adding another flavor to mix however by announcing the availability of the BlackBerry KEYone in Space Black.

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Introducing GameStash, the best new way to get unlimited Android games!

A great new Android gaming service from the people at Mobile Nations!

The beautiful GameStash app

Android gaming is too often a toss-up. You download a game from the Play Store and hit one of two obstacles: the game is plain bad, and you wasted your time; or it doesn't run on your phone, and you, well, wasted your time. And then there's the third option, of paying for a game you may not like — or waiting months until it goes down in price.

These are all not ideal situations. GameStash is ideal.

What is GameStash?

Think Netflix for Android games, but with a few smart twists. For $4.99 per month, you get access to hundreds of excellent Android games, both free and paid, that you can download and play as long as you're a subscriber.

Games like Rayman Jungle Run, Cut the Rope, Talking Tom Gold Run and Worms — fantastic titles that you'd either need to pay for, have ads or in-app purchases from the Play Store — are available for free with a GameStash subscription.

Just download the app

You start with the GameStash app, which is your portal to the entire ecosystem. It acts as your app store, your guidebook, and your instruction manual to great gaming experiences.

The only thing you need to do is follow the instructions to enable unknown sources — apps that are downloaded from outside the Google Play Store — to make it work. If you've ever downloaded the Amazon Appstore, you'll be familiar with how it works.

Once that's enabled, downloading a game to your phone is as simple as tapping the 'Install' button!

It couldn't be easier!

So tell me about the games

Here's the beautiful thing about GameStash. These are not just any games: they're hand-selected from our team of discerning gamers. While the range of titles is broad, appealing to both you and your kids, they are all great titles.

The best thing about them is that there are no in-app purchases! Some of the games you can download from GameStash are free to download on the Play Store, but they're better on GameStash because we've made everything free. No more worrying about scrounging for gems or coins, or waiting hours for your next turn. We've done all the hard work to make sure these games are incredible experiences for every player.

That's why GameStash is so appealing — especially to kids. You won't be bugged to approve dozens of in-app purchases while at work, nor will you have to explain why your kid needs to wait eight more hours to build that next tower. It just works.

And we're adding more games all the time! If you want to see a game added to the list, let us know and we'll do our best to get it on there. It may take some time, because each game in our vault requires a bit of fine-tuning to get just right, but the wait will be worth it.

What was that price again?

So, $4.99 per month for access to hundreds of premium titles that don't require any additional in-app purchases. That's a pretty amazing deal, and something we stand behind.

We want you to try GameStash for free to see if it's right for you! Right now, download and install GameStash and try it free for 14 days.

Have fun!

We want you to have fun with GameStash, because we think it's one of the best services of its kind out there. We'd love to hear your feedback so we can make it even better going forward!

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Incipio is ready for the BlackBerry Motion with new DualPro and Carnaby Esquire Series cases

If you're planning on picking up a BlackBerry Motion and like knowing that you'll have some case options to choose from out of the gate, you'll be happy to know the folks at Incipio are thinking of you. Right now, on the Incipio site, there are two new listings for cases for the BlackBerry Motion. The first is the well known DualPro and the other is the awesome looking Carnaby Esquire series.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from Walmart Canada!

If you still haven't got your hands on a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition and Canada but are planning on picking one up, you now have another retailer to choose from. Walmart Canada has now listed the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition on their site and are ready to take your order.

As expected, Walmart stuck to the MSRP meaning you can snag one for only $799.98 and of course, you get free shipping with that. Shipping time will vary based on your location but it falls within the 3-5 business day timeframe pretty much all over Canada.

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Still having issues logging into BBM? Here's how to get it fixed up!

Are you still having issues logging into BBM based on the problems that arose recently? For the most part, BBM has started working perfectly fine for many folks but if you find you're still having issues, your best bet at this point is to reach out to BBM directly to have them get your account back to working order, as per an email sent to us from BBM here's what happened and how to get it fixed!

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Belsimpel now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Motion!

Although we had a bit of a heads up on this one thanks to their coming soon page going live, Belsimpel has now REALLY opened up their pre-orders for the BlackBerry Motion. Falling in line with the earlier noted pricing, the BlackBerry Motion when ordered through Belsimpel is set at €469.

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BlackBerry Motion coming to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland!

In addition to the availability of the BlackBerry Motion in the UK, BlackBerry Mobile has also announced the Motion will be making its way to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as well starting this month. A number of retailers including MediaMarkt, Saturn, NotebooksBilliger, and Otto will be offering the Motion as well as Vodafone.

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BlackBerry Motion now available to pre-order from Carphone Warehouse

When the BlackBerry Motion was announced at GITEX, BlackBerry Mobile noted it would be coming to select markets and now, thanks to the latest announcement, we know the UK falls into those select markets.

Folks in the UK looking to get their hands on the BlackBerry Motion can now pre-order the first BlackBerry smartphone to offer IP67 water and dust resistance from Carphone Warehouse starting today for only £399 with delivery expected November 10.

In addition to the pre-orders set up through Carphone Warehouse, later in November, the BlackBerry Motion will also be available from Selfridges, John Lewis, Dixons Travel, Currys PC World, Amazon, Very and Littlewoods in the UK.

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Grab a BlackBerry KEYone for only $499.99 for a limited time from Best Buy and Amazon!

If you've been holding out, waiting for a lower price on the BlackBerry KEYone to come, you're in luck!

Starting October 18 (12:00 AM CT), the BlackBerry KEYone in silver is on sale for a limited time for only $499.99 through Best Buy online and in store. That's a savings of $50-off the normal pricing of $549.99 and it includes the GSM unlocked variant as well the CDMA unlocked variant optimized for Verizon.

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BBM teams up with HotelsCombined to make planning for vacation or business travels easy

Despite having some issues over the past few days they've been working through, BBM is still chugging along adding new services to the platform. The latest news has BBM teaming up with HotelsCombined to offer BBM users the ability to search and book their next vacation or business accommodation without leaving BBM.

"We're very excited about the partnership between HotelsCombined and BBM Messenger," says Amer AlHalabi, Regional Manager MENA, HotelsCombined. "This new service will make it even easier for users to search, compare and book the very best deal on their accommodation while being able to easily discuss their options with their friends, colleagues or families."

The access is offered in more than 55 different countries and aims to help you find the lowest possible rate on a hotel deal.

"HotelsCombined is a fantastic addition to our Discover menu," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally. "With the percentage of mobile travel bookings steadily rising, BBM Messenger is ready to offer those services where people are spending their time – in mobile messaging. HotelsCombined now joins the other travel services we've launched in BBM Messenger: BBM Travel for the Indonesian market, and Sa2eh travel and tourism content channel for the Middle Eastern market."

To access the HotelsCombined section, all you have to do is checkout the Discover tab within BBM and look for HotelsCombined to get started. If you're not seeing it, be sure to grab the latest BBM update from the App Store or Google Play Store.

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BBM Messenger and HotelsCombined Put Worldwide Accommodations at Users' Fingertips

New Service in BBM Discover Menu Makes Planning for Vacation or Business Travels a Breeze

Singapore – 17 October, 2017 – Creative Media Works, operating as BBM, has partnered with the world's leading hotel price comparison site, HotelsCombined, to offer BBM users seamless search of all the best hotel booking sites to find the lowest possible rate on a hotel deal.

HotelsCombined sits as an icon within BBM Messenger's Discover ecosystem of content and services. BBM Discover is a high-valued space within BBM, designed for high impact and reach while giving partners access to the power of social chat.

BBM Messenger users in more than 55 countries can now easily search and book their next vacation or business accommodation without leaving the BBM environment. In addition, with the one-click BBM Share feature, users can share their favourite hotels or the best hotel deals, enabling instant coordination among BBM contacts to discuss the best prices, preferences or favourites when planning travels.

"We're very excited about the partnership between HotelsCombined and BBM Messenger," says Amer AlHalabi, Regional Manager MENA, HotelsCombined. "This new service will make it even easier for users to search, compare and book the very best deal on their accommodation, while being able to easily discuss their options with their friends, colleagues or families."

BBM Messenger is one of the most popular mobile messaging applications. Established since 2005, BBM has evolved from a pure messaging application for text and video communication to a social ecosystem unifying chat, social, commerce, content and services including bill payment, top-up, coupons, games, news, video, music, shopping, travel, career, sports, transportation and polls.

"HotelsCombined is a fantastic addition to our Discover menu," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company that operates and runs BBM Consumer globally. "With the percentage of mobile travel bookings steadily rising, BBM Messenger is ready to offer those services where people are spending their time – in mobile messaging. HotelsCombined now joins the other travel services we've launched in BBM Messenger: BBM Travel for the Indonesian market, and Sa2eh travel and tourism content channel for the Middle Eastern market."

About HotelsCombined

HotelsCombined is one of the world's leading hotel price comparison platform. Founded in Sydney, Australia in 2005, their technology delivers availability and prices from all the top travel sites like Booking.com, Hotels.com and Expedia in one simple search, helping millions of travelers to make the right accommodation decisions every year. By partnering with key online travel brands and hoteliers from around the world, HotelsCombined offers the best range of hotel deals so users can feel confident they've got the most from their booking. HotelsCombined has helped over 400 million travelers search and compare hotel deals, is a 4x winner of the World Travel Awards, and is available in over 42 languages and delivers prices in 130 currencies.

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Get 2TB of cloud storage from Zoolz for just $39.99!

It's becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the ever-changing world of physical information storage. New hard drives and flash drives are constantly hitting the market and obsolescence is inevitable. There has never been a better time to store your data in the cloud, and cloud security has also never been better.

Get 2TB of cloud storage for just $39.99! Learn more

Cloud services, however, can be costly or they just don't offer enough storage. You need a service that'll securely back you up for life, and you need a service that won't cost you thousands a year because you need terabytes of storage. This is especially prudent in a business scenario where you may have to provide cloud storage to multiple employees.

Zoolz Cloud Storage offers an elegant solution. You can get 1TB of cloud storage for data you access regularly along with 1TB of cold storage that lets you store those important files you can't afford to lose. The Instant Vault is easy to use — just drag and drop files via a web browser. The cold storage will allow you to automatically back up two devices at one time.

Use coupon code SOFTWARE20 for an additional 20% off! Learn more

Through CrackBerry Digital Offers, you can get 2TB of highly secure cloud storage data for just $39.99. Zoolz typically charges $3,600 for a lifetime subscription, but you won't pay anywhere near that much — save 98% and back up all your data! Just make sure to use SOFTWARE20 at check out!

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from Amazon Canada!

Although the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition has been hanging around a small number of retailers for a while now if you've been holding off for Amazon, your wait is over. Amazon Canada has now listed the Black Edition for all. Unlike CDW, which set the pricing insanely high, Amazon has theirs listed at $799.99 CAD which falls in line with Blueshop and right now they're currently showing the device in stock and ready for shipment.

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Everything you need to know about KRACK, the WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability

Exploit in WPA2 means it's open season on your Wi-Fi network, no matter what router you use.

Update: Wpa supplicant (the method used to set up a Wi-Fi handshake in Linux) has been updated and is already available. Google has implemented this fix and the November 6, 2017 security update will include it. Google Wifi will automatically install the update as soon as it becomes available.

The original article follows.

For years we've all depended on the WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) protocol to secure our Wi-Fi networks. That all comes to an end today.

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef has revealed what he has labeled KRACK, an exploit that attacks a vulnerability in the handshake of the WPA2 protocol that you most likely use to protect your Wi-Fi at home and millions of small businesses around the world use, too.

Update: A statement from Google given The Verge says that while every Wi-Fi enabled device is affected, Android phones using Marshmallow (Android 6.0) or higher pose a special risk and are vulnerable to a variant of the exploit that can manipulate traffic. Models on older firmware are susceptible in other ways, but traffic injection is a serious issue. Expect a fix from Google in the near future.

Speaking at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Dallas, Vanhoef explained that this exploit may allow packet sniffing, connection hijacking, malware injection, and even decryption of the protocol itself. The vulnerability has been disclosed to the people who need to know these sorts of things early to find a fix and US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) has released this prepared bulletin:

US-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected. The CERT/CC and the reporting researcher KU Leuven, will be publicly disclosing these vulnerabilities on 16 October 2017.

According to a researcher who has been briefed on the vulnerability, it works by exploiting a four-way handshake that's used to establish a key for encrypting traffic. During the third step, the key can be resent multiple times. When it's resent in certain ways, a cryptographic nonce can be reused in a way that completely undermines the encryption.

How do I stay safe?

To be honest, for the next couple of days there aren't a ton of public options available to you. We're not going to tell you how it works or where to find more information on how exactly the attack works. But we can tell you what you can (and should do) to stay as safe as possible.

  • Avoid public Wi-Fi at all costs. This includes Google's protected Wi-Fi hotspots until Google says otherwise. If your carrier forces your phone to Wi-Fi when in range, visit the forum for your phone to see if there's a workaround to stop it from happening.
  • Only connect to secured services. Web pages that use HTTPS or another secure connection will include HTTPS in the URL. You should contact any company whose services you use and ask if the connection is secured using TLS 1.2, and if so your connection with that service is safe for now.
  • If you have a paid VPN service that you trust you should enable the connection full-time until further notice. Resist the temptation to rush and sign-up for any free VPN service until you can find out if they have been vetted and will keep your data secure. Most don't.
  • Use a wired network if your router and computer both have a spot to plug in an Ethernet cable. This exploit only affects 802.11 traffic between a Wi-Fi router and a connected device. Ethernet cables are relatively cheap and an eyesore strung across the carpet is worth it. Look for a Cat6 or Cat5e spec cable and there should be no configuration needed once plugged in.
  • If you use a Chromebook or MacBook, this USB Ethernet adapter is plug-and-play.
  • Relax.

What could happen if I am on an attacked network?

This hack can't steal your banking information or Google password (or any data on a correctly secured connection that uses end-to-end encryption). While an intruder may be able to capture the data you send and receive, it can't be used or even read by anyone. You can't even read it unless you allow your phone or computer to decrypt and unscramble it first.

An attacker may be able to do things like redirect traffic on a Wi-Fi network or even send bogus data in place of the real thing. This means something harmless like printing a thousand copies of gibberish on a networked printer or something dangerous like sending malware as a reply to a legitimate request for information or a file. The best way to protect yourself is to not use Wi-Fi at all until you're directed otherwise.

On phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and newer, the KRACK vulnerability can force the Wi-Fi connection to create an absurdly easy-to-crack encryption key of 00:00:00:00:00. With something so simple, it's easy for an outsider to read all of the traffic coming to and from a client, like a smartphone or laptop.

But if that traffic is encoded using the secure HTTPS and TLS protocols (and most web traffic should be these days), the data they contain is encrypted end-to-end and, even if intercepted, won't be readable.

Update: Ubiquiti, as well as other vendors, are distributing a patch for user testing today, or already have. That's great news and means a fix has been discovered. Now we wait to see it from the manufacturers of our own equipment.

Ubiquiti has been said to already have a patch ready to deploy for their equipment, and if this turns out to be true we should see the same from companies like Google or Apple very soon. Other, less security-conscious companies may take longer and many routers will never see a patch. Some companies who make routers are much like some companies who make Android phones: any desire to support the product stops when your money reaches their bank.

Does this really matter?

This is not a case where you should feel immune because your data isn't valuable enough. The majority of attacks using this exploit will be opportunistic. Kids who live in your building, shady characters who drive the neighborhood looking for Wi-Fi APs and general mischief makers are already scanning Wi-Fi networks around them.

WPA2 has had a long and fruitful life with nary a public exploit until today. Here's hoping the fix, or what comes next, can enjoy the same. Stay safe!

These are the router makers that have patched KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi flaws

KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi exploit already fixed in iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS betas

Microsoft releases statement on KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability

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John Chen discusses moving to the NYSE and BlackBerry's ongoing turnaround

BlackBerry CEO John Chen was on hand today at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell and transfer BlackBerry's listing from the NASDAQ to the NYSE. After the event, TheStreet caught up with John to discuss the move, why it happened and where BlackBerry stands in its ongoing turnaround.

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Inst10 for BlackBerry 10 updated with multiple photo viewing and improved support for Instagram Stories

After rolling out a major update near the end of September, Inst10 for Instagram has now recieved another new update. This time around, it's a feature addition which many folks have been waiting for. Available on BlackBerry World, the latest update to Inst10 brings support for multiple photo viewing in feeds as well as support for Stories, though, there's a catch. You can't post your own Stories, only view those posted by others.

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CrackBerry Kevin Fasting Fundraiser Complete: 20lbs dropped and $13k raised for hurricane relief efforts!

CrackBerry Kevin's Fasting Fundraiser is now complete. In 3 weeks CBK dropped 20lbs through fasting and exercise and helped raise over $13,000 for Hurricane relief efforts!

October 14th, 2017 - Hi Everyone! A quick update here in regards to my #FastingForFlorida challenge. I fly home Sunday back to Canada, which means this event has officially come to an end (that said, you can still hit the link at the bottom of this post to contribute to the disaster relief efforts of your choice).

It's been a transformative three weeks for me. On the fundraiser side, it's been amazing to exceed our $10k goal and raise over $13,000. On thee personal side, I feel like a 21 year old CrackBerry Kevin vs. 37 years old. I managed to drop 20lbs through fasting, strict diet and exercise and I feel simply awesome. I'm really taking this experience as a strong turning point to make sure I maintain both this focus on health but also on giving back and doing everything I can to help others.

Be sure to watch the video above for an update. And if you're curious to hear more of the nitty gritty details of my three weeks, be sure to stay tuned for the CrackBerry Podcast getting recorded early this week.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed. Your support is TRULY appreciated!

ORIGINAL POST: September 21st, 2017

I'm in Miami the next three weeks. Instead of over indulging the way I tend to when I visit Florida, I'm going to fast and give the money I'd normally spend on food and booze to the American Red Cross to help fund Hurricane Relief Efforts

OK CrackBerry Nation... it's time for... something a little cracky. For those of you who have been following this BlackBerry-loving community for the past ten years, you'll know that from time to time CrackBerry Kevin does slightly crazy things. Sometimes it's crazy for the sake of crazy, and sometime I try to make the most out of that craziness and raise money for good causes. Example: Here's a video of me eating a giant raw onion to help grow my Movember mustache quicker.

I'm tackling this new stunt as a way of raising money in support of Hurricane relief efforts. If you have the means to contribute and haven't yet, please hit the link at the bottom of the post to jump over to the official fundraising page where you can donate to the American Red Cross. I'd love us to raise a whack load of cash. And if you don't have the means to contribute, no worries - I'd appreciate your positive energy the next few weeks as I eat a lot of... air. Hopefully there will be some entertainment value here too. Be sure to watch the video above for the official #FastingForFlorida challenge introduction! :)

21 Day #FastingForFlorida Challenge

Over the past decade Florida has been my home away from home. Mobile Nations is HQ'd out of Florida and we have many people spread throughout the state. I spend a lot of time visiting colleagues and friends in Miami. And for many years BlackBerry would also hold their annual WES/BlackBerry World conference in Orlando every May, which was always the highlight of my year. I am lucky and grateful for to have sooo many fond and unforgettable Florida memories (including an awesome Bachelor party weekend...which I mainly remember).

Normally when visiting Miami I tend to indulge - lots of food and lots of booze. I can't help it. As a Canadian living in Winnipeg (COLD LONG WINTERS) coming to Florida always puts me into vacation mode, even when I'm here to hustle and get work done. Somehow flying into Miami today and thinking about all those who have been impacted by the recent (and ongoing) hurricane disasters hitting Florida and the Caribbean, transitioning into my default Miami lifestyle just doesn't feel right. So instead, I'm going to do the opposite. For the next three weeks I'm going to fast while here and take all that money I save by not eating or drinking and donate it to hurricane relief efforts. That's $3,000 I'm going to personally pledge. I'll do it safely - following the protocols outlined in The Complete Guide to Fasting. I'll also chronicle the experience for those who have ever wondered what's it like to give up food and exist off 200 calories a day (mainly soup broth and Kombucha) for three weeks. Be sure to follow @crackberrykevin on Twitter and Instagram for the daily updates and visit the #FastingForFlorida Fundraiser Page for regular updates.

My Challenge to You / Your Company

While I'll be personally donating $3,000 to this campaign, if you can contribute, please do. The more we raise the more I'm going to make sure I see this thing through to the end (no cheating!). Every dollar raised helps. I'd love to raise over $10,000 at a minimum. And more would be even better. And if any person or company is willing to match or exceed my donation, you a lot of CBK love is coming your way. Let's do this!!

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BlackBerry Mobile drops hot new first look video of the BlackBerry Motion!

Sure, the BlackBerry Motion has already been announced and all that but if you go looking on YouTube for videos of the device in action, well, there just isn't that many as of yet since the device hasn't been released but luckily, BlackBerry Mobile has their own YouTube account and has now dropped a hot new video offering their first look at the BlackBerry Motion.

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1010 named as Hong Kong's first BlackBerry Platinum Partner

Expanding on their already existing business relationships, BlackBerry and 1O1O have now announced that 1010 is the first mobile operator in Hong Kong to earn BlackBerry Platinum Partner status, enabling 1010 to offer companies in Hong Kong BlackBerry services to manage and secure mobile devices, and connected things.

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