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BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available in Canada from Blueshop and Staples

Canadians looking to pick the BlackBerry KEY2 LE now have the option of ordering through Blueshop or Staples as both retailers have the latest BlackBerry smartphone listed as in stock. Blueshop appears ready to ship today while if you order from Staples, you'll have to wait until October 9 unless your local Staples has inventory for 2-hour pickup.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available to pre-order from Amazon in the U.S.

Following pre-orders going live in Germany across various retailers, BlackBerry fans in the US looking to be among the first to get their hands on the BlackBerry KEY2 LE can now place pre-orders through Amazon. According to the listings, the slate color variant will ship on October 12 while champagne will ship on November 2 with pricing set at $449.99.

John Chen talks profits, acquisitions and winning Wall Street customers back

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Coming off of announcing BlackBerry's fiscal year 2019 Q2 results, BlackBerry CEO John Chen spoke with BNN and Bloomberg about where the company stands today and where they're headed in the near future.

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Facebook says nearly 50 million accounts impacted by security breach

Facebook says nearly 50 million accounts impacted by security breach

Facebook has reset access tokens for around 90 million people in response to the breach.

Facebook today revealed that more nearly 50 million accounts have been affected by a "security issue."

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BlackBerry reports fiscal year 2019 Q2 results

BlackBerry today announced their fiscal year 2019 second quarter results which highlight Non-GAAP total company revenue of $214 million, Non-GAAP total software and services revenue of $197 million, while total software and services billings grew double-digits and BlackBerry Technology Solutions drew record high quarterly revenue due to growth in automotive.

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Media Markt and Saturn now taking BlackBerry KEY2 LE pre-orders

BlackBerry KEY2 LE

For folks in Germany looking to get their hands on the all-new BlackBerry KEY2 LE as soon as possible, it seems as though Media Markt and Saturn might be the best options. Both are now taking pre-orders for the latest BlackBerry smartphone with pricing set at €429.

Sprint BlackBerry KEYone will not be getting Android Oreo

While Android Oreo is still rolling out KEYone across several regions, it seems as though not all variants will end up getting it. According to Sprint, as posted in their community forums, their variant of the BlackBerry KEYone will not be getting an Android Oreo update.

Android Oreo update now rolling out in the UK for KEYone owners

Android Oreo update now rolling out in the UK for KEYone owners

Although plenty of other KEYone owners have received the Android Oreo update already, the UK has lagged a bit behind. That has now changed, and KEYone owners in the UK have now started receiving firmware ABG366 over the air bringing Oreo to their devices.

Does BlackBerry Mobile need to offer a Motion successor?

It has been about 11 months now since the BlackBerry Motion was announced, and since then, we have seen the BlackBerry KEY2 arrive on the scene as well as the soon to be released KEY2 LE. Both of those devices, of course, make use of the iconic BlackBerry keyboard but as it stands right now, there are no new all-touch devices even rumored to be coming from BlackBerry Mobile. It seems to me that BlackBerry Mobile is focusing on keyboard devices, but should they also offer up a successor to the BlackBerry Motion for all-touch BlackBerry fans?

BlackBerry KEY2 LE dummy units begin arriving at Tbooth locations

To go along with the Rogers release date information, it seems as though Tbooth Wireless locations have now started receiving their BlackBerry KEY2 LE dummy units as well and some have already put them on display. The above was spotted at a Mississauga location.

Android Messages will offer improved search features starting this week

In addition to the recently added Android Messages for the web, dark theme, and GIF search, Google has now announced Android Messages will be gaining improved search features starting this week.

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Rogers looks all set to release the BlackBerry KEY2 LE on October 5th

While the BlackBerry KEY2 LE has already been officially announced, we're still waiting for availability, but it looks as though at least Rogers is getting things lined up for release. According to a new image, seemingly from Rogers internal systems, the Canadian carrier is expecting to have the device available on October 5th.

BlackBerry Hub beta update adds stability fixes and notification improvements

BlackBerry Hub Updates

A new round of BlackBerry app updates have now hit beta status, and there are plenty of small fixes and stability tweaks included across the board. Hub, Tasks, Contacts, Notes, and Calendar all have changelogs included, so we have the full rundown for each.

BlackBerry Mobile smartphones are here to stay

It really was the only move they had left to make. The time had come for BlackBerry - the Canadian telecommunications and tech company - to shut down their unprofitable in-house phone manufacturing operations and license their name and handset technology to a third party phone manufacturer. It was either that or watch helplessly as their iconic brand disappeared from the smartphone market altogether.

BlackBerry and L-Spark announce new accelerator program for startups

BlackBerry L-Spark

BlackBerry has a long history of working with various organizations to help drive technology advancements. Their latest partnership announced earlier today is with L-Spark and will see BlackBerry help medium-sized technology enterprises grow their businesses using BlackBerry QNX technology.

"Partnering with BlackBerry to accelerate the growth of high-potential Canadian SMEs is the most effective way to grow the next great, global, technology company," said Leo Lax, executive managing director, L-Spark. "But more importantly, it is a great way to elevate the entire Canadian technology community to reach and thrive within the global marketplace."

"BlackBerry is proud to play an integral role in the growth of Canada's innovation economy," said Grant Courville, vice president of QNX engineering, BlackBerry. "The new accelerator program is a great opportunity for us to better interact and collaborate with Canadian software companies and help bring to market innovative products that will shape the way we'll live, work and play in the future."

According to L-Spark, six companies will be chosen for the accelerator program and BlackBerry QNX will provide them with free licenses and training to use BlackBerry QNX operating systems. There are a number of specialized industries that are being considered such as Robotics and Autonomous vehicle Software and Engineering Services as well as Safety Software Products and Related Engineering Services. You can check out the full list and details right here.

BlackBerry and L-SPARK Launch New Accelerator Program to Fuel Canadian Technology Innovation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – September 20, 2018 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and L-SPARK, Canada's largest software-as-a-service accelerator, today announced they have partnered to help small and medium-sized technology enterprises (SMEs) grow their businesses and bring new products to market using BlackBerry QNX technology.

As part of the program, BlackBerry will help participating companies research and develop product prototypes in areas such as robotics, device security, sensor fusion (e.g. lidar, radar, cameras and GPS), functional safety, analytics, medical devices and autonomous vehicles.

"Partnering with BlackBerry to accelerate the growth of high-potential Canadian SMEs is the most effective way to grow the next great, global, technology company," said Leo Lax, executive managing director, L-Spark. "But more importantly, it is a great way to elevate the entire Canadian technology community to reach and thrive within the global marketplace."

"BlackBerry is proud to play an integral role in the growth of Canada's innovation economy," said Grant Courville, vice president of QNX engineering, BlackBerry. "The new accelerator program is a great opportunity for us to better interact and collaborate with Canadian software companies and help bring to market innovative products that will shape the way we'll live, work and play in the future."

L-SPARK will turn to the expertise of the National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), and its network of Industrial Technology Advisors, to reach out to companies with business models and technologies that could benefit from working with the BlackBerry QNX product group. Ultimately, six companies will be selected to join the accelerator program for six months of intensive, one-on-one, training aimed to grow and scale each company and bring new products to market.

From nuclear power plants, surgical robots, and life-critical medical devices to connected and autonomous vehicles, trains, and traffic lights – BlackBerry's QNX technology powers safe, reliable and secure systems for global companies like Audi, Cisco, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, General Electric, Intuitive Surgical, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens. For more information, or to apply to the accelerator program, please visit https://www.l-spark.com/accelerator/blackberry.

Trade in your old BlackBerry for... meat?!

Remember around the time the DTEK60 was coming out and someone wanted to tade their car for one? At the time, I thought nothing would ever top that but it seems I was wrong. The Fore Quarter Butcher Shop is having their Grand Opening in Kitchener on September 22 and one of the owners, Colby Lemoine, has a unique offer for folks. Trade an old BlackBerry for some meat.

The BlackBerry KEY2 is now available for $200 off at Rogers, Bell, and TELUS!

BlackBerry KEY2

We're still in that back to school time of year, and because of that, Rogers, Bell, and TELUS all have deals happening. If you're looking to pick up a brand new BlackBerry KEY2, now is a great time to do so as pricing has been reduced by $200 across the board.

Punkt introduces their MP02 4G mobile phone, pre-orders now available!

Punkt let everyone know ahead of time they would be officially unveiling and announcing their MP02 4G mobile phone on September 17 and now that that day is here, they've revealed the full specs, features and opened up pre-orders.

Saluting one of the greatest BlackBerry fans ever - Mark Davidson!

A few weeks ago the CrackBerry community received the sudden and tragic news that our friend and longtime community member Mark Davidson had passed away suddenly. Mark, better known here as Carjackd, was a beloved member of the CrackBerry community for many years and one of the greatest BlackBerry fans ever. In his passing, Mark leaves behind two young sons and his wife Leigh Anne.

Always full of laughs and love, Mark was a dedicated father, family man, and friend to many. He worked as a realtor and always went the extra mile for his clients. In his downtime, Mark enjoyed technology and social media and could often be found in the CrackBerry forums, on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter sharing his love for it all, especially BlackBerry, as he maintained a massive BlackBerry collection.

To say Mark loved all his BlackBerry/CrackBerry family would be an understatement and he was so proud of all the friendships he made throughout the years. - Leigh Anne

As one comment on his passing noted and is a sentiment shared by all who knew him - 'You can judge a man by what others think of him, and I can most certainly say that Mark has left a deep impression on many, many people. He truly is a remarkable guy who has left us much too soon. I am so incredibly shocked and saddened. May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal.'

On behalf of CrackBerry and Mobile Nations, I'd like to extend our deepest condolences to Mark's wife and boys, extended family, and friends.

Should you wish to make a donation in Mark's honor, a GoFundMe has been set up with all proceeds going towards the family's day-to-day expenses, as well as towards the boys' futures. You can donate here.

BlackBerry to announce Fiscal Year 2019 Q2 results on September 28

It's about that time again, where BlackBerry lets us and investors know what's going on financially with the company and for their Fiscal Year 2019 Q2 results announcement, BlackBerry has set the date of September 28 at 8AM ET.

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