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Our latest shirt pays homage to the legendary smartphone keyboard!

Back in May, we kicked off our CrackBerry apparel store with some awesome BlackBerry inspired designs and today, we've gone ahead and dropped our latest addition to the mix. As our way to pay homage to the legendary keyboards of the first generation BlackBerry devices, we're rolling out the 'Classically Trained' design to everyone!

The Unihertz 'Titan' aims to fulfill your desires for a BlackBerry Passport running Android

Ever since the images and video of a BlackBerry Passport running Android appeared long ago, there has been plenty of BlackBerry fans hoping a Passport-like device running Android would appear. Although that's not likely to happen through BlackBerry or any of their official licensees, it seems as though Unihertz has heard those voices and plans to release the 'Titan' soon.

PSA: Twitter is down for a lot of people right now [Update]

Updated 4:00 PM ET: Good (or bad) news, everyone — Twitter is back! Keep on keeping on ✌️

If you're having trouble accessing Twitter right now, you're not the only one. As of 2:46 PM ET on July 11, the mega-popular social network went down for a lot of people.

Twitter doesn't appear to work no matter how you usually access it, whether that be via the desktop site or mobile apps.

People all around the world are reporting outages, including various parts of the U.S., Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and more.

It's unclear when Twitter will be able to get things back up and running, but we'll be sure to monitor things and update this post accordingly once things are back to normal.

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BlackBerry launches managed detection and response offering CylanceGUARD

Since acquiring Cylance last year, BlackBerry has continued to introduce new offerings under the BlackBerry Cylance banner, and now, they have announced a 24x7 managed detection and response solution called CylanceGUARD to capture some of the projected $21 billion spent on managed security services in 2019.

Spotify Lite for Android is now officially available

Spotify Lite is a simplified version of the Spotify app.

Although the app has been in beta for a while now, and some of you might already be using it, Spotify has now officially rolled out a lighter and simplified version of their Android app. Dubbed as Spotify Lite, the app is available in 36 markets across Canada, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa and will work on devices running Android 4.3 and higher.

"Spotify Lite was built from the ground up based on user feedback from around the world, allowing millions more to enjoy the world's best music experience — especially in areas with limited bandwidth and phone storage," says Kalle Persson, Senior Product Manager at Spotify.

Similar to other available lite apps, Spotify Lite features a smaller base install that comes in at only 10MB and helping to keep your data use in check it also includes the ability to set a data limit and get a notification when you reach it and offers easy control over the ability to clear your cache.

Spotify Lite is available for free and Spotify Premium users and works alongside the core Spotify app if you wish to use the regular Spotify app at home where you possibly don't have to worry about your data plan usage but use Lite while out, using your carrier network for example.

Download: Spotify Lite (free)

Telus pushes software update ABY299 to BlackBerry KEYone owners

In addition to the AT&T and Rogers BlackBerry KEYone updates popping up, Telus has now also released their own June update for BlackBerry KEYone owners. Unlike AT&T, which is just adding patches to older OS builds, the update pushed by Telus is an entirely new build.

New BlackBerry Hub+ beta app updates now available

The last BlackBerry Hub+ beta app updates to roll out contained 'stability fixes' across the board, but the latest builds that arrived today include a bit more by way of notable changes including an improved dark theme, better message selection in Hub+ Inbox, and more!

Hub+ Inbox

  • Message selection works more reliably after switching apps

Calendar & Notes

  • Stability fixes

Contacts

  • Fixed the search bar background in the Manage Suggested Recipients screen
  • Fixed invisible text in Dark Theme when editing a group on a tablet

Tasks

  • Task selection works more reliably after switching apps

As always, if you signed up to test the beta release, they should be now appearing the Google Play Store for you, so go ahead and get them downloaded. If you're testing them out, don't forget to file any bugs or feedback on the BlackBerry Center Code.

Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp are currently experiencing an outage

The users most affected are located in Europe and the East Coast of the U.S.

This issue has now been resolved according to the Facebook developers dashboard.

In yet another reminder of how fragile our internet ecosystem can be, it appears Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp are all experiencing outages around the globe. According to Downdetector, the areas experiencing the most trouble are users on the East Coast of the U.S. and Europe.

The Independent reports that WhatsApp users are experiencing issues when trying to send photos, videos, and voice messages. However, text messages seem to be unaffected because they require less bandwidth.

So far, the reason for the outage is unknown, but Facebook has confirmed the outages to Mashable with this statement from a Facebook spokesperson,

We're aware that some people and businesses are currently having trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps. We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

Are you having trouble with Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp? If so, let us know in the comments, and we'll keep you posted on when everything has been restored to normal.

Swing into Google Play and save up to 40% off Spider-Verse movies!

Spider-Man: Far From Home has hit theatres and posted a record opening of $39M but if you're looking to get caught up on the previous Spider-Man movies, Google Play has you covered.

Rogers BlackBerry KEYone update scheduled for July 5th

While there has been some debate surrounding just how many more updates the BlackBerry KEYone will receive, that hasn't stopped carriers such as AT&T and Rogers from pushing newish builds, and Rogers now has one scheduled for July 5th.

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.

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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