BlackBerry wraps up KEYone Oreo beta program

BlackBerry KEYone update

Now that the BlackBerry KEYone transition from Nougat to Oreo is mostly complete, BlackBerry has let folks know the KEYone Oreo beta is now coming to a close. If you were taking part in the beta, you'll be transitioned back to public builds through October and November. Additionally, BlackBerry has highlighted how to remove the diagnostics tokens from your device.

Software Updates

With the October or November releases for KEYone, you will receive an update back to the public, production stream of updates. This update will be delivered by our partner through the Updates app (not the beta process), so watch for it there.

Diagnostics Token

If you acquired the debug token on your phone for submitting bug reports, you're welcome to keep it active and continue to submit bug reports from any software update. We'll continue to monitor the queue for reports. (This is especially useful if you also participate in the Apps beta program!) If you would like to disable diagnostics, please open Settings > System > Developer options > Log collection > Diagnostics settings > General settings, and set Capture to OFF. This will disable all background diagnostic activity enabled by the beta-token.

Either way, the debug token will expire automatically on December 31st of this year, at which time the diagnostics functions will turn off by themselves.

Bug Reports & Suggestions

Our team is taking another pass through the submitted bug reports and suggestions to make sure we have properly captured everything internally. Thanks again for your submissions.

Future Support

If you have a problem with your KEYone that is impacting your use, please do reach out to the support line for KEYone for help.

As it stands, the BlackBerry apps beta program will continue through Codecenter, so if you're participating in those, you can continue to offer feedback there for those releases. If any other betas open up in the future, we'll be sure to let you know so you can sign up as soon as possible!

Facebook October 2018 security breach: Everything you need to know

Around 30 million people had their information compromised.

 Everything you need to know

Earlier this year, Facebook came under fire for sharing heaps of data for over 87 million users with Cambridge Analytica. As if the company wasn't already having a tough time regaining the trust of its user base, Facebook's now announced that information for around 30 million people was exposed during an attack it shut down in September.

Here's everything you need to know.

What happened?

Between July 2017 and September 2018, attackers accessed Facebook and created a security vulnerability that allowed them to retrieve access tokens to take over people's accounts.

Facebook says it noticed "an unusual spike of activity" on September 14, and on September 25, determined that it was being attacked.

Within two days, we closed the vulnerability, stopped the attack, and secured people's accounts by restoring the access tokens for people who were potentially exposed.

Facebook originally estimated that up to 50 million users had their information exposed, but that number has since dropped down to around 30 million. Of that number, 15 million users had their name and contact info (phone number and/or email) compromised while another 14 million lost that and their gender, Facebook username, location, language, relationship status, hometown, religion, current area of residence, birthdate, devices used to access Facebook, work, education, and more.

For the remaining 1 million, Facebook says that no information was compromised.

This attack did not affect Facebook Messenger, Messenger Kids, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, Workplace, Pages, payments, any third-party apps, or developer/advertising accounts.

What's Facebook doing?

Facebook is working with the FBI to determine exactly how this happened, and per the official press release, the FBI's asked Facebook "not to discuss who may be behind the attack."

The 30 million affected users will see customized messages on the Facebook app and website to let them know what info of theirs was stolen, and the company's Help Center has also been updated with new information about the attack.

What can you do to protect yourself?

Facebook says it'll be reaching out to users to tell them what next steps they should take, but as always with these attacks, there are a few things you can do right now to ensure you're taking the right steps.

For starters, it's never a bad idea to reset your password when something like this happens. Also, if you're still not using a password manager or two-factor authentication, now's a good time to change that.


Box for BlackBerry 10 will stop working on November 12

Just a little bit of a heads up for any BlackBerry 10 or PlayBook users out there still making use of the Box app for cloud storage. As noted on the Box site, Box for BlackBerry 10 and PlayBook will no longer work starting November 12, 2018.

BlackBerry Hub beta update brings UI and stability fixes!

BlackBerry Hub

The latest BlackBerry Hub beta, along with Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, have now started to roll out through the Google Play Store. The changelogs included for these releases are small, and highlight stability and bug fixes across the board but Hub gets some extra love, as the Priority Hub UI has also been tweaked up a bit.

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You can now order the BlackBerry Evolve from Amazon India!

You can now order the BlackBerry Evolve from Amazon India!

Keeping in line with their recently announced timing, Optiemus has now opened the doors to orders of the BlackBerry Evolve through Amazon India. Exclusively for Prime members, the all-touch BlackBerry Evolve has pricing set at ₹24,990 with a number of special offers in place.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be available in India starting October 12

BlackBerry KEY2 LE will be available in India starting October 12

In addition to the BlackBerry Evolve being available this month in India, Optiemus Infracom has now announced they'll also be making the BlackBerry KEY2 LE available as an Amazon exclusive. Sales for the KEY2 LE in India will begin on October 12 with pricing set at ₹29,990.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available in France and the Netherlands

BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available in France and the Netherlands

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE is quickly making its way out to new markets and starting today, retailers in France and the Netherlands are among the latest to offer the latest in the KEY series. When it comes to color options, pricing, and availability, it does vary a bit, but we've outlined it all for you!

Join us for the BlackBerry KEY2 LE Vietnam launch event!

Although the BlackBerry KEY2 LE has launched in several regions already, there's still plenty more to cover, and BlackBerry Mobile has now scheduled a launch event in Vietnam for Thursday, October 18, and if you're in the area or going to be in the area, you could attend!

Optiemus planning limited edition BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X with secure crypto wallets

Optiemus has yet to roll out the BlackBerry Evolve and Evolve X, but already there's news of limited edition models that could end up being released. According to Evan Blass, in addition to the standard variants, Optiemus will offer limited edition models that will come loaded with secure crypto wallets.

Best Buy pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEY2 LE now live

KEY2 LE Slate

In addition to Amazon offering the slate 64GB dual-SIM BlackBerry KEY2 LE on pre-order, Best Buy has now also put their listing for the same variant live inviting customers to pre-order for October 12. As expected, pricing remains the same and is set at $449.99 with free shipping.

BlackBerry announces new partnerships in healthcare, blockchain and more!

As part of the BlackBerry Security Summit announcements, BlackBerry has detailed several new partnerships in healthcare aimed at improving patient outcomes through the use of the BlackBerry Spark platform and the Enterprise of Things.

Virginia Tech will train engineers on QNX Technology in new partnership with BlackBerry

A new partnership announced today at the BlackBerry Security Summit sees BlackBerry and Virginia Tech team up to train engineers on BlackBerry QNX technology. As part of the partnership, BlackBerry has provided QNX technology for use in Virginia Tech's autonomous vehicle concept cars that are competing in the international AutoDrive Challenge.


BlackBerry adds quantum-resistant solution to their cybersecurity tools

BlackBerry held their security summit today in New York and as part of news coming out of the event, BlackBerry has now announced that they preparing for the future and quantum computing attacks by adding a quantum-resistant code signing server to their cybersecurity tools.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE arrives at Bell, Rogers, TELUS, and Koodo on October 5

In addition to the dual-SIM 64GB BlackBerry KEY2 LE being available from Staples, Walmart, and Blueshop and soon Amazon, BlackBerry Mobile has announced that starting October 5th, Bell, Rogers, TELUS, and Koodo will be offering the single-SIM 32GB variant in slate starting at $0 CAD on a two-year term.

BlackBerry KEY2 Dual-SIM now available from Clove and Unlocked-Mobiles UK

Looking to get your hands on the dual-SIM, 128GB version of the BlackBerry KEY2 in the UK? If so, you now have more options to choose from as both Clove and Unlocked-Mobiles have started offering it with a tiny bit better pricing than the BlackBerry Mobile EU Store.

Firefox Focus gets search suggestions, and speed improvements

Given Firefox Focus is now loaded onto BlackBerry smartphones as part of Locker, there's a good chance some of you out there are using it as your browser of choice, and today, Mozilla has introduced some great updates to their privacy-focused offering.


BlackBerry Hub+ Services beta fixes repetitive Twitter account prompt

BlackBerry Hub+ Services

A new BlackBerry Hub+ Services beta is now rolling out and if you have been getting repetitive Twitter account prompts on your device asking you to pick an account, this release should fix it. The rest of the changelog is rather slim and simply highlights stability fixes.

BlackBerry Evolve will be available from Amazon India on October 10

BlackBerry Evolve

BlackBerry fans in India waiting to get their hands on the BlackBerry Evolve won't have much longer to wait. Amazon and Optiemus have let it be known the device, initially announced back in August, will be available through Amazon India on October 10.