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Watch the replay of John Chen's fireside chat from the Toronto Global Forum

As I noted in an earlier post, BlackBerry CEO John Chen took part in a fireside chat hosted by Amanda Lang at the Toronto Global Forum to discuss discussing data, privacy, and governance in the era of big tech. At the time I made my earlier post, I wasn't sure if that video would be shared, but luckily, the folks at BlackBerry have now uploaded it to their YouTube channel.

John Chen discusses privacy, security and 5G networks at Toronto Global Forum

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In addition to announcing their Security Credential Management System today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen took part in a fireside chat at the Toronto Global Forum to discuss data, privacy, and governance in the era of big tech.

In a follow-up video, Bloomberg's Amanda Lang laid out some additional questions for Chen surrounding how consumers and Governments feel about security, how BlackBerry can help secure 5G networks, and addressing concerns with working with China.

As expected, a large portion of the fireside chat focused on how BlackBerry handles security and privacy compared to other organizations out Chen noting BlackBerry doesn't use the data. "Everything we do, from encrypting your messages to delivering it, storing it, we never use your data, unlike a lot of different companies that unfortunately had a lot of higher market caps."

BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available in South Africa

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE continues to be rolled out around the world and the latest announcement brings it to South Africa. Starting today, the KEY2 LE in slate is available from Vodacom World and Vodacom Shops starting at R429 PM x 24 on a Smart XS+ package.

BlackBerry KEY2 update ABK892 now rolling out in North America

For those of you with an unlocked BlackBerry KEY2 in North America, you'll want to start checking for updates. All non-carrier variants have started receiving update ABK892 (Bell and Telus already have it), which brings along with it the November security updates and according to the forums, a few other fixes. If you haven't got the notification, here's how to get your KEY2 updated!

Get access to four top digital security apps for just $10 per month

There's no shortage of leaks, hacks, and thefts in the online world, with what seems like a new high-profile story emerging every week. Digital security, which has always been important, is now harder to ignore than ever, but it can be difficult to know where to start.

Get access to four of the best digital security apps for just $10 a month! Learn more

Should you start browsing with a VPN? Should you up your password game? What about backing up your data in case your device gets infected with malware? And in that case, how do you protect against malware and ransomware? Instead of trying to answer these questions separately, CrackBerry Digital Offers has made it easy to get everything in one place.

This Digital Security bundle includes subscriptions for four of the best security apps out there, including NordVPN, Dashlane password manager, Degoo backup, and Panda Dome Advanced anti-malware system. Whereas you'd normally pay about $32 per month for access to these services, you'll instead pay just $10 per month. That's a savings of 68 percent off the regular combined price.

Add some privacy, use better passwords, back up your data, and keep out malware with this $10 subscription bundle! Learn more

If you've been thinking of stepping up your digital security but didn't know where to start or didn't want to deal with a bunch of separate subscriptions, this security bundle is no doubt what you're looking for. Considering it includes services from some of the top security apps out there, a monthly price of $10 is a really great deal. Don't wait too long, as this price won't be available forever.

Keep tabs on Saint Nick with Google's updated Santa Tracker app

Google's updated Santa Tracker app

We're already rolling on through December and that means Christmas is right around the corner. To help some spread cheer, Google has now updated their Santa Tracker app adding new features, games, videos and educational content.

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Atomic BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available to order from Best Buy

Atomic BlackBerry KEY2 LE

To go along with the release of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE in champagne, Best Buy has now also listed the KEY2 LE in atomic red as available. Just like the champagne variant, Best Buy has the atomic listed at USD $499.99, and you can have it in your hands as soon as tomorrow.

This CPD-Certified Program Teaches You Professional Manual Photography for Only $29!

Breaking into the photography industry can be overwhelming. Where do you start, and where do you find the time to get the required education and experience? You need a comprehensive course that starts from the ground up and offers certified once you're finished with the course.

CrackBerry Digital Offers is currently offering a four-week course that covers the essential skills of photography. You can expect three hours of coursework per week, allowing you to fit this crucial education into your schedule. This is a course designed for beginners who want to learn the differences between the types of cameras available and learn how to use all the common functions found on a manual DSLR camera. From there, you'll get crash courses on understanding exposure, controlling the shutter and aperture, and how to use lighting to create an atmosphere with your photos

Get the Photogrfor only $20!

Get the Photography Diploma Master Class for just $29. For a one-month course of this quality you might expect to pay $400 so you won't want to miss out on these great savings. It even comes with Continuing Professional Development certification once you've completed, which looks great on the resume.

Have you always had a flair for photography, and now want to become a true, certified professional? With this course, you'll be able to work around your schedule, and you won't drown in tuition fees. This 99% discount won't last forever! Get started today down the path of a new career.

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Champagne BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available at Best Buy!

Champagne BlackBerry KEY2 LE

If the BlackBerry KEY2 LE in slate wasn't for you, perhaps the champagne variant will be, and right now, folks in the U.S. looking to pick one up can order through Best Buy. When it comes to pricing, Best Buy has it set at $499.99, and you can have it in your hands as soon as tomorrow.

AT&T releases software update ABL183 for BlackBerry KEYone owners

BlackBerry KEYone

For those of you on AT&T wondering when the next update might arrive on your BlackBerry KEYone, the answer is right now. In a little bit of a late night surprise, AT&T has started their rollout of ABL183 for the BlackBerry KEYone, which brings the November security updates.

Amazon's Echo devices will gain support for Apple Music in mid-December

Get ready for it.

Amazon today announced that Apple Music support is coming to its Echo lineup of speakers in the coming weeks, allowing Apple Music subscribers to ask Alexa to stream their favorite songs, artists, albums, and more. Users will also be able to stream Beats 1 live and play any of the curated playlists from Apple Music editors or ask for their preferred algorithmically-generated radio stations.

While you've already been able to stream to your heart's content on your Amazon Echo for some time from services like Spotify, iHeart Radio, Pandora, TuneIn Radio, among others, Apple Music has always been notably absent from the ever-popular Alexa smart speakers.

Dave Limp, senior vice president, Amazon Devices said:

"Music is one of the most popular features on Alexa—since we launched Alexa four years ago, customers are listening to more music in their homes than ever before. We are committed to offering great music providers to our customers and since launching the Music Skill API to developers just last month, we've expanded the music selection on Alexa to include even more top tier services. We're thrilled to bring Apple Music – one of the most popular music services in the US – to Echo customers this holiday."

While making Apple Music available on a competitor's platform may seem counter to Apple's usual hardware-first strategy, the company would be remiss to dismiss Amazon's popular smart speaker platform. Amazon has been pushing hard this holiday season to get more Echo speakers into more homes with steep discounts on its latest Echo and Echo Dot as well as a new range of music focused Echo smart speakers in the Echo Plus and Sub, and the Echo Input which brings Alexa's smarts to your current speaker setup.

Apple has had Apple Music support for Android users since the service launched (and iTunes on Windows long before that) so it is not an unprecedented move. Apple is also focusing on growing its services revenue, and adding Apple Music to Amazon Echo may help expand its subscriber base.

Apple Music will be available on your Echo speakers from December 17.

Grab the BlackBerry KEYone Dual-SIM from B&H or Amazon for $309

Getting your hands-on a dual-SIM BlackBerry KEYone or black edition in the US and Canada used to mean forking over a significant amount more than retail, but right now B&H and Amazon have some pretty reansonable pricing set. At B&H you can pick up the dual-SIM 64GB with 4GB of RAM in black, while Amazon has the dual-sim 64GB with 4GB of RAM in black for $309. For comparison sake, Amazon is still selling the single-SIM, 32GB variant in silver for $309.

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Android Auto update improves media browsing, adds MMS and RCS support

For those of you who frequent using Android Auto, Google has now announced several improvements to its media and messaging features that will be rolling out over the next several days.

New ways to discover media

If driving in silence isn't for you, playing and finding media just got easier. By bringing content to the forefront of your screen, you can now spend less time browsing and more time enjoying the content you like most. An improved layout, featuring large album art views, lets you quickly identify and select something to play. Got something specific in mind? We've also made improvements to the voice search experience. Just say "OK Google, play 80s music" or "OK Google, play Lilt" to view even more categorized search results from your app right on the screen.

More options for messaging

As you're driving, you don't have to worry about missing important messages—you can now safely stay connected with multiple people at once. When messages arrive, Android Auto can show you a short preview of the text when your vehicle is stopped. This message previewing capability is purely optional (enabled via Android Auto's settings menu), giving you the ability to choose what's most important—privacy or convenience. In addition to SMS messaging, Android Auto now supports apps that use MMS (multimedia messaging service) and RCS (rich communication services). This means that your favorite messaging apps can now offer additional capabilities, like support for group messaging.

Google notes the new features have been enabled in apps such as Google Play Books, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts and Spotify. For the new messaging features, Messages, Hangouts and WhatsApp are currently enabled and over the coming months, Google will be working to add even more compatible apps to the list. The updates will be coming to the Android Auto app and in-car experiences.

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MrMobile's Best of 2018 is here: Vote and win the best tech of 2018!

Hundreds of products, lots of them phones, and one of the most insane autumns in tech history. 2018 has had it all, from the quirky and downright ludicrous to the fabulous and outrageous, but which products stood out? This is MrMobile's Best of 2018, bought to you by the folks at Unboxed.tv!

Best smartphone: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Mate 20 Pro is the reason my reviews of five other products have been delayed – because the second I saw it at that first New York City briefing I decided it was so compelling I needed to spend a week with it in London. And I don't regret it for a second. The Mate 20 Pro is just the kick in the pants the smartphone world needed in 2018.

The Disruptor: OnePlus 6T

It brings everything great about the OnePlus 6 (well, almost everything … RIP, headphone jack) and preserves the price tag that's kept OnePlus in the headlines for five years running. Overseas you've had your Pocophone fun, but here in the States, no smartphone has been more disruptive in 2018.

Captain2Phones:BlackBerry KEY2

This one is reserved for the phone so distinctive, unparalleled or just … weird that it forces you to adopt the lifestyle that earned me the "Captain2Phones" moniker over a decade ago. The phone that insists upon itself strongly enough that you'll carry an extra one rather than ditching it. This year's selection: the BlackBerry KEY2.

Stay Mobile Award: Nintendo Switch, Motiv Smart Ring, Sony WH1000-XM3

This award goes to three gadgets beyond the smartphone world, since (as longtime followers will recognize) MrMobile has covered the full gamut of mobile tech, from smartwatches to electric cars, right from the beginning. This year the winners are three – and to get the full story on 'em, you'll need to watch the video above!

Viewer's Choice: Win the best tech of 2018!

You've probably got your own opinions and you might have voted differently. Well, you've still got the chance! There's also a fifth award, which is where YOU can get involved. Five lucky viewers will receive one of the winning products (one winner per category), delivered in time for the holidays!

A shortlist of 22 devices including many of the hottest phones of the year and there can only be one winner!

Head over to MrMobile's Best of 2018 page to vote for your favorite and enter the giveaway! Entries close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday November 30, 2018.

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The Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet is too good to be true at just $99 for Cyber Monday

This is one tablet deal you won't want to miss out on.

One gadget that gets discounted and promoted a lot this time of year are tablets. There are some genuinely great deals like the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, and then you've got other options from random, unknown brands that are likely to break after just a couple weeks of use. If you're shopping around for a tablet, only have a hundred dollars to spend, and want something that you can rely on for years to come, we highly recommend looking at the Amazon Fire HD 10.

The Fire HD 10 is Amazon's largest and most powerful tablet in its lineup, and while it's already pretty affordable with a retail price of $149.99, you can pick one up right now for only $99.99. You may not think $100 buys much for a tablet, but the Fire HD 10 punches way above its low asking price.

As the name suggests, the Fire HD 10 has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display that looks great for watching movies, playing games, and browsing the web. To further enhance your media consumption, Amazon also outfitted the tablet with stereo Dolby speakers that provide seriously powerful audio. On the technical side of things, there's a 1.8GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, offering enough horsepower for just about every app and game you can download.

The $100 model comes equipped with 32GB of internal storage, or you can step up to the 64GB model that's also discounted to just $120. Alternatively, you can pick up a microSD card and expand your storage that way up to a whopping 256GB.

The Fire HD 10 is technically powered by Android, but it runs a custom software interface designed by Amazon itself. The software places a big emphasis on various Amazon services, such as online shopping, Prime Video, Kindle books, etc. It's not for everyone, but if you want something that's easy to use or already spend a lot of time within Amazon's garden, it's a great fit.

That's all pretty great stuff on its own, but the Fire HD 10 goes above and beyond in a couple exciting ways.

Alexa is built right into the tablet, meaning you can say "Alexa" at any time to get its attention on the Fire HD 10 to ask about the weather, find a show on Prime Video, stream music, and everything else you use Alexa for. If you want to go a step further, Amazon also offers something called its "Show Mode Charging Dock" that essentially turns the Fire HD 10 into a makeshift Echo Show for $145 (a bundle that includes the dock and the tablet).

Add that together with three available colors (Black, Marine Blue, and Punch Red), and you'll be hard-pressed to find a better tablet deal this Black Friday.

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Sarment Holdings and BlackBerry partner to develop highly-encrypted messaging app

Sarment Holdings today announced they will be working with BlackBerry and to co-develop a highly-encrypted messaging application called KEYYES CHAT, using the BlackBerry Spark Communications Services SDK to go along with their KEYYES app and services.

"Working in collaboration with BlackBerry was an obvious choice for Sarment, given they have long been regarded as a global leader in secured data and communications. Integrating this technology into Sarment's digital ecosystem KEYYES is one of the steps we are taking to continue to provide our communities with useful tools they can trust. We started with bookings, purchases, deliveries and now we are adding communication to solve the issue of privacy and data security for our growing user-base. By leveraging BlackBerry's Spark Communications Services SDK communication technology, KEYYES CHAT users can feel confident that their data and privacy are certifiably secured," said Will Beattie, Chief Technology Officer of Sarment Group.

On the relationship, Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry noted:

"As more and more of our private lives are shared and conducted online, the need for secure communications is critical. KEYYES delivers a useful service for high-net worth individuals, whose data may be of value to those with malicious intent, and being able to trust in the integrity of the chat system will be a primary decision-making factor for them in considering the service. With the BlackBerry Spark Communications SDK, KEYYES CHAT will allow seamless communication between members, partners and employees while protecting the privacy and security of its users.

The BlackBerry Spark platform allows provides end-to-end encrypted chat, voice, video and data transfer functionality. Additionally, it includes FIPS-validated, app-level, AES 256-bit encryption to ensure data is always protected on a device, over the network, and through the Enterprise. KEYYES CHAT will be integrated into the KEYYES App but will eventually also available to the general public lite version with the same level of end-to-end encrypted security.

Sarment Holdings Enters Into Partnership With Blackberry to Deliver Digital Security to the Global Luxury Consumer World

  • Sarment introduce KEYYES CHAT as a first of a series of highly secured modules for consumers
  • Encryption messaging application targeted to cater to security-conscious users
  • KEYYES CHAT will be available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in Q2 2019

TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sarment Holding Limited (TSXV:SAIS) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with BlackBerry to co-develop KEYYES CHAT, a highly-encrypted messaging application to provide identity and overall data security management for Sarment's rapidly growing ultra-high, and high-net worth user base. The development of KEYYES CHAT will be in conjunction with a series of other security-focused applications which are anticipated to be launched starting in 2019.

The KEYYES CHAT application has been developed with the BlackBerry Spark Communications Services SDK, which provides end-to-end encrypted chat, voice, video and data transfer functionality. It includes FIPS-validated, app-level, AES 256-bit encryption to ensure data is always protected on a device, across the mobile network and into the enterprise infrastructure.

"Working in collaboration with BlackBerry was an obvious choice for Sarment, given they have long been regarded as a global leader in secured data and communications. Integrating this technology into Sarment's digital ecosystem KEYYES is one of the steps we are taking to continue to provide our communities with useful tools they can trust. We started with bookings, purchases, deliveries and now we are adding communication to solve the issue of privacy and data security for our growing user-base. By leveraging BlackBerry's Spark Communications Services SDK communication technology, KEYYES CHAT users can feel confident that their data and privacy are certifiably secured," said Will Beattie, Chief Technology Officer of Sarment Group.

In 2018, Sarment launched a unique offering which has quickly garnered the attention of the luxury industry by migrating its network of consumers and luxury brand partners into a unique digital ecosystem named KEYYES. KEYYES works as a curator, service provider and experience planner. Users discover expert insights, purchase curated goods and make bookings at featured lifestyle venues like restaurants, bars, art galleries, spas, wellness retreats, fashion houses, private clubs, automotive showrooms and designer's workshops. KEYYES is currently available in 5 cities in Asia and the Company is targeting to be in over 20 additional cities worldwide in the next 3 years.

KEYYES CHAT will be integrated in KEYYES App but will also be available to the general public in a lighter format with the same level of end-to-end encrypted security. It will give users the possibility to discover and be informed about KEYYES world if they are not yet a member.

"We are extremely excited to be working with BlackBerry to address the cyber security and overall privacy of our users, and look forward to growing the breadth of our technology and specific application portfolio together in the coming months and years," said Quentin Chiarugi, CEO of Sarment Group. "Sarment plans to migrate all its employees' communications and its partners using KEYYES CHAT as the only communication tool when the application is launched. We want to showcase to our corporate partners how valuable KEYYES can be for their own employees and their customers."

"As more and more of our private lives are shared and conducted online, the need for secure communications is critical," said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. "KEYYES delivers a useful service for high-net worth individuals, whose data may be of value to those with malicious intent, and being able to trust in the integrity of the chat system will be a primary decision-making factor for them in considering the service. With the BlackBerry Spark Communications SDK, KEYYES CHAT will allow seamless communication between members, partners and employees while protecting the privacy and security of its users."

Sarment is growing its user base by offering its services in targeted cities and by onboarding the world's leading luxury brands onto their platform. For more information please visit www.sarment.com.

About Sarment

Sarment was established in 2012 providing "art de la table" products and services to both private individuals and enterprises active in the luxury community. It evolved into a broader lifestyle service provider offering premium experiences to its expanding base of affluent clients, establishing its position as a trusted authority in all things luxury. Sarment is now one of Asia's major service providers with hundreds of global partners spanning a growing network of luxury partners.

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BlackBerry Hub+ Services beta updated to fix call log issue on dual-SIM devices

For those of you out there using a BlackBerry smartphone that features dual-SIM and are part of the beta program, you'll want to go ahead and load up the Google Play Store and get the latest BlackBerry Hub+ Services downloaded.

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The BlackBerry KEY2 LE in Atomic is now available for pre-order in Europe!

For those of you who may have been holding off picking up a BlackBerry KEY2 LE waiting for the Atomic red to arrive, BlackBerry Mobile has now kicked off pre-orders in Europe through their EU store.

Register now for the BlackBerry Mobile Paris Soiree!

All registration spots have no been filled up. Thanks, everyone!

If you're in the Paris area on November 29th, BlackBerry Mobile is hosting an exclusive celebration of creatives and the latest BlackBerry smartphones, and you're invited to attend. As it is a soiree, there will be plenty of food, drinks, and entertainment but space is limited.

Google Play Cyber Week deals feature 99¢ movie rentals, 80% off games, and more!

The Google Play Store Cyber Week sale has now kicked off, and if you're looking to load up on digital goods, you'll undoubtedly want to fire up the Google Play Store and take a look at what is available. Everything from movies, to games to subscriptions and ebooks are discounted!

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