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The German government adopts the BlackBerry Z10 for its security features

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The word on the street is that the German government are giving the BlackBerry Z10 some big loving. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel along with other agencies is reportedly now using the Z10 due to its security features. Although half of staff are thought to be using Samsung Android devices a further 5000 will be rocking the BlackBerry Z10 which is fantastic news for the new handset and operating system.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to begin BlackBerry 10 pilot program in early 2013

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A few months back, it seemed like every other tech headline was another company moving away from BlackBerry for other platforms. Some did it quietly, others were more outspoken about their (albeit misguided) plans, but it was happening nonetheless. BlackBerry diehards knew it was just a matter of time before those companies would regret those decisions, with BlackBerry 10 looming on the horizon, with all the advancements in both software and hardware we've been anxiously waiting for.

RIM introduces Trade-Up and Recycle Program for Enterprise and government customers

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BlackBerry 7 Phones

RIM's BlackBerry trade-up program has been successful for consumers since launch, and now RIM has also introduced a program for Enterprise and government customers looking to upgrade devices. The new Trade-Up and Recycle Program aims for larger groups and organizations to be able to trade in older BlackBerry smartphones for new BlackBerry 7 devices. The program gives customers up to $100 for their old devices. 

Keep reading for the full press release and head to the BlackBerry Trade-Up page for more.  

BlackBerry 7 and 7.1 OS approved for government use in Australia and New Zealand

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BlackBerry 7 and 7.1 OS approved for government use in Australia and New Zealand

We recently saw the BlackBerry 7 OS get approved for use by the UK government, now the same OS, along with OS 7.1 has been approved for use by Australian and New Zealand governments. It certainly is reassuring to know that our beloved BlackBerry operating systems is secure enough to get government approval. While not many consumers are hugely concerned about security, I, for one, like this about BlackBerry so I always like hearing news like this.

BlackBerry 7 Smartphones Certified for U.S. and Canadian Governments

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BlackBerry Security

It's no secret that RIM has always been tops when it comes to security. BlackBerry smartphones have been used in government areas for years, mostly due to the ability to secure the devices and network. Today RIM announced that that BlackBerry OS 7 and 7.1 has earned FIPS 140-2 Certification by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Communications Security Establishment Canada. This means government agencies and consumers alike should be worry free when it comes to security on BlackBerry products. Keep reading for the full press release.

Canadian government purchasing 500 BlackBerry Playbooks

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BlackBerry encryption, time to talk turkey

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With all the news these days of about encryption on the BlackBerry solution there is a great amount of misunderstood reporting in the media on just what is at stake between RIM and governments of the world. I'm not going to pretend that this article will be the ultimate encryption thesis it's my hope to explain things plainly and clearly.

As global terrorism rages, governments are trying to keep up with the perpetrators and the BlackBerry has become the symbol of all that is secure. Many government agencies themselves use BlackBerry devices for their security, so it's understandable that they would be concerned with encrypted communications of terrorist BlackBerry devices. Various countries have been in the news lately demanding that RIM give them the keys to read all the BlackBerry traffic within their countries. Many have put down deadlines if RIM does not comply they will close down all BlackBerry traffic inside that country. That potentially wouldn't be a problem is these demand were being made by Madagascar but the countries are India and United Arab Emirates.