Elad Lahav has managed to build a QNX 7 Desktop. In his blog post he describes the challenges to bring that system to work on an ASRock IMB-151 mini ITX board.
BlackBerry QNX officially released version 7 of its Software Development Platform (SDP) last month. This release is the first to support 64-bit architectures, including x86-64 and aarch64. It also brings with it new features and over two years stability fixes.
As is the case for any release of an operating system that is not backwards-compatible with an earlier version, we were faced with the problem of a lack of content for SDP 7. Yes, the code has been thoroughly tested in the lab on a variety of boards and yes, Alpha and Beta versions of the release have been used by our partners to bring up new versions of their systems. Nevertheless, it was felt that a crucial part was missing in the test cycle, that of eating one’s own dog food.
BlackBerry QNX is an embedded operating system targeting applications in the automotive, general embedded, and medical markets. However, it is not your garden-variety embedded OS: QNX is a full-blown, UNIX-like, POSIX-compliant operating system with all of the features you would expect of a desktop or sever-class OS. Compatibility with other systems means that, at least in theory, porting various open source projects to SDP 7 should be a relatively easy task. And so, while there is no official support in this release for a desktop environment, there is nothing precluding someone from building such a system. With that in mind, I set myself the task of building a BlackBerry QNX 7 desktop. …
BlackBerry Mobile has announced the final release date for the new BlackBerry KEYone secure Android smartphone for Canada and the United States. This anticipated device will be available for purchase on May 31.
Canadian carriers which will bring the KEYone to their customers are Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS Business. The device will be available for a two year plan at a retail price of $199 CAD.
President and General Manager of TCL Communications (TCT), Steve Cistulli is thrilled to bring this device to consumers:
The BlackBerry story has such a rich history here in Canada, and we’re proud to be part of the new evolution of BlackBerry smartphones that reimagine how we communicate and stay connected with a device that is so distinctly different.
The United States release follows the same timeline. It will be available on May 31. This release will include both CDMA and GSM variants. While BlackBerry Mobile has confirmed the release date, they are unable to announce informations promising more details about US carrier release dates.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure tweeted that Sprint will sell the BlackBerry KEYone later this year.
Computers belonging to the German army were attacked by hackers close to 300,000 times in the first few weeks of this year, Ludwig Leinhos, the new head of cyber command of the German army, told Bild Sunday.
Leinhos, who took charge of the German army’s cyber unit on Saturday, said that in future, wars could be won and lost online and Germany must prepare for the worst.
“From hacker attacks to state attacks, we must be prepared for everything,” Leinhos said. “In the first nine weeks of this year alone, the Bundeswehr computers were attacked more than 284,000 times.”
Bild reported that 13,500 computer specialists will be working within the cybersecurity wing of the German army in response to the threat. …
BlackBerry will join the 20th annual Milken Institute Global Conference, which takes place from April 30th till May 3rd, 2017. The conference will be hosted in the Los Angeles Beverly Hilton Hotel, and in the Valet Area BlackBerry will be demoing a BlackBerry software powered Jaguar XJ.
First debuted at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Jaguar XJ is the next stage in the software-defined car. Powered by BlackBerry software, the Jaguar’s digital cockpit features a consolidated Electronic Control Unit (ECU), which combines the infotainment system and digital instrument cluster onto a single System-on-a-Chip (SoC) – all while using BlackBerry’s hypervisor software to isolate and keep each system crash-proof and safe. The Jaguar also uses our Acoustics Management Platform to enhance communication between driver and passengers and reduce engine sound.
Leading global experts, including five BlackBerry executives, will come together to tackle the economic, technological, and business challenges related to this year’s topic of “Building Meaningful Lives.”
BlackBerry’s Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard will be participating in a private dinner panel on the topic, “Will Technology Outpace Human Intelligence?” BlackBerry President, Global Sales Carl Wiese and Senior Director of Business Operations, Neelam Sandhu will also be in attendance.
HipChat is a team chat app. Claiming to be “built for business” it promises some very nice features, including group chat, video chat, and screen sharing. Earlier today, all HipChat users were forced to reset their password because the HipChat servers had been broken into.
The hack was due to a vulnerability in a third-party library. The attackers may have gained access to user’s name, email, and hashed passwords, although at this time, there is no indication that user’s messages or content were compromised, although .05 percent of this information was fully available to the attackers. …
Why do we need flashlight apps anyway? Are there any modern smartphones that don’t have a flashlight already built in to the phone? I would think by now that would be a standard feature. It has been on BlackBerry phones for years. And yet there are still flashlight apps, and it seems we consistently hear these flashlight apps are actually transporting malware. Here’s another one. An app called Flashlight LED Widget found it’s way into the Google Play Store. This flashlight app did exactly what it was supposed to do. It acted as a flashlight. But it also did more. The app was actually a Trojan that was targeting Australian banking credentials, as well as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Google Play logins.
Once installed, the app asks for administrator rights when it is first launched. Once granted, the app hides it’s icon, yet still displays as a working widget. In the background, the app has the ability to show the user fake screens that mimic their real apps, used for phishing login information. It can also lock the phone, intercept SMS messages, and display fake notifications. …
Public Safety and Policing organizations are facing some of the most unprecedented challenges as they deal with an evolving crime landscape, increase in the number of emergencies, and internal pressures of doing more with less. Technology solutions of the past decades are simply not agile enough, nor capable of helping law enforcement collaborate securely and resourcefully for quicker decision making.
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At BlackBerry, it has always been their goal to help customers transform their businesses – to help them securely build new workflows, processes, and functionality. App development plays a key role in that transformation. Business transformation requires great applications: tools that both increase productivity and protect critical data while preserving user’s privacy.
Developers can choose to use UEM/EMM software development kits (SDKs) to integrate key security and usability capabilities, like those provided by BlackBerry Dynamics. SDKs fill key gaps between native frameworks and what customers and regulated environment demand, particularly for un-managed devices. Developers can also choose, with device deployments that are managed by MDM, to leverage OS level capabilities.
These deployments are focused on native OS controls around:
Configuring apps through managed app config
Preventing data loss through managed open in
Connecting apps securely through per-app VPN
Here’s where the AppConfig community comes in. Launched in February 2016, its purpose was simple: to simplify application development and deployment, and accelerate adoption. By establishing a common approach based on native operating systems, it allows development teams to create configuration policies for applications that work consistently across multiple platforms. As an EMM member of AppConfig, BlackBerry can support customers that want to deploy apps that embrace the AppConfig approach. …