Building a BlackBerry QNX 7 Desktop

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. …

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BlackBerry Mobile – KEYone Release in Canada and the USA

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.

Hey @BlackBerry fans, the keyboard is back! We’ll have the #KEYone @Sprint later this year!
— MarceloClaure (@marceloclaure) April 27, 2017

Pre-orders from selected partners will begin on May 18. …

Tech writers are very excited about this new smartphone. For example, read more about it in that 24hr-test article,  “Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry’s KEYone is one hell of a comeback“.

Source: BlackBerry Mobile Announces KEYone Release in Canada and US – UTB Blogs


German cybersecurity chief: Army attacked over 284,000 times 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. …

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Join BlackBerry Executives and a BlackBerry Software powered Jaguar XJ at the 2017 Milken Institute Conference

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.”

On Tuesday, May 2nd from 8 AM PT, Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen will offer his insights on public policy on the panel, “U.S. Overview: Will the Economic Tailwind continue?

The following day at 11:15 AM PT, BlackBerry Chief Evangelist Mark Wilson will share his expert thoughts on cybersecurity in healthcare on the panel “Hacks on Healthcare: How to Make a Vulnerable Industry Cyber-Secure“.

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.

Registration for the Global Conference 2017

Source: BlackBerry Executives and BlackBerry Software-Powered Jaguar XJ Coming to the 2017 Milken Institute Conference


Enterprise Chat Client HipChat Hacked

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. …

Source: Enterprise Chat Client HipChat Hacked – UTB Blogs


Shareholders have new confidence in BlackBerry

Shareholders who own BlackBerry stock have now new confidence in the company.

Norges Bank purchased 3,564,034 shares during the fourth quarter and own now 0.67% of BlackBerry, which is valued at approximately $24,556,000.

Also BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased their shares by 0.4% in the third quarter and own now 88,468 shares.

Capstone Management increased their shares by 12% in the third quarter and own now 53,323 shares of the software group’s stock valued at $426,000.

The Bank of Montreal added 234,955 share of BlackBerry and own now 5,119,861 shares valued at $40,856,000.

Palo Capital Inc. purchased a new stake during the third quarter valued at $136,000.

Finally, Beech Hill Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in shares of BlackBerry by 50.5% in the third quarter and own now 59,930 shares valued at $478,000.

62.41% of the BlackBerry stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Source: BlackBerry Stock Owners Have Faith In The Company – UTB Blogs


Webinar: How BlackBerry Secure Technology enables the continuum of emergency response

May 10, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CEST

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.

Please join our webcast with an Industry Security Leader, BlackBerry, and discover how secure technology solutions can make a difference in community policing and the safety of officers and citizens by optimizing operations and communications across your systems, people and processes.

Learn how to help your organization achieve the following:

  • Improved commander awareness and less reliance on Land Mobile Radio
  • Instant Interoperability between staff and first responders
  • Greater effectiveness in coordinating emergency response including dispatching off-duty officers
  • Spend more time in the community versus at the desk
  • Mobilize staff beyond uniform and vehicle
  • Improve administrative processes through efficient document workflow and statement filing methods
  • Improve process of sharing key documents internally and externally with other police or government agencies

We will also discuss success stories on how law enforcement and police agencies are innovating and advancing operations and processes to achieve their goals:

  • Reducing statement processes from 90-45 minutes
  • Recording & updating a report of missing person from 90-10 minutes
  • Recording & updating incidents from 30- 5 minutes
  • Recording & updating crimes from 75-30 minutes

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Registration form for the Webinar

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BlackBerry Partners with a Leading Insurance Provider to Boost Enterprises’ Cybersecurity

It’s a truth most of us would just as soon forget. Technology trends such as enterprise mobility and the Internet of Things attracts not only the productivity minded, but those with darker motives. I’m talking about hacking, malware, data breaches, and more. Already, the annual cost of data breaches sits at somewhere around $400 billion, and could climb as high as $2.1 trillion globally by 2019.

Businesses know that the need for better security has never been more pressing. So does BlackBerry. It’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to securing, connecting and mobilizing the Enterprise of Things. It’s why we’ve unified our software portfolio into one of the most comprehensive security offerings on the market. It’s why we launched our highly-regarded Professional Cybersecurity Services Practice and are partnered with leading security consultancies such as Giuliani Partners.

And it’s why we’re proud to announce that we’ve signed a new agreement with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings. A global, multi-billion-dollar provider of insurance and reinsurance solutions, Allied World will incorporate our BlackBerry SHIELD security self-assessment tool into its FrameWRX cyber risk management solution. Designed to help Allied World’s corporate policyholders assess their privacy measures and network security, FrameWRX also connects them with a select group of vendors to address any issues they uncover. …

Source: BlackBerry Partners with a Leading Insurance Provider to Boost Enterprises’ Cybersecurity


BlackBerry Supports the Fast-Growing AppConfig Community

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. …

Source: BlackBerry Supports the Fast-Growing AppConfig Community