Video: All of the Ways that BlackBerry Software Impacts the Enterprise of Things

From the 60 million cars on the road running BlackBerry software, to the 80+ security certifications we have earned, to the 20,000+ enterprises that rely on our software, BlackBerry secures, connects, and mobilizes businesses all around the world today. Watch this video to learn more.

Source: WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 support officially extended until the end of 2017

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It’s official: WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 support extended till end of 2017

On Friday, WhatsApp fan blog Whatsappen began reporting that support for WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 (and BlackBerry OS7+) would be extended until the end of 2017, but with no official report or update coming out stating so, it made the news a tad bit sketchy. However, now a new update rolling out of WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 does confirm the news officially as the change log notes

changed client end-of-life date to December 31, 2017.

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BlackBerry launches QNX Hypervisor 2.0 to help automakers realize a safe and secure connected car

As the need for more advanced safety and security software rises in the automotive sector, BlackBerry QNX has officially launched QNX Hypervisor 2.0, BlackBerry’s most advanced and secure 64-bit embedded operating system which allows developers to partition and isolate safety-critical environments from non-safety critical environments. …

There is no safety without security, said John Wall, senior vice president and head of BlackBerry QNX. If hackers can access a car through a non-critical ECU system, they can tamper or take over safety-critical areas, such as the steering system, brakes or engine. BlackBerry’s QNX Hypervisor 2.0 safeguards against these types of attacks and is a key component of our multi-level approach to securing connected and autonomous vehicles.

In addition to the launch of QNX Hypervisor 2.0, BlackBerry also announced Qualcomm Technologies has adopted QNX Hypervisor 2.0 as part of certain digital cockpit solutions. Support for QNX Hypervisor 2.0 on the Snapdragon 820Am automotive platform is available today.

The QNX Hypervisor 2.0 will assist automakers in taking greater advantage of the power of our Snapdragon automotive platform,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president, product management, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The ability to run concurrent operating systems on top of the QNX Hypervisor on the Snapdragon 820Am automotive platform will help automakers to reduce hardware complexity and cost in their vehicles, while still delivering the responsive and rich user experiences that consumers demand today.

Download the QNX Hypervisor Product Brief for more information.

Source: BlackBerry launches QNX Hypervisor 2.0 to help automakers realize a safe and secure connected car

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John Chen successfully turned around BlackBerry

… About four years after his appointment as CEO, Chen’s disciplined strategy of playing to the company’s strong sides has paid off remarkably and BlackBerry has opportunities to increase its profits. Essentially, the company’s turnaround has been completed.

Equity analyst Paul Treiber has removed it from his risk watch, explaining that BB is no longer dependent on outside cash flow (such as Service Access Fees) and is no longer losing money on hardware production. Rather, it’s growing its software business and directing its efforts towards the ‘Enterprise of Things’ market.

This includes new handsets developed under license by contractors like TCL and Infracom, along with products like tablets and wearables – all based on Android, rather than BB 10, which the company abandoned long ago.

Chen believes there’s a place for BlackBerry’s Secure software into all kinds of devices, including BB-branded and co-branded ones. Security is the name of the game with BlackBerry, and the company can further strengthen its foothold there as it improves its financials and benefits from newfound investor interest. …

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Camera Review: BlackBerry KEYone vs. Samsung Galaxy S8

The new BlackBerry KEYone secure Android smartphone surprised many tech enthusiasts around the world. Not just the physical keyboard is exiting, but also the built-in camera.

The camera sensor is known from the Google Pixel smartphone and comes from Sony. It’s the high-end 12-megapixel Sony IMX378 sensor.

In a video review Danny Winget compared the BlackBerry KEYone camera against the Sony Galaxy S8 camera. Is the KEYone camera able to compete with the S8 camera? Let’s have a look …

Source: IS BLACKBERRY KEYONE CAMERA BETTER THAN SAMSUNG GALAXY S8?

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What you need to know about QNX Hypervisor

QNX Hypervisor is a Type 1 realtime priority-based microkernel hypervisor built for managing virtual machines. The QNX Hypervisor makes it easier to obtain and maintain safety certifications by separating safety-critical components from non-safety critical components in separate guest operating systems. The QNX Hypervisor boasts the ability to meet the precision requirement of an embedded zero-downtime production system. …

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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. …

Source: 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!pic.twitter.com/qA956MUgya
— 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

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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

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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

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