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.

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

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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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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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Fox News Recognizes KEYone as Best S8 Alternative

When mainstream media starts recognizing a BlackBerry device, you can tell the tide has turned.

For far too long, the only time you’d see the BlackBerry name spoken about in mainstream media, it would be to speak of their supposed death, or layoffs, or poor earnings, or some other contrived negative impression. That attitude is apparently starting to erode. A post on the Fox News website from early March, shows as a perfect example.

Samsung is of course seen as the one to beat in the world of Android. And with a new Samsung flagship arriving, of course it is time to write about alternatives to the new S8. Fox News has done just that. And while they probably wouldn’t appreciate being called mainstream media, that’s precisely what they are.

In their report, and accompanying video with the editor in chief of tech website Tom’s Guide, they show off the KEYone as one of a few alternatives to the S8. And that is something we just haven’t seen in a very long time.

Source: Fox News Recognizes KEYone as Best S8 Alternative – UTB Blogs

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Google Recognizes BlackBerry Android for Security

Earlier this month Google published it’s Android Security 2016 Year In Review. The 71 page report covers various aspects of Android security. From OS security, to information about the ecosystem as well as speaking about various vulnerabilities over the last year. It is a very interesting read, and if you have some time, I’d suggest you give it a good read. You can read the entire report here. …

“Several manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, BlackBerry, and OnePlus, regularly deliver security updates to flagship devices on the same day as Google’s updates to Nexus and Pixel devices, thereby providing their customers
with the most up-to-date security available.”

The next mention of BlackBerry is when speaking of Zero Days. This gets interesting.

“The combination of regular monthly security updates and fast responses by Android device manufacturers significantly mitigated the impact of zero day vulnerabilities against the Android platform. For example, CVE-2016-5195 (also known as Dirty Cow) was publicly disclosed on October 19, 2016. As the Android Security 2016 Year in Review / Android Platform Security 29 patch was available from upstream Linux, some device manufacturers, such
as BlackBerry, deployed a fix in time for the November 2016 security update. We created a special patch string (November 06, 2016) for devices to indicate the vulnerability had been fixed. A fix was required for the December 01, 2016 security patch level.”

Dirty Cow allowed attackers to escalate to root privileges through a race condition bug and gain write-access to read-only memory. The vulnerability had been present for nearly a decade in the android kernel and Linux. The kernel and Linux vulnerabilities were patched in October of 2016, and publicly disclosed October 19th. BlackBerry utilized this fix to push the patch to it’s android version in the November update. Google pushed the update within it’s December security update, following BlackBerry by a month. …

Source: Google Recognizes BlackBerry Android for Security – UTB Blogs

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BlackBerry readies a more secure version of the Samsung Galaxy S7

Secusmart, the BlackBerry subsidiary that secures the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s smartphone, will roll out a version of its SecuSuite security software compatible with Samsung Electronics’ Knox platform later this year. …

In addition to encrypting communications and data stored on the device, the new SecuSuite also secures voice calls using the SNS standard set by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Organizational app traffic is passed through an IPsec VPN, while data from personal apps can go straight to the internet. Encrypted voice calls go through a different gateway, not the VPN.

When it goes on sale, likely around July, an S7 running SecuSuite for Samsung Knox will cost around €1900, said BlackBerry Secusmart managing director Christoph Erdmann. That’s the same price as the existing BlackBerry 10 version, and includes the phone, a microSD smartcard to secure the encryption keys, and the first year of service. …

Source: BlackBerry readies a more secure version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 | PCWorld

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BlackBerry KEYone Receives FCC approval

One step closer to the release of the BlackBerry KEYone, the device just received FCC approval. We all know that the device should be available in April, and we are only one week away from entering the month. After the FCC approval there are no other obstacles for any delay.

You can check availability in your area through BlackBerry Mobile website. Some online stores and carriers have already stated that they will carry the new BlackBerry KEYone, and we are looking to hear for more, especially from US carriers. Perhaps with this approval they will do it faster.

Read the FCC page here.

Source: BlackBerry KEYone Receives FCC approval – UTB Blogs

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Two Enterprises Discover an Unwelcome Surprise

Malware found preinstalled on enterprise devices.

Two unnamed enterprises have discovered an unwelcome surprise on 38 of their devices. An outbreak of malware. This may not seem too unusual, as we all know employees will often do things which result in device infection. What’s unusual about this outbreak though, is that this was not the fault of the employees. This malware was found to have been preinstalled on the devices before they ever reached the employees hands. …

Source: Two Enterprises Discover an Unwelcome Surprise – UTB Blogs

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The World’s Most Secure Android Smartphone

BlackBerry sets the bar in incident response and patch management, and brings its world-renowned security experts and testing to the new line of BlackBerry secure smartphones powered by Android.

With BlackBerry you can be confident that extra precautions are taken at both the hardware and software levels to protect your BlackBerry smartphone from malicious tampering. BlackBerry provides the most secure Android smartphones with a combination of:

  1. Security architecture
  2. Best-in-class security patch track record
  3. Dedicated security research and response teams

Download Security Guide (PDF)

Source: The World’s Most Secure Android Smartphone

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Security guide for BlackBerry powered by Android

This guide describes the privacy and security of BlackBerry devices powered by Android, including:

  • The value of embedding security into the end points to create a hardware Root of Trust
  • Layered defenses we’ve added throughout the mobile device stack, including the hardware platform, firmware, mobile OS, and secure communications and collaboration apps
  • How we’ve secured the Android OS
  • The flexibility of various deployment models that allow you to secure devices regardless of who owns them, which network they’re on, and which EMM solution you use
  • The end-to-end BlackBerry security platform, including device security, app security, secure device management, secure network connectivity, security patch and upgrade management, and more …

Source: Security guide for BlackBerry powered by Android

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