Canadian Governor-General Backs BlackBerry

It appears that BlackBerry has gained a vote of confidence from an unlikely ally. Canadian Governor-General David Johnston recently weighed-in about the Canadian company giving his believe that the company is ready for a better future.

Johnston stated that: “BlackBerry has now stabilized, the future is very promising,” and when asked about the potential void which apparently BlackBerry has now left in Waterloo he said: “There are many other small- and medium-sized startups that are filling the void.”

Whilst Johnston is not really ...

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Happy Birthday BBM Channels!

Originally Posted On Inside Blogs:

When I wake up in the morning, there are four things that I regularly check: my BlackBerry Hub, the weather, my schedule and BBM Channels. Twitter used to be on that list, but my social engagement, as well as my interests, tastes and perspective on what’s important, have all changed drastically. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t become a mobile hermit, looking to niche out a social media hovel for me to peer at the rest of society from afar ...

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GFXBench Benchmark Reveals Hamburg Specs

BlackBerry is set to release two new Android handsets this year. One of these devices, the Hamburg, recently popped up on the GFXBench benchmarker as sporting some pretty decent specs. From what we know at BlackBerryCentral, these specs are legitimate (from an evaluation unit, and not faked) -- since both the Rome and Hamburg are to carry similar specifications over from the Priv -- with a slight boost in front cameras:

Of course, with all things unofficial, take it with a grain of salt, but here's ...

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BlackBerry Survey: One in Six Android Users Don’t Know About Android Security Patches

Originally posted on Inside Blogs:

There are currently 1.4 billion active Android devices worldwide, but what about the users behind them? Do they know about security patches and who is responsible for securing their device? How do they feel about privacy?

We set out to uncover the mobile security and privacy implications Android smartphone users take into consideration to protect their valuable information and data. We surveyed* over 8,000 Android smartphone users and found that they are security-minded, but only 12 percent ...

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Say Hello to @DanMac2014, BlackBerry's First Social Fan of the Month

BlackBerry is bringing it back: Social Fan Of The Month

Their first winner, Dan Macneil (@DanMac2014), who wins a BlackBerry Passport.

 

Originally posted on Inside Blogs:

#TeamBlackBerry is made up of our most devoted fans around – and we want to recognize them for that.

That’s why earlier this week our CEO John Chen kicked off the BlackBerry Social Fan of the Month program. On the first of each month, he’ll announce a winner that we’ll profile here on Inside BlackBerry. May’s superfan is ...

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BBM For BlackBerry 10 Updated

After BlackBerry rolled out an update to Android & iOS devices, it was only natural we'd come to see an update to our favourite platform: BlackBerry 10.

On Friday, the update became available across the globe containing bug fixes and performance updates. There's nothing specific past that, as alike the Android update -- though it never hurts to get an update that keeps things running smoothly. 

Be sure to give the app an update by heading to BlackBerry World and checking for ...

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BBM Channels Update Brings Statistics for Individual Posts

Who ever said BlackBerry doesn't care about Channels?

Today, some BlackBerry Channel users noticed an extra icon on their posts when using the online Channel Web Portal, which when clicked shows an interesting and handy new feature. What the icon takes you to, is a breakdown of the selected posts user demographics; such as Country, Age, Gender and Operating System.

Interestingly, BlackBerry quietly rolls out these features without much warning or publicity. Futher more, today happens to be BBM Channels 3 Year aniversary.

Here ...

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BlackBerry Expands Android Beta Zone To Include Applications

Not long ago, BlackBerry launched a Beta Program for Priv users to test out the recently released Android M update. Next week, they'll be adding the accepted users into a program to beta test BlackBerry-made applications such as Hub, Camera, and Calendar via the Google Play Store.

Note: If you didn't opt-in for the Marshmallow Beta, you will not be able to access the applications betas.

This is definitely a step in the right direction by BlackBerry, bringing bug fix downtime up and ...

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