BlackBerry Signs Deal with Allied World Assurance Company

Sometimes brands need to remember where they came from in order to accelerate. This seems to be the story of BlackBerry. In the words of Chief Executive, John Chen, BlackBerry has gone “back to its roots”; as per the Financial Times. The company is focused on security software, servers and productivity tools.

A shift back to security and software seems wise as the theme of cyber security threats for unprotected smartphones intensifies. Governments rely heavily on the BlackBerry technology and all G7 countries use the ...

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BlackBerry Mobile Hits Instagram

 

Yesterday, BlackBerry Mobile expanded its social media reach by launching an account on the ubiquitous picture (and video) sharing platform, Instagram. They haven't shared a lot of photos yet (18 at the time of writing) but with the impending release of the KEYOne, surely that will change. Be sure to follow BlackBerry Mobile for photos of and by the KEYOne. 

 

This is a welcomed addition to the BlackBerry social media strategy, albeit this is done by BlackBerry Mobile (i.e. under the TCL ...

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BlackBerry Wins Settlement Against Qualcomm

BlackBerry announced today that it has won an arbitration hearing between it and chipset manufacturer Qualcomm.  This stems from the royalty fees paid to Qualcomm by BlackBerry for the use of its various chipsets in various BlackBerry devices.  On 20 April 2016, both sides agreed to arbitrate the dispute and between 27 February and 3 March 2017 the hearing was held. 

The announcement states that the arbitrator dictated approximately $815 million was the settlement.  Which equates to approximately $1.38 per fully ...

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AtHoc Receives FedRAMP Authorization

It’s been a while since we have seen BlackBerry’s AtHoc in the news; however, today that changes with yet another certification. With yesterday's press release, BlackBerry announced that AtHoc has received its first FedRAMP authorization. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorization certifies that AtHoc has passed FedRAMP’s federal security and risk management review process.  In turn, this now permits AtHoc as a viable cloud service provider to the US Federal Government.  Of interest, this certification process was sponsored by ...

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BlackBerry Officially Joins Vulnerable Persons Project

In late January, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake chiefs met with business leaders from BlackBerry, Forrest Green RMC, SAS Canada as well as Cree leaders, members of various Kahnawake organizations and a few more. Talks were focused on creating a database to prevent or help solve missing persons cases, relative to the Vulnerable Persons Initiative.

"First Nations communities across Canada struggle to solve cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women so one of the motivations for such a project is the ability for said communities to ...

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How Intel's Mobileye Purchase Could Impact $BBRY

A major purchase of an autonomous vehicle company potentially may have a significant impact on BBRY shares in the coming future. If you haven’t seen the news, Intel has agreed to terms with Mobileye in a $15.3B deal to purchase the Israeli company. The deal elevates the value of companies working on autonomous drive vehicles as Intel shelled out 39 times more than Mobileye’s sales performance and 19.5 times more than their book value. 

So why does this matter to BlackBerry? QNX... QNX ...

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3 Reasons Government Should Rethink Using Mobile Device Management For BYOD

There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground between government-grade security and end-user happiness with MDM in BYOD. Rather, a completely different approach is needed in this situation.

Government agencies and their employees like BYOD because it gives employees mobile access to work email and documents, on their favorite devices, without having to allocate IT funds for hardware.

Mobile device management (MDM) solutions have been touted as the simplest, most cost-effective way to reduce security threats from BYOD phones. Yet many government IT pros who’ve ...

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Aperture Priority: BlackBerry Aurora

"We’re confident that Indonesian consumers will absolutely love BlackBerry Aurora. Built on the world’s most secure Android software platform, the Nougat 7.0-based BlackBerry Aurora is made in Indonesia, and will deliver a wealth of features favored by Indonesian users, including:

  • The aforementioned dual-SIM support for easy handling of personal and business calls in one phone (many Indonesians are forced to carry two phones today for this reason);
  • A 3000 mAh battery for over 20 hours of mixed-use (30 hours standby);
  • Working closely with ...
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