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7
Apr

BlackBerry Messenger helps uncover a Brazilian corruption scandal


BlackBerry Classic keyboard

Some less-than-ethical businesspeople are learning the hard way that even secure messaging systems aren’t all that private. Brazilian authorities have used BlackBerry Messenger records (obtained through warrants and BlackBerry’s help) to level corruption charges against over 100 people skimming money from the country’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras. The chats not only confirmed relationships between culprits, but indicated when people were arranging cash drop-offs and other suspicious activities. There aren’t any convictions just yet, but it may be hard for at least some suspects to deny that they’re involved.

Brazilian law enforcement’s access to the chats raises concerns about BBM’s confidentiality, especially in light of BlackBerry’s tendencies to both treat messages as sacred and offer access only reluctantly. The company isn’t saying much, but it points to an official policy that balances “lawful access assistance” versus privacy. In short, officials likely gave the folks in Waterloo little choice but to hand over the goods — at least in Brazil, you shouldn’t assume that encryption alone will keep your messages a secret.

Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Mobile, Blackberry

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Source: Wall Street Journal

30
Mar

Apple now lets you trade in some of its rivals’ smartphones


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Yes, the rumors of Apple expanding its trade-in program were true — the company’s stores are now willing to take your competing smartphone in return for credit toward a new iPhone. If you live in France, Italy, the UK or the US, you can trade in certain Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices (the BlackBerry Z10, Lumia 1020 and Nexus 5 are among the examples). We can’t imagine that you’ll be too eager to use this option — you may either remain loyal to a platform, or can find a buyer who’ll offer more — but it could be useful if you’re determined to ditch an old phone in an eco-friendly way. Just be sure to call if you’re going to try this soon. We’ve reached out to a number of stores, and only a few were aware that non-iPhone trade-ins were live. It could take some time before every store is up to speed.

Photo by Will Lipman.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Apple, Blackberry

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Via: 9to5Mac

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21
Mar

BBM Protected users can chat securely with friends on Android and iOS


While BBM Protected has been keeping enterprise users’ chats secure since last year, it only used to work if it’s installed on both parties’ phones. Now, though, the feature can keep convos secure even if only one of the chatters has it. In fact, the other person doesn’t even have to be a BlackBerry user: Protected now works even on iOS and Android devices. Considering you can’t exactly force, say, clients to ditch their iPhones, Samsungs and HTCs, among other brands that carry Android, this is definitely good news. Those who absolutely have to chat through secure methods only need to start a Protected convo, and the message above will appear so long as the other person has the BBM app. Hopefully, company execs can stop worrying about employees unknowingly leaking sensitive info by using unprotected apps. Unless, of course, they’re the ones being reckless.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Blackberry

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Source: BlackBerry

21
Mar

BlackBerry updates its BBM app to bring support for “Protected”


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Yesterday, BlackBerry updated its official BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) application in the Play Store to bring support for “Protected” — a new ” enterprise-grade secure instant messaging service.”

So, what exactly is BBM Protected and how does it work?

Well, according to the Canadian manufacturer:

“BBM Protected offers an enterprise-grade secure instant messaging service with all the features of a consumer IM app, the hardening of on-premise security together with the convenience of a cloud service. All messages are encrypted using keys generated by the communicating mobile devices themselves. This BlackBerry innovation effectively prevents ‘man in the middle’ hacker attacks, providing greater security than competing encryption schemes, and earning BBM Protected FIPS 140-2 validation by the U.S. Department of Defense.

With the announcement this week, organizations using BBM Protected can now let their employees chat securely using BBM Protected to non-BBM Protected workers at other companies, or customers. The result: instant federation and bulletproof security for messaging communications with partners outside of your enterprise.”

BBM Protected is available via an extra subscription through BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Services), but to get you acquainted with the service, a 30-day free trial can be accessed. It’s available for all Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich or above, version 2.6 of the BBM app or higher.

Source: Play Store

 

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15
Mar

BlackBerry’s first tablet in years is a secure Galaxy Tab S


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

BlackBerry’s first experience with tablets was more than a little traumatic, but it hasn’t completely given up on the idea. The company’s SecuSmart wing has teamed up with IBM to launch the SecuTablet, an extra-secure version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Reportedly, the slate’s included security bundle prevents sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands while allowing personal apps. Yes, you can watch YouTube on the same device that carries your classified documents. You aren’t likely to find this in stores (certainly not at its $2,380 price) as a result, but ongoing German government tests hint that you may well see it in the field — and there’s a real chance that it will outlive its ill-fated predecessor.

Filed under: Tablets, Samsung, Blackberry

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Via: Wall Street Journal

Source: BlackBerry

15
Mar

BlackBerry’s first tablet in years is a secure Galaxy Tab S


Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

BlackBerry’s first experience with tablets was more than a little traumatic, but it hasn’t completely given up on the idea. The company’s SecuSmart wing has teamed up with IBM to launch the SecuTablet, an extra-secure version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Reportedly, the slate’s included security bundle prevents sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands while allowing personal apps. Yes, you can watch YouTube on the same device that carries your classified documents. You aren’t likely to find this in stores (certainly not at its $2,380 price) as a result, but ongoing German government tests hint that you may well see it in the field — and there’s a real chance that it will outlive its ill-fated predecessor.

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Via: Wall Street Journal

Source: BlackBerry

2
Mar
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BBM update brings Android Wear support, ad-free option and more


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While Blackberry’s hardware division is still struggling to turn the company’s ship around, Blackberry Messenger has at least found a modicum of success on outside platforms including Android. Now at MWC 2015, Blackberry announced it is preparing to take the experience up a notch by introducing a few new features and a few new paid options in the latest update to its app.

When it comes to features, there’s really two new things on offer: photos in group chat, and support for the Android Wear platform. It is the latter of these features that is most interesting, letting you read and reply to messages right from your wrist.

As for the paid aspects? For those that wish their PINs were nothing more than then a random string of characters, you can now pay $1.99 per month to have a custom PIN. While certain restrictions apply, custom PINs let you use both numbers and letters, though the PIN must be at least 6-8 characters long. The other paid option is the ability to remove ads for $.99. No, not one time — reoccuring every month.

While some folks might be willing to pay monthly for an add free experience or to get a PIN that’s easier to remember for sharing with friends, you think a one time low cost fee or a once a year fee would be a much easier sell than the current monthly payment scheme. For Blackberry fans interested in Android Wear support, group chat photos and/or new montly ‘premium’ options, you can now grab the updated app on Google Play.



2
Mar
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BBM update brings PIN and Android Wear support


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Back in January at CES, BlackBerry announced that BBM would get support for Android Wear. Now it’s Mobile World Congress and they are announcing that it’s officially available. You can now read BBM messages in their entirety, respond to them via Google Now or with a pre-defined message, and accept BBM invites all from your Android Wear smartwatch.

In addition to Android Wear support, the app itself also gets PIN support. You can now create a customized 6-8 digit alphanumeric BBM PIN that’s unique and easy to share. However, you will have to purchase it for $1.99 per month.

One last addition for Android users is the ability to purchase a no-ad subscription for $0.99 per month.

source: BlackBerry

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2
Mar
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BlackBerry wants to bring some of its best features to every device


The hub on a BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry has only been willing to give out tiny pieces of its smartphone experience so far, like BBM and its enterprise servers, but it’s going to be much more liberal in the near future. It’s launching BlackBerry Experience Suite, a collection of apps and services that bring some of its biggest features to Android, iOS and Windows gear in hopes of making them mainstays of the working world. Some of them are more behind-the-scenes features that keep your corporate info both secure and separate from your personal affairs. However, others are very conspicuously borrowed from BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The company is promising the BlackBerry Hub (which unifies BB10’s messaging), universal search and even its own input method — yes, you may get a BlackBerry keyboard on your phone without resorting to a Typo case. The suite won’t be available until later in the year, but it may be just the ticket if you (or your office) wants to try BlackBerry features while keeping the hardware and apps you already use.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Blackberry

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2
Mar
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BlackBerry wants to bring some of its best features to every device


The hub on a BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry has only been willing to give out tiny pieces of its smartphone experience so far, like BBM and its enterprise servers, but it’s going to be much more liberal in the near future. It’s launching BlackBerry Experience Suite, a collection of apps and services that bring some of its biggest features to Android, iOS and Windows gear in hopes of making them mainstays of the working world. Some of them are more behind-the-scenes features that keep your corporate info both secure and separate from your personal affairs. However, others are very conspicuously borrowed from BlackBerry 10 smartphones. The company is promising the BlackBerry Hub (which unifies BB10’s messaging), universal search and even its own input method — yes, you may get a BlackBerry keyboard on your phone without resorting to a Typo case. The suite won’t be available until later in the year, but it may be just the ticket if you (or your office) wants to try BlackBerry features while keeping the hardware and apps you already use.

Filed under: Cellphones, Mobile, Blackberry

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Source: BlackBerry (1), (2)

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