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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


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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

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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.

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Via: Wall Street Journal

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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


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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)

26
Feb
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Android for Work is ready to make your phone office-friendly


Android for Work on a Nexus 6

Remember Android for Work, Google’s big effort to make your smartphone safe for business? It’s finally ready for prime time. The officially launched initiative lets you keep work-related accounts and app info separate from personal affairs while maintaining security — you don’t have to worry that higher-ups will peek at (or worse, delete) your vacation photos. You’ll only get full flexibility if you’re using Android 5.0 Lollipop, which lets you create work profiles, but an app will grant you access to corporate-approved tools if you’re running Android 4.0 or later.

The launch is getting help from a mix of app and hardware providers, including Box, Citrix, VMware, HTC, LG and Sony. Even BlackBerry is helping out with Android for Work support in its latest management tools. Developers of paid apps can even get in the mix, by opting-in to make their apps available for bulk purchase. However, Samsung isn’t pitching in to the same degree that was promised last year. While Samsung is still a partner, Google tells Recode that it didn’t end up using the Korean tech firm’s Knox technology to lock things down. Whatever’s under the hood, you now have a better chance of using your personal phone for office duties without enduring the hassles and security risks of the past.

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Source: Android Official Blog, BlackBerry

20
Feb
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BlackBerry 10.3.1 update includes the Amazon Appstore


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BlackBerry has just starting rolling out version 10.3.1 of its OS to a range of devices, including the BlackBerry Passport, Z30, Z3, Z10, Q10, and Q5. What is particularly interesting about this update is that it also includes the Amazon AppStore, granting Blackberry users access to a wide range of Android apps.

This update has been a long time in the making, Blackberry initially announced Amazon store integration back in June of 2014. Although not quite as extensive as the Google Play Store, Amazon’s AppStore contains a good portion of the most popular Android games and applications, which will really help bulk up the range of apps available to BlackBerry customers.

Following a huge decline in its market share, Blackberry has gradually been opening up to competing platforms, including porting its messenger service to other operating systems and promising support for Google’s Android Wear. While clearly a positive move for consumers, this will likely come at the cost of support for its own store, as developers no longer need to cater exclusively to Blackberry’s smaller platform.

BlackBerry 10.3.1 is rolling out to devices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East starting today, subject to carrier approval, while a North American release is scheduled for the future.



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