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BlackBerry have announced two updates they are rolling out: handset OS 10.3.2 and BlackBerry Blend 1.2. The updates will bring welcome enhancements as well as improvements to BlackBerry users’ security and privacy. Continue reading

BlackBerry Leap

With the advent of 4G and the wider use of mobile internet, it has become increasingly important to know how much data a handset uses. With the current BB10 handset software, 10.3, there is a built in app that allows users to keep tabs on their data usage and set up customised notifications when they get close to limits. This article will explain how this can be set up and it only takes 5 minutes to do. Continue reading


BlackBerry has confirmed the acquisition of WatchDox is now complete and offered an insight into how the service will integrate into their existing solutions and services.

WatchDox will be made available as a value added solution to complement the existing portfolio and will also be available as a service through BES12, allowing enterprises the following features:

  • Integrate WatchDox into Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, making it easier to access enterprise files behind the firewall.
  • Provide users with the ability to control the level of security and permissions on the files they share.
  • Watermark content across all devices, making it easy to identify the source of the files and providing a strong disincentive for inappropriate sharing.

For more details of this announcement, see BlackBerry


BB Classic

BlackBerry yesterday announced the release of a new handset that merges design of their classic smartphones with the improved features of BlackBerry 10.

When the first BlackBerry 10 handsets launched, not only was the software a huge change for historic users, but also the familiar keys had gone; the trackpad, BlackBerry menu button and back button. For some users, these distinguished features were greatly missed. Continue reading

BlackBerry has announced that it will host its 2014 Investor Day in San Francisco on Thursday 13th November at 12:30pm PST/3:30pm EST. In the UK this will be 8:30pm.

As yet, details are not available of what the Investor Day will cover.

The event will have a live webcast that can be accessed here.  The webcast can also be accessed after the event.


Blackberry have released an enhancement to their BlackBerry Messaging service which is designed to add additional levels of security to corporate data.

BBM Protected offers three layers of security:

  • Unique public/private encryption between the sender’s and recipient’s handsets, generated by FIPS 140-2 certified cryptographic library. This is controlled by the BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Service)
  • Triple DES 168-bit BBM scrambling key
  • TLS encryption between the smartphone and the BBM infrastructure

BBM Protected is a simple IT policy that is deployed by the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and works between devices activated on multiple instances of BlackBerry Enterprise Server, so long as they have both deployed this policy.

Further details of the service can be found in this whitepaper from BlackBerry. 

In other BBM news, an update has been released for BBM for Android, which makes it simpler to attach media to BBM chats, in-app upgrade notifications and the ability to allow users to rate their voice calls. BBM for Android can be downloaded free from the Google Play store.

And BBM is now available for Windows Phones running Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and likewise can be downloaded free from the Windows Phone store.

BB Z3 solo

Yesterday in Jakarta, BlackBerry unveiled the BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition. The handset will be available to customers from 15th May 2014 and will retail for around £113. Continue reading

Security Certificates

BlackBerry announced this week two affirmations of its security: the US Department of Defense approval for use of its BB10 handsets, and certification of its Multi-Platform Mobility Solution. Continue reading