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    • Today BlackBerry announced plans to acquire Good Technology. For some, this news may be a surprise. That’s why Inside BlackBerry sat down with BlackBerry COO Marty Beard and Good CEO Christy Wyatt to discuss how the two companies are coming together to deliver on a combined vision.
      IBB: There’s history here with BlackBerry and Good. Can you give us that background?
      MB: Some people may not realize it, but BlackBerry and Good have both been delivering secure mobility for more than a decade. Our industry is very competitive and is constantly evolving, so it’s not surprising that we’ve each taken some aggressive positions over the years.
      But when you look more closely, you see that we share a common heritage in security and our strengths complement each other incredibly well. With this deal, we will move forward together with the same mission and commitment that has always driven our companies separately: to provide customers with the best and most secure products, services and support to meet their enterprise mobility needs.
      CW: There is a very long history here. We are in an incredibly competitive market and speak to many of the same customers. What has been clear throughout has been that Good and BlackBerry share similar philosophies: we’re both committed to secure mobility, innovation and ensuring our customers are successful. In fact, while working together on this deal it has been incredible to see the synergies between the teams, as well as the extremely complementary nature of our products. What I am most excited about is that our customers will benefit the most from the powerful combination of Good with BlackBerry.
      IBB: Explain why BlackBerry plans to acquire Good and why it’s a good fit for both sides.
      MB: We are strengthening BlackBerry’s software and cloud portfolio – and with Good, BlackBerry is creating the most comprehensive secure mobility platform in the market. Good has strength in multi-OS management and applications – particularly with iOS as well as Windows and Android, which BlackBerry has been delivering with BES12. Good also has established a strong ecosystem of more than 2,000 independent software vendor and customer-developed applications. And the two companies share an unrelenting commitment to security and privacy on behalf of our customers.

      CW: BlackBerry has always had a strong commitment to security that we share. While we have a similar vision, we have invested in different parts of the mobility management stack. Overall, our secure mobility platform and application suite is highly complementary to BlackBerry’s end-to-end solution for mobile device management for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android including both Samsung KNOX- and Android for Work-enabled devices. We’re also excited about the potential for our technology to help BlackBerry as it moves forward with its Internet of Things (IoT) strategy. When you see the potential for the combined roadmap, it is very exciting. CIOs will need the ability to support multiple mobility strategies with a common framework. I do not see any other provider in this space that will be able to offer what BlackBerry and Good will be able to provide.
      MB: Ultimately this is a good fit for customers.
      IBB: Speaking of customers, how does this impact each of your existing customers and what new areas will come of it?
      MB: Our acquisition of Good will mean the end of compromise for customers. We will be able to provide even stronger cross-platform capabilities – ensuring customers won’t have to make any sacrifices in operating systems, deployment models, or any level of privacy and security in their mobile environments. I truly believe that combined, BlackBerry and Good will raise the bar in the enterprise mobility market, enabling our customers to be more productive and protecting their sensitive data across all of their mobile end points.
      CW: Historically, when a customer chooses their enterprise mobility platform, they have been asked to make tough choices: do they want deep management, deep security, a great user experience or enterprise scalability? The truth is that customers should not have to choose. They will need different tools to solve different mobility challenges. With this combination, customers can have the best in security, management, ecosystem and experiences all on a common platform. This will be achieved when you combine our mobile container, productivity suite, service management and SDKs with BlackBerry’s enterprise portfolio and their renowned, trusted global network. Integration of solutions such as BBM, WatchDox by BlackBerry, and Good Work will make end users more productive – and they won’t have to give up the devices or functionality that they’ve grown to love.
      IBB: BlackBerry and Good are both respected leaders in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM). How will you combine to enhance EMM, particularly with security and privacy?
      MB: Security and privacy have always been at the forefront of what we do and are part of our DNA – and Good echoes this belief. Our comprehensive secure mobility platform will ensure the highest levels of security and personal privacy, which has been proven and certified by governments around the world.
      CW: BlackBerry provides capabilities including secure and encrypted voice, text, messaging, data and enterprise files. Good was just chosen by Gartner as the leading vendor in the 2015 High Security for Mobile Management report for capabilities such as our app-level encryption, advanced data loss prevention and secure communication among applications. When all of this is integrated in a unified EMM platform, customers will be confident that their information is safe and data secure, no matter what device or deployment model they rely on.
      MB: BlackBerry’s platform was the first mobility solution to receive the coveted Full Operational Capability (FOC) certification to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks. Good is the only company certified as Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 Augmented (EAL4+) for mobile collaboration for both iOS and Android. Clearly, our combined strengths in security will offer great value, especially to our regulated customers, who require the highest levels of security.
      IBB: Where do you go from here? Beyond EMM, how will this enhance BlackBerry’s Internet of Things strategy?
      MB: As Christy mentioned earlier, Good technology will contribute to the growth of our Internet of Things platform to go beyond mobile devices and manage new, connected endpoints. Together, we will be able to quickly scale customers’ mobile environments, transforming traditional MDM deployments to mission-critical mobile hubs that will ultimately manage an IoT world. We will be able to better bridge to IoT for regulated industries as many machines and devices requiring next generation digital displays will leverage mobile devices and tablets. These devices all require EMM solutions.
      CW: In addition to smartphones and tablets running iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS, Good will enable BlackBerry to add support for wearables. This is something we do today for both Apple Watch and Android Wear. This need to manage and enable secure productivity applications for this new breed of devices is becoming increasingly relevant as watches, fitness trackers and other devices are connecting to corporate networks.
      Marty and Christy, thank you for taking the time to speak to Inside BlackBerry – this is an exciting time for both companies and we look forward to what’s to come. As the transaction is not expected to close until the BlackBerry’s 2016 fiscal third quarter, we’ll be sure to keep IBB readers updated on further details regarding today’s news.
      Follow us on Twitter at @BlackBerry4Biz and @BlackBerryNews. And, stay on top of the latest BlackBerry news here at Inside BlackBerry.

      Asked on September 8, 2015 in No Category.
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    • Earlier this year, we met a pilot who just can’t live without either of his passports. As a geophysicist who scouts out precious metal deposits from the air, Max Salman always packs his BlackBerry Passport first, and who can blame him?
      In that first Q&A, Max named a few of his paramount features. To catch you up with the highlights:

      the Passport’s 30-hour battery life for those long flights,
      the 1440X1440 display enabling clear viewing of the Passport maps when in flight,
      the keyboard for swift typing,
      and the general ‘wow’ factor he receives when he shows his device off to everyone he encounters in his travels.

      Max recently updated to the new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, and I thought this would be as good a time as any to meet up with him and see it in action – in the air!

      Max isn’t the only one who relies on his BlackBerry Passport to get the job done. Check out what other satisfied Passport users had to say: This commercial manager, young entrepreneur, upscale homebuilder’s CEO, tech headhunter, celebrity chef Tyler Florence, tech startup founder, sales director, senior hospital executive, manufacturing executive, non-profit founder, software engineer, legal administrator, pharmaceutical CEO, software manager, insurance salesman, and these workers from multiple industries.)
      Pricing and Availability
      Get a factory-unlocked BlackBerry Passport from ShopBlackBerry.com:
      the all-new Silver Edition: $549
      Black: $499
      White: $499
      Limited Edition Red: $499
      It’s also at Amazon, and at AT&T for $669.99 unsubsidized or $199.99 with a 2-year contract. Rogers and Telus carry the BlackBerry Passport in Canada.
      If you live outside of North America, get your BlackBerry Passport directly from us at our global shopping portal. (Check with your local carrier for device compatibility).

      Asked on September 8, 2015 in No Category.
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    • For journalist and radio host Jeremy Bradley, a 9-to-5 job was never really in the cards. That’s not to say he doesn’t keep himself busy, of course: a best-selling author, Bradley writes several syndicated columns for some of the largest newspapers in North America and hosts radio shows that air all over the continent. He’s interviewed hundreds of celebrities, and attended events such as Betty White’s 90th birthday, the Celebrity Apprentice Finale, Fox’s American Country Awards, and – most recently – the Dawson City Music Festival in Canada’s Yukon Territory, 3,000 kilometers north of Vancouver by road (there’s Bradley with one of the artists at the festival).
      It’s a busy job, and often one without a clear schedule – and Bradley wouldn’t change a thing about it.
      “There isn’t really an average workday for me,” says Bradley. “It’s sort of all over the place. One day, I might interview celebrities; another, I might promote a book or tape a radio show. It can get extremely busy, but I think that’s one of the things that makes it really fun. The variety and the intensity of my work is really energizing.”
      For a high-energy professional like Bradley, BlackBerry’s the natural choice – and he’s stayed with the brand ever since he got his start in the industry. Currently, he uses both a BlackBerry Classic and a BlackBerry Torch.
      (Read about other Classic fans in creative professions, such as this broadcast journalist, Hollywood exec, newspaper editor, commercial photographer, club DJ, digital marketing agency CEO, and this fine arts photographer. Other Classic fans we’ve recently profiled include this serial tech founder, financial TV guru, Toronto Maple Leafs executive, high-tech CTO, and this retailer/app developer. Also, Bradley’s web page at speakfreebooks.com is offering a 25% discount to Inside BlackBerry readers with the code BB25.)
      Greene: You used a BlackBerry Classic for the first time at The Dawson City Music Festival last month – tell us a bit about that.
      Bradley: I originally went into the trip thinking I’d be without a signal the whole time, but both my Classic and my Torch were able to connect to the Rogers network. This was a huge help, and let me cover the entire festival without missing a beat. I was the only one there with a network connection – another journalist from Toronto had an iPhone on Rogers, but she wasn’t able to connect at all.

      The Classic’s camera was fantastic, and made it really easy to take and tweet rapid-fire photos. I was able to get some incredible panoramic shots (above), and the ability to switch seamlessly between camera mode and video mode without having to flip the phone or navigate a menu was a huge help, as well. I loved the fact it has a camera on both sides – it made taking selfies really easy.
      It was also quite durable in the rain. At one point, we suffered a sudden downpour, and it got soaking wet in my hand. It still worked afterward.
      Some of the other media types at the event were laughing that I had a BlackBerry. They certainly weren’t laughing when I had a signal and they didn’t. I actually jokingly offered to rent them one of the phones I wasn’t using.
      Greene: Besides the superior call reception, what’s generally kept you loyal to BlackBerry?
      Bradley: There weren’t many other smartphones around when I first started. BlackBerry was sort of the businessperson’s phone at that point, it was the phone to have. And it was fascinating, going from a Nokia or a Siemens to something that had email and browsing – to be able to set up mailboxes and surf the Web from your mobile device. It sounds a bit old-fashioned now, but at the time it was huge.

      A lot of people say that once you’re a BlackBerry user, you’re hooked, and it’s true. The email, the keyboard, the navigation; I’ve gotten so used to all of these things that I can’t imagine using anything else. Not that I haven’t tried using touchscreen keyboards. I have, and I just can’t do it. It’s too slow. I’m known to write my newspaper columns and entertainment show scripts on the phone. I even wrote an entire chapter of one of my books on my Torch. That’s something I wouldn’t be able to do on a soft keyboard.
      (Read the many glowing media reviews of the BlackBerry Classic and its keyboard.)
      Greene: How does the Classic compare to the Torch?
      Bradley: It’s a lot faster than my Torch, for sure, and the menus are a lot more intuitive. And it worked a lot better than my Torch would have for coverage of the festival. The BlackBerry Hub took a lot of getting used to, though – separation of my mailboxes is a bit better for me, since it lets me keep messaging related to my books, radio shows, and company compartmentalized. That’s a user preference thing, though; I can see why people like the Hub on the Classic.
      Greene: How would you rate both devices overall?
      Bradley: I’d rate both devices 10 out of 10, bearing in mind that I use them strictly for business. I don’t have dozens of apps like some people do. For the Classic, I love that it’s a different operating system, that it’s quicker to use, and that the camera works so well. With the Torch, I love the slide-up screen; it’s what I’m used to.
      I’ve had my Torch for years, and I even have an extra one in case the first one stops working, since I know they’re not made anymore. I think both phones ultimately have their good qualities, though. I know I’ll be using both for work in the future.
      Pricing and Availability
      Ready to find out how a BlackBerry Classic can make your hectic day more fun? In the U.S., you can own an unlocked Classic for just $329.99. You can also get the Classic via T-Mobile for zero down and $15.42 a month for 24 months. Verizon and AT&T offer similar deals. In Canada, look to carriers such as Bell, Telus, Rogers, and others for good deals.
      U.S. and Canadian consumers also may buy unlocked Classics directly from ShopBlackBerry. We also recommend regularly checking here for availability in your region. (Note that pricing differs per market.)

      Asked on September 8, 2015 in No Category.
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    • Great news for those of you who’re excited about the new BlackBerry Leap – we’re rolling out a pre-sale on ShopBlackBerry today. If you live in one of the regions listed below, you can secure your order and get your hands on one as soon as possible. Act fast as numbers are limited.
      To tide you over, we’re releasing another drool-worthy video of this secure, affordable 5-inch HD device.

      ShopBlackBerry Pre-Sale Country Availability

      US – March 30
      UK – March 30
      France – March 26 (lucky early birds)
      Germany – March 30
      Canada – Stay tuned

      We’ll be rolling out further details around pricing and availability in other regions in the coming weeks. Pre-order today!

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    • (Updated May 14) Attention Canada and US: The BlackBerry Leap is now available in white from ShopBlackBerry. Get yours today!
      (Updated May 7) Starting today, the BlackBerry Leap will be available from Canadian carriers across the country, for as low as $0.00 on contract. Check your carrier details below for more information on availability and pricing.
      (Updated April 22) Since the BlackBerry Leap was announced, the device has received praise across the globe, and as the 5-inch, HD touchscreen device hit the UK market on April 15, the initial feedback proves that people ‘get it’.
      “The BlackBerry Leap…is aimed at ‘young career builders’…in need of what the BlackBerry pedigree implies: a secure, business-focused productivity platform,” writes CNet’s Nate Ralph and Andrew Hoyle in a hands-on look at the device.
      Available today in the France, Germany, UK and US, and coming soon to other countries around the world, this is your one-stop blog for up-to-date availability.
      Current Availability (as of May 14)
      FranceShopBlackBerry.com
      GermanyShopBlackBerry.com
      UK:ShopBlackBerryVodafone
      United StatesAmazonShopBlackBerry.com – Available in White and Black models
      CanadaBell MobilityRogersShopBlackBerry – Available in White and Black modelsTBooth wirelessTELUSWINDWIRELESSWAVE
      India – coming soon
      United Arab Emirates – coming soon
      Saudi Arabia – coming soon
      Other regions – BlackBerry.com/Leap

      Asked on September 8, 2015 in No Category.
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    • The BlackBerry Leap is continuing its rollout, offering young professionals an incredibly affordable package that will indeed help them “leap” into anything their burgeoning careers can throw at them.

      (Check HERE for updated availability by region, and go HERE for the initial review roundup.)
      Filled to the brim with cutting-edge productivity features in a form factor appealing to tomorrow’s leaders, the BlackBerry Leap is proving its mettle to reviewers as it lands in Canada.
      From BlackBerry Blend’s amazing breakthroughs in workflow continuity and the beautifully streamlined approach the BlackBerry Hub brings to everything from emails to messaging and social media, it’s an embarrassment of productivity riches reinforced by additional apps for professionals (Documents To Go and Evernote, for starters), the fully-featured BlackBerry Calendar app, the crystal-clear voice calls and a best-in-class virtual keyboard.
      Let’s jump in and see what the reviewers are saying.
      “Low price, but undeniably a BlackBerry”
      “BlackBerry’s latest offering, the Leap, gives users who enjoy an all-touch experience the upgrade that keyboard lovers received with the Classic,” writes the Financial Post’s Lynn Greiner. “It’s aimed at mobile professionals who want an economical way to get the power and security of a BlackBerry at a consumer-friendly price [and] despite the low price, the Leap is undeniably a BlackBerry.
      “Build quality is solid [and] I found it easy to operate one-handed; the textured back and non-slip sides cut down the risk of drops . . . The screen is very good: a clear and bright edge-to-edge 5 inch, 1280 x 720 HD display.
      “[T]he 2800 mAh battery is, to put it mildly, amazing. It’s rated at 25 hours of heavy use; I was able to go for over two days without worrying about finding a power plug. And that was without enabling any of the power saving features.
      “A lot of the goodness in the Leap comes from the operating system. It runs the latest and greatest, BlackBerry 10.3.1, giving the device all of the benefits of BlackBerry security and business features, as well as BlackBerry Blend, software that allows you to access BlackBerry features on a desktop or tablet.
      “As well as being a great first BlackBerry for a mobile professional, the Leap is an ideal upgrade for the BlackBerry Z10.”
      “Users, Startups and Entrepreneurs will Like what the Leap has to Offer”
      “[T]his is a serious handset that’s built for working and not for showing off,” writes Canadian Reviewer’s Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla, who notes it has “a great tactile feel” with color which is “subtle, elegant and contemporary.”
      “The biggest feature of the BlackBerry Leap is its long-life battery,” he writes, “rated to last for well over a day of heavy use . . . BlackBerry understands that a phone designed for busy entrepreneurs and startups, needs to survive hectic workdays and nighttime events.
      “[The] personal assistant and integration with BlackBerry Blend [create] a synergistic connection between your Leap and your notebook or tablet. Using Blend in tandem with the BlackBerry Leap, I could easily read and reply to emails, BBMs and texts while using my MacBook. BlackBerry Blend is a significant feature for entrepreneurs [and the] BlackBerry Hub is a great time saver [and] unparalleled in containing and organizing messages as they come in. Personally, it is the one feature I miss when using my iPhone or an Android device. Like Carly Simon sings, ‘Nobody does it better,’ at least when it comes to handling messaging from various sources.
      “The intended segment of users, startups and entrepreneurs, as well as BlackBerry devotees looking to move from their Z10 whose contracts have expired, will like what the BlackBerry Leap has to offer and most especially its long battery life and improved overall performance.”

      “Despite the Low Cost, the Leap has a lot Packed into It”
      ITBusiness Canada’s Jim Love believes the BlackBerry Leap’s price is an attention-getter, writing, “The price is extremely attractive – especially for younger buyers and small businesses. It will launch with a price tag of zero dollars ($0) on a plan with most carriers. If you want an unlocked version the price is a low $350. Despite the cost, the Leap has a lot packed into its small form factor.
      “Speed is one of the things you first notice. Battery life is exceptional. My first charge lasted a day and a half. I spent a lot of that day streaming media to the phone. While it uses a “virtual keyboard,” BlackBerry has focused quite successfully on speeding up data entry and increasing the accuracy of input. And of course, it offers all of this with BlackBerry’s deserved reputation for great security.
      “[T}he integration of all messaging into the BlackBerry Hub is the best native toolset for managing the modern tsunami of messages . . . In the management of documents – primarily Microsoft Office, BlackBerry’s approach is also aimed at the business warrior. Docs To Go allows BlackBerry users a sophisticated and powerful way to be productive in a mobile environment. While it has some rivals, there is simply nothing better that I’ve encountered.
      “For those who want to work ‘offline’ a simple micro SD card can extend the memory of the device by as much as 128 GB for a surprisingly low cost. The BlackBerry Blend software can transfer documents directly. You can work securely and locally in a coffee shop, an airport or even mid-flight. With the extended battery life on all the new BlackBerry devices, you can do this for even a long flight or when the charging stations are all taken.
      “[The BlackBerry Leap preserves] the very best business features of the BlackBerry line while still reaching a younger, albeit business-focused audience . . . But the bottom line on the Leap may indeed be the bottom line. At zero dollars on a plan and $350 for an unlocked version it’s an option that you must consider in a startup or small company. Even in a larger firm like ours, where mobility costs are consuming more and more of our technology spend, the Leap is an attractive option. As an employer, I’d be confident enough that these devices would provide everything necessary to make our employees mobile and effective.”

      “BlackBerry Fulfills and Expands on its Legacy”
      “[The BlackBerry Leap] feels good in the hand [with a] solid production design with rounded edges and a dimpled back,” writes The Star’s Raju Mudhar.
      “Messaging is still a strong suit, with the Flow screen working as a central spot for all communications,” he writes. “Surfing works well on the browser, and the phone’s Hub also handles multiple apps better than its competitors, with a central screen showing what’s running. The company’s virtual keyboard — with excellent predictive text — still works well.
      “The latest OS now comes pre-loaded with the Amazon App Store, and that helps BlackBerry users get their hands on many popular apps. I easily loaded Spotify, as well as games such as Crossy Road and Candy Crush Saga.
      “[BlackBerry Blend] can be downloaded onto PCs and tablets (including Android and iOS), and once you wirelessly connect, you can easily move files, deal with emails and even link to your desktop. It is an impressive tool and one area where BlackBerry fulfills and expands on its legacy of building devices that are designed to be productivity workhorses. As a phone aimed at young professionals, Blend makes sense, as it’s key to making this device the center of your computing world.”

      “Quite Sufficent to get You Through a Hectic Day”
      “In the hands, the BlackBerry Leap feels nice, [and] we love its soft, textured finish” writes Maxime Johnson of JournalMetro (via Google Translate from the original Quebec French).
      “[BlackBerry OS 10.3.1) now has a PDA and BlackBerry Blend function, which can effectively unify its working environment between the phone and a tablet or laptop.
      “By default, you now also have access to the Amazon App Store application store, in addition to the BlackBerry World, which provides access to considerably more third party applications than before.
      “BlackBerry 10 obviously still offers its usual strength, like the BlackBerry Hub to manage its communications, a good keyboard (even virtual) and compatibility with virtually every conceivable security policy of companies.
      “The BB OS 10.3.1 is fluid, and you can go through hundreds of emails without problems. BB10 is an effective and efficient operating system, and it shows. An Android phone with the same features as the BlackBerry Leap would never be as powerful.
      “The BlackBerry Leap’s large 2,800 mAh battery is quite sufficient to get you from the wee hours of the morning through a hectic day.”

      “Killer Features”
      International Business Times’ Pavithra Rathinavel says the BlackBerry Leap has some “killer features”:
      “BlackBerry Leap comes with the build of BlackBerry 10.3.1 pre-installed on the handset. Therefore, this device brings in a killer feature called the BlackBerry Assistant, which is the voice activated digital personal assistant in the lines of Siri, Cortana and Google Now,” he writes. “Meanwhile, the BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS also comes with the Amazon App store, in addition to the BlackBerry World for BlackBerry-specific apps.
      “Similar to other BlackBerry devices, this unlocked Leap handset can…encrypt calls and provide malware protection. Plus, the virtual QWERTY keyboard reportedly ‘corrects mistakes in a flash.’ Adding a cherry on top, the BlackBerry Leap…comes with the BlackBerry Blend, which lets the user to view the handset’s contents on a PC/laptop.”

      “Will Give Users Access to BlackBerry’s Business-Geared Features”
      “BlackBerry is hoping its new low-cost touch screen smartphone will win over Canadian consumers who aren’t willing to pay the hefty price of an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy device, [and the] price may be attractive to those looking for an affordable smartphone option,” writes Nicole Bogart of Canada’s Global News.
      “The new smartphone will give users access to many of BlackBerry’s business geared features, including BlackBerry Blend – a new feature that makes email, BlackBerry Messenger, text messages and other data from their BlackBerry smartphones accessible on other platforms like Apple’s Mac OS and Windows,” she writes. “[Plus,] BlackBerry users now also have access to the Amazon Appstore, giving users access to thousands of Android apps.”
      She was also featured in the accompanying video below:

      More to Come
      Starting today, the BlackBerry Leap will be available from Canadian carriers across the country, for as low as $0.00 on contract. Click on the above link to check your carrier – including Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility, Sasktel, TELUS, WIND Mobile, TBooth wireless and WIRELESSWAVE – for more information on availability and pricing.
      As it finds its way into discerning hands, more reviews will be popping up, which we will be featuring here on INSIDE BlackBerry, so stay tuned for the latest news.

      Asked on September 8, 2015 in No Category.
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    • With the impending release of the all-touch BlackBerry Leap (available for pre-order from ShopBlackBerry.com, and check out THIS ARTICLE for pre-sale availability by country), we thought it’d be a good idea to get some tips and tricks together for buyers – including those moving from a keyboard-based BlackBerry device, as well as new and returning users unfamiliar with the power of BlackBerry 10.3.1 on a 5-inch touchscreen.

      What follows are some ways to jump into the finer points of the BlackBerry Leap running 10.3.1 from the people who know them best. We “insourced” some personal favorite tips from BlackBerry employees already well-versed with our other all-touch BlackBerry 10 devices: the Z3, Z10 and Z30 (I learned a few myself – Ed.).
      So without further ado, let’s see what pointers they have for newcomers.

      Numbered Lists…
      “For all-touch devices, here are five ‘must know’ tips:
      1) Swipe to delete – Swipe from right to left using one finger to delete a single word, two fingers to delete two words, three to delete three words, etc.,
      2) Swipe to change virtual keyboard layout – Swipe down from the top of the virtual keyboard using one finger to quickly switch input methods (text, numeric, symbols),
      3) Fine cursor control – Tap the top, bottom, left or right of the cursor to move it to a specific location,
      4) Keypress Pop-up – Looking to improve your typing accuracy, consider turning on Keypress Pop-up so you can see which keys you are entering (Settings > Language and Input > Feedback > Keypress Pop-up, and
      5) Inserting accented characters – Tap and hold a key to see available accented characters. When the list of characters appear, move your finger left or right to select the character you need.
      -Ty Williams, Community Content Manager and Blogger, BlackBerry Help

      “One trick that I keep using and love is how you can easily and quickly see the current battery level and time without leaving your active application! The entire process takes 1 second.
      Say you are in the Browser and you want to check the battery or current time:
      1) Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, HOLD your finger on the screen
      2) See the battery % and time
      3) Swipe down and now LIFT your finger from the screen. You are back to whatever you were doing.”
      -Chen Zhao, Software Test Specialist

      “My favorite distinguishing features on BlackBerry 10:
      1) Universal search — Search everything on the device! Apps, emails, contacts, text, etc.!
      2) Hinglish Keyboard: Works perfectly – and is a BB-only feature!
      3) Multitasking: Open messages, browsers (up to 10 tabs), media and apps and quickly switch between them.”
      -Harish Rathi, BlackBerry App Developer

      …Meaty Tips
      “If you prefer to keep your device in your pocket (without a case), consider disabling swipe to wake to avoid pocket dialing (System Settings>>Display>>Swipe to Wake).
      If this is your first BlackBerry ever, then welcome to the Team! Start using BBM, browse BlackBerry World for lots of wonderful apps, use Flipp to make shopping and coupon clipping easier than ever, grab the super handy Gadget Box and enjoy the intuitive and powerful built-in Calculator (with Tips and Converter), Maps for GPS, Weather and Twitter.
      Once you start flicking up word suggestions as you type on the virtual keyboard, you will soon enjoy the best keyboard experience ever!”
      -Mike Magon, Principal End User Services Specialist

      “This may seem really basic, but I love having multiple Notification Profiles available. A swipe and a tap has me in the silent profile for when I’m in a meeting or want to spend some uninterrupted time with my family. Spending a bit of time tweaking custom notifications is handy to easily identify who messages are coming from and what type of message is being received. Best of all, using custom MP3 files for notifications helps to make the device suit my lifestyle.”
      – Joe Szilvagyi, Senior Technical Support Analyst

      “An alternative ‘no-pocket-dialing’ protection: Set the device lock time really short (like 1 minute) and use picture password or simple password.
      My additional tip: if you’re using a corporate device, you can have different work and device passwords – so even if your BES policy requires certain password strength for work password, you can use simple (numeric-only), picture, or no password at all for your personal partition!”
      -David Hole, Director, Standards

      …and Helpful Bits

      “Picture Password is available on both all-touch and keyboard devices, but I find the use-case is best suited for all-touch devices. As for apps, Clash of Clans should be buttery smooth on the Leap. Apps, videos and browsing the internet are better with more screen real-estate.”
      -Jonathan Cooper, Service Realization Manager

      “Dictating has never been easier nor so accurate… It can be used in any application as it is embedded in the keyboard. Simply press and hold the period, wait for the audible prompt and start talking.”
      -Alain Marcil, Technical Solutions Manager

      “A must-know about all-touch devices: Users who regularly type in a language with more than 26 letters in their alphabet will see all of those letters on the virtual keyboard.”
      -Morten Schmidt, Sr. Thermal Analysis Specialist

      “Taking a panorama picture with the BlackBerry camera app is as simple and intuitive as it gets.While shooting a video, you can take still pictures, never miss a moment.”
      – Simon Huang, Senior Applications Software Developer

      “When in the Hub (or under an account within), use the ‘pinching out’ gesture from the middle of the screen with your thumb and finger to see all your messages/notifications and use the ‘pinching inward’ gesture to show any and all unread messages or notifications.”
      – Lee Smith, Logistics Analyst

      “The BlackBerry Leap makes a great navigation tool running the Waze Android app.”
      -Randy Dobkin, Embedded Systems Software Developer

      “To hide the keyboard when it might be blocking part of the screen, simply long press on the space bar and it will disappear.”
      -Greg Sacrey, Senior Applications Support Specialist

      “A general OS pointer for first-time all-touch users: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to exit an app!”
      -Bryan Horn, Support Account Manager

      Stay Tuned to INSIDE BlackBerry and the HELP Blog for More Tips, Tricks and Tutorials
      We will be featuring more useful information on the BlackBerry Leap and updates to OS 10.3.1 (and beyond) here on Inside BlackBerry and the HELP Blog.
      Stay tuned, and see what we turn up next – there’s a lot of goodness baked into the BlackBerry 10-family devices – including the BlackBerry Leap.

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    • Productivity is at the heart of BlackBerry’s DNA. From the BlackBerry Hub to a battery that lasts as long as you do, the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Leap are key to a productive and efficient day.
      And BlackBerry productivity doesn’t end with the device.
      Cases, charging mechanisms, and screen protectors need to earn their keep all without getting in the way of your day-to-day.
      ShopBlackBerry Value Bundles are here!
      Starting today in North America, you can save time and money by buying your unlocked BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic and/or BlackBerry Leap with BlackBerry-designed accessories from ShopBlackBerry.
      These three Value Bundle options pair your productivity powerhouse with the official accessories you really need, quickly and easily.
      (Don’t worry if you live outside of North America. The Value Bundles will be coming to other ShopBlackBerry regions soon. Please stay tuned.)
      The Efficiency Bundle – The ideal bundle for any smartphone buyer.
      Do you pride yourself on being productive and getting ahead of the crowd? If so, you should check out the Efficiency Bundle. It includes a set of our best-selling authentic accessories, giving you what you need to get started with your BlackBerry smartphone.

      BlackBerry Passport
      BlackBerry Classic
      BlackBerry Leap

      – BlackBerry Passport Smartphone
      – BlackBerry Classic Smartphone
      – BlackBerry Leap Smartphone

      – Flex Shell, Black
      – Leather Pocket
      – Leather Pocket

      – Sync Pod
      – Sync Pod
      – Flex Shell, Black

      – Screen Protector
      – Screen Protector
      – Sync Pod

      The Power Bundle: Designed for power users looking for a boost wherever they are.
      Business, like life, can be unpredictable and we know you want to be ready for the journey. So, we created the Power Bundle. With these additional authentic BlackBerry chargers, you’ll have the ability to power up where it’s most convenient, whether at home, the office, the car, or wherever business, or life, might take you.

      BlackBerry Passport
      BlackBerry Classic
      BlackBerry Leap

      – BlackBerry Passport Smartphone
      – BlackBerry Classic Smartphone
      – BlackBerry Leap Smartphone

      – Sync Pod
      – Sync Pod
      – Sync Pod

      – Charging Bundle
      – Charging Bundle
      – Charging Bundle

      The Travel Bundle: Designed for people always on the go and who want power and protection
      Don’t worry about finding the right charger for your next trip. With the Travel Bundle you get comfort in knowing you’ll have the right adapter and a stylish, well-fitting and protective case for wherever you’re off to whether for work or vacation.

      BlackBerry Passport
      BlackBerry Classic
      BlackBerry Leap

      – BlackBerry Passport Smartphone
      – BlackBerry Classic Smartphone
      – BlackBerry Leap Smartphone

      – Leather Flip Case
      – BlackBerry Holster
      – Leather Pocket

      – Hard Shell, Black
      – Soft Shell, Blue
      – Flex Shell, Blue

      – Charging Bundle
      – Charging Bundle
      – Charging Bundle

      So what are you waiting for? Head over to ShopBlackBerry and pick up your new device and accessorize it with one of these great Value Bundles.

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    • With pre-orders kicked off for BlackBerry Leap, it’s time to start the information flow about this amazing, affordable new smartphone. I’m somewhat of an app aficionado around the office and I’ve been able to put the new BlackBerry Leap through its paces. Of the many things I love about the new device… the 25-hour battery life, BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Blend, I’m really enjoying how well the huge selection of apps run.
      Since I’ve spent some time with the device early on, I’ve decided to share a few findings with you. Please watch the video below and keep reading for five facts about apps on BlackBerry Leap.

      Two Stores. One Huge Selection

      The BlackBerry Leap comes pre-loaded with both BlackBerry World and Amazon Appstore storefronts. In the simplest terms possible, you benefit from having a huge selection and hundreds-of-thousands of apps. On the work and productivity side, BlackBerry World is home to secure corporate apps and business tools. For the majority of your gaming, consumer and even prosumer needs, the Amazon Appstore has a variety of Android apps to choose from AND free App-of-the-Day specials (follow BlackBerry @Twitter to hear about them).

      Runs Android Apps

      Yes. The BlackBerry Leap runs Android apps. For some time now, the BlackBerry 10 OS has had the ability to install and run .apk files (Android apps). This is what enables you to run the Amazon Appstore and the many official apps you find there. It also means that you have the ability to install and run .apk files from other sources should you choose to do so.

      Optimal Aspect Ratio

      With its 5-inch HD display, and modern, powerful design, the BlackBerry Leap is the ideal form factor, preferred by many customers and developers alike for apps and games. At 16×9, Android apps from the Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry World apps will render beautifully.

      BlackBerry Guardian for Security Peace of Mind

      You can opt to have apps downloaded from sources outside of BlackBerry World inspected by BlackBerry Guardian. This program is designed to warn you before installing apps known to potentially be harmful to your device or data. I thoroughly enjoy this feature because I have low tolerance for risk when it comes to my data. I prefer to keep private matters private.

      Gaming & Entertainment Galore

      I know, I know… BlackBerry is all about productivity. We know our customers are those who take their work seriously. They demand a device that not only keeps up with them through an entire day, but lets them keep their finger firmly on the pulse of their multiple inboxes/calendars/accounts when seconds matter. After spending a ton of time with the BlackBerry Leap, though, it would be a miss for me not to mention how well this device performs for those in-between moments. During rare moments of precious downtime, I discovered a ton of fun, snackable games in the Amazon Appstore. I was also able to enjoy my favourite tunes on a popular streaming app that may or may not rhyme with Zotify. Worth noting, as well, are how well YouTube and other online videos look on the brilliant 5-inch HD display.
      All in all, this is a fantastic well-rounded device at a price suited for the everyday consumer or corporate user. If you value time saving productivity, battery life and a large touchscreen, the BlackBerry Leap is definitely worth a look. You can pre-order yours today in many regions. Stay tuned for more global availability information.

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    • Poke your nose in the digital nooks of your favorite online technology and mobility publications, and you’ll notice there’s been quite a bit of activity from BlackBerry, from the release of the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic and Porsche Design P’9983, to the BlackBerry Leap and Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite Edition both set to drop soon.
      Needless to say, it’s time for a news roundup, so grab a pastry and cup of your favorite hot beverage, because there’s a lot to cover.

      BlackBerry Leap: “Attractive to Small Businesses”
      The upcoming BlackBerry Leap’s sweet price tag, solid productivity features and attractive, all-touch design has certainly been getting attention.
      (Check out our introduction to the BlackBerry Leap, our first official hands-on look, a look at four essential design features, info on the limited pre-order, BlackBerry employee tips and tricks and another video.)
      “Following BlackBerry’s success with the Passport [comes] the launch of the BlackBerry Leap,” writes IT Pro. “[T]he attractive, sub-£200 price tag should entice cash-strapped startups . . . It also boasts BlackBerry’s seminal OS and native apps such as BlackBerry Hub. Another key selling point is the battery, which the company claims will last 25 hours . . . [T]his could well be the killer feature that BlackBerry has been hoping for.”
      “The Leap features some innovations that very obviously could increase productivity,“ writes VentureBeat’s Mark Sullivan. “Many of these come in the software keyboard, where BlackBerry has invented some time-saving typing and predictive text tricks that I have not seen before in a smartphone [and] some interesting features for business users.”
      Pocket-Lint’s Rik Henderson thinks the phone is a good buy, writing, “The BlackBerry Leap came as a bit of a surprise but garnered a fair amount of attention . . . [It’s] reasonably inexpensive for a 5-inch 4G phone, costing just £199 on BlackBerry’s own store site . . . BlackBerry’s security services are present which makes the phone attractive to small businesses, certainly.”
      For Forbes’s Ewan Spence, the BlackBerry Leap’s targeted approach to appealing to young professionals is an asset: “What I like about [the BlackBerry Leap] is that [it is] intensely focused on a very narrow market segment [which has] very precise needs. In a way, that focus is one of the best decisions BlackBerry could make . . . That frees the hardware from certain obligations, and it means that [it] actually delivers a far better experience [when given] given the complete and utter focus of attention from BlackBerry.”

      BlackBerry Classic: “An Elegant Smartphone for a more Civilized User”
      There’s lots of love going out for the BlackBerry Classic, as well:
      “[T}he BlackBerry Classic is unashamedly all about the keyboard,” writes ZDNet’s Steve Ranger. “And make no mistake, it’s a great keyboard. The chamfered ridge on each key means that every thumb press is made with the certain knowledge that it will hit the right target. That’s only to be expected considering BlackBerry’s heritage.” Ranger even throws in an oblique Star Wars reference alluding to the film’s famous lightsabers: “For the hardcore fan [the BlackBerry Classic is] a more elegant smartphone for a more civilized user.”
      “If you’re buying this phone in the hopes of replying to that 4,000-plus email backlog, consider that situation largely solved with this thing,” writes BDlive’s Andy Walker. “Typing all day is not an issue, and won’t turn your hands into two dried-out octopuses. There probably isn’t a better phone for typing available right now.”
      For Digital Journal’s Daniel Edwards, the BlackBerry Classic’s design is a major selling point. “The Classic holds true to its heritage with a well-built construction and hints of luxury,” he writes. “One of the best features of this device is the design . . . The Classic excels [with] its web browser which surpasses the competition by being on average 3 times faster . . . Blackberry has come a long way with its apps selection . . . The keyboard on the Classic made me realize why I have never written long emails on my touchscreen device before. The typing experience is simply great.”

      BlackBerry Passport: “There is Literally Nothing Else Like it”
      The BlackBerry Passport has certainly had legs, with more discovering it daily, thanks to positive press and carrier support from AT&T and many others.
      Of that model, PC Magazine’s Sascha Segan writes, “The BlackBerry Passport is a unique smartphone, and you have to applaud AT&T for jumping on board . . . [Even with the redesign], you still have the best voice phone on the market, with spectacular reception, excellent email, and gorgeous Web browsing . . . [T]he three-row QWERTY keyboard is absolutely grand . . . Like the unlocked model, the AT&T Passport is one of the best voice phones I’ve ever heard . . . If you’re a potential BlackBerry Passport owner, you’ll know . . . This is the full BlackBerry Passport experience, with the full support of AT&T. I’m giving it such a high rating because there is literally nothing else like it.”
      Even small-town papers have been getting in on the BlackBerry Passport action: “BlackBerry is clearly back on track,” writes The Joplin Globe’s Joe Hadsall. “The company is producing unique, quality devices with an emphasis on outstanding software. Users who were waiting for a chance to get back on board will be rewarded by the Passport, [which] is designed for a working professional, someone who is an active digital communicator or keeps a busy, packed daily schedule. I could see the Passport replace a tablet or laptop in certain situations — it offers that much flexibility and power . . . BlackBerry may be on to something here.”
      Two-for-One: BlackBerry Passport and Classic “Illustrate that BlackBerry can Still Innovate”
      “BlackBerry . . . used 2014 to the best of its advantage,” writes Know Your Mobile’s James Peckham. “The company seems to have an entirely new outlook on life and things are looking just a little brighter for the Canadian manufacturer. It all began with the release of the BlackBerry Passport [followed by] the launch of the BlackBerry Classic . . . Both handsets represent something of a watershed moment for the company and illustrate that [BlackBerry] can still innovate . . . [B]oth devices share a common theme: BlackBerry OS [10.3x] –– as well as all the benefits that come with it.”
      Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite: Oozing with Appeal”
      Finally, at the highest of the high end, we have the luxurious Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite edition.
      (Check out our unboxing video, an article on the masterpiece’s timeless minimalism, and a recap of the original version’s launch in Dubai.)
      “Like other Porsche Design smartphones, the P’9983 is oozing with appeal,” writes the Christian Post’s David Robertson. “The phone’s entire back is reportedly made out of genuine leather, while the Blackberry device’s [chassis] is made out of stainless steel. For interested buyers in Canada, they should definitely check out Blackberry’s online catalogue.”
      Luxury lifestyle-oriented Selectism’s Jeff Carvalho calls the Porsche Design device “the best Blackberry smartphone out there today.”
      “[T]he Porsche Design version has a devout following,” he writes, “who simply cannot tear themselves away from the device. It’s easy to understand why: Porsche Design’s work on the Blackberry is a gleaming example of high-end, no-compromise phone design.”
      There’s More Where that Came From
      And to think there’s still three-fourths of the year left…
      Stay tuned to INSIDE BlackBerry for all your BlackBerry news.

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