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BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps Beta Now Available

BlackBerry are more than aware of the massive app gap that BlackBerry 10 has, so they have been enhancing the overall compatibility of the Android runtime and added support for many highly requested features and APIs. The idea is that if they cant get native BlackBerry apps developed, then they will try and improve the Android experience for users who want to run Android apps on their BlackBerry 10 devices. The Android 4.3 runtime is now available to developers as part of the BlackBerry 10.3 SDK beta. The new…

Updatein Places for BlackBerry 10 gets an update, brings Google Street View and more

Updatein Labs has released an update to their location based search application "Updatein Places" for BlackBerry 10, taking the latest version to v1.8. Updatein Places is a location based free app that lets you find nearby places and businesses. It also provides a global search feature where you can search for places using terms that you would typically use in search engines. Search for Restaurants, Coffee shops, Theatres, Gas stations, Pubs, ATMs, Banks, Shopping malls, Hotels, Attractions, etc. What's…

Is the BlackBerry Z3 off to a poor start in Indonesia?

Yesterday we showed you a video of users in Indonesia queuing up to buy the BlackBerry Z3, indicating that sales were off to a good start. However, it would appear that zooming in on a queue in a video can be be pretty deceptive. According to the Economic Times, only around 50 people queued up, only around 50 people queued up ahead of the phone going on sale in the main launch for customers at an upmarket shopping mall in west Jakarta. This is in stark contrast to the huge crowds that flocked to previous launch events…

QNX Announces Collaboration with ZENRIN DataCom for In-Car Navigation in Asia

Collaboration to enable greater choice of navigation services for automakers and automotive Tier 1 suppliers QNX have announced that ZENRIN DataCom Co., Ltd., a leading provider of premium mapping services and products, will integrate its Its-mo NAVI 2013 application with the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment Its-mo NAVI 2013 is a high-performance navigation application for smartphones that provides users with access to maps, local fuel prices, and available parking spots. ZENRIN DataCom and QNX Software Systems…

German football club Hannover 96 migrate to BES10

BlackBerry today announced that Hannover 96, a German football club and marketing company, has migrated to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) to bring secure enterprise mobility and end-user flexibility to the workplace. Hannover 96 deployed BlackBerry’s enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution BES10 to secure highly confidential information, such as details of new players, contracts,  schedules and football training plans, across different platforms, including BlackBerry, iOS® and…

Point72 purchases 11.2 million shares of BlackBerry

According to a regulatory filing, Point72 Asset Management, the hedge-fund firm founded by billionaire Steven A. Cohen, has purchased 11.2 million shares of BlackBerry. Point72, formerly SAC Capital Advisors LP, has changed drastically amid a federal investigation into insider trading at the firm. Eight current or former SAC employees were convicted of or pleaded guilty in the biggest Wall Street insider-trading investigation in history. Many of the firm's other managers have left. The firm, once one of the nation's…

Is this why BlackBerry had a go at Good Technology?

The “Inside BlackBerry” blog yesterday ran an article. called “Good Isn’t all that Great, while Iron shows its Rust”, by former tech journalist Eric Lai, taking aim at BlackBerry’s critics. “Naturally, our critics never acknowledge the good things that are happening at BlackBerry,” says Lai. “Things like the fact we’ve gained more than 800,000 licenses to BES since March in part because of its low Total Cost of Ownership; that we’ve just launched a…

Fairfax sells 5.2 million BlackBerry shares

According to a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. has trimmed its holdings in BlackBerry Ltd. by 5.2 million shares, In a quarterly filing with the U.S. regulator in February, the insurance and investment firm said it holds nearly 46.7 million shares or a roughly 8.9 per cent, down from nearly 51.9 million shares it held previously. According to data compiled by Thomson Reuters, Fairfax is the second-largest shareholder in BlackBerry behind Primecap…

A little more of the BlackBerry Z3 in Indonesia

Our Indonesian readers are providing videos of the BlackBerry Z3, which launched on Tuesday in Indonesia. The video shows the users queuing up in Indonesia to get their hands on the BlackBerry Z3 and some of the entertainment that went on.

New BlackBerry device coming with 1440×1440 resolution

The other day we reported how the BlackBerry 10.3 Developer OS was available to BlackBerry developers. BlackBerry have today announced the release of the 10.3 SDK Beta. In announcing the new SDK Beta, BlackBerry revealed that a new upcoming device will gave a resolution of 1440 resolution with a pixel density of 435 DPI. “Another important note for developers is that BlackBerry 10.3 is targeted only for new device hardware being introduced later this year. This new hardware will follow our promise of keeping…

Medellin Chamber of Commerce Upgrades to BlackBerry’s Multi-platform Mobility Management Solution

BlackBerry announced today that The Medellin Chamber of Commerce, a leading provider of enterprise and corporate services, will upgrade its enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), with the objective of enhancing the company’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy. For The Medellin Chamber of Commerce, a renowned local entity that focuses on the advancement and regional competitiveness of its member companies, BES10 allows the organization to be more productive…

Grupo Salinas Depends on BlackBerry 10 for Its Operations in México

BlackBerry and Grupo Salinas – a Mexican group of companies with a presence in media, financial, telecomm, banking, insurance and pension funds – announced today that Grupo Salinas has deployed the BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) enterprise mobility management solution (EMM) to manage and secure smartphones, and has also incorporated 350 BlackBerry® 10 smartphones to its fleet of mobile devices. Besides implementing BES10 and adding a mix of BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry® Q10 and…

Neal & Massy Wood Group Upgrades to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

BlackBerry today announced that Neal & Massy Wood Group (NMWG), a leading service provider in Trinidad & Tobago’s energy industry, has upgraded to BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 as its Enterprise Mobility Management solution, to manage its deployment of BlackBerry 10 smartphones. With the migration to BES10, NMWG will be able to reach new levels of mobile security, flexibility and productivity across its workforce. BES10 enables enterprise customers to securely manage applications and content on…

Argentina’s Ministry of Social Development Upgrades Mobile Fleet to Enhance Communications among Employees

BlackBerry announced today that the Ministry of Social Development of Argentina has upgraded its fleet of BlackBerry smartphones. The Ministry purchased 1,200 BlackBerry® Z10 and 1,100 BlackBerry® Q10 smartphones, with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1, to help boost employee productivity. The Ministry of Social Development is a government agency devoted to addressing and reducing situations of social vulnerability, and promoting social integration and human development. With a staff of 15,700 employees, it…

BlackBerry Link for Windows and Mac gets an update

BlackBerry have released an update to both the Windows and Mac versions of BlackBerry Link. BlackBerry Link allows you to access your BlackBerry 10′s device contents such as music, videos, documents using a USB or even without the need of any wires all through Wi-Fi. You can also back up and restore your devices contents. At the time of writing, there is no Changelog and I haven't noticed any new features yet. It looks like a bug fix release and anybody who uses Link will know it certainly has issues. Download…