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The BlackBerry Passport IRL: Lasting Battery Life, 4 Microphones and 1 Touch-Enabled Keyboard

Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry:

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Earlier this week, I started to tell you about my experiences actually using the BlackBerry Passport (albeit a beta version). It has changed the way I work with its large square touch screen. At its core, this is a messaging powerhouse, built for writing and talking all day long. I can tell you right now, this device has the battery chops to back up all the conference calls, emails and browsing I do throughout the day, with more than enough juice to let me blast some tunes over Bluetooth for my commute home. When I get home I’m not running for the charger either… and if I forget to plug it in before bed (or am burning the midnight oil well into the night) it’s consistently still had enough charge to start the next day.

I Do Not Suffer from Range Anxiety.

I can now relate to electric vehicle…

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BlackBerry “Stop Missing Out” Campaign Begins Today

BlackBerry “Stop Missing Out” Campaign Begins Today

The BlackBerry “Stop Missing Out” campaign is back again, offering Malaysian customers the opportunity to stay connected, while joining in on the fun. Starting 14 July until 21 August 2014, fans and customers of BlackBerry will have the opportunity to enter a contest, for the chance to win fun-filled outings and activities with some of Malaysia’s top entertainers and celebrities, including gregarious pop star Aizat Amdan, popular TV host Daphne Iking, radio personality and adventure junkie Rina Omar, and lovable TV personality Nazrudin Rahman.
The Contest
Anyone purchasing the new BlackBerry Z3 will be eligible for five (5) entries into the contest, while customers with any other BlackBerry 10 smartphone will be awarded three (3) entries each. Any customers using a BlackBerry device running the BlackBerry 7 OS or earlier will gain one entry. To participate, users must submit their entries online by uploading a picture of how their BlackBerry keeps them connected. The picture has to include their BlackBerry device.
The winners will be picked at the end of the campaign, with five winners tagged to each celebrity. They will get to spend the day on exciting experiences such as going on a shopping spree, attending a gig or going on a foodie tour.
For more information on BlackBerry Malaysia’s “Stop Missing Out” campaign and to join the contest, log on to http://www.StopMissingOut.my.

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How to color code accounts in BlackBerry Hub using BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1

Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry Help Blog:

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Depending on how many accounts and services you have set up on your device, here’s a quick tip for applying a specific color to each account.

Doing so allows you to quickly identify which account a new interaction came through whenever you switch to the BlackBerry Hub on your smartphone :)

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BlackBerry in India to launch healthcare services program

A new report from CrackBerry confirms that BlackBerry plans to help launch a new healthcare services program in India that will be designed to link thousands of medical devices together.

The Economic Times quotes Sunil Lalvani, the managing director of BlackBerry India, as saying, “We are running trials with multiple hospitals in India. It includes integration with different hospital information systems as well as various medical equipment.” However, he stopped short of offering an official launch date for the program.

Blackberry announced it had made an investment in medical solutions provider NantHealth back in April. Today’s report confirms that BlackBerry and NantHealth are teaming up to launch the India healthcare program, which will integrate NantHealth’s Clinical Operating System (cOS) platform with BlackBerry’s QNX.

NantHealth’s system is already in use in 250 hospitals worldwide, which links up 16,000 medical devices that collect vital sign data. What do you think of this latest effort by BlackBerry to expand its business beyond smartphones?

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BlackBerry Z3 Coming to Hong Kong July 8

BlackBerry Launches the BlackBerry® Z3 in Hong Kong

Hong Kong – July 3rd, 2014 – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today introduced the new BlackBerry® Z3 smartphone in Hong Kong. The BlackBerry Z3 will be available to customers from July 8, 2014 through carrier 3 Hong Kong, and authorized partners including Broadway, Fortress, Wilson, Suning, Chung Yuen, Nuance Watson and CMK.

The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone provides BlackBerry users more ways to connect and share, with an experience built on reliable, secure communications. BlackBerry Z3, will keep Hong Kong users better connected and more productive with a stylish design featuring a 5” touch display, an unrivalled messaging and typing experience and exceptional battery life. BlackBerry Z3 is equipped with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1, which is Android app compatible.

Key features include:

BlackBerry® Hub – The ever present BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your work and personal email, BBM™, text messages, social media updates and notifications in one place, with the ability to “peek” into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere, so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you. The Hub can be customized to identify priority messages and to filter the message list by various criteria that you can then activate with a simple pinch gesture.

BBM – BBM on the BlackBerry Z3 includes all the latest features of the popular mobile social network. You get BBM voice and video chatting with Screen Share and support for BlackBerry Natural Sound, letting you hear nuances and variations in tone in a BBM Voice chat, and making the conversation sound like you’re in the same room.

BlackBerry Keyboard – The BlackBerry Keyboard learns what words you use and how you use them, then offers them up to you so you can type faster and more accurately. It gives you the best Chinese writing experience on a touchscreen, complete with multi-language support that lets you type in up to 3 different languages at the same time.

Time Shift & Story Maker – The BlackBerry Z3’s astonishing Time Shift camera feature lets you capture a group shot where everyone is smiling with their eyes wide open. You can also use Story Maker to bring a collection of photos and videos together, along with music and effects, to produce an HD movie that you can instantly share on YouTube.

BlackBerry 10 Browser – The BlackBerry 10 browser sets the industry benchmark for HTML5 performance on smartphones, and is incredibly fast, with fluid and responsive scrolling and zooming. The browser includes many advanced features, supports multiple tabs, lets you browse sites privately, includes a reader mode, and integrates with the platform for easily sharing content. You can even save web pages for later viewing.

Instant Previews & Reply Now – Be more timely and responsive with Instant Previews that bring BBM, SMS and email message to you no matter what you are doing on your BlackBerry Z3. You can even reply to your BBM or SMS messages in any app, or swipe to the BlackBerry Hub to respond. If you get a phone call that you can’t answer right way, you can instantly silence the call and send a Reply Now response through BBM, SMS or email to let the caller know you’re busy.

Fast, Easy Sharing – The BlackBerry Z3 learns how you share and who you share with, helping you reduce the number of steps and amount of time it takes to get your files, photos, or documents to where they need to go. Touching “share” in any app provides suggestions on who and how to share your files based on who you’ve shared with in the past, and the feature only gets smarter the more you use it.

FM Radio – The new BlackBerry Z3 includes a built-in FM radio. You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection.

Gallant Leon, Managing Director for Hong Kong and Taiwan at BlackBerry said, “Hong Kong is a key market for us and we are excited to be working with our partners to bring in the BlackBerry Z3 to customers here. This device gives users more ways to connect, share and communicate, providing the best tool for secure, reliable communications and collaboration with friends, family and co-workers. Priced affordably, the BlackBerry Z3 will extend the full capabilities of the BlackBerry 10 Operating System version 10.2.1 experience for a new generation of customers in Hong Kong.”

The new BlackBerry Z3 will be available through BlackBerry authorized partners and carriers. For more information about the BlackBerry Z3, please visit www.blackberry.com/blackberryz3.‎

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BlackBerry Z3 Announced for South Africa

BlackBerry Launches the BlackBerry Z3 in South Africa

 Available through Vodacom from mid July 2014

 Johannesburg, South Africa – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today introduced the new BlackBerry® Z3 smartphone in South Africa. The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone will be available to Vodacom customers in stores and online from mid July 2014. The device has the recommended selling price of R2 999 and will also be available on the Vodacom Smart S plan at R249 per month.

The BlackBerry Z3 extends the BlackBerry® 10 platform to a new generation of customers in South Africa and offers them more ways to connect, share and be productive with an experience built on reliable, secure communications. The BlackBerry Z3 features a stylish design with a 5” touch display, an unrivalled messaging and typing experience, exceptional battery life, is equipped with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 and is Android app compatible*.

“The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone gives users more ways to securely communicate and collaborate and extends the BlackBerry 10 platform experience to a new generation of South African customers at an attractive price point,” said Yudi Moodley, Managing Director at BlackBerry for Africa.

Key features include:

  • BlackBerry® Hub – The ever present BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your work and personal email, BBM™, text messages, social media updates and notifications in one place, with the ability to “peek” into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere, so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you. The Hub can be customized to identify priority messages and to filter the message list by various criteria that you can then activate with a simple pinch gesture.
  • BBM – BBM on the BlackBerry Z3 includes all the latest features of the popular mobile social network. You get BBM voice and video chatting with Screen Share and support for BlackBerry Natural Sound, letting you hear nuances and variations in tone in a BBM Voice chat, and making the conversation sound like you’re in the same room.
  • BlackBerry Keyboard – The BlackBerry Keyboard learns what words you use and how you use them, then offers them up to you so you can type faster and more accurately. It gives you the best typing experience on a touchscreen, complete with multi-language support that lets you type in up to 3 different languages at the same time.
  • Time Shift & Story Maker – The BlackBerry Z3’s astonishing Time Shift camera feature lets you capture a group shot where everyone is smiling with their eyes wide open. You can also use Story Maker to bring a collection of photos and videos together, along with music and effects, to produce an HD movie that you can instantly share on YouTube.
  • BlackBerry 10 Browser – The BlackBerry 10 browser sets the industry benchmark for HTML5 performance on smartphones, and is incredibly fast, with fluid and responsive scrolling and zooming. The browser includes many advanced features, supports multiple tabs, lets you browse sites privately, includes a reader mode, and integrates with the platform for easily sharing content. You can even save web pages for later viewing.
  • Instant Previews & Reply Now – Be more timely and responsive with Instant Previews that bring BBM, SMS and email message to you no matter what you are doing on your BlackBerry Z3. You can even reply to your BBM or SMS messages in any app, or swipe to the BlackBerry Hub to respond. If you get a phone call that you can’t answer right way, you can instantly silence the call and send a Reply Now response through BBM, SMS or email to let the caller know you’re busy.
  • Fast, Easy Sharing – The BlackBerry Z3 learns how you share and who you share with, helping you reduce the number of steps and amount of time it takes to get your files, photos, or documents to where they need to go. Touching “share” in any app provides suggestions on who and how to share your files based on who you’ve shared with in the past, and the feature only gets smarter the more you use it.
  • FM Radio – The new BlackBerry Z3 includes a built-in FM radio. You can listen to local FM stations, which does not require any network connection.
  • Apps - Through BlackBerry World™ customers can access applications that leverage the powerful features of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. The BlackBerry Z3 is also Android™ App Compatible*, which means that customers can enjoy some of their favourite Android apps on the BlackBerry Z3.

Consumers who purchase a BlackBerry Z3 smartphone from Vodacon in July can benefit from an exclusive app offer. They simply have to login into the BlackBerry® World™ storefront from their BlackBerry Z3 smartphone and download a selection of paid apps – worth R430  – for free.

For more information about the BlackBerry Z3, please visit www.blackberry.co.za.

*Android apps can be downloaded directly from the Internet through the BlackBerry Browser – allowing you to enjoy some of the world’s most popular titles.  However, not all Android apps are supported and compatibility may vary by smartphone and/or source.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.