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BlackBerry Z3 Announced for Malaysia, Available July 7th

The BlackBerry Z3 will be available in just a couple of weeks in Malaysia, specifically on July 7th, and will cost 699 MYR, which roughly translates to $217 USD.

For more details, check out the press release below.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today introduced the new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone in Malaysia. The BlackBerry Z3 will be available to customers from July 7, 2014 through BlackBerry’s authorized partners. For more information, please visit http://www.blackberry.com.my/smartphones/blackberry-z3.html . 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 Malaysians users better connected and more productive with a 5″ display, long lasting battery and the best typing experience on a touchscreen.

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, customized for Indonesians. 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. BBM Channels features a variety of Indonesian channels as well as a package of BBM stickers that have been specially designed by an Indonesian artist.
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 Bahasa Indonesia 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.

BlackBerry Z3 users will also be able to enjoy local content to Malaysia on their device, including a special set of BBM Stickers and BBM Channels featuring local characters, Upin and Ipin. In addition, BlackBerry Z3 users will be able to join local BBM Channels and get more updates from their favourite brands, communities and opinion leaders.

Ben Quirin, Managing Director of Indochina at BlackBerry said “Malaysia 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 give users more ways to connect, share and communicate, providing the best tool for secure, reliable communications and collaborations with friends, family and co-workers. Priced at affordably, the BlackBerry Z3 will extend teh full capabilities of the BlackBerry 10 Operating System version 10.2.1 experience for a new generation of customers in Malaysia.”

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

New BlackBerry Devices in FY2015 Z3 LTE, Classic and Passport


During the special meeting today after the initial earnings call where BlackBerry beat street estimates of performance. BlackBerry is padding the good news train with a tease of 3 devices for fiscal year 2015 aka most of calendar 2014.

Pictured we see the much rumored Passport device a 4.5inch QWERTY phablet that sizes up much like an actual passport. The device will come out in Black and White and have a rich accessory ecosystem for end-users to take advantage of. The once named Q20 which has been renamed as the BlackBerry Classic to bridge the BB10 and BBOS user bases an of course the Z3 which is set to launch with an LTE variant with added RAM by the end of this year.

Overall these new devices will keep people looking forward as BlackBerry works tirelessly to deliver on their commitments and hyper focus on on enterprise mobility software, services and hardware.

BlackBerry Surprises Analyse With Latest Earnings Report

A Blackberry logo is seen at the Blackberry campus in Waterloo

BlackBerry has just published their earnings report for Q1 Fiscal 2015, and the results have beaten Wall Street’s projections. While BlackBerry’s revenue as a whole was down from last quarter, their loss was less than expected, margins are higher than expected, and BlackBerry now counts with $3.1B in the bank in cash.

Revenue breakdown in Q1:

Hardware: $376.8M
Services: $521.6M
Software/Other: $67.6M

Check out the full press release below, and stay tuned for more news as BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s earnings call will be later this morning.

BlackBerry Reports 2015 Fiscal First Quarter GAAP Profitability

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – June 19, 2014) – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months ended May 31, 2014 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Q1 Highlights:

– Cash and investments balance of $3.1 billion at the end of the fiscal
first quarter, up from $2.7 billion in the prior quarter
– Adjusted Q1 gross margin of 48%, up from 43% in the prior quarter
– Reduced adjusted operating expenses by 57% year over year and 13%
quarter over quarter
– Successfully launched the new Z3 device in Indonesia; 8 additional
countries to follow
– EZ Pass Program resulted in a total of 1.2 million licenses issued for
BES10, including more than 10% of total licenses traded in from
competitors’ Mobile Device Management platforms
– Launched Project Ion focused on the “Internet of Things” market

Q1 Results
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $966 million, down $10 million or 1% from $976 million in the previous quarter. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 39% for hardware, 54% for services and 7% for software and other revenue. During the first quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 1.6 million BlackBerry smartphones compared to approximately 1.3 million BlackBerry smartphones in the previous quarter. During the first quarter, approximately 2.6 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers, which included shipments made and recognized prior to the first quarter and which reduced the Company’s inventory in channel.

GAAP net income for the first quarter was $23 million, or $0.04 earnings per share (“EPS”). The net income includes non-cash income associated with the change in the fair value of the Debentures of $287 million (the “Q1 Fiscal 2015 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment”) and pre-tax restructuring charges of $226 million related to the Cost Optimization and Resource Efficiency (“CORE”) program. Excluding these items, adjusted loss for the first quarter was $60 million, or $0.11 per share. These impacts on GAAP net income and EPS are summarized in the table below.

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $3.1 billion as of May 31, 2014, compared to $2.7 billion at the end of the previous quarter – a net increase of $429 million. Excluding receipt of a tax refund of $397 million and proceeds on the sale of real estate of $287 million, the Company used $255 million in the first quarter. This represents a decrease from $784 million used last quarter, after excluding proceeds of $250 million related to convertible debt issuance. Purchase obligations and other commitments amounted to approximately $1.8 billion as at May 31, 2014, with purchase orders with contract manufacturers representing approximately $317 million of the total.

“Our performance in fiscal Q1 demonstrates that we are firmly on track to achieve important milestones, including our financial objectives and delivering a strong product portfolio,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackBerry. “Over the past six months, we have focused on improving efficiency in all aspects of our operations to drive cost reductions and margin improvement. Looking forward, we are focusing on our growth plan to enable our return to profitability.”


The Company anticipates maintaining its strong cash position, while increasingly looking for opportunities to prudently invest in growth. The Company is targeting break-even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015.

Reconciliation of GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, loss before income taxes, and net income to adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss before income taxes, adjusted net loss and adjusted loss per share:

(United States dollars, in millions except per share data)
margin(1) Gross margin Loss before Earnings
(before %(1)(before income Net income (loss) per
taxes) taxes) taxes (loss) share
As reported $ 451 47% $ (6) $ 23 $ 0.04
CORE charges
(2) 12 1% 226 204
Q1 Fiscal 2015
Debenture Fair
Adjustment (3) – -% (287) (287)
Adjusted $ 463 48% $ (67) $ (60) $ (0.11)

Note: Adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss before income taxes, adjusted net loss and adjusted loss per share do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess the Company’s operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of the Company’s GAAP results.

(1) During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company reported GAAP
gross margin of $451 million or 47% of revenue. Excluding the impact
of the CORE charges included in cost of sales, the adjusted gross
margin was $463 million, or 48%.
(2) During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company incurred charges
related to the CORE program of $226 million pre-tax, or $204 million
after tax, of which $12 million were included in cost of sales, $41
million were included in research and development and $173 million
were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.
(3) During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company recorded the Q1
Fiscal 2015 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $287 million. This
adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Consolidated
Statement of Operations.

Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

Blackberry Limited
(United States dollars, in millions)
Revenue by Region

For the quarter ended
May 31, 2014 March 1, 2014 November 30, 2013
North America $ 276 28.6% $ 297 30.4% $ 340 28.5%
Europe, Middle
East and Africa 414 42.9% 412 42.2% 549 46.0%
Latin America 125 12.9% 127 13.0% 135 11.3%
Asia Pacific 151 15.6% 140 14.4% 169 14.2%
—————– ————————————-
Total $ 966 100.0% $ 976 100.0% $ 1,193 100.0%

For the quarter ended
August 31, 2013 June 1, 2013
North America $ 414 26.3% $ 761 24.8%
Europe, Middle
East and Africa 686 43.6% 1,343 43.7%
Latin America 196 12.5% 449 14.6%
Asia Pacific 277 17.6% 518 16.9%
Total $ 1,573 100.0% $ 3,071 100.0%

Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-877-974-0445 or through your BlackBerry® 10 smartphone, personal computer or BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet at http://ca.blackberry.com/company/investors/events.html. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am by dialing (+1)416-640-1917 and entering pass code 4680440# or by clicking the link above on your BlackBerry® 10 smartphone, personal computer or BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet. This replay will be available until midnight ET July 4, 2014.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, the Company revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, the Company aims to inspire the success of its millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, the Company operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company’s common shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (NASDAQ: BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BB). For more information, visit http://www.blackberry.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding: BlackBerry’s expectations regarding maintaining its strong cash position while investing in growth opportunities, and the anticipated opportunities and challenges in fiscal 2015; BlackBerry’s ability to achieve break-even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015; BlackBerry’s plans, strategies and objectives, including the anticipated benefits of recently announced strategic initiatives; anticipated demand for and the timing of, new product and service introductions, and BlackBerry’s plans and expectations relating to its existing and new product and service offerings, including BES 10, BES 12, BlackBerry 10 smartphones, services related to BBM and QNX software products; the ability to achieve further reductions in operating expenditures and maintain the cost savings realized thro ugh the CORE program; BlackBerry’s anticipated levels of decline in service revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2015; BlackBerry’s expectations with respect to the sufficiency of its financial resources; BlackBerry’s estimates of purchase obligations and other contractual commitments; and assumptions and expectations described in BlackBerry’s critical accounting estimates and accounting policies. The terms and phrases “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “believe”, “plan” and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by BlackBerry in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that BlackBerry believes are appropriate in the circumstances.

Many factors could cause BlackBerry’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of BlackBerry’s Annual Information Form, including: risks related to BlackBerry’s ability to implement and realize the benefits of its strategic initiatives, including a return to its core strengths of enterprise and security, changes to its Devices Business, including the partnership with Foxconn, and the planned transition to an operating unit organizational structure consisting of the Devices business, Enterprise Services, QNX Embedded business and Messaging; BlackBerry’s ability to maintain existing enterprise customer relationships and to transition such customers to the BES 10 and BES 12 platform and deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones, and the risk that current BES 10 test installations may not convert to commercial install ations; BlackBerry’s ability to enhance its current products and services, or develop new products and services in a timely manner or at competitive prices, including risks related to new product introductions; the risk that uncertainty relating to BlackBerry’s previously disclosed announcements concerning its operational restructuring, recent management changes and workforce reductions, may adversely impact BlackBerry’s business, existing and future relationships with business partners and end customers of its products and services, and its ability to attract and retain key employees; risks related to intense competition, rapid change and significant strategic alliances within BlackBerry’s industry, including recent and potential future strategic transactions by its competitors or carrier partners, which could continue to weaken its competitive position; and risks related to BlackBerry’s ability to adapt to, and realize the anticipated benefit of, recent management changes.

These risk factors and others relating to BlackBerry are discussed in greater detail in the “Risk Factors” section of BlackBerry’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F and the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” section of BlackBerry’s MD&A (copies of which filings may be obtained at http://www.sedar.com or http://www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry’s forward-looking statements. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

The BlackBerry family of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of BlackBerry Limited. BlackBerry, BBM, QNX and related trademarks are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. All other brands, product names, Company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners.
BlackBerry Limited
Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
(United States dollars, in millions except share and per share amounts)

Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the three months ended
May 31, 2014 March 1, 2014 June 1, 2013
Revenue $ 966 $ 976 $ 3,071
Cost of sales 515 423 2,029
Gross margin 451 553 1,042
Gross margin % 46.7% 56.7 % 33.9%
Operating expenses
Research and
development 237 246 358
Selling, marketing
and administration 400 355 673
Amortization 81 107 180
Debentures fair
value adjustment (287) 382 –
431 1,090 1,211
Operating income
(loss) 20 (537) (169)
Investment income
(loss), net (26) (20) 5
Loss before income
taxes (6) (557) (164)
Recovery of income
taxes (29) (134) (80)
Net income (loss) $ 23 $ (423) $ (84)
Earnings (loss) per
Basic $ 0.04 $ (0.80) $ (0.16)
Diluted $ (0.37) $ (0.80) $ (0.16)

number of common
shares outstanding
Basic 526,742 526,374 524,160
Diluted 658,228 526,374 524,160
Total common shares
outstanding (000′s) 526,908 526,552 524,160
BlackBerry Limited
Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
(United States dollars, in millions except per share data) (unaudited)

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As at May 31, 2014 March 1, 2014
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,710 $ 1,579
Short-term investments 975 950
Accounts receivable, net 745 972
Other receivables 225 152
Inventories 107 244
Income taxes receivable 75 373
Other current assets 395 505
Deferred income tax asset 48 73
Assets held for sale 76 99
4,356 4,947
Long-term investments 333 129
Restricted cash 69 –
Property, plant and equipment, net 626 1,037
Intangible assets, net 1,432 1,439
$ 6,816 $ 7,552
Accounts payable $ 261 $ 474
Accrued liabilities 998 1,214
Deferred revenue 512 580
1,771 2,268
Long term debt 1,340 1,627
Deferred income tax liability 32 32
3,143 3,927
Shareholders’ Equity
Capital stock and additional paid-in
capital 2,432 2,418
Treasury stock (177) (179)
Retained earnings 1,417 1,394
Accumulated other comprehensive income
(loss) 1 (8)
3,673 3,625
$ 6,816 $ 7,552
BlackBerry Limited
Incorporated under the Laws of Ontario
(United States dollars, in millions except per share data) (unaudited)

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
Three Months Ended
May 31, 2014 June 1, 2013
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income (loss) $ 23 $ (84)
Adjustments to reconcile net income
(loss) to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Amortization 191 399
Deferred income taxes 25 (6)
Stock-based compensation 14 20
Loss on disposal of property, plant
and equipment 108 –
Debentures fair value adjustment (287) –
Other 6 25
Net changes in working capital items:
Accounts receivable, net 227 (183)
Other receivables (73) 7
Inventories 137 (284)
Income tax receivable, net 298 564
Other current assets 104 145
Accounts payable (213) 105
Accrued liabilities (190) 118
Deferred revenue (68) (196)
Net cash provided by operating
activities 302 630
Cash flows from investing activities
Acquisition of long-term investments (215) (159)
Proceeds on sale or maturity of long-
term investments 11 96
Acquisition of property, plant and
equipment (26) (111)
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and
equipment 292 28
Acquisition of intangible assets (142) (335)
Business acquisitions, net of cash
acquired – (7)
Acquisition of short-term investments (824) (740)
Proceeds on sale or maturity of short-
term investments 799 649
Net cash used in investing activities (105) (579)
Cash flows from financing activities
Issuance of common shares 2 –
Tax deficiencies related to stock-based
compensation – (1)
Transfer to restricted cash (69) –
Net cash used in financing activities (67) (1)
Effect of foreign exchange gain (loss)
on cash and cash equivalents 1 (8)
Net increase in cash and cash
equivalents during the period 131 42
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of
period 1,579 1,549
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 1,710 $ 1,591

As at May 31, 2014 March 1, 2014
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,710 $ 1,579
Short-term investments 975 950
Long-term investments 333 129
Restricted cash 69 –
$ 3,087 $ 2,658

BlackBerry Z3 launching in India on June 25th


BlackBerry has started sending out press invitations to a Z3 launch event in India on June 25th, which is next week. The BlackBerry Z3 device which was announced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has seen good reception in Indonesia and with reviewers around the world.

The tight-knit launch we saw in Indonesia with local highlights will likely be rebuilt for the Indian market. Working closely in these key markets will be a strong show of how Chen and his management teams want to bring in new hardware. IF the uptick in Z3 sales replicates in other markets than Chen may we well on his way to increasing market share in growing mobile regions.

As more information surrounding upcoming launches comes fourth we’ll certainty be keeping up to date with the latest. It’s also suggested that BlackBerry is seeking to bring the Z3 to Vietnam and Malaysia as well, moving efficiently to hit these market targets shows BlackBerry is focused on making the device a success.

BlackBerry Apps and Special BBM Features for the Ultimate 2014 World Cup Experience


With soccer’s biggest event gaining fervor, fans across the world will be scrambling to stay up-to-date on the latest scores, news and match-ups. Don’t let your busy schedule keep you from supporting your team while they battle it out on the pitch in Brazil. Check out some of the great soccer apps available in BlackBerry World, and don’t miss a single goal!

You can also let your friends and family know what team you are rooting for on BBM. From stickers, to BBM Channels, to customized BBM PIN cards there are tons of options to show your team pride.

Apps for Soccer’s Biggest Event:

· Team Stream (Bleacher Report) – Pick the teams you want to follow and access personalized streams for scores, stories, videos and pictures from all the best sports sources across the web. Regardless of where you are in the world, Team Stream will make it feel like you’re on the ground in Brazil getting the big news as it happens.

· Goal (Goal.com) – The Goal.com mobile app brings you the latest news straight from a worldwide network of reporters. Don’t miss a single goal or a shred of news from the world of soccer with exclusive content from Goal.com. Awesome features include: real time access to all Goal.com breakings news; live match commentary; live Twitter feed; content sharing via email and BBM; and much more!

· Hooligans (Najib Abdillah) – Hooligans is the ultimate soccer companion for the ultimate soccer fan. This is a must have app if you want to support your country’s team while they compete in Brazil. Take a selfie and the Hooligans app will be able to add the flags or icons of your favorite team directly onto your photo. Show your spirit and support your club by sharing your patriotic pics directly with your friends (and rivals) via BBM!

· June Cup (s42) – June Cup will be the best friend of many busy soccer fans. Gain access to live play by play updates, instant results and stats, notifications of big news, instant social media sharing and much more. Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and with a unique and beautiful design, June Cup is a great option for staying in the loop while your team battles it out on the field in Brazil!

· TheFanKit (Sensebyte Mobile) – Are you a soccer Fan, Super Fan or Mega Fan? Choose your fan level on TheFanKit and tailor the app’s functionality accordingly to get only the features you will need. Do everything from personalizing your device with wallpapers and ringtones, to staying up-to-date on news from your favorite team. TheFanKit can serve as your guide to surviving soccer’s biggest event!

If you’re taking break from watching the games and want to play a little yourself, check out these fun soccer games:

1. World Football: Real Flick Soccer 14 (Thunderbull)

2. Tricky Shot Soccer (DreamAppsLab)

3. Football Director 2014 (Marmalade Play)

4. Training With Messi (Fundacion Leo Messi)

5. Metegol (Compana de medios digitales SA)

Show Support for Your Favorite Team on BBM

BBM Sticker Packs: Support your favourite team with new BBM sticker packs with fun team illustrations supporting the teams from Brazil, France, United States, England, Colombia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Argentina, Ecuador, Spain, Honduras, Holland, Germany and Australia.

This Hacker Just Proved Why You Should Stick With BlackBerry


N4BB reported:-
Most BlackBerry users are BlackBerry users for the smartphones’ most notable feature: security. BlackBerry 10 and legacy BBOS is nearly impenetrable, as two of the most secure enterprise and consumer smartphone operating systems of choice.

Unfortunately, for your friends with an Apple iPhone or iPad, who live in Australia or New Zealand, they haven’t enjoyed such security. Just when they thought they could sleep easy at night, they were awaken to a seemingly bizarre message.

Many users awoke to an alarming sound with a message on the screen reading “Device hacked by Oleg Pliss” and a demand of between $50 and $100 to unlock it.

How did the hacker compromise these devices? The exploit uses the “Find My iPhone” feature, which allows users to remotely lock their iPhones and iPads via iCloud in case the devices are lost or stolen.

Apple hasn’t yet publicly commented yet on the major vulnerability. Some users have reported they could get around the hack if they had previously used a passcode and then restored via iTunes.

For those who didn’t use a passcode, they were in for a little harder recovery as the hacker had made a passcode for them. Though, it may be possible to enter the wrong code six times to disable the phone and then restore it using iTunes.

Apple has been taking a beating lately in terms of security. Recently it was revealed that email attachments were not encrypted in iOS 7+, despite it being a feature Apple repeatedly touted.

Nevertheless, this is just one of many instances where a competing platform has inadvertently helped give BlackBerry another leg to stand on.

BlackBerry OS Availability Begins Today

BlackBerry OS Availability Begins Today

While the leaks of 10.3 is being tested, BlackBerry 10.2.1 has begun hitting the airwaves. Already available in regions like Brasil, Malaysia and even the UK, is showing available. BlackBerry reached out on their blogs to add some clarity regarding which reasons will be seeing the update immediately and which will have to wait.

It comes as no surprise that the bottom of the list is the USA which is expecting to support the update come late June.

There are even a few subtle new features for you to enjoy:

Support for 64GB and higher exFAT MicroSD so you can store and enjoy more photos, music and files to your BlackBerry 10 device.
Enhancements to Bluetooth, Media, Browser, and more!


The latest update for BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 is expected to start rolling out in the following regions pending carrier availability:

Europe Middle East and Africa – Starting May 27
Asia Pacific : Starting May 27
Canada: Starting May 27
Latin America: Starting mid-June
USA: We expect availability starting late-June

BlackBerry Z3 Shows Up in Malaysian Database through Brightstar Distribution Partner

BlackBerry Z3 Shows Up in Malaysian Database through Brightstar Distribution Partner

Malaysia SIRIMS corporate systems show the Z3, namely the Z3 STJ100-1 is showing approved as of May 14th. Coincidentally, this is the same day that the Z3 device was launched in Indonesia.

Clearly, BlackBerry is working to line up the channels and amass a more widespread launch of the Z3 device in other markets. We suspect that key market targets will be in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and even South Africa. Other markets like Latin America could perhaps get an LTE variant down the line as well, assuming the general reception remains strong.

AccuWeather Built for BlackBerry 10 updated!

AccuWeather Built for BlackBerry 10 updated!

AccuWeather makes it possible for you to get the most accurate and current weather information have now release some bug fixes on v1.1.0.315 fixing :-

– Fixed a bug causing that during transition between DST and EST the timestamps on
Radar map didn’t reflect the correct time.
– Fixed a bug causing that hourly list details didn’t open properly.
– Fixed a bug causing the if offline an infinite spinner appear on lifestyle