Here are the apps featured on BlackBerry’s ‘Venice’ phone

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This November, BlackBerry will be taking a step in a new direction. The company, which has struggled in recent years to remain competitive, is expected to release an Android-powered device known internally as Venice. The phone has leaked various times, showing that it will have a display with curved edges and BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard. Although Android 5.0 Lollipop is going to be present, BlackBerry has the option of going with a regular version of Android with their own modifications or using a forked version (like Amazon) where everything is locked.

Now we know that BlackBerry will be using its own launcher at the very least.

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BlackBerry ‘Venice’ allegedly coming to the Big Four U.S. carriers in November

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BlackBerry’s upcoming Android-powered phone, codename Venice, is starting to unofficial make appearances on a frequent basis. Alleged images of the device, including a new one showing the curved display and physical keyboard (seen above), have been appearing online since early July. Between Tuesday night and today, Evan Blass has shared an abundance of information regarding BlackBerry’s product that is tasked with turning around the company’s misfortunes.

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National Cyber Security Alliance adds BlackBerry to their ranks

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BlackBerry got a start in the enterprise sector where security and privacy were major concerns for entities that were looking for mobile communications platforms. Over the years, BlackBerry has earned over 70 different government certifications or approvals which is more than any other mobile vendor. With this strong background in mobile security, BlackBerry seems like a natural fit for the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), but they are only just now joining according to an announcement made today.

NCSA’s executive director Micheal Kaiser says the organization welcomes “the unique perspective that BlackBerry brings to the NCSA, and we look forward to working with BlackBerry to solve  cybersecurity challenges, particularly as they relate to mobility and the Internet of Things.” Meanwhile, BlackBerry’s Edward Hearst, vice president of U.S. Government Business Development, says BlackBerry hopes to share “knowledge and insights to further advance efforts to ensure that the mobile experience is safe and secure for users, no matter what devices they have or information they access.”

source: National Cyber Security Alliance (PR)

BlackBerry willing to exit the smartphone market if profits don’t turn around

BlackBerry_Logo_033BlackBerry has taken a backseat to bigger smartphone manufacturers in the past few years, so they’ve diversified and pushed for software instead of strictly hardware. To an extent, it’s worked well for the company. Since their smartphone market share has completely plummeted and hasn’t rebounded, software seems to make the most sense, especially since BlackBerry’s major selling point is security. Read more