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BlackBerry launches Priv, its first Android phone, in India at Rs 62,990; flaunts curved screen, slide-out keyboard

  • Sunday, February 7, 2016
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  • BlackBerry, the once-iconic Candaian company, that has been struggling to make its BlackBerry 10 phone software a viable alternative to Apple's iPhone and Google's Android, attempts to cross ranks with the Priv - its first Android phone. The name Priv stands for both privacy and privilege. BlackBerry's traditional strengths in security and privacy protection is also the Priv's USP.

    The Priv, which was first officially announced in October 2015 and went on sale in November 2015 in US and Canada (followed by other markets), has been launched in India with a premium price tag of Rs 62,990. The phone will go on sale in Indian markets from January 30. (Also read: Quick review: Priv, BlackBerry's first Android phone)

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    The power of BlackBerry is now on Android

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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  • The power of BlackBerry is now on Android™.

    PRIV™ combines everything you’ve come to expect from BlackBerry® with the full eco-system on Android apps.
    With one touch of the physical keyboard you’ll be hooked. It lets you blast out long emails with amazing accuracy and blazing speed, and then slides easily away when you want to use the virtual keyboard. The BlackBerry® Hub lets you see your email, SS, social media, calendar and phone calls, all in one place.
    You get all of this, plus all the apps you’ll ever need, legendary BlackBerry security that lets you know when you could be at risk, an 18MP dual flash Schneider-Kreuznach® certified camera that lets you take pictures like a pro, and a colossal battery that doesn’t stop for the day until you do.

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  • Salam Takziah buat Raja Nur Najwa binti Raja Shahrulnizam yang telah meninggal akibat lemas kerana terjatuh ke dalam tangki pembentongan di Sek. Rendah Agama Parit Penghulu lebih kurang jam 5.30 ptg tadi, 1 Feb 2016.

    Jenazah masih di Hospital Muar dan akan dibawa pulang ke rumah keluarga di Taman Batu Gajah Pasir kemudian akan di kebumikan di Tanah Perkuburan Parit Penghulu.

    Dikhabarkan kanak-kanak bermain lompat-lompat di atas tangki tersebut menyebabkan penutupnya pecah.



    Mana RM2.6b?: Kenapa saya tak bangun?

  • Monday, October 26, 2015
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  • Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz

    SHAH ALAM - Ketua Pemuda Pas, Nik Muhammad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz menegaskan beliau tetap protes kepada BN meskipun tidak turut bangun bersama PKR, DAP dan Amanah di Parlimen sambil mengangkat poster 'Mana RM 2.6b?'.

    Menurutnya, dalam duduk, berdiri mahupun rebah, beliau tetap menentang Bajet 2016 yang disifatkan sebagai 'bajet panadol'.

    "Ramai desak saya, mengapa tak turut bangun tanya 'Mana RM 2.6b?'. Saya jawab, kerana semua di hadapan saya bangun berdiri puji PM sambil angkat buku bajet.

    "Saya pun duduk, protes 'bajet panadol' yang takkan berjaya. Saya protes BN dalam duduk, berdiri dan dalam rebah pun," katanya melalui satu status di Facebook.

    Jumaat lalu, barisan ahli Parlimen pembangkang mengangkat plakad 'mana RM 2.6 b?' selepas Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak selesai membentangkan Bajet 2016.

    Namun, kelihatan ahli Parlimen Pas seperti Nik Abduh dan Nasruddin Hasan tidak menyertai barisan pembangkang mengangkat poster yang sama.

    Sehubungan itu, Nik Abduh menjelaskan bahawa untuk menentang pengkhianat, beliau hanya perlu bersama ALLAH dan rakyat.

    "Saya tak perlu bersama atau sama dengan sesiapa untuk menentang pengkhianat. Saya hanya perlu bersama rakyat selepas ALLAH," katanya.

    PRIV is for Private: How BlackBerry Secures the Android Platform

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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    BlackBerry has a long and storied history of building private and secure mobile solutions‎. BlackBerry OS was the first to provide secure email and applications on mobile devices. We pioneered the concept of app permissions, giving mobile users control over their personal data. With BlackBerry 10, we expanded our platform to include Android apps; first with our secure Android Player and then with direct APK downloads. In BlackBerry 10.3, we introduced the ability to download Android apps directly from the Amazon App Store.
    Now for the first time ever, BlackBerry and Google have combined the most secure mobile platform with the most flexible application ecosystem to create a device that will revolutionize the way you look at smartphones, as our Chief Security Officer David Kleidermacher explained in his blog last week, How PRIV Sets the Bar for Android Privacy.
    Building on decades of experience securing mobile devices and years of experience integrating Android technologies, the brand new PRIV by BlackBerry is the perfect smartphone for businesses and consumers looking for productivity, privacy and security. Kleidermacher outlined the four principles that guide our strong privacy approach; I’ll delve a little bit into the technology that delivers on our promise.

    Bringing BlackBerry Security to Android

    BlackBerry has applied its world-renowned security model to Android, including:
    • BlackBerry’s Hardware Root of Trust, a unique manufacturing process that injects cryptographic keys into the device hardware, providing a secure foundation for the entire platform.
    • Verified Boot and Secure Bootchain, which uses the embedded keys to verify every layer of the device from hardware to OS to applications in order to make sure they haven’t been tampered with.
    • A hardened Linux kernel with numerous patches and configuration changes to improve security.
    • FIPS 140-2 compliant full disk encryption on by default to protect your privacy.
    • The BlackBerry Infrastructure, a secure distributed global network that transmits petabytes of encrypted data to and from the world’s most powerful leaders and professionals.
    • BES12, the leading Enterprise Mobility Management platform used by the world’s most powerful governments and corporations.

    Reaping the Benefits

    Whether you’re protecting your personal privacy or business-critical data, the BlackBerry PRIV is designed to keep you safe and secure.
    Protect Your Sandbox
    PRIV integrates seamlessly with Android for Work to provide secure separation between work and personal data and applications. The Personal Space lets you download apps and protects your personal privacy, while the Work Space lets the enterprise secure its corporate data.
    Safeguard Your Privacy
    PRIV comes pre-loaded with the brand new BlackBerry DTEK application, designed to help you manage and protect your privacy. DTEK tells you which apps access your personal data and shows the overall security of your device based on factors such as the strength of your password, your encryption settings and the apps you have installed. DTEK even makes recommendations on how you can improve your overall security rating.
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    Work Hard, Play Harder
    PRIV comes with full access to Google Play, the world’s largest mobile app store. For the first time ever, you get unlimited access to the entire Android ecosystem, giving you even more productivity and flexibility on the world’s most secure mobile platform.
    IT administrators can also use Google Play for Work to manage and deploy enterprise applications. This allows them to whitelist apps to create a custom catalogue, self-host the APK files and ensure that users cannot download apps to their work space from anywhere else.

    Going Under the Hood

    Over the next few weeks, we’ll go into a lot more detail on the features above and much more. In the meantime, enjoy your new PRIV by BlackBerry, with the flexibility of the full Android ecosystem and the peace-of-mind of the world’s most trusted name in mobile privacy and security.

    Apple Inc. Blasts Android's Security Flaws, but Is iOS Really Better?

  • Monday, October 19, 2015
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  • Is Apple throwing stones at its own glass house?

    Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook recently blasted Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL) Android over its security issues and claimed that iOS was the superior choice for enterprise customers. Speaking at Boxworks, Cook declared that "no one wants to deal with a fragmented ecosystem" and that iOS has security built in "from the start."
    That comparison between Android and iOS isn't new, but it isn't as clear cut as Cook suggests. Let's take a closer look at the security issues across both platforms and how they could impact both companies' reputations among enterprise customers.
    Why iOS is more secure than AndroidApple's iOS is considered more secure because the company completely controls the hardware and software in a walled-garden ecosystem. This helps Apple pinpoint vulnerabilities quickly and patch them with timely over-the-air updates.
    By comparison, Alphabet's Google division doesn't really "control" Android. Roughly a thousand companies make smartphones worldwide, and most of them run on various versions of Android. When a bug emerges, Google creates patches, applies them to the Android open source project code, then sends them out to OEMs. If an OEM wants to apply the patch, it must build a brand new version of Android for every single device. The OEM then must provide carrier-specific versions to every carrier worldwide. If the OEM or carrier decide that process is too exhausting, they usually don't bother updating their versions of Android at all.
    That's why Android devices are exposed to so many different security threats. For example, it was recently revealed that 95% of all Android phones could be hacked by a simple multimedia text attack called Stagefright. Security firm Zimperium zLabs identified the problem back in April, but many OEMs still haven't patched their versions of Android to deal with Stagefright yet.
    Don't celebrate yet, Mr. CookThat might sound like Apple has earned bragging rights in mobile security, but Google isn't down for the count yet. With Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google teamed up with BlackBerry(NASDAQ:BBRY) to create a more secure and enterprise-ready version of the Android OS. Google also incorporated some features from Samsung's (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF) mobile security platform, KNOX, into Lollipop. Enterprise users could split profiles for work and personal use in Lollipop while containerization tech applied separate security policies to personal and work data. Android 6.0 Marshmallow adds even more security features like fingerprint scanning.
    Last month, Google finally rolled out its first monthly security update for Nexus device owners. While that didn't really solve the problem with complacent OEMs and carriers, it provides enterprise customers with a dependable core group of enterprise Android devices to choose from. Samsung, the top Android OEM in the world, also extended KNOX protection beyond its flagship devices to offer enterprise customers a wider selection of phones.
    Despite Android's security flaws, it's still gaining ground against iOS in terms of worldwide mobile enterprise device activations. According to Good Technology's Mobility Index report, iOS devices accounted for 64% of all activations during the second quarter, down from 72% a year earlier. During that period, Android activations rose from 26% to 32%. That divergence can likely be attributed to the higher prices of iOS devices and Lollipop's new enterprise features.
    Apple isn't bulletproof, eitherWhile Apple's walled garden ecosystem makes it easier to apply security updates, it certainly isn't bulletproof. The humiliating iCloud hack last year exposed Apple's dependence on outdated security measures. A major security flaw in iOS and OSX, which was discovered in June, could enable hackers to steal saved passwords.
    In August, fake iOS apps that installed malicious software were discovered. Those apps helped hackers steal 400GB of data from an Italian company that sells surveillance tech to governments. Last month, a video demonstrating how to bypass passcode-protected lock screens on iOS 9 was widely circulated. A new piece of iOS malware known as YiSpecter recently started attacking devices in China and Taiwan.
    Apple's security problems aren't surprising considering how inconsistent its software quality has become over the past few years. The Apple Maps disaster, the bug-ridden OS X Yosemite launch, the device-crippling iOS 8 launch, and ongoing iCloud problems are just some of the many software issues that have plagued the company. If Apple is struggling so much with its core software launches, it might not be able to respond to serious security threats in a timely manner.
    A $25 billion businessAt Boxworks, Cook stated that sales to enterprise customers generated $25 billion in the 12 months ending in June. That sounds impressive, but it's only equivalent to about 14% of Apple's 2014 revenue and 11% of its projected revenue for 2015. Apple hopes that higher sales of iOS devices to enterprise customers can revive slumping iPad sales and soften an inevitable slowdown in iPhone sales.
    Cook is right to question Android's spotty security record, but Apple's growth in the enterprise market is hardly guaranteed. Apple has a more streamlined platform for security updates, but its own software and security headaches suggest that those that it could face more problems in the near future.
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