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Top 10 Cool Things You Can Do with your BlackBerry Z10

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The all touch BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone powered by BlackBerry® 10, the re-designed, re-
engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry platform that creates a new and unique mobile computing
experience. BlackBerry 10 offers a faster and smarter experience that continuously adapts to you and
your life on the go.

If you’re yet to discover just how unique BlackBerry 10 is, here is a list of ten cool things you can do with
your BlackBerry Z10, so you can keep moving and making the most out of every day.

1) Manage your conversations in one central hub

The BlackBerry Hub is designed for today’s hyper-connected multi-taskers, allowing them to
conveniently keep track of all their conversations, whether in their personal or work emails, BBM™,
Facebook or Twitter accounts. Easily “peek” into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere in your phone, so
you’re just one swipe away from everything that matters to you. You have the choice to filter messages
as well, should you wish to focus and zero in on one task or one conversation at any given time.

2) Type fast and accurately

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BlackBerry is known for making the best physical QWERTY keyboards, and with the BlackBerry Z10, it is
bringing this expertise into touch screen smartphones. The BlackBerry Z10 keyboard is not only elegant
and efficient; it is also intelligent and adaptive. As you spend time with it, it learns the words that you
often use and how you use them. It understands the way you think and type, even if you are someone
who switches back and forth between languages and dialects.

3) Take great barkada photos & create instant HD music videos

The BlackBerry Z10’s camera brings new features to help you take even greater photos. With Time
Shift, you can easily capture perfect group shots, where everyone looks their best. Even if some of your
friends blinked at some point, you can zero in on their faces and backtrack until you are able to compose
the exact perfect moment. After you save it, you can then use Picture Editor to add filters and effects,
to make it even more special. And if you have a series of photos you’d like to share, the Story Maker
feature lets you create an HD movie from them, complete with effects and the soundtrack of your
choice.

4) Bond with your loved ones overseas using BBM Video with Screenshare

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has been well-loved for connecting Filipino families and barkadas,
especially those who are separated by distance and timezones. BBM on the BlackBerry Z10 is brought to
a whole new level, as it allows two BlackBerry 10 users to video chat. A unique feature allows them to
share screens with each other during the video chat, allowing them to look at, comment on, and laugh
over photos of friends and loved ones together.

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5) Do true multi-tasking

You know your phone is really multi-tasking when an app is able to continue running, even after you
shift to another task or app. Open up Youtube, let your selected video run while you peek into your
updated Twitter feed, proceed to the BlackBerry Browser to do a quick internet search, then go back
to Youtube to continue enjoying your video. Each of these tasks gets its own Active Frame that doesn’t
pause even after you send it to the background, unless you want it, thus making efficient use of your
time.

6) Browse more websites on the go

The new BlackBerry 10 browser, which sets the industry benchmark for HTML5 support on
smartphones, is incredibly fast. Scrolling or zooming is fluid and responsive. The browser supports
multiple tabs if you like opening multiple web pages at the same time, and includes a reader mode,
which lets you do away with unnecessary images and ads and just focus on the text. Should you read
something you’d love to share, you can easily send the links to your BBM contacts and social networking
accounts.

7) Be truly mobile

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If you find yourself on a long trip with no time to sit down, you can worry less about your BlackBerry Z10
running out of memory or battery, as you can easily just carry an extra memory card or battery. Expand
your smartphone’s internal storage with a memory card, and store more photos, videos, files and music,
among others. The battery is replaceable as well, liberating you from having to constantly look for
charging stations, and you can focus on more important tasks – such as having fun!

8) Easily connect your BlackBerry Z10 to your TV

Back from your vacation and raring to impress your barkada with the photos and videos of your
adventures? Hook up your BlackBerry Z10 to your LCD TV with a micro HDMI cable. No need for extra
adapters or a complicated set-up.

9) Enjoy more apps coming into the BlackBerry platform

The BlackBerry World catalog just keeps growing, recently passing the 100,000 apps benchmark. Top
brands and application providers are joining BlackBerry every day. Developers who have jumped
onboard have found the BlackBerry 10 tools are easy to build with and that it provides opportunities for
app differentiation that they do not see on other platforms.

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10) Hold on to inspiration

BlackBerry Remember is a dream app that lets keep on top of all your files, tasks and notes, whether
you’re planning a big work-related project or a barkada get-away. With BlackBerry Remember, you can
flag content as soon as inspiration hits. For instance, if you’re browsing through your photo album and
find a photo you’d like to flag, all you have to do is tap ‘Share,’ select ‘Remember’ and add a description.
You can also snap photos, take videos, record voice notes and attach documents directly within the
BlackBerry Remember application. Need to flag something but don’t have time to type notes? Add
a voice note instead! BlackBerry Remember is a nifty tool for keeping you organized while you keep
moving.

Here are the video links featuring some members of the BlackBerry Barkada talking about their favorite BlackBerry Z10 features:
– Raymond Gutierrez, Tim Yap, Liz Uy, Solenn Heussaff, and Belle Daza 
– Georgina Wilson and Borgy Manotoc
– Gerald Anderson, Enchong Dee, and Rayver Cruz

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BlackBerry 10.2 SDK Release | New Apps to BlackBerry 10

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BlackBerry 10.2 SDK Release

Developers were shown a number of APIs, including those available in the recently released Blackberry 10.2 SDK, that allow developers to build enhanced mobile experiences for customers. With the inclusion of sensors such as NFC, GPS, Gyroscope and Accelerometer, for example, BlackBerry 10.2 smartphones can detect inputs and data connections within the user’s immediate environment to provide constant information about surroundings and location. The contextual information gathered by sensors can also be processed by applications to adapt to what’s happening in the environment in ways that enhances relevance and user interaction, which, for example, can be further enhanced through deep integration with the BlackBerry Hub, Contacts and BBM. The capabilities also enable the smartphone to act on or control endpoints beyond the phone. APIs for Bluetooth, for example, enable integration for alternate input devices like a wireless (Bluetooth) keyboard, as well as alternate displays, such as a monitor or HDT, through the HDMI port.

Several updates were also highlighted for the Built for BlackBerry designation in the BlackBerry World storefront, providing developers attractive incentives to further support building their business on the BlackBerry 10 platform.

Here are some of the highlights from yesterday’s keynote:

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Concept Technology Demonstrations

Capabilities of the BlackBerry 10 platform were further showcased in a few concept demonstrations that capture the development paradigm of sensing the environment, understanding the various inputs and adapting to real-time contextual information. The first one involved the extension of an app user interface beyond a BlackBerry 10 smartphone onto a desktop environment. A BlackBerry Z30 was paired up with a desktop computer over Wi-Fi to seamlessly and securely project real-time applications and content on the phone to the desktop computer. A BlackBerry expert projected the BlackBerry Hub from the smartphone and rendered the user interface on the PC where full use of the keyboard and mouse was available. This showed an enhanced experience on the desktop powered by a BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

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Another concept demonstration showed a rocking chair tennis game running on a BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, where the tennis paddles were controlled by the accelerometers in BlackBerry 10 smartphones mounted on the armrest. The application adapted to users’ actions signaled over Bluetooth to the controllers through an Arduino microcontroller. The demonstrations showed how applications can extend beyond the phone.

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Peer to Peer Demonstration

The BlackBerry 10 infrastructure and Peer to Peer (P2P) network solve the problem of connectivity by providing a direct, secure and authenticated communication between different endpoints and providing a secure tunnel for data.  BlackBerry’s P2P infrastructure connects two endpoints without having to worry about firewalls, Network Address Translation or protocol. BlackBerry experts showcased the BlackBerry 10 platform’s Peer to Peer technology by controlling two heart monitors remotely through a BlackBerry 10 smartphone. BlackBerry’s P2P technology can manage multiple network technologies and enable the smartphones to handover from protocol to protocol, such as from Wi-Fi to cellular connectivity, without dropping the peer connection. The demonstration maintained a connection by automatically detecting and adjusting to available connections, and also included authentication with a BlackBerry ID. The P2P APIs will be available in the coming months.

Highlights for Revitalized Built for BlackBerry Program

Developers also heard about some enhancements to the Built for BlackBerry Program, including a checklist with detailed criteria for receiving Built for BlackBerry accreditation for apps. Apps with the Built for BlackBerry designation also benefit from increased visibility in the store with new features such as Top Lists on the home page and exclusive Built for BlackBerry badges that let customers easily identify Built for BlackBerry apps. More details can be found here: http://devblog.blackberry.com/2013/08/built-for-blackberry-rebuilt-for-you/

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Partners Show Support for BlackBerry 10

In addition to the platform updates, major application partners Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging website, Kereta Api Indonesia, which allows customers to book and confirm train ticket reservations, and WeChat, a messaging application, joined Martyn Mallick, Vice President of BlackBerry World and Global Alliances, on stage to showcase their applications and support for the BlackBerry 10 platform.

 Useful Links

BlackBerry Developer Community Jam Zone – http://developer.blackberry.com/jamcommunity/

DevBlog – http://devblog.blackberry.com

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BlackBerry 10 Information Page – www.blackberry.com/blackberry10

 

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BlackBerry Joins FIDO Alliance and Board; Seeks Secure, Universal Authentication for Mobile Platform and Device Users

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FIDO members commit to share technology and collaborate to deliver open specifications for universal strong authentication that enables FIDO-compliant authentication methods to be interoperable, more secure and private, and easier to use. BlackBerry is among the first mobile platform and mobile device suppliers to engage with the FIDO Alliance to equip customers with easy-to-use strong authentication, allowing them to easily move from site to site securely without having to enter identifying information multiple times. As a FIDO Alliance Relying Partner (RP), BlackBerry will be able to better serve its millions of customers on BlackBerry.com, and people who use BBM™, BlackBerry® Protect and other BlackBerry services around the world, as well as developers submitting apps on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront.

“We welcome BlackBerry to the FIDO Alliance board as one of the world’s leading mobile platforms and mobile device providers. BlackBerry’s addition to the FIDO Alliance moves the mobile industry closer to universal strong authentication using the open FIDO specifications that embrace all use cases,” said Michael Barrett, FIDO Alliance president. “We also prize BlackBerry among the Internet’s leading relying parties, with the potential to allow millions of users to utilize open strong authentication.”

From initial design and manufacturing to developing tamper resistant hardware and software for securing data at rest or in transit, security has been the central element of the BlackBerry value proposition since its inception. BlackBerry provides all the components to offer secure Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) for BlackBerry, iOS® and Android™ devices.  BlackBerry also demonstrates the same dedication to perfecting and standardizing security protocols.

“BlackBerry is deeply committed to remaining the Gold Standard in mobile security while providing a model for others to adopt and follow,” said Brian McBride, Technical Director for Identity at BlackBerry. “Offering safe, reliable access for our customers across the globe is inherent to everything BlackBerry does as an organization. We are both excited and proud to join the FIDO Alliance to help extend mobile security best practices and standards to the global community as the alliance strives to achieve universal secure authentication.”

The FIDO protocol will support a full range of authentication technologies, including biometrics such as fingerprint scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as existing solutions and communications standards, such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPM), USB Security Tokens, Near Field Communication (NFC), One Time Passwords (OTP), embedded Secure Elements (eSE), and many other existing and future technology options. The open protocol is designed to be extensible and to accommodate future innovation, as well as protect existing investments. The FIDO protocol allows the interaction of technologies within a single infrastructure, enabling security options to be tailored to the distinct needs of each user and organization.

Organizations that want to influence the development of the FIDO specifications and ensure that the open standards address their use cases and requirements should join the FIDO Alliance now. FIDO Alliance members will define the market requirements, contribute to the FIDO specifications and be part of the ecosystem that will address the broad range of use cases and technologies. The FIDO Alliance invites all companies and organizations to join the Alliance and become active members.

About BlackBerry

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A global leader in wireless innovation, 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. BlackBerry is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BB). For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

About The FIDO Alliance
The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, www.fidoalliance.org, was formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability amongstrong authentication technologies, and remedy the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The Alliance plans to change the nature of authentication by developing standards-based specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that supplant reliance on passwords to easily and securely authenticate users of online services.

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BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 is now Open for Registration

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Registration for BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 in Hong Kong is now open. This year’s conference will take place on 26-27 September 2013 at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. For more information, please visit http://www.blackberryjamconference.com/asia

What is it all about?
BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 is one of the events for developers and key partners who are keen to understand how they are able to create applications and content for BlackBerry 10, and at the same time to gain insights on how to monetize their applications. During BlackBerry Jam Asia developers will get in-depth development training, business strategy sessions and networking opportunities that can help you build and perfect your BlackBerry 10 apps.

BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013 will provide developers opportunities to understand the capabilities of the BlackBerry 10 platform and how they can create engaging application experiences customers will want to download and use. This approach supports what recent research by VisionMobile™ (2013) discovered: that “developers’ platform choices depend very much on the goal they aim to achieve. When it comes to platform selection, contract developers will opt for platforms that will generate more revenue, CIOs will focus on efficiency and low cost, CMOs will focus on reach, while hobbyists will want to experiment with newer platforms .”

Benefits for Developers
To ensure that everyone is able to benefit from this conference, there will be more than 50 breakout sessions which will be presented by BlackBerry experts and members of the developer community. The content will focus on:

Leveraging the Mobile Computing Opportunity
Developers can learn about the burgeoning area of mobile computing and how they can leverage concepts to build innovative apps. Beyond that, developers can learn how to leverage powerful multi-tasking capabilities and Adaptive UX design to help align their apps with mobile web standards and open source communities.

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Building a Business on BlackBerry
From the beginnings of an idea, through the startup pitch and all the way to marketing and app submissions to BlackBerry World™, developers will hear how startups and established organisations alike can partner with BlackBerry to build a business on the BlackBerry 10 platform.

Built for BlackBerry. The Signature BlackBerry 10 experience

Building developers’ businesses on BlackBerry is our top priority. The Built for BlackBerry designation indicates to customers the signature, stand-out BlackBerry 10 experience. At the conference, developers can learn more about Built for BlackBerry and check out the range of resources available for designing, developing, and distributing their apps or games.

 

Some other key benefits for developers attending BlackBerry Jam Asia include:

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  • Attend multi-language pre-conference courses such as “Developing Apps Using the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK and Cascades™ UI Framework”, and game development workshop – “Game Destination at Jam Asia”
  • Ask The Experts area, where they can bring technical development questions or questions about entrepreneurship and app marketing
  • Indulge in the true gaming experience on BlackBerry 10 smartphones, featuring top games from around the globe.

In addition to that, qualified* attending developers of this year’s BlackBerry Jam Asia may receive a BlackBerry® 10 Dev Alpha C  at the event. The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C device is a testing device for developers that can be used to help adjust, debug and test BlackBerry 10 apps to get ready for the launch of the BlackBerry 10 QWERTY smartphones.

For more information on the on the sessions, check out the Session Catalog here. For more information on BlackBerry Jam Asia, please visit http://www.blackberryjamconference.com/asia

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* Qualified developers will be determined by BlackBerry using applicant information from the registration system. If a developer has already received a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha C device at a previous event or from BlackBerry, the developer will not be eligible for this offer. Quantities are limited. For more information, refer to http://www.blackberryjamconference.com/asia/event-info/device

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