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INPS chooses BlackBerry’s BES12 to securely manage its multi-platform mobile fleet

BlackBerry today announced that In Practice Systems Ltd (INPS), a leader in unique medical software for primary care and the wider healthcare environment in the UK, has upgraded to BES12 to securely manage its multi-platform mobile fleet.

“We needed a mobility solution that matched the characteristics we see in ourselves highly secure and productive. Working with our strategic technology partners, Appurity, BES12 was identified as the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution to empower employees to work on-the-go, safely and flexibly,” said Angelo Chrysanthou, Head of Information Systems at INPS. “It was important that the EMM solution did not restrict employees’ choice of device,” added Chrysanthou. “And it just works, delivering a massive return on investment.”

As a supplier to the NHS, INPS is mandated to handle its communications and flow of information securely, and be able to prove that Information Governance Statement of Compliance (IG SoC) legislation is being met. INPS, therefore, needed a comprehensive multi-OS EMM solution for its employees that complied with IG SoC mandates, while ensuring that staff had a flexible yet secure means of communication, whether they were in the office or on the road.

INPS chooses Blackberry’s BES12 to securely manage its multi-platform mobile fleet

BES12 combines manageability with strong security

London, England August 9, 2016 BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that In Practice Systems Ltd (INPS), a leader in unique medical software for primary care and the wider healthcare environment in the UK, has upgraded to BES 12, a multi-OS EMM solution by BlackBerry, to securely manage its multi-platform mobile fleet. INPS has successfully migrated to BES12 to “infinitely increase” the mobile workforce’s productivity. INPS has developed Vision, a product that offers flexible IT software to help the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) provide patients with high quality, joined up services on any device, at anytime, anywhere. As a supplier to the NHS, INPS is mandated to handle its communications and flow of information securely, and be able to prove that Information Governance Statement of Compliance (IG SoC) legislation is being met. INPS therefore needed a comprehensive multi-OS EMM solution for its employees that complied with IG SoC mandates, while ensuring that staff had a flexible yet secure means of communication, whether they were in the office or on the road.

“We needed a mobility solution that matched the characteristics we see in ourselves highly secure and productive.

Working with our strategic technology partners, Appurity, BES12 was identified as the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution to empower employees to work on-the-go, safely and flexibly,” said Angelo Chrysanthou, Head of Information Systems at INPS. BlackBerry’s extensive portfolio of enterprise security, productivity, and communication and collaboration services made BES12 a perfect fit for INPS. BES12 centralises device management from a single command and control centre, and seamlessly supports multiple mobile platforms, including iOS , Android (including Android for Work and Samsung KNOX smartphones and tablets), Windows, BlackBerry and OS X.

“It was important that the EMM solution did not restrict employees’ choice of device,” added Chrysanthou. “And it just works, delivering a massive return on investment.”

“Enterprise mobility is absolutely paramount in today’s world, which means secure and flexible multi-OS EMM solutions are required for any business,” said Florian Bienvenu, Senior Vice President Enterprise Sales, EMEA at BlackBerry. “By choosing BES12, and working with a top-tier BlackBerry partner, INPS has adopted a multi-OS management platform that will guarantee security, as well as driving improvements in productivity and communication across the organisation.”

INPS is one of many enterprise customers relying on BlackBerry’s comprehensive enterprise software portfolio of multi-OS solutions and services to keep its organization secure and productive. For more information about BES12 visit: www.blackberry.com/BES12.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world’s most sensitive data across all end points from cars to smartphones making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, 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.

Mobile Nations Weekly: Seven One Ten

Samsung’s new Note and Microsoft’s new Xbox: head-to-head. It’s time. Time for the Samsung Galaxy Note 71. It’s both a huge release for Samsung and something of an iteration at the same time. It retains a lot of the design language of the latest Note and S lines with a refined aesthetic, and is practically the same phone inside as the S7, but goes all-in on the big (and curved) display, S Pen stylus, and even USB-C. That new-fangled USB port necessitated an updated Gear VR2 headset, which Samsung used as an opportunity to make a few notable improvements to the phone-driven VR experience.

Microsoft joined the huge launches part with their own Xbox One S3, an updated Xbox One that’s a little faster, a lot sleeker, and 100% more 4K. Along with that came the Xbox One Summer Update4 with Cortana and Xbox apps. Oh, and a big release on the Windows side as well: the Windows 10 Anniversary Update5. There’s a bit of a shake-up going on in Apple’s secretive car project, with Apple hardware veteran Bob Mansfield returning to take over6. Apple also did something we’ve never seen them do before or fathomed they would consider: they’re offering a bounty to hackers to break into the iPhone’s most secure chip7 (all in the interests of finding and securing any vulnerability discovered).

All of that and much much more in this edition of Mobile Nations Weekly/

1. Android Central Galaxy Note 7 cometh

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This was bound to be the week of the Galaxy Note 78, whether you liked it or not. You can check out our complete hands-on preview9, see the specs10, look at the latest features11 and put down a pre-order12 if you’re convinced it’ll be your next phone. We’ve already started to look at potential upgrades, from the Galaxy Note 513, Galaxy S6 edge+ and particularly the Galaxy Note 414. Of course, we had to compare the latest Note to the iPhone 6s Plus15 as well.

In other news, Android 7.0 Nougat is right on the horizon. And in an interesting turn of events, the upcoming LG V20 is poised to be16 the first phone with the new operating system with Nexuses expected to launch later. We don’t know exactly how the Nexus phones will differ in software17 from others, but we expect some changes to be introduced. As we reach the launch, Marshmallow has surpassed 15% market share18.

2. CrackBerry The Hub

If you’re a Priv owner or using some other Android smartphone, it was a pretty solid week for BlackBerry news, as incredibly odd as that may sound. This week, BlackBerry announced a ton of enhancements to their Android apps such as the BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Camera and more including bringing over some long-awaited features from BlackBerry 10 such as ‘pinch to filter unread’. Not a Priv owner but still running an Android phone? BlackBerry has now brought their Hub and other apps to more Android phones with the release of their Hub+ Suite.

Finally, keeping in line with the monthly security updates, BlackBerry has also released the August 5 Android security patch.

3. iMore The times, they are a-changin’

Bob Mansfield is taking over Apple’s car project19, the company is offering a security bounty20 for anyone who can break into the iPhone’s Secure Enclave, and new iOS21 and macOS22 betas have arrived. It’s been a busy week for Apple — and for iMore, too! In case you may have missed it, we’re making a few changes23 to the way you may view our site: We’re going to be reorganizing the home page to collect the information you care about in the right places, focusing more on analysis and less on regurgitating news, and writing more great how-to and recommendation pieces than ever before. Stay tuned over the next two months as we roll out the new iMore — and please let us know if you have questions or feedback as we build this new site for you. As part of the iMore part deux rollout, we’re also starting some new columns for the best new music24, games and apps25, and movies and TV shows26.

4. VR Heads Adr1ft and at peace with the new Gear VR

Everyone knew a USB-C port on a Samsung phone was going to come eventually, and that meant there needed to be a new Gear VR to match. Surprise, that time is right now! The Galaxy Note 7 is here, and the matte black Gear VR you can buy for it offers some small but important updates over the original. In the world of not mobile VR, we took a deeper look at the terrifying space sim Adr1ft and floated away mostly intact. Check it out!

5. Windows Central One to the power of 10

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Microsoft had a big week for releases. First up, the new Xbox One S a slimmer, slightly more powerful 4K-capable Xbox One went on sale and we gave it a full review27. Speaking of the Xbox both the One and One S received the new Summer Update with new features and apps from Windows 10, which we also reviewed28. Finally, over 350 million PCs became eligible for the big Windows 10 Anniversary Update29. While not all computers are getting it day one, we showed you how to trigger it now30.

Windows 10 Mobile missed the August 2 date for its Anniversary Update, but we have word that it is arriving this week on August 931. Mobile users can also look forward to the HP Elite x3 going on sale in the US starting September 532. If that wasn’t enough for updates Microsoft confirmed what we knew for a while: Windows 10 and Mobile will get two significant updates in 201733 for new features and functions.

Development of ‘Redstone 2’ has already begun.

References

  1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (www.androidcentral.com)
  2. ^ an updated Gear VR (www.vrheads.com)
  3. ^ Xbox One S (www.windowscentral.com)
  4. ^ Xbox One Summer Update (www.windowscentral.com)
  5. ^ the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (www.windowscentral.com)
  6. ^ Bob Mansfield returning to take over (www.imore.com)
  7. ^ offering a bounty to hackers to break into the iPhone’s most secure chip (www.imore.com)
  8. ^ the Galaxy Note 7 (www.androidcentral.com)
  9. ^ check out our complete hands-on preview (www.androidcentral.com)
  10. ^ see the specs (www.androidcentral.com)
  11. ^ at the latest features (www.androidcentral.com)
  12. ^ put down a pre-order (www.androidcentral.com)
  13. ^ Galaxy Note 5 (www.androidcentral.com)
  14. ^ the Galaxy Note 4 (www.androidcentral.com)
  15. ^ latest Note to the iPhone 6s Plus (www.androidcentral.com)
  16. ^ upcoming LG V20 is poised to be (www.androidcentral.com)
  17. ^ will differ in software (www.androidcentral.com)
  18. ^ Marshmallow has surpassed 15% market share (www.androidcentral.com)
  19. ^ taking over Apple’s car project (www.imore.com)
  20. ^ a security bounty (www.imore.com)
  21. ^ iOS (www.imore.com)
  22. ^ macOS (www.imore.com)
  23. ^ we’re making a few changes (www.imore.com)
  24. ^ music (www.imore.com)
  25. ^ games and apps (www.imore.com)
  26. ^ movies and TV shows (www.imore.com)
  27. ^ we gave it a full review (www.windowscentral.com)
  28. ^ we also reviewed (www.windowscentral.com)
  29. ^ Windows 10 Anniversary Update (www.windowscentral.com)
  30. ^ how to trigger it now (www.windowscentral.com)
  31. ^ arriving this week on August 9 (www.windowscentral.com)
  32. ^ on sale in the US starting September 5 (www.windowscentral.com)
  33. ^ two significant updates in 2017 (www.windowscentral.com)

BlackBerry announces normal course issuer bid for convertible debentures

BlackBerry has now announced1 that it has received acceptance from the Toronto Stock Exchange with respect to a normal course issuer bid2 to purchase up to US$125,000,000 principal amount of its 6 percent unsecured convertible debentures3, representing 10 percent of the issued and outstanding Debentures in the public float as at July 31, 2016.

“We intend to take advantage of our strong cash position to repurchase convertible debentures in order to reduce both our interest expense and potential future dilution of our shareholders,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. As of July 29, 2016, BlackBerry had US$1,250,000,000 principal amount of Debentures outstanding and the average daily trading volume for the 6 months prior to July 31, 2016 was US$184,182. Under the NCIB, daily purchases will be limited to US$46,045, other than block purchases. The price that BlackBerry will pay for any shares under the share repurchase program will be the prevailing market price at the time of purchase.

BlackBerry Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid for Convertible Debentures

Waterloo, ON BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that it has received acceptance from the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) with respect to a normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”) to purchase up to US$125,000,000 principal amount of its 6 percent unsecured convertible debentures (BB.DB.U) (the “Debentures”), representing 10 percent of the issued and outstanding Debentures in the public float as at July 31, 2016. BlackBerry can purchase the Debentures pursuant to the NCIB through the facilities of the TSX or alternative trading systems commencing on August 8, 2016 and ending on November 13, 2016, or such earlier time as the NCIB is completed or terminated by BlackBerry. Any Debentures purchased under the NCIB will be cancelled. BlackBerry has entered into an automatic purchase plan dated as of August 2, 2016 with BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.

to allow for the repurchase of Debentures at times when BlackBerry ordinarily would not be active in the market due to its own internal trading blackout periods, insider trading rules or otherwise. As of July 29, 2016, BlackBerry had US$1,250,000,000 principal amount of Debentures outstanding and the average daily trading volume for the 6 months prior to July 31, 2016 was US$184,182. Under the NCIB, daily purchases will be limited to US$46,045, other than block purchases.

“We intend to take advantage of our strong cash position to repurchase convertible debentures in order to reduce both our interest expense and potential future dilution of our shareholders,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. The price that BlackBerry will pay for any shares under the share repurchase program will be the prevailing market price at the time of purchase. The actual principal amount of Debentures to be purchased and the timing and pricing of any purchases under the NCIB will be determined by BlackBerry.

There is no assurance that any Debentures will be purchased under the NCIB and BlackBerry may elect to modify, suspend or discontinue the NCIB at any time without prior notice. BlackBerry had a normal course issuer bid in place which terminated on June 28, 2016, pursuant to which BlackBerry purchased 12,606,978 of its common shares at a weighted average price of US$7.35. The TSX has neither reviewed nor accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world’s most sensitive data across all end points from cars to smartphones making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, 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.

References

  1. ^ has now announced (press.blackberry.com)
  2. ^ normal course issuer bid (www.investopedia.com)
  3. ^ convertible debentures (www.investopedia.com)
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