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BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) News: Award Program, Flawed Updates & More

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY)

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)BlackBerry and Free The Children Inspire Canadian Youth to Build-A-Village (Sys-Con)
For the third consecutive summer, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) and Free The Children will be sending 50 Canadian students on a Me to We life-changing volunteer trip to Kenya and India as part of the BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) Build-A-Village Award Program. Through the program, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is giving youth an opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture, and gain hands-on experience with sustainable community development projects abroad. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has partnered with Free The Children to send the students to its Adopt a Village communities in Eor Ewuaso, Kenya and Bagad, India, with the core mission of eliminating the obstacles preventing children from accessing education…

BlackBerry’s lower-cost Q5 smartphone with physical keyboard coming to Canada next month (TheStarphoenix)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5, will be available in Canada beginning August 13. The mid-tier device is a lower-cost, less-powerful version of the company’s BlackBerry Q10 smartphone. It boasts a similar look and feel, as well as the company’s iconic physical QWERTY keyboard. It will be sold through Bell, Fido, Koodo, Sasktel, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile Canada, as well as retail stores including Future Shop and Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY). Although pricing has not been announced, Koodo will be selling the device without a contract for $350.

BlackBerry 10 update results in users’ SMS messages being deleted (SiliconRepublic)
A flaw has been discovered in the latest over-the-air update to BlackBerry 10 smartphones that results in users text messages being deleted at random. Users are reporting that after the update is installed all of their SMS messages disappeared, while others have reported they can see messages but when they view the messages threat it shows no history. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) news site N4BB first highlighted the issue and pointed out that others have reported no SMS functionality at all on their smartphones. “Each user seems to have a different degree of severity in the issue. On my end, the messages were just erased, but SMS functionality still exists,” N4BB reported.

Yet Another BLACKBERRY Leak: Blackberry Porsche 10 device in the works? (360Nobs)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) seem to be working and here at 360nobs we can’t get a break of all the BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) leaks and rumours flying left, right, centre.. here is another.. You’ll obviously have to take this one with a huge grain of salt but over at Tinhte they’ve got their hands on a rather strange, yet somewhat familiar looking battery door cover for an unknown BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) device. The battery cover itself looks pretty high quality with the BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) logo being stamped into what appears to be a leather and glass weave combination. The interesting thing here though, is that it shares some of the same styling as the BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) Porsche Design.

Mozilla and BlackBerry grow Peach fuzz to catch software bugs (TechRadar)
Mozilla has teamed up with BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) to give developers and security professionals a new software tool for finding flaws in applications, programs or any areas of code. Peach v2 is an open source software solution that uses fault injection (or ‘fuzzing’) techniques to automatically alert developers to potential security concerns. Fuzzing involves deliberately placing (or ‘injecting’) garbled data into a specific application or program. If the software fails to properly handle the unexpected data, developers can identify potential security weaknesses and address them before users are put at risk.

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