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For many iOS8 users who have had to endure a botched launch with so many issues, their frustration have continued with yet another bug.  The latest one dubbed the “GMT Bug” is playing havoc with those users who are discovering that appointments created by their iPhones and other iOS devices are simply disappearing or showing up several hours later than they should.

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Today I came across a BlackBerry Passport Challenge video uploaded on YouTube by Technology Nerd host Erica Griffin. About three weeks ago she received this device and created an unboxing video.

Initially she was not sure whether or not she would like it. However she did accept the challenge to use it exclusively as her daily driver for  little over a week while evaluating it

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As you may be aware John Chen recently wrote to the US Senate arguing that Net Neutrality was a must. He included in that letter the example that BBM was now available cross platform but iMessage, for example, was not.

And the tech blogs went ballistic. Some seeking to paint the BlackBerry CEO as ‘desperate’, trying to ‘force apps’ onto a ‘dying platform’ that the market had ‘already spoken on and didn’t want’.

This was, of course, utter poppycock.

Leaving aside the fact that Apple, for example, probably don’t even have the wherewithal to make iMessage work properly on their own stuff, never mind make it cross platform, what this letter represented was how we are all in transit from the past to the future.

Because, you see, John Chen, as CEO of BlackBerry, represents much, much more than just BlackBerry phones. It’s the whole shebang and this includes software services and SECURITY.

The last one, of course, has been seen as a bit boring up until a few months ago. But then Samsung came knocking with a note that said:

‘Dear BlackBerry, we’ve spent an absolute fortune on Knox and it doesn’t actually work. Before we get found out and have to ditch it, could you secure it for us?’

To which the answer was ‘yes’.

And it’s been the same with BES. If you REALLY INSIST on owning an iPhone or Android (or even WP) device there is only one way to be the least bit secure and that’s to have your device managed by BES.

Of course, as with the iPhone, if you are daft enough to send things to the iCloud, well, that’s your problem. But your communications will be protected through BES.

So BlackBerry have opened up their ‘best in class’ security to cover other phone platforms. They have spent time and money opening up BBM to other platforms. Some would say that’s out of necessity and they would probably be right. But BlackBerry are now playing the game of the future – and Apple and Google, and their fans on the interwebs, are firmly entrenched in the past.

If the vision of the ‘Internet of Things’ is that each component of a chain is capable of talking to another where does EXCLUSIVITY sit with this?

Does it mean that, as with Apple, every household must own Apple products for these things to talk to each other? Or that Apple should ‘approve’ such devices, right down to the chip in your radiator? That’s not going to work, Apple products in personal computing or phones are nowhere near the majority anywhere on the planet.

Does it mean that, as with Google and Android, it should be a free for all, with anyone allowed to do anything and a thin facade of rules whereby everyone pretends its ok but it’s a hackers paradise?


It means an agreed standard – just like we have with the internet. Think of it this way. With web pages the OS is irrelevant. There is a standard for everyone to plug into. Same with domain names. The internet wouldn’t work otherwise. Freedom of information would be restricted.

Imagine if you clicked on a popular website only to be told you were using the ‘wrong’ machine and, by definition, should go and pay for the ‘right’ one, as predetermined by some back room deal you were not party to. Not the wrong software that you should now upgrade, THE WRONG COMPUTER.

And then imagine that you were forced down a route whereby everyone could see what you were doing?

In the Internet of Things that’s a rather scary thought.

Of course, that ISN’T the case with the internet. Much is made of how it should be free and unhindered, how, as a wise man once said, ‘I may despise what you say but I will defend the death your right to say it’.

If, for example, I wish to check my utility bill with my supplier here in the UK, it doesn’t matter what computer, OS or browser I use, I can.

But it DOES matter which phone I try to use.

Which is utterly ludicrous.

Because, as they Internet of Things develops, are we saying that there is a standard unless it comes to mobile devices? That each part of the Internet of Things will work apart from the cellphone of the user? Just because there wasn’t a standard to begin with?

And, here’s the best bit, there currently stands only ONE company who is positioned, worldwide, to be trusted to handle the security of the data the Internet of Things will bring.


So, rather than have the old platform wars of 2012, with the 2012 software on their phones, many of these tech bloggers and commentators should take note that when John Chen mentions Net Neutrality he doesn’t do it from a position of weakness but from one of strength. At this rate in the world of mobile you will soon be offered a straight in/out – do you want to be private on the internet or not?

Because if you do you have a BlackBerry, if you don’t, you don’t. Simple as that. But this isn’t just shy individuals…

GUESS WHO WILL SECURE GOVERNMENTS, BANKS, ARMED FORCES… the very stuff of a nation. And guess who won’t.

Top and bottom is that Net Neutrality already exists in every realm of the internet apart from Mobile apps. Mobile’s are a part of the internet. The company that will secure the internet is playing very fair, right now.

I humbly suggest some people should play fair back at this point.

Or your future’s may be less rosy that you thought.

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Another Interesting Week indeed!

John Chen raised a few eyebrows while speaking his mind regarding Net Neutrality. I believe he was trying to make a distinction between exclusivity (which is OK) and being paid not to develop for another platform – will be interesting to see how this one plays out!

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A turtle with a heart on.

Pico Candy and Suzy Spafford bring you another way to have fun when using BBM with your friends and family during February.

“Send messages of love with Suzy’s Zoo stickers!”

This new pack can be found in the BBM Shop in the BBM app.

Enjoy, you love birds.


Oh my goodness it’s already Saturday – good thing I have a great channel to feature today. Only one, you ask? Well, our Dear Leader (UTB Brad) has assured me I have editorial control over my channel features within reason. I intend to push that boundary eventually though I do wonder if UTB Brad even reads UTB – he IS terribly busy.

Anyway, today’s channel is C001CC6D7 Ready. Set. JOE! run by my good friend, UTB’s own bbjoe2011. I should warn you, it is not politically correct and often more than a little NSFW. Offering a random but well-curated selection of memes, cars, girls, and BlackBerry, Ready Set JOE is a great choice to fill the idle minutes. Plus when he isn’t being grumpy, he’s quite a funny guy and keeps his channel chat open, so make sure you say hi.

Have a channel suggestion for my Saturday features? Feel free to drop it in the comments or in my forum thread.

Happy Channeling!


Magic relies heavily on the skill of misdirection. You know what that is. Get the audience to look at your magic wand, as you’re swapping cards with the other hand. Google it seems has given up on actually fixing their Android OS, and are instead, asking us to look at the wand.

Did you know that Google has a group who looks for exploits in other operating systems? Yes. As Android is an open book to hacks and malware, Google is spending money to find exploits in other platforms? Why? Misdirection of course.

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In my real life (not this one, this is much more fun) I help people make money. The way this works is that they pay me and I show them how to make a damn sight more money than they have paid me by either helping them get a business off the ground or fixing what is wrong with their business in the first place.

And I’ve been doing this for quite a while and made a living out of it. So I must have some idea what I am talking about.

The other day I was chatting to someone who has paid me money to get a business off the ground. He won’t be running it (he has another job as you will see) but it will give him flexibility and wants something else to fall back on outside his job. Very laudable.

The only problem is that, as I say, I’ve been doing this for a while and I really can’t be bothered to argue with people’s egos so there is one golden rule:

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Well my faithful ones, I’m here again to spread the word, and today’s word is…


Now some of you don’t hail from the Great British Isle’s like myself and a few others here at the United Temple of BlackBerry so you might not know the ‘rules of the road’

Here in the UK using a mobile phone whilst driving is forbidden and in my eye’s its forbidden for damn good reasons!


Drivers who use a mobile phone, whether hand-held or hands-free:

  • are much less aware of what’s happening on the road around them
  • fail to see road signs
  • fail to maintain proper lane position and steady speed
  • are more likely to ‘tailgate’ the vehicle in front
  • react more slowly, take longer to brake and longer to stop
  • are more likely to enter unsafe gaps in traffic
  • feel more stressed and frustrated.

They are also four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing themselves and other people.

Now I know this isn’t aimed at everyone, just the people that think they need to answer a phone while driving… or worse still, text and I bet you are wondering why I have a bee in my bonnet about this?

There are a few reasons…

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