Tag: Blackberry

Blackberry Priv

Download The Blackberry Priv Wallpapers

The all singing and dancing Blackberry Priv is now available and the initial reviews of this Android device complete with a physical keyboard are pretty good.  As is usually the case when a new phone is released, any special software bits and wallpapers are stripped out by the developer community for everyone to enjoy and the Priv is no different.

Over on the Mobile Wallpaper page I have posted all five of the stock wallpapers that come with the Blackberry Priv.  These, along with the over 100 others, are completely free to download and you can do it either from your Android device, PC, Mac or Chromebook.

Mobile Wallpaper Page

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Blackberry Priv

Blackberry Priv to Receive Monthly Security Updates

The all new Blackberry Priv has landed and Blackberry seems to be seriously focused on seeing their flagship Android device to success.  Part of that effort is keeping it up-to-date and in a blog post today the company is aiming to do just that and to do it frequently.  Blackberry has announced that the Blackberry Priv will be receiving monthly security updates, much like the Google Nexus devices do today.  This commitment is similar to that of HTC who has promised their new One A9 will receive security updates 15 days after Google releases them each month.

One of the biggest perceptions – correct or otherwise – of Android is that it is less secure than other platforms.  Google, after the Stage Fright security challenge, has doubled-down on getting updates out to their devices but that hasn’t been the case with other manufactures.  Blackberry for their part, want to be on top of it and that is nothing but a good thing for users who are getting or considering getting the Priv.

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CircuitIQ and Windows Phone – You are Safe

There has been a lot of press today regarding CircuitIQ, the application that runs in the background on Android and Blackberry devices that provides carriers (Verizon has been identified here in the US) information on how the phone in question is being used.  The principle, while benign enough, is to provide information to the carriers about phone and network performance.  The problem is that it captures a tremendous amount of information about how, were and what you do on your phone.  To say that it is a privacy issue is likely a big understatement.

The good news for Windows Phone users is that it isn’t there on these devices and it never has been.  Joe Belfiore, the Windows Phone Program Management Director stated on Twitter today that Windows Phone doesn’t have it.

That is about as direct an answer as you can get.

CircuitIQ represents the latest challenge of consumers versus carriers.  To be fair, carriers need to know how their networks are performing and the devices on them so they can make improvements.  But this type of thing should be an “opt-in” option and not on by default.

It also appears that the US Congress is going to investigate this which will really bring to light all that CircuitIQ does and what the carriers have been doing with this treasure trove of information on their users.

Stay tuned.  This story is just getting started.