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Liveblog: BlackBerry Live General Session

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Liveblog: BlackBerry Live General Session
What's up, folks, are you ready to see what's going to happen at the BlackBerry Live keynote? Formerly known as BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Live is a conference of great interest to customers, clients, enthusiasts and unabashed BlackBerry lovers.

So, we don't really have any brave expectations for this relatively low-key event, but we do feel that there might be a special surprise lurking in the shadows. How about the BlackBerry R10, which is said to be a more affordable BlackBerry 10 smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard? We know, it may not be the device of our dreams, but it'll still be interesting to check it out.

Join us for a liveblog of the opening session, which is scheduled to begin at: 9AM ET | 8AM CT | 7AM MT | 6AM PT | 1PM GMT | 3PM CET!

Live event tracker

10:01And that's a wrap, guys. Hope you enjoyed the new announcements and our liveblog! Ray signing off in 3... 2... 1...
10:00
10:00All BlackBerry executives are now coming on stage to close the keynote.
09:59"BlackBerry 10 is so strong that we are confident BBM can become an independent messaging solution."
09:57BlackBerry is going to make BBM the go-to messaging solution around the globe, on multiple platforms - iOS and Android! For free!
09:56"It's time to bring BBM to a greater audience." "This summer BBM will go across multiple platforms."
09:55BBM Channels is expected to launch commercially later this summer.
09:54"BBM Channels is launching in beta today." "A number of channels, including that of Alicia Keys, will be available right away."
09:51"Our fans are so passionate about Formula 1, we want to keep them as close as possible."
09:50"I'm really excited to be at the launch of BBM Channels."
09:50"I've been using BBM for years and it's great that they now have video chat."
09:49
09:48Wow, Lewis Hamilton is now on stage to talk up BBM Channels.
09:47"Imagine the deep connections fans will be able to have with their brands."
09:46Basically, you'll be able to subscribe to companies and stuff you're interested in, and then you'll be receiving updates.
09:46BBM Channels has just been introduced - a new social engagement platform. Users will now be able to connect with their favorite brands.
09:44Almost half of the messages received are read within 12 seconds, which, according to Thorsten, shows great involvement.
09:44BBM currently has over 60 million users. More than 10 billion messages are being sent through BBM every day.
09:43Thorsten is finally back. He's going to talk about BBM.
09:41They will also be developing new systems to improve communication between the F1 drivers and the engineers at the pit.
09:40Frank Boulben is back on stage. He says BB has partnered with the Mercedes-Benz F1 team. They'll be developing new apps for F1 fans.
09:38"What's exciting to me is that BlackBerry is reinventing itself completely."
09:38"The BlackBerry Scholars program will offer full 4-year scholarships to outstanding women candidates."
09:35"Today we're taking the first steps." "I'm proud to introduce BlackBerry Scholars Program."
09:35"So, it's clear that we need to elevate more women to leadership roles. How do we do that?"
09:34"Only 25% of US IT jobs are held by women." "5% of start-ups are lead by women."
09:33"Did you know that 56% of BlackBerry are women. I didn't."
09:33"As an artist I have never had a boss. And now, I kind of like it.
09:32
09:32And here she is, Alicia keys, Global Creative Director.
09:31"We're committed to bringing the BlackBerry brand to the forefront."
09:28Boulben is now going through the special Keep Moving projects headed by Alicia Keys. keepmoving.blackberry.com is where you'll find them.
09:23Instead of having multiple brands, like Bold, Torch, Curve, BlackBerry, RIM and so on, Boulben has decided to focus on fewer brands.
09:21Of course, he thinks that BlackBerry has made great progress in the last year.
09:20According to Frank, his job during the last year hasn't really been very difficult. As he says, you could only improve BB's status.
09:19
09:19"Let's welcome Frank Boulben, Chief Marketing Officer."
09:16BlackBerry's Secure Work Space is now available in beta.
09:16"Many customers have asked us about expanding the BB secure connection to other platforms. We have done that."
09:14
09:14Chief Mobility Officer of IBM has come on stage to talk about their recent BB10 device deployment.
09:11Some boring business stuff is being discussed. You're not missing anything important.
09:08"BlackBerry has, so to speak, security baked-in."
09:05Tear is talking up BlackBerry's importance for enterprise customers. He has also just announced BB Enterprise Service 10.1.
09:03"Security and protection is still top of line for IT shops and business leaders."
09:03
09:02BlackBerry COO, Kristian Tear, has now joined us.
09:02"We manage all connected devices including iOS and Android devices for enterprise customers."
09:01"Say hello to your little girl... and your wife," says Thorsten while leading Johann out of the stage...
08:59By the way, Johann has just shared that he's a proud BlackBerry Q10 owner.

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posted on 14 May 2013, 07:50 1

1. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Wtf is this s**t, bb again

posted on 14 May 2013, 08:10 4

6. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


We no you hate BB, but BB10 is way better than old BB

posted on 14 May 2013, 10:34

7. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Perhaps the first time I've given you a green thumb.

posted on 14 May 2013, 07:55 3

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Okay, bring it on BB!

posted on 14 May 2013, 08:01 2

3. zhiae (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


we dont care

posted on 14 May 2013, 08:09 2

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Extasy, Apiskula where are you lot....?

posted on 14 May 2013, 08:10 1

5. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Watch Blackberry live 2013 streaming here:-

http://www.blackberrylive.com/content/webcast

posted on 14 May 2013, 21:23

8. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I cannot believe people would actually go to an event like this. What did they have 10 people. What a waste of time and money for this crap. I would only go if they announced they are closing the doors. Don't worry they will not be around for much longer

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