December 4, 2023

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In a world full a nude picture leaks and stolen knowledge, BlackBerry’s newest telephone often is the reply to residing a safer existence on-line.

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The Waterloo, Ont.-based know-how firm, in partnership with TCL Communication, unveiled the BlackBerry KEY2 on Thursday, a telephone that’s designed to assist customers’ safeguard their information and knowledge. Senior product supervisor Patricia Querin advised Postmedia Community in a briefing forward of the telephone’s debut that whereas their gadgets are already recognized for safety, with the KEY2, BlackBerry additionally wished to deal with privateness.

“It’s a scorching subject,” she mentioned. “With Fb and all these items occurring, it’s turning into rather more related to customers. So we’re attempting to provide them some instruments to grasp what’s occurring on their product. After which in the event that they wish to take motion or change one thing, they will try this.”

In the beginning, in fact, the KEY2 is a keyboard-centric telephone. Very related in look to its predecessor, the brand new telephone’s 35-key backlit bodily keyboard is considerably extra tactile and its keys are 20% bigger. Just like the 2017 KEYone, the fingerprint sensor is constructed into the house bar and the keyboard doubles as a trackpad. You may also map the letter keys to 2 totally different apps or actions every, providing you with as much as 52 shortcuts. A brand new “pace key” on the gadget allows you to launch theses shortcuts from inside different apps.

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The KEY2 incorporates safety software program each previous and new. To start out, the telephone consists of DTEK which screens the telephone’s settings and apps. First launched with the Priv in 2015, it now features a proactive well being examine characteristic that permits you to scan your gadget for potential vulnerabilities. The app then provides suggestions based mostly on what it finds, reminiscent of alerting you to set a password, if you happen to don’t have one already.

In DTEK, you possibly can view every app’s permissions on what it might entry, such because the telephone’s location or microphone, and reveals you ways usually the apps entry these items.

It’s going to additionally let you know whether or not the app was working within the foreground or background when it accessed the knowledge, Querin defined. So if you happen to don’t like what it’s doing, you possibly can flip off that app’s permissions.

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Jason Gerdon, director of worldwide communications for BlackBerry, added it’s about having management over privateness. You is likely to be tremendous with a ride-share app monitoring your location whereas utilizing it however not afterwards.

“If you wish to have that handbook management, you possibly can actually go in and say ‘OK, I’m completed utilizing the trip share app…I’ll flip this again on at 5 o’clock after I’m leaving the workplace,’” he defined.

Along with handbook management, DTEK features a extra intuitive characteristic referred to as, “delicate permissions.” Out of the field, any app that tries to entry the microphone will ship you an alert however you possibly can configure different delicate permissions as nicely — by app or throughout the board. Alternatively, you possibly can flip the characteristic off altogether if you happen to discover the warnings themselves too intrusive.

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In further safety, the KEY2 consists of the Locker app, which is basically a safe folder for storing extra non-public content material — each information and apps. To entry the content material inside it, you should unlock it with the fingerprint sensor or PIN, what have you ever.

In fact, there are a number of causes you would possibly wish to use Locker however one huge use would in all probability be for pictures, particularly ones of the extra intimate selection. And it can save you pictures immediately from the digital camera. In case you shoot an image within the digital camera app utilizing the fingerprint sensor, it’ll retailer it within the Locker app, Querin mentioned.

It’s going to additionally not again the picture as much as the cloud, which saves you the concern of the picture being hacked and leaked on-line.

The Locker additionally consists of the Firefox Focus, which lets you discretely browse the Web, with out having your searches shared throughout your Google account as Chrome does, she defined.

Operating on Android 8.1 (Oreo), the KEY2 makes use of the two.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm SDM660 processor, has 6 GB of RAM, is on the market with both 64 GB or 128 GB of storage and has a microSD card slot.

It has a 4.5-inch, 1,620×1,080-pixel show and a sturdy aluminum physique and three,500 mAh battery promising as much as two days of energy. It comes with two 12 MP rear cameras and a 8 MP selfie digital camera.

The BlackBerry KEY2 will globally ship later this month with a steered retail worth of $829 right here in Canada.


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