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BBM Chats Just Got More Fun with the Introduction of Stickers

 

Multi-Person Photo Sharing and Larger File Transfers Round Out New Features

 

 

 

New Delhi, India – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced an update of BBM™, a leading mobile messaging platform for private and secure communications, that allows customers to further personalize and enhance their chat experiences.

 

 

 

Available for download later today from the respective app stores for the Android™, BlackBerry® and iOS® platforms, BBM will now offer stickers – larger, bolder and more expressive images than emoticons – that BBM users can add to their BBM chats. Customers will be able to purchase and download sticker packs from the new BBM Shop found in BBM.

 

 

 

“Stickers are another great example of how we’re making the BBM experience more engaging and fun for our customers,” said David Proulx, Senior Director, BBM at BlackBerry. “Stickers let you personalize your chats and strike the right chord with people around the world who rely on stickers in chats when they connect with colleagues, family, friends, peers and partners.”

 

 

 

BBM customers will be able to download a variety of sticker packs right inside BBM from the BBM Shop. Each sticker pack contains between 20 and 25 stickers and features content developed by talented artists or relating to a theme or a character like CosCat, Gilbert’s Tales or Bubble Bot, as well as sticker packs featuring content from popular brands including Shaun the Sheep and WWE. To start, sticker packs will either be offered for free, or cost US $1.99, or an approximate equivalent amount in the local currency, and will be billed through the device’s app store.

 

 

 

With WrestleMania 30 just around the corner, WWE is planning to give away a free sticker pack to its fans through BBM. In addition, a free sticker pack created by BlackBerry featuring favorite BBM emoticons will be available to all BBM customers that download the new update. BlackBerry plans to add new sticker packs on a regular basis.

 

 

 

In addition to stickers, BBM customers can now easily share photos in multi-person chats*. Photos will be delivered in the chat as a thumbnail that can be opened to reveal the image in full size. BBM customers can also now send higher quality photos, videos and presentations thanks to larger in-chat file transfers. Files up to 16MB can now be shared in a chat, an increase of 10MB.**  

 

 

 

For more information about the BBM update, device requirements and other features, please visit bbm.com.

 

 

 

For a video on stickers and picture sharing follow:

 

 

 

Stickers Video

 

Picture Sharing Video

 

 

 

BBM continues to connect friends, family and colleagues across a myriad of mobile networks, as the standard for mobile instant messaging with a fast, reliable, and engaging experience that puts control of privacy and personal information back in the customers’ hands.

 

 

 

* Sharing pictures in multi-person chats is not included in BB0S

 

 

 

** For sending and receiving on BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android. BlackBerry smartphones running BBOS will be able to receive only.

 

 

 

About BBM

 

Introduced in 2005, BBM set the standard for mobile instant messaging and continues to drive innovation in messaging and private social networking. Today, BBM is one of the largest private social mobile networks, driving real, active conversations. Customers love BBM for its privacy, controls and immediacy with Delivered and Read statuses and message-in-progress notices.  

 

 

 

About BlackBerry
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

 

 

 

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Investor Contact:

 

BlackBerry Investor Relations

 

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519-888-7465

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HEADLINES TODAY: OPERATION VOTE UNEARTHS MASSIVE VOTE FRAUD

+ SABOTAGED: YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE

+ HEADLINES TODAY UNEARTHS MASSIVE VOTE FRAUD INSIDER JOB IN POLL FIXING

+ EXPOSED

+ BIGGEST EXPOSE ON 2014 ELECTORAL FRAUD MASSIVE POLL SCAM IN THE WORKS

+ AHEAD OF 2014 POLLS

 

New Delhi 2nd April, 2014 – Country’s fastest growing English news channel Headlines Today has unearthed a massive fraud ahead of the 2014 polls, For just 2000 rupees, a government employee can sabotage the most critical right of a citizen in the world’s largest democracy. Headlines Today has revealed that how those in charge of catching and weeding out fake IDs are ready to generate them. Booth level officers have been caught on camera explaining the modus operandi of casting a fake vote. And here’s the real shocker, the booth officers we stung claim that in any given constituency only 60% voters on rolls are real and 40% are fake. The BLO officers are ready to make a voter ID even without basic document like residence proof. NCP Chief Sharad Pawar may have got himself off the hook over “vote twice remark” by insisting it was a joke, but there’s nothing to laugh about. Because on the ground, the NCP chief’s supposed jest is disturbingly real. Mukesh Kumar, a booth-level officer at the Gurgaon Zila Election office openly tells the secret of erasing the crucial voting ink.  “There is no chemical. You can put lemon juice on your nail”, says Mukesh Kumar, booth level officer, Gurgaon election office. That’s not all, the fake vote IDs are also available for a discount. “I don’t insist on Rs 2000. I am ready to give you Rs 100-200 discount as well”, Mahesh insists. Remember, he’s the government-appointed authority tasked with issuing voter ID cards for the Gurgaon Lok Sabha constituency. Hukum Singh, another BLO officer from Ghaziabad, only demanding a picture to get the fake voter IDs made. “I only care about the photo being there. I don’t care about anything else”, says Hukum Singh. BR Solank, the assistant election returning officer posted in Delhi, claims that managing 5,000-10,000 fake votes is a cake walk for him. “I could have made 10,000 votes. You should have just one thing, got hold of the BLO. main link is the BLO”, asserts Solanki. In capital’s Lakshmi Nagar area, BLO Bhavesh Kumar gives us some priceless advise in rigging your vote 2014. “If a person known to you becomes the BLO here, it will get the votes made. There will be no problem. Whoever is living in this area, wherever he is living, if you know that person. For this area, give the application quickly. write down that I work here & that I should be made the BLO”, says Bhavesh. Ashok Kumar, another BLO officer of Gurgaon is ready to create 2 IDs for one voter with wrong addresses, “If for example, the previous place was a village, if there is someone who has come from somewhere else. you don’t have to give the address of the place from where the voting card is being made”, says Ashok Kumar.

 

Not only BLOs, the agents too are having a field day. Om Prakash, a self-appointed voting agent based in South Delhi’s Bijwasan area has 3,000 fake votes under his command, which are ready to be auctioned from a base-price of One Thousand Rupees per vote. The dubious agent too prescribes papaya juice to remove the ink. Racketeers like Om Prakash, who make a livelihood from subverting democracy thrive in every single constituency. The racket is real.  If lemon juice and papaya milk sound small time, Headlines Today decided to dig deep and we exposed how the vote subversion industry is disturbingly organised. A Delhi-based chemicals dealer and businessman Arvinder Singh is selling a chemical to remove the ink. “Put this chemical and rub it on finger after casting a vote”, tells Arvinder. The dealer also claims that both the BJP and Congress, avail his special chemical and use it rampantly in elections. After the story was aired on Headlines Today, the Election commission swung into action, demanding video evidence from the India Today group. The racket is real. Your freedom to vote faces a threat from those in charge to protect it.

 

 

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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