First, to our very loyal users we are sorry for any confusion this week. Thank you for being patient and allowing us to set the record straight on the details and user impact necessitated by the coming split of BBM into three separate services: BBM Enterprise for all devices; BBM Consumer for BBOS and BB10; and BBM Consumer for Android, iOS and Microsoft devices.Why We Are Making Changes: For several years, BBM has been serving two very distinct and different audiences: enterprise customers, many of whom require military-grade security for their text, voice and video conversations; and consumer users interested in a free service that offers sticky features like games, shopping, music, news, payments and more.
BlackBerry will team up with automotive company Delphi to provide some much needed support for self-driving cars — but the project won’t have anything to do with old-school smartphone service. The two companies signed a commercial working partnership that will bring BlackBerry’s QNX operating system to Delphi’s self-driving car platform. BlackBerry’s auto OS is already found in infotainment centers from several carmakers, most notably Ford’s Sync system. The partnership will bring the QNX OS to Delphi’s proposed Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform, which the company calls a “fully integrated automated driving solution,” slated for release in 2019. Delphi hopes to offer the CSLP platform to automakers that don’t develop their own autonomous system as an aftermarket self-driving option.