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Leading Chinese OEM to Participate in Pilot Project BlackBerry Limited and PATEO a leading Internet of Vehicles technology service & product provider in China, today announced a strategic collaboration that will see BlackBerry IVY™ integrated into PATEO's intelligent Digital Cockpit solution to develop data-driven in-vehicle services and drive new business opportunities in the Chinese market. As part of the ...

Leading Chinese OEM to Participate in Pilot Project

BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and PATEO a leading Internet of Vehicles (IoV) technology service & product provider in China, today announced a strategic collaboration that will see BlackBerry IVY™ integrated into PATEO's intelligent Digital Cockpit solution to develop data-driven in-vehicle services and drive new business opportunities in the Chinese market.

As part of the agreement, the two companies will work with a leading Chinese automobile manufacturer to set up a pilot project on the automaker's all-electric model lineup. The expanded relationship is built on an existing collaboration between the two sides that leverages BlackBerry® QNX® technology alongside PATEO's integration expertise to deploy advanced solutions for the Digital Cockpit market in China . BlackBerry IVY will be integrated within PATEO's Digital Cockpit solution to deliver Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions.

PATEO's partners in China encompass intelligent voice, entertainment / content, vehicle health monitoring, secure payment, cloud technology, etc., all of which provide ample opportunities for the two companies to develop and expand the BlackBerry IVY ecosystem of partner solutions available to Chinese consumers.

The BlackBerry IVY-PATEO vehicle pilot will also incorporate Electra Vehicles, Inc.'s unique AI/ML software, the EVE-Ai™ 360° Adaptive Controls that provides in real time on a continuous basis an accurate prediction of the battery State of Charge (SoC), State of Health (SoH), and projected vehicle Range. Following the successful completion of the project, the Chinese automobile manufacturer will seek to integrate the BlackBerry IVY - PATEO solution along with Electra Vehicles' EVE-Ai Software into its next-generation all-electric model lineup.

" China contributes approximately half of global electric vehicle production and is a fertile ground for rapid automotive innovation and technology leaps. It's a real pleasure to work with one of China's leading automakers to demonstrate a wide-ranging set of innovative solutions that will put the BlackBerry IVY platform through its paces," said Vito Giallorenzo , SVP Corporate Development & Chief Operating Officer, IoT. "Additionally, we couldn't be more excited to be teaming up with PATEO as part of the project and know that there's no stronger candidate to unlock the vast potential of the Chinese market, thanks to its extensive relationships across the entire OEM value chain."

"We have a long history with BlackBerry and have seen first-hand the outstanding performance that BlackBerry QNX technology delivers in terms of safety, security and reliability," said Ken Ying , Founder & Chairman of PATEO. "Under our new strategy, we'll fully integrate user needs into innovative design, and organically combine marketing operations with design research and development, to create products and services that bring ultimate experiences to the customer. This collaboration is the first of many new business opportunities we hope to land for BlackBerry IVY as part of our new strategic partnership, and we're thrilled to be taking our relationship to the next level."

BlackBerry's full suite of automotive offerings including BlackBerry IVY will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 5 – 8, 2022, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Visit BlackBerry at Booth #4319 in the West Hall.

About BlackBerry
BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 195M vehicles.  Based in Waterloo, Ontario , the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security, endpoint management, encryption, and embedded systems.  BlackBerry's vision is clear — to secure a connected future you can trust.

BlackBerry. Intelligent Security. Everywhere.

For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY, EMBLEM Design and QNX are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, its subsidiaries and/or affiliates, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

About PATEO:
Founded in 2009, PATEO CONNECT+ has now grown to be an IoV enterprise boasting an industry-leading capital structure & business scale in China and rich resources for serving auto clients.

PATEO possesses five core technologies of OS, intelligent voice, hardware, HD map and cloud platform, is mainly engaged in the R&D and manufacturing of intelligent telematics system and provision of subsequent supporting services, and commits itself to building a cross-platform system that integrates vehicle, Internet and mobile phone and centers on car life services.

Media Contact:

BlackBerry Media Relations
+1 (519) 597-7273
mediarelations@BlackBerry.com

PATEO Media Relations
+86 (21) 6037 2003
marketing@pateo.com.cn

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Sierra Wireless Announces Debt Financing for CAD$60 million

Company secures new debt facility with CIBC Innovation Banking and the Business Development of Canada

Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), a world leading IoT solutions provider, today announced that it has entered into a credit agreement for a new debt financing facility with CIBC Innovation Banking as administrative agent, and CIBC Innovation Banking and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) as lenders. The new debt facility is for CAD$60 million and has a term of four years. The new facility will provide additional liquidity to the company's balance sheet.

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Qualcomm Schedules First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Earnings Release and Conference Call

- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that it will publish the Company's financial results for its first quarter fiscal 2022 on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 after the close of the market on the Company's Investor Relations website, at https:investor.qualcomm.comfinancial-information . The earnings release will also be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on a Form 8-K, which will be available on the SEC website at http:www.sec.gov .

Qualcomm will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2022 results which will be broadcast live on February 2, 2022 , beginning at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) at https://investor.qualcomm.com/news-events/events . An audio replay will be available at https://investor.qualcomm.com/news-events/events and via telephone following the live call for 30 days thereafter. To listen to the replay via telephone, U.S. callers may dial (877) 660-6853 and international callers may dial (201) 612-7415. Callers should use reservation number 13726028.

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Qualcomm Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

- Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.68 per common share, payable on March 24, 2022 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 3, 2022 .

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DGTL Holdings Inc. Announces Closing of Financing

DGTL Holdings Inc. Announces Closing of Financing

Total Proceeds of $1,068,000 Satisfies Key Condition in Closing of the Proposed Merger with Engagement Labs

DGTL Holdings Inc. (TSXV: DGTL) (OTCQB: DGTHF) (FSE: A2QB0L) ("DGTL" or the "Company"), is pleased to announce the closing of a second and final tranche (the "Final Tranche") of its previously announced private placement offering of subscription receipts ("Subscription Receipts") and closing of its first tranche (the "First Tranche", together with the Final Tranche, the "Offering") on December 7, 2021. Under the Final Tranche, the Company issued 38 Subscription Receipts at an offering price of $1,000 per Subscription Receipt, for aggregate gross proceeds of $38,000, bringing the total number of Subscription Receipts issued pursuant to the Offering to 1,068 for aggregate total gross proceeds of $1,068,000. The completion of the Offering, satisfied a key condition to closing in the arrangement agreement between the Company and Engagement Labs Inc. (TSXV: EL) ("EL") dated August 11, 2021, as amended (the "Arrangement").

The gross proceeds of the Offering (the "Subscription Receipt Proceeds") are held by Garfinkle Biderman LLP ("Garfinkle"), in its capacity as subscription receipt agent, pursuant to the terms of a subscription receipt agreement entered into between DGTL and Garfinkle. Upon the satisfaction and/or waiver of certain escrow release conditions (the "Escrow Release Conditions") each Subscription Receipt will automatically be converted into a $1,000 principal amount Convertible Debenture (as defined below) and the Subscription Receipt Proceeds will be released. The Escrow Release Conditions shall include, without limitation, the completion of the Arrangement pursuant to a plan of arrangement and the delivery by DGTL of a notice to Garfinkle confirming such condition has been met.

The Convertible Debentures will bear interest at an annual rate of 7.00% payable in arrears in equal installments semi-annually. The Convertible Debentures will mature two years following the satisfaction of the Escrow Release Conditions (the "Maturity Date") as will be further set out in debenture certificates to be issued upon conversion of the Subscription Receipts. The principal amount of the Convertible Debenture will be convertible at the holder's option into common shares of DGTL (the "Conversion Shares") at any time prior to the Maturity Date at a conversion price of $0.30 per Conversion Share. Subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXV"), in lieu of paying any interest accrued and payable in respect of the Convertible Debentures, DGTL may elect to settle such interest in Conversion Shares.

In connection with the Offering, the Company is required to pay finder's fees to eligible finders comprised of an aggregate of $49,000 in cash, and such cash finder's fees form part of the Subscription Receipt Proceeds and will be released to the finders upon satisfaction of the Escrow Release Conditions, and DGTL will issue 81,659 finder's warrants ("Finder's Warrants") upon satisfaction of the Escrow Release Conditions. Each Finder's Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one common share of DGTL at a price of $0.40 for a period of 36 months following the date on which the Escrow Release Conditions are satisfied.

The Subscription Receipts and any underlying securities issued pursuant to the Final Tranche are subject to a statutory hold period of four months and one day from the date hereof.

ARRANGEMENT UPDATE

EL is in the process of preparing a joint information circular with DGTL in connection with their annual general and special meeting of shareholders to be held on February 14, 2022, to approve, among other items, the Arrangement.

ABOUT DGTL

DGTL acquires and accelerates transformative digital media, marketing and advertising software technologies, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). DGTL (i.e. Digital Growth Technologies and Licensing) specializes in accelerating commercialized enterprise level SaaS (software-as-a-service) companies in the sectors of content, analytics and distribution, via a blend of unique capitalization structures. DGTL is traded on the TSXV as "DGTL", the OTCQB exchange as "DGTHF", and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange as "A2QB0L". For more information, visit: www.dgtlinc.com.

HASHOFF LLC

As a wholly owned subsidiary of DGTL Holdings Inc., Hashoff LLC owns an enterprise level self-service CaaS (content-as-a-service) platform built on proprietary Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI-ML) technology. Hashoff empowers global brands by identifying, scoring, optimizing, engaging, managing, and tracking top-ranked digital content publishers for global brand marketing campaigns. Hashoff recently launched version 2.0 compatible for video-based applications (e.g. TikTok) and for conversion of social content to web advertisements via programmatic DSP distribution platforms.

Hashoff's active key customer portfolio includes DraftKings, Beam Suntory, Anheuser Busch-InBev, Dunkin Brands, Currency.com, Syneos Health, American Nurses Federation, Philippines Airlines, and channel partners Veritone, Centro, Wideout AQA, etc. Past clients are Nestle, Post Holdings Keurig-Dr. Pepper, Pizza Hut, Live Nation, The CW, Scribd, Novartis, etc.Learn more at https://dgtlinc.com/technology.[i]

CONTACTS - DGTL

John Belfontaine, Director
Email: IR@dgtlinc.com
Phone: +1 (877) 879-3485

Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements under applicable securities laws. Any statements that are contained in this news release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as "may", "should", "anticipate", "expect", "potential", "believe", "intend" or the negative of these terms and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to the satisfaction of closing conditions including, without limitation: (i) the ability of DGTL to complete the Escrow Release Conditions and (ii) the completion other closing conditions, including, without limitation, obtaining certain consents and TSXV approvals, the operation and performance of the DGTL and EL businesses in the ordinary course until closing of the Arrangement and compliance by DGTL and EL with various covenants contained in the arrangement agreement. In particular, there can be no assurance that the Arrangement will be completed.

Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions regarding DGTL and EL, including expected growth, results of operations, performance, continued approval of DGTL's and EL's activities by the relevant governmental and/or regulatory authorities, including the TSXV, and industry trends. While DGTL considers these assumptions to be reasonable, based on information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements also necessarily involve known and unknown risks, including, without limitation, risks associated with general economic conditions; adverse industry events; marketing costs; loss of markets; future legislative and regulatory developments; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favourable terms; income tax and regulatory matters; the ability of DGTL and EL to implement their business strategies; competition; currency and interest rate fluctuations, the inability of DGTL to satisfy the Escrow Release Conditions; the inability of DGTL and EL to obtain the necessary approvals, including TSXV approval; the inability of DGTL and EL to complete the other with various covenants contained in the arrangement agreement; and other risks. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive. Readers are further cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are placed will occur. Such information, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement and reflect our expectations as of the date hereof, and thus are subject to change thereafter. DGTL disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. This news release has been approved by the board of directors of DGTL. Factors that could cause anticipated opportunities and actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, matters referred to above and elsewhere in DGTL's public filings and material change reports that will be filed in respect of the Arrangement which are and will be available on SEDAR.

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The Water Institute at the University of Waterloo and BlackBerry Announce Partnership to Address Global Water-Related Challenges

New Innovation Research Challenge Seeks Proposals for Novel Applications of BlackBerry Technologies to Advance Progress Against UN Sustainable Development Goals

Building on a partnership spanning over three decades, BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and the University of Waterloo 's Water Institute one of the world's top water research institutes, today launched a first-of-its-kind innovation research challenge for professors and students.

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Meta to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results

- Meta Platforms, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) announced today that the company's fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results will be released after market close on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 .

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