500 free copies available of Velocity Browser with Ad Blocker for BlackBerry 10

Velocity Browser

Update - an extra 500 copies have just been added in addition to the original 50 Now don't get me wrong; I love the native BlackBerry 10 browser, but I wanted to give you a heads up on a nice alternative if you fancy a change. Velocity Browser with Ad Blocker is actually an Android port but it works beautifully and it's fast. I've been testing it out on my Q10 and I've been quite surprised at...

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BBM Protected walkthrough and hands-on with Jeff Gadway

BBM Protected walkthrough and hands-on with Jeff Gadway

As part of the BlackBerry Security Summit held in NYC, we got to catch up with Jeff Gadway from the BBM Product Marketing team to learn more about BBM Protected, how it works and what to expect in the future updates for the secure enterprise messaging service. If you're not familiar with BBM Protected, it provides an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between BlackBerry smartphones...

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Hands-on with Secusmart voice encryption on BlackBerry 10

Hands-on with Secusmart voice encryption on BlackBerry 10

Earlier today, BlackBerry announced the acquisition of Secusmart — a company that provides high-security voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping solutions for organizations and enterprises. The addition of Secusmart will bring this encryption to BlackBerry devices, allowing users to make totally encrypted voice calls from their mobile devices. During the BlackBerry Security Summit...

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Catch Lollapalooza live with Red Bull TV

Catch Lollapalooza live with Red Bull TV

The Lollapalooza music festival kicks off in Chicago in a few days, but for those that can't make it, Red Bull has you covered. As part of a partnership, Red Bull will be live streaming the festival to a number of devices this weekend. Any device with a Red Bull TV app will be able to watch Lollapalooza live. Red Bull TV is available on devices like the Apple TV, Xbox 360, Chromecast,...

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PillPad updates with minor improvements, 100 copies up for grabs

PillPad updates with minor improvements, 100 copies up for grabs

It is no secret that since its original inception on the BlackBerry PlayBook I made use of PillPad to keep track of my Mother's different medications for her various health issues. PillPad is an important tool for juggling, managing, and scheduling refills for your prescriptions. The changes in this latest revision are minor improvements to performance and a new password protection option. V2...

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BlackBerry Guardian adds another layer of protection to Android apps on BlackBerry

Back in February, BlackBerry announced they had teamed up with Trend Micro to roll out their own internal, proprietary app analysis program to help vet apps going into BlackBerry World called BlackBerry Guardian. Today, in NYC at the BlackBerry Security Summit, BlackBerry has announced that program will now extended to Android apps available from the Amazon Appstore and other sources when it...

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BlackBerry announces acquisition of mobile security company Secusmart

Secusmart CEO Hans-Cristoph Quelle

Today at the BlackBerry Security Summit in New York, BlackBerry announced the acquisition of a security company based in Germany called Secusmart. Above we can see Secusmart CEO Hans-Cristoph Quelle talking about the deal. Secusmart works on mobility security solutions for governments, wireless providers, and enterprise, which is right up BlackBerry's wheel house. Secusmart's solution is good...

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The top five social apps for your new BlackBerry Z3

Z3 Social

If you have picked up a BlackBerry Z3 in one of the countries the low cost device is now available I suspect you'll be using some social applications for sure. The obvious ones like Facebook and Twitter would have come pre-loaded on your Z3 but there are a bunch of others that I'd suggest you check out. I'm going to stick to native BlackBerry 10 apps for this post as I certainly prefer them...

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Germany wants more of its officials using encrypted BlackBerry 10 smartphones

After the news broke that the U.S. National Security Agency was tracking the mobile communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior took action and began using BlackBerry 10 smartphones coupled with German firm Secusmart's anti-eavesdropping technology. Since then, the German Government has deployed approximately 3,000 encrypted BlackBerry devices...

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The TV Show 11: Doctor Sorry. So sorry...

The TV Show 11: Doctor Sorry. So sorry...

The TV Show is like app or game reviews for television episodes. Whether you're watching on the console in your living room or streaming to your BlackBerry or tablet, follow along for the week of TV that was. On this episode Dave and Rene talk Doctor Who season 4, marrying the Doctor's daughter, thinking through your anti-life plans, the end of the beginning of River Song, bionic companions,...

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Contest winners: an Edifier Bluetooth Clock and a battery or external charger

Contest winners: an Edifier Bluetooth Clock and a battery or external charger

The results are in! We have the winners from our last round of contests. This time we have an external charger or spare battery for BlackBerry as well as an Edifier Tick Tock Bluetooth alarm clock. We love to give stuff away, so be on the lookout for our next contest! We're going to have some fun ones coming up really soon. Also, be sure to follow the CrackBerry BBM Channel (C00012B19), because...

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BlackBerry Beta Zone rolling out new program for 'pre-release BlackBerry products'

If you've signed up for the BlackBerry Beta Zone, you might want to check and make sure you're not missing any emails. Members have been receiving emails letting them know about a new, exciting program for pre-release BlackBerry products is coming soon and folks are being asked to reply to a survey to show their interest. We're excited to announce that in the near future we will be...

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Snap2Chat updated with plenty of bug fixes

Snap2Chat updated with plenty of bug fixes

If you have Snap2Chat you may have already seen a prompt to update the app to the latest update. Nemory Studios is hard at work bringing about another third party app to BlackBerry 10 but he hasn't abandoned Snap2Chat. In fact, it had seen a few updates in BlackBerry Beta Zone and now an official update has made it's way to BlackBerry World. This update is more of a bug fix update but those are...

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No offers to buy BlackBerry, says CEO John Chen

John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is chatting with the media again, this time with Bloomberg, where he states that the company currently has no offers to buy out the company. BlackBerry might, at first glance, be a target for an offer or takeover, but according to Chen, "I don't have any offers on my desk." He added, "If people would like to talk, I mean, talk is not an offer." It does seem clear...

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Leather Holster for Z10

Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Leather Holster for Z10

This BlackBerry Holster is hand-crafted in genuine leather and has a soft inner lining for added protection. It also integrates power saving technology to help extend battery life. A durable 360 degree rotating belt clip and secure magnetic flap closure allows you wear this case any way you like. Grab yours today for 58% off the list price!

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battery

A new research paper details the efforts of a team at Stanford University who are looking to create a lithium battery that, if successful, could lead to much longer battery life for smartphones and tablets, but it could take several years for that research to yield practical products. The paper, published in the Nature Nanotechnology scientific journal, talks about how the team has created a...

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The results speak for themselves - BlackBerry 10 users would like a dual SIM device

SIM

Just the other day we asked the CrackBerry nation if they thought that the forthcoming BlackBerry Passport and Classic should offer a dual sim option. The results were pretty straightforward - with just short of 83% of voters saying they would be in favour of the idea. To be honest, I'm not surprised by the outcome of the poll. With the Passport in particular targeting the enterprise market...

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From the Editor's Desk: The next few months of BlackBerry

From the Editor's Desk: The next few months of BlackBerry

In my last From the Editor's Desk, we took a look at the past month of BlackBerry. This week, we're going to take a look at the next few months of BlackBerry and what people should expect and be on the look out for, because there's going to be a lot happening. Not only for BlackBerry but also us here at CrackBerry. There's actually quite a bit to address when you really think about it, so let's...

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BlackBerry Passport: How does it size up against other devices?

BlackBerry Passport: How does it size up against other devices?

Ever since BlackBerry CEO John Chen unveiled the BlackBerry Passport, there has been a lot of noise made surrounding its size, shape and design. None of that has really fazed BlackBerry and they've been going through the process of explaining why they designed it the way they did for anyone who wants to know more and is excited for the Passport arrival. While BlackBerry has shown off a...

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