New BBM beta arriving this week will introduce message retraction and timed message subscriptions

If you're looking in the BBM Shop today and happen to spot a "Timed and Retracted Messages" subscription item available but it doesn't work, there's actually a good reason for it. As noted in a new Beta Zone email being sent out, it's in preparation for a new BBM beta build that is set to be arriving this week for those invited to try it out. In a few days, an upcoming BBM beta release...

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BlackBerry Leap pre-sales start today in the US, UK, and Germany

BlackBerry Leap

BlackBerry is now accepting pre-sales of the BlackBerry Leap on ShopBlackBerry in select countries. Beginning today, users in the US, UK, and Germany can now place pre-orders for the device, joining those in France who have been able to order since March 26. Featuring a 5-inch 720P display priced at only $275, the BlackBerry Leap is steal for anyone looking to get an all-touch BlackBerry 10...

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Save 37% today on these slim hard cases for BlackBerry Passport

Save 37% today on these slim hard cases for BlackBerry Passport

The SURFACE Case is the ultimate low-profile BlackBerry Passport hard case; combining a super-slim design with a protective outer shell. The exterior features a soft coating that provides additional grip to help prevent accidental drops. Get yours today for only $18.95!

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T-Mobile uses 'real-time customer experience' for its new coverage map

T-Mobile Coverage Map

T-Mobile has launched a revamped version of its coverage map that is based on what it calls "real-time customer experience" to offer a more accurate look at its footprint in the US. T-Mobile says the map on its website is based on "200 million actual customer usage data points every day" rather than just best estimates of its coverage. It also uses third-party customer data from sources like...

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Monitor your data usage with the native data monitor function in BlackBerry 10.3.1

The latest BlackBerry 10 OS update to 10.3.1 brought many new features and imnprovements. One new feature is the addtion of data monitoring. Before BlackBerry 10.3.1 you had to make use of apps in order to track your data usage, while those apps still exist, you now have a native option. Most will say it now renders those apps obsolete but it really depends on the features and choice is always...

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Reminder Now updates to version 4 - Integrates BlackBerry Maps plus more

Reminder-Now-Update

Users of the native BlackBerry 10 app 'Reminder Now' will be happy to see an update hitting BlackBerry World today. Version 4 brings a selection of enhancements and fixes, including BlackBerry Maps integration for location reminders. If you've not tried the app before it's a pretty handy one to have if you think you would benefit from people and location reminders. For example - you pass the...

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Q4FY2015

BerryFlow Podcast

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live? If so, you can now download the audio. This week, with the Q4FY2015 results being released there was plenty to talk about in that area plus, there was a BlackBerry Blend beta, the BlackBerry Classic launched in Indonesia, we take a closer look at the BlackBerry slider and discuss a little of the BlackBerry 10.3.2 beta OS. Topics...

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Keep your Passport by your side with the Seidio Spring Clip Holster

Seidio Spring Clip Holster - Passport

When it comes to carrying around the BlackBerry Passport, I have always been partial to holsters to let me quickly access my device and for maximum screen protection. Rather than throwing it in my bag or shoving it in my jacket pocket it remains secure on my belt while I go about my day. Now while BlackBerry has released a leather swivel holster for the Passport, I prefer one that presents...

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Future Shop in Canada to end, some locations to rebrand under Best Buy

Future Shop

Future Shop parent Best Buy is consolidating, with some stores closing, other rebranding. Best Buy outlined its plans in a statement released today, saying it had conducted a review of its Canadian operations before making these changes. Roughly half the Future Shop locations will survive the cuts. Best Buy stated: The result of this review is the closure of 66 Future Shop locations,...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for March 27, 2015

BlackBerry App Roundup for March 27, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. Another exciting has come and gone over here and what a week it as been. Not only did we see an update to the BBM Meetings device and desktop apps, and UK retailers taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Leap, but also a leak for OS 10.3.2.281 and of course, the BlackBerry Q4 2015 fiscal results. Now it's time to bring you this...

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BlackBerry is cash flow positive and growing the software business

BlackBerry is cash flow positive and growing the software business

Earlier this morning BlackBerry reported Q4 results for fiscal 2015. Revenue dropped from $793 million in Q3 to only $660 million in Q4, but that's mostly hardware related. On most other metrics things are looking up for the company, which explains the stock market's mildly positive reaction to the results. The stock is up about 20 cents as I write this, to US $9.52 per share. Remember that...

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2708 now available through several Canadian carriers

An already busy day has just got a little bit busier. BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2708 has now started rolling out for multiple devices on several Canadian carriers such Rogers, TELUS and Koodo. If that's not enough, the links for the OS have also gone live as well and are now available in the CrackBerry Forums, allowing anyone who is familiar with autoloaders and Sachesi to update their device to OS...

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New BlackBerry Blend beta invites going out through Beta Zone

New BlackBerry Blend beta invites going out

BlackBerry Blend is without a doubt one of my favorite additions that came with BlackBerry 10.3 and up but to be honest I've been bit miffed at the fact it hasn't gotten any real love since release. The last update to the desktop apps was back in December I believe and since then they've remained untouched despite some pretty obvious and annoying bugs. Don't get me wrong, I still use...

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John Chen not worried about BlackBerry non-believers

John Chen not worried about BlackBerry non-believers

With the Q4 Fiscal 2015 results now available and the earnings call wrapped up (download the audio replay here), BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been hitting media outlets as well to discuss the events. Speaking with BNN's Amber Kanwar in Waterloo, Chen took the time to discuss the results and answer some questions about how he plans to make software profits grow for BlackBerry, where BlackBerry...

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PCMarket names BES12 Best Enterprise Mobile Device Management Product

PCMarket names BES12 Best Enterprise Mobile Device Management Product

Amidst the earnings report news, BlackBerry also announced the win of a major IT award In Hong Kong. The Best of IT Awards are organized annually, by leading Hong Kong IT publication PCMarket and serve to recognize the most popular IT products and services from the preceding year. This time around BES12 was named Best Enterprise Mobile Device Management Product, 2014 at award ceremonies held...

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BlackBerry offers up a hands-on look at the BlackBerry Leap

BlackBerry offers up a hands-on look at the BlackBerry Leap

Thinking about picking up a BlackBerry Leap when it officially becomes available? If you are, you'll want to check out the latest BlackBerry Leap hands-on from Inside BlackBerry's very own Donny Halliwell who gives us a quick look at the all-touch device running BlackBerry 10.3.1. Folks in the UK can already place some pre-orders for the device through third-party retailers. Plus, while it's...

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Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update With the end of the month upon us, it's time to bring you up-to-date with the latest happenings around Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in the Community Update. There's so much to talk about in our communities these days, from the Apple Watch to the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, new Lumia...

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BlackBerry Q4 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call Live Blog!

BlackBerry Q4 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call Live Blog!

The report is out, but the earnings call still has to happen, so hop into the chat below and settle in. The conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing directly into 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at the BlackBerry Investors site.

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BlackBerry launches Enhanced SIM-based Licensing for 3 Hong Kong

3 Hong Kong

On top of the addition of China Mobile Hong Kong, BlackBerry has also announced 3 Hong Kong, the mobile telecommunications division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited, is now also offering its enterprise customers Enhanced SIM-Based Licensing (ESBL) by BlackBerry, will provide enterprise customers an improved purchasing experience, meaning they can consolidate...

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BlackBerry launches Enhanced SIM-based Licensing for China Mobile Hong Kong

Continuing their roll out of Enhanced SIM-based Licensing options for enterprise customers, BlackBerry has now announced the services is available through China Mobile Hong Kong. The offering will enable CMHK to resell to its enterprise customers licenses for BlackBerry EMM services as a bundled offer along with airtime and a data plan. "As the leading global EMM provider, BlackBerry is...

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