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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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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Native Spotify Client  BlackBerry 10 in the works

From the developer that brought us third party clients Snap2Chat and Facebook Messenger, Nemory Studios is working on a third party native Spotify app. I've been wanting a developer to bring us a Spotify app for a while now and if you have been waiting for one too, rest assured one is in the works. I'm glad to see Nemory Studios dive in to bring us Spo2fy. It's in the very early development...

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Taking a closer look at Hike messenger on BlackBerry 10

Taking a closer look at Hike messenger on BlackBerry 10

While we are all in agreement that BlackBerry Messenger is our preferred, if not THE, messaging application, there are those who may still utilize other applications for communicating with friends and family on other platforms. Hike Messenger has been available on legacy devices but only a short time ago released a version for BlackBerry 10 handsets, albeit an Android port. Similar to...

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Deal of the Day: Incipio Feather Hard Case for BlackBerry Q10

Deal of the Day: Incipio Feather Hard Case for BlackBerry Q10

Measuring less than 1mm thin, Incipio's Feather Case is ideal for the BlackBerry Q10 user seeking inconspicuous, first-class protection. The case easily snaps around the back and sides of your device and leaves access to the ports and buttons. We're letting these go for 40% off the list price today only, so don't miss the savings! Colors include black, pink and gray.

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Password options for your new BlackBerry Z3

Password

Being BlackBerry 10 users; chances are we are all a little security conscious, particularly if you use your device for business. God forbid you lose your trusty BlackBerry Z3, but if you do you'll want to ensure you have a password set up on it so whoever finds it, or steals, won't have access to your personal information. Like all BlackBerry 10 handsets, the Z3 has a couple of options when...

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BlackBerry and MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS - Still going strong

BlackBerry and MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS - Still going strong

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team are still making the most of their BlackBerry 10 devices as seen in the above video. BlackBerry sure chose the right team to sponsor as this season they seem to be walking all over their rivals. We all know that one of the primary reasons that MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS chose BlackBerry is security. In this cut throat industry their important car and...

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Review 17: Godzilla, Pacific Rim, and Kaiju!

Review 17: Godzilla, Pacific Rim, and Kaiju!

Review is like app or game coverage but for movie series, television shows, comic books, and other geeky entertainment. It's great stuff you can watch and enjoy on your BlackBerry, tablet, or connected TV! On this week's episode Dave, Georgia, and Rene are joined by Peter Cohen and Anthony Casella to talk Kaiju — giant Japanese monster movies! From Godzilla to Jurassic Park to Godzilla...

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U.S. House clears legislation to make unlocking cellphones legal

U.S. House clears legislation to make unlocking cellphones legal

Although most people generally don't think of it when they go to unlock their cellphone for another carrier, the process of doing so in the U.S. has been a topic of much debate involving consumers, the House of Representatives, and even the President of the United States. For those unfamiliar, service providers like AT&T and Verizon typically lock their devices so they can only be used...

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BBM for Windows Phone beta saw 10,000 signups within 24 hours

BBM for Windows Phone beta saw 10,000 signups within 24 hours

Over at the Inside BlackBerry Blog today, Matthew Talbot Senior Vice President, Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry has detailed some information about where BlackBerry is hoping to take BBM in the long term and the overall cross-platform strategy of the app. The post highlights a lot of interesting stuff such as his recent trip to Jakarta and seeing billboards advertising devices as coming with...

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