BlackBerry Passport Review

BlackBerry Passport Review

BlackBerry Passport ReviewA new twist on the classic QWERTY design by Bla1ze 24 September 2014 The BlackBerry Passport has finally arrived and it has brought a new twist to the classic QWERTY BlackBerry design. From the original leaks, to BlackBerry CEO John Chen showing it off, to what is now the official unveiling of...

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Google's Eric Schmidt still loves his BlackBerry Bold 9900

Google's Eric Schmidt still loves his BlackBerry Bold 9900

If you've been around CrackBerry for a while, this post may not come as much of a surprise as there is a good amount of history with Google's Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, and his not so secret love for BlackBerry smartphones and their keyboards. In New York for a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi as well as six others including the heads of Boeing...

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The good 'ol days of being a BlackBerry user... are back!

BlackBerry Passport vs. 7290

When you read phone reviews, you don't typically see Fun as a category upon which different devices are rated and compared - it's things like Performance, Design and Battery Life that are the norm. It's too bad really that the fun factor isn't given much consideration. As much as tech products are there to add utility to our everyday lives, given how much we use and rely on tech these days it'...

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WhatsApp brings further BlackBerry 10.3 compatibility with latest beta

If you dig testing out beta apps, WhatsApp has a new one for you try out. Appearing in the BlackBerry Beta Zone right now is v2.11.930.2 of WhatsApp and while it's not a huge update, it brings a few bug fixes and improvements including some fixes for BlackBerry OS 10.3 users. Group Exit and Delete are now separate actions Fixed video playback rotation on OS 10.3+ Miscellaneous fixes and...

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Get weather, stock quotes, authentication codes and more for free with 100 copies of Smart Watch and NFC Companion

For those of you who own a BlackBerry and a Pebble, the number of native applications meant for both is small. While that may be true it does not mean that a few talented developers haven't found a way to bring additional functionality for those of us who carry both. This includes the person behind Cast for BlackBerry and MediaX. If you are not familiar with these applications, Smart Watch...

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BlackBerry Passport now on sale at UK Expansys for £529.99

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There's another way in the UK to get your hands on the new BlackBerry Passport. Expansys is now selling the latest smartphone from BlackBerry for £529.99, which is the same price as the company itself said last week the device will sell for in that country. The price is, of course, for the off-contract version of the smartphone. A few days ago, the UK retailer Selfridges announced it is now...

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BBM vs WhatsApp

Here within the CrackBerry community there are always going to be WhatsApp haters, but also lovers. From a personal perspective I think BBM is much better in so many ways, but I still continue to have WhatsApp installed for three or four iPhone users that won't use BBM for whatever reason. Now that BBM is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone I was wondering if you had ditched WhatsApp...

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BlackBerry Passport launched in India, available in stores October 10th

As expected from previous reports, the BlackBerry Passport has now launched in India with pricing set at Rs. 49,990. Customers looking to pick up a BlackBerry Passport can place their pre-orders exclusively at Amazon.in starting today. Additionally, the BlackBerry Passport will be available at BlackBerry Exclusive stores with a gift card of Rs. 5000 along 5000 miles of Jet Airways starting from...

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From the Editor's Desk: Passport and onward!

From the Editor's Desk: Passport and onward!

We're almost at the end of September and, as I noted at the end of August, it was a month many of us were looking forward to. For most, it was due to the BlackBerry Passport being launched, but aside from that there were plenty of other nice surprises this month as well and really, the fun has only just begun. Let's take a quick look at what happened this month. Porsche Design P'9983 launch...

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Thank You BlackBerry for making email triage on 10.3 faster than iOS and Android

Email Triage!

Seven months ago I went went on a podcast rant and wrote an editorial here complaining about the "email triage" experience on BlackBerry 10. My issue? It was too damn slow. From the inbox, deleting or archiving a single email was a painful process. Unlike Android or iOS, where I could swipe left on a message to quickly take action on it, on BB10 I had to tap and hold on a single message, wait...

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Weekend Coder: Passport developing considerations

Weekend Coder: Passport developing considerations

Even though we've had a square screen to develop on with Q10/5 and a big screen to work with on Z10/30/3, the Passport now brings us a combination of big and square. From an app developing point of view this may present some challenges but also brings opportunities for new UI/UX designs that just aren't possible on current devices. Before I go into the developing side, I'd like to share a...

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Take pictures like a pro with Camera++, 200 free copies available

Take pictures like a pro with Camera++, 200 free copies available

Not to sound like a broken record, but my BlackBerry serves as my primary camera. No matter where I am or what may be going on around me, it is always there to grab the planned or impromptu shot to document the events in my life. While there is no shortage of photography applications available, I am a strong believer in always having options. Designed by the same team behind Effetica, Camera++...

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Beta testers wanted for third party Twitch app Blink

Beta testers wanted for third party Twitch app Blink

We learned back in August 2013 that a third party Twitch app would be coming to BlackBerry 10. The developer has been working hard since then and has now reached the stage where beta testers are wanted to put the app through its paces. If you don't know what Twitch is all about, it is a service aimed at the gaming community. It allows gamers to broadcast their gameplay to the world. As a...

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Get this shell and holster combo for BlackBerry Z10 on sale today for $9.95!

Get this shell and holster combo for BlackBerry Z10 on sale today for $9.95!

This case and holster combo for the BlackBerry 10 features a textured exterior for an enhanced grip along with a durable rotating clip to attach to your belt, pocket or purse. Choose between black or white models and save 50% off the list price today!

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Access the internet directly from the Hub with Hub Browser

Access the internet directly from the Hub with Hub Browser

Since the release of BlackBerry 10, one of the features I utilize the most on a day-to-day basis is the Hub. It is the quintessential feature in my book as it allows easy access to all my accounts without having to switch screens or jump through various menus. As we are all aware, this practical feature makes life simpler so that I can be more productive and get things done faster. Tundra Core...

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AT&T offering double data on Mobile Share plans for a limited time

AT&T offering double data on Mobile Share plans for a limited time

Are you a heavy data user? If so, AT&T is hoping you'll look their way and consider their latest promotion. For a limited time, they're doubling up the data offered on their Mobile Share value plans. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, AT&T is offering new promotional Mobile Share Value plans that include double the amount of data offered on Mobile Share Value plans with 15GB to 50 GB of...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for September 27, 2014

BlackBerry App Roundup for September 27, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! I probably do not have to recap the week for you but if you happened to miss it (and I say if because our eyes were all glued to the live feed on Wednesday) the BlackBerry Passport is finally here. At this very moment, mine is in on the delivery truck and there are no words to express my excitement. That being said, I highly recommend, rather sternly suggest, you all...

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Dust off your Jet Ski and get Riptide GP2 for free - today only

Riptide GP 2

Riptide is a classic jet ski racing game on all major mobile platforms - BlackBerry 10 included. We first took a look at it on video back in February 2013 and the game still remains on my BlackBerry for when I have the urge. Amazon have selected the sequel as their 'free app of the day' which I was rather excited to see. I loaded the game up on my BlackBerry Z30 and swiftly took to the water...

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BlackBerry Passport now officially available in Singapore

BlackBerry Passport now officially available in Singapore

If you've been waiting for the BlackBerry Passport to arrive in Singapore, your wait is over. The device has now been officially launched and is available for purchase across several of BlackBerry's authorized carriers such as M1, Singtel and StarHub. Pricing and special offers vary across retailers. Cameron Vernest, Managing Director of Singapore at BlackBerry said, "This is definitely a...

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