Articles by Adam Zeis

BBM arriving on Windows Phone in July

BBM

On this mornings BlackBerry earnings call, CEO John Chen dropped word that BBM for Windows Phone will be arriving in July. We already knew that is was coming, but now we know for sure that in just a few weeks Windows Phone users will be able to get in on the BBM action as well. After the launch, BBM will be available on BlackBerry, iOS, Android and Windows Phone — making it a true cross-...

BlackBerry shutting down music and video stores on July 21st

BlackBerry World

In addition to the big announcement today that the Amazon App Store will be coming to BlackBerry 10 later this year, BlackBerry also dropped word that they'll be shutting down their music and video stores on July 21st. Any media that you've already purchased (including music, movies and TV shows) will continue to be available, you just won't be able to purchase new content. The Amazon App...

BlackBerry launches BBM Protected, the first solution of the eBBM Suite

BBM

We've been hearing about BBM Protected and the eBBM Suite for quite some time now, and today BlackBerry has finally pulled the trigger. BBM Protected is the first part of eBBM to launch and will bring a new level of security to BBM users. eBBM works within the existing BBM application, but adds another layer for enterprises that require the utmost security. Currently devices running BB0S 6.0...

I switched from BlackBerry 10 to BlackBerry 7 and survived!

Bold 9930

As I'm sure most of you already know, last weekend Kevin, James and I headed to Montreal to check out the Canadian Grand Prix — and we had an amazing time. I drove up from New Jersey with a friend of mine, but it wasn't until the day before that it dawned on me that I wouldn't have any phone service once hitting the Canadian border. Since I rarely leave the country I don't carry an...

Get in the World Cup spirit with these BBM sticker packs

World Cup Stickers

It's World Cup time, and what better way to show your support than by taunting your friends with some BBM Stickers. New to the BBM Shop are some great World Cup sticker packs for various countries — all available for just $1.99. Sadly there aren't packs for every country that will be competing in the tournament, but there are a select few that get things started on the right foot. Whether more...

Follow the World Cup in Brazil with these great apps for BlackBerry

World Cup

The World Cup kicks off today and that means the everyone will get a bit of soccer fever for the next few weeks. If you can't manage to watch the games during the day, there are still plenty of ways to keep up with the action, right from your BlackBerry. There are no "official" BlackBerry 10 apps for following the World Cup, but there are still a few that will do a damn good job of keeping you...

BlackBerry has announced today a three-year agreement with EnStream, a mobile payments venture collectively owned by Bell, Rogers and TELUS. Through the agreement, EnStream will use the BlackBerry infrastructure to enable banks like RBC, TD and CIBC to "securely provision sensitive payment card credentials into any smartphone capable of near field communication." Mobile payments are big for...

Skype for BlackBerry update brings cloud based chats and other improvements

It's been a bit since we've seen Skype get an update, but today a new version has landed that brings along some new features and improvements. It's still a bit wonky at times — as most of Skype's apps are — but it's certainly come a long way. New in this version you'll find cloud based chats, updated registration flow, performance improvements and various other bug fixes. The update is...

Nico

Within the Formula 1 MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team organization, there are BlackBerry devices all over the place. Hundreds of team members use them to communicate on a daily basis, and the 60+ team members that travel the globe during the season really put their devices to the ultimate test. BlackBerry helps to give them a solid ground of communication and security whether at home or...

Accessory Roundup - Enter to win a car kit for your BlackBerry!

Planning a summer road trip? We have just the thing for you to take along — a car kit for your BlackBerry! While on the road you can use your phone up front for navigation, or even keep the kids occupied in the back seat. There are plenty of great uses for your BlackBerry in the car, so why not have new car mount to call your own? We have plenty of options available at ShopCrackBerry for all of...

#MobileFit Month Kickoff Show!

This week the Connectedly show was highjacked in honor of #MobileFit month here at Mobile Nations. We're going healthy for the month of June, and we're getting things started with this kickoff show. I was joined by Kevin, Phil and Sam for this episode where we talked all about #MobileFit month, Fitbit and some of what you'll be seeing from the Mobile Nations sites in the coming weeks. There...

BlackBerry Windermere images and specs turn up online

One of the most anticipated (yet still unofficial) devices is the BlackBerry Windermere AKA BlackBerry Q30. We've heard plenty about the rumored device lately, there has still been plenty left to the story. Today some images and specs have turned up online, offering plenty of insight into just what BlackBerry has in store for the Windermere later this year. We already know the Windermere...

Want to learn Cascades? Check out 'Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development'

If you ever wanted to learn Cascades but weren't sure where to start, help is on the way. Hot off the press is a new title from Apress called Learn BlackBerry 10 App Development: A Cascades-Driven Approach. The book is action-packed with everything you need to know about getting started with app development on BlackBerry 10, primarily Cascades. You can learn all about QML and JavaScript, and...

CrackBerry Asks: Do you send more voice notes or photos in BBM?

Voice Notes

BlackBerry 10 has come a long way since we first got our hands on it. Many of the burning issues and gripes we had at the start have since been fixed, leaving little room to complain. It's only when I start really getting nitpick that I can find things that still irk me within the BlackBerry 10 OS. Last night I was sending a few photos over BBM and noticed that when hitting the attach icon,...

BlackBerry Windermere shows off 8 Active Frames on the homescreen

The biggest device in the rumor mill at this point has to be the BlackBerry Windermere (AKA Q30). It's all but official at this point — having shown up in various places now more than a few times. The Windermere will be sporting a big 4.5" 1440x1440 display, and that means tons of room on the homescreen for not only apps, but also Active Frames. Windermere with 8 Active Frames The...

The latest Sonos app for Android works on BlackBerry 10

Sonos BlackBerry Z3

The good folks at Sonos have yet to issue an official app for BlackBerry 10, and sadly the Android app throws connection issues as soon as it starts up. Thankfully there are some third-party options, but they still leave out some of the newer features (and cost money). Today I came across this thread in the Connectedly forums however, where one user stated that the latest version of the Android...

BlackBerry OS 10.3 bringing 'home' shortcut to physical keyboard devices

We've already seen an extensive list of some new features coming to BlackBerry OS 10.3, but another cool one that we hadn't seen yet has turned up in the latest 10.3 SDK. It appears that a new keyboard shortcut will be added for physical keyboard devices, allowing you to quickly minimize apps and return to the home screen with just a single key. As seen in the demo above, pressing and...

The Connectedly Show has arrived - listen here and subscribe!

In case you missed it, we recently launched the latest site in the Mobile Nations family, Connectedly. Today we're kicking off the Connectedly Show with our pilot episode and we'll be back in the coming weeks with many more. We're super excited to get things rolling and we're going with a slightly different format for these shows, so you definitely don't want to miss them. In this episode...

Last month, BlackBerry announced their Mobile App Development Award for this year's Canada-Wide Science Fair. Winners were chosen across the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior categories, all of which were rewarded with cash prizes, BlackBerry smartphones and mentorship with a BlackBerry mobile application developer expert. The apps had to be built using PhoneGap or Appcelerator, as well as...

BES12 dashboard and features get shown off on video

BES12 Demo

BES12 is slated for release later this year, and while we know much of what to expect, we haven't seen a lot of it in the flesh. This week at the BlackBerry Experience Washington, Senior Director, Enterprise Product Management, Jeff Holleran gave a good rundown of some of the features in the upcoming service. BES12 is a ground-up rewrite as compared to previous BES10 installs. It will manage...

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