Articles by Adam Zeis

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...

Accessory Roundup - Enter to win a holster for your BlackBerry Smartphone!

We're back with more action-packed accessory excitement! This week we're giving you the chance to win a brand new holster for your BlackBerry smartphone. Summer is right around the corner and that means it's time to accessorize with a new home for your little BlackBerry buddy. We have a variety of BlackBerry holsters available, from the OEM models to some great third-party offerings. And if a...

BlackBerry Z3 flip case shown off on video

The BlackBerry Z3 is the newest addition to the BlackBerry 10 lineup and as such, we've yet to see any BlackBerry Z3 accessories — OEM or otherwise — hit the streets. Surely we'll start to see some very soon, but for now, a curious video has popped up online that shows off what appears to be a branded BlackBerry Z3 flip case. In the video, the back of the Z3 is removed and replaced with a...

BBM Protected demo caught on video

BBM Protected

BlackBerry announced BBM Protected back in February, and many are anxiously awaiting the release later this summer. We haven't seen much of it in action yet, but some videos have popped up that give us a quick look of what to expect from BBM for Enterprise. The first iteration of eBBM, which is BBM Protected will be available in June. It is designed to add Suite B (for those that do not know...

Using strong passwords and keeping your online self secure

Earlier today, eBay issued a press release letting users know that a cyberattack "compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data." Users will be asked to change their passwords just in case, though they noted that eBay "has seen no indication of increased fraudulent account activity." This is sadly just one of many attacks recently, and something that won't...

How to take a screenshot on the BlackBerry Z3

Z3 side buttons

One thing that we are asked time and time again — seemingly with ever new device release — is "how do I take a screenshot?" Well with the new BlackBerry Z3 rolling out, we're here to help. Those of you that are familiar with BB10 may already know what to do to snap a screenshot on your device, but for the new users, here's how to get it done. Taking a screenshot on the BlackBerry Z3 First,...

PAC-MAN is celebrating his birthday with a sale in BlackBerry World

In honor of his birthday (tomorrow), PAC-MAN is now on sale in BlackBerry World for just $0.99 — down from the standard $3.99. At this price, it's much more palatable to grab the arcade classic for your BlackBerry OS or BB10 device without feeling too guilty about it. PAC-MAN is still one of my favorite games of all time, as I'm sure it is many others. It's easy to pick up and play when you...

You can now text to 911 in an emergency

Starting today, you'll be able to send a text message to 911 in an emergency situation. The service will be supported by AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. Text 911 is only available in a small set of select cities in the US to start, however it will be rolled out everywhere by the end of 2014. Using the service is easy, just send a new text message to 911 with the details of your...

Here are the new features in the works for BlackBerry OS 10.3

Last week Michael Clewley dropped a bunch of upcoming OS 10.3 features into his BBM channel and we rounded them all up here. In case you missed them, or like to wait until things are officially official, Inside BlackBerry has posted up a list of 18 new features that we can expect to see in OS 10.3. The OS itself is still a ways off, but it's always good to have something to look forward to,...

BlackBerry Classic and OS 10.3 arriving later this year

In case you missed the fine print in today's earlier post about the OS 10.3 SDK, there were a few things that should be noted to clear up any confusion. While we all anxiously await the arrival of OS 10.3 and all that comes along with it, we won't be seeing it for a few more months still — but it won't be limited to just new BlackBerry devices. Now that you know that BlackBerry 10.3...

CrackBerry Asks: What do you think of the BlackBerry Z3?

The BlackBerry Z3 has been officially unveiled and will be hitting Indonesia in just a few days. The Z3 is an inexpensive, full-featured BlackBerry 10 device that Indonesian users are sure to love, and while it doesn't have the high-end specs of the BlackBerry Z30 or BlackBerry Z10, it's still a great little device. It's durable, has a great screen and the battery is big enough to keep it going...

BlackBerry has 4 new devices in the works, no wearables in sight

BlackBerry unveiled the new BlackBerry Z3 in Jakarta earlier today, and in addition to showing off the latest device, CEO John Chen also dropped word on what is (and isn't) on the current roadmap. In addition to the BlackBerry Classic which we should see later this year, BlackBerry also has a few more new devices in the works — both full-touch and keyboard. There are still plenty of rumors...

BlackBerry officially unveils the BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition

BlackBerry has officially unveiled the new BlackBerry Z3 today. The latest BlackBerry 10 device will be available exclusively in Indonesia starting May 15th. The BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta edition was built exclusively for Indonesia and will include a limited-edition model with a Jakarta inscription on the back. Users will also be able to download an exclusive sticker pack for BBM by Indonesian...

Reminder: Save 20% on all BlackBerry accessories through midnight tonight!

You still have time to save 20% on some awesome BlackBerry accessories. Our Mother's Day sale is still on until midnight tonight so that means you can grab some last minute goodies if you haven't already. All you need to do it head to ShopCrackBerry, add some accessories to your cart and be sure to use coupon code MOM14 at checkout! We have plenty of great accessories in stock for the...

"Why I hate the BlackBerry Store"

In case you missed it, our buddy J_Caloy recently took a trip to Dubai as part of the BlackBerry University Power Tour. While there, he checked out the flagship BlackBerry retail store and everything that it has to offer — and needless to say, he wasn't impressed. In the sea of not only basic black devices — but also plenty of colors — he just couldn't grasp why there were such great Dubai...

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