Articles by Adam Zeis

Low-end BlackBerry Kopi shown from all angles

Low-end BlackBerry Kopi keyboard smartphone leaked

We've seen the BlackBerry Kopi more than a few times now, but only in some quick & dirty photos. Today a new batch has turned up however that shows off every angle of the unreleased Kopi. We get the best look that we've had thus far and who knows, they may just leave you actually wanting one. The Kopi is still floating around in the "who knows if or when it will be released" category,...

I am all about having a solid set of headphones when I'm on the road. I don't travel often, but when I do I want to bury myself in some good tunes and go about my business. Alternatively, having a good pair of earbuds at the ready is key for me as well — be it listening to a podcast on my BlackBerry or maybe just some quick video editing when I'm out in public, I like to have a pair in my bag...

BBM 2.1 now available for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices

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As expected, the latest version of BBM will begin rolling out today across BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. BBM 2.1 brings with it BBM Stickers as well as some new features like pictures in multi-person chats and larger file transfers of up to 16MB. The stickers will be available in both free and paid packs through the integrated BBM Shop. Packs will contain between 20-25 stickers and...

Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix Recap

Sitting in the pole spot in Malaysia for the second straight race, Lewis Hamilton had much higher hopes for even finishing the race this time. He has a 100% finish rate in Malaysia though, and once things got going it was clear he wasn't going to let that number change. Right from the start Lewis took a commanding lead and never looked back. His teammate Nico Rosberg held on strong in 2nd as...

Want BBM Stickers right now? Here's how to get them

The next update for BBM is right around the corner (as in days away). It will bring along some new features including sponsored BBM Channels content as well as BBM Stickers. If you just can't hold out for the official update to arrive though, a leaked version is available now that gives you plenty of sticker-loving fun. You'll have to sideload the leaked version on your device to use it. It...

In speaking with Reuters, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that within the next 18 months, he plans to introduce high-end devices that cater to the "keyboard aficionados." BlackBerry has at least three different devices in the works and that "the focus is going to be very keyboard centric." We do know that the BlackBerry Q20 AKA the "BlackBerry Classic" is one new keyboard device that's on the...

The report is in — BlackBerry has dropped their fourth quarter results. They're reporting a balance of $2.7B at the end of the quarter (compared to $3.2B last quarter), with an adjusted Q4 gross margin of 43%, up from 34% in the prior quarter. Approximately 3.4 million devices were sold to end users in the fourth quarter, of which around 2.3 million were BlackBerry 7 devices. You can tune...

CrackBerry Asks: Would you want a Dot View case for your BlackBerry?

Yesterday we saw all kinds of HTC One (M8) news floating around the web. Even though we're all BlackBerry lovers at heart, it's okay to sneak a look at the latest and greatest in the Android world. While I can't say that I'll be running out to pick one up anytime soon, I am a bit jealous of one thing — that Dot View case. The case itself is essentially just a standard folio with a bunch...

Accessory Roundup - Enter to win an external charger for your device!

One of my favorite accessories for all of my BlackBerry devices is a good spare or external battery. In the case of the BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Z10, the battery charger bundle is both an external and spare battery. You can charge up a spare to use in the device, or simply plug in the microUSB to use it as an external charger. The tBlackBerry Z30 doesn't have this luxury however since...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen lays down the law for leakers

Leaks are nothing new in the BlackBerry world — they've been around forever and are just part of the game. Sure, they've slowed down a lot in the last few years, but every now and then we'll see an unreleased device, image or OS show up with some juicy new info to feed the rumor mill. Until now, BlackBerry hasn't really made any public gestures against leaks or the leakers. CEO John Chen took...

Secure Work Space on iOS and Android gets FIPS 140-2 certified

BlackBerry has kicked up the security not only on their own devices, but also on Android and iOS. They've announced today that Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is now Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certified. FIPS 140-2 is a huge certification when it comes to government spaces, and now security conscious organizations in US and Canada can safely deploy Secure Work...

A few weeks back, BlackBerry introduced BBM Stickers in beta form. Things have been moving along and the beta was very well received, so starting next week a new version of BBM will hit all platforms (BlackBerry, iOS and Android) that will include BBM Stickers, sponsored BBM Channels and other new features. The BBM team is going full-steam ahead to keep parity on all the platforms and to keep...

BlackBerry moves one step closer to shutting down Typo

The battle between BlackBerry and the look alike iPhone accessory, Typo , has been going on for a few weeks now. BlackBerry is suing Typo and claims that their iPhone keyboard accessory infringes on multiple BlackBerry patents — and also looks a lot like the BlackBerry Q10 keyboard. Things in the case have been a bit back and forth with nothing showing a clear winner on either end. BlackBerry...

The White House begins testing Samsung and LG phones - or are they?

According to the Wall Street Journal, The White House is starting to test devices other than BlackBerry — namely Samsung and LG. The tests are still in the early stages and any implementation is still "months away" however. Neither Samsung nor LG commented on the rumor, but a Defense Department spokesman said that The White House "is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices". President ...

We're back in the habit of spreading some accessory love to everyone, so today we're giving you the chance to outfit your BlackBerry with a brand new case from Shop CrackBerry. We've got plenty of awesome ones to cover your device no matter if you're kicking it on BB7 or rocking out with BB10. You can choose from the always popular OtterBox cases, the huge line of Seidio products or our...

BlackBerry Z30 now available from ShopBlackBerry in the U.S.

Up until now Verizon has been the only U.S. carrier to offer up the BlackBerry Z30, but as of today, you can now buy an unlocked, SIM-free Z30 directly from ShopBlackBerry.com for $499. This Z30 is ready to roll with AT&T or T-Mobile and has 4G / 4G LTE bands. If you need to accessorize your new Z30, you know where to go! Purchase a BlackBerry Z30 from ShopBlackBerry Press Release...

Today Google announced Android Wear , a new platform geared toward bringing Android to wearable devices like smartwatches. Big companies like LG and Motorola are already on board with new devices, and others are sure to follow in the coming months. It goes without saying that the Android Wear devices will work flawlessly with most — if not all — Android devices, however it's safe to say that...

Verizon rolls out OS 10.2.1 for the BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Z30

Hey Verizon users — today is your day! BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 is now rolling out for all devices including the BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 and tBlackBerry Z30. It's been quite the wait, but also well worth it. OS 10.2.1 brings along a slew of new features that inlcudes Wi-Fi direct, quick settings, Hub pinch gesture, Miracast and much more. You can check out the full list of what's new...

CrackBerry Asks: Do you use the BlackBerry Hub icon?

Last week as I gathered some homescreen shots from the Crack Team, I was surprised to see that a few actually had the BlackBerry Hub icon in use — something I never do. The icon has been around for a while now as another (perhaps easier?) way to access the BlackBerry Hub without having to swipe into it. I've gotten so used to the gesture however that I don't see the need for the icon to take up...

Speaker Battle: iPhone 5s vs BlackBerry Z30 vs Galaxy Note 3

Our BlackBerry hating friend J_Caloy is back with another video, only this time he isn't hating on BlackBerry — he's putting it up to a test of might against other devices. With three challenges already in the books for alarm clock, picture sharing and multi-tasking (check them out in the gallery above) he's moved onto a battle of speakers to see which device has the best overall sound....

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