Articles by Adam Zeis

Check out the #TechCIT chat on Twitter this Thursday

This Thursday, BlackBerry Senior Director of Enterprise Product Management, Jeff Holleran, will be taking part in the #TechCIT chat on Twitter — a session hosted by Tech Target’s SearchDataCenter.com. The Twitter chat will include IT and business leaders from companies across industries who will talk about how changes and trends impact the IT strategies of companies like Dell, VMware and...

What features would your ultimate BlackBerry PlayBook 2 have?

Cruising through the forums today, I came across this post from TheJelen with an interesting BlackBerry PlayBook 2 design. The concept here is a big ol' beast packing plenty of processing power, more than enough RAM, a huge battery and a 10" screen. It would of course be running BlackBerry 10 as well and have plenty of customization options at the ready. There would even be two headphone jacks...

BlackBerry Z30 Accessory Roundup - Leave a comment for your chance to win!

With more and more of you getting your hands on a new BlackBerry Z30, you're certainly looking for shiny new accessories to go along with it, right? Well we have plenty of good ones to go around, no matter what you're looking for. Be it a case, external battery, screen protector or car mount — we've got you covered! There are some great OEM cases including the BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch...

BlackBerry patents capacitive touch keyboard

A few weeks back we first heard of the Windermere, a QWERTY device with a touch-sensitive (capacitive) keyboard. To go along with it, a filing now shows that BlackBerry has received a patent for another type of keyboard — or for the technical folk — a "temporary keyboard having some individual keys that provide varying levels of capacitive coupling to a touch-sensitive display". The keyboard...

Legacy BlackBerry users reporting outages in Canada, APAC

Update: This issue has been resolved. If you're still having problems, hit up the comments and let us know! It seems that some legacy device users are having some service issues today across Canada and the Asia Pacific regions. While not affecting those with BlackBerry 10 devices, legacy users are experiencing "delays in sending or receiving messages, registering their device, or using other...

The BBM team is on a roll cranking out the updates and today BlackBerry gave word that the next big one will have some long-awaited features as well. While there's no official date for the next update, it is definitely something to look forward to. It will bring along the ability to share photos in multi-person chats, larger emoticons and most importantly, the ability to share files up to 16MB...

Just a friendly reminder that if you have yet to do so, you can still enter our 7th birthday contest for a chance to win some really awesome prizes. They're not strictly BlackBerry prizes this time around either — we're going BIG and offering up some of the toys that we love the most so that you can love them too! Here's what you can win: Nest Learning Thermostat Jaybirds Bluebuds X Pebble...

The Brazilian company Odebrecht has just announced that they wil be purchasing 3,500 BlackBerry 10 devices to deploy in their organization along with BES10. Odebrecht will be purchasing a mix of Z10 and Q5 models during the first year of their contract. Odebrecht CIO Andre Schneiter cites the security features of both BlackBerry 10 and BES10 and one of the biggest deciding factors, and also...

BlackBerry 10 Review - 2014 Edition

BlackBerry 10.2.1

When BlackBerry 10 was first introduced on the BlackBerry Z10, there were some noticeable things missing that just should have been there from the start. For longtime BlackBerry users moving from BlackBerry OS 7 to BlackBerry 10, some big functions seem to have been kicked to the curb — including (but not limited to) bedside mode, custom notifications for contacts, level 1 notifications, and...

CrackBerry Asks: Would you want a dark-themed Hub?

The dark theme / light theme debate has been ongoing for quite a while. As soon as the BlackBerry Q10 was released, Z10 owners were screaming to get some dark theme action as well. Then when an OS update took the dark theme away, Q10 users yelled that they wanted it back. So ultimately BlackBerry made the choice to give users the option to choose between the light or dark theme in apps like the...

BlackBerry has announced BES12, a new MDM solution that will allow for managing of all devices. Previously it was required to have more than one system for legacy BlackBerry devices, BB10 devices and iOS/Android/Windows Phone devices, but with BES12 everything can be managed all in one place. BES12 is slated to be released along with the BlackBerry Classic (Q20) later this year.  Press...

BlackBerry announces the BlackBerry Z3

BlackBerry announces the BlackBerry Z3

BlackBerry has announced the BlackBerry Z3 today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Z3 (aka "Jakarta") is an entry-level BlackBerry 10 device that will be geared toward emerging markets. It is also the first device from BlackBerry's partnership with Foxconn.  The Z3 joins the BlackBerry Z10 and Z30 as an all-touch BB10 device. It is due out in April in Indonesia (hence the Jakarta...

We heard through the grapevine that this one was coming, and sure enough, today BlackBerry has announced the BlackBerry Q20. The physical keyboard device is the third BlackBerry 10 QWERTY model with one striking difference — it marks the return of the "tool belt" (trackpad and function keys) that we haven't seen since BB7.  The "BlackBerry Classic" will be out before the end of the year. No...

Today QNX has introduced their latest generation QNX Neutrino OS. The QNX OS 6.6 is designed to bring new graphics, UI, security and more to developers and allows them to create all kinds of products for everything from industrial automation to in-flight entertainment. QNX OS 6.6 is tops for security, adding things like enhanced heap, stack, and memory layout protection to help thwart potential...

Since becoming CEO of BlackBerry we've already seen some bold moves from John Chen. He dug in right from the start and began making changes in hopes of turning around BlackBerry and getting things back on track for the long haul. He has a vision for what needs to be done, and so far he's done a great job of executing. There's still a long way to go, but John Chen has the company pointed in the...

BBRY up 5% on reports of new devices, BBM to Windows Phone

BlackBerry stock (BBRY) is up over 5% this morning on reports of BBM heading to Windows Phone as well as rumors of a new QWERTY device. BlackBerry announced earlier today that BBM, which recently was made available on iOS and Android, will soon be arriving on some Windows Phone devices as well. Upon the release it will make BBM available across all of the major mobile platforms. There were...

MWC has kicked off in Barcelona and while we still haven't heard anything about a new BlackBerry device, there are rumors that the BlackBerry Z3 should be getting an official announcement very soon. A new twist has been added to the mix as well however as now The Globe and Mail is reporting that we could also see a new full-QWERTY BlackBerry 10 device added to the lineup. The biggest news isn...

Future Ford Sync units to be powered by BlackBerry's QNX, not Microsoft

Ford is reportedly ready to ditch Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry's QNX car platform in future upgrades of its in-car Sync system. Ford has had various issues with their MyFord and Sync systems over the last few years, bringing down their quality ratings and causing them to seek other options for their vehicle infotainment systems. They are said to be making the switch to the QNX platform for...

The rumors have been abundant over the last few weeks, and today BES 10.2 is officially available. There are plenty of new features in tow, the highlights of which is Blackberry Web Services (BWS) support for Universal Device Service (UDS). The addition of BWS helps to close the gap between UDS and BlackBerry Device Services. The release also brings new features, APIs and fields and is much...

All EA titles free in BlackBerry World through February 28th

BlackBerry has just announced that starting today, all EA titles in BlackBerry World are free to download. This of course varies by your region and device, but you should be able to snag at least a few items at no charge. You have between now and February 28th to get in on the fun.  The discount should be reflected very soon for most users, and then you can grab up all the EA goodies you can...

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