Articles by Adam Zeis

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...

BlackBerry's next phone may feature a gesture-based physical keyboard

As it turns out, the device we saw earlier today may very well be the BlackBerry Windermere. According to BGR, the rumored device isn't yet in production as BlackBerry is currently working with a "large partner". The device would only make it out of the prototype phase if that partner decides to move forward. The phone itself is much wider than what we've previously seen and features a QWERTY...

Leaked photos show off QWERTY BlackBerry 10 prototype

So ... we're not sure just what this little guy is or where it came from, but here it is. It's a funny looking BlackBerry 10-ish device with somewhat of a QWERTY keyboard (notice there are no numbers or symbols). It kind of looks like a super early BlackBerry Q5, but the word on the street is that it may actually be a developer device for an upcoming BlackBerry 10 phone — possibly the...

Rogers introduces early upgrades with Rogers Next

Now Rogers is joining up with the early-upgrade train, now letting those customers on a 2-year contract upgrade to a new device after 12 months. Rogers Next allows customers to get a new, premium device for $0 down with no upgrade or connection fees. There are a few caveats to the new plan, but if getting devices early is your thing, it may be worth it. When you upgrade to a new device or join...

Big brands are already embracing BBM Channels

BBM Channels has just recently gone cross-platform and is now available for BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices. BlackBerry users have enjoyed BBM Channels for quite some time now, but users on Android and iPhone are just getting their first taste of the awesome social platform. While many users have created some great channels of their own for everything from jokes to cars to movies — there...

A look at the BlackBerry Z3 'Jakarta' from all angles

This is a Z10 - not a Z3

Just yesterday we got a first look some renders of the upcoming BlackBerry Z3 "Jakarta" and today some more images popped up giving us an even deeper look. They're still just renders of the device (not actual images) but it does give a good idea of what to expect from the entry-level device. The buttons remain on the right side of the device, but what's good to note is that is appears as if...

Here are all of the new emoticons in BBM

BBM 2.0 is rolling out on BlackBerry, Android and iOS, and along with updated features like Dropbox integration and location sharing, there are over 100 new emoticons included. Now you'll be able to carry on full conversations using just emoticons thanks to the new set that includes animals, romantics, characters and full set of sad faces. View a high res version here This brings the entire...

What does a 64-bit octa-core BlackBerry even mean?

Octa-what? I'll admit that at times all of these deep specs escape me. But hey, that's what we have Bla1ze for. There are all these rumors of a new 64-bit octa-core BlackBerry floating around, but what does it actually mean? Most people will probably recognize the "64-bit" part. This obviously refers to the number of "bits" (or data" that can be processed and transmitted. We typically see...

Android and iOS users finally get the goods as BBM 2.0 has arrived. Starting later today, BlackBerry, iPhone and Android users will be able to download an updated BBM that includes BBM Channels, BBM Voice, local sharing with Glympse, Dropbox integration and much more. The update will bring things up to speed with the native BBM app on BlackBerry and make for some happy cross-platform users. We...

Angry Birds Stella coming this fall

Yesterday they teased it and today it was unveiled to the world — the next title in the Angry Birds line will be Stella. The upcoming title looks very female-oriented and shows Stella joined by five of her besties for what will surely be plenty of grand adventure. Rovio hasn't released any other details on the new title aside from the fact that it will be coming this fall.  No word on what...

BlackBerry Link v1.2.3.22 for Windows now available

It has been a few months since we've seen an update for BlackBerry Link, and today Windows users get a shiny new version (sorry, no Mac love today). We're not totally sure just what's new in this one, but you can expect some minor tweaks and fixes to keep things running decent. It doesn't look like there are any big overhauls this time around, but it's always good to keep things up to date....

Rovio teases 'big adventure' with new Angry Birds

We're not quite sure just what it is, or when we'll see it go live (the name and other details will be revealed tomorrow) but Rovio is teasing an all-new Angry Birds release on Twitter. Their last offering, Angry Birds Go, landed on BlackBerry 10 the same day as other platforms, so here's to hoping that this one will be the same. We know what a debacle it was to get the original titles on BB10...

Microsoft looking to bring Android apps to Windows Phone

Interesting news today as it's being reported that Microsoft may now be looking to follow in the footsteps of BlackBerry and bring Android apps to Windows Phone devices. According to the report, Android apps would actually be available within the Windows Phone store directly on devices. Nothing has yet been confirmed but it could make things very interesting for Windows Phone users if it holds...

What's your high score in Flappy Bird?

Okay, I'll admit it — I'm totally sick of Flappy Bird. I'm angry that I installed it, angry that I made my friends install it, and even more angry that I can't stop playing it. It's slowly sucking the life out of me. That being said, I did manage to score 21 today and I'm way more proud of myself than I should be. If for some reason you haven't yet played Flappy Bird — you need to. Or maybe...

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