Articles by Adam Zeis

Unofficial Chive app set to hit BlackBerry World tomorrow

A few weeks ago we first saw the unofficial Chive app Chive On available for download. At the time it was unsure if it would ever make its way to an "official" launch in BlackBerry World, but tomorrow it looks like all the stars will be aligned. After some back and forth and a bit of dark magic, Chive On will indeed be available via BlackBerry World tomorrow for all BlackBerry 10 devices. The...

Wind Mobile offers unlimited roaming in the US for $15 a month

Wind Mobile announced today that beginning February 3rd, customers can pay an extra $15 a month for unlimited roaming in the U.S. That means Wind users can take advantage of unlimited calls, texts and data on the cheap when gallivanting around the US instead of coughing up loads of cash for just a few MBs of data. That's all there is to it — no other fees or catches on this one. New and...

Through the Zeis Lens: The BlackBerry 10 Launch Day Experience

A year ago today Kevin, Bla1ze, Marcus and I were on location in NYC for the global unveiling of BlackBerry 10 — to say it was a big day for us would be an understatement. After hanging out in the lobby with tons of other people from the media for what seems like hours, we rushed our way to the first line of press tables to ensure we had a good vantage point for the rest of the day. Once we got...

How to install Instagram on BlackBerry 10

How to install Instagram on BlackBerry 10

With the official release of OS 10.2.1 hitting devices around the globe, we now have the option to install Android applications right on the device — including Instagram. It's obviously not an official BlackBerry version, but it still works like a champ on the new OS. So if you've been waiting to get your gramming on from your BlackBerry, here's how to get it done. Note that you'll need to be...

The best places to find Android apps for BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

So you're finally updating to an official version of OS 10.2.1. It's been a long time coming, but for those of you who waited it out without installing a leak, I applaud you. Now you can take advantage of all of the great features that OS 10.2.1 has to offer including OTA installs of Android applications (APKs).  Unlike before when you had to run though a lengthy process of converting and...

How to update your BlackBerry to OS 10.2.1

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 is finally rolling out to users across the globe. It's long overdue but hey, it's here now so let's just get on with it. If you're not quite sure just how to get the update — don't worry. You should be seeing a notification on your device in the BlackBerry Hub. If not, you can always head to Settings > Software Update to check manually. When you do see the OS, you can...

Verizon begins rolling out OS 10.2.1

It looks like Verizon users may be in luck (for once). According to multiple reports in the forums, users are now seeing updates for OS 10.2.1.537. From what we've heard OS 10.2.1 isn't set to roll out for another few days for most users but if this stands correct, the process may already be underway. The update is appearing OTA for some as well as via BlackBerry Link. We've reached out to...

How to watch the Super Bowl from your BlackBerry

Super Bowl XLVIII is just over a week away and that means many of you will be sorting out just where you'll be watching the big game this year. Fortunately this year you don't need to jump through hoops to watch the game on the go if you're a Verizon customer. If you plan to be out and about when the game kicks off, you can easily tune in right on your BlackBerry (or Android, iOS & Windows...

BlackBerry looks to block U.S. sales of the Typo keyboard

Things are starting to heat up now. As the Typo keyboard takes the iPhone world by storm, BlackBerry has now asked a California court to block sales of the device in the U.S. BlackBerry has accused the Seacrest-backed accessory of patent infringement (with good reason) even though some of the design elements differ slightly than those on the physical keyboard of the BlackBerry Q10. BlackBerry...

Hit the jackpot with Slots King for BlackBerry 10

Magmic has just released one of the best time killers you can find on your BlackBerry. Slots King give you some awesome slot machine action on the go and you can play anywhere, anytime. The 5-reel vide slot machine will let you spin all day long complete with bonus spins and a fun minigame. If you're a fan of Texas Hold'em King then you'll definitely want to check this one out as well....

QNX Software Systems launches new Cloud business

On the Inside BlackBerry Blog today, CEO John Chen introduced QNX Software Systems' new Cloud business. The dedicated group will be a part of QNX and will "support the Internet of Things" — bringing solutions for embedded platforms, networks and devices as well as machine to device interaction. The group will work alongside the existing organizations that already serve the embedded market and...

BlackBerry's floundering founders fled the fight two years ago today

Today marks the two-year anniversary of Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie leaving BlackBerry. There was certainly plenty of news over the course of their tenure at BlackBerry, but there was arguably more that went down at BlackBerry in just the two short years after they left the company than all of the previous years combined.  The two stepped down from their positions as co-CEO in January...

BlackBerry Announces Plans to Divest Canadian Real Estate Holdings

BlackBerry has announced today that it will "divest the majority of its commercial real estate portfolio" in a partnership with CBRE Limited. BlackBerry will offer up a total of over 3 million square feet of space through both a sale-leaseback and vacant assets sales. The plan will help BlackBerry by providing additional income and resources to support their current and future operations. No...

This Porsche Design P'9983 concept will really get your motor running

As if the BlackBerry P'9982 wasn't enough to drive the high-end BlackBerry lovers wild, a fan-made concept for the Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9983 kicks things up another notch. Built off the BlackBerry Q10, the P'9983 is Porsche Design device with a physical keyboard and a longer display. While it somewhat resembles the BlackBerry P'9981, this version builds upon the hardware and is of course...

Starting January 31st, the Pentagon will be hooking up 80,000 new and old BlackBerry devices as well as 1,800 iOS and Android devices as part of their plan to move information access to mobile devices. The $16 million project, which began in 2012, aims to give users secure access to information when mobile and don't compromise military data or corrupt defense networks when on the go. "The new...

Today Sprint has announced that customers on Easy Pay plans will be able to upgrade devices "whenever they want" — for a limited time. Sprint users on Easy Pay can head to sprint.com/upgrade to check eligibility where they can then purchase a device though Sprint Easy Pay and cover the cost over a 24 month period. Users can keep their old device or sell it back using Sprint's Buyback program....

Wednesday DIY: Limited edition BlackBerry Z10

If you've been jealous of your friends that are rocking a limited edition red BlackBerry Z10, here's your chance to join the club. A recent listing on eBay (and a handful of others) is offering up the red limited edition Z10 housing right now for the mediocre price of $69.99. The auction states that the housing is "100% original" and includes a red LCD screen and digitizer assembly, middle...

Blackphone aims to be the world's most secure phone

Debuting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Blackphone is setting out to be the world's most secure phone. The device is GSM unlocked and will run a custom version of Android called PrivatOS. Users will be able to make and receive secure phone calls, send and receive secure messages, transfer documents privately, browse though a VPN and more. No pricing or specs were reveled for the device...

Should BlackBerry make its own detachable keyboard for iPhone?

It's not secret that Kevin fell in love with his Typo keyboard during CES last week — that is until he wore it out. Being a long-time BlackBerry user it's only natural that he'd be awesome at typing a pseudo-BlackBerry keyboard, no matter what device. I played with the Typo a bit myself and while it's not ideal, it certainly makes for a great solution for keyboard lovers. A thread has turned...

Qualcomm Toq BlackBerry 10 app in the works

I am sure many of you know that we recently launched our new site dedicated to smartwatches, but sadly there aren't any watches that currently have official support for BlackBerry 10. There are a few great third-party Pebble apps and we've even seen the Sony Smartwatch 2 working with BB10, but that's about it.  That may change soon however as forums member moneytoo is working on an app for the...

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