Articles by Adam Zeis

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...

In the driver's seat with QNX at CES 2014

This year at CES the QNX team had no just one, but two new cars to show off. The Porsche and Bentley are back in the garage and replacing them is a Kia Soul and a sweet Mercedes CLA45 AMG. I had the pleasure of strapping into the drivers seat of both cars to check out all of the awesome tech QNX packed in this year. Inside the Kia was a plethora of QNX Acoustics technology including QNX...

QNX set to show off three connected cars at CES

The team from QNX is once again on the ground at CES, and this year they'll not only show off one car, but three. The trio of rides includes two technology concept cars and the QNX reference vehicle. A Mercedes CLA45 AMG will be outfitted with all kinds of QNX goodies including vehicle-to-vehicle calling, multiple navigation engines, rear-seat interaction and more. A Kia Soul will be showing...

Pebble announces the Pebble Steel - Available for pre-order now for $249

Pebble has announced a new premium version of the popular smartwatch today dubbed Pebble Steel. The Steel will be available in two versions — a Black Matte and Brushed Stainless — and will come with matching metal bands as well as a black leather strap. The Pebble Steel will be sporting Gorilla Glass and an anti-fingerprint coating as well. While Pebble doesn't yet officially support...

Smartwatch Fans Podcast 00 - Ground Zero!

In our inaugural episode of the Smartwatch Fans podcast, Kevin, Phil Nickinson of Android Central and Rene Ritchie of iMore join me for a quick podcast to get things started. Unlike our last podcast where I could barely get a word in, Kevin didn't talk over me too much on this one so I couldn't resist posting it. There's plenty more to come, but for this round we talk about the launch of...

New BBM for Android hits Beta Zone - Includes Channels, Voice and more

If you were worrying about the progress of BBM for Android — fear not. A new version has hit the BlackBerry Beta Zone that brings along many of the anticipated features Android users have been waiting for. In addition to some new tweaks and enhancements, the update has over 100 new emoticons, improved file sharing, BBM Channels and BBM Voice.  The Android beta is only open to a small set of...

AT&T dishing out up to $450 for convert T-Mobile users

In what seems like a never ending battle between the two carriers, AT&T is now offering up to $450 for T-Mobile users who switch services. Starting today, AT&T users can trade in their old devices to receive a promo card of up to $250 and also an additional $200 per line when changing their service to an AT&T next plan, buying a phone at full price or activating a device they...

BlackBerry 'Hercules' concepts bundle phone, watch and tablet designs

We've seen plenty of great concepts for BlackBerry phones this year, but the latest (and most likely last of 2013) shows off not only a phone, but also a tablet and smartwatch.  Forums member Ziro1 posted up these awesome concepts for the Hercules Collection -- a bundled set of BlackBerry phone, updated PlayBook and Smartwatch. These are some pretty awesome ideas and I could definitely get...

BlackBerry Jakarta reportedly won't have a physical keyboard

BlackBerry CEO John Chen dropped word of the upcoming BlackBerry Jakarta on the earnings call a few weeks ago. Making the device much more than a rumor, the BlackBerry 10 based, Foxconn manufactured device will be a low-cost entry for emerging markets. While we don't know much beyond that, BGR is now reporting one thing that the device will not have -- a physical keyboard. If true, this would...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen: 'The journey has just begun'

New BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been full-steam ahead lately. He's dropped some great notes to his employees, had his first earnings call and looks to be powering through changes inside BlackBerry HQ. Today, Mr. Chen also had a commentary posted on CNBC that lends a bit more to his overall plan. Chen starts out by saying that he's "not focused on who BlackBerry used to be", but "on what...

CrackBerry Asks: Would you want the ability to theme BlackBerry 10?

Cruising through the forums today I was getting a bit nostalgic and checking out all of the old themes for legacy devices. While I was never a big themer, I do miss actually having the ability to do so. It was one of the cool things about BlackBerry that really gave users a chance to make their device their own.  BlackBerry 10 has no theme options, save for a few apps, but I think at this...

Did you get a new BlackBerry for Christmas? Or maybe there was something on your list that Santa forgot to bring? Whatever the case may be, we're still in the holiday spirit so we're giving you the chance to win a brand new BlackBerry accessory of your choice from ShopCrackBerry.  It may be a new case for your Z30, a spare charger, a car kit or just a screen protector. There's always plenty of...

Last Chance: Vote now for the 'CrackBerry Best of 2013'!

  This is your last chance to vote for your favorites in the CrackBerry Best of 2013 awards. Voting is only open until tomorrow -- so if you want your say you better get your votes in now! Head to the survey page below to get it done, it only takes a few minutes. Pick your favorite apps, games, accessories & devices. We'll tally the votes this weekend and on Monday we'll crown the...

CrackBerry Asks: Are you using BBM Channels?

Just a few weeks ago, BBM Channels left beta and was made available to the masses. It adds to the already great features of BBM by giving it a whole new social aspect and allowing for anyone to create their own specialty channel. With BBM Channels, users can create a channel for everything from brands to hobbies to personal stories. BBM Channels also lets you open up BBM chat with people who...

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