Articles by Adam Zeis

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...

Get a free $5 credit for any app or game from the Amazon app store

If you're running one of the latest leaks and looking to cash in on a little Christmas cheer, Amazon may have your answer. Their current promo will net you a free $5 credit good towards any app or game in their extensive catalog. All you need to do is download any app or game from the Amazon app store -- even a free one. This does come with a few caveats however. First off you'll need to be...

The best Christmas movies you can buy on your BlackBerry

I am a movie buff but I never really care to watch movies out of season -- so when Christmas time rolls around I try to pack all the Christmas movies I can into my viewing schedule. I've since sold off all of my DVDs so I currently rely on TV for most of the classics. Those that I couldn't find on TV this year I sought out on my BlackBerry. Not only will I have them at the ready when I need...

Reminder: Vote now for the 'CrackBerry Best of 2013' awards!

Before the Christmas chaos of the next few days hits you (if it hasn't already) make sure to take a few minutes to cast your vote in the CrackBerry Best of 2013 awards.  We've pulled the finalists from your nominations, so make sure you do your duty and vote for your favorite apps, games, devices and accessories. The voting will remain open until this Friday so you only have a few days left to...

BlackBerry Z30 with AT&T bands heads through FCC

Verizon is holding onto the "exclusive" tag on the BlackBerry Z30 at the moment, but if the FCC tells us anything, that might all change soon. Forums member LutherSnow74 spotted a new device heading through the FCC -- and it looks to be a Z30 model with AT&T bands.  Not many details are known at the moment, but some quick recon shows that the device has been entered into the FCC which...

BlackBerry CEO John Chen talks Foxconn, BES and security on CNBC

After Kevin finished up his chat with CNBC earlier today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen was on air to talk a bit more on all of the news from today as well. He started out on the new partnership with Foxconn, stating "I think this is the right partner to do business with together." Chen noted that handset volumes are dropping and fixed costs are too high, so with Foxconn, they are able to get rid of...

CrackBerry Kevin: Happy BBRY committed to hardware - CNBC

After an early morning, Kevin has gone back to bed (he woke up with a fever today) but not before taking some time to chat with CNBC on all of the this mornings happenings. We talked a bit about the news today on our podcast, but Kevin got a second effort to talk about new CEO John Chen, the Foxconn partnership and what's to come for BlackBerry down the road. Hit up the video below to hear...

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