Articles by Crackberry Kevin

I love Story Maker on BlackBerry 10! Have you put it to use yet?

I'll be on honest. Before June 1st, I had never really used the Story Maker app on BlackBerry 10. That's not to say I had never opened the app before. I absolutely became familiar with Story Maker when BB10 launched. I made a few quick throw away videos from clips and photos on my phone, just so I knew how it all worked, and I've spent some time in the app since monkeying around with it so if...

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BlackBerry World

My recent editorial on BlackBerry app developer revenue being down has sparked a lot of great discussion among developers in the community. Among the suggested solutions we outlined of things BlackBerry could do for BlackBerry app developers to make more money, there is unanimous agreement that BlackBerry selling more phones would help the most. Expanding on this point, I received an email...

Having followed the mobile game for a longgggg time now, it's very clear that everybody copies everybody. Yes, some borrow more than others. And some do it quietly, while others get on stage and take credit for inventing features that have been around elsewhere for years. Yesterday at Apple's WWDC conference, Tim Cook and his team got on stage and announced a bunch of new features in iOS 8....

I recently caught up with a friend who is an independent app developer. He's capable of developing for other mobile platforms, but historically he's focused on BlackBerry app development and has been quite prolific at it over the years. There is a good chance you have downloaded one or more of his apps. It didn't take long for me to ask my friend —who's name I'm going to leave anonymous for...

Win a BlackBerry Classic or Passport!!!

Login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this article for your chance to win an IOU for a BlackBerry Classic or BlackBerry Passport (windermere) when it becomes available!! UPDATE: The BlackBerry Windermere is officially the Passport — the BlackBerry Classic will be launching in November! June is here and I wanted to start the month with an awesome CrackBerry contest. I was thinking...

From the Editor's Desk: #MobileFit Month Begins Today!

#MobileFit

June 1st is here, which means #MobileFit Month has begun across all of our Mobile Nations sites, including Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, WPCentral and Connectedly! To kick off #MobileFit month right, I woke up early and went for a Sunday morning run. If you're looking for a little motivation to get active today, be sure to hit play on the video above. ;) The training montage video...

Win a Team CrackBerry Racing Polo!

CrackBerry Racing Polo!

Leave a comment to this article for your chance to win a size XL Limited Edition Team CrackBerry Racing Polo! The Canadian Grand Prix is fast approaching, and Team CrackBerry is getting revvvved up for it. I'll be in Montreal for the event, as will CrackBerry's Adam Zeis and James Falconer, and we aim to have a ton of fun all weekend as we take in the Formula 1 action and meet-up with as many...

Like Doctor Who? Then you'll love The TARDIS Team app for BlackBerry!

The Tardis Team

If you have a BlackBerry 10 phone and love Doctor Who, you'll want to fire up BlackBerry World and download The TARDIS Team app. It's the official app of theTARDISteam.com, the greatest website on the internet dedicated to THE DOCTOR and his companions. The app delivers all of The TARDIS Team's excellent content to the palm of your hand in silky smooth native BB10 app form. Even if you have...

BBM Channel Chat, Take 2... A little cheating went a long way!

BBM Channels!

Well, it appears sometimes cheaters do prosper. After barely surviving my first BBM Channel Chat on Monday using my BlackBerry Q10 and thumbs, for my second chat I opted to use my BlackBerry Z30. However... I didn't use just the BlackBerry Z30. Getting clever, I paired up the Z30 to a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and took advantage of the microHDMI out port to connect to a bigger computer...

Sorry @WestJet, that wasn't a very "Proudly Canadian" response

Not Proudly Canadian

Earlier this month, Canada-based airline WestJet rolled out their app for iPhone, following up on their Android app which was released late in 2013. When WestJet announced their Android app, they were socially savvy about it, going so far as to embed the tweets of people complaining about their historic lack of apps into the app announcement post on their WestJet blog. Since twitter complaints...

Canadian Grand Prix CrackBerry Meetup Update!

We're just over a week away from the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, and our plans to have some CrackBerry fun and spread the BlackBerry love all weekend in Montreal are coming together nicely. If you love CrackBerry, love Formula 1 and are going to be in Montreal the weekend of June 6th, 7th and 8th, you'll definitely want to read this post. And if you by chance missed our earlier post...

May is quickly coming to an end, which means it's your last chance to enter to win some awesome prizes in Connectedly's site launch contest! In case you missed it, Connectedly is the newest site in the Mobile Nations family, which focuses on the world of wearables, smart devices and the Internet of Things. Entering is Easy Simply jump over to the contest post on Connectedly at the clink below...

Do you suffer from the 'double typing issue' on the BlackBerry Q10?

Double Typing Issue BlackBerry Q10

If you jump into CrackBerry's BlackBerry Q10 Forum and sort the topic threads by popularity, the second most-viewed topic is about the BlackBerry Q10 'double typing issue'. For those who have experienced it, you know the 'issue' I'm referring to. Sometimes when you're typing and you press a letter on the keyboard once, instead of one letter showing up on the screen you get two. When it happens...

I survived my first scheduled BBM Channel Chat... Barely!

BBM Channel Chat Survivor!

Hoh. Lee. Shi. Te. I feel like the BBM team should give me a medal or something for surviving my first scheduled BBM Channel Chat. My frick'n thumbs hurt right now. From the moment my BBM status automatically updated to "Available to Chat" I was typing non-stop as fast as I could trying to reply to everybody who was messaging me. And when the status automatically updated 30 minutes later to...

Lit Up 9900 Trackpad

Or more specifically, I hope like the BlackBerry Bold 9900, there is a ring or design element around the BlackBerry Classic's trackpad that lights up for notifications, and is last to turn off when the screen / keyboard backlighting powers down. I had this realization when I was out for dinner with my cousin Vinny on the weekend. He was on his Bold 9900 all night, and the room was fairly dark...

Save 20% through May 28 for Memorial Day Weekend at ShopCrackBerry!

Memorial Day Weekend sale

In honor of the Memorial Day weekend we have loads of the latest goodies in stock at ShopCrackBerry for all of your devices including the BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. Everything is 20% off during our Memorial Day Sale (now through May 28) and that means you can save big on cases, batteries, headsets and more. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter...

'Murica!

America!

To all my friends in America — especially those currently serving in the country's armed forces — have a quality Memorial Day. Put down your phones and spend time with your family and friends. Remember all those who have served and died while protecting your rights and freedoms. As a Canadian, I have a lot of respect for my neighbouring country and the role it has served in the world. And don'...

"Because I can use it way better while driving" Ok, Ok. Now before you go ripping Vinny apart in the comments, let me tell the full story here. My cousin Vinny isn't Joe Pesci. He's actually the guy below. And Vinny isn't technically my cousin. In reality, he's my fiancée's godmother's sister's daughter's boyfriend (and that's the truth). He's also a hardcore BlackBerry user. Not hardcore...

Chat with CrackBerry Kevin on BBM Channels every Monday and Wednesday!

Earlier today on my BBM Channel, JT suggested that I turn on the "Chat Hours" of my BBM Channel so I could have regularly-occurring conversations with my subscribers. It was a great suggestion, so I'm wasting no time in doing it! I've now set my Chat Hours schedule to begin on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 12:30pm Central Time (aka 1:30pm Eastern, aka 6:30pm GMT). I only set them to be...

From the Editor's Desk: Home For A Rest

CrackBerry Mom

After what's been nearly a straight month of travel and suitcase living, I'm glad to now be home for a rest. This past week was especially brutal. What should have been two easy days in NYC and a day trip to Atlanta had me racking up more travel follies in one trip than I've experienced in the past three years. I managed to have one of the worst overpriced hotel experiences of my life (I...

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