Articles by Crackberry Kevin

John Sims is BlackBerry's newly-appointed President of Global Enterprise Services, and he's wasting no time in letting customers know why BlackBerry trumps the competition in managing mobile devices in enterprise. Following up the news that the Pentagon is getting hooked up with 80,000 devices, Sims took to the Inside BlackBerry Business blog and tore into shortcomings of Samsung's KNOX...

Why there's still demand in 2014 for phones with physical keyboards

keyboards, Keyboards, KEYBOARDS!

Outside of the BlackBerry users who know and love their physical keyboards, there hasn't been too much discussion on the subject of physical keyboards in the past couple of years. We are now living in a touchscreen world as far as most of mobile is concerned. Heck, even "CrackBerry Kevin" has adapted to tapping on glass just fine. I love the BlackBerry 10 touchscreen keyboard, and can type just...

From the Editor's Desk: One year ago tonight...

I was sitting in a condo high above Toronto, Canada, snapping the photo you see above and posting this from the editor's desk entry. I had arrived in the big smoke earlier that day with my (future) bro-in-law @jayhum, getting ready for what we knew would be a crazy month of work which we hoped would also have a little fun mixed in. The next day Adam Zeis, Bla1ze and Simon Sage all arrived in...

We made "podcast magic" with our what's going to happen to BlackBerry episode!

What's going to happen to BlackBerry

Earlier this week I joined Rene Ritchie on our Vector podcast to talk BlackBerry. Back in October 2013 we recorded a show together on the topic of What happened to BlackBerry. Though recorded relatively late in the year, that episode went on to be our single most downloaded podcast episode across all Mobile Nations podcasts for 2013. With lots of change at BBRY between then and now, including...

Friday Fun: Shoot, Blow Torch and Chainsaw the competition with Whack My Phone!

Whack My Phone!

Bored at work this Friday afternoon? Then click on through from your desktop computer to Whack My Phone, where you can be entertained for minutes on end destroying iPhone, Windows Phone and Samsung (aka SVMSUNG) devices. Weapons at your disposal include a crowbar, axe, baseball bat, blow torch, handgun and chainsaw. Clearly the game's developer was a BlackBerry fan, as you won't find any BBs...

BlackBerry should start nicknaming its OS releases

Android OS Nicknames

Android likes the sweets with Gingerbread, Jelly Bean and Kit Kat. Windows Phone has gone fruity in the past with Tango and Mango and is waiting on the color Blue. Heck, even if less celebrated externally, internally Apple gives ski resort names to iOS, with iOS 7.1 honoring the upcoming Olympics with Sochi. How about us BlackBerry fans? Well, we're looking forward to the release of BlackBerry...

I want my BlackBerry Q50 to have this design

A week ago on Instagram, I posted the photo above with the caption: Spotted: BlackBerry Q30! Oh wait, no, that's a black iPhone in a Typo. #gettingsued #ces2014 #ripoff In the moment I was just being silly for my social followers, but if you look at image above, it looks a lot like the dozens of "dream BlackBerry concepts" we have seen mocked up over the years. A good chunk of CrackBerry ...

Hot off the wire and straight to the CrackBerry homepage...  Press Release BlackBerry Announces Completion of Acquisition of Additional U.S. $250 Million Debentures by Fairfax WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - January 16, 2014) - BlackBerry® Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced the completion of the purchase by Fairfax Financial Holdings...

The feature I need to see come to BBM the most

BBM

Heading into CES 2014, the Mobile Nations team had a bit of war in deciding what group messaging platform to use for our week in Vegas. With 22 people on the ground from the Mobile Nations team (and ten more from GeekBeat), that's a lot of people — with very varying opinions — to please. No surprise, I wanted us all on BBM. The Android guys wanted to use Google Hangouts. GeekBeat suggested...

Owned a BlackBerry Z10 since the beginning? I want to know how it's holding up!

Z10

At this time last year, I was packing up my bags and getting ready to move CrackBerry HQ to Toronto for a month so we could tackle the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 with gusto. And that we did. It was a crazy month and literally one of the most memorable of my life. The trip culminated with CrackBerry's over-the-top BlackBerry Z10 Review. When BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 goes official -- which will...

Alicia Keys - Q10

Though Alicia Keys has been given notice and will no longer be BlackBerry's Global Creative Director after January 31st, based on the photos that were posted yesterday to her social accounts, it's at least looking like she's keeping her commitment to the Q10 live until then. Yesterday she was on her way to see Michelle Obama, so having a BlackBerry in hand would be the fashionable thing to do...

John Sculley

Former Apple CEO John Sculley took to Bloomberg TV yesterday, where the discussion went towards BlackBerry. Sculley, a BlackBerry user himself, was in the headlines a few months back as one of parties that was potentially putting together a bid to buy BlackBerry while the for sale sign was on the company. During the interview, Sculley talks about BlackBerry's hidden value being in its...

My Money is No Good Here

I had one thing on my must-do list for tonight... and that was to get out of my house and go buy our Community Webmaster @ttkaminski a Microsoft Surface tablet. He needs to get his hands on one asap for site testing purposes. I thought it would be an easy task. But HELL NO. Turns out all those Holiday Gift Guides actually work. I couldn't find a Surface or Surface Pro tablet anywhere in Peg...

If you only watch one video from CES 2014, it should be this one

CESlive

Because it's our #CESlive wrap up video!! Seriously, what a crazy week for the Mobile Nations and GeekBeat teams. We had 70 guests take to the stage over the course of 4 days, which be brought back to you LIVE. On top of that, the entire Mobile Nations team across Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Phone Central and Smartwatch Fans were blogging like crazy to bring you the stories from...

Seidio accessories keep your smartphone protected, and keep you going!

Seidio Booth Tour

CES 2014 has come to an end, as has our #CESlive coverage for the year. It was an amazing week (and a busy one to boot!), with 70 guests taking to our stage over four days. One of our big sponsors for the year was Seidio, a company we were extremely excited to have come onboard. Like Mobile Nations, Seidio has been around since the beginning of the smartphone era, going back to 2002. Over the...

BlackBerry Live

During our CES interview with BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, we asked him about the cancelation of this year's BlackBerry Live event. Here's what he had to say: For  2014 we decided to spend the money differently and focus on a more targeted audience - CIOs of the regulated industry that we talk about, or hosting a symposium on Wall Street. We'll do those types of things and support maybe some CEO...

Google almost could have bought BlackBerry for what they just paid for Nest

Nest

In other big tech news today.... Google just announced they have entered into a deal with Nest Labs, Inc., to acquire the company for $3.2 Billion in cold, hard, cash. Nest of course is the company that makes the fancy self-learning thermostat and smoke alarm systems for your home. From the press release: Nest’s mission is to reinvent unloved but important devices in the home such as...

Five Important Observations from having lunch with BlackBerry CEO, John Chen

John Chen w/ CrackBerry Kevin

BlackBerry didn’t have a big booth on display at CES last week, but that doesn’t mean the company sat out the biggest tech event of the year. The BBM team was there spreading the word of BBM 2.0 which will soon land on iOS, Android and, of course, BlackBerry. QNX also was there, showing off its latest hotness for use in automotive consoles and displays. And, perhaps most important, BlackBerry’s...

I wore out the Typo keyboard for iPhone in less than 72 hours

Typo for iPhone

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you've been seeing some of my updates as I put the BlackBerry-esque Typo keyboard for the iPhone to the test. Now it's time for a bigger update to the in-depth Typo review I posted previously. In that review I noted that the build quality felt a little on the cheap side and that durability was something I had concerns about. It didn't take long for me...

I just saw the $25,000 gold Porsche Design P'9981 BlackBerry and didn't buy it!

I just saw the $25,000 gold Porsche Design P'9981 BlackBerry and didn't buy it!

Earlier this week while in Las Vegas for CES 2014, I went to the Porsche Design store and bought myself the new Porsche Design P'9982. The full touchscreen P'9982 is essentially a $1990 pimped up version of the Z10. It's crazy expensive, but I'm loving it. If you missed the video we made of the purchase experience, you should definitely watch it.  Still here in Vegas, I walked into the store...

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