Articles by Crackberry Kevin

T-Mobile BlackBerry Z30

I'm a big fan of T-Mobile's CEO, John Legere. He does the kind of shit that I would likely do if I were the CEO of a big company that's in a similar position. I mean, I don't see him doing really ballsy things like eating raw onions, punching muggers in the face or baring it all on youtube, but he knows how to attract attention to himself. Recently he got the attention of the CrackBerry...

BlackBerry Q10 Flashlight Tip

One of the handy dandy new features in BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 is the ability to turn on the Flashlight in a uhh.. flash from the Quick Settings drop down menu.  On taller phones like the BlackBerry Z10, Z30 and P'9982, after you upgrade to 10.2.1 the Flashlight app is automatically added to the Quick Settings drop down (this is the menu you see when you're on the homescreen and swipe down from...

How to watch the Super Bowl from your BlackBerry today!

The Big Game. The Superb Owl. Super Bowl XLVIII. It's on, TODAY. And you can watch it from your BlackBerry. 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 Phone) thanks to the NFL Mobile app. The only setback is that you'll have to cough up the $5 subscription fee, but that shouldn't be too much to ask if...

BlackBerry's top-rated Super Bowl Commercial, revisited

Behind the Scenes of the BlackBerry Super Bowl Commercial

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the official launch of BlackBerry 10. We're also coming up on the one year anniversary of BlackBerry's first-ever Super Bowl commercial. This Sunday the Broncos will be battling it out against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, and this year there will be no new Super Bowl commercial from BlackBerry. In lieu of a new one, I figured we could take a look...

BlackBerry 10 was officially launched 1 year ago today

Kevin Gets His Haircut

At this moment, a year ago today, Adam, Bla1ze, Marcus and I were on the ground in New York City, putting the finishing touches on CrackBerry's BlackBerry Z10 Review and getting ready to leave our hotel for the Pier 36 venue where BlackBerry 10 would be officially unveiled to the world. The unveiling wouldn't be contained to just NYC, however. For the BIG BANG, BlackBerry coordinated a global...

Whether you're cheering for the Seahawks or Broncos this Sunday, we're celebrating Super Bowl XLVIII here on CrackBerry with a good 'ol fashioned ShopCrackBerry sale (this way, everybody wins!). The sale starts now and goes through until Midnight PST on Monday night. Until then, you can save 15% on ALL BlackBerry cases and accessories at ShopCrackBerry.com in our Super Bowl Sale. To take...

Everything you need to know about BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

On January 28th, 2014, carriers around the world began pushing out BlackBerry's latest update for the BlackBerry 10 operating system, taking it up to version 10.2.1. The rollout of BlackBerry 10.2.1 is a global one, but not all carriers received the update the first day. BlackBerry expects that by the end of February all BlackBerry 10 owners will have the update available to them.  In true...

When we pulled the trigger on our CrackBerry site redesign last March, we introduced a new homepage design. Now, we didn't abandon the traditional blog view - it was still always accessible by tapping the "Switch to Blog View" button on the homepage, but by default we gave you the new featured view. The featured view was more headline driven, and presented a lot of stories on the page, but...

Instagram on BlackBerry 10

Earlier today BlackBerry began its official rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 around the globe. All carriers — even those in the USA — should have it pushed out to BlackBerry 10 device owners by the end of February.  It's a great update that includes lots of productivity enhancements as well as BlackBerry OS throwback features that are sure to please legacy BlackBerry users. For the full list of...

2014 CrackBerry Reader Survey!

While you're waiting for BlackBerry 10.2.1 to download (or for the update to appear!), you can kill a few minutes and help us out a bunch by taking our CrackBerry 2014 Reader Survey. As it is, we all know CrackBerry is the #1 BlackBerry community, authority and resource in the UNIVERSE, and we pay pretty close attention all year long to your praises, wants and gripes. A survey like this helps...

PSA: Before you update to BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, **make sure** you have enough space!

This Public Service Announcement comes to you via our Mobile Nations webmaster, Tom Kaminski (@ttkaminski), who ran into a snag this morning while trying to upgrade his phone to BlackBerry 10.2.1. Tom went a little crazy last month downloading free games and movies in BlackBerry's giveaway, so he filled up his device storage a lot. This morning when he heard the news that BlackBerry 10.2.1 was...

How long did it take you for BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 to download and install?

It's an exciting day in CrackBerry land, with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 officially now here and beginning to rollout around the globe on multiple carriers. After waiting a long time for this update to get released, I couldn't help but notice this morning that the update itself is taking a while to download. So far, out of my BlackBerry Z10, Z30, P'9982 and Q10, it's only on the Q10 so far that the...

What's new in BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 is officially upon us — and that means loads of new features. There are minor tweaks and fixes all over as well as big improvements like Wi-Fi Direct, FM Radio, Picture Password, homescreen speed dials and much, much more, including support for the direct installation of Android apps (.apk files) directly onto the device. As of now there is no on-device walkthrough telling...

What apps are missing in BlackBerry World?

Last week our friends over at Windows Phone Central asked their readers what apps are missing in the Windows Phone Store? As you may expect, the post got a big response. Like BlackBerry, while there has been solid growth in their app catalog, there's still a gap in apps compared to iOS and Android.  With the upcoming rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 beginning on January 28th, BlackBerry 10...

BlackBerry Will Rise again in 2014

Rise Again!

He's BaCK! CrackBerry's J_Caloy, who previously posted the infamous I Hate My BlackBerry Z10 and follow up Why I Still Hate My BlackBerry Z10 videos, today posted a new commercial to his youtube channel. This one is called BlackBerry Will Rise. You can watch it above. Watch it carefully. This kid has mad card skillz. 

Want a BlackBerry Z30 from AT&T? Sign this petition and let them know!

Bring the Z30 to AT&T!

I love it when the BlackBerry community takes action, and that's exactly what's happening this week. Nick Cooper (@Nickc1307 on the twitters) wants to buy a BlackBerry Z30 from his carrier, AT&T. Of course, AT&T is not currently selling the BlackBerry Z30. To date, the 5" touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phone has been a Verizon exclusive and there has been no real indication that is going to...

Tango and Cash

Last week, following our CES interview with BlackBerry CEO John Chen, I joined Rene Ritchie for a Vector podcast to talk about What's going to Happen to BlackBerry. What transpired was "90 minutes of podcast magic", as we dove through various topics, picking up the conversation from our last Vector podcast on What Happened to BlackBerry. I highly suggest listening to the show, but if you're...

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...

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