Articles by Richard Devine

Best over-ear headphones: As chosen by Mobile Nations editors

In-ear headphones are good, but sometimes you just need something more substantial On and over-ear headphones aren't the most convenient things in the world, and as such many will turn to in-ear options for things like the daily commute or hitting the gym. But if you want that all-encompassing experience and the best sound quality possible, you're likely going to want a good set of cans. To...

The best in-ear headphones

Our editors share their picks for the best in-ear headphones available today! Choosing a pair of in-ear headphones is tough. We all have different tastes, budgets, and needs. So we rounded up a group of people used to making tough choices — our Mobile Nations editors. They've shared the in-ear headphones they're using and, more importantly, why! DJ Reyes - BlackBerry Premium Headset WS-410...

Best Fitbit to buy: Here's what our editors are using!

Fitbit

Fitbit is one of the most popular wearables on the planet. Here's what the Mobile Nations editor's wear, and why. There are lots of reasons to get a Fitbit. More than just a fitness-focused wearable, it comes a whole social platform that its some 21 million users can all be a part of. For some, it means bragging rights over their friends, for others it's a way to keep motivated to stay in...

From the forums: Get as close as you can to Bedside Mode on the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

There are things that BlackBerry 10 has built in that those moving to the Priv are rightly nervous about losing. What seems a little to one person is a lot to another. Bedside Mode is one of those things. Android doesn't have such a feature built in, or not in such a way that you'll find on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone. There are third-party apps in the Play Store that can help, but you might...

BlackBerry Priv top tip: Turn off Gmail sync if you're using BlackBerry Hub

BlackBerry Hub

If you're moving to the BlackBerry Priv from a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, there are a whole host of things that will be new, unusual, annoying, pretty much cover every emotion you can throw at a phone. One such irritation will present itself the moment you sign in to BlackBerry Hub with a Gmail or Google Apps account if you also have that account authenticated on the phone. Because you'll get...

Get the latest app updates on your BlackBerry Priv automatically

BlackBerry Priv

Here's a quick BlackBerry Priv tip for those who are also new to Android as a platform. There have been a few mentions in the CrackBerry forums of folks not getting or not knowing about updates to the stock BlackBerry apps on the Priv. While there is always a chance of Play Store bugs preventing updates hitting all of the people, all of the time, there is also something you can do to make it as...

How to set up and use the Productivity Tab on the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

One of the things BlackBerry is loved for is its productivity credentials. One of the nifty features brought to Android with the BlackBerry Priv is the Productivity Tab, an at a glance view of some of the most important information in your day. You may well have the Hub doing a bunch of the heavy lifting but the Productivity Tab can get you quick access to favorite contacts, your calendars,...

How to change the swipe shortcuts on the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

While BlackBerry 10 has a very gesture based navigation style, Android does not. But, on the BlackBerry Priv there is one area gestures very much still come into play. On Lollipop, a press and swipe up from the on-screen home button takes you to Google Now by default. BlackBerry went a step further and added extra functionality to this area, and better yet, left it open to you to customize....

What are popup widgets on the BlackBerry Priv and how do you use them?

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry 10 has its active frames, but if you're moving to the BlackBerry Priv and with it, Android, you'll have to get used to working with widgets. The trouble with widgets, though, is that they can get messy, clutter up your home screens and leave you doing a whole lot of scrolling around. But BlackBerry came up with a neat solution that's baked into the Priv. It's called popup widgets...

How to change the recent apps view on the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

One of the few visual changes BlackBerry made to the user interface on the Priv over how Google does things was to the recent apps view. Some will like it, some will not. Fortunately, while BlackBerry changed things a little, it also left it very easy to undo and go back to something more as Google intended or even another different view entirely. Here's how. On your phone, either through...

How to use Device Search with the BlackBerry Priv keyboard

BlackBerry Priv

Universal searching through your device is something a ton of BlackBerry owners love, and thankfully it's available on the new Priv in Device Search. One nifty trick is that you can start a search using just the physical keyboard. We're using that as an example here, but the same steps can also be applied to start a search with Google, should you prefer. Here's what you need to do. On the...

Don't forget to download the CrackBerry app to your new BlackBerry Priv!

CrackBerry on Priv

We love the CrackBerry community and that includes providing what we hope is a great mobile experience to get all your BlackBerry news. If you're picking up a new BlackBerry Priv you should totally go and download the official CrackBerry app for Android. Right now! We've had an Android app for some time but for many of you, picking up a Priv may well be your first time downloading it....

Where to buy the BlackBerry Priv in the UK

BlackBerry Priv

Now that the BlackBerry Priv is here there's going to be more than a few people who are wondering where they can get their hands on one. And we wouldn't blame you one bit. Here in the UK we're fortunate enough to be one of the lucky launch markets for the Priv and that means that it's going to be finding its way into peoples hands very soon. Here's where you can get your hands on one....

Grab a 30% discount on phones and accessories from ShopBlackBerry until August 31

BlackBerry

A quick heads up to anyone who fancies going on a BlackBerry shopping spree that ShopBlackBerry has a 30% discount on all its BlackBerry 10 phones and related accessories. The last such deal was only for white phones but now you're free to grab the black – or pink or red in the case of the Q5 – versions as well. Excluded is the Bold 9900 and the P9982 Porsche Design BlackBerry. The discount...

Sprint names Marcelo Claure as new CEO

Following an earlier rumor, Sprint has today announced a change at the top with a new CEO. Replacing the outgoing Dan Hesse will be Marcelo Claure, a member of the board and current CEO of Brightstar, a Softbank subsidiary company. Claure will resign his current position and take over at Sprint effect August 11. The news comes in a week when Sprint has also reportedly pulled out of talks to...

QNX announces improvements to its in-car hands-free systems

QNX Mercedes

Following the announcement of a new in-car operating system, QNX has also introduced the newest version of its Acoustics for Voice system that handles hands-free communications. Version 3.0 has been made official at the Detroit Telematics conference and adds improvements to echo cancellation, noise reduction, adaptive equalization, automatic gain control and more. Our cars are fast becoming...

QNX announces new safety focused Automotive operating system

QNX

BlackBerry owned QNX has today announced a brand new operating system for the car with with a distinct focus on safety behind the wheel. The QNX® OS for Automotive Safety 1.0 will provide the groundwork for such in-car technology as digital instrument clusters, head-up displays and advanced driver assistance systems. The QNX OS for Automotive Safety – rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it –...

Follow all the happenings from WWDC 2014 live with iMore!

WWDC 2014

While we all love BlackBerry, there's no denying that today's a pretty big day in the tech sphere — and whatever your preference when it comes to mobile — it's always worth paying attention to what Apple is doing at its annual WWDC event which just so happens to start today. Most of the week is dedicated to developer sessions but the show is opened by a keynote address starring CEO Tim Cook...

Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9982 now available at ShopBlackBerry

Porsche Design BlackBerry P9982

The inventory at ShopBlackBerry continues to grow with the addition of the Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9982 to its ranks. Available to purchase now, the P'9982 will set you back a cool $1,990 and it's only compatible with GSM carriers. But you do get a mighty handsome BlackBerry and that unique '2AA' starting PIN. And for more P'9982 fun and games, be sure to re-live our very own Kevin...

Mercedes AMG Petronas says 'thank you' to 100,000 BBM channel subscribers

Mercedes

If you hadn't noticed, we're fans of the BlackBerry sponsored Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team in these parts. Looks like we're not the only ones, too, as the team has delivered a special 'thank you' message to 100,000 subscribers to its BBM Channel. The Channel's remarkable growth has seen a 150% increase in just 2014 alone – it sure doesn't hurt starting the new season with back-to-back wins!...

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