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Aug 25, 2014 BlackBerry's 2014 device roadmap gets laid out
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If you're a regular CrackBerry reader, then BlackBerry's 2014 device roadmap shouldn't come as any surprise. It's entirely comprised of the devices that have either been confirmed or rumored for quite some time now such as the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic, LTE BlackBerry Z3 (Manitoba) and finally, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 (Khan).

That said though, the internal documents leaked by N4BB still offer up a valuable look at how BlackBerry views the devices and who exactly, they're aiming to sell them to as it's outlined by market segments such as Affordable, Classic, Innovative, and Prestige. You can probably guess which device goes in which section without even really looking at the documents.

As expected, there's some timing outlined here for all the devices on the roadmap and as noted officially the BlackBerry Passport will be launching in Q3 2014 along with the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983, which has yet to be officially announced but has now appeared fully. Given that device has been getting certified over the past few weeks alongside the BlackBerry Passport in certain regions, it would seem BlackBerry is entirely on track with that one. Coming with those devices releases is also BlackBerry OS 10.3, which many are now already running on their device thanks to leaks and some new beta programs.

Once those devices are released, BlackBerry then moves into Q4 2014 and plans to release the BlackBerry Classic along with BlackBerry OS 10.3.1. From there, all previous BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Q5, Q10 and Z10, Z3 and Z30 will also receive their update to BlackBerry OS 10.3.1. Of course, pending carrier certification and such which we all know is the real time consuming process for everyone.

Perhaps the odd thing here is that the LTE BlackBerry Z3 isn't noted for any release on the documents above and it looks as though the BlackBerry 9720 has a life span extended all the way into 2015. I'm not entirely too sure who exactly would be buying a 9720 in 2015 but then again, there's no telling how old these documents are either. We've seen similar documents that go back to May and even some of the imagery here is old, as it still uses the red accents. But everything else looks to be in place and more notably, on track based on all the other info.

And finally, any internal document leak wouldn't be complete without some standard target segment info. A look at whom they expect to sell the devices to. Sure, the wording and images used are a bit funny but it's not far from the truth and BlackBerry is paying attention audience. Something that is going to be crucial to actually selling the devices as they launch them.

Overall, most of the stuff here was rather known before but it's interesting to see it all laid out. Now BlackBerry just has to get all the device out there and into the hands of the people. What do you all think? Are they hitting the right areas? Too many devices? Not enough devices? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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Aug 18, 2014 BlackBerry Z3 now available to buy in Egypt
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Just a quick heads up for you folk in Egypt that have been holding out for the BlackBerry Z3. The low cost BlackBerry 10 device is now on sale so it's time to go shopping!

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Jul 26, 2014 Password options for your new BlackBerry Z3
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Being BlackBerry 10 users; chances are we are all a little security conscious, particularly if you use your device for business. God forbid you lose your trusty BlackBerry Z3, but if you do you'll want to ensure you have a password set up on it so whoever finds it, or steals, won't have access to your personal information.

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Jul 20, 2014 How to edit photos on the BlackBerry Z3
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In this day and age producing the best photos is second nature to many of us. With apps such as Instagram as well as our social networks we are sharing so much more content than in previous years.

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Jul 19, 2014 The BlackBerry Z3 is just $229.99 today only on Expansys
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The Expansys USA web site has listed the unlocked BlackBerry Z3 as its "Deal of the Day" and is currently selling the BlackBerry 10-based smartphone for just $229.99.

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Jul 18, 2014 BlackBerry Z3 rollout continues with release in the Philippines
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The end of the working week is here for most of us and what a good way to end things for the people of the Philippines. BlackBerry have announced the Z3 will be launching there at authorized retailers at the price of P 10,990.

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Jul 17, 2014 The top 5 travel apps for the BlackBerry Z3
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With BlackBerry seeming to be pursuing two types of customers at the moment - business users and the consumer market, the BlackBerry Z3 could well fall into the hands in either of these two camps. Sure, we may see top executives rocking a BlackBerry Passport or Classic in the future, but there will always be companies that don't want to spend the big bucks and the BlackBerry Z3 will still serve its purpose.

So whether you are travelling on vacation or on a business trip I've put together my top five BlackBerry 10 apps for you to put on your Z3. And the best news is that they are all free to download!

BlackBerry Maps

BlackBerry Maps will come preloaded on your Z3 and for voice guided navigation it does a fantastic job. I've mentioned this before in another article but I feel it's important so here goes again.

BlackBerry Maps may not be as fancy as the likes of Google Maps or Here Maps from Nokia but it gets you to your destination and using the app is really simple. One of my biggest loves with it is the fact that it is integrated with the search feature in BlackBerry 10 - so you can just tap the search icon and enter the address/post code/zip code and off you go. Sure, it may not be as detailed as the alternatives on other OS's but it's my navigation app of choice and I own an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy and a Windows Phone.

More information/Download BlackBerry Maps

Navita Translator

If you're travelling to another country and don't speak the local language Navita Translator could be a lifeline for you. As you can see in the video above, the app lets you select from dozens of languages and then it's just a case of typing in what it is you want to translate. If you're not happy with trying to pronounce the translation fear not as the app can speak it for you - clever stuff.

If you're going away this one is well worth having on your BlackBerry just in case you need it.

More information/Download Navita Translator

BlackBerry Travel

If you're traveling overseas BlackBerry Travel has to be the most important application for you to have on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. It's packed full of features which will assist you in your journey in so many ways.

First up is the auto scanning option. You can set the app to scan your inbox for any flight confirmations and when it finds them the app will pull them in and present them in an orderly fashion so you can glance at the app at any time and see the detailed information about your upcoming trip. To take things a little further it will also integrate with your calendar and prompt you of reminders in advance of your flight.

Things don't stop there. A currency converter is built in which is customizable - meaning that wherever in the world you go you'll have instant access to see if what you are purchasing is a good deal compared to back home.

Weather is also integrated and will give you the current conditions as well as a forecast over the following four days. And to round things off there is a World Clock section - again, customizable, so you can check what the time is in other cities around the globe - good stuff.

In addition - as if that wasn't enough - the following is also included:

  • Safer: BlackBerry ID integration for peace of mind

  • Money Saver: Do you ever wonder if the hotel room you booked is really a good deal? With our new Price Alert service, we'll let you know if there's a better price for that hotel room, a comparable hotel for a cheaper price, or if there's a much better hotel for slightly more.

  • Social: Share all your travel information including flight updates with your friends and/or colleagues via BBM, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter

More information/Download BlackBerry Travel

FX Rates

I think the main reason I was attracted to FX rates was the user interface. It's very user friendly and being set on a black background with big bold icons just makes it look good. As you will see in the video; adding countries to your list of featured currencies is super easy - just press the + icon and select from the huge list. Once you have your selection made you can, at any time, tap one which will open up a box where you can enter the amount you need to convert. The results will then be shown in each of the counties you have open.

Features include:

  • Free Real-Time Multi-Currency Conversion

  • Supports 139 Currencies

  • Cross-Currency Conversion

  • Offline Mode (no Internet needed to use latest exchange rate)

  • Share Cross-Currency Conversion through BBM, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Email, Text, WhatsApp, NFC

  • Customize Currency Order and Layout via Drag'n'Drop

  • Exchange Rate Update On-Demand

More information/Download FX Rates

Foursquare

Foursquare won't be for everyone, but if you like to check into places while you are on your holidays or just visiting another city it's a great way of letting your friends know what you are up to. With the ability to share via Twitter, Facebook and BBM you can keep your buddies in the loop of your activities and even include photos to make them jealous!

As well as just checking in to venues you can also use the app to discover new places that you may want to visit. If any of your Foursquare friends have been there before you'll be able to see it and if they left any comments on the venue.

More information/Download Foursquare

Happy travelling

So if you are jetting off to another country your BlackBerry Z3 should be a great tool for helping you out in a bunch of ways. From experience I've used all the above apps when I've been abroad and I certainly wouldn't want to be without them.

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Jul 14, 2014 Retailers in India have sold through their initial stock of the BlackBerry Z3
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When the BlackBerry Z3 was announced for India, many folks were watching and waiting to see how the device would be priced in the region as that would be a good sign of how well the device would sell. At the time of the announcement, some were upset at that price of Rs. 15,990 but then it started arriving at retailers with even deeper discount attached to it and according to the Economic Times India, those discounts have helped push much of initial stock in India.

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Jul 11, 2014 How to capture the perfect photo using Time Shift on the BlackBerry Z3
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Taking photographs with a smartphone is paramount to many people. Whilst the camera on the BlackBerry Z3 may not be the best on the market due to it being a low cost handset, it does offer decent results and like all BlackBerry 10 devices has the 'Time Shift' option built right in.

If you have recently picked up the Z3 and it's your first BlackBerry 10 smartphone you'll want to carry on reading as I suspect you'll be rather impressed with what Time Shift has to offer. The feature is the perfect camera tool for when taking photographs of either a person or a group of people. We've all taken this style of photo before and found it's not always easy to take the snap just at the right time - when everyone is smiling or nobody is blinking. Time Shift solves this problem and here's how....

With the camera open on the Z3 you'll want to tap the camera icon at the top right of the display. Here you will have the option to switch to the video camera and also Time Shift. With Time Shift setected you are all set to go.

When you take a photograph the Z3 will actually record the image from slightly before and after the actual shot. This will then allow you to use the bar at the base of the display to move back and forth in time to choose the perfect image. But things get even more interesting - particularly if you have more than one person in the photo.

Just tap on one of the faces and you will be able to Time Shift that person. You can do this with numerous faces in the photograph - therefore allowing the best pose from each subject to give you the ultimate finished result.

The proof is in the pudding with this one and is a lot more enjoyable to use than read about. If you take a lot of photos of your friends then the BlackBerry Z3 is going to be your best buddy. In fact, your friends may well be jealous of the super results you get. Time Shift is extremely clever and it's awesome that it comes as a standard feature within BlackBerry 10.

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Jul 10, 2014 Nigeria is next in line to see the BlackBerry Z3 roll out
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First we had the Far East and then the BlackBerry Z3 was announced as coming mid July to South Africa. Things are now moving north as next in line to see the latest low cost BlackBerry hit their shores is Nigeria.

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Jul 09, 2014 South African students are more than impressed with the BlackBerry Z3
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We told you last week that the BlackBerry Z3 would be available to buy in South Africa in mid July. It looks like someone has been doing some research with the students of South Africa and as you'll see in the above video they are certainly enjoying what the Z3 has to offer.

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Jul 05, 2014 5 quick tips to get the most out of your BlackBerry Z3 battery
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If you've picked up a BlackBerry Z3 as your smartphone of choice, chances are that the battery life probably won't be an issue as it comes packing one of a reasonable size - 2500mAh. Saying that though, there's nothing worse than running out of juice and as the Z3 battery is non-removable it's worth tweaking the settings to maximize things.

We all use our BlackBerry in different ways so battery life always varies from user to user. But these days, when we have to be connected, a low or dead battery is some peoples worst nightmare.

So below is a short list of simple tips and tricks to make your BlackBerry Z3 last as long as possible.

Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & NFC

If you're not using it then it's worth switching off the above features as they will eat up some battery life. Looking at Wi-Fi for example - while it's is on but not being used the BlackBerry will continue to search for Wi-Fi connections - hence why you'll use up some juice. In addition, if you can use Wi-Fi you should as this too is kinder on your battery.

  • Go to Settings > Network Connections to enable/disable

Change refresh settings

Some BlackBerry 10 applications, social ones in particular, will automatically refresh in the background. With most of them you have the option to change how frequently this happens. It's logical that the more often an app pulls in new data, the more battery it will use. So increase how often this happens from within the settings of the app. I tend to set mine to refresh every hour although I manually update them each time I open said app.

Dim the display

Like with any smartphone, the brighter the display, the faster your battery will drain. If you don't need the screen to be super bright why not dim it?

  • Go to Settings > Display to alter the brightness

Change the screen timeout

Once you finish using your Z3 and put it down the screen will continue to be on for a set time. Within the settings you can change how long it stays on for and from experience it makes sense to change this setting to prevent the display from being on for too long.

  • Once again go to Settings > Display to see the options available

Close Active Frames

As mentioned already, some BlackBerry 10 apps will auto refresh while in their Active Frame state. Applications like battery or weather apps will want to do this on a regular basis and although it doesn't use a ton of battery it will consume some. Closing Active Frames will sort this problem and give you that extra bit of power should you need it. Just long hold on the cross at the bottom right of the Active Frame to close it down.

Charged and ready to go

And that's my top five tips for your new BlackBerry Z3 owners. Like with any new device, it can take a little while to get things adjusted so you're getting the most from your handset. While the battery on the Z3 is pretty awesome anyway, the above tips may come in handy for you at some point.

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Jul 03, 2014 The BlackBerry Z3 is heading to South Africa with free apps for consumers
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It was only earlier today that we announced that the latest BlackBerry 10 device, the BlackBerry Z3, is all set to go on sale in Hong Kong. It seems that the roll out is in more than one place as I've just had an email from BlackBerry South Africa letting me know that the budget BlackBerry is coming very soon.

The BlackBerry Z3 smartphone will be available to Vodacom customers in stores and online from mid July 2014. The device has the recommended selling price of R2 999 and will also be available on the Vodacom Smart S plan at R249 per month.

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Jun 30, 2014 BlackBerry shows off the Z3 in Indonesia with two commercials
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To compliment the BlackBerry Z3 hitting retail outlets recently in Indonesia, BlackBerry have released a couple of videos over on their YouTube channel which I can only presume are headed for TV or the big screen.

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Jun 27, 2014 BlackBerry India's Sunil Lalvani speaks on security, Z3 launch, and QNX in India
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Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India has had a busy week with the launch of the BlackBerry Z3 in India. As part of that process he's been speaking with several Indian news outlets about the launch, the landscape for BlackBerry in India, and what the company is focusing on. The Economic Times India sat down with the Managing Director for a pretty awesome interview.

As part of the interview, Sunil covers BlackBerry's record of security noting 'BlackBerry hasn't had a single vulnerability exposed on its network', device pricing in India, and how Enterprises in India are adopting BlackBerry. Also discussed, how BlackBerry is in talks with 'a leading Indian car manufacturer' to further expand QNX in India.

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Jun 26, 2014 BlackBerry India shows us why the BlackBerry Z3 is a great device!
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The BlackBerry Z3 has been announced for India and preorders for the device are already well underway. But just in case you're on the fence about whether or not the BlackBerry Z3 is the device for you though, BlackBerry India has put up a really great video showing off some of the region specific features, hardware design and advanced options available within the BlackBerry 10 OS.

As BlackBerry 10 users, most of us already know how great the OS is but it's videos like this one that help spread the word. So, give it a look and be sure to share it with others. As a reminder, the pricing on the BlackBerry Z3 in India is set at Rs. 15999 but Flipkart right now is offering a preorder bonus promo, which reduces that by Rs. 1000 to bring the total to Rs. 14999. You can place your preorder on the Flipkart site.

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Jun 25, 2014 BlackBerry Z3 coming to the Middle East in July, pre-orders start today
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BlackBerry has announced that their BlackBerry Z3 smartphone will begin to go on sale in countries located in the Middle East starting in July, with pre-orders for the device beginning today in one of those countries.

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Jun 24, 2014 BlackBerry Z3 announced for Malaysia, available July 7th
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During the BlackBerry earnings call and general meeting, BlackBerry CEO John Chen noted the BlackBerry Z3 would be expanding to more markets such as Malaysia and India soon and clearly, soon meant very soon. BlackBerry has been teasing it on their blog and BBM Channel for days now and now finally; the BlackBerry Z3 has now been announced for Malaysia with a retail price of 699.00 MYR or approximately $217 USD when the conversion is processed. It will be available to purchase through BlackBerry authorized retailers from July 7th, 2014.

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Jun 19, 2014 BlackBerry Z3 confirmed for India next week
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Following an initial launch in Indonesia BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed earlier reports that the Z3 would launch in India next week during today's quarterly conference call. We'll see if that June 25 date pans out. BlackBerry teased just yesterday that additional markets are on the way.

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Jun 17, 2014 BlackBerry Z3 reportedly set to be announced for India on June 25th
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With BlackBerry Z3 sales reportedly going well in Indonesia, the next stop appears to be India according to several reports seemingly confirming the event. The launch has been rumored for a few days now but more of the Indian press has picked up on the matter giving it a slight bit more credibility.

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Jun 11, 2014 BlackBerry to consider making a phablet to drive growth
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen indicated that a phablet may be the next growth driver for the Canadian manufacturer as it looks to regain its market share.

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Jun 02, 2014 How to instantly view your remaining battery percentage with the BlackBerry Z3
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Z3 Battery

If you're already a BlackBerry 10 user then you'll more than likely know how to quickly view your battery percentage on your device. But for new users of the BlackBerry Z3 this is really just a quick heads up tip.

Prior to OS 10.2.1 being released we had to jump into the settings or have a third party app running which may display your remaining battery in the Active Frame. Not anymore though, as the OS update included a way to peek at your battery with one swift gesture.

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May 30, 2014 The Z3 'Jakarta Edition' is being adopted by new BlackBerry users in Indonesia
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The first Foxconn built device from BlackBerry - the Z3 - went on sale in Indonesia a short while back and I thought it was worth asking the question to the people the county if the new low cost handset was their first BlackBerry.

Taking a look at the results - things are looking good from where I'm sitting. That is if we take into account that hopefully only people in Indonesia actually voted in the poll. I'm sure a few votes from other countries slipped in which is a shame.

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May 29, 2014 How to use custom Quick Settings with the BlackBerry Z3
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Quick Settings

The main reason I use a BlackBerry is that I want a communication device that gives me the option to do certain things fast and effectively. BlackBerry 10 suits my needs perfectly in this field and a prime example of this is with Quick Settings. With a simple swipe down from the top bezel there's an array of options available here.

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May 28, 2014 BlackBerry CEO John Chen talks to CNBC about the Z3 launch
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There has been plenty of talk surrounding the launch of the BlackBerry Z3 and ultimately how sales are going. As we noted early on, pre-orders for the device seemingly went well and when launch day came around, there was plenty of buzz at retailers as well. BlackBerry themselves spoke about the launch on their Inside BlackBerry Blog.

Thus far, the company and more importantly BlackBerry CEO John Chen seem happy with the results. John Chen is speaking the the Re/Code Conference today and we're expecting more video from that soon but before that event, he sat down with CNBC to offer discuss the Z3 launch and BlackBerry's strategy going forward. You can check out the video from that portion below.

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May 22, 2014 BlackBerry Z3 flip case shown off on video
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The BlackBerry Z3 is the newest addition to the BlackBerry 10 lineup and as such, we've yet to see any BlackBerry Z3 accessories — OEM or otherwise — hit the streets. Surely we'll start to see some very soon, but for now, a curious video has popped up online that shows off what appears to be a branded BlackBerry Z3 flip case.

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