smartphone theft

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well. What they're all committing to is the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment." All phones sold by the signees after July 2015 will offer...

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BlackBerry details 10.3 roadmap, death of Adobe AIR runtime

BlackBerry Z30

BlackBerry’s preparing for the developer launch of BlackBerry 10.3 with an update to their public roadmap. Though there are a few nice additions due to land in May, but the most noteworthy thing about the following 10.3.1 update is that Adobe AIR won’t be included as an on-device runtime. Devs that have made apps that use AIR can port their creations over to Android or WebWorks easily enough,...

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Rogers has new international roaming plans and they're still awful

Rogers

Rogers has announced some new roaming add-ons for Canadian travelers. Not too long ago, Rogers unveiled a $7.99 daily roaming plan for the U.S. (which already faces stiff competition against WIND’s $15 unlimited plan), and this new one is built for roaming worldwide. But don’t get too excited; it’s $9.99 for a day for up to 20 MB (depending on where you're going), with no voice or text. That’s...

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Add OpenPGP encryption to your emails with PGpgp BlackBerry 10

Add OpenPGP encryption to your emails with PGpgp BlackBerry 10

One of the topics many BlackBerry users are concerned over is security especially when sending emails. While there are various encryption methods available, one of the more widely used ways is OpenPGP, which is derived from PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), to encrypt and decrypt email over the internet. What this means is that in terms of email security messages you send are unreadable by other...

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T-Mobile Germany slashes Z30 pricing to just €390

BlackBerry Z30

German shoppers for a BlackBerry Z30 might want to look at T-Mobile, as the flagship BlackBerry 10 smartphone has been the recipient of a pretty substantial price cut. The price off-contract of the Z30 in Germany varies from €544,99 from Orange to €500 straight from ShopBlackBerry, but T-Mobile is now undercutting them all at a stunning €389,94. That's for a 16GB BlackBerry Z30, and if you'd...

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Deal of the Day: Amzer ShellCase w/ Holster for BlackBerry Z10

Deal of the Day: Amzer ShellCase w/ Holster for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, purchase the Amzer ShellCase w/ Holster for BlackBerry Z10 and save 50% off the list price! The form fit rear shell is impact resistant for complete protection and quickly slides in and out of the holster for instant phone access. The holster is lined with a soft fabric for a scratch free BlackBerry Z10 and the 180-degree swiveling belt clip doubles as an adjustable clip stand...

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BlackBerry invests in healthcare IT firm NantHealth

NantHealth

BlackBerry has made a strategic investment with an end-to-end medical solutions provider by the name of NantHealth. As you can imagine, the health industry requires cloud connectivity while remaining secure, and NantHealth’s solutions, like BlackBerry’s, fall into that category. Specifics of the partnership are still being hashed out, but we can expect synergies to be found across QNX (which is...

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Camera trigger, customizable RSS feeds and scannable authenticator keys comes to Smart Watch Companion

As a BlackBerry 10 user, we are always looking for ways to get more functionality for our Pebble Smartwatch. In the not so distant past, I discovered a jack of all trades application for Talk2Watch called Smart Watch Companion which delivered additional notifications and features that had not been previously available to Pebble owners. This latest update now grants BlackBerry Pebble users...

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MockIt! makes its way to BlackBerry World

MockIt! makes its way to BlackBerry World

Back in December 2013 we saw the first non-BlackBerry developed app become available in BlackBerry Beta Zone -- MockIt!. It has been available to download for anyone with a Beta Zone account. If you haven't tried it or checked it out yet, MockIt! is an app that allows you to create memes, device mocks for presentation and also photo collages.  There are a lot of the popular meme pictures...

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BlackBerry pressing courts to stop sales of Typo keyboards

Typo keyboard

BlackBerry is pushing to immediately halt sales of the Typo keyboard case for iPhone. While Typo insists that they are a small company that lacks the capability to produce a large quantity of keyboards, BlackBerry alleges that Typo has contradicted these statements, flooding the market with keyboards before an injunction could be imposed. Typo previously stated that it had written and verbal...

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What if BlackBerry had the best devices and BB10 became the best OS in the world?

During CrackBerry podcast episode 114, Chris Umiastowski brought up the reality that it probably doesn’t matter if BlackBerry unquestionably had the best devices and OS in the world, because it still wouldn’t help them gain market share. The CrackBerry team engaged in this discussion a little but it deserves more attention and certainly makes for an interesting conversation. Of course within...

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Control your BlackBerry 10 device remotely with Golden Retriever

Control your BlackBerry 10 device remotely with Golden Retriever

When it comes to utility applications on my BlackBerry I tend to be critical and picky. However, there are times where something unique comes along where I just have to take a look. In this case the ‘Built for BlackBerry’ application in question is Golden Retriever for BlackBerry 10. What makes this stand out amongst the crowd is that it truly does offer capabilities rare to the platform. This...

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Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

Verizon is finally going to give you a discount for off-contract phones. Starting April 17th, customers of Big Red are going to be able to bring their own off-contract devices onto shared MORE Everything plans at a discount. No longer will they have to pay a subsidy fee for a subsidy they're not using. Plans at or under 8GB will see a smartphone add-on reduction of $10 (bringing the fee to $30/...

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T-Mobile putting an end to overages on all consumer plans

T-Mobile

After introducing a $40 base plan and then doing away with extra charges for cellular tablets and giving them a free gigabyte of data, T-Mobile is at it again by doing with overage fees. The elimination of domestic overage fees hits all T-Mobile plans. T-Mobile CEO John Legere called out his competition, pointing out that overage fees amount to $1 billion in extra payments from consumers every...

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Dear Berry: How do I scroll through my photos on BlackBerry 10?

Dear Berry: How do I scroll through my photos on BlackBerry 10?

Hello again readers! Dear Berry is here once again with a mailbag full of BlackBerry questions and woes. Today's question comes from Steve who asks: Is there any way to swipe through files in File manager rather then having to look at one file/photo then going back and clicking another? Very annoying especially with having a large amount of files (in this case pictures) stored on phone and...

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Z30

Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Z30

For today only, purchase the BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Z30 and save 45% off the list price! Made from hand crafted, genuine leather the BlackBerry Z30 Flip Shell is designed to keep your display safe from scratches while providing complete access to all functions of your device. The case has an attractive texture all around and features the BlackBerry logo embedded on the front and...

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BlackBerry patching Heartbleed vulnerability for Secure Work Space, BBM

BlackBerry patching Heartbleed vulnerability for Secure Work Space, BBM

BlackBerry is working on patching Heartbleed, the recently discovered OpenSSL vulnerability that could potentially allow a malicious attacker to gain information off a server, including private keys and passwords. Primarily they're focusing on Secure Work Space and BBM. BlackBerry SVP, Scott Totzke, commented on the realities of the threat and the chances of the vulnerability being exploited...

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Case manufacturers already preparing for the Q30 / Windermere

Case manufacturers already preparing for the Q30 / Windermere

Although it remains to be seen what, if anything, will become of the alleged BlackBerry Q30 / Windermere, case manufacturers are already getting started on making cases for the device it seems. It's a pretty common practice in the case world, you somehow end up getting the dimensions of a device before official release and you build a ton of cases for it making you the first to market with...

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New sticker pack for BBM: Lil' Shellton by Eric Uchalik

New sticker pack for BBM: Lil' Shellton by Eric Uchalik

If you're looking for some new stickers to try out in BBM, a new pack has now been added. The Lil' Shelton pack was created by Eric Uchalik and is available for only $1.99. In total, the Lil' Shelton pack offers 20 new stickers that can be used within BBM, you can check them out below. Additionally, you'll also find Eric on BBM Channels where he has a channel set up as superfungo. You can join...

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