CrackBerry 117: Shut up and take my money!

CrackBerry 117: Shut up and take my money!

With it being an incredibly busy day in the BlackBerry world yesterday, we still managed to find some to settle in and do up a podcast for everyone. If you missed out on the live version, you can now grab check out the recorded video version or grab the audio version in whatever way you wish to listen to over the weekend or better yet, right now!   Listen Subscribe Subscribe in...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for June 20, 2014

BlackBerry App Roundup for June 20, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation. From partnering with Amazon to bring you Android Apps for BlackBerry 10.3 and the launch of BBM Protected to the Annual Shareholders Meeting and Earnings Call this has certainly been a busy week for BlackBerry. Not to mention they showed off two BlackBerry devices. I can't decide which one I'm looking forward to more, the BlackBerry Classic or the BlackBerry Passport....

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BlackBerry Z5 'C-Series' gets shown off once again

BlackBerry Z5

Some new images of the BlackBerry C-series (cafe, americano, cappuccino) have shown up online, once again giving us an awesome look at the device from all angles. It was just a few days ago that we got a hi-res look at the C-series, but here are even more photos for those of you that are into that kind of thing. As a reminder — this device is no longer in the making. I personally would...

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EE to begin trialing calls over Wi-Fi in the UK, 4G support coming in 2015

EE

UK mobile operator EE has today announced trials for calls to be held over Wi-Fi will commence later this year. The trial is part of a £275 million investment in advanced voice capabilities, helping connect more rural parts of the UK who don't have the strongest levels of signal with EE. Launching the trial later this year, EE has also upgraded both 2G and 3G sites to handle the increased data...

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A busy day in the BlackBerry World

A busy day in the BlackBerry World

Today was a pretty awesome day for BlackBerry and BlackBerry fans all around. Yesterday BlackBerry announced their partnership deal with Amazon and that was pretty awesome as well, but for some folks it felt like a precursor to some possibly bad news waiting within BlackBerry's earnings report. Get the good news out because there's probably some not so good news coming. However, anyone who did...

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Nope, Drake is not in conversations with BlackBerry

Nope, Drake is not in conversations with BlackBerry

Just a little update to the story from Techcrunch we ran earlier about Drake possibly teaming up with BlackBerry. BlackBerry has confirmed they are not in conversations with Drake. To that, I say maybe they should be. Given how fast the news spread and the reception from the rumor, it still seems like a pretty fantastic idea. Someone should get @Drake on the line and see what happens.

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Drake as a BlackBerry brand ambassador? It could be happening

Drake as a BlackBerry brand ambassador? It could be happening

[Update: Sorry, Drizzy might be a BlackBerry user but BlackBerry has now let us know, they are NOT in conversations with Drake] Over the years on the CrackBerry Forums there has been plenty of talk about celebs who could be a suitable brand ambassador for BlackBerry. Rumors were aplenty that, once upon a time, Justin Bieber was being considered but among the community suggestions tossed out...

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CrackBerry Podcast - Live at 3PM EST!

CrackBerry Podcast - Live at 3PM EST!

We're back in action and since it's a bit of a special occasion, we brought the whole gang along. Kevin, Adam, Bla1ze, Umi and maybe even Simon Sage even he can tune in. There's plenty to talk about with the recent BlackBerry and Amazon deal, the earnings report and of course, the first official looks at the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic. We'll embed the video when we're ready to...

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The ability to use emoticons in BBM broadcast messages on BB10 is coming soon

According to Jeff Gadway, BBM lovers will soon be getting a new beta to check out and one specific additions has been called out and that is, the ability to use emoticons in BBM broadcast messages on BlackBerry 10. Although I'm not exactly too sure how high it was on the 'wants' list for BBM, it must have been high enough that it caught the attention on of the BBM team and they'll soon be...

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Join the discussion in our BlackBerry Passport Forum!

Grab your Passport!

It's official. The highly anticipated BlackBerry Windermere device will be known as the BlackBerry Passport, according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen. The announcement came during today's Q1 earnings call, and the device is due to be unveiled this September at a launch event in London. Personally I think the name of the device is spot on. It's about the same size as a Passport (so wide!), and the...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen shows off upcoming BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic smartphones

After the BlackBerry earnings report and annual meeting, the media including our very own Simon Sage, got to spend some time with BlackBerry CEO John Chen where he answered questions and took the time to show off the two latest BlackBerry 10 smartphones, now known as the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport. If you're looking to get a better look at both the devices flip on through...

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Analysis: BlackBerry dramatically improves financial performance in Q1

Analysis: BlackBerry dramatically improves financial performance in Q1

John Chen seems to be exactly the dose of medicine that BlackBerry needed to get things moving in the right direction again. He's only been CEO for about 7 months but his mark is everywhere, and I mean that in a good way. If you don't have time to read all the details let me just say this: BlackBerry has gone from being a company that I thought might not have enough cash to stay alive to seeing...

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First official look at the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport

First official look at the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport

And there we have that! The first official look at the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport alongside the BlackBerry Z3. John Chen has spent a lot of time talking about the BlackBerry Passport device during the annual meeting and describing expectations for it and noting it will come in two colors, black and white, and there will be a rich ecosystem of accessories to go along with it...

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Jessica Simpson loves her CrackBerry! #tbt

CrackBerry Jessica

It's Thursday, which means it's Throwback Thursday. So while sitting through the procedural part (the boring part) of the BlackBerry's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, I took a stroll through some of CrackBerry's old Thursday posts and came across this beauty, which I posted on a Thursday some SEVEN years ago. On Thursday, June 21st, 2007 to be precise. You can't really argue with...

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CrackBerry Asks: What do you think of the BlackBerry Passport name?

CrackBerry Asks: What do you think of the BlackBerry Passport name?

On BlackBerry's Q1 2015 earnings call, CEO John Chen leaked out that the rumored phone we've all been referring to as "windermere" is ultimately going to launch as the BlackBerry Passport. I think this name is freak'n BRILLIANT. By conventional smartphone standards, the BlackBerry Passport's dimensions are kind of whacky, with the phone being super wide. The dimensions literally are Passport-...

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Leather Holster for Q10

Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Leather Holster for Q10

For today only, buy the BlackBerry Leather Holster for Q10 and save 53% off the list price! The BlackBerry Leather Holster is hand-crafted in genuine leather and has a soft inner lining for added protection. It also integrates power saving technology to help extend battery life. A durable 360 degree rotating belt clip and secure magnetic flap closure allows for personal wearing preference....

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John Chen

During the Q&A portion of BlackBerry's Q1 2015 earnings call, CEO John Chen answered a question which sheds some light on BlackBerry's strategy as it concerns the profitability of the BlackBerry hardware devision. "If we ship 10 million phones in a year, we'll be profitable on phones (hardware). That's the model we're going after." Historically, most people heard the name BlackBerry...

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Registration of BBM users hits 160 million; 85 million active monthly users and rising

On the BBM front in today's earnings call, BlackBerry CEO John Chen noted there's now 160 million registered users across the board with 85 million active monthly users (50 million are BlackBerry users) and that number is expected to rise once once BBM hits Windows Phone in July and becomes a Nokia preload. The expectation at that point is that BBM will reach around 100 million active users....

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BlackBerry Classic still on track for November release

BlackBerry Classic still on track for November release

During the BlackBerry earnings call, BlackBerry CEO John Chen laid out plans for the launch of the next two BlackBerry devices. The device known as the 'Windermere' has now been confirmed to be launching in September and will be known as the BlackBerry Passport. Aside from that, John Chen also noted the already announced BlackBerry Classic is targeted for a November release timeframe. November...

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