Rogers drops BlackBerry Z30 pricing, now $0 on 2-year contract

If Rogers is your carrier of choice and you've been waiting for them to ditch $130 pricing on the BlackBerry Z30, your patience has been rewarded. Although it took longer than the likes of TELUS and Bell, Rogers customers can now order the BlackBerry Z30 online through Rogers for $0 with the typical 2-year contract. If you're not down with contracts Rogers and TELUS are still the cheapest...

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Weekend Coder: Updating an app; A love story

Weekend Coder: Updating an app;  A love story

This weekend I have something a little different for this series, and I think it is something that developers and non-developers alike will enjoy. The best I can explain it is as a self-reflection of developing for BlackBerry 10 and specifically centering my thoughts on one of my apps, Random Stories+. First a little background, Random Stories+ (RS) is an ad lib style app/game where it asks...

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Custom BBM PINS could be coming but would you pay for them?

Custom BBM PINS could be coming but would you pay for them?

Now that sponsored invites are already rolling out to beta testers, the BBM team is already looking at other ways to monetize BBM. One way noted in a recent survey sent out was the possibility of being able to customize your very own BlackBerry PIN, so instead of getting a bunch of random numbers and letters, you could potentially assign whatever you wanted as your PIN presumably with some...

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Deal of the Day: Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for BlackBerry Z10

Deal of the Day: Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, purchase the Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for BlackBerry Z10 and save 43% off the list price! The Seidio Spring Clip Holster holds your BlackBerry Z10 securely in place, and then lifts for quick access. Both the felt liner and the face-in design protect your screen from scratches and exposure to outside elements. The holster can be worn in any one of seven different positions,...

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From the forums: The BlackBerry Q15 concept

Q15 concept

It's concept time again, this time a slider, but not in the way we've seen from BlackBerry before. I strongly suspect we won't ever see a BlackBerry in this form factor, although it is always nice to check out concepts.  That said, if a BlackBerry 10 device was to be made in this style and it was priced really low, it could sell - maybe. The main issue I have is that the smartphone market is...

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Minion Rush for BlackBerry 10 updated with new levels, new costumes and new bonuses!

If you've been waiting and wondering when Gameloft would update the BlackBerry 10 version of Minion Rush, wonder no more. Arriving in BlackBerry World last night and filtering out to devices today, the latest release of Minion Rush is a hefty one but it adds quite a few additions to the mix. In the v1.1.0.315 release you'll find two new levels, Minion Beach and the Mall along with the Daily...

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App Icons!

Productivity and efficiency. These two words have always been synonymous with the BlackBerry experience, and the ability to get things done FAST was the primary reason I became a BlackBerry fan so many years ago. Thinking back to the my first BlackBerry, the 7290, I remember being so impressed at how efficiently I could navigate my way through the operating system. BlackBerry had mapped...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for March 7, 2014

BlackBerry App Roundup for March 7, 2014

Hope everyone is enjoying their Friday so far and getting ready for the weekend. It's time once again for the weekly App Roundup. Now I spent my time wisely this week rustling up some new, cool, and helpful applications for all you BlackBerry addicts to try. Be sure to check them out and remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end. eRBook – Readability Client by DevPDA.net...

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BlackBerry patents capacitive touch keyboard

BlackBerry patents capacitive touch keyboard

A few weeks back we first heard of the Windermere, a QWERTY device with a touch-sensitive (capacitive) keyboard. To go along with it, a filing now shows that BlackBerry has received a patent for another type of keyboard — or for the technical folk — a "temporary keyboard having some individual keys that provide varying levels of capacitive coupling to a touch-sensitive display". The keyboard...

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q5

Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q5

For today only, purchase the BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q5 and save 60% off the list price! Made from hand crafted, genuine leather the BlackBerry Q5 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 embossed on the front. List Price...

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Whine

One of my favorite native BlackBerry 10 apps has received yet another update - Whine. The third party Vine app brings all the goodness from Vine and gives it a sweet BB10 feel, including a beautiful dark theme and now BBM integration.  If you missed our hands on video with Whine you can catch up with it here, but seeing as the app is free to download you may as well just give it a go if you...

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4G - Coming soon to BlackBerry 10 giffgaff users in the UK

giffgaff

For you BlackBerry 10 folk that use the UK carrier giffgaff - you'll be pleased to hear that you will soon be able to take advantage of 4G data speeds. The MNVO that uses the O2 network has updated their website and you can now view the 4G coverage in your area.  What the site doesn't tell us is when 4G wil be available to customers. In addition, there is no information whether gifgaff will...

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ReadItNow! gets multi-selection support and bug fixes in latest udpate

Here we go again. An app regularly receiving updates, ReadItNow! is at v6.7.0. It's an app that belongs in my top 5 most needed app list and it's one I'm very glad to see receive constant updates. This latest version brings support for multi-selection so you can bulk delete articles or mark several as read at the same time. As usual there are bug fixes and UI enhancements too. One other thing...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen speaks about White House talks, future devices, T-Mobile and more!

BlackBerry CEO John Chen was in Santa Monica for the past two days attending Oasis: The Montgomery Summit. Aside from being a speaker at that event, he sat down with Bloomberg Television's Jon Erlichman to discuss a number of topics surrounding BlackBerry. On the list of topics were his briefings with the White House, MDM, the changing of the company name from Research In Motion to BlackBerry...

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Want a native BlackBerry 10 SnapChat client? Help get Snap2Chat approved

When it comes to SnapChat on BlackBerry 10 most people know there is no official client offered as of yet and for months now, a native BlackBerry 10 app called Snap2Chat has been in beta courtesy of NemOry. It's a beautiful, fully featured app that really goes above and beyond what even SnapChat does when comes to interacting with the service and the features it offers but it has to be...

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The Most Secure Podcast in the World: CrackBerry 113

The Most Secure Podcast in the World: CrackBerry 113

Are you watching from a secure line? In this podcast our old pal Craig Johnston makes his triumphant return to the show, where I'm also joined by Adam, Bla1ze and Simon Sage. We're all business this time around — talking BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, MWC, the BlackBerry Z3, BlackBerry Q20, enterprise, the NSA and my gallivanting in Barcelona. There's plenty of good stuff here you won't want to miss....

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This is BlackBerry's four-pillar device strategy

This is BlackBerry's four-pillar device strategy

The last of our interviews with the BlackBerry folks at Mobile World Congress was Francois Mahieu, VP of Global Product Management. He walked us through BlackBerry’s device strategy, which is timely given the announcement of the Z3 and the Classic Q20. Mahieu outlined in broad strokes four major categories of phones from here on in. Starting at the lower end are devices like the Q5 and the...

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SayIt for BlackBerry 10 gets a 80% price drop for the rest of this week

SayIt

Just a quick heads up for you if you've been tempted to purchase SayIt for BlackBerry 10 but have been put off by the price. The developer dropped me an email to let the CrackBerry nation know that the personal assistant app is priced at just $0.99 for a few days.  The offer is now live and will run until Sunday 9th March, so if you want to take advantage you need to get in quick. If you've...

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Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2014

Mobile Nations Community Update, March 2014

Community Update Welcome yet again to the Mobile Nations Community Update! Around Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, Smartwatch Fans and Windows Phone Central, it’s been a fun start to 2014. We recently wrapped up our coverage of Mobile World Congress, and...

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F1 2013  now available on Steam - Put yourself in the driver’s seat

Although this isn't exactly something for your BlackBerry but rather for Mac or Windows PC, it's certainly worth a mention because after all, it is BlackBerry related. The folks at Feral Interactive have now released on Steam and through the Mac App Store, F1 2013 for Mac. If you ever wanted to get behind the wheel of the F1 ​Mercedes AMG Petronas and do your best Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg...

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