Dear Berry: Why does a developer require certain app permissions 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 ICEMAN9 who asks: Here's a question that I know many people have. When you are giving permissions to apps, what permissions are you really giving the app (ie. Shared Files, E-Mail/Pin Messages, Device ID, etc.)? What does each of these really mean? Why does the...

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Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Holster for BlackBerry Q10

Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Holster for BlackBerry Q10

For today only, purchase the Seidio SURFACE Holster for BlackBerry Q10 and save 50% off the list price! The durable spring clip on the SURFACE Holster holds your BlackBerry Q10 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. This holster can be worn in any one of seven different...

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Good news from down under - BES10 leading the enterprise market in Australia

Australia

The word on the street is that BES10 seems to be doing rather well down under which is nice to hear considering most of the press tend to give BlackBerry a slating. According to theaustralian.com it seems that one in five businesses with more than 20 employees are using BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 - meaning it's the number one mobile enterprise solution being used in Australia.  With...

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Buy and sell goods with Gumtree on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone

Buy and sell goods with Gumtree on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone

Around the world we have different online websites for buying and selling goods. Clearly, eBay is the most well known and global but there are a bunch of regional ones too. Here in the UK Gumtree is huge. Unlike eBay, you just list your goods or search for something to buy, contact the seller and do the deal with no fees incurred.  Although we don't have a native BlackBerry 10 version of...

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For UK BlackBerry 10 users why not check out the Met Office Android app?

Met Office

Native to BlackBerry 10 we have a vast selection of weather applications and in fact all new devices come pre-loaded with BlackBerry Weather that is powered by AccuWeather. But if you fancy a change and you're in the UK you may want to hit up the Met Office app. You won't find it in BlackBerry World though as it's an Android app, but if you're running BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 you can just install...

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Jay Z drops rhymes about his BlackBerry as he teams up with Daft Punk for ‘Computerized’

Although Jay Z has lent his name to Samsung and has often been spotted using an iPhone, he's still an old school BlackBerry user and that's pretty evident throughout his music. Dropping lines like 'Out the country but the blueberry still connect' was the norm for Jay, though that line is debatable as to whether he's talking about his BlackBerry, which early on was often referred to as a...

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Itaú Unibanco deploying BlackBerry 10 smartphones along with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

Itaú Unibanco, the largest private bank in Latin America, has now announced they'll be upgrading their more than 7,000 BlackBerry smartphones to BlackBerry 10 smartphones starting initially with 1,000 BlackBerry Q5's. In addition to the device upgrades, they'll also be moving to BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 for enterprise mobility management, in order to manage and its smartphone environment...

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What features would your ultimate BlackBerry PlayBook 2 have?

What features would your ultimate BlackBerry PlayBook 2 have?

Cruising through the forums today, I came across this post from TheJelen with an interesting BlackBerry PlayBook 2 design. The concept here is a big ol' beast packing plenty of processing power, more than enough RAM, a huge battery and a 10" screen. It would of course be running BlackBerry 10 as well and have plenty of customization options at the ready. There would even be two headphone jacks...

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BlackBerry phone sales in the UAE doubled last month

BlackBerry phone sales in the UAE doubled last month

It's no secret that BlackBerry has been dropping device prices all over the world and if you found yourself wondering whether or not that was actually helping sell devices in any way, there's some good signs it is indeed working.  According to comments from Ashish Panjabi, the chief operating officer of Jacky’s Electronics, one of UAE's electronics retail giants. Granted, that's only compared...

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How to use custom Quick Settings in BlackBerry 10.2.1

How to use custom Quick Settings in BlackBerry 10.2.1

With the advent of BlackBerry 10.2.1, a lot of small little tweaks as well as some nice big additions has made the OS even more of a pleasure to use. One of the things a lot of people requested for was better options in the Quick Settings menu. While we had some nice options, we wanted the ability to choose what could be seen in the menu. Those options arrived with BlackBerry 10.2.1. So, let's...

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BlackBerry Z30 Accessory Roundup - Leave a comment for your chance to win!

With more and more of you getting your hands on a new BlackBerry Z30, you're certainly looking for shiny new accessories to go along with it, right? Well we have plenty of good ones to go around, no matter what you're looking for. Be it a case, external battery, screen protector or car mount — we've got you covered! There are some great OEM cases including the BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch...

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ClipMan Clipboard Manager is a no fuss pasting utility application

ClipMan Clipboard Manager is a no fuss pasting utility application

There are a variety of useful productivity applications available at your fingertips from BlackBerry World. One such application, ClipMan Clipboard Manager, is a useful and headless application for BlackBerry 10 and there is a reason for this. First and foremost, our BlackBerry devices are an amazing tool for communicating with friends, family and co-workers. As such, there are going to be...

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Deal of the Day: Incipio Feather SHINE Hard Case for BlackBerry Q10

Deal of the Day: Incipio Feather SHINE Hard Case for BlackBerry Q10

For today only, purchase the Incipio Feather SHINE Hard Case for BlackBerry Q10 and save over 40% off the list price! Using Incipio's unique, in-mold decorating technique, the Feather SHINE Case features a radio-transparent brushed aluminum finish. The rigid polycarbonate frame holds your BlackBerry Q10 securely and prevents unwanted damage. List Price: $29.99   Today Only: $16.95 Learn More...

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From the forums: The Z15 concept slider

Q15 Slider Concept

BlackBerry concept time once again and this one is brought to us by CrackBerry forum member D_Gui who also gave us the recent Q15 compact concept that understandably had mixed views. This one certainly looks my cup of tea, although I'm not sure we need the screen to rotate, plus it would add to costs and potentially be something that could malfunction. That said, I'm loving the concept forum...

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BBM Channels

For us folk on team BlackBerry having BBM Channels isn't a new concept, but for our friends on iOS and Android it's still pretty fresh for them. We posted recently that the likes of Coke and the Olympic channels had seen a big increase in subscribers since Channels was introduced to iOS and Android in BBM 2.0 and that's great news. When BBM rolls out to Windows Phone and the forthcoming Nokia X...

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Dave Hopkinson CCO at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Powered by BlackBerry

Dave Hopkinson is the CCO at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and due to that job, he's a busy fellow with needs for a device with a long lasting battery. In his case, that would be a BlackBerry Z30. A new BlackBerry ad featuring him has now landed on the official BlackBerry YouTube page and this time around, it's featuring the kinda new for a video ad slogan "Powered by BlackBerry"....

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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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