I love Story Maker on BlackBerry 10! Have you put it to use yet?

I love Story Maker on BlackBerry 10! Have you put it to use yet?

I'll be on honest. Before June 1st, I had never really used the Story Maker app on BlackBerry 10. That's not to say I had never opened the app before. I absolutely became familiar with Story Maker when BB10 launched. I made a few quick throw away videos from clips and photos on my phone, just so I knew how it all worked, and I've spent some time in the app since monkeying around with it so if...

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Should BlackBerry bring back Unite as a multi-platform management tool?

Parental Controls

Several years ago BlackBerry started a secret project to bring BES-like features to families. This was way back when the iPhone didn't even have copy and paste yet, the iPad didn't exist and Android had next to no market share. BlackBerry was still king of the smartphone world so the idea of going cross-platform wasn't terribly important yet. BlackBerry Unite offered families a way to install...

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Deal of the Day: CrackBerry Book Case for BlackBerry Z10

Deal of the Day: CrackBerry Book Case for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, purchase the CrackBerry Book Case for BlackBerry Z10 and save 50% off the list price! Made from quality, durable leather, the CrackBerry Book Case fits your BlackBerry Z10 perfectly to bring you complete protection against drops and scratches while offering easy-to-use pockets for storing credit cards, business cards or money. The case even features a strong magnetic closure...

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Get Instagram 6.0.1 on your BlackBerry right now!

Instagram Update

It may be an Android app and not available in BlackBerry World, but that doesn't stop us BlackBerry 10 folk from using it. Instagram has been updated to include a bunch of new photo editing tools and enhancements which you can download from the Android app store of your choice. I'm a big fan of using Snap for my Android apps and this new version is there waiting for you to download. You'll...

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QNX announces improvements to its in-car hands-free systems

QNX Mercedes

Following the announcement of a new in-car operating system, QNX has also introduced the newest version of its Acoustics for Voice system that handles hands-free communications. Version 3.0 has been made official at the Detroit Telematics conference and adds improvements to echo cancellation, noise reduction, adaptive equalization, automatic gain control and more. Our cars are fast becoming...

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Bargain alert - BlackBerry Q5 only £99.99 on Pay As You Go from O2 UK!

Q5

If you're looking to pick up a new BlackBerry 10 device in the UK you may well want to consider hitting up the O2 website. They have very generously reduced the price of the BlackBerry Q5 to just £99.99 on Pay As You Go - which is an absolute bargain! Now clearly the Q5 is the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to BlackBerry 10 specs, but it still does an awesome job for you hardware...

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QNX announces new safety focused Automotive operating system

QNX

BlackBerry owned QNX has today announced a brand new operating system for the car with with a distinct focus on safety behind the wheel. The QNX® OS for Automotive Safety 1.0 will provide the groundwork for such in-car technology as digital instrument clusters, head-up displays and advanced driver assistance systems. The QNX OS for Automotive Safety – rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it –...

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BlackBerry 10 users have downloaded 2.5 Million Android apps thanks to Snap

I went through the process of wiping my device tonight and due to that, I had to download Snap once again. At the time I did it, the Red Light of Love site was down and all that was coming up for me was cached pages. In those cached pages, I noticed an announcement James Muir, Developer of Snap had made. According to his stats available through Snap, the app that lets BlackBerry 10 users...

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#MobileFit Month Kickoff Show!

#MobileFit Month Kickoff Show!

This week the Connectedly show was highjacked in honor of #MobileFit month here at Mobile Nations. We're going healthy for the month of June, and we're getting things started with this kickoff show. I was joined by Kevin, Phil and Sam for this episode where we talked all about #MobileFit month, Fitbit and some of what you'll be seeing from the Mobile Nations sites in the coming weeks. There...

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PGpgp adds encryption for multiple recipients, additional translations and UI improvements

As a BlackBerry user, one vital concern is security when sending emails. Not too long ago, we told you about an application called PGpgp which allows you to exchange encrypted messages with your recipients or decrypt messages addressed to you. It involves creating and storing public and private keys that are not accessible by other application. The developer dropped a line that there have been...

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BBM for iOS gets updated - makes signing up easier and adds new emoticons

BBM iOS

We knew that BBM for iOS would be updated soon and the new version has indeed dropped (version 2.2.0.19), so make sure you tell your buddies who use an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to communicate. What's nice to see here is that the initial sign up process has been made easier - something that many users have complained about since BBM went cross platform. As you'll see below there are also a...

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Sprint store sign

Normally the offer is off the table the instant you walk out the door with your new phone, but for the month of June any customer on Sprint will be able walk back in that door of no return and purchase insurance for their device. The offer doesn't change the price or service at all — it's still $11-a-month for the Ausurion-provided loss/theft/damage replacement, or $13/month for Total Equipment...

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Rogers and Vodafone strike up 4G roaming agreement

Vodafone

Canadian service provider Rogers has struck up an exclusive agreement with multinational giant Vodafone for 4G roaming. Whether or not that means LTE or HSPA+ is anybody's guess. The deal will also connect Rogers to equipment providers that regularly work with Vodafone to help build out the Canadian network. Vodafone regularly makes these kinds of arrangements through their Partner Market...

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ShopBlackBerry and BlackBerry World need affiliate programs

BlackBerry World

My recent editorial on BlackBerry app developer revenue being down has sparked a lot of great discussion among developers in the community. Among the suggested solutions we outlined of things BlackBerry could do for BlackBerry app developers to make more money, there is unanimous agreement that BlackBerry selling more phones would help the most. Expanding on this point, I received an email...

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Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) for BlackBerry Z10

Deal of the Day: Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, purchase the Seidio SURFACE Case (with kickstand) for BlackBerry Z10 and get 52% off the list price! This hard case protects your BlackBerry Z10 from scratches and drops while adding minimal bulk and convenient viewing with its built-in kickstand. Durable plastic is accompanied by our soft-touch coating, which enhances the look of your device without attracting lint. List...

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Assistive tech and fitness: We're not quite there yet

The original Assistive Tech

There's a major niche for fitness products that is mostly untapped — for now As you will see during Fitness Month here on Mobile Nations, there is a wide array of cool and connected gadgets to help you get fit or stay fit. Bracelets, bands and clips that communicate with smartphones to tell you how far you've walked, how fast you did it, and how healthy it makes you come from plenty of...

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WhatsApp CEO mocks Apple for copying WhatsApp features in iOS 8; clearly forgets he systematically ripped off BBM feature by feature

Having followed the mobile game for a longgggg time now, it's very clear that everybody copies everybody. Yes, some borrow more than others. And some do it quietly, while others get on stage and take credit for inventing features that have been around elsewhere for years. Yesterday at Apple's WWDC conference, Tim Cook and his team got on stage and announced a bunch of new features in iOS 8....

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BlackBerry World has some pretty awesome movies on sale at silly prices

BlackBerry World Movies

We've seen movies getting price reductions a few times in BlackBerry World, but I was having a quick look through this week and noticed that for just £0.79 there are some real gems on offer. I tend not to watch many movies myself on my BlackBerry, but maybe that's as I use the Q10 as my primary device. But for you all touch BlackBerry 10 users you may well want to take advantage of these...

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BlackBerry World vendor portal changes coming soon

BlackBerry World vendor portal changes coming soon

Although this doesn't really apply to end-users, it's certainly going to appeal to BlackBerry developers. Over the past few weeks, BlackBerry has been beta testing a new a version of the BlackBerry Vendor Portal. Beta invitations are still being rolled out, so you can keep checking your email to see if you've been invited. If you've not been invited as of yet, here's what you can expect....

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A look at what Apple came up with, borrowed, stole and re-invented for iOS 8

I missed out on iMore's WWDC live blog, so I'm just getting caught up on it all now. As expected, Apple went ahead and announced iOS 8 which promises to bring a ton of changes to the platform for both customers and developers and, like always with Apple, it's being touted as 'the biggest iOS release ever' — but Apple never had time to talk about them all. Only the key features were brought up...

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