Keyboards

With us know knowing that the next BlackBerry 10 hardware keyboard flagship device (the Q20/BlackBerry Classic) will see the return of the trackpad and function keys I was intrigued to discover if the news could indeed bring 'all touch' BlackBerry users back to their roots and switching over to a hardware keyboard.  From my perspective it's a hard one to call. One the one hand I suspect that...

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It’s a moon shot, but could eBBM ever lead to global IM dominance for BlackBerry?

BlackBerry is moving fast under the leadership of John Chen. I’ve never seen the company make as many changes as it has in the last few months. Not even close. I don’t think I’m alone in saying this has turned me into a big fan of Chen. One of these changes has been to place the BBM leadership in the hands of the enterprise team led by John Sims. Not even a week after I wrote an article...

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More mocks, memes and an improved UI arrive in the latest MockIt! beta update

MockIt! users, you have an update. The first non-BlackBerry built app that made its way into BlackBerry Beta Zone has been updated to Beta 3. In this MockIt! update there are more mocks available, as well as memes. You'll also find some UI changes and a new icon. There is also the introduction of favorites where you can sticky any memes or mocks to make them easier to find and use. Other...

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CrackBerry Asks: Would you want a dark-themed Hub?

CrackBerry Asks: Would you want a dark-themed Hub?

The dark theme / light theme debate has been ongoing for quite a while. As soon as the BlackBerry Q10 was released, Z10 owners were screaming to get some dark theme action as well. Then when an OS update took the dark theme away, Q10 users yelled that they wanted it back. So ultimately BlackBerry made the choice to give users the option to choose between the light or dark theme in apps like the...

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U.S. House passes bill to lift block on cellphone unlocking

BlackBerry Z10 SIM slot

Since the end of January it's been technically illegal to unlock the SIM card slot of your phone in the United States. Luckily, a bill passed through the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday with a vote of 295 - 114 that would make it legal again. Though the bill in question would repeal many of the limits placed on phone unlocking, the bill's author would like it to keep bulk mobile phone...

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Why is BlackBerry bringing the trackpad back?

Why is BlackBerry bringing the trackpad back?

This week, during MWC in Barcelona, BlackBerry announced that we’ll soon see the return of the famous optical trackpad that so many of us loved prior to the launch of BlackBerry 10. I’m among the trackpad loving crowd, and I’m reminded of this every time I try to move the cursor around my screen to edit text on any of today’s typical touchscreen devices. Last April I took a mini-rant to...

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AT&T lights up LTE in 12 markets across the nation, brings 4G to coverage to 300,000 more

The build-outs of the LTE networks of AT&T and Verizon in the United States have hit the point where they're covering smaller cities in 4G radio signals. In fact, just today Ma Bell announced that they're flipping the switch to turn on AT&T LTE coverage in 12 municipalities around the United States, though the largest in this batch is Bismark, North Dakota, population: 65,000. There...

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q10

Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q10

For today only, you can purchase the BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q10 and save 55% off the list price! The BlackBerry Flip Shell case offers full protection around your BlackBerry Q10 in a durable, lightweight shell made from hand-crafted, genuine leather. The front of the case flips down, exposing the screen and keyboard of your Q10. The message notification light is visible through the...

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CrackBerry's 7th Birthday Contest!

CrackBerry's 7th Birthday Contest!

It's our 7th birthday and we're celebrating in grand fashion. In years past we've gone pretty crazy giving away the goods in birthday contests, and this year is no exception. This time though, we're changing things up a bit. Instead of offering up cool BlackBerry prizes (since you're all rocking new BlackBerry 10 phones already), we're giving away some awesome stuff you can use with your...

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Happy 7th Birthday CrackBerry Nation!!!!!!!

Happy 7th Birthday CrackBerry Nation!!!!!!!

It's amazing how time flies when you're having fun! It was SEVEN YEARS AGO TODAY that we fired off our Hello World press release and officially opened up CrackBerry.com for business. What a wild ride it's been. Looking back, we've been there through BlackBerry's best of times, worst of times and everything in between. And with a new CEO at the helm of the company and a refined vision for...

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BlackBerry Bridge updated with bug fixes for issues encountered by some

If you're a BlackBerry PlayBook user and you use the BlackBerry Bridge app, this post is for you. Just a little heads up that a minor update is available. There isn't much, just a little bug fix but it does show that the BlackBerry Bridge app is still continually being worked on, which I'm pretty glad to see. I still use my PlayBook everyday. Mainly for reading but also for watching movies and...

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Slider concept

We've had some pretty sweet news on the BlackBerry front this week thanks to Mobile World Congress where the BlackBerry Z3 and Q20 were confirmed. As I'm sure you are aware - the Z3 is an all touch budget device, whereas the Q20 will be a flagship hardware keyboard handset featuring the return of the trackpad and 'toolbelt'.  Over in the CrackBerry forums another concept has been created,...

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How to get your BlackBerry 10 smartphone to read BBM messages to you

BBM car

We've had voice services built into BlackBerry 10 since day one, although they are quite limited in comparison to the likes of other mobile platforms. In fact, using voice services when I'm in the car is something I very rarely do as for emails and SMS I use a third party app - SafeDrive.  However, if you do get a BBM whist you are driving and you don't want to take your eyes of the road,...

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There will be many BlackBerry "Classic" models like the Q20

There will be many BlackBerry "Classic" models like the Q20

Following BlackBerry's Mobile World Congress Press Conference, I had the chance to sit down with the company's VP of Global Product Management, Francois Mahieu. Francois has a broad range of responsibilities at BlackBerry related to bringing new devices to market and we had a delightful conversation of which I'll be following up with more details. While I work on that longer interview piece, I...

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BlackBerry Z10's and Q10's return to T-Mobile's online store

BlackBerry Z10's and Q10's return to T-Mobile's online store

While the debate about whether or not T-Mobile's deal for BlackBerry customers is a good one or not rages on, another point of frustration with T-Mobile has been resolved. Previously T-Mobile removed the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 from their site, leaving only a BBOS BlackBerry Curve and refurbished Q10's as options for BlackBerry customers. Now, the Z10 and the Q10 have been placed back...

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MWC 2014: Mobile Nations Podcast wrap-up!

MWC 2014: Mobile Nations Podcast wrap-up!

Mobile World Congress 2014 is over and we're wrapping it up in full-on Mobile Nations style! Join Phil Nickinson, Alex Dobie, and Andrew Martonik of Android Central, Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry, Daniel Rubino of Windows Phone Central, and Richard Devine of iMore as they talk EVERYTHING Samsung, Android, Nokia, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and more! You can listen below in your browser or grab...

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Drake still loves his BlackBerry, prime example of someone who could use a BlackBerry Q20?

While many folks in the CrackBerry Forums are debating whether or not bringing back the BlackBerry belt of keys on the BlackBerry Q20 is a good idea or not, many folks like Drake for example are still out there rocking such devices as a BlackBerry Bold 9900. Now, we're not really sure of Champagnepapi's reasoning for still using a BlackBerry Bold 9900 but we do know, without a doubt, he...

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BlackBerry CEO, John Chen on Facebook's WhatsApp purchase and what he would sell BBM for

As expected, BlackBerry CEO, John Chen has been busy at Mobile World Congress this week talking with the press and hosting meetings surrounding the future of BlackBerry. Speaking to CNBC, Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp and the valuation of other messaging services came up and John Chen offered up his thoughts on the matter and whether or not he would sell off the BBM if the opportunity...

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Flappy Herbie makes his way to the BlackBerry PlayBook

Flappy Herbie PlayBook

For you folk that are still rocking a BlackBerry PlayBook you may well want to grab some flappy action thanks to Flappy Herbie Saga: Trolls Of The Forest. We recently announced that the Flappy Birds spin off was available for BlackBerry 10 and it has now made its way over to the BlackBerry tablet.  Priced at £1.50/$1.99 it's a bit more pricey than the free version on BlackBerry 10, but for...

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AT&T rolls out unlimited international messaging for texts, pictures, and video

If you happen to be on one of AT&T's Mobile Share plans and have friends, relatives, acquaintances, coworkers, or just people you want to message with that happen to live outside of the United States, then we've got good news: AT&T is making international messaging free on February 28th. In addition to the free messaging, AT&T is rolling out reduced international calling rates. The...

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