Using Device Monitor with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

Using Device Monitor with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

A really neat and useful feature that has been added to the BlackBerry 10 platform is Device Monitor. We saw it emerge in BlackBerry 10.2 but it wasn't really useful until OS 10.2.1. It allows you to take a deeper look at your usage and monitor which apps are using the most battery life as well as resources. What is great about Device Monitor is that it is built in. No longer do you need a...

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Telegram

Another cross platform instant messaging client has made its way over to BlackBerry 10 - this time in the form of Telegram. Unfortunately, it isn't native, but an Android port, although after testing it out it seems to work very well.  Much like Whatsapp, Telegram uses your phone number to register and then shows you other contacts in your address book that also have the app installed. In...

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It's birthday time in India so the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 get a price drop

It's birthday time in India so the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 get a price drop

Just a quick heads up for you folk in India that may be looking to pick up a BlackBerry 10 device - the Z10 and Q10 have been reduced in price. This is to celebrate BlackBerry being in India for 10 years and sees the Z10 price drop to Rs.17,990 and the Q10 Rs.32,990. On a personal note - it still bugs me that there is such a big difference in price between the Z10 and Q10. I know that the...

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If your BlackBerry 10 device is with Three UK you'll now be on a 4G plan

Three

If you're a BlackBerry 10 user on the UK network Three you'll be pleased to hear that all users have automatically been switched to a 4G plan. What makes Three unique compared with other UK carriers is that they are not charging any extra for the privilidge - something they promised right from the start.  Of course, their 4G coverage is limited at the moment with it only being in place in 36...

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Dropbox's new arbitration clause takes away your right to sue — so take it back!

Popular online storage app Dropbox has updated their terms of service (ToS) and that includes a new clause that would have any disputes setlled by an arbiter of their choosing. That means, if your privacy is ever violated, your data ever damaged, or anything goes wrong in any way at any point in time, you won't be able to sue either directly or as part of a class action. And that may not be a...

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Koodo offering the Blackberry Q5 for $150 outright

Koodo offering the Blackberry Q5 for $150 outright

If you live in Canada and are looking to move into a new BlackBerry 10 device but don't have a lot of cash to throw around, the fine folks at Koodo may have just what you're looking for. Right now, on their website and in-store you can pick up a BlackBerry Q5 for only $150 outright or $0 if you actually want a plan with their Tab option. For comparison sake, the parent company of Koodo, TELUS ...

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BlackBerry CEO says Good is not good enough when it comes to security

BlackBerry National Security

BlackBerry CEO John Chen stood fast against claims from competitor Good Technology that customers were seeking them because BlackBerry couldn't handle multiple platforms. As most folks around CrackBerry will be eager to point out, BlackBerry's been doing that for awhile, and Chen reiterated the fact in a recent blog post. "BlackBerry has provided multi-platform OS management for nearly 2 years...

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Next BBM update will bring photo sharing in multi-person chats, bigger emoticons and the ability to send larger files

The BBM team is on a roll cranking out the updates and today BlackBerry gave word that the next big one will have some long-awaited features as well. While there's no official date for the next update, it is definitely something to look forward to. It will bring along the ability to share photos in multi-person chats, larger emoticons and most importantly, the ability to share files up to 16MB...

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Reminder: Enter CrackBerry's 7th Birthday Contest for a chance to win amazing prizes!

Just a friendly reminder that if you have yet to do so, you can still enter our 7th birthday contest for a chance to win some really awesome prizes. They're not strictly BlackBerry prizes this time around either — we're going BIG and offering up some of the toys that we love the most so that you can love them too! Here's what you can win: Nest Learning Thermostat Jaybirds Bluebuds X Pebble...

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Press Release: Odebrecht Purchasing 3500 BlackBerry 10 Smartphones for Operations in Brazil

The Brazilian company Odebrecht has just announced that they wil be purchasing 3,500 BlackBerry 10 devices to deploy in their organization along with BES10. Odebrecht will be purchasing a mix of Z10 and Q5 models during the first year of their contract. Odebrecht CIO Andre Schneiter cites the security features of both BlackBerry 10 and BES10 and one of the biggest deciding factors, and also...

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BlackBerry 10 Review - 2014 Edition

BlackBerry 10.2.1

When BlackBerry 10 was first introduced on the BlackBerry Z10, there were some noticeable things missing that just should have been there from the start. For longtime BlackBerry users moving from BlackBerry OS 7 to BlackBerry 10, some big functions seem to have been kicked to the curb — including (but not limited to) bedside mode, custom notifications for contacts, level 1 notifications, and...

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Deal of the Day: MYBAT Hard Shell Case for BlackBerry Q10

Deal of the Day: MYBAT Hard Shell Case for BlackBerry Q10

For today only, purchase the MYBAT Hard Shell Case for BlackBerry Q10 and save 80% off the list price! Help keep your BlackBerry Q10 protected with this hard case while not sacrificing the slim look of the device. This durable, polycarbonate case is designed specifically for the Q10, features a soft-touch finish and has cut outs for all of the devices features. List Price: $19.95   Today Only...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for February 28, 2014

BlackBerry App Roundup for February 28, 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. Popup for SMS by GreenSky For those...

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BlackBerry Q5 in white only £100 from Carphone Warehouse

BlackBerry Q5 in white only £100 from Carphone Warehouse

More great bargains for the people of the U.K. We've already seen Vodafone offer the BlackBerry Curve 9320 for a low price, now, Carphone Warehouse is getting in on bargain deals with the BlackBerry Q5. Right now you can get white Q5 for as little as £99.95, SIM free. Not bad at all. Carphone Warehouse also stock the red version but that is still priced at £239.95. Even so, I quite like the...

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Grab a BlackBerry Curve 9320 for only £70 this weekend from Vodafone UK

If you're in the U.K. and you're looking for a BlackBerry bargain, you should maybe check out Vodafone. For this weekend only, they are offering the BlackBerry Curve 9320 in white for only £70. Sure, it's not BlackBerry 10 but there are still many legacy users out there and the Curve 9320 is a great little device with the 'classic' design.  At the time of purchase you'll need to top-up £10 on...

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Sportrate Fitness Tracker gets updated with heart monitor features plus more

Sportrate for BlackBerry 10

You may remember that in late 2013 we brought you a quick video review of Sportrate Fitness Tracker for BlackBerry 10. The developer has been hard at work and today sees an update drop for you folk that like to keep an eye on your exercise routines.  There's both a free and a pro version of the app so testing it out won't cost you a penny - and it's pretty darn sweet in my opinion. For you...

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How to enable Bedside Mode with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

Clock

Having Bedside Mode on a BlackBerry is certainly nothing new. With the introduction of BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 we did get a quicker way of accessing the feature if it's one you use when you retire for the night.  One way to reach it is just the same as it's always been with BlackBerry 10 and that's to open up the clock app and drag down from the top bezel. You'll then be given the option to...

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6MB file size transfer limit over BBM to be addressed in next version

Here's a nice piece of news for those of you out there frustrated with the file size transfer limit being set at 6MB over BBM. In discussions with Jeff Gadway, part the BBM Product Marketing team, he let it be known that the BBM team has heard customers loud and clear and are looking to adjust or remove the limit with the next version of BBM. Hey @Bla1ze @thelink74 happy to say we're...

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Fend off enemies and save your town in Bardbarian for BlackBerry 10

Bardbarian is the latest game from TreeFortress, a small team of game devs based out of Edmonton, Canada whose goal is simple. Make cool games and have fun doing it! Their first release Bardbarian, landed on iOS and the Amazon app store not long ago but they've now gone ahead and released it for BlackBerry 10 as well. You play as Brad the barbarian, who is awoken to the sounds of his town...

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Ford hasn't decided on QNX for future Sync sytems just yet

Ford hasn't decided on QNX for future Sync sytems just yet

Although there has been plenty of talk surrounding Ford and their possible ousting of Microsoft for QNX in their next-generation Sync systems, Fords managing director Pin van der Jagt has now stated the rumors are not entirely accurate, although Ford is looking towards other vendors for the system as part of normal business operations. Sync 1 and 2 was done with Microsoft but we are not...

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