CrackBerry Asks: Would you like to see HERE Drive+ come to BlackBerry 10?

HERE Drive+

Now that Nokia are jumping on the BBM bandwagon with both Windows Phone and their freshly announced X platform I was wondering what other applications BlackBerry and Nokia may be keen to share in the future.  The first to spring to mind was HERE Drive+ which initially was only available on Nokia's own Lumia devices, but eventually rolled out to all Windows Phones. Sure, we have BlackBerry...

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How to use NFC on BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

NFC 10.2.1

File sharing via NFC is nothing new for BlackBerry 10 users, although from my experience it's not used nearly as much as it should be. There isn't an easier way to share something with a friend - as long as they have a smartphone with NFC. Fortunately, all BlackBerry 10 devices have NFC - unlike a few competitors that still seem to be lagging behind on that front.  I suppose one of the most...

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Dear Berry: How do I restore a backup after downgrading my OS?

Dear Berry: How do I restore a backup after downgrading my OS?

Hello again readers! Dear Berry is here once again with a mailbag full of BlackBerry questions and woes. Today's question comes from a reader who asks: I'm having an issue with the new OS leak so I  downgraded back to my carrier's stock OS. BlackBerry Link is giving me an error message that it cannot restore data as the backup was created with a higher version of the OS. Can you please help...

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

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

For today only, purchase the Seidio ACTIVE Case (with kickstand) for BlackBerry Z10 and save 49% off the list price! The ACTIVE Case provides great shock and impact absorption while adding minimal bulk to your BlackBerry Z10. This two-layer case features a compact and lightweight rubber polymer with a precisely positioned hard skeleton for added protection. List Price: $34.95   Today Only: $...

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Get back up and running with Couch 2AnyK Pro

Get back up and running with Couch 2AnyK Pro

Running -- something I used to do a lot of when I was younger. I even used to compete when I was in school, but as I grew older sports slowly started to be non-existent in my life. Now, I'm at the point in my life where I want to try to stay in shape as I'm sure a lot of other people do. It's not always easy and we're seeing technology try to help get us back into shape too. Apart from the...

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Tango Messenger comes to BlackBerry 10

Tango

On the off chance you want another instant messaging client to add to your list - Tango Messenger is now available in BlackBerry World for all touch BlackBerry 10 devices at the time of release. The cross platform messaging app is an Android port and honestly speaking, after testing it isn't great - especially when compared to the likes of BBM and Whatsapp.  That said, if you have friends...

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How to quickly access Device Monitor with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

Device Monitor

The Device Monitor which is built into BlackBerry 10 is a valid source of information when it comes to viewing how your BlackBerry is performing. With instant access to Battery Performance, CPU, Memory and Storage - seeing what apps are using up the most space or battery can be just a swipe and a tap away.  The easiest and quickest way to access the Device Monitor is to add it to your Quick...

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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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