CrackBerry Asks: How happy are you with the BlackBerry Assistant?

How happy are you with the BlackBerry Assistant?

If you've been lucky enough to get hold of a BlackBerry Passport, Classic or a leaked version of BlackBerry OS 10.3 you would have been able to make use of the BlackBerry Assistant, which is so much better than it used to be. For non-10.3 users, you'll still be itching to use the new assistant, but your needs should hopefully, be fulfilled soon. In the meantime, I was wondering how happy...

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Even the police feel over-charged by Rogers

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If you think you're dishing out too much to service provider Rogers, you'd be in the same boat as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Newly discovered documents have revealed that as of August 1, Rogers had imposed a new set of fees on police divisions seeking data about their service subscribers. Though many of these requests were processed for free according to Rogers, some required a "minimal...

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BlackBerry 10 device simulators updated to 10.3.1.2072

BlackBerry 10 device simulators updated to 10.3.1.2072

A little something for BlackBerry developers. If you head over to the BlackBerry developer site, you'll find a new batch of device simulators available for download. The last release shows them as running v10.3.1.2072 which should help with testing out any apps you're working on. As always, they're available for Window, Mac and Linux via VMWare images. There is no notable changes or fixes...

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BlackBerry Classic now available in the UK from O2

BlackBerry Classic now available in the UK from O2

While there's already several options for picking up a BlackBerry Classic in the UK such as through Carphone Warehouse, Selfridges, Amazon and ShopBlackBerry, O2 is now offering the device as well. Previously listed as coming soon, the BlackBerry Classic can now be purchased through the O2 website with free next day delivery when you order by 10pm and pricing starts at $0 for depending on...

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How would you improve BBM Channels?

How would you improve BBM Channels?

During CES 2015, BlackBerry decided to go ahead and share some hard numbers surrounding BBM and how it's performing. Taking a look back at the numbers, it's easy to see there were some 'wins' there for BlackBerry and the platform. They showed growth across the board with over 140 million new registrations to BBM from iPhone and Android devices, 70% of users being active daily, and the BBM Shop...

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BlackBerry Classic now available from B&H

BlackBerry Classic now available from B&H

Although B&H Photo and Video might not be the first place you think of when looking to purchase a BlackBerry Classic, they've now added the device to their offerings and you can order one directly through their website or if you live in New York, you can pick up the device in person. Pricing at B&H falls in line with other retailers including ShopBlackBerry with it being set at $449...

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The Amzer Pudding TPU case is a slim profile skin case for your BlackBerry Passport

Leather flip cases are all good and well for some people. However, we all have different tastes and I have skin case for review for those who like such cases. I tried the OEM Hard Shell for the BlackBerry Passport but since that only really covers up the corners of the device, I decided to look elsewhere. That's when I came across the Amzer Pudding TPU case. It's a skin case that slips on...

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ReadItNow! updated to bring Hub Browser support, new themes and more

ReadItNow! updated to bring Hub Browser support, new themes and more

For those who use ReadItNow! this is for you. The app has received another update. An update with quite a lot of new features too, as well as fixes, which are always welcome. I really love to see developers constantly update and improve their apps and taking on user feedback. ReadItNow! is one of my most used apps and so I am very thankful to see it constantly updated. If you don't know...

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You can now get a BlackBerry Passport in gold, platinum or rose gold

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Have some money to burn in your pockets and want to get your hands on a BlackBerry Passport in gold, platinum or rose gold? If so, the folks at Gold Genie are willing to help out. They're now taking orders for your choice of BlackBerry Passport with prices ranging from $1,893.83 USD to $2,020.26 USD. Luxury retailers have seemingly been loving the latest batch of BlackBerry devices as...

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UK Prime Minister wants to ban encrypted messaging apps

UK Prime Minister wants to ban encrypted messaging apps

In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in France, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has come out in support of banning encrypted messaging apps. According to a new report, Cameron alluded that he would be for banning encrypted communication apps, which could include BBM, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, among others. From The Independent: The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the...

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - CES

BerryFlow Upstream - CES

For those unfamiliar, Upstream is recurring BlackBerry focused podcast that aims to cover a week's worth of news within one session held by the folks over at BerryFlow every Sunday. Last night, I hopped on to discuss some of the recent announcements coming from QNX and BlackBerry at CES and considering we haven't done a CrackBerry podcast in a while, it only seemed fitting that I post Upstream...

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For you BlackBerry 10 users that use BeWeather 10 Pro for getting current conditions, forecasts and more, you'll want to keep an eye on BlackBerry World as there's an update rolling out. Version 2.1.52 1871 is the latest update and as you'll see below the new features are very much geared towards the BlackBerry Classic and OS 10.3.1. That said, if you're like me and not rocking the Classic...

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BlackBerry Z10 flip shell cases are only $14.95 today while supplies last!

BlackBerry Z10 flip shell cases are only $14.95 today while supplies last!

When this OEM case is closed, the flip closure and hard shell protect the back and sides of your BlackBerry Z10 as well as the display, while automatically dimming your screen to help preserve power. Fold the flip back and sit your device at one of two angles to enjoy your favorite media! Get yours in black or white today and save 57%

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Have you got the skills to conquer the Impossible Road? Free today from Amazon UK

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For you BlackBerry 10 users that like to game, Amazon are giving away Impossible Road (as their 'free app of the day'), which is certain to test your reflexes. The way this one works is that you control a 'ball' or sorts which you need to guide along the rollercoaster style course without coming off the track. Of course, this is not easy as the name suggests. There's only two controls - a...

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I recently threw out the question to you BlackBerry Passport owners of 'How do you scroll', as over the past few months I've found myself using the Passport's display to scroll rather than utilizing the magical powers that are in the hardware keyboard, which also allows for scrolling. It's pretty clear from the poll results that I'm in the minority as only 17% of voters said that they too...

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In this day and age getting hold of the ringtones you want is normally nothing more than a Google search away, so bear with me with this one, as it's actually pretty sweet. Ringtones for BlackBerry 10 is certainly not revolutionary, but its content is top notch and what you get (and for free) are 148 tones you can easily download and then use for whatever purpose you wish on your BlackBerry...

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The Stilgut Leather Flip Case is an elegant way to carry your BlackBerry Passport in

I'm quite partial to leather flip cases on my BlackBerry 10 smartphones, ever since I got a red one for the BlackBerry Z10. Back in November 2014, I reviewed the OEM leather flip case for the BlackBerry Passport and while it was pretty good quality and well made, there were more negatives for me and so I looked around for an alternative leather flip case. Many had suggested the Stilgut Leather...

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Crossy Road has been available for iOS devices for a couple of months now and it's been a massive hit. It recently also launched on Android and within just a day or so it then showed up in the Snap store where we can get it onto our BlackBerry 10 devices. The concept of the game isn't really a new one, but the developers have done a glorious job with the colorful blocky graphics and smooth...

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AT&T files motion to dismiss FTC's data throttling suit, invokes common carrier status

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Late last year, the FTC filed a lawsuit against AT&T, stating that the carrier was throttling data for users on unlimited plans, a practice that has allegedly been going on since 2011. AT&T is now looking to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by invoking the Tier II "common carrier" clause, which exempts the carrier from FTC's jurisdiction and places it under the purview of the FCC...

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