From the Editor's Desk: Passport and onward!

From the Editor's Desk: Passport and onward!

We're almost at the end of September and, as I noted at the end of August, it was a month many of us were looking forward to. For most, it was due to the BlackBerry Passport being launched, but aside from that there were plenty of other nice surprises this month as well and really, the fun has only just begun. Let's take a quick look at what happened this month. Porsche Design P'9983 launch...

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Thank You BlackBerry for making email triage on 10.3 faster than iOS and Android

Email Triage!

Seven months ago I went went on a podcast rant and wrote an editorial here complaining about the "email triage" experience on BlackBerry 10. My issue? It was too damn slow. From the inbox, deleting or archiving a single email was a painful process. Unlike Android or iOS, where I could swipe left on a message to quickly take action on it, on BB10 I had to tap and hold on a single message, wait...

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Weekend Coder: Passport developing considerations

Weekend Coder: Passport developing considerations

Even though we've had a square screen to develop on with Q10/5 and a big screen to work with on Z10/30/3, the Passport now brings us a combination of big and square. From an app developing point of view this may present some challenges but also brings opportunities for new UI/UX designs that just aren't possible on current devices. Before I go into the developing side, I'd like to share a...

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Take pictures like a pro with Camera++, 200 free copies available

Take pictures like a pro with Camera++, 200 free copies available

Not to sound like a broken record, but my BlackBerry serves as my primary camera. No matter where I am or what may be going on around me, it is always there to grab the planned or impromptu shot to document the events in my life. While there is no shortage of photography applications available, I am a strong believer in always having options. Designed by the same team behind Effetica, Camera++...

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Beta testers wanted for third party Twitch app Blink

Beta testers wanted for third party Twitch app Blink

We learned back in August 2013 that a third party Twitch app would be coming to BlackBerry 10. The developer has been working hard since then and has now reached the stage where beta testers are wanted to put the app through its paces. If you don't know what Twitch is all about, it is a service aimed at the gaming community. It allows gamers to broadcast their gameplay to the world. As a...

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Get this shell and holster combo for BlackBerry Z10 on sale today for $9.95!

Get this shell and holster combo for BlackBerry Z10 on sale today for $9.95!

This case and holster combo for the BlackBerry 10 features a textured exterior for an enhanced grip along with a durable rotating clip to attach to your belt, pocket or purse. Choose between black or white models and save 50% off the list price today!

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Access the internet directly from the Hub with Hub Browser

Access the internet directly from the Hub with Hub Browser

Since the release of BlackBerry 10, one of the features I utilize the most on a day-to-day basis is the Hub. It is the quintessential feature in my book as it allows easy access to all my accounts without having to switch screens or jump through various menus. As we are all aware, this practical feature makes life simpler so that I can be more productive and get things done faster. Tundra Core...

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AT&T offering double data on Mobile Share plans for a limited time

AT&T offering double data on Mobile Share plans for a limited time

Are you a heavy data user? If so, AT&T is hoping you'll look their way and consider their latest promotion. For a limited time, they're doubling up the data offered on their Mobile Share value plans. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, AT&T is offering new promotional Mobile Share Value plans that include double the amount of data offered on Mobile Share Value plans with 15GB to 50 GB of...

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BlackBerry App Roundup for September 27, 2014

BlackBerry App Roundup for September 27, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! I probably do not have to recap the week for you but if you happened to miss it (and I say if because our eyes were all glued to the live feed on Wednesday) the BlackBerry Passport is finally here. At this very moment, mine is in on the delivery truck and there are no words to express my excitement. That being said, I highly recommend, rather sternly suggest, you all...

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Dust off your Jet Ski and get Riptide GP2 for free - today only

Riptide GP 2

Riptide is a classic jet ski racing game on all major mobile platforms - BlackBerry 10 included. We first took a look at it on video back in February 2013 and the game still remains on my BlackBerry for when I have the urge. Amazon have selected the sequel as their 'free app of the day' which I was rather excited to see. I loaded the game up on my BlackBerry Z30 and swiftly took to the water...

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BlackBerry Passport now officially available in Singapore

BlackBerry Passport now officially available in Singapore

If you've been waiting for the BlackBerry Passport to arrive in Singapore, your wait is over. The device has now been officially launched and is available for purchase across several of BlackBerry's authorized carriers such as M1, Singtel and StarHub. Pricing and special offers vary across retailers. Cameron Vernest, Managing Director of Singapore at BlackBerry said, "This is definitely a...

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Back once again with more free copies - Grid for BlackBerry 10

Grid

This isn't the first time we've given away some free copies of the BlackBerry 10 game Grid. However, the first time around it was only 100 copies whereas now we have a whopping 1500 free copies up for grabs. Have a look and see if it's a game for you! Grid is a simple, single player card game. Incredibly easy to play, hard to beat, and even harder to master. The point of grid is simple:...

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European ruling opens up the cabin for in-flight phone calls, Internet access

Airplane mode no longer required on flights in Europe thanks to new EASA ruling

Through a new decision made by the European Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, the doors may be opening up to in-flight phone calls, emails, and streaming video on a flight in Europe in the future. Though EASA had allowed the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) on flights in airplane mode last year, the new ruling on Friday would allow these devices to remain on whether or not they are...

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John Chen

Here we are again. Another quarter has gone by and BlackBerry has reported another set of financial results. I look forward to these reports. I enjoy breaking down what can often seem like complex stuff into something that novice investors can understand. I enjoy being able to focus on what matters. Before I go into the numbers, let's have a quick glance at the markets. As I write this,...

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Signal Tracker adds support for OpenCellID in latest version

Signal Tracker adds support for OpenCellID in latest version

A while back, we told you about an application called Signal Tracker. This handy application allows users to not only monitor their cell strength over time but maps your location via GPS to alert you of troublesome areas. The developer made some tweaks and fixes and the application now stands at version 2.0. Changes in v2.0 New application icon Added support for Google Maps. Goto the...

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Deal of the Day: Incipio Feather Hard Case for BlackBerry Q10

Deal of the Day: Incipio Feather Hard Case for BlackBerry Q10

Measuring less than 1mm thin, Incipio's Ultra Light Feather Case is ideal for the BlackBerry Q10 user seeking inconspicuous, first-class protection. It's made of an ultra light and strong polymer for form-fitting, durable protection without the added bulk. Get yours in black, pink or gray today for only $13.95!

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Monthly Active Users for BBM grows to 91 million

Monthly Active Users for BBM grows to 91 million

BBM continues to grow after having gone multi platform. Announced during the Q2 fiscal 2015 earnings call, Monthly Active Users for BBM grew from the previous 85 million to what is now 91 million. While there was no breakdown of where those users were gained, it's still great to see that BBM is continuing to grow. With new value added services such as BBM Protected and BBM Money continuing to...

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Over 200,000 BlackBerry Passports sold through Amazon and Shop BlackBerry

Since announcement of the BlackBerry Passport in Toronto, London and Dubai, there has been over 200,000 devices sold across Amazon and Shop BlackBerry. As noted by BlackBerry CEO John Chen on the Q2 2015 earnings call, the BlackBerry Passport has moved to the number one spot on the Amazon unlocked device list and sold out through ShopBlackBerry within the first six hours after sales had gone...

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BlackBerry Q2 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call

BlackBerry Q2 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Call

The Q2 Fiscal 2015 earnings call kicks off at 8 am ET, and be accessed by dialing 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at the BlackBerry events website. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am by dialing 1-647-436-0148 and entering pass code 8015758#. For now though, anyone who is tuning in live can join us below for some chat as we listen to the call. We'll...

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BlackBerry announces Q2 FY2015 financial results

BlackBerry announces Q2 FY2015 financial results

Press Release BlackBerry Narrows Non-GAAP Loss per Share to ($0.02) on Broad-Based Operational Progress in Fiscal 2015 Second Quarter WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 26, 2014) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months ended August 30, 2014 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP,...

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