Parrot - Voice Recorder gets a huge update for BlackBerry 10.3.1

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We first took a look at Parrot - Voice Recorder, on video, back in April 2013 and it got the thumbs up from me. The fantastic native BlackBerry 10 app has been updated several times since those early days, however today sees a massive new release, now that OS 10.3.1 is out. There is both a free version and Pro edition of Parrot so you can test the water, so to speak. As you would imagine,...

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Detwiler Fenton reportedly facing criminal case over BlackBerry sales information

Back in April of 2013, research firm Detwiler Fenton claimed that Z10 devices were being returned in unusually high numbers, which caused BlackBerry stock to drop nearly 8%. At the time, the claim sounded rather crazy because it essentially made it look as though returns were exceeding sales. BlackBerry understandably took issue with the claims and stated they were absolutely false and sought...

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TELUS BlackBerry Z30 owners can now update to OS 10.3.1

TELUS BlackBerry Z30 owners can now update to OS 10.3.1

Much like Rogers, the initial push of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 on TELUS was limited to the BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Q5, leaving BlackBerry Z30 owners waiting a bit longer. Now though, the update has started rolling out and Z30 owners have the OS update available to them according to several folks in the CrackBerry Forums as well as TELUS' own Twitter support channels. If your device isn't set to...

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FCC votes 3-2 to reclassify broadband as a utility, sets new net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 today to regulate broadband providers like telephone and cable utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The FCC will also enforce a set of net neutrality rules for those companies. The changes were first proposed earlier this month. The new rules would allow the FCC to ban both fixed and mobile broadband companies from slowing...

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The Guild Series features BlackBerry Industrial Designer Joseph Hofer

The Guild features BlackBerry Industrial Designer Joseph Hofer

BlackBerry has a long standing history of winning design awards for their BlackBerry smartphones and recently, film producer and music composer Ryan Freeman of Freeman House Productions, based in Toronto, Canada, contacted BlackBerry with a request to feature Joseph Hofer, Senior Industrial Designer at BlackBerry, in what was then an upcoming short film series called The Guild Series. The...

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BlackBerry Leap 'Rio' gets caught in new photos

BlackBerry Leap 'Rio' gets caught in new photos

It seems the BlackBerry Rio, which might go to market as the BlackBerry Leap, can't stay under wraps any longer. The mid-range or low-end depending on your tastes, all-touch device which has been appearing in various ways since late last year has now been caught in some new photos. As we noted before, the design is familiar to that of the Z3 but inside the specs are slightly different. 295...

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Stock prices get added to Home Screen Plus with its latest release

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If your the type of person that likes to keep an eye on stocks while you're on the move, then the latest update to Home Screen Plus may well be of interest. It's only been a month since the last update, which introduced resizable widgets, but the developer, ShaoSoft, has been hard at work to bring a new unique experience to the already popular BlackBerry 10 app. As you can see from the image...

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BlackBerry Classic now available online from Verizon Wireless

We knew it was coming but now it's really here. Yes, the BlackBerry Classic is now available for purchase online from Verizon Wireless while retail outlets will have the devices starting on March 5th. Verizon has priced the Classic at $99.99 with new two-year activation after $50 mail-in rebate debit card (takes up to six weeks and expires in 12 months) plus, it's also available for eligible...

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Want to win some BlackBerry goodies? Enter now to win some hats, mugs and more!

We were due for a contest so, I decided to have a little bit of fun. As some folks might have seen on the CrackBerry BBM Channel (C00012B19), I've been hanging on to some BlackBerry goodies. Some hats, pens, stickers, spark logos, mugs, carabiners and a few other things. Obviously, I can't wear 10 of all the same hats and there's only so many key chains one can have a use for and since people...

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Having 'Blue LED' errors on your BlackBerry 10 device? Here's how to fix it!

Since November, there has been a rather random issue happening to a limited number of BlackBerry smartphones that when the device was manually restarted, all data is removed and it a blue LED is displayed during startup. At the time it started occurring, it was happening on developer builds or otherwise leaked builds of 10.3.1 but there was no resolution for it that worked for everyone. With...

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BlackBerry works with Google to enhance mobile security and user experience

BlackBerry announced today that the company is working with Google to enable BES12, the cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications that debuted at Google I/O last year. "BlackBerry is working with Google to provide customers with solutions they can...

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Rogers BlackBerry Z30 and Q5 OS 10.3.1 updates now available

Rogers BlackBerry Z30 and Q5 OS 10.3.1 updates now available

While Rogers has already rolled out OS 10.3.1 to BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 owners, their estimated time of arrival for the update on other devices such as the Z30 and Q5 was up in the air for a bit there with some reports suggesting, at the time, 'early next week' with others suggesting March. Long story short, the update was always still in the works but now it has started appearing on Z30's...

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iGrann Pro gets updated once again with improvements and a UI refresh

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One of the apps that is always open as an Active Frame on my BlackBerry 10 device is iGrann Pro. Today a small, but welcomed, update is rolling out and although the improvements are not huge, it's nice to see yet another update from the developer. With BlackBerry 10 being over two years old now it's pretty safe to say that Instagram won't be bringing a native client to our platform anytime...

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Gemalto denies 'massive theft' of SIM card encryption keys by NSA and GCHQ [updated]

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Update: A new report in The Intercept claims that Gemalto is drastically downplaying the effects of this attack. In the report, several security researchers came to the conclusion that "the company made sweeping, overly-optimistic statements about the security and stability of Gemalto's networks, and dramatically underplayed the significance of the NSA-GCHQ targeting of the company and its...

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Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

Ting's GSM network, which it announced late last year, has officially entered into an open beta. Previously, customers could test the network out on an invite-only basis. If an open beta for a network sounds odd, Ting explained the benefits of the tests it has done so far: We've been hard at work on Ting on a GSM network. We've sent out invitations in the thousands with a majority of...

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Launch files, contacts, applications, URLs and more with Quick Launch

Launch files, contacts, applications, URLs and more with Quick Launch

Upon first glance at the title of this post you may think to yourself that this is the same QuickLaunch that was on BBOS. A staple application for most of my legacy devices, it offered the ability to access your most used apps with the simple press of your right side convenience key. Of course with the introduction of BlackBerry 10, the convenience key was no longer necessary. However, that...

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Dress up and caption your photos with InstaText

Dress up and caption your photos with InstaText

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. However, there are moments where these images resonate more with a caption or two while on the go. If you're the sort of person who likes to insert a witty remark, add a favorite quote or two, or just want to be a little creative with your images InstaText is one of many ways to accomplish that. InstaText is a simple application with...

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ShopBB device owners can try this to get the 10.3.1 update

Did you purchase your device from ShopBlackBerry or Amazon and not get the BlackBerry 10.3.1 update yet? If so, here's a little something to try that might force the update to arrive on your device though it does seem as though the results are still mixed. ShopBB purchased and not got update? Power off, remove sim, restart wifi only. Check for updates. Power off, re-insert sim, continue.—...

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Verizon confirms BlackBerry Classic sales start Feb. 26

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Verizon Wireless has confirmed that the carrier will start selling the BlackBerry Classic on Thursday, Feb. 26. This news is in line with what we previously reported, but Verizon has also revealed that the smartphone will be priced at $99.99 with a new two-year contract, after a $50 mail in rebate. Sales of the BlackBerry Classic on Verizon will start online on Thursday, but its retail...

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Leaked BlackBerry Passport OS 10.3.1.2480 upgrade files now available

Leaked BlackBerry Passport OS 10.3.1.2480 upgrade files now available

Previously we let you all know BlackBerry was working on a fix for the Passport screen flicker issue and while there was no ETA mentioned, if you don't mind taking an unconventional route, you can try out that fix. OS 10.3.1.2480 has 'leaked' (using the term loosely because it's not a full autoloader) and it certainly does appear to be the fix for the BlackBerry Passport screen flicker issue...

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