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I survived my first scheduled BBM Channel Chat... Barely!

BBM Channel Chat Survivor!

Hoh. Lee. Shi. Te. I feel like the BBM team should give me a medal or something for surviving my first scheduled BBM Channel Chat. My frick'n thumbs hurt right now. From the moment my BBM status automatically updated to "Available to Chat" I was typing non-stop as fast as I could trying to reply to everybody who was messaging me. And when the status automatically updated 30 minutes later to...

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Lit Up 9900 Trackpad

Or more specifically, I hope like the BlackBerry Bold 9900, there is a ring or design element around the BlackBerry Classic's trackpad that lights up for notifications, and is last to turn off when the screen / keyboard backlighting powers down. I had this realization when I was out for dinner with my cousin Vinny on the weekend. He was on his Bold 9900 all night, and the room was fairly dark...

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Save 20% through May 28 for Memorial Day Weekend at ShopCrackBerry!

Memorial Day Weekend sale

In honor of the Memorial Day weekend we have loads of the latest goodies in stock at ShopCrackBerry for all of your devices including the BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. Everything is 20% off during our Memorial Day Sale (now through May 28) and that means you can save big on cases, batteries, headsets and more. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter...

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'Murica!

America!

To all my friends in America — especially those currently serving in the country's armed forces — have a quality Memorial Day. Put down your phones and spend time with your family and friends. Remember all those who have served and died while protecting your rights and freedoms. As a Canadian, I have a lot of respect for my neighbouring country and the role it has served in the world. And don'...

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The real reason My Cousin Vinny downgraded from the BlackBerry Z10 to a Bold 9900 and is waiting on the Classic...

"Because I can use it way better while driving" Ok, Ok. Now before you go ripping Vinny apart in the comments, let me tell the full story here. My cousin Vinny isn't Joe Pesci. He's actually the guy below. And Vinny isn't technically my cousin. In reality, he's my fiancée's godmother's sister's daughter's boyfriend (and that's the truth). He's also a hardcore BlackBerry user. Not hardcore...

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Chat with CrackBerry Kevin on BBM Channels every Monday and Wednesday!

Chat with CrackBerry Kevin on BBM Channels every Monday and Wednesday!

Earlier today on my BBM Channel, JT suggested that I turn on the "Chat Hours" of my BBM Channel so I could have regularly-occurring conversations with my subscribers. It was a great suggestion, so I'm wasting no time in doing it! I've now set my Chat Hours schedule to begin on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 12:30pm Central Time (aka 1:30pm Eastern, aka 6:30pm GMT). I only set them to be...

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From the Editor's Desk: Home For A Rest

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After what's been nearly a straight month of travel and suitcase living, I'm glad to now be home for a rest. This past week was especially brutal. What should have been two easy days in NYC and a day trip to Atlanta had me racking up more travel follies in one trip than I've experienced in the past three years. I managed to have one of the worst overpriced hotel experiences of my life (I...

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Review 12: Arrow

Review 12: Arrow

Review is our movie, television, and general geekery podcast where we talk about everything from 80s flicks to the latest blockbusters to classic and modern shows. On this week's episode Serenity, Guy, Dan, Rene, and Dave get all up into the CW's Arrow. Based on DC Comics' Green Arrow, we discuss the first 2 seasons of Oliver Queen lost on the island of Purgatory and the city of Starling, the...

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Former BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben heads to Rogers as Interim Chief Strategy Officer

If you've been wondering what former BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben has been up to, we now have an answer for you thanks to Rogers. The Canadian wireless carrier has now laid out their plans for what they're calling Rogers 3.0, which is a multi-year plan to radically improve the customer experience and increase revenue and cash flow for the company. As part of their efforts, they've mixed up...

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Alec Saunders hits the stage to talk QNX and Project Ion at Solid 2014

Alec Saunders hits the stage to talk QNX and Project Ion at Solid 2014

It has been a while since we heard from Alec Saunders outside of his Twitter account but in his new role as Vice President of QNX Software Systems Cloud Services he is once again out there hitting stages and spreading the word of QNX. Taking part in O'Reilly's Solid 2014 Conference, Alec took the stage to deliver his keynote. It's a short six minutes but it offers up a look at a prototype...

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Tim Hortons launches new mobile payment service

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Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Hortons has just launched a new mobile barcode payments system that allows you to pay using the TimmyMe app. The payment option has been in testing over the last few months, and is now available for all users in Canada and the United States. The mobile payment service allows you to pay for your order by registering your Tim Card on your smartphone, and then...

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BlackBerry's Project Ion aims to build a secure app platform for the 'Internet of Things'

BlackBerry has announced a big step into the Internet of Things today with a new initiative called "Project Ion". The details of the project are scarce for now, but the goal is to create a modern, extensible framework for machine-to-machine communication. If you want to know what that means, just check out Connectedly, where we're taking a good look at a broadening world of smart devices. In...

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Using strong passwords and keeping your online self secure

Using strong passwords and keeping your online self secure

Earlier today, eBay issued a press release letting users know that a cyberattack "compromised a database containing encrypted passwords and other non-financial data." Users will be asked to change their passwords just in case, though they noted that eBay "has seen no indication of increased fraudulent account activity." This is sadly just one of many attacks recently, and something that won't...

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eBay will ask you to change your password today after an attack

eBay

eBay has announced today that users of the popular service should change their passwords immediately due to a cyber attack that compromised a database containing encrypted passwords. A press release sent out by the company stresses that only non-financial data was affected. Hastily investigating the matter, eBay found no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card...

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Updates we'd like to see in Docs To Go for BlackBerry 10

Updates we'd like to see to Docs To Go for BlackBerry 10

Docs To Go has been around on the BlackBerry platform for a long time. Of course, being a business tool, such an app would be a must have one, especially if you need to create documents or view documents as part of your job. So when BlackBerry 10 landed, there was no doubt that we would see Docs To Go become available on that OS too. However, compared to Docs To Go on legacy devices, the...

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John Chen wants BlackBerry to be more than niche

John Chen wants BlackBerry to be more than niche

BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down for an interview recently, speaking broadly to concerns about the company and his personal history and management style. Specifically, he addressed the forecast of BlackBerry becoming a niche business solution that we wouldn't see on store shelves. Chen obviously recognizes the bring your own device movement in enterprise, saying "today's consumer is tomorrow's...

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Here are Verizon's initial XLTE cities

Verizon BlackBerry Q10

Verizon has fired up a new, beefier branding for its 4G LTE smartphone service. Dubbed XLTE, it takes advantage of the AWS spectrum to double the bandwidth in high-traffic locations. And here's the list of cities that get it first. /*-->*/ Category Features Alabama Birmingham, Decatur, Florence, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa Arizona Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson Arkansas...

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Verizon flips switch on AWS-enhanced XLTE

Verizon XLTE

Verizon's XLTE is official and it is bringing double the bandwidth to dozens of cities across the United Sates. The enhanced-LTE service uses Verizon's AWS spectrum to double the speeds available more than two-dozen devices available on Big Red's network, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, iPhone 5s, Samsung ATIV SE, and BlackBerry Q10. XLTE isn't a "5G", so much as an enhanced LTE...

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Sprint

Sprint has a new protection plan for both your phone and the data on it. Dubbed "Sprint Total Equipment Protection Plus", the plan costs $13-a-month-per-device and adds data security, automatic media backups, and personalized tech support on top of the existing damage, loss, and theft insurance that is part of the standard $11-a-month Total Equipment Protection package. The Sprint Protect...

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Google's YouTube rumored to be buying video game streamer Twitch for over $1 billion

Google's YouTube is reportedly going to acquire popular video game streaming service, Twitch for more than $1 billion. Twitch lets Xbox and Playstation gamers share and watch live gameplay footage, and they claim more than 45 million visitors a month. According to Variety: The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition...

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