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ASPCA and Lil' Panda BBM stickers now available in the BBM shop

ASPCA and Lil' Panda BBM stickers now available in the BBM shop

The amount of stickers available in the BBM Shop continues to grow with the latest releases. This time around, there's two new packs to choose from and one of them is actually for a good cause. The Lil' Panda pack consists of some adorable pandas that I honestly didn't know were a thing until now but are from the Lil' Panda company, which is a fun lifestyle brand that seeks to empower girls...

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BlackBerry marketing gets a kick in the pants from advertising and marketing firm Gyro

Have you noticed there has been more marketing coming out of BlackBerry lately? The launch of the BlackBerry Passport has brought forth plenty of new videos, new imagery, new ad placements, new slogans and more. For years now, BlackBerry fans have been asking for marketing muscle from BlackBerry and according to Advertising Age, BlackBerry has heard folks loud and clear and has brought on...

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BlackBerry CEO: BlackBerry Passport is to help busy professionals make time, not kill it

Remember back when the first images of the BlackBerry Passport first started showing up? Many people thought BlackBerry was crazy and comments like 'What was BlackBerry thinking?!?' were pretty easy to find. After a while though, a lot of people began to change their mind on the device and began to appreciate the look of it. With over 200,000 units now sold, there are some answers to that...

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British red phone boxes are turning green to charge your smartphones

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Famous British red phone boxes are being revived to charge smartphones. The new solar-powered hubs are painted green and branded "Solarbox", but retain much of the same iconic design. Gone were the days of wired calls, say hello to free public charging. While the service to charge your smartphones is free, users will be met with advertisements displayed on a small screen located within the...

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Angry Birds

The Finnish studio behind Angry Birds, Rovio has announced that job cuts may be on the cards to simplify the company. CEO Mikael Hed admitted in a blog post published today the company has been growing on assumptions, a tactic that's clearly not sustainable in today's competitive market. We are an entrepreneurial company and have been exploring multiple areas. We have been building our...

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South African carrier Cell C rolls out awesome ad featuring the BlackBerry Passport

South African carrier Cell C is currently running their Believe & Make It #EPIC contest and marketing campaign wherein entrants can win over 7700 prizes worth R5 million, from the 1st of November 2014 until the end of January 2015. To help spread the word they've now rolled out a pretty clever ad featuring a rugby team, a little boy, a lost BlackBerry Passport and some adventures the little...

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A quick look at some new features coming in BlackBerry 10.3.1

A quick look at some new features coming in BlackBerry 10.3.1

If you own any BlackBerry 10 smartphone right now aside from a BlackBerry Passport and Porsche Design P'9983, you might be getting tired of hearing about BlackBerry 10.3 given the fact current devices won't be getting any version of 10.3 right away. Instead, all in market BlackBerry 10 smartphones will have to wait for 10.3.1 to arrive before they can enjoy all the features that came with 10.3...

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Verizon won't throttle its heaviest unlimited data users after all

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Verizon is backtracking on its plan to begin throttling data hogs on grandfathered unlimited plans on its 4G LTE network today. Originally, the carrier announced that starting on October 1, unlimited customers who use excessive data on a strained cell site may see their data speeds temporarily reduced, but after public backlash the carrier is now reversing its policy so that there will be no...

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Following its rivals, Verizon brings more data to More Everything plans

Following its rivals, Verizon brings more data to More Everything plans

Following the lead of AT&T and Sprint, Verizon Wireless will now be giving subscribers of its More Everything plans even more data, though you'll have to sign up this month to qualify. More data begins with the 12 GB plan, which will now net you a 15 GB data bucket each month, and goes all the way up to the 50 GB data plan, which through the promotion will double your data to a whopping 100...

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Sprint doubles data on high-end plans for families and businesses

Sprint doubles data on high-end plans for families and businesses

Sprint has announced that, starting today, they are offering "double the data" on high-end data plans compared to AT&T and Verizon. Sprint's 32GB, 40GB, and 60GB Family Share Pack plans will now offer 60GB, 80GB, and 100GB at no extra cost. Customers must sign up by October 31 in order to take advantage of the offer. Existing customers can take advantage of the promotion by visiting a...

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EE upgrades a further 18 towns in the UK to blinding 4G speeds

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EE today announced the mobile network has launched 4G in 18 new towns across the UK, including Sandhurst. This takes the total number of major towns and cities with LTE connectivity through the company to 281 – reported to be over 75 percent of the UK population. Sandhurst is the home of the Royal Military Academy, located in Berkshire. Hitting 75 percent of the UK population is quite the...

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Vodafone UK to offer the BlackBerry Passport starting October 1st but only to Business customers

Looking for a BlackBerry Passport on Vodafone in the UK? They'll have it starting October 1st as confirmed on their own forums but it comes with catch. When released, the BlackBerry Passport will only be available to those with a business account on Vodafone. A 'business decision' that could change in the future according to Vodafone reps but for now remains the case. At this point, pricing...

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A look back on the BlackBerry Passport event in London

A look back on the BlackBerry Passport event in London

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 marked the unveiling of the much awaited BlackBerry Passport. BlackBerry held launch events in Toronto, London and Dubai, simultaneously. A bit like the BlackBerry 10 launch back in January 2013 but this time around there were three separate presentations. At the BlackBerry 10 launch, the main stage with then CEO Thorsten Heins was live streamed to the other...

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New BBM for Windows Phone beta now available!

New BBM for Windows Phone beta now available!

If you're part of the BBM beta for Windows Phone, you'll want to go ahead and get yourself updated. BlackBerry has now rolled out v120.0.0.1 and it's packed full of bug fixes, features additions but alas, as it is a beta there's also some things to be aware of before you hop right into it. Luckily, BlackBerry has provided a full change log for everyone to look through so you can decide for...

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Forrester Research names BlackBerry a leader in Enterprise Mobile Management

Over the past three months since the launch of the BlackBerry Fact Check portal, BlackBerry has been taking their competitors to task over some of their claims against the company and their offerings but that's sort of to be expected. To hear other, outside parties also claim BlackBerry is a leader in Enterprise Mobile Management is entirely different and that's exactly what Forrester Research...

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Google's Eric Schmidt still loves his BlackBerry Bold 9900

Google's Eric Schmidt still loves his BlackBerry Bold 9900

If you've been around CrackBerry for a while, this post may not come as much of a surprise as there is a good amount of history with Google's Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, and his not so secret love for BlackBerry smartphones and their keyboards. In New York for a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi as well as six others including the heads of Boeing...

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The good 'ol days of being a BlackBerry user... are back!

BlackBerry Passport vs. 7290

When you read phone reviews, you don't typically see Fun as a category upon which different devices are rated and compared - it's things like Performance, Design and Battery Life that are the norm. It's too bad really that the fun factor isn't given much consideration. As much as tech products are there to add utility to our everyday lives, given how much we use and rely on tech these days it'...

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BlackBerry Passport launched in India, available in stores October 10th

As expected from previous reports, the BlackBerry Passport has now launched in India with pricing set at Rs. 49,990. Customers looking to pick up a BlackBerry Passport can place their pre-orders exclusively at Amazon.in starting today. Additionally, the BlackBerry Passport will be available at BlackBerry Exclusive stores with a gift card of Rs. 5000 along 5000 miles of Jet Airways starting from...

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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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