Articles by Crackberry Kevin

Former BlackBerry CIO coming out of retirement to be Chief Innovation Technology Officer at Samsung USA

Former BlackBerry CIO coming out of retirement to be Chief Innovation Technology Officer at Samsung USA

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Take this one with a grain of salt as it hasn't been officially announced, but I received word via a reliable source today that BlackBerry's former CIO, Robin Bienfait, will be coming out of retirement soon and moving over to the competition. Specifically, she'll be taking up the roll of Chief Technology Innovations Officer at Samsung Telecommunications America. Robin was BlackBerry's...

Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President of BBM, leaves BlackBerry (of his own volition)

Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President of BBM, leaves BlackBerry (of his own volition)

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Executive Vice President of BBM, Andrew Bocking, has left BlackBerry. Bocking had most recently been the head of the BBM team after moving from his position as Executive VP, Software Product Management and Ecosystem at BlackBerry where he played a huge role in bringing BB10 phones to market. It hasn't been confirmed if he was fired or chose to depart on his own, but BlackBerry has...

Join me in welcoming back to the team our enterprise mobile expert, Craig Johnston!

Join me in welcoming back to the team our enterprise mobile expert, Craig Johnston!

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Long time readers of CrackBerry will know the name and voice of Craig Johnston. Going back six years to February 2008, it was Craig Johnston who co-hosted CrackBerry Podcast Episode 001 with me. Craig was active on our podcasts for several years and occasionally would drop a post here on the blogs, imparting his immense knowledge of BlackBerry's history to our CrackBerry audience....

"BlackBerry is going think of ways to capitalize on the current climate, with public concern over hacking and the NSA"

"BlackBerry is going think of ways to capitalize on the current climate, with public concern over hacking and the NSA"

CrackBerry Kevin 108

This past Friday, FastCompany published an editorial titled Is BlackBerry Actually Going To Turn It Around? Featuring several interview quotes from BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, and supporting quotes by me (I spent an hour on the phone with the story's author earlier in the week), it's a positive piece that seeks to examine why we are seeing a turn around in the company's share price since...

From the Editor's Desk: In regards to our ongoing Mission to Help ALL BlackBerry Users

From the Editor's Desk: In regards to our ongoing Mission to Help ALL BlackBerry Users

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If I had my way, we'd have a quality page up on the internet about every single topic and question you can imagine that's related to BlackBerry. So when you come to the site or hit up Google (even Bing!) and search for something BlackBerry related, the odds are high that you'll land on that quality page produced by the #1 destination for everything BlackBerry, CrackBerry.com. That's...

Want a BlackBerry Z30 from T-Mobile USA? Sign this petition and let @JohnLegere know!

Want a BlackBerry Z30 from T-Mobile USA? Sign this petition and let @JohnLegere know!

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I'm a big fan of T-Mobile's CEO, John Legere. He does the kind of shit that I would likely do if I were the CEO of a big company that's in a similar position. I mean, I don't see him doing really ballsy things like eating raw onions, punching muggers in the face or baring it all on youtube, but he knows how to attract attention to himself. Recently he got the attention of the...

How to add the Flashlight app to the Quick Settings dropdown on your BlackBerry Q10

How to add the Flashlight app to the Quick Settings dropdown on your BlackBerry Q10

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One of the handy dandy new features in BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 is the ability to turn on the Flashlight in a uhh.. flash from the Quick Settings drop down menu.  On taller phones like the BlackBerry Z10, Z30 and P'9982, after you upgrade to 10.2.1 the Flashlight app is automatically added to the Quick Settings drop down (this is the menu you see when you're on the homescreen and swipe...

Site Update: We're switching up the homepage default on CrackBerry back to the traditional blog view!

Site Update: We're switching up the homepage default on CrackBerry back to the traditional blog view!

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When we pulled the trigger on our CrackBerry site redesign last March, we introduced a new homepage design. Now, we didn't abandon the traditional blog view - it was still always accessible by tapping the "Switch to Blog View" button on the homepage, but by default we gave you the new featured view. The featured view was more headline driven, and presented a lot of stories on the page,...

Help us help you and take the CrackBerry 2014 Reader Survey! (oh, and you can win free stuff, too!)

Help us help you and take the CrackBerry 2014 Reader Survey! (oh, and you can win free stuff, too!)

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While you're waiting for BlackBerry 10.2.1 to download (or for the update to appear!), you can kill a few minutes and help us out a bunch by taking our CrackBerry 2014 Reader Survey. As it is, we all know CrackBerry is the #1 BlackBerry community, authority and resource in the UNIVERSE, and we pay pretty close attention all year long to your praises, wants and gripes. A survey like...

PSA: Before you update to BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, **make sure** you have enough space!

PSA: Before you update to BlackBerry OS 10.2.1, **make sure** you have enough space!

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This Public Service Announcement comes to you via our Mobile Nations webmaster, Tom Kaminski (@ttkaminski), who ran into a snag this morning while trying to upgrade his phone to BlackBerry 10.2.1. Tom went a little crazy last month downloading free games and movies in BlackBerry's giveaway, so he filled up his device storage a lot. This morning when he heard the news that BlackBerry 10...

How long did it take you for BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 to download and install?

How long did it take you for BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 to download and install?

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It's an exciting day in CrackBerry land, with BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 officially now here and beginning to rollout around the globe on multiple carriers. After waiting a long time for this update to get released, I couldn't help but notice this morning that the update itself is taking a while to download. So far, out of my BlackBerry Z10, Z30, P'9982 and Q10, it's only on the Q10 so far...