Articles by Dj Reyes

Give your BlackBerry Priv the business look with the OEM Leather Pouch

The first accessory I got for my BlackBerry Priv was the leather pouch in tan. For every BlackBerry smartphone I have owned, I have purchased a leather pouch (except for the Passport, as there was none), so it wasn't going to be any different when I got my hands on a Priv. I decided to get it in tan this time, just to switch things up a little.

The best file managers to download on your BlackBerry Priv

When the BlackBerry Priv launched, there was a lot of ruckus over the fact that there was no native File Manager. I guess it was because we were kind of spoiled on BlackBerry 10, where one was natively available and it also allowed us to connect to popular cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box and eventually OneDrive. It integrated nicely into the operating system and allowed us to share files quite easily from those accounts, as well as from internal storage and a microSD card. It was convenient. With none be found pre-installed on the Priv, it meant that we were open to looking for one ourselves. If you haven't found one you like already, here's a few we've rounded up for you to help you decide.

Bridge now supports the original Pebble and Pebble Steel

If you haven't heard about Bridge before it is an app aimed at Pebble smartwatch users, specifically, the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Round. It allows users to make use of the official Pebble app to get notifications and use watch apps. Something Talk2Watch Pro only offered in limited functionality. With the original Pebble and Pebble Steel now receiving the firmware update that brings the Timeline feature - introduced with the Pebble Time - Bridge has been updated to support the original line of Pebble watches.

Guide Evo through optical illusion puzzles in the fantastic Evo Explores

Looking for a new game to play over the holidays? How about Evo Explores, a new game that recently landed in BlackBerry World? It's perfect to play during a little down time. Evo Explores takes its inspiration from the award-winning Monument Valley, available on iPhone and Android. It's all about manipulating architecture to reveal hidden paths. It makes great use of optical illusions and you feel like you've achieved a great accomplishment when you unfold these illusions. At least I do.

UKarbon skins are a great way to change up the look of your BlackBerry

Skins for devices have been around for some time though they're becoming few and far between for BlackBerry 10 owners. There are some companies that still sell skins for BlackBerry devices, and a UK-based company has started to offer up skins for BlackBerry 10 models. Join us as take a look at a few of them.

Developers slash app prices for Cyber Monday

Now that Black Friday is over, it's now time for Cyber Monday deals. For today only, a handful of developers have cut some of their app prices. If you have been eyeing any of the apps on offer, then you better snap them up with these bargain prices. There are many apps on offer from a variety of developers, whom we love. There are popular apps in the list and you may have them already but some developers do have more than one app discounted. If it's a developer you love, why not buy them all? There's definitely a few on the list that I'll be purchasing today.

Use the Pebble smartwatch with BlackBerry 10 and the Bridge app

If you own a Pebble Time smartwatch, this post is for you. We know the official Pebble Time Android port can be used to set up for the first time and also update the Pebble firmware but it won't work for notifications. Right now, the best option you have to get functionality out of your Pebble Time is by getting the app Talk2Watch Pro. Even better is to also download a companion app called Hub2Watch, which catches notifications that arrive in the Hub - customizable, of course. Due to Talk2Watch Pro being developed by a third party developer, it does limit Pebble functionality and that means that the majority of watch apps won't work properly or at all, for that matter. The developer of Hub2Watch has tried to make a workaround and he has created an app called Bridge which acts as a 'bridge' between the official Pebble Time app and the Pebble Time smartwatch.

Grab some bargains with the Rad Systems Black Friday Sale

For some parts of the world, today is Black Friday, a day to catch some discounts on products and services and of course, there will be some developers who want to join in too. One such developer is Rad Systems and they have put a bunch of their products on sale starting from today and there are a few good apps in there, so grab them while discounted.

Talk2Watch Pro updated with support for the Pebble Time Round

For BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners, there is one smartwatch that can be used reasonably well with the OS - the Pebble. Using the app Talk2Watch Pro brings users a lot of functionality, and I've been very happy with my usage with it so far. I haven't yet dived in to buy the latest model - the Pebble Time Round - but if you've been eyeing it up and wondering whether it can be used with Talk2Watch Pro and BlackBerry 10, this latest update brings support for it.

ReadItNow! update syncs renamed tags, supports QBrowser Pro and more!

There goes an update to my favorite app, again. I'm really glad we have some dedicated developers. ReadItNow! is an app that has been around for a long time and it's nice to see that it is still receiving updates which do not just bring bug fixes but also new features. This update brings a few new things as well as your usual improvements.

If you have not heard of ReadItNow! before, it is a third party Pocket client that lets you save articles for later reading. By using your Pocket account you can then go back to read it on your device through ReadItNow! or through your browser using the Pocket website. Whichever way you choose, it's great to be able to go back and catch up with articles you didn't get time to read.

What's new in v7.8?

  • NEW: completely re-written the image-scaling server!
  • NEW: renaming tags syncs now with Pocket!
  • NEW: added QBrowser Pro integration
  • NEW: showing date added in reading mode
  • IMPROVED: more fluid user interface during sync
  • IMPROVED: updating article time on archive / move to unread
  • IMPROVED: updated german translation
  • BUGFIX: monospace text-blocks in article view are now being displayed with correct font size (thanks to martinko!)

ReadItNow! is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphone and if you already own the app, updating is free. If you're interested in the app you can purchase it for $0.99. You will need to sign up for a Pocket account to be able to use the app.

Learn more / Download ReadItNow! for BlackBerry 10

Reminder: BlackBerry hosting 'what enterprises and developers need to know' about Priv webcast Nov. 17

BlackBerry will be hosting a webcast aimed at developers and those who work for enterprise companies detailing what enterprises and developers need to know about the Priv by BlackBerry. The webcast aims to cover how developers can make their apps utilize the capacitive physical keyboard, as well as help companies understand Android for Work and BES12 integration.

1000 free copies of WhereIs for BlackBerry 10 available for download

This is an app we've reviewed before and comes from one of my favorite developers. WhereIs...? is an app that allows you to discover places around you. On holiday and want to find a place to eat? Use WhereIs...? to search for places. You can even narrow it down to a certain type of cuisine. It doesn't just let you search for food places; you can search for attractions, nightlife spots and more. While the user interface has changed somewhat from our original review, the way it works hasn't changed so you can go and check out our review.

Proximity Photos update brings integration with other apps, new translations and more

Proximity Photos is an app that lets you discover places around you through photos taken by other people. It pulls publicly shared photos from Flickr and will contain any notes left by the person that shared the photo. We took a quick look at the app previously and it's a great way of discovering new things and places in unknown places. Today, the app sees an update with some new features, as well as the regular improvements and bug fixes.

500 free copies of Camera Organizer available to download

We first mentioned this nifty app in one of our Weekly Roundup articles. Camera Organizer is an app that allows you to manage better the photos you take on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. At the moment, all photos you take will save on to the camera folder on your device (or SD card if you prefer). Even videos you shoot go in there. What Camera Organizer does it give you the choice of saving it elsewhere. You can create folders through Camera Organizer and also pre-define the file name for the photos that go in there. Great for pictures you take while on holiday, or when you go to an event. It even lets you set to save the next bunch of photos you take to that folder. For example, you can set it to save the next 10, 25, 50 or 100 to the same folder. Or even set it to save all photos taken within a time frame of 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes.

How to move Password Keeper data to the BlackBerry Priv

If you have just got yourself a BlackBerry Priv, you'll obviously want to be able to transfer some information over onto your new phone. We've looked at how to transfer some data using the BlackBerry Content Transfer Tool and if you are one who uses Password Keeper, on BlackBerry 10, to store your login details, you'll be pleased to know that it is available to download from the Google Play Store for you to use on your Priv. Read on for a walkthrough on moving your Password Keeper data from BlackBerry 10 to Android.

Learn how BlackBerry's Good Technology acquisition will revolutionize Mobility Management

BlackBerry recently completed the Good Technology acquisition and will be hosting a webcast discussing how it will benefit customers as it will offer the most secure and unified mobile platform and app ecosystem on the market. If you're interested in what this latest acquisition is bringing to the table, it will be a good webcast to sign up for.

How to move your content from BlackBerry 10 to your new BlackBerry Priv

Have you just picked up the new BlackBerry Priv? Want to be able to transfer your data from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone to your new Priv? You can do that with the BlackBerry Content Transfer app. The BlackBerry Content Transfer app allows you to move data from your Contacts, Calendar, Pictures, Videos, Music, Text messages (SMS), Notes, Tasks, Documents, Email accounts. If you want to know how to get your data over, here's a quick walkthrough of how to do it.

BBM updated through BlackBerry Beta Zone, brings ability to retract photos, edit multi-person chat and more

While many are getting their hands on the new offering from BlackBerry - the Priv - those on BlackBerry 10, who also have access to BlackBerry Beta Zone, can check out the latest beta update to BBM. It brings some new features such as the ability to retract photos, just as you can retract messages.There is also a new BBM Search function.

500 free copies of IFTTT Client available to download

If you have never heard of IFTTT before, you're missing out. It is a great tool that you can use to automate actions by simply creating connections between products you use every day. It stands for If This Then That. You create recipes. There are two types - DO and IF. DO recipes require a button tap before it carries out the action while IF recipes occur in the background. For example if you star an email in Gmail, you can have it automatically save to Evernote.

I have been using it for a while to automate some things for me, and there is plenty you can do with IFTTT to help make you're life that little bit easier. If you want to check it out, there is an app that has landed in BlackBerry World called IFTTTC (IFTTT Client), and you can sign up (or sign in with an existing account) and get going with the service. The app gives you all the IFTTT features, except DO as this is a separate app.

IFTTTC features

  • All IFTTT Features
  • Manage your Recipes
  • Manage your favorites
  • Manage your published
  • Get New recipes
  • Logs of your IFTTT
  • Manage you Media
  • Maintain your Social networks

IFTTTC is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and costs $2.99. However, the developer is giving away 500 free copies. Following the instructions below to get yourself a free copy.

  1. Open up BlackBerry World
  2. Swipe down from the top and tap Redeem
  3. Enter promo code CBIFTTTCCODE
  4. Tap the green FREE icon to download

If you miss out on a free copy, you can still purchase it from BlackBerry World using the link below.

Learn more / Purchase IFTTTC from BlackBerry World

Watch trailers of your favorite movies all in one place with CineTV10 - 1000 free copies available

Love movies? Who doesn't? Love to get all the information you can on upcoming movies? Check out CineTV10. It is a movie database app where you can find movies trailers, search information about TV shows, actors, as well as create playlists of your favorite trailers. You'll also find the option to share trailers and other information via the native BlackBerry 10 share function.

Everything is laid out nicely and you can navigate the app easily, for trailers just tap the media tab when viewing movie details. Below are some features of CineTV10.

  • Active Frame showing top 20 playing now movies and top 20 airing today TV shows
  • Calendar Integration, add a new calendar event for all movies that are coming soon and all TV series upcoming episodes, with all the available details without ever leaving the app
  • Clear cache option
  • Save/Edit/Share all movie posters
  • Create your custom shortcuts for any movie or TV show
  • Imdb integration, open any link from IMDB website directly to the app
  • Discover movies/series based on genres, release year, vote count and average vote,
  • Translations where available
  • Similar movies/series to all pages
  • Movie reviews where available
  • Save/Edit/Share all photos and posters
  • History page
  • BlackBerry Assistant integration

I've been using the app a lot recently to watch trailers mainly and finding out about movies I wouldn't have otherwise heard about. CineTV10 is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones running OS 10.3+ and costs $0.99 but if you're lucky you can grab one of 1000 free copies currently available. To do so, follow the instructions below.

  1. Open up BlackBerry World
  2. Swipe down from the top and tap Redeem
  3. Enter promo code FREECINETV10
  4. Tap the green FREE icon

There are 1000 free copies available, if you miss out on it, you can still purchase the app from BlackBerry World using the link below.

Learn more / Purchase CineTV10 from BlackBerry World