Black Friday: The best hand-picked deals 24/7 Check Deals

Articles by Zach Gilbert

N.O.V.A 3 review for the BlackBerry Z10: It's about to get messy

Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, try and say that three times fast, it’s almost a tongue twister. Well at least Gameloft was nice enough to shorten it down to N.O.V.A in their latest title on the BlackBerry Z10, Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance 3 or N.O.V.A 3 for short. N.O.V.A 3 is a first person shooter that takes you to a time in the future to when the people of earth are no longer fighting their own, they are battling species from outer space.

If you’re in to first person, HD, action packed games on your smartphone, then you’ll want to continue reading our full review on N.O.V.A 3 for the BlackBerry Z10.

TimmyME for the BlackBerry Z10 is the coffee lovers companion

If you’ve ever been (or live) in Canada I'm sure you have come to the realization that we LOVE coffee, mainly Tim Hortons, and we like it a lot! So when Tim Hortons brought their famous TimmyME application to the BlackBerry Z10 I’m sure there was a collective sigh of relief from Canadians. The application has a ton of features available, some are simple like contacting Tim Hortons. While other features a really useful, like the ability to find a location or take an order. Continue reading to get the 101 on the new fully redesigned TimmyME app for the BlackBerry Z10.

BlackBerry goes high-tech on their YouTube ad for the BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry had said on many accounts that with the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 they would be increasing their marketing efforts like never before. Today I received an email from a CrackBerry reader showing a style of advertising that I've personally never seen. The ad was for the BlackBerry Z10 and was featured on the YouTube homepage, nothing crazy here, but wait. The advertisement was asking you how fast you are on your BlackBerry Z10 on-screen keyboard.

Access every radio station in the palm of your hand with Nobex for the BlackBerry Z10

If music and your BlackBerry smartphone go hand in hand like peanut butter and jam, then you will want to continue reading and check out why this Built For BlackBerry app should be on your BlackBerry Z10. CrackBerry Nation, today I would like to introduce you to Nobex Radio on BlackBerry 10. Now, I know that some of you will be saying that Nobex Radio isn't anything new, and I know it isn't, but this is something special. Continue reading to see why this version of Nobex Radio deserves the Built For BlackBerry title.

SCUBA dive deeper and safer with The Dive Plan for the BlackBerry Z10

SCUBA, Self contained underwater breathing apparatus. Most people will connect the acronym SCUBA to exploring the underwater world with tanks of air strapped upon your back. While this is essentially what SCUBA diving is, there is a lot of work involved with making this a reality. Being a SCUBA diver myself I am quite aware of all the planning needed when you're diving, and more so when you are doing a deep dive. My deepest dive to date is roughly 120 feet. While there is a lot to explore at those depths, there are also a lot of dangers around deep dives. Continue reading for the low down on a BlackBerry 10 application that will help in making SCUBA diving safer.

Keep the village fires at bay in Sprinkle for the BlackBerry Z10

What do you get when you combine a small village, blue droplets of water, fire, and a BlackBerry Z10? Well, you get a very addictive video game. Sprinkle is a game that relies on the physics of water, and the users skills to put out fires. Continue reading for the full rundown of how Sprinkle will flood itself into your home and on to your BlackBerry smartphone.

One of my all time favorite style of games on BlackBerry devices are strategy games. Whether it be a tower defence game like Radiant Defence, Plants Vs Zombies, or a hardcore game like Shadow Gun. They all test your ability to come up with strategies to eliminate the enemy, and sprinkle is no different. Sprinkle is a game that has you guessing every move, because one wrong move will cause you to lose a whole village.

How to get the most out of Family Day with your BlackBerry smartphone and tablet

Get ready Canadians, because for many of you Family Day is here. For those who do not live in Canada, Family Day is a holiday designed to give you time to be with your loved ones.

While many Canadians use this as a day to turn off their BlackBerry smartphones, there may be a way to harness the BlackBerry power for good. Continue reading to find a few apps that will help you maximize your time with the family.

Plants Vs Zombies creeps its way onto the BlackBerry Z10

If you’ve been hitting the refresh button over and over again waiting for some of the classic games to make their way onto the BlackBerry Z10, you can now stop. Electronic Arts has brought another of their hit titles to the new platform. Plants Vs Zombies is now available for download. If you’ve never played Plants Vs Zombies on the BlackBerry PlayBook, or another platform, you’ll want to check out our hands on video.

BlackBerry Workspace demoed on iOS and Android devices

A few days ago at the BlackBerry Enterprise Forum one of the key announcements made by BlackBerry was the introduction of the Workspace for iOS and Android devices.

Shark Dash swims its way onto the BlackBerry Z10

Back at BlackBerry Jams America, BlackBerry took to the stage with some of the big gun developers that they are working with on BlackBerry 10. One of the development houses that came on stage was Gameloft. Now, we’ve seen Gameloft support the BlackBerry PlayBook, so it wasn’t too far of a stretch to find out that they would be supporting BlackBerry 10 as well. Now, Gameloft has released Shark Dash onto the BlackBerry Z10.

Battle good vs evil in Anomaly Warzone Earth HD for the BlackBerry Z10

11 Bit Studios has had a proven track record for providing visually appealing games that are also mentally challenging. Prior to the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry Z10, 11 Bit Studios has published games onto the iOS and Android platform, but that’s all changing. Today, I want to introduce everyone to Anomaly Warzone Earth for the BlackBerry Z10. Anomaly Warzone Earth is, in my opinion, the best tower defense style game on the BlackBerry platform.

How to disable music updates from BBM contacts on BlackBerry 10

If you’ve been a BlackBerry user you’ll know that there is a feature in BBM that allows you to update your BBM status with what music you’re listing to. The feature of showing people what you’re listening to is popular amongst BlackBerry users, more so that there was an outrage when BlackBerry removed it in the first versions on BBM that had BBM social integration.

Continue reading to see how to enable and disable the “show that I’m listening to” status updates on BlackBerry 10.

How to enable music shortcuts on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone

One thing that BlackBerry users have come to love over the years of owning a BlackBerry smartphone is the ability to control music with the volume keys. Almost from day one, on a BlackBerry smartphone you’ve been able to skip tracks or go back a track using the volume up and down keys. With the introduction of BlackBerry 10  and the increased focus on media, one would expect this feature to be there. While it is it isn’t enabled by default, don't worry - it's still there. Continue reading to learn how to enable the music shortcuts on your new BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

BlackBerry Q10 walkthrough with Jeff Gadway [video]

CrackBerry readers looking to get a closer look at the new BlackBerry Q10 can now get a good nights sleep. We pulled aside BlackBerry Senior Product Manager Jeff Gadway to get a one-on-one walkthrough of the first QWERTY device powered by BlackBerry 10. I must say that this device feels frickin' amazing in the hands, I may have to rock two BlackBerry 10 devices in the coming months.

BlackBerry introduces work spaces for iOS and Android

It’s widely known that BlackBerry has offered the best in class handheld corporate security on their handheld devices, but today that is changing. At the BlackBerry Enterprise Forum for BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry introduced the workspace feature found on the Blackberry 10 platform for iOS and Android.

The new feature of the BlackBerry enterprise service will allow IT admins to push a secure work environment to iOS and Android further extending the flexibility of the BES 10 and BlackBerry 10 devices. Not only will this allow IT admins to send secure email to their employees on the other platforms, but also shared calendars and notes.

Rogers opens pre-orders for the BlackBerry Q10

If you haven’t pre-ordered the new BlackBerry Z10 because you've been holding out for the BlackBerry Q10, then the wait is now over. Rogers has added the all new QWERTY BlackBerry device to their pre-ordering system. As far as we know, Rogers is the first carrier in the world to put the Q10 up for pre-order.

The most we've heard from BlackBerry is that the Q10 is coming out in April, but that hasn’t stopped Rogers from getting the ball rolling now. Who knows, maybe it will come earlier to Canada. I’m personally loving the BlackBerry Z10, but I may just have to pick up the Q10 as well. Sound off in the comments on which device you’ve pre-ordered or are picking up.

Preorder the all new BlackBerry Q10 from Rogers Wireless

BlackBerry offers yet another sneak peek at their Super Bowl ad

BlackBerry has been giving us little hints at to what they are going to air during their first ever Super Bowl advertisement. This one seems to be a half man, half elephant.

We're not sure what expect here, but based on the teasers it's not feeling like your standard BlackBerry device product feature commercial. What we do know is that we won't have to wait much longer to find out. Kickoff is just a couple hours away. Any bets what quarter the commercial will air in?

T-Mobile confirms they will carry the all new BlackBerry Z10

On the heels of today's introduction to the BlackBerry Z10 T-Mobile has opened up a signup page for the new device. The signup page will allow you to be notified when the new device is ready for preorder, as well as offer launch date information. Currently BlackBerry has stated that American carriers will start selling the all touch device in March of 2013. CrackBerry Nation, if T-Mobile is your carrier of choice grab the link below and be the first to know when it’s available.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Z10 signup page

Rogers, Telus, Bell, and others confirm February 5th availability for the BlackBerry Z10

There you have it Canada, BlackBerry has announced the Canadian carriers for the launch of the all new BlackBerry 10 powered, BlackBerry Z10. All the major Canadian carriers including Rogers, TELUS, Bell, Koodo, Fido, Sasktel and many others have confirmed that they will have the BlackBerry Z10 available on February 5th. If you’re looking to get a head start most of these carriers will also be offering preorders starting today. Continue reading for links to the various Canadian carriers.

TuneIn Radio makes its way onto BlackBerry 10

Something we get asked a lot at CrackBerry is what apps will be making their way onto BlackBerry 10, from Instagram and Skype, all the way to TuneIn Radio. Well CrackBerry Nation sleeping just became a little easier as TuneIn Radio will be there at launch.

TuneIn Radio is an application that allows its users to stream and listen to over 70,000 live radio stations. BlackBerry users have been enjoying it for some time now on current devices, and they’ll be able to continue the enjoyment on BlackBerry 10 as well.

Download/get more information on TuneIn Radio for BlackBerry