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State of the Mobile Nations Survey: Phone buying habits


State of the Mobile Nations

Help Us Help You! In our ongoing quest to better serve our community, we want to gain a better understanding into your phone buying habits. Are you buying your next phone in store or online? On contract, off contract or pay as you go? Those are the kinds of questions we're asking on this one.

From the Editor's Desk: MOM, CMO, COO, CTIA and MORE


From the Editor's Desk

In case you missed last week's inaugural From the Editor's Desk, I'll reiterate the premise behind this new series of editorial one more time. Think of it this way... if CrackBerry were a weekly magazine, this would be the Letter from the Editor at the start of each issue. It's a dialog between me and you, sounding off on the week that was and looking ahead to the future. More or less I'll get it posted every Sunday. We'll talk BlackBerry, CrackBerry, mobile and more. Let's get to it!

iPhone users to get BlackBerry 10 touchscreen keyboard before BlackBerry users?!


During the keynote presentation at BlackBerry World 2012, RIM gave us a sneak peek of some of the cool new features coming to BlackBerry 10 phones. One of the features shown off that got us salivating was the touchscreen keyboard, which takes an extremely innovative approach to predictive text. Instead of placing suggested words above the keyboard, which diverts your attention from the keyboard keys while typing, the BlackBerry 10 keyboard layers its suggestions on the frets between the rows, above the key you're about to tap for your next word. From there you can easily swipe a word up or ignore it. Watching the demonstration at BlackBerry World, it really is brilliant. We're **excited** for it.

What we're less excited about is the youtube video that popped up today showing off an iPhone version of the BlackBerry 10 Keyboard. Dubbed the Octopus keyboard and available as early as next week to iPhone users that have jailbroken their device, the Octopus keyboard is a pretty clear iRIPOFF of the BB10 keyboard. Check out the video above to see it in action. The implementation isn't quite as clean as the BlackBerry version, but the premise is there.

RIM plans to open 15 premium BlackBerry stores in India


RIM plans to open 15 premium stores in India

RIM has plans to open up to 15 premium stores in India by the end of the year. The first store open in Delhi last month, with a second store newly opened last Friday in Gurgaon. RIM plans to open these stores in major locations around India, including Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Bangalore.

BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour dates confirmed


BlackBerry 10 Jam Tour dates confirmed

Update #3: Registration is now open for Europe and North America - Register Now!

Update #2: Registration is now open for Milan and Barcelona. For further information use the links below.

Update: New York and California dates now confirmed. See below

Excitement is building in the BlackBerry developer community as RIM prepares to take the BlackBerry 10 Jam Tour around the world. With locations for the tour already confirmed, people are eagerly waiting for the dates to be confirmed. Today, RIM has confirmed those dates and it looks like they have added a couple more cities. Keep reading for the full list...

MyCityWay partners with RIM to bring MyCityWay to the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10

MyCityWay for PlayBook
Research In Motion and MyCityWay have launched MyCityWay on the BlackBerry PlayBook, an application to help you get around and have a little fun at the same time. If you are looking around town for that new hotspot, directions to a hotel, or to get tickets for that new blockbuster movie, you may just want to check out this new app for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Be the urban legend you always wanted to be:
  • Have the first app that offers a personalized all-access snapshot of the city, instantly connecting you to all the up-to-the-minute usable information you crave. Know all the city’s hotspots and restaurants
  • Keep up-to date with local news and the latest deals
  • Stream live traffic cameras and avoid those bottlenecks Find the cheapest gas prices, the hottest sales, or upcoming events and concerts in your neighborhood

MyCityWay on the PlayBook gives you access to local weather, news, dining, and even movie times. There are some current limitations, and the service is only available to those in NYC, L.A., San Francisco, London, and India. Hopefully development will continue to include more cities from around the globe in the near future. MyCityWay is now available and can be downloaded from BlackBerry App World for the PlayBook for free with BlackBerry 10 support coming later this year. You can continue reading for the full press release.

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ShopCrackBerry Update: More BlackBerry PlayBook Mini Keyboards shipping out today!


Reminder: You can save 15% on All BlackBerry Accessories right now by using coupon code "GrandOpening" during checkout at both ShopCrackBerry and CrackBerry Canada stores!

BlackBerry PlayBook Mini Keyboards Shipping