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ComiXology has Black Panther comics on sale for up to 67% off!

Black Panther arrived in theatres over the weekend and to no one's surprise continues to break box office records with some estimates putting Global opening weekend sales at around $387 million. Whether you saw it this weekend and are looking for more or have been following Black Panther for years, ComiXology has a deal you won't want to miss.

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CrackBerry Poll: Which music service are you using on your BlackBerry?

When it comes to music services available on BlackBerry these days, there is a lot to choose from, and all offer varying levels of available content and pricing. Personally, I'm a fan of Google Play Music because of the selection available, it's reasonably priced for the family plan I have, and it's built to work with Android given it's Google's service. It being available in Canada also helps push it to the top for me.

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How to remove and restore BBM sticker packs on Android

Although it's still in beta, for now, there's plenty of people out there using the BBM beta through official and unofficial means that now have access to remove and restore BBM sticker packs on Android. Unfortunately, the process isn't exactly as straightforward as it possibly could be. It requires a few steps to get rid of packs you don't want, but no worries, we got you covered!

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The best tech deals that you don't want to miss out on

Our friends at Thrifter post some great deals every day, and here are the best ones available right now!

From mobile phones to general tech, home goods and much more, the team at Thrifter is scouring the web every single day to find the best deals. Whether something hits a new all-time low, gets discounted for just a limited time, or has a new coupon code available for it, you won't want to miss out any of them. If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!

So, what are the best deals that you should be looking at right now? Well, let's take a look at them so you can see which ones are best for you!

TP-Link Smart Plug - $19.99 (Was $30)

Smart plugs are one of the coolest and most affordable smart home gadgets you can buy these days. From being able to remotely control your light fixtures to using your voice to turn on your holiday lights, you'll find yourself wanting these all over your home. Right now you can pick up TP-Link's Wi-Fi smart plug for just $19.99, a savings of $10 from its regular price.

You can control the plug using a free iPhone or Android app. The app lets you control your lights from anywhere, set schedules for turning your lights on and off, and you can use the Away Mode to turn them on and off at different times while you're away from home. The plugs are easy to use because you just plug in the smart plug, connect it to your Wi-Fi and start using it. Grab an Echo Dot or Google Home Mini to control your new smart plug with just your voice.

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Apple TV 4K + DirecTV Now - Free w/ 3-month prepay

When you prepay for three months of DirecTV Now service you can score an Apple TV 4K for free. That's right, if you dish out $105 for three months of the basic service tier, you get the hardware at no cost. Apple charges $179 for the Apple TV, so even if you do it just to get the Apple TV for less, it makes sense.

The Apple TV 4K is delivered via FedEx within two weeks of signing up, and you can cancel the auto-renewal so you don't pay any extra. You may be thinking that you don't have a use for DirecTV Now so this deal doesn't make sense for you, but it's worth it for the hardware, and it gives you a chance to trial a new streaming service to see how it works out for you.

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Xbox Live 3-month subscription - $14.99 (Was $24.99)

Three months of Xbox Live normally goes for $25. It even says so on the card! Right now you can get it for $15, one of the best prices we've seen. This is the deal you'd normally get when you buy a full Xbox console, but today you can straight up buy it at this great price.

Buy a couple and keep your subscription going much longer. If you consider a six-month card is $40, you're saving $10 off by buying two of these three-month cards instead.

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More great deals!

For even more great deals, and to see these discounts as they become available, be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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Athena, Luna, and Uni could be the codenames for the next set of BlackBerry smartphones released

For months now there have been some unreleased BlackBerry smartphones popping up all over the internet be it on Geekbench, through configuration files and even in European device registration databases. For their part, BlackBerry Mobile has officially stated two new keyboard smartphones will arrive in 2018, but outside of calling them BBE100-1 and BBF100-1, we have not heard much about the codenames assigned to these devices ahead of release.

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Latest BBM beta brings more dark backgrounds, new contact picker, the ability to remove sticker packs and more!

The latest BBM beta has arrived on the Google Play Store and is readily available for download to all beta testers. Rather than just bug fixes, this release brings along with it quite a few enhancements. Highlights include more dark backgrounds, a new multi-person contact picker, plus the ability to share video in groups and well as swipe through group images and videos.

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Add a secure chat widget to your webpage using the BBM Enterprise SDK

Early last year, BlackBerry introduced their BBM Enterprise SDK which helps developers to integrate secure messaging, voice and video capabilities into applications and services. As part of the demos available, BlackBerry has recently highlighted the ability to add a secure chat widget to your webpage using the BBM Enterprise SDK, which they say can be done in under 30 minutes.

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Grab the most popular VPN of 2017 for just $29

Using the internet is becoming increasingly risky, and many people aren't taking the precautions necessary to protect their data and ultimately themselves. Using a VPN to protect yourself is never a bad idea, but free services are often unreliable, slow, and unsafe.

What you need is an affordable VPN service with a proven track record to keep your data private while you browse the internet. You have several devices, so you need it to work on multiple platforms, and you need servers close to you so you don't suffer from slow speeds.

Right now, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a sale on a lifetime subscription to the award-winning VPN Unlimited. A one-time payment of $39.99 gives you a lifetime subscription covering five devices. If you're unsure if this is the VPN for you, get the 3-year subscription for $29 and give it a good test — although at that price you're still better off opting for a lifetime subscription.

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VPN Unlimited has servers in over 35 countries to ensure internet speeds are fast and reliable. You can use your subscription on up to five devices at once and can delete unused devices and add new ones. The VPN Unlimited app is available in multiple languages and is compatible with iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows, and Windows Mobile. If for whatever reason you need to protect more devices — maybe you're a business owner — there are also lifetime subscriptions available for 10, 25, and up to 100 devices!

Connecting to the internet with a VPN means your data is encrypted — unlike many other VPN services, there is no limit on data usage, and you won't experience any throttling. The internet isn't getting any safer, so why wait? This lifetime subscription deal for only $40 won't be available forever.

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Canadians can save $100 on the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition right now!

The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition continues to be a hot item, and right now, it's available for $100 off through Amazon, Blueshop, Staples, Walmart and Best Buy in Canada! Additionally, if the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition isn't for you and you're more a fan of the silver version, you can snag one of them for $80 off bringing the price down to $649.99 CAD.

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Anker's $17 PowerPort 4 can charge four of your gadgets at once

Can't go wrong with one of these.

Anker's PowerPort 4 is one of the most popular options for charging more than one device at the same time, and right now you can pick one up for just $16.99. To get this price, you'll need to enter coupon code ANKERUSB during checkout, which will save you $3 from its regular price. From its compact design with folding plug to its 2.4A output per port, this thing is built to last and help keep you charged at all times. The MultiProtect safety system helps to ensure the connected devices are protected from things like overcharging and overheating.

This charger is backed by an 18-month warranty. You'll need to add your own cables to it, so be sure to grab a Lightning cable, USB-C cable or MicroUSB cable to go along with it.

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BlackBerry Motion now available in 28 countries across Europe from the BlackBerry Mobile EU store!

BlackBerry fans in Europe looking to get their hands on a brand new BlackBerry Motion now have a one-stop shop to choose from. The BlackBerry Mobile EU store has now gone live with sales for the BlackBerry Motion and BlackBerry Motion accessories across 28 countries.

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Hong Kong banks embracing BlackBerry software and services

BlackBerry's focus on software and services appears to be paying off in Hong Kong according to Mike Ding, senior sales director for North Asia at BlackBerry. In a new report posted by Computer World HK, migration from legacy systems is fueling growth for BlackBerry there.

"About 40% to 50% of banks in Hong Kong have started migrating their internal applications used for their office work to the mobile platform," said Ding during a press briefing last Tuesday, adding that banks in the city are running on average 50 applications in their backend operations.

"We almost triple the revenue in Hong Kong in 2017 compared to the year before," he said. "About 90% of Fortune 100 banks are using our enterprise mobility and security products such as secure email and secure mobile Office. And the banking and insurance sector comprise the bulk of our customers in the city."

"Our value proposition is to provide the most secure and comprehensive way to connect people, devices processes, and systems for the enterprise of things," Ding said. "We guard against data leakage with containerization for all devices – meaning data is always protected in a secure container," he said.

"We have been reaching out to relevant people and partnering with some organizations. But it will take some time before our business with the government sector gets off the ground, given that this market segment has a longer decision-making cycle and budget constraint," Ding said.

In addition to the mobile platform growth, Ding also notes that BlackBerry is looking to expand more into the Government sector plus, ramp up their efforts to bring their IoT offerings to the area as well. Ding noted that BlackBerry is currently in talks with Hong Kong-based shipping companies for the deployment of BlackBerry Radar.

Read the full report at Computer World HK

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Save 97% on the Microsoft Data Analysis Bundle!

For decades, Microsoft has been a leader in advanced data tools. From Excel spreadsheets, to Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), to Microsoft Access database management system, businesses have been relying on these tools to help solve problems, automate complicated processes, and deliver data in a digestible manner.

Raise your earning potential by mastering Microsoft's Advanced Data Tools! Learn more

If your company or business uses one or more of these services but you're not as well-versed as you'd like, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a great deal for you. You can get Lifetime Access to the Microsoft Data Analysis Bundle for just $29. Valued at over $1100, that's a savings of 97%!

This bundle includes more than 30 hours of content split across four courses on the following Microsoft Advanced Data Tools:

  • Microsoft Power BI
  • Advanced Excel
  • Advanced VBA
  • Advanced Microsoft Access

Training yourself on these services is a great example of professional development, and shows potential employers that you're serious about learning new tools and skills. Don't miss out on this deal as it won't last foreverAd!

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RSVP now for the KEYone 1 Year Celebration at Mobile World Congress!

Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona on February 26, which coincides with the 1-year anniversary of the launch of the BlackBerry KEYone. To celebrate, we've teamed up with BlackBerry Mobile to host a fun-filled night, and you're all invited, all you have to do is RSVP!

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How durable is the BlackBerry Motion? JerryRigEverything puts one to the test!

Being the first IP67 rated BlackBerry released, along with its nano-diamond anti-scratch resistant coating and aluminum frame, there is an expectation of added durability that comes with the BlackBerry Motion. Does it live up to those expectations? Well, Zack from JerryRigEverything has put one to the test to find out!

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How to disable the Convenience Key on your BlackBerry KEYone or BlackBerry Motion

The Convenience Key on the BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion is great for a wide array of configuration options including making it simple to call one of your favorite contacts, opening apps, and more but not everyone finds it useful and some, would even prefer to disable it entirely. If you fit into that group, you can disable the Convenience Key rather easily in just a few steps, here's how!

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BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60 February updates now rolling out

After a few months of having their update schedules all out of whack, along with some OS verification issues, the DTEK50 and DTEK60 seem to be back on track for regularly scheduled updates. Right now, new builds are going featuring the February security update from Google and likely some internal fixes as well. Builds we're seeing are coming in weighing in around 100+MB marked as AAU660.

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Should BlackBerry revive BlackBerry Blend and bring it to Android phones?

I really loved BlackBerry Blend and moving to Android-based BlackBerry smartphones, it being missing has always felt like a bit of void that no mishmash of apps can fill. For those who might not know, BlackBerry Blend was a desktop app that worked in conjunction with BlackBerry 10 smartphones to bring all your BBM messages, emails and text messages from your BlackBerry to your computer or tablet

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This 10-course bundle may be your ticket to a six-figure career in Project Management

You've been thinking about getting a new certification to move you ahead at work; in fact, it's been on your to-do list for a long time. Being a Project Manager is the ultimate goal, and you know you'd be perfect for the job with the right certification. With tuition costs that seem to climb with every passing year and limited free time on your hands, how are you supposed to attend classes and afford any kind of certification? Project Management Professionals are sought after in nearly every field, and even if you're convinced that you can't afford the time or money to get your certificate, can you afford not to? Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Pursue a High-Demand Profession with One of the Industry's Most Respected Certifications! Learn more

Becoming a certified Project Management Professional, or PMP, is absolutely within your reach. Online certification is just as recognized as classroom learning today, and it's far more convenient, too. The professionals at iCollege want you to start your journey to becoming a PMP as soon as possible!

Take this 10-course bundle which features over 100 hours of content. If you've seen other Project Management courses advertised before but couldn't decide which one to get, this is the one because it includes courses on:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Associate In Project Management (PMI-CAPM)
  • Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)
  • CompTIA Project+ PK0-003
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Sig Sigma Black Belt
  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Operation

Pursue a High-Demaand Profession with One of the Industry's Most Respected Certifications! Learn more

If you were to buy these courses individually it would cost you close to $3000, but for a limited time you can get this entire bundle for just $49. Yep, you read that right. You'll save 98% off the regular price on these courses that may help you jumpstart a new career!

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PayPal has discontinued the ability to send money using BBM

Over the course of the last few BBM beta releases, folks started noticing PayPal integration was no longer appearing as available. As with any beta, bugs happen, and for the most part, it got chalked up to it being just that, a bug. With the latest BBM now official, though, PayPal has begun emailing those who were using the integration to let them know that the ability to send money with PayPal using BBM has been discontinued as of February 6, 2018.

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