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Inst10 for BlackBerry 10 updated with multiple photo viewing and improved support for Instagram Stories

After rolling out a major update near the end of September, Inst10 for Instagram has now recieved another new update. This time around, it's a feature addition which many folks have been waiting for. Available on BlackBerry World, the latest update to Inst10 brings support for multiple photo viewing in feeds as well as support for Stories, though, there's a catch. You can't post your own Stories, only view those posted by others.

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CrackBerry Kevin Fasting Fundraiser Complete: 20lbs dropped and $13k raised for hurricane relief efforts!

CrackBerry Kevin's Fasting Fundraiser is now complete. In 3 weeks CBK dropped 20lbs through fasting and exercise and helped raise over $13,000 for Hurricane relief efforts!

October 14th, 2017 - Hi Everyone! A quick update here in regards to my #FastingForFlorida challenge. I fly home Sunday back to Canada, which means this event has officially come to an end (that said, you can still hit the link at the bottom of this post to contribute to the disaster relief efforts of your choice).

It's been a transformative three weeks for me. On the fundraiser side, it's been amazing to exceed our $10k goal and raise over $13,000. On thee personal side, I feel like a 21 year old CrackBerry Kevin vs. 37 years old. I managed to drop 20lbs through fasting, strict diet and exercise and I feel simply awesome. I'm really taking this experience as a strong turning point to make sure I maintain both this focus on health but also on giving back and doing everything I can to help others.

Be sure to watch the video above for an update. And if you're curious to hear more of the nitty gritty details of my three weeks, be sure to stay tuned for the CrackBerry Podcast getting recorded early this week.

Thanks again to everyone who contributed. Your support is TRULY appreciated!

ORIGINAL POST: September 21st, 2017

I'm in Miami the next three weeks. Instead of over indulging the way I tend to when I visit Florida, I'm going to fast and give the money I'd normally spend on food and booze to the American Red Cross to help fund Hurricane Relief Efforts

OK CrackBerry Nation... it's time for... something a little cracky. For those of you who have been following this BlackBerry-loving community for the past ten years, you'll know that from time to time CrackBerry Kevin does slightly crazy things. Sometimes it's crazy for the sake of crazy, and sometime I try to make the most out of that craziness and raise money for good causes. Example: Here's a video of me eating a giant raw onion to help grow my Movember mustache quicker.

I'm tackling this new stunt as a way of raising money in support of Hurricane relief efforts. If you have the means to contribute and haven't yet, please hit the link at the bottom of the post to jump over to the official fundraising page where you can donate to the American Red Cross. I'd love us to raise a whack load of cash. And if you don't have the means to contribute, no worries - I'd appreciate your positive energy the next few weeks as I eat a lot of... air. Hopefully there will be some entertainment value here too. Be sure to watch the video above for the official #FastingForFlorida challenge introduction! :)

21 Day #FastingForFlorida Challenge

Over the past decade Florida has been my home away from home. Mobile Nations is HQ'd out of Florida and we have many people spread throughout the state. I spend a lot of time visiting colleagues and friends in Miami. And for many years BlackBerry would also hold their annual WES/BlackBerry World conference in Orlando every May, which was always the highlight of my year. I am lucky and grateful for to have sooo many fond and unforgettable Florida memories (including an awesome Bachelor party weekend...which I mainly remember).

Normally when visiting Miami I tend to indulge - lots of food and lots of booze. I can't help it. As a Canadian living in Winnipeg (COLD LONG WINTERS) coming to Florida always puts me into vacation mode, even when I'm here to hustle and get work done. Somehow flying into Miami today and thinking about all those who have been impacted by the recent (and ongoing) hurricane disasters hitting Florida and the Caribbean, transitioning into my default Miami lifestyle just doesn't feel right. So instead, I'm going to do the opposite. For the next three weeks I'm going to fast while here and take all that money I save by not eating or drinking and donate it to hurricane relief efforts. That's $3,000 I'm going to personally pledge. I'll do it safely - following the protocols outlined in The Complete Guide to Fasting. I'll also chronicle the experience for those who have ever wondered what's it like to give up food and exist off 200 calories a day (mainly soup broth and Kombucha) for three weeks. Be sure to follow @crackberrykevin on Twitter and Instagram for the daily updates and visit the #FastingForFlorida Fundraiser Page for regular updates.

My Challenge to You / Your Company

While I'll be personally donating $3,000 to this campaign, if you can contribute, please do. The more we raise the more I'm going to make sure I see this thing through to the end (no cheating!). Every dollar raised helps. I'd love to raise over $10,000 at a minimum. And more would be even better. And if any person or company is willing to match or exceed my donation, you a lot of CBK love is coming your way. Let's do this!!

Visit the #FastingForFlorida Fundraiser Page on CrowdRise to Contribute!

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BlackBerry Mobile drops hot new first look video of the BlackBerry Motion!

Sure, the BlackBerry Motion has already been announced and all that but if you go looking on YouTube for videos of the device in action, well, there just isn't that many as of yet since the device hasn't been released but luckily, BlackBerry Mobile has their own YouTube account and has now dropped a hot new video offering their first look at the BlackBerry Motion.

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1010 named as Hong Kong's first BlackBerry Platinum Partner

Expanding on their already existing business relationships, BlackBerry and 1O1O have now announced that 1010 is the first mobile operator in Hong Kong to earn BlackBerry Platinum Partner status, enabling 1010 to offer companies in Hong Kong BlackBerry services to manage and secure mobile devices, and connected things.

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BBM for Android and iOS is all sorts of messed up right now

Having issues logging into your BBM account? If so, you're not alone. Seemingly, there are plenty of folks out there, who after a recent update, are now no longer able to log into their BBM accounts.

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Watch BlackBerry QNX's autonomous vehicle drive on Canadian public roads for the first time!

Sticking to their plans to have autonomous vehicles officially hit the road in Ontario in 2017 following the launch of the automated vehicle (AV) pilot program in Canada, BlackBerry QNX's autonomous vehicle has now hit public roads in Ottawa for the first time while also being connected to public infrastructure. The vehicle used for the occasion was BlackBerry QNX's self-driving Lincoln MKZ, which was previously used at CES on test tracks.

On hand for the event was Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Councilor Marianne Wilkinson, and John Wall, General Manager at BlackBerry QNX. On Jan. 1, 2016, Ontario became the first province in Canada to create a pilot regulatory framework to test automated vehicles on its roads and BlackBerry QNX, along with many partners such as The University of Waterloo, PolySync, Erwin Hymer Group, Renesas Electronics and more have heavily invested in autonomous vehicle research through such initiatives as the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC).

Before the event took place, Techopia Live spoke with Jenna Sudds, the executive director of the Kanata North Business Association, BlackBerry QNX's Grant Courville and Invest Ottawa's Blair Patacairk about the significance of the demo, be sure to watch the interview!

Via: MobileSyrup

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CrackBerry Poll: What type of BlackBerry are you using?

Over the course of BlackBerry's existence, folks have gone from using BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and now, Android. With that in mind, it's not exactly a shocking experience to look around see folks still using older devices. Everyone from the folks you see walking down the street to celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton can still be spotted rocking out with older BlackBerry devices.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition officially launched in Singapore

The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition continues to launch around the world with the latest taking place in Singapore. Officially available starting tomorrow through several retailers such as Singtel, Starhub, and M1, the KEYone Black Edition has a suggested retail price of SG$858.00.

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Become a certified AWS solution architect with this $49 bundle!

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world's leading cloud computing platform, used by many of your favorite online services, including Netflix, Spotify, and Shazam. AWS pros are in high demand, but special training is required to master the tools.

Save 92% on this great course bundle! Learn more

If you're new to AWS, you need a course that covers the fundamentals of cloud computing. Unfortunately, this type of training — with certification included — is usually quite expensive. Right now, however, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a deal on an AWS Solution Architect certification training bundle. Instead of the usual price of $649, you'll pay just $49. That's 92 percent off the regular price.

This bundle includes 22 hours of content, including training in EC2, S3, RDS, and EBS. You'll learn how to design fully functional systems on AWS, as well as how to select the appropriate AWS service based on data, computer, database, or security requirements.

Build up your skills! Learn more

Interested in a career with AWS cloud computing? This is the course you need to learn the fundamentals, plus certification of completion is included. At this price, the time is now!

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BlackBerry and BLU Products stop patent litigation in favor of patent license agreement!

Back in August of 2016, BlackBerry announced they had initiated two patent infringement lawsuits against BLU Products, Inc. At the time, BlackBerry alleged that BLU was infringing multiple BlackBerry patents by using, without authorization, BlackBerry's proprietary technology in BLU's commercial mobile devices.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from select retailers in Canada

Although the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition has appeared off and on through a few retailers in Canada, BlackBerry Mobile has now updated their site and sent off emails letting folks know the official list of spots to pick up a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition.

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BlackBerry Motion makes it onto Late Night with Seth Meyers

Now that the BlackBerry Motion is official, news of its release has been spreading around in some interesting ways. For fans of late night TV or more specifically, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Meyers dropped a hot take on the latest BlackBerry Monday evening.

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Get a one-year subscription to Linux Academy for just $149!

Linux Academy is one of the leading providers of education related to cloud-based computing systems. It provides in-depth training and certification of completion, meaning it can help you snag a lucrative new career.

Get access to 103 cloud-computing courses for just $149! Learn more

Registration fees are generally expensive, but right now Windows Central Digital Offers has a running deal that will significantly cut the cost. Instead of paying $348, you'll pay just $149. That's 57 percent off the regular price.

That $149 grants you access for a full year to 103 different courses and over 1,200 hours of video training in AWS, OpenStack, Linux, Azure, Containers, DevOps, and more. Plus, certification of completion is included. Need a hand? Full-time instructors are ready to help out.

Get a one-year subscription to Linux Academy, now 57 percent off! Learn more

If you're interested in a new career in cloud computing, this one-year subscription to Linux Academy is a great place to start. At more than half off, the time to enroll might just be now.

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Du partners with BlackBerry to offer AtHoc, BlackBerry UEM and Workspaces in the UAE

Looking to expand their offerings to enterprise solutions to customers, du has announced a new partnership with BlackBerry which will see BlackBerry's latest software solutions and services be offered to enterprise customers across the UAE. Services to be offered include BlackBerry AtHoc, BlackBerry UEM and finally, BlackBerry Workspaces.

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BlackBerry makes Samsung devices more secure by bringing new features to SecuSUITE for Samsung Knox

As BlackBerry continues to enhance their software portfolio, they've now announced new features to SecuSUITE for Samsung Knox to help keep Samsung devices more secure. Going forward, SecuSUITE for Samsung Knox will support SecuVOICE to make secure phone calls plus, customers can now also make use of BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) platform to manage their devices.

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Belsimpel lists the BlackBerry Motion as coming soon for €469

An earlier version of this article noted the price being €499. After the article went live, Belsimpel dropped it to €469. We've updated the article to reflect the newly listed pricing of €469.

While the initial launch of the BlackBerry Motion was noted to be limited, it does seem as though some select partners are already gearing up for release beyond the UAE and Saudia Arabia. Belsimpel has now listed the Motion as coming soon on their site.

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You can now pre-order the BlackBerry Motion from Axiom Telecom

If you're looking to be among the first to pick up a BlackBerry Motion in the UAE, the folks at Axiom Telecom have now opened up their pre-order page for the all-new touchscreen BlackBerry. As noted when the device was made official at GITEX, the BlackBerry Motion pricing has been set at 1,699 AED and if you place your order through Axiom, shipments are expected to start rolling out as of October 22. Have you pre-ordered? Let us know in the comments or swing by the CrackBerry BlackBerry Motion forums for more Motion discussion.

See more at Axiom Telecom

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BlackBerry Motion Specs and Features

The parts that make up the BlackBerry Motion

Now that the BlackBerry Motion is official, that means the full rundown of specs has been put out to the world as well, here's what makes the BlackBerry Motion move.

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BlackBerry Motion skips the keyboard, brings huge 4000mAh battery and IP67 rating instead!

With GITEX Technology Week now officially kicked off, BlackBerry Mobile used their time there to go ahead and officially announce their all-new BlackBerry Motion. Falling right in line with the rumored specs surrounding the device ahead of the official announcement, the BlackBerry Motion features a 5.5-inch full HD display, 4GB RAM and a 4,000mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support and is rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, all powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC. When it comes to taking photos, the BlackBerry Motion makes use of a 12MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture along with an 8MP front-facing camera.

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Our BlackBerry Motion forums are now open!

Looking to discuss the BlackBerry Motion? Good news! We've now opened up our BlackBerry Motion forums and you're all invited to come hang out. Now that the device has gone from being registered at many of the compliance outlets to have the full-on render leak via @evleaks, we figured it was time to give it a proper forum for discussion. As it stands, there are already plenty of threads discussing the Motion and they're sure to grow with plenty of questions, device help and more! So, be sure to stop by often.

Join the discussion in our BlackBerry Motion forums!

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