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Keyboard File brings a BlackBerry 10 style file manager to your Priv or KEYone

Following the release of the awesome Keyboard Browser for Android, developer Alain Grange has now released a new a file manager app for Android as well. Taking on styling from BlackBerry 10, Keyboard File for Android allows you to enjoy the benefits of a physical keyboard for file management on your BlackBerry Priv or KEYone by integrating multiple keyboard shortcuts.

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What's in MrMobile's bag for 2017?

It's been a full year since I last gave you a peek into my pockets for a tour of MrMobile's Everyday Carry. That's equivalent to four years on the planet Mercury, seven years for the common canine – and roughly a century when it comes to mobile technology. In that time I've traded Windows Mobile for BlackBerry; shed the Microsoft Band in favor of some even bigger smartwatches; and upgraded to the new iPad Pro while leaving my MacBook as-is. Oh, and I bought a wallet at a comic book store. Because YOLO, or something.

So whether you're seeking early ideas for Prime Day or just wondering what populates the pockets of a crazy contrarian like me, come check out the gadgetry that gets me where I'm going – in MrMobile's 2017 Everyday Carry!

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You'd be foolish not to buy a refurbished Echo for just $90 today

The Thrifter team is back again, this time bringing you the best deal you'll find on a certified refurbished Amazon Echo!

If you've been eyeing the full-sized Echo and haven't dropped the cash on one already, today's the day. Leading up to Prime Day, Amazon has dropped the price on a certified refurbished Echo down to just $89.99 for today only, which is the lowest this powerful smart speaker has ever been. What makes the timing of this deal even more important is that Amazon plans to offer voice exclusive discounts on Prime Day, meaning you'll need an Alexa-enabled product to take advantage of them. Depending on where you live, you may be able to get one in time to participate in those discounts if you order now!

Amazon says the certified refurbished Echo have been tested and will look and work like new. You can pick one up in your choice of black or white, and at this price, you won't want to miss out. If you aren't already a member of Amazon's Prime service, now is also a great time to sign up for the free 30-day trial. This will not only allow you to grab a discounted Echo today, but also take part in all the Prime Day fun that is right around the corner.

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How to use icon packs on the BlackBerry KEYone

Tired of the same old icons? Fear not — you can change them!

If you're not a fan of the default app icons on the BlackBerry KEYone, don't worry. While on many Android devices you can't change the stock icons in the default launcher, the BlackBerry KEYone lets you do just that. You can download any of the thousands of icon packs in the Google Play store and give your KEYone a personal touch! Here's how to do it:

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Billaway and BBM extend BBM Rewards to four new territories

When it comes to expanding the offerings within BBM, Creative Media Works has been on a roll. The latest version has brought better spam protection, video for Group Chat, a cleaner user interface, and more including the expansion of BBM Rewards to four new territories, after the initial release in South Africa, the U.S. and Canada. BBM users in Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore and the UK can now earn rewards by responding to surveys and other activities.

The technology used for this service relies on Billaway's marketing platform, which can be integrated seamlessly into any mobile application. Since launching in South Africa two months ago, BBM Messenger users are saving up to 80% of their monthly airtime bill via BBM Rewards.

BBM Rewards enables market research firms, polls and survey companies to seek consumer insights on a variety of topics such as sports, beauty, politics, food, technology and more.

"Consumers' opinions on important issues, current events, products and services are very valuable to organizations providing market research, polls and surveys. With BBM Rewards, you can now trade your thoughts and opinions for free mobile airtime, gaming credits or even tickets to local attractions," explains Paul Harkins, CEO of Billaway. "BBM Rewards is an easy, fun and best of all, cost-free way to lower your mobile bill and reduce costs on daily expenses."

As noted by Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company, which operates and runs BBM globally "We've been busy adding a ton of new services to the BBM Discover menu that we know BBM users are interested to use in their daily lives. We are focusing on working with best-in-breed partners like Billaway to provide an enriched experience within BBM, giving users more compelling reasons to share BBM content and services with their friends and family."

Billaway and BBM Messenger Further Extends BBM Rewards to Four New Territories

BBM Messenger Users in Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore and the UK Can Earn Free Mobile Airtime and Other Rewards by Responding to Surveys and Other Activities

Singapore, July 6, 2017 – Following the series of successful launches with BBM Messenger in South Africa, the U.S. and Canada, Billaway, a U.S. based marketing technology company that enables mobile phone consumers the ability to earn rewards, today further extends BBM Rewards with Creative Media Works, which operates as BBM, for consumers across Android and iOS platforms in Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

BBM Messenger users across the four markets can now earn mobile airtime or gift cards via BBM Rewards when they engage in surveys and other activities. Free mobile airtime is available to anyone who uses the BBM Messenger application, which can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android smartphones. To participate in the service, the user simply clicks on 'Rewards' in the BBM Discover menu within BBM Messenger.

The technology used for this service relies on Billaway's marketing platform, which can be integrated seamlessly into any mobile application. Since launching in South Africa two months ago, BBM Messenger users are saving up to 80% of their monthly airtime bill via BBM Rewards.

BBM Rewards enables market research firms, polls and survey companies to seek consumer insights on a variety of topics such as sports, beauty, politics, food, technology and more.

"Consumers' opinions on important issues, current events, products and services are very valuable to organizations providing market research, polls and surveys. With BBM Rewards, you can now trade your thoughts and opinions for free mobile airtime, gaming credits or even tickets to local attractions," explains Paul Harkins, CEO of Billaway. "BBM Rewards is an easy, fun and best of all, cost-free way to lower your mobile bill and reduce costs on daily expenses."

BBM Messenger is one of the largest mobile messaging applications in the world. Since it was created in August 2005, BBM has evolved from a free messaging application for communication (text and video) to a social eco-system unifying chat, social, commerce and services including bill payment, top-up, vouchers/coupons, news, games, comics, video, shopping, travel, career, sports and polls.

According to Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company, which operates and runs BBM globally, "We've been busy adding a ton of new services to the BBM Discover menu that we know BBM users are interested to use in their daily lives. We are focusing on working with best-in-breed partners like Billaway to provide an enriched experience within BBM, giving users more compelling reasons to share BBM content and services with their friends and family."

*BBM is available on the App Store and Google Play for free download.

About BBM

On 27 June 2016, Creative Media Works, a division of PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi Tbk. (Emtek, IDX:EMTK) – one of Indonesia's largest media, content and technology businesses – announced a long term strategic alliance with BlackBerry Limited to accelerate consumer BBM's research and development in offering new and exciting features, services and content to the global consumer market. As part of this strategy, BBM is making its APIs available to expedite the growth of partners and consumer services such as:

  • Content – music and video streaming, games, sports, news, celebrity blogs, horoscopes and more
  • Commerce – shopping, gifting and coupons/vouchers
  • Online to Offline Commerce – booking movies, travel, health services, real-estate or job postings
  • Finance – P2P payments, money transfer, mobile phone re-charge, and utilities billing

Creative Media Works now operates under the BBM banner as a stand-alone consumer focused business with teams operating from Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Singapore, Jakarta, UAE and South Africa. For more information, visit www.bbm.com.

Make sure you grab the latest updates from Google Play or the App Store today to ensure you have access to all the latest BBM additions.

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Kick off your weekend with $1 movie rentals and $5 purchases at Amazon

Team Thrifter is back again, this time with some great deals on Amazon movie rentals and purchases ahead of Prime Day!

Before you know it, we will be in the midst of the Prime Day madness, but before that, we should all take some time this weekend to sit back, relax, and watch a movie. Amazon's latest offer brings $0.99 rentals and $4.99 purchases to Prime members. The deal, as you'd expect, doesn't cover the company's entire library of titles, but there is quite a mix available on both the rental and purchase end of it.

Some of the titles include:

Rental

Purchases

There are a lot more titles available for both rent and purchase, so you'll want to check out the full lists to see if anything else may be of interest for you. If you've yet to stream anything from Prime Video on your television before, Amazon is also offering a $10 credit when you do for the first time.

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Learn all about digital marketing in 2017 for only $19

Digital marketing is so important in 2017 for all businesses, but especially for smaller and mid-sized companies trying to separate from the rest of the pack. Knowing how to use social media, Google Analytics, SEO, and AdWords effectively is crucial — but where to begin?

Step up your digital marketing game for only $19! Learn more

That's where The Complete Digital Marketing Course 2017 comes in! For only $19, you get 12 courses for the price of one that arms you with all the knowledge you need to take advantage of all the marketing tools available on the internet.

In total, there are 19.5 hours of content spread over 169 lessons which cover the following topics:

  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Market Research
  • Wordpress
  • Email Marketing
  • Copywriting
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Youtube
  • Facebook Marketing
  • Twitter
  • Quora Marketing
  • Google Adwords

Usually, a comprehensive course like this would cost at least $200, but you can save 90% for a limited time thanks to CrackBerry Digital Offers.

Become a knowledgable digital marketing expert! Learn more

Get a complete education in building a powerful and profitable online campaign that will set either your business or your resume apart! Now available for only $19, you won't want to miss out on this deal!

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STAGE360 mobile music and content service now available on BBM

The Discover tab in BBM continues to grow as BBM brings in new services and content to the platform. The latest to appear comes by way of Stream.Digital who today launched STAGE360 Music, a South African first mobile music and content service.

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Limited-edition MrMobile t-shirt available now!

Show the world that you appreciate informative, entertaining technology reviews by picking up the ultimate t-shirt for the discerning gadget enthusiast. This Next Level Tri-Blend premium tee is available in black, and will announce to the world that you're a tech genius on the move, sporting the best in both electronics and fashion.

Proceeds from sales help to support the Mr. Mobile YouTube Channel. The limited-edition official Mr. Mobile "Stay Mobile, My Friends" t-shirt is available right now from teespring.com. Grab one before this offer ends! …and Stay Mobile.

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BlackBerry begins rollout of July Android security update

The BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team has now announced they have begun the rollout of the July Android security update for BlackBerry smartphones. Once downloaded and installed, you should see your security patch level change and this time around, it will appear as July 1st, 2017 or later.

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Grab this IT Security Specialist Super Bundle for just $59!

More businesses are moving online each day, and with them comes the need for increased IT security. There are plenty of high-profile hacks already in the books, and there will no doubt be more. The professionals in this field are in high demand, but the training required to land this sort of career usually isn't cheap.

Save 98% on this IT Security Specialist Super Bundle! Learn more

Right now, however, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a deal on an IT Security Specialist Super Bundle. Instead of paying the usual price of $3,289, you'll instead pay just $59. No, that isn't a typo. That's a savings of 98%.

This bundle contains 10 complete courses, including:

  • CompTIA Security+ SY0-401
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)
  • Cisco 210-260: CCNA Security
  • Risk Management Professional (RMP)
  • CSA Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Security Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)

This is over 113 hours of content that will take you from beginner to pro, and you'll be able to ace 10 different certification exams that potential employers look for.

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If you've been thinking about a new, lucrative career, or you've just always been interested in IT security, this is the bundle for you. Want to save thousands of dollars? Don't wait too long.

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BlackBerry KEYone now officially available in Belgium from Fnac!

If you live in Belgium and have been waiting to get your hands on the BlackBerry KEYone, Fnac can help you out. The retailer has now put their BlackBerry KEYone sales live on their website with retail pricing set at €599, which is certainly better pricing that what some of the third-party retailers have been selling the KEYone for.

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From the Editor's Desk: Celebration and reflection

Hard to believe it's July already.

As usual, this month kicked off with Canada Day celebrations, which this year was extra special as it was the 150th anniversary of Canada. Across all of Canada, there were special events being held to honor the occasion. From a BlackBerry perspective, BlackBerry CEO John Chen took the time to write up a great post on the Inside BlackBerry blog highlighting the fact that even with BlackBerry's Global expansion, the company remains headquartered in Waterloo and their investment in Canada and Canadian innovation will continue.

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Thrifter is giving away two pairs of hand-crafted Grado Labs headphones, and one could be yours

Team Thrifter is back again, this time with a chance for you to win one of two pairs of hand-crafted headphones!

Headphones come in all shapes, sizes, and prices these days, and it's much easier to spend $10 on a set than it is to drop a few hundred. Unfortunately, you won't get the same build or audio quality out of the cheaper ones, but sometimes that's all you want to spend at the time. Ever dream of owning a beautiful pair of handmade headphones? If so, we've got a giveaway you won't want to miss.

To celebrate the recent launch of Thrifter's new site and branding, they partnered up with Grado Labs to be able to give away two pairs of its awesome headphones. We have a pair of the SR325e (which retail for $325), as well as a pair of the RS2e (which retail for $495). Grado Labs is based out of Brooklyn, NY, and the company actually hand makes all the headphones and cartridges it sells.

We will give you a minute to drool over how nice these headphones are ...

Ok, so how do you enter? The process is actually pretty simple, and there are a variety of ways to try and score a set of these headphones for yourself. Some of the easiest ways include following Thrifter on Twitter, signing up for our newsletter, and tweeting us! The contest runs through July 13, so be sure to get all your entries in before then!

Enter now to win a pair of Grado headphones from Thrifter!

For more great deals be sure to check out Thrifter now!

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Become a certified SEO pro with this training bundle, now just $29

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has, in recent years, become an integral part of pretty much any business model. What is it? It's how high the pages of your website rank on search engines, which, as you know, is used worldwide.

Become an SEO expert with this $29 bundle! Learn more

Without proper SEO, your pages will be buried somewhere in a search engine's results, meaning you'll get fewer clicks and less business. The training required to become an SEO pro is usually expensive, and working it into your already hectic schedule can be a pain.

Right now, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a deal on a complete Search Engine Optimization certification training bundle. Instead of paying the usual price of $399, you'll instead pay just $29. That's 92% off the regular price!

Included in this bundle are 19 hours of content available to you for a full year so that you can work it into your schedule. This bundle will teach you how to drive the most traffic to your website, and also how to manage web analytics to keep everything running smoothly.

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If your business needs a boost, or if you're just interested in becoming an SEO expert, this bundle has what you need, including certification. At just $29, the time is now.

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Amazon's Prime Day 2017 brings 30 hours of deals starting July 10

Amazon has just announced 30 hours of deals starting on July 10, and the Thrifter team will be covering it all!

Prime Day 2017 will be spread across three days, starting Monday, July 10, at 9 p.m. EST and going until 3 a.m. Wednesday, July 12. The Thrifter team is already gathering all the information you need to know about Prime Day, and they will be on hand to cover this event from beginning to end, with every standout deal posted to the site and on Twitter.

While you can obviously expect the bulk of the deals to happen on Tuesday, July 11, don't be surprised if they kick off with a few great ones on Monday night. In fact, Amazon will be offering some exclusive deals to people using their Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. Those deals will start at 7 p.m. on July 10, two hours before everything else kicks off. Going even farther back, Amazon plans to drop some other big sales in the week leading up to Prime Day.

Amazon claims this year's Prime Day event will feature more than 100,000 deals. Well, that's just plain ridiculous because there's no way you're going to be able to keep up with every single deal that drops, especially when most of them disappear almost as quickly as they arrive. For that reason, we've got a dedicated team of deal-scourers at Thrifter ready to give their sweat and tears to sort through everything and show you the deals worth paying attention to. Follow the Thrifter team on Twitter for deals as fast as they can tweet.

Be sure to sign up for Amazon Prime (even free trials can participate in Prime Day), and get here on July 10 when the whole thing goes live and the fun really starts! And remember we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions here that you can peruse if you need more information.

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Winners to the BlackBerry KEYone Durability Giveaway Announced!

Two weeks back I put the BlackBerry KEYone through a series of "real world" drop tests and experiments to see how much of a beating the device could take. I started with four brand new retail units purchased from Rogers in Canada. If you didn't watch the video yet, you can see it above (over 400k views!). At the end of the day I only needed to destroy two KEYone units to get to a point where myself and I think everyone was satisfied that the KEYone could take a drop or two or three or four and keep on ticking.

In true CrackBerry fashion, I decided to give the two leftover (and unscathed!) devices to give away! Here are the winners. One was chosen at random from comments left on the original CrackBerry article and the other was chosen at random from comments left on the YouTube video.

kpmiller18

See! BlackBerry outlasts them all! Keep this brand strong! I'd gladly take a KEYone to upgrade my Z10! I've been waiting for the right Android phone, and I think this is it! My pocket is screaming for the KEYone!

Claudia C.

A lot of people (including my kids) make fun of me because ever since my first BlackBerry phone, I have been addicted and have never bought anything else. My kids switched to apple and subsequently Samsung, but I stuck it out with BlackBerry and now it's like we're being rewarded!! I've always had a great experience with my BlackBerry and have never felt deprived. Thank you for making these videos. BlackBerry and CrackBerry rocks!!

Big congrats go to the winners and thanks to everyone for entering and helping spread the word. This is CrackBerry so you know we're never too far away from our next giveaway - so be sure to keep it locked to CrackBerry for your next chance to win.

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MediaMarkt kicks off Testblogger campaign in Germany where you can test and keep a BlackBerry KEYone!

Live in Germany and want to test and keep a new BlackBerry KEYone? MediaMarkt has just opened up a TestBlogger campaign in the region that will facilitate just that. All you need to do is signup in their community and create some threads about what motivates you to want to try and keep a BlackBerry KEYone.

You have until June 30th to apply and on July 3rd four users will be selected from the Smart Wohnen Community based on their forum feedback. Now, you can already purchase the device in Germany from these fine retailers:

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BlackBerry KEYone now available to pre-order in France from SFR

As BlackBerry Mobile continues to roll out the BlackBerry KEYone across various regions, they've now officially added the first French carrier to the list. SFR in France has now put their BlackBerry KEYone pre-orders live with shipments expected to start being delivered as of the first week of July.

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Canadian unlocked versions of the BlackBerry KEYone pushed back until later this summer

Not exactly a bad problem to have if you're BlackBerry Mobile.

When the BlackBerry KEYone was announced as coming in an unlocked version in Canada, BlackBerry Mobile intended to have the device available starting in June but as it stands now, folks in Canada looking to purchase the unlocked version will have to wait until later this summer.

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