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More BlackBerry KEYone news is coming your way next week!

Hot on the heels of Carphone Warehouse opening up pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone, Steve Cistulli, President & GM of TCL Communication (TCT) North America let it be known we should expect more KEY KEYone news next week. What it may be, we're not sure but to spark some further excitement, he tweeted out a pretty slick photo of the BlackBerry KEYone along with what we can only assume is a look at the retail packaging.

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Sign up for a CrackBerry Meetup Group in your City!

It's time to next level the CrackBerry Meetup fun. We've just added 45+ more cities to our CrackBerry Meetup Groups list. If you live in one of these cities and would attend a meetup with other BlackBerry fans, SIGN UP NOW!

As part of our 10 years of CrackBerry celebration fun, I'm trying to bring as many BlackBerry fans together as I can. So far we've hit up Barcelona, Toronto, Winnipeg, Miami and NYC and we've had a blast in every city, giving attendees the opportunity to get an early hands-on look at the BlackBerry KEYone. I'll soon be announcing four more cities I'll be bringing the CrackBerry Meetup tour to in May - you'll want to sign up for the city you live in on our CrackBerry Meetup Groups page so you don't miss out when a meetup gets scheduled.

Making CrackBerry Meetups Happen in More Cities!

I've realized two things from our meetups this year:

  1. It's about bringing BlackBerry fans together. As cool as it was for everyone to get to see the KEYone early, the best part is having a bunch of hardcore BlackBerry fans together in one room who can meet in real life and talk BlackBerry for a night.
  2. CrackBerry Kevin doesn't scale that well. Even living out of a suitcase for a couple of months, there are only so many places I can hit up.

Reflecting on those points, a light bulb went off. We could also have CrackBerry Meetups take place in cities where CrackBerry Kevin can't get to. We can find a volunteer or two in each city be our designated "CrackBerry Meetup Coordinator" and with the support of CrackBerry and our amazing community events/contests coordinator, Michelle Haag, we could bring meetups to life even if I can't be there in person (we'll send out a CB-Meetup-in-a-Box kit to our meetup coordinator, have an awesome prize to be given away at each meetup, etc.).

To that end, we've setup a new CrackBerry Meetup Group page that has FIFTY CITIES on it from around the world. We can add more locations too - so if your city isn't listed you can leave a comment letting us know and we can look at getting it added if enough people mention. I think it would be awesome if we could get 50+ members signed up in each city listed.

So that's it. Hit the link below to jump over to our meetup group listings and SIGN UP for your city. This will also help me to prioritize the cities I'll line up to visit, so if you participate in local BBM Groups, etc., be sure to rally your local BlackBerry-using friends and colleagues to sign up. Spread the word!!

Visit the Crackberry Meetup Groups page to find your city and SIGN UP!

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BlackBerry KEYone now available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

The BlackBerry KEYone is available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse SIM-free for £499 starting today.

And so it begins! We've been waiting to see some official news in regards to when consumers will be able to start buying the BlackBerry KEYone. The first country out of the gate is the UK with a pre-order announcement from the always-popular Carphone Warehouse.

Beginning today, UK residents can pre-order the BlackBerry KEYone SIM free for £499. The phone comes with the smartest keyboard ever put on a smartphone, a whopping HUGE 3,505mAh battery, and an awesome 12 megapixel camera (check out @blackberrymobile on Instagram for some amazing examples).

Full details in the press release and you can hit the Pre-Order link below to jump over to Carphone Warehouse's website to learn more and place you're order. If you're outside of the UK, be sure to visit www.blackberrymobile.com and sign up for updates.

Pre-Order the BlackBerry KEYone from Carphone Warehouse

Unlock your potential with the new BlackBerry KEYone. Now Available for pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

  • New BlackBerry® device featuring an innovative keyboard, powerful battery, industry leading camera sensor and top level security
  • The BlackBerry KEYone is available to pre-order SIM free for £499 from 20th April

London, 20th April, 2017 – The BlackBerry® KEYone is now available for pre-order online exclusively at Carphone Warehouse.

This new BlackBerry® device from TCL Communication features an innovative keyboard with improved shortcut capabilities and a hidden fingerprint scanner inside the space bar creates an entirely unique and tactile user experience. The unique physical keyboard can be adapted to provide bespoke shortcuts meaning each app is only one touch away.

The BlackBerry® KEYone provides plenty of power with a huge 3,505mAh battery, which is the largest battery ever in a BlackBerry® smartphone with up to 26 hours of mixed use.

The device also boasts a striking build with 4.5-inch, Full HD display screen which showcases the advanced visual quality, and a powerful 12MP camera, with large pixels to capture bright photos, a front facing lens and the capacity to shoot videos at 4K resolution.

BlackBerry's® updated advanced security software also means that the new KEYone is one of the most secure Android smartphones on the market.

For more information or to pre-order the BlackBerry® KEYone please visit:http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/blackberry/keyone.html

About Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone plc is Europe's leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 42,000 people in eleven countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone's primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, CurrysPCWorld and Simplifydigital in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phonehouse, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK & Ireland airports and Phone House in Spain. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services (including honeyBee software products), PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group's existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

Dixons Carphone was voted 'Retailer of the Year' at the Retail Week Awards 2016.

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BBM News brings global and local news right into your BBM

For a lot of folks, BBM and BBM groups have always been a way to aggregate and share news and information from around the world, and with that in mind, BBM has now introduced a new feature in the Discover tab of BBM called BBM News. The service, available to users worldwide brings global and local news and entertainment stories from leading news providers around the world into BBM via the discovery platform Outbrain.

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Prepare for four elite project management exams with this $54 course

As businesses grow, the projects they tackle also continue to escalate. Instead of squandering valuable resources in unneeded areas, project managers are being hired to oversee processes that will deliver efficiency and profits. These project managers are in high demand, but the training required to pass necessary certification exams is expensive.

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What you need is a course that encompasses the four major project management certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

Right now, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a deal on this exact course, and it's currently 98% off the regular price of $3,185. That's right: you'll pay only $54 for this extensive course that is designed to launch you into a new career.

There are over 100 hours of content and over 100 courses that focus on PMP, PMI-ACP, Agile, and Scrum available to you to help prepare for the exams, plus there are 156 Professional Development Units designed for certification management.

Ace your project management certification exams with this $54 course! Learn more

If you're ready to ace the project management exams and land a new, high-paying job, this is the course for you. Don't wait too long, as this deep sale won't last forever.

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BlackBerry expands its CyberSecurity Services reach via Allied World

As BlackBerry continues to grow and expand their distribution channels, they have now announced a new agreement with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings wherein Allied World will provide its cyber policyholders with direct access to BlackBerry's cybersecurity expertise through an online self-assessment tool that will identify areas of weakness.

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Anker discounts its most popular Bluetooth headphones & speakers in time for warmer weather

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with some big savings on various Anker Bluetooth accessories!

Over the past few weeks, winter finally gave way to spring and it's now nice enough to enjoy workouts without being cooped up in the gym. This is the running season you should ditch those old earbuds and go wireless. I'm hesitant to spend crazy amounts on Bluetooth headphones to workout with since no matter what manufacturers say, profuse amounts of sweat and electronics don't mix.

That's where Anker's SoundsBuds come in handy. They are lightweight, feature Bluetooth 4.1 (perfect for Apple Watch!) and aren't outrageously priced. In fact, they are even less expensive today since coupon code ANKER233 drops the black, green and blue models down to $22.99 (Reg. $30). Thousands of Amazon reviewers rate them 3.8 out of 5 stars so you know they'll hold up well. For those of you who have problems with earbuds popping out during workouts, you could give Anker's SoundBuds NB10 a try while they are on sale for $29.99 (Reg. $40) using coupon code ANKER260.

If you're looking for some wireless tunes for an upcoming picnic or BBQ, Anker's SoundCore Bluetooth 4.0 speaker boasts 24-hours of play time and is on sale for $30.59 (Reg. 36+) when you enter coupon code ANKMAY77 during checkout. There's also the SoundCore nano option for $18.66 (Reg. $25) with coupon code KINANK66, which is the perfect size for traveling.

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These GO-X3 Bluetooth headphones let you get active with your favorite tunes

Bluetooth headphones; sure, they're convenient in that they have no wires to contend with, but most aren't designed for an active lifestyle. As soon as you start running or jumping, they fall out. They also aren't usually designed to deal with sweat or outdoor conditions.

Grab these ARMOR-X GO-X3 Bluetooth headphones at 50% off! Learn more

You need a pair of Bluetooth headphones that won't fall out of your ears and won't be affected by rain or sweat. Right now, Windows Central Digital Offers has a deal on a pair of ARMOR-X GO-X3 Bluetooth headphones. Instead of the usual $60 price tag, you'll pay only $30. That's 50% off the regular price.

These headphones connect to your device with Bluetooth 4.1 and offer deep bass and clear treble. Silicone hooks on each ear ensure the headphones don't slip out of your ears, and a seven-hour battery means you can listen longer before charging. If a call happens to come in while you're wearing the headphones, you'll be given a voice notification with call information.

Listen to your favorite songs while you workout for only $30! Learn more

Tired of cheap earbud headphones that fall out of your ears and have a cable that snags while you're working out? The Bluetooth beauties from ARMOR-X are the answer. Grab them soon; this sale won't last long.

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Grab a set of wired stereo headphones for just $6 today

Need a set of basic headphones for listening to music and taking calls while on the go? If so, check out Cellet's stereo earphones in white or black or just $6 today!

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This $7 car charger will look like it is built into your car

Our friends at Thrifter are back again with another great deal, this time saving you big on a 2-port car charger!

Update: This popular deal is back again with a new coupon code. Be sure to use code AUKECAR7 at checkout for the savings!

Right now you can pick up Aukey's 2-port USB car charger for just $7 with coupon code AUKECAR7. This car charger, unlike many others, sits pretty flush with most of the cigarette adapters, so you won't really even notice that it is there. Being relatively flush, there is less of a chance that you'll knock it out or bang it around by accident while moving in your car, and being able to charge two devices at the same time is a great feature.

Remember, you need coupon code AUKECAR7 to get the discount here. Odds are it won't last long at this price, so be sure to act quickly if you want one!

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BBM for iOS updated with image and gallery refinements

BBM for iOS devices was updated today to version 300.0.10.38. This update introduces a new gallery mode that allows users to swipe through images shared in chats and groups. Along with this addition, backend changes to the BBM infrastructure have been implemented to help reduce spam invites. Also, users can now zoom-in to photos shared in chats.

Change Log:

  • Infrastructure features to reduce spam invites
  • Introduced gallery view allowing users to swipe through shared images in chats and group chats
  • Users can now zoom-in to photos shared in chats

These quality changes for iOS users on BBM come as a welcomed addition to the growing advancements being made by the BBM team. Last month we shared a big update to BBM that brought a new look, chatbot APIs and much more. If you haven't grabbed the latest version of BBM for your iOS devices, hit the link below.

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Want to try Browsie Browser for free? We've got 150 free copies available

When it comes to alternative browsers available for BlackBerry 10, Browsie Browser has long been fan favorite due to the sheer amount of additional features it offers. The latest release has now arrived in BlackBerry World and to help spread the word, the developer behind Browsie Browser has sent along 150 free copies to give away. Why do you want it and what are those additional features? Glad you asked!

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Inst10 for Instagram updated with new features, fixes and improvements!

Inst10 continues to be one of the top ways BlackBerry 10 users can access Instagram on BlackBerry 10 and a new update rolling out through BlackBerry World right now adds several fixes and improvements to keep the app going. This time around, the change log is short but important.

Change Log:

  • Updated: Instagram API Version
  • Improved: Authentication Flow
  • Added: Login Solver
  • Added: Account Recovery Feature

In addition to the noted fixes, improvements and new features, Nemory Studio also highlights some coming soon additions such as Instagram Stories, multiple photo uploads as well as a revamped UI. If you already have Inst10 installed, the update is available via BlackBerry World now. If you're new to Inst10 and want to give it a go, it's available for free on BlackBerry World. You'll get a free trial to the pro features and after that, if you wish to continue there is an in-app purchase for them.

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Grab Samsung's Level U Pro Bluetooth headphones for just $50 today

Bluetooth headphones have become more popular in the recent years, especially as manufacturers drop support of headphone jacks and Samsung's Level U Pro are a great option. They have an around the neck design that lets them rest comfortably when not in use, and today you can pick up a pair for just $50.

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The CrackBerry Forums are now prettier, faster and better than ever

Yes, it's true. We gave the CrackBerry Forums plenty of love back in February by launching an all new design and plenty of behind the scenes and upfront improvements but that was only laying the groundwork for where we wanted to go.

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BlackBerry Mobile's new Instagram feed is glorious

While on my morning social catch up I had several post notifications for BlackBerry Mobile on Instagram. Their page has now gone live, and WOW it's glorious! It really tells a story about BlackBerry KEYone in a thoughtful way. I haven't seen many brand accounts taking such a considerate approach to their Instagram page.

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Latest BBM update adds even further UI enhancements and improvements

The last BBM update to roll out through Google Play laid the groundwork for some UI enhancements and improvements but the latest release, now filtering out through Google Play, has brought even more to the mix.

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Beta Zone will no longer provide BlackBerry beta OS updates

Update: Added more information at the bottom in regards to how to disable diagnotics logging for those on beta OS releases currently.

Since the BlackBerry Beta Zone refresh in April 2016, the BlackBerry Beta Zone has been providing beta OS updates for BlackBerry smartphones, but as announced today, BlackBerry has decided they will no longer be offering beta OS releases. They will, however, still continue with offering up beta releases for their apps, such as BlackBerry Hub+ Suite.

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Emtek Group and Ant Financial team up to launch new mobile payments platform

Emtek Group and Ant Financial have now announced a strategic partnership to launch a new mobile platform for payment and other financial services in Indonesia that will make its way to BBM.

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BlackBerry awarded nearly $815M in arbitration against Qualcomm

BlackBerry today has announced a binding interim arbitration decision awarding BlackBerry $814,868,350.00 in royalty overpayments made to Qualcomm Incorporated. As noted, hearings were held in San Diego, California from February 27, 2017 to March 3, 2017 under Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services rules.

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