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Sony MDR-1000X review: no noise is good noise

Good headphones should be like a big wall between you and the rest of the world. Great headphones should let you get through that wall easily and comfortably. Enter the Sony MDR-1000X Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones, which have a feature I truly appreciate: the ability to hear outside your headphones with a quick tap.

I'm Michael Fisher, but you probably know me best as MrMobile. I've reviewed more than a few ANC headphones in the past year, and this is unquestionably the best. Watch this video, and keep your ears open. You might hear something you like.

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BlackBerry Hub+ Services for Android update now available

The rest of the apps are now rolling out as well such as Hub, Calendar, Launcher, Password Keeper, Contact, Notes, Tasks and even DTEK. Additionally, the previously announced BBM improvements are now in full swing.

A little bit of an update to BlackBerry Hub+ Services is now rolling out through the Google Play Store. I say a little bit of an update because unfortunately, the changelog at this point simply highlights bug fixes as the only changes that have been made in this release.

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Get 20% off high-speed 4G data service! [Best deal for LTE]

CrackBerry and Mint SIM have partnered to bring you an insanely good deal on high-speed 4G data in the United States.

That's why we're super excited about this awesome deal from Mint SIM, available exclusively to CrackBerry readers. For a limited time, use coupon code CBMINTSIM20 to receive 20% off any 6- or 12-month plan.

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Choose the plan that's best for you and start saving today, with no contract required. This is a limited time offer reserved just for CrackBerry readers. Remember, use coupon code CBMINTSIM20 to receive 20% off any 6- or 12-month plan. The deal expires March 31, so get going!

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BlackBerry explains why your car is safe with QNX Automotive

BlackBerry COO Marty Beard has taken to Inside BlackBerry explaining how BlackBerry QNX can safeguard your vehicle. Documents published by WikiLeaks unveiled investigations from the CIA that listed BlackBerry QNX as a potential target for hacking.

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BlackBerry hosting 'Introducing BlackBerry Secure' webcast on March 16

BlackBerry announced their comprehensive mobile-security platform for the Enterprise of Things, better known as BlackBerry Secure, back in December but if you're still wondering what it all entails, you'll want to tune into the 'Securing the Enterprise of Things: Introducing BlackBerry Secure' webcast that BlackBerry is hosting on March 16.

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Digital Offers: Keep your internet browsing encrypted with VPNSecure, now 91% off

Banking information. Mortgage payment history. Your important documents. Nearly all of your life is online these days, and while convenient that can be scary. There are tons of people out there who are looking to do malicious stuff, and we need to be sure that is in the back of our brains at all times. While you can't avoid using the internet (in most cases), you can ensure that it is a secure connection when you do use it.

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Browsing the web can get you in loads of trouble if you aren't careful, so be sure to grab this at its 91% discount to secure your browsing sessions.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen congratulates BB Merah Putih on the launch of the Aurora

Now that the BlackBerry Aurora has been officially announced, BlackBerry CEO John has put out a new video congratulating BB Merah Putih on the launch. While the video itself is brief, Chen also addresses the Indonesian customers for whom the device was built, for their continuous support and loyalty.

Good morning. I apologizeI cannot be with you in person today to celebrate our partnership with BB Merah Putih. I've always recognized the importance of the Indonesian market to BlackBerry. I remember being in Jakarta in June of 2014 to launch my first BlackBerry smartphone as CEO of the company. TheBlackBerry Z3, codenamed, Jakarta, and I'm very proud of the fact that Indonesia has the largest user base of one of my favorite apps, BBM. It's with your continued support and loyalty that BlackBerry has been able to turn around and transform itself into a leading secure software company we are today.

Your commitment has not gone unnoticed. I recognize how much you love BlackBerry smartphones and of course on that, I share your feelings. I will make every effort to ensure that as part of BlackBerry's future, we continue to deliver smartphones to you. Not only would it get the state-of-the-art, industry-leading security the device will be proudly labeled, made in Indonesia. Congratulations on today's launch and thank you from me and everyone at BlackBerry. I look forward to continue to innovate and partner with Indonesia.

Additionally, the Inside BlackBerry blog has now also posted up more information surrounding the launch, with Alex thurber noting 'Today, I congratulate BB Merah Putih on the debut of their BlackBerry Aurora smartphone. Welcome to the family!', be sure to give that a read as well.

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BB Merah Putih officially announces the BlackBerry Aurora for the Indonesian market

As expected, based on earlier information, BB Merah Putih has now officially announced the BlackBerry Aurora for the Indonesian market, giving it the honor of being the first BlackBerry smartphone released by BB Merah Putih under its new brand licensing agreement signed with BlackBerry Limited in September 2016.

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Get a closer look at the BlackBerry Aurora in this new product video!

As we edge even closer to the official launch announcement of the BlackBerry Aurora, more content continues to appear for the device as well. This time around, we get a closer overall look by way of a new product video meant to highlight the camera.

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Here are the Android apps that integrate with BlackBerry Hub

You asked, and we answered. Here are the 10+ Android social/messaging applications that integrate with BlackBerry Hub for Android. Over the various updates and releases, BlackBerry has added a multitude of social media connections to expand the usability of the BlackBerry Hub for Android. Users can utilize the application as a unified communication inbox for everything from emails to Instagram notifications.

With these advancements, the BlackBerry applications have become more widely available with the Hub+ Suite of BlackBerry apps supporting Android devices running Android 5.0 and higher. The BlackBerry Hub also supports Gmail, Yahoo!, Outlook.com, Microsoft Exchange accounts, and many IMAP and POP3 email providers.

Currently, the following apps are supporting within BlackBerry Hub for Android:

  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook
  3. Facebook Messenger
  4. LinkedIn
  5. Whatsapp
  6. BBM
  7. Instagram
  8. Pinterest
  9. Slack
  10. Skype
  11. Skype for Business
  12. Viber
  13. WeChat
  14. Line
  15. Kik
  16. Telegram
  17. Hangouts
  18. Signal
  19. BBM Enterprise
  20. QQ
  21. TextNow
  22. Facebook lite
  23. Messenger lite

BlackBerry has done an admirable job adding in loads of social integration for the BlackBerry Hub on Android. Users can get a lot of value from having just one place to check for all their most important notifications. Kik and Telegram support adds to the BETA release of the Hub+ Suite, and we expect it will go public sooner rather than later. There's been a steady flow of updates to the Hub+ Suite on Android, and we're looking forward to seeing what else will come considering the upcoming releases of the BlackBerry KEYone and dual-SIM BlackBerry Aurora. We'll keep this post updated with the current information on account support within the BlackBerry Hub for Android.

Did we miss any with this list? Let us know down below.

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This post was updated on June 15, 2017, to reflect new apps being added to the supported list.

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BlackBerry Aurora to officially launch in Indonesia March 9

Although the device has been up for pre-order across several Indonesian retailers for a few days now, BB Merah Putih has yet to officially announced the BlackBerry Aurora. That will change on March 9, though, as noted by several Indonesian outlets including CNN Indonesia and MetroTVNews who have now had a chance to go hands-on with device ahead of official launch.

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Grab an unlocked BlackBerry DTEK60 right now for only $460!

If you're looking to pick up a BlackBerry DTEK60 but not really feeling the Shop BlackBerry price of $500, you might be interested in taking up Daily Steals on their offer. Right now, you can pick up a BlackBerry DTEK60 through them for only $460. That's certainly not a bad deal and is currently cheaper than Amazon's offers as well. Not feeling the DTEK60? Well, Daily Steals also has the BlackBerry Priv available for $290. But Priv deals are easy to come by, the DTEK60 thus far, hasn't really been discounted often.

See the BlackBerry DTEK60 at Daily Steals See the BlackBerry Priv at Daily Steals

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BlackBerry begins rollout of March Android security update

As noted by the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team on Twitter, BlackBerry has now begun their rollout of the March Android update. Once downloaded and installed, you should see your security patch level set as 'March 5, 2017'.

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BlackBerry rolls out new Hub+ beta apps for Android

Following their standard practice of rolling out new beta releases ahead of the monthly security update, new beta releases of the BlackBerry Hub+ Suite apps have now started to roll out through Google Play. As noted on the BlackBerry Beta Zone, these updates (v1.5.1.12521) are mainly bug fixes and minor adjustments and a continuation of the previous beta builds. As a reminder, here's what those beta releases brought:

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[Closed - Winners below!] Who wants a CrackBerry 10th Anniversary t-shirt?!

CrackBerry's 10th Anniversary month was amazing. With the return of CrackBerryKevin, blog posts and podcasts reminiscing about BlackBerry and CrackBerry legacies, the announcement of the BlackBerry KEYone and the meet-ups in Barcelona and Toronto, February was a month filled with a lot of awesome times.

Though the anniversary month is over, there is still plenty of fun and excitement happening here at CrackBerry. We're scouting out locations for future CrackBerry meet-ups and hope to hit at least a few more cities before the BlackBerry KEYone is released in April. Make sure you head over to that post and leave your vote if you haven't already!

In the meantime, we have quite a few CrackBerry 10th Anniversary t-shirts left, and we'd love to give them away to some of our loyal readers! In the spirit of the old days of CrackBerry, we're just asking you to leave a comment to enter. Just let us know why you want a CB shirt and your t-shirt size (small - 2XL). We'll keep it short and pick a bunch of winners next week! Good luck!

Here are the winners! Congrats everyone!

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  • bold007
  • bustedopen
  • Carmels
  • coffee-turtle
  • DB_Cooper
  • drueda64
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Can't wait for the BlackBerry KEYone? Download these KEYone wallpapers right now!

If you simply can't wait to get your hands on a BlackBerry KEYone, you can now at least make your current BlackBerry look a little like the KEYone. Two of the most requested wallpapers from the KEYone have been posted in the CrackBerry Forums for download, and they sure do look pretty.

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From the Editor's Desk: What city should we do a CrackBerry Meetup in next?!

The vibe was so awesome at our Toronto CrackBerry Meetup with so much BlackBerry KEYone love in the air that I just have to take the CrackBerry Meetup show on the road

Hello from Toronto!

I'm back on Canadian soil after what was a crazy, busy, awesome and hella fun stint in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress.

While in Barcelona we celebrated CrackBerry's 10 Year Anniversary with a meetup which included TEN CrackBerry members flown in from around the world. If you missed James Nieve's recap, you should read it - memories made for life!

Flying home from Barcelona, I'm fortunate to have with me a BlackBerry KEYone to use. As it's still a pre-final production run unit, I won't be posting any sort of full CBK-style review of it just yet (our full review will go up at the same time as other publications when that happens), but that doesn't mean in the meantime we can't have some CrackBerry fun with it.

Case in point, on Saturday evening we held a CrackBerry Meetup in Toronto where attendees had a chance to go hands-on with the KEYone. Honestly, when I put out the word on this, I thought we'd have 15-20 BlackBerry fans RSVP. Instead, we had 180 people RSVP in the first 24 hours. Considering I put out the word before having a venue booked, I had to cap the RSVP limit at 180 people - I'm pretty sure if I left it running we would have had more than double that RSVP!

The meetup was a HUGE success with a fantastic turnout. From 6pm to 12:30am it was BlackBerry fans past and present packing the venue and feeling totally at home with each other, talking BlackBerry, playing with the KEYone and having a blast.

I've been loving the KEYone these past ten days, so for me it was exciting to see so many other people also declare it AWESOME. I'll be following up with plenty of thought pieces soon going into the details of why the KEYone feels like a winner and should be your next phone.

Recovering from the meetup Sunday morning though, I only had one thought going through my head... THAT WE NEED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN AGAIN ASAP IN AS MANY PLACES AS POSSIBLE!

I'll be blunt. If the KEYone was a dud I'd be going back into CrackBerry Retirement right now. February was a blast as we celebrated 10 years of CrackBerry, but it was a big stretch for me beyond my normal work/husband/life duties.

The thing is, the KEYone rocks. And the more people I witness using it, the more I'm confident that this is a BlackBerry that's going to find a big audience of owners that love the hell out of it and put BlackBerry Smartphones back on the map. And there's nothing I'd like more than to make that happen. Which means I'm making it my personal mission to make sure I get my KEYone into into as many hands as possible in advance of its official release.

What Cities Should I Visit Next?!

So with that, I want to know.... where should CrackBerry Kevin head to next?! New York? Vancouver? South By South West is kicking off in Austin, Texas this weekend - maybe I should head there?

For efficiency's sake, North America will be the first region to tackle, but if we can make this happen together, I'll do my best to make it a CrackBerry World Tour. I met so many great people on Saturday in Toronto - I'd love to meet all of you!

So hit up the comments with where you think I should head to next. If you haven't yet, be sure to Sign up for BlackBerry KEYone updates -- and when you do, let me know what city you live in -- that'll help me plan things out!

Hope to see you soon, LITERALLY.

Kevin Out!

Don't miss out on the BlackBerry KEYone fun. Follow @crackberrykevin & @crackberry everywhere!

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A look back at the CrackBerry Meetup and BlackBerry KEYone launch in Barcelona!

Flying into Barcelona was a convergence of sorts. Numerous Mobile Nations ambassadors, moderators and select CrackBerry members all braved the long international trek. We gathered in Barcelona to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of CrackBerry on the eve of BlackBerry Mobile's launch for KEYone. As teased on the CrackBerry reunion podcast 001, the then 'Mercury' was going to make a special appearance pre-launch and everyone was anxious to socialize and go hands-on at the CrackBerry Meetup.

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Another Chance to Win an IOU for a FREE BlackBerry KEYone

Hit the link at the bottom of this article to jump over to Android Central and enter for your chance to win!

Updated: April 1st: The Winner Announcement Has Been Made on Android Central. See Who Won Here!

I'm still recovering from the craziness that was Mobile World Congress 2017. It was a big show for BlackBerry Mobile, with the BlackBerry KEYone being super well received by both the press and attendees. I had dozens of conversations throughout the week with folks who had a chance to play with the KEYone and left the show being super encouraged by the overwhelmingly-postive response. This wasn't feigned excitement over a new gadget - I talked to sooo many former BlackBerry users excited to get back on a physical keyboard with a BlackBerry that didn't make them compromise on apps.

I was also excited to see that within our Mobile Nations family that MrMobile and the Android Central team were also excited for the KEYone (to the extent that they issued it one of their coveted Best of MWC awards). They all had plenty of time during the week to play with the KEYone and sharing an apartment with them in Barcelona they also witnessed my transformation as my fingers got used to typing on a physical keyboard again and I transitioned into becoming a full fledged CrackBerry Addict on the KEYone.

Given all the love the KEYone was getting, even from the broader Android community, I decided that with CrackBerry's first KEYone giveaway over that I'd offer up a second chance to win a KEYone. This time though, I posted it over on Android Central to give that audience a chance to enter. Of course, that doesn't mean if you're reading this you can't enter for a chance to win. Just hit the link below :)

ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BLACKBERRY KEYone

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John Chen discusses security and the future of BlackBerry on CBS This Morning

Update from Kevin: Added YouTube embed so will be easier to watch across all devices!

Stopping by CBS This Morning, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down to discuss what exactly is going on with BlackBerry, their move to software and security and what the future holds for BlackBerry in the long run.

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