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BBM officially announces Uber integration for BBM users around the world!

Slightly odd announcement here from BBM considering the timing. Back in August, we noted that Uber integration had begun rolling out to BBM users but at the time, there was no official announcement from BBM of its arrival. Skip ahead to today, and now BBM has officially announced they have partnered with Uber to bring the service into BBM allowing users around the world including Indonesia – BBM's largest market – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East to access the ride-on-demand service.

With the lag time from when folks fisrt started seeing it appear in BBM to the announcement, chances are many folks have already been using the integration for a while now. If you haven't, well, now is a great time to go ahead and check it out.

Uber and BBM Messenger Partner to Bring On Demand Rides to BBM Users Around the Globe

Request an Uber on BBM seamlessly

JAKARTA, 18 December 2017 – Creative Media Works, operating as BBM Messenger, has partnered with Uber, the world's largest on-demand ride-sharing company, to launch the Uber ride-on-demand service within BBM Messenger. Users around the world will have access to this new service, including Indonesia – BBM's largest market – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East.

The tie-up between two of the world's leading technology platforms means that BBM Messenger users – both Android and iOS users – can book an Uber ride via the Uber icon in the BBM Discover menu, without leaving the BBM app or having to have the stand-alone Uber app on their phone.

BBM Discover is a high-valued space within BBM Messenger, designed for high impact and reach while giving partners access to the power of social chat. Uber Ride sits as an icon within BBM Discover's existing ecosystem of content and services.

When launched from the Discover menu, the new Uber service asks riders to sign in with their mobile number or connect with a social media account. Once riders log in, the service accesses their profile and settings, automatically detects their location, and loads a map. Riders simply enter their destination, tap the Request Uber button as well as payment option, and wait for their ride to arrive.

Chan Park, General Manager, South East Asia, Uber, says: "Millions of people around the world use BBM Messenger to stay in touch. This partnership means they will now be able to request an Uber from within the BBM ecosystem. A safe, reliable and affordable ride is now at the fingertips of even more people."

"We are excited to be working with BBM Messenger – our first partner in Asia Pacific to use the m.uber platform to request an Uber ride for their users without ever having to leave the BBM app. With this partnership, BBM users can quickly request an Uber ride via BBM despite variations in quality of location, network speed, or device features."

Chan added that the collaboration enables millions of BBM users globally to access safe, reliable transportation at the push of a button – whenever and wherever they are.

Compatible with all modern browsers, m.uber is a web client for the global market that offers an app-like experience regardless of location, network speed, and device.

"Uber has grown to play such a key role in so many parts of the world today. We're happy to connect our millions of active users with the service, giving them an easy and reliable transportation option at their fingertips within the BBM eco-system," said Matthew Talbot, CEO of Creative Media Works, the company which operates and runs BBM globally.

In Indonesia, BBM users will also receive the latest information, benefits and other exciting features on Uber Indonesia Official BBM Channel (Channel PIN: C001E6536). New users in Indonesia requesting an Uber through BBM can enjoy 3 FREE RIDES up to Rp20,000 (valid until February 28, 2018) by entering the promo code UBERXBBM in the PROMOTIONS option.

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For only $2.75 a month you can use NordVPN to secure your browser's connection

Security is important.

Have you ever stopped to think about how much of your day you spend connecting to networks that aren't your own? Whether you're working at a Starbucks, trying to finish something up at the airport before your flight, or sitting in the public library, odds are you're connected to a network that isn't the most secure without even thinking about it. Daily we do things like accessing our bank account, pay bills, send personal emails, and much more, all while not knowing if someone is tracking these moves and getting ready to steal your information.

Sounds a bit scary, huh? Well, personal information is something that should be kept personal, and luckily there are some easy ways to protect yourself. Odds are, by now you've heard of Virtual Proxy Networks, or VPNs, but you may be wondering why you would want to invest in one, right? Some of them can be a bit expensive, and others are unusually cheap, leaving you wondering which to end up with. NordVPN is one of the many great services out there (it's on our list of favorites), and right now you can grab a three-year subscription to it for just $99.

If you could protect yourself, and the information on your computer, from unprotected networks for just $2.75 a month, would you be interested? You should be! NordVPN offers double data encryption, which encrypts your data twice (and is the only company offering it), fast speeds, a strict no logs policy, automatic kill switch in case your VPN session drops off, and much more. The company has server locations in 57 different countries and covers every continent except for Antartica (because penguins don't browse the web!). Don't take our word for it, though. Check out this great review from the folks at Windows Central.

Purchasing a three-year subscription to the service scores you the discounted $2.75 a month rate, which equals a $99 one-time payment. You may be worried about investing in something you've never used before, but don't worry. NordVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee, so there is no risk in trying its service. You won't know if a VPN works for you until you give it a shot. Here is a way to try it without worrying about losing a boatload of cash, and if you like it then you score a sweet deal on the next two years of protection!

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BlackBerry announces at least another two years of support for BB10 and BBOS users

In addition to their announcement of Priv no longer receiving monthly security updates, BlackBerry has announced they'll continue to support BB10 and BBOS users for at least another two years but it's not without some caveats. Those caveats include the fact that some services will be shut down over time.

A little more than a year ago BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO, John Chen, declared that BlackBerry's transition to a software company was complete. And still, in an era where consumers have been "trained" to upgrade their phones every 18-24 months, it is a testament to the durability of our designs and brand loyalty that there are still millions of people actively using BB10 and BBOS devices, many of which are already more than ten years old.

We manufactured our last BB10 and BBOS devices in 2015 and in the years since we have received many questions about our plans for ongoing support. First, we want to say thank you for your continued interest and passion for all things BlackBerry. Second, we want to acknowledge that we know your productivity relies upon the security, reliability, dependability, durability, extended battery life, and ease-of-use we designed and built into each handset. Third, we want to reward your loyalty by committing to providing you with at least two full years of additional support for BB10 and at least two full years of BlackBerry network access for BBOS devices.

As a further show of our appreciation and gratitude, we are working with our partners at BlackBerry Mobile to offer a trade-up program that will provide you with a significant discount and incentive to upgrade your current BlackBerry device to a new BlackBerry KEYone or Motion, both of which are the world's most secure Android smartphones.

While we are pleased to announce continuing support for BB10 and BBOS users for at least another two years, current device owners should be aware that we will be closing some ancillary services such as the BlackBerry World app store (12/31/2019), the BlackBerry Travel site (February 2018), and the Playbook video calling service (March 2018). Customers who upgrade to a new KEYone or Motion won't miss a beat as they'll have immediate access to the rich universe of apps in the Google Play store without compromising on either security or their desire for a physical keyboard.

Stay tuned to this site for details on how to take advantage of the trade-up program and we look forward to your continuing loyalty and interest in BlackBerry. Thank you.

I'm not looking to put words in Alex Thurber's mouth here but really, when I read this, all I see is a 'Sure, we'll keep what we can running over the next two years, but please, just take advantage of the trade-up program'. Services outside of BlackBerry's control have already started breaking down on BlackBerry 10 and it's going to continue to degrade over time, it's just a fact.

If you love BlackBerry 10 and wish to continue using it, cool. But if you're on the fence, might want to hit that trade-up program when the full details come out so you don't miss out on the chance to upgrade. When the full trade-up program details emerge, we'll get them posted up so everyone can take advantage of the offers. Seems a bit silly to tease the program, however. Should have just waited to announce it all at once in my opinion, but hey, at least the silence has ended in regards to BlackBerry 10.

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BlackBerry Priv will no longer receive monthly security updates going forward

As we get ready for the holidays and to close out the year, it seems as though BlackBerry has decided to do a little housekeeping. A new post on the Inside BlackBerry Blog from Alex Thurber has laid out the status of monthly updates for the Priv as the device has now moved well beyond the two years of monthly software updates BlackBerry originally committed to.

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How to enable Touch to back on the BlackBerry Motion

One thing that BlackBerry Motion users may have a hard time adjusting too is the physical home button. The dual-purpose button serves not only a fingerprint sensor for the Motion but also as the home button navigation. If you're having trouble adjusting to having to use a physical home button again — not to worry. You can easily enable Touch to back and then simply tap on the home button to go back.

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DENSO and BlackBerry partner to develop world's first integrated automobile HMI Platform

BlackBerry has added plenty of new partners over the past few months who are making use of the BlackBerry QNX and now, they've announced another. This time around, DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited announced they have jointly developed the world's first integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) platform with Intel Corp. also collaborating on the product.

"DENSO has developed various HMI products, such as instrument clusters, car navigation systems and head-up displays that contribute to the safety and the convenience of automobiles," said Yukihiro Kato, senior executive director, Information & Safety Systems Business Group of DENSO. "Leveraging the technology and know-how acquired through the development of these products, we have developed an information management HMI technology that will support the evolution of automobiles together with BlackBerry QNX and Intel."

"While cluster, head unit, infotainment, and entertainment screens are all part of a new digital user experience in the car, they can't be developed in isolation and need to work in tandem," said John Wall, SVP and GM of BlackBerry QNX. "Together with DENSO and Intel, we will provide a highly functional, virtual cockpit including a safety-certified digital instrument cluster that will be the new gold standard in the automotive industry. We look forward to working with DENSO and Intel on many more projects in the future."

We can expect to hear and likely see more as we head into CES. DENSO and BlackBerry will have booths at the CES in Las Vegas held from January 9 - 12, 2018. The companies' integrated HMI platform will be displayed in DENSO's booth located at 1917, North Hall.

DENSO and BlackBerry Partner to Develop World's First Integrated Automobile HMI Platform

Virtualization technology enables integrated control of in-vehicle HMI systems

KARIYA, JAPAN and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Dec. 13, 2017) - DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) announced today the companies have jointly developed the world's first integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) platform. Intel Corp. also collaborated in the development of this product.

The integrated HMI platform will enable a system which optimally cooperates and coordinates various HMI products such as display and sound inside the automobile cockpit at a low price. The joint solution will appear in successive car models scheduled for release after 2019.

With the improvement of automobile safety and convenience in recent years, the amount of data the vehicle transmits to the driver is increasing. Today, vehicles are equipped with multiple HMI systems, which require several device-specific operating systems to work in unison. Because the operating systems are independently controlled by multiple microcontrollers, it has not been possible to cooperate and coordinate them to display content and sound uniformly.

The integrated automotive HMI platform is believed to be the first of its kind and was developed by DENSO and BlackBerry using BlackBerry's QNX Hypervisor for virtualization and the Intel Atom® processor A3900 series. The hypervisor technology enables the independence of several operating systems with different characteristics and controls the integration with one microcomputer.

This architecture allows various HMI products to cooperate allowing necessary information to be displayed to the correct devices with appropriate timing. For example, it will be possible to communicate a heads-up or a warning through easy-to-understand expressions on the display with the right timing. Additionally, through cooperation between instrument cluster and navigation center displays, it is now possible to show animation with a sense of unity between the navigation screen in the meter screen. Furthermore, by updating the performance of one microcomputer both devices are updated which contributes to improved increase in R&D productivity and cost reduction.

"DENSO has developed various HMI products, such as instrument clusters, car navigation systems and head-up displays that contribute to the safety and the convenience of automobiles," said Yukihiro Kato, senior executive director, Information & Safety Systems Business Group of DENSO. "Leveraging the technology and know-how acquired through the development of these products, we have developed an information management HMI technology that will support the evolution of automobiles together with BlackBerry QNX and Intel."

"While cluster, head unit, infotainment, and entertainment screens are all part of a new digital user experience in the car, they can't be developed in isolation and need to work in tandem," said John Wall, SVP and GM of BlackBerry QNX. "Together with DENSO and Intel, we will provide a highly functional, virtual cockpit including a safety-certified digital instrument cluster that will be the new gold standard in the automotive industry. We look forward to working with DENSO and Intel on many more projects in the future."

As part of the integrated HMI, Intel has provided a unique and revolutionary graphics sharing technology, which has been optimized for the Intel Atom® processor A3900 series. The technology can prioritize and operate 3D workloads important for safety over less important workloads on the same processor.

DENSO and BlackBerry will have booths at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas held from January 9 - 12, 2018. The companies' integrated HMI platform will be displayed in DENSO's booth located at 1917, North Hall.

About DENSO Corporation

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.0 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.denso.com, or visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a cybersecurity software and services company dedicated to securing the Enterprise of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbol "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

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Learn the ins and outs of Microsoft Office for just $49

Microsoft Office is one of the most widely used bundle of programs in business. It helps companies take care of their books, pay employees, build plans, and much, much more. You can probably get the very basics of Excel, but if you're looking into a job where proficiency is a big asset and/or required, chances are you'll need a little more help.

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There are many courses that teach you how to use Microsoft Office — you can likely take many at local schools and colleges — but these courses can be quite costly, and then there's the fact that you have to leave home and learn on someone else's time.

eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel School is perfect if you want to learn all there is to know about Excel, on your own time. By enrolling in the school, you'll receive a lifetime subscription to eight complete courses, so you can learn at your leisure and refer back to the material when you need a little help. These courses are usually $1,150 altogether, but through CrackBerry Digital Offers, you'll pay just $49. That's a savings of 95%. Only need help with learning Excel? Check out the Excel-exclusive course and save $10!

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If you're looking to delve into the business world in any capacity, it's a great idea to brush up on your Excel knowledge. If you want to truly excel (see what I did there?) in the business world, then it's a great idea to know Microsoft Excel like the back of your hand. Just don't go spending over $1000 on courses when you can spend just $49 for a lifetime subscription to Excel School at CrackBerry Digital Offers.

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BlackBerry Motion Review - Come for the battery, stay for the durability!

The BlackBerry Motion is a purpose-driven smartphone designed to get you through your day, help you do more and do it effortlessly. In that mission, it succeeds, with enough juice left to enjoy your downtime.

The quick take

The BlackBerry Motion is the second device to come from the TCL/BlackBerry partnership and follows the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone. The Motion shares much of the KEYone lineage but brings a few new tricks into the mix as well such as the new Smart Convenience Key and, Locker Mode, which helps keep your photos, documents, and files secure.

Overall, the BlackBerry Motion is a fantastic addition to the BlackBerry Mobile lineup. Not only does it offer those new to the BlackBerry experience a compelling smartphone but it brings to those possibly hanging onto older BlackBerry 10 full-touch devices a nice upgrade path to a more modern smartphone that follows the BlackBerry ethos of security, privacy, productivity, and efficiency with as few compromises as possible.

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BlackBerry Mobile EU store kicks off their holiday deals on the BlackBerry KEYone!

Now that the BlackBerry Mobile EU store ships to over 27 different European countries, those in the EU can take direct advantage of the holiday deals the store has in place. Right now, just in time for the holidays, the EU store is offering a free flip case, gift wrapping, and free standard shipping when you order a BlackBerry KEYone.

Looking at the site, the Black Edition and the Silver KEYone are both available now in QWERTY, QWERTZ, and AZERTY keyboard options as well as UK or EU power supplies. With the deals in place, you'll want to get your order in there ASAP in time for the holidays.

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Get a Super-Sized Ethical Hacking bundle for just $43!

Hackers pose a serious threat, not only to individuals but also to large corporations. There are vast security structures in place to keep hackers out, but without testing that security, there's no way to know whether it will hold up. That's where ethical hackers come in.

Learn how to become a certified pentester with this nine-course bundle! Learn more

Ethical hackers are employed to test security systems, and the better they are at hacking, the better they are at their job. In order to become a successful ethical hacker, you really need to know what you're doing, and the training required is usually quite extensive and expensive.

Right now, however, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a deal on a Super-Sized Ethical Hacking bundle. Instead of paying the regular price of $1,080, you'll pay just $43. That's 96 percent off the regular price... But we're just getting started! Use coupon code GREEN60 at checkout and save an additional 60% — meaning you'll only pay $17.20 for all this great content! What a deal!

This nine-course bundle will take you from zero to hero with 667 lessons and over 76 hours of training. Courses include:

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If you've been thinking about making the internet a safer place by exposing its vulnerabilities, this is the bundle for you. Ethical hacking is a lucrative career, and this bundle has everything needed for a strong start. Don't wait too long; this deal doesn't last forever.

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Get a great holiday deal on the BlackBerry KEYone right now!

The BlackBerry KEYone is sure to be a hot item over the holidays and if you're looking to score a deal on one, now is the time. The best deals of the season are now in effect across retailers in Canada and the United States where you can save $100 or more on the unlocked BlackBerry KEYone in Silver.

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Reminder: Enter the CrackBerry Santa Holiday Giveaway to win a free BlackBerry!

Just in case for some strange reason you haven't been following CrackBerry Kevin on Instagram, we figured we should post up a reminder of the CrackBerry Santa Holiday Giveaway he's currently running right now until December 10 at Midnight PST where you can win your choice of a BlackBerry KEYone (Silver or Black Edition) or a new BlackBerry Motion!

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BlackBerry to announce Q3 Fiscal 2018 results on December 20, 2017

As per their Investor Calendar, BlackBerry is all set to announce their Q3 Fiscal 2018 results on December 20, 2017. With the move to the NASDAQ, payment disputes with Nokia, and new partnerships and licensing deals being announced recently, it will be interesting to see where BlackBerry stands for this quarter.

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Score a lifetime subscription to Windscribe VPN for just $49

Whether you are browsing the web for a new outfit to wear or checking your banking statements, you should be using a safe and secure connection. Using a VPN is a great way to avoid others keeping tabs on what you are looking at, and where you are doing it from, but getting one set up can sometimes be a costly pain. Luckily, it doesn't have to be, and for a small fee, you can get a lifetime subscription to an excellent service to help you out.

Keep your browsing secure with Windscribe VPN! Learn more

One of the many great options is Windscribe VPN, which you can grab right now for just $49 for a full lifetime license. With it, you'll be able to mask your location, avoid ads and much more with ease. Windscribe is more than just a VPN though, it is actually a desktop application and browser extension that work together to help keep your browsing sessions safe and secure.

Some of the features of the service include:

  • Mask your physical location from 3rd parties w/ an encrypted tunnel
  • Access geo-locked content from anywhere
  • Avoid most ads while you're browsing
  • Torrent securely & share files w/o worrying about your ISP snooping on you
  • Use on all your devices simultaneously
  • Get protected by the top-notch firewall that protects you in case of connectivity loss
  • Leave no trace or logs while you browse

Making sure that your browsing is safe and secure doesn't have to cost a fortune. Right now you can grab a lifetime subscription to Windscribe VPN for just $49, which is a huge savings from its regular $900 price tag. You'll be able to connect securely from your computer, avoid many adds and browse without your ISP keeping tabs on what you are doing.

If you don't like the idea of someone else monitoring what you are doing, you'll want to grab this before the price jumps back up. The huge savings on a lifetime license won't last long, so grab it now and use the benefits for the years to come.

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BlackBerry and Qualcomm team up in next-generation connected vehicles

BlackBerry and Qualcomm are teaming up on in-vehicle platforms for the next generation of connected cars.

Announced today. the partnership will utilize Qualcomm hardware and BlackBerry's QNX software on various systems including digital instrument clusters, virtual cockpit controllers, and infotainment systems. The cost-effective agreement will offer high-performance systems to help make vehicles safer and more connected, well into the future.

BlackBerry and Qualcomm Extend Strategic Relationship to Deliver Automotive Platforms for Next Generation Vehicles

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 7, 2017) - BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), today announced a strategic collaboration to develop and produce cutting-edge automotive platforms for the next generation of connected vehicles. As a part of the non-exclusive relationship, the companies have agreed to optimize select Qualcomm Technologies' hardware platforms with BlackBerry's QNX software for use in virtual cockpit controllers (VCC), telematics, including eCall and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology, electronic control gateways, digital instrument clusters and infotainment systems. Additionally, BlackBerry and Qualcomm Technologies have agreed to optimize BlackBerry over-the-air (OTA) software and BlackBerry Secure Credential Management (SCM) Services for use with select Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ modems, supporting both companies' commitment to offer high performance automotive platforms quickly and cost-effectively.

"BlackBerry and Qualcomm Technologies have had a long-standing relationship for over a decade, collaborating on technologies that have revolutionized the way people live and work," said Sandeep Chennakeshu, President of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "Today's announcement elevates our relationship as we aim to accelerate the delivery of the next generation platforms that connected vehicles will rely upon."

"As innovation in the automotive industry accelerates it becomes necessary for industry leaders to work together to deliver leading-edge technology platforms that help to make vehicles safer, more connected, and increasingly autonomous," said Patrick Little, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "Today we're building on our longstanding relationship with BlackBerry to develop automotive platforms that will accelerate the industry toward a more connected future."

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How to change the ringtone on the BlackBerry Motion

Want to customize your BlackBerry Motion? Start by changing the ringtone!

One of the beautiful things about Android is the top-to-bottom customizations. You can tweak nearly anything on an Android device — the BlackBerry Motion being no exception. If you want to ease your way into customizing your device, you can start by changing up the ringtone.

How to Change the Ringtone on the BlackBerry Motion

  • Swipe down from the top of the home screen and tap the gear icon to access your settings.
  • Tap Sound, then tap Phone ringtone
  • You can scroll through the available ringtones and choose one you like. Once selected, tap OK to set it.

Done and done! Your custom ringtone is now set and will sound for any incoming calls. You can change this as you see fit so you always keep it fresh! Pro Tip: Use your favorite MP3 as a ringtone by moving it to the Ringtones folder using the Files application.

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Take to the skies with this sweet mini drone for just $64!

Drones are some of the coolest gadget toys to come out over the last couple years, and their applications are wonderful. You can shoot stellar aerial footage, race them, train up on them, and even deliver packages. But high-end drones can be incredibly expensive and it's a hobby where price is certainly the biggest barrier to entry. So you start off small with a smaller drone, but you don't want to buy cheap crap.

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That's where the SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone comes in. It's a compact drone that comes with its own controller and a built-in camera. The SKEYE Nano 2 regularly retails for $99, but at CrackBerry Digital Offers, you can save 35% and grab yours for only $64.

One of the coolest features of the SKEYE Nano 2 is that your phone sits in the controller and you get to control your drone from a first-person view. You're in full control, with 6-axis stability and adjustable gyro sensitivity, so you can get the feel that's just right for you.

You can even pull off flips and other stunts, and thanks to SKEYE's "Ready to Fly" technology, you can turn everything on and fly immediately. Record all of the videos you take in HD and control everything via Wi-Fi. If you're a bit of a novice, the Nano 2 also has built-in automatic functions so that you can take off, land, and hover easily.

If you're looking to get into drones, don't want to spend a fortune, and want to try your hand at shooting some aerial HD footage, then check out the SKEYE Nano 2 and iMore Digital Offers and save 35% off retail.

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Snag a BlackBerry Motion from Amazon UK right now for only £349

If you're looking to snag a BlackBerry Motion in the UK and missed out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, Amazon is the spot to check out. Right now the retailer has the all-new BlackBerry Motion in stock and available for only £349. For those keeping track, that's about £50 off what other UK retailers have the Motion for right now. If the KEYone is more your thing, those are listed as well. You can save £80.00 on the Silver KEYone and £50.00 on the KEYone Black Edition. There's no noted timeframe for the the pricing, so be sure get in on the deals while you can in case they disappear soon.

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The BlackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Tour hits Canada this week: Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo!

Calling Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo...This is your chance to experience the newest BlackBerry Smartphones, hang with other BlackBerry Fans, CrackBerry Kevin, and Bla1ze!

Following the success of our European BlackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Tour next week we're bringing the BlackBerry Motion and KEYone show to FIVE cities in FIVE days in Canada. We'll be starting in Vancouver, then heading to Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, and finally wrapping things up in BlackBerry's birthplace of Kitchener/Waterloo.

As with all of our BlackBerry events, we'll have plenty of food, drinks and BlackBerry fans in attendance, along with the latest BlackBerry Smartphones including the BlackBerry Motion and BlackBerry KEYone for attendees to check out. We'll also have swag and prizes to give out too and for the Canadian tour we're also planning on having BlackBerry Silver and Black Edition KEYones on hand FOR SALE! So if you've been holding off on getting one of these phones until you can get it in your hot little hands, this could be your time to buy. If you're RSVP'd to attend you'll be receiving a mailer soon where you can express your interest in buying so we can help plan our inventory.

If you're a longtime CrackBerry reader, a BlackBerry fan or just thinking about picking up a new BlackBerry Motion or BlackBerry KEYone, these are events you won't want to miss! Hit the links below to jump over to the Meetup page for your city where you can RSVP. Spread the word! All of the venues have been finalized. Compared to our last round of events in Canada we're kicking these ones off a little earlier to make it easy for the downtown crowd to drop in and check out the phones, and things will kick into gear after 6pm for all the fans traveling a little further to arrive.

I'll also be working my BlackBerry Motion and BlackBerry KEYone's hard on this tour, so you'll want to be following @crackberrykevin on Instagram where I'll be posting lots of photos, stories and even firing up live streams. So if you can't be there, you can still join in on the fun!

CRACKBERRY MEETUP DATES & RSVP

Hit the links below to jump over to official Meetup Page for full details and to RSVP. Once you're RSVP'd, you'll receive email updates as we get closer to dates, locking in the location and providing additional info.

SIGN UP TO A CRACKBERRY MEETUP GROUP NEAR YOU

If you haven't yet, be sure to visit our global CrackBerry Meetup Groups page, where you can sign up for your city. If an official CrackBerry Meetup is coming your way, we'll be sure to let you know.

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BlackBerry will pay approximately $137M to Nokia over payment dispute

BlackBerry and Nokia have a pretty long history of disputes but for now, at least one disagreement has come to a conclusion as BlackBerry has been ordered to pay Nokia approximately $137 million stemming from issues of payments not made to Nokia under a patent license contract. Still, the battles between the two are not quite over yet.

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