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Stop searching for a place to plug-in and charge with the $5 RAVPower mini battery pack

This small portable charger can fit in your pocket keep your phone charged to full!

The whole point of the smartphone revolution was we could carry the power of a full-blown computer in our pocket. We didn't have to make room for more stuff... until it came time to charge the battery. Then you needed a backpack just to carry all your cords and power adapters and giant, monolithic, battery packs.

That's the beauty of a mini external charger like the RAVPower Luster Mini 3350mAh portable battery pack. It can fit in your pocket, or purse, and you don't have to go out of your way to keep your phone juiced up. Right now it's down to $4.99 with code RAV3K5SD.

Its normal street price is $11. We haven't seen another deal on this RAVPower since the end of August and that deal only dropped it to $7, not $5.

Despite its size, it still has enough power to fully charge an iPhone 7 and similar phones. Assuming you actually leave the house with a full charge (and didn't forget to charge it all night like I usually do), it should keep you topped off while you're out. Other features include:

  • Thoughtful And Ergonomic Design: White plastic cap at the top and unique clip-inspired design prevent the charger from scratching and rolling off your desk
  • Easy-to-press power button plus three status LEDs keep you informed of remaining capacity
  • 1A output and 1A input: charge faster and smarter than others. Automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging current for any connected device, which ensures the fastest and most efficient charge
  • Short-circuit and over-current protection will make the charger automatically shut down if a short circuit or overload output occur while the unit is charging
  • Ultra reliable Lithium-Ion battery with over 500 battery charge cycles

RAVPower offers an 18-month warranty for the charger as well.

This charger only comes with one USB to micro USB cable, so grab an extra USB-C cord or Lightning cable if you need one.

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Inst10 for Instagram gets a new look and plenty of minor fixes and tweaks

Inst10 remains of the best ways to access Instagram on BlackBerry 10 and the latest update rolling out through BlackBerry World aims to ensure it stays that way. The latest release brings a new UI and plenty of minor fixes and tweaks. Luckily, Nemory Studios included a full range log for us all, so no need to guess at what all has been covered:

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BlackBerry Priv was officially announced two years ago today, are you still using it?

Two years ago today, as part of their Q2 Fiscal 2016 results BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially announced plans to launch the company's first Android-powered BlackBerry smartphone known formally as Priv by BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry KEYone now available from Personal and Frávega in Argentina!

If you're looking to get your hands on a BlackBerry KEYone in Argentina, you now have two official retailers you can order from. Right now, Personal and Frávega are both taking orders for the BlackBerry KEYone. With each, pricing does vary a bit depending on the plans you choose but through Personal, the base pricing is set at $ 12,499 ($722 USD) with a free car hold while Frávega has a base price starting at $17,999 ($1,040 USD). According to the respective sites, devices can be ordered now for shipment or pick-up at retail locations where applicable.

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How to transfer your iCloud Drive files to Google Drive

Keep it in the cloud — just a different cloud!

If you're all-in with Apple, you've most likely been using iCloud Drive (to some extent) to store docs in the cloud. When making the move to Android, iCloud Drive is unfortunately no longer an option, so you'll have to move anything you want to keep over to Google Drive so it's available on your Android device.

As with most transfer processes like this — yes — it's a pain. But the good news is we're here to help ease the pain.

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How to disable and deactivate iMessage before switching to Android

Forgetting to disable iMessage can turn out to be a real pain — so turn it off before you make the switch!

Before switching from iPhone to Android, one of the most important things you'll want to do is disable iMessage (providing you're using it in the first place of course). iMessage doesn't work on Android, so it's one of the things you'll need to leave behind when changing platforms. While you can do it after you make the switch, it's waaayyyy easier to do it beforehand to prevent and issues down the road.

You can disable iMessage on your current device in just a few quick steps — here's how to do it:

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BlackBerry devices and EMM software support Google's Android Zero-touch enrollment for Enterprise

Google has now rolled out their new Zero-touch enrollment for Enterprise which allows for easy setup and deployment of corporate-owned devices and among the list of supported ODM partners is BlackBerry.

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BlackBerry earns high scores in Gartner's Content Collaboration Platforms report

Following the news of BlackBerry receiving the highest score for all six use cases in Gartner's Critical Capabilities for High-Security Mobility Management report, the company has now announced they've also earned high scores in Gartner's Content Collaboration Platforms report.

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How to use Picture Password on the BlackBerry KEYone

Picture Password is a security feature that many BlackBerry users love — and it's still available on the BlackBerry KEYone. Keep in mind that you'll also need to set up a primary screen lock if you haven't done so already.

How to use Picture Password on the BlackBerry KEYone

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen and tap the gear icon.

  2. Tap Security, then Picture Password. You'll then be asked to confirm your pattern, PIN or password.

  3. Tap the toggle to turn on Picture Password. Then tap continue on the next screen.

  4. Choose a photo that will serve as your picture password (you can always change this later). Then choose a number.

  5. Now drag the circled number to a specific spot on the picture (this will be your password so don't forget where you put it!) then tap continue. Confirm the placement, then tap continue again.

  6. Now you'll be asked to test your password. Do so by dragging your chosen number to the secret spot. Tap finished.

Done! You can now use picture password on your BlackBerry KEYone for a quick, fun and one-handed way to unlock your phone!

BlackBerry KEYone

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Unlock your productivity with the Android-powered BlackBerry KEYone!

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DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT, DISTINCTLY BLACKBERRY

BlackBerry KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry’s software and security with TCL Communication’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers around the world.

Beyond the iconic BlackBerry design that’s been curated for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of additional features that truly reinvents communications for the professional consumer.

  • Built to last – An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made reliable for the demanding user, the BlackBerry KEYone combines a sleek aluminum frame and soft grip textured back built to offer the best in durability.
  • Runs Android™ 7.1 Nougat – Giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps - and will receive Google™ security patch updates.
  • The keyboard reimagined – Forget what you knew about keyboards, the BlackBerry Smart Keyboard goes beyond typing. It can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing even greater ease of use. And use it to scroll through web pages, the picture gallery or to take a picture.
  • Loaded with BlackBerry® Hub® – Bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account.
  • Unrivaled security features – The BlackBerry KEYone is designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience possible.
  • Long battery life – Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone offers roughly 26 hours of mixed use, thanks to its 3505mAh battery.
  • Impressive photo quality – The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.87 in
149.1 mm
2.85 in
72.4 mm
0.37 in
9.4 mm
6.35 oz
180 grams
  • Display:
    • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1620x1080 resolution
    • 434ppi
  • Chips:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    • 8x 2.0Ghz Cortex A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/20 PDAF rear camera
    • Dual-tone LED flash
    • 8MP ƒ/2.2 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3505 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 + boost charging
  • Software:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • DTEK security suite
    • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption
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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition coming to Canada beginning as soon as next week

If you live in Canada and have been holding on waiting for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition to be available, your wait is almost over. Amazon.ca, Walmart.ca, Staples.ca and more will begin offering the Black Edition beginning as soon as next week.

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Take your tunes to the gym (wirelessly) for $37

Working out is always better with music, and it's always better when it's your own music and not whatever garbage station the gym is pumping over the loudspeaker. That being said, your own tunes and end up being more of a pain than you originally intended, since being caught up in headphone cords is not really the most graceful way to go for a jog or pump iron.

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Wireless headphones are the way to go. Bluetooth is a godsend when it comes to exercise, since you can have your phone down by your bench or in your pocket or in an arm band, and you don't have to be tethered to it in order to enjoy your music. Full freedom.

The Treblab XR500 Wireless Sport Earbuds are Bluetooth headphones that are joined by a cable that can either sit on the back of your neck or in front of it. They regularly retail for $179.99, but through CrackBerry Digital Offers, you can snag 'em for only $36.99, a savings of 79%. They come in black, white, green, pink, and purple, and feature a 9-hour battery life, passive noise cancellation, and an excellent mix of crisp treble, deep bass, and an overall great sound.

The XR500s have a 38-foot Bluetooth range and only take 2 hours to charge, so you can get up and go more quickly than many other wireless headphones. With the earbuds comes a carrying case, a cable clip, three sizes of foam and three sizes of silicone ear tips, and a USB to micro USB charging cable. With an IPX7 water resistance rating, you can even take these earbuds in the shower with you (but you probably shouldn't take them swimming).

If you're looking for a way to enjoy your tunes wirelessly so that you're not constantly having to adjust your headphone cable while working out, then check out the Treblab XR500 Wireless Sport Earbuds at CrackBerry Digital Offers, and save 79%!

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This could be the first glimpse of the BlackBerry 'Krypton'

By now, it's no secret TCL has more BlackBerry smartphones in the works. The device known as 'Krypton' has passed through the Bluetooth SIG, Wi-Fi Alliance and FCC already and according to François Mahieu, head of global sales for TCL, the full-touch device is expected to arrive at some point in October. Still, despite all of that information, the 'Krypton' has eluded being caught on camera, mostly. A recently posted image offers up what could be the first glimpse of the next BlackBerry.

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Win an exquisite BlackBerry KEYone case from SatchelSatchel and CrackBerry!

Last day to enter. Get your entries in to win!

SatchelSatchel is a small company that specializes in making hand-made, high-quality leather bags and accessories. They recently decided to bring their skill and experience into the world of phone cases, and they've chosen the BlackBerry KEYone as their first case offering! Forums member jcstek put one of these cases through some day-to-day use and wrote up a fantastic review that you'll want to check out. Even though holster cases aren't for everyone, I think we can all agree that these are some remarkably crafted designs!

SatchelSatchel has graciously offered us six holster cases to give away to our readers! Make sure you read the full details below to get in on this giveaway!

THE PRIZE Each of the SIX winners will receive a BlackBerry KEYone case from SatchelSatchel!

THE RULES Use the widget below to enter. There are several different options, and if you complete them all you'll have the maximum chance at winning! Come back daily for more entries! Please note, we DO verify the winning entries, so if you say you completed something, but you didn't actually do it, you'll be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen.

This one's open internationally, so have at it! Also, in the event the winner does not reside in the US, please be aware that the prize may be subject to customs fees and taxes, which are the responsibility of the winner. The contest ends on September 21st. We'll announce the winners in the widget below shortly after the closing date.

That's it! Good luck, everyone!

Win an exquisite BlackBerry KEYone case from SatchelSatchel and CrackBerry!

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BlackBerry KEYone will officially be available in Russia soon!

Two years after BlackBerry shut down their offices in Russia, the brand will once again be available to Russian customers by way of the KEYone. Although the finalized release date still seems to be up in the air, our friends at BlackBerries.ru are expecting an event to take place somewhere near the end of September to address the finer details.

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Delphi partners with BlackBerry QNX to improve software performance and safety in autonomous cars

As look toward BlackBerry announcing their Q2 Fiscal 2018 results on September 28, we're starting to see more announcements of new partnerships and deals going through for BlackBerry. The latest comes from Delphi who has now announced they have teamed up with BlackBerry QNX to work out a commercial partnership that will see Delphi using BlackBerry's QNX for its autonomous driving system.

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Fleet Complete to incorporate BlackBerry Radar into its fleet tracking solution

In an effort to take gain more customer reach for their asset tracking service, BlackBerry Radar, BlackBerry and Fleet Complete have now announced a new partnership that will expand Fleet Complete's current fleet tracking and monitoring solution to include BlackBerry Radar.

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BlackBerry KEYone will be available in the Dominican Republic in the coming weeks!

The BlackBerry KEYone continues to make its way into new markets, and this time around, TCL has announced the device will be available in the Dominican Republic in the coming weeks, unlocked for approximately $600 and from local carriers on their competitive plans.

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How to change the ringtone on the BlackBerry KEYone

One of the easiest things you can do to customize your KEYone is changing the ringtone!

There are many defaults out of the box on the BlackBerry KEYone, but thanks to Android you can customize almost all of them — including the ringtone. The setting is a bit hidden if you haven't done it before, but we'll show you how to change your BlackBerry KEYone ringtone in just a few easy steps!

How to Change the Ringtone on the BlackBerry KEYone

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen and tap the gear icon to access your settings.

  2. Tap Sound, then tap Phone ringtone

  3. Here you can choose a new ringtone that might suit you better. Just tap the one you want and you'll hear a quick preview. Tap OK when you're done and it will be good to go!

You can customize your KEYone by changing the ringtone, notification sounds and more to truly make it your own!

Tip: You can set a custom MP3 or a song as your ringtone by moving the file to the Ringtones folder on your device. To do this, you'll first need to install a file manager app from Google Play.

BlackBerry KEYone

Learn more at BlackBerry Mobile

Main

Unlock your productivity with the Android-powered BlackBerry KEYone!

Visit BlackBerryMobile.com for purchase information and to register for updates.

Guides

About

DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT, DISTINCTLY BLACKBERRY

BlackBerry KEYone pairs the best of BlackBerry’s software and security with TCL Communication’s commitment to delivering high-quality, reliable smartphones to customers around the world.

Beyond the iconic BlackBerry design that’s been curated for the modern user, the BlackBerry KEYone comes with a number of additional features that truly reinvents communications for the professional consumer.

  • Built to last – An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made reliable for the demanding user, the BlackBerry KEYone combines a sleek aluminum frame and soft grip textured back built to offer the best in durability.
  • Runs Android™ 7.1 Nougat – Giving users access to the entire Google Play store and apps - and will receive Google™ security patch updates.
  • The keyboard reimagined – Forget what you knew about keyboards, the BlackBerry Smart Keyboard goes beyond typing. It can be easily programmed to launch up to 52 customizable shortcuts, providing even greater ease of use. And use it to scroll through web pages, the picture gallery or to take a picture.
  • Loaded with BlackBerry® Hub® – Bringing all your messages into one consolidated place; including emails, texts and messages from any social media account.
  • Unrivaled security features – The BlackBerry KEYone is designed to offer the most secure Android smartphone experience possible.
  • Long battery life – Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone offers roughly 26 hours of mixed use, thanks to its 3505mAh battery.
  • Impressive photo quality – The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. And for when you have to take a video conference on the go, it includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus and 84-degree wide angle lens.

Specs

Width Height Thickness 5.87 in
149.1 mm
2.85 in
72.4 mm
0.37 in
9.4 mm
6.35 oz
180 grams
  • Display:
    • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display
    • 1620x1080 resolution
    • 434ppi
  • Chips:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
    • 8x 2.0Ghz Cortex A53 cores
    • 3GB RAM
    • 32GB internal storage
    • microSD card slot
  • Cameras:
    • 12MP ƒ/20 PDAF rear camera
    • Dual-tone LED flash
    • 8MP ƒ/2.2 front camera
  • Battery:
    • 3505 mAh battery
    • Non-removable
    • USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0 + boost charging
  • Software:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • DTEK security suite
    • FIPS 140-2 full disk encryption
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BlackBerry KEYone now available to order online in QWERTY, QWERTZ or AZERTY keyboard layouts!

As the BlackBerry KEYone continues to be released into new markets, the folks at BlackBerry Mobile have now officially opened up their online shop for Europe. Customers looking to get their hands on a BlackBerry KEYone can now order the device online directly in their choice of QWERTY, QWERTZ or AZERTY keyboard layouts and charger variants.

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BlackBerry issues security notice to notify customers of BlueBorne impact on BlackBerry products

Early last week, Armis Security published the details of a new Bluetooth exploit called BlueBorne. At the time the vulnerability was announced, Apple, Google, and Microsoft all patched the exploit and for Android, the fix was issued with the September security patch. For their part, BlackBerry has investigated the impact of the collection of vulnerabilities on BlackBerry products and issued a security notice outlining the details of any impacted BlackBerry products.

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