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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!

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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.

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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 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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CrackBerry Podcast - Pushing Buttons

And we're back at it again. On this podcast, we dig into the differences between the KEYone Black Editions, Krypton rumors, and much more!

A fresh new CrackBerry podcast to take you into the weekend. With Kevin back home for a bit, we decided to get a podcast together for you all. On this one, we dig into the differences between the KEYone Black Editions, Krypton rumors, and much more!

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CrackBerry is giving away a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition!

We're giving away the highly coveted BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition!

The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition is awesome, and we know a lot of you want one but maybe don't live where it's easy to get your hands on one. So, of course, we're going to hook one of you up with one, FREE. Enter the contest now and you could be the winner! Make sure you read the full details at the bottom of the page to get in on this giveaway and good luck!

THE PRIZE The winner will receive a brand new BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition!

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 giveaway is open internationally, but we can't guarantee the phone will work on your network. 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 October 6th. We'll announce the winner in the widget below shortly after the closing date.

That's it! Good luck, everyone!

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Hit comic Honey Blood now available exclusively to Indonesian BBM users

Not long ago, BBM added a new section to the Discover menu for WebComics and now they're adding exclusive content for Indonesian BBM users, and their first exclusive is a big one. Honey Blood, the Number 1 web comic in Korea, Japan, and the US is now available exclusively to Indonesian fans through WebComics.

Honey Blood, which also goes by the title, Bloody Sweet, is a story about a lonely and self-absorbed high school student, Shin Naerim whose mother is a shaman. As a result, Shin is treated like a sorceress and silently suffers the bullying from other students. However, an impromptu school trip changed her life, where she involuntarily awakens a vampire and soon discovers that she wields control over him, and in turn, the vampire is devoted to protecting her.

Honey Blood combines fantasy, romance, drama and also deals with the delicate subject of school harassment. Translated into Bahasa specifically for the Indonesian fans, this reading is a pure treat and is totally addictive!

You can jump below to get a look at the Honey Blood trailer or if you're in Indonesia, load up BBM and take a look in the Discover menu for WebComics and Honey Blood will be available to you. ake sure you grab the latest BBM from the Google Play or the App Store on iOS.

BBM Messenger Brings Global Hit Comics Honey Blood to Fans in Indonesia

What comes to mind when you hear the words 'Vampire' or 'Dracula'? Surely the first imagery is a sharp fanged immortal being of darkness who feeds on blood of the living.

But these images will be dispelled after you read Honey Blood, the Number 1 web comic in Korea, Japan and the United States of America, which has amassed millions of readers globally. The global hit comics is now available exclusively to Indonesian fans through WebComics in the Discover menu within BBM Messenger.

Honey Blood, which also goes by the title, Bloody Sweet, is a story about a lonely and self-absorbed high school student, Shin Naerim whose mother is a shaman. As a result, Shin is treated like a sorceress and silently suffers the bullying from other students. However, an impromptu school trip changed her life, where she involuntarily awakens a vampire and soon discovers that she wields control over him, and in turn, the vampire is devoted to protecting her.

Honey Blood combines fantasy, romance, drama and also deals with the delicate subject of school harassment. Translated into Bahasa specifically for the Indonesian fans, this reading is a pure treat and is totally addictive!

Reading WebComics in BBM Messenger is the perfect way to entertain yourself on a long commute—provided someone else is doing the driving! Available on Android and iOS, immerse yourself into the fantasy world of Honey Blood today at https://bbm.webcomics.co.id.

Source: BBM blog

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You can now order the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition from Media Markt

Along with Saturn opening up their availability of the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition, the folks at Media Markt have also joined the party. If you missed out on the pre-orders you can no head to the Media Markt site and place your order for at BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition for only €649 incl. VAT and excl. shipping costs €1.99.

Media Markt appears to have received their stock early. The initial time frame for their availability was Sept. 20 but even if you never pre-ordered and order now, you should have it by that time with their estimated shipping of 3-4 business days.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from Saturn

If you missed out on the pre-orders of the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition from Saturn, no matter. The German retailer now has the KEYone Black Edition listed on their site for ordering. When it comes to pricing, Saturn has the device listed for €649 vat. Included with €1.99 for shipping if you decide to not pick it up in store. With stock and accessories available, if you order today, you can have the KEYone Black Edition in your hands within 1-2 working days.

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BlackBerry 'Krypton' passes through the FCC

Following the BlackBerry 'Krypton' passing through the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Bluetooth SIG, the full-touch BlackBerry suggested to be released in October has now arrived at the FCC. This time around, there's not even any debate as to whether or not it's actually the Krypton, it's noted right in the filenames.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition available from Selfridges retail shop Sept. 14

Adding to the list of retailers in the UK picking up the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition, it has now been announced that the Oxford Street, London Selfridges BlackBerry Shop will begin selling the Android-powered BlackBerry starting September 14.

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BlackBerry enters patent license agreement with Timex Group

In a rather quick and straight to the point press release, BlackBerry has now announced they have entered into a patent license agreement with Timex Group. The agreement includes on-going royalty payments from Timex to BlackBerry but other terms of the agreement have been kept confidential.

"This license agreement with Timex demonstrates the strength of BlackBerry's patent portfolio, and will enable us to focus on further patent licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market," said Jerald Gnuschke, senior director of Intellectual Property Licensing, BlackBerry.

With the agreement being kept confidential, it's hard to say how much of an effect it will have on BlackBerry's balance sheet and unlike other license agreements BlackBerry has been signing, there's no mention what this patent is for.

To keep you guessing, BlackBerry notes they have approximately 40,000 worldwide patents and applications covering a wide array of technologies including wireless communications, networking infrastructure, acoustics, messaging, enterprise software, operating systems, virtualization, and cybersecurity.

BlackBerry and Timex Group Enter Patent License Agreement

WATERLOO, ONTARIO and MIDDLEBURY, CONNECTICUT--(Marketwired - Sept. 13, 2017) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) and Timex Group announced today they have entered into a patent license agreement. The financial structure of the deal includes on-going royalty payments from Timex to BlackBerry. Additional terms of the agreement are confidential.

"This license agreement with Timex demonstrates the strength of BlackBerry's patent portfolio, and will enable us to focus on further patent licensing opportunities in the mobile communications market," said Jerald Gnuschke, senior director of Intellectual Property Licensing, BlackBerry.

BlackBerry's portfolio consists of approximately 40,000 worldwide patents and applications covering a wide array of technologies including wireless communications, networking infrastructure, acoustics, messaging, enterprise software, operating systems, virtualization and cybersecurity.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a mobile-native security 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, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

About Timex Group

Timex Group designs, manufactures and markets innovative timepieces around the world. Founded in 1854, Timex Group is a privately held company headquartered in Middlebury, Connecticut with multiple operating units and over 3,000 employees worldwide. As one of the largest watchmakers in the world, Timex Group companies produce watches under a number of well-known brands, including Timex, Guess, GC, Versace, Versus, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Nautica. Launched in 1950, Timex sells millions of watches each year worldwide. www.timexgroup.com

BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

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Carphone Warehouse now shipping out BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition orders!

Did you pre-order your BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition from Carphone Warehouse? If so, we've just received word pre-ordered devices have been shipped out and should start arriving today. If you didn't pre-order a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition but still want to get in, Carphone Warehouse is making that easy as well.

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Apple brings some BlackBerry 10 flavor to the iPhone X

Apple has just unveiled their brand new iPhones (iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X) but as they were demoing the iPhone X and all its new features, folks couldn't help but notice that some of the 'revolutionary' new features weren't exactly all that new. Check out the video in the first tweet below, bet it looks awfully familiar to you!

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