BlackBerry News and Reviews

BlackBerry Motion goes on sale in Canada starting November 10!

Following the initial announcement of the BlackBerry Motion at GITEX, BlackBerry Mobile has now announced the first BlackBerry smartphone to offer IP67 water and dust resistance will also be made available in Canada starting November 10.

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BlackBerry highlights the impact of KRACK vulnerability on BlackBerry products

As fixes for the KRACK vulnerability continue to be rolled out, BlackBerry has now posted their official update highlighting the impact of KRACK on BlackBerry products. All in all, the security notice doesn't state much of anything new but it does indeed confirm updates for BlackBerry smartphones powered by Android are rolling out, some of which have already been received, and others are forthcoming.

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LinkedIn for BlackBerry 10 being retired on November 27

If you're a LinkedIn user and use their BlackBerry 10 or BBOS app to access the services, you'll have to turn to your web browser to access the services after November 27, 2017, according to an email being sent to BlackBerry LinkedIn users.

We are retiring the existing LinkedIn BlackBerry App on November 27, 2017, which means the app icon will remain on your phone but will no longer work.

You can continue to use LinkedIn on your BlackBerry phone by going to from your mobile web browser. From there you'll be able to access the full range of LinkedIn features, some of which were not available on the BlackBerry App.

Thanks for being a part of the LinkedIn community.

Sincerely, The LinkedIn Team

Given the app hasn't been updated since January 27th, 2015, and hasn't worked correctly in months, we won't pretend to be surprised it's being retired. Still, a bit sad to see yet another piece of BlackBerry 10 stroll off into the sunset. Of course, if you're using an Android-based BlackBerry you can continue using the LinkedIn for Android app.

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[Winner Announced!] The annual CrackBerry No Tricks Just Treats Halloween contest is here!

Congratulations to our winner, Hopper1976!

We're having a party, but no costumes are required! Simply leave a comment on this article on CrackBerry for your chance to win! It's time for our annual No Tricks Just Treats Halloween contest here at CrackBerry! This year we are keeping things short and sweet, and we're giving the winner their choice of either the new BlackBerry Motion or a BlackBerry KEYone (your choice of Silver or Black Edition)!

To enter, just leave a comment below. This giveaway is open worldwide, but keep in mind that international winners may have to pay duties or taxes on their prize, which is out of our control (sorrrry).

We'll close the contest down at midnight PST on Halloween and post the winner here November 1. Good luck to everyone that enters, and Happy Halloween!


Want a second chance to win? I'm running another contest over on Instagram, where you could also win a BlackBerry KEYone or Motion! Head over to @crackberrykevin to enter!

🎃 Halloween Giveaway! Enter NOW! You can win your choice of a BlackBerry KEYone (Silver or Black Edition) or a new BlackBerry Motion! • Instructions: • ☑ COMMENT on this post saying which of these awesome new Android-powered BlackBerry Smartphones you'd like! • ☑ TAG up to THREE friends who you also think would like a new BlackBerry so they can enter as well • ☑ FOLLOW @crackberrykevin and @blackberrymobile on Instagram • You have until Midnight PST on Halloween to Enter. Entry is open worldwide. Have a spoooktastic Halloween and Good Luck! We'll update this post on November 1st with the Instagram username of the lucky winner! • • • #BlackBerry #Android #Halloween #sweepstakes

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BlackBerry Motion - Top 5 Features I'm Loving So Far!

The newly-announced BlackBerry Motion has made it into my CrackBerry clawing hands and in this video, I dive into first five features that have caught my immediate attention.

Given the similar specs of the phone to the BlackBerry KEYone, the Motion aka KEYnone definitely stands up nicely as a sibling / complimentary device for those who want to go full touch over rocking a physical keyboard. I'll be saving my full first impressions and review until I spend more time with the Motion as my daily driver, but even in using the phone just a little bit there are some immediate features that stand out.

I want you to watch the video though, so hit play and enjoy the show. And be sure to check out the other videos below where I do some durability testing to see how built for everyday life the Motion is.

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You can now hide and rename apps with the latest BlackBerry Launcher update

A new BlackBerry Launcher update has started to roll out through the Google Play Store and if you've been asking for the ability to hide apps for a while now like I have, you'll want to get it downloaded as soon as possible. This release brings the ability hide apps on your home screen and in the all apps grid as well as a few other enhancements.

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CrackBerry is back in MOTION with the UNSTOPPABLE European Tour - RSVP NOW!

Calling LONDON, FRANKFURT, PRAGUE and PARIS... this is your chance to experience the newest BlackBerry Smartphones in your region and hang with other BlackBerry Fans and CrackBerry Kevin!

2017 is a year for the CrackBerry record books as we celebrate our 10th year anniversary, and the fun isn't stopping as we head into the final stretch of the year. With the BlackBerry Motion starting to hit select countries, we're kicking off another round of CrackBerry Meetups, hitting Europe and Canada again before we call it a year and pick it up again in 2018.

We've now confirmed location, dates and times for our European tour. We'll be starting in London on November 10th, followed by Frankfurt on the 14th, Prague on the 16th and finally Paris on the 18th. Like all of our meetups this year, we'll have plenty of food, drinks and BlackBerry fans in attendance, along with the latest BlackBerry Smartphones for attendees to check out. We'll also have swag and prizes to give out too!

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. Once you're signed up we'll be sending out updates as we finalize our venues for each city and the meetup events occur.

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!


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.


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.

Register for a CrackBerry Meetup Group In Your City

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How to change your chat background image on BBM

Over the past year or so, BBM has gone through many changes visually and one of the most shall we say disliked changes was the addition of a new background image for chats. While some folks didn't mind the cartoony style of it, others, hated it. Luckily, BBM got the feedback loud and clear and the latest BBM update rolling out through Google Play and the App Store brings the ability to change the chat background image. Here's how you can change it!

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CrackBerry Podcast - Bringing you on a journey!

Pow! Time again for another CrackBerry podcast. This week, we dig into all the latest BlackBerry news including the latest BlackBerry Motion and KEYone announcements that have happened since our last podcast. Plus, we announce a brand new round of CrackBerry meetups for Europe and Canada.

Not enough? Well, we also dig into the latest news coming from the BlackBerry Security Summit in London and much, much more! Settle in, check out the video and if you prefer the audio download, hang tight! We'll get that posted as soon as possible for you!

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Get an Ethereum Blockchain mastery bundle for just $29!

Decentralized applications are becoming more popular, and have recently hit the mainstream thanks to Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that relies on blockchain technology to function. There are plenty more uses for blockchain than just Bitcoin, much like there are many more uses for the internet than just email.

Get in on the ground floor of Ethereum; developers are in high demand! Learn more

Ethereum is an open-source computing platform that uses blockchain technology to function. While it does have a currency aspect to it, Ethereum's main use is as a decentralized platform for smart contracts, applications that run without risk of intervention from outside parties that intend fraud, censorship, or interruption.

Ethereum is picking up steam as blockchain technology moves forward, and developers are in high demand despite it being in an early adopter stage. Right now, Windows Central has a deal on a four-course bundle that contains all you need to become proficient in Ethereum blockchain technology. Instead of paying the regular price of $610, you'll instead pay just $29. That's 95 percent off the regular price!

Courses include:

  • Ethereum Blockchain Developer: Build Projects Using Solidity
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Learn what you need to get in on the Ethereum craze! Learn more

If you'd like to get into Ethereum while it's still getting off the ground, the time is now. At just $29, you really can't go wrong; developers are in high demand, and the profession is on course to become quite lucrative.

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Get free shipping from Mint SIM for a limited time only

The plans are already affordable, and now the SIM card ships for free!

Nowadays we love to shop online and hate paying for shipping. We also love to pay less for things, like our cell phone plans, so what happens when we combine great deals with free shipping? We get things that everyone wants to buy! Mint SIM, a popular mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) which operates on T-Mobile's nationwide network, is back with yet another promotion to help keep its service as affordable as possible.

For a limited time, when you sign up for a new Mint SIM plan, you can have your SIM card shipped to you for free. All you need to do is use the coupon code CBFREESHIP during your checkout, and you won't be charged for the cost of shipping. Shipping starts at around $4, so while it may not seem like a huge savings, it is actually a great deal.

With Mint SIM, you prepay for a designated length of service when you are signing up, and currently, the options are 3, 6, and 12-month plans. Mint SIM offers 2GB, 5GB and 10GB per month plans, with prices starting at $45 for 2GB per month (prepaid for three months) and going up to $300 for 12 months with 10GB.

If you aren't 100% sure about Mint SIM and how it will work for you, don't worry. All 3-month plans are backed by a 7-day Money Back Guarantee, so you can try it out and if things don't work out you can simply initiate a return and get your money back!

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Where to buy the BlackBerry KEYone

Not sure where you can buy a BlackBerry KEYone right now? We've got you covered!

The BlackBerry KEYone is now on sale across many parts of the world and continues to be rolled out to new areas. We've been keeping a list of all the carriers and retailers offering the KEYone, be it the original silver variant or the Black Edition, so if you're curious as to where you can buy the KEYone right now you've come to the right place!

BlackBerry KEYone

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Axiom Telecom

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from JB Hi-Fi!

Looking to pick up a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition in Australia? If so, The folks at JB Hi-Fi can hook you up. The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition has now been listed on their site for $899 AU and if you order today, the device can be shipped out to you within three days. Additionally, you also have the option of using their Click & Collect option to pick it up at a retail location, but you'll have to use the site to see if that applies in your area.

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Canadians can grab a BlackBerry KEYone for only $649.99 for the next 24-hours!

If you've been holding out, waiting for a lower price on the BlackBerry KEYone to come, you're in luck!

Following the 24-hour BlackBerry KEYone flash sale in the U.S., BlackBerry Mobile has decided to go ahead an offer the same in Canada. Starting October 25 (12:01 AM ET), the BlackBerry KEYone in silver is on sale through Amazon, Blueshop and Staples for only $650 until 11:59PM ET.

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New versions of BlackBerry Hub, Tasks, DTEK and more now available!

Seems like yesterday and today were update days at BlackBerry. A new batch of BlackBerry app updates have now been pushed to Google Play and have started appearing on devices. Everything from Hub, to Notes, right down to Power Center has been updated this time around. The majority of the updates simply highlight performance improvements, enhancements and bug fixes but there are a few other things that have been switched around.

BlackBerry Hub

  • Supported integration for Tumblr and QZone accounts
  • Set up a separate email signature for replies and forwards, and add links to email signatures
  • Reply to an email message using an Android Wear watch
  • Improvements for handling Gmail conversation threads (new conversations only)
  • Beta: select S/MIME message hashing algorithm with corresponding admin settings

BlackBerry Calendar

  • Add attachments to calendar events in Exchange ActiveSync 16 accounts
  • Minor enhancements and stability fixes

DTEK by BlackBerry

  • View security patch level
  • Security rating improvements

That's all the items with real changes noted, the rest just simply state bug fixes which can be pretty wide-ranging. In any case, the updates are live on Google Play right now, so fire it up and get everything downloaded. If you spot something awesome that has been addressed but not mentioned, let us know in the comments or in the CrackBerry Forums.

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BlackBerry Marketplace now offers more than 100 Enterprise-Grade products!

Taking the time at BlackBerry Security Summit in London to highlight a major milestone, BlackBerry has now announced that through partnerships, BlackBerry customers now have access to more than 100 Enterprise apps, extensions and software solutions.

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Save 30% on your first year of IPVanish's awesome VPN service

If you connect to the internet, you should be using a VPN.

People who care about their privacy (which should be everyone) have begun connecting to a VPN everytime they use the internet, but picking the right VPN provider can be a hard task. There are a ton of services out there, and they range in price from free to $100 or more a year. If you haven't already settled into a VPN, today may be the day that you do that.

Are you using a VPN? Here's why you might consider it!

New customers to IPVanish's service can score a 30% discount on its one-year plan with the coupon code MASKDATA. This discount drops the price down to just $54.59 for the first year, meaning you are only paying around $4.55 a month to keep your browsing more secure.

From the Android Central review of the service:

Not only is IPVanish's Quick Connect menu suitable for novice users, there's also a host of settings in the background that advanced users will love. There are over 850 servers in more than 60 countries, and you'll be using one of 40,000 shared IP addresses. Tack on a lack of log keeping and secure connection protocols, and you have a very strong option.

This deal is good through November 1, so you won't want to wait too long to make the purchase. Be sure to check it out today, and add that extra layer of security while connecting to the internet.

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BlackBerry launches new cybersecurity services to safeguard people, privacy and assets

With BlackBerry hosting their Security Summit today in London, the company has now taken the wraps off of two new cybersecurity services they'll be offering to help with GDPR compliance and mitigating security risks in connected automobiles.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from Staples Canada!

The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition continues to make its rounds to retailers in Canada and now it has arrived at Staples. Pricing for the Black Edition at Staples falls in line with the majority of retailers out there with it being set at $799.99 CAD with free shipping in 3-10 business days.

You'll want to note however, Staples has let it be known the KEYone Black Edition won't be available in stores, so if you're looking to scoop one up, it'll have to be through their website. Also, the specs on the site are listed wrong but the KEYone Black Editon has 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, Staples just goofed like every other retailer who listed it.

See more at Staples Canada

Thanks, Tariq!

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BlackBerry OS autoloader files now available!

Seems BlackBerry has had an older OS floating around their servers for BlackBerry 10 devices that someone decided should be rolled out at some point. The files needed to create OS autoloaders have now been posted in the forums for all.

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