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Amazon is giving everyone free shipping on everything for the holidays

Get your ship together.

If you're lacking in the Prime membership department, this year you won't have to sigh wistfully whilst looking in the windows of Amazon's free shipping department. Starting today, for a limited time, Amazon is offering all customers free shipping with no minimum purchase required.

This offer applies to hundreds of millions of items, and it'll work on orders that will arrive in time for Christmas. So if you're ordering something with a massive shipping delay, this promotion may not apply, but basically everything else is fair game. Pair the shipping offer with some choice Thrifter deals and you'll have yourself a recipe for success this holiday season.

Amazon isn't the only merchant slashing shipping fees. Both Target and Best Buy are offering similar promotions. We haven't heard anything yet from Walmart, but it's safe to assume at this point that we will.

While this offer will undoubtedly come in handy on Black Friday, you can start taking advantage of it now. Check out Amazon's Early Black Friday deals, and get inspired with Amazon Holiday gift guides.

Of course, if you want more benefits, like free videos, music streaming, books, and guaranteed shipping speeds, you may want to try out a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime.

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AT&T BlackBerry KEYone owners can now download software update ABI975

KEYone System Update

To go along with ABI087 being rolled out to unlocked devices, AT&T has now pushed their security update for BlackBerry KEYone owners. This release is noted as being build ABI975 and features the same October security updates offered on the unlocked variants.

BlackBerry KEYone and Motion now receiving ABI087 software update

KEYone and Motion

Although the ABI087 software update has made its way to several KEYone and Motion variants already, another round has now started rolling out today largely within North America. If you're not already on ABI087 and are using a KEYone or a Motion, you'll undoubtedly want to go ahead and check for updates.

BlackBerry KEY2 now officially available in Russia!

KEY2 Russia

While there has been plenty of KEY2 LE announcements lately, BlackBerry Mobile has also continued to roll out the BlackBerry KEY2 to new areas and the latest is Russia. Starting today, Russian BlackBerry fans will be able to pick up the black Dual-SIM KEY2 with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage with special Cyrillic keyboard details specifically built-in for the Russian market.

Spotify giving US family plan subscribers a free Google Home Mini

Spotify giving US family plan subscribers a free Google Home Mini

As part of a new partnership between Spotify and Google, Spotify has now announced a limited time offer for Spotify Premium for Family plan subscribers in the U.S. where Spotify will hook you up with a free Google Home Mini.


BlackBerry KEY2 LE now back in stock again at Amazon

KEY2 LE Slate

If you had a pre-order for the BlackBerry KEY2 LE from Amazon or are just looking to pick up a KEY2 LE from there, good news! Amazon has loaded up their storefront and now once again has the KEY2 LE in slate in stock and ready to ship out to you! The KEY2 LE at Amazon is priced at $449.99 and in addition to being compatible with GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile will also work on Verizon.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available through the BlackBerry Mobile EU store!

The BlackBerry Mobile EU store delivers all across Europe, and if you're looking to pick up a new KEY2 LE along with accessories, it's a one-stop shop. Right now, the KEY2 LE is available from there in QWERTY, QWERTZ and AZERTY keyboard formats with the slate color option shipping now and pre-orders for the champagne being taken for delivery on November 12th.

Enter BlackBerry Mobile's spooky Halloween sweepstakes to win a BlackBerry KEY2

For me, Halloween is all about costumes and candy but for BlackBerry Mobile, they've added contests as well. Right now, until November 1st, you can enter to win a BlackBerry KEY2 in their spooky Halloween sweepstakes. All you have to do is follow the instructions on their Instagram post.

Take the BlackBerry Mobile device owner survey and make your voice heard!

Take the BlackBerry Mobile device owner survey and make your voice heard!

This is your chance to provide invaluable feedback and shape future plans!

Every day, new posts appear in the CrackBerry forums with great suggestions, ideas, and feedback for BlackBerry Mobile and that's awesome, but nothing beats taking your suggestions right to the people who can make changes. With that in mind, BlackBerry Mobile has now kicked off a new BlackBerry Mobile device owner survey for owners of BlackBerry KEYone, Motion, KEY2, and KEY2 LE. Here are all the details, if you have time to participate!

Attention #TeamBlackBerry: We Want To Hear From You!

As regular visitors to CrackBerry are no doubt aware, last August we posted our very first BlackBerry KEYone Owner Survey. We got some great responses and learned a ton about what brings people over to #TeamBlackBerry. That's why this time around, we're branching out.

Open to owners of the BlackBerry KEYone, Motion, KEY2, and KEY2 LE, the BlackBerry Mobile Device Owner Survey is your chance to really make your voice heard! We want to know how you use your BlackBerry, and why. We want to know what stands out for you about the BlackBerry Mobile brand.

But more importantly, this survey is as much about you as it is your choice of phone. We want to get to know you better. What you do. And ultimately, how we can your BlackBerry smartphone experience truly exceptional.

Survey Time: It should take you 8 to 30 minutes to complete this survey, depending on how detailed you want to get with some of your responses to the open feedback questions. Note that like our previous survey, this one's fairly in-depth - we want to paint as complete a picture as possible with the results, so feel free to really tell us what you think!

Survey Requirements: This survey is open to owners of the BlackBerry KEYone, BlackBerry Motion, BlackBerry KEY2, and BlackBerry KEY2 LE.

With the survey being longer, you'll want to set aside some time to go through it, but I encourage everyone to take part. Surveys such as this one are a great way to really lay things out for BlackBerry Mobile, and as they note, they really want to know what you think so let them hear it.

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Google carves out some spooky Halloween deals on Google Play!

Just in time for Halloween, the Google Play Store has now been updated to highlight some spooky deals on movies, TV shows, books, audiobooks and more! The selections cover everything from the insanely scary to family-friendly frights, so you're sure to find something.

Learn up to 22 new languages with this uTalk lifetime subscription

Learning a new language is a monumental feat, but in this modern, interconnected world, being able to converse in multiple languages is nothing but a boon. Learning aids are, however, generally quite expensive.

Learn up to 22 new languages for just $100! Learn more

What you need is a learning aid that you can carry with you wherever you go, and one that won't cost an arm and a leg. Right now, CrackBerry Digital Offers has four deals on four different uTalk packages. Instead of the regular price, you'll get these packages at a significant discount.

**Learn 1 language **

Learn 6 languages

Learn 22 languages

Learn all 130 languages available via uTalk!

What is uTalk? It's a multi-platform program that helps you learn new languages with real, practical vocabulary and a method that lets you understand how native speakers really talk. With feedback and games, you can test how well you're progressing and get an idea of how you'd fare in the real world.

Save an additional 15% this October when you use coupon code "BOO15" at checkout! Learn more

Planning on taking a trip soon? Need to learn a new language for business purposes? uTalk is an awesome program that makes learning new languages fun and easy and you'll have access to it forever. You can also save an additional 15% when you use coupon code BOO15 at checkout. Don't wait too long, as this deal doesn't last forever.

Amazon announces BlackBerry as a partner for Alexa for Business

During BlackBerry's recent Security Summit, BlackBerry CEO John Chen let it be known that BlackBerry was working on an Enterprise device that would integrate with Amazon Alexa as part of his keynote. Jump to today, and now, Amazon has announced BlackBerry as a partner in their opening up of Alexa for Business to third-party device makers.


Google Play will upgrade your SD and HD movies to 4K for free

As 4K content continues to grow, Google has now announced that they will be upgrading users' SD and HD titles to 4K for free starting with the U.S. and Canada. On top of that, they also that 4K content will cost less going forward, making it all a bit easier on your bank account.

Movies you own will automatically be upgraded to 4K, on us: When 4K titles are available from participating Hollywood studios, we'll upgrade your past movie purchases so you can stream in 4K, even if you originally bought the movie in SD or HD. It's all on us, just open the Play Movies & TV app, and we'll let you know which titles have been upgraded.

Pay less for 4K movies: Starting today, most 4K movies on Google Play will cost you less, so you have more options to enjoy upgraded movies. Get started by browsing our top 4K titles.

Bring 4K to your TV: You shouldn't need to buy an additional device to watch your 4K movies on the 4K TV you already own. In addition to 4K Sony Bravia TVs, you can now watch in 4K using the Play Movies & TV app on most 4K Samsung Smart TVs, and we're working on adding support for LG as well.

Enjoy updated designs to our smart TV app: We've updated our app for Samsung, LG, and Vizio TVs with a modern look and feel to provide a better experience.

Participating studios include Fox, Lionsgate, NBC Universal, Sony (US only), and Warner Bros, so you can check through Google Play Movies & TV to see if any of your content qualifies. Just open up the app, tap Library and look for Upgraded to 4K at the top.

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App cloning feature from the KEY2 LE now available on the KEY2

App cloning feature from the KEY2 LE now available on the KEY2

When the BlackBerry KEY2 LE was introduced, it brought along with app cloning support for Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, and WeChat. Now, as part of the October update rolling out (ABI067), that feature has arrived for BlackBerry KEY2 owners.

How to adjust keyboard and navigation button brightness on the BlackBerry KEY2

If you've ever wanted to independently control the brightness for the navigation buttons and keyboard on your BlackBerry KEY2, I have good news! Starting with the October security update (ABI067), you now have the option to do so built right in. Here's how to adjust them both.

GoTalk USA now has the BlackBerry KEY2 LE in stock and ready to ship!

If you live in the US and are looking to get your hands on a BlackBerry KEY2 LE, another retailer has been added to mix aside from Amazon and Best Buy. GoTalk USA now has the BlackBerry KEY2 LE in slate in stock and ready to ship for $449.00, matching the pricing of others.

Order a KEY2 from the BlackBerry Mobile EU Store, get a Kodak Photo Printer Mini free!

If you live in the EU and have been considering picking up a BlackBerry KEY2, today is a great day to do so. BlackBerry Mobile has now announced an exclusive, limited time bonus offer for the next 100 orders of a KEY2 from the BlackBerry Mobile EU store where you'll get a Kodak Photo Printer Mini free!

BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available in the Middle East

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE continues to launch in new areas, and as announced BlackBerry Mobile at GITEX, retailers in the Middle East now have the latest in the KEY series available. The list of retailers offering the KEY2 LE is rather larger, so check out the breakdown!

You can save up to €100 on the BlackBerry KEY2 from Amazon Germany!

And now the deals are gone, that was short lived. Hope you got in when they were live!

Amazon Germany right now has special pricing on all their available variants of the BlackBerry KEY2 including the dual-SIM 128GB model, which is available for €100 off the original pricing of €699, that's a pretty solid deal!

BBM beta brings improved video sharing, new feed design, text styling and more!

BBM feed

BBM continues to explore and add new features to their beta releases, and the latest is no different. The latest release now rolling out through the Google Play Store covers improved video sharing, a new Feeds redesign but beyond that, there are also new features such as text styling in chats and deeper integration with BBMoji.

  • Try exploring the new redesign Feeds by posting a text or image status
  • Improved video sharing performance. Try sending multiple videos at once. A progress bar will appear to show the uploading progress
  • Try typing common keywords like 'thanks & lol' to see recommended BBMoji
  • Try highlighting the words in the text area to reveal different text styles

From my testing, the text styling options don't get super fancy, you're not getting any animated GIF text or anything like that but it is a nice addition that allows for bold, italics, underline and strikethrough text options, allowing for you to be a bit more expressive over chat. The beta is live now, and I think registration is open currently, so you can sign up here if you're not already on the beta releases.