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BlackBerry KEY2 update ACB168 now available in North America

The latest BlackBerry KEY2 software update has now started to roll out across North America. Noted as build number ACB168, this release covers all the Android security patches for August from Google including fixes for the QualPwn vulnerability. It's a small update, coming in at around 90MB. You can check this list to see if it has appeared for your variant yet, or go ahead and check for updates.

How to fix BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox 'Web page not available' errors

Back in June, BlackBerry released a BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox update that addressed some compatibility issues with Chrome 75 and WebView 75. The issues addressed were causing some folks to see error messages in the BlackBerry Hub indicating 'Web page not available' followed by 'The web page at data:text/html;charset=utf-8;charset=utf-8;base64, could not be loaded because: net::ERR_INVALID_RESPONSE' in replies, new emails and more.

If you're still seeing the errors, which many seem to be according to the amount fo folks still asking about it on Twitter, and in the CrackBerry Forums, there is a straightforward fix.

  • Open the Google Play Store
  • Tap on Apps
  • Open the Menu, tap on My Apps & games
  • Under the updates section, update all of your BlackBerry apps that need updating

Once updated, the errors will stop, and you'll be able to continue to use the BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox as expected. This is an excellent time to remind everyone that keeping your apps updated is pretty essential, as there are always bugs being squashed and improvements being made to the apps we use every day. Unless you have a particular reason for not updating, you should get the latest available release of all apps you have installed.

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BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox

Free at Play Store

Powerful productivity

The BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox consolidates all your emails and calendar events in one unified app, and Inbox seamlessly integrates social notifications from Facebook, WeChat, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, and more.

Rogers software update ACA360 now available for the BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE

Initially scheduled for release on July 30, the July update for the BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE from Rogers has now hit a wider audience. If you purchased your device from the carrier and have not yet downloaded it, go ahead and check for updates.

AT&T releases software update ABZ982 for the BlackBerry KEYone

AT&T is the carrier that keeps on giving for BlackBerry KEYone owners. Although it's not listed on their support page yet, AT&T has now released the July Android security update for those who purchased their KEYone from AT&T.

Labeled as ABZ982, the update is a quick download that follows the recent ABV803 update. As there is no changelog, we're left to assume it's just the security fixes in place, but in any case, the update is live now so get it downloaded.

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BlackBerry announces extended support for BlackBerry 10 and BBOS with some caveats

Originally scheduled to reach End of Life status in December 2019 after receiving two years of additional support back in December 2017, BlackBerry has now announced they will continue to support the critical infrastructure and services for BlackBerry 10 as well as network access for BBOS devices beyond 2019.

Much like the previous announcement where BlackBerry noted they would be shutting down some ancillary services such as BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Travel and PlayBook video calling, this announcement has some caveats you'll need to be aware of as well.

BlackBerry Hub+ beta app updates bring improved Android Q compatibility and stability fixes!

The latest batch of BlackBerry Hub+ Suite beta apps have now arrived and are available for download through the Google Play Store for those of you out there signed up to test the beta releases. According to the changelogs, the latest batch focused on Android Q compatibility and stability fixes across the board, though, BlackBerry Hub+ Services also has fixes for iCloud.

Unihertz shows off their 'Titan' BlackBerry clone in new video

The Titan Kickstarter is now live and has already surpassed its goal. You can check it out right here.

When the Unihertz Titan appeared seemingly out of nowhere earlier this month, plenty of folks including myself were a little skeptical about the news. It seems Unihertz heard that feedback and have now dropped a quick video via their Facebook page to show off the rugged QWERTY device.

Get featured on the BlackBerry Mobile social accounts by sharing your #ShotOnBlackBerry photos!

Looking for a chance to showcase all those great #ShotOnBlackBerry photos you have? If so, BlackBerry Mobile has kicked off a fun little initiative on Instagram where you can win a chance to have your photos featured on the official BlackBerry Mobile social accounts!

Punkt MP02 software update v1.5 coming soon

It has been about five months since Punkt rolled out their first official update for the MP02 and if you're looking for a newer update, you won't have to wait much longer. As posted on their site, Punkt has now let it be known that software update version 1.5 is coming soon.

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Alza, Celkom & Mall have special pricing on the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition

Last month, BlackBerry Mobile expanded its retail offerings across the Czech Republic, making the BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE available at several new retailers. Now, Alza, Celkom, and Mall have kicked off special pricing and offers for the KEY2 Red Edition.

Google introduces Gallery Go as a lightweight alternative to Google Photos

If you're looking for a lightweight alternative to Google Photos, Google today at Google for Nigeria, has introduced Gallery Go. Much like Google's other 'Go' apps, Gallery Go was designed to be light and fast while still offering plenty of features across the board.

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Our latest shirt pays homage to the legendary smartphone keyboard!

Back in May, we kicked off our CrackBerry apparel store with some awesome BlackBerry inspired designs and today, we've gone ahead and dropped our latest addition to the mix. As our way to pay homage to the legendary keyboards of the first generation BlackBerry devices, we're rolling out the 'Classically Trained' design to everyone!

These are the best Prime Day deals that you can still buy today

Amazon Prime Day is more than half way over, but that doesn't mean the deals are slowing down. A bunch of the best deals are surprisingly still available, though a few have already sold out as well. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, but that doesn't mean that you can't get in on the great prices now, before that happens.

Whether you are looking for a Fire TV Stick, a new TV, or just some everyday essentials, there are tons of Prime Day deals to go around.

Join the masses

Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

If you haven't heard of Instant Pot, you may be living under a rock. It has a huge following, it replaces 10 different cooking gadgets, and right now it's extremely affordable. Be sure to get one now, before you're left without one.

$87.99 at Amazon

Hands Free for You and Me

Apple AirPods 2

These truly wireless headphones were released super-recently, and today's price is the lowest to date. They're sleek, they're user-friendly, and they up your clout by a million points. Charge your headphones wirelessly and do it at a rock-bottom price.

$169.99 at Amazon

Bookworms

Three free months of Kindle Unlimited

All the books you can handle. All for free. Hopefully your Prime membership is active, as this deal scores you three months of unlimited access to Kindle Unlimited's digital library of eBooks which you can access on Kindle e-readers, the free Kindle app, or your computer.

Free at Amazon

Tick Tock

Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 44mm)

Normally priced at $429, Amazon is offering an extra $19 discount once you reach checkout with this Apple Watch Series 4. Thanks to the product already being discounted there, that brings today's price to one of the best we've ever seen this model reach.

$360 at Amazon

Hey Google

Google Nest Hub with Google Assistant

eBay crashed Prime Day with a sale of its own, and while there weren't too many huge discounts to consider, this sale on the Google Nest Hub is one you don't want to miss. At nearly 55% off its regular price, the Nest Hub can stream music, access YouTube, and even control compatible smart home devices.

$59 at eBay

Twitch Dot You

Elgato Stream Deck Mini

This Prime Day deal is available to everyone. The Elgato Stream Deck Mini puts powerful features at your fingertips. Switch scenes, adjust audio, post to social networks, and more, all with the push of a button. The best price in history means your streaming dreams are well within reach.

$59.99 at Amazon

With The Wrist

Fitbit Versa Lite

This recently-released fitness tracker is lightweight and packs a ton of powerful features, all at the lowest price yet. Choose your favorite color and start hitting your fitness goals.

$119.95 at Amazon

Listen Up

Three-month Audible membership

Sign up to Audible now to score $10 off the monthly subscription price for three months! Audible audiobooks can be listened to on the latest Kindle e-readers or by using the free Audible app which is available on tons of devices like smartphones and tablets.

$5/month at Amazon

Big Screen Savings

LG 65-inch OLED 4K UHD HDR ThinQ Smart TV

Our readers love this line just as much as our editors do. Combine that with the lowest price in history and you have yourself a recipe for a very sweet deal indeed.

$1,599 at eBay

Talk To Me

Echo Connect

This device connects your Echo to your home phone line so you can start making and receiving calls by simply asking Alexa. Today's sale price of $20 is the lowest it's ever been, but you'll need a Prime membership to snag this deal.

$19.99 at Amazon

Wake Up!

OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker

The 9-cup Barista Brain coffee maker is packed with a microprocessor that controls its brew cycle, replicating the pour-over method to perfection each time. It has a 24-hour timer built-in too, and at $140, you'll be saving $60 off its regular cost.

$139.97 at Amazon

Livin' The Stream Dream

Roku Ultra streaming media device

The Roku Ultra lets you turn nearly any TV into a smart TV. Simply plug it into your TV's HDMI port and connect to your home Wi-Fi network to start streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and so much more.

$69 at Amazon

Feel The Beat

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

These wireless Bluetooth headphones are capable of lasting for up to 40 hours on a single charge, and now that they're $40 off on Amazon, you should think about grabbing a pair for yourself. This deal won't last forever after all, especially considering they've never dropped this low before.

$159.99 at Amazon

Digital Discount

Apple iTunes $100 Gift Card

PayPal's Digital Gifts Store on eBay offered one of the few great non-Amazon deals during Prime Day 2019, giving you the chance to save on digital movies, music, apps, and much more with this discounted $100 gift card.

$84.99 at eBay

Answer This Call

Samsung Galaxy S10e (Unlocked, 128GB)

Now at $200 off its regular price, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is at one of its best prices in history in a range of colors and more than worthy of being the next device in your pocket. This unlocked model features a 128GB storage capacity and a Pro-grade camera.

$549.99 at Amazon

These are just some of the best deals that Amazon still has available, so be sure to keep checking back for more deals as we spot them.

The Unihertz 'Titan' aims to fulfill your desires for a BlackBerry Passport running Android

Ever since the images and video of a BlackBerry Passport running Android appeared long ago, there has been plenty of BlackBerry fans hoping a Passport-like device running Android would appear. Although that's not likely to happen through BlackBerry or any of their official licensees, it seems as though Unihertz has heard those voices and plans to release the 'Titan' soon.

PSA: Twitter is down for a lot of people right now [Update]

Updated 4:00 PM ET: Good (or bad) news, everyone — Twitter is back! Keep on keeping on ✌️

If you're having trouble accessing Twitter right now, you're not the only one. As of 2:46 PM ET on July 11, the mega-popular social network went down for a lot of people.

Twitter doesn't appear to work no matter how you usually access it, whether that be via the desktop site or mobile apps.

People all around the world are reporting outages, including various parts of the U.S., Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and more.

It's unclear when Twitter will be able to get things back up and running, but we'll be sure to monitor things and update this post accordingly once things are back to normal.

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BlackBerry launches managed detection and response offering CylanceGUARD

Since acquiring Cylance last year, BlackBerry has continued to introduce new offerings under the BlackBerry Cylance banner, and now, they have announced a 24x7 managed detection and response solution called CylanceGUARD to capture some of the projected $21 billion spent on managed security services in 2019.

Spotify Lite for Android is now officially available

Spotify Lite is a simplified version of the Spotify app.

Although the app has been in beta for a while now, and some of you might already be using it, Spotify has now officially rolled out a lighter and simplified version of their Android app. Dubbed as Spotify Lite, the app is available in 36 markets across Canada, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa and will work on devices running Android 4.3 and higher.

"Spotify Lite was built from the ground up based on user feedback from around the world, allowing millions more to enjoy the world's best music experience — especially in areas with limited bandwidth and phone storage," says Kalle Persson, Senior Product Manager at Spotify.

Similar to other available lite apps, Spotify Lite features a smaller base install that comes in at only 10MB and helping to keep your data use in check it also includes the ability to set a data limit and get a notification when you reach it and offers easy control over the ability to clear your cache.

Spotify Lite is available for free and Spotify Premium users and works alongside the core Spotify app if you wish to use the regular Spotify app at home where you possibly don't have to worry about your data plan usage but use Lite while out, using your carrier network for example.

Download: Spotify Lite (free)

The Amazon App has an easy way to save an extra 20% this Prime Day

Take a picture; your money will last longer.

Have you tried out the Amazon App's Camera features yet? The app can identify and even let you buy a product on Amazon by simply holding your phone's camera up to it. It works as a barcode scanner too, and this month, Amazon customers with an active Prime membership can score an exclusive 20% off coupon to use toward select products when you put one of the camera's features to use before July 15. It's extremely easy to use the camera, and you'll be able to redeem the coupon afterward instantly. Best of all, this offer is available for everyone, even if you have already used the Camera features on the Amazon App before.

Currently, there are three products on which you can use the 20% coupon you'll receive, including the ASUS VivoBook F510UA that drops to $359.99 and normally sells for closer to $500, the Polk Audio RC6s In-Ceiling Stereo Speaker which falls to $80, and TP-Link's AC1200 Smart Wi-Fi Router that you can grab for $35.99 with the coupon. These products are already on sale currently thanks to the upcoming Prime Day, meaning your 20% coupon drops them even further in price. Stuck between which product you want to save on? You can return to the Amazon App tomorrow to use the Camera features again and receive another 20% coupon to use on the select items Amazon has featured on the offer page.

To get started, you'll first need to visit www.amazon.com/scanit on your mobile phone where you can download the Amazon app to your iOS or Android device. Once installed, open the app and tap the Camera icon at the end of the search bar. You'll then be prompted to allow Amazon to access your phone's camera. Once that's completed, you can start the tasks.

How to use Product Search:

  1. Product Search is the default setting when tapping on the Camera icon. You can switch to Product Search after tapping the Camera icon by swiping your finger along the bottom of the screen until you reach 'Product Search'.
  2. Once you're in Product Search mode, point your phone's camera at an item near you that you would like to search on Amazon.
  3. Blue dots should appear on and around the item for a few seconds; if Amazon can identify the item, it will pop up its search results allowing you to view product information and buy the item your camera just viewed. It may also show similar items which relate to the item that was identified.
  4. A pop-up will appear which states 'You've unlocked a 20% off discount on select deals!'. Click it and then tap Redeem on the following page to snag your promo credit.
  5. The item you've scanned must be sold by Amazon for you to complete this offer.

How to use Barcode Scanner:

  1. To find the Barcode Scanner, first tap the camera icon and then slide your finger across the bottom of the screen until you reach 'Barcode Scanner'
  2. Find an item that you'd like to search on Amazon and put its barcode in front of your device's camera.
  3. If Amazon can find the item, it will pop up the item's product page, along with a banner that states 'You've unlocked a 20% off discount on select deals!' which you must click to get your promo credit. As with the previous feature, the item you scan must be sold by Amazon for you to complete this offer.

How to use View In Your Room mode:

  1. As with the other settings, hit the Camera icon and then slide your finger across the bottom. There you'll find the 'View In Your Room' mode to select. Not all devices are compatible with this mode so it may not be available for you at this time.
  2. This mode allows you to see how various best-selling products would look in your home. From here, select an item in the bottom window that you're interested in and then go to a location in your home where you might place that item.
  3. The app will ask where you're planning on placing the item, whether that's on the ground, on a table, or on a wall. Selecting the right option will help the next step work properly.
  4. The item should appear before you as if it's actually there in real life. You can drag it around, make it bigger, or turn it around with your fingers. You can also walk around the item to get a look at it from other angles.
  5. You should also see a banner which states 'You've unlocked a 20% off discount on select deals!' once completed. You'll have to click on it to finish the task and redeem your promo credit.

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Using the Amazon App's Camera features now through July 14 can score Prime members an instant 20% coupon to use on select products, like the ASUS VivoBook F510UA and TP-Link's AC1200 Smart Wi-Fi Router.

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Use AI to automatically edit and enhance your photos for $49 with Luminar 3

Photography is a practical skill that can be applied in nearly every industry, but there’s more to photography than getting the perfect shot. If you want your photos to look as good as possible, you’ll need to edit them to a certain degree. There are dozens of photo editors that offer advanced sliders and tools, but mastering them can take years. If you need an all-in-one photo editor that simplifies your editing process, look no further than Luminar 3 for $49.

The Award-Winning Luminar 3 Software Bundle features Luminar 3, a powerful photo editing program that uses AI to streamline your editing workflow. Its Accent AI 2.0 slider will automatically apply edits to color, details, tone, and depth to enhance bland photos. Luminar 3 can also automatically detect and enhance the sky and foliage in your photos to create vibrant, photorealistic results that would otherwise take hours to achieve in a normal photo editor. Finally, Luminar 3 offers a library of over 70 different looks and 50 filters for additional creative control over your photos.

This bundle also includes Deep Dive to Luminar 3 by Richard Harrington. This guide will give you a detailed look into how to use Luminar 3 to develop your photos with filters and looks. You’ll even learn how to get rid of blemishes so that you can deliver the most attractive portraits possible.

Photo editing doesn’t need to be slow and tedious. Luminar 3 uses AI to handle the heavy lifting for you for $49, or 47% off.

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