Did you order yourself a fancy red BlackBerry Passport from Amazon? If so, you'll want to keep an eye on your inbox. Amazon has now begun sending out shipment notifications letting everyone know their device has shipped and although times may vary depending on when your order was placed, most people should have the device in their hands by Monday at some point.

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Christmas BBM sticker pack now available in the BBM Shop

Although it might still be a little bit early for some folks, plenty of people are gearing up for Christmas and that includes the BBM shop. A new Christmas BBM sticker pack has now arrived and is available for purchase for $1.99. This particular pack was put together by Meemo and features several different stickers including Santa, Snowmen and plenty of other holiday activities. No doubt there will be other packs made available in time for the holidays but if this one interests you, you can grab it using this link. A better look at the full pack can be found below.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for November 28, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! For those of you in the USA I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday yesterday surrounded by family and friends. This year I am Thankful for CB, BlackBerry, and, of course, you the Community!

Now it is time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you by clicking through the gallery below. If your favorite did not make the cut this week, remember to keep those cards and letters coming with your suggestions.

Productivity Bundle for BlackBerry by Devcellent Solutions Inc.

We are always looking for new ways to accomplish more with our devices and in turn balance our day-to-day tasks. With all of the applications currently available finding the right one poses a difficult task. Luckily, Devcellent Solutions released a productivity bundle comprised of three of their applications as a great value to customers. For $4.99, users can get Phone Tap – Call Blocker, Hubb++, and Email++ to help them control calls, notifications, and emails. The price to purchase all three separately is more than the cost of this application. All of them offer much needed functionality to enhance the BlackBerry 10 experience.

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Multi Use by PV Soft

This application underwent a few revisions and now this new version is available in BlackBerry World. Multi Use is a simple application that makes posting your status to multiple social platforms easier. So whether you wish to post to Facebook, Twitter, BBM, LinkedIn, Twittly, or your BBM Channel you can do so right from the main screen. All you have to do is select the network and type in your status. Also included with this application is an RSS newsreader aggregator. This Built-for-BlackBerry Application is free to download though you can remove the ads with an in-app purchase of $0.99.

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Contact Care by NandkumarRS

After switching back and forth amongst several devices I realized that not all of my contacts followed and some were lost in the shuffle. Being able to manage your contacts is important and that is why we all could use the ability to backup, restore, export, import, and merge them. While the interface is quite simple, you really do not need to jump through complicated menus just to organize your address book. The main screen shows the total number of contacts on your device as well as how many had been backup up. Simply tap on the menu and choose the desired function to perform. Backups may be saved to your device, SD Card, or to Dropbox and users may select to perform a full or custom backup in a matter of moments. Files are exported in CSV format or as a single vCard 3.0. For those, like me, who struggle with duplicates simply tap on the merge button to have it discover them by name, number, or email. The app is $0.99 to purchase for BlackBerry 10.

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Bonza Word Puzzle by MiniMega

As someone who is fan of a variety of word games, I had to check this one out from the Amazon Appstore. This is not your everyday crossword puzzle though. It is combination word search, jigsaw puzzle, and trivia knowledge all rolled together in one interesting game. The object of the game is simple; you are presented with a few jigsaw puzzle pieces that are comprised of letters. Your goal is to form words that match the clue(s) you are presented with at the top of the game. For instance, if your clue is cutlery then you have to move the pieces to spell out knife, fork, and spoon. In the beginning the puzzles are quite easy though they become more challenging as you progress. There are several packs included in this game to work your way through first or the free puzzle of the day before moving on to the paid puzzle packs. It's fun, quick and a good way to pass the time.

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CryptoApp by Luca Desogus

Security is always important especially when dealing with our personal files. This application allows you to encrypt any type of file on your device including images, video, audio, and texts. One of the options that sets is part from others is that it has FNR or File Name Remember. What this entails is that that you can rename an encrypted file and restore the original file name when you decrypt it. There are several useful features with which to secure your files including rapid encryption and encryption, and high security due to variable encryption keys. There are two versions at your disposal, a free version with ads that limits the backgrounds and the file size to encrypt or decrypt, and a premium version for $1.99 with no restrictions. You can find this easy to use application at the link below for all BlackBerry 10 handsets.

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What You Might Have Missed

Work Wide by Brian Scheirer

The BlackBerry Passport is a great tool for being more productive whether it be to handle personal or business items on a daily basis. To help maximize the potential of this amazing device, our own Weekend Coder Brian Scheirer and Olaf Hanson took it upon themselves to design this effective application. There is not enough space to completely describe all of the features included, you can check out our full review for that, but all you need to know is how much more you can accomplish when you have two apps side-by-side on the Passport's wide display. It has a built-in browser with a full HTML5 experience, composer to send, save, and share messages, picture viewer for files stored on your device, media card, or cloud account, and txt viewer. For Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe files, those will be opened in another window. If you are looking to take your multi-tasking skills to the next level, Work Wide for the BlackBerry Passport is $2.99.

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Until next week...

That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

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There are a plethora of utility applications available in the storefront but Power Tools is one of the most versatile. It combines several must-needed applications into one. It's a full-featured application that fully enhances the BlackBerry experience by combining several applications into one including a wallpaper changer, Custom LED, message and phone call blocker, holster profile changer, and time event scheduler.

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Mobile Nations Community Update, November 2014

Mobile Nations Community Update, November 2014

Time again to wrap up all the goodness going on at Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central. Keep reading for all the details!

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It's Black Friday, in certain parts of the world and that means it's sale time. There are a bunch of apps available for sale but I'm highlighting three apps here. Three apps from one developer. We've looked at these apps before here on the CrackBerry blogs, so they won't be new to you. And I use one of them quite frequently.

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German gives thumbs-up to BlackBerry's acquisition of Secusmart

Germany has backed BlackBerry's acquisition of mobile security company Secusmart. The government wanted to make sure that the purchase would not be a threat to Germany's security interests, as many government officials in the country use devices with Secusmart encryption.

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It's that special time of the year again when the savings are high and temperatures are low. Our team here at ShopCrackBerry is celebrating this holiday weekend by giving you a series of amazing discounts on a bunch of BlackBerry goodies you certainly won't want to miss out on!

To kick off this year's Black Friday, we're giving you 25% off all BlackBerry chargers by using coupon code: Charger2014. And, if that wasn't enough we're also running a 15% off everything in the store sale using coupon code: Turkey14 that will last through midnight PST next Tuesday! Choose wisely, because you can only use one coupon code at checkout.

We offer super-fast UPS and USPS shipping services for you to choose from and payment methods include PayPal, Amazon Checkout and standard credit cards. This limited time offer on BlackBerry chargers is only valid until midnight PST, so get your orders in while you can.

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Black Friday 2014 Deals

Black Friday 2014 Deals

The biggest shopping day of the year is fast approaching. They call it Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving, and while the origin of the name as the point where retailers' balance books shift from being in the red (running a loss) for the year to black (profit!) is dubious (any business that's losing money for 11 out of 12 months probably won't be around for next year's sales), the day still sees numerous retailers across the country offering substantial deals on a wide range of products.

What follows are our hand-picked best deals for this year's Black Friday sales. We don't believe in recommending sub-par quality products, regardless of if they're a few bucks off on a random day or not. We're only pointing out sales on quality merchandise that we might consider buying if it weren't on sale. But they are on sale, so the deals are yours to take!

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To add to the list of apps that will be on sale today are a selection from Rad Systems. I'll be honest and say that I haven't used them all but it looks like half are free to download with a reduced in-app purchase price today, so at least you can test some out without committing your cash.

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Indonesian culture mini BBM sticker pack now available!

Susilo Saptoady is an Indonesian freelance illustrator and graphic designer. His mission is to introduce others to Indonesian culture through his artwork and now, through BBM he has released a special mini Indonesian BBM sticker pack. The pack contains eight stickers in total and is available now for only $0.49. If you're looking to add some Indonesian culture to your BBM, you can grab the pack through this link.

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$130-worth of Amazon apps now available for free

Amazon Appstore sale

Leading up to Black Friday shenanigans, Amazon has kicked off a great promotion on their Appstore, featuring $130-worth of apps for free. Some of the highlights of the collection includes Angry Birds Seasons, Perfectly Clear, Quell Memento, Edge Extended, and Docs to Go Premium.

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This slim leather case for BlackBerry Z10 is 50% off today!

The CrackBerry Open Face Case is a slim, form-fitting case made of genuine leather that's custom fit for your BlackBerry Z10. This case gives your device a clean, professional look while allowing complete access to the screen, camera, ports and buttons. The back of the case features a sturdy, rotating and removable belt clip which can be used to keep your device at your side. Get yours for just $14.95

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BProfile has been updated for your BlackBerry 10 handset this week and although the amount of new additional icons is not huge, it's sure nice to see the dev getting some enterprise options is there just as BES12 takes flight.

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MACE is a game we first took a look at back in May 2014 and it's there in BlackBerry World if you want it. It does however come with a price tag of a couple of bucks.

Thankfully, for today only, here in the UK, you can grab the Android version from the Amazon Appstore as they are featuring it as their free app of the day.

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U.S. passes E-Label Act to free your gadgets from ugly labels

President Obama has signed the E-Label Act into law on Wednesday, which will allow electronics manufacturers to add labels for products using software rather than having to print the labels on hardware. Essentially, with the law, phones and tablets can be made with cleaner designs as labels and stickers will no longer be needed and the information could instead be found within the phone's software. On BlackBerry devices, the phone's identifying serial number and IMEI information are usually located under the battery once you take off the battery cover.

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Evernote for BlackBerry 10 updated with various improvements and bug fixes

If Evernote is your go-to app for taking notes on BlackBerry 10, you'll want to make sure you grab the latest release. Appearing now in BlackBerry World, v5.5.1.561 is a small update that simply highlights 'various improvements and bug fixes' as what has changed. Quickly looking over the update, nothing appears to of have visually changed but if Evernote says there're improvements, we'll have to take their word for it. If you spot anything that has been specifically fixed in this release, drop us a note in the comments.

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For those of you who love viewing media on your smartphone, one of the ways in which you can accomplish this is through MediaX. As the first native Plex client for BlackBerry 10 it allows you to view your movies, TV shows, and music stored on your media server on your device.

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The BlackBerry Passport has been available in black for quite some time now, and as of this week you can pre-order it in your choice of red or white as well! We're feeling so thankful for all of our wonderful readers, so what better to give away than a FREE BlackBerry Passport in your choice of color? Keep reading to see how you can enter to win.

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