BlackBerry earns 'most improved' Net Promoter Score

While BlackBerry has had a bit of a rough go competing against Apple and Android over the past few years, the sentiment surrounding the company has begun to change for the better if only ever so slightly. The road ahead is long, twisty and full of hills but at least BlackBerry is still on the road and one of sign of that sentiment change I referred to has come by way of a new report coming from Satmetrix wherein BlackBerry scored the largest overall Net Promoter Score increase for the year and earned 'most improved' among U.S. consumers.

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BES12 Cloud webcast to be held on April 9th

BES12 Cloud: Introducing Flexible and Cost Effective Mobility Management webcast

With BES 12 Cloud now officially announced and launched, BlackBerry will be hosting a live BES12 Cloud webcast on April 9th, 2015 at 11:00 EDT introducing the flexible and cost-effective mobility management offering. Presenters will be, Jef Gadway, Director of Enterprise Product Marketing at BlackBerry and Mohammed Ahmed, Enterprise Product Marketing Manager at BlackBerry. The session will last around 45 mins and be followed up by a Q&A session.

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Cross-platform BES12 Cloud for Enterprises and SMBs now available

Officially announced during Mobile World Congress 2015 and previously available in a closed beta, BlackBerry has now opened the doors to BES12 Cloud for all enterprises as well as small and medium sized organizations who wish to sign up for the services.

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BlackBerry App Generator

Since BlackBerry World 2012, Mippin and BlackBerry have provided a fast and easy way to allow anyone to create a BBOS, PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 app through the BlackBerry App Generator. Now though, emails have gone out letting anyone with an account know the service will reach end of life status as of May 29, 2015.

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Inst10 Pro now on sale for a limited time

Inst10 Pro now on sale for a limited time

Have you downloaded Inst10, the native BlackBerry 10 app for Instagram but haven't moved into a Pro account as of yet? If so, now might be a great time to do so. In celebration of passing 130,000 users since March 3rd, Nemory Studios has dropped the Pro upgrade pricing within Insta10 from $3.99 to only $0.99. However, you'll have to act fast as the sale is only set to last for one week. With Pro, you get every included feature for Inst10.

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Hop on over to ShopCrackBerry to pick up the latest accessories for your BlackBerry device and save 20%

Easter doesn't have to be just about the kids, you know. Treat yourself to a brand new case, charger, charging dock or even a spare battery — our selection of BlackBerry accessories is quite extensive.

You'll even find accessories for the most popular devices including the BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Z30 and BlackBerry Z10. Use coupon code: BUNNY15 and you'll save 20% on your entire cart!

We offer fast, free shipping on all orders over $50, and accept credit cards, PayPal and Amazon Payments. This sale won't last forever, so be sure to place your orders before midnight, April 5 to receive your discount.

Let's go shopping!

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For those of you who utilize alternate browsers on your device, you may remember Browsie Browser. This native third-party browser offered a variety of features to help you with your browsing experience. These included ad blocking, speed dials, useragents, private browsing, export/import, and the ability to lock the app with a pin.

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New BBM beta arriving this week will introduce message retraction and timed message subscriptions

If you're looking in the BBM Shop today and happen to spot a "Timed and Retracted Messages" subscription item available but it doesn't work, there's actually a good reason for it. As noted in a new Beta Zone email being sent out, it's in preparation for a new BBM beta build that is set to be arriving this week for those invited to try it out.

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BlackBerry Leap

BlackBerry is now accepting pre-sales of the BlackBerry Leap on ShopBlackBerry in select countries. Beginning today, users in the US, UK, and Germany can now place pre-orders for the device, joining those in France who have been able to order since March 26. Featuring a 5-inch 720P display priced at only $275, the BlackBerry Leap is steal for anyone looking to get an all-touch BlackBerry 10 device in their hands.

BlackBerry has put together an all new teaser to get you even more excited.

Quantities are limited for this initial sale, and BlackBerry will be releasing pricing and availability in additional countries in the coming weeks. Want to be among the first to own the BlackBerry Leap? Be sure to order soon.

If you are looking for more info about the BlackBerry Leap, check out the official announcement, specs, gallery and our hands-on with the device from Mobile World Congress and stay tuned for our full review.

Source: BlackBerry

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T-Mobile Coverage Map

T-Mobile has launched a revamped version of its coverage map that is based on what it calls "real-time customer experience" to offer a more accurate look at its footprint in the US. T-Mobile says the map on its website is based on "200 million actual customer usage data points every day" rather than just best estimates of its coverage.

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The latest BlackBerry 10 OS update to 10.3.1 brought many new features and imnprovements. One new feature is the addtion of data monitoring. Before BlackBerry 10.3.1 you had to make use of apps in order to track your data usage, while those apps still exist, you now have a native option. Most will say it now renders those apps obsolete but it really depends on the features and choice is always good.

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Reminder-Now-Update

Users of the native BlackBerry 10 app 'Reminder Now' will be happy to see an update hitting BlackBerry World today. Version 4 brings a selection of enhancements and fixes, including BlackBerry Maps integration for location reminders.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Q4FY2015

BerryFlow Podcast

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live? If so, you can now download the audio. This week, with the Q4FY2015 results being released there was plenty to talk about in that area plus, there was a BlackBerry Blend beta, the BlackBerry Classic launched in Indonesia, we take a closer look at the BlackBerry slider and discuss a little of the BlackBerry 10.3.2 beta OS.

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Seidio Spring Clip Holster - Passport

When it comes to carrying around the BlackBerry Passport, I have always been partial to holsters to let me quickly access my device and for maximum screen protection. Rather than throwing it in my bag or shoving it in my jacket pocket it remains secure on my belt while I go about my day. Now while BlackBerry has released a leather swivel holster for the Passport, I prefer one that presents users with a quicker way of getting the device off my belt, without having to fumble when lifting the cover. The Seidio Spring Clip Holster is a solid choice for those who want a durable holster to use on a daily basis. It is designed to keep your device locked down tight with access to all of the ports as well as provide quick-release access when you need to check your messages.

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Future Shop

Future Shop parent Best Buy is consolidating, with some stores closing, other rebranding. Best Buy outlined its plans in a statement released today, saying it had conducted a review of its Canadian operations before making these changes. Roughly half the Future Shop locations will survive the cuts.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for March 27, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. Another exciting has come and gone over here and what a week it as been. Not only did we see an update to the BBM Meetings device and desktop apps, and UK retailers taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Leap, but also a leak for OS 10.3.2.281 and of course, the BlackBerry Q4 2015 fiscal results.

Now it's 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 you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.

Spambox by Britz Software Inc.

Going through the forums I came across this new and useful application. Spambox is a simple tool for blocking unwanted messages (text and emails) and unsolicited phone calls. This native spam filter offers a variety of features to assist users in blocking mail and numbers. It includes a blacklist and a whitelist for your mobile network and email accounts, utilizes keywords to assist in identifying unwarranted messages, supports automated cleanup, and download attachments for all blocked emails. One additional feature, called Shake to block, is one that certainly makes it stand out from the rest. You can block and blacklist the incoming phone call all by just shaking your device. However, it works for unknown numbers only and does not include numbers listed in your contacts. With its easy to use interface it automatically detects your email accounts (though individual setup is coming in a future release). Please note an update is pending so that it works with Outlook.com accounts. At the time of this post, Spambox is free for a limited time. While this is available on OS 10.3.1, it is not available for OS 10.2.1.

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Whip Swing by Pixel Envision

There is nothing like a challenging game to keep you on your toes. That is where this pure whip swinging action game reminiscent of Indiana Jones comes into play. The concept of the game is quite simple, with only a trusty bullwhip at your side you must venture as far as you can swinging from branch to branch along the ceiling. One false step or if you miss just one, you are killed by the spikes below. While the premise again is easy, being able to master is entirely different. Do you have what it takes to be an adventurer? Be sure to give this a try for $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore.

How to install Whip Swing from the Amazon Appstore

One More Line by SMG Studio

Looking for that one game that hooks you the moment it starts? That's how I felt when I tried this one for the first time. For starters, it has a minimal and retro look to it. Your goal is to keep your spaceship in motion, or rather in a semi-straight line for as long as you can without crashing into the sides or the various obstacles (i.e. colored dots on the screen). Players can do by making sure they pay attention to the blink and you miss it tutorial at the beginning that simply tells you to hold anywhere. This way when an obstacle comes along you can spin around it and then let go. While it propels your ship forward, just make sure it isn't into the wall. There is not strategy I can recommend to help you on your quest. All I can say is that this never-ending game has me hooked. Did I mention your ship emits a rainbow as its moves? It is just one more thing to love about it. Think you can last longer than a few seconds? You can download One More Line for free from the Amazon Appstore.

How to install One More Line from the Amazon Appstore

Anytime by medianomicon

Whether you have your own business or just wish to track your expenses, this well-designed and feature rich time tracking and expense reporting app is there to help you. It offers users the ability to create multiple business profiles, define activities and clients, create projects to establish budgets and timelines, create timesheets, view your billable rates, record your travel time, use your proximity sensor to automatically hide and show sensitive information, and export data in CSV format. While it is available to download as a trial for free, you can purchase the full version for $4.99. Anytime it is currently on sale for $2.99 for BlackBerry 10 but not compatible with OS 10.2.1.

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CraftyLists - Share and Sync Shopping Lists by craftylists.com

With this application your shopping list is with you wherever you go and no matter what device you or your family use. CraftyLists allows you to add multiple items to your shopping list, sync and share with others in real-time, share lists by email, comment on items and share your thoughts, and presents it all in an easy to read interface. As all items sync with their website, families that use multiple platforms will all be able to sync their lists regardless of what phone they use. Entries can be entered and deleted quickly. This application is $0.99 to download on BlackBerry 10 and is compatible with OS 10.2.1 as well.

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What You Might Have Missed

Secret SMS and MMS by Runisoft

If you are looking for a tool to securely hide your text messages from prying eyes, then this standalone feature-rich application is one way to accomplish that. It offers threaded conversations, ability to password protect the application and fake password support, theme support, notifications, auto reply, export a conversation, and more. This easy to use utility application is $0.99 for BlackBerry 10.

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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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BlackBerry is cash flow positive and growing the software business

Earlier this morning BlackBerry reported Q4 results for fiscal 2015. Revenue dropped from $793 million in Q3 to only $660 million in Q4, but that's mostly hardware related. On most other metrics things are looking up for the company, which explains the stock market's mildly positive reaction to the results. The stock is up about 20 cents as I write this, to US $9.52 per share.

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2708 now available through several Canadian carriers

An already busy day has just got a little bit busier. BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2708 has now started rolling out for multiple devices on several Canadian carriers such Rogers, TELUS and Koodo. If that's not enough, the links for the OS have also gone live as well and are now available in the CrackBerry Forums, allowing anyone who is familiar with autoloaders and Sachesi to update their device to OS 10.3.1.2708 as well.

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New BlackBerry Blend beta invites going out

BlackBerry Blend is without a doubt one of my favorite additions that came with BlackBerry 10.3 and up but to be honest I've been bit miffed at the fact it hasn't gotten any real love since release. The last update to the desktop apps was back in December I believe and since then they've remained untouched despite some pretty obvious and annoying bugs.

Don't get me wrong, I still use BlackBerry Blend EVERY SINGLE DAY and I think it's the best thing since sliced bread plus, the device apps have been updated more frequently, but it needs some love in a bad way. Thankfully, someone at BlackBerry spotted that fact as well and now, there's a new beta available with invites being sent out as you're reading this.

The changelog and known issues list isn't huge but at this point any update to the desktop versions of BlackBerry Blend is appreciated.

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