BlackBerry App Roundup for July 3, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Are you all ready for the weekend? To our Canadian readers, I hope you had a fantastic Canada day. For our US readers, here is to the weekend Independence Day celebrations. May they be fun and safe. More importantly though is all the news that transpired this week. First up is the announcement of a new site feature. Now you can personalize your experience and get notified when new content is added. Next, we had a BBM bug update fix, a BerryFlow podcast, an app sale from BKU, and updates to ReadItNow!, and iGrann.

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.

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Leaked render shows off BlackBerry Venice with Android

The rumors continue about the BlackBerry Venice. This time around we have a render of what is said to be BlackBerry's upcoming slider phone, running a full version of Android. Recently it was rumored that this device would be headed to AT&T, which wouldn't be much of a surprise.

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This case and holster combo for BlackBerry Z10 is only $4.95 today

With the slim, textured hard case you grain extra grip and protection against minor impacts. The matching belt clip holster stays at your side, providing quick and easy access to your BlackBerry Z10 when you need to answer a call, text, or email. Grab this combo today in black and save 75%

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Before you fire up the grill and fireworks this 4th of July, swing by ShopCrackBerry to save 20% on your favorite accessories.

Starting today, everything in store including our most popular cases and covers, charging docks, screen protectors, and batteries are all up for grabs at a boomin' 20% discount! There's plenty to check out for popular devices like the BlackBerry Classic, Unlocked Passport, Z10, and many more. After you've filled your cart, use coupon code: 7415 to enjoy instant savings on everything. If that's not enough to spark your interest, we even offer free shipping on all orders over $50 within the continental US, along with reasonable rates on expedited options. Don't miss out this holiday week, because the gettin's only good until midnight, July 7.

Light'em up and let's shop!

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ShopBlackBerry begins selling the blue Classic

Recently it was spotted that Amazon Italy was accepting preorders for the Cobalt Blue variant of the BlackBerry Classic, but it was localized to Italy, with some shipping options for out of the country. BlackBerry has announced that beginning on July 3, the limited edition variant of the Classic will be available on ShopBlackBerry for customers in the US, Canada, UK, and Netherlands.

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New rumor claims Android-powered BlackBerry 'Venice' slider headed to AT&T

It would seem as though the Android-powered BlackBerry rumors are continuing to flow. Adding to the already mounting rumors that BlackBerry is building an Android smartphone is longtime leaker @evleaks who noted on Twitter that the slider, which has taken on the name 'Venice' will be Android-powered and headed to AT&T.

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Rogers' acquisition of Mobilicity and Shaw AWS spectrum gains regulatory approval

Canadian carrier Rogers has received court approval for its acquisition of Mobilicity and Shaw's AWS spectrum, completing a deal that will see the carrier pick up a significant amount of spectrum compatible with its LTE devices.

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Register for the Secure Enterprise Collaboration with WatchDox by BlackBerry webcast

Following up on their previous webcast, Introducing WatchDox and the ABC's of Secure File Sharing, BlackBerry has now announced they will be hosting another Watchdox webcast for those interested in learning more about the offerings.

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Here are our free case from ShopCrackBerry winners!

Keep your BlackBerry safe with a free case from ShopCrackBerry!

With over 900 entries in our 'win a free case from ShopCrackBerry' contest, the time to announce some winners has arrived. For this one, we decided to go ahead and pick three folks to win a case of their choice from ShopCrackBerry, where we have lots of cases to choose from. We have you covered with waterproof cases, hybrid cases as well as the timeless, classy originals such as the leather pouches to hold your phone. Who won their choice? Read on to find out.

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You heard right. Starting today, the folks at the ShopCrackBerry Canada store are offering 20% off absolutely everything.

There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day, whether it's rocking your favorite maple leaf tee, enjoying the local parade, or scooping up some sweet accessories for your BlackBerry device. Until midnight July 3, you can save 20% on a brand new case, charging dock, battery and much more by using coupon code: 7115 during checkout. We've got accessories for the hottest devices including the BlackBerry Classic, Z10, Passport, and Z30 that you shouldn't go without while they're on the cheap.

Take me shopping!

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Amazon Italy now taking pre-orders for the blue BlackBerry Classic

Remember at Mobile World Congress when it was announced the BlackBerry Classic would be coming in white, blue and bronze? Of course, you do. While some regions now have the white version, the blue and bronze versions have remained missing from release with the exception of the blue version appearing in at least one BlackBerry Execs hands. The wait might soon be over though if you're looking to get your hands on a blue one.

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Grab a Telus BlackBerry Q5 from Best Buy Canada for only $89.99

If you live in Canada and are looking to move into a new BlackBerry 10 device or are just looking to pick up a spare for those 'just in case' moments, Best Buy has a deal for you. Right now, up until July 2nd, you can pick up a TELUS branded BlackBerry Q5 from the retailer for only $89.99 contract free. Keep in mind, when unlocked it is compatible with most GSM networks in Canada including WIND.

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New Site Feature: Follow the CrackBerry content you care about and get notified of it instantly!

We are very excited to introduce Follow - a way to personalize your CrackBerry experience and get notified when new content is added. In addition to CrackBerry, the Follow feature is also available across our family of Mobile Nations properties, including Android Central, iMore, Windows Central and Connectedly.

We have built a system that is easy to use yet offers you maximum flexibility. You will now be able to follow:

  • Topics - Follow companies, devices, or any other topic such as Apple, Asus, Galaxy S6, Verizon, Google I/O
  • Authors - Follow your favorite writer, article, comments and forum posts
  • Members - Follow members to discover when they post new comments and forum posts
  • Article Comments - Follow an article's comment stream
  • Forum Posts - Follow a forum thread's post stream
  • Replies - Follow replies to your comments or forum threads you have participated in.

All of this activity will be displayed in a compact stream in the sidebar that appears when you tap on your user profile image at the top of the site (when logged in). If you follow content from more than one Mobile Nations site, it will aggregate the content from multiple sites into one single stream. We're also testing a "stickied" version of the follow stream as well as a full sized version. You can almost think of the full sized version being a customized homepage or dashboard showing you only the things you care about.

Follow is also the cornerstone of our new, much-requested notification system. For any of your follow activity, you can choose to get alerted using real-time push notifications via the Chrome web browser (both desktop and Android) and OS X Safari browser, or via instant emails. The same notifications will also be sent to upcoming releases of our popular apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and BlackBerry. With the plumbing for the Follow system now in place, we are also going to add new site features that give you further control over how you consume content, including Custom RSS feeds, Wildcard text search, and WebSockets for Follow Stream.

Be sure to watch the video above for a quick look at how it all works and be sure to give it a try. If you have any feedback or run into any issues, please report them on this Mobile Nations forum thread.

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BlackBerry pushes out a bug fix update for BBM

On Friday 26th, BBM was updated for BlackBerry, iOS and Android. A lot of people ran into issues with the update and today we see an update pushed out to fix those issues. If you have been having some problems with BBM since the update, it would be wise to update to this latest version.

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Passport

Europe has agreed a final proposal to scrap roaming charges altogether across the continent, as well as new rules on net neutrality. The extra charges applied to your account for using your mobile phone abroad will be scrapped by June 2017, although a fair use policy will be put in place.

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BBM Money users in Indonesia can now pay for goods and services online and in stores

While we're still waiting to hear some news about BBM Money for the U.S. and Canada, BlackBerry last week held an event to update media and the Android, BlackBerry and iOS communities in Indonesia on the latest additions to BBM Money that for the first time brings Instant Mobile Payments to users of the app on all major platforms and allows them pay for goods and services online and in stores – regardless of who they bank with.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BTS

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BTS

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live last night? If so, you can now watch the video or download the audio for playback. This week, we kept it all fairly short due to the fact we did a fairly long podcast last week on Wednesday after the BlackBerry Earnings report. For this one, we discuss the latest BBM, BBM Meetings updates and BBM Money updates, BlackBerry and MacKenzie Health and finally, BlackBerry Business Technology Solutions.

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A well known BlackBerry developer has just released an app in BlackBerry World today. CellNinja, who has brought us apps such as Hub2Watch and more, has released ProtectMe. It's a security app that adds an extra layer of protection above what BlackBerry Protect offers. It can do things such as lock your device if a connected Bluetooth device gets disconnected or if the Wi-Fi or any other network connection is turned off. The point being if you lost your device and someone tried to turn of the mobile network, your device would automatically become locked.

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SafeDrive-Logo-AppWorld

It's been a while since we've featured BKU Software, but their apps have been popular on BlackBerry 10 since the OS was first launched. The three most popular are currently on sale until July 5th, 2015 so if you've been tempted before but put off the price you can now grab yourself a bargain.

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