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BlackBerry and MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS - Still going strong

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team are still making the most of their BlackBerry 10 devices as seen in the above video. BlackBerry sure chose the right team to sponsor as this season they seem to be walking all over their rivals.

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U.S. House clears legislation to make unlocking cellphones legal

Although most people generally don't think of it when they go to unlock their cellphone for another carrier, the process of doing so in the U.S. has been a topic of much debate involving consumers, the House of Representatives, and even the President of the United States.

For those unfamiliar, service providers like AT&T and Verizon typically lock their devices so they can only be used with their service. If unlocked, phones can be taken over to other carriers. This is hugely important for promoting healthy competition and empowering consumer choice, not to mention being very useful for travel.

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Deal of the Day: Qmadix S Series Cover for BlackBerry Z10

The S Series cover integrates shock-absorbent inner material with a hard outer shell to provide sophisticated protection for your BlackBerry Z10. This case combines colors in a slim and attractive design that accents your device perfectly. And, today it's yours for only $9.95. That's 60% off the list price!

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BBM for Windows Phone beta saw 10,000 signups within 24 hours

Over at the Inside BlackBerry Blog today, Matthew Talbot Senior Vice President, Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry has detailed some information about where BlackBerry is hoping to take BBM in the long term and the overall cross-platform strategy of the app. The post highlights a lot of interesting stuff such as his recent trip to Jakarta and seeing billboards advertising devices as coming with BBM.

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Verizon to put some limits on unlimited data

Verizon to crack down on heaviest users of unlimited data

If you've managed to stay on an unlimited data plan on Verizon, you might soon notice that your speeds beginning to slow down if you're using a lot of data. A limited set of customers will fall under the umbrella of Verizon's so-called "Network Optimization" policy, which Verizon says is not throttling. The shift impacts customers in a very specific set of circumstances, according to Verizon:

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BlackBerry App Roundup for July 25, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! I do not know about you, but the week has certainly flown by and I, for one, am looking forward to the weekend. There have been a few noteworthy announcements to speak of including an updated BBM arriving in the Beta Zone, the first look at the leather flip case for the BlackBerry Passport, confirmation that the Passport will be offered in white, and even a NY investment firm asking for their BlackBerry back over privacy concerns.

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 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.

Puzzle Alarm by Utkarsh Kumar Jauhari

I am the type of person who hits the snooze button repeatedly on my alarm until it is absolutely necessary to get out of bed. This headless application actually tries to solve that problem to make sure you stay completely awake. In order to shut the alarm you have to solve the puzzle presented to you with a correct answer. In this case, you will have to re-type the sentence that appears on the display correctly to turn it off and typos don't count. The application is free to download but restricts you to three alarms. You can purchase the full version for BlackBerry 10 with an in-app purchase for $.99. The only downside to this application is that when the alarm sounds it automatically changes your sound profile to Normal.

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MoonCalc by Burning Platform

If you enjoy astronomy, or more specifically have an interest in the moon, then be sure to check out this application. It provides rich, real-time calculations of Moon phase, age, illumination, distance, apparent size, coordinates, moonrise and moonset and much more. All of this is pleasantly laid out in a well-designed native Qt application with easy to use and read menus and screens. MoonCalc is $1.99 to purchase for all BlackBerry 10 handsets.

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Emoji Quiz – Guess the Emoji by Rolltower Studios

There is nothing like a fun, simple, and addicting game that is perfect for all ages. This game not only keeps you entertained but gets the mental juices flowing as well. Your objective is to decipher what the common word, expression, or pop culture reference is based on the emojis presented on the screen. For instance, if you are presented with a picture of a horse and a shoe, of course the obvious answer is horseshoe. As easy as this was, the puzzles do do get more difficult as you progress. All you have to do is tap on the correct letters to place them in the proper order on the game board. Emoji Quiz is free for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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Pic Tagger by Adrian-Liviu Serbanescu

This simple application allows you to tag your pictures so you can add important information to them. In addition, it allows you to easily search and find the images you are looking for. There are no restrictions on the number of tags associated with a picture and the tags are written into the files so that they are easily recoverable when switching devices or reinstalling the application. You can grab it for $.99 for BlackBerry 10, albeit as an Android Port, at the link.

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Pho.to Lab PRO by VicMan LLC

Being the amateur photographer that I am, I decided to venture out and try this application from the Amazon AppStore. Included are a variety of frames, filters, effects, and even montages. Please keep in mind I am using this on my BlackBerry Q10, Z10 and Z30 using the latest official OS for each. Each of the effects are arranged in different categories, are easy to browse through and select, and are quick to apply so that you can Photoshop in your images and share. While not an editing application per se, it does do a decent job of enhancing your images. The PRO version is $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore or you can download the free version on your device to test it out.

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What You Might Have Missed

FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines

Our resident gaming expert James Richardson is at it again showing us the latest iteration in the FlyCraft Herbie franchise. Back with an all new adventure, it is your mission to aid the cool male ladybug Herbie and his girlfriend Mollie fly the crazy machines through the forest without crashing into the obstacles laid out in your path. Fun and entertaining, you can't go wrong with this challenging and graphically pleasing game. The game itself is free to download for BlackBerry 10 though there are various in-app purchase to assist you in your task. There is also gamepad support for those who have the controllers.

More information/Download FlyCraft Herbit: Crazy Machines

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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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Leather Holster for Q10

This BlackBerry Holster is hand-crafted in genuine leather and has a soft inner lining for added protection. It also integrates power saving technology to help extend battery life and a durable 360-degree rotating belt clip with secure magnetic flap closure allows for personal wearing preferences. Today we're taking 55% off the list price so grab one for your Q10 while supplies last!

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Smash Hit

I found another great time killing game that works on BlackBerry 10 when I was digging around in the Amazon Appstore. Smash Hit can be downloaded for free - which we all like and it's quite a little beauty. I took a look at it in Google Play where it has over one million five star reviews so I guess I'm joining those folk that have fallen in love with the game.

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How to migrate your music purchases from BlackBerry World to 7digital

By now, most folks are fully aware of that music purchases have been removed from BlackBerry World but what you might not know is the process for actually retaining those purchases. As it stands, you will have up to 12 months to access the music in your 'MyWorld' music locker on your BlackBerry 10 device and after 21st July, 2015, it will no longer be available.

That's not to say you lose your music though because 7digital has now outlined the migration process to move your files from BlackBerry World, directly to a 7digital account. The company has been sending out emails making folks aware of the process. Keep in mind, you'll need to create a 7digital account if you don't already have one.

Click on the link in your email to migrate your files > You will be then taken to a migration web page > You will need to sign in using your 7digital login details > Click on the button 'Import my BlackBerry locker' - this will complete the migration process.

Again, please note that it might take up to 24 hours for your account/files to fully migrate and your past purchases to appear in your 7digital account. We appreciate your patience whilst we do this.

You'll notice the instructions mention the fact you should have received an email. If you've not received one as of yet and files to migrate, it is suggested that you reach out to 7digital via their contact us page or hit them up on Twitter to help get you sorted. Once your files are migrated, you can then access them all as you wish through your account or via the 7digital app available in BlackBerry World. If you have more questions, be sure to check the FAQ page 7digital set up as well.

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Pink Panther and Duck Dynasty stickers arrive in the BBM Shop

It was about time for another round of stickers to arrive and if you're a fan of old school Pink Panther or Duck Dynasty, prepare to say goodbye to a $1.99. Yup, the Pink Panther and the Robertson family have arrived in the BBM shop. Joining the Pink Panther in his number of different images, you'll also find Inspector Clouseau. As for the Duck Dynasty crew, Willie, Uncle Si, Jase and even Miss Kay are all available. The packs do seem regional but you all know how to work around that by now.

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Dear Berry: How do I seamlessly switch devices regularly?

Hello again readers! Dear Berry is here once again with a mailbag full of BlackBerry questions and woes. Today's question comes from Bryan who asks:

I recently purchased my third BB10 device; my Q10 should be here tomorrow, and I'm stoked. I can't wait to get that lovely keyboard back in my hands. Anyway, so a little background, I obviously got the Z10 when it was first released and love it. Then came the Z30 release in the US and I couldn't stand by and not get it. It's a beast and I love it even more. So, my 10 pretty much got tossed into the baby's room to use for music. Not that I don't dig it but the Z30 won my heart and hands. Now I had the chance to get the Q10 for free so I couldn't say no. Here's where my questions come in. I want to use the Z30 and Q10 regularly, meaning switch seamlessly between them on any g‎iven day. I know many of you at mobile nations switch devices pretty regularly so I wanted to know what the best way to switch between the devices quickly and not be missing any information on either would be. Hopefully, someone who switches between BB's regularly would have ‎some great insight for me.

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First look: Leather flip cover case for the BlackBerry Passport!

Now that the white BlackBerry Passport is out there for all to see, next up is some accessories. BlackBerry CEO John Chen that noted along with the arrival of the Passport there would also be a wide selection of premium accessories to go along with it and he wasn't kidding around.

I know a lot of you caught that mention and have been waiting to see what accessories would be arriving. Luckily, we just happen to have this image sent in and things are looking pretty awesome. What we have here is the leather flip cover case for the BlackBerry Passport coming in both black and brown.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Leather Swivel Holster for Z30

Made from hand-crafted, genuine leather this OEM pouch features a beautiful textured exterior that feels as good as it looks. The interior has a very soft, microsuede lining that keeps the front and back safe from scratches while inside. The strong magnetic closure ensures that your device stays secured and off the ground, no matter the activity. Grab it today for 53% off the list price!

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Having a dual SIM phone is one of those subjects that more than likely doesn't get much thought, although many folk would probably like one. The concept is certainly not a new one and for years now dual SIM devices have been cropping up in some regions around the world, but it seems that it has never taken off with any of the top end smartphone manufactures as far as I'm aware.

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Masked SMS

This one sure is good for a giggle. Masked SMS, for BlackBerry 10, allows you to send anonymous SMS messages to anyone in the world and you can choose the name that the recipient sees rather than your real name - sounds fun!

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Strong subscriber growth powers AT&T's FQ2 2014 earnings

AT&T had a great quarter that was driven by the addition of 2 million new users to its wireless and wireline businesses. Combined with the rest of its operations, the carrier reported that revenues were up 1.6 percent, meaning that it took in $32.6 billion. The carrier noted a higher $1 billion operating expense compared to a year ago at $27 billion giving it an operating income of $5.6 billion.

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BlackBerry confirms that the Passport will indeed come in white

BlackBerry has officially unveiled the BlackBerry Passport in white. Sure, we may have gotten to the white Passport first, as they freely admit, but it's still an official confirmation that the most-hotly anticipated BlackBerry of the season will be available in more than just basic black.

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BlackBerry hosting BES10 Secure Work Space webinar on July 30th

If you're looking to learn more about BES10 and how Secure Work Space works across BlackBerry, Android and iOS then you'll want to set aside some time on July 30th. BlackBerry is hosting a BES10 Secure Work Space webinar that day from 11:00AM to 12:00PM EST.

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NeverMaze

We posted last week that the developer of the popular BlackBerry 10 game NeverMaze was giving away the game for a short period of time. Over 10,000 of you have taken advantage of the offer and judging by the comments on the original post you are enjoying the game.

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A selection of QWERTY devices get a price cut in India

This is the kind of news I like to see, although it's just restricted to India at the moment. If you are in the country and are in the market for a new BlackBerry you may want to take advantage of the new lowered prices that have been introduced as from today.

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