John Chen teases 'something brewing'

In an interview with CNBC, John Chen hinted that BlackBerry may have another strategy up its sleeve when it comes to the future of apps on its platform. During the interview Chen says "I am not at liberty to say what we are doing beyond the Amazon apps, but we are working hard at it." Exactly what the plans could entail, or when we could see any changes come are unknown, but it is good to see that BlackBerry has not just become complacent with their Amazon partnership.

Be sure to watch the full interview, to see all of what Chen had to say to CNBC. What do you think he has in store? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts.

Source: CNBC

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Rev

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Rev

Looking to get yourself caught up on the latest BlackBerry news? Of course, you are and what better way to start your Monday than by tuning into Upstream? This week there was plenty to talk about, so much in fact we stretched this one over a two-hour period.

Among the items on the list of things discussed was WatchDox, Certicom, the latest BBM update, BlackBerry's new CHACE initiative and much, much more. Have a look at the full topic list, check out the video or download the MP3 audio right now and get yourself caught up.

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This tempered glass screen protector for BlackBerry Classic is $19.95 today only

Made from a high grade glass with a 9H hardness rating, VITREO is shatterproof, allowing it to absorb more impact than your regular PET screen protector and prevent damage. Its surface feels just like the device's display without interfering with optical clarity.

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Smartlist10 updated with sync feature and more

We reviewed Smartlist10 back in February 2015 and it is my favorite list taking app so far. Mainly for the fact that you can tick things off the list while the app is minimized, due to the fact that it has an interactive Active Frame. You can scroll through the list either by tilting the device or using the volume keys, you would set this option in the app settings. The developer, AgeTDev, has been working on the app and has released a few updates since our review, and it has now reached v2.0.

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BlackBerry Classic in white will begin rolling out this week

Have you been waiting for the BlackBerry Classic in white? If so, you'll be pleased to know the white variant will begin rolling out this week in Hong Kong through authorized distributors, and the United Kingdom through ShopBlackBerry and Amazon. As for other regions, rollouts will follow in the coming weeks, including Italy, Vietnam, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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BlackBerry Porsche Design 'Keian' reportedly caught in new photos

During Mobile World Congress 2015, BlackBerry CEO John Chen laid out the device roadmap for BlackBerry and made mention of the release of another BlackBerry Porsche Design smartphone. At the time, very few details were announced outside of it using the internal codename 'Keian', in honor of Keian Blundell. Since then, there has been much speculation surrounding the Keian with many folks assuming the device would be based on the BlackBerry Passport and now, we just might be getting our first look at the luxury smartphone set for release later this year.

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Having issues with BBM Channels? Be sure to grab the latest BBM

While a big update to BBM was rolled out two days ago, some folks have reported issues with BBM Channels wherein Channels weren't fully loading or comments couldn't be posted to channels. BlackBerry quickly fixed the issue by releasing another small update to BBM, but it looks as though some folks never fully got the notification for that release and as such are still running the initial update which has the problems present.

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Work Wide v1.3 entering private beta next week

If you've been considering picking up Work Wide for your device but have decided to wait and see what the long awaited v1.3 will bring, you might want to reconsider. As announced on Twitter, Work Wide v1.3 is entering private beta next week with release to follow shortly after that barring any unforeseen problems, but v1.3 will also bring something else – a price increase.

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Finding-Nemo-BBM

It's not very often that I decide to part with my cash in the BBM Shop, but that changed today when I noticed that Finding Nemo stickers were available to purchase. It's been some time since I saw the movie, however, it's a classic in my opinion.

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How to hide BBM Sticker packs

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For many heavy BBM Sticker users, the option we now have to hide unwanted packs is awesome. If you tend not to use Stickers you'll probably be wondering what all the fuss is about. I'll explain.

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BBM updated in BlackBerry World with the ability to hide stickers, chat with address book contacts and more!

After spending some time in the BlackBerry Beta Zone, the latest update to BBM has now arrived in BlackBerry World and is available to all. This release is packing quite a few features including the ability to hide purchased sticker packs as well as the option to chat with contacts from your address book.

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WhatsApp Calling now officially available on BlackBerry 10 with v2.12.1.2 update

Although WhatsApp Calling has been available in WhatsApp beta releases for a few months now, the latest official release rolling through BlackBerry World officially brings the feature to all BlackBerry 10 WhatsApp users. Noted as v2.12.1.2, the latest update also covers several other bug fixes and improvements from previous beta releases such as search for individual messages, improved font scaling, custom ringtone selection and more.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for April 24, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. What else can I say but that this was certainly a MAD week and I mean that literally. Moving along to bigger and better things this week we not only saw the release of OS 10.3.2 Beta Autoloaders for developers but the acquisition of WatchDox by BlackBerry and that BlackBerry expanded the BlackBerry Leap's availability to U.S., Germany and France.

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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Blueprints-App-Hero

Blueprints for BlackBerry 10 certainly won't be useful for everyone. But for you folk with jobs that may require you to make a note of plans on the fly, this could be the perfect tool for you.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen and Chief Evangelist Mark Wilson to speak at Global Conference 2015

Each year, the Milken Institute Global Conference attracts leaders in business, finance, government, public policy, academia, philanthropy, law, science, news media and more to exchange ideas and attempt to solve some of the world's toughest challenges and this year, the conference will be held on April 26 - 29 in Beverly Hills, CA. Global Conference 2015 will have over 650 speakers covering a wide array of topics and among them will be BlackBerry CEO John Chen and Chief Evangelist Mark Wilson as well as Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO, NantWorks, LLC.

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Power Tools updated with new features and bug fixes

Since its original inception, Power Tools has undergone several changes and updates that not only increase productivity but improve the overall user experience as well. The latest revision to hit storefront is no different and comes with an extensive list of added features and bug fixes that are laid out below.

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AT&T posts Q1 2015 earnings: $32.6 billion in revenue, 1.2 million net wireless adds

AT&T has posted its earnings for the first quarter of 2015 today, reporting a slight bump in revenue over the same quarter last year and its lowest first-quarter churn rate ever.

AT&T's combined revenue for its wireless and wireline businesses in the first quarter was $32.6 billion, which marks a year-over-year bump of 0.3 percent.

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You can now buy the BlackBerry Leap in France, Germany, UK and the United States

Last week, the global rollout of the BlackBerry Leap began in the UK, but BlackBerry has already expanded the areas the device is available. Today, you can purchase a BlackBerry Leap of your own in France, Germany and the United States.

Canada, India, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia remain on the 'Coming Soon' list but it shouldn't be long before we see the device hit those regions as well. Looking for more info about the Leap? Hit up our review for all the details or hit the links above and place your order for a BlackBerry Leap.

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Loyalty app updated with new features and bug fixes

Loyalty app updated with new features and bug fixes

Since its arrival on BlackBerry World, there have been several updates to Loyalty but the latest release, which pushes the app into v1.3.0.4 is one the largest thus far. This release brings several new features for both free and pro users plus, it also squashes one annoying bug that may have been a problem when using barcodes. Thankfully, the developer has added a full changelog for us to dig through so have a look at what all is new.

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For those who are wondering what Weird Al Yankovic has to do with a BlackBerry Passport let me explain. I had the pleasure of attending MAD's issue signing at the Union Square Barnes and Noble in New York City. Weird Al was the "Guest Editor" for this issue and both he and MAD Editor John Ficarra were there to sign copies of the magazine that hit newsstands on Tuesday.

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