BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.1016 autoloaders now available for all BlackBerry 10 devices

Although the original release of OS 10.3.1.1016 has disappeared, the fact it even made its way out to begin with means it was caught by many folks and as such, autoloaders for it have been created for every BlackBerry 10 device available and are now available for download in the CrackBerry Forums.

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AT&T rolling out OS 10.3.1.1016 for the BlackBerry Passport

UPDATE: And just like that, the OS appears to have disappeared from being available on devices. However, the internet has the files now and they can all still be downloaded in the forums. Plus, you can check out the findings and fixes thread if you want to know what's new in the OS.

Although AT&T has yet to even make the device available for purchase, it would seem as though they're gearing up to do so. Many BlackBerry Passport owners running the device on AT&T (including myself) are reporting BlackBerry 10.3.1.1016 (software version 10.3.1.652) is appearing as an available OS update. The update itself comes in at around 1.5GB, so you're going to want to be attached to Wi-Fi when downloading it.

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Call us crazy, but we're dropping the price of these BlackBerry Z10 batteries today to just $12.95!

You can't always recharge your BlackBerry Z10 when you'd like to, but with an extra OEM BlackBerry 1800mAh L-S1 battery on hand you can always talk, type and work as long as you need to. Keep it in your briefcase, pocket or purse and stay powered up and ready to get the job done!

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Smart Watch Companion adds Passport support and a Halloween themed watchface

As a Pebble owner and BlackBerry 10 user, the choices have been limited thus far when it comes to compatible applications. However, one of the applications available that we've discussed before is Smart Watch Companion. This all-in-one utility application brings various features to not only your device but possesses the ability to send these notifications to your Pebble as well.

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#ScaryBerry!

CrackBerry's No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Photo Contest!

We have had a fantastic time with our Halloween Contest the last several years, and we can't wait to see how you guys top it this year! While you're out getting spooky, be sure to snap a photo with your BlackBerry (you can include other mobile gadgets too, but you know... we love BlackBerry best). Then Instagram it using hashtag #ScaryBerry. We'll put together all the photos received into a sweet video for the blogs. And beyond that, you can win some awesome prizes for taking part. Full details below!

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verizon store

Verizon Wireless has quietly agreed to a settlement of a class action lawsuit that claimed the company was overcharging its Family SharePlan customers. Verizon will pay a total of $64.2 million to its customers and to cover legal fees.

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Amazon App Store

The Amazon App Store has yet another deal under way before the new month kicks in. For the next day or so, you're able to download around 40 apps and games (depending on your location). Total savings are over $140, making it well worth checking out if you own supported hardware.

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Fruit Ninja

I can't say I've ever played Fruit Ninja up until today. Sure, I've had my fair share of Android devices but somehow I must have missed out on this one, although I certainly know the name and how popular it's been.

If you're rocking a BlackBerry 10 device you can pick up Fruit Ninja for free today as it's Amazons featured freebie and yes, we love them for that. I tested the game out on my Passport and all was good. It will of course run fine on the Z10, Z3 & Z30 but if you have a Q series device and load this one up please let us know if it works okay? As I'm sure you are aware, some Android games just don't work properly on the Q10 or Q5 due to the screen dimensions.

If you've not heard of Fruit Ninja before it's a simple, yet addictive concept where you use gestures to slice the fruit that flies onto the screen, but you need to ensure you don't slice the many bombs that will also appear. The game play is great, it's wonderfully colorful and you can't beat free of course.

If you are lucky enough to own a Passport or P'9983 then you'll already have the Amazon Appstore pre-installed. If you're not on BlackBerry 10.3 and you've not used the store before to download Android apps you'll find full instructions in the following link:

Download Fruit Ninja using the Amazon Appstore

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EE

EE customers in London will be able to enjoy blazing fast speeds on their smartphones and tablets as the carrier announced the completion of its 4G+ (LTE-A) network in the city. Live at 150 sites across London, EE's LTE-A network allows you to download at 150 Mbps on a compatible device.

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BlackBerry Passport pre-orders now live in Indonesia

BlackBerry Passport pre-orders now live in Indonesia

If you live in Indonesia and have been waiting for the BlackBerry Passport to arrive, we have some good news for you. Both, Indosat and XL have now started taking pre-orders for the device with special offers included. Indosat is willing to give the device away with along with a Luminox Watch should you opt to go for one of their Matrix Super Plans while XL, through SmartBuy, Elevenia and JerukNipis are offering cash back up to Rp 2.500.000 off the Rp 9.599.000 price. Pre-orders are running until November 10th, while device pick up is noted to be set for November 12th. Get your orders in!

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New BBM update for Windows Phone adds improvements in notifications and more

BlackBerry has updated the Windows Phone version of its BBM messenger app, adding improvements to its notifications. a new invite screen and more additions and changes.

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Axiom puts the BlackBerry Passport through some extreme drop testing

While Axiom was busy kicking off sales of the BlackBerry Passport in Saudi Arabia, their UAE YouTube channel decided to do some testing with the device. In what will most certainly be a painful video for those waiting for their BlackBerry Passport to arrive, we get a close look at an 'extreme drop test' done on the latest BlackBerry smartphone, which ends rather well all things considered.

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As a former BlackBerry theme addict, there are times I found myself wishing I could rearrange the icons on my BlackBerry 10 home screen so that my wallpaper could be prominently displayed. Usually, what I wound up doing is created a whole new page with one icon for the desired effect. One developer took it upon themselves to code an application to accomplish this so that you get the full benefit of your display and all your various backgrounds.

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John Chen: BlackBerry Classic is for you

BlackBerry Classic

The recently-released BlackBerry Passport is just one of the new things that's coming to BlackBerry fans — there's the BlackBerry Classic coming as well, bringing the, well, classic BlackBerry trackpad and control buttons to the modern BlackBerry 10.3 OS. The Classic is expected by the end of the year, but in the meantime, BlackBerry CEO John Chen is engaging in some rallying of the troops. He wants you to remind you of what BlackBerry's about, and that the Classic is a distillation of the BlackBerry spirit and ethos.

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Pick up this 2-pack of BlackBerry Q10 screen protectors today for only $4.95!

This 2-pack of OEM screen protectors is designed to fit your BlackBerry Q10's display perfectly and help prevent unwanted scratches from items like keys, change and even dirt and other debris. Today you can save 67% off the list price and pick up one (or two) packs of these durable protectors while they last!

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Evolution Browser

We all know that the native browser on BlackBerry 10 kicks butt. That certainly doesn't take away the need for third party ones and Evolution Browser with Ad Blocker is without doubt a firm favorite of mine.

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French company 3SI Group commit to BES10

French company 3SI Group commit to BES10

Some nice Enterprise news has come out of France today. As you'll see in the following press release, 3SI Group are making the transition from legacy BlackBerry devices, over to BlackBerry 10 and who can blame them!

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500 copies of Noted up for grabs

One of the most used productivity applications on my BlackBerry is Noted, the popular memo/text editor application that tracks your to-dos and other important information while on the go. All of them are stored in place for convenience and it offers plenty of customizable settings to make sure you check off every box so that nothing is left undone.

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Add some spooky fun to your BBM with a new Halloween sticker pack

It's almost Halloween and to help celebrate the occasion, the BBM Shop has just been loaded up with a brand new Halloween sticker pack. It's a simple pack with spooky houses, ghosts, pumpkins and of course, candy to add some fun to your BBM. Unfortunately, the pack isn't free but it's cheaper than most of the recent packs that have arrived. You can call it yours for only $.99 and it should be available to everyone.

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BlackBerry Z30 returns to the Verizon Wireless site

BlackBerry Z30 returns to the Verizon Wireless site

If you're a Verizon customer who has been on the hunt for a BlackBerry Z30, you might have noticed the device disappeared from the carriers website for pretty much three months. Many said it was on backorder, many said production on it had stopped, many said Verizon just simply decided to stop carrying it and while we might never know the full reason for its disappearance, we can now say it has returned and is available for purchase.

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