BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

While we've been posting about the BlackBerry 'Oslo' and 'Dallas' for a while now, it's looking as though we'll soon finally be getting some official news surrounding the device. A new image posted up at BlackBerry10 FR shows off the Silver Edition branding the BlackBerry seemingly will roll with upon announcement. As we already know from previous leaks, the Silver Edition isn't a drastic departure from the original BlackBerry Passport or even the AT&T BlackBerry Passport as it shares all the same specs, but it does offer a new twist on the Passport design.

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ReadItNow

If ReadItNow is your go-to Pocket client on BlackBerry 10, you're going to want to load up BlackBerry World and ensure you have the latest version installed as the app was recently updated. This release, noted as v7.1.0, brings quite a few improvements overall as well as some changes in how the app operates.

Most notably, ReadItNow includes the new Read Out service for reading articles aloud plus, it includes support for FeedMinder RSS links as well as Russian language support. If that's not enough, ReadItNow also includes a server that will help you save some bandwidth off your data plan by reducing the size of images for download.

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Helium is a handy lightweight text editor for editing on the go

If you work with text files daily perhaps you'd like to take a look at Helium - which stands for Highlight Editor with LIght-weight rUntime environMent. So, basically it is a text editor with support for many file types. It has gone through many tweaks and changes in the time I've been preparing for this article, so it's an app that has very good support.

You can create files right from within the app, and you can also open existing files. Just navigate to the file from within File Manager, tap it and it opens up in Helium. From there you can start editing straight away. When in edit mode, it uses different colored text to highlight different parts of code, as you would get with many desktop text editors, so that's always handy at a glance. You can then Run the file to see a preview of it.

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BBM cake

As we mentioned earlier, August 1 marks BBM's 10th birthday and to celebrate the occasion BlackBerry has been taking a look back at the origins of the app as well as recapping some highlights from the 10 years BBM has been available. As part of the celebrations, BlackBerry has now announced a new, free for a limited time sticker pack as well that has now arrived in the BBM Shop.

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BlackBerry Classic

If you've thus far held off on picking up a BlackBerry Classic from T-Mobile due to the pricing being a little too high for your liking ($439.92), then now might be the time to make your move. The Uncarrier has now placed the BlackBerry Classic on sale and as such, has reduced pricing on the QWERTY Classic to $369.99. That's a savings of $69.93 which brings it more in line with the ShopBlackBerry pricing of $379. Looking to learn more about the BlackBerry Classic? Be sure to catch our full review.

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Mobile Nations Community Update, July 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, July 2015

July has come and gone (well, it's almost gone), and that means it's time for the Mobile Nations Community Update! This month we take a look at the best contests, recent happenings, hottest forum threads, and more from Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

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The-Incredibles-BBM-Stickers

Once again Disney have released a rather swish looking Sticker Pack into the BBM Shop. You'll now find the hit movie 'The Incredibles' in the stickers list and I would imagine that this one may well be rather popular.

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WatchDox by BlackBerry

Did you miss out on the WatchDox by BlackBerry live product demo? If so, you can now catch the replay and watch it on your own schedule.

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PocketSafe comes from the developer CellNinja, who has brought us many great apps in the past, Silent Keys - International Keyboard, ProtectMe, Volt, Hub2Watch and more. Many of which we have reviewed or written about. The idea behind the app, as the name suggests, is to prevent things occurring when you're phone is in your pocket, such as pocket dialling or nonsense messages, etc.

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Rock Legend, Author, Father - Duff McKagan stays a step ahead with BlackBerry

Normally, I'm not really a fan of celebrities speaking on which smartphones they use simply because there's always that lingering thought of whether or not they really use the device or if are they just doing it for the money. Plus, these days it instantly becomes a witch hunt to see if they're using the device. Folks lurk around, waiting for a Tweet or some other scenario where they catch the celeb using something else but a new post over at the Inside BlackBerry blog featuring veteran Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist and downright rock legend, Duff McKagan, has to be highlighted.

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Top Speed Race

While there may be quite a few car racing games available in the storefront, there is always room for one more, at least in my opinion. The latest release from Thunderbull Entertainment is certainly a drag racing game filled with action, stunning visuals, and customization. As someone who spent the better part of her youth playing racing games, albeit with those clunky wheel attachments, I was not going to pass up the opportunity to try this out.

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Sprint's Family Share Pack offers 10GB of shared data on four lines for $100 per month

Sprint has announced the introduction of new family plans, aiming particularly for T-Mobile and its plans. The Sprint Family Share Pack offers four lines with unlimited talk and text, with 10GB of shared high-speed data for $100 per month.

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Blend-Google-image

For the second time in the past year we recently ran a poll asking BlackBerry 10 users "How often are you using BlackBerry Blend?" For those that missed the post, the initial poll was ran back when Blend first became available. However, at that moment in time it would only run on a couple of devices. Now that all BlackBerry 10 handsets are compatible it was time to get a real reflection on how many of you are 'Blending' on a daily basis.

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Home Screen Plus - 1000 free copies available!

Home Screen Plus

If you're looking to customize your BlackBerry 10 device and extend its capabilities, then you'll certainly want to give Home Screen Plus a look. If you're not familiar with Home Screen Plus, it's an awesome device customization tool that offers a wide array of features including a built-in wallpaper changer, widgets and a SuperBar feature to display additional information below the status bar on your home screen (and on the lock screen) and much more.

A new update has now been released for all existing users with a ton of bug fixes and improvements but to help spread the reach of the app, ShaoSoft has offered up 1,000 free copies to CrackBerry readers. All you have to do is open up BlackBerry World, swipe from the top, go to Redeem and enter in code CBHSPFREE and you'll have access to one of the free copies while supplies last. If you miss out on a free copy, you can also grab Home Screen Plus for only $1.99.

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WhatsApp

If you're a WhatsApp user who likes to check out their beta offerings, you'll want to load up the BlackBerry Beta Zone and grab the latest release. Appearing today, this release has the usual miscellaneous fixes and updates but also includes updates to how the app works with their web client as well as some improvements to their mark read and unread features. As always, they offered up the full changelog, so have a look.

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Verizon XLTE hits six new cities, including Jackson and Selma

Verizon has announced that it has expanded its XLTE service to six more cities across the U.S. Verizon has over 400 total XLTE markets, with the service providing up to double the speed of standard 4G LTE. Both the BlackBerry Classic and the Z30 are compatible with XLTE.

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'Tis the season for hot days and even hotter savings on everything BlackBerry.

Share the summer cheer this week here at ShopCrackBerry where you'll find your favorite BlackBerry accessories at an amazing 20% discount through midnight, July 31! Take a peek and you'll see sleighfuls of popular items like charging docks, cases and covers, batteries, car mounts, and plenty more for all the latest and greatest BlackBerry devices.

Once you've stuffed your cart, use the coupon code: CJ715 for an instant 20% discount on all your items. Also, don't forget that we offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50 within the continental US, as well as expedited options at reasonable rates.

Take me shopping!

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WatchDox by BlackBerry

Looking to learn more about how WatchDox works? If so, you'll want to get yourself registered for the WatchDox live product demo webcast. There are two sessions that you can attend; one begins at 10 AM EDT, and the other begins at 8 PM EDT on July 29, with each lasting approximately 45 minutes.

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Latest update to BBM for iOS brings bug fixes and improvements

Looking to keep things in line, across all the platforms the app supports, BlackBerry has now posted up a new build of BBM for iOS. Just as with the latest BlackBerry 10 and Android releases, the changelog on this one isn't exactly huge and only highlights bug fixes and improvements as the key additions. Still, it's an update, so go ahead and give it a go and let us know in the comments if it's working any better for you with this release versus how it was working before.

Download BBM for iOS

Thanks, Noah!

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Contest Reminder: Last Chance to win a BLUE BlackBerry Classic!

S'up CrackBerry Nation? Just chiming in quick with a friendly reminder that time is running out to get in for your chance to win a Beautiful BLUE BlackBerry Classic courtesy of me (try saying that sentence fast three times). I became smitten with this phone the second I laid eyes on it, so decided I'd give one away.

Entering for your chance to win is easy. You need to jump over to the video on youtube and leave a comment to the video there (be sure to subscribe to the channel while you're there so you never a miss a video or contest!). The entry deadline is Midnight Pacific time on July 31st.

We'll announce the winner here on CrackBerry, and on my twitter account and BBM channel.

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