We're slashing prices this entire week on BlackBerry accessories, so getcha some while they're on the cheap.

Some of us will be enjoying our long Labor Day weekend by grilling up some BBQ with friends and family or getting our splash on at the beach. No matter how you spend your day off, starting today you can save 20% on everything from ShopCrackBerry through midnight, September 9. There's plenty to choose from for popular devices like the BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Z30, and more.

Use coupon code: LD2015 at checkout to apply the 20% discount to your entire order, and remember that we offer free shipping on orders over $50 within the continental US.

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Subscribe to the Kicked TV YouTube channel for a chance to win awesome prizes!

This summer saw the launch of the latest addition to Mobile Nations, Kicked.tv. Bringing you a weekly look at the top new and exciting crowdfunding projects out there as well as special behind-the-scenes episodes, Kicked.tv really helps weed through the thousands of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other crowdfunding projects that go live every day. Each week's video clocks in at right around 4 minutes to give you all the latest without taking up too much of your time. So now it's time to give away some cool prizes!

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This durable belt clip holster for BlackBerry Classic is now only $16.95

This spring clip holster keeps your device clipped in tight, no matter the hustle and bustle. Just snap it to your belt, pants, or bag and pop in your device. The top spring clip is extremely tough and provides quick-release access when you need to answer a call, text or email.

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BlackBerry preparing subscription offering for BBM sticker packs

I didn't really intend on writing about BBM Stickers twice today but looking through the BBM Shop, it would appear as though BlackBerry is preparing a subscription-based offering for BBM Sticker packs called 'Sticker Club', something quite a few folks who enjoy stickers have been asking for. Although the subscribe button appears, you're not currently able to do sign up as it states you need a higher version of BBM installed, which likely indicates it will be coming in one of the next beta builds of BBM.

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Grab the Sketch Xpress BBM sticker pack by Pootermobile!

I know. Not everyone likes posts about BBM sticker packs, but whatever this one is special! If you head into the BBM Shop right now, you'll find a new sticker pack available called Sketch Xpress for $1.99 but look carefully who the pack was submitted by. Yes, our good friend and long term #TeamBlackBerry member Pootermobile was able to get 25 of his awesome BBM emoticons into the BBM Shop and they look pretty damned good as BBM stickers. Obviously, I can't convince you to buy stickers if you don't like them, but consider picking them and showing some love to Pootermobile!

Grab the Sketch Xpress BBM sticker pack by Pootermobile!

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BlackBerry

BlackBerry has announced plans to purchase Good Technology for $425 million. The company has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the mobile security provider to further enhance its offerings to enterprise customers. With Good Technology on-board, BlackBerry will be able to offer a unified, secure mobility platform with apps for mobile devices across multiple platforms.

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WhatsApp

After Facebook announcing earlier this month that it witnessed one billion daily active users, it is now WhatsApp's turn to share some usage figures. According to co-founder Jan Koum, the service now has 900 million active users, up from 800 million in the month of April.

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Over the years I have had my fair share of wrong numbers, telemarketers, fax machines, and other incoming calls I would rather block then let through. A while back we told you about BlockIt. It is a simple headless application that grants users the ability to block calls from their address book, phone log, and numbers inputted manually. Once all are entered, BlockIt does the rest to ensure you are not interrupted with these annoying calls.

Recently, the application received a slight update and the list of improvements are shown below to help with the experience.

New features in version 2.0.0.1

  • App Password Protect
  • Add Auto Reply Quick Access Action Item
  • Import phone number from CSV file to Black List
  • Add Reply Message When Blocked
  • User Guide

In addition to the update, the developer is also giving away 500 copies to our readers. To download yours, simply follow the instructions below.

  • Launch BlackBerry World
  • Swipe down from the top and tap on Redeem
  • Enter this promo code THKS4SUPPORTBB500
  • Tap on the green FREE button to download

If you weren't able to grab your free copy, you can find this native application in BlackBerry World for $1.99.

More information/Purchase BlockIt

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Verizon logo

Earlier this week, Google revamped its official logo, and soon Verizon Wireless will do the same thing. The wireless carrier will officially reveal the new logo for the company on Thursday.

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The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition became official in August 2015 and is making its way around the globe. Today - September 2nd - it can be purchased in Hong Kong from authorized retailers such as Broadway Photo Supply Ltd, Fortress, Hong Kong Suning and Chung Yuen Electrical Co., Ltd. You can also purchase it from carriers - 3 Hong Kong and SmarTone Mobile Communications Limited. It will come at a price point of HK$5,388 ($695).

It's a hot phone right now with plenty of people very happy with their purchase. Still on the fence? You can read our review as well as take a gander at the lush photo gallery.

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition Now Available in Hong Kong

Hong Kong – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced the beginning of sales of the BlackBerry® Passport Silver Edition in Hong Kong. From today (September 2nd, 2015), customers in Hong Kong are able to purchase the new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, a premium device built for business professionals who want a smartphone with the mobile tools they need to get things done – without sacrificing style or portability.

The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is in a class all its own, featuring a stunning silver finish with refined, curved corners, large square touch screen display and reinforced stainless steel frame for extra strength and durability. An essential business tool, the device delivers the same productivity enjoyed by other BlackBerry Passport products, as well as an updated QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard, battery power that lasts more than a full day of mixed use, and BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.2.

"The new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition combines cutting-edge technology with purposeful, globally recognized design," said Gallant Leon, Managing Director, North Asia at BlackBerry. "It brings together BlackBerry's latest OS platform, enhanced productivity features, and a refined industrial design based on customer and user feedback to deliver an unmatched experience for professionals who value precision and focus."

Thoughtful Design for the Mobile Professional Inspired by actual passports, the universal symbol of mobility, the size and form factor of BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is portable enough to easily tuck into pockets and use wherever you go. Key features of the device include:

  • Large High-Resolution Square Screen –The BlackBerry Passport includes a 4.5" square screen, 1440x1440 pixel (453 dpi) HD display and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for added strength.
  • Innovative BlackBerry® Keyboard – The BlackBerry Passport's revolutionary keyboard brings innovation to input with a responsive touch surface like a trackpad that lets you perform many touch functions directly on the keyboard. Scroll web pages, flick to type or slide along the keys to move the cursor, leaving the full screen space for viewing.
  • BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.2 – The BlackBerry Passport comes preloaded with the new BlackBerry 10.3.2 operating system, including features such as BlackBerry Assistant and Amazon Appstore.
  • Best-in-Class Battery Life – The 3450 mAh battery is the largest among the top selling smartphones and phablets and, when tested against a very active user, provides up to 30 hours of mixed use – BlackBerry's best battery power to date.*
  • Dual app storefronts preloaded for access to a huge selection of apps for work and play:
    • BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World offers essential business and productivity apps for professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration including Box, Evernote, Cisco WebEx Meetings and Documents to Go.
    • Amazon Appstore – Discover and download popular Android apps and games through the Amazon Appstore including Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Kindle and Amazon Shopping.
  • BlackBerry Assistant – The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry's first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond based on how the user interacts with it – if you type, it responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen.
  • BlackBerry Blend – BlackBerry Blend 1.2 brings a new refreshed UI and additional functionality and is now available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones. BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer or tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM™ and text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend works across multiple operating systems including Mac, Windows®, iOS and Android™. **
  • Premium Components – The device is built for the most demanding user with durable materials mixed with top-of-the-line technology, including a Quad Core 2.2 GHZ Processor, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP OIS rear camera and 32 GB memory expandable with a Micro SD card up to 128 GB.
  • BlackBerry® Natural Sound – BlackBerry Passport comes with powerful speakers and a quad microphone system that delivers a high-quality listening experience. BlackBerry Natural Sound Technology is built in to adapt Wi-Fi and cellular call sound depending upon phone position and background noise, automatically adjusting volume so you don't have to.

Pricing and Availability The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is available from today (September 2nd, 2015), through Broadway Photo Supply Ltd, Fortress, Hong Kong Suning, Chung Yuen Electrical Co., Ltd and other authorized retailers; and through operator partners 3 Hong Kong and SmarTone Mobile Communications Limited, at a recommended retail price of HK$5,388.

About BlackBerry BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world's most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com .

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Kindle Unlimited India

Amazon has launched its Kindle Unlimited rental service in India, giving customers in the country the ability to choose from over 1 million titles for just ₹199 ($3) a month. Amazon is sweetening the deal by offering the first month of membership for ₹99 ($1.5).

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AtHoc

The ink might not yet be dry on BlackBerry's definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc but already, AtHoc is making some big moves. The company has now announced a new contract award from the Transportation Security Administration that extends their already existing agreements to further protect and account for TSA staff within TSA facilities and across over 200 domestic airports.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Prospect

BerryFlow Upstream

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live? If so, you can now watch the video or download the audio for playback. This week, we dug into a ton of different subjects including the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition being spotted running Android, BBM stats, WatchDox plus, John Chen's interview with the Churchill Club and of course, the new images of the BlackBerry Venice slider. You'll want to tune into this one.

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Have your phone read out your messages with text to speech app Read Out

The name of the app probably gives away what it does - it reads out text for you. If comes from a developer we're familiar with - Sven Ziegler - who has been busy coding apps lately. Updating his existing ones whilst also bringing new ones to the table. Read Out came about as something to be integrated with ReadItNow!, where you could have articles read out to you. The developer then decided to release a full blown app to it could be used with other apps.

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This isn't an app that will be for the masses but it's a great app nonetheless. This is an app created by a developer for developers. It just made its way to BlackBerry World in the past 24 hours and is already a hit with developers. The idea for the app came about due to the fact that the Vendor Portal isn't very accessible via the mobile browser, so what better way to check app metrics than through an app?

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Sure, next week is IFA 2015, but that doesn't mean we can't have news now!

We're still putting the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 through its paces, but we got one surprise this week: if you put the stylus in backwards, it sticks and will probably break your phone when you try to pull it out (if you can). So don't do that. Apple also announced the date for the anticipated iPhone 6s launch event, more photos of the BlackBerry Venice Android slider leaked out, as did the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL and their Continuum dock.

It's time for Mobile Nations Weekly!

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CrackBerry — Slider from the left, slider from the right

This week, we saw BlackBerry CEO John Chen take the stage at the Churchill Club for a candid discussion on how things are going at BlackBerry plus, the BlackBerry Venice slider appeared in some fresh images which show off the device from nearly all angles. In other news, BlackBerry announced a new WatchDox app for BlackBerry 10 Enterprise customers, closing off the question of how they would integrate the service into BlackBerry 10 devices.

Android Central — A brief moment of panic

Things got a little exciting last week as we all discovered that the combination of the Galaxy Note 5's design and a little user error could well end with the S Pen being stuck inside the phone, or broken, or both. So please, folks. Don't put your S Pen back in the phone backward. That crisis died out pretty quickly, though, so we have a feeling folks got the message loud and clear.

iMore — iPhone 6s Watch, Day 208

Invitations have gone out for Apple's annual iPhone event, and that means come September 9, 2015, we should be getting our first looks at the next-generation iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and Apple TV. Oh, and iOS 9 and watchOS 2 as well. It's going to be a big show this year. How big? Just ask Siri for a hint.

Windows Central — New Lumias cometh

Those yearning for new flagship Windows Phones received some nice surprises this week with new renders and another alleged photo. The Lumia phones – codenamed Cityman and Talkman – are expected to be announced in October and so far, audience reaction to the designs is mixed at best. Indeed, in our currently ongoing poll 1/3 flat out think the new Lumias don't look so hot. Will people change when the phones hit shelves in November? Time will tell.

Windows Insiders received a new build of the Windows 10 desktop OS. Build 10532 hit computers this week bringing along with it some menu UI and Microsoft Edge improvements. Speaking of Windows 10, the OS is now installed on more than 75 million computers and should surpass the OS X install base sometime in September.

Kicked

This week on Kicked we look at chewable coffee cubes, along with a reinvented axe, a GoPro stabilizer, and more! Plus, Drew and Patrick reminisce about an old Canadian heavy metal band while trying to avoid a YouTube copyright strike.

For the coolest crowd funding projects you need to know about (along with a few weekly antics) be sure to subscribe to the Kicked TV YouTube Channel and follow us on social media. We're active on Twitter, Facebook and of course Instagram.

Connectedly

This week on Connectedly, we looked at reasons why you should and shouldn't buy the new Samsung Note 5. We also show you a new wireless home monitoring camera that has been getting a lot of attention. We showed you how to make your own motion-sensing monitoring system using an old Android device. Valve stems that alert you of low tire pressure, bicycle lights that you can lock up, and a new product that turns your older car into a smart connected one.

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BlackBerry 'Venice' slider spotted once again in new images [UPDATED]

While the rumors surrounding the BlackBerry 'Venice' slider continue to swirl, the device has now appeared once again in some new, clearer images which are pretty on par with everything we've seen thus far. As you can tell from looking at the keyboard, it falls directly in line with an earlier leak from @evleaks and even has those three dots that got everyone's feathers so ruffled.

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Watch the replay of John Chen's interview with the Churchill Club

As we mentioned earlier, BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently sat down with Rich Karlgaard at the Churchill Club breakfast to discuss a wide array of topics from business transformation to cyber security to the emergence of the Internet of Things and where Chen sees the greatest opportunities for technology innovation and growth.

As expected, a lot of that discussion surrounded what's going on with BlackBerry and how John Chen is leading the changes there. The interview is about an hour long, so be sure to set aside some time to check it out. Want to cut the fluff? Skip to 33:10 and 53:30 for the good parts where John Chen discusses whether or not BlackBerry is building an Android device.

Thanks, James!

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Watch the BES12.2 enterprise developer webcast replay

BES12 enterprise developer webcast

If you're a developer and missed checking out the 'BES12.2: What's New for Enterprise Developers' webcast live, BlackBerry has now posted up the replay that you can watch whenever you see fit.

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John Chen talks lack of apps and need for partnerships

In the latest discussion at the Churchill Club, BlackBerry CEO John Chen discussed the company's need for more apps, and his desire to gain more partnerships. During his conversation, Chen noted that he feels as though apps are a big part of the problem, and that Amazon's offering for an app store wasn't enough to fill the gap.

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