BlackBerry Leap Review!

Although it feels like only last week I was writing a post announcing the device, in reality it wasn't. It was well over a month ago now at Mobile World Congress but, thanks to a quick turnaround time from announcement to delivery, here we are taking a look at the latest all-touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone introduced to the world as the BlackBerry Leap, which starts rolling out globally today.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - XI

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - XI

Miss BerryFlow live last night? Well, get yourself caught up. You catch the replay of the video as well as download the audio right now. While we tried to keep this one short, we totally blew it BUT we had a lot to talk about apparently. The BlackBerry Leap is here, a new BBM beta has arrived, we discuss some great native apps on the way (one being here today) as well as the BlackBerry Oslo, so dig in. We got a little ranty, but it's all love.

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QuickPost-App-Icon

Users of QuickPost are going to want to grab this latest version as soon as possible. With a selection of enhancements for both the free and paid version, QuickPost is introducing compatibility with yet another social app - Instagram!

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BlackBerry -Leap-Closer

Last week we ran a poll asking if you would be buying the BlackBerry Leap. The results were pretty much as I expected, as you can see below, with the vast majority of voters going for the 'no' option. As I said then, I suspect that most CrackBerry readers are after top of the range devices and who can blame them. But I'm still certain that the BlackBerry Leap has it's place in the market.

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Cut-The-Rope-Time-Travel-App

Just a quick heads up for you gamers out there. Amazon have another awesome game as their 'free app of the day' and this time it's Cut the Rope: Time Travel. I actually already had this one on my BlackBerry Passport and it's a real gem.

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ShopBlackBerry hosting BlackBerry 10 device sale!

ShopBlackBerry hosting BlackBerry 10 device sale!

If you're looking to pick up a new BlackBerry 10 device for a little bit cheaper than normal, you might want to head on over to ShopBlackBerry as it would seem as though they're having a bit of a spring sale on BlackBerry 10 smartphones wherein you can save up-to 40%.

The prices listed above are the US pricing but the devices are also on sale in all regions served by ShopBlackBerry though the prices arguably are not as good as the US pricing. That said, you won't find any of the Porsche Design devices or the still fresh BlackBerry Leap but on sale but that's the way it is.

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Table-Top-Racing-Hero

It's been a while since Amazon have had a 'free app of the day' that I've felt compelled to share with you. That changed today when I saw that they were featuring Table Top Racing. It's not a game that I've played before, but I'm a sucker for this style, so I grabbed my BlackBerry Z30 and downloaded it with haste.

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EE-Passport-Hero

Possibly a harsh title, but as far as I can see it must be true, looking at the evidence. The guilty party is EE. Don't get me wrong - I'm a fan of the company, in fact I'm a customer and have no plans to change that. But it frustrates me how I see them either not offering BlackBerry smartphones as an option to customers - or pricing them so high that it makes sense to choose another device.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for April 17, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. This week has just flown by and I just do not know where to begin. First and foremost, there is the thorough and comprehensive review of the BlackBerry Leap by none other than our EiC himself, Bla1ze. I highly recommend you take a moment to read through the entire piece. Also this week we saw an update to BBM beta which finally gave users the ability to hide sticker packs (though not delete them) and a brand new Twitter for BlackBerry 10 update. All in all a very good week if I say so myself.

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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NatWest-App-Hero

We've already seen a bunch of great apps updated this week and here's another for UK customers of NatWest. The banking app has been updated to version 4.0.0.15 and with it comes a sweet selection of new features and improvements.

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BlackBerry Computer Data Sync app enters the Beta Zone

BlackBerry Computer Data Sync app enters the Beta Zone

Although it appears to be rather limited at the moment, a new BlackBerry 10 app is appearing in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for a small number of BlackBerry 10 device owners. The app is simply named 'Computer Data Sync for BlackBerry' and it helps you to add your organizer data from Microsoft Outlook on your BlackBerry 10 device in the following ways:

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First image of the BlackBerry 'Oslo' appears

First image of the BlackBerry 'Oslo' appears

By now, everyone knows the story of the rounded off BlackBerry Passport for AT&T but there have been plenty of rumblings about another rounded off Passport as well and that device has been referred to as the BlackBerry Oslo, essentially an AT&T BlackBerry Passport that has been rumored for launch in China and a small number of various other regions. A new image and claims of it being the Oslo have now appeared over at BlackBerry Central.

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BlackBerry Advertising Service to shut down on June 16

The BlackBerry Advertising Service, which offered developers a way to integrate ads in BlackBerry 10 applications, will be shutting down on June 16, or two months from today. The company launched the service in September 2010.

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iGrann Pro updated with support for multiple accounts, direct messaging and more!

Although BlackBerry 10 users have several ways to access Instagram now, one app that remains a favorite is iGrann and the latest update to the Pro version helps ensure it will remain a favorite. Appearing as v2.8.8.1352, this release adds support for multiple accounts, direct messaging and more. If you've not already updated, we've got the full changelog for you to check out.

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BlackBerry-Leap-App-Screen

Now that BlackBerry has officially announced the global rollout of the BlackBerry Leap I thought it was worth trying to find out how many CrackBerry readers intent to place an order for it. I realize that many of us will only be interested in higher specced devices, but BlackBerry (and myself) believe there is still a place in the market for the affordable BlackBerry Leap.

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SaveTheInternet

Indian travel portal Cleartrip and media conglomerates NDTV and Times Group have withdrawn support for Facebook's Internet.org program, citing net neutrality concerns.

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Amazon Appstore

The latest Amazon Appstore giveaway includes popular utilities such as WolframAlpha, Runtastic PRO and games like Unmechanical and Osmos HD.

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