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Being BlackBerry users we are creatures of habit and I suspect that one thing we all use our BlackBerry 10 smartphone for is organizing certain parts of our lives. As well as BlackBerry's own Remember app there's also a bunch of great third party ones in BlackBerry World.

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South Park sticker pack now available on BBM!

South Park sticker pack now available on BBM!

Although I'm not too sure how high South Park stickers were on the sticker pack wanted list, they've now arrived for BBM users in the US, UK and Canada. The sticker pack as expected includes all your favorite South Park characters such as Kenny, Kyle, Cartman, Stan, Chef and more with 20 in total being available for use. Pricing for the pack is set at $1.99 just like all the others and most folks should be seeing it listed right now. Fire up the BBM Shop within BBM and get them downloaded.

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BlackBerry Z30

Hey developers! If you have ten minutes to spare today and happen to want a new smartphone (who doesn't?), then we have something for you: The Developer Economics Survey. Brought to you by our friends at Vision Mobile, this quick survey focuses on developer questions around the things that are important to developers: platforms, frameworks, customers, and more.

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Why tablets are not on BlackBerry's roadmap

This is such a sensitive topic for many PlayBook owners — and rightfully so. As a fellow BlackBerry lover, a respectable level of sympathy should be given to those who have invested in BlackBerry's only tablet. It is truly a remarkable device that had a lot of promise.

However, business will always be business no matter what opinions or emotional attachment we may have for our products. It's the nature of the beast. I'm not going to say it's justified, only that there is qualified legitimacy behind BlackBerry's decision not to develop another tablet.

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A closer look at the BlackBerry Z30 Transform Shell case

One of my favorite cases for the BlackBerry Z10 was the Transform Shell Case. It was minimal and while it didn't offer much in protection, I liked the fact that it could double as a stand. I tend to gravitate towards these types of cases. When I got hold of a BlackBerry Z30 and saw that there would be a Transform Shell Case for it too, I had to get one to try out. We actually did a first look at the BlackBerry Z30 Transform Case back in September 2013 but at the time device was not available yet. With more and more people getting their hands on the BlackBerry Z30, there is no better time than to put the Transform Shell Case through its paces and see how it fairs as a case and stand.

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Snap2Chat was developed as a third party native app for BlackBerry 10 users who wanted to see Snapchat on their favorite platform. It had been available in the CrackBerry Forums, since December 2013, in beta forum for people to download and test. It started small but eventually the developer added lots of cool features and extras not found in the official Snapchat app. And of course, continually ironed out the bugs. It was then ready for prime time and submitted to BlackBerry World, however, it didn't get approved. We then saw a petition to try to help get the app approved. Eventually, hope faded that it would ever be available in BlackBerry World, though the developer continued to have it available to download via the forums.

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Debug 34: Sexism in tech

Debug 34: Sexism in tech

Debug is Mobile Nations developer podcast. This week, however, we're doing something different. We're bringing together a panel of developers and designers, CEOs and senior editors, of women in the tech industry to talk about how women are treated and mistreated in the tech industry. Join Serenity Caldwell of Macworld/TechHive, Jessie Char of Pacific Helm, Georgia Dow of ZEN & TECH, and Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat as share their experiences and insight on sexism in the tech industry, from coworkers to clients to conventions to culture and beyond.

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QuickPost updated with a share music feature

One of most used and favorite apps on BlackBerry 10 has received another update. QuickPost has been updated with a new feature dubbed "#QPMusic". It basically allows you to share whatever song you're currently listening to with others. It's a small addition but a nice one at that. You can share via all the usual social media account options you normal have through QuickPost.

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Verizon

Verizon's first quarter results are in, and mirroring rival AT&T, they saw some rather impressive growth. Verizon as a whole saw $30 billion in revenue, but even with their substantial non-cellular businesses, Verizon Wireless accounted for a whopping $20.9 billion of that income. That's an increase of nearly 7% from this quarter last year, though growth through their retail outlets was slightly lower.

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Trial Xtreme 3

We took a look at Trial Xtreme 2 back in 2013 and thanks to BlackBerry 10.2.1 making the availability of Android apps much easier I'd highly recommend you give the free edition of Trial Xtreme 3 a go - it rocks!

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Add stickers, smileys, and text styles to your messages with FunText

No matter which medium we use to communicate, be it social networking, text or email, emoticons are a quick and easy way to express how we feel without the need to write it out. Unless you're the original founder of Greendale Community College, we are all familiar with turning text into those extra flourishes to express how we feel.

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Deal of the Day: Qmadix S Series Cover for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, purchase the Qmadix S Series Cover for BlackBerry Z10 and save 48% off the list price!

The S Series cover integrates shock-absorbent inner material with a hard outer shell to provide sophisticated protection for your BlackBerry Z10. This case combines colors in a slim and attractive design, featuring access to the screen, camera, ports and buttons of the device.

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BlackBerry Classic

We all know that the BlackBerry Q20 is coming at some point this year and will be the first BlackBerry in the 'Classic' range so says CEO John Chen. There's a few things we know for sure that the Q20 will feature - such as a hardware keyboard and also the return of the optical trackpad and function keys. 

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Viber finally comes to BlackBerry 10

Update: Viber is now available in BlackBerry World. Link is at the bottom of this article. Please note that since it has just gone live it is still making its way through the BlackBerry World servers. It may show as unavailable for some or it may give you an unable to purchase error. Just check back later if this shows for you. Also, note that it is an Android port.

It has been a long time coming but Viber is finally coming to BlackBerry 10. Viber had been going back and forth with their decision to bring their app to BlackBerry 10 over the past year, leaving users to sideload the app or look for alternatives. Back in March 2013 they had announced they were working on an app and would bring voice support when they launched on BlackBerry 10. After months of waiting, they then announced they would no longer be bringing Viber to BlackBerry 10 in October 2013. Changing their minds again, in March 2014, they responded to a tweet saying they would be bringing Viber to BlackBerry 10.

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PlayCloud 10 updated with a new UI and more

When it comes to accessing files from my BlackBerry 10 device, I normally use the built in File Manager app however, while it has access to a few cloud services, there are still some cloud accounts it can't access, namely Google Drive. I previously reviewed an app that allows you to access your Google Drive account as well as other cloud services -- PlayCloud 10. A pretty great app which has just received a nice little update.

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AT&T

AT&T reported its first quarter 2014 results, showing impressive growth in revenues, handset sales and customer acquisition for the quarter. While AT&T operates businesses outside of its wireless division, we're going to focus on this portion. For the quarter, AT&T posted $17.9 billion in revenue including handset sales, up 7 percent year-over-year, leading to $5.1 billion in operating income, up 8.1 percent.

On the customer side, AT&T added 625,000 postpaid customers, its largest first quarter gain in five years. It also added 693,000 "connected devices," but saw prepaid customers dip overall in the quarter mostly due to the loss of over 200,000 reseller subscribers. Of those additions, 311,000 were for postpaid smartphones, while 313,000 were tablets.

AT&T sold 5.8 million smartphones in total for the quarter, making up 92 percent of all postpaid phone sales — which first quarter record. This leads to 78 percent of AT&T's postpaid customers now using smartphones, up from 74 percent this time last year. In terms of connectivity, 57 percent of AT&T's postpaid smartphone subscribers have an LTE-capable device.

One interesting note on the growth was that AT&T says 40 percent of the gross smartphone additions and upgrades came by way of its AT&T Next device installment plan, up from just 15 percent last quarter. Additionally, about 45 percent of all postpaid subscribers are now on a Mobile Share plan, with a full 81 percent now being on some form of usage-based billing (i.e. not unlimited) plan.

Source: AT&T

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MockIt updated with new Face Fun sticker pack and bug fixes

If you're looking to create some memes, have some fun with pics or create device mock ups on the go, there's no better app out there than MockIt. That said, the app continues to get better with each new release and if you head into BlackBerry World right now, you should find an update waiting for you. This one serves mostly as a bug fix release but there's also a new Face Fun sticker pack as well to get things fun.

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BlackBerry updates BES10 to address Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability

The aftermath of the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability continues to be cleaned up and as we noted previously, BlackBerry has been doing their own investigations into how their own services have been impacted. One measure taken to correct things was issuing an update to BES10 as reflected in their recent updates on the BlackBerry knowledge base surrounding the matter. The notes from the update are brief but outline the details of the affected services and what admins should expect when applying the update.

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