Leave a comment below and you could win an IOU for a FREE BlackBerry Classic!

Though it's not launching for a little over a month -- December 17th to be precise -- we know you some of you are very anxious to get your hands on the new BlackBerry Classic. We are equally as excited to get our hands on this device and can't wait for them to start shipping. So, let's pass the time with a contest for a FREE BlackBerry Classic! Keep reading to see how you can enter to win!

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Google agrees to settle with BlackBerry-backed Rockstar

Patent-holding consortium Rockstar, which counts Apple, Microsoft, and BlackBerry among its members, has reached a settlement agreement with rival tech giant Google from a lawsuit originating last October. In its suit, Rockstar alleged that Google had infringed on seven search-related patents that it owned after winning a bid to acquire Nortel's intellectual property portfolio.

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Pick up one of these BlackBerry Q10 spare battery chargers today for just $11.95!

Plug your BlackBerry Q10 into the battery charger with the built-in cable and insert a spare OEM battery (not included) for simultaneous charging with your existing wall, car or USB charger. This external battery charger is ideal for saving space and the battery life of your Q10 while traveling! Get yours today and save 52%

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BlackBerry offers up a look at how shortcut keys will work on the BlackBerry Classic

Although I'm sure most CrackBerry readers are already aware, the BlackBerry Classic will see the return of some of the traditional BlackBerry shortcut keys plus bring the addition of the ability to create your own custom shortcuts. Following up on the first look at the hardware navigation keys on the BlackBerry Classic, Inside BlackBerry's Donny Halliwell has now shared a new video that shows you just how to use those keyboard shortcuts on the BlackBerry Classic.

The keyboard on the BlackBerry Classic, as you may have noticed, is reminiscent of the trusted (and imitated) BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard found on the still-popular (and available) BlackBerry Bold 9900. I've read in recent comments that many of you are still huge fans of the Bold, and still cling to it and similar devices, like the BlackBerry Curve, to make your real work happen[. We are listening, as John Chen explained earlier this month.

The great news for you is, in addition to the easy, familiar navigation made possible by the Classic Navigation Keys, the QWERTY keyboard comes with time-saving default shortcuts. Take advantage of these, or customize them to suit your personal needs. As you once could on your beloved BlackBerry Bold, you can make use of nearly every letter in the physical keyboard and give it an action like Speed Dial for a contact, or use them to launch your most-used apps.

On top of showing how the shortcut keys will work on the BlackBerry Classic, Donny also shared some of his favorite shortcuts and advanced tips for the device. Truth be told, a lot of them work on already available BlackBerry 10 QWERTY devices such as the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Q10 but, some of them only come by way of running leaked operating systems so they may not be known to everyone and as such, the BlackBerry Classic could be their first experience with using them.

  • Launch the Browser – B
  • Compose a Message – Within the BlackBerry Hub – C
  • Launch the Weather App – W
  • Launch the Calculator – U
  • Launch BBM – N
  • Lock BlackBerry Classic – K
  • Change Notifications to Silent – Q
  • Launch Settings – O
  • Open Contacts/Address Book – A
  • Launch Help – H
  • Within the Hub, browser and a number of other lists, you can press B to go to the Bottom and T to reach the Top.
  • When in a text field, like an email, BBM Message or SMS/Text, type "mypin" and hit the spacebar to display your PIN number.
  • Similarly, you can type "mynumber" to bring up your phone number, "LT" for the current time and "LD" for the date.
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TELUS offering the BlackBerry Passport for $150 on contract but only in certain regions

If you happen to live in Alberta, Ontario or British Columbia and are looking for a BlackBerry Passport on contract for fairly cheap, TELUS has you covered. In Alberta and British Columbia, the carrier is offering the latest BlackBerry 10 smartphone for $150 when bundled with Optik TV and Internet on a 2-year Your Choice Plan.

In Ontario, it's a bit different. There's no need for the bundle there. Customers looking to get a BlackBerry Passport can grab one straight up for $150 on a 2-year Your Choice Plan. Prices have always sort of varied across regions with taxes and such but this time around, it's all a bit odd.

In any case, the offers are there and available if you're looking for a brand new BlackBerry Passport.

Learn more / Purchase a BlackBerry Passport from TELUS

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Watch BlackBerry COO Marty Beard's presentation from FedTalks 2014

Earlier this month, BlackBerry COO Marty Beard attended FedTalks 2014, the annual gathering of the top leaders in the tech and government IT communities in Washington, D.C. and while we've covered a few things said at that event already, FedScoop has now posted up the complete keynote speech from Marty as well as his interview afterward for everyone to check out. You'll need to set aside 20 minutes or so to take it all in but Marty covers quite a bit of content in that time as he talks about the legacy of BlackBerry, their future and being a mobile provider to the federal government.

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Asphalt 8: Airborne updated and now available for free on BlackBerry World

Asphalt 8: Airborne from Gameloft certainly isn't a new entry into BlackBerry World but it also hasn't had a lot of updates in the times it has been available either. That changed yesterday though, as Gameloft dropped a new update that brought not only further device support (all BlackBerry 10 devices are now supported) but also a few new features. Plus, Gameloft finally dropped the $.99 they were charging for the game.

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Google Contribute to make ad-free blogs a reality

It looks like advertising isn't the only way way to fund your favorite sites anymore. Google announced a new program called Contributor today that allows people to contribute money to participating websites via a monthly subscription to get rid of ads.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday shopping can be tough, we know. Finding the best gift for your loved ones can be a pain, but we're here to help. This is the Mobile Nations 2014 Holiday Gift Guide so we can help you find the perfect gift for every name on your list. And this doesn't have to be for just that special someone — it's perfectly okay to get a little something special for yourself too. You've earned it.

So as we roll into the biggest and craziest shopping and gift-giving season of the year, it's time to find out what should be on your wish list — and what's on everybody else's lists. So let's dive right in to the Mobile Nations 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the very best gifts for everybody from the writer and the student to the home automator and the businessman.

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Gorilla Glass 4

Less than a year after Corning first revealed Gorilla Glass 3, the company is going ahead and introducing Gorilla Glass 4. The latest version of its touchscreen display glass is supposed to be up to two times tougher than any competitive cover glass product. Corning said that in their drop tests from one meter on a rough surface, devices with Gorilla Glass 4 survived the drop up to 80 percent of the time.

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BlackBerry-Logo-Hero

It's no secret that BlackBerry have been focusing on going back to their roots and putting all their attention into devices with hardware keyboards over the past few months. Unless you've had your head buried in the sand you'd have seen our content featuring the wonderful BlackBerry Passport and next month the Classic will hit retailers.

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Jigsaw-Passport-Hero

Me, a long term fan of action and car racing games writing about jigsaw puzzles? Yes, it's true and with good reason. Jigsaw Puzzles Epic is an Android game which you can pick up for free from the Amazon Appstore and if you are rocking the BlackBerry Passport the game looks exceptionally great on the devices square display.

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White BlackBerry Passport coming to the UAE December 1st

Although it was announced alongside the piano black version, the white BlackBerry Passport has yet to go on sale anywhere. That will change come December 1st though as BlackBerry has now announced plans to have the white version be available in the BlackBerry store in The Dubai Mall as well as leading retailers across the UAE during an event that featured both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Pricing for the white version of the BlackBerry Passport stays in line with that of the black version, being set at Dh 2,699. Will you be grabbing the white version, trying to snag a red version or sticking with the traditional black?

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In my experience, I have found that over the years we all seek out ways to get things done faster. Whether it is using a GTD application to plow through our tasks or using our smartphones to communicate faster with friends, friendly and colleagues. If you have ever been tasked with reading hundreds of emails on a daily basis (I'll raise my hand!), or simply looking to read your content faster such as documents, books, memos, or texts, then the developer behind Convertly and ARKick offers their solution. Their latest release is called Bolt – Fast Reader. It aims to not only improve your reading speed, but does so with your own content.

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Thorsten Heins

Former BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins, is now CEO and chairman of wireless charging company Powermat. Founder Ran Poliakine will now take the seat of Vice Chairman but still be heavily involved in evangelism and other strategic partnerships. After about a year hiatus since leaving BlackBerry, Heins is once again ready to take charge in attempts to scale Powermat to a new level of not just wireless charging hardware, but a worldwide wireless charging network. He's only been in the big chair for a few days, but our own Kevin Michaluk scored some time for a quick chat and Heins' take on what's to come for Powermat.

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Black Friday 2014 Deals

Black Friday 2014 Deals

The biggest shopping day of the year is fast approaching. They call it Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving, and while the origin of the name as the point where retailers' balance books shift from being in the red (running a loss) for the year to black (profit!) is dubious (any business that's losing money for 11 out of 12 months probably won't be around for next year's sales), the day still sees numerous retailers across the country offering substantial deals on a wide range of products.

What follows are our hand-picked best deals for this year's Black Friday sales. We don't believe in recommending sub-par quality products, regardless of if they're a few bucks off on a random day or not. We're only pointing out sales on quality merchandise that we might consider buying if it weren't on sale. But they are on sale, so the deals are yours to take!

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Here's a sweet deal: BlackBerry PlayBook Journal Cases are only $9.95 today!

With a genuine leather exterior, chrome inset logo, and elastic closure, the BlackBerry Journal Case gets full marks for both style and convenience. A soft microfiber lining with a customized shell holds your PlayBook in place while you're using it and with external access to the ports and buttons, you can take full advantage of everything it has to offer. Get yours today and save 83% off the list price.

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MonumentValley-Passport-Hero

Elegance is a word I'd use to describe Monument Valley, which is Amazon's free app of the day today. That's not a word I use very often and certainly not when it comes to mobile gaming, but if you watch our brief hands-on video above you should see what I'm talking about.

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O2 shows that sharing is caring with new bundles

O2

UK mobile operator O2 has announced new plans for families and those with multiple handsets. Sharer and Family Sharer enables O2 subscribers to share data bundles of up to 8GB across multiple mobile devices attached to a single account. The new plans aren't limited to smartphones either as tablets and other data-connected hardware are all included.

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