Instant

Back at the end of August (2014) we announced the launch of Instant for BlackBerry 10 - a simple, native application that tracks how much time you spend on your device. The developers have this week rolled out version 2.0 and with it brings a small but awesome selection of improvements, including support for the BlackBerry Passport and Classic.

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Blaq v1.4 is coming soon with a ton of improvements and Passport support!

The native Twitter client space on BlackBerry 10 has been heating up as of late. Twitter for BlackBerry has improved significantly over the past few months, Nemory Studios has introduced Twittly and now Kisai Labs is getting ready to release a new and vastly improved version of my personal favorite BlackBerry 10 Twitter client, Blaq.

Dubbed as v1.4, when it arrives later this week, Blaq will bring tons of new settings, improved notifications, a better multi-account experience, BlackBerry Passport support and much more. We've got the full run down for you all to look through below if you simply can't wait for the update to arrive to find out what all exactly is new.

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Celebrity chef, writer and television host Tyler Florence loves his new BlackBerry Passport

Celebrity chef, writer and television host Tyler Florence loves his BlackBerry Passport. Stopping by Global TV to talk about his new book Inside the Test Kitchen, he brought along his BlackBerry Passport to show off some of his culinary skills using some photos but got a little sidetracked when the hosts asked specifically about his smartphone of choice. His answer is pretty awesome. Check out the video below.

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BlackBerry hosting Enterprise event on November 13th

BlackBerry hosting Enterprise event on November 13th

With the BlackBerry Passport launch event now over and done with, we were waiting to see what event would be next for BlackBerry and as it turns out, it's one for enterprise customers. On November 13th, BlackBerry has set aside some time in San Francisco where BlackBerry CEO John Chen and members of his senior leadership team will delve into the latest developments of the company's enterprise strategy and vision.

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BlackBerry Passport arrives in Australia through Optus

BlackBerry Passport arrives in Australia through Optus

Australians looking to get their hands on a brand new BlackBerry Passport shouldn't have much trouble now. BlackBerry has announced availability of the device in Australia and it can now be ordered at any Optus Store nationally.

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lenovo

Update - And now there's rumors of it being false as well.

Lenovo is rumored to be making another bid to acquire BlackBerry, with a report claiming that the Chinese company could make its offer to purchase the company as soon as this week.

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Price Madness Monday: BlackBerry Z30 bumper case only $4.95 today!

Made from a glossy and matte double molded polycarbonate, this durable bumper case conforms perfectly around the BlackBerry Z30 to provide casual protection against minor drops. The bumper even slightly elevates the phone from flat surfaces, keeping it safe from unwanted scratches and scuffs. Save 50% off the list price today and get yours while supplies last!

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.821 autoloaders available for most devices

In case you weren't liking the leaked OS 10.3.0.1418, you now have the option of hopping into OS 10.3.1.821 on most BlackBerry 10 devices, unofficially. The files and autoloaders are now available for download for the Q5, Q10, Z3, Z10 as well as the Z30 in the CrackBerry Forums.

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Supplies are dwindling on these BlackBerry Z10 hard cases! Reduced today to only $6.95

This lightweight hard shell case features impact resistance in an extremely slim profile design, showcasing your BlackBerry Z10's form and style. The back has been textured to provide additional grip and a unique appearance, too. Pick yours up today and get 65% off the list price!

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rearrange Active Frames

Prior to BlackBerry 10.3 we didn't have much control over our Active Frames. You would open up apps and once in their Active Frame state they would sit there with the most recently used in the top left corner. Things have moved on now and BlackBerry 10.3 gives us more control - which will please many users.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for October 17, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has come a close here on the blogs and I must say it has been a pretty great one. Not only will James be hanging out at the Mercedes AMG Petronas and presented us with his top ten game choices for the Passport, but we saw a few more awesome pictures of the not yet released BlackBerry Classic. In case you missed it, be sure to take the State of the Mobile Nations phones survey for a chance at $600 for a new phone.

Now it is time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game 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.

LockBook by Yogesh Chaube

Over the years we have discussed quite a few applications that aimed to keep certain contacts private and hidden from view. LockBook is along the same vein whose primary purpose is to password protect your contacts from prying eyes. The application is independent of the contacts application. Therefore, any and all contacts must be inputted again directly into the application. I'm not one to tell you how to organize your contacts but if you do happen to have a few that should be kept private then this application gets that job done. Available for BlackBerry 10, except the Passport, you can find this application for free at the link.

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Sachesi by Sacha Refshauge

New to the storefront this week is an application from programmer behind the firmware application we all know and love by the same name, Sachesi. While the desktop utility offers the full set of firmware features for installing or uninstalling firmware and backups, this one is for your BlackBerry. As of now, it allows for convenient searching of applications, including those not available for certain variants. Users may download the bar file and sideload them. There is also a search feature to search by carrier, country, and device for operating systems and to grab the links. This application is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices for $1.99.

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HappyBee by cutieberry themes

When it comes to BBOS nothing beat having a new theme to add a spark to all the different elements of your display. This one happened to be sent to me and I thought I would pass it on to you. Available in two different yet equally beautiful styles, this delightful theme features an adorable background, a cute icon set, new battery and signal meters, a redesigned banner, custom fonts, colors, menus, and call screens. Each version is available for $0.99 for most legacy devices and is a lovely sight to see on your screen each and every day.

More information/Purchase HappyBee in Tray Style
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Ziplist by ZipList, Inc.

As you can plainly tell by reading this roundup week after week, I tend to mention quite a few productivity apps that aim to keep a person organized. Whether this shows how scatterbrained I tend to be or I just want to ensure we are getting the most out of our devices you be the judge. Ziplist is an online grocery list that syncs across multiple platforms, to share with family and friends, group items by aisle, add tags to organize items, add recipe ingredients to your shopping list, sort by store, and view all of your recipes on the go. While lists and recipes are synced with your online site, that does not prohibit you from using it as a stand-alone application. You can download it for free in the Amazon Appstore.

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Ball Bash Box by Martin Cietwierkowski

Nothing beats having a great native game to get lost in. This 2D action physics game is simple yet enjoyable. Your job is to defend a rickety base and protect the boxes from being destroyed by incoming cannonball fire. To accomplish this you have to swipe and slice your way through the cannons similar to Fruit Ninja. Currently, there are 3 worlds and 27 levels to beat, a variety of enemies with different abilities, and the option to earn stars and high scores. Ball Bash Box is fun, comes with cute graphics and music, is easy to play, and is a great way to pass the time. It supports all BlackBerry 10 handsets and is $0.99 to buy.

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What You Might Have Missed

Multi Breaker: Brick Breaker by Chaos Interactive

As a BlackBerry owner for many years, if there is one game I am familiar with it is Brick Breaker. That ever popular game came preinstalled on most legacy devices and the cause of countless hours of non-productivity. BlackBerry World has countless variants on this classic game but none so original as this one. What this game provides is the ability for you to play against a computer or human opponent. Therefore, your goal is to break bricks faster than your opponent. There are two game modes, five different missions, seven packs of colorful worlds, and a cool 80's soundtrack. If you are a fan you certainly can't go wrong with this addictive version. The graphics are decent, gameplay is smooth, and it is free for all BlackBerry 10 devices as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Until next week...

That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry Forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

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The next BBM beta will bring 'timed messages' and 'message retraction' privacy features

The next BBM beta for BlackBerry, Android, iOS and Windows Phone is coming very, very soon and this time around, the core focus will be on enhanced privacy features. As highlighted in a new video, we'll soon have two brand new premium features added to BBM called 'Timed Messages' and 'Message Retraction'. Just by the names, you can probably guess what they were but thankfully, you don't have to. We've got the details on both below.

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BlackBerry Passport demand has exceeded expectations

BlackBerry Passport demand has exceeded expectations

That's according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen who was in Hong Kong to attend the Technologies that Matter forum hosted by MIT Enterprise. It's certainly no secret that a lot of folks have had their shipments placed on back order, earlier we posted about how ShopBlackBerry shipments were now resuming, but it's also no secret the device has been selling out whenever its been made available.

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All back ordered BlackBerry Passports through ShopBlackBerry are now shipping!

Have you ordered a BlackBerry Passport from ShopBlackBerry but are still waiting for it to ship? If so, we have some good news! Aside from the fact that orders are once again being taken, we can now confirm after having spoke with BlackBerry that all devices that were placed on back order are now shipping out to customers and will continue over the next few days.

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Slide your BlackBerry Q10 in one of these sexy leather holsters and save 57% today!

The stylish CrackBerry Leather Holster is made of a fine, durable leather that features a fixed belt clip on the back to secure to your waist, pocket or purse. This leather case gives you and your BlackBerry device a sleek, professional look while keeping it safe from drops and scratches at the same time. Get yours in black, brown, red or white today for just $12.95!

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Mobile Nations Community Update, October 2014

Mobile Nations Community Update, October 2014

Greetings all! Time again to talk community goodness by wrapping up the best from around Mobile Nations. It has been a particularly busy month, so keep reading for all the details!

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Jack & the Creepy Castle

For you gamers out there, and there's plenty of you, the Amazon Appstore has a nice treat as it's free app of the day, today (October 17th). Jack & the Creepy Castle is a jumping, platform style game and after giving it a quick go on my BlackBerry Passport I decided it was well worth sharing with you.

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Get some top quality sounds for your BlackBerry 10 device with Ring Tones

One of the many great features I love about using BlackBerry is the amount of customization we get when it comes to ring tones and notifications. As well as easily setting a ring tone you can can also assign tunes to certain contacts if you so desire.

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