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Rogers turns on 700 MHz spectrum for communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto

Rogers just activated their fresh 700 MHz spectrum in a few regions across Canada. Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver are the lucky cities today, though we can expect a nationwide rollout eventually. 700 MHz has been widely described as “beachfront” spectrum that’s particularly good at penetration, so you can keep a signal in elevators and parking garages, for example. It also provides added stability to everyday LTE connections.

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BlackBerry’s ace in the hole

BlackBerry’s ace in the hole

BlackBerry quietly and slowly exhales as it sits unnoticeably at a table surrounded by other high profile players sporting taller stacks of chips. Nobody’s head is turned at BlackBerry’s direction but their eyes are secretly watching. The river has quite possibly changed the outcome for BlackBerry, but what cards the other players hold has yet to be revealed.

The world audience waits in anticipation to see if BlackBerry will fold, lose or go all-in. To the surprise of the other players, BlackBerry chooses to go all-in. The tension in the air is high as everything is at stake for them. The other players can afford to lose chips but BlackBerry cannot — not this time. The question on everyone’s mind is if BlackBerry is bluffing, but the veteran player sits confidently with an unflinching expression. What does BlackBerry hold that none of the other players hold?

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Mini-USB Intl Travel Charger

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This travel charger comes with international adaptor clips so you can charge your BlackBerry device in most major countries. It's mini-USB compatible and like all BlackBerry chargers, it reliably delivers the constant current and voltage to charge your device safely and rapidly, preserving the life of your battery.

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BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry will be giving away a Mobile App Development Award at this year's Canada-Wide Science Fair. The Award will be presented during the nation championship of the Fair, taking place in Windsor from May 10-17, and two BlackBerry employees will sit on the judges panel.

Finalists will come from three age groups, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. Multiple awards will be presented. To win, students must build an application using PhoneGap or Appcelerator, as well as meeting the BlackBerry 10 user interface guidelines. Winners will receive a mentorship with a BlackBerry mobile developer expert, along with a cash prize and a BlackBerry Z10.

The general competition for the Canada-Wide Science Fair is open until April 30, 2014.

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From BlackBerry to CrackBerry Nation, "You can count on us to get it right"

As promised, I made the trip to NYC this week to meet up with Adam Zeis and our new-to-CrackBerry contributor, Jubei Raziel, to catch up on all things BlackBerry.

Specifically, we were going to spend 15 minutes listening to Jubei's thoughts on last week's BlackBerry Experience: New York, but in true CrackBerry fashion we stretched it out just a little bit longer (you know me... I tend to talk a lot once I get going).

It's an absolute must-watch vodcast as we walk through the multiple topics that BlackBerry's senior management team talked about during the BlackBerry Experience event. A lot of tough questions were asked, and a lot of straight answers were given on subjects like BBM and BlackBerry's marketing activities.

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Diaree gets rebranded as Candid, new update now available!

If you a Diaree user, you're going to want to load up BlackBerry World and grab the latest update. We took a deep look at Diaree in the past but the latest update changes things up, a lot. For one, the app has been rebranded to something a little bit more appealing. Diaree shall from here on out, be known as Candid.

A name that not only sounds better but also fits how people are intended to use the app. Candid is a completely anonymous service in that no one can identify you within the app. All of your interactions, including comments, likes, and favourites, as well as your personal diary entries, remain completely anonymous and cannot be linked back to you.

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Deal of the Day: Incipio DualPro SHINE Hard Case for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, purchase the Incipio DualPro SHINE Hard Case for BlackBerry Z10 and save 46% off the list price!

The DualPro SHINE Hard Case protects your BlackBerry Z10 with a shock absorbing inner layer of silicone layered with an acrylic outer shell featuring a brushed aluminum look. There's complete access to all ports and buttons while keeping a sleek form.

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AT&T rolling out BlackBerry 10.2.1 update for Z10 and Q10

After a few early hints last night, BlackBerry 10.2.1 has started rolling out officially on the AT&T Z10 and Q10.

BlackBerry 10.2.1 adds in quite a few welcome features, such as a pinch gesture in the hub to filter the view, direct installation of Android .APK files, a customizable quick settings menu, and many, many more new features. If you're looking to update, just swipe down from the top of the screen, go to Settings, and scroll down to Software Updates.

AT&T customers, do you already have 10.2.1 on your BlackBerry Z10 or Q10? Was it worth the wait?

Source: AT&T

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Leading Canadian organizations begin deploying BES10

Today BlackBerry announced a handful of enterprise customers upgrading to BES10. An obvious one is the City of Waterloo, BlackBerry’s hometown. Municipal workers are using BBM to stay coordinated on all fronts, but they have some outward-facing partnerships too. They’ve worked with BlackBerry to create an app called Ping Street which enables users to find location-specific information like upcoming events, road detours, and even garbage and recycling pick-up schedules.

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Earlier today we reported the news of BlackBerry updating the 10.3 Roadmap. I'm afraid some may have taken some of the news out of context (good, bad, or otherwise), so I hope to provide context around the line items mentioned. First and foremost, realize this is an announcement for the 10.3 developing environments which will obviously have end user implications but perhaps not quite what you may think. I hope I don't get long winded in my explanations here but there is a lot to cover. I will do my best to "translate" from "developer speak" to end user implications.

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Signs of life from AT&T - BlackBerry 10.2.1 now appearing

If you're a BlackBerry 10 user on AT&T, you're probably wondering what the hold up is with BlackBerry 10.2.1 considering BlackBerry delivered it many months ago. Sure, you could install one of the leaked OS' out there but really, you shouldn't have to. Fret no more though as it seems AT&T will be rolling out a 10.2.1 or more specifically, OS 10.2.1.2273 software version 10.2.1.2179 shortly.

For some, it's already appearing in BlackBerry Link and the files are already readily available for those who wish to install it on their own bypassing the OTA and wait time however, if you're not wanting to go that route you'll want to keep checking for updates on your device wherein you can take the official OTA as soon as it arrives.

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Third party Facebook Messenger app, Messenger, made its way to BlackBerry World after being available in beta via the CrackBerry Forums for the past couple of months. Only a few days later, we are seeing an update to the app. There are a few tweaks to the app, including a new icon and a splash screen. I've been enjoying Messenger a lot.

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Back This: Symple ID makes signing into your favorite sites simple!

It seems not a day goes by that I don't end up resetting a password for some site or service that I use. Even though I use several different password reminder services, they're not always a perfect solution. But what if it there was a solution that utilized your phones NFC functionality and and a simple NFC tag? Would that be easier? Richard Fox-Ivey thinks so and he's come up with Symple ID.

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smartphone theft

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well.

What they're all committing to is the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment." All phones sold by the signees after July 2015 will offer, at no additional cost, the following tools and services:

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BlackBerry Z30

BlackBerry’s preparing for the developer launch of BlackBerry 10.3 with an update to their public roadmap. Though there are a few nice additions due to land in May, but the most noteworthy thing about the following 10.3.1 update is that Adobe AIR won’t be included as an on-device runtime. Devs that have made apps that use AIR can port their creations over to Android or WebWorks easily enough, according to the FAQ they wrote for the end of life for AIR.

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Rogers

Rogers has announced some new roaming add-ons for Canadian travelers. Not too long ago, Rogers unveiled a $7.99 daily roaming plan for the U.S. (which already faces stiff competition against WIND’s $15 unlimited plan), and this new one is built for roaming worldwide. But don’t get too excited; it’s $9.99 for a day for up to 20 MB (depending on where you're going), with no voice or text. That’s better than the $10 - $15 they’d normally charge per megabyte without a package. This add-on will be applied automatically after you start using data abroad, though you’ll get SMS alerts about usage.

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One of the topics many BlackBerry users are concerned over is security especially when sending emails. While there are various encryption methods available, one of the more widely used ways is OpenPGP, which is derived from PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), to encrypt and decrypt email over the internet. What this means is that in terms of email security messages you send are unreadable by other individuals or intruders.

It just so happens I came across another useful utility tool for safeguarding my messages in my inbox that implements OpenPGP for BlackBerry 10. PGpgp allows you to exchange encrypted messages with your recipients or decrypt messages addressed to you. In order for it to work you will need to create and store your keys (public and private) and own the public key of the recipient. Do not worry as these keys cannot be accessed by other applications.

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BlackBerry Z30

German shoppers for a BlackBerry Z30 might want to look at T-Mobile, as the flagship BlackBerry 10 smartphone has been the recipient of a pretty substantial price cut. The price off-contract of the Z30 in Germany varies from €544,99 from Orange to €500 straight from ShopBlackBerry, but T-Mobile is now undercutting them all at a stunning €389,94. That's for a 16GB BlackBerry Z30, and if you'd like to get it on an installment plan it'll cost you a whopping €1 up front.

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Deal of the Day: Amzer ShellCase w/ Holster for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, purchase the Amzer ShellCase w/ Holster for BlackBerry Z10 and save 50% off the list price!

The form fit rear shell is impact resistant for complete protection and quickly slides in and out of the holster for instant phone access. The holster is lined with a soft fabric for a scratch free BlackBerry Z10 and the 180-degree swiveling belt clip doubles as an adjustable clip stand--perfect for displaying or media viewing.

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