BlackBerry explains why their Android offering is best for security and privacy

Since the release of the BlackBerry Priv, there have been some articles appearing across the internet debating just how hardened BlackBerry's Android offerings really are when it comes to security and privacy. Most notable of the debates, an interview with Daniel Micay from Toronto-based security firm Copperhead, who claimed that 'Nexus phones are more secure than the BlackBerry Priv because Android 6.0 offers some security improvements over 5.1.1'.

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BlackBerry offering special pricing on select devices for Black Friday

The holidays and Black Friday are quickly approaching, and if you're looking to pick up a new BlackBerry for someone (or yourself), you'll want to check out the deals BlackBerry have announced. Right now, select BlackBerry 10 smartphones are on sale through December 1.

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Protect your BlackBerry Passport's display with these OEM protectors — now 40% off

If you're looking to prolong the life of your BlackBerry Passport, you'll want to start with the display. With these OEM screen protectors you'll be able to prevent unwanted scratches from leaving a permanent mark as well as retain your Passport's original clarity. Available today for $8.95!

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Priv owners - Are you using the Productivity Tab?

Priv owners - Are you using the Productivity Tab?

When the Priv was announced as having a dual-curved edge display, one key question that kept on coming up was whether or not the edge would be put to use or would it just be a flashy item on the specs and features list. As it turns out, BlackBerry did find some great uses for it by way of the Productivity Tab, which appears along the screen's curved edge.

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For BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners, there is one smartwatch that can be used reasonably well with the OS - the Pebble. Using the app Talk2Watch Pro brings users a lot of functionality, and I've been very happy with my usage with it so far. I haven't yet dived in to buy the latest model - the Pebble Time Round - but if you've been eyeing it up and wondering whether it can be used with Talk2Watch Pro and BlackBerry 10, this latest update brings support for it.

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Save up to 60 percent on SanDisk memory products

Save up to 60 percent on SanDisk memory products

Amazon is currently hosting a deal that saves you up to 60 percent on select SanDisk products. Included in this deal are incredible savings on microSD cards, USB flash drives, full sized SD cards, solid-state hard drives and more.

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DTEK by BlackBerry app updated with minor bug fixes

DTEK by BlackBerry app updated with minor bug fixes

One of the core apps BlackBerry included on the Priv is DTEK by BlackBerry. DTEK automatically monitors apps and processes in real time to provide an overall security rating for your device plus, it allows you to get a visual overlook when a specific app accesses a feature on your device such as your location, or camera. Now, a new update to DTEK by BlackBerry has arrived on the Google Play Store for Priv owners.

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T-Mobile gives the gift of unlimited high-speed data at no extra charge

T-Mobile has announced Un-carrier Unwrapped, four weeks of gifts for customers, with a new offer coming each week. The first week should make existing customers happy, with T-Mobile offering unlimited LTE data at no extra cost for all of its Simple Choice plan customers.

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BlackBerry Priv now in-stock at ShopBlackBerry in the UK

If you're aiming to get your hands on a new BlackBerry Priv straight from the company itself in the UK, you're in luck. BlackBerry has announced that the smartphone is currently in stock at ShopBlackBerry in the UK, giving those who didn't pre-order another option for getting their hands on the device.

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BlackBerry Priv now available from Amazon in the U.S.

And gone again. You can still place your order but they won't be sent out until November 26, 2015, as per Amazon's ordering page.

If you live in the U.S. and you're looking for yet another place to pick up the new BlackBerry Priv, it looks like Amazon now has you covered. The online retailer is listing the unlocked BlackBerry Priv again for a price of $699, and that includes Prime shipping.

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Qualcomm details how the Snapdragon processors improve low-light photos and video

Qualcomm has detailed in a new blog post how the company is able to assist in improving low-light photos and video. Over the past year, we've seen smartphone cameras improve quickly, and behind many of the best smartphones is Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor, which actually assists in the pictures.

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With the holiday season approaching, being able to capture the perfect shot of friends and family is always important. We have seen several native applications over the years for users to adjust, tweak, and configure their images to save those precious moments or share on their social networks. Camera++ is one such popular application that allows users to exercise more control over how an image is taken. Included in its vast arsenal of tools are several modes that control how an image is taken. This includes setting the capture mode, changing the EV Offset value, ISO mode, adjusting the focus mode, etc.

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2015 Black Friday Deals

2015 Black Friday Deals

It's that mad mad time of year: holiday sales season is kicking into top gear — and that means Black Friday is coming up. It's the biggest sales day of the year, and we want you to get the very best deals. So we're rounding them all up right here!

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EE wants to help customers block intrusive adverts on smartphones

No one likes adverts, but they do help fund various services and online properties (including Mobile Nations!). While many see them as a way to support the content they enjoy, there are times when adverts can be intrusive or downright obstructive, especially on mobile. UK mobile operator EE is stepping in to lend customers a hand.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Signal

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Signal

If you missed BerryFlow live this week, you'll want to make sure you catch the audio or video replay. This week, in addition to our usual discussion surrounding the weeks BlackBerry news, we were joined by Sean Silcoff ‎Co-Author, Losing the Signal to discuss some of the history and future of BlackBerry. Also, make sure you check our contest at the bottom of this post.

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Last minute releases, last minute pull backs.

As the holiday season kicks into full gear, things are getting hectic as last minute launches flow out the door. Microsoft's long-awaited new Windows Mobile flagship finally arrived in the form of the Lumia 950, a 5.2-inch Quad HD hexa-core 20MP beast of a phone. And it's even beastlier brother, the 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL is due a week later.

While Microsoft had a successful launch, things have been a little more hinky on the Android side of things, where LG unlaunched the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, a surpise move that saw the first cellular-equipped Android Wear watch getting pulled back from retail. That said, it's been a weird story for that watch since the very beginning.

In other news, Apple Pay launched into Australia and Canada (so long as you've got an American Express account), NVIDIA announced the new Shield Tablet K1, and even T-Mobile's notoriously unfiltered CEO thinks BlackBerry is 'on a comeback'.

Looking for the perfect tech gift? Check out our 2015 holiday gift guide!

CrackBerry — BlackBerry on the rebound

As the Priv continues to make its way into customers hands, we've continued with all of our help content as well to get folks familiar with their device. Aside from that, this week we also saw BlackBerry ramp up their Priv marketing efforts, John Chen discuss what the device means to BlackBerry's future success and finally, we heard T-Mobile CEO John Legere say BlackBerry is 'on a comeback'.

Android Central — Good launches, bad launches

This week the Android world was pulled in several different directions, and there wasn't just one story stealing the show. In terms of news, we had ASUS finally launch its stick-like Chromebit computer, and NVIDIA took the wraps off of its refreshed Shield Tablet K1. Sprint (re)launched a promotion that'll cut your current phone bill in half, and announced a new "LTE Plus" network in 77 markets. Oh yeah, and LG abruptly decided to cancel the launch of the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.

As for apps, Pushbullet decided to finally start charging users (but did so with some odd phrasing), while Google made a pretty substational change to Google+ on both Android and the web.

For our own part here at Android Central, we put up three "second opinion" pieces for a fresh look at previously-reviewed devices — the BlackBerry Priv, the Nexus 5X and the Amazon Echo. And of course we had another edition of our Android History series — this time about Samsung's growth in 2012.

Read the latest entry in our epic 8-part Android History series

iMore — Apple Apple Apple

So. Much. Apple. Stuff. We've got our international Apple TV review up finally, but we've also been going hard at the iPad Pro all week. Sure, Apple threw us an Apple Watch charging dock curveball, launched Apple Pay in Canada and Australia, and the list goes on and on. So let's get to it!

Windows Central — Lumia landing

It's been two years since the last true 'high-end' Windows Phone and that all ended this week as the AT&T Microsoft Lumia 950 went on sale. Also, the bigger Lumia 950 XL and the unlocked versions go on sale next week. We reviewed the Lumia 950 in exasperating detail and while we saw a lot of good things, there are a few holes too.

Windows 10 Mobile build 10586, which is also the same version as the shipping one, also went out to Insiders this week heralding a new age of Windows Phone. Microsoft is done yet, however. More Insider builds are going to continue through 2016 as Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile continues to evolve.

Kicked — Roll it up

This week on Kicked Weekly we show you the best way to roll your cords with The Cord Roll, talk about eating bugs with the Eat Grub Bar, and look at a campaign that wants to bring back the cult classic TV show Mystery Science Theatre 3000. And unsurprisingly, Dan's sweater choice is again mocked by Kim.

For the coolest crowd funding projects you need to know about (along with a few weekly antics) be sure to subscribe to the Kicked TV YouTube Channel and follow us on social media. We're active on Twitter, Facebook and of course Instagram.

Connectedly — Chromes, switches, and good ideas gone awry

This week we took featured some in-depth reviews of a few great tech devices. The Asus Chromebit gets mixed reviews. The Philips Hue dimmer switch is easy to use. The Amazon Echo gets rave reviews. The Nextbook Ares 11 is well priced, but not ideal. We took a look at a new security camera that offers free cloud storage. Battery charging technology is improving with the HyperCharge Hub and Huawei shows that quick charging can keep pace.

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BlackBerry Password Keeper for Priv

One of the few preloaded BlackBerry Priv apps is BlackBerry Password Keeper, which allows you to keep all of your passwords, login information, and important records safe and secure and BlackBerry has now pushed the latest update for it through to Google Play.

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What enterprises and developers need to now about Priv

If you missed out on the 'what enterprises and developers need to know about Priv' webcast that took place on November 17, you can now watch the replay at your leisure. The webcast was aimed at developers and those who work for enterprise companies detailing what enterprises and developers need to know about the Priv by BlackBerry.

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There goes an update to my favorite app, again. I'm really glad we have some dedicated developers. ReadItNow! is an app that has been around for a long time and it's nice to see that it is still receiving updates which do not just bring bug fixes but also new features. This update brings a few new things as well as your usual improvements.

If you have not heard of ReadItNow! before, it is a third party Pocket client that lets you save articles for later reading. By using your Pocket account you can then go back to read it on your device through ReadItNow! or through your browser using the Pocket website. Whichever way you choose, it's great to be able to go back and catch up with articles you didn't get time to read.

What's new in v7.8?

  • NEW: completely re-written the image-scaling server!
  • NEW: renaming tags syncs now with Pocket!
  • NEW: added QBrowser Pro integration
  • NEW: showing date added in reading mode
  • IMPROVED: more fluid user interface during sync
  • IMPROVED: updating article time on archive / move to unread
  • IMPROVED: updated german translation
  • BUGFIX: monospace text-blocks in article view are now being displayed with correct font size (thanks to martinko!)

ReadItNow! is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphone and if you already own the app, updating is free. If you're interested in the app you can purchase it for $0.99. You will need to sign up for a Pocket account to be able to use the app.

Learn more / Download ReadItNow! for BlackBerry 10

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BlackBerry App Roundup for November 20, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! My, what a busy week this has been. From the latest news and apps, to all the BlackBerry Priv help and how-to guides hitting the front page, where to begin? We kicked things off with another edition of the BerryFlow Upstream Podcast, saw John Chen discuss the Priv's role in BlackBerry's future, and even painfully watched as the Priv endured a brutal durability test. Finally, don't miss out on your second chance to win a BlackBerry Priv.

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.

RelaxSoundFree by duccloud

There are countless sleep applications available in BlackBerry World, yet that doesn't bar me from having to try each and every one, especially from a familiar developer. RelaxSoundFree is from the developer behind DNote. This free and simple application offers six different sounds with a drop down timer. You can find this native application in BlackBerry World.

Learn more / Download RelaxSoundFree from BlackBerry World

Canvas Me by Shaishad Labs

For those who love to draw and doodle, there is this newly released native application. If you search the storefront high and low you are bound to come across a few sketch applications, but having options is always important as each one comes with different capabilities. CanvasMe is a simple drawing application with which to express your ideas and test your skills. Using the minimalistic interface, users can set the brush color, size, and opacity. Unencumbered by menus and toolbars, this frees up the display for whatever you wish to draw. When you are finished, simply tap on the save button. This native application is $1.99 to purchase in BlackBerry World.

Learn more / Purchase CanvasMe from BlackBerry World

Todoist: To-Do List, Task List by Doist

Now that my Priv is up and running, of course the first thing I do is search the store for a great productivity application. I've been meaning to try this one for quite some time and am glad I finally have the chance. This simple to-do and task management application is geared towards keeping you organized and being a collaborative tool for work. Whether you wish to track a project, pay a bill, collaborate with your team at work, it manages your tasks no matter where you are even if offline. Users can color-code projects, create tasks and sub-tasks, link to other third-party applications such as Google Drive and IFTTT, and use the inbox for adding and prioritizing tasks.

Todoist is free to download but in order to access premium features a yearly subscription is required. Another feature Priv owners will appreciate is that Todoist utilizes pop-up widgets. By swiping over the app icon users can choose how they wish to see their tasks (i.e. Default view, projects, labels, and filters). You can download Todoist for free from Google Play.

Learn more / Download Todoist from Google Play

Nibblers by Rovio Entertainment Ltd.

Of course the first thing I had to do was download a game from Google Play and see how the experience went. My first game was the latest from the folks over at Rovio. Rather than release a game involving physics and birds they went with a good old fashioned puzzler with their own unique spin. This bright and colorful match-3 game takes us out of the air and into the water. Your goal is to wipe out the nasty lizards that are munching on the fruit that belong to the island inhabitants. Over the course of 200 levels, you must navigate through various obstacles and levels to make sure these fish, or Nibblers, have their fruit. Players can connect to Facebook to challenge their friends, save their progress, and share special gifts.

What else can I say but that the characters are cute, gameplay is quick and smooth, and the graphics, as always with Rovio, are brilliant especially on the Priv's screen. Nibblers is free to download from Google Play.

Learn more / Download Nibblers from Google Play

CRUSH by Radiangames

There is something to be said of time wasters. From the developer behind Slydris comes another interesting puzzler. The goal may sound easy, but executing is another story. Your mission is to keep the blocks from filling the screen by removing matching colors. However, every touch made only boosts the stack higher and makes you that much closer to being crushed. Gameplay consists of three modes: Think, React, and Crush. If you are looking for a game to combine speed and strategy then it is available in the Amazon Appstore for $1.99 and free in the Amazon Underground (US, UK, Germany, and France only). Please note that not all BlackBerry 10 devices will be able to download the free version.

Learn how to install CRUSH from the Amazon Appstore

What You Might Have Missed

MediaFire - Cloud Storage and Backup by MediaFire

This week MediaFire released an official client for BlackBerry 10. This native application lets you easily upload your files and access them from multiple devices. Users can create folders to share groups of files or create galleries, securely store, organize, and share all media right from your BlackBerry at anytime. MediaFire offers several tiered subscriptions depending on the amount of storage space required, though the free version is set at 10GB. You can download this application for free from BlackBerry World.

Learn more and download MediaFire for BlackBerry 10 from BlackBerry World

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, the BlackBerry PlayBook, or even Android Apps in the Google Play store for the BlackBerry Priv. 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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