More BlackBerry Blend details leak - System requirements, supported OS and more!

Although we've been tracking the existence of BlackBerry Blend for what seems forever now, even before it was called BlackBerry Blend, the offering has yet to be officially announced or even commented on by BlackBerry. Given the fact it has been appearing on a larger scale in BlackBerry OS 10.3, it's highly expected it will finally be made official with the BlackBerry Passport.

A new leak showing off the software has now appeared and while some of it still appears to be based off of dummy data or demo data, it does offer the best look yet at how end users will interact with BlackBerry Blend and what you can do with it. Plus, it also offers some finer details such as the system requirements you will have to meet in order to make use of the software.

With BlackBerry Blend you can:

  • View and respond to some messages and chats from different accounts in the BlackBerry Hub.
  • Access your BBM chats, groups, and BBM Channels.
  • Access your text messages (SMS).
  • View your daily, weekly, or monthly agenda.
  • Create new calendar entries and change existing entries.
  • Copy and transfer your files between your device and computer or tablet.
  • Open a browser with a secure connection to view private information from your organization's intranet, if your device is associated with a BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.
  • Tasks that you might have previously completed using BlackBerry Desktop Software or BlackBerry Link can now be completed using BlackBerry Blend, including: Backing up and restoring device data, Switching to another device, Copying pictures, videos, and music between a computer or tablet and your BlackBerry 10 device.

From ChatBlend, to Fuse to BlackBerry Blend. It has been a long road for this software to come out but it would seem as though all the waiting is coming close to an end. Hopefully. I'm just glad I no longer look like a crazy person talking to myself while proclaiming BBM was coming to the desktop in some way. It has only taken well over a year but I'll take it.

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From the Editor's Desk: September

From the Editor's Desk: September

The month of September is finally upon us and while things might be a little bit slow this weekend due to Labor day long weekend, September is the month many of us have been looking forward to and it's going to be rather busy. As we learned back in June during the Q1 2015 Earnings Report, BlackBerry is planning to make a full announcement surrounding the BlackBerry Passport this month and we will be covering everything that goes along with it such as a full review and more!

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Order on the go with Shopping for Amazon

From the developer of Shopping for eBay, we also now have Shopping for Amazon. As the name suggests it's an app that allows you to shop around Amazon. We don't have an official Amazon app available but that's where our developer community jumps in to provide us with third party options. Of course, you can use the BlackBerry 10 browser but with an app, specifically Shopping for Amazon, you can get a few extras.

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Amazon GameCircle will be supported on the BlackBerry 10 Android Runtime

When it comes to the BlackBerry 10 Android Runtime, there's been plenty of debate about whether or not it's good enough to fill the 'app gap' on BlackBerry 10. When the Amazon Appstore deal was announced I was rather skeptical about it all because right now, on official BlackBerry 10 releases the Android Runtime still has what I consider to be a few issues of concern.

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Earlier on this week we asked the question if you would like to see a BlackBerry Passport without a physical keyboard. With the two next BlackBerry 10 smartphones that we know about sporting a hardware keyboard, whether we will see another all touch flagship model anytime soon remains up in the air.

Although the current flagship device, the BlackBerry Z30, is an all touch smartphone, BlackBerry are going back to their roots with the Passport and the Classic, although the Passport clearly has some new funky technology built into its keyboard.

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4K video recording being tested for the BlackBerry Passport

When it comes to the full specs of the BlackBerry Passport, from everything we know thus far BlackBerry loaded the device up. When it finally gets released, it will have better specs than any previous BlackBerry released. With that in mind though, it seems BlackBerry may have held back just a tiny bit for now when it comes to the video recording capabilities of the device.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for August 29, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! This weekend is a holiday here in the states so for everyone out there celebrating I bid you safe travels and to have a wonderful time. One interesting thing that happened this week is we got a look at the BlackBerry 2014 device roadmap. As a lifelong fan of Star Trek I guess you could say I find the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 (Khan) quite intriguing. So many choices I still cannot decide which one I want.

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.

Max Password Manager by Max Password Manager

Going through the storefront I came across this password application. While I firmly believe in Password Keeper to organize the passwords for all of my accounts, I decided to try this application. For me, it is always good to have options and this one offers functionality beyond that of the BlackBerry 10 one. As with the native version, your passwords are password protected and encrypted. However, with this version you are able to insert your own customized fields and categorize your records. For instance, it offers templates tailored specifically for your information including bank accounts, credit cards, and car information and allows you to mark certain accounts as favorites for quick access. Additional features include auto lock interval, clear clipboard, erase data, and field password lock. Max Password Manager is available for $2.99.

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PDF Creator by Ajani InfoTech Private Limited

This application allows you to take pictures with your camera, or pull existing images from your library, and convert them into Adobe PDF files. By using your camera you can scan and digitize various documents in your possession such as receipts (for business expense purposes), invoices, notes, business cards, or any other document you wish to scan. Using the application you can reorder the images, create multiple pages, and save to your SD card or device to share. PDF Creator is $0.99 to purchase for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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Caustic 3 by Single Cell Software

This next application was suggested by one of our readers. It is a music creation application (synth and music app) that is available on iOS and Android but the developer worked hard to bring the updated version to the BlackBerry 10 platform. Users can create their own rack by adding up to 14 machines from your choice of subsynth, beatbox, padsynth, 8bitsynth, modular, organ, vocoder, FMSynth, and Dx-style-3-operator fm synthesizer. Whether you are a beginner or advanced this production application is perfect for musicians of all levels. You can put your ideas down on the go with your device even if you do not have access to an instrument. Caustic supports all uncompressed WAV files (8-16-24-32bit, any sampling rate) and songs can be expoerted to WAV, Ogg or MIDI. You can purchase this for BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry PlayBook for $9.99.

More information/Purchase Caustic 3

Bamboo Paper by Wacom

Bamboo Paper turns your device into a notebook to help you capture and save your thoughts, ideas, or whatever else you might wish to write down and save. As part of its feature set, users may change the cover color, paper type, insert pages, adjust the type of pen and ink color, insert an image, or become your own personal sketchbook when the occasion serves. The interface is easy to use and simple in that there are complicated menus to go through. All of the tools you need are right there in front of you as the main screen is straightforward. The application is free to download from the Amazon Appstore and works best on all touch devices.

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Ancient Continent by YuchGame

Our final selection this week is one piqued my interest because of the quality of the gaming experience for an adventure game. The goal is to resolve the crisis in the kingdom of the Ancient Continent using strategy and role-playing. There are 27 levels with three varying difficulty modes, over 12 different guard heroes with different skills for you to choose from, hundreds of different items and gems to use, and different modes with which you can compete. Whether you are on a keyboard device or all-touch this is an exciting game to play. It offers smooth and intricately designed 3D graphics that are quite impressive even on the smaller screen of my Q10. While it will take some time to master the game, it is enjoyable and challenging. You can download this game for free for BlackBerry 10.

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What You Might Have Missed

Fish Out Of Water! by Halfbrick Studios Pty Ltd

As always, our own James Richardson never fails to bring us some fantastic games for our BlackBerry devices. This past week was no different with Fish Out of Water. No matter which device you own, Fish Out of Water works flawlessly when downloaded from the Amazon Appstore. This action packed game from the developers behind Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride certainly is a great choice. The purpose of the game is that you are given three rounds with which to propel different fish. You are judged by how far they travel and how many skips you've totaled. It is not a difficult game yet it all depends on the angle at which you throw the fish. Each of the fish behaves differently and has their own specific characteristics that either improves your score or not so you should learn how to throw them properly. It's fun, free, and addicting so you should try it today.

Download Fish Out Of Water from the Amazon Appstore

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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BlackBerry Beta Zone updated with fixes for OS 10.3

A small update to the BlackBerry Beta Zone app has now started appearing on devices. According to the change log, it should fix some issues anyone running BlackBerry OS 10.3 was having with surveys. It also has some broader changes for everyone pertaining to how discussion boards within the app are laid out so, even if you're not on 10.3 you should still update the app.

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AT&T

AT&T has announced a new promotion, offering a $100 bill credit to customers when they activate a live with a smartphone on AT&T Next. The offer has been run before, and is extended to both new and current customers. The promotion runs through September 30, 2014.

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Buddies

Yesterday we saw the Disney Princess and Play sticker packs show up in the BBM Shop and today we get another and this a free one. BBM Buddies is from BlackBerry themselves and is a selection of ten stickers that incorporate your favorite BBM Buddies.

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Instant is now available to download from Blackberry World and is the perfect way to keep an eye on how much time you are spending on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

I seem to remember that a few years back we had a similar app for legacy devices and I used to check it every day to see how my addiction was going. Instant now makes that possible and although it's basic and straightforward, it's a handy app to have.

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Best accessories for Back to School

There are going to be lots of things to pick up when going back to school and your phone will most likely be one of the important things by your side so you're going to need some useful accessories to go with it. We've already looked at a handful of useful BlackBerry 10 apps which you should check out if you haven't already. There are loads of accessories to choose from so we've picked out some to aid you through the year.

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At this point, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 is far from a secret. Its been spotted all over the place and has even appeared in several up close images already but the list of specs for the device has always been kept to the rather obvious stuff such as the display, processor and RAM.

A new spec sheet has now appeared along with another batch of images that claims to list the full specs of the device for everyone to judge. It doesn't confirm anything that wasn't already assumed anyway but if you fall into that 'Prestige' buyer category it's worth a look.

The Porsche Design devices have their fans, so let us know what you all think. I'm holding out for some real images, those have yet to appear and as we all know, devices tend to look different from their press renders.

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New BBM Stickers: Disney Princess Collection and Play

A new batch of BBM Stickers have arrived and this time around, we get Disney Princess Collection and a new Play pack by Alex Stsiazhyn. With the princess pack, you get Snow White, Ariel, Belle Pocahontas, Jasmine and more for the typical $1.99.

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Miss the BlackBerry 10 and ActiveSync webinar? Watch the replay

Did you miss out on the BlackBerry 10 and ActiveSync webinar? If so, you can now catch the replay. The webinar is aimed at those using BES10 (BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10) and would like to know more about ActiveSync and how BlackBerry 10 uses it but anyone can tune in and come away with learning something.

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Cast for BlackBerry 10 updated with improved UI and better media controls

If you've using Cast for BlackBerry 10 alongside your Chromecast, you'll want to make sure you're on the latest version. The app has a new update showing in BlackBerry World and although the change log is short, it has some overall improvements to make the app experience better.

The UI has seen some minor updates and some more polish to make it look even better and on top of that, the media controls have been improved to be more responsive. If you've got a Chromecast and haven't yet checked out Cast for BlackBerry 10, give it a look on BlackBerry World.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Leather Holster for Q10

The BlackBerry Leather Holster is hand-crafted in genuine leather and has a soft inner lining for added protection. It also integrates power saving technology to help extend battery life. A durable 360 degree rotating belt clip and secure magnetic flap closure allows for quick and easy access. Available today for 68% off!

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The popular all-in-one utility application Power Tools received another update this week. This latest version brings with it new features, enhancements, improvements, as well as capabilities for OS 10.3 such as call blocking and a theme screen.

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