BlackBerry 10.2 - The world's best mobile OS!

This is the kind of news I like to see just in time to kick off the weekend. Over in India it seems that good old BlackBerry 10 has been put through its paces along with it's competition from iOS, Android and Windows Phone and has come out on top!

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100 copies of QuickPost up for grabs!

One of the first apps I download to my BlackBerry 10 device is QuickPost. A great social media app. It allows you to type out a message you want to share once, then pushes it out to different social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, even BBM Channels. For those that use Blaq, you'll find QuickPost pushes there too. What I love about QuickPost is that it integrates with the accounts so you don't need to login to your social media accounts within the app once you have already done so.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry L-S1 1800mAh Battery for Z10

You can't always recharge your BlackBerry Z10 when you'd like to, but with an extra OEM L-S1 1800mAh battery on hand you can talk, type and work as long as you need to. Keep it in your briefcase or purse and stay connected, powered up and ready to get the job done. Get yours today for just $12.95!

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Fish Out Of Water

Fish Out Of Water is another Android game that I recently discovered works perfectly well on BlackBerry 10. I downloaded this one for free from the Amazon Appstore and if you don't yet have that on your device be sure to hit up the link at the base of this post for instructions.

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BlackBerry PlayBok

For many of us the BlackBerry PlayBook is a thing of the past. Sure, I still have mine, but I'll be honest and say that these days I very rarely switch it on. The PlayBook itself is still, in my eyes, a great tablet - it's just with no ongoing support from BlackBerry it is I'm afraid a dying breed.

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BBM Stickers

Just a quick heads up for you BBM sticker lovers. You'll want to hit up your BBM Shop this morning as we have two new offerings for sale. First up is a Travel pack which comes to us from BlackBerry themselves. Here we have some familiar icons in sticker form for you to share with your buddies.

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Newer BlackBerry Blend retail demo video found in OS 10.3.0.1052

We've seen a couple BlackBerry Blend retail demo videos since the app started appearing long ago but another one has now been dug out of OS 10.3.0.1052. In fact, everything about that OS is technically Blend ready right down to the desktop component actually launching on Windows and Mac but it's still locked out because it doesn't fully download. No matter though, at least we have a new video to watch.

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BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 shows off its front and backside

While the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 makes its way through some certification processes, the latest BlackBerry 10.3 OS has given up just a few more goodies about the device as well. Previously we saw what can only be referred to as placeholder images in the OS but now that the device has progressed a bit more, there's now official renders taking those spots. Of course, it's hard to say how pleasing to the eye the device will be simply based off of what we see here, but the device is apparently moving along so I'm sure we'll see the full monty soon enough.

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Vote for BlackBerry products and services eligible for the upcoming CTIA Awards

Everyone likes to take part in those smartphone challenges we see on sites right? Well, now's the time to add even more voting power and let the CTIA know what BlackBerry products and services you think deserve recognition. Each year, the CTIA hands out awards for those in the wireless industry and each category has a "Best Online Pick" section and voting is now open and BlackBerry has several spots.

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Hands-on with BlackBerry Assistant

Hands-on with BlackBerry Assistant

As most CrackBerry readers know by now, BlackBerry has introduced their BlackBerry Assistant app and a lot of folks are looking forward to actually using it. That said, aside from some early demos of it the app itself has never really been shown off, even in some of the BlackBerry Passport leaks. So with BlackBerry OS 10.3.0.1052 having now popped up and offering a mostly function version of the app, we decided to take a look at it as many have been asking to see it in action.

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Typo for iPhone

The Bluetooth-enabled keyboard case for iPhone back by Ryan Seacrest, Typo, continues to earn the legal ire of BlackBerry as they're still on sale. Apparently 11,000 Typos have been sold at $100 a pop, causing BlackBerry to issue another request for a sales injunction from California federal judge William Orrick. The sale of Typo keyboards violates an earlier court order barring their distribution. The letter to the judge apparently calls the move "brazen and blatant."

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.0.1052 autoloaders now available

If you fancy living on the edge and don't mind running some autoloaders on your device, you can get a pretty recent build of BlackBerry OS 10.3 loaded up right now. It's not official in any way, so the usual 'leak' disclaimer is in effect. You mess your device up, it's entirely on you for doing so.

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It's been a while since we've seen an update to Facebook for BlackBerry 10. If you have been waiting for one, then you're in luck, if you have a Beta Zone, that is. It's not a big update but it does bring some new features to the mix. Like an Active Frame showing top stories. Definitely nicer to look at if you use Active Frames.

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John Chen listed as one of Canada's top 50 most powerful business people

John Chen wasn't exactly an unknown before he accepted position as CEO at BlackBerry but since joining the company he's been tossed into the spotlight even further and has people paying attention to BlackBerry and what he might be doing next. Over at Canadian Business, they've now released their 'Canada's 50 Most Powerful Business People' list and perhaps, it's no surprise John Chen is in the top 10 coming in at 8.

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sprint

Sprint's not leaving the single-line users out of the party — they're offering a new $60/month unlimited talk, text, and data plan. There's just one catch: You have to bring your own device, pay for one up front, or sign up for Sprint's Easy Pay monthly payments and upgrade plan. That said, if you're a Sprint customer (or are considering being one), that's still some substantial potential savings you're looking at.

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QBracelet

There's something to be said for convenience and fashion in one, though we might have to question just how convenient the battery-as-a-bracelet QBracelet really is. The band splits in the middle, with a hinge on one side and your choice of a microUSB plug or Apple Lightning connector on the other. Simply pop it off your wrist and plug into the charge port on your phone to juice up. But how much juice are you looking at? Not enough, especially not for the $99 asking price. It's not a smartwatch — it's just a battery, for your wrist.

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile is going after the customers of its three biggest rivals once again today, offering a free year of unlimited LTE data on their service if a T-Mobile Simple Choice customer gets a Sprint, Verizon Wireless or AT&T customer to switch to the "Un-carrier".

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BlackBerry L Concept

With all eyes being on the BlackBerry Passport recently it's been a while since we've featured a BlackBerry 10 concept. Jumping into our dedicated forums section I found the above images that have put together by AndrewZhilin and although he has done some great design work I'm not so sure I can see BlackBerry making this one.

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Today, BlackBerry and CMR have released a report entitled India Enterprise Mobility. It looks how enterprise mobility and BYOD in India and finds that 71% of organizations have a mobility policy in place or are in the process of creating one. This means that these companies will be looking for MDM solutions and BlackBerry would be looking to offer their products and services.

Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India says:

"As the perenial Gold Standard in enterprise mobility solutions, BlackBerry is constantly looking at new opportunities and avenues to further strengthen our enterprise offerings and address the growing complexities and risks of mobile communication."

The report also finds that two-thirds of the organizations use BlackBerry smartphones and they have a strong and loyal user base. Hopefully, we can see more of these organizations sign up for BlackBerry's solutions for enterprise MDM.

Press Release

Mobility -- A Top Priority for Most Indian Organizations: BlackBerry-CMR 'India Enterprise Mobility' Report

71% of organizations have a mobility policy while only 42% have a BYOD policy

New Delhi, India – To map out the latest enterprise mobility trends in India, BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) and CMR today announced the findings of the first-of-its-kind survey report titled 'India Enterprise Mobility'. The report highlights that enterprise mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) have gone beyond discussion forums as mobility emerges as a top priority for most organizations. Indicating this shift, BlackBerry-CMR survey finds that 71% of the organisations surveyed either have a mobility policy or are currently in the process of drafting one. Selecting the right platform and developing an enterprise-wide mobility strategy emerged as key challenges for implementing a mobility solution. Telecom expense management, packaged apps for mobile collaboration and MDM – spell out MDM in first reference solutions Key Highlights: • Data security and control of devices emerged as the key requirements for implementing a mobility solution • Business Agility as a competitive advantage and increased productivity of mobile workers identified as key drivers for mobility • A mobility solution vendor is employed in around one in every four organizations • Mobility budget of around half of the organisations is within Rs.50 lakh for the next 12 months • BlackBerry is being used in two-third of smartphones in enterprise space and has a strong base of loyal customers in the enterprise mobility • 69% of the organisations rely upon third party vendors for managing BYOD • Nearly 50% of the organizations have an MDM solution; IT/ITeS, Retail and Telecom identified as the early adopters featured in the three key areas of investment in enterprise mobility for India.

The report analyzes the continuous growth and evolution of the mobility market, driven primarily by the requirements of consumers rather than enterprise buyers. However, with BYOD initiatives, both the worlds are coming together. Though BYOD is a prevalent trend across sectors, only 42% of the organizations surveyed have a BYOD policy in place with the IT/ITeS vertical leading the pack, followed by BFSI & Telecom, and Media & Entertainment. Across all sectors, data protection followed by device security emerged as the biggest concerns while implementing BYOD policy.

Apalak Ghosh, Lead Analyst, Emerging Technologies, CMR said, "The era of mobile enterprise has arrived. An entire ecosystem needs to be developed to support enterprise mobility. Design, development, deployment and maintenance of devices and applications will assume critical importance in this process. The report presents exciting opportunities for enterprise mobility vendors and attempts to provide a direction to enterprises to align their mobile policy to address the new requirements."

"As the perenial Gold Standard in enterprise mobility solutions, BlackBerry is constantly looking at new opportunities and avenues to further strengthen our enterprise offerings and address the growing complexities and risks of mobile communication. We believe this report will highlight the disruption taking place in communication across enterprises as it offers compelling insights as well as a future roadmap for the industry at large. Mobility as an enabler for enterprises has become a business imperative and BlackBerry is uniquely positioned to offer end-to-end mobility solutions," said Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India.

Additional highlights from the report: BYOD · More than 20% of employees use their personal devices to access work related information on a regular basis in around one-third of organizations

· Top usage refers to email, specific app & calendaring when it comes to company information access

· BYOD policy adoption is at a fairly nascent stage. Of the organisations which have adopted, 25% created in last 6 months and 60% in last one year; Even the highly regulated BFSI has seen traction in the last 6 months

· Back-up, restore and protection of personal data figures high on policy priority

· Social media sites are at the top of the restricted list

· Lost devices, maintenance and procurement and security of enterprise data on employee mobile devices are the key concerns with BYOD implementation

· Security, policy compliance and ability to support multiple mobile platforms are the top three factors taken into consideration by organisations while implementing BYOD

· More than three-fourth of the organizations surveyed remain sceptical about benefits outweighing the risks for BYOD

· More than half of the organisations are aware of the more flexible and evolved version of BYOD policy like COPE (Corporate Owned Personally Enabled); highest awareness levels in IT/ITeS and Telecom sectors

MDM, Apps & Cloud · Security compliance and back-up & restore emerged as the top priorities for MDM

· Email, Sales Force Automation and Social networking for collaboration emerged as the top three enterprise application used

· One in every eight organisations explores customised enterprise apps for their mobile workforce. Manufacturing and BFSI lead this space.

· Around 50% of the organizations are considering a move to cloud for their mobility requirements, especially in Telecom, Media and Entertainment followed by Healthcare vertical

About BlackBerry A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

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Have some fun, colorful gaming with Jelly Cats

I like games that I can just pick up and play. Sometimes I'll go for games that I can get myself immersed into or I'll go for a good puzzle game but for the most part, gaming on my BlackBerry device means something fun to play while travelling or when I want to kill some time. While browsing BlackBerry World I spotted Jelly Cats and since I love cats I thought I'd give it a download and check it out.

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