BlackBerry announces Q4 Fiscal 2015 Results

BlackBerry announces Year-End and Q4 Fiscal 2015 Results

After weeks of mixed sentiment surrounding the company from analysts, BlackBerry has now announced their Year-End and Q4 Fiscal 2015 results. Last quarter, Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen noted BlackBerry would be shifting focus to expanding their distribution and driving revenue growth and this is the first look at how well they've done in that area.

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Reebee shopping list and flyer app returns to BlackBerry World

Back when BlackBerry 10 launched, one of my favorite apps was Reebee. The app collected all the local flyers in my area and presented them in a way that was easy to read, so I could keep up with any sales that were happening through stores nearby. Eventually, Reebee stopped being updated, and I switched to Flipp, which offers a similar service though I found it to be slightly less reliable when it came to finding all available flyers.

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WhatsApp

The WhatsApp developers are at it again. If you're among those testing the WhatsApp beta releases, you're going to want to load up the BlackBerry Beta Zone app and grab the latest release. It has a massive changelog associated with it, so it's certainly going to need some testing.

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BBM Meetings

Have you been using BBM Meetings? If so, you'll want to make sure you grab the latest updates to the device and desktop apps. BlackBerry has released new versions for most of the supported platforms including BlackBerry 10, Android, Windows and Mac and all the updates contain overall performance improvements and bug fixes that will ensure meetings run smooth.

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HMV Music app updated to v2.0.0.4 to clear up some bugs

HMV Music app updated to v2.0.0.4 to clear up some bugs

Since the removal of music and movies from BlackBerry World, BlackBerry users have had to look elsewhere to get music on their devices and one option available is the HMV Music app. Truth be told, the app has been neglected for a bit as one might be able to tell from reading the reviews, but that's neither here nor there now as v2.0.0.4 has arrived and is readily available for download from BlackBerry World.

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QNX hosting webinar on applying smartphone wireless technology to connected embedded systems

QNX recently unveiled their QNX Wireless Framework, which enables rapid cellular and Wi-Fi integration and faster time to market for embedded system applications by allowing embedded systems developers to make cellular and Wi-Fi hardware changes without having to rewrite software or how apps run. On March 26th, they'll be hosting a webinar for software developers, software engineering managers, and others involved in building connected embedded systems to outline how that framework can be used.

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BlackBerry Leap

UK retailers are gearing up for the BlackBerry Leap and several have now started taking pre-orders for the latest all-touch BlackBerry smartphone. Clove and Expansys have posted up their respective pre-order pages with arrival expected 'late April' however Unlocked Mobiles has taken it one step further and posted an actual release date of April 29th.

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BlackBerry offering extended limited warranty to some Z30 owners

Are you a BlackBerry Z30 owner whose update to BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 didn't go so well? If so, you might be able to apply for an extended limited warranty from BlackBerry provided you meet the criteria. As mentioned in the BlackBerry Knowledge Base, if after updating to BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1.2243 or 10.3.1.2267, you experienced an issue wherein the screen did not power on, you can apply for an extended warranty.

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The BlackBerry Classic launches in Indonesia

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We've already seen the BlackBerry Classic roll out in several countries and today sees another added to the list. Historically a strong market for BlackBerry, Indonesia is to get the Classic - starting on 26th March, 2015 and is expected to come with a price tag of IDR 5,599,000

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Owner of Three UK will purchase O2 for £10.25 billion

Three UK owner Hutchison Whampoa has agreed to purchase O2 UK from Telefónica for £10.25 billion. Talks between Hutchison Whampoa and Telefonica began in January of this year. Now this is all but a done deal, with approval needed from British regulators, which is expected to take up to a year.

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Leaked OS 10.3.2.281 now available for most BlackBerry 10 devices

Yesterday, BlackBerry started seeding OS 10.3.2.281 to those who are a part of the BlackBerry 10.3 beta program and as always, a few hours later the files started appearing for everyone to download. First they appeared for the BlackBerry Passport, then the BlackBerry Z30 and BlackBerry Classic and now that the beta has landed in the hands of even more folks, so have the files for several other devices including the Z10 (No STL100-1) Q5, Q10. As the OS has been 'out there' and kinda 'leaked' since yesterday, there's already a full change log for it from BlackBerry plus, whatever other stuff those who already have it installed have found.

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You CascaRun users out there will want to hit up BlackBerry World today as the awesome BlackBerry 10 fitness tracking application has been updated once again, with many an enhancement, especially if you're using OS 10..3.1.

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The flashing LED has to be one of the most loved, iconic, features when it comes to using a BlackBerry. It's been around for years and I would imagine that most BlackBerry users would feel lost without it - including me.

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Most of us are not using a BBM Custom PIN

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Recently we published a poll asking CrackBerry readers if 'you use a custom BBM PIN'. As I mentioned then, we've had the ability to create our own PIN since the last update of BBM and while it's a pretty cool new addition I wasn't convinced that it was worth spending a couple of bucks a month on for the privilege.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Graphite

BerryFlow Upstream

Looking to get yourself caught up on the past week of BlackBerry news? Although it was an arguably light week for news as we head on into the earnings report, we still found plenty to discuss on BerryFlow Upstream such as the Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite, the new BlackBerry Care Protection Plan, BBM Protected, the design of the BlackBerry Leap and more. If you missed out on tuning in live, you can now catch the replay or download the audio below.

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It has only been one month since Quick Launch released and now here we have version 2 being pushed out. If you have any apps or functions you carry out multiple times a day, Quick Launch is a great tool to let you do that quickly without having to navigate to it. Simply press and hold the volume key and you have a bunch of shortcuts to hand. This latest update brings a handful of new features.

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Amazon Unlocked

According to slides obtained by TechCrunch Amazon is working on a new way to entice more downloads through the Amazon Appstore. The new program, called 'Unlocked', will apparently allow users to download paid apps and in-app purchases free of charge for various large name apps and games.

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BlackBerry Leap arrives at the FCC

BlackBerry Leap

Although BlackBerry slipped up a bit early and listed the device formerly known as the Z20, now the BlackBerry Leap, inside FCC documents for the BlackBerry Passport, the BlackBerry Leap has arrived at the FCC seeking approval. As the device is already official, the FCC documents don't reveal much of anything that isn't already known about the latest all-touch device except, perhaps, a possible approximate launch time frame for North America.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for March 20, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. This week we not only saw OS 10.3.1.2582 update files available for download and the announcement of the BlackBerry Care Protection Plan, but the introduction of the Porsche Design P'9983 graphite. In case you missed it, if you haven't had a chance be sure to listen to the BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Freak where a variety of topics are discussed including the BlackBerry Leap on Vodafone UK and the upcoming BlackBerry earnings report

Now on to the more important topic of the day. 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 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.

Smash Hit by Mediocre AB

Looking for some madness with marbles? This gem similar to those endless running games is certainly one that will turn your head. The first thing you notice is the graphics. From seeing the tiniest details on the glass objects that surround you to the first person view while playing it is a wonder to behold. Users can even adjust the graphics quality in settings. The object of the game is to travel through the different mazes and tunnels all while smashing the glass pyramids with your limited supply of marbles. Simply tap on the area of the screen to aim and shoot. For each target you smash you earn extra marbles that will come in handy as they are also used to destroy obstacles and other obstructions in your path. There are milestones to reach and power-ups to collect along the way. The visual style is impressive and there are various checkpoints to save your progress. However, the free version will not allow you to access these checkpoints. Players will have to start from the beginning each time they play. To be able to unlock this feature an in-app purchase of $1.99 is required.

How to install Smash Hit from the Amazon Appstore

Keyboard Shortcuts by Toysoft Development

With the release of OS 10.3.1, keyboard devices gained the ability to assign an action or speed dial to specific keys. As a throwback to legacy devices, it is a productive way of launching apps, composing emails, texts, and BBM's, dialing a contact, or even toggling notification modes and locking your device. Toysoft decided to take things one step further and code an application that works in conjunction with this feature and the ones already loaded. In addition to the 25 available keys you can assign, it gives you 32 additional ones. These include a bookmark manager, clipboard manager, shortcut to speak the current date, time, and temperature, system information, place a fake call, flashlight, and miscellaneous shortcuts. Keyboard Shortcuts is only available for OS 10.3.1 and is $2.99 to purchase.

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Geodesic Asteroids by Peter Musgrave

Going through the storefront I came across this arcade game to pass the time. It is a physics based game whereby the surface is played along a torus or a donut. The path your ship takes is on a curved space, not a straight line, which makes it difficult to shoot the objects around you. That is also why it allows you to play on both a 3D torus or on a 2D map view of the space. This may be a simple game but it is quite interesting in its mechanics and concept. There is a free version and a premium for $0.99 that enables bonus ships. You can download this for all touch devices only.

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Camera ZOOM FX by Androidslide

Both stores may be flooded by photo apps but that won't deter me from finding the best ones. There is nothing better than taking photos of everything and anything on your device and editing them while on the go and this one is no exception. Camera ZOOM comes with a myriad features and options to work with such as a voice-activated shooting mode, time lapse mode, and collage mode. There are also a variety of overlays and textures and a button to randomly apply them. This application gives you more control over your photos and is $2.99 to purchase.

How to install Camera ZOOM FX from the Amazon Appstore

CryptoWipe - Data disposal by CircleTech, s.r.o.

An interesting app popped up this week called CryptoWipe. As a simple file manager, it allows you to securely delete your data, with overwrite, ensuring that no physical data remains recoverable. The free version allows you to wipe any file without limitations such as size, location or type. There is also a premium version that grants another option called periodical wipe so that users can choose directories that are supposed to be wiped after a certain period of time. The application is free to download for BlackBerry 10.

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What You Might Have Missed

Kloudmix by Brandon Orr

This week saw the official release of the first native MixCloud client for BlackBerry 10. Previously available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone, it allows users to login to their account and access their favorite mixes, follow other cloudcasters, and even add their own mixes to the service. There are various features at your fingertips to access the online music service. Not only does it integrate with the systems Now Playing toast, music control shortcuts, and extended search, but it also lets you use Kloudmix as the default app for MixCloud links, share cloudcast links, and view, browse and search through cloudcasts. For those of you with a Pebble smartwatch, it even offers integration with Talk2Watch Pro. You can purchase this application for $1.99.

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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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BBM

BlackBerry is now offering its BBM Protected services to iOS and Android devices. This will allow those smartphone owners to access a more secure enterprise-based version of its BBM messaging service.

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