It's nice to see developers working hard on their apps, to constantly improve them for users. One such developer has been busy lately - Sven Ziegler. We've seen his third party Pocket client - ReadItNow! - see an update almost every month in the past few months and he just keeps going. Today, he has released another update which brings more new features and tweaks.

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Back to school apps to keep you on your 'A' game

For students, it's that time of year again - time to hit the books and get studying. As usual we have a round up of apps to help you along your way, to help increase productivity, keep you on track with your schedule or take notes. I'm continuing my studies this year and these are some of the apps that are a staple on my BlackBerry smartphone that keep me on track throughout the year.

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Seidio CONVERT Holster Combo with Holster

Throughout the years I have owned a plethora of cases. Some were thin and light, others were thick and bulky, and many fell somewhere in-between. One case that caught my eye was the Seidio CONVERT Case Holster Combo. Designed to accommodate whatever you throw at it, the design is geared towards a person's various needs. How you may ask? It is actually two cases in one, or rather what I like to call the SURFACE case on steroids, to provide the ultimate protection for your BlackBerry Classic.

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For anyone using sports tracker apps, CascaRun Pro has always been a popular choice due to it being native and simple to use. It became my go to sports tracker app in recent months. And today, we see an update that brings a nice bunch of new features as well as your usual bug fixes and improvements. One of the newest features added is an audio coach that includes goals and speeds and I'm looking forward to try this out on my next run.

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Cut-The-Rope-Time-Travel-App

As the post title suggest, Amazon have offered Cut the Rope: Time Travel for free before. That was back in April this year, so if you missed the opportunity to download it then, you may want to take a look now?

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BlackBerry offers a look at recent BBM growth

Since joining BlackBerry back in May of 2014, Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, has been in charge of the monetization and growth of BBM for BlackBerry. Every few months he heads to the Inside BlackBerry blog to offer some updates on how things are working out in the BBM department and in his most recent post, he notes July was one of the strongest months on record for BBM growth thanks to recent updates for Android, summer holidays, and strong word-of-mouth.

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Sprint Direct 2 You

Sprint's recently launched phone delivery and set up service, Direct 2 You, has expanded to several new cities in the US, including Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Antonio and Seattle. Ths newest expansion brings the service to 20 major metropolitan areas in the US.

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As with many online services, BlackBerry 10 users need to rely on native developers to bring third party apps to the platform and they do a pretty good job with them too. If you're a Flickr user, you'll know there is no native option. Last year (2014) we reviewed an app that allows you to upload photos to your account. The app hasn't seen much update activity since then but it has seen an update recently that brings a couple of new features.

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Inst10-Passport-update

Over the weekend another update rolled out for Inst10, the third party BlackBerry 10 Instagram app, which users will want to download as it now uses the latest Instagram API. This will resolve any errors that the previous version was throwing your way.

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Passport-Silver-Edition

For you folk in the Middle East that have been waiting to pick up the beautiful BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, the wait is very nearly over.

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My-E-Passport-Hero

Unless you're in the UK this won't be of interest, so feel free to move on. But if you're on either the Orange or T-Mobile network I think this one will be right up your street. EE have released a specific app for Orange and T-Mobile users which is slightly different from the already existing 'EE' one in BlackBerry World. Confused? I'll explain.....

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition captured on video running Android

Before the weekend kicked off, the folks over at 4GNews posted up some images of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android Lollipop but what most folks missed was that the images were taken from a video. Rather then posting just those images, we decided to wait and see if the video would pop up and sure enough, it has now appeared. The device appears to be the same device that leaked out earlier but this time around, we get a good look of it in action running through some of the settings as well as the Google Play Store.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Venice

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Venice

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live? If so, you can now watch the video or download the audio for playback. This week, it's all about the BlackBerry Venice slider as there have been quite a few leaks, rumors and a TON of speculation surrounding the still unofficial device. Needless to say, we all get pretty fired up over this one.

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Latest BlackBerry 'Venice' slider leak shows off BlackBerry Productivity Suite

When BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry Experience Suite back in March at Mobile World Congress for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, the packages were broken up into three different sections, BlackBerry Productivity Suite, BlackBerry Communication Suite and BlackBerry Security Suite, with each package offering something special to other platforms. To go along with all other the BlackBerry 'Venice' slider leaks, @evleaks has now posted up a GIF of what appears to be a demo of the BlackBerry Productivity Suite running on the Venice slider.

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It's been a great week in mobile tech, and this is your look back at it all!

Last week saw the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and this week saw Android Central's definitive review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and as you might expect, it's a great device for the Android crowd. But the more interesting Android news came out of the CrackBerry camp, with new renders that all but confirm that BlackBerry's upcoming Venice slider will run Android — in the same week as the BlackBerry 10-powered Passport Silver Edition saw its own review. It's a mad mad world.

On the other side of things, iMore released the comprehensive guide to Apple Music. And as Windows 10 hits millions more PCs around the globe, Microsoft unleashed a new preview build of upcoming improvements on the world and a Slack beta for Windows Phone finally got a wide release.

There's all that and more in this edition of Mobile Nations Weekly!

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CrackBerry — Venice (and Android) cometh

Another week and another batch of BlackBerry 'Venice' slider leaks have sprung. This week, we got a look at some new renders that show off some pretty clear hints we'll see an Android version, plus a sneak peek at the keyboard it'll arrive with. Finally, we take a mini-review look at the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition.

Android Central — Galaxy Notes of Note

We're getting into the silly season now, where the news comes hot and heavy, the fall devices are waiting in the wings, and a major new release of the Android operating system looms on the horizon. In the form of, erm, a fluffy tasty treat. Here's what you missed in the past week of Android:

iMore — All Apple Music, all the time

It's the calm before the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus storm, coming our way September 9. And, oh yeah, there's that whole iPad Pro thing in the wings as well… While we wait, we've shipped iMore's first eBook, all on Apple Music and available on both iBooks and Kindle.

Windows Central — Windows 10 rolls forward

In the late weeks of August, things are slowing down a bit as Windows 10 lands on more computers. The latest reports suggest that the new OS is on more than 50 million computers already. Even more interesting is that the Insider program saw a new release of the OS for members of the Fast Ring. Build 10525 brought with it a new memory management model and the ability to add color to Title bars for apps. That memory management change also revealed that Google was playing fast and loose with Microsoft's 64-bit API breaking Chrome.

A new rumor that backs up our sourcing suggests that Microsoft is holding a massive launch event in October. The new Surface Pro 4, two new flagship Windows Phones, Microsoft Band 2 and maybe even something Xbox related are all on tap. Combined with the flagship NYC store opening and Windows 10 'wave 2' and October is going to be a very exciting month for Microsoft.

Finally, Slack released their beta app for Windows Phone and so far, it is looking very promising.

Kicked

This week on Kicked we look at a portable kitchen, along with an artificial intelligence device, a high-tech dog collar, and more! Plus, Drew and Kim are left puzzled by Patrick's encounter with a dog.

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Connectedly

This week on all things connected we took a look at the Coolest Cooler, a state of the art cooler packed with a ton of technology. A tether quadcopter that can take drone-like aerial shots while controlled from a leash. We saw announcements of the OnHub Google router, Samsung Gear S2, an improved Samsung Smarthings Hub, and 2nd generation Tile trackers. We also show you the best Bluetooth Earbuds money can buy and break down the best Crowdfunded projects of the week. Lastly on the mobile front we check if the OnePlus 2 really is the flagship killer it claims to be, and if the upcoming iPhone 6S suffers from gate bend.

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition review!

Let me preface this by saying I never really intended on giving the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition a full blown review. From the onset, I pretty much considered the device 'just another version of the Passport' and overall I feel I was right in that assumption. It is just another version of the BlackBerry Passport, but it just so happens that it's the nicest version of the BlackBerry Passport available to date.

With that in mind, it's certainly worthy of a closer look, even if the majority of the changes are cosmetic rather than internal. I'm not going to cover every single aspect here like I would in the review of a a brand new device. Instead let's just take a nice overview of some of the changes that I think are most important to those who may already be Passport owners trying to decide if they want the Silver Edition or, the more likely scenario, those who already know all there is to know about the Passport but haven't pulled the trigger on purchasing one. If you're looking for a massive run down I fully suggest our original BlackBerry Passport review instead.

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BlackBerry Blend, BES12 Cloud and WatchDox finalists for CTIA Super Mobility 2015 Awards

The CTIA Super Mobility 2015 Awards are just around the corner and will be presented at the Super Mobility 2015 conference to be held Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas. This year, BlackBerry has three products from their enterprise portfolio in the running as finalists and you can help them win with your votes.

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BlackBerry App Roundup August 21, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has just flown by here and I cannot believe the summer is almost over. Where has the time gone? The buzz this week was all about the BlackBerry 'Venice' Slider, the leaked render, and how it could arrive on all four national US carriers in November. Until it's officially announced, though, we will have to wait and see what happens. I still have my Torch 9800 so would love to add this slider to my every growing collection of devices.

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.

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CrackBerry stuff!

Ever wanted to own some CrackBerry paraphernalia of your own? Here is your chance! There may be a t-shirt, there may be stickers, there may be a coffee mug, pens, sticky notes or any manner of great CrackBerry (and maybe BlackBerry!) stuff crammed into a box and sent to your door. We've got a big pile of CrackBerry goodies, and the best thing to do when you have a pile of cool stuff is to share some of it.

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BES12 Cloud updates expand support for Multi-OS deployments

Back in March, BlackBerry opened the doors to BES12 Cloud for all enterprises as well as small and medium-sized organizations who wished to sign up for the services and today, they've announced some updates to the cloud offerings that bring expanded multi-OS capabilities to support customers looking to manage mobile devices across a range of deployment models, from BYOD to COPE.

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