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Hugely popular weather app for BlackBerry 10 (as well as on legacy devices), BeWeather 10 Pro has just seen an update bringing it to version 2.0. The changelog is quite a nice long list, showing the developer working hard to bring updates to the app. There are some additions as well as updates in this latest version, including a re-designed Active Frame and up to the minute rain forecasts for some regions.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Micro-USB Travel Charger

For today only, purchase the BlackBerry Micro-USB Travel Charger and save 77% off the list price!

The smallest and most compact charger for your BlackBerry smartphone, this folding blade charger is made for maximum portability. Use it at home, or take it with you to the office, to the airport or anywhere! The 3ft. cable provides plenty of length to reach around most obstables and reliably delivers constant current and voltage to your device.

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ProntoForms for BlackBerry 10

ProntoForms has announced that their forms management solution is launching for BlackBerry 10, allowing mobile workers to track signatures, capture images, and scan barcodes. There’s a great promotion going as a part of the launch where if users buy five BlackBerry 10 devices from AT&T, they’ll get two more devices and two annual ProntoForms subscriptions for free. This promo will be running through until the end of June.

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BlackBerry devices

Despite financial struggles, BlackBerry remains Canada’s top-earning information communication technology (ICT) companies, beating out all three major wireless carriers, and other big players like OpenText. Canada’s ICT sector as a whole has seen 2.4% growth year over year to $8.5 billion in revenues according to the tally made by Branham Group. Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia are the most active provinces in this sector, accounting for 86% of total revenue. The rest of the study dives into individual subsections of the ICT industry in Canada, and features quite a few tech companies locals will recognize.

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Contact sharing made easy with YOUnify

When it comes to sharing your contact information, a couple of ways in which this is accomplished on BlackBerry 10 is by sending a contact vCard or using NFC to transfer information. However, if you are a few BlackBerry employees you decide to create your own peer-to-peer application that not only replaces the physical business card but makes this process absolutely seamless using NFC and QRCodes.

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Contest winner: a BlackBerry car kit from ShopCrackBerry!

The results are in! We have the winner from our most recent contest. This week we have a car kit for our winner, courtesy of ShopCrackBerry. (Don't forget we still have our Easter Sale going on right now, where you can use code HOP14 to save 20% off your purchase in any of the Mobile Nations Stores.) Now, let's see whose name the bunny pulled from the hat!

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Accessory Roundup - Leave a comment and you could win a new Bluetooth speaker for your BlackBerry!

Another one of my go-to accessories for summer is a solid Bluetooth speaker. I love my Sonos when I'm indoors, but when I head out to the patio I don't have anything wired up, so I bring along my BlackBerry and a speaker to spread the tunes. There are plenty available — from the ever-portable BlackBerry Mini Speaker to the pumped-up sound of the SuperTooth Disco Bluetooth Stereo Speaker. No matter what your pleasure, we've got one to suit your music listening needs.

Check out all of our great Bluetooth speakers and keep reading for your chance to win!

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CrackBerry Asks: Are you using BBM stickers?

CrackBerry Asks: Are you using BBM stickers?

I have been loving the new stickers in BBM lately. I may or may not be more annoying than normal with my messages, but I actually love throwing stickers in my conversations — even more so than just using emoticons. They add a new level to BBM and are a welcome addition in my book. I didn't think that I'd be a big fan, but I think they're a fun way to add some flair to messages.

On the flip side though, I do think that there is still some work to be done. There's still a few things that need to be addressed to keep BBM and stickers up to par with the other big IM services.

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Pinch to Zoom, filter as-you-type, quick inserts and more with the latest update to Noted

It has been a while since we've heard from Carterbits, the developer behind the popular notepad/text editor app Noted. He has been hard at work integrating bug fixes, enhancements, and more into the application. For those of you not already familiar with its capabilities, it is a simple application similar to the memo pad back on legacy devices that helps you keep track of your notes and to-do's all in one convenient place.

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Deal of the Day: CrackBerry Leather Holster for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, purchase the CrackBerry Leather Holster for BlackBerry Z10 and save over 50% off the list price!

The stylish CrackBerry branded Leather Holster is made of a fine, durable leather that features a fixed belt clip on the back to secure to your waist, pocket or purse. This leather case gives you and your BlackBerry device a sleek, professional look while keeping it safe from drops and scratches at the same time.

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Canada Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Battery Charger Bundle for Q10

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BlackBerry Classic targeted for November release

BlackBerry Classic targeted for November release

Although the BlackBerry Classic has already been officially announced by BlackBerry, the device never really was unveiled so to speak nor did BlackBerry really put a timeline on its release outside of saying 'The new smartphone will be available in the second half of 2014.' A recent interview between BlackBerry CEO John Chen and USA Today finally lays a little bit more of an official timeline on it for those who've been wondering.

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As the well-known saying goes, “A journey of a 1000 lines of code starts with a single import statement”… Oh, wait that’s not a saying at all is it? Well here's something that is well known for many new developers, it is often difficult to figure out how to get started. And the second biggest challenge is what to do next after getting started. The first is a relatively easy question to answer and for the second, while there is no single correct answer there are definitely better paths to choose than others.

So, here I hope to dig back into previous Weekend Coder posts and put them into an order that should help new developers progress through Cascades.

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The BlackBerry University Power Tour once again visiting UAE

If you live in the UAE, and are looking to learn more about BlackBerry then you'll be pleased to know the company is once again 14 different universities across the UAE, giving students a chance to get up close and personal with the latest technology and products from BlackBerry.

As something that started in 2012, BlackBerry has seen great success with the tour and this time around they'll be bringing along a familiar face with them. J_Caloy will be visiting Academic City and the American College of Dubai between on Sunday April 20th and Thursday April 24th.

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BlackBerry preparing BES10 Cloud launch, sign up links have now gone live

If you've been waiting to hear more about BES10 Cloud, it's looking like we should get an official announcement soon. The BES10 Cloud sign up page has gone live whether it was intended to or not and as right now, folks can sign up for the services and even get essentially a free trial until March 2015. Not sure what BES10 Cloud is? Well, we've got some the highlights below for you.

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App Permissions

Since Android applications have been readily available to download onto BlackBerry 10.2.1 devices one of the main complaints I see in the comments is that we have no control over app permissions. Many Android apps will automatically have access to areas of your device including your media content and that's just for starters. As BlackBerry users we like our security!

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BlackBerry App Roundup for April 18, 2014

Howdy all, it's time once again for the weekly App Roundup. Now I spent my time wisely this week rustling up some new, cool, and helpful applications for all you BlackBerry addicts to try. Be sure to check them out by clicking through the gallery below and remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.

Tally Counter Pro by Loris Knobel

First up this week is an app that showed up in my mailbox. Whether it is to count inventory, customers, laps, scores or anything else that is countable this simple app lets you do so with ease. You can set the counter to a specific number, set a target number, count up or down, or set the increase value all from the main screen. As I have been doing some spring cleaning around the apartment this app, having a counter does have its advantages. This app supports BlackBerry 10 and is $.99 to purchase.

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Quick Money by QuickSoft

This week a new, native option popped up to help keep track of your personal finances and cash flow. It is a full-featured application with a simple, yet effective interface that combines several features into one to help manage your budget quickly and easily. It includes an expense tracker, a budget planner, a checkbook manager, and bills reminder (though it does not integrate into the calendar). Included is the ability to add multiple accounts, monitor balances, auto fill transactions, set recurring transactions, password protection, customize currencies, and backup to SD card. The most important of all of these features is that you can graph reports of expenses by category, payee and by month or year. For $.99, it certainly doesn't hurt to give this a try on BlackBerry 10. In order to function properly it asks for access to Shared Files (save your transactions) and Connect to BBM.

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Retro Rogue by Martin Cietwierkowski

As someone who grew up with the Legend of Zelda on Nintendo I came across this retro game in the forums. Developed during a BlackBerry employee hackathon I have to say this is a great turn-based role playing game. Your goal is to descend into the depths of the perilous dungeon to confront the evil villain. Rounding out this game are the old-style graphics, over 80 monsters, 200 plus rare and powerful items, and randomly generated content. You can’t go wrong with this simple time killer for $.99. It supports the BlackBerry PlayBook and all BlackBerry 10 handsets.

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Movie Library for BlackBerry 10 by Saper-ek.

If there is one thing my family always tried to do, it was to keep track of their ever expanding movie library. From VHS cassettes and DVD to Blu-Ray and digital our collection was not easy to manage especially when trying to avoid duplication. This application keeps track of your movie library and provides detailed information pulled from themoviedb.org. Not only can you keep track of your existing collection and your wish list but you can view movies’ and actors profiles’, filter and search your lists, sort by title, watch trailers (if available), and even allows users to rate their movies. Whether you are planning to purchase a film or plan your next one this is a handy app for all the film buffs out there. You can grab the PlayBook version for $1.99 and the BlackBerry 10 one for $.99. To save your changes it asks for permission to access your Shared Files.

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BRON by Odd Element

This cron-like task scheduler allows you to create shell scriptsto run at fixed times and dates. Users are able to write their own to perform actions such as backing up your data to an SD card or to your cloud service, check free space on your device, open network connections, set profile and more. As each task is scheduled in its own thread you can run several concurrently and create as many as you want. BRON also includes a built-in script editor, log viewer and editor for the configuration file. I am always a fan of applications that make life easier and more productive and this free application is easy to use and setup for BlackBerry 10. In terms of permissions it asks to access your Notification Controls, Shared Files (i.e. Backup your data), and to Run in Background.

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What You Might Have Missed

MockIt! by OSBB Code Labs

What started out as a the first non-BlackBerry developed app to be introduced into the Beta Zone, became available this week for everyone to enjoy. MockIt! is a great native app for having all sorts of fun with in that you can create your own custom memes, mock ups and photo collages. Initially free to download, there are in-app purchases available to download additional sticker packs for $.99 each or for $1.99 you can add the option to you use your own photos as stickers. With over twenty photo frame templates to choose from, smooth animations, and six different color scheme options there is no telling how many combinations and memes you can make. Be sure to check it out at the link for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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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 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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Easter Sale

In addition to hunting down hidden Easter eggs this weekend, you can save 20% as find new cases and accessories for your BlackBerry during our ShopCrackBerry.com Easter Sale (now through 4/22). To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code HOP14 during the checkout process. FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US / Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

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New BlackBerry 10 games

If you've got some spare time over the long Easter weekend there's a couple of treats in BlackBerry World if you fancy some BlackBerry 10 gaming. First up is Where's my Mickey - from Disney which comes with a $0.99 price tag, but if their previous titles are anything to go by it'll be well worth the money.

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Rogers turns on 700 MHz spectrum for communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto

Rogers just activated their fresh 700 MHz spectrum in a few regions across Canada. Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver are the lucky cities today, though we can expect a nationwide rollout eventually. 700 MHz has been widely described as “beachfront” spectrum that’s particularly good at penetration, so you can keep a signal in elevators and parking garages, for example. It also provides added stability to everyday LTE connections.

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