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Back This: Symple ID makes signing into your favorite sites simple!

It seems not a day goes by that I don't end up resetting a password for some site or service that I use. Even though I use several different password reminder services, they're not always a perfect solution. But what if it there was a solution that utilized your phones NFC functionality and and a simple NFC tag? Would that be easier? Richard Fox-Ivey thinks so and he's come up with Symple ID.

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smartphone theft

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are but a few of the names that have announced a commitment to including features to deter smartphone theft in all future products. Even the carriers are on board, with the big four announcing support and commitment as well.

What they're all committing to is the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment." All phones sold by the signees after July 2015 will offer, at no additional cost, the following tools and services:

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BlackBerry Z30

BlackBerry’s preparing for the developer launch of BlackBerry 10.3 with an update to their public roadmap. Though there are a few nice additions due to land in May, but the most noteworthy thing about the following 10.3.1 update is that Adobe AIR won’t be included as an on-device runtime. Devs that have made apps that use AIR can port their creations over to Android or WebWorks easily enough, according to the FAQ they wrote for the end of life for AIR.

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Rogers

Rogers has announced some new roaming add-ons for Canadian travelers. Not too long ago, Rogers unveiled a $7.99 daily roaming plan for the U.S. (which already faces stiff competition against WIND’s $15 unlimited plan), and this new one is built for roaming worldwide. But don’t get too excited; it’s $9.99 for a day for up to 20 MB (depending on where you're going), with no voice or text. That’s better than the $10 - $15 they’d normally charge per megabyte without a package. This add-on will be applied automatically after you start using data abroad, though you’ll get SMS alerts about usage.

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One of the topics many BlackBerry users are concerned over is security especially when sending emails. While there are various encryption methods available, one of the more widely used ways is OpenPGP, which is derived from PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), to encrypt and decrypt email over the internet. What this means is that in terms of email security messages you send are unreadable by other individuals or intruders.

It just so happens I came across another useful utility tool for safeguarding my messages in my inbox that implements OpenPGP for BlackBerry 10. PGpgp allows you to exchange encrypted messages with your recipients or decrypt messages addressed to you. In order for it to work you will need to create and store your keys (public and private) and own the public key of the recipient. Do not worry as these keys cannot be accessed by other applications.

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BlackBerry Z30

German shoppers for a BlackBerry Z30 might want to look at T-Mobile, as the flagship BlackBerry 10 smartphone has been the recipient of a pretty substantial price cut. The price off-contract of the Z30 in Germany varies from €544,99 from Orange to €500 straight from ShopBlackBerry, but T-Mobile is now undercutting them all at a stunning €389,94. That's for a 16GB BlackBerry Z30, and if you'd like to get it on an installment plan it'll cost you a whopping €1 up front.

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Deal of the Day: Amzer ShellCase w/ Holster for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, purchase the Amzer ShellCase w/ Holster for BlackBerry Z10 and save 50% off the list price!

The form fit rear shell is impact resistant for complete protection and quickly slides in and out of the holster for instant phone access. The holster is lined with a soft fabric for a scratch free BlackBerry Z10 and the 180-degree swiveling belt clip doubles as an adjustable clip stand--perfect for displaying or media viewing.

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NantHealth

BlackBerry has made a strategic investment with an end-to-end medical solutions provider by the name of NantHealth. As you can imagine, the health industry requires cloud connectivity while remaining secure, and NantHealth’s solutions, like BlackBerry’s, fall into that category. Specifics of the partnership are still being hashed out, but we can expect synergies to be found across QNX (which is already embedded in many vital pieces of medical machinery), BBM Protected, and devices.

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As a BlackBerry 10 user, we are always looking for ways to get more functionality for our Pebble Smartwatch. In the not so distant past, I discovered a jack of all trades application for Talk2Watch called Smart Watch Companion which delivered additional notifications and features that had not been previously available to Pebble owners.

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MockIt! makes its way to BlackBerry World

Back in December 2013 we saw the first non-BlackBerry developed app become available in BlackBerry Beta Zone -- MockIt!. It has been available to download for anyone with a Beta Zone account. If you haven't tried it or checked it out yet, MockIt! is an app that allows you to create memes, device mocks for presentation and also photo collages. 

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Typo keyboard

BlackBerry is pushing to immediately halt sales of the Typo keyboard case for iPhone. While Typo insists that they are a small company that lacks the capability to produce a large quantity of keyboards, BlackBerry alleges that Typo has contradicted these statements, flooding the market with keyboards before an injunction could be imposed.

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What if BlackBerry had the best devices and BB10 became the best OS in the world?

During CrackBerry podcast episode 114, Chris Umiastowski brought up the reality that it probably doesn’t matter if BlackBerry unquestionably had the best devices and OS in the world, because it still wouldn’t help them gain market share. The CrackBerry team engaged in this discussion a little but it deserves more attention and certainly makes for an interesting conversation.

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When it comes to utility applications on my BlackBerry I tend to be critical and picky. However, there are times where something unique comes along where I just have to take a look. In this case the ‘Built for BlackBerry’ application in question is Golden Retriever for BlackBerry 10. What makes this stand out amongst the crowd is that it truly does offer capabilities rare to the platform. This headless application allows you to remotely control your BlackBerry device using commands sent via email.

Now as the developer explains this comes in handy if you loan your handheld to a friend or family member or if you lose or misplace it. In these instances, you can still fetch the information you seek from your BlackBerry without having it nearby.

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Verizon to give discounts to customers with off-contract phones

Verizon is finally going to give you a discount for off-contract phones. Starting April 17th, customers of Big Red are going to be able to bring their own off-contract devices onto shared MORE Everything plans at a discount. No longer will they have to pay a subsidy fee for a subsidy they're not using. Plans at or under 8GB will see a smartphone add-on reduction of $10 (bringing the fee to $30/month), while those with data allotments of 10GB or higher will see their fee sliced from $40 down to $25 per smartphone.

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T-Mobile

After introducing a $40 base plan and then doing away with extra charges for cellular tablets and giving them a free gigabyte of data, T-Mobile is at it again by doing with overage fees. The elimination of domestic overage fees hits all T-Mobile plans. T-Mobile CEO John Legere called out his competition, pointing out that overage fees amount to $1 billion in extra payments from consumers every year.

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Dear Berry: How do I scroll through my photos on BlackBerry 10?

Hello again readers! Dear Berry is here once again with a mailbag full of BlackBerry questions and woes. Today's question comes from Steve who asks:

Is there any way to swipe through files in File manager rather then having to look at one file/photo then going back and clicking another? Very annoying especially with having a large amount of files (in this case pictures) stored on phone and media card. Thanks, Steve

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Z30

For today only, purchase the BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Z30 and save 45% off the list price!

Made from hand crafted, genuine leather the BlackBerry Z30 Flip Shell is designed to keep your display safe from scratches while providing complete access to all functions of your device. The case has an attractive texture all around and features the BlackBerry logo embedded on the front and embossed on the back.

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BlackBerry patching Heartbleed vulnerability for Secure Work Space, BBM

BlackBerry is working on patching Heartbleed, the recently discovered OpenSSL vulnerability that could potentially allow a malicious attacker to gain information off a server, including private keys and passwords. Primarily they're focusing on Secure Work Space and BBM. BlackBerry SVP, Scott Totzke, commented on the realities of the threat and the chances of the vulnerability being exploited.

"The level of risk here is extremely small," because BlackBerry's security technology would make it difficult for a hacker to succeed in gaining data through an attack.

"It's a very complex attack that has to be timed in a very small window," he said, adding that it was safe to continue using those apps before an update is issued.

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Case manufacturers already preparing for the Q30 / Windermere

Although it remains to be seen what, if anything, will become of the alleged BlackBerry Q30 / Windermere, case manufacturers are already getting started on making cases for the device it seems. It's a pretty common practice in the case world, you somehow end up getting the dimensions of a device before official release and you build a ton of cases for it making you the first to market with your offerings.

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