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New COO at BlackBerry another sign of software focus

Yesterday BlackBerry announced that they've hired a Chief Operating Officer. The company has not had a COO since John Chen took over and cleaned house.

Remember when Thorsten Heins brought in his own management team including COO Kristian Tear who had tremendous experience from Sony Ericsson and Ericsson? Or how about the co-COO structure that worked very well for BlackBerry during its hyper growth phase? They had Don Morrison covering carrier relationships (he was formerly an AT&T guy) and Larry Conlee (an ex-Motorola guy) who was in charge of manufacturing.

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In the world of BYOD, BlackBerry introduced Secure Work Space for iOS and Android as part of their MDM system. Companies can manage it all through the BES 10 administration console. Today, BlackBerry has released a few applications for the Secure Work Space for both iOS and Android, while others have been updated. Not all apps are available for both platforms yet but those are coming soon. Some apps are also available for BlackBerry devices that use BlackBerry Balance.

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Deal of the Day: BodyGuardz HD Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for BlackBerry Z10

These protectors from BodyGuardz are custom cut to fit your Z10's display and help keep abrasive elements from ever damaging it. They're easy to apply and even reduce annoying glare, making this dual-pack a no brainer - especially at 44% off! Supplies are limited so be sure and grab yours today before they're gone.

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The International Organization for Migration in Colombia jump on the BES10 bandwagon

More good news this week on the enterprise side of things for BlackBerry as the International Organization for Migration in Colombia have chosen BES10 as their platform of the future.

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Verizon

Verizon has posted its second quarter earnings, which saw the carrier accruing a double-digit percentage increase in operating income and earnings per share. Over the course of the quarter, Verizon has managed to add 1.4 million new postpaid wireless subscribers, up from 941,000 over the same period last year.

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Flycraft Herbie

Back at the start of the month we told you that FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines was coming soon to BlackBerry 10 and that day has now arrived. If you loved Herbie in the original FlyCraft then it's time to get addicted once again and this one sure is a challenge.

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Yahoo scoops up mobile analytics firm Flurry to strengthen their mobile products

Yahoo has been on a mission to strengthen their mobile products for a while now and to push that envelope even further, the company has now announced they'll be acquiring mobile analytics firm Flurry after having reached a definitive agreement. Flurry, was started in 2008 and today has reached over 170,000 developers across 1.4 billion devices monthly with their services being offered to pretty much every mobile operating system out there one way or another including BlackBerry 10 through their analytics SDK.

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Cast for BlackBerry 10 continues to improve and add new features, v1.0.7.3 now available

One of the cool things about writing about apps all day is the fact that you often times get to see apps grow from a very basic implementation into something totally awesome. Such is the case with Cast for BlackBerry 10, which offers up the ability to cast YouTube videos from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone to your Google Chromecast and so much more. The app is on its third or fourth update now and each time the developer behind it, Tony Creswell, aims to add features based on user feedback.

This time is no different and if you're a Cast user, you should find v1.0.7.3 now available for download via BlackBerry World. The change log, while short, adds some new features to the mix that improve the overall experience of using Cast on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Whether you've been using the app previously, or been holding off until more features were added, here's what's in the latest release.

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BlackBerry Beta Zone app updated to v10.0.0.36 - Bug fixes, performance improvements and more included

A little bit of an update for all you BlackBerry Beta Zone users. The BlackBerry Beta Zone app itself has just been updated to v10.0.0.36 and it includes some notable changes this time around such as performance improvements, notifications added for third-party beta programs and links now posted via the app will be recognized as URL's.

Finally, the usual 'bug fixes' are also noted to be included. If you've not grabbed the update already, go ahead and open the Beta Zone app, you should find that you'll be prompted to update it from there. If you don't have the app installed yet, then be sure to grab it from BlackBerry World sign up and find out if you're missing out on any beta testing you could be taking part in.

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At one investment firm in NY, privacy concerns are leading many to ask for their BlackBerry back

Over at CIO today, Tom Kaneshige ran an article titled: Mobile Workers: 'I Want My Blackberry Back' It highlights comments from an IT executive at 'a well-known investment firm in New York City' and the troubles the organization is having with their Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy and MDM solutions that ultimately has employees asking for their corporate BlackBerry back.

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EU Passport

If you're looking for a sweet deal with regards to using data abroad on this year's holiday, O2 may well have the right bundle price at just £2 a day. We've all been in that situation, looking at pricing and being stunned by just how expensive roaming can be, even when travelling within the EU. UK mobile operators are attempting to tackle the issue of high charges (as is the EU, which hopes to have said charges abolished by 2015).

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BlackBerry 10 app developers are twice as likely to code in HTML

It's not easy to make it as an app developer. That's the key takeaway from the latest State of the Developer Nation report from Vision Mobile, pulling together data from more than 10,000 mobile developers (including some of you) across 137 countries. With that many developers they were able to get a broad view of what's popular and (more importantly) what's successful in making great apps.

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From the office to the track, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 team stays secure with BlackBerry

It's hardly a secret that BlackBerry is one of the sponsors for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 team. The partnership was announced back in February 2013 and continues today but rather than just being a sticker on the cars and a logo on the teams gear and fire suits, BlackBerry is deeply involved in the organization by providing BES 10 encrypted solutions and handsets across the board.

How important is BES 10 to the organization? Well, check out the video below featuring MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Executive Director (Technical), Paddy Lowe, and IT Director, Matt Harris who alongside MERCEDES AMG High Performance Powertrains Managing Director Andy Cowell, explains how BES 10 works for them as a team where the secure protection of data and information is paramount.

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FastTube

For those of you BlackBerry 10 users that prefer to use an app rather than the browser for watching YouTube videos you may want to check out FastTube as it has been updated with a ton of fixes and improvements.

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Deal of the Day: Seidio ACTIVE Case (with kickstand) for BlackBerry Z10

For today only, buy the Seidio ACTIVE Case (with kickstand) for BlackBerry Z10 and save 49% off the list price!

The ACTIVE Case provides great shock and impact absorption while adding minimal bulk to your BlackBerry Z10. This two-layer case features a compact and lightweight rubber polymer with a precisely positioned hard skeleton for added protection. The back even sports a retractable kickstand for convenient viewing!

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Hot off the press this morning it looks like John Chen is on a mission to get a fine selection of management in place for BlackBerry's future. Marty Beard has been appointed as COO and starts the new role immediately.

With his previous experience, which you can see in the press release below, Marty sounds like a great new addition to the BlackBerry family. Sure, he may not yet be a BlackBerry expert, but was CEO John Chen when he started and he seems to be doing a pretty decent job or getting things back on track?

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Enpass

We've featured Enpass before here on CrackBerry as it's my password keeper or choice. Why I use this app comes down to three reasons. First up is its ability to sync with Dropbox, Box and OneDrive - meaning you're never going to lose your passwords. Secondly is the fact that there is a desktop version too so you don't have to use your BlackBerry to find or enter passwords. Last but not least - I just love the whole user experience and UI. It looks good and feels safe.

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From the Editor's Desk: The past month of BlackBerry

From the Editor's Desk: The past month of BlackBerry

Time flies when you're having fun. That's the old saying right? July 19th marked exactly one month since BlackBerry CEO John Chen pretty much fully unveiled the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic. For the most part, much of the focus has been on the BlackBerry Passport. Considering it's the first of the two new devices out of the gate, there seems to be more of them out there in the wild and its admittedly odd look. Even BlackBerry has run with the hype surrounding the device and has slowly been teasing us with more information each week across the Inside BlackBerry Blog.

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The numbers are in, 73 percent of CrackBerry readers still want to see another all touch BlackBerry released

The BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic are the next two devices set to arrive from BlackBerry. They're locked in and John Chen and his team are readying the rollout for each right now. The issue there though, for some, is that both of those devices are QWERTY keyboard devices leaving those who like all touch devices such as the Z10 and Z30 with nothing to really upgrade to. Last week we put up a poll asking, Are you still hoping for another all touch BlackBerry device to be announced? The poll got 8,589 votes and with them now being added up, here's how the numbers are looking.

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Get scrapbooking with Tapyhold for BlackBerry 10

Get scrapbooking with Tapyhold for BlackBerry 10

The Scrapbook app on the BlackBerry PlayBook was a lot of fun. Still owning a PlayBook, I occasionally make a scrapbook with the app. When BlackBerry 10 launched we didn't see a version make its way to the devices, which was a shame. All is not lost though, a scrapbook of sorts did become available on BlackBerry 10 called Tapyhold. It made it to our top journal and diary app roundup but we'll take a closer look at it.

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