India's Digit Magazine names BlackBerry 10 'The World's Best Mobile OS'

Digit Magazine one of the most read technology magazines in India and for their August issue that's available now, they decided to put all the each mobile operating system to the test in an effort to determine which is the World's best mobile OS available today. Taking into account over 6,000 different aspects from Apple's iOS, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone and placing them up against BlackBerry 10, Digit has come to the conclusion that BlackBerry 10 is ahead of them all when everything is looked at on the whole.

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BBM stickers

It's not too often that we revisit polls here at CrackBerry but I thought that when it came to BBM Stickers it was worth asking the question once again. Back in April (2014) when we first ran the poll asking if you were using Stickers the results were a mixed bag.

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No doubt when reading the front page you have seen mention a time of two of Noted, an excellent notepad/text editor application that organizes not only your to-dos but capture important information while on the go. Simple, yet effective, it stores everything all in one convenient place. It is well-designed, easy to use, and is resourceful thanks to the variety of features it comes with.

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Deal of the Day: 63% off BlackBerry Q10 Leather Holster

The BlackBerry Leather Holster is hand-crafted in genuine leather and has a soft inner lining for added protection. It also integrates power saving technology to help extend battery life. A durable 360 degree rotating belt clip and secure magnetic flap closure allows for personal wearing preference. Get yours on sale today for just $14.95!

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Sprint names Marcelo Claure as new CEO

Sprint names Marcelo Claure as new CEO

Following an earlier rumor, Sprint has today announced a change at the top with a new CEO. Replacing the outgoing Dan Hesse will be Marcelo Claure, a member of the board and current CEO of Brightstar, a Softbank subsidiary company. Claure will resign his current position and take over at Sprint effect August 11.

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ios

BlackBerry has announced that its Secure Work Space apps for iOS and Android have received Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) approval from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). That means U.S. Department of Defense workers can now use iOS and Android smartphones and tablets which connect to the company's BES10 Enterprise Mobility Management solution.

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The best Wi-Fi routers you can buy right now

Routers

Let's face it, routers are now a big part of our daily lives. Whether for your connected home or just at the office, jumping on a Wi-Fi connection is a necessity most days, especially if you want to keep the mobile data usage on your smartphone low. Most everyone has an internet plan of some sort, and while the router that comes from your internet provider will get you online, it's not necessarily the best option overall. But just what router is the best router? We've compared the top 5 Wi-Fi routers so you can decide which one is best for your needs.

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Nigerians are giving up on Android, want their BlackBerry back

Earlier this month, we mentioned how one investment firm in New York City was looking to get their BlackBerry devices back after running other platforms brought about privacy concerns but it appears as though they're not the only ones looking to make such moves.

A new report from the Nigerian Tribune shares some insight into how Nigerians are giving up on Android and heading back to BlackBerry after having initially adopted Android devices due big displays, available apps and low hardware pricing, tossing aside the fact the devices cost more due to their data consumption and carrier pricing on data plans.

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For a lot of folks, QNX is something new mostly unheard of and as we noted earlier, they work behind the scenes to make cool things we all come across in our daily lives and don't often collect much credit for it. Until BlackBerry acquired the company, a lot of QNX talk was held to the hardcore computer community, BBS boards and even mailing lists but now interest in the organization is growing.

As people become more familiar with QNX and the history, there's more eyes out there looking for information surrounding the company as well and when CrackBerry Forums member, edyb, came across a floppy labeled QNX he decided to fire it up and find out what exactly it contained.

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QNX wants to solve your pothole woes by having your vehicle report them to officials

Although some areas offer apps to report potholes and such on local roads, BlackBerry's QNX is looking to move beyond the need for those and actually have your vehicle take care of the reporting to city officials. In speaking with CTV News, Derek Kuhn, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for QNX, shared some details on QNX and what they're working on in the IoT sector with Project Ion.

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For anyone out there, including myself, who utilizes Meetup.com to holding meetings and events with those who share similar interests in various cities around the world, a native application has made it's way into BlackBerry World today. From the developer that brought you MAKE, Meetup for BlackBerry 10, while not affiliated with the company and thereby unofficial, offers users an array of feature to quickly access their accounts. These include accessing their profile, scheduling or joining meetings, viewing the current schedule of existing groups, and even discovering the groups in the area.

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Screen getting too much glare? We put the Tru Protection anti-glare screen protectors to the test!

I used to use screen protectors on all my BlackBerry devices but lately I haven't bothered. Though, when I got my BlackBerry Z30, I did keep the screen protector that was already on the screen but that scratched quite easily and I eventually removed but after a month or so. I didn't replace it either. I have recently come across the Tru Protection Anti-Glare Film Set and thought I'd check it out to see how anti-glare it really is.

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Deal of the Day: 45% off Seidio CONVERT Combo for BlackBerry Z10

Eliminate the need for multiple cases with this all-around protective CONVERT Combo for the BlackBerry Z10. When you want simple, casual protection, just put on the slim SURFACE Case. When the situation calls for something more rugged, wrap the skin and plastic skeleton around it. To make this combo complete, snap it all into the durable CONVERT Holster!

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Three UK

With any new mobile subscription comes the requisite credit check, and for customers with low credit scores, the potential to be denied their service plan or phone of choice. To smooth out this process, Three UK has revealed that it'll soon introduce pre-credit checks to give potential customers "an indication" of whether they'll pass a credit check "without negatively affecting" credit ratings.

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Back in February this year (2014) we told you that you could install the Android version of F18 Carrier Landing on your BlackBerry 10 device, which has long been a firm favorite of mine on other platforms. While I was hanging around in the Amazon Appstore I noticed the sequel available to download which I had to check out.

Like the original - F18 Carrier Landing 2 is a free download, although there is also a 'Pro' version if you fancy it. The free edition clearly has some limitations but if you want to get the hang of the game and have some fun, this is the way.

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John Chen

BlackBerry's three-year-long internal restructuring process is now "completed," according to a leaked memo obtained by Reuters, and the company could soon begin hiring again in some areas. The memo, sent by CEO John Chen to all employees, reads "We have completed the restructuring notification process, and the workforce reduction that began three years ago is now behind us."

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PlayCloud 10 updated with FTP over SSL support

My favorite file manager on BlackBerry 10 has just received another update. It only saw an update last month which saw a lot of new additions as well as fixes. This time around the PlayCloud 10 update is smaller but it's still a great update for those wanting SFTP. It's a very powerful app and I use it to access my other cloud drives that do not have native BlackBerry 10 integration, specifically Google Drive. It's a powerful file manager and you can use multiple accounts too.

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Want to try SpaceTV for free? - We've got 25 promo codes available!

SpaceTV is an awesome Built for BlackBerry app for anyone who likes to keep up to date on all the latest news, video, podcasts and images from NASA. The app has grown immensely since the initial launch long ago and has seen some even further improvements with the latest release of v3.1.0.6. To help spread the word and show folks how awesome the app is, we've got 25 promo codes to give away which will allow you to download SpaceTV for absolutely free courtesy of OSBB Code Labs!

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In-flight phone calls likely won't happen with proposed new U.S. rules

The United States Department of Transportation is getting closer to establishing formal rules on whether or not to allow in-flight communications, including receiving and placing phone calls while on a plane. Likely, according to reports, that decision would be no, meaning that passengers would continue to be barred from placing or receiving phone calls while they are in transit.

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BlackBerry Passport passes through the FCC

BlackBerry Passport passes through the FCC

If you're waiting for the BlackBerry Passport to arrive, you can take a small bit of satisfaction in knowing the latest BlackBerry 10 device from BlackBerry is now one step closer to release. It looks as though the BlackBerry Passport has arrived and passed through the FCC. Although the internal and external photos are still under the confidentiality agreement, the label is a dead ringer for the Passport and the model number matches up as well. There's not a whole lot of info to be gleaned from the listing but it does show some of the supported bands and services for the device.

Mobile phone with GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900, WCDMA/HSPA FDD 2, 4, 5, LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 13, 17, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC, FM Radio and GPS.

That's a lot of North American bands supported including AT&T, Rogers and I believe T-Mobile. However, as we know from the release of the BlackBerry Z30 that doesn't always mean the carriers will pick the device up for sale. We'll just have to wait and see which carriers the Passport ends up on. Interesting note, the confidentiality agreement ends on Sept 12th, 2014.

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