BlackBerry shows off the Hub and more in its own Priv hands on video

BlackBerry has released its own official video showing off the Priv. In the video we get a good look at the Hub, flick keyboard and much more. Not long ago Carphone Warehouse published a hands on with the Priv, but the latest look comes directly from BlackBerry itself.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for October 16, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry Nation! What a hectic week it has been here in New York. From baseball games to endless meetings I am grateful it is finally over so I can get back to what I enjoy, bringing you this week's BlackBerry app roundup as well as some of the top news from the last seven days. We started things off with another episode of BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Bide which discussed John Chen's interview at Code/Mobile, followed by learning that users can now sign up to receive the latest Priv by BlackBerry information. Finally, as we all love a good contest, be to sure to enter to win a $200 shopping spree at ShopCrackBerry.

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.

Bluetooth Terminal by Bojan Komljenović

Going through the App Announcement forums I came across this useful productivity tool for those seeking to run their own Bluetooth server. Bluetooth Terminal offers several features including allowing to discover, pair, and communicate with other BT devices directly from your BlackBerry, send commands to other devices via serial port protocol, create, edit and delete preset commands per device, file sending, and real database support in the background. In addition, the developer points out it is the perfect companion for developing with Arduino, Raspberry Pi or other boards. It offers a simple and user friendly interface to quickly connect and communicate with all your devices. You can purchase Bluetooth Terminal for $1.99 in BlackBerry World for OS 10.3.1 and higher.

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Emoji Pack by Azuware

When it comes to choosing applications, I take suggestions from all sources, even from links shared in BBM Groups. For those looking for emojis beyond the stock ones to insert into various messages and applications then this one will do the trick. The free version offers 200 emojis in five different categories: people, nature, objects, places, and symbols. Upgrading to the Pro Version for $0.99 will unlock additional packs. Emoji Pack works best with those running OS 10.3.1 and higher.

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Tunable: Tuner, Metronome, and Recorder by AffinityBlue

Recently, I decided to take up the violin again. As I used to play years ago, but forgot my training, I am basically starting from scratch. That being said, the instructor urged me to download a metronome application for practicing at home. Since the only metronome I had was my mother's from the 1960's, an update was in order. We have seen tuners before but I decided to go for the all-in-one toolkit from the Amazon Appstore. Tunable is a chromatic tuner, tone/chord generator, metronome, and recorder from the same developer behind NodeBeat. It offers a plethora of features in an intuitive interface. Musicians can visualize the tuner and view note, octave, and frequency, play and sustain chords, adjust tempo, beats per measure and subdivision, and record and save unlimited recordings. To view the rest of its capabilities please refer to application description. You can find this one-stop-shop for all your performing needs for $1.95 in the Amazon Appstore and the Amazon Underground (US, UK, Germany, and France only) for free.

Learn how to install Tunable from the Amazon Appstore

Journey to the Core! by

Another one from the forums, this next selection is an arcade game by an indie developer. Journey to the Core is a space shooter that is fun for everyone. The story behind this game is that your ship must travel down a live volcano and navigate the treacherous lava-filled tunnels to make your way to the core with only a gravity gun to protect you. This adventure comes with simple onscreen controls and the only thing to watch out for is that your gravity gun can actually destroy your ship if it hits you. The downside is that this is extremely easy to do. Journey to the Core! is free to download from the Amazon Appstore.

Learn how to install Journey to the Core! from the Amazon Appstore

Term48 by Todd Mortimer

Searching for a terminal emulator for your BlackBerry? Looking no further than Term48. It grants users access to the local shell on your device using various commands. Additional features include Unicode support, color, preferences for font and meta keys, and support for both Bluetooth keyboards and the virtual keyboard. I have had no issues entering in different commands, though I was careful what I entered. Being the novice in this area I will leave it up to the more knowledgeable individuals to use. Unleash your inner geek and download this native fully-functional terminal emulator for free from BlackBerry World.

Learn More / Download Term48

What You Might Have Missed

Read Out adds more language support and squashes bugs in the latest update

This week popular Text to Speech app Read Out! received an update. This included an array of bug fixes and improvements to enhance your experience. If you aren't familiar with Read Out, it essentially translates text into an audio file so you can listen to your messages and various other forms of text hands-free. It's just that simple. Text can be shared from other applications or you can type text directly into Read Out. Once the audio is generated, users may share the mp3. Be sure to check out our quick review of Read Out if you haven't already. ReadOut! can be purchased from BlackBerry World for $0.99.

Learn More / Purchase Read Out! (TTS, Text to MP3) from BlackBerry World

Until next week...

That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games, be sure to head on over to the CrackBerry 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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Carphone Warehouse goes hands on with the Priv by BlackBerry

Earlier this month, Carphone Warehouse was gauging customer interest in the Priv by BlackBerry by having set up a 'register for updates' page on their site and now, it looks as though they've decided to go all in on the device. A new hands-on video posted to their YouTube account offers up a closer look at the Priv, and it's certainly looking more polished than some of those earlier leaks that have made their way onto the internet.

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As someone who cannot survive the day without their music library, discovering new and useful ways to access media is always on my radar. There are plenty of options for BlackBerry users to choose from and each of them, from the native player to third-party apps, put their own distinct spin on how we listen to music and watch videos. Allstar Software, the folks behind Nightly Clock and Custom Shortcuts, released their own media player for BlackBerry 10 called Star Player.

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Save 20% on BlackBerry accessories at ShopCrackBerry through October 19

Now's the time to accessorize your BlackBerry devices while everything is 20% off at ShopCrackBerry.

As we welcome the cooler weather and leaves changing colors this fall season, we're also inviting you to save 20% on all accessories here at ShopCrackBerry. That includes popular cases, charging docks, power banks, Bluetooth speakers, and plenty more. We also carry gear for hot devices like the BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry Z30, and BlackBerry Passport.

Once you've added your accessories to your cart, use coupon code: FALL2015 at checkout to apply 20% off to your entire order. Don't forget we offer free shipping on all orders over $50 within the continental U.S. as well as expedited options for a little extra. Offer ends midnight October 19, so don't miss out!

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Being able to understand all the ins and outs of your installed applications is always a good thing. Device Manager allows us to monitor battery usage and Application Permissions modifies what each app can access on your device. For those seeking more granular information about all the applications and games on their device (native and Android) there is AppNinja. Everything you ever wanted to know about these items is displayed in one convenient place.

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BlackBerry has launched a new pre-registration page to help keep you up to date on the latest Priv by BlackBerry news. The new page will let you sign up for updates as they are available, so you don't have to go hunting them down on your own.

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T-Mobile signage

T-Mobile has announced that for a limited time it is bringing back its fourth line free promotion under the 10GB for all plan. The offer is the same as it was, families with four lines can get the fourth line free of charge, and each line gets 10GB of its own data.

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Once again, one of my most reliable apps, Enpass Password Manager, is on sale - with 50% off, for a limited time. We've featured Enpass before and although many BlackBerry 10 users may well use the native BlackBerry Password Keeper, Enpass has a bunch of additional features and is way superior if you ask me.

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BlackBerry has added another member to its Board of Directors. The company has appointed The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters to the board, and he will serve as a member of the audit and risk management committee.

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BES12 Cloud now available for China Mobile Hong Kong enterprise customers

Following the announcement of BES12 Cloud being available for 1O1O enterprise customers in Hong Kong, BlackBerry has now announced that China Mobile Hong Kong will also be offering its enterprise customers BES12 Cloud that provides easy management of iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 smartphones and tablets, as well as a wide range of Samsung KNOX and Android for Work smartphones and tablets.

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John Chen set to appear at Techonomy 15 conference

John Chen set to speak at Techonomy 15 conference

Each year, since 2010, Techonomy Media Inc. organizes their annual invitation-only thought leadership Techonomy conference and attending this year will be BlackBerry CEO, John Chen as well as a long list of various other industry leaders. The conference itself will take place on November 8-10, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay.

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Enter now to win a $200 shopping spree at ShopCrackBerry!

It's that time again! Ever wanted to just go crazy in the CrackBerry store and buy a whole bunch of new accessories? Or maybe stock up on presents for the family, or just splurge and buy something really nice that you wouldn't normally get for yourself? Well, here's your shot at doing just that, on us!

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BlackBerry and Google hosting BES12 and Android for Work webinar

If you're interested in learning how BES12 and Android for Work operate together, you'll want to get yourself registered for the upcoming BES12 and Android for Work webinar being hosted by BlackBerry and Google. The webinar will be headed up by David Arnold, Senior Enterprise Solutions Manager, BlackBerry Enterprise and Michael Wyatt EMEA Head of Chrome and Android at Google and will take place on Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM EDT.

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Amazon has big savings on Crucial and Lexar products

Amazon is currently hosting a big sale on select Crucial and Lexar memory products, offering you a chance to save up to 65 percent. Whether you are looking for a new hard drive for your computer, or to add some additional storage capacity to your mobile phone, Amazon has the savings for you.

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Text to Speech app, Read Out has just received an update. It includes some new features and as well bug fixes and improvements. If you use the app, you may have seen the update already but if you haven't just head into BlackBerry World. If you haven't heard about the app or checked it out before, Read Out will read out any text for you, from an lengthy email message to articles through the browser. You also have the option to save the MP3 file to share.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Bide

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Bide

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 we dig into John Chen's interview at Code/Mobile, the Secusmart and Tata Power SED announcement, BBM and a ton more on the Priv and BlackBerry's future plans in the hardware business, software business and more. Settle in and give it a listen or sit back and tune into the video.

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Priv by BlackBerry hands on

At this point, the Priv by BlackBerry has appeared in so many random places now it's all starting to get a little bit silly but in any case, we're now getting yet another look at the device. The folks over at have posted up a sort of mini-review of the device based on pre-release hardware and software.

A lot of the review is just basic items that have already been covered and confirmed, but it's certainly still worth a read, especially the camera sample portion as it offers a look at how that Schneider-Kreuznach camera will perform. Just remember, all of this is based on pre-release software so there's plenty of room for change.

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Watch the full replay of John Chen's interview from Code/Mobile

Just in case John Chen's follow-up comments on the Inside BlackBerry blog were not enough to clear the air for you, you can now check out the full replay of his interview from Code/Mobile. The interview itself comes in at nearly half an hour and helps add some additional context to comments made surrounding Priv, the future of BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry competitors and more. Needless to say, if you were among those angry with John Chen after the interview, you kind of owe it to yourself to go ahead and watch the full video.

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