Some BlackBerry Classic owners on Rogers receiving OS

While a lot of folks are sitting around waiting to see if the rumors of a January 27th roll out of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is going to happen on a grand scale (it's not), it seems at least something is happening. Earlier it was noticed that the previously leaked OS (SW was appearing on BlackBerry servers and now, it has seemingly been pushed out in some official capacity on Rogers for BlackBerry Classic owners.

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'BADASS' surveillance program let British, Canadian governments spy on smartphones

More information about government surveillance has come to light, and it seems that the British and Canadian governments apparently used special software filters to acquire sensitive smartphone user data from the servers of a number of advertising and analytics companies. The program, called BADASS, gathered unencrypted data sent to the companies from mobile devices, including BlackBerry, Android, Windows and iOS devices, though it's not clear if the program targeted BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, or both. The data collected by these companies can give whoever is looking at it a lot of information about individual users.

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If you're considering picking up the BlackBerry Passport and are going down the SIM free route, now would be a good time to make your purchase. UK online retailer Clove have reduced the price of the Passport by £55 which is certainly a nice saving. This means you can get either the black or white Passport for just £399.00 including VAT.

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Heroes Of The Valiant Universe BBM sticker pack now available

A little bit of nerdery for comic book fans. Back in 1989, former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter founded a company called Voyager Communications. Through Voyager Communications, Valiant Comics was started and thus was the beginning of The Valiant Universe. Eventually in 1999, Valiant Comics was discontinued after being bought out by video game company Acclaim but they shut down in 2007. After many legal battles, Valiant Comics began publishing once again in May 2012 and have quickly become popular among fans and critics alike with several of their characters such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Quantum & Woody and Harbinger.

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Do you REALLY want a Limited Edition Gold and Black BlackBerry Passport?

If so, eBay is likely your best chance of getting one and right now, you can scoop up number 45 out of the 50 produced. That is if you have around $4,000 to spend on it, nearly $5,000 if you're Canadian. Yes, that's the asking price for this Limited Edition Gold and Black BlackBerry Passport but it looks like it comes with a few other goodies as well. You know, to really sell you on it.

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BlackBerry Classic now available from Telstra

Launching today in Australia, the BlackBerry Classic is now available for purchase through Telstra in a wide array of pricing options ranging from $63 AUD to $130 AUD on Telstra S, M, L, XL plans. If you do not want to sign up for a plan, the outright purchase cost is set at $504 AUD but you'll need to check with retailers as the Classic might not be available for purchase across all Telstra locations as of yet.

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The last update may have only been a couple of weeks ago, but the developer behind Power Tools was hard at working on a major revision. If you are not already familiar with this versatile title, it is a one that bundles several different applications together. There is a Custom LED for contacts, apps, and messages, a Call and Message blocker to bar calls, texts, and emails, a Wallpaper Setup to rotate your backgrounds, a Battery and File Manager, and even a Profile Scheduler.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Net

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Net

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live last night? If so, you can now watch the replay or download the audio. Among topics discussed, we touched on Limited Edition Passports, App Neutrality, a beta update for BBM on iOS and a closer look at the BlackBerry Classic in white. You can check out the full video, topic list, guest list as well as grab the audio file below. Remember, you can tune in live each Sunday at 8PM EST.

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Camera++ adds Passport support in latest version - 200 copies up for grabs for Passport owners

Not too long ago we posted a review of Camera++, an advanced camera application designed for both professional and amateur photographers. It offered an array of features and different modes so that users had more control over configuring and adjusting their images to capture the picture shot. From being able to setup a timer or image delay, set the capture mode between burst and normal, changing the EV Offset value, ISO mode, and White balance mode to adding a Geo tag, it offered convenient tools for daily use.

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AT&T Nextel Mexico

AT&T plans to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion in an effort to create a massive North American Mobile Service area that will be able to offer wireless access to 400 million people. The news comes a few months after AT&T announced plans to buy another Mexico-based wireless carrier, Iusacell, for $2.5 billion.

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Amazon Prime

If you're looking to become an Amazon Prime member, now is the time to do it as the retailer is offering the annual membership for just $72, down from its usual price of $99. In addition to the discount on the membership, Amazon is streaming all ten episodes of its original series Transparent for free to non-Prime members on January 24.

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Limited Edition Black & Gold BlackBerry Passport

When BlackBerry announced the black and gold BlackBerry Passport, there were only 50 available, truly making it a limited edition device. Those 50 were snatched up pretty quickly and shipped out just as fast as they've now started arriving at buyers' doors.

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If one were to go through the Camera and Photos folders on my BlackBerry you would find over 1,000 images. My BlackBerry remains my primary camera for capturing special moments and events. As such, there are times where I would like to share these photos without having to sit and upload each one separately. In those instances, a collage application allows you to quickly organize and share your story to friends, followers, and family members in a matter of moments.

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Valentine's Day BBM sticker packs now available in the BBM Shop

It's not yet February, but retailers have already begun gearing up for Valentine's Day so it seems fitting the BBM Shop would be ahead of the game as well. Two new Valentine's Day specific BBM packs have arrived and are available for $1.99 each.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 23, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Welcome to another edition of our roundup. What a week it has been. Not only did the AT&T BlackBerry Passport pass through the FCC and John Chen call for app neutrality but that pesky Samsung buyout rumor resurfaced. Finally, and you should pay attention to this, you should enter our Send a tweet and you could win a BlackBerry Classic contest.

Now it is 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.

Secure Notes – FileArchiveHaven

For those who wish to keep their notes or any other types of text safe from prying eyes can use this application. If locks down your notes in an encrypted database that no one can access but you. This application offers a simple layout and interface for storing and retrieving your notes. Users can categorize their notes by topic, add password protection, and change the theme (OS 10.3 for dark theme, white theme for OS 10.2.1 and lower). You can purchase this application for $0.99.

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Threaded SMS for BlackBerry 10

Looking to spruce up your text messages? This application allows users to change the appearance of their SMS. You can adjust the background, the color, and font including the types of bubbles. There is even an option to set your own Photo as your chat screen background. While this application works in the hub, you will have to send SMS messages from within the application to be able to access the customizable chat screen. While this version is free and limited, there is a paid version available for $0.99 for devices running OS 10.3 and lower.

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Clear Wall by Ghuyfel

While OS 10.3/10.3.1 gives us a screen devoid of icons, this application accomplishes the same concept and goes one step further and lets you set GIF files as wallpapers. It accomplishes this by recreating your desktop within the application. By doing so, you can set your own wallpaper for the main screen as well as the background for the shortcuts that are set when activated. You are giving certain shortcuts in the application including a browser (which you can set the homepage to a site of your choosing), compose email, calendar, and your social networks among others. There is also a built-in weather widget that you can access by swiping down from the middle of the screen. You can download this app for free, and it supports all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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Trivia Crack by Etermax

I am sure you all are familiar with this application but if not beware as it is extremely addictive. It is a game that pits you against your friends to see who has the most trivia knowledge. There are six categories with which to test your trivia prowess (Science, Entertainment, Art, Geography, Sports, and History), and each are represented by a character. The object of the game is to be the first person to collect all six of them. There are over 100,000 questions which means you will be occupied for quite some time. It is one of those fun games you can't put down. You can download it for free from the Amazon Appstore.

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Quick Draw by Toysoft Development

Whether you're an artist or an amateur, this application lets you quickly draw on a blank screen or load an existing image to draw something on it. Users only have to use their finger to act as a pen or pencil to create their unique designs. There is a toolbar with which you can select pencil size and color, create a new drawing, load a picture, and save or share the drawing. There is also an option to insert clipart into your drawing and an undo button in case you make a mistake. Quick Draw is fast and easy to use for all BlackBerry 10 devices. You can grab it for $0.99.

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What You Might Have Missed

Only Screenshots by qbo

From the developer that brought you Corky Notes and MAKE comes this simple and useful application. If you happen to take a lot of screenshots on your device, and I know for I certainly do when reviewing applications, then you will appreciate what it does. Only Screenshots is exactly how it reads. Instead of having to go through your device or photos application to find your screenshots, all you have to do is launch it, and all of them are there on display. You can delete, share, or view the details. This handy application is free to download for BlackBerry 10.

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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 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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Sprint, come join us. Please.

Sprint's taking the fight straight to T-Mobile and is offering customers of the Un-carrier a guaranteed minimum trade-in credit of $200 for their current working T-Mobile smartphone. That's in addition to the current contract buy-out offer (though T-Mobile ditched traditional contracts nearly two years ago) or up to $350 in credit to pay for their new Sprint phone.

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In this day and age, our smartphones are not only devices that organize our day and help us communicate with friends but they also document the important events. From capturing images or videos of those special moments, the only thing left to figure out is how to transfer the media to our friends and loved ones.

When it comes to videos, we are all aware of the 16MB limit on transferring files in BBM, as well as the 6MB limit before that. In addition, many service providers also place a limit on the file size of your attachments.

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BlackBerry Passport part of Amazon India Lightning Deals

If you live in India and are looking to grab a good deal on a BlackBerry Passport, Amazon has now placed the device on their site as part of their Lightning Deals. The listing drops pricing on the BlackBerry to Rs. 41,830.00 which is a savings of Rs. 8,160.00 (16%) but it's only good for the next seven hours at the time of this posting with 44% claimed thus far. If you want in on the deal, you should hurry up. You can view the listing right here.


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Three UK reportedly confirmed to be purchasing O2 for £10 billion

It was reported a few days ago that Three UK was looking to purchase O2 from Telefonica, and now the deal has reportedly been confirmed at a price of 10 billion pounds (roughly 15 billion US dollars) and is expected to be finalized Friday morning.

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BBM beta for iOS updated to v2.7.0.20

BBM beta for iOS updated to v2.7.0.20

Are you among the many beta testers for BBM on iOS? If so, you'll want to check Test Flight for the latest release. A new update has arrived as v2.7.0.20 and it has a few things for everyone to test out. Some of them are new, some of them apparently may have been reworked and just need more testing. You can have a look at the noted changes thanks to change log from BlackBerry.

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