Skype gets updated with bug fixes and BlackBerry Passport support

Just a quick heads up for you BlackBerry 10 folk that use Skype on your devices. An update has hit BlackBerry World today and although it only offers bug fixes and BlackBerry Passport support, you'll want to grab it, to keep up to date.

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WhatsApp

As BlackBerry addicts BBM is clearly our number one instant messaging app of choice. But millions of us are still also using WhatsApp for staying in touch with buddies on other mobile platforms that refuse to use BBM for whatever reason, according to our recent poll.

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Instant

It was only very recently that Instant for BlackBerry 10 was updated to version 2.0 which gave us some nice extra features, along with support for the BlackBerry Passport.

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T-Mobile reports largest quarterly growth in company history

T-Mobile has just announced its third quarter 2014 financial report, showing strong growth in several areas. The carrier reported its biggest growth quarter in company history with adding 2.3 million customers in the third quarter alone. In addition the company is reporting that it has already reached its year-end goal for LTE coverage, already having covered 250 million Americans, and it is targeting 300 million by the end of 2015. The company also said service revenues grew 10.6 percent year-over-year to $5.7 billion.

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Kim Kardashian still loves her BlackBerry Bold

Kim Kardashian still loves her BlackBerry Bold

Over the years we've seen Kim Kardashian sporting many BlackBerry devices but, for the most part, those devices have always been from the Bold series. Bold 9000, Bold 9700, Bold 9900 - she's had them all at one point or another. Speaking with Kara Swisher during the Code/Mobile conference put on by Re/Code, Kim let it be known that even though she uses an iPhone and she has a BlackBerry Passport she's never even turned on, the BlackBerry Bold remains her favorite device.

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John Chen discusses the keys to executing a turnaround the right way

When John Chen took over as BlackBerry CEO back in November of 2013, he noted at the time that he was looking 'forward to leading BlackBerry in its turnaround and business model transformation for the benefit of all of its constituencies, including its customers, shareholders and employees'. That was a strong statement to make, but it showed he had immense confidence in the fact that he could actually do it. Now, the CEO has taken to LinkedIn to share some of his common strategies for executing a turnaround the right way.

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US Prepaid Carriers Buyer's Guide

US Prepaid Carriers Buyer's Guide

Sponsored by MetroPCS

With kids back in school and budgets tight, prepaid carriers are often the way to go for anyone with a smartphone. Instead of paying your monthly bill after having used your wireless service, you pay beforehand for a set bucket of data.

There are compromises to be made when signing up for a prepaid carrier, but for the most part, the added flexibility makes it all worth while. Conditions and service plans vary wildly across providers, but we're going to sort through the big ones and hopefully point you in the right direction.

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Shield your BlackBerry Z10's display with these awesome screen protectors—only $8.95 today!

These invisible protectors are made of an ultra-slim polymer and shield your screen from abrasives such as keys and dirt. Not only will you enjoy a scratch-free screen, but they also reduce annoying glare. Two birds with one stone! Get yours today and save 44% off the list price.

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Atomus HD

Just a quick heads up for you folk that like to take advantage of Amazon's 'free app of the day'. Atomus HD is todays offering and it may not be super exciting or productive, but it oozes awesomeness - trust me.

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Each year at this time, we gather around carving pumpkins, collecting candy, and choosing our costumes. Halloween is almost here and what better way to celebrate it than with a spooky Halloween game to keep you or your child busy.

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Heads up! We've got BlackBerry Mini-USB car chargers available today for just $3.95!

This OEM car charger works great for any mini-USB device while traveling. The coiled style cable helps conserve space in the vehicle and stretches to any passenger when needed. Today you can get yours for 84% off the list price, while supplies last!

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Best Buy and Future Shop offering the TELUS BlackBerry Passport for $199.99

If you're looking to grab a BlackBerry Passport in Canada and spend the least amount possible, then Best Buy or Future Shop can save you a little bit of coin as long as you don't mind signing up for a TELUS 2-year contract. Right now, both retailers are offering a $199.99 deal until October 30th across their big box locations.

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The BlackBerry 10.3 lockscreen is magical!

The BlackBerry 10.3 lockscreen is magical!

We all know BlackBerry 10.3 is great and has a ton of improvements over previous iterations of BlackBerry 10 but did you know it was magical as well? If not, hit play on the video above from J_Caloy and check it out. Pretty awesome, you won't believe it!

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We all love a good freebie and we have had many articles here on CrackBerry where developers have given away a bunch of their apps for free. This weekend you're in for a bit of a treat. A handful of developers have come together to offer you a great big app giveaway. We're talking about almost 20,000 free copies between ... developers. In some cases, developers are giving away free copies of a few of their apps. All exclusive to CrackBerry readers. So, without further ado lets get through the list.

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Space Ball Evolution

You'll need steady hands for this one but if you're up for the challenge then this free version of Space Ball Evolution for BlackBerry 10 may well have you addicted. If you head on over to BlackBerry World I'm afraid to say that the description is slightly over the top. The game is far more simple than the descriptions that the developer has used but of course he is trying to sell the concept to you.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for October 24, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another week has just flown by and it has been a busy one indeed. We saw the latest and greatest version of Blaq released with a plethora of new features, UI tweaks, settings, and other notable additions, the announcement of CESlive 2015, and saw how celebrity chef and host Tyler Florence loves his BlackBerry.

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.

Rumminy by Heris IT

First up this week is a new take on the classic Rummy or ginrummy card game. Rumminy is an online multiplayer game where you can compete against a friend, find a player, or against a random opponent. The objecto f the game is to dispose of all of the times in your hand. These combinations may consist of tiles of three or four successive numbers of the same color or three or four pieces of the same number but different colors. The game itself is quite fun as you try to figure out your next move. There is also a chat option for speaking with your opponents. The features I would like to see is being able to delete an invite for non responsive players and end a game. Rumminy is free to download for BlackBerry 10.

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eWallet for BlackBerry 10 by ILIUM SOFTWARE, INC.

While this application is not exactly new to the storefront, that doesn't mean we can't take a look at it. Previously available for BBOS, the developer released this Android port to secure your personal and financial information. For those who utilize eWallet on their PC and other devices this fully functional version lets you sync your information across multiple platforms. This includes credit card information, passwords, bank accounts, health information, and even security verification questions. With it's 256-bit AES encryption you can store, access, and create different wallets for all members of your family. The application is $9.99 and does not include the cost of the Windows, MAC OS or Tablet version.

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Email Organizer by NandkumarRS

Back in my BBOS days, I used to be able to set filter rules on BIS to organize and automatically sort emails. To fill in the gap on BlackBerry 10 is Email Organizer. It allows you to create rules for your email accounts on your device rather than on the server. All you have to do is create the rule and leave it running in the background (it is not headless). Setting up each of your rules is easy. Simply choose the email address from the dropdown list, select the folder you wish to send the message to, and pick which contact(s) you would like the rule to apply to on incoming email messages. Once those options are set, tap on save and agree to run the rule and that is it. All emails from those individuals will be automatically filed according to your selection. In addition, rules may be edited and deleted. For $0.99 this is a useful feature to organize your emails.

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Tiny Thief by Rovio Stars Ltd.

In this medieval adventure game your unconventional hero, the aforementioned thief, must pilfer select items without being detected by the guards. Each stage has its own level of difficulty and you maneuver your character by clicking and interacting with various objects on the screen. The visuals are clean and adorable and runs well on my BlackBerry Passport. If you find you have some free time and need a whimsical break you can purchase this for $2.99 in the Amazon Appstore.

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7 Minute Workout by BigStudio

In this day and age sometimes going to the gym or finding the time to exercise is not an option. This application utilizes the 7-minute technique that provides a high intensity workout using only your body weight, a chair, and a wall. It aims to give you the fitness benefits of a full workout but in much less time. There are twelve exercises you perform with a ten second transition for a total of seven minutes to complete the circuit. 7 Minute Workout is $1.99 and eliminates the need for additional equipment.

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What You Might Have Missed

Blink by Hill Studios

Previously available as a beta only application, Blink finally made its debut this past week. If you are not already familiar, it is a third party Twitch client for BlackBerry 10. Using this application you can browser currently streaming games and channels, view streams in full screen, play streams on second display via HDMI or Miracast, view profiles, follow/unfollow, search for games, channels, and users, and chat with other users. In order to work properly, your BlackBerry 10 device needs OS 10.3. Blink is free to download.

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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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BlackBerry to hold a 'Build for the BlackBerry Classic' webcast for developers

With the BlackBerry Classic due to be released in the coming month, BlackBerry want to make sure there will be apps available for the device come its release. As we know the BlackBerry Classic brings back the so called 'toolbelt' that encompasses the trackpad, menu and back keys, as well as a call and end key. Hence, the name 'Classic'. This does mean that apps need to be developed differently to the way in which they would be developed for the other BlackBerry 10 devices currently available. So, BlackBerry will be holding a webcast entitled 'Building for the BlackBerry Classic' to help developers create those apps.

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It wasn't too long ago that I told you about a handy productivity application from Tundra Core Studios called Hub Browser. It's main purpose is to grant users quick and easy access to links sent via text, email, or any other location in the BlackBerry 10 OS, without having to leave the Hub or current application.

Plain and simple, instead of your device launching the BlackBerry 10 browser each and every time you tap on a link, it allows you to view from within the application you are currently using. This means no switching back and forth between applications which saves you time.

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We're taking 50% off these durable clip holsters for BlackBerry Q10 today!

The Seidio Spring Clip Holster holds your BlackBerry Q10 securely in place, and then lifts for quick access.Both the felt liner and the face-in design protect your screen from scratches and a signature soft touch coating provides an added grip. The back clip can be rotated in both vertical and horizontal positions, too. Get yours today for just $14.95.

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Call Manager Pro

Before you think to yourselves "Oh, just another call blocking app" bear with me as this one is kind of special and has a massive array of features - so please read on. The bad news is that after writing this I then discovered that it is only available for 10.3 and above.

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