BlackBerry Priv update pushing from AT&T

As promised, AT&T is now pushing its first update to the BlackBerry Priv, bringing along with it a number of changes. The update, which was released to unlocked phones last week, brings camera enhancements, security patches and more to the smartphone.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Media

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Media

And we're back! This week, we returned to a live broadcast to get everyone caught up on the latest BlackBerry news and discussion. Quite a few things on tap this week, such as Sprint finally rolling out BlackBerry 10.3.2, the Priv being sold through Walmart plus, new updates for BBM on BlackBerry 10 and Android. Settle in and check out the video or grab the audio download for playback at your leisure.

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Mobile Nations Weekly: Pixelated Humps

This train shows no signs of stopping.

At long last, the not-a-Nexus-but-kind-of Google Pixel C Android tablet has been unleashed upon the world. It's an interesting, if occasionally confusing and frustrating affair — not unlike the also-just-released Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

Speaking of confusing, Apple did some of that themselves by releasing their first iPhone battery case, the "Apple iPhone Smart Battery Case", which sent the tech internet into a tizzy over its new polarizing design.

Microsoft pounded the internet pipes last week, pushing out updates for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, and for the first time demonstrating their new ability to push updates to Windows Phones without getting hung up by the carrier approval process. Oh, and the Band 2 got music controls through an update and Microsoft backtracked a bit on changes to OneDrive.

All of this — and more — is just a click away in this edition of Mobile Nations Weekly!

Looking for the perfect tech gift? Check out our 2015 holiday gift guide!

CrackBerry — Privspansion

Picking up a little bit where we left off last week, BlackBerry and several Canadian carriers such as Bell, Telus and Rogers have now pushed out the first maintenance release for the Priv. This week also saw BlackBerry add Walmart to the list of retailers selling the Priv, something stock watchers appeared to like as the stock rose off the news had sold out shortly after being made available on the site. To close this one out, we also got some news from QNX as they have announced a new technology partnership with AdasWorks and will be working on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. We'll see more of this at CES 2016.

Android Central — New hardware, fresh emoji

After a bit of radio silence, Google came out to officially release the Pixel C tablet, and immediately put it up for sale. We have one in our hands, and will be working through it in the coming weeks. Right now, we have some first things to know about it, as well as a deeper look at the two keyboard options available.

In other pixel-related news (note the lower-case "p"), we took our first extended look at the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, collecting our impressions on it and then also debating whether you really need a 4K screen today. Know what else are made up of pixels? New emoji. You can get them in the latest update on Nexuses.

Back to hardware, Fossil's Q Founder Android Wear watch is finally shipping out, and we've taken our first look at it. It looks like a solid contender, and starting at $275 it won't break the bank. Expect more on this hardware, too, in the coming weeks.

And not to bring everyone down on a sad note, but let's all pour one out for Mailbox and Carousel — Dropbox is killing both apps.

Check our epic 8-part series on the complete History of Android

iMore — Do the Humpty Hump!

Don't stop. Won't stop. No sooner did we review the iPad Pro than Apple released yet more new products. Yes, this late in the year. Why? WHHHHYYYYY? Because they can. And they can also, apparently, break the internet with epic nerd-hurtery over humps and smarts. More on that in a moment.

We also got bits to go with the atoms, including iOS 9.2, tvOS 9.1, watchOS 2.1, and OS X 10.11.2. Phew! Update now and here's something to read while you wait!

Windows Central — Updates for everyone!

Microsoft this week pushed out Windows 10 build 10586.29 to both PC and Mobile at the same to users. The event is a great example of how there is truly just one OS now. Even more impressive was their ability to update the Lumia 950 on AT&T and other carriers. We explained how the new architecture in Windows 10 let Microsoft update the OS without carriers interfering.

The Microsoft Band 2 finally got music controls and they are super impressive. Browser extensions for Microsoft Edge are also super near.

For apps, the popular music creation app Figure by Propellerhead landed on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile ahead of Android. Uber also released their universal app for Windows 10, and it has a nifty Live Tile that shows all the Uber cars in your area and how many minutes away they are from you.

Finally, we went hands-on with the Xiaomi Mi4 with Windows 10 Mobile, reviewed the kid-friendly Kurio Smart two-in-one, tried the Kinect on Windows 10, and we gave the Vector Smartwatch a spin with our Lumia 950.

Kicked — Office Surfboards

This week on Kicked we show you a flying robot drone, a surfboard for the office, and custom-fit bluetooth earbuds! You'll also see a bike that's guaranteed not to be stolen and the fastest charging cable your smart device has ever crossed path with! Plus Dan gives you an update on his advent calendar while Kim expresses her intense dislike for the B-52s .

For the coolest crowd funding projects you need to know about (along with a few weekly antics) be sure to subscribe to the Kicked TV YouTube Channel and follow us on social media. We're active on Twitter, Facebook and of course Instagram.

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Amzer hybrid kickstand cases for BlackBerry Classic are only $4.95

This hybrid case provides serious protection against drops and scratches while sporting a built-in kickstand that can be used for watching movies and more. The inner-most layer is made of a shock absorbing silicone that sits underneath a thick plastic exterior.

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Grab three months of Spotify Premium for only 99 cents

Grab three months of Spotify Premium for only 99 cents

Now and then the fine folks at Spotify decide to go ahead and offer up a bit of a discount on their streaming music services premium offering and with the holidays right around the corner, they're once again in a generous mood. Right now, until the end of December, you can snag three months of Spotify Premium for just 99 cents provided you're new to the service.

  • Listen without the distraction of ads. - Party this holiday with uninterrupted music.
  • Play music with no phone service. - Download your music to listen on the train, airplane, or anywhere else.
  • Play any song. - Just search for the music you love and hit play.
  • Enjoy high-definition sound. - Experience 3x better sound quality with Spotify Premium.

It should go without saying that this is a pretty awesome deal but there is a slight catch that you will want to be aware of, and that's the fact that after the three months is up, the pricing will move to $9.99/month. Still, not bad if you're looking to give the service a go and are in an area where Spotify is supported, just don't forget about the billing once the three months is up.

Sidenote: If you can't sign up for premium via the Android app on BlackBerry 10, you might have to use the Spotify website to initiate your account. Not a big deal, just be aware of it.

Download Spotify from the Google Play Store for the BlackBerry Priv

Download Spotify from the Amazon Appstore for BlackBerry 10

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 11, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another busy week has passed us by and, of course, only so much space to fit it all in. We not only saw a BBM update for BlackBerry 10 and BBM for Android but the Priv's first software update for Canadian carriers as well. BlackBerry hit another milestone this week by once again being named a leader in Enterprise Mobile Management by Forrester Research.

Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all you 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.

Sudoku Puzzle World by Critical Hit Software

When it comes to playing games on my BlackBerry, I do tend to gravitate towards puzzle and word games. That being said, I cannot resist a good Sudoku game. It's more of an obsession really. Over the years, I've come across quite a few, whether it be an application or the old fashioned paper kind. So when I spied this version in the Amazon Appstore, I had no choice but to try it. Not only does it offer beautiful backgrounds and simple gameplay but there are four levels of difficulty as well (Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert). Players can enjoy endless, free Sudoku puzzles, earn achievements, and cycle the backgrounds or every puzzle if they wish. You can download Sudoku Puzzle World for free in the Amazon Underground (US, UK, Germany, and France only)

Learn how to install Sudoku Puzzle World from the Amazon Appstore

Print2PDF by ANSD Studios

Each and every day we use our devices to browse the internet. Whether you would like to read a page at a later time (without an internet connection) or save a page for another reason, there is Print2PDF. It effortlessly converts a web page into a PDF document to save on via internal or external memory. All you have to do is copy and paste the URL into the application and choose a location to save the file to. It's as simple as that. Please note, an internet connection is required to save the page. Print2PDF is available to download from BlackBerry World for $0.99 and is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 handsets.

Learn more / Purchase Print2PDF

Stocard – Rewards Card by Stocard GmbH

My keyring is always weighted down by loyalty cards, regardless of whether or not I use an application. Seriously, sometimes it is difficult to remove them from the ring! Before I digress any further, I turned to Google Play to find a decent loyalty card application for my Priv. As we all know, there are no shortage of apps to be found that serve this purpose. I happened to land upon Stocard. This simple and easy to use application offers a clean and elegant interface with which to store your rewards cards to use in stores.

There are over 1800 preset discount cards already in the database and it supports all major loyally cards ranging from drug stores, airlines, hotels, and auto clubs. If yours is not shown simply create a new one. In addition to storing your cards, it also provides coupons, discounts, and even the circulars or flyers from the stores you enter. Additional features include a location based-widget, Android Wear support, and ability to use Stocard for gift cards. Cards can be entered manually or by using your camera as a scanner.

Stocard is optimized for the US and Canada and is free to download in Google Play. Registration is required if you wish to utilize their cloud backup feature or you can backup with Google or Facebook.

Learn more / Download Stocard from Google Play

Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers) by OGQ

Personalization for me is a given. Whether it's BBOS, BlackBerry 10 or my BlackBerry Priv, I have to find a way to make my display shine. So off I went, browsing through the Google Play store to find an application to give my Priv a boost. Backgrounds is a lovely application with a beautiful collection of HD wallpapers for your device. It comes with an immense and eclectic range of wallpapers to satisfy those looking for something to match their personality and their obsessions with changing backgrounds on a daily basis. The team behind this application gather wallpapers from a variety of sources, including user submitted ones on Flikr, and upload on a regular basis.

There are over 30 categories for users to choose from and users can download and share their favorites. All of the images include the artist's information, license details, and URL. You can find this for free in the Google Play store. The application does run ads at the bottom of the screen.

Learn more / Download Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers) from Google Play

Business Time by bytebau

Our next application comes to us by way of a recommendation. I am always one to take user suggestions especially when it pertains to productivity and business. This is a small, simple tool which displays various timezones so you can plan meetings accordingly. You can assign locations to the world clock or meeting planner. It offers a plethora of features including theme support, over 22,000 worldwide locations, color coded locations/times, useful city and country information including weather, and an easy to use interface. This native application is free to try before you buy or you can purchase the full version for $1.99. It is optimized for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

Learn more / Purchase Business Time from BlackBerry World

Learn more / Download Business Time DEMO from BlackBerry World

What You Might Have Missed

LaunchMe by Toysoft Development Inc.

This headless application is a simple yet effective way of launching applications when you need them. All you have to do is open the application, select the applications you want to start automatically when your device wakes or turns on, and set the scheduled start and end time. Once set, all you have to do is sit back and let LaunchMe run in the background. The applications you enabled in settings will pop up instantly when you turn on your device but only during the scheduled times each and every day. You can purchase this native application from BlackBerry World for $0.99.

Learn more / Purchase LaunchMe 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, the BlackBerry PlayBook, or even Android Apps in the Google Play store for the BlackBerry Priv. 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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Top 10 holiday gifts for the movie nut

Top 10 holiday gifts for the movie nut

Make how you watch your favorite movies and TV shows better than ever before with these great gifts for the movie nut.

There's been talk of this being the golden age of television, but it's also a golden time for those that love movies. Not necessarily because there are great movies out there (there are, no doubt), but because it's never been easier to watch our favorite TV shows and movies. Combine large high-resolution screens on smartphones, speedy LTE connections, and services that stream our entertainment straight from the cloud, the options are nearly limitless. Check out some of our favorite products that can make your entertainment experience comfortable for everyone on the couch or find more amazing gifts in our extensive 2015 Holiday Gift Guide that expand beyond the home theater setup.

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QNX and AdasWorks team up to collaborate on Automated Driving Technology

Although it may seem as though things have been quiet on the QNX side of things for BlackBerry, it's really just the opposite. The BlackBerry subsidiary has been tremendously busy hosting webinars, attending conventions and conferences and not so quietly working innovations such as QNX OS for Safety and gearing up for CES 2016 where they will fully unveil their all-new Toyota Highlander concept vehicle.

Their latest news comes by way of the announcement that QNX and AdasWorks, who builds artificial intelligence-based software for automated driving, have forged a technology partnership focused on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. Together, the companies will be porting several AdasWorks functions, including lane detection, moving-object detection, and object classification, to QNX OS platforms. Ultimately, creating a software foundation for intelligent, multi-camera systems that enable automated driving by providing a 360-degree view of the area around the vehicle.

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BlackBerry World holidays sale offers some great apps for cheap!

Looking to score some great BlackBerry apps for cheap? You'll want to check out the holidays app sale going on in BlackBerry World right now if so. Many developers have reduced pricing on their apps and there's a little something for everyone in there. Of course, selection will vary depending on your device and region, but here's a breakdown of just some of the apps you'll find on sale right now.

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The popular geospatial messaging application Air Messages is a unique way for individuals all over the world to connect, communicate, and even advertise. Marco Gallo has been updating this project of his regularly and another version is available for users to download in BlackBerry World.

This version not only brings with it new custom air message pins for YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Skype but a few other updates as well. In addition, users can grab Air Messages for 50% off the regular price, $1.99 (normally $2.99), for a limited time for a special Christmas holiday sale.

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T-Mobile offers Verizon customers a free year of Hulu and 50% off select accessories

T-Mobile is making it sweeter for Verizon customers who want to make the switch to its network. We've already seen T-Mobile give its customers 3 months of unlimited data, as well as enticing offers for customers on other carriers. Sprint customers got an extra $200 when switching, while AT&T customers got discounts on accessories and savings on the iPhone.

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Priv Quick Tip: How to enable or disable physical keyboard gestures

Just like the physical keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport, the BlackBerry Priv keyboard is also touch-enabled allowing for keyboard gestures to be used. The keyboard gestures allow for such things as scrolling through web pages, fine cursor control plus, you can quickly flick predicted words onto the screen or should happen to make a mistake while typing, you can just swipe from right to left on the keyboard to delete words. It truly is an innovative addition to the keyboard experience but should you wish to disable the keyboard gestures, that's entirely possible as well. Here's how you can enable or disable them.

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BBM for BlackBerry 10

With the Android build already rolled out, BlackBerry has also updated BBM for BlackBerry 10 users. Essentially, it's the same version as it brings the exact same improvements to BlackBerry 10 devices such as the ability to search your BBM chats, contacts, groups and channels, like posts in your feed, request a contact's location with enhancements to Glympse and more.

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BlackBerry adds Walmart to the list of retailers selling Priv

Aside from rolling the Priv out to Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore, BlackBerry has also been working expanding retailer availability in the U.S. and Canada adding the likes of Best Buy, Staples and even our own ShopCrackBerry Canada to the mix. Now, they've added the world's largest retailer as well, Walmart.

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BBM for Android update brings new features, bug fixes and performance improvements

After having spent a bit of time in the BlackBerry Beta Zone, the latest build of BBM for Android has now arrived in the Google Play Store for all. Keeping in line with the BlackBerry 10 and iOS versions, this build adds multiple improvements to BBM such as the ability to search your BBM chats, contacts, groups and channels, like posts in your feed, request a contact's location with enhancements to Glympse and more. We've gathered up the full change log for you to dig through.

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BlackBerry Priv officially launched in Malaysia with a retail price of RM3,559

Adding another region to the growing list of areas which Priv is available, BlackBerry has now officially launched the device in Malaysia. Customers looking to pick up a Priv can now preorder the device through 11street with special offers in place if you're quick. The first 60 customers who preorder through 11street will be able to purchase Priv at a discounted price of MYR 3,388.

If you're not among the first 60 to preorder from 11street, you'll have another shot at getting Priv at a discount when it goes up for preorder at selected Blue Cube Outlets starting December 10, 2015, at the same price of MYR 3,388. If you miss out on those discounts, Priv will be available through 11street, Celcom, Maxis Enterprise, Tune Talk and other BlackBerry authorized partners, starting December 15, 2015 at an RRP of MYR 3,559. Shipping date through 11street is slated for December 17, 2015.

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These are the BlackBerry Priv and CrackBerry mystery box winners!

We rounded out the end of November with a couple of giveaways here at CrackBerry. We gave you all a second chance at winning a brand new BlackBerry Priv, and we also wanted to share more CrackBerry goodies with you all so we ran a contest for 5 boxes of swag. The month is over and it's time to announce who the winners of those giveaways are!

Let's get to it!

The winner of our second BlackBerry Priv contest is rocker_man1! Congratulations!

I would be thankful for a priv device for two different distinct reasons. First off I loved my BlackBerry Torch and would love to relive the slider keyboard device. More importantly though with every passing day google play services are being added to apps that have no reason for them. It is becoming a huge issue for me running my blog from my BlackBerry Passport. If I could keep much of what makes the Passport great while having every needed app at my fingertips I could be far more productive! I would also love Crackberry even more for it lol.

And the five winners of CrackBerry mystery swag are:

  • Matty
  • msedaros
  • NewtonEinstein
  • Omahahaha
  • Panomano

Congratulations to all the winners! I'll be reaching out soon via email to get your shipping info. Everyone else, you might want to keep an eye on the blogs for our next contest. It's the holiday season, and we're in a giving mood.

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Accomplishing tasks and reaching one's goals are important in both our business and personal life. When things become hectic and there isn't enough time, sometimes we need a little nudge. This is where LaunchMe comes into play. This headless application is a simple yet effective way of launching applications when you need them.

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Priv's first software update now available for Bell, Rogers and TELUS customers

Have a Priv on either Bell, Rogers or TELUS? You'll want to go ahead and check for software updates on your device if you haven't already. All three carriers have now started their push of the Priv's first software update otherwise known as build AAD027. As a reminder, we've outlined the changes in this release below.

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Forrester Research names BlackBerry a leader in Enterprise Mobile Management

Each year, Forrester Research, Inc. evaluates the most significant mobile device management vendors and this year, as they have in previous years as well, have named BlackBerry a leader in Enterprise Mobile Management. The BlackBerry solution portfolio of BES12 and Good Powered by BlackBerry scored among the highest in 14 of the 25 criteria measured by Forrester. As noted Forrester Research, "BlackBerry's strong network and data security paired with recently acquired Good Technology's containerization for new devices and application services will enhance its offering further and cement its leadership position."

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