Last chance to save 20% on accessories at ShopCrackBerry!

Labor Day is now behind us but the opportunity to still save 20% on any BlackBerry accessory surely isn't!

It's back to the daily grind. But, it's not all bad: There's still time left to get your orders in for cases, chargers, batteries, screen protectors and more here at ShopCrackBerry. You'll want to get any unfinished shopping done today, though, because after midnight tonight this awesome discount will no longer apply.

So, take advantage of coupon code: 14LD upon checkout and enjoy the savings!

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Verizon rolling out OS for BlackBerry Z30 owners

Although some folks have seen it arrive a bit earlier, it seems as though Verizon has now pushed another round of updates for BlackBerry Z30 owners. This time, software release, OS version is appearing via the OTA update system. The change log is recycled from previous release but we know the update includes general bug fixes and improvements over the previous releases.

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BlackBerry Passport launch events to be hosted on Sept 24th

BlackBerry is being a little coy in their announcement but with the tag line 'See the bigger picture' it can only really mean one thing. We have launch party and announcements coming for the BlackBerry Passport.

On September 24, all eyes will be on BlackBerry as we host exclusive, invite-only events in Toronto, London and Dubai to show off… well I guess you'll have to wait and see.

You're not fooling us BlackBerry. We've been waiting for months now for this announcement. Needless to say, we'll be coming to you from the event in Toronto (and probably London) so mark your calendars, save the date and we'll be bringing you more soon.

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Deal of the Day: CrackBerry Leather Horizontal Case for BlackBerry Q10

This stylish CrackBerry Case is made of a fine, durable leather that features a fixed belt clip on the back to secure to your waist, pocket or purse. It provides you and your BlackBerry device a sleek, professional look while keeping it safe from drops and scratches at the same time. Available in 4 colors and is 53% off today!

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Pinguin is a location based app. It lets you save your favorite locations also allowing you to add a picture to the location too. We first looked at the app back in January 2014. The developer had attended one of the Jam Camp events for students held by BlackBerry last summer, 2013. It has become a very popular app. Pinguin has just been updated to v3.0. It's a big update that brings a new design, enhanced location tagging, backup options and lots more.

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The BlackBerry Passport teases us with another video appearance

Another day and another nice slice of Passport news. We've already seen the next BlackBerry 10 flagship a few times on video and once again it's teasing us prior to its official launch.

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Uk TV Guide

If you want to turn to your BlackBerry to see what's on the TV here in the UK I've found a pretty sweet solution which is a native Blackberry 10 app. UK TV Guide is available to download from BlackBerry World and is currently priced at £1.50, but some of you can get the application for free thanks to developer who has given us 200 copies to give away.

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It's important to remember that BlackBerry is more than just a smartphone manufacturer

It hasn't quite been a year yet since John Chen accepted position as BlackBerry CEO, but in the time he's been there the company has gone through a lot of changes for the better. They have a renewed focus, new leadership, and have made a reach back to their business roots all while moving forward with Project Ion, investments in NantHealth, and the opening of the BlackBerry Technology Solutions Business Unit to expand usage and control of their global portfolio of 44,000 patents including those for Paratek and Certicom.

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Microsoft begins to drop 2 GB file size limit for OneDrive

Microsoft is prepping to drop the 2GB file size limit for OneDrive. Right now a small number of users can upload files larger than 2GB in size to OneDrive. Users on Reddit were the first to notice a change, with Microsoft sharing a statement to The Next Web to confirm the file size limit changes.

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ARKick updated with tweaks and bug fixes

Augmented Reality app ARKick only saw an update a couple of weeks ago, a big update at that but that doesn't stop the developer from working on improving the user experience. Our hands-on with ARKick v2.0 did raise some issues and the developer went straight to work to address the concerns made by users. This is always good to see, showing the developer and community working together to make apps better.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Premium Micro-USB 1.8A Charger

The BlackBerry Premium Micro-USB 1.8A Charger is made for maximum portability. Use it at home, the office, to the airport or anywhere life takes you! The 6ft. power cable maximizes flexibility and the folding blade design makes it easy to store. Today we're dropping the price to just $14.95; that's 63% off!

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I was having a think about the applications I use most on my BlackBerry the other day when I realized that even though I have Skype installed I never use it. Although we have the Android version of Skype available for BlackBerry 10 users, it is a shame that we didn't ever get a native version, although the Android one does a decent job.

I can remember that prior to Skype being made available for BB10 it was one of those 'must have' apps that was missing from BlackBerry World. Whenever apps were discussed on the CrackBerry podcast or in the forums it was Skype that was always top of the list of missing apps.

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Bold 9930

Rocking a BlackBerry OS 7 device on Idea Cellular in India? Here's something that may be of interest to you, as BlackBerry announced today that it is collaborating with Idea in providing a 1GB data plan to all postpaid customers running a BlackBerry OS 7 device for just Rs. 83 ($1.4) a month, or an annual fee of Rs. 999 ($16.5). The caveat here is that the plan covers 1 GB 2G data.

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More BlackBerry Blend details leak - System requirements, supported OS and more!

Although we've been tracking the existence of BlackBerry Blend for what seems forever now, even before it was called BlackBerry Blend, the offering has yet to be officially announced or even commented on by BlackBerry. Given the fact it has been appearing on a larger scale in BlackBerry OS 10.3, it's highly expected it will finally be made official with the BlackBerry Passport.

A new leak showing off the software has now appeared and while some of it still appears to be based off of dummy data or demo data, it does offer the best look yet at how end users will interact with BlackBerry Blend and what you can do with it. Plus, it also offers some finer details such as the system requirements you will have to meet in order to make use of the software.

With BlackBerry Blend you can:

  • View and respond to some messages and chats from different accounts in the BlackBerry Hub.
  • Access your BBM chats, groups, and BBM Channels.
  • Access your text messages (SMS).
  • View your daily, weekly, or monthly agenda.
  • Create new calendar entries and change existing entries.
  • Copy and transfer your files between your device and computer or tablet.
  • Open a browser with a secure connection to view private information from your organization's intranet, if your device is associated with a BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.
  • Tasks that you might have previously completed using BlackBerry Desktop Software or BlackBerry Link can now be completed using BlackBerry Blend, including: Backing up and restoring device data, Switching to another device, Copying pictures, videos, and music between a computer or tablet and your BlackBerry 10 device.

From ChatBlend, to Fuse to BlackBerry Blend. It has been a long road for this software to come out but it would seem as though all the waiting is coming close to an end. Hopefully. I'm just glad I no longer look like a crazy person talking to myself while proclaiming BBM was coming to the desktop in some way. It has only taken well over a year but I'll take it.

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From the Editor's Desk: September

From the Editor's Desk: September

The month of September is finally upon us and while things might be a little bit slow this weekend due to Labor day long weekend, September is the month many of us have been looking forward to and it's going to be rather busy. As we learned back in June during the Q1 2015 Earnings Report, BlackBerry is planning to make a full announcement surrounding the BlackBerry Passport this month and we will be covering everything that goes along with it such as a full review and more!

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Order on the go with Shopping for Amazon

From the developer of Shopping for eBay, we also now have Shopping for Amazon. As the name suggests it's an app that allows you to shop around Amazon. We don't have an official Amazon app available but that's where our developer community jumps in to provide us with third party options. Of course, you can use the BlackBerry 10 browser but with an app, specifically Shopping for Amazon, you can get a few extras.

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Deal of the Day: 83% off BlackBerry Micro-USB Travel Charger

This OEM Micro-USB Charger features folding blades that make it easy to carry with you while traveling and reaches 3 feet in length. You'll receive a constant, reliable charge every time you plug it into your BlackBerry device. And, today, it's available for only $4.95 so don't miss your chance to save big!

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Amazon GameCircle will be supported on the BlackBerry 10 Android Runtime

When it comes to the BlackBerry 10 Android Runtime, there's been plenty of debate about whether or not it's good enough to fill the 'app gap' on BlackBerry 10. When the Amazon Appstore deal was announced I was rather skeptical about it all because right now, on official BlackBerry 10 releases the Android Runtime still has what I consider to be a few issues of concern.

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Earlier on this week we asked the question if you would like to see a BlackBerry Passport without a physical keyboard. With the two next BlackBerry 10 smartphones that we know about sporting a hardware keyboard, whether we will see another all touch flagship model anytime soon remains up in the air.

Although the current flagship device, the BlackBerry Z30, is an all touch smartphone, BlackBerry are going back to their roots with the Passport and the Classic, although the Passport clearly has some new funky technology built into its keyboard.

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