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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Login issues with BlackBerry Travel have now beeen resolved

For those of you who follow our BBM Channel (C00012B19 - You follow right? We post 'smaller' news there often), we let folks know on Tuesday about an issue with BlackBerry Travel where attempting to sign in to the BlackBerry Travel app on the BlackBerry 10 smartphone, after entering your login credentials, a spinning circle icon would appear and the login would not complete.

Although it hasn't been updated in the BlackBerry Knowledge Base as of yet, it does appear as though the issue has now been resolved as the system is now accepting login requests as per normal. We'll update the post if the Knowledge Base changes with any additional information but for now, just try logging in. All should be fine.

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Do you own a BlackBerry Passport? Tell us why you love it!

Since the release of the BlackBerry Passport, we've heard plenty of testimonials as to why people love their BlackBerry Passport. On Amazon, in forum posts, in device reviews and more. BlackBerry has now put together a video sharing some of what people are saying about their BlackBerry Passport and why they love it.

Rather than just sharing the video though, we figured there's no better time to ask you all if you're a Passport owner, why do you love it? For me, it's the keyboard and that massive display plus, the fact that it doesn't really look like any other device on the market. As one admirer of my red Passport told me, 'it looks like a piece of art, not a smartphone.'

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AT&T BlackBerry Passport passes through the FCC

AT&T BlackBerry Passport passes through the FCC

In some slightly obvious but still somewhat surprising news, the AT&T BlackBerry Passport has just now slid through the FCC. Despite being announced at CES 2015, the actual submission to the FCC for the AT&T specific BlackBerry Passport was only submitted on January 7th, 2015. The next stop is almost certainly the actual arrival on AT&T and the FCC documents may possibly hint at that as well or at the very least break down a closer timeframe.

All of the confidentiality agreements with the FCC expire on January 22nd, 2015 with the exception of the photos the FCC normally takes of the device, user manuals and other tidbits we're not supposed to see so maybe AT&T will show availability soon? Here's to hoping. You can sign up for direct updates on the AT&T BlackBerry Passport through the AT&T site right here.

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Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, January 2015

It's time to bring you up-to-speed on the latest goings on at Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central in the first Community Update of 2015.

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Entry is now closed - Winner will be selected soon

The BlackBerry Classic is a new smartphone with that old familiar BlackBerry feel, and we know how badly some of you want to own one. The reintroduction of the toolbelt combined with the best keyboard on the market has given the Classic an irresistible draw for many people. We've done a few contests in the last couple of months, and given away several of these devices, and we're back again to give everyone one more shot at owning one of their very own. Keep reading to see how to enter to win!

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

BodyGuardz HD Anti-glare ScreenGuardz are custom designed to protect your BlackBerry Z10's screen while reducing annoying glare at the same time. Including 2 per package you can apply one right away and keep the extra for when it's time to replace yours, or share it with a fellow Z10 user!

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen calls for 'app neutrality'

John Chen calls for app neutrality

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has taken to the Inside BlackBerry Blog to share his thoughts on Net Neutrality and something he calls 'App Neutrality'.

The post is adapted from a letter sent to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, John Thune, the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Fred Upton, and Ranking Committee Members, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone Jr.

While Chen hits on topics such as the definition of net neutrality and carrier neutrality, it is perhaps his comments on app and content neutrality that will grab the most attention.

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Reminder Now, which rolled out to BlackBerry 10 in September 2014 has today been given a nice overhaul to version 3.0. As well as fixes and support for the BlackBerry Classic, the app has been given a breath of fresh air with a new user interface.

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