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Our Top 10 Favorite BGR BlackBerry Leaks!

In a blog post on the official Inside BlackBerry blog yesterday, CEO John Chen relayed word that the company will be cracking down on leaks. In addition to the company putting in place more measures to prevent leaks from happening in the first place, BlackBerry will also show no mercy in legally going after those who choose to leak (and get caught doing it of course). You can view my thoughts on leaking here

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BlackBerry 10 the first mobile OS to receive "full operation capability" authorization for US Department of Defense networks

The process for getting approval to operate new tech on the networks of the United States Department of Defense is arduous — national security and all that — but today BlackBerry announced that BlackBerry 10 is the first mobile operating system to have achieved Full Operational Capacity. This is the last step in the approval process, which is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency, and follows an Approval to Operate certification issued by DISA back in August 2013. Said John Sims, President of Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry:

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Accessory Roundup - Enter to win an external charger for your device!

One of my favorite accessories for all of my BlackBerry devices is a good spare or external battery. In the case of the BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Z10, the battery charger bundle is both an external and spare battery. You can charge up a spare to use in the device, or simply plug in the microUSB to use it as an external charger.

The tBlackBerry Z30 doesn't have this luxury however since there is no removable battery. While either of the battery charger bundles can work as an external battery for the Z30 to give it some extra juice, the BlackBerry 2100mAh Mobile Power Charger Micro-USB is packing a ton of juice that will keep your Z30 juiced up on the go when you need it the most.

You can check out our full selection of spare batteries and external chargers at ShopCrackBerry.com. There is one available for nearly every device, so no matter what you're using you should be able to find the one you need.

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Freemium Rising

“I think everybody’s happy with free-to-play for now.” That's Kyu Lee, founder of Gamevil, a veteran mobile game developer with more than a decade of experience. They’ve been churning out freemium games — free to download and play, but full of in-app purchases — at a solid clip for years now, resulting in plenty of players and a well-known RPG series.

Will Stallwood, founder of Cipher Prime, is on the other side of the fence, saying, “Having a paywall is almost disgraceful.” Cipher Prime has been carefully crafting paid games since 2008. The music is amazing. The gameplay is varied and polished. The graphics are beautiful. You won’t find ads or purchase prompts anywhere. Playing any of their titles is a pure experience.

On the one side are established developers that are casting a wide net and trying to maintain user loyalty. On the other you find a group of independents trying to maintain the experiential integrity of a game, and leaving players alone once they’ve paid up. Which one is doing it right?

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

For today only, purchase the BlackBerry Premium 1.8A Micro-USB In-Vehicle Charger and save over 50% off the list price!

This compact 1.8A charger powers your BlackBerry smartphone up to twice as fast, and is also compatible with your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet or any micro-USB Bluetooth headset. The cable is 7ft long and coiled for easy storage!

List Price: $29.99   Today Only: $13.95

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Help Bear get his sugar fix in Bouncy Bear

Help Bear get his sugar fix in Bouncy Bear

I came across a cute little game over the weekend and it may appeal to some readers, so I thought I'd share it with you -- Bouncy Bear. It follows the premise of other popular games where you have to perform certain actions for the lead character to do in order to collect items at each stage. In this case you have to help Bear collect the candy at each stage but more important the cupcake. The candy is optional, if you collect all three during each stage then of course the higher the score, but you won't move on without getting the cupcake to give Bear his sugar fix.

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CricHQ

I'll be honest and say that not being a cricket fan I've never heard of CricHQ.com, but it must be a pretty big deal as BlackBerry have today sent our the following press release. 

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Another day and yet more BlackBerry good news out of India. It was only very recently that we told you that the Z10 was back in stock in India after selling out following the promotional price. It seems that BlackBerry have decided to go along the same route with the glorious Z30 as for the next 60 days you can snap it up for just Rs. 34,990.

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Can You Survive

Here's a quick heads up about a new free game which is just as annoying, yet addictive as the likes of Flappy Bird or Squiggle Racer. Can You Survive sees you controlling a 2D box that must jump over obstacles in order to complete the level. 

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BlackBerry Newsstand being discontinued as of April 30th

Although I'm not entirely sure what level of usage BlackBerry Newsstand saw in its time, if you've used the services in the past you likely have now received an email letting you know that it will be discontinued as of April 30, 2014 and will no longer be available for download on the BlackBerry World storefront. If you've not received it, we have a copy below.

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ShopCrackBerry Spring Sale: Save 20% on all BlackBerry accessories!

Spring is finally here! Well, according to the calendar at least. It's warming up now, the snow is melting and it's almost time to get back outside and enjoy the weather. That means you'll want to make sure your BlackBerry is up the challenge as well.

To celebrate the end of winter, you can stock up on some toys for your BlackBerry and save 20% on ALL BlackBerry cases and accessories at ShopCrackBerry.com during our Spring Sale (now through 3/31). To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code Spring14 during the checkout process. FREE shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic US / Canada), and you have lots of payment methods beyond standard credit card including Amazon payments, Paypal and Bitcoin!

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What’s going on with BlackBerry’s SVP of Software resigning?

Last night, in BlackBerry-related news, we found out that the well-regarded Senior VP of Software, Sebastien Marineau, has resigned from BlackBerry to accept a position of VP of Core OS at Apple. BlackBerry felt that its soon-to-be former executive violated their agreement so they brought the matter before the courts and prevailed.

For those unaware, Sebastien Marineau came over as part of the QNX acquisition, and worked very closely alongside Dan Dodge for many years. He’s a core OS guy, and his team was largely responsible for the creation of BlackBerry 10, in addition to owning the development of the micro kernel that drives it all.

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Following up on today's post from BlackBerry CEO John Chen on how he plans to crack down on leaks, we thought it would be fun to take a little trip down memory lane and check out some of our favorite leaks from the years gone by. There are actually many more than I remembered, so we kept this one to device-related leaks and exclusives as well, that tends to be where most of us get the MOST excited.

We've arranged them all here in chronological order for your viewing pleasure, starting with the oldest (in 2007) and working forward to the modern era of BlackBerry 10 phones. Enjoy the trip down memory lane!

November 2, 2007

1 of 10 - Evidence that the BlackBerry Curve 8300 can record video!

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen lays down the law for leakers

Leaks are nothing new in the BlackBerry world — they've been around forever and are just part of the game. Sure, they've slowed down a lot in the last few years, but every now and then we'll see an unreleased device, image or OS show up with some juicy new info to feed the rumor mill.

Until now, BlackBerry hasn't really made any public gestures against leaks or the leakers. CEO John Chen took to the blogs today however to change that and let everyone know exactly where he stands. When it comes to leaks of unreleased products — Chen says "we must take strong action."

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Hello again readers! Dear Berry is here once again with a mailbag full of BlackBerry questions and woes. Today's question comes from Meir who asks:

How can I drop one call on a Z10 and continue talking to the other call? ‎This question applies to either; when I was on a call and another call came in middle, I pick up the new call which places my first call on hold. I then want to drop one of the calls and continue speaking to the other person, or when I make a conference call and at one point would like to drop one of the participants.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q10

For today only, purchase the BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Q10 and save 55% off the list price!

The BlackBerry Flip Shell case offers full protection around your BlackBerry Q10 in a durable, lightweight shell made from hand-crafted, genuine leather. The front of the case flips down, exposing the screen and keyboard of your Q10. The message notification light is visible through the front flap so you always know when to check your phone, even while it's being protected.

List Price: $39.99   Today Only: $17.95

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Secure Work Space on iOS and Android gets FIPS 140-2 certified

BlackBerry has kicked up the security not only on their own devices, but also on Android and iOS. They've announced today that Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is now Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certified.

FIPS 140-2 is a huge certification when it comes to government spaces, and now security conscious organizations in US and Canada can safely deploy Secure Work Space in these environments. This security extends to both data-at-rest and data-in-transit for iOS and Android devices, meaning that all data is secure while within the enterprise.

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Z10

Back at the start of March (2014) we told you that the BlackBerry Z10 had sold out in India after the company had reduced its price and had sold over three times as many devices as they expected. The good news is that the Z10 is now back in stock if you fancy picking one up. 

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We've featured our fair share of tennis games over the last year or so for BlackBerry 10, but not table tennis that I can recall. Real Table Tennis is another great game that unfortunately you won't find in BlackBerry World (at the time of publication), but you can grab it from the third party Android store Snap. 

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SayIt

For SayIt users you'll be pleased to hear that version 3.2 is now in BlackBerry World and contains not only some fixes but a small selection of rather important features. 

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