Boss Alert! Last chance to save 20% on BlackBerry accessories!

Listen up, everyone. The boss is returning tomorrow, which means this is your last opportunity to make a sweep through ShopCrackBerry and save 20% on everything there, including cases for your BlackBerry Z10, that spacious 64GB MicroSD Card you've been wanting or even a couple extra USB cables and chargers to keep around the house.

The Boss is Away Sale officially ends midnight tonight, so get your orders in and don't forget to apply coupon code: BOSS14 upon checkout for that instant 20% discount.

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

This BlackBerry Charger is made for maximum portability. Use it at home, take it with you to the office, to the airport or anywhere life takes you! You'll be able to keep your mobile device charged and ready wherever you go. Its compact, folding-blade design makes it easy to store in your bag, too. Today you can grab one (or two) and save 58% off the regular list price!

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JoyJoy

If you have the Amazon Appstore installed on your BlackBerry 10 handset you'll know that they give away a paid app for free each day. Today they have a game up for grabs called JoyJoy and I thought it was worth checking out. And I'm sure glad I did as it's a right bobby dazzler!

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By now, most folks have heard of BlackBerry Blend. It has leaked out in so many ways now, I lost track. It's in BlackBerry OS builds, presented itself in Power Point presentations, it's even preloaded in the new BlackBerry 10.3 out of box set-up files and the icon is present on official images of the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic and still, BlackBerry refuses to confirm its existence outside of a few Enterprise events where folks have seen it behind closed doors or otherwise in private.

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From the Editor's Desk: BlackBerry in the media

From the Editor's Desk: BlackBerry in the media

It's Sunday and time for another From the Editor's Desk. This weekend, for me personally, has been a rather slow one as it's Natal Day weekend in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. My time was spent with my son watching movies, checking out fireworks, and really just taking some time to relax and get ready for the week ahead.

So, rather than going on some long winded rant about how I feel about the BlackBerry landscape right now, I figured I'd draw some attention to how others are feeling about BlackBerry. Why? Because it's important to recognize how people outside of the BlackBerry world feel about the company. We've all read the doom and gloom articles for several years now but recently there's a different tone coming out in the media.

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Tutti Bugs

It's not everyday we see a truly awesome native game arrive in BlackBerry World, but Tutti Bugs falls into that category if you ask me. Free to download for BlackBerry 10, it's a sure fire way of keeping you entertained, whether for just a few minutes, or if you have some serious gaming time on your hands.

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Deal of the Day: 67% off Mobi S-Line Case for BlackBerry Z10

The Mobi Products S-Line Case is a slim, form-fitting TPU case that wraps around your BlackBerry Z10 to protect against drops and scratches while providing a better grip. It also sports a unique "S" design on the back, giving your device a personalized look. Available for just $4.95 today, this case comes in purple, pink, teal, green and white.

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7digital Music Store for BlackBerry 10 updated with bug fixes

If you decided to transition your music from BlackBerry World to the 7digital Music Store app on BlackBerry 10, you'll want to make sure you have the latest version installed. A new update to the 7digital Music Store has now arrived in BlackBerry World and although the change log is small, there's some important changes within it such as improvements for saving your music to your SD Card.

  • Fix for issue saving to SD Card
  • Fix for missing featured albums
  • Fix for Canadian English store sending French emails

The update is live now, so there shouldn't be any waiting for it to arrive. For those who like to keep track of version numbers, it goes from 5.69.5.1 to 5.69.6.1. Are you using the 7digital Music Store or did you look elsewhere for music purchases now? Let us know.

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We all know big name apps don't make their way to the BlackBerry platform. Some developers do officially submit their Android port into BlackBerry World and for those who don't we have means of sideloading them on BlackBerry 10 devices. However, not everyone likes to install Android ports and so some developers to go work to bring us third party versions built in the native BlackBerry 10 language so it runs smoother. We have the likes of iGrann, Whine, Snap2Chat. Spo2fy is coming and from the same developer a third party Tinder client is now available to download from BlackBerry World.

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Check out the all-new CrackBerry header!

Check out the all-new CrackBerry header!

If you've visited iMore, WP Central or even Android Central in the past little while, you will have noticed they all got a little bit of a makeover. Now, the time has come for CrackBerry to roll it out as well. If you're on your desktop or using your mobile browser (Things are still moving around for the mobile version so chill if it doesn't look just right yet, it will soon.), look up top. You'll see that glorious new header that was lovingly designed to help making getting around CrackBerry even easier.

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Unlock your phone legally starting today

President Obama to sign phone unlocking bill into law

President Obama will today sign a bill into law that will allow American citizens to legally unlock their phones in order to take them to another cellular carrier, either in the United States or abroad. The President announced his intent to sign the bill last week. The new law is only a temporary measure, and is only valid until 2015.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for August 1, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Not only is today Friday but it is the first of a brand new month and that is always a good thing. This has certainly been a busy here at CrackBerry. There have been so many app giveaways this week I hope you all are enjoying them! Also, you don't want to miss the Boss is Away Sale to get 20% off all accessories at ShopCrackBerry.

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 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.

Pocket Bombs Classic by Rion Carter

If there is one thing I love it is retro games. Being that I happened to grow up on the originals I guess there is nothing like nostalgia. This game has been around for a while but only recently brought to my attention. Pocket Bombs is a critical mass chain reaction game you can play either against the computer or with up to three friends. It owes its roots to the "Bombs" game from the on the Newton Messagepad. Your goal is to strategically place multiple bombs in key areas to create chain reactions and take control of your opponents' squares. Users may adjust the difficulty levels including the grid size (height and width) and the style of the gameboard itself. These include classic (based on the original), invade (i.e. Space Invaders inspired theme), or Dark (similar to the classic tile-flipping games). Pocket Bombs supports BlackBerry 10 and is available to download for $.99. Not to mention it is extremely frustrating and hard to play.

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Days Lived by PRYNK

A suggestion from the mailbag, this next application is quite unique but you already knew that from the name. By entering in your birthdate, it calculates the days, years, months, weeks, and minutes you have walked upon the earth. It will also calculate the time passed since you were married if you enter in that date as well. A fun part of this application is the interesting facts section where you can actually edit activities such as the number of days slept, eaten, cooked, slept, etc. This is a fun application and free to download for BlackBerry 10.

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Premium Theme and Shelves by Raluca Vlad.

As someone who is used to themes and customizing my BlackBerry this application, finding and trying this application I discovered in the forums was a no brainer. It offers a quick way to change your backgrounds as well as added some shelves to make your homescreen icons stand out. There are over 150 HD wallpapers to choose from in the premium version and these designs give your compatible device a whole new look. While the free version limits you to four designs the full version is only $.99. I also must add that it has Built for BlackBerry status so you know the performance is solid and smooth. It is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices save the Z3.

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File Manager by Free Apps

This application supports BlackBerry 10 as an Android Port but I chose it more for it's compatibility with most BBOS devices and the BlackBerry PlayBook. On those operating systems, this full-featured file manager is quite useful. In terms of performance, it's fast and quick and you can easily go from one folder to the next in a blink of an eye. The UI is rather simple but when you care more about functionality and being user-friendly I don't mind the simple colors against the white background. Users can copy, paste, change the view from list or gried, zip and unzip files, and create and delete folders and directories. You can find it for $.99 at the link.

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Notepad by Pixatel

Browsing through the Amazon Appstore this week I came across this clean and straightforward note-taking application. The interface allows for easy access to create, search, and sort your notes in the field below. One of the added features of this application is not just that you can change the background and toolbar color of the interface and color code the notes, but that it has a text to speech option included as well. What this means is that you can have your notes read back to you and adjust the pitch and speed in preferences. There is a free version with ads available for download and the pro version is available as an in-app purchase for $.99. While this is from the Amazon store I have tested it on my Z30 and Q10 using only their respective official OS and have experienced no issues.

How to install Android apps from the Amazon Appstore

What You Might Have Missed

Spo2fy by Nemory Studios

Nemory Studios is at it again, this time developing the first and only native Spotify Client for BlackBerry 10. While this application is still in its infant stages there have been some additions since we last took a look at it. It now offer search filters, view album profile and tracks, view playlist tracks, error message, now playing page, and bug fixes and improvements. As it's in its early stages (Super Alpha Version as he calls it), not everything works but if you have a BlackBerry Beta Zone account you can give it a try. Be sure to leave feedback and check it out in the forums as well.

You can sign up for a BlackBerry Beta Zone account for free. Please note, that Beta Zone is not available in all regions.

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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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Deal of the Day: 58% off BlackBerry Transform Hardshell Case for Z30

The BlackBerry Transform Shell not only protects against those unforeseen drops, but also folds out to prop up your device in both portrait and landscape positions. This unique case is made of a durable polycarbonate that has 4-corner protection and features a glossy lining that accents your Z30 perfectly. And, it can be yours in either black or white for just $16.95 today!

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AntiVirus

We've featured Max Mobile Security a couple of times here before, and the same developers have now released AntiVirus - a more cost effective application.

While I suspect that many BlackBerry 10 users will currently be more than happy with the awesome level of security their device gives them, this app will give you some extra reassurance when downloading Android apps/games.

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Well blow me down, Popeye stickers arrive in the BBM Shop

Another batch of BBM stickers has now arrived in the BBM Shop and this time around, Popeye joins the party. Just as with most other BBM sticker packs, this one costs $1.99 and is available right now. In total, there's 20 stickers to choose from including Olive Oyl, Swee'pea, Bluto and of course, Popeye.

If Popeye isn't of interest, the BBM team has also added another batch of the usual BBM emoticons as well, this time around covering Expressions, which is available for only $.99. Popeye might be regional but expressions should be available to everyone, so keep that in mind if you're not seeing it.

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All those 'App for' apps in BlackBerry World have 48 hours to change their name

You've all seen them. Those apps that appear in BlackBerry World that are all named 'App For' whatever, be it App For Instagram, App for Candy Crush Saga and countless other things. Well, it seems BlackBerry is finally taking a bit of a stand against them now and has begun sending out notifications letting those who submitted such apps they have 48 hours to change the name of the app or it will be removed from BlackBerry World.

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Amazon Appstore now in more countries

Amazon Appstore now in more countries

Amazon says that its Appstore for Android is now available in 236 countries and territories following this recent expansion of 41 more regions. That said, not all apps within the Amazon Appstore catalog will be available in all regions due to local laws and restrictions on certain apps and content. However, for consumers, this will be another venue to purchase and download apps, which will be especially beneficial to BlackBerry customers who have access to Amazon's Appstore to deliver Android apps to their devices.

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Another day, another apocalyptic prognostication of computer security doom, this time focusing on the omnipresent USB connection. It's called 'BadUSB', and it's a malware proof-of-concept created by security researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell that exploits a flaw in and resides in the firmware that controls the basic function of USB devices. The researchers claim that it's not a problem that can be patched, saying that they're "exploiting the very way that USB is designed," but in the end all they've done is highlight that you shouldn't go around plugging USB drives, devices, or whatnot that you don't trust into your computer.

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We first took a look at Wallpaper Changer HD for BlackBerry 10 over a year ago and it's been popular ever since.

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