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Here in the UK now the summer has arrived its festival season. The biggest and most well known has to be the Glastonbury Festival which this year takes place from June 25th - 29th in Somerset.

With so many of us now being reliant (or addicted) to our smartphones for social communications I suspect that most folk will be taking their phone with them. For us BlackBerry 10 users we can plan our time at the festival thanks to the official Glastonbury app which has been created by UK 4G network EE.

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BlackBerry Z3 announced for India, sales begin July 2nd

As expected from previous rumors surrounding the launch, one day after the announcement in in Malaysia the BlackBerry Z3 has been announced for India. If you live in India and are looking to get your hands on a Z3, you can pre-order the device through the Mobile Store, Flipkart and BlackBerry exclusive stores. Device delivery has been noted for July 2nd with the retail pricing set around Rs. 15,990.

In addition to the launch device announcement, BlackBerry has also officially enabled BlackBerry Maps for India after a few weeks of it working fine but no mention of it. Looking for more info on the BlackBerry Z3? Be sure to check out full review for the full specs, photos, video and more to get a better look at the device on the whole.

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Leaked: OS 10.2.1.3247 for most BlackBerry 10 smartphones

If you've been gone digging through the CrackBerry Forums then you know the rumored, next official release noted is 10.2.1.3247 and it's supposedly in the hands of carriers for testing right now. Rather than waiting for carriers to push it out though, you can grab the autoloaders right now for most BlackBerry 10 devices. So, what devices are the list working list?

The BlackBerry Q5, Q10 along with the BlackBerry Z30 and Z3. The only exception here is the BlackBerry Z10. Unlike a lot of other leaks where the STL100-1 is excluded, this release sees STL100-1 as the only Z10 version supported. Someone can likely build an autoloader for all other Z10 versions but for now, STL100-1 only.

As always, be sure to perform a full backup using BlackBerry Link before you install any OS. Check out our full tutorial on using an autoloader here and don't hold us responsible should anything go bad — though you can always reload your OS. If you want to know what has changed, what's new then head on into the CrackBerry Forums and discuss it some more.

Download OS 10.2.1.3247 for the BlackBerry Z30
Download OS 10.2.1.3247 for the BlackBerry Q10/Q5
Download OS 10.2.1.3247 for the BlackBerry Z10 STL100-1 model
Download OS 10.2.1.3247 for the BlackBerry Z3

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Fitbit Flex

There's a week left for the month of June. Which means you've got one week to get your final steps in for our #MobileFit Fitbit challenge. We're giving away a Fitbit Aria to the top three in the group, plus one random prize to a member in the group.

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Join Lewis Hamilton for a live Q&A session on BBM Channels!

If you have some questions you've always wanted to ask Lewis Hamilton, you might finally be able to get some of them answered. The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS BBM Channel is hosting a live Q&A session with none other than Lewis Hamilton himself on Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 14:00 GMT. You will of course have to subscribe to the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS BBM Channel in order to gain access so be sure to add them using channel PIN C00011785 or scanning the barcode.

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Thanks, Vivek!

Vivek Bhardwaj and Thorsten Heins

Late Sunday night, in response to a question posted in the CrackBerry forums, I publicly broke the news that Vivek Bhardwaj is no longer at BlackBerry.

In reality, this was old news. Vivek has not been with BlackBerry since the middle of May, which is when I first found out and spoke to Vivek directly about his decision to leave. As you can imagine, I was bummed to hear the news. Vivek has been one of CrackBerry Nation's favorite BlackBerry people ever since he made his stage debut at BlackBerry World alongside then CEO, Thorsten Heins, where he gave us our first glimpse of BlackBerry 10. An eloquent speaker, amazing on-stage presenter who delivered flawless demos time after time in front of thousands of people as well an all around awesome guy to hangout with, it's a definite loss for #TEAMBLACKBERRY. Both Vivek and I knew, like me, that BlackBerry fans would be bummed out when word got out about his departure, which is why we didn't rush to make it known. Eventually though, the word would have to get out.

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BlackBerry Passport will show there is a better way to accomplish more with its touch-enabled keyboard

That's according to BlackBerry who may have just slipped up a bit on a post to their Inside BlackBerry blog. You see, the post went live not that long ago but now it has gone missing meaning whatever was contained in the post, BlackBerry was not quite ready to say as of yet. However, it's the internet and nothing published to the internet can just disappear into the ether and the post has been captured.

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The BlackBerry Jam Direct webcast for developers took place today and with it the release of the Gold SDK. We already saw the Dev OS updated to 10.3.0.700 for developers to use for testing and today we see Gold SDKs released, as well as the Simulator which let's you try out the upcoming BlackBerry Passport's touch-enabled keyboard. During the webcast, BlackBerry went through the new APIs available to developers, such as Bluetooth LE, new headless triggers and telephony (retrieve phone number, hold call etc).

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BlackBerry 10 OS adoption rate by the numbers

BlackBerry 10 OS adoption rate by the numbers

If you missed out the BlackBerry Jam virtual event earlier today, then you missed out on some very important numbers being shared by BlackBerry and those are the adoption rates surrounding BlackBerry 10 OS. As you can see from the image above, BlackBerry 10.2.1 has an adoption rate of 74 percent while 10.2 is hovering around 6%. Now, those numbers are great but what's interesting and perhaps not so great is the level of users on 10.1 still, which is pegged at 15 percent and then it moves into 10.0, which is at 5 percent.

I have no idea who would still be running 10.0 or 10.1 at this point, I can only assume it's devices not actually being used on a regular basis and only turned on every now and then. Hopefully, they'll dig them out and update when the soon to be appearing 10.2.1.3247 OS is readily available. The other thing not accounted for here, and understandably so, is anyone out there running leaked or developer builds of BlackBerry 10.3 on his or her daily devices.

In any case, the majority of BlackBerry 10 users are on the latest OS and that's great not only for them as end users of the device due to all the improvements BlackBerry has made, but it's also a very important metric for developers because it allows them to create and target apps for potential customers without any conflicts of them being on an older, less supported operating system.

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CrackBerry Nation has spoken - over 50% of you are looking forward to the Passport over the Classic

The numbers are in! Yesterday we put up a poll asking everyone which new BlackBerry device they prefer. The BlackBerry Passport or the BlackBerry Classic? Over 7,000 people voted on the poll and the results are a bit, perhaps, surprising.

As it stands, 50.29 percent opted for the BlackBerry Passport with 3,719 votes, while 32.89 percent opted for the BlackBerry Classic with 2,432 votes. The remaining amount went with the 'I love both!' option and made up 16.82 percent with 1,244 votes.

Don't forget, we're giving away either a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic so be sure to enter, you could end up winning your choice of device!

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Cast for BlackBerry updated with new features, now on sale in BlackBerry World

When we first wrote about Cast for BlackBerry there was a mix of folks who saw a use for the app and those who simply had no use for the app because. In case you missed the first post, Cast for BlackBerry at its core allows you to cast YouTube video direct from your BlackBerry 10 device to your Google Chromecast if you have one. Something that has been rather off limits due to the nature of how Chromecast works and its somewhat of a reliance on Android. So, it's easy to see that some people might enjoy Cast while others might not depending on what devices they currently already have. Some people have Smart TV's Roku's, Xbox's and PS4's. In those cases, this app isn't really meant for them.

In the time since our initial post though, the developer behind Cast for BlackBerry has made some impressive changes to the app that those making use of a Chromecast will certainly appreciate. The app now features auto discovery of the IP address for any running Chromecast's, offers up the option to reboot, rename, factory reset and even get more info about your Chromecast directly from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

If that's not enough, Cast for BlackBerry is also BBM Connected, and integrates into the BlackBerry 10 Hub to keep you informed of what you're casting or if there's any issues. If you're a Pebble user, instead of having those notifications on your device they can be relayed to your Pebble thanks to Cast for BlackBerry's integration of UpFront and apps such as Talk2Watch. If you have sent a video, it gives feedback that it has been sent it to the Chromecast. If you stop it, it gives feedback that it has been stopped.

Cast for BlackBerry debuted in BlackBerry World priced at $2.99 but for a limited time, the developer has dropped it down to only $.99 because while updating and adding more features there was some issues for those who bought the app when we first posted about it. The latest release just landed, works beautifully and resolves all those previous issues so if it's something you will make use of go ahead and grab the latest version on the cheap while you can.

Again, it's a purpose driven app but if you have a need for such an app it's a great one to have added to your list of downloads and the developer is always looking for ways to add new features.

Purchase/Download Cast for BlackBerry 10

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The European Commission has announced that charges to roam within Europe will fall by as much as 50 percent this summer. The EC is imposing yet another limit on mobile operators, further reducing the caps from July 1 to pave the way for removing roaming charges altogether by 2016. Currently, calls within the EU are capped at 24 euro cents per minute but will fall to 19 cents per minute. More importantly (particularly in 2014 and beyond), the fee for using data abroad is falling too.

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Deal of the Day: Incipio Feather Hard Case for BlackBerry Q10

For today only, purchase the Incipio Feather Hard Case for BlackBerry Q10 and get 40% off the list price!

Measuring less than 1mm thin, the Feather Case is ideal for the BlackBerry Q10 user seeking inconspicuous, first-class protection. It's made of an ultra light, ultra strong polymer that provides form-fitting durable protection without the added bulk. Colors include black, pink and gray.

List Price: $24.99   Today Only: $14.95

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During the BlackBerry earnings call and general meeting, BlackBerry CEO John Chen noted the BlackBerry Z3 would be expanding to more markets such as Malaysia and India soon and clearly, soon meant very soon. BlackBerry has been teasing it on their blog and BBM Channel for days now and now finally; the BlackBerry Z3 has now been announced for Malaysia with a retail price of 699.00 MYR or approximately $217 USD when the conversion is processed. It will be available to purchase through BlackBerry authorized retailers from July 7th, 2014.

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Flickr is a photo hosting service, currently owned by Yahoo. I actually used to use Flickr service quite a lot many years ago, even as far as trying out the pro version for a year. I recently started looking into using it again but as many BlackBerry toting Flickr users know, there is no official app for BlackBerry. I did take a look at an app called Upload to Flickr before and after that post a few other apps suggestions came about through the comments. Upload to Flickr is just an app that lets you upload your photos, if you're looking for a fully featured one, there are two that you should take a look at -- Pichkari and Flowr.

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BlackBerry taps into Yelp to offer reviews through BlackBerry Maps

Although BlackBerry customers still have a bit of wait before they can officially get their hands on BlackBerry OS 10.3, the latest developer releases have been offering a glimpse into what BlackBerry has in store for release. A lot of BlackBerry 10 involves deep integration with several different providers such as Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Evernote and if the latest developer build is anything to go by, Yelp has now been built into BlackBerry's own mapping service otherwise known as BlackBerry Maps.

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BlackBerry OS 10.3 has twenty new wallpapers, download them now!

Looking to add some BlackBerry 10.3 love to your device but don't want to deal with the hassle of loading up a developer version of the OS? No problem. BlackBerry OS 10.3.0.700 has twenty new wallpapers (possibly more) within that are sized for all devices and we've pulled them out for you.

You can check them out in the gallery above however, if you're looking to download them please download the full zipped up package. We've linked it below for you all or you can head on over to this Imgur link and grab them individually, just be sure to view the full resolution version. Keep in mind, they mind not be final so get em while they're hot.

Download the new BlackBerry 10.3 wallpapers

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Porsche Design P'9983 appears once again in OS 10.3.0.700

Ever since BlackBerry OS 10.3 arrived for developers we've been digging through the files to find bits and bobs of other devices BlackBerry is potentially working on. one of the device we've been tracking is the Porsche Design P'9983 or as it's referred to in the OS, the BlackBerry Khan to go along with the P'9982 otherwise known as King.

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BlackBerry Dev OS 10.3.0.700 now available for most devices

If you're a developer, testing your apps against the latest OS is a pretty crucial step in the process. Thankfully, BlackBerry has now released BlackBerry OS 10.3.0.700 and made it available for most devices although it does appear as though some versions may still be uploading to the developer download site.

If you're reading this and you're not a developer, then please consider this is NOT a full OS and while it might be cool to download and take for a spin it's missing some crucial portions so don't plan on using this as a 'daily driver' so to speak. You've been warned, that's all I can do.

That warning aside and knowing some will entirely ignore it, you can hit the links below to grab the OS for your specific device. I should note though, the servers are being hit pretty hard at the moment so maybe give it an hour or so and try then. Be sure to stop by the CrackBerry Forums to discuss more.

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What are the top three apps you install after purchasing a new device?

The landscape for BlackBerry has changed a bit when it comes to apps available on the platform. Although it was never really hugely advertised, most CrackBerry readers are fully aware BlackBerry 10 can run a lot of Android apps out of the box with BlackBerry 10.2.1 and Snap, Amazon and others.

With native apps available and Android apps available I'm curious if anyone's app installation habits have changed and with it being brought up in the forums by antoscimento, now is a good time to ask. Do you now immediately load Instagram because you can? Do you go straight to native BlackBerry apps?

Let us know what your top three apps are that you immediately install when you get a new device or wipe your current one. It'll be interesting to see what ranks higher for some folks and what's lower on the priority list with all the changes. Drop some comments below or hit the CrackBerry Forums and let us know!

Check out some of our favorite apps in the CrackBerry App gallery

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