CrackBerry Graduate Gift Guide

Get that graduating CrackBerry addict in your life a gift they'll truly appreciate.

Buying for a high school graduate heading off to college or a college graduate entering the "real world"? We've got sure-fire gift ideas to make things easier as they venture out and into the next chapter of their life.

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry's first phone built on the Android platform would be a great gift for the BlackBerry fan who hasn't upgraded their phone in a while. Sure, it's not BB10, which might be a deal-breaker for the hardcore CrackBerry addict, but the folks at BlackBerry have designed one of the best Android phones of the year with the Priv.

Featuring an 18-megapixel camera on the back and a slide-out physical keyboard, it's a surprisingly good phone that's sure to turn heads and have people asking "wait, that's a BlackBerry?"

The Priv features many popular features that BlackBerry users love — from BlackBerry Hub to advanced security options — but since it's running on Android, you also get full access and compatibility with everything found in the Google Play Store.

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MacBook Air

Whether your graduate is moving on to college, planning to travel abroad, or (hopefully) moving into their own place, a new laptop just makes life easier.

Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models, the MacBook Air is great for its portability and long-lasting battery. We'd recommend opting for the 256GB flash storage to give your graduate more space for their stuff. Each MacBook Air comes standard with Apple's full collection of productivity apps, perfect for taking notes in a university lecture or getting started on that epic novel, screenplay, or business plan. You know, adult stuff.

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Dell XPS 13

No one has room for a full desktop PC in their dorm or apartment. Literally, no one. So get your new graduate a Dell XPS 13, which features the full PC experience in a portable yet powerful machine.

Perfect for anyone heading off to college, the XPS 13 features a beautiful 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display, powered by an industry-leading battery that can offer up to 15 hours of usage. With 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB solid state drive options available, the XPS 13 will start up quickly if you're grad is running late for a lecture and should run smoothly when you're streaming Netflix while writing term papers. We know how it is.

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Bose QuietComfort 25

There's so many distractions in college, so give your grad a fantastic set of headphones to help block out the noise of a busy study hall. The Bose QuietComfort 25s are top-of-class for noise-cancelling over-the-ear headphones and feature the amazing sound quality Bose is known for.

These puppies are lightweight enough to comfortably wear all day and would make the perfect travel companion for a grad heading out abroad. Also, they're built to last, meaning this is a gift that your grad will cherish and use for years to come.

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UE Boom 2

Great Bluetooth speakers are perfect gifts no matter the occasion, and the UE Boom 2 is one of the best options available. Portable, waterproof, and shockproof, this speaker is perfect for dorms and designed to be taken along on any of your grad's adventures.

Featuring great 360 degree sound, 15 hours of battery life, and convenient touch controls, give your grad the freedom to share their favourite music with new friends and take it wherever they go. It's quick to pair with a Bluetooth or NFC-enabled device, featuring 100 feet of Bluetooth range.

Make sure to check out the Related Items. The Boom 2 is available in a bunch of different fun and funky color combinations, so you can find the right one to reflect your grad's style or personality.

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Fitbit Charge HR

The Freshman 15 — weight gained by students adjusting to their new college lifestyle from a combination of poor diet (pizza and ramen) and a sedentary lifestyle .

While you can't do much to curb that pizza addiction, you can help nudge your grad towards maintaining a healthier lifestyle by getting them a Fitbit Charge HR. It's comfortable and fashionable to wear all-day long, tracking every step they take along with providing instant heart-rate monitoring. Sync all the data using your laptop or the Fitbit app, which is available for Blackberry OS10 devices via the Google Play Store.

Not convinced? Read CrackBerry Kevin's thoughts on the Charge HR, along with the rest of the Fitbit lineup.

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What'd we miss?

Got a grad gift that you think is tops but isn't mentioned here? Sound off in the comments below!

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Clusters

Upstream

Were you too busy to tune into BerryFlow live last night? If so, no worries. We got you covered. This week, we dig into Priv sales, BlackBerry's expansion of enterprise software features for Good Secure EMM Suites, QNX announcing their platform for instrument clusters, the upcoming BlackBerry Security Summit and earnings result for Q1 2017, and more!

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Mobile Nations Weekly: All the way to Z

Behold, Moto's new Zs.

This was Motorola's first real outing under the Lenovo umbrella and they came out in full force with the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force with magnetically-attached Moto Mod accessories like an extended battery, loudspeakers, and projector. Just one hitch: the phones are exclusive to Verizon through the summer.

Microsoft pushed yet another Insider build for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, bringing the Fast Ring up to Build 14631. We also saw the return of the Bank of America app, last seen in the days of Windows Phone 8 — and a leak of NFC Tap to Pay for Windows 10 Mobile.

Tesla came under fire for suspension problems that turned out to no be poblems at all, but Tesla's salty response to the accusations threatened to overwhelm the original non-story. Tesla also announced a new battery pack option: a software-limited Model S 60 and 60D, bringing the starting price down to $66,000.

Team iMore is heading out to WWDC 2016 — Apple's annual World Wide Developers Conference, and while we can only speculate on what Apple might be poised to announce, there's a lot we want to see in iOS 10, macOS 12, tvOS 10, and watchOS 2.

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BlackBerry to announce Q1 2017 results on June 23

BlackBerry to announce Q1 2017 results on June 23rd

Keeping in line with the date laid out on their Investor events calendar, BlackBerry has announced they will be reporting results Q1 2017 results on June 23rd.

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CrackBerry Father's Day Gift Guide

CrackBerry Father's Day Gift Guide

Show your father how much you care with these awesome tech gift ideas.

Forget the tie rack. This Father's Day, get your dad something he's going to love and use for years to come.

BlackBerry Priv

If your dad's BlackBerry has seen better days, you can leapfrog all of your siblings and become his favorite by getting him a brand new BlackBerry Priv.

All kidding aside, the Priv would make a great gift for any BlackBerry fan in need of an upgrade. Combining awesome Blackberry-specific features with an amazing camera and a slide-out physical keyboard, this Android-based device is perfect for a man who needs to take care of business, but also wants to kick back and play games or snap photos with the kids. The only problem might be trying to top this gift next year.

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iPad Pro (9.7-inch)

Give your dad the gift of the latest and greatest tablet from Apple — the iPad Pro.

It's the perfect gift for any dad, because it's got something for everyone. Does Dad love to read books, magazines or comics? He's going to love how the True Tone technology works with retina display to provide a brilliant reading experience that's easy on the eyes. Is he looking to improve his productivity? The iPad Pro is powerful enough to handle multi-app multitasking. Whether your dad would use it for business or pleasure, this is a gift he'll definitely enjoy.

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HTC Vive

Get your dad one of the coolest gadgets of the year and he'll be the envy of every dad on the block. I mean, have you seen this thing in action? It looks amazing, and seems poised to completely change home entertainment and gaming.

What's more, it's also an investment towards family entertainment, because everyone's going to want a turn using the Vive. If you've got a computer that meets the recommended system requirements, a room that would be suitable for converting into the HTC Vive play room, and a gamer dad who's been dropping not-so-subtle hints about how cool VR looks, make it the best Father's Day ever with the HTC Vive.

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Outdoor Home Theatre System

This is another one of those ideas that Dad's sure to love, and also a great gift for the whole family. Change family movie night forever with this two-part gift that will turn your backyard into an amazing home theater that's perfect for warm summer nights.

Camp Chef 120-inch Portable Outdoor Movie Screen

First off, there's the Camp Chef 120-inch Portable Outdoor Movie Screen. This thing weighs in at 44lbs, due to the 1.5 inch diameter steel poles that make up the frame, and includes a carrying case for times when you might want to bring it out to the cabin or to someone else's place. The nylon screen comes in standard 16:9 ratio, and can also be set up indoors if the weather isn't cooperating.

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ViewSonic LightStream SVGA Home Entertainment Projector

We'll also recommend the ViewSonic LightStream SVGA Home Entertainment Projector. This powerful-yet-affordable projector features up to 3300 ANSI lumen brightness and 20,000:1 contrast ratio, which means the image will look great, especially after the sun goes down. The HDMI input is compatible with 3D Blurays, and includes decent built-in audio, so if you've already got a Bluray player, Apple TV, Chromecast, HDMI-compatible laptop, gaming system — whatever — you're good to go! Obviously, it can be used as part of an indoor home theater set up as well.

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Get an inside look at the enhanced BlackBerry software portfolio

As part of their recently announced updates to their enterprise portfolio, BlackBerry will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, June 16, 2016, to offer details from experts and product managers on all the new solutions from BlackBerry. In total, BlackBerry has announced seven significant updates to the portfolio, which are outlined.

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BlackBerry

The 2016 edition of the BlackBerry Security Summit has been confirmed (it was a save the date previously) and will be held on July 19 in at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

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Bluetooth 5 will go further and faster than ever; announcement coming June 16

Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has revealed that the group will formally introduce its fifth-generation standard next week in London. Bluetooth 5 is set to see much faster speeds and range over the current Low Energy specification, with a particular emphasis on location services that don't rely on the internet, such as in-store Bluetooth beacons.

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Register for the WatchDox by BlackBerry Email Protector webinar

Now that WatchDox by BlackBerry Email Protector has been announced, BlackBerry is inviting everyone to join Dan Auker, Director of WatchDox Product Management, in a walkthrough of the key features and functionality.

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BlackBerry

It has been reported that a specialized unit within BlackBerry has been aiding authorities in "dozens of countries" by intercepting and sharing user data, including BBM messages. BlackBerry has failed to specify how many requests the company has received from government bodies, nor has it been confirmed how many requests have been fulfilled.

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QNX Acoustics Software now ships in over 50 million automotive systems

In addition to announcing their new Platform for Instrument Clusters, BlackBerry subsidiary QNX also announced that its acoustics software for hands-free voice communications has shipped in over 50 million telematics and infotainment systems. In all, almost 20 leading automakers now use QNX acoustics software to enhance the user experience of their vehicles, in products such as Chrysler Uconnect, Ford SYNC 3, GM OnStar and Honda BlueConnect.

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Dossier adds enhanced export capabilities, ability to store multiple email addresses and phone numbers, sort option, and more in latest version

Building and maintaining client relationships is an integral part of the business world. To keep up with the demands, challenges, and day-to-day support there is Dossier for BlackBerry 10. The native app from Tundra Core Studios is dedicated to meeting client demands by storing and protecting vital information.

Tundra Core Studios has been diligently working on improving their app and respond to user feedback. As such, v1.0.3 is now available to download in BlackBerry World. This latest release includes several new features and enhancements. This includes, but is not limited to, the ability to store multiple client phone numbers and email addresses and the option to export client data to a CSV file to sync to other software programs.

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QNX announces Platform for Instrument Clusters for cars

BlackBerry's QNX subsidiary has announced its Platform for Instrument Clusters, which is designed to display both traditional and new instrument information in cars.

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Verizon

Verizon has announced that it will be discontinuing its paid Visual Voice Mail service on select phones as of July 8, 2016. The service, which previously cost $2.99, allowed customers to access their voicemails in a more visual manner. Those who are using the feature will be transitioned to Basic Voice Mail services, but you won't lose any of your existing messages.

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BlackBerry

BlackBerry has announced it is making more progress into integrating enterprise software features into its Good Secure EMM Suites, including BES12, Good Dynamics and WatchDox.

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Anonymous AT&T exec claims Priv sales are 'really struggling'

That's according to a new report coming from Roger Cheng over at CNET who spoke with a high-level executive who asked not to be named.

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Kim Kardashian might have to give up her BlackBerry Bold

It's certainly no secret that Kim Kardashian is a fan of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Aside from the countless photos of her using what is arguably one of the best BlackBerry smartphones ever made alongside her iPhone, she let it be known at Recode's 2014 Code/Mobile conference that she was scooping them up off of eBay and hoarding them in threes simply because of anxiety that she might not have one to use at any given point.

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BlackBerry Priv

T-Mobile has confirmed that the carrier is "not currently" selling the BlackBerry Priv on its site, less than six months after it began sales of the Android-based smartphone.

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