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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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BBM Money poised to expand later this year

BBM Money poised to expand later this year

Unless you live in Indonesia, you've likely never actually used BBM Money but the service itself has not been forgotten about by BlackBerry. Now that BBM has grown a bit by going cross-platform on iOS, Android and soon Windows Phone as well as the launch of BBM Channels, there's more potential then ever for BBM Money to reach an audience and according to David Proulx, Senior Director of BBM Business Development in a recent interview with ReCode, we should be hearing more soon.

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It's no secret that BlackBerry has had a few high-profile departures from the organization over the past several months, but rumors that SVP of Software Sebastian Marineau-Mes was no longer working for the company have now turned out to somewhat accurate. The situation is a little bit convoluted and involves Apple, but a recently-posted Ontario Superior Court of Justice document offers a further look into the matter.

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BlackBerry 10.3 leak device codenames show handset development still a big part of BlackBerry

While many of us have been focused on the clearly visible things in the BlackBerry 10.3 leak, there are a lot of things in that OS that aren't exactly on the top layer. If you go digging deep into the OS there are quite a few device code names to ponder, there are assets for not only a 1080p device but also a 1440p device, and there are plenty of different specs to refer to.

The problem? The OS is, by software development standards, really old, so everything in it has to be taken with a massive grain of salt. Over the past few months we've seen some weird devices turn up, some devices have been rumored to have been scrapped, and some of them have even been downgraded and renamed. If nothing else, it shows handset development at BlackBerry is still strong. 

So what kind of code names and information has been turning up in BlackBerry 10.3? Quite a bit actually. Stuff like Mjölnir, Musket, Dev Alpha X, craziness. And like always, folks in the CrackBerry Forums like Ofutur, Thurask, UrbanGlowCam and many others have been busy discussing it all and here's some of what we're looking at. Again, I can't stress enough that this should all be taken with a grain of salt but it's interesting stuff.

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Unless you live in a cave, there's a good chance you've heard about the latest flagship device from HTC. It goes by many names at this point, HTC One, the all new HTC One, M8, HTC One 2014. In any case, after several months of the device leaking onto the internet in every way possible, it's now official and Mobile Nations' own Phil Nickinson, Android Central's editor in chief, has given it a full run through.

HTC has been noticeably excited about the HTC One for some time now, and rightfully so. It's a hell of a smartphone. It's an imperfect one, sure. The camera still trades resolution for features, but the features tend to be pretty compelling, and it's not like you aren't able to take some beautiful shots. That's probably our single complaint about the new HTC One.

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BBM update coming soon across all platforms — Will bring BBM Stickers, sponsored channels, larger file size limit and more

A few weeks back, BlackBerry introduced BBM Stickers in beta form. Things have been moving along and the beta was very well received, so starting next week a new version of BBM will hit all platforms (BlackBerry, iOS and Android) that will include BBM Stickers, sponsored BBM Channels and other new features. The BBM team is going full-steam ahead to keep parity on all the platforms and to keep adding new & upgraded features across the board.

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I for one am a BlackBerry 10 user as productivity is key for me. It appears that the majority of CrackBerry readers are too looking at the recent poll we ran asking What's most important to you - apps or games?

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