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The top journal and diary apps for BlackBerry

Over the years being able to document those special memories, events, and ideas has taken on different forms. Growing up I carried a journal and my camera with me wherever I went. Later on my laptop took over that important role which inevitable led to my BlackBerry becoming the next step in that progression. Between all those planners, diaries, and digital memories I discovered how essential it was to preserve each and every one of these snapshots of our lives.

Whether it be reminiscing over the candid moments with friends and family or laughing over the fun times and trips there is nothing better than preserving each of these moments for the future. As I am fond of documenting each and every occasion here are a few applications to help you get started on your very own digital scrapbook.

Picture Diary by Titus Braber

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this slick native application aims to do just that. While other diary apps allow you to create multiple entries the whole purpose of this one is to only create one, and only one, entry per day. Borrowing the concept from the 365 photo challenge by photographers, this aims to document the special moments in your life across the span one year one photo at a time. While some may scoff at not being able to add more pictures, I have taken DJ's advice from her review and gone with taking collages as the picture of the day, though you can always add ones from your library as well. There is room to add a title, date, and description of the events taking place in the image. For those concerned about switching devices, there is a backup and restore option that saves your data as a zip file. Available for all BlackBerry 10 devices for $.99 it is a simple application to capture those otherwise forgotten daily moments.

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Candid by Candid

The application formerly known as Diaree recently underwent a complete makeover that goes beyond the new design. The purpose of this application is that you can record your life, including your fondest memories, using their anonymous service. Through this public forum you can unload your troubles, share your joyous occasions, or simply use it as an outlet to express your feelings. While it does limit you to three posts per day, each one can be personalized with an image. There is a social aspect of Candid as well where users connect with others on the platform to hold conversations including receiving feedback on posts, advice, encouragement and support. Candid is a beautifully constructed native application that is a free download for BlackBerry 10. We share our lives on Facebook and Twitter, but this is another avenue to explore for delving deeper into your thoughts and to record what happens in your day-to-day life without recrimination.

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Dayly by Miciniti

The caption of this application reads "remember every moment..." and it certainly lives up to that promise. It may be a simple application in terms of the interface but it takes the bits and pieces or your life and pulls them all together in one convenient place. Not only can you add pictures and tag entries with GPS location and weather, you can password protect entries, mark as favorites, search through your journal, change the appearance of the application, and backup/restore to your device or SD Card so nothing will ever be lost. When creating your personalized journal, you need something that can quickly get the job done without jumping through unnecessary steps and menus. Dayly may offer a no thrills UI but it gets the job done wherever you may be. You can find it at the link for BlackBerry 10 for $1.99.

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A Day in Life by XLabz Technologies Pvt Ltd

Whether you use this on your PlayBook or your BlackBerry 10 smartphone, this application is my go-to for jotting down my thoughts, events, experiences, memories and whatever else is going on in my life. From creating entries quickly, to chronicling those those bittersweet and wonderful moments, the interface makes all of this an easy process to make sure you capture those memories and special moments as they happen. A Day in Life includes a weather and location tagging option, ability to add photos, notes and images, view your journal entries in four different ways, and flip through the journal in collage style. There are also additional options to enhance your experience including view only your favorites, backup and restore entries using Dropbox and Box, password protect your entries, and export your journal as a PDF. This application supports only the BlackBerry Z3, Z10, Z30, Porsche P9982 and the Blackberry PlayBook and is $2.99.

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Chronicle Diary by Fathima Shaheeqa

First things first I will admit that this application is an Android Port which I'm sure will fill up the comments. However, this is a pretty decent application for chronicling your moments. Not only can you insert your images but audio notes as well. The intuitive interface is rather unique but shortcuts at the bottom let you write a new note, snap a photograph, record an audio note, or search through your entries. It supports adding multiple tags to your entry, archive and restore your entries, landscape and portrait, and automatically saves the location of each entry.

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TapyHold - Scrapbook by Duantox Apps

TapyHold is a powerful, multi-page multimedia scrapbook application. There are certainly a plethora of features including editing tools, layouts, backgrounds, colors, and more to make sure each of you create a gorgeous scrapbook that encompasses every media aspect of your day. These include images, text, clipart, audio notes, videos, and music. Being that this is a native application that is also Built for BlackBerry, everything about this application is not only beautiful to look at but the ease with which you can create your books is simply fluid and natural. The options are laid out in an easy to use fashion so adding images, video, and music are quickly inserted to each page of your book. Your creations may be saved to the SD card or device and the possibilities are endless in terms of how many scrapbooks you can create. TapyHold is $.99 to purchase if you want the full-featured premium edition or you can try the free lite version by clicking on the link.

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What is your favorite?

These are only a few that are available for storing all of your thoughts, ideas, and memories right on your BlackBerry device. Of course this list is not complete so feel free to let us know what you think of the choices as well as telling us what your favorite applications to use as diaries or journals are.

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Reminder: Last day to enter to win a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic!

If you're looking to get either a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic upon release and don't want to pay for it, then you'll certainly want to get yourself entered into our CrackBerry contest. This is the last chance reminder. The contest will close TONIGHT at midnight PST and after that no more entries will be accepted and a winner will be chosen. If you win, as soon as your chosen device is available for purchase by us and compatible with your carrier, we'll buy one for you, ship it out to you and it's all yours.

How To Enter:

Simply login to and leave a comment over on this article letting us know which of the two phones you'd want to win, and why. Contest is open worldwide.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Rapid Wall Charger for PlayBook

For today only, buy the BlackBerry Rapid Wall Charger for PlayBook and save 76% off the list price!

The BlackBerry Rapid Wall Charger features a 3ft. cable and is made for maximum reliability and portability. Use one at home, or take it with you to the office, to the airport or virtually anywhere.

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From the Editor's Desk: The excitement, fun and lack of sleep!

So I guess this is my first 'official' From the Editor's Desk. Kevin did let me write one before, but that was just for a bit of fun and in hindsight, probably a small bit of training at the time. Looking back on that post, it's a bit funny to me because at the time I mentioned how Kevin was an insanely busy person with calls, tech calls, meetings and everything else that comes along with being Editor in Chief. I also noted he was likely to be slightly crazy and now that I'm a week into the position myself, I understand why. You sort of have to be as Editor in Chief so it's a good thing I'm not exactly 'normal' myself.

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There are few things these days (especially smartphones) that have the ability to surprise me. I walked into work yesterday and a friend of mine points at me asking me to come over. He reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out this slate-looking thing and turns it around. It was a BlackBerry Passport. I have not stopped smiling since then.

I'm guessing the excitement is there among BlackBerry users considering I woke up to a fully drained phone this morning from all the twitter chatter and I figured no better place than CrackBerry to share my experiences with it. In this pre-review, I'm not comparing it to any other devices because in all honesty, there is no real comparison to be made. It's in a league of its own.

[Editor's Note: This is a pre release pre-review of the BlackBerry Passport. It was written by @halobandit based on his views of using the device personally. Some of the information in this review is certainly subject to change because again, it's based on a pre release BlackBerry Passport that has been confirmed to NOT be a final hardware revision. Upon official release of the BlackBerry Passport we will have our own CrackBerry review as always when new BlackBerry smartphones hit the market.]

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I'm resurrecting this idea from days gone by when we used to feature bargain BlackBerry 10 apps on a weekly basis. Whilst loitering around in BlackBerry World this weekend I spotted a few beauties that are currently on sale and decided they were worth sharing.

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Deal of the Day: Incipio FREQUENCY Case for BlackBerry Q10

For today only, buy the Incipio FREQUENCY Case for BlackBerry Q10 and save 40% off the list price!

Offering full wrap-around protection, the FREQUENCY case by Incipio is crafted with a shock-absorbing polymer. Designed with a transparent response, deco pattern, this music influenced case offers a smooth, unique and protective design for your BlackBerry Q10.

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Since the BlackBerry Passport appeared, one key question people have had is how video will look on the arguably wide display. As it turns out, they don't look too bad at all according to this quick 47 second video hands on showing off the device loading YouTube and checking out a clip of the Jimmy Fallon show. You're probably not going to want to stray far from CrackBerry today because apparently the floodgates have been opened for more stuff about the BlackBerry Passport. Source: @Halobandit

More Hands On With The BlackBerry Passport

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If you're a still rocking a legacy BlackBerry device and are a member of the BlackBerry Beta Zone you'll want to hit it up as Twitter has been updated to version so we are told.

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Hey look, a BlackBerry Passport spotted in the wild!

When it comes to the BlackBerry Passport there hasn't really been a shortage of images of it out there but spotting one on the streets just simply isn't likely to happen to many folks as of yet. However, that doesn't mean they're not out there. The above image was sent to us via the CrackBerry twitter account. I don't really have much to say about it, just look at how glorious it is and enjoy it. Thanks, Halobandit!

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Celebrate Canada Day with the "Canada Day, Eh!" BBM sticker pack

Looking to add some Canadian love to your BBM? If so, you can now grab the 'Canada Day, Eh!' BBM sticker pack right now. The sticker pack plays into all the usual and funny stereotypes for Canadians. It has polar bears, beavers, a pretty chipper moose and of course, you can even spot a few lumberjacks sipping on Canadians favorite brand of coffee. Like most other sticker packs, it's priced at $1.99. The pack is live right now, so fire up BBM and grab it from the BBM Shop. Spread some Canadian love!

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BlackBerry App Roundup for June 27, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! This week has certainly been a busy one, the most notable of which was the introduction of our new EiC Bla1ze! Though after hearing that bit of news the rest of the week paled in comparison. If you haven't had a chance yet be sure to take a peak at those sweet pics of the BlackBerry Passport and OS 10.3 screenshots or, for our Canadian neighbors, take advantage of the CrackBerry Canada Day sale for 20% of all BlackBerry accessory purchases.

We all know you are here to see what this week's picks are so let's get back to the show shall we. Each app or game can be seen by clicking through the gallery. If your favorite did not make the cut this week, remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.

Action Trigger by Matus Faro

Going through the forums I came upon this application that is being tested by the developer. Currently available in BlackBerry World as a free public Beta it essentially allows users to trigger specific actions on their device (hence the name) turning on Bluetooth, setting profiles, customize wallpaper, flashlight, record or play audio, take a photo or video, and even change the Active Frame. Action Trigger has potential in terms of functionality though I agree that the interface is not as intuitive as it should be. As this is a beta, if you experience any bugs or have any suggestions feel free to contact the developer or participate in the forums.

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Weight to Go by IWIK

Our next item is a suggestion sent into the roundup. While this may be limited in purpose depending on your line of work or the task at hand, it is an interesting one to say the least. As the name implies, Weight to Go helps to estimate the weight of various materials, including custom ones. Also featured is a volume calculator to help estimate the volume of an object by dimensions and a rigging calculator for lifting. This native application is easy to use and is free to download. For those who find it useful the full version can be unlocked for an in-app purchase of $.99.

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Marine Assistant by Marco Gallo.

This week's roundup is chock full of intriguing applications and this next one is no different. Being that I spent last week touring the New York Harbor for a work related dinner, this would have been handy to have that evening. Marine Assistant is a vessel tracking utility. It uses AIS (Automatic Identification System) to display vessel, boat, yacht, military ships, fishing ships on the map using colored markers as well as showing speed, position, type and more. Originally released as a beta in BlackBerry Beta Zone, it is now available, with improvements, to buy for $3.99. If you have an interest in all things maritime, especially if you have friends or relatives on a vessel, this is certainly for you. This is a native application using WebWorks and Cascades Plugins and runs smoothly.

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Flappy 2048 by anpho

Another suggestion from the roundup is this game by anpho. Why is it so special? The developer describes it as Flappy Bird meets 2048. Honestly, how do I follow that statement? Gameplay is rather simple; you tap on the screen to make the bird fly and if it hits the same number it passes through, otherwise the journey comes to an end. This certainly isn't an east task when you consider that after a while the pillars start moving vertically and you have to navigate to the matching number. It's fun, a great time waster, and works on all BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Best of all it is free to download.

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Rage Pic by Nikk Apps

There is nothing like manipulating your images to create something fun and exciting. Seeing this application pop up in BlackBerry World, there are no words to describe the hilarity that will ensue. In all seriousness if you are searching for something fun and want to create your own collection of those popular comics then be sure to give this a try. In less than ten seconds you can create your own rage pic using existing images or snapping a new shot. There are over 350 items to choose from, unlimited number of items to insert, and more importantly, you can create your own funny meme to share across your social networks. While it is free to download it does include ads that run at the top or bottom.

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What You Might Have Missed

Goal 2014 by Tundra Core Studios

If you are looking to follow the World Cup and want a native application then there is Goal 2014. It offers information about the stadiums, full team lists, upcoming match fixtures, team lineups, interesting facts about the World Cup, latest news, and integration with the BlackBerry Calendar to know when the match kicks off in your area. Goal 2014 supports all BlackBerry 10 handhelds and is currently on sale for 50% off during the first two weeks of the World Cup 2014.

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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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CrackBerry Contest: Win an exclusive Canadian inspired case for your BlackBerry Q10 or Z10

As we head on into the Canada Day long weekend, we figured it was a good time to go ahead and give away some exclusive Canadian inspired cases we gathered up. What makes them so exclusive? Well, they're only available through the BlackBerry Store and we got a total of six to give away. Some with the black and white Peace Tower graphic for the Q10 and some with the Canadian graffiti graphic for the Z10.

We'll make it easy to win them, just drop a comment below telling us what you like best about Canada and we'll pick out some winners. Be sure to include which device it is you have so that we can make sure we don't send you one for a device you don't have if you win.

Also, don't forget CrackBerry Canada is having a 20% off sale on ALL BlackBerry accessories right up until July 2nd. We'll let this one run right up until Canada Day and pick winners after that. Good luck to all, and stay safe this long weekend!

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Sony MicroSD memory card

Amazon is having a pretty massive sale on microSD memory cards from Sony. We're talking $32.99 for the 64 GB card, which normally goes for $114.99. (That's 71% off, for those who don't feel like doing the math.) Unfortunately, Sony's line doesn't extend up to the 128 GB denomination we've seen elsewhere, but you will find every other size under the sun, and even some solid prices on the full-sized SD cards.

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Amazon App Store Sale

It looks like Bla1ze — CrackBerry's new Editor in Chief — is sleeping in this morning (he's still getting the hang of this whole waking up early to blog thing), so here's a little FYI for all of you running the Amazon App Store on your BlackBerry 10 phone.

For today and Saturday, Amazon is giving away 30 paid Android apps for free!

At the time of this posting, I have not checked each app to see how it runs on BlackBerry 10, so be sure to test things out and drop a note in the comments with your results. And if you're not running the Amazon App Store on your phone, click here for a tutorial on how to install it. It looks like US, India, Australia and the UK are all supported regions for this sale. That said, it may also show up in other regions, so if you find the apps are on sale for you be sure to spread the word. And keep in mind, the Amazon App Store will soon be officially supported by BlackBerry, so you can consider loading it up as a head start.

Here's a full list of apps and games covered by the Amazon App Store giveaway, which are temporarily available for free (31 in the US):

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch for BlackBerry Z30

For today only, buy the BlackBerry Leather Pocket Pouch for BlackBerry Z30 and save 55% off the list price!

This professional BlackBerry Z30 case is made of hand crafted, genuine leather and features a soft inner lining, keeping your device safe from scratches. Designed to recognize your settings and preferences, the power saving technology that's built-in conserves the battery life of your BlackBerry while protecting it at the same time!

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Taking care of one's health is always important as is another's if you are a primary caregiver. For some, juggling the responsibility of Doctor's appointments, medications, and other obligations requires some extra help. CF PillPad is one such application to alleviate the stress of remembering prescriptions, dosages, and physician contact information. Last year when reciting my Mother's list of medications you should have seen how we tried to recall all of them by heart to the admitting nurse. Being able to produce the list at a moments notice is important during an emergency situations.

CF PillPad is not a new application as the PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 versions were already featured. This new iteration for BlackBerry 10, however, has been rebuilt using cascades from the ground up. The entire nature of the application has been changed from top to bottom. Not only does it bring with it a snappy new and fluid interface but the menus, input screen, logo, icons, and even the calculator have been giving a facelift.

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BlackBerry India's Sunil Lalvani speaks on security, Z3 launch, and QNX in India

Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India has had a busy week with the launch of the BlackBerry Z3 in India. As part of that process he's been speaking with several Indian news outlets about the launch, the landscape for BlackBerry in India, and what the company is focusing on. The Economic Times India sat down with the Managing Director for a pretty awesome interview.

As part of the interview, Sunil covers BlackBerry's record of security noting 'BlackBerry hasn't had a single vulnerability exposed on its network', device pricing in India, and how Enterprises in India are adopting BlackBerry. Also discussed, how BlackBerry is in talks with 'a leading Indian car manufacturer' to further expand QNX in India.

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