BBM for Android beta gets Material Design update

BBM for Android beta gets Material Design update

Last week BlackBerry teased something new was coming and while there was much speculation over what it would be, we can now put it to rest. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry blog, a new beta is filtering through the Beta Zone for those making use of an Android device and beta testing BBM that finally brings Android Material Design to the app, something BlackBerry committed to bringing several months ago.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Input

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Input

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live? If so, you can now watch the replay or download the audio. This week was pretty awesome as we took the majority of the topic list from viewers and rolled with it, which made for some interesting conversation.

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Grand River Hospital chooses BBM Protected and BES12

Today at the eHealth Conference, BlackBerry announced that Grand River Hospital has chosen BBM Protected and BES12 to enable secure communications for their clinicians and staff. Grand River Hospital has a mixed mobile deployment model, with corporate-deployed BlackBerry devices for management and staff and a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model for their physicians and remaining staff.

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We have only just seen an update to the beta build but it seems it was stable enough that a release has just been made to the masses and the app is now available from BlackBerry World. The version is the newly revamped and updated UI build that went through BlackBerry Beta Zone. While, the native Facebook app still does Facebook chat, I've been trying this out and it's pretty sleek and fast and may give it a go full time. There's a Lite version and a Pro version, just like there was with the previous builds.

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BlackBerry and Typo have reached a settlement

BlackBerry and Typo have reached a settlement in the case against Typo for the blatant attempts at copying BlackBerry's iconic keyboard design. The two companies have seen each other in court before, but this settlement could mark the end of that.

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OEM Soft Shell for the BlackBerry Classic

The last BlackBerry OEM Soft Shell Case I had was for my BlackBerry Q10 and when I got the BlackBerry Classic I just had to get a Soft Shell Case for it too. They have a slim profile, adding no bulk at all and it gives you sufficient protection. These are the types of cases I go for as I have small hands and don't want to add too much bulk.

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Grab a Telus BlackBerry Q5 from Best Buy Canada for only $99

If you live in Canada and are looking to move into a new BlackBerry 10 device or are just looking to pick up a spare for those 'just in case' moments, you might want to head to Best Buy. Right now, the retailer is offering the BlackBerry Q5 for only $99 with no contract. That certainly beats the $299 pricing on ShopBlackBerry.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for May 29, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. This week has just flown by and I just do not know where to begin. Bla1ze kicked things off with his From the Editor's Desk that discussed a variety of topics including the latest takeover rumors, BlackBerry layoffs, and a new book called Losing the Signal from the writers behind a Globe and Mail extensive report on BlackBerry. If you haven't had a chance to read his post, I highly recommend it. There was also another riveting installment of the BerryFlow Upstream podcast for you to listen to. Finally, John Chen's full interview at the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce luncheon is now available to watch.

Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all your passionate BlackBerry addicts out there. You can find each app and game I've rustled up for you 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.

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John Chen discusses privacy, security and BlackBerry's hardware business

If there is anything we've learned about John Chen in the 18 months since his joining BlackBerry as CEO, it's that he has a plan, and it's a plan he's sticking to it. Granted, not everyone might agree with that plan or believe that it will turn out in his favor, but it's a plan nonetheless. A new interview with Maria Bartiromo appearing on USA Today sees BlackBerry CEO John Chen lay out the details of that plan once again while discussing the topics of privacy, security, BlackBerry's hardware business and more.

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BBM beta for BlackBerry 10 and iOS updated in the Beta Zone

Aside from their teasing of something new coming on Twitter, the BBM team has also gone ahead and released two new BBM beta versions into the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Between the two new releases, there's ultimately two new features that have been added overall. We've got the rundown for each release.

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Cast for BlackBerry 10 updated with new UI, improved search, and, better controls

It has been a while since we have seen an update for Cast, and this is one you do not want to miss. Not only does it correct the Google API issues, but offers bug fixes, a UI overhaul, and more.

If you are not familiar with Cast, it is a native application that supports Casting YouTube videos on your BlackBerry 10 device to your Chromecast. The application itself is easy to use and can be set up in a manner of moments. Once the app is connected to your network and Chromecast, simply share a YouTube video to Cast and it will begin to play.

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As someone who is constantly on her phone and browsing the web, I not only use the native browser but third-party applications as well to help me with my daily fix. One such browser is Browsie Browser which is chock-full of features and options to give you a smooth way to open and search webpages.

Upon firing up my BlackBerry, I saw that the developer released a new version in BlackBerry World that added several new capabilities including a new Browsie Turbo option (for loading pages on slower networks), faster start up, and even a new setting to push to third-party Pushbullet client BlackBullet.

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Candy Crush Soda Saga now available in the Amazon Appstore

Whether you have five minutes or two hours to kill, Candy Crush Soda Saga is an extremely addictive way to do so. The game has made its way over to the Amazon Appstore, and is now available as a free download.

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Mobile Nations Community Update, May 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, May 2015

It's the end of the month, and that can only mean one thing: It's time for the Mobile Nations Community Update! As always, we're about to take a look at the happenings around our network, including Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

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White BlackBerry Leap available in more regions

If you have been holding out for the white version of the BlackBerry Leap, you may now be able to order one. BlackBerry has been selling the white variant in the US and Canada for a few weeks now, but they have just added a few additional countries to the list.

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Manchester-City-BBM-Stickers

Believe it or not I'm not a big football (soccer) fan, even though I'm from the UK. So initially when I saw that Manchester City Football Club now had a pack of BBM stickers available I thought it may only be of interest to those of you that live here. A moment later I changed my mind as I know how international the sport is and that football clubs have fans from all round the world.

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On other mobile platforms, chatting via Facebook on your smartphone means you need another app. On BlackBerry 10, the native Facebook app still allows you to chat to your Facebook friends, however, there are some who like to keep their chat separate and this can be done with Messenger for Facebook by Nemory Studios. It has recently gone through a new and improved revamp and was made available through BlackBerry Beta Zone for people to test out and give feedback on. Nemory Studios has been busy, it seems and it has been updated with some more features.

Messenger for Facebook is now at v5.0.400 and here are the new additions:

  • Added Like Button in Chats
  • Added Active Frame Support
  • Added ability to search/filter Friends
  • Added ability to Copy Chats to Clipboard
  • Fixed Logout then Login
  • Fixed Blank Authentication Page
  • Fixed Pixelated Tabs
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

Note that this update is still within Beta Zone, if you do install it and find some bugs, give some feedback via the Beta Zone app. This will help iron out any issues so that it can be rolled out to everyone through BlackBerry World sooner, rather than later. To install the update, just load up the BlackBerry Beta Zone and look for the Messenger update.

If you don't have a BlackBerry Beta Zone account, you can sign up for one for free, then download the BlackBerry Beta Zone app from BlackBerry World. Please note, BlackBerry Beta Zone isn't available in all regions.

Sign up for a BlackBerry Beta Zone account
Download BlackBerry Beta Zone app

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BlackBerry Leap arrives in the Philippines May 30th

BlackBerry customers in the Philippines looking to get their hands on a brand new BlackBerry Leap won't have much longer to wait now. As announced by BlackBerry, the device will be made available starting May 30th with retail pricing set at PHP 13,490 through MemoXpress stores.

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How to transfer files using Wi-Fi Direct on BlackBerry 10

Wi-Fi Direct isn't a new feature to BlackBerry 10, in fact it has been available since OS 10.2 but we haven't actually shown it in action here to CrackBerry yet, so there's no time like the present to do so. After all, you might be new to the BlackBerry 10 OS and didn't realise this was something you could do. I've actually started using it more as I recently got hold of a BlackBerry Leap and usually I use NFC to transfer photos and files between my devices but since the Leap does not have NFC, I've had to find other ways and W-iFi Direct was the next best thing.

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BlackBerry hosting three-part webinar series covering enterprise mobile security

BlackBerry has been on a roll lately with webinars and the latest announced sessions are spanned across three parts and focus on how enterprises can build bullet-proof security by having a proper enterprise mobility management strategy in place. Each session will offer strategic insights and actionable tactics to minimize risks in mobile security.

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