BBM for iOS beta moves into v2.7.0.33

BBM for iOS beta moves into v2.7.0.33

With the last beta version having gone public a few days ago, the BlackBerry Beta Zone has already fired up a new BBM beta putting it into v2.7.0.33. This one isn't a massive update but there's still a few new things on the list to check out plus, some known issues that need to be worked through as well.

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AT&T's newest data plan offers 7GB for $75

AT&T's new 7GB data plan starts at $75

AT&T's added another tier to their Mobile Share Value data plans: 7GB for $75. Of course, that's just for the data, but if you're thinking about grabbing a new smartphone at the same time and go with AT&T's Next payment plan option for a new smartphone, they'll cut the $40 smartphone access charge down to just $15/month.

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WhatsApp calling feature slowly appearing for BlackBerry 10 users

Are you a WhatsApp user who is currently running the beta release from the BlackBerry Beta Zone? If so, you might want to check the app to see if you have some new calling features enabled. Several WhatsApp users in the CrackBerry Forums have now reported the feature, which allows you to call other WhatsApp users through the app using data services, has now appeared randomly and have been testing it out.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for February 13, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all have had a fantastic week. Today may be Friday the 13th but that won't stop us from having some fun now will it? This week we not only saw Amazon and ShopBlackBerry place the BlackBerry Passport on sale for Valentine's Day, but a new BBM Beta. While you are at it, be sure to take advantage of the ShopCrackBerry's Valentine's Day promo and receive 20% off all accessories.

Now on to the more important topic of the day. It is 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.

Swear By Weather by Francois Lalumiere

For those of you who enjoy a bit of obscenity with their weather forecast, this application is available to download. The purpose of the application is to present users with the current weather conditions along with a few swear words in the process. It is meant to deliver the information in a basic and funny way. If you are easily offended then this application is not meant for you. The developer clearly states in the forums that his application is a continuation of another similar item as the code was open source. As such, you can download it for free for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

More information/Download Swear By Weather

Baamboo Player Trial by Luke Soft

As someone who listens to music constantly, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try this player. This full-featured player displays the lyrics while player a song, allows you to browse music by genre, folder, album, and artist, create playlists, add or remove songs, sort your library by various categories, and offers shortcuts for keyboard devices. The application is available in a three-day trial for legacy devices and BlackBerry 10 devices. There is also a premium version for $1.99 available for most BBOS devices as well as the ability to install skins for the player. I do recommend trying to the free trial first as there was an issue on Passport devices for only certain OS versions.

More information/Download Baamboo Player Trial

File System by CellNinja

CellNinja is at it again this time with a helpful utility application for anyone who wants to browse files on their system, but not just any files. This native file system navigator gives users the ability to browse their system file folders, thereby granting access to hidden files and folders not available using File Manager. There are several reasons listed as to why a person would need to access those files. For instance, if you want to check the condition of a phone bought secondhand, troubleshoot hardware issues by looking at their state in the file system, obtain a list of applications running in the background, or even because of curiosity. However, the application does not have the ability to modify/create a file so as to prevent issues. File System is $0.99 for BlackBerry 10.

More information/Purchase File System

Balance Blox by EntwicklerX

Going through the Amazon Appstore, I discovered an interesting game. The purpose is to drop blocks on the balance. This in turn affects the balance according to the distance from the bottom triangle. By matching three blocks of the same color either vertically or horizontally will clear them from the playing field. The game is over when the balance touches the ground. There are also special blocks available to help you play the game including column and row cleaners. In this game you control where the box falls and where to add a new one. This game involves a lot of concentration and patience and is $1.23 to purchase from the store.

How to install Balance Blox from the Amazon Appstore

Search for Target by S4BB

This week saw the release of this application that aims to make browsing the Target catalog of products and ordering them easier. In addition to being able to view promotions in the hub (instant notifications of current and upcoming), add items to favorites, option to view best selling lists, and browse by category, the app is also integrated with BlackBerry Assistant / Universal Device Search so that users can find their favorite products right from the home screen. It offers a simple mobile experience and is free to download.

More information/Download Search for Target

What You Might Have Missed

Modern Combat 5: Blackout by Gameloft

Gameloft introduced the latest in their FPS series, Modern Combat 5, this week in BlackBerry World. This first-person shooter game allows you to create a squad, add your friends, and test your skills against other squads. Users can also choose from 4 customizable classes, activate class-specific skills by earning and spending skill points, and accumulate points by playing both single-player missions and multiplayer matches. Modern Combat has a price tag of $6.99 and is available for BlackBerry 10 though it requires 1GB of free space and may only be compatible with devices on 10.3 and higher.

Learn more / Purchase Modern Combat 5: Blackout

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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BlackBerry Classic appears set to arrive on Verizon February 26th

While a lot of the new device focus has been placed on AT&T since they have both the BlackBerry Classic and their own exclusive version of the BlackBerry Passport arriving at some point in time, a lot of folks out there are still waiting for Verizon to get the BlackBerry Classic as it was announced at the same time.

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ReFocus Tech brings Passport and Classic support to ARKick

The folks from ReFocus Tech have been back in the app lab and this time around they've rolled out a new update to their augmented reality app ARKick that allows you to discover venues around you. The additions in this latest build should please not only current owners of the app through the various bug fixes it offers, but also those who might have bought ARKick previously and then moved in either a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic, only to find those two devices weren't fully supported by the app.

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This durable spring clip holster for BlackBerry Passport is only $18.95 today while supplies last

This spring clip holster keeps your device clipped in tight, no matter the hustle and bustle. Just snap it to your belt, pants or bag and pop in your device! The top spring clip is extremely tough and ensures the safety of your BlackBerry Passport while providing quick-release access when you need to answer a call, text or email.

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Love is in the air this weekend and so is the scent of sweet savings on all the hottest BlackBerry accessories here at ShopCrackBerry.com.

Why not give your significant other a nice sync/charge pod this year? Or, maybe the crystal-clear quality of the latest Bluetooth headphones to spice up their daily workouts. If you're feeling indecisive, protection is always a safe bet—for their BlackBerry device, that is. Just take a look at our extensive selection of cases for the perfect fit.

When you're ready to take things to the next level, use coupon code: SWEET2015 at checkout to apply 20% off to your entire cart. There's also FREE shipping for any order over $50 in case you want to pick up a little something for yourself, too.

Don't wait until it's too late because this offer is only valid until midnight, February 16.

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Amazon

Amazon's latest app giveaway is here, and includes over $140 worth of premium content that is available for free from now until February 14. The giveaway features a total of 37 apps, including Listure, Sleep as Android, Runtastic Pro and more.

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BlackBerry India hosting BlackBerry Passport giveaway

BlackBerry India hosting BlackBerry Passport giveaway

If you live in India and want a chance to win a brand new BlackBerry Passport, you now have a chance to do so thanks to BlackBerry India. All you have to do is follow @BlackBerryIn on Twitter and answer a simple question they've set up via a Google Docs form and you're all set. You'll be entered to win a brand new BlackBerry Passport. Giveaway ends on Monday and is only open to India residents only.

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Amazon matching ShopBlackBerry sale prices on the BlackBerry Passport

Earlier we let you know that ShopBlackBerry had posted up their Valentine's Day sale on the BlackBerry Passport, but it seems as though that's not the only place to get the deal. If you live in the U.S. and would prefer to order your device from Amazon, you're in luck. They've now matched the pricing on Amazon.com, so you have the option of ordering from ShopBlackBerry or Amazon.

Sadly, it seems it only applies to Amazon.com though, Canadians still have to use ShopBlackBerry. Both the black and the white versions of the Passport are on sale for just $499, while the red version is currently $599 during this event.

Purchase your BlackBery Passport for $100 off from Amazon

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New BBM beta brings picture sharing in groups, read receipt for file transfers

Although the majority of users won't be able to take advantage of this one just yet, a new limited BBM beta has been released to the BlackBerry Beta Zone that brings with it some new features for groups and file transfers.

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Subway icon set

If you're building an app one of the key elements of that app is the icons you use and, of course, you always want those to look good as they help end-users navigate their way and make your app look great. You could have the best app in the world, if it looks like crap, no one will care.

One icon set often seen in BlackBerry 10 apps is Subway from Pixle which was previously offered through their site for free in PNG but other formats required a fee of $9.99. Pixle has changed that up a bit now and has begun offering the 306 icon pack optimized for mobile devices on Github for free which includes SVG, XALM, PSD, AI and EPS formats.

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Valentine's Day Apps and Games sale

It's almost Valentine's Day and to help celebrate the occasion BlackBerry is hosting a Valentine's Day Apps and Game sale through BlackBerry World where several of both have been reduced in price. The apps will vary depending on your location, device (and OS) but there's plenty to choose from including some favorites.

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Snap v3 Beta 2 now available for download

Snap v3 Beta 2 now available for download

Although the announcement of a new release on Tuesday hit some snags, Red Light of Love has now been updated and you'll find Snap v3 beta 2 now available for download and it's packed with quite a few changes even from the previous release. Looking for the change log? Jump below and have a look for yourself.

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Buy a BlackBerry Passport and save $100 from now until Feb. 16

BlackBerry is selling the unlocked black, white and red versions of the BlackBerry Passport for $100 less in a special online Valentine's Day sales promotion. The sales event will end on Monday. Feb. 16.

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Work Wide

A new update to Work Wide has now landed in BlackBerry World and it's one I'm sure a lot of folks will appreciate. After the initial launch of the app for the BlackBerry Passport, many people requested that the app make the transition to other BlackBerry 10 smartphones and that's exactly what this version brings, along with some improvements for those already running the app. We've got a list of both the major and minor changes so have a look.

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Receive 50% off this 2-pack of anti-glare screen protectors today for BlackBerry Z10

Tru Protection has utilized the highest grade materials and cutting-edge technology to create a screen film worthy of protecting your BlackBerry Z10. Equipped with a high-gloss crystal finish that's specially formulated for the display, installation is simple with an innovative static cling adhesive and a precise die-cut fit. Yours today for only $9.95

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