Like any new phone - prices do change and they are always carrier dependent, however Rob Orr (BlackBerry UK's Managing Director) has reportedly confirmed regarding the BlackBerry Q5 that it should sell around the kind of £20.00 odd per month tariff.
This year at BlackBerry Live 2013, BlackBerry Jam Americas was also held at the same time. If you were not able to make to it the event, or indeed you did and would like to look back over some session, you'll be happy know most session are now available on demand.
Chances are that if you have been an avid follower of BlackBerry over the past couple of years you will be well aware that the Canadian company purchased QNX some time ago and that was the building block for BlackBerry 10.
Canadians, are you ready? We have a third chance for one of you to win a BlackBerry Q10, this time from TELUS.
If you're a resident of Canada, all you need to do to enter is leave a single comment on this post telling us why you want the BlackBerry Q10. Huge thanks to TELUS for hooking this one up! As usual, one comment per person, and spammers will be eliminated and banned from future contests. We'll run this one through next Sunday at midnight PST, so drop your comment below to get in on the action.
Unfortunately this one is again only open to Canadian residents but not to worry - we'll have more contests for everyone else soon.
As part of the BlackBerry Keep Moving series, Secret Sessions with Alicia Keys debuted April 8th in Newark, New Jersey after her performance there and now, the video of that event has been posted for all to view on Livestream. If you're a fan of Alicia Keys music, it's something you'll certainly want to check out.
Additionally, you have the option to subscribe to the BlackBerry Keep Moving channel where more sessions will be posted. We've embedded the video below the break, keep in mind you'll need a flash enabled browser to view it, or you can head on over the BlackBerry Keep Moving channel via the link below.
One of the first things we spotted when checking out the BlackBerry Live 2013 showcase were a handful of Q10 cases from Incipio. All of the same families and colors are supported for the Q10 as the Z10, including the light Feather and Feather Shine hard case, the Frequency soft shell, and the hybrid Dual Pro case. They're all sporting a variety of bold, solid colors
Incipio's Q10 cases are already available online, and you shouldn't have any trouble finding something that fits your needs and style, regardless of whether you have the black or white Q10. Americans, you snag one of these in preparation for the launch at the links below. How many of you guys are going to be grabbing a Q10? Are you a case-toting type, or do your prefer to keep your BlackBerry naked?
So here's the deal. Since the Z10 has been released, I have used several different Z10 units (probably 7 or 8... I lost count) across four different carriers, and I have never once experienced a random reboot on my Z10. The same goes for all of the members of the CrackBerry editorial team - there have been very few mentions of the phone randomly rebooting for no reason.
However, if you jump into CrackBerry's crazy busy BlackBerry Z10 forums, you will find a LOT of discussion around owners experiencing their Z10 randomly restarting, either during the day, or during the night while it's on the charger. For some, it seems to be a once per week thing. For others, it's happening daily. It felt like the reboot issue has most-often been reported by users on Verizon - to be certain, the reports in the forums do seem disproportionately high for Verizon Z10 owners compared to other carriers, but as you dive through the forum threads it is an issue that is definitely reported by at least some users across carriers around the globe.
BlackBerry Live 2013 has now come to an end and our amazing and awesome CrackBerry Live setup has been fully dismantled. Before we closed up shop, the CrackBerry team in attendance jumped on stage one final time to say farewell and thank you. Be sure to hit up the video above for our tear-jerking farewell.
We noticed the harmon.ie announcement at BlackBerry Live 2013 for Office 365 and SharePoint coming to BB10, so we met up with the co-founder and CEO Yaacov Cohen to get a closer look. Harmon.ie sits on BES 10.1, allowing its users to access all sorts of day-to-day Office 365 information securely, as well as tapping into the SharePoint cloud collaboration service. Harmon.ie also supports Android and iOS, plus Balance for BlackBerry, so it's perfectly suited to the mixed BYOD environment. SharePoint documents can be opened directly in the built-in Docs to Go suite, while search, contacts, and calendar are due for the next update.
At BlackBerry Live 2013, the Mippin guys were talking up a potential enterprise application generator to follow up on their media-centered product that has already brought some 20,000 apps to BlackBerry World. They're still in talks with BlackBerry about getting this project going, but it would be built on top of BES, so employees could access corporate information that's behind the firewall through an application front-end. This kind of solution would be perfect for companies with plenty of remote workers and heavily-used shared databases, but shy on mobile developers able to create a custom app that handles it all. The BES component would be able to handle deployment of created apps as well, so new updates could be rolled out as needed, or the app could be remotely nuked if the device was lost.
Cut The Rope, in case you're not familiar, is a cute puzzle game where you have to swipe your finger across ropes to release the delicious bundles of candy into Om Nom's mouth while ensuring you collect stars along the way. Sounds easy but there's plenty of obstacles and situations arise that make feeding Om Nom just a tad bit difficult.
When BlackBerry announced they were rebranding BlackBerry World to BlackBerry Live for 2013, we just knew we had to kick up our coverage for the annual event to include a live component. Hence, the idea for CrackBerry Live was born.
Doing live video content is a challenge on many fronts, but thanks to our friends at GeekBeat.TV, we pulled it off without a hiccup. Where we were lacking on the gear and experience front, John P. and Kien Tran were not and they helped pull it all together and kept us on track all week long.
We've been receiving great feedback on all of our CrackBerry Live content. In the video above we take a behind the scenes look at the entire setup and what it took to produce to CrackBerry Live this year. Enjoy!
If you are a developer attending BlackBerry Jam one question you may have is how to launch your application across multiple platforms without building multiple bar or bundle files. During one of the Webworks sessions I attended here at Jam, they discussed different techniques that can be implemented to target multiple platforms running BB10 with only one application. There was a Cascades version of this session running concurrently at Jam as well, however, my background is in Webworks so I chose to attend this one.
Chatting with the BlackBerry Achievement Award winners, we took some time to talk to Vinay Venugopal who is the Director of IT Strategy at ING DIRECT Canada. A winner in the category of Putting Customers First, ING makes it secure and easy for customers to conduct transactions using BlackBerry 10. The app allows for easy banking that includes "orange alerts" and even integrates with the BlackBerry Hub,
Vinay explained how BlackBerry is used throughout ING as well as how it helps them give amazing service to their customers.
The BlackBerry Achievement awards were announced during BlackBerry Live 2013 and we had a chance to chat with a few of the winners, one of which being DIRECTV. A winner in the category of Mobile Innovation of the Year, DIRECTV has deployed their app to the over 4,000 employees in the company. The app allows technicians to manage an entire service call and work order process from their phones, and supports Bluetooth technology to validate and adjust satellite signal strength.
We talked to Javier of DIRECTV who told us a bit about the app and how it helps the technicians greatly by cutting down on paperwork and providing tools to better complete their tasks in the field.
Back in 2010, CrackBerry member Jessica Meigs wrote a zombie book called The Becoming: Outbreak, and she did it all on her BlackBerry. Over the course of two years, using a variety of BlackBerry smartphones (BlackBerry Bold 9000, the BlackBerry Curve 8900, the BlackBerry Bold 9700, and the BlackBerry Torch 9800), Jessica penned her first novel, which quickly grew into a series of novels.
If you're feeling the blues now that BlackBerry Live is over and looking for a bit of excitement for the weekend, you can check out this freshly leaked BlackBerry Z10 OS from lbfe!
Please note, this leak is not for all devices. This time it's just the STL100-2 & 3 getting some love so if you don't have one of those then you'll want to move along. This leak bumps the OS version up to 10.1.0.1880, and some people are already reporting improved performance and battery life. If you install this please be sure to share your findings in the comments below or in the forums.
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