Nightly Clock

Did you manage to snag one of the 1500 free copies of Nightly Clock? If so, you'll want to load up BlackBerry World and grab the latest update to the app as it brings a lot of bug fixes based on user feedback, especially for BlackBerry Passport owners.

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Troubles Land - An amazing and extensive platformer for BlackBerry 10

It's not often I sit down and play games but when I saw the above trailer for Troubles Land from the newly founded Espoo based game studio Enksoft, I had to give it a go. I've always been a platformer game fan, and Troubles Land fits right in there and better yet, delivers on its promise of being 'amazing and extensive' thanks to its hand-drawn artwork and great music soundtrack. For $0.99, you get 30 levels of awesome gameplay and seven different characters to play through as, extending the replay value of Troubles Land.

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As a child of the eighties, one of the classic arcade games I probably spent way too much time playing was Frogger. The goal of that game was to navigate your frog from the bottom of the screen across the road or river which contained various obstacles that moved horizontally such as motor vehicles, logs, and alligators. Being that this is now 2015, it was only natural, we would see similar type games available on various platforms. For instance, Crossy Road, which we saw earlier this year.

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Whine

Whine, the third-party Vine client for BlackBerry 10 has always been a pretty stellar app, but there's always room for improvement and a new update pushing through BlackBerry World right now for the app brings plenty of them. I'd even go so far as to say it almost feels like a whole new app with this release, but I'll let you all be the judge of that, have a look at the full changelog.

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BBM beta for Windows Phone snags a slew of bug fixes in latest update

BlackBerry has rolled out an update to its BBM beta app on Windows Phone today, and while it doesn't bring any fancy new features, it does include a whole slew of bug fixes.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for April 10, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. What a week it has been. Not only did BlackBerry release a new e-book highlighting enterprise customer success stories and a brief look at the apps on the BlackBerry Leap, but the new BBM Beta granted users the capability to to chat with individuals, not in your BBM contact list.

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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OS 10.3.1.2726 update files now available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones

If you're among those who simply must have the latest OS, even if it means loading it through some unconventional ways, you'll be pleased to know that OS 10.3.1.2726 update files are now available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones including the technically not yet available BlackBerry Leap. Autoloaders for the files have yet to be created but given all the needed files are available for them to be created, you can either make your own or wait for someone else to build them.

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On April 15 Rogers will expand on their popular 'Roam Like Home" program to include 35 countries across Europe. In the new countries, Rogers will allow customers to send emails, picture messages, make phone calls, and browse the internet for a flat $10 per day fee.

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Sprint's new international roaming plan offers unlimited 2G data for no extra charge

Sprint has launched a new international roaming plan for customers visiting Latin America, Japan, and Europe. Sprint's new International Value Roaming will give customers unlimited 2G data and texting while in a number of Latin American and European countries, as well as Japan.

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Multiple admin feature for BBM Channels now available

Back at the beginning of March, BlackBerry pushed out an update to BBM and one of the highlights of that specific release was a mention of the ability to have multiple BBM Channel contributors through the BBM Channels online portal. For whatever reason, that function never appeared, and it was never mentioned again. That left many people wondering where it went and while we still don't have an answer for that, it has now finally gone live. As expected, it's fairly easy to add a new contributor to your channel.

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There are various applications available at your fingertips to manage and listen to all of your feeds. One of the application on my device that I utilize to manage my feeds is bPod. It is an intuitive and highly configurable native application that gives users a pleasant and effortless listening experience.

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BlackBerry Passport

The BlackBerry design team has just scored another win. This time around, it comes by way of the BlackBerry Passport which has earned the prestigious "Best of the Best" Red Dot Product Design 2015 award.

The BlackBerry Design Team is honoured to accept the prestigious Red Dot: Best of the Best Product Design Award for the BlackBerry Passport," said Alison Phillips, Managing Director and Head of Industrial Design. "The value of design comes through when technology and new ideas can be turned into meaningful products that users connect with. This innovative product was a collaboration of many teams coming together to deliver a new design icon for BlackBerry.

The Red Dot: Best of the Best is awarded for innovative design and is the highest individual award in the Red Dot Award: Product Design. Only the outstanding products in a category receive this award - in 2015, only 81 products from 31 categories were given the sought-after seal of quality.

The full press release is below but if you're looking to learn more about the design of the BlackBerry Passport, check out our video interview here with Alison Phillips, Managing Director and Head of Industrial Design from the BlackBerry Passport launch event.

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There are no shortage of loyalty cards strewn about my desk. Older cards are stuffed in drawers, others in my wallet, and even more on my key ring. Honestly, I let it get out of hand and have always looked for a way to organize them. There are various applications currently available to digitize those plastic cards and tags, however, there is always room for one more and it is appropriately called Loyalty.

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BlackBerry brand still strong in Africa

BlackBerry brand still strong in Africa

For years now, Africa has been a market BlackBerry has been paying attention to and according to a new independent study conducted by GeoPoll and World Wide Worx, that attention might end up paying off for BlackBerry. According to the study, BlackBerry could potentially move from a six percent market share in the region to a projected 16 percent.

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TELUS rolling out OS 10.3.1.2708 to several BlackBerry 10 devices

Adding to the small bevy of updates that were pushed out yesterday for several devices, TELUS has now started pushing out OS 10.3.1.2708 (Software version 10.3.1.1865) to multiple BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Passport, Z10, Q10, Z30 and Classic as well.

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WhatsApp

It's that time again. Another WhatsApp beta has arrived in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. As has become the norm, this release is jam packed with changes according to the changelog and covers everything from a few new features right down to the usual miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements.

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Rogers rolling out OS 10.3.1.2576 to BlackBerry Passport owners

Are you a Rogers customer who purchased their BlackBerry Passport from Rogers but haven't received 10.3.1 yet? If so, you might want to go ahead and check for software updates if you don't already have a notification showing. As reported by several folks in the CrackBerry Forums and Twitter and checked through Sachesi, Rogers has now officially released OS 10.3.1.2576 (Software version 10.3.1.1779) to BlackBerry Passport owners.

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Porsche Design P'9883 Graphite

Just under a month ago we got our first look at the Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite, and today we're getting a closer look at the details that make up the phone.

As before, the P'9983 Graphite is essentially the same phone as the standard Porsche Design P'9983, just with a design that's all-black stainless steel frame with a hand-wrapped leather back cover instead of the glossy carbon fiber. It's the P'9983, but stealthy.

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Users sticking around longer for BBM than WhatsApp or Snapchat

BBM retains more users than most other mobile messaging apps, according to new data published by mobile analytics group Quettra. Measured against 22 messaging apps, including WhatsApp, Snapchat, and WeChat, BBM held on to 93% of its users after 30 days. The app also experienced higher user loyalty after the 60 and 90-day marks, according to BlackBerry:

As reported by The Information and CNBC, BBM held onto more than 93% of its users after 30 days, more than double the 43% average user retention after 30 days for all apps measured. After 60 days, 89% of BBM users remained loyal, and 82% after 90 days. Only Facebook Messenger ranked higher than BBM.

These high retention numbers aren't really surprising. Just last month, BBM crossed 100 million downloads from Google Play, though it should be noted that a number of BBM's competitors share similarly high download numbers, without experiencing the same loyalty from users. Recent updates to the app have also added many long-requested features, including custom BBM PINs and support for Android Wear.

Source: BlackBerry

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Call-Recordr-Z30-Hero

If you've ever needed to record a telephone conversation you may have Call Recordr for BlackBerry 10 already installed. If that's the case, you'll be pleased to hear that there's a huge update waiting for you in BlackBerry World.

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