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For you BlackBerry 10 users that like to keep an eye on how many times a day you use your device, you'll be pleased to hear that Instant from Emberify has been updated to version 3.0. As well as Instant, three of the other apps from Emberify are on sale for a two week period, so if you've not yet tried them, now may be a good time to do so?

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Security is an integral part of BlackBerry. Being able to protect your messages and other items from prying eyes is important. Over the years we've seen applications go a step further and protect or lock the hub. AppLock, from the developer behind Power Tools, is designed to password protect all Android applications, the BlackBerry Hub, Assistant, Phone, Text Message, Contacts, and Calendar applications from unauthorized access.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for June 19, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! I hope you are all excited for not only the upcoming weekend but for the news and happenings in the world of BlackBerry this week. Not to mention our selection of apps and games, but we'll get to that later. One bit of news to hit the blog was this week is the rollout of OS 10.3.2 for U.S. carriers. Verizon's support site shows the update as coming soon for all their BB10 devices and the Classic right now while T-Mobile began rolling it out to Classic devices on June 17th. If you're on AT&T with a Z10 or Q10, those updates have also began with more devices to follow soon. Also, if you haven't already, be sure to check out our White BlackBerry Classic unboxing.

Finally, for those of you in the continental US, be sure to take advantage of ShopCrackBerry's Father's Day Sale. From now until Sunday June 21, they are offering 20% off all BlackBerry Accessories by entering in the coupon code listed on the post at checkout.

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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Tune your instrument on the go with Chromatic Tuner

Tune your instrument on the go with Chromatic Tuner

One for musicians, particularly those who played stringed instruments, though the app description does say that you can use it to tune any instrument. Chromatic Tuner is just that, a chromatic tuner that you can have on you all the time on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone. I tend to tune by ear but sometimes it's nice to let a tuner do the work for you. Join me as we take a closer look at Chromatic Tuner.

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BlackBerry the first EMM vendor to join HP's Helion Network

As announced through the Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog, BlackBerry's cloud-based enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, BES12 Cloud, has now been certified through the HP Helion Ready Program making BlackBerry the first EMM vendor to become part of the HP Helion Network, an ecosystem of service providers, value-added resellers, independent software vendors and other partners.

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BlackBerry 'Prague' rumored to be company's first Android-powered device

There has been quite a bit of chatter lately about Android-powered BlackBerry devices, and yet another rumor has surfaced. According to N4BB, BlackBerry's first Android device is called the BlackBerry "Prague", which won't be flagship style hardware, instead more on the lower end.

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White BlackBerry Classic unboxing!

BlackBerry Classic White front view

We've got our hands on a white BlackBerry Classic and we thought we'd follow tradition and give it an unboxing video. Freshly delivered, I set up the video and went through an unboxing of the white BlackBerry Classic, so we can get a closer look. The BlackBerry Classic in white is currently only available in certain countries right now, such as the U.K., UAE, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. We're still waiting for the blue and bronze versions to release, too. I'd definitely like to get my hands on a blue Classic.

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The majority of CrackBerry readers wouldn't buy an Android-based BlackBerry

Shocking, right? Who would have thought? BlackBerry users love BlackBerry 10 and don't want an Android-based BlackBerry. Truthfully, I was playing devil's advocate a bit in asking the question because I entirely expected the majority to flat out tell me I was crazy for asking and proceed to reach for their pitchforks. But, that never happened aside from the odd 'what a dumb question' comment.

Instead, you fine folks actually discussed the merits and pitfalls of such a change and what it would all mean to BlackBerry and their customer base, which was pretty awesome to watch unfold as the poll is now over 790 plus comments deep with over 11,000 votes accounted for. Let's take a look at the poll results and some of the comments left.

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FCC fines AT&T $100 million over throttling complaints

AT&T has received a $100 million fine from the FCC in regards to complaints that it was throttling data on unlimited plans. The FCC says it has received thousands of complaints from customers who noticed lower data speeds on their grandfathered data plan, and as a result AT&T will have to pay a hefty sum. In the ruling, the FCC points out that "AT&T inhibited consumers' ability to make informed choices about mobile broadband data services," and as a result AT&T has been issued a $100 million fine.

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Comcast is reportedly interested in acquiring T-Mobile US

Deutsche Telekom is now said to be in talks with Comcast about a potential sale of T-Mobile US. Recently, the Comcast deal fell through with Time Warner, and it was reported that Dish was interested in T-Mobile as well.

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BlackBerry 'Venice' Slider may launch this year

According to some new information from N4BB, it appears as though BlackBerry's upcoming slider may be launching by November 2015. Currently the slider carries a codename of 'Venice', and in addition some supposed specs have surfaced as well.

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Verizon gearing up for the rollout of BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.840

On Verizon and wondering when you'll officially be getting the BlackBerry 10.3.2 update? If so, you might not have long to wait, especially if you're a BlackBerry Classic owner. Looking at the Verizon devices support site, they've started updating all of their BlackBerry 10 devices such as the BlackBerry Classic, Z10, Z30 and Q10 to show OS 10.3.2.840 as coming soon.

Right now, it seems as though only the BlackBerry Classic is able to download it directly from BlackBerry servers so if you're looking to get it on another Verizon device, you'll have to wait until it goes live through Verizon. Of course, if you're familiar with using autoloaders or updating your device manually you can also do that as the files have now been posted in the CrackBerry Forums for all.

Thanks, Thurask and mainely_linux!

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BlackBerry hosting Annual and Special Meeting webcast on June 23rd

To go along with their First Quarter Fiscal 2016 results, BlackBerry will also be hosting their annual and special meeting webcast on June 23. The live webcast will kick off at 10am ET and you can tune in yourself via the BlackBerry Investor events website. As usual, we'll be tuned in to report on any news that comes out of the webcast, and follow-up posts for any of the important tidbits.

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T-Mobile will push out 10.3.2.798 for the Classic on June 17

T-Mobile will begin rolling out BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.798 for the BlackBerry Classic to users starting on June 17. According to T-Mobile Product Manager Des Smith, the update has received approval and is set to start pushing out for the Classic.

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Rogers posts plans for OS 10.3.2 rollout

Rogers has posted its OS Upgrade plans for the upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 release in its Community Forums. While they don't give exact dates, it gives a basic understanding of when users can begin to see the update landing on their devices.

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Looking for a great way to show the old man some love this year? Or, maybe Dad wants to do some shopping of his own for a brand new case, charging dock, or Bluetooth headset. Either way you're in luck, because we're celebrating Dad's big day this entire week by offering 20% off all BlackBerry accessories here at ShopCrackBerry.

We've got a wide variety of accessories for the latest and greatest devices including the BlackBerry Passport, Classic, Z10, Q10, and many more. Load up on your favorite toys, then use coupon code: FATHER15 at checkout to instantly save 20% on everything in your cart. It's that easy!

Don't forget: we offer FREE shipping for all orders over $50 within the continental US, as well as super-fast options for a little extra. Get your orders in soon, because this sale ends Sunday, June 21.

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BlackBerry Passport, Leap and Classic bundles all on sale through ShopBlackBerry

UPDATE - As expected, some devices (mostly Passport) have now gone to 'out of stock' status. At the time of this update, 4:39AM ET, there's still some Classics and Leaps left. No telling how long they'll last.

If you've been holding off on purchasing a BlackBerry Passport, Leap or Classic for any reason, it might be time to make the jump. Right now, ShopBlackBerry has a pretty awesome sale happening on all of their device bundles for customers in the U.S. and Canada. At this point, they've made it cheaper to buy a bundle with the device and extra goodies than to purchase any of the devices alone.

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CrackBerry Asks: Would you buy an Android based BlackBerry?

Before we rolled into the weekend, as I'm sure most CrackBerry readers already know, Reuters dropped a new report that BlackBerry may be considering putting Android as the operating system on an upcoming smartphone. Since then, the rumors and speculation presented in that report have been spun several different ways. The information has been passed around so much now that one would almost be forgiven for mistaking it for fact. Almost.

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LastPass warns customers to change master passwords following suspicious activity

LastPass is warning customers to change their master passwords as a result of recent suspicious activity on its network. Though LastPass claims that the vault storing user passwords was not accessed, the company is warning users to change their master passwords. Last week the company detected some suspicious activity on the network, and was able to quickly block it.

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