Hands-on with the newest features of Work Wide v1.3

Hands-on with the newest features of Work Wide v1.3

One of my most used app on BlackBerry 10 recently received an update and today we take a closer look at the newest features. If you didn't know already, [Work Wide is an app that allows you to have two apps on the screen side-by-side. You can take a look at our original review to see how the app works. WorkWide was initially made for the BlackBerry Passport due to its nice wide screen but the developer did eventually make it available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for May 9, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all are ready for the weekend. My how the time has flown by this week. All sorts of good things happened this week that I wanted to share you with you. One of the biggest announcements had to be BlackBerry's return to T-Mobile and how the Classic would be available on May 13th. Next, we saw the announcement that the BlackBerry Leap would be available in Canada and how an update to BBM Channels brought targeted audience options.

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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Data-Monitor-Device

There's nothing worse than getting your monthly carrier bill and finding out that you've exceeded your data allowance and now have to part with some extra cash to cover it. Luckily with BlackBerry 10 you can easily keep an eye on the amount of data you use and can also be notified when you're getting close to your limit - nice!

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BlackBerry Leap arrives in the Netherlands via Belsimpel and Cool Blue

While the BlackBerry Leap has been ceremoniously arriving in some regions, there are other regions where the device has quietly appeared as well. One such region is the Netherlands. While there have been no official announcements from BlackBerry as of yet, the device is now readily available through several retailers including Belsimpel and Cool Blue with a purchase price set at €299.00 for both retailers. Cool Blue even has a video walk-through if you want to check it out or you can head over to our very own CrackBerry review of the Leap to get a closer look.

Thanks to all who sent this in!

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Connect to Box, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive all updated in BlackBerry World

If you use any of the 'Connect to' cloud storage apps on BlackBerry 10 such as Box, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive, you'll want to go ahead and load up BlackBerry World to ensure you have the latest releases. All three of the connector apps have been updated but when it comes tracking down what exactly has changed, that's a bit harder.

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Latest iGrann Pro update brings video uploading in beta form

While iGrann Pro is a pretty amazing app for accessing Instagram on BlackBerry 10, one missing feature thus far has been the ability to upload videos, but the latest update to the app aims to change that. As noted in the changelog, iGran developer, Adrian Sacchi, has now introduced video uploading to iGrann Pro in beta form and is seeking some feedback on how it all works.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen is now on Twitter

BlackBerry CEO John Chen is now on Twitter

While previously we had the surprise of T-Mobile and BlackBerry getting back together, today has taken things to a whole other unexpected level. Assuming the handle @JohnChen, BlackBerry CEO John Chen is now on Twitter. His first Tweet? A mention to T-Mobile CEO John Legere, of course, who earlier took to Twitter to show himself wearing a BlackBerry T-shirt.

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Work Wide for BlackBerry 10 Updated

After a few teases and a little bit of a beta testing period, the long awaited Work Wide v1.3 update is now available on BlackBerry World. If you'll recall, the last Blaq update teased a little something special that was never quite fully revealed but with the release of Work Wide, the pieces of the puzzle have now come together.

As noted in the changelog for Work Wide, aside from the general improvements and bug fixes, v1.3 includes the addition of Blaq integration allowing you to continue to view your feed on one-half of the screen and view pictures/web pages of tweets on the other half. An awesome addition, especially for hardcore Twitter users.

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BlackBerry completes WatchDox acquisition

BlackBerry completes WatchDox acquisition

Back on April 21, it was announced that BlackBerry had purchased WatchDox Ltd in a bid to further bolster the company's enterprise and security solutions and now, BlackBerry has announced the acquisition is complete and highlighted how the service will be integrated into BlackBerry solutions and services offerings.

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BBM for Windows Phone snags Channel support in latest update

BlackBerry has pushed an update to BBM for Windows Phone today that finally adds access to the Channels feature. After making its debut in the beta version of BBM not too long ago, Channels are finally in the main app for everyone to enjoy.

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Here's our BlackBerry Leap winner and a second chance to enter!

The moment you've all been waiting for this week has arrived! We have a winner in our BlackBerry Leap giveaway, and because we like you guys, we are giving you all a second chance to enter to win your very own Leap! As you may have caught in our full review, it's a pretty fantastic device all around. With over 5000 entries, it seems a lot of you agree and really want to try out the latest offering from BlackBerry. There could only be one winner though, so let's see who it was!

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John Chen

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has written an editorial about the company's decision to start selling the BlackBerry Classic on May 13 via T-Mobile again, saying that the move was "an important step that does the right thing for both of our customers and shareholders."

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NSA bulk phone data collection ruled illegal by U.S. Court of Appeals

A U.S. court has ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk phone data collection program was unauthorized. The new ruling on the program, which itself is part of long-running electronic surveillance efforts by the NSA, comes from the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the NSA exceeded the authority given to it by Congress.

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BlackBerry Classic

T-Mobile and BlackBerry today announced the US carrier will soon offer the BlackBerry Classic. The smartphone will go on sale on May 13 both online and inside participating T-Mobile stores, available for purchase outright and on select plans.

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BlackBerry Leap arrives in Vietnam May 15th through authorized BlackBerry partners

In addition to the announcement of the BlackBerry Leap arriving in Canada, BlackBerry has now also announced availability for the device in Vietnam. As noted in the press release, the BlackBerry Leap will be made available on May 15th through authorized BlackBerry partners.

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BlackBerry announces availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Canada

As expected, thanks to a bit of an early outing, BlackBerry has now announced the availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Canada. The new BlackBerry Leap will be available from Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, SaskTel, TELUS, WIND Mobile, ShopBlackBerry, and select Tbooth wireless and WIRELESSWAVE locations starting on May 7th, 2015, for as low as $0.00 on contract.

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Heidi Davidson, SVP of Corporate Communications, leaving BlackBerry

Although the name might not instantly ring bells among all CrackBerry readers, we can now confirm Heidi Davidson, head SVP of Corporate Communications for BlackBerry is leaving the organization. In an emailed statement, Adam Emery, VP of Corporate Communications at BlackBerry affirmed the significant contribution Davidson brought to the company.

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Building Secure Android Apps for the Enterprise webcast

If you're a developer interested in building secure Android apps for Enterprise, you might want to register for the Building Secure Android Apps for the Enterprise webcast taking place on May 21, 2015. The hour-long event will kick off at 11am EDT and is being hosted by BlackBerry Dev.

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WhatsApp beta updated to correct laggy performance

Living the beta tester life isn't always great as witnessed by some of the recent beta releases of WhatsApp, which many in the CrackBerry Forums members claim have had a few issues causing laggy performance and app hanging issues. The good thing though is that WhatsApp is incredibly fast at updating their betas and when issues arise, a new build is never far off and such is the case right now.

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BlackBerry brings targeted audience options to BBM Channels

Despite there being no official announcement, BlackBerry has recently added a pretty awesome feature to BBM Channels. Channel owners who use the online portal can now precisely target audiences they want to see particular updates and posts made to a channel. You can set targeting by a few different options such as demographic, geo-targetting as well as platform targeting.

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