BlackBullet is an app that has been around for a while in BlackBerry World, in beta, no less and is a pretty nice third party Pushbullet client for BlackBerry 10. We've announced it and also done up a review on it. As I've said, it's an app currently labelled with beta status but has got a lot to offer and does receive regular updates.

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Here's our latest BlackBerry Passport winner!

Here's our latest BlackBerry Passport winner!

This has been a pretty exciting year for BlackBerry, and 2014 isn't over quite yet. This year saw the release of the BlackBerry Passport, first in black, then in red, and finally in white. While this particular device isn't for everyone due to the size and new keyboard, it's definitely proven to be a popular addition to the BlackBerry family. With all of these color options available now for the Passport, we thought the best way to help the time pass until the BlackBerry Classic is released was to give one of you the chance to 'work wide' with a free Passport. So let's get to it, shall we?

The winner of a free BlackBerry Passport is...

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Stave off a penguin assault with 1000 copies of SnowLogic

In certain areas of the world, December is not just about the holidays but about the change in weather with its plummeting temperatures and snow. On occasions such as this, having a fun and easy game to pass the time is always welcome. One such game that came across my inbox is SnowLogic, an interesting game that is a cross between Plants and Zombies and Pudding Monsters.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 12, 2014

BlackBerry App Roundup for December 12, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Time once again to give a quick wrap up of all the exciting news that happened this past week. Now where do we begin? One item that was certainly not to be missed, is an interesting look at cancer research with a little help from BlackBerry that aired on 60 Minutes that you should take a closer look at. I also have to give another reminder that we're a little bit closer to the launch of the BlackBerry Classic. How many of you out there pre-ordered one for the holidays? Don't forget there are some soon to be released accessories available to order through ShopCrackBerry and ShopCrackBerry Canada

Now 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.

3Words by Oleg Derevenetz

From the developer of 3D Photo Camera http://crackberry.com/capture-3d-pictures-3d-photo-camera-1000-free-copies-available comes this unofficial client for the what3words service. What is this service you may ask? It is a new universal address system that utilizes a giant grid of the world broken down into 57 trillion squares of 3 meters by 3 meters. Each of these squares is given a based on three words from the dictionary. Not only does this application access the service to allow you to explore the map but also obtain location information using personalized OneWord addresses. Whether you wish to search the map, find your friends by OneWord or w3w addresses or share a location via text, email or by phone, you can do so with 3Words. Available for $0.99 it supports all BlackBerry 10 devices.

More information/Purchase 3Words

Farm Friends Story by Tellurion mobile

In the vein of other match-3 style games comes this fun and kid friendly game. The goal is to grow crops to defend your farm from the angry fox. You have a limited number of moves to finish each level and collect the crops so use them wisely. The graphics and sounds are cute and perfect for the little ones in your house especially with the bright colors and the smiling vegetables for them to see. Farm Friends Story is free to download and is a Built For BlackBerry game.

More information/Download Farm Friends Story

Movie Info by Saper-ek.

For those of you who love everything and anything involving movies, this application aims to give you all the information you need in all in one place. From the top bar, simply search for a TV show, movie or person and it will present you with detailed information. This includes trailers and videos, access to the actors and crewmembers profiles, links to the IMDB, TVDB, and TMDB profiles, and their main web page. Movie Info is free to download for BlackBerry 10.

More information/Download Movie Info

Paperama by FDG Entertainment GmbH & Co.KG

Growing up I used to make Origami items. That popular paper-folding pastime allowed us to create so many ingenious and beautiful creations. There was nothing like turning a small, colorful paper square into a shape or animal. Now you can get that same feeling on your device with this application from the Amazon Appstore. It brings that experience to life with an amazing 3D folding effect. There are more than 70 puzzles with limits on the number of folds you can make to achieve the desired shape. The game is challenging comprised of complex folds.

How to install Android apps from the Amazon Appstore

One Music Player by Unicorn Inc.

No matter what the occasion, be it relaxing or writing a blog post, there has to be music playing in the background. As such, I probably devote an exorbitant amount of time testing various music players on my device. This latest player to hit the storefront captured my attention first by the minimalist glassy design and second by the unique way it allows you to navigate the application. This has to be explained as there is no back button. It utilizes a special swipe to have you return to the previous screens, and that is by swiping up from the bottom frame and going left or right across the display. As a native application, it's fast, responsive, and plays your music flawlessly. It sorts your library by song, album, artist, playlist and folders, as well as letting you select additional options for filtering such as by duration and date added. There are other great features as well including a built-in 5-band equalizer and a tag editor. This beautiful and feature packed player is FREE to download.

More information/Download One Music Player

What You Might Have Missed

Festive Giveaway

This week marked the return of the festive giveaway promotion in BlackBerry World whereby several premium apps and games will be available to download for free for a limited time. The first assortment is currently available from now until December 17th, with a new array of apps and games to be available from the 18th to 25th. Of course, keep in mind that availability will vary by region and by device. The link to the promo is shown below and encompasses several utility and strategy games we've previously covered. If you've wanted to get your hands on these titles, this is the time to do so.

View all apps available in the festive giveaway

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 pre-orders sold out in North America

The BlackBerry navigation keys and trackpad are so popular that Shop BlackBerry has announced that the BlackBerry Classic is sold out of its pre-order inventory in North America ahead of a scheduled launch this month. According to BlackBerry's online shop, the $449 smartphone is expected to be re-stocked sometime in early January 2015. The device is still listed as being in-stock for other regions, including the U.K., France, and Germany.

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Vodafone to launch wireless services for US-based enterprise customers next year

Vodafone Americas has announced its intent to introduce wireless services for its multinational enterprise customers in the United States in 2015. The services will be offered under an mobile virtual network operator deal with T-Mobile US.

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CB10 updated with bug fixes, performance improvements and better Passport support!

A little surprise for everyone is now filtering through BlackBerry World. Yes, you can say it. I sure did. Finally! The CB10 app has been updated. This release sees the app jump into v1.7.1 and it brings a TON of improvements across the board, everything from small bug fixes to performance improvements and yes, even improved BlackBerry Passport support. Have a look at the change log.

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Create custom polygonal wallpapers with Walls for BlackBerry 10

Being able switch wallpapers gives a whole new look and feel to your device. I have a tendency of either changing them often or sticking with a few favorites, as some of you may have noticed during the BlackBerry App Roundups. Now I am no stranger to wallpaper generators and have used several in the past including one that employs low-poly, triangle designs. For the latter, these designs add a splash of color and excitement to your screen.

ReFocus Technologies decided take this concept one step further in their latest application. Aptly named Walls, it creates a vast array of wallpapers for your BlackBerry 10 devices all derived from polygon patterns. It employs over 600 palettes, 25 textures, and 6 styles, all of which aim to give the user unlimited possibilities as to what kind of background they create.

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BBM update rolls out with a way to send stickers in group chat and more

BlackBerry has released a new update to its BBM app in BlackBerry World adding a number of new features, including a way to send stickers to in group chat:

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Save over 50% today on these thin and durable hard cases for BlackBerry Z10

The SURFACE Case is perfect for those looking for sleek protection. This case protects your BlackBerry Z10 from scratches and drops while adding minimal bulk and convenient viewing with its built-in kickstand. Get yours in black, red or purple today for just $16.95!

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EE Store Cambridge

EE will be scrapping the Orange Wednesday 2-for-1 cinema ticket deal after being available for a decade. Customers of Orange (and subsequently EE) have enjoyed a weekly deal that allowed them to head down to their local cinema to check out the latest blockbusters at a reduced price. This offer will no longer be available after February 2015, but the carrier stresses they are working on a worthy successor. According to Marketing Magazine:

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Angry-Birds-Seasons-Hero

With Christmas just around the corner, when I saw that Angry Birds Seasons for BlackBerry 10 had been updated I presumed that it would involve some festive treats. I was wrong, once again. The good news is that because the new levels introduced in version 4.2.1 are not Christmasy it will ensure that you don't get the post Christmas blues when playing the game in the New Year.

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Devices-Passport-Hero

Some interesting news today coming out of the BlackBerry India camp. They have teamed up with Idea Cellular to offer the countries first ever enhanced SIM-based licensing (ESBL) solution. If like me you have no idea what that is read on and all will be revealed.

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Snake3D-Passport-Hero

If you're as old as me you'll remember when the game Snake was super popular the first time around. And that lasted for a good few years as the game came pre-loaded on all Nokia phones I think. Snake 3D runs along the same concept apart from things have developed in the graphics department a bit over the last 20 years or so.

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HJ Story, Underdog and Disney Fairies BBM stickers now available!

The BBM Shop has been the past few days releasing new batches of stickers and now they've gone ahead and released a few more. This time around we get HJ Story, Underdog and Disney Fairies to choose from but perhaps with sticker packs all being on sale right now for only 99 cents, you won't have choose, you can just grab them all if you like.

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ReadItNow updated with several bug fixes and layout improvements

If you're like me and store away articles for later reading in your Pocket account, you'll be pleased to know ReadItNow, the third-party Pocket client on BlackBerry 10 has now been updated with several improvements and bug fixes across the board. Jumping into v6.9.4.0, the update is available right now in BlackBerry World and readily available for download. Have a look at the change log.

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BlackBerry Classic Preview: Brick Breaker returns with trackpad controls

Ah, Brick Breaker. The classic game that came pre-loaded on BlackBerry smartphones for years was a favorite time waster for many but when BlackBerry 10 arrived, it was left behind. Eventually, it was re-imagined for BlackBerry 10 and released into BlackBerry World but without trackpad navigation controls it just wasn't the same. Now though, with the upcoming arrival of the BlackBerry Classic, the trackpad is back and so is the trackpad navigation controls in Brick Breaker as highlighted in the video below by Donny from the Inside BlackBerry blog.

Personally, I'd still like to see a REAL classic version of Brick Breaker arrive on BlackBerry 10, perhaps with more added levels but the re-imagined version does still bring some nostalgia into the mix which is awesome. I'm a sucker for nostalgia.

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Ford Sync 3

Ford officially revealed its plans for Sync 3, the newest version of its entertainment and connected car system, earlier today. The new version is powered at the core by BlackBerry's QNX software, a change we expected was coming at some point. The car maker says that it will start appearing in its new vehicles sometime in 2015.

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Evernote-Update-Hero

It was only a couple of weeks ago that Evernote received an update for BlackBerry 10 devices. That version v5.5.1.561 was only a small one offering up some fixes and improvements.

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This easy-access spring clip holster for BlackBerry Q10 is on sale today for $14.95!

The Seidio Spring Clip Holster holds your BlackBerry Q10 securely in place, and then lifts for quick access. Both the felt liner and the face-in design protect your screen from scratches while a soft touch coating provides a better feel and grip. The rear clip can be rotated in both vertical and horizontal positions, too! Get yours today and save 50%

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