How to disable automatic OS updates on BlackBerry 10

How to disable automatic OS updates on BlackBerry 10

Although the option to disable automatic OS updates on BlackBerry 10 has been in place since BlackBerry 10.2, it seems as though a lot of folks missed when it was added. In the CrackBerry Forums, I've read several posts from folks claiming they were 'forced' to update to BlackBerry 10.3.1, which arguably caused issues for some, and I can understand that feeling to a certain extent.

Rather than debating whether or not the updates were 'forced' or whether it was just a case of not knowing the option was there, it seems best to just inform everyone of the option and how to go about enabling and disabling automatic updates. It's a fairly simple process and there's not a lot to it so, let's just get right to it.

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Score More Baseball

Score More Baseball is Moneyball in your pocket

Just in time for baseball season, a new baseball scoring app hits the field for BlackBerry, Android, and iPhone. Score More Baseball provides simple scoring for amateurs and youth teams using the Moneyball method.

Score More Baseball allows anyone to use a phone or tablet to accurately score baseball games, using the Moneyball approach to help improve performance. This method enhances all aspects of play. including longer rallies, stranding fewer runners, and score more runs.

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Update - 9am, Wednesday, March 18th: Wow - talk about an amazing promotion. The Z30's we had in stock literally flew off the shelves. We are now sold out. The store team is working to secure more Z30's at the same price. If you missed out on the promotion keep it locked to CrackBerry. We'll update this post and write another one as soon as we have more in stock.

The BlackBerry Z30 remains one of the best BlackBerry devices available on the market today and is still in demand by many BlackBerry fans, especially when the pricing is right. If you missed out any of the previous deals for the BlackBerry Z30 but are still looking to get your hands on one, we definitely can help you out with that.

Right now, our CrackBerry Canada store has brand new, factory unlocked, white versions of the BlackBerry Z30 available in retail packaging for only $250 CDN. These particular models are the STA100-5 variation which offer the best compatibility with most GSM carriers in Canada such as Bell, Rogers, TELUS, Koodo and Fido for 4G and LTE. For a full breakdown of Z30 models and supported frequencies, click here.

To put the pricing in comparison, right now BlackBerry is selling the exact same version for $399 in Canada. So not only are you getting a great device, you're getting it at a great price, plus you have the benefit of our free and fast shipping on this item! You can check out our full review of the BlackBerry Z30 and further technical specs right here to decide if it's the device for you.

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Porsche Design Passport concept

While BlackBerry and Porsche Design took the covers off the P'9983 Graphite earlier, there's still another Porsche Design device slated for this year under the codename 'Keian' in honor of Keian Blundell and it's widely rumored, expected and hoped to be a variation of the BlackBerry Passport.

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BlackBerry Blend for BlackBerry 10 updated to v1.1.0.67

Although this release has been available since BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2558 started rolling out, if you've not updated to that release or any version higher you can now officially update the BlackBerry Blend app for BlackBerry 10 to v1.1.0.67 from BlackBerry World. Hard to say what has changed though, as it looks like they used the same change log from a previous release.

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2576 update files now available for download

** Note ** - This article was updated to reflect the release of .2582 which quickly came after post about the .2576 release. We've adjusted all links below to reflect the .2582 listings.

While last week saw the release of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2558, this week is already starting with a fresh push of OS 10.3.1.2582. The update has started arriving officially on some devices but like all releases these days, you don't have to wait for the OTA. The files are available for download in the CrackBerry Forums that can be used to update using Sachesi plus, there is now several autoloaders for all devices that have been created.

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Sandisk

Storing media requires more than just internal memory, especially when SD slots are available on various products. Amazon US currently has a sale under way where you could save up to 47% on SanDisk memory products for today only.

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T-Mobile now gives you rollover data on Simple Choice prepaid plans with Data Stash

T-Mobile previously announced Data Stash for postpaid plans only, but now the un-carrier is bringing the same feature to prepaid customers too.

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BlackBerry PassPort and BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry is now offering a new service called the BlackBerry Care Protection Plan. It offers extended hardware coverage for the BlackBerry Passport, the BlackBerry Classic and the new BlackBerry Leap to owners in North America.

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BlackBerry introduces the Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite

If you tuned into the BerryFlow podcast earlier, you would have heard mention of the Porsche Design P'9983 Graphite being introduced but now BlackBerry has gone ahead and officially announced the device. Although it fits in line with the already existing P'9983, the Graphite edition takes luxury a bit further and offers 'exclusive graphite-metallic colored elements and the finest, hand-wrapped leather on the back door cover'.

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Yahoo logo

Yahoo's new "on-demand" system will tie your mobile number with your Yahoo account, sending you a unique verification key every time you want to login to your account.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Freak

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Freak

Another Sunday means it's time for another BerryFlow Upstream. If you missed out on tuning in live, you can now catch the replay or download the audio below. This week we discuss the BlackBerry Leap coming to Vodafone for business users, BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1.2258, Open SSL Freak vulnerability and the pairing SecuSMART teaming up with Samsung and IBM for Highly Secure Tablet plus more.

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Save 72% today on this OEM leather pocket pouch for BlackBerry Q10

Hand crafted and finished in genuine leather with a soft inner lining, the BlackBerry leather pocket protects against bumps and scratches. It also recognizes settings and preferences, while power saving technology works to help extend battery life of your BlackBerry Q10. Yours today for only $9.95!

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F1 is back

** UPDATE ** - Race over! One-two finish for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the Australian Grand Prix. That is the 30th F1 win for the Silver Arrows! Sebastian Vettel and the Ferrari team took the 3rd pole position. To conduct the after race interviews, the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger hit the podium.

F1 is back and the 2015 season is already off to a great start for the BlackBerry sponsored MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. Having ended the 2014 season as F1 Constructors' Champions for Mercedes-Benz, the team hit the Australian Grand Prix track for qualifying where Lewis Hamilton set a time of 1 minute, 26.327 seconds, six-tenths of a second faster than teammate Nico Rosberg as Mercedes made it a one-two in qualifying.

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Gazzet is a beautiful social feed & news reader

Looking for a new way to keep up to date on your social feeds and news? If so, Gazzet might be the app for you. We've featured Gazzet before here on CrackBerry but since then it has gone through many changes and improvements from its early release stages and is now a pretty solid app that's not only great looking but incredibly useful as well thanks to the Feedly, Twitter and Reddit integration.

Although I really hate to compare Gazzet to an already existing app, if you're familiar with Flipboard you'll notice the resemblance here. The difference, of course, is that Gazzet is a native BlackBerry 10 app that feels right at home on any BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Gazzet essentially takes everything from whatever accounts you tie in, be it Feedly, Twitter or Reddit and presents it to you in a magazine style that you can interact with.

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he SecuTABLET is a new, secure tablet from Secusmart, IBM and Samsung

And now we know why tablets were on BlackBerry CEO John Chen's mind. As we noted previously, Secusmart, IBM and Samsung teamed up for new highly secure mobile communication device and now further details have arrived via an official announcement. At CeBIT 2015, Secusmart with IBM will be presenting the SecuTABLET, a high-security tablet based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

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BlackBerry wins dismissal of lawsuit related to company operations and outlook

Back in October 2013, a class action lawsuit was filed against BlackBerry by Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC and former Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr., alleging BlackBerry had filed 'materially false and misleading statements and omissions related to the Company's business and operations' which misled shareholders into believing that the BlackBerry 10 line of devices and company operations were doing better than they really were.

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BlackBerry to announce Year-End and Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2015 results March 27th

As one might have caught during Mobile World Congress due to the lack of financials discussion, BlackBerry has been in their quiet period ahead of their Year-End and Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2015 earning results, which have now been announced to take place on March 27th, 2015.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for March 13, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all had an excellent week as it certainly went by quickly. This week we saw Vodafone UK confirm they will carry the BlackBerry Leap but only for business users, a BerryFlow podcast with our own EiC to close out Mobile World Congress and a way to get Adobe Flash on OS 10.3.1.

Now on to the more important topic of the day. 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.

Tower UP DX by EntrwicklerX

Seeking an enjoyable tower game to take a quick break during the day? Tower UP is just that. The object of this game is to stack the floors of your building as high as you can all while trying to line them properly. This is a cute and entertaining game with nice graphics. How high do you think you can go? There are two versions with which to find out. An ad supported version that you can download for free or an ad free version for $0.99.

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Super Drop Jam by Brigand

This week in the Amazon Appstore I came across this unusual game. The premise is quite simple. There is a row of five numbers at the bottom whose numbers match that of a deck of cards and numbered tiles that fall from the top of the screen. Your job is to drag the tiles below and match with the ones as they fall. However, you can only stack them if the value is one higher or lower than the one falling before time runs out. For example, if a five is falling you could only match it with a four or a six. The more tiles are stacked together, the higher your score. If you need to clear the board quickly, tapping on the stack will make them reach the bottom and disappear. As a thinking game it keeps you on your toes especially when the pace picks up. Super Drop Jam is available for $1.00.

How to install Super Drop Jam from the Amazon Appstore

Health Pro by Fire Chest Apps

From the developer that brought you Backup Pro and Usage Pro comes this portable health management system. This comprehensive application handles information for multiple patients and family members. This is an application that you would populate with your personal medical information. It is your one stop shop to keep track of this data. From being able to input your allergies, insurance information, medical conditions and medications, and upcoming doctors visits, it stores everything for quick reference. Additional features include the ability to create charts to map your progress, the option to act as a journal for notes and appointment results, fast access to resources and websites that you enter, create and run groups of predetermined algorithms on given data sets, and password protection. To better manage your medical data, this application can be purchased for $4.99.

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File Converter saper-ek

This is a quick and simple file converter for when on the go. There are several uses for an application such as this. Have a word file that you cannot open in Docs to Go? No problem this application can convert to PDF so you can open with Adobe. I know for me there are times I would like to send a PDF of a file rather than the word version. All you would have to do is use is launch File Converter and it will do the rest in a matter of moments. Simply tap on the on the file type you wish to convert to and then go through your files to select the source document. It supports PDF, DOC, ODP, ODS, ODT, PPT, RTF, TXT, and XLS. You can grab it for $0.99 in BlackBerry World.

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MoPix by 10Soft

Growing up, the most powerful images to be seen, in my opinion, were the ones in black and white. Not only are they awe inspiring but are elegant and capture some of the finer details we might not notice in color. MoPix a small and simple application that allows you to take any shot in black and white (from within the application itself), apply some filters, and share them directly on your Facebook wall. Users can also take an existing photo from the library and apply the black and white filter as well. The free version does include a watermark though this can be removed with an in app purchase of $1.99. Another feature not available in the free version is the ability to save the new image to your device. Once you upgrade to the premium version this option will appear on the screen and can be accessed by tapping the green check mark in the upper right.

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What You Might Have Missed

Screaming Energy by Screaming Power

With the harsh winter that swept across the Northeast, the items I kept my eye on most were my gas and electric bill. This week we showed you Screaming Energy, a native application whose goal is to view, manage, and analyze your utility information. It offers an easy to read dashboard with which you can view all your electric, natural gas, and water bills including usage, tax, and rates, import and export your data, option to enter your information manually, and automatic downloading from your utility company (if available) to receive regular billing updates and quick access. This Built for BlackBerry application is free to download and the charts for tracking your bills and usage over time is certainly helpful when calculating your budget.

More information / Download Screaming Energy

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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