CrackBerry Asks: Do you regularly use the trackpad on your BlackBerry Classic

We run polls here on CrackBerry quite often and include all BlackBerry users but this time I'm specifically targeting BlackBerry Classic users. Since getting my hands on a white BlackBerry Classic, I decided to stick with it, at least for the summer. I find myself using the trackpad a lot - for scrolling through the Hub, apps on the home screen and more. After using a BlackBerry Passport, since its launch in September 2014, it was refreshing to be able to use a device one handed. Also, with it being summer, less clothing and all, it's hard to put the Passport into summer wear pockets.

However, I've asked many other Classic owners whether or not they use the trackpad, and most of them don't use it much. I've had a one say that they forget it's there, others say they hardly use it which sometimes gets me wondering whether there are others like me who use it frequently or do the majority of Classic owners not utilize the trackpad. If none of the answers below fit, drop a comment letting us know how you use the trackpad on your Classic.

Do you regularly use the trackpad on your BlackBerry Classic
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BlackBerry App Roundup for July 17, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all had a wonderful week and are getting ready to relax and enjoy the weekend. Things started off with a bang with our own Kevin Michaluk debuting his new YouTube Channel with the unboxing of the gorgeous blue BlackBerry Classic. Be sure to leave a comment on the YouTube video for your chance to win a blue Classic of your own. Also this week , Carl Wiese succeeded John Sims as President of Global Sales, and AT&T officially released OS 10.3.2.556 for the Passport and Classic. On a final note, as I know how much you all enjoy giveaways, be sure to enter to win a $200 ShopCrackBerry shopping spree! Good luck everyone!

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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T-Mobile

T-Mobile has agreed to pay a $17.5 million fine to the US Federal Communications Commission. The fine will settle an investigation of the wireless carrier by the FCC due to two separate nationwide 911 outages on T-Mobile's network that happened on August 8, 2014.

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Mesut-Ozil-red Passport

While I was browsing through Twitter earlier today for BlackBerry news I came across the below Tweet from Arsenal soccer player Mesut Özil sporting his rather swish looking red BlackBerry Passport.

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ATT officially releases OS 10.3.2.556 for Passport and Classic

Are you making use of an AT&T purchased BlackBerry Passport or Classic? If so, you're going to want to go ahead and check for updates either through your device or via BlackBerry Link. As noted on the AT&T website and confirmed by folks in the CrackBerry Forums, AT&T has begun their official rollout of OS 10.3.2.556 for AT&T Passport and Classic devices. As expected, the changes are improvements to BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 as a whole but AT&T has highlighted some specific items.

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Win a $200 ShopCrackBerry shopping spree!

Win a $200 ShopCrackBerry shopping spree!

Ever wanted to just go crazy in the CrackBerry store and buy a whole bunch of new accessories? Or maybe stock up on presents for the family, or just splurge and buy something really nice that you wouldn't normally get for yourself? Well, here's your shot at doing just that, on us!

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Enpass-Passwprd-Manager-Passport

We've featured Enpass Password Manager for BlackBerry 10 a few times in the past, mainly because it's my app of choice when it comes to storing passwords securely. Although Enpass is free to download and use, there are some limits in place which can be unlocked via an in-app purchase. Normally priced at $9.99, the developers are currently offering a 50% discount on the app, so if you've been tempted in the past, but put off by the price, you can now grab the full version for $4.99 - a bargain if you ask me.

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Screaming Energy updated with new features

Back in March, I initially posted about the Screaming Energy app, which allows residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial users GPS locate, and profile properties while keeping track of utility costs. At the time, I was looking for something entirely different but Screaming Energy turned out to be a really impressive app, so I shared it and while it was way too advanced for my needs, it turns out many of you all had a use for it. Not only did a lot of you download the app but according to developer, you also gave plenty of feedback for improvements. Using that feedback, a new version of Screaming Energy has now arrived.

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T-Mobile logo

T-Mobile's latest Un-carrier Amped move beefs up the company's family plan offering. The new Simple Choice Family Plan offers two lines of service for $100, including 10GB of high speed data for each line. Each additional line beyond the first two costs $20 a month, and also comes with 10GB of data for that line.

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WhatsApp

After a few weeks of silence on the beta front, WhatsApp users now have a new version available for download via the BlackBerry Beta Zone. According to the changelog, there are several fixes in this build with some special attention given to those of you out there running BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.

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Carl Wiese is BlackBerry's new President of Global Sales

A new President of Global Sales has joined the BlackBerry team. The company has announced it has named Carl Wiese to be its new President, Global Sales. He previously worked at Cisco, where he worked for more than 10 years, and rose to the rank of Senior Vice President. Wiese will succeed John Sims, who has now departed the company.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Ramp

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Ramp

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live? If so, you can now watch the video or download the audio for playback. On the topic list this week, we discuss into some the BlackBerry 'Dallas' getting certified for Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, plus what is believed to be the 'Venice' appearing on India import records. On top of that, we dig a bit into the BES 12.2 announcement, BlackBerry Blend v1.2 being rolled out and finally, John Chen's interview with Amanda Lang on CBC's The Exchange.

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Trip Planner 2015 Games

On Friday, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games kicked off and will run all the way up until July 26th, after which the Parapan Am Games will kick off on August 7–15. As one might expect, traffic conditions, rules and parking in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area have been affected and if you're planning on heading out to the games or near the venues, this could be problematic. Luckily though, a new app called 2015 Games Trip Planner is now available for BlackBerry 10 and aims to help folks get around the city easier during the games.

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BLUE BlackBerry Classic Video Unboxing & Giveaway!

CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED! CLICK HERE

Over the years I've always had a thing for white BlackBerrys. As much as the traditional black BlackBerry is iconic, professional and classy, white BlackBerrys have always just looked... sexy. Especially in the summer months when the sun is shining and the heat is on, a white BlackBerry just always seems ohhh sooo right.

So when word first surfaced that the BlackBerry Classic would be available in more colors, including white, bronze and blue, history should have dictated I'd be jonesing for a white Classic. Not this time though. It was the BLUE BlackBerry Classic that caught my eye. Blue is my favorite color. It's a color I wear a lot. When it comes to phones though, it has rarely been a color I've been drawn too. It just never is executed in a shade that I think looks good. BlackBerry nailed it with the blue BlackBerry Classic though. As soon as it became available on ShopBlackBerry I ordered it. Pulling it out of the box once it arrived, I was smitten. Specs and features be damned... this is a phone I'm going to rock for one main reason - I just love the way it looks. Be sure to watch the video above to see me unbox this blue beauty.

WIN A BLACKBERRY CLASSIC!

In honor of the launch of the new BLUE BlackBerry Classic and my new youtube channel (I'll hijack Bla1ze's Editor's Desk post this weekend to tell you all about it), I'm giving away a BlackBerry Classic!

How to Enter: Tap over to the youtube video and leave a comment on the youtube video for your chance to win. Give it a thumbs up while you're there and be sure to subscribe so you never miss an upcoming KM video. You have the month of July to enter - I'll be announcing the winner on my twitter account on August 1st (we'll announce it here on CrackBerry too).

I hope you enjoy the unboxing video! Be sure to leave a comment on youtube for your chance to win, and good luck!!

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BlackBerry App Roundup for July 10, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! How are you all doing today? I know I am looking forward to the weekend and catching up with news and tasks. Speaking of catching up, quite a few interesting things happened in the last few days. The Verizon rollout of OS 10.3.2.858 for the BlackBerry Q10, Z10 and Z30 began, there was another BerryFlow Upstream Podcast that dealt with leaks, BBM Money news, and that the BlackBerry 'Dallas' and BlackBerry 'Venice are appearing database records in a few countries.

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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One of my Top 10 apps on BlackBerry 10 is Email++ and has recently been updated. It was actually an app I first used on legacy BlackBerry smartphones and was glad that eventually made its way to BlackBerry 10. We wrote a full review of the app when it was first released and it has seen some updates since then. This latest update brings some new features as well as bug fixes.

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John Chen sits down with CBC's The Exchange to discuss BlackBerry turnaround efforts

As you may have caught on our BBM Channel earlier, BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently sat down with CBC's The Exchange with Amanda Lang for an interview to discuss his company's turnaround efforts. If you weren't able to catch the interview when it aired, you can now watch the replay in its entirety. Aside from the turnaround effort discussions, Chen also addresses rumors surrounding any possible sale of BlackBerry.

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Google and BlackBerry announce new partnership for Android in enterprise

BlackBerry and Google have announced a new, enterprise-focused partnership. The two companies are working together to marry BlackBerry's BES12 enterprise device deployment service and new security features in Android 5.0 Lollipop for increased mobile security, better device management, and easier deployment of enterprise apps for Android devices.

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Shortcut button comes to the latest version of ClipMan Clipboard Manager

One of the tools I utilize on a daily basis to manage my tasks is ClipMan Clipboard Manager. This headless clipboard and text template Manager allows me to quickly and easily copy and paste multiple lines of text to any application on my device. Whether for business or personal being able to monitor what I copy as well as provided canned responses for messages is a time saver.

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T-Mobile no longer charges you for using your phone in Mexico and Canada

T-Mobile is not finished with the media this morning. The US carrier has just unveiled Mobile Without Borders. This new Un-Carrier Amped move sees the company allowing customers to travel across the border into either Mexico and Canada and use their mobile phone without charge. T-Mobile's Simple Choice plans are affected, meaning those on said plans will be able to text, call and surf the web without extra charges.

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