BlackBerry scores patents for wearables, conference calling, enhanced security and more!

Each week on Tuesdays, the USPTO publishes approximately 3500 patents, and this week was a rather large one for BlackBerry. As noted by Bloomberg, BlackBerry had a total of 26 patents published this week and while we generally don't look towards patents for much info due to the sheer amount that get processed and never seen again, the patents published this week for BlackBerry are rather telling and hit on a lot of recent topics such as wearables, conference calling, new devices and enhanced security. We've gathered up all the patents from this week for everyone to go through, but as noted, there's a few stand out items here.

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AT&T boasts strong growth but misses earnings estimate

AT&T has just shared their earnings report for the third quarter. The company was able to gain two million new customers, but missed their earnings estimate. Shares of AT&T are down in after-hours trading following the earnings report.

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Shaq stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

Shaq stickers arrive in the BBM Shop!

I guess Shaq is too big of a star to wait until Thursday when the BBM team normally rolls out new sticker packs, because he has now popped up in the BBM Shop all by himself. If you're looking to bring Shaq Daddy to your device along with some of his classic trash talking lines, you'll be expected to throw up $1.99 for the complete set.

Fun facts: Shaq is worth over $350M and earned approximately $25M last year from business ventures. He actually owns 10% of the Five Guys burger franchise. Not bad for a guy who only ever hit one 3-pointer in his game career. The stickers are live right now in the BBM Shop.

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Get your daily Starbucks fix with Coffee Companion

Normally, I am not a coffee drinker. I usually get my caffeine fix from a can of soda. However, I must say that during this time of year, there is a propensity towards a certain seasonal drink at Starbucks, aka Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you are like me, you don't always have your Starbucks Loyalty card handy. To ensure you not only receive your gold stars on purchases but satisfy your addiction to this popular brand there is Coffee Companion.

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Win FREE Mobile Wi-Fi for Life from Karma!

Karma In today's world, no one has time to be tied down. We're always on the move, and that means we don't always have access to reliable Wi-Fi to keep us connected to our digital world. Well all of that is now a thing of the past with one perfect little device from a company called Karma. Keep reading for all the details, and to see how you can enter to win free Wi-Fi for LIFE!

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Haunted Humpday Sale: BlackBerry Micro-USB Wall Charger only $4.95 today!

Designed to be the smallest and most compact charger for your BlackBerry device, this folding blade charger is made for maximum portability. Use it at home, the office or when you travel. The 3ft. cable provides just enough flexibility to work around most obstacles, too. Get yours today and save an amazing 83% off the list price!

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Passport

In this day and age, whenever BlackBerry launch a new handset there is always an element of 'will this thing sell' in all our minds. Sure, us BlackBerry fans already know the benefits that go hand in hand with rocking a BlackBerry, but for those folk on other platforms it's a pretty hard sell. Maybe that gap has been shortened now that the BlackBerry Passport is out. Let me explain....

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It was beaten to BlackBerry World as the first Twitch client for BlackBerry 10 but Blink is now available to download. It had a beta stint with lots of feedback from beta testers and is now ready for prime time. If you have been waiting for Blink, the wait is over. With Blink when watching a stream via the BlackBerry Passport, Q10 or Q5, it lines up neatly at the top, as opposed to the off center view eSporter has. On the same screen you can chat. With full touchscreen devices you can view videos in landscape mode, you won't see chat in that mode though.

Blink features

  • Browse currently streaming games and channels
  • View streams in full screen
  • Play streams on second display via HDMI or Miracast (where supported)
  • Login to their Twitch account
  • View profiles of other users. Follow/Unfollow
  • View streams from those they are following
  • Search for games, channels and users
  • Chat with Channels and other users

Blink is available for all BlackBerry 10 devices running OS 10.3 and is free. We love options and we thank developers for creating native apps for us. Keep 'em coming!

Learn more / Download Blink from BlackBerry World

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The converting app Convertly became available back in September and it has just received an update. The app converts units and currency for you. Designed for BlackBerry 10 and simple to use. You can convert between 24 different units and 167 currencies. For those who like choice, there are six color themes to choose from too.

Convertly v2.0 new features

  • Added support for BlackBerry Passport
  • Units now automatically rearrange based on most frequently used units (Now, base unit will be the most frequently used units for that specific category)
  • Added a 'copy' button on the conversions page to copy the conversion to clipboard
  • Added more industry grade units
  • Currency converter now sorted A-Z order by default
  • Added native application bar (swipe down)
  • Added Share, BBM, Contact and Rate Button button
  • Fixed bug in converting temperatures
  • Fixed text overflow issue
  • Minor fixes/changes

In conjunction with the Convertly update, the developer, who is also behind the augmented reality app, ARKick, is doing a giveaway for that app too. If you have been thinking about downloading ARKick and haven't yet done so, maybe you can get lucky with one of 100 free copies. If you want to nab yourself a free copy, follow the instructions below.

  1. Open up BlackBerry World
  2. Swipe down from the top and tap Redeem
  3. Enter promo code ARKICK4CB
  4. The app should show up as free, tap FREE to download

If you miss out on a free copy here, you could head on over to the developer's BBM Channel for more promo codes - C004D92DA.

Learn more / Download Convertly from BlackBerry World

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BlackBerry CEO: 'We have to treat everything as part of our ecosystem, not just BlackBerry'

Last week, BlackBerry CEO John Chen travelled to Hong Kong to speak at the Technologies that Matter forum and cover a wide range of topics as noted below. The event itself wasn't streamed, so we've all been waiting to see if a video of the appearance would be uploaded and luckily, one has now arrived courtesy of BlackBerryClubs.

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Blaq for BlackBerry 10 v1.4 now available in BlackBerry World!

Right on schedule. Just as we highlighted yesterday, a new version of Blaq](http://crackberry.com/app/blaq-blackberry-10) (v1.4.0.950 if you need to know specifically) has now gone live on BlackBerry World and it's a pretty massive update to the native Twitter client. Luckily, we've got the full run down of what all has been fixed and improved, so have a look for yourself.

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Meet Windows Central, Mobile Nations' new home for everything Microsoft!

In addition to being the home of CrackBerry, the Mobile Nations' family also encompasses all the mobile platforms. We have Android Central for everything Android and Google, iMore for all your iOS and Mac needs and as of today, our WIndows/Microsoft site (formerly known as WPCentral) will henceforth be known as Windows Central. They're still covering everything you need on Windows Phones should you care about those in any way, but the Microsoft ecosystem has grown so large now with Windows, Xbox, Surface, hybrid computers and even Microsoft cloud services, a change was needed.

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NFC implant

I've recently taken a deeper step into the connected world. A step that some will describe as being interesting, and that some will describe as being crazy. To be honest, as happy as I am since I have taken this step, I have to admit that I fall on both the interesting and crazy sides myself. Before getting any further, I should mention that the "step" I took was implanting an NFC chip in my hand.

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#CESlive 2015 is going to be bigger and more amazing than ever!

At CES 2014 we at Mobile Nations teamed up with our friends at Geek Beat to bring you #CESlive, a unique live broadcast running every day from the show floor at CES 2014 — and CES 2015 is going to be even bigger than before. For #CESlive 2015 you can add Tom's Guide to the mix, with Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer joining Geek Beat's Cali Lewis and John Pozadzides and iMore's Rene Ritchie in hosting more than 80 interviews direct from the Las Vegas Convention Center. It's going to be bigger and better than ever!

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Battery Blowout Sale! Save 46% today on this BlackBerry Q10 standard battery

You can't always recharge your BlackBerry Q10 when you'd like to, but with an extra OEM BlackBerry N-X1 battery on hand you can always talk, type, and work as long as you need to. Keep it in your briefcase or purse and stay connected, powered up, and ready to get the job done. Get yours today for only $18.95 while supplies last!

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Instant

Back at the end of August (2014) we announced the launch of Instant for BlackBerry 10 - a simple, native application that tracks how much time you spend on your device. The developers have this week rolled out version 2.0 and with it brings a small but awesome selection of improvements, including support for the BlackBerry Passport and Classic.

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Blaq v1.4 is coming soon with a ton of improvements and Passport support!

The native Twitter client space on BlackBerry 10 has been heating up as of late. Twitter for BlackBerry has improved significantly over the past few months, Nemory Studios has introduced Twittly and now Kisai Labs is getting ready to release a new and vastly improved version of my personal favorite BlackBerry 10 Twitter client, Blaq.

Dubbed as v1.4, when it arrives later this week, Blaq will bring tons of new settings, improved notifications, a better multi-account experience, BlackBerry Passport support and much more. We've got the full run down for you all to look through below if you simply can't wait for the update to arrive to find out what all exactly is new.

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Celebrity chef, writer and television host Tyler Florence loves his new BlackBerry Passport

Celebrity chef, writer and television host Tyler Florence loves his BlackBerry Passport. Stopping by Global TV to talk about his new book Inside the Test Kitchen, he brought along his BlackBerry Passport to show off some of his culinary skills using some photos but got a little sidetracked when the hosts asked specifically about his smartphone of choice. His answer is pretty awesome. Check out the video below.

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BlackBerry hosting Enterprise event on November 13th

BlackBerry hosting Enterprise event on November 13th

With the BlackBerry Passport launch event now over and done with, we were waiting to see what event would be next for BlackBerry and as it turns out, it's one for enterprise customers. On November 13th, BlackBerry has set aside some time in San Francisco where BlackBerry CEO John Chen and members of his senior leadership team will delve into the latest developments of the company's enterprise strategy and vision.

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BlackBerry Passport arrives in Australia through Optus

BlackBerry Passport arrives in Australia through Optus

Australians looking to get their hands on a brand new BlackBerry Passport shouldn't have much trouble now. BlackBerry has announced availability of the device in Australia and it can now be ordered at any Optus Store nationally.

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