Silly season for new phones is upon us, so it's time to find out what you think of it all.

Samsung just announced the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S6 edge+, BlackBerry recently outed the Passport Silver Edition, Apple's expected to unveil the iPhone 6s in just a few weeks, and Microsoft just rolled out Windows 10 and is preparing to launch new Windows 10 Mobile flagship phones. The carriers are changing things up too — so we want to know where you stand on all these things. We want to know what's important to you in a phone and what you look for in a carrier. So we put together a quick survey to get to the bottom of all these questions, and one lucky participant will win $600 to put towards a brand new phone!

That's right, it's time for the State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey! State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey! We've got questions about phones and carriers that only you can answer.

We want to know — is screen size or battery life more important to you? Do you want rock solid data coverage or more data than you could ever hope to consume? All this and more, we want to know: what matters to you? Take the survey, help us find out what's important, and maybe you'll win a brand new phone in the process!

This survey's open through September 1st and is open world-wide, so have at it, folks!

Take the State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey! Take the State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey!

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Samsung brings back the hardware keyboard

While the fight between BlackBerry and Typo may have ended with BlackBerry on top, that hasn't stopped other companies from trying to re-create their own keyboards for smartphones, in this case, Samsung. At its Galaxy Unpacked event in New York City, Samsung today officially announced the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ but to go along with those devices they also announced a hardware keyboard attachment.

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BBM beta for iOS adds iOS 9 support and PayPal integration

Following up on the BlackBerry 10 and Android releases earlier, BlackBerry has now released a new BBM beta for iOS. As expected, the iOS version brings along with it the same PayPal integration found in the BlackBerry 10 and Android versions but it also adds support for iOS 9.

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I have a habit of collecting loyalty cards. Not by choice mind you, but they tend to accumulate on their own for some reason. Whether in my wallet or on my keychain it is sometimes hard to keep track. Loyalty is a native application to store all of your store cards for easy access. This new release brings with it several new features to both the pro version and the free version.

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The mobile market is so app orientated that it's probably the most important feature that consumers take into consideration when picking an operating system. As a BlackBerry 10 user I hope I can speak for most of us when I say that the OS and hardware are more important to me. Sure, apps are still have a place, but they are down the list of important features that I need on my smartphone.

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BBM with PayPal integration now available in the Beta Zone

Looks like we didn't have to wait until 'tomorrow' for the new BBM Beta with PayPal integration. Emails are now being sent out letting eligible folks know the update has arrived in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for BlackBerry 10 users. Aside from the PayPal integration, BlackBerry has also included a few other fixes for this release as noted.

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You will soon be able to send and receive money with PayPal through BBM

For a while now, there has been rumors of BlackBerry and PayPal teaming up to offer customers the ability to send and receive money with PayPal through BBM and finally, some of those rumors have come to fruition. As noted on the Inside BlackBerry blog, starting tomorrow, an external beta will be available for BlackBerry, iOS and Android BBM users in Canada, that will make sending and receiving money through your BBM Chats with PayPal possible and will eventually be rolled out to other regions around the globe in the coming weeks.

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BlackBerry joins the National Cyber Security Alliance

BlackBerry has joined the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a nonprofit organization that is focused on helping citizens stay safe online. With BlackBerry's security expertise in software, hardware and the IoT, the NCSA hopes to keep everyone safer and more secure, regardless of the mobile device they are using.

The NCSA hopes to tap into BlackBerry's security understanding to solve cybersecurity challenges that are faced regularly, especially related to the Internet of Things.

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Here are our BBM prize pack contest winners!

Here are our BBM prize pack contest winners!

August 1 marked BBM's 10th birthday and to celebrate the occasion we put together 10 sweet BBM prize packs consisting of a BBM Mug, 10 BBM Splat / Spark Stickers, a BBM Notebook and of course, wrapped it all up in a nice BlackBerry gift bag. Now, it's time to go ahead and announce the ten winners.

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This may not be the most exciting topic in the world, but for you folk that rely on your BlackBerry as your alarm clock, this is a jolly handy tip to keep in mind. When it comes to snoozing my alarm, I'm an expert. What I mean by this is that I could hit that snooze tab over and over - there's just a real sweet feeling knowing that you can stay snuggled up in bed for a few more minutes.

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition available in Vietnam starting August 24

Hot on the heels of the initial announcement of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, BlackBerry has now announced the device is headed to Vietnam and will be available starting from August 24.

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Growing up in the days when Doom was popular I was eager to see how this would play on my BlackBerry Passport when it arrived in BlackBerry World. Based on the Quake series of games, in this case, the Quake 3 game engine, the goal is to frag or kill, enemy players to score points by completing different objectives.

Each of the matches happen in an arena and include such objectives as deathmatch (or free for all), capture the flag, and domination mode. Of course, you have to accomplish this all why avoiding the various obstacles and other players who will frag you first.

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Sprint's Open World add-on makes it more affordable to travel to Mexico, Canada, and Latin America

Sprint has announced a new free add-on, called "Open World," that brings a number of cool additions for frequent international callers and travelers. In all, the add-on offers free calls and texts to Canada and Mexico, along with rates starting at five cents for Latin American countries.

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Jeep Cherokee hack is not a vulnerability of QNX technology

When the news of hackers being able to remotely kill a Jeep Cherokee while it was driving down the road came to light by the folks at WIRED, it was some pretty scary information. Imagine driving down the road and losing all access to dashboard functions, steering, transmission, and brakes. Once the news was out, understandably, there was plenty of discussion in the CrackBerry Forums surrounding the hack and how it could possibly be related to QNX, despite there being not even a single mention of QNX in WIRED's original article and most of it related to Uconnect, the infotainment system Fiat Chrysler cars, SUVs, and trucks.

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John Chen answers some key questions about the next stages of BlackBerry's turnaround strategy

John Chen is nearing his two year anniversary at BlackBerry. Along the way in his nearly two-year journey, which began November 2013 with him being interim CEO, we've had several updates on his progress in turning around the company. We've heard everything from his initial thoughts on the company when he arrived right down to his feelings on how the stock is currently undervalued.

In a new interview with Fox Business, we're once again getting a look at how John Chen's turnaround strategy is working out as Chen took the time to go ahead and answer seven key questions surrounding BlackBerry's future, a few of which we've highlighted.

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BlackBerry has just released the brand new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, and it is gorgeous. With a refined design and featuring an awesome looking silver finish, the BlackBerry Passport SE has us all anxious to get our hands on one, and we're sure plenty of you feel the same! So here is your chance to win a free Silver Edition Passport for yourself, along with a bundle of accessories and some CrackBerry goodies!

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ThirdEye lets you add photo filters and effects in real time

There are quite a few photo editors out there for you to pimp out your photos after you take and before you share them. We've got another photo app for you today, newly released, after seeing a stint in BlackBerry Beta Zone. This app, however, is more of a realtime photo editor where you can apply the filter as and when you're going to take a photo. The app is called ThirdEye.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Safeguard

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Safeguard

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live? If so, you can now watch the video or download the audio for playback. This week, there was plenty to discuss with the release of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition being and then it possibly being caught running Android. We also hit on BlackBerry launching the Android Secured news portal and plenty of rumors and speculation surrounding the BlackBerry Venice slider.

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Welcome to Mobile Nations Weekly, a look back at the important stories of the week in mobile tech and mobile life.

The week that was brought us news, rumors, speculation, fear mongering, and opinion valid and not from all across the mobile space. On the Android front they're dealing with the Stagefright compromise and the rapid response of manufacturers to patch the exploit as well as checking out the awesome-at-twice-the-price Moto G 2015 for under $200. BlackBerry launched their new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and saw another leak of the Android-powered Venice slider.

Android wasn't alone in dealing with security issues — Apple had to grapple with blown-out-of-proportion coverage of exploits named ThunderStrike 2, DYLD, and Masque. Thankfully there'll be a new iPhone soon enough to distract all the pundits. And speaking of Apple stuff, Microsoft open sourced their software to port iOS apps to Windows Phone. There was also Gamescom with buckets of Xbox news, Windows Central's ever-expanding guides to Windows 10, and a new peak at an upcoming Lumia flagship phone.

CrackBerry — Passport Silver Edition, Android Secured and Smart Hospitals

This week started off with the official unveiling of the brand new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and just kept rolling from there. In typical CrackBerry fashion, we went all out on the announcement with hands-on videos, photos and more. From there, BlackBerry revealed what they were doing buying Android-based domain names by launching the Android Secured portal plus, we we got to take a look at how BlackBerry and Mackenzie Health are working together to redefine the healthcare experience by creating secure, Smart hospitals.

Android Central — Stagefright, security and really good (cheap) phones!

Android security (or lack thereof, depending on your Chicken Little quotient) dominated the news this week. But do you really need to worry? The Stagefright compromise is still making the rounds, and while it's bad, it's not as scary as it has been made to seem, and the manufacturers and carriers are working to make sure as many phones get patched as they can. But there's a good chance that not everybody will see an update.

We've also posted our review of the new Moto G from Motorola. Normally we're more excited by the expensive flagship phones, but this one is simply astoundingly good for costing less than $200 unlocked. If you're on a budget, it's seriously worth considering. Unsurprisingly, the Moto G 2015 tops our list of the best unlocked Android phones.

iMore — iPhone 6s cometh and security theater

The iPhone 6s is just one month away! Until then, we're suffering from bored reporters trolling the security conference speaker topics and publishing anything that lets them cram Apple into the headline. Witness ThunderStrike 2, DYLD, and the non-return of Masque Attack. Meanwhile, technology continues to make real lives better.

Windows Central — Gamescom, Lumia 950 leaks, and porting iOS apps

This week Microsoft dominated the European equivalent of E3 at Gamescom 2015. Many new titles were announced along with forthcoming DVR support for the Xbox One for over-the-air TV. You can read the recap of all of that news in our wrap-up article.

Windows 10 for PCs is still chugging along including the first major patch coming out on Wednesday. We also documented the most common errors that users are facing when upgrading to the new OS including some fixes. Of course, you can hit our main help and how-to page for all our Windows 10 coverage.

Windows Phone is still here too. In fact, we got our first glimpse of Microsoft's new flagship phone, which is either the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL. A second image came out later revealing a different perspective of the device, expected for October. Microsoft also detailed 'Project Islandwood', a set of tools for developers to easily convert iOS apps to Windows 10. Going further, Microsoft open-sourced the project in an attempt to crowdsource features and bug fixing.


This week on Kicked, we look at some cool guitars made to look like retro oil cans. We also feature a camera, ice machine, space-age rice cooker and a folding electric bike. Plus take a guess at whose pretty face Dan thinks would look great in 4K. This will be the last you see of him for a while as he leaves the show for a month to travel abroad. (Although he may call in from Thailand as long as we accept the charges.)

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This week on Connectedly we take a look at some of the best connected tech gadgets and devices including: Garage control from your phone, the best pocket camera ever made, how the Lexus Hoverboard really works and much more.


Kevin's been having too much fun driving around his Tesla Model S P85D. Anybody would — it's a car with insane mode, after all! But he's taken a few minutes out to outline his 11 favorite features (why stop at 10?) of the all-electric sports sedan, and, well, it's pretty awesome.

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