Text to speech app Read Out hasn't even been out for more than month yet and it has already seen a bunch of updates to it, showing a very dedicated developer. We had a giveaway over the weekend and with a host of new users to hand, the developer has just pushed an update for the app. It brings the app to v2.1 and adds in some new features, as well as your usual bug fixes and improvements.

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BlackBerry completes acquisition of AtHoc

BlackBerry's acquisition of AtHoc is now complete the company has announced. Back in July, the two companies reached an agreement and the deal is now closed. AtHoc will now operate as a division of BlackBerry, with AtHoc's CEO Guy Miasnik acting as part of BlackBerry's senior leadership team and will report to John Chen.

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BlackBerry Venice slider rendered in multiple colors, which do you prefer?

Back at Mobile World Congress in early March, BlackBerry took the stage and briefly revealed plans for an all-touch device with a dual curved display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Ron Louks, President of Devices and Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, held up two of these devices in a quick tease for the media. The devices he held showed off a black and white version of the device, which is expected to be released sometime in November.

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Work Wide update includes dual SMS options and improved Blaq integration

Just a couple of days ago I saw that a new build of Work Wide was submitted to BlackBerry World for approval and as it turns out, we didn't have to wait all that long for it to be available. If you head into BlackBerry World and check for app updates on your device, you should be seeing v1.3.2.1 available which brings dual SMS options and improved Blaq integration.

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A couple of developers have reached out to me wanting to offer app bundles for our readers. They are a couple of developers BlackBerry 10 users are familiar with - CellNinja and QtHelex - who have brought us some great apps like Clipman Clipboard Manager, Hub2Watch, BlackBullet and PocketSafe. Both developers are offering a bunch of apps together for a one-off price.

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SecureX updated with new features and bug fixes

We are already aware that BlackBerry offers top-notch security for safeguarding our data. However, for those seeking an extra layer of protection there is SecureX. If you are not already familiar with this application, it is a native pattern and number lock application that gives users an array of features to ensure your device is locked down pat. Not to mention it comes with the option of customizing the lock screen including the ability to set different themes.

Toysoft released a new version to the storefront of which a list of all the added features and bug fixes are laid out below.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen on what's most important for any business

Now that the Waterloo Innovation Summit has wrapped up, we starting to see some clips from the event posted to YouTube. For the most part, they've just been short clips and highlights but there's one video that was uploaded that caught my attention due to the fact it was longer than 30 seconds, unlike the other videos, and it covers a portion of John Chen's interview that wasn't caught in our highlights post from earlier. Although we don't get to hear the question asked, the video covers what John Chen thinks is important for any business to succeed.

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Since I picked up the BlackBerry Passport, one of the things I knew I could count on was battery life. While the current operating system does monitor Battery Usage, I found an email from a native BlackBerry 10 developer letting me know about their application aptly titled Battery Fiction Pro.

Battery Fiction Pro was designed as a headless application to optimize and manage your battery. It offers several features to boost battery life as well as offer notifications to alert you of various loading conditions so as to maintain the life of the battery.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Leaky

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Leaky

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, we got a little heated thanks to the hands-on video of the BlackBerry Venice that landed. Also on tap, we discuss BlackBerry launching the Enterprise Webcast Central, BlackBerry's moves in IoT recently as well as John Chen's fireside chat at the Waterloo Innovation Summit.

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500 free copies of Read Out available to download

When you're otherwise occupied with your hands but would still like to catch up on some reading, be it emails or articles, you could go about having your phone read it out to you. Read Out is an app that can do this. We did a review on it not too long ago and today the developer is giving away some free copies to readers of CrackBerry, so if it's an app you're interested in, get yourself a free copy today.

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Oh, what a week.

There's a phrase: in the eye of the storm. It's meant to evoke a certain "calmness" that exists in the eye of a hurricane, a respite from the pounding, a brief moment where you can pause to catch your breath. You might call this past week such a thing after the big Apple event last week and the events marked into the calendar in the coming weeks. You would be wrong.

This week saw the official widespread launch of Android Pay, which is going up against not just Apple Pay on iPhones, but head-to-head against Samsung Pay on Samsung Android phones. Oh, and this little thing called iOS 9 launched onto iPhones and iPads around the world, with a tremendous 22,000-word review from iMore as reading material for the weekend

Windows 10 saw new preview builds released for both Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for PCs — and speaking of Windows 10 phones, there's a big event scheduled for October where we expect to see new hardware running said software. The folks in BlackBerry land got to see the much-anticipated Android-running BlackBerry Venice vertical slider leak from pretty much every angle. Again. This time with video. Pretty much the only questions left about this device are these: when will it launch and how much will cost?

Sure, we're in the eye of the storm, but don't think that means it's calm.

CrackBerry — Slide up, slide down

So much happened this week, I'm not even really sure where to begin. BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down for a fireside chat at the Waterloo Innovation Summit, the upcoming Android-powered BlackBerry Venice Slider got leaked all over the place and BlackBerry announced they would be opening up their first pop-up shop for Germany on September 23.

Android Central — Paying for the calm

It's the calm before the storm. But it's really not even all that calm. Android Pay is officially official and available to use now, Google has scheduled is next Nexus event for Sept. 29, and for the non-U.S. folks (or the hard-core importers) we've reviewed the Huawei Mate S.

iMore — iOS 9 is here!

Apple kicked out iOS 9 on Wednesday, updating every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch since 2011, all at once, everywhere. watchOSm2, however, was not so lucky. It's been delayed to fix a bug. Meanwhile iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus ship this Friday, so there's no slowing down!

Windows Central — New builds for all

Microsoft had a rather busy week especially in keeping their Insiders happy with new releases. Indeed, the Redmond giant released a new Window 10 Mobile build on Monday and a new Windows 10 build for PCs on Friday. The release for Windows Phone goes a long way in fixing bugs and lagging, whereas the PC build added a few new features and more UI polish as well. New, finalized versions of both operating systems should be ready for the masses by November.

Oh and about those November releases, Microsoft is doing their fall announcements on October 6 in New York City. Surface Pro 4, Surface XL, Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and the Band 2 are all on tap to be announced.

Speaking of Windows 10 the Xbox One team started to take volunteers for their big update. Yup, Xbox One is also getting Windows 10 and starting this weekend a very rough build is expected to land on a few users consoles. Unfortunately, there will be a lot of bugs. However, Microsoft is keen on getting two releases out a week sometimes with quick bug fixing turnarounds.


This week on Kicked we look at a high-tech backpack, a smart door lock, a rotisserie grill and more! Plus, Kim questions the tightness of Dan's t-shirt. Dan also does a robot impression which might be less than impressive.

Time is running out on our prize giveaway! For your chance to win a Pebble Time smart watch, an Ilumi smart bulb 10-pack, or the Coolest Cooler, watch this video and subscribe to our YouTube channel. You've only got until the end of September so subscribe today!


This week on Connectedly was all about the future, with both Audi and Porsche showing off their new all-electric cars. We also saw a double-sided TV, LG's 8K ready $133,000 panel, and iRobot's new Roomba connected vacuum system. We also took a look at Amazons new product line, the world's smallest drone and some funny and unique flash usb drives.

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BlackBerry Classic

We know most of you are on the edge of your seat waiting for more information on the BlackBerry Venice, and we can't blame you for being anxious. We are too! In the meantime, while we wait for more news on the future slider, who wants to win a new BlackBerry, along with some accessories and some CrackBerry goodies? If that's you, today is your lucky day. While it's not a Venice, we do have a brand new BlackBerry Classic to give away, along with a bunch of other fun stuff! Keep reading for details on how to enter!

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BlackBerry's Android powered Venice caught in hands-on video

Now that the BlackBerry Venice has seemingly made its way out of Waterloo in a larger way, the leaks have been coming rather quickly. A few days ago, the device was snapped up in several new images but now, the device has been caught in a hands-on video, oddly enough from a Bell Mobility retailer.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for September 18, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! How are you all doing on this fine day? The weekend is here and it is time once again to not only bring you some great apps and games but give a shoutout to all the news that hit the blog this week. The big story this week was hands-on with the BlackBerry Venice and the new images that surfaced. Whether you are for or against Android on BlackBerry, you have to admit the keyboard is sweet! I for one cannot wait to get my hands on the new device. I always loved my BlackBerry Torch 9800. This week we also saw a sweet update to Blaq in the Beta Zone, BlackBerry CEO John Chen spoke at the Waterloo innovation summit in , and BlackBerry getting ready to announce their Q2 Fiscal 2016 results on September 25.

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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If you're feeling in the slightest bit romantic this weekend why not pick up the 'BBM In Love' Sticker Pack that I spotted in the BBM Shop this morning. As usual, this one may have shown up prior to today for some users, as strangely it seems a little hit and miss depending on region, but here in the UK it's now sitting in the shop loud and proud.

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Highlights from John Chen's fireside chat at the Waterloo Innovation Summit

As we noted previously, John Chen hit the stage at the Waterloo Innovation Summit on Thursday to sit down with Cary Burch, Senior Vice President of Innovation for Thomson Reuters for a Fireside chat to discuss a number of topics. As there's no video posted yet of the event, we've decided to go ahead and just pick out a few highlighted quotes for everyone who wasn't able to attend.

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BlackBerry will begin proof of concept trials in November for their IoT asset tracking box

If you've spent any time looking into the BlackBerry IoT Platform, you would have caught mention that one of the vertical applications that BlackBerry has plans for with the platform is asset tracking. To offer that solution, BlackBerry has created a rugged, weather-proof box that has an IP67 rating and a built-in battery that can easily last five years with the help of Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu President of BlackBerry Technology Solutions Business Unit.

Dr. Chennakeshu, who was appointed to the position back in August of last year has been working on the box for a while now and though we've heard it mentioned many times, there has been very little real information put forward. Just hypothetical situations outlined on the BlackBerry IoT site, but according to a new interview with Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu via The Indian Express, we've learned BlackBerry will finally begin proof of concept trials for the box starting in November.

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BlackBerry launches 'Enterprise Webcast Central' to keep you updated on upcoming webcasts and live webinars

Although we always try to let you all know of upcoming webcasts and webinars of interest, BlackBerry has now taken it upon themselves to go ahead and make keeping updated on upcoming webcasts and live webinars easier. They've now launched the Enterprise Webcast Central portal, which will not only keep track of upcoming webcasts and live webinars but also offer up an archive of previous events that have taken place. Looking at the portal, there are already three events listed that you'll maybe want to get yourself registered for as well as one archived session we mentioned previously.

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Instagram has been busy lately making a lot of changes to how their API works and because of that, a lot of third-party Instagram clients have had to make changes to their apps. One such case of that is Inst10, which Nemory Studios has now released a new version of into the BlackBerry Beta Zone that brings along with it a large list of changes.

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AtHoc Connect wins Security Products Magazine New Product of the Year award

BlackBerry's AtHoc continues to garner recognition as an innovative leader in the security industry as Security Products Magazine has named AtHoc Connect as the 2015 New Product of the Year in the Emergency Communications Systems category.

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