Fireball MediaFire client for BlackBerry 10 updated

While most folks are aware of the native Dropbox, Box and OneDrive clients for BlackBerry 10, there are several other third-party cloud storage apps available as well, one of which is Fireball. Fireball is a native BlackBerry 10 client that allows you to use a MediaFire cloud storage account with your BlackBerry smartphone.

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It's been a while since I came across a free game from the Snap store that I felt compelled to share. That changed the other day when I downloaded Jelly Jump onto my BlackBerry Z30 as it's one of those games that's great to have on your device for when you have a short time to kill, whether that be on the train/bus or just when you have nothing better to do.

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Screaming Energy app

This year I set out with a goal of attempting to organize things in my life and at the top of that list was taking care of bills more appropriately. I switched everything over to online billing and thought the email reminders of when my bills were due might actually help but given the amount of email I get in the run of the day, they just ended up getting lost and forgotten about, especially utility bills such as power and water considering they only get sent out every two months where I live.

Not wanting to give up, I decided to look for some BlackBerry apps to help me out and recently came across Screaming Energy, which dubs itself as a Energy Bill Management Tool in Blackberry World. The app is fairly new, having only been released back in February, so I've yet to utilize it fully but the set up of it all was enough to impress me so it only seems fitting that I share it here on CrackBerry.

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Secusmart

CeBIT 2015 is all set for March 16th - 20th in Hannover, Germany and BlackBerry subsidiary Secusmart has some rather interesting plans laid out for a press conference ahead of the event. According to a brief press release sent out, Secusmart, in collaboration with IBM and Samsung, will be unveiling a new device for 'highly secure mobile communication'.

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It's been a while since Gadget Box for Blackberry 10 was updated, but this week sees a new version available in BlackBerry World, which contains fixes and improvements, including some bugs ironed out for Passport users.

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WhatsApp Beta updated

Seems as though the WhatsApp developers are at it again. A new release is now appearing in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for those of you out there who don't mind some beta testing. According to the change log, this update focuses on two main concerns.

One being an enhanced full-text chat search feature that allows better search of message history. The other being font scaling improvements within WhatsApp, so the system display settings for font now match in-app settings. Of course, there are the usual 'miscellaneous fixes and updates' to round out the update as well.

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Evernote for BlackBerry 10 updated in the Beta Zone

Evernote for BlackBerry 10 updated in the Beta Zone

Did you get in on the earlier Evernote beta from the BlackBerry Beta Zone? If so, you'll want to make sure you open up the Beta Zone once again today and great the latest version (5.6.0.393) of Evernote available. Although it doesn't have any huge changes over the previous version, it does fix a few bugs that were present. We got the full list of changes as well as notes about the current limitations for you if you decide to use the beta vs. the BlackBerry World version.

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We've already seen one developer make all their apps free today and here's another developer putting a handful of their apps on sale. So, if you're looking for some new apps to download, today has started well in terms of grabbing yourself a bargain. We've featured some of the apps on the list today, apps such as Quick Launch, Power Tools and Shortcut Creator.

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It isn't every day that a BlackBerry 10 app developer kindly offers all his apps for free, but that's what Saper-ek has done. The offer is a one day special so you'll need to get the apps you want today.

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Just a quick heads up for UK BlackBerry users that are looking forward to the release of the low cost BlackBerry Leap. Vodafone have today confirmed they will be offering the latest BlackBerry 10 device, but if you were thinking of picking this one up as a consumer you'll be disappointed. The Leap is only going to be available for business users, which in my opinion is a shame, but we already know that this is the segment of the market that BlackBerry wants to regain most.

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Whether you tend to use BlackBerry's own Remember application or a third party one, we have some pretty sweet options when it comes to Note taking apps. In fact, many of them do more than just simple note taking, including Super Note.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Slide

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - Slide

With Mobile World Congress all wrapped up and this being the first BerryFlow since then, it's time to go ahead and discuss some of the announcements such as the BlackBerry Leap, the BlackBerry Slider, BES12 Cloud, BBM and much, much more. If you weren't able to tune in live, go ahead and check out the video, audio as well as the full discussion and guest list below.

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If you're looking for a game just like Flappy Bird and more, check out BLOB. BLOB offers 8 different types of game play. You can even think of it like 8 games in 1. All games a very challenging but as we know with these games, that can often make them quite addictive. In each game you collect gems. Gems let you unlock other different colored BLOBs to use. The default BLOB color is green. Other BLOB colos are red, blue, yellow, even some with a headband.

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Missing Adobe Flash on 10.3.1? Here's the best way to get it back!

When it was announced BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 would drop Adobe Flash support, some folks were upset but given the fact even Adobe doesn't support Flash on mobile anymore it wasn't entirely unexpected. Still, many folks rely on Adobe Flash and having it built into the native BlackBerry 10 browser was a bonus for those who needed it and since its removal, folks have been looking for the best way to get it back.

Sure, you can load the Android version of Adobe Flash and any Android browser that supports it such as FlashFox or Dolphin but now there's a better way that skips the whole Android process and brings it back while keeping it as a native BlackBerry 10 experience thanks to FileArchiveHaven.

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After one of my accessory review posts, there were plenty of questions on how I managed to have two rows of icons along the bottom of the Home screen. We've actually looked at a few apps that give you this functionality but I thought I would round them up here and you can choose whichever one tickles your fancy. Take your pick.

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QNX-equipped Solar Impulse 2 readies for round-the-world flight

On Monday, March 9th, the Solar Impulse 2, a one-of-a-kind airplane that runs exclusively on solar power, will take off from Abu Dhabi and set course for a round-the-world flight. This isn't just any regular flight. It is the first attempt to fly around the world using only the power of the sun through the Solar Impulse 2's 17,248 solar panels covering a 72-metre wingspan. The solar panels will recharge lithium batteries that also allow the plane to fly at night.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for March 6, 2015

BlackBerry App Roundup for March 6, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! While Mobile World Congress 2015 may have come to an end there happened to be some exciting news put forth by BlackBerry. Not only did we have a hands-on with the newly announced BlackBerry Leap, but we also saw a brief, blink and you missed it, look at the all new BlackBerry 10 Slider. There was also a mention of an all new Porsche Design device coming in 2015 which is being codenamed "Keian" in honor or Keian Blundell along with one other QWERTY device being noted to arrive this year. With so many new devices planned, the only problem we will have is which one to get!

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.

Shot Share by IWIK

First up this week is an application suggested by one of our members. We all know how the BlackBerry 10 system allows for quick and easy sharing of our files. However, sometimes it takes a simple headless application to get things done quicker. The moment a screen shot is taken a notification appears both at the top of the screen and in the Hub. If you tap on the notification at the top of the screen it automatically directs you to the share screen, thereby saving you a few steps. Users can delay the screen shot notification, choose to automatically delete notifications from the Hub, and set whether it will go directly to the share menu on app invoke. In addition to sharing your screen shots it also organizes them. You can view all of your shots at once, select all or multiple shots, and delete them from your device. While we have seen an application such as this with similar functionality, there is nothing wrong with having options. Shot Share is available for $0.99.

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Word Brain by Woody Apps

As a self-proclaimed word puzzle addict, I had no choice but to try this game. Now the first thing you will have to do, depending on your device, is adjust the app appearance for it to be suitable by swiping down from the top of the screen. That being said this is part word search, part quiz game, and quite enjoyable. All you have to do is choose from four different forms of play (find 4-letter word, find 5-letter word, find the missing word in a quote, and guess the picture) and you're good to go. The game is free to download and has over 150 levels in each category. If you are looking for a quick game to pass the time then give it a try.

How to install Word Brain from the Amazon Appstore

Distant Suns (max) – unleash your inner astronaut by First Light Design, LLC

For those of you who love stargazing, Distant Suns is an easy to use application to explore the stars. The application opens to a vast star map where the screen controls are used to focus on specific objects, constellations, or planets. There are over 130,000 stars, constellations, over 200 galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters for you to see right on the display. Users can quickly set their location from any place on earth or off, change the date and time to show the sky of the past or future, learn stories behind each constellation, and touch anywhere in the sky to view extensive data on each object. Distant Suns is $5.99 in the Amazon Appstore. There is also a version with fewer features for $2.99.

How to install Distant Suns from the Amazon Appstore

Hook by Megabyte Bomb

For those times you need a simple and relaxing game, there is Hook. This minimal puzzle game may be easy at times but there are certain levels that will keep you staring at the screen trying to solve it. Each level presents users with interconnected lines, switches, and hooks. The object is to clear them all off the screen by tapping on the solid circles to pull back the lines without crossing them. The more intricate the puzzles become it requires you to clear them in a specific order. The one thing to be aware of is that there is no score, no time limits, and it happens to come come with a relaxing soundtrack. Simple at first, it becomes harder to put down as you advance. This brainteaser is available for $0.99 from the Amazon Appstore.

How to install Hook from the Amazon Appstore

Browsie Browser by Daan Fransen

From the developer that brought us SoundBoard for Doctor Who comes this smooth and easy to use browser. There is nothing wrong with the BlackBerry browser but I enjoy installing third-party alternatives as well. This native version offers opening links in new tabs, ad blocking with updates, bookmarks, useragents, private browsing, export/import, night and reader mode, and the ability to lock the app with the pin. You can find it for $0.99 for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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What You Might Have Missed

SmartList10 by AgeTDev

Looking to take things up a notch with your tasks? Then look no further than this useful productivity application. SmartList10 offers distinct features not found in other note and task applications. These features include SmartDetection, SmartCopy, and Single entries. Each one grants users a different way in which to create a list. Another unique feature is SmartFrame and allows a user to interact with their lists via the ActiveFrame. You can even share your lists with other SmartList10 users. Rounding out this robust application is that it has tabbed categories and offers a friendly native experience. You can purchase it for $1.99.

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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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Looking for more stickers to use on BlackBerry 10? How about being able to share them with other messaging apps besides BBM? Stickers++ allows you to do that. We've written about his app before and they developer has also previously done a free giveaway. And now the developers is ready to give another batch of 1000 free copies away.

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Canadian man faces fines and jail time for refusal to unlock BlackBerry at airport

Here's a little something that hit close to home for me personally. Alain Philippon, 38, of Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec who arrived at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport from Puerto Plata has been charged under section 153.1 (b) of the Customs Act for hindering or preventing border officers from performing their role under the act based on his refusal to provide his BlackBerry password to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers upon his arrival.

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Hub2Watch brings Hub notifications to your Pebble smartwatch

The Pebble smartwatch isn't officially supported by BlackBerry themselves, but we do have a pretty awesome third party client in the form of Talk2Watch. The developer of Talk2Watch has an API available for developers to tap into it to bring their app notifications to your wrist.

One developer, Roger Leblanc, has made use of that tool and has brought a few apps to BlackBerry World already, his latest app is Hub2Watch. Hub2Watch brings all Hub accounts to your wrist. So, whichever accounts you have within the Hub, this app can notify of them.

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