BlackBerry Classic spotted again in new batch of photos

It would seem as though if you want to get your hands on a BlackBerry Classic ahead of schedule, you'll have to pack your bags and head to Shenzen. Although the BlackBerry Classic has been spotted several times already, someone decided to throw a BlackBerry party and in attendance was a BlackBerry Classic and it got caught posing for some new photos.

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Amazon now sending out delivery estimate updates for Passport orders

Have you ordered a BlackBerry Passport from Amazon and been waiting for it to ship? If so, you'll want to keep an eye on your inbox for a status update from Amazon. The company has now sent out several emails letting customers know their orders have been processed along with letting them know their new delivery estimates.

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BBM Meetings launching soon for enterprise, consumer release in 2015

Back in June during the BlackBerry earnings call a new app called BBM Meetings made an appearance. Since then, there hasn't been a ton of info about it relayed by BlackBerry but like all the other BBM initiatives BlackBerry has been working on such as BBM Protected, BBM Money, Cross-platform BBM, BBM Channels, BBM stickers, BBM Meetings is still well on its way according to BlackBerry's President for Global Enterprise Solutions, John Sims who spoke of the value-added service recently with The Jakarta Post and dropped a few more details on what it's all about.

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In case you didn't catch the news, we're celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada by giving you 20% off everything at ShopCrackBerry including cases, chargers, batteries, screen protectors—the whole caboodle!

To enjoy these holiday savings, all you need to do is apply coupon code: Thanks20 at checkout. You'll instantly see a revised cart with reduced prices on everything you've added. And, this offer is valid for both US and Canada stores!

There are plenty of payment methods including PayPal, Bitcoin and standard credit cards along with incredibly fast shipping options! This sale ends tomorrow at midnight PST, so be sure to get your orders in while the gettin's good.

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AT&T launches new Passport international plans

AT&T launches new Passport international roaming plans

AT&T has a new set of international plans, and while they'll still hit your wallet hard, they're an improvement of what came before. AT&T's new plans, dubbed Passport, Passport Plus, and Passport Pro (not to be confused with plans for the new BlackBerry Passport), bring the same data allotments, but at least offer easier billing international data packages than we've seen before from Ma Bell, though heavy users will still find themselves shelling over the big bucks.

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We've got BlackBerry JM-1 Batteries on sale today for only $9.95!

Flight delays, power outages, longer-than-expected trips—you can't always recharge your BlackBerry when you'd like to. But with an extra JM-1 BlackBerry battery on hand you can always talk, type and work as long as you need to. Keep it in your bag or briefcase and stay connected, powered up,and ready to get the job done. Get yours today and save 80% off the list price!

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Dropbox

Those who rely on Dropbox to store their personal files may have lost some of their data. The service has experienced some issues regarding a bug in older versions of its available desktop apps. This bug deleted files uploaded by affected users who activated the Selective Sync feature, leading some to find they'd lost a large amount of files.

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River Island

I'm not sure about the rest of the world but here in the UK if you head down any major high street chances are you will find a branch of River Island where you can pick up some sweet clothes. Their application is now available on BlackBerry 10 and although a little late to the party it sure will come in handy for many folk.

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Brick Breaker was a classic game that came preinstalled on legacy BlackBerry devices. Many were sad to see it was not initially made available when BlackBerry 10 smartphones came out. However, Brick Breaker Bold (Beta) eventually landed in BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10 device owners and it's one of James' top 10 games on his BlackBerry Passport. Due to the fact that Brick Breaker was not initially on BlackBerry 10 smartphones, many developers created many variations of the game and it looks like there are still some developers creating them. The most recent entry into BlackBerry World is Multi Breaker. The twist that Multi Breaker brings to the fold is that you play against an opponent, be it the computer or another person.

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Passport Games

When it comes to games, what you will like very much varies from user to user. Although the BlackBerry Passport is portrayed to be a business device and of course it serves that purpose beautifully, you'll also be pleased to hear that gaming is also great on that whopping square display.

Although I don't tend to spend an awful lot of time playing games (apart from reviewing them) there are certain ones that I like to have on my BlackBerry for when times of boredom set in - such as in the doctor's office or on a train journey.

So for you folk that are picking up the new BlackBerry Passport I thought I would put together a quick list of 10 of my favorites that work perfectly on the Passport.

We've featured them all before since BlackBerry 10 hit the scene so if you want to see them in action you can click the links to check out the original posts of which many contain a video.

And as you can see from the screenshots below they look pretty sweet on the Passports square screen.

Nevermaze

The concept with NeverMaze is very straight forward - the app will auto generate a maze and you need to maneuver the orange icon to the purple one. The graphics are pretty basic but the colors complement each other well and although I'm not super excited about this one myself it is a little addictive.

The game play is smooth and although lacking any background music (which may have been nice) the game may also be a great one for the kids. The developer states that there are billions of mazes available so you will more than likely never see the same one twice which is a nice touch.

More information/Download NeverMaze for BlackBerry 10

BrickBreaker Bold

BrickBreaker - an old classic got a revamp for BlackBerry 10 and what a beauty it is. With the BlackBerry Passport there are two control options. Option one is to just touch your character and drag him in the direction you wish him to go. And because of the hardware keyboard in place on these devices you can also use this. Just hit up the 'Q' and "P' keys for left and right. On the intermediate level though you have to use the keyboard controls - a wee bit harder.

More information/Download BrickBreaker Bold for BlackBerry 10

Ten Pin Shuffle

There are normally a ton of bowling style games on any mobile platform. 10 Pin Shuffle is the best I have ever used and I've been around the block. The game is a perfect example of how great gaming is on BlackBerry 10. It brings us stunning smooth graphics and even some pretty realistic sound effects. If you want a great game then this one is worth a look for sure.

But you don't just get one game with 10 Pin Shuffle - there are three within the game and I'd urge you to check it out.

More information/Download 10 Pin Shuffle Bowling for BlackBerry 10

Chain Dots

Chain Dots is a beautiful, simple, puzzle style game which will be perfect for when you have a minute to kill. I say a minute as that's how long each game takes.

Once you start Chain Dots you are presented with a grid of colored dots and its just a case of drawing a line between adjoining ones that are of the same color. This can be done in any direction and in reality there are no limits in terms of how many dots you may get in the chain. The longer the chain - the more points you earn and its all about how high you can score in 60 seconds.

More information/Download Chain Dots for BlackBerry 10

Stick Tennis

There's a whole load of different tournaments to choose from with Stick Tennis and initially you will be given a short tutorial of how the controls work. They are really simple though - serving is achieved by tapping the screen and then a second tap to hit the ball. After that, returning shots is all about swiping. You can swipe in any direction - the only downside here is that when performing an upwards swipe you need to get used to not swiping the phones bezel or it will minimize the app back into its Active Frame.

With decent graphics are VERY realistic sound effects Stick Tennis is a gem. Go and have a go yourself. I bet you will agree with me.

More information/Download Stick Tennis for BlackBerry 10

Kiwi Wonder

Kiwi Wonder is a simple concept - where your kiwi soars from left to right collecting coins and bonus items - but avoiding other birds, which will kill you.

Controlling your Kiwi is achieved just by tapping the display to make him go up, and then releasing, where gravity will pull him down.

The graphics with Kiwi Wonder are absolutely stunning, as is the background music which has a kind of Hawaiian style to it. From start until finish the game is a real joy to play. Give it a go and see what you think?

More information/Download Kiwi Wonder for BlackBerry 10

Twist Pilot

With Twist Pilot you control Phil who is a red.........thing. Phil likes to collect the gold rings but what he doesn't like is bumping into the walls in the game or the nasty spiders. In fact he makes a rather comical noise when that happens. Where things get interesting and puzzle like is that due to Phil being a funny shape he can't fit through all the gaps - unless you wait for him to rotate. He is constantly spinning you see and when you come to a tight hole you will need to ease Phil through when he is at his thinnest point.

More information/Download Twist Pilot for BlackBerry 10

Run in Crowd

First to hit the BlackBerry PlayBook the premise of Run in Crowd is actually quite straightforward - run and jump. When you start the level you and a few other gamers are in the same position, but that quickly changes as you are forced to run as the world gets faster and faster. You will want to keep an eye out for obstacles and large voids in the games world. The longer you run, the higher your score as well as the bigger bragging rights when you see yourself as the number one on the worldwide leader boards.

More information/Download Run in Crowd for BlackBerry 10

Fly Cargo

Fly Cargo is another game that was first out on the PlayBook. The aim of the game is to fly your helicopter around the screen picking up cargo and delivering it its destination point. Sounds simple - it isn't! Things are slightly different on the Passport due to the screen dimensions but it still plays beautifully.

There is both a free version and a paid one if you get addicted - which you probably will! I LOVE this game.

More information/Download Fly Cargo (free) for BlackBerry 10

Saving Yello

Saving Yello gives us everything thing we want from a game. Superb graphics, great sound, fantastic game play and even a cute little character that you control. The aim of the game is to get Yello (who is a goldfish) into his fish bowl. This is achieved by using a kind of catapult style movement, much the same as we have seen with the likes of Angry Birds.

Once you touch Yello you move your finger left and right to select the direction and then move back and forth to choose the power level of the shot. Release your finger and off he goes - simple. However, things get a little more tricky after the first level.

More information/Download Saving Yello for BlackBerry 10

Game Over

That's my top ten that I chose to download to my Passport for when I'm in a gaming mood. There are a couple I wanted to include but after loading them up they just don't work properly and clearly need updating to accommodate the Passport. In the meantime there's still a huge selection to choose from.

Happy gaming.

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Leaked OS 10.3.0.1418 available for all BlackBerry 10 devices

Alright, so it's kind of sort of a leak but not really. In any case, while Rogers is in the process of rolling out OS 10.3.0.1418 officially to the BlackBerry Passport, the files are also available for every other BlackBerry 10 device. At this point, you'll have to load the files manually but for anyone familiar with leaks, that shouldn't be an issue.

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Rogers rolling out OS 10.3.0.1418 for the BlackBerry Passport

When it comes to OS updates for the BlackBerry Passport, Rogers seems to be leading the pack. They were the first carrier to roll out an update before the device was fully officially announced and now they've gone ahead and released another. Now appearing on Passports is software update v10.3.0.908 otherwise known as OS v10.3.0.1418.

The update doesn't really specify what has changed, but folks in the CrackBerry Forums are already digging through it. Of course, you don't really need to be on Rogers to receive the update either. The files are available for loading yourself if you wish and if you hold out a bit later, I'm sure some autoloaders will be created.

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ShopCrackBerry Thanksgiving Sale - Save 20% on all accessories!

This year, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Monday, October 13th, and to help celebrate we're having a sale! From now up until October 14th, if you use the coupon code Thanks20 in any of our stores, you'll receive 20% off your purchase of accessories.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for October 10, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! It is time once again to rustle up some fine apps and games. However, let's not forget all the BlackBerry news that happened this past week. For those of you searching for a few games to pass the time, Funkoi is holding an October giveaway where you can pick up three of their most popular games for free. Also, there is still time to enter the win a BlackBerry Passport from Rogers and CrackBerry contest so be sure to do so before the deadline. Finally, and I speak as an AT&T owner, you certainly do not want to ignore how this post on how to get LTE on your BlackBerry Passport.

Now 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 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.

3D-Tic-Tac-Toe by Mario Beaulieu

Looking for a new twist on a classic game? This seemingly innocent game is probably the most challenging version of Tic Tac Toe I have played in a long time. Unlike the flat counterpart, it is played on a 4x4x4 cube. Not only does this make for some amazing gameplay but you have to build your 3D mental representation of the object in order align four balls of your color in any row, column, or diagonal on the board. To help in this task you can rotate and zoom in the cube and point to the position where you want to play. Doesn't matter though, as it still is hard to line up four in a row. The free version allows you to play against the computer, has a fixed difficulty level, allows you to choose who starts. The full version, which is not yet available, will allow you to turn on gyro mode (move the device around the cube for a better view), enable view of the last shot played, play against another human, and select a difficulty level. This polished game is available for BlackBerry 10.

More information/Download 3D-Tic-Tac-Toe

ToDo List by Jonathan Frazer

There is never a shortage of tasks to be done; only an every growing number that remain incomplete. To help you with your todo's and schedule there is this simple organizational tool. Entries can be added quickly and easily and it also can automatically decipher certain phrases to create entries. For example, if you type in "read a book tomorrow" it will create the entry and fill in the correct due date. All of the items in your list can be sorted by time, title or moved up and down manually. They can be marked complete, not done, or deleted entirely. To make sure you tick off the boxes on your list this application is free.

More information/Download ToDo List

Call and SMS Blocker by Simply Apps

Our next selection is courtesy of a suggestion by a fellow reader. With the arrival of OS 10.3 on the BlackBerry Passport, the ability for applications to block specific numbers using the Caller ID number is now possible as the API was opened up to developers. For those who wish to control who can or cannot contact you then this headless application is an option. Call and SMS Blocker allows you to create different profiles (i.e. Block All, Accept Phonebook only and Block Private Number), create contacts in a Blacklist that overrides the profiles to block any contact. There is also a whitelist where you can enter contacts to allow through. You can purchase this application for $.99. While it states compatibility with all BlackBerry 10 handsets, please be aware the functionality will only work on OS 10.3 and higher.

More information/Purchase Call and SMS Blocker

xWriter Free by Epsilon Mobile

There are times where you need an application to let your ideas flow. This handy editor presents users with a way to compose customizable multi-page notes. xWriter is a robust word processing tool with a clean and friendly interface with which to create your notes. The interface is intuitive as well with all of tools and options available on the screen without having to navigate through several screens to access. You can create not only unlimited notes but folders as well, change the background, text, and font color, and even export notes as PDF or TXT files. This version of xWriter is free to download in the Amazon Appstore.

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Social Pro by rakTheme

For those of you who utilize several different social networks this application is a nice alternative. While it is the web versions of all of the sites in a native wrapper it does get the job done. There are several popular networks available including Facebook, Twitter, Google Map, Wikipedia, Gmail, Google Plus, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr and more at your fingertips without needing to have several applications open at the same time. Social Pro is $.99 for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

More information/Purchase Social Pro

What You Might Have Missed

3D Photo Camera by Oleg Derevenetz

If you happen to visit a local electronics retailer, you will see 3D Televisions and DVD players on display for those that wish to experience it in their living room. Why not have a similar experience on your device with your personal photos? With a few taps 3D Photo camera will snap two photos with a slight shift of the device in between. The images may be saved in multiple viewing formats, including color anaglyph, black & white anaglyph, stereogram, and 3D TV (though these shots should be in landscape mode to enjoy full-screen). There is a free trial and premium version for $1.99. I have to say if you love changing things up a bit with your photo library then be sure to give this a shot.

Learn more / Download 3D Photo Camera free trial
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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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BlackBerry CEO John Chen

Since taking charge as CEO at BlackBerry, John Chen has understandably been busy handling the agenda there, he has still managed to find some time to take part in various discussion forums elsewhere. One such occasion is coming up on October 17th where John Chen will be attending the Technologies that Matter series forum at the C.K.K. auditorium, Hong Kong Science Park, which is organised by the MIT Enterprise Forum Hong Kong.

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MockIt has easily become one of the first apps I install whenever I get a new BlackBerry, so imagine my surprise when I moved into a BlackBerry Passport and found out things were a little off due to the resolution of the device. Luckily, I didn't have to wait for long and I was back up and running with a beta build and now, with all the kinks worked out, OSBB Code Labs has released a Passport compatible build for everyone.

Aside from fixing MockIt so that it runs great on the Passport, you now have the option of using the Passport in your device mocks. It's been a while since we've featured MockIt, so here's a reminder of what it can do for you.

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Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon and Thanksgiving stickers now available

It's Thursday and that means it's time for a new batch of BBM stickers to arrive in the BBM Shop. This week, we have Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon and Thanksgiving stickers available. The Shrek pack is set at $1.99 along with the How To Train Your Dragon pack. The Thanksgiving pack though is set a little higher coming in at $2.99. All the packs are live right now in the BBM Shop, so go grab them!

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Advanced Interactions

The Advanced Interactions features that have been introduced with BlackBerry 10.3 may not be brand new in the mobile world but for us folk from team BlackBerry it's a nice addition to the latest version of BlackBerry 10. Within the Advanced Interactions settings there are three features you can toggle on and off to suit your needs, so let's take a look at them!

Lift To Wake

If you turn on this feature and pick up your device from a flat surface, your BlackBerry device wakes up automatically. You don't have to press the Power/Lock key or swipe up from the bottom of the screen. You can start using your device immediately.

Flip To Mute

If you turn on this feature and receive a call, but it isn't a convenient time for you to respond, you can turn your device facedown to silence the ring tone or vibration. You still receive a notification of the missed call.

Flip To Save Power

Finally, we have 'Flip to save power'. By default, this feature is on. When you place your device facedown on a flat surface, your device goes into standby mode to extend battery life. You still receive notifications for incoming calls, messages, and alarms. You may want to consider getting a case for your BlackBerry just to ensure that placing your device face down doesn't mark the screen. We have a rather nice selection in ShopCrackBerry.

Enabling Advanced Interactions:

  • Open settings (pull down from the top bezel)
  • Select Advanced Interactions from the list
  • Toggle on the features you wish to use

And you're done. Another small, but welcome touch to BlackBerry 10.3.

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BlackBerry takes over the front page of the Economic Times India

BlackBerry has been no stranger to taking out newspaper ads recently. Just last month they took out an ad in The Globe and Mail across Ontario, but this time around they've gone further and arguably wider with a more creative ad.

The October 9th issue of The Economic Times India features a BlackBerry Passport on the whole front page along with a full page Amazon ad further in the issue also promoting the BlackBerry Passport. You can catch both shots of the ad below or fire up PressReader and grab the copies for yourself.

PS: The BlackBerry Passport will be officially available from retailers in India starting October 10th. With that in mind, you start to see how clever the ad really is beyond the visual impact of it.

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Symple ID updated with offline function and more

Symple ID is a username and password storage app that we reviewed back in August. It makes use of the NFC feature of BlackBerry devices. A simple tap on your NFC tag will log you into your accounts. I have continued to use Symple ID as my main password app on my BlackBerry 10 smartphone. I still use Lastpass as I always have but I didn't renew my license to be able to use the mobile app as I thought I would just Symple ID since I have a license for the service. I like that it uses NFC too.

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