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BES 5.0 SP4 MR7 now available for download

BES 5.0 SP4 MR7 now available for download

If you're a BES admin and have been waiting for the BES 5.0 SP4 MR7 release we let you all know BlackBerry was preparing for, now is the time to go ahead and grab the download. The update went live as of yesterday and is available via the BlackBerry BES portal downloads section. The update focuses on two changes within the service but addresses a few others along the way.

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As you know BlackBerry is no longer holding their annual BlackBerry Live event or BlackBerry Jam events for developers. Though when they made that announcement last December they did say that they would smaller targeted events around the globe. In the past week these events kicked off in Paris, France. Then on April 10th, 2014 it headed to NYC where our newest CrackBerry team member, Jubei, was in attendance. If you missed it you can read his write up of the day.

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CrackBerry Vodcast!

A year ago right now I was in New York City, covering the launch of BlackBerry 10 in big city style (be sure to hit play for the replay of our awesome CrackBerry NYC Meetup!).

Between those fond memories, yesterday's BlackBerry Experience: New York and the welcoming of NYC-based Jubei Raziel to the CrackBerry team, I couldn't take the not being in NYC anymore. I just booked my flight and Sunday I'm flying to the Big Apple for the week.

Jubei promised you a CrackBerry Podcast talking about all that was learned and heard during his BlackBerry Experience, so we're going to record it up in person next week, good 'ol CrackBerry Vodcast style and from NYC. Stay tuned for it!

In the meantime, be sure to watch the TRAILER below!

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Are BlackBerry devices so good that they're bad?

The quality and durability of BBOS and legacy devices are so legendary that they continue to outsell BlackBerry 10 devices still after a year of BB10's launch and, as announced, will stay in BlackBerry's handset business.

Why is this happening and what does this mean for BlackBerry moving forward? Some explanations are obvious, such as the lack of effective marketing by BlackBerry and support from network carriers for BB10 devices. But there are other not so evident factors that are leaving BlackBerry followers puzzled about the decision to continue BBOS and legacy devices. Let's take a closer look.

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Logo Sneak Peak!

When we Welcomed Smartwatch Fans to the Mobile Nations family on January 1st of this year, we told the story of how the site came to be. In reality, we actually started 2013 with the goal of building a community and resource with a broader focus, covering not only smartwatches, but also other wearables and the broader world of connected devices often referred to as the internet of things.

The problem was, we couldn't find a domain name and brand that we loved. With the months rushing by and 2013 coming to a close and the urge to get a new community launched just as strong, we decided to not delay and get things rocking with the more niche-focused Smartwatch Fans. It's been a busy four months on Smartwatch Fans, and things are about to get a whole lot busier and way more fun.

We FINALLY have a name and brand we love for the destination we've been wanting to build, and later this month we'll pull the trigger on the change. We're going to keep the name a secret for now, but above you can gander at the awesome logo for the rebrand. Starting immediately, we'll begin ramping up the coverage on Smartwatch Fans to include more topics like connected fitness, connected home, connected automotive, connected toys and more. In fact, we've already expanded the discussion and help forums to cover this new range of topics, so the community participation can begin immediately.

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Mobile Hotspot

Having the ability to instantly turn your BlackBerry device into a mobile hotspot can certainly come in handy. For most folk that utilize this function I would imagine it's to access the web on either a laptop or tablet - unless of course you are using a PlayBook and can just use BlackBerry Bridge.

There may occasionally be the scenario where you are out with a bunch of friends and for whatever reason they can't get a signal on their smartphone but you can. Just switch on your mobile hotspot and your buddies can connect to your BlackBerry and use its data.

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Deal of the Day: BlackBerry Soft Shell for Bold 9930/9900

For today only, purchase the BlackBerry Soft Shell for Bold 9930/9900 and save 70% off the list price!

Made from high-performance, flexible, plastic-like material, the BlackBerry Soft Shell gives the back and sides of your Bold a protective barrier against accidental bumps and scratches. Take your pick of black, translucent, brown or indigo!

List Price: $19.99   Today Only: $5.95

Learn More and Buy Now

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Download these Formula 1 Mercedes AMG Petronas wallpapers for your desktop or mobile device

If you're getting hot and heavy with the 2014 Formula 1 season, you can now show your support with some awesome wallpapers. The official Mercedes AMG Petronas pages has posted up some great shots of the BlackBerry-sponsored cars as well as drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. If you're at all a fan of the team (as you should be!) then these can help show off your F1 spirit.

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Today Rogers has launched their suretap wallet — a new app for NFC-enabled BlackBerry 10 and Android devices that allows users to make payments at thousands of retailers using just their smartphone. Users can store eligible cards within the app, and at participating retailers can then tap their phones on the payment terminal for a transaction.

Suretap wallet lets you store cards such as a Rogers prepaid Mastercard as well as cards from Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill and Bar, Montana's Cookhouse, Harvey's, Kelsey's, Indigo, Earls Restaurants, Ardene, and Spafinder Wellness 365. Support for loyalty cards and coupons will be added in the future.

Learn more about suretap wallet, features and supported devices at

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BlackBerry App Roundup for April 11, 2014

Howdy all, it's time once again for the weekly App Roundup. Now I spent my time wisely this week rustling up some new, cool, and helpful applications for all you BlackBerry addicts to try. Be sure to check them out by clicking through the gallery below and remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.

Spider-Man: Ultimate Power by Gameloft

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Porsche Design BlackBerry P9982

The inventory at ShopBlackBerry continues to grow with the addition of the Porsche Design BlackBerry P'9982 to its ranks. Available to purchase now, the P'9982 will set you back a cool $1,990 and it's only compatible with GSM carriers. But you do get a mighty handsome BlackBerry and that unique '2AA' starting PIN.

And for more P'9982 fun and games, be sure to re-live our very own Kevin Michaluk dropping 2-grand on one in Las Vegas!

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Following on from our recent poll where we asked if you would like a choice of color accents in BlackBerry 10.3 it seems that it's more than clear that users would want this feature.

With over 80% of voters choosing that they would like color options in the next big version of BlackBerry 10 let's hope that BlackBerry themselves take note. 

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BlackBerry addresses OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability

By now, most folks are likely getting tired of hearing about the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability but it's an insanely important thing to address and chances are we're going to be hearing about it for quite some time now as companies get their software, services, websites, apps and more in the clear of the issue entirely.

I've not noticed a lot of concerned BlackBerry users but if you are among those wondering how BlackBerry is handling it and what, if any, software or services were affected by it we now have a full knowledge base article from BlackBerry covering it.

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BlackBerry Experience New york

My first assignment for CrackBerry had me meeting the likes of BlackBerry CEO John Chen, President of Global Enterprise Services, John Sims and the VP of Global Alliances and Ecosystems, Marty Mallick. Suffice to say I wasn’t expecting to even be meeting these gentlemen let alone speaking with them.

But before I continue, let me start at the beginning.

BlackBerry Experience New York was held in the beautiful historic Gotham Hall at the heart of the city. Just walking there from the subway station one could see Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building and Herald Square in the midst of the busy streets and businesses.

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Jubei Raziel

I'm extremely excited to announce a new passionate BlackBerry enthusiast to our team. Give me a hand in welcoming Jubei Raziel to the CrackBerry blogs!!

Since Friday I've received over 40 emails from hopeful candidates in response to my call for new passionate blood on CrackBerry. I'm still reading through all of the applications and need to get back to a lot of people, but Jubei's application was one of the first to come through and the decision to bring him onboard was immediate.

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What John Chen actually said in his Reuters interview

UPDATED: Reuters reached out to explain things. They claim the original quote from their story is accurate and was part of a bigger off-camera interview. It was still out of context, but it wouldn't be fair to suggest they misquoted, so I've updated the text.

Yesterday turned out to be a pretty big mess as far as BlackBerry news goes. Last night Reuters posted a brief story quoted John Chen saying they might get out of the handset business. Once a video interview was posted, it looked like a misquote (but wasn't) and snowballed down from there.

Here’s what went down: First, Reuters posted this story at 7:45 P.M. which quotes John Chen as saying, “If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business”. Since this was a quote from an interview it’s natural that people took as an accurate statement. The only problem with this quote is he didn’t actually say those words in the video interview that followed. I and many others saw the message from the video vs. the original Reuters story as conflicting. But Reuters tells me this quote was part of a longer (one hour) interview with about 20 people in the room, and he did actually say this.  I'm including the shorter video interview (which is created by the TV side of Reuters, not the news side) below. 

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A Thank You to all the app developers out there who support BlackBerry 10 natively!

When it comes to apps on BlackBerry 10, I want them all to be there available for download in BlackBerry World.

Preferably, I want those apps to be built native for BlackBerry 10, and better yet, Built for BlackBerry approved. In other words, the best apps are best-built with BlackBerry's BB10 SDK and are designed and optimized for the BlackBerry 10 user interface and experience. If that can't happen for whatever reason — lack of time, lack of resources, lack of caring — then I'm happy when a ported version of an Android app is available to fill that void. Even though it's not native, I'd rather have an app that works OK over not having one at all.

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