Meet the KEYone at a casual CrackBerry meetup in Toronto this Saturday!

Updated: We now have a venue! The come and go meetup will be at O'Grady's on Church on the second floor.

Live in the Toronto area? BlackBerry fan past, present or future? Want to get a first look at the new BlackBerry KEYone before anybody else? Free Saturday night? If yes, Keep Reading!

I'll be flying home from Barcelona tomorrow and spending the weekend in Toronto. While I'm there -- with a few pre-final production run BlackBerry KEYone phoness in my hand courtesy of BlackBerry Mobile -- I thought it only makes sense that we pull together an impromptu CrackBerry Meetup so BlackBerry fans in the area can get an early first look at the new phone weeks before anybody else does.

If you're in the Toronto area and think you can make it, hit up the link below for more details and to RSVP via Meetup.com. It'll be a casual come and go type affair on Saturday evening, starting around 7pm and going until we shut the place down. Speaking of venue, I haven't quite figured that out yet. We'll see how many people RSVP in the next 24 hours or so and will find a suitable venue based on that. But assume it will be downtown Toronto in a bar or lounge of some sort (so you'll need to be legal age to enter).

I'll keep this short and sweet. If you can make it, I'll see you Saturday! I am LOVING the BlackBerry KEYone and can't wait for you to give it a try too. I predict you're going to love it! :)

More Details and RSVP Here

Some Highlights from our Barcelona CrackBerry Meetup

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BlackBerry KEYone scores plenty of awards at Mobile World Congress!

Going into Mobile World Congress 2017, we had a pretty good feeling folks would be impressed with the BlackBerry KEYone and as it turns out, that feeling was pretty spot on. As MWC2017 comes to a close, the time has come for the awards portion of the show to take place and it's fair to say the BlackBerry KEYone has been cleaning up.

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BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device now has a name - BB Aurora

Following the images of the first BB Merah Putih built BlackBerry-branded device appearing, it seems as though Indonesian retailer Elevenia has outed the go to market name of the device as well. According to a small pre-order listing on their site, the device when released will be called the BlackBerry Aurora and is expected to arrive on March 3, though, we've heard a date slightly later than that but only by a few days.

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Latest BBM release delivers a new look and feel, Chat API, spam reporting and more!

If you're not already on the latest release of BBM for Android and iOS, now is a great time to go ahead and get yourself updated. The latest versions available through Google Play and the App Store have gone through some significant changes there's plenty of new features and additions for you to check out.

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This portable Bluetooth speaker is just $19.87 today

Bluetooth speakers are a great way to play music loudly while on the go, and the Boombotix Boombot Mini is a great option for doing it. The speaker has a clip for keeping it in place, and is small so you can carry it around easily, and right now you can pick one up for just $19.87.

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Alleged images of new BB Merah Putih BlackBerry-branded device emerge

While much of the focus has been on the BlackBerry KEYone built by BlackBerry Mobile, alleged new images of the device better known as BBC100-1 built by PT BB Merah Putih for the Indonesian market have now emerged. These images detail a lower-end product that's built keenly for the market. Previous rumors have this device running a Snapdragon 425 clocked at 1.4 GHz and sporting a large, 5.5-inch screen at 720p HD, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

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Fingerprint Cards powers the in-keyboard fingerprint sensor on the BlackBerry KEYone

Although BlackBerry Mobile didn't spend any time talking about the fingerprint sensor on the BlackBerry KEYone during the launch at Mobile World Congress 2017, most CrackBerry readers I'm sure, know it's there and built right into the keyboard and if you don't, well you do now.

Given the few details offered up, and the uniqueness of it being built into the keyboard, I began wondering who exactly built the fingerprint sensor for the KEYone. As it turns out, the sensor was built by Fingerprint Cards who worked closely with the hardware team to create the first-in-the-world fingerprint sensor in a keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone.

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Prepare for your Project Management certification for just $49

Are you a project manager looking to build on your skill set and increase your earning potential? There's always a demand for project managers across all types of industry — as long as you've got the proper certifications. Perhaps you've heard of the Project Management Institute, a nonprofit organization that helps to set the standard practices for project management around the world.

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They offer Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification, which is globally recognized and allows you to work in virtually any industry, anywhere in the world. PMP certification could open up the career opportunities of your dreams, and there are boot camps and training seminars offered — but those can run upwards of $1,450. That's a bit pricy for some.

That's where this amazing deal from CrackBerry Digital Offers comes in. You can get 24 / 7 access to over 35 hours of PMP certification training materials from the folks at LearnSmart for just $49.99. With over 75 courses included, this training bundle will outline the major techniques you'll need to manage projects like a pro.

The courses detail each step in the certification process so that you're fully prepared when you sit for either PMP® or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification. The coursework even counts towards the 35 contact-hour requirement for the PMP®. And you'll maintain access to the course materials for life, so you can continually come back and refresh your knowledge and skills throughout your career.

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LearnSmart is approved by PMI to meet the strict educational criteria necessary to earn the PMP® and CAPM® certification, so know you're in good hands. If you've been thinking about pursuing your PMP® certification, act now and take advantage of this 96% discount and train on your own schedule.

But this deal is only available for a limited time!

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Relax, the BlackBerry KEYone does have an RGB LED indicator

Believe it or not, one of the top questions asked about the BlackBerry KEYone has been whether or not it actually has an RGB LED indicator. For those who still doubt it is there and somehow seemingly avoided all the proof showing it off, we can assure you it is.

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Unlocked Mobiles UK now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone!

For BlackBerry fans in the UK looking to get their hands on a brand new BlackBerry KEYone as soon as possible, the folks at Unlocked Mobiles have now started taking pre-orders. At this point, they have the pricing set at £494.98 including VAT and the expected time of shipment is currently set for April 10.

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The BlackBerry KEYone will be available from TELUS starting in April

If you're a TELUS customer looking to get your hands on a BlackBerry KEYone, you won't have to wonder if TELUS will be offering the device. The Canadian carrier has let it be known they will have the device available to customers starting in April. At this point, TELUS has not committed to any exact date or pricing but, just knowing the BlackBerry KEYone will be available is news enough to get happy about.

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From the Editor's Desk: KEYone Keynote

From the Editor's Desk: KEYone Keynote

HELLO from Barcelona!

If you're reading this and have been following along all month as we celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry, you understand that it's been a crazy couple of days.

A lot has happened in the past 48 hours. The BlackBerry "Mercury" was officially unveiled as the BlackBerry KEYone, at an event I had the honor of participating in. And we celebrated our 10th anniversary in style with an awesome meetup, with 10 CrackBerry Members we surprised and flew in from around the world joining in on the festivities. I could write thousands upon thousands of words about both of these events, but instead I'm saving that for our next CrackBerry Podcast.

To keep things semi-efficient, I'll do a quick-ish brain dump of thoughts going through my head at the moment. It's after 3am here in Barcelona, and I need to get caught up on some sleep :)

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And the winner of an IOU for a BlackBerry KEYone from CrackBerry Kevin is...

The time has come to announce the winner in our Win an IOU for a BlackBerry Mercury from CrackBerry Kevin giveaway

In total, we had over 12,000 BlackBerry fans enter the Win an IOU for a BlackBerry "Mercury" From CrackBerry Kevin giveaway.

Today, after recovering from a post-BlackBerry Mercury/KEYone launch party hangover, we put that list of entries into our contest winner picking machine to decide who would be the lucky recipient of the newly-christened BlackBerry KEYone.

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The Best BlackBerry KEYone Video You Need to Watch

Want to get up close and personal with the BlackBerry KEYone? There is no better video on the YouTubez to watch right now than MrMobile's BlackBerry KEYone Hands On

The BlackBerry KEYone has officially been announced, which means the internet is beginning to fill up with tons of videos and first impressions of the newest BlackBerry. I suggest checking them all out and filling up CrackBerry's BlackBerry KEYone forum with your reactions.

That said, if you want to achieve BlackBerry-like efficiency of your precious review viewing minutes, the 4 minutes and 46 seconds you'll spend watching MrMobile's Hands-On of the KEYone will be time well spent. It's clearly the best hands-on video of the KEYone out there right now. Be sure to watch it!

As for CBK's video impressions, I'm not going to rush getting them up. I'll be heading home from Barcelona with a KEYone in hand so will be cranking out multiple videos between now and the time you'll be able to head out and buy one for yourself (we'll be sure to have a lot of fun killing that time together so the wait doesn't feel too long).

Enjoy the video. And if you're not yet following MrMobile, hit the links below and get on it!

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Watch the video replay of the BlackBerry KEYone launch event!

Did you miss out on taking in the BlackBerry KEYone announcement live? If so, you can go ahead and get yourself caught up by watching the full video replay. The event was hosted by our very own CrackBerry Kevin, and of course, features folks such as Nicolas Zibell, CEO at TCL Communication, as well as Logan Bell, Product Manager at BlackBerry Mobile.

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TCL Communication launches the all-new BlackBerry KEYone at Mobile World Congress!

The BlackBerry KEYone is the Mercury's official name and you'll be able to get your hands on it and its QWERTY keyboard beginning in April.

After many months of anticipation, and a teasing at CES 2017, TCL Communication has now officially given the device formerly known as 'Mercury' a name, pricing, and a release time timeframe. As unveiled today at Mobile World Congress, the BlackBerry KEYone will be available globally beginning in April and will be priced at or under €599 EUR/£499 GBP/$549 USD.

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BlackBerry KEYone Specs and Features

Official BlackBerry KEYone Specs and Features

The pieces that make the BlackBerry KEYone tick!

Now that the BlackBerry KEYone is official, that means the full run down of specs are available now as well. For the KEYone, every component of the device, including the Snapdragon 625 was specifically chosen with the goal of lengthening the battery life in mind. Mind you, the battery itself is the largest ever put in a BlackBerry, (3505 mAh) so we're already off to a great start. Read on to see what else makes up the BlackBerry KEYone.

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BlackBerry Mobile Livestream from Mobile World Congress 2017

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On February 25th at 7pm CET / 1pm EST, BlackBerry Mobile will unveil their newest BlackBerry Smartphone to the world in Barcelona, Spain at Mobile World Congress. For those not attending the press event you can watch the unveiling right here!

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Our new forums are here!

We've redesigned our Forums to make them more accessible to more users — all while maintaining what made them great for our seasoned community members to start!

We want more people reading and engaging with the great content that is being produced in our Forums. Here is an overview of some of the biggest changes - a big thank you to Gio Martinez in particular for absolutely crushing it in coding these new designs, and to our community for helping us with feedback throughout - more on that later.

Speed

In our tests we see a 35% boost in how fast the pages load with the new templates. This was one of the most important aspects of the redesign and something we will continue to improve on. Sometimes we still see badly behaving ad units that slow things down and while we try to tackle this they appear — it's often like a game of whack-a-mole, but we're doing everything we can on our end to make our codebase as quick as possible.

Clarity

More than 80% of our Forum traffic comes from Google, and to be frank, a user coming into the forums blindly for search wouldn't have a good experience. We saw issues with how far you had to scroll to see the content you came for and a lack of visual queues telling you this was a conversation.

Hierarchy

In the old forums everything had the same 'weight' and demanded the same amount of attention. In our new design we have a clear idea about what we want to stand out and what can be in the background. This means that some actions that were previously exposed and very clear to the experienced VB user are now slightly more hidden.

Our priority — what we want a visitor to immediately grasp — is that they are in the right place (Forum Thread Title) and that this is a conversation (Avatar + Post that looks like a message). Everything else can take a back seat.

Recognition

Our forums are built off of VBulletin, a long-standing software that underpins many other large and popular communities. The problem is that the base styling, which we also had based our old interface on, was also old and long-standing. The old-school style of forums is no longer the only way that people engage in serious conversations online. The kind of discussions we see in our Forums also happen in Facebook comment threads, Quora, Twitter replies, and a host of other group messaging apps. It made sense for us to at least visually move towards the look and feel of these hugely popular platforms — they're not just modern, they're simplified from the masses of forum controls in a very smart way.

By the Community

This has been the most extensive user testing we've ever done and we believe it's paid off. Since late November 2016 a group of select Forum users have been giving us nonstop feedback through slack — a BIG thank you to all of you! In late December we also opened up access to volunteers who have been helping us out with additional feedback in this forum thread.

I seriously cannot stress enough how important this feedback process has been — it's the best decision we've ever made.

Dark Theme

Sorry it took us so long! Enough said :)

You can find the Dark Theme inside Your Menu at the very bottom right - hidden away behind a moon icon like a little Easter egg.

Mobile with all the Trimmings

We wanted you to have all the same tools you enjoy on the desktop while using a mobile phone. This also means our Moderators and Ambassadors have the ability to do their work more easily on the go than before.

Small tweaks and Fixes everywhere

In addition to the huge overall changes we've made a bunch of smaller changes throughout the forums. You might not notice them for a while, and many are back-end tools that will make life easier for our volunteer Moderators. It's been a big project for us and we are really happy with the attention to detail it forced upon us. We are suitably humbled by the complexity of doing any changes to a tool many of you spend hours in every day.

Lastly, we fully expect there to be more issues and for our members to have better ideas than we have on how to improve the Forums. Please engage in the conversation over here in this forum thread — we really want your feedback, good and bad, so that we can continue to improve these forums for you.

Thank you!

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You'll never guess who's hosting the BlackBerry Mercury Launch Event at #MWC17

CrackBerry Kevin to be the show host as BlackBerry Mobile officially unveils the "Mercury" to the world!

I'm incredibly excited to be able to share with everyone some fun news leading into Saturday's BlackBerry Mercury Launch Event in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress.

In honor of CrackBerry turning 10 Years Old at midnight on Saturday, the team at BlackBerry Mobile thought it would be fitting for the occasion that CrackBerry Kevin take to the big stage and be the Master of Ceremonies as the "Mercury" gets officially unveiled to the world.

It's truly an honor and I'm thankful for the opportunity. I've sat in the audience at numerous BlackBerry events over the past ten years. Never once did I imagine myself being on stage to help unveil the next BlackBerry to the world.

If you're in the audience in Barcelona, I look forward to seeing you there. And to BlackBerry Fans around the globe, I hope you tune into our CrackBerry-powered livestream of the launch event as we make BlackBerry history! I would love to have your support, even from a far. You can find the link to the livestream below and we'll be firing up a live blog and chat before the event. The livestream and chat will go live shortly before 7pm CET / 1pm EST on Saturday.

Let's do this!!

Watch the BlackBerry Mobile Launch Event

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