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For you folk out there that use WhatsApp to communicate with your non-BBM friends on other platforms, you'll want to hit up BlackBerry World and grab the latest version which is now available.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BlackSung

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BlackSung

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow live last night? If so, you can now watch the replay or download the audio. Among topics discussed, we touched on the Samsung BlackBerry rumors, the further roll out of the BlackBerry Classic, how we would improve BBM channels and even a look at Passport numbers from a developers perspective. You can check out the full video, topic list, guest list as well as grab the audio file below. Enjoy laughing at our rather awkward opening. We did.

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Big Hero 6 and Puss in Boots BBM Stickers now available

Disney and Dreamworks are no strangers to the BBM Shop and both have now expanded their offerings of BBM stickers available. First up is Disney, which has released a brand new Big Hero 6 sticker pack that offers artwork featuring Baymax and Hiro as well as several other characters from the hit movie such as Tadashi and Go Go.

Next up is Dreamworks, which is now offering a Puss in Boots sticker pack featuring characters such as Kitty Softpaws, Humpty Alexander Dumpty and of course, Puss in Boots. You can grab each individual sticker pack for $1.99 each right now from the BBM Shop or jump below to get a closer look at them both.

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Samsung may extend its current partnership with BlackBerry but won't buy it

The head of Samsung's mobile phone division stated today that the company could extend its current partnership with BlackBerry. However, he repeated what the company said last week that Samsung has no plans to acquire BlackBerry itself.

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Official Limited Edition gold and black BlackBerry Passport looks to be arriving soon

While we've seen several luxury retailers hop into mix willing to customize your BlackBerry Passport with some gold trim, BlackBerry themselves have yet to offer such a thing but that might soon be changing. According to a new listing on the ShopBlackBerry Canada website, a limited edition gold and black BlackBerry Passport could be in the works. Here's what the site has to say about it.

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Get 00 off a red BlackBerry Passport for a limited time!

Looking for a good deal on a red BlackBerry Passport? Head on over to ShopBlackBerry and pick one up for $100 off, bringing the cost down to $599. This deal is only running today from now until midnight EST. That's right, this sale ends just a little under 6 hours from now so if you're interested you're going to want to hurry.

Please note, if you take advantage of special pricing offer for Passport, you will not be able to participate in Trade Up Program, as this offer may not be combined with other offers.

Check out the deal at ShopBlackBerry

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Pootermobile Wallpapers app updated for Passport and Classic!

Finding wallpapers for your BlackBerry is a fairly easy process. Finding BlackBerry specific wallpapers that celebrate the brand is a bit harder, and that's where Pootermobile's Wallpapers app comes in. Pooter takes time to create wallpapers specifically to celebrate the BlackBerry brand using elements, slogans and branding that we're all familiar with such as BBM emoticons, Team BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, QNX and more.

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The Lord of the Rings BBM stickers now available

Are you a fan of The Lord of the Rings? If so, Bare Tree Media has a new BBM sticker pack that you cannot pass... up. (that was cheesy but I'm not apologizing) For $1.99 you can grab The Lord of the Rings BBM pack featuring several characters from J. R. R. Tolkien's epic fantasy novels including Gandalf, Frodo, Gollum and more from Middle-Earth. You can have a look at the full pack below or hit this link here in your browser to be taken directly to the BBM Shop to purchase it.

PS: 'You cannot pass' is from the book. It was changed in the movie. The more you know. ;)

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 16, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all had a fantastic week. From Ford discussing the new features in their QNX based system and creating your own luxury BlackBerry Passport thanks to Gold Genie to Bla1ze's look into how to improve BBM Channels it has been quite busy. Be sure to catch up on all of these items and more including how BlackBerry has reportedly turned down takeover offers.

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 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.

Pomotodo by Pomotodo

Being able to complete your tasks on time is always important. In recent years we have seen the emergence of various techniques to help us accomplish them. One such method that has been around for a bit is the Pomodoro Technique. What it does is train your brain to work in small bursts to improve concentration and reduce being distracted. Previously available for PCs, Android and iOS, they released an Android port into BlackBerry World. This cross-platform application is free to download and allows users to create to-do lists on their device, sync them to the cloud and their computer, track tasks and how long it takes to complete them, and even provides monthly graphs. All of your tasks and plan projects are stored in one place to access anywhere. If you are trying to stay focused and organized and looking for a free time management tool then be sure to give it a try for BlackBerry 10.

More information/Download Pomotodo

F Terms by DG

Going through our [forums](http://forums.crackberry.com] I came across this application, which is the developers first, I had to check it out. This is a simple application for anyone who wishes to have quick access to over 180 financial terms. As someone who works in Finance, there is nothing wrong with carrying a quick cheat sheet as it were on your device. F Terms is not geared for everyone but offers an easy to use interface and offers detailed explanations of the terms including formulas. You can find it for $0.99 for BlackBerry 10.

More information/Purchase F Terms

Ozba Ball by Tony Abou Zaidan

On the lookout for a good game to pass the time? Ozba Ball is a nice physics game that is similar to Balance on Windows and the Labyrinth board game many of you enjoyed as a kid. Your goal is to tilt your device and navigate the tennis ball through the obstacles without falling off the sides all while grabbing the point cubes along the way. The graphics may be simple, but it is not as easy as it looks. You can download it for free at the link below. It is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices.

More information/Download Ozba Ball

Tap Titans by Game Hive Corp

Never thought of myself as being one to play a game that consists primarily of tapping on the screen to defeat enemies, collect rewards, or upgrade my gear but I am. In this free game from the Amazon Appstore, your goal is to slay the evil Titans and restore peace and order. You must tap repeatedly to attack and slay, collect gold, hire heroes, and unlock artifacts, skills, weapons, and more. The game itself is quite simple, but it offers great animation and graphics, no skill is required, and can be addicting at times. There are 60 unique monsters to slay, 10 environments to explore, 30 heroes to hire along your journey, and 30 artifacts to give your character special abilities. Tap Titans is free to download.

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Wish Pix by Beekoi

In the past, we have seen applications that allow you to place text on your images to create a personalized effect. However, this one is unique and makes inserting text easier. This application takes stock images, sorted in different categories such as anniversary cakes, birthday cakes, and wishes, and allows you to modify the images stored by inserting your text. For instance, if we load a birthday cake image, you could modify the text on the cake with the names of your choosing and then save or share to the person. Quite a novel idea if I must say and all of the images are of high quality. Wish Pix is free to download for all BlackBerry 10 handsets.

More information/Download Wish Pix

What You Might Have Missed

Ringtones for BlackBerry 10 by Anna V

Going back to my first cell phone, I would always assign friends and family their own ringtone, either ones I created or ones pre-installed. No matter your preference this extremely simple application grants users access to 148 tones for free to assign to your hearts content to any app or notification you so desire. Please note that the application will redirect you to the website where you can download the tone onto your device or memory card which may or may not have an advertisement to view first. This useful application is free to download for all BlackBerry 10 handsets.

More information/Download Ringtones for BlackBerry 10

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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Twittly - Beta Zone update

For you folk that have been using the limited beta Pro version of Twittly (a third party Twitter app for BlackBerry 10), you'll be interested to hear that there's an updated version in the BlackBerry Beta Zone now.

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BlackBerry hosting webinar on managing security threats in today's Mobile Enterprise

It seems not a day goes by that we don't hear some news about a new security breach or hacking that has occurred and such news is only expected to increase in 2015. BlackBerry is uniquely positioned to help organizations with those situations through their Enterprise portfolio and if you're looking to learn more about those solutions, a webinar is being held on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM EST that will provide more info.

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Ford talks features in the new QNX-based Sync 3 system

Ford's Sync 3 system made big waves at CES due to the switch from a Microsoft-based platform to QNX, which is exciting enough on its own, and with an entire platform overhaul like that there's bound to be some new features involved. John and Derek took a few minutes to talk with Jim Buczkowski, Director of Research for Electrical and Electronics at Ford, to figure out what some of those changes will look like and when the first Sync 3 systems can be expected. Much like our hands on with the infotainment system, there's a lot still being finalized for production. It's the kind of change that is likely to cause someone shopping for a car to hold off a bit just in case, and it's looking more and more like Sync 3 is going to be a lot of fun to play with when it finally launches later this year.

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BlackBerry Classic Leather Swivel Holster Front

Call me old fashioned, but when it comes to cases I still prefer a holster. It may not always be the popular choice nor the one that offers heavy duty protection, but it allows for quick access while on-the go. This simple holster lets me carry my device either by throwing it my bag, placing it on my belt, or even clutching it while in the store all while offering a durable way to keep my Classic safe from everyday wear and tear. Protection and accessibility are more important to me than style. However, the leather pouch style is pretty sleek.

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John Chen

A new report claims that BlackBerry has declined a handful of takeover offers in recent months from unnamed companies, in favor of its current plan to revamp its operations. The report was posted in the wake of Wednesday's rumors that centered on Samsung engaging in buyout talks with BlackBerry, which both BlackBerry and Samsung quickly denied.

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Wallpaper++ for BlackBerry 10 turns from paid to free

If you like to regularly change the wallpaper on your BlackBerry 10 device, then today we bring you good news as Wallpaper++ has gone from costing a couple of bucks to totally free!

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Hitting up the BBM Shop today I noticed a couple of new additions that are now available to purchase if stickers are your thing.

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BlackBerry Classic launched in India

BlackBerry Classic launched in India

Right on time. As expected, BlackBerry India has now announced the arrival of the BlackBerry Classic. At the launch event held in New Delhi, Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India noted the device will be available through Snapdeal with a host of offers including trade-in options for any older BlackBerry devices customers may have and retail pricing being set at Rs. 31,990. Not sure if the BlackBerry Classic is for you? Have a look at our full review to help you decide.

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Samsung reportedly in talks to purchase Blackberry

According to a new report, Samsung has approached BlackBerry for a potential takeover worth as much as $7.5 billion.

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Recently, we took a look at this application and the features it offers for people who adhere to the CrossFit conditioning program for their workouts. If you are unfamiliar with this training program, CrossFit incorporates various different types of high-intensity workouts including aerobic exercise, gymnastics, and Olympic weight training to improve fitness, endurance stamina, and strength.

For those of you CrossFitters out there who want to track your workouts (WODs), xFit WOD is a native BlackBerry 10 application that is the perfect tool to fit your needs.

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Wind Italy now offering the BlackBerry Classic

Wind Italy now offering the BlackBerry Classic

While launch events are still being held for the BlackBerry Classic around the world and India expected to be next, Wind Italy is ready to roll right now. The carrier has now listed the BlackBerry Classic as being available through their website for 449.90 Euro or less when coupled with discounted calling, text and internet tariffs.

Some of the deals listed do expire in February so if you're looking to take advantage of them, you'll have to head on over to the Wind Italy site to place your order. Not sure if the Classic is for you? Read our full review right here.

Learn more / Purchase the BlackBerry Classic

Via: BlackBerryItalia

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