BlackBerry Classic

With BlackBerry's store running out of Classic pre-orders for a bit there, it looks like you now have another option for placing a pre-order. Amazon now has the BlackBerry Classic pre-order listed for $449 ahead of the device's official launch on December 17.

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Introducing Swirl - Swarm client for BlackBerry 10

Back in May 2014, Foursquare decided to split its app into two by introducing the Swarm app iOS and Android, as well as Windows Phone. Unfortunately, no Swarm app made its way to the BlackBerry platform. We could still check-in with the native Foursquare anyway.

However, Swarm and Foursquare serve different purposes. Foursquare is your regular check-in app, whereas Swarm is more of a way to gather people for a meet up. It ties in with your Foursquare contacts but presents those nearby you first, wherever you may be. There's also ways to collect stickers, as you did in the early days of Foursquare.

Since no native Swarm app came to BlackBerry 10, the developer community came in to fill the void. And so we have a third party client in the form of Swirl. This app had a brief run in open beta via the CrackBerry forums and has now made its way to BlackBerry World.

Swirl Features

  • Log in with your Foursquare ID
  • Check into venues around you
  • See where your friends are in relation to your position
  • See recent check in of your friends
  • View user and venue profiles
  • Get in contact with your friends via all registered channels

Swirl is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and it has an introductory price of $0.99. Also, it does seem to be for BlackBerry OS 10.3 only.

I'm a big Foursquare user but never really looked into Swarm or even tried the Android port. I'll be giving it a run and see how it performs. Check back in a few days for a full review. I'll compare it to the Android port as well.

Learn more / Download Swirl for BlackBerry 10

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BlackBerry Z30 takes home 2014 Good Design award

The iconic look of BlackBerry's Z30 slate-styled smartphone has just nabbed itself an award for 2014. After reviewing submissions from several thousand of the world's leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic designers around the world, the Chicago Athenaeum: Music of Architecture and Design along with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies awarded the BlackBerry Z30 the Good Design award this year.

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Tilt-Now-Hero

Are you BlackBerry 10 users ready for some more Tilt action, this time with a twist on the original Tilt application? Tilt Now has hit BlackBerry World today and is all about giving us BlackBerry users a quick look into what is happening in our day - in that beautiful Tilt way.

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Whatsapp for the web reportedly in the works

Whatsapp for the web reportedly in the works

Facebook-owned Whatsapp appears to be working on a web-based version. A number of strings were found in the Android version of the app that point to a web-based Whatsapp. However, since Whatsapp doesn't use accounts, and is instead tied to a phone number, there is the issue of authentication. It appears that Whatsapp on the web may solve this with QR codes.

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These BlackBerry Q10 anti-glare screen protectors are on the cheap today—just $8.95!

BodyGuardz HD Anti-glare ScreenGuardz are custom designed to protect your BlackBerry Q10's display while reducing annoying glare at the same time. These invisible protectors are made of an ultra-slim polymer that shield your screen from abrasive elements such as keys, dirt and other debris. Get this 2-pack today and save 44%

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We take a look at PushPlane for BlackBerry 10

We take a look at PushPlane for BlackBerry 10

In the last few months, we have seen various ways for us to connect all of our devices with our PC so that we can access our material no matter where we are. One of the more popular services currently available is Pushbullet.com. This simple service connects your various devices to your home computer to access and transfer files, links, notes, addresses, and more.

While message notifications would fall under the purview of BlackBerry Blend, PushPlane is a native PushBullet.com client to quickly share your files and links to your computer and vice versa. Not only is it headless but also coordinates with IFTTT.com and Zapier.com to receive notifications from various online services and social networks such as Facebook.

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It's time for the BlackBerry Classic

February 25th, 2014 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That's when BlackBerry announced they would be releasing a keyboard phone with the classic trackpad and function keys, better known at that time as the BlackBerry Q20. Since then, the device has gone through a bit of a branding change, arguably for the better, thanks to BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen and it will be launched as intended on December 17th at events held in New York, Singapore and Frankfurt.

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BlackBullet is an app that has been around for a while in BlackBerry World, in beta, no less and is a pretty nice third party Pushbullet client for BlackBerry 10. We've announced it and also done up a review on it. As I've said, it's an app currently labelled with beta status but has got a lot to offer and does receive regular updates.

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Here's our latest BlackBerry Passport winner!

Here's our latest BlackBerry Passport winner!

This has been a pretty exciting year for BlackBerry, and 2014 isn't over quite yet. This year saw the release of the BlackBerry Passport, first in black, then in red, and finally in white. While this particular device isn't for everyone due to the size and new keyboard, it's definitely proven to be a popular addition to the BlackBerry family. With all of these color options available now for the Passport, we thought the best way to help the time pass until the BlackBerry Classic is released was to give one of you the chance to 'work wide' with a free Passport. So let's get to it, shall we?

The winner of a free BlackBerry Passport is...

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Stave off a penguin assault with 1000 copies of SnowLogic

In certain areas of the world, December is not just about the holidays but about the change in weather with its plummeting temperatures and snow. On occasions such as this, having a fun and easy game to pass the time is always welcome. One such game that came across my inbox is SnowLogic, an interesting game that is a cross between Plants and Zombies and Pudding Monsters.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 12, 2014

BlackBerry App Roundup for December 12, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Time once again to give a quick wrap up of all the exciting news that happened this past week. Now where do we begin? One item that was certainly not to be missed, is an interesting look at cancer research with a little help from BlackBerry that aired on 60 Minutes that you should take a closer look at. I also have to give another reminder that we're a little bit closer to the launch of the BlackBerry Classic. How many of you out there pre-ordered one for the holidays? Don't forget there are some soon to be released accessories available to order through ShopCrackBerry and ShopCrackBerry Canada

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.

3Words by Oleg Derevenetz

From the developer of 3D Photo Camera http://crackberry.com/capture-3d-pictures-3d-photo-camera-1000-free-copies-available comes this unofficial client for the what3words service. What is this service you may ask? It is a new universal address system that utilizes a giant grid of the world broken down into 57 trillion squares of 3 meters by 3 meters. Each of these squares is given a based on three words from the dictionary. Not only does this application access the service to allow you to explore the map but also obtain location information using personalized OneWord addresses. Whether you wish to search the map, find your friends by OneWord or w3w addresses or share a location via text, email or by phone, you can do so with 3Words. Available for $0.99 it supports all BlackBerry 10 devices.

More information/Purchase 3Words

Farm Friends Story by Tellurion mobile

In the vein of other match-3 style games comes this fun and kid friendly game. The goal is to grow crops to defend your farm from the angry fox. You have a limited number of moves to finish each level and collect the crops so use them wisely. The graphics and sounds are cute and perfect for the little ones in your house especially with the bright colors and the smiling vegetables for them to see. Farm Friends Story is free to download and is a Built For BlackBerry game.

More information/Download Farm Friends Story

Movie Info by Saper-ek.

For those of you who love everything and anything involving movies, this application aims to give you all the information you need in all in one place. From the top bar, simply search for a TV show, movie or person and it will present you with detailed information. This includes trailers and videos, access to the actors and crewmembers profiles, links to the IMDB, TVDB, and TMDB profiles, and their main web page. Movie Info is free to download for BlackBerry 10.

More information/Download Movie Info

Paperama by FDG Entertainment GmbH & Co.KG

Growing up I used to make Origami items. That popular paper-folding pastime allowed us to create so many ingenious and beautiful creations. There was nothing like turning a small, colorful paper square into a shape or animal. Now you can get that same feeling on your device with this application from the Amazon Appstore. It brings that experience to life with an amazing 3D folding effect. There are more than 70 puzzles with limits on the number of folds you can make to achieve the desired shape. The game is challenging comprised of complex folds.

How to install Android apps from the Amazon Appstore

One Music Player by Unicorn Inc.

No matter what the occasion, be it relaxing or writing a blog post, there has to be music playing in the background. As such, I probably devote an exorbitant amount of time testing various music players on my device. This latest player to hit the storefront captured my attention first by the minimalist glassy design and second by the unique way it allows you to navigate the application. This has to be explained as there is no back button. It utilizes a special swipe to have you return to the previous screens, and that is by swiping up from the bottom frame and going left or right across the display. As a native application, it's fast, responsive, and plays your music flawlessly. It sorts your library by song, album, artist, playlist and folders, as well as letting you select additional options for filtering such as by duration and date added. There are other great features as well including a built-in 5-band equalizer and a tag editor. This beautiful and feature packed player is FREE to download.

More information/Download One Music Player

What You Might Have Missed

Festive Giveaway

This week marked the return of the festive giveaway promotion in BlackBerry World whereby several premium apps and games will be available to download for free for a limited time. The first assortment is currently available from now until December 17th, with a new array of apps and games to be available from the 18th to 25th. Of course, keep in mind that availability will vary by region and by device. The link to the promo is shown below and encompasses several utility and strategy games we've previously covered. If you've wanted to get your hands on these titles, this is the time to do so.

View all apps available in the festive giveaway

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 Classic pre-orders sold out in North America

The BlackBerry navigation keys and trackpad are so popular that Shop BlackBerry has announced that the BlackBerry Classic is sold out of its pre-order inventory in North America ahead of a scheduled launch this month. According to BlackBerry's online shop, the $449 smartphone is expected to be re-stocked sometime in early January 2015. The device is still listed as being in-stock for other regions, including the U.K., France, and Germany.

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Vodafone to launch wireless services for US-based enterprise customers next year

Vodafone Americas has announced its intent to introduce wireless services for its multinational enterprise customers in the United States in 2015. The services will be offered under an mobile virtual network operator deal with T-Mobile US.

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CB10 updated with bug fixes, performance improvements and better Passport support!

A little surprise for everyone is now filtering through BlackBerry World. Yes, you can say it. I sure did. Finally! The CB10 app has been updated. This release sees the app jump into v1.7.1 and it brings a TON of improvements across the board, everything from small bug fixes to performance improvements and yes, even improved BlackBerry Passport support. Have a look at the change log.

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Create custom polygonal wallpapers with Walls for BlackBerry 10

Being able switch wallpapers gives a whole new look and feel to your device. I have a tendency of either changing them often or sticking with a few favorites, as some of you may have noticed during the BlackBerry App Roundups. Now I am no stranger to wallpaper generators and have used several in the past including one that employs low-poly, triangle designs. For the latter, these designs add a splash of color and excitement to your screen.

ReFocus Technologies decided take this concept one step further in their latest application. Aptly named Walls, it creates a vast array of wallpapers for your BlackBerry 10 devices all derived from polygon patterns. It employs over 600 palettes, 25 textures, and 6 styles, all of which aim to give the user unlimited possibilities as to what kind of background they create.

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BBM update rolls out with a way to send stickers in group chat and more

BlackBerry has released a new update to its BBM app in BlackBerry World adding a number of new features, including a way to send stickers to in group chat:

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Save over 50% today on these thin and durable hard cases for BlackBerry Z10

The SURFACE Case is perfect for those looking for sleek protection. This case protects your BlackBerry Z10 from scratches and drops while adding minimal bulk and convenient viewing with its built-in kickstand. Get yours in black, red or purple today for just $16.95!

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EE Store Cambridge

EE will be scrapping the Orange Wednesday 2-for-1 cinema ticket deal after being available for a decade. Customers of Orange (and subsequently EE) have enjoyed a weekly deal that allowed them to head down to their local cinema to check out the latest blockbusters at a reduced price. This offer will no longer be available after February 2015, but the carrier stresses they are working on a worthy successor. According to Marketing Magazine:

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Angry-Birds-Seasons-Hero

With Christmas just around the corner, when I saw that Angry Birds Seasons for BlackBerry 10 had been updated I presumed that it would involve some festive treats. I was wrong, once again. The good news is that because the new levels introduced in version 4.2.1 are not Christmasy it will ensure that you don't get the post Christmas blues when playing the game in the New Year.

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