BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - CES

BerryFlow Upstream - CES

For those unfamiliar, Upstream is recurring BlackBerry focused podcast that aims to cover a week's worth of news within one session held by the folks over at BerryFlow every Sunday. Last night, I hopped on to discuss some of the recent announcements coming from QNX and BlackBerry at CES and considering we haven't done a CrackBerry podcast in a while, it only seemed fitting that I post Upstream here as well for those who might have missed it.

You can watch the video down below or grab the mp3 audio download as well. Drop some comments below with your thoughts on everything discussed. Also, let me know if we should do this regularly. You all would have a podcast to look forward to each Sunday / Monday.

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For you BlackBerry 10 users that use BeWeather 10 Pro for getting current conditions, forecasts and more, you'll want to keep an eye on BlackBerry World as there's an update rolling out.

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BlackBerry Z10 flip shell cases are only $14.95 today while supplies last!

When this OEM case is closed, the flip closure and hard shell protect the back and sides of your BlackBerry Z10 as well as the display, while automatically dimming your screen to help preserve power. Fold the flip back and sit your device at one of two angles to enjoy your favorite media! Get yours in black or white today and save 57%

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Impossible-Road-Hero

For you BlackBerry 10 users that like to game, Amazon are giving away Impossible Road (as their 'free app of the day'), which is certain to test your reflexes. The way this one works is that you control a 'ball' or sorts which you need to guide along the rollercoaster style course without coming off the track. Of course, this is not easy as the name suggests.

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I recently threw out the question to you BlackBerry Passport owners of 'How do you scroll', as over the past few months I've found myself using the Passport's display to scroll rather than utilizing the magical powers that are in the hardware keyboard, which also allows for scrolling.

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In this day and age getting hold of the ringtones you want is normally nothing more than a Google search away, so bear with me with this one, as it's actually pretty sweet.

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The Stilgut Leather Flip Case is an elegant way to carry your BlackBerry Passport in

I'm quite partial to leather flip cases on my BlackBerry 10 smartphones, ever since I got a red one for the BlackBerry Z10. Back in November 2014, I reviewed the OEM leather flip case for the BlackBerry Passport and while it was pretty good quality and well made, there were more negatives for me and so I looked around for an alternative leather flip case. Many had suggested the Stilgut Leather flip case, so I decided to give it a try. 

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Crossy-Road-BlackBerry-10-hero

Crossy Road has been available for iOS devices for a couple of months now and it's been a massive hit. It recently also launched on Android and within just a day or so it then showed up in the Snap store where we can get it onto our BlackBerry 10 devices.

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AT&T

Late last year, the FTC filed a lawsuit against AT&T, stating that the carrier was throttling data for users on unlimited plans, a practice that has allegedly been going on since 2011. AT&T is now looking to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by invoking the Tier II "common carrier" clause, which exempts the carrier from FTC's jurisdiction and places it under the purview of the FCC.

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iGrann Pro updated once again to improve image quality and Hub integration

Although iGrann Pro was just updated a few days ago to correct a few issues, another small update has now appeared in BlackBerry World. The latest release covers a bit of the same in the fact it addresses some issues with Hub integration as well as the quality of images that get uploaded to Instagram through iGrann Pro.

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Did you delete your BlackBerry Hub icon? You can now download it to get it back

Over the past few months BlackBerry has been taking their core apps found on BlackBerry 10 smartphones such as the clock, calculator, compass and more and putting them into BlackBerry making updates to those apps easier for everyone. One of the most recent additions added to BlackBerry World was the text messaging icon and while folks may laugh at that even being an available download, truth is it comes in handy because some folks have managed to actually delete it.

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Grab a free copy of Wallpaper++ with this promo code!

Everyone loves wallpapers on their devices. It's a simple and easy way to customize your device to make it truly yours and while you can spend time looking around the web for ones that you like, having an app on your device makes the task a little bit easier and Wallpaper++ from Mamdouh Studios is one such app for doing that.

We've mentioned Wallpaper++ here on the blogs before but Mamdouh Studios reached out to us and wanted to offer CrackBerry readers a chance to check out the app for free and have given us a promo code to share that is good for 1000 copies of Wallpaper++, which normally costs $1.99 in BlackBerry World. To get one follow the instructions below.

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BlackBerry Classic

Starting today, Brits can pick up the BlackBerry Classic from Carphone warehouse for £26.50 a month and £329.99 SIM free. Vodafone Business, O2, and Clove are also expected to be carrying the Classic soon. The Classic has already gone on sale across the world in Canada, Singapore, UAE, and soon in the U.S. on AT&T and India.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for January 9, 2015

BlackBerry App Roundup for January 9, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you've all had a wonderful week. It sure has been a busy one I can tell you that. What with our #CESlive 2015 coverage this week from the Las Vegas Convention Center! The whole crew has been doing a fantastic job of bringing you all of the news right as it happens from the showroom floor. From AT&T announcing they would carry the Classic and a redesigned Passport with rounded corners to all of the news surrounding QNX there has been no shortage of announcements at CES this year.

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.

I'm Free by Bellotti Alessandro

The New Year not only brings a fresh start, but a whole new year of accomplishing our goals and ticking the items off of our resolutions list. For some of us that means kicking a nasty habit or two. While we have the best intentions, trying to keep these resolutions can be difficult. As such, one of the habits that a few of co-workers are trying to kick is smoking. I'm Free is a native application that allows you to track your progress as you try to quit smoking. You can earn badges/achievements, track total days and money saved, and share your statistics on social networks. This Built for BlackBerry application is easy to use and offers a convenient and straightforward way to motivate you. On sale, for a limited time for $0.99, it is compatible with BlackBerry 10.

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Remoteless – Remote for Spotify by anders o

Looking for a Spotify wireless remote? This application will allow you to not only control normal functions such as start, stop, volume, next and shuffle, but store favorite artists, start a radio station, queue any track from a playlist or album, search the Spotify library, and share what you are listening to. Premium users have access to additional features such as browsing and starting playlists, and browsing starred tracks. While it will only work if you have Spotify installed on your computer, it is very simple to use and setup. Currently on sale for $0.99, it is available for BlackBerry 10.

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Dream Remote by QtHelex

From the developer that brought you ClipMan Clipboard Manager and BlackBullet, comes this useful application for controlling your satellite receiver from every point in your house. If you own a compatible DreamBox receiver, a list is available in the BlackBerry World description; you can control your box with your device instead of the remote control. Once you've installed the web interface plugin on your receiver without password protection, connect your BlackBerry to the same network, select your receiver in settings, and then use the on-screen controls. You can purchase this application for $2.99.

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Ultimate Robot Fighting by Reliance Games

Fans of robot fighting will be sure to get a kick out of this game. The goal is to build your roster of larger than life robots, upgrade them, and then have them battle various opponents in the arena. The controls are rather easy, for example in one match you can tap three times for a light attack and then swipe for a heavy attack, and yes I admit the combat style is simple. However, what this does have is great animations and visuals, plays well, and is a free app, though there are in-app purchases. The application is available to download from the Amazon Appstore.

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Emoticons Book Pro by TPSoft

Sometimes there is nothing like an emoticon to express how you feel or inject a little something extra into the conversation. This application contains over 1,000 emoticons, emoji, kamoji to do just that. With a quick tap, you can update your status, share to an email, BBM, or text, or mark one as a favorite. There is a free version that limits the number per category and the full version for $1.99.

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What You Might Have Missed

xFit WOD by bsmInnovation.com

CrossFit workouts is a core strengthening and conditioning program performed at a relatively high intensity. If you want to track your workouts and view the results then this native application accomplishes all that and more. The application allows users to add custom movements and track max weight achievements, view your progress over time with graphs, permits users to add your gyms RSS/ATOM feed, and lets you create your own custom WODs in addition to the 180+ preloaded ones. Available for devices running OS 10.3, you can grab this easy to use application for $1.99.

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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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For anyone who uses the third party Pushbullet client, BlackBullet, this is for you. Currently still in beta, the developer has been steadily working on the app, pushing updates and improving the app. There has beena couple since our last article on BlackBullet and now there's another one that has been pushed out.

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CES Day 3 roundup

CES Day 3 roundup

The later you get into CES, the weirder it gets, and CES 2015 has been no exception to that rule. After the surprise revelation that Audi had an LG webOS smartwatch we had to wonder what else there could possibly be. Turns out there was still plenty of weird to be found at CES.

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BlackBerry Classic now available from WIND Mobile

BlackBerry Classic now available from WIND Mobile

WIND Mobile has been pretty great about keeping potential BlackBerry Classic buyers in the loop about the device's availability on their network with the most recent update claiming 'very soon'. Well, they meant it because the BlackBerry Classic has now arrived on WIND and is showing available through their online storefront. If you're looking to grab one, you can do so for $499 outright or take on a WINDTab with the following offers.

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Ultimate Backup receives a major update to increase functionality

While there is several backup apps available in BlackBerry World, during the festive app giveaway one of the apps given away was Ultimate Backup, so I decided to download it and give it a go. At the time I downloaded it, it was a pretty solid app with a ton of options but now the company behind it, Runisoft, has pushed out a pretty major update to increase functionality.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen - The brand is here to stay

Following the announcements from BlackBerry at CES 2015, Liz Claman from Fox Business News caught up with BlackBerry CEO John Chen to discuss the Internet of Things, the BlackBerry brand and security and how he can get everyone to go back to BlackBerry.

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