Will you be buying a BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition?

The day has arrived. After months of rumors and speculation, the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is now official and ready to roll out to those who have been patiently waiting for the full details. Kevin has already given it a look in his hands-on video and we've loaded up a nice photo gallery showing off the device, plus we have a special offer in place through the CrackBerry Canada store for folks who want one to call their own as soon as possible. But the ultimate question we're asking here, now that it's all out there and everyone can see how great the device really looks, will you be buying one? Let us know!

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BlackBerry officially announces the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

Just in case you couldn't tell from our hands-on video, store promo and photo gallery, BlackBerry has now officially announced the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition. With a refined design and featuring an awesome looking silver finish, the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition sets itself apart from the other Passport variations.

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Drop what you're doing and hit PLAY on the video above! I was fortunate to get my hands on the newly announced BlackBerry Passport SILVER Edition a little early, so took it to the new KM studio to give it a proper debut for CrackBerry Nation (complete with vintage table slap at the end!).

Be sure to watch the video for some deep thoughts, and check out our photo gallery for lots of great photos of the new Silver Edition and you can also see how it compares to the standard issue Passport. As an official launch partner with BlackBerry for the Silver Edition, our CrackBerry Canada store also lined up a heck of a deal - if you order the Silver Edition you will receive $130 in FREE Silver Edition accessories. Considering the Silver Edition is just $50 more than the original Passport, it's a great deal.

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Order the new BlackBerry Passport SILVER Edition from CrackBerry Canada and receive $130 in FREE accessories!

The BlackBerry Passport SILVER Edition here and CrackBerry is happy to be one of BlackBerry's official launch partners. In fact, CrackBerry is the only launch partner right now for the Silver Edition outside of ShopBlackBerry's own store for a limited time. Remember, this luxurious Passport won't be hitting any carriers - it's an unlocked phone that you need to buy direct.

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition photo gallery

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition photo gallery

Now that the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition has been announced officially, we can show you all some better images of the device up close and personal. Unlike some of the early images, which never really show off a device in the best light, these photos really highlight the high quality finishes that BlackBerry used on the Passport Silver Edition to make it, arguably, the most striking version of the BlackBerry Passport available. I'd even go so far as to say even these photos don't really do the device justice because it's absolutely beautiful in person.

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Skyward-Warning-BBW

It's pretty unheard of that we steer people away from downloading an application/game from BlackBerry World, but in this case I thought that it was well worth doing exactly that. Let me explain.....

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Sprint brings some new faces on board in executive shakeup

Sprint has announced a slight executive shakeup today, bringing in former Telstra exec Tarek Robbiati as its new CFO, and Günther Ottendorfer as its COO of technology. The shakeup will also see Sprint's Chief Network Officer, John Saw, promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Sprint is clearly looking to bring a fresh outlook on its strategy in the competitive mobile space with some new faces. Speaking on Robbiati's new position as CFO, Sprint emphasized his track record for transformation at his previous posts:

During his time in senior operating and finance roles at FlexiGroup, Telstra International Group, CSL Limited and Orange Plc., he helped to successfully transform these companies, reorganizing them, refining their strategy and making the choices that strengthened them and positioned them to grow.

Similarly, Sprint is hoping that Ottendorfer will help the company successfully expand its wireless network:

Sprint has been making substantial progress in delivering a network with the reliability, capacity and speed customers demand. Ottendorfer, in his capacity leading the Technology Office, will lead the company's efforts to build on that progress by deploying the next generation of its wireless network. This will capitalize on Sprint's rich spectrum portfolio, increasing coverage and capacity by significantly densifying the company's network.

With the new executives coming on board just ahead of Sprint's quarterly earnings report tomorrow, August 4, it seems likely the company may be pre-empting some bad news. In any case, it will be interesting to see how this pans out, and if we see any notable shifts in strategy to deal with Sprint's most immediate threat, T-Mobile.

Source: Sprint

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Marine Assistant lets you track shipping vessels from your smartphone, receives an update to v8.0

Marine Assistant is a vessel tracking app. We first wrote about it in one of our weekly app round ups last year (2014) and it has seen many updates since then. The latest update is now at v8.0, and it brings about a handful of new features, as one would expect. Obviously not an app you would use daily but something that can come in handy at times. Of course, if you have an interest in things maritime or work in the field, this app would appeal to you more.

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BlackBerry Classic owners really love using the trackpad

We recently ran a poll asking whether Classic owners made use of the trackpad which is one of the main features of the BlackBerry Classic. I was curious to know what others thought as I had received various responses from within my BBM contacts, and most of them said they didn't use it all that much. After looking at the results and going through all the comments, it's quite a mixed bag of results.

Just over half of those who responded use the trackpad on their Classic all the time, while another 20% just use if for text selection. And a fair amount of users hardly use it or forget that it's there - a response I would usually get from other users.

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

UPDATE A previous version of this article noted it being a German retailer. That was incorrect. It's a Swiss site. Apologies for the error.

Just in case the previously leaked images along with the media gallery going live on the BlackBerry website wasn't enough to convince you the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is close to being announced officially, online Swiss retailer PCP, has posted up some details highlighting the device. This time around, we get a look at some possible pricing as well some further confirmation of the specs.

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AT&T

Now that AT&T has had its acquisition of DirecTV approved by the FCC, the US carrier has cemented plans on offering new bundles, providing customers with a selection of TV and wireless packaged plans. These new packages start from $50 a month, but you'll be able to grab a $10 discount if combining a new plan with a wireless subscription.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BBMX

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BBMX

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live? If so, you can now watch the video or download the audio for playback. This week we talk a little about the Duff McKagan & BlackBerry Work Creative campaign, as well as Gartner and WatchDox. If that's enough for, we also dip into the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition news and of course, 10 Years of BlackBerry Messenger. Settle in and enjoy!

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For the past few years we've trawled through BlackBerry World and rounded up a handful of fitness apps for you (here and here). And so we've browsed again for 2015. We're slap bang in the middle of summer - even though the stormy weather I can hear outside my window as I write begs to differ. You might already be in full swing of your summer workout activities but for those still looking maybe these apps are just what you're looking for.

I've tried to avoid choosing apps we've had in any of our previous fitness round ups and of course, we welcome any suggestions you may have. Just searching the word fitness in BlackBerry World presents you with many apps, so I've tried picking out the ones that give you the best function or feature, as well as mixing them up in what they have to offer. Continue on to discover five fitness apps for BlackBerry 10.

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Welcome to Mobile Nations Weekly: your window into the week in mobile tech and life.

You can expect this to hit every week: the latest and greatest from the past week in technology and mobile life from across Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Central, and more! If there was any week to get this started, this week was the one it — we've got major releases of hardware and software from multiple manufacturers. All of this is setting the stage for the coming months (and in some cases years) in mobile technology, so it's an exciting time for fans of smartphones, tablets, and all manner of gadgets.

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BBM 10 Years

Today, August 1, officially marks BBM's 10th birthday and to help celebrate the occasion BlackBerry has been highlighting some key moments from BBM history and offering up a free special BBM sticker pack but we wanted to celebrate as well with our readers, so with some help from BlackBerry, we've put together 10 BBM prize packs to give away to readers such as yourself! What's in the packs? Glad you asked.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for August 1st, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Hope you all had a fantastic week. Another month is coming to a close and what better way to end it but with another edition of the Roundup! At least I think so but you be the judge of that. As we end the week let's recap what transpired in since we last met. First, let us being with rock legend Duff McKaganwith and how he uses his BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 to keep things organized. Next, we have the upcoming ten year anniversary of my favorite application BBM which is August 1st. Finally, we there is another episode of BerryFlow Upstream Live to listen to for more BlackBerry news.

Now it's 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.

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

While we've been posting about the BlackBerry 'Oslo' and 'Dallas' for a while now, it's looking as though we'll soon finally be getting some official news surrounding the device. A new image posted up at BlackBerry10 FR shows off the Silver Edition branding the BlackBerry seemingly will roll with upon announcement. As we already know from previous leaks, the Silver Edition isn't a drastic departure from the original BlackBerry Passport or even the AT&T BlackBerry Passport as it shares all the same specs, but it does offer a new twist on the Passport design.

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ReadItNow

If ReadItNow is your go-to Pocket client on BlackBerry 10, you're going to want to load up BlackBerry World and ensure you have the latest version installed as the app was recently updated. This release, noted as v7.1.0, brings quite a few improvements overall as well as some changes in how the app operates.

Most notably, ReadItNow includes the new Read Out service for reading articles aloud plus, it includes support for FeedMinder RSS links as well as Russian language support. If that's not enough, ReadItNow also includes a server that will help you save some bandwidth off your data plan by reducing the size of images for download.

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Helium is a handy lightweight text editor for editing on the go

If you work with text files daily perhaps you'd like to take a look at Helium - which stands for Highlight Editor with LIght-weight rUntime environMent. So, basically it is a text editor with support for many file types. It has gone through many tweaks and changes in the time I've been preparing for this article, so it's an app that has very good support.

You can create files right from within the app, and you can also open existing files. Just navigate to the file from within File Manager, tap it and it opens up in Helium. From there you can start editing straight away. When in edit mode, it uses different colored text to highlight different parts of code, as you would get with many desktop text editors, so that's always handy at a glance. You can then Run the file to see a preview of it.

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BBM cake

As we mentioned earlier, August 1 marks BBM's 10th birthday and to celebrate the occasion BlackBerry has been taking a look back at the origins of the app as well as recapping some highlights from the 10 years BBM has been available. As part of the celebrations, BlackBerry has now announced a new, free for a limited time sticker pack as well that has now arrived in the BBM Shop.

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