60 Minutes takes a look at NantHealth CEO Patrick Soon-Shiong and how he's shaking up the world of cancer

During the Forbes Healthcare Summit 2014 held on December 3rd and 4th, NantHealth CEO Patrick Soon-Shiong and BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down to discuss NantHealth's new app that will allow doctors to view genomes via a secure phone such as a BlackBerry Passport. In that interview, it was mentioned 60 Minutes would be further featuring NantHealth and CEO Patrick Soon-Shiong. That episode has now aired and offers up an interesting look at how the richest man in Los Angeles is shaking up the world of cancer treatment with some help from BlackBerry.

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Chances are that if you are an Instagram user and are also rocking a BlackBerry 10 device you will quite likely be using the third party application iGrann. With both a free and paid (Pro) edition it's certainly my app of choice for getting my Instagram fix.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for December 5, 2014

BlackBerry App Roundup for December 5, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Not only is this the end of the week but it's also early into a brand new month. The only reason I mention that small fact is that this means we are even closer to the launch of the BlackBerry Classic. Less than two weeks remain until the launch and I am certainly looking forward to it. Also notable this week are the unboxing videos of the White and Red BlackBerry Passport.

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.

Phone Tag by Toysoft Development

Over the years, I'm sure we all accumulated a vast array of phone numbers in our contact list. Some of these numbers we use on a regular basis while others are ones we only use every now and again. For business users who prefer not to clutter up their address book or wish to keep their personal work contacts separate there is this simple and effective productivity tool. It allows users the ability to tag calls, essentially separating them from the contacts application, but still granting them the option to call, text, and email them later. For instance, if you send or receive a call to an unknown number you can tag and save the contact within the application, including email address). From here, you can leave the contact in the application or have the choice of saving to the contacts application. There are additional options including a backup or restore and integration with BlackBerry Maps and Google Maps. If there are contacts who you do not wish to add to your address book but still wish to communicate with then this comes in handy for $1.99 for BlackBerry 10.

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Silent Keys by CellNinja

Going back to my first BlackBerry, the Curve 8310, I have to admit I loved the sound of the keyboard. However, there are moment where you do not wish to disturb those around you. This is where Silent Keys comes into play. As a virtual keyboard for physical keyboard devices, it eliminates the clicking noise as you type. Whether you are typing a text, email or even BBM you simply type in your text in the area provided of the application. When you are finished, text can be quickly shared or copied from within the application to any other. There is a brief tutorial on how to use if you have any questions. This application comes with several features including dark and bright them, emoticon support, several keyboard layouts/languages, special characters support, and customizable keyboard size. Silent Keys is a handy application for keyboard only devices for $0.99.

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Gazzet by Justin Mitchell

Recently a brand new social feeds, and news reader hit the storefront. This minimalistic app, offers a convenient way of catching up on all your news from Twitter and Reddit. I have to say this is a promising start by the developer who is working on incorporating Feedly, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Hub Integration and Notifications into the application. For now, Gazzet is a native application that is beautiful laid out with animations and gestures. For instance, with a quick swipe over a particular tweet you can reply, favorite and retweet. In addition, by going into the side menu you can sort by popularity or time and refresh your feed. The application is $1.99 to purchase for BlackBerry 10. I am certainly looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

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Unolingo by Equazi Enterprises LLC

If you cannot tell by now, I tend to get obsessed over puzzle games. One game that I discovered in the Amazon Appstore is Unolingo. Dubbed as crosswords without clues it is a rather difficult and frustrating game whereby you are presented with a 10x 10 grid without clues and 26 empty squares with which you must precisely place each letter in the alphabet, once and only once. There are four difficulty levels and 160 puzzles to choose from, and it takes time and patience to be able to complete the puzzle. It's fun, frustrating, and at times extremely challenging. Unolingo can be purchased for $4.99.

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GoodPlayer Pro by Hustmobile Inc.

Going through the forums, I came across this application and saw how a member worked with the developer on bringing it to the BlackBerry platform. So I thought I would give it a spin being that I have several videos on my device going back years. This Android port gives users the features, including playback for various formats, which comes with the standard player as well as extra capabilities not normally found. Once you point the application to the appropriate video folders on your device or SD card it wills can your library and add all compatible files to the list (i.e. Files that are DRM protected will not load). GoodPlayer also sports a built-in UPnP client, folder playback support, support for Blu-Ray pgs and mkv embedded subtitles, DVD .iso playback, a WebDAV client, streaming playback, and HTTP and HTTPS support. There is a free version with ads and a paid version without ads for $4.99 that supports all BlackBerry 10 devices running OS 10.2.1 and higher.

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What You Might Have Missed

Traffic Monitor with Speedtest by RadioOpt GmbH

On the lookout for an application to track your internet speeds? This free application, with no ads, lets users monitor their network coverage on their smartphone. It tests for 3G/4G/WiFi networks including upload, download, and ping speed. All of the tests performed are saved and can be accessed at any time. It's a handy little application for tracking your speeds and is a no fuss no muss one with its plain and simple interface. Available for all BlackBerry 10 handsets be sure to give it a try.

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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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Catch the replay of the application infrastructure for BES12 webcast

If you missed out on the application infrastructure for BES12 webcast on December 4th, you can now catch the replay of the event on your own time.

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AT&T sign

Recent anecdotal evidence of throttling AT&T data speeds on unlimited LTE plans have been confirmed by spokespeople, despite regulatory pressure to eliminate the practice. AT&T users with those subscriptions are still being automatically throttled after they hit 5 GB of usage. This change can be as dramatic as a dip from 23 Mbps to 0.1 Mbps until the end of the billing cycle.

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The perfect BlackBerry Z10 leather holsters are on sale today for just $12.95!

The stylish CrackBerry branded leather horizontal case is made of a fine, durable leather that features a magnetic closure and a fixed belt clip on the back to secure to your belt, pocket or purse. This case gives you and your BlackBerry device a sleek, professional look while keeping it safe from drops and scratches at the same time. Get yours in black, red or white today and save 57%

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen sits down with Bloomberg Studio 1.0 for candid interview

Back in July, Bloomberg Television's Emily Chang got to sit down with BlackBerry CEO John Chen for a rather wide-ranging and candid interview. Portions of the interview were posted by Bloomberg previously but as part of Bloomberg Studio 1.0, the full twenty minute interview has now been made available.

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BlackBerry preparing new accessories for Passport and Classic

When the BlackBerry Passport was announced, it was noted to be coming with a rich ecosystem of accessories and while BlackBerry has thus far done a good job of getting the basics out such as the hard shell case, screen protectors as well as the leather flip case, that's pretty much where it has ended. That seems to be changing though as some new accessories for both the Passport and Classic have started to appear such as OEM charging docks and leather swivel holsters, some of which are available right now and for pre-order in our own Shop CrackBerry Canada store.

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NantHealth CEO Patrick Soon-Shiong discusses viewing Genomes on the BlackBerry Passport

The Forbes Healthcare Summit 2014 kicked off on December 3rd and today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen along with NantHealth CEO Patrick Soon-Shiong took the stage to discuss NantHealth's new app that will allow doctors to view genomes via a secure phone such as a BlackBerry Passport. Earlier, Soon-Shiong had tweeted he was excited about an upcoming joint announcement with BlackBerry but didn't really elaborate on the matter, but according to the video we should be hearing more come Sunday during a 60 Minutes broadcast with a full announcement arriving at CES in Las Vegas.

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Oregon Senator introduces bill to thwart government snooping in phones, PCs

Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that would prohibit the U.S. government from mandating backdoor access into the smartphones and computers of Americans. The bill comes after the FBI engaged in a standoff with tech giants like Apple and Google over the use of encryption software on newer phones. Law enforcement officials cite public safety as a concern and claim that having backdoor access could help in criminal investigations.

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BES10 Hosted wins Enterprise Service of the Year in Best in Biz Awards

Following up the win of the BlackBerry Z30 in the Consumer Product of the Year category of the Best in Biz Awards 2014 International, BlackBerry has struck gold again. This time the win came by way of BES10 Hosted, which has been named Enterprise Service of the Year in Best in Biz Awards 2014.

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So So Happy BBM stickers now available in the BBM Shop

While a lot of the stickers that appear in the BBM shop are familiar from such things as movies and cartoons, every now and then a pack arrives that serves a greater purpose and such is the case with the latest arrival from So So Happy Studios.

At SO SO Happy Studio, our greatest joy comes from creating crazy, quirky characters and thinking of random fun things that make us happy. Our Mission: Stomp out bullying, embrace individuality, build self-confidence & inspire acceptance among all beings... and make cool stuff! Our greatest hope is that our little world of wonder and weirdness will encourage people to believe in themselves, embrace their individuality, to approach each day as a gift, and to never miss and opportunity to practice love, respect and kindness. We contribute 10% of profits to organizations that support kids in crisis.

SO SO Happy offers a wide array of products such as clothing, books, posters and more with their quirky and fun monsters all over them and now, they're hoping to take over BBM as well. For $1.99 you can grab the full sticker pack which offers several of the creatures to use. They're cute, funny and 10% of all profits go to a good cause. You can check out more images below or grab the full pack right here.

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Verizon shares plans for LTE Advanced in 2015

Verizon's Mike Haberman today detailed a number of improvements coming to the carrier's LTE network next year. In short, the carrier in red will be rolling out carrier aggregation, adding more coverage for VoLTE, and continuing to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE.

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday shopping can be tough, we know. Finding the best gift for your loved ones can be a pain, but we're here to help. This is the Mobile Nations 2014 Holiday Gift Guide so we can help you find the perfect gift for every name on your list. And this doesn't have to be for just that special someone — it's perfectly okay to get a little something special for yourself too. You've earned it.

So as we roll into the biggest and craziest shopping and gift-giving season of the year, it's time to find out what should be on your wish list — and what's on everybody else's lists. So let's dive right in to the Mobile Nations 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the very best gifts for everybody from the writer and the student to the home automator and the businessman.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Journal Cases are on sale today for just $9.95!

With a genuine leather exterior, chrome inset logo and elastic closure, the BlackBerry PlayBook Journal Case gets full marks for both style and convenience. A soft microfiber lining with a customized shell holds your device in place while you're using it and leaves access to all your ports and buttons. Get yours today and save 83% while supplies last

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Just a quick heads up for you BlackBerry 10 users that like to 'Snapchat'. The third party app 'Snap10 - Send Snaps' has received a small update this week. There's no new features with this release - it's all about bug fixes, which makes for a better app experience all round.

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When it comes to speed testing applications we're not spoilt for choice on BlackBerry 10. The most popular one worldwide is an Android app and that can be loaded onto your BlackBerry 10 device if you so wish.

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BlackBerry Travel for BlackBerry 10 updated with 'additional device support'

A new update to BlackBerry Travel has now landed in BlackBerry World and while it doesn't appear to have any huge changes, it's still a good idea to check it out. The version will depend on which device you're actually running but the according to the change log, the update includes support for additional devices, which to me essentially means it now has proper support for the upcoming BlackBerry Classic. In any case, the update is live now so go grab it and give it a run through. If you're not seeing it, don't fret. You might already have the additions in the build you're running.

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Thanks, David!

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Verizon begins testing 4G LTE on 3G spectrum

After having announced that it would repurpose portions of its 3G spectrum to operate the faster 4G LTE protocol sometime in 2015, it looks like the Verizon has begun the conversion process and is testing these plans in select markets. Verizon would not give specifics about the test markets right now, but it is reported that Verizon is at least starting its trial of operating LTE on some of its 3G spectrum in New York.

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