Amazon matching ShopBlackBerry sale prices on the BlackBerry Passport

Earlier we let you know that ShopBlackBerry had posted up their Valentine's Day sale on the BlackBerry Passport, but it seems as though that's not the only place to get the deal. If you live in the U.S. and would prefer to order your device from Amazon, you're in luck. They've now matched the pricing on Amazon.com, so you have the option of ordering from ShopBlackBerry or Amazon.

Sadly, it seems it only applies to Amazon.com though, Canadians still have to use ShopBlackBerry. Both the black and the white versions of the Passport are on sale for just $499, while the red version is currently $599 during this event.

Purchase your BlackBery Passport for $100 off from Amazon

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New BBM beta brings picture sharing in groups, read receipt for file transfers

Although the majority of users won't be able to take advantage of this one just yet, a new limited BBM beta has been released to the BlackBerry Beta Zone that brings with it some new features for groups and file transfers.

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Subway icon set

If you're building an app one of the key elements of that app is the icons you use and, of course, you always want those to look good as they help end-users navigate their way and make your app look great. You could have the best app in the world, if it looks like crap, no one will care.

One icon set often seen in BlackBerry 10 apps is Subway from Pixle which was previously offered through their site for free in PNG but other formats required a fee of $9.99. Pixle has changed that up a bit now and has begun offering the 306 icon pack optimized for mobile devices on Github for free which includes SVG, XALM, PSD, AI and EPS formats.

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Valentine's Day Apps and Games sale

It's almost Valentine's Day and to help celebrate the occasion BlackBerry is hosting a Valentine's Day Apps and Game sale through BlackBerry World where several of both have been reduced in price. The apps will vary depending on your location, device (and OS) but there's plenty to choose from including some favorites.

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Snap v3 Beta 2 now available for download

Snap v3 Beta 2 now available for download

Although the announcement of a new release on Tuesday hit some snags, Red Light of Love has now been updated and you'll find Snap v3 beta 2 now available for download and it's packed with quite a few changes even from the previous release. Looking for the change log? Jump below and have a look for yourself.

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Buy a BlackBerry Passport and save $100 from now until Feb. 16

BlackBerry is selling the unlocked black, white and red versions of the BlackBerry Passport for $100 less in a special online Valentine's Day sales promotion. The sales event will end on Monday. Feb. 16.

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Work Wide

A new update to Work Wide has now landed in BlackBerry World and it's one I'm sure a lot of folks will appreciate. After the initial launch of the app for the BlackBerry Passport, many people requested that the app make the transition to other BlackBerry 10 smartphones and that's exactly what this version brings, along with some improvements for those already running the app. We've got a list of both the major and minor changes so have a look.

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Receive 50% off this 2-pack of anti-glare screen protectors today for BlackBerry Z10

Tru Protection has utilized the highest grade materials and cutting-edge technology to create a screen film worthy of protecting your BlackBerry Z10. Equipped with a high-gloss crystal finish that's specially formulated for the display, installation is simple with an innovative static cling adhesive and a precise die-cut fit. Yours today for only $9.95

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Inst4gran-Beta-Hero

For you BlackBerry 10 Instagram users that have been testing out Insta10, the latest third party app to grace the BlackBerry Beta Zone, you'll be interested to hear about the most recent update, which not only brings us more fixes, but also a brand new name.

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Modern Combat 5: Blackout arrives on BlackBerry World

Modern Combat 5: Blackout arrives on BlackBerry World

Looking for a first-person shooter game for your BlackBerry 10 smartphone? Well, Gameloft might have just what you're looking for via Modern Combat 5: Blackout, which has now arrived on BlackBerry World. The story begins in Venice, Italy where Phoenix, the main character of the game, is sent on a special operation to secure a transport of WMDs from a particularly well-armed terrorist group and from there, takes players on a 'globe-trotting adventure'.

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Telegram

Back in November of last year, we let you all know about a developer contest being held by Telegram wherein they would be giving away in total $50,000 to bring their cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app to the BlackBerry 10 platform. That contest is now over and two developers won the first prize of $10,000 each while another four developers won the second prize, $5,000 each. So who won and what are their apps? Well Telegram has posted the results and we have the rundown below so have a look.

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Hands-on with SketchBook for BlackBerry 10

Hands-on with SketchBook for BlackBerry 10

Not too long ago we took a look at SketchBook which provides users a way to create their own beautiful drawings and sketches on their BlackBerry. It does so by providing them with a variety of tools, including different pens and palettes, with which you can express your thoughts and ideas in a quick and efficient manner.

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QNX to showcase products at Embedded World 2015

QNX to showcase products at Embedded World 2015

Embedded World 2015 takes place in Nuremberg, Germany on February 24 - 26th and QNX will be there to showcase their technology through customer products for medical, automotive, the home and more. The list below highlights what all will be featured at the event, but keen eyes will notice the fact QNX plans to showcase a brand new QNX product in an automotive demo with Texas Instruments.

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David Kleidermacher joins BlackBerry as Chief Security Officer

BlackBerry has now announced they've signed on David Kleidermacher as Chief Security Officer where he will oversee security-specific research, product development and be in charge of BlackBerry's product certification and approval program. Mr. Kleidermacher most recently served as Chief Technology Officer at Green Hills Software. He holds patents and patents pending in the areas of software development tools, mobile security and IoT technology.

"David is an outstanding addition to our best-in-class security team, and he will help extend BlackBerry's gold standard of security as we work with customers to meet new cybersecurity challenges," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry. "In particular, David's knowledge of securing the Internet of Things and embedded systems will be invaluable as we execute on our strategy and continue to expand our management of the world's mobile endpoints."

According to the post on the Inside BlackBerry blog introducing David, during his time at Green Hills, he led the team that developed the company's market-leading INTEGRITY high reliability real-time operating system that was ultimately certified by the NSA at EAL6+ High Robustness Common Criteria SKPP — the highest security level ever achieved for an operating system. It was also certified by the FAA.

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Stickers-++-Hero

If you're a big fan of BBM Stickers and would like to share stickers within other apps you've come to the right place. Stickers++ does just that and we've 2000 copies going free if you want to give it a go.

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Snap v3 sees over 11,000 downloads in the first 24 hours

With Snap v3 now out in beta form, the developer has decided to drop a note sharing some of the statistics on downloads 24 hours after its release. According to a new blog post over at Red Light of Love, Snap v3 was downloaded over 11,000 (11,500 to be precise) times and there was over 200 emails generated from user feedback.

The first beta of Snap v3 brought an overwhelming response from the BlackBerry community! There were over 11,500 downloads of the new beta and over 200 feedback emails. I'm so grateful to have such a supportive community of testers. With such a response from the community, I must answer back with a new beta build!

As noted, Snap v3 Beta 2 will be released Tuesday (2/10) night, with a few important bug fixes so we'll let you all know when that is available for download. Needless to say, those numbers are pretty impressive. Have you downloaded the latest build? If not, get to it.

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2267 autoloaders now available for download

If you follow OS leak news, then chances are you already have this OS loaded and can move on about your business. However, if you're not as familiar with loading OS leaks or decided that the process of loading OS 10.3.1.2267 without the help of autoloaders was just too much hassle then this is the post for you.

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Qualcomm

Qualcomm has now confirmed a previous report from this morning that it has entered into a settlement with the government of China's National Development and Reform Commission to settle an antitrust dispute. The amount of the settlement will be 6.088 billion Chinese Yuan Renminbi, or about $975 million.

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ShopBlackBerry drops pricing on the BlackBerry Z30

ShopBlackBerry drops pricing on the BlackBerry Z30

Update - And just like that, pricing has returned back to normal. If you missed out this time, keep watching for next time. Seems they randomly like to drop prices and we don't often know how long it will last.

Are you still looking to get your hands on a BlackBerry Z30 but haven't yet pulled the trigger? If so, now might be a great time to do so as ShopBlackBerry has dropped the pricing for an unknown amount of time. Americans can grab the device in white or black for only $224 while Canadians can pick one up in white or black for only $274. Each device comes carrier unlocked, so you won't have to worry about being locked to any one carrier. Just keep in mind, these are GSM devices and will not work on Verizon or Sprint. You can head on over to ShopBlackBerry to place your orders right now.

Source: ShopBlackBerry

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