Register for the Secure Enterprise Collaboration with WatchDox by BlackBerry webcast

Following up on their previous webcast, Introducing WatchDox and the ABC's of Secure File Sharing, BlackBerry has now announced they will be hosting another WatchDox webcast for those interested in learning more about the offerings.

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Here are our free case from ShopCrackBerry winners!

Keep your BlackBerry safe with a free case from ShopCrackBerry!

With over 900 entries in our 'win a free case from ShopCrackBerry' contest, the time to announce some winners has arrived. For this one, we decided to go ahead and pick three folks to win a case of their choice from ShopCrackBerry, where we have lots of cases to choose from. We have you covered with waterproof cases, hybrid cases as well as the timeless, classy originals such as the leather pouches to hold your phone. Who won their choice? Read on to find out.

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You heard right. Starting today, the folks at the ShopCrackBerry Canada store are offering 20% off absolutely everything.

There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day, whether it's rocking your favorite maple leaf tee, enjoying the local parade, or scooping up some sweet accessories for your BlackBerry device. Until midnight July 3, you can save 20% on a brand new case, charging dock, battery and much more by using coupon code: 7115 during checkout. We've got accessories for the hottest devices including the BlackBerry Classic, Z10, Passport, and Z30 that you shouldn't go without while they're on the cheap.

Take me shopping!

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Amazon Italy now taking pre-orders for the blue BlackBerry Classic

Remember at Mobile World Congress when it was announced the BlackBerry Classic would be coming in white, blue and bronze? Of course, you do. While some regions now have the white version, the blue and bronze versions have remained missing from release with the exception of the blue version appearing in at least one BlackBerry Execs hands. The wait might soon be over though if you're looking to get your hands on a blue one.

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Grab a Telus BlackBerry Q5 from Best Buy Canada for only $89.99

If you live in Canada and are looking to move into a new BlackBerry 10 device or are just looking to pick up a spare for those 'just in case' moments, Best Buy has a deal for you. Right now, up until July 2nd, you can pick up a TELUS branded BlackBerry Q5 from the retailer for only $89.99 contract free. Keep in mind, when unlocked it is compatible with most GSM networks in Canada including WIND.

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New Site Feature: Follow the CrackBerry content you care about and get notified of it instantly!

We are very excited to introduce Follow - a way to personalize your CrackBerry experience and get notified when new content is added. In addition to CrackBerry, the Follow feature is also available across our family of Mobile Nations properties, including Android Central, iMore, Windows Central and Connectedly.

We have built a system that is easy to use yet offers you maximum flexibility. You will now be able to follow:

  • Topics - Follow companies, devices, or any other topic such as Apple, Asus, Galaxy S6, Verizon, Google I/O
  • Authors - Follow your favorite writer, article, comments and forum posts
  • Members - Follow members to discover when they post new comments and forum posts
  • Article Comments - Follow an article's comment stream
  • Forum Posts - Follow a forum thread's post stream
  • Replies - Follow replies to your comments or forum threads you have participated in.

All of this activity will be displayed in a compact stream in the sidebar that appears when you tap on your user profile image at the top of the site (when logged in). If you follow content from more than one Mobile Nations site, it will aggregate the content from multiple sites into one single stream. We're also testing a "stickied" version of the follow stream as well as a full sized version. You can almost think of the full sized version being a customized homepage or dashboard showing you only the things you care about.

Follow is also the cornerstone of our new, much-requested notification system. For any of your follow activity, you can choose to get alerted using real-time push notifications via the Chrome web browser (both desktop and Android) and OS X Safari browser, or via instant emails. The same notifications will also be sent to upcoming releases of our popular apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and BlackBerry. With the plumbing for the Follow system now in place, we are also going to add new site features that give you further control over how you consume content, including Custom RSS feeds, Wildcard text search, and WebSockets for Follow Stream.

Be sure to watch the video above for a quick look at how it all works and be sure to give it a try. If you have any feedback or run into any issues, please report them on this Mobile Nations forum thread.

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BlackBerry pushes out a bug fix update for BBM

On Friday 26th, BBM was updated for BlackBerry, iOS and Android. A lot of people ran into issues with the update and today we see an update pushed out to fix those issues. If you have been having some problems with BBM since the update, it would be wise to update to this latest version.

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Passport

Europe has agreed a final proposal to scrap roaming charges altogether across the continent, as well as new rules on net neutrality. The extra charges applied to your account for using your mobile phone abroad will be scrapped by June 2017, although a fair use policy will be put in place.

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BBM Money users in Indonesia can now pay for goods and services online and in stores

While we're still waiting to hear some news about BBM Money for the U.S. and Canada, BlackBerry last week held an event to update media and the Android, BlackBerry and iOS communities in Indonesia on the latest additions to BBM Money that for the first time brings Instant Mobile Payments to users of the app on all major platforms and allows them pay for goods and services online and in stores – regardless of who they bank with.

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BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BTS

BerryFlow Upstream Podcast - BTS

Did you miss out on checking out BerryFlow Upstream live last night? If so, you can now watch the video or download the audio for playback. This week, we kept it all fairly short due to the fact we did a fairly long podcast last week on Wednesday after the BlackBerry Earnings report. For this one, we discuss the latest BBM, BBM Meetings updates and BBM Money updates, BlackBerry and MacKenzie Health and finally, BlackBerry Business Technology Solutions.

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A well known BlackBerry developer has just released an app in BlackBerry World today. CellNinja, who has brought us apps such as Hub2Watch and more, has released ProtectMe. It's a security app that adds an extra layer of protection above what BlackBerry Protect offers. It can do things such as lock your device if a connected Bluetooth device gets disconnected or if the Wi-Fi or any other network connection is turned off. The point being if you lost your device and someone tried to turn of the mobile network, your device would automatically become locked.

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It's been a while since we've featured BKU Software, but their apps have been popular on BlackBerry 10 since the OS was first launched. The three most popular are currently on sale until July 5th, 2015 so if you've been tempted before but put off the price you can now grab yourself a bargain.

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Here's a quick heads up for you Instagram users out there that like to use the third party app iGrann. The app has been updated for both the free and pro versions and while users may not see a bunch of new features, the update is important to coincide with the latest version of Instagram.

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BlackBerry offers a native app for saving passwords called Password Keeper but we love options and on alternative third party app comes in the form of KeePassB Password Manager. It is a native BlackBerry 10 app that uses the open source password manager KeePass. Like all password managers, you just need one master password that then allows you to access all your other passwords, allowing you to use complex passwords for your accounts.

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A look at the updated Privacy and Control BBM features

Yesterday, an update to BBM rolled out for BlackBerry, Android and iOS. The version had been running in BlackBerry Beta Zone for a while and now it is rolling out to everyone. There are a handful of new features to be found in this latest update from Private Chat to the ability to quote messages. We're going to be taking a closer look at these new features.

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If you're a Pocket user, you've probably already heard of ReadItNow! It's a third party client we've featured a few times here in the CrackBerry blog. It's one of my first top 5 apps installed whenever I get a new device or carry out a clean install on my BlackBerry 10 smartphone. This latest update brings us to v7.0 and with it comes some new additions. As well as your usual bug squashing fixes.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for June 26, 2015

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Are you all ready for the weekend? Between deadlines at work and blogging, I might be able to squeeze in some rest, but we'll see. This week was all about the Q1 Fiscal 2016 results that kickstarted a flurry of announcements. To name a few, there was the notice that BlackBerry and Cisco signed a broad patent cross-licensing agreement, a new appointee to the Board of Directors, and the announcement of the common share purchase program. To finish things off you should listen to the BerryFlow Upstream podcast on the earnings results as well as entering our contest to win a free case from ShopCrackBerry.

Now it's time to bring you this week's picks for all you 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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BBM adds Privacy and Control Subscription

The latest BBM update brings along with it a new subscription, Privacy and Control, which lets users have even more control over what they are sharing. Replacing Timed and Retracted Messages, Privacy and Control offers users some new features at the same $0.99 a month price tag.

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Mobile Nations Community Update, June 2015

Mobile Nations Community Update, June 2015

With June coming to a close, it's time again for the Mobile Nations Community Update! Keep reading as I take you on a quick tour around our network for all the latest from Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Central.

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