BlackBerry Classic caught posing for the camera

BlackBerry Classic caught posing for the camera

So, you're not a fan of the BlackBerry Passport and have been waiting to hear more about the BlackBerry Classic? Good news! It would seem as though now that the Passport is getting closer to availability, we're starting to see just a bit more of the Classic sneak and the device has been caught posing a bit for the camera.

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BlackBerry Passport marketing ramps up in Canada with full page newspaper ad

Marketing. It's a key thing to do when you're looking to sell smartphones and if you're a BlackBerry fan, there's a pretty good chance you've found yourself wondering why BlackBerry doesn't do more of it, especially when it comes time to launch a new device. The BlackBerry Passport launch is just around the corner and once again, many folks were wondering whether or not BlackBerry would drive any marketing for the device in order to help sell it.

The answer to that? Well, after today that certainly appears to be the case. After having set up their initial registration page inviting potential buyers to register for more info about the BlackBerry Passport through social media and email, BlackBerry has now taken out a full page newspaper ad throughout Canada that not only invites readers to learn more about the BlackBerry Passport but it also serves as a message that BlackBerry is back and they mean business.

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BlackBerry App Roundup for September 5, 2014

Howdy CrackBerry nation! Another exciting week has come to pass on the blogs this week but where to begin? In the last few days we have seen BlackBerry announce launch events in Toronto, London, and Dubai for the Passport, blurry images of the BlackBerry P'9983 'Khan', and an informative interview with John Chen on how BlackBerry is more than a smartphone manufacturer. If you have not had a chance to read the full article, I highly suggest you find a few moments to go through it. Last, but certainly not least, is our Win a FREE BlackBerry Passport contest where one lucky winner will get their hands on the latest and greatest BlackBerry device. So be sure to head on over and enter now!

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 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.

Open Radio by David Jones II

As someone who loves listening to music, I saw this interesting app for listening to internet radio stations in the forums and decided to give it a go. What this application does is allow you to open an internet radio station from a homescreen icon, active text, or within the application itself. All you have to do is enter in the name and internet URL of the radio station stream and make a shortcut. You can either access from the list within the app or create a desktop shortcut. There is a built-in timer for skipping commercials or to have it stop at a certain time for when you want to fall asleep listening to your favorite tunes. Being able to find the internet radio urls can be difficult as the application itself does not search for it. However, I located a few sites such as Radionomy that provides the web address and was up and running in a matter of minutes. Open Radio is $.99 and available for all BlackBerry 10 handhelds.

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Internet Share (SOCKS5) by Rion Carter

Our next selection provides a SOCKS5 proxy to your Windows PC via USB Cable. What this does is allow you to share your internet (data connection) from your BlackBerry to your PC. All you have to do is plug your BlackBerry into your computer via the USB cable, install the application, start the server, and then configure your web browser to use the SOCKS host. It's really that simple and another way of accessing the internet on your computer if you do not have WiFi. You can grab this application for free for BlackBerry 10. For those who still have unlimited data you will certainly make use of this capability especially if your carrier charges you a fee for tethering.

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Bookmark Pro by Sasha Kanthan

From the developer that brought you Usage Pro and Backup Pro comes this useful productivity application. Bookmark Pro does not have the ability to access or modify your existing bookmarks in the native browser. What it does provide users with is a There are two modes to sort your bookmarks by: Launchpad, and Reading list. The Launchpad section is for quick access to those sites you use every day and can be sorted alphabetically, manually, or by frequency of use. The reading list offers a way to preserve links to websites you wish to bookmark but do not visit often or to finish reading a link at a later time. What I like about this application is how simple and easy it is to create your bookmarks either from within the application or by using the share function in the native browser. In addition, there is an option to create a thumbnail for your bookmark either with the website image or create your own custom one from your library. There are additional features as well such as being able to export bookmarks to a text file, reset, backup/restore, and changing the theme from dark to light. This native application is $2.99 to purchase and offers a simple and intuitive interface for BlackBerry 10.

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Montezuma Puzzle Premium by the Oak Team

As a child, one of the most addictive games my family and I played constantly was Tetris. Hours were spent staring at that intriguing puzzle game trying to fit all of the pieces into place to clear the rows and not make a mistake. This game may not be the same per se, but it does utilize those same puzzle pieces. Instead of clearing rows, it is your goal to arrange the puzzle shapes in the right pattern on the board. One would think this is a simple task but it is harder than it looks. There are over 100 unique patterns to arrange, unlimited hints, and Ancient Aztec Empire scenery. Some people may balk that you cannot flip or rotate the pieces but keep in mind there is only one solution to the puzzle with each piece fitting into a specific slot. For $.99 through the Amazon Appstore there is nothing wrong with a game you pick up and play with levels that get progressively more challenging. Montezuma is $.99 and I was able to play it on both my Z30 and Q10.

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PaperPusher Scanner by Enmilyard LLC

One of our readers last week suggested this application, so of course I jumped at the chance to try it out. This easy to use application lets you take a picture and transfer it into a PDF. You can scan documents, receipts, and articles with ease and turn your device into your own portable scanner in the process. It automatically corrects for perspective, enhances printed text, notes, and whiteboard photos and improves contrast, set paper size, margins, and image orientation, change PDF quality/file size and save individual pages as jpeg images. In addition, users may organize their scans by tagging them, add captions, use batch mode for multiple scans, and rearrange pages. If you need to scan something in a pinch then this full-featured application will get it done and let you share it instantly. It is compatible with all BlackBerry 10 devices and can be downloaded for $2.99.

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What You Might Have Missed

Angry Birds Stella by Rovio

What more is there to say about these games that hasn't already been said? The latest release in the Angry Birds saga still involves flinging physics fun but with Stella and her friends in their battle against the bad princess. After playing this game for a little bit, one thing you cannot help but be amazed by is the brilliant graphics that literally make your display pop. Combine that with smooth gameplay, over 120 levels, and new superpowers (including new ways to catapult those lovely birds), this certainly puts a new twist on the game. For more slingshot adventures, Angry Birds Stella is free to download.

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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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Parrot - Voice Recorder

We first took a look at the superb BlackBerry 10 voice recording application, Parrot, just over a year ago (on video) and although it's not an app I use myself very often I have to say that it's remained on my device ever since and potentially it should be on every business persons BlackBerry.

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Disney Pixar Collection and Baby Boop stickers arrive in the BBM Shop

I'm really starting to wonder just how much money BlackBerry is actually pulling in from adding stickers to BBM. It seems each week we get at least two brand new sticker packs for BBM and this week is no different.

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It looks like our favorite instant messaging app just received an update. It's not too big an update but it does seem like BlackBerry has made it simpler to attach photos. Currently, by default, when you tap the paper clip icon to attach a photo, the voice note option is selected. You then had to tap the picture icon to then get the option to attach one. Now, it defaults to attaching file or photos when you tap the paper clip icon.

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BlackBerry P'9983 'Khan' gets the blurry photo treatment

While we've already seen the highly-anticipated BlackBerry P'9983 "Khan" in various renders and photos, some more images have turned up today that reaffirm the device is real — even if the images are as fuzzy as can be.

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Deal of the Day: 67% off BlackBerry Flip Shell Case for Z30

Made from hand crafted, genuine leather the BlackBerry Z30 Flip Shell is designed to keep your display safe from scratches when you're not using it. The back polycarbonate shell replaces your stock battery cover but still allows NFC to work perfectly. Get your own today in either black or white for just $14.95!

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Hot off the press - the latest offering from Rovio is now in BlackBerry World so you Angry Birds addicts can enjoy the new saga, this time with Stella. I've not had the chance to play it as of yet so watch out for our review in the coming days. I think it's safe to say this one will be kick-ass though!

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If you're looking for an app to track your expenses, MyAccountant is an app a lot of people recommend. You can categorize your expenses to make it easier to track, see your transaction history and even create recurring payments. It has featured in our back to school app roundup, twice, and has been receiving updates. It has just seen an update with a UI tweak, though the general layout is the same. It also has more business options added like a VAT, GST and Sales Tax calculator tool. Great to see more new features added. Definitely an app I continue to use regularly.

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Just a quick heads up for you folk that like to game on your BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Here in the UK, Amazon are offering up Down The Hatch as today's 'free app of the day'. Clearly, this may not be the case in your region, but it's worth checking as this ones pretty awesome.

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Reminder: BlackBerry hosting Amazon Developer Expert Q&A on Sept. 4th

This is just a little reminder for anyone interested in learning more about how the Amazon Appstore and apps will work on BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry will be hosting their Amazon Developer Expert Q&A on September 4, 2014 3:00:00 PM ADT. This is a follow up to the previous webinar held, which can be listened to here if you missed it and aims to address any challenges or questions developers may have had with bringing their BlackBerry app to the Amazon Appstore.

Did you have any challenges bringing your BlackBerry app to Amazon? We want to help you get them resolved and your app into the store. Attend this webcast to have all of your questions about the Amazon Appstore and Amazon Developer Program answered by the experts.

I think this one will be particularly interesting and worth a look simply based on some of the questions asked on the previous webcast that, as I understand it, will be answered this time around. Which questions? Well, topics on interest among those in attendance were: Many apps will install just fine, and run - but not with the full functionality as described. Will there be some eased up refund policy? How will apps that ask users to use widgets that aren't available on BlackBerry 10 be handled?

That's just a few examples of questions raised that will hopefully be further clarified on the upcoming webinar and they're questions I've had myself so, if you've not yet registered but want to know more then you can head on over to the registration page and get yourself signed up and tune in when the sessions go live.

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BlackBerry leaders heading to CTIA Super Mobility Week

Super Mobility Week is set to kick off at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on September 9, 10 & 11 in Las Vegas and BlackBerry has announced several sessions will include BlackBerry leaders and experts to discuss mobile innovations, connected life and what the future holds for all of us in those areas. Who will be attending? Well, BlackBerry has shared the full run down of sessions scheduled so have a look.

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Earlier this week I decided to ask the question if you use Skype on BlackBerry 10. If you missed the original post, I had the idea to run the poll as I very rarely use Skype even though it was one of those apps that before it was available, I was gagging for on BB10.

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Deal of the Day: BodyGuardz Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for BlackBerry Q10

What better way to shield against abrasions than with a quality screen guard that also reduces glare at the same time! The ultra-slim PET film reduces glare and fingerprints while providing a smooth touchscreen experience. Each package includes 2 protectors, available today for just $8.95!

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Shards

I realize that Amazon's free app of the day varies regionally and here in the UK I'm lucky enough to have picked this one up today for free, but I thought it was well worth sharing as it's pretty darn awesome.

I suspect there's won't be many BlackBerry 10 users that are not familiar with Brick Breaker - after all, we had it pre-loaded on legacy BlackBerry devices for years. Shards gives it a new modern twist and with a shed load of bonus items that drop from the bricks it spices things up very nicely.

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ISIS mobile payments service rebrands itself as Softcard

NFC payment service ISIS has unveiled their rebranding, Softcard. The joint payment venture bewteen Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile US announced earlier this year that they would change their name in order to avoid being associated with violence in the Middle East being perpetrated by a group that, at the time, went by ISIS.

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Automate your exercise rep count with Sportrate Workout

A lot of the sports tracking apps found in BlackBerry World are for those distance type sports, like running, cycling but not everyone does those types of activities. If you prefer push ups, sit ups, etc, then you'll want to check out Sportrate Workout. Sportrate already has a fitness tracking app, one very popular with BlackBerry 10 users, so it's nice to see them bring out another app catering to other types of workouts. We did write about the app when it first came out but we thought we'd take a closer look at the app and see if it's worth it.

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FaceQ

Recently while I was scanning through Android apps in the Snap store I came across FaceQ which instantly attracted my attention. FaceQ is a free application for creating avatars and I kind of like apps like that.

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With all eyes on IFA this week the UK's largest 4G network are kicking things of nice an early by announcing some restructuring with their Pay-As-You-Go offerings. As you'll see from the following press release EE have studied what PAYG users are after and have come up with some solutions which include 4G packs from just £1 per week.

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