Throughout the years, developers have been able to turn our devices into strobe lights for incoming calls. Whether it was BBOS or BB10, it was a way of alerting us of an incoming call if when notifications were off, or the sound profile was set to silent. Another entry into this field is Flashcaller. This native application performs the same purpose as the ones that came before, only this time it is headless.

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Verizon introduces TravelPass, its new international plan

Verizon has introduced TravelPass, a new way for its customers to use their smartphones overseas at a more affordable cost. Under this new plan, customers will be able to use their data in Canada or Mexico for $2 per 24 hour period, or $10 per 24 hour period in more than 65 other countries.

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BlackBerry Priv to be available in Hong Kong mid-Nov

Pre-orders have already begun, but now BlackBerry has announced that the Priv will officially be available for consumers in mid-November for HK$6,488. The Priv will be available from a variety of retailers in Hong Kong, some of which include China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited, csl and 1O1O under CSL Mobile Limited, SmarTone and 3 Hong Kong as well as other authorized retailers.

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Our October $200 shopping spree winner and a new contest!

We know there are plenty of you out there that love CrackBerry and the community we have here, and we love you too! That's why we always give away tons of free stuff to you guys! Today we're announcing the winner of October's $200 ShopCrackBerry contest, and we're giving away five more boxes of CrackBerry goodies! Keep reading to see who the winner is and how to enter the latest contest!

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Only a short time ago, Tundra Core Studios released Dossier for BlackBerry 10. This native application provided business users with a simple and easy way to organize their client and contact data to provide prompt customer support. Based on feedback and various requests from users, Tundra has now released v1.01 to the storefront that incorporate several new features, bug fixes, and other improvements.

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BlackBerry Vienna

BlackBerry's next Android phone could feature an always-present physical keyboard

Just days after CEO John Chen confirmed the company has a range of products planned after the newly-released BlackBerry Priv, we just received on the CrackBerry tip line these renders of what is rumored to be BlackBerry's next Android-powered phone.

I've dropped the codename "Vienna" before on our weekly podcast and in the forums, but these renders are the first real look we've had at the design. Vienna ditches the Priv's slider in favor of the iconic BlackBerry layout, with a front-facing physical keyboard that is always present. The keyboard looks to be of the same size and design as that of the Priv's, but it's hard to tell simply based off of the renders alone.

Although it's still early days for BlackBerry in the Android world, they're off to a great start and the Priv finally has those who likely wouldn't otherwise be interested in BlackBerry finally taking a look at their offerings in a serious light (even our rather picky colleagues at Android Central love the Priv - if you missed it, be sure to read their Priv review). While we might not see Vienna for a while and things might change from what we're seeing here in the design and form factor as there's no telling how old the renders are, it seems as though BlackBerry has a long-term Android strategy and device lineup mapped out. I know many folks are hoping BlackBerry will do a full touchscreen Android phone with no physical keyboard, but so far it seems bringing keyboards to Android is how they are getting started. We'll just have to wait and see how this story evolves.

Keeping in mind this might not be the final form for the 'Vienna', let us know what you all think of it based on the first look in the comments.

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BlackBerry DevZone gains Build for Google Play section

With the release of its first Android-powered smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv, BlackBerry has updated its DevZone with tons of information for developers to get started on Google Play. The new 'Build for Google Play' section helps developers get started with creating a publisher account, setting up their Google payments merchant account, and additional information about the Developer Console itself.

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BlackBerry Priv

There are things that BlackBerry 10 has built in that those moving to the Priv are rightly nervous about losing. What seems a little to one person is a lot to another. Bedside Mode is one of those things.

Android doesn't have such a feature built in, or not in such a way that you'll find on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone. There are third-party apps in the Play Store that can help, but you might not need to go that far. As CrackBerry Forums member Phinhead54 has described.

With a little settings tinkering you can get as close as you can to Bedside Mode on the Priv.

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The Amazon Echo is on sale today only for $149

Grab an Amazon Echo for $149 from Amazon

If you've been eyeing the Amazon Echo, but were hoping to catch it on sale, now is your chance. Amazon is offering the smart speaker for $149, but the deal is only good for today. We've seen the speaker receive tons of new features lately, and it doesn't look like Amazon will be stopping that anytime soon.

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Learn how the Good Technology acquisition will revolutionize Mobility Management in an upcoming webcast

BlackBerry recently completed the Good Technology acquisition and will be hosting a webcast discussing how it will benefit customers as it will offer the most secure and unified mobile platform and app ecosystem on the market. If you're interested in what this latest acquisition is bringing to the table, it will be a good webcast to sign up for.

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Five things I don't miss from BlackBerry 10 after moving to the BlackBerry Priv

In much the same vein as my post, Five things I miss from BlackBerry 10 after moving to the BlackBerry Priv, there's plenty about BlackBerry 10 that I certainly won't miss after to moving to the BlackBerry Priv. As much as I love BlackBerry 10 as an OS, there's simply no denying the fact it hasn't taken off as well as it could have and with that in mind, there are some inherent problems with not running a popular operating system, as I'm sure many of you are already aware of. Let's take a look at five things I don't miss.

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Five things I miss from BlackBerry 10 after moving to the BlackBerry Priv

While some folks are still waiting for their Priv to arrive, I've had the fortunate pleasure of using the device for a while now and have been loving it, as one might have concluded from my review. For me, the transition to the Priv was pretty easy and using the Android experience that BlackBerry has built has been fantastic but one of the biggest questions that come up from folks considering a move into a Priv has been 'Is there anything you miss from BlackBerry 10?' and truth be told there is. In some cases, it's just a matter of finding a replacement but in others, there simply is no replacement. Let's take a look at five things I miss.

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T-Mobile's Un-carrier X brings double the data to families

T-Mobile's latest Un-carrier move, Un-carrier X, brings the arrival of "Binge On", the company's video version of its Music Freedom initiative.

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BlackBerry Content Transfer

Have you just picked up the new BlackBerry Priv? Want to be able to transfer your data from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone to your new Priv? You can do that with the BlackBerry Content Transfer app. The BlackBerry Content Transfer app allows you to move data from your Contacts, Calendar, Pictures, Videos, Music, Text messages (SMS), Notes, Tasks, Documents, Email accounts. If you want to know how to get your data over, here's a quick walkthrough of how to do it.

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FotoSwipe makes sharing photos between Android and iOS a breeze

If you've ever wanted to share photos between Android and Apple phones, you'll know how inconvenient it can be. Sure, you can text or email photos between one another, but it's not the most elegant solution. This is where FotoSwipe comes to the rescue. With a simple drag-and-drop, FotoSwipe allows you to share images between Android and iOS devices. All you need to make the magic happen is the FotoSwipe app on each device!

It's super easy - and I can attest to this myself - as I had the pleasure of testing the FotoSwipe app along with many of our most awesome members earlier this year. Thanks to our feedback, FotoSwipe is locked, loaded, and ready to download for free in the App Store and Google Play!

I encourage you to check it out yourself - download links are below. For more information you can also check out the video & press release below or visit

Download for free on Google Play

Download for free on iTunes

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Amazon Underground

In late August, Amazon replaced its free App of the Day program with its Amazon Underground app, which offered access to over $10,000 worth of Android apps and in-app content for free. Now the company has announced that the amount of apps and in-app purchase available from Amazon Underground has tripled since its launch.

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Over the years we have seen various wallpaper rotating applications dating back to the good old BBOS days. Being able to customize your display not only enhanced the look and feel of your device, but allowed individuals to personalize their handsets to suit their specific tastes. Toysoft Development is no stranger to this and, over the years, developed several tools by which users could create their own unique custom layouts. Their latest is Visual Arts and it is not your average wallpaper changer. It adds an important element and that is using weather condition changes as the trigger. This particular component, combined with several other features, sets it apart from others of its kind.

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Save up to 60% on select Sony memory products

microSD cards

Amazon is currently hosting a deal which saves you up to 60 percent on various Sony memory products. Included in this one-day deal are savings on SD cards, microSD cards, and USB Flash Drives in various capacities. Whether you are looking for a new card for your camera, wanting to add storage to your cell phone, or need a way to keep important files with you at all times, you won't want to miss out on these deals.

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While many are getting their hands on the new offering from BlackBerry - the Priv - those on BlackBerry 10, who also have access to BlackBerry Beta Zone, can check out the latest beta update to BBM. It brings some new features such as the ability to retract photos, just as you can retract messages.There is also a new BBM Search function.

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