Canadian man faces fines and jail time for refusal to unlock BlackBerry at airport

Here's a little something that hit close to home for me personally. Alain Philippon, 38, of Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec who arrived at Halifax's Stanfield International Airport from Puerto Plata has been charged under section 153.1 (b) of the Customs Act for hindering or preventing border officers from performing their role under the act based on his refusal to provide his BlackBerry password to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers upon his arrival.

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Hub2Watch brings Hub notifications to your Pebble smartwatch

The Pebble smartwatch isn't officially supported by BlackBerry themselves, but we do have a pretty awesome third party client in the form of Talk2Watch. The developer of Talk2Watch has an API available for developers to tap into it to bring their app notifications to your wrist.

One developer, Roger Leblanc, has made use of that tool and has brought a few apps to BlackBerry World already, his latest app is Hub2Watch. Hub2Watch brings all Hub accounts to your wrist. So, whichever accounts you have within the Hub, this app can notify of them.

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The BlackBerry Slider envisioned through new renders

The BlackBerry Slider envisioned through new renders

While the BlackBerry 'Slide' as CEO John Chen likes to call it has thus far managed to escape being captured in any great way by thousands of dollars worth of fancy cameras, one thing it can't escape is Photoshop. Dylan Habkirk has created some pretty great renders of BlackBerry smartphones in the past and he's given the Slider a go with a new set of renders where the device gets dubbed the Glide on BlackBerryCentral. Even though they are just renders based on some incredibly blurry cam like images and not the real deal, they look pretty damn accurate and really help one envision the device. What do you all think? Pretty spot on, right?

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ShopCrackBerry.com now available in Spanish

ShopCrackBerry.com now available in Spanish

Since 2007, ShopCrackBerry.com has been the most popular one-stop shop site for BlackBerry users by offering a wide selection of products, rapid fulfillment, and knowledgeable expert support. As part of our ongoing efforts to expand our e-commerce network and address our customers requests, I'm pleased to announce ShopCrackBerry is now also available in Spanish.

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There are times we receive a call or two (or more) from telemarketers or other callers that should just not get answered. One of the call blocking applications available in BlackBerry World is BlockIt, a headless application that allows users to block incoming calls from numbers in your address book, from your phone log, and those inputted manually.

BlockIt received a minor update this week bringing it to version 2.0 and it brings with a few new features users can take advantage of.

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It has been a while since we've seen an update to Noted, a handy and easy to use notepad and text editor for BlackBerry 10) . Similar to the memo pad application installed on legacy devices, Noted presents users with a convenient place to store all of their notes, to-do's or anything else they wish to jot down in hurry.

A new version is now available in BlackBerry World, where it now stands at v.3.2.1.5, and is a relatively minor release. However, it brings with it a few new features and fixes that you can see below.

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BBM for Android passes 100 million downloads

BlackBerry has announced that BBM for Android has been downloaded over 100 million times from the Google Play Store. The app has hit this milestone in 17 months following its October 2013 launch.

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This just might be the only video of the BlackBerry Slider

Well, thus far anyway. Since BlackBerry showed off their BlackBerry Slider at Mobile World Congress, one question people have been asking is, how come no one got a good picture of it? Even our own Derek Kessler who was there couldn't capture it. Well, Ron Louks, BlackBerry's President of devices and emerging solutions only showed the device on stage for approximately five seconds.

If higher quality images exist, even BlackBerry isn't sharing them on their company blog. However, Mobile World Live was there at the event yesterday documenting the occasion for Mobile World Congress and they managed to capture at least some video of the all new BlackBerry Slider. You can skip to 2 minutes and 40 seconds in the above video to see more.

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Should BlackBerry consider releasing a new tablet?

Should BlackBerry be considering another tablet?

It never seems to fail. Any time you stick BlackBerry CEO John Chen in a room with the media someone is going to ask about a BlackBerry tablet and, no surprise, it has happened again. This time around it was CNET who asked the question whether or not BlackBerry was working on a tablet during the BlackBerry event at Mobile World Congress. For John Chen's part, the answer remained mostly the same as any other time the question has been asked.

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CrackBerry Asks: What do you think of the BlackBerry Leap name?

Although the name slipped out a bit early giving everyone some time to form some opinions on it, it wasn't 100% confirmed until BlackBerry officially announced it at Mobile World Congress. Now though, the BlackBerry Leap is here and as Ron Louks, President, Devices and Emerging Solutions noted, 'the BlackBerry Leap was built specifically for mobile professionals who see their smartphone device as a powerful and durable productivity tool that also safeguards sensitive communications at all times.'

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen speaks on diversifying BlackBerry

The secret is out. Actually, the secret has been out for a while now but a lot of folks simply chose to ignore it. BlackBerry CEO John Chen is determined to make software a business for BlackBerry and along with that he wants to make sure that everything BlackBerry does is agnostic as well.

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TELUS BlackBerry Passport 10.3.1 update now available

Have a BlackBerry Passport on TELUS? If so, you're waiting for BlackBerry 10.3.1 is now over. According to several folks in the CrackBerry Forums (and confirmed via Sachesi) the Canadian carrier has now started their roll out of BlackBerry 10.3.1 to BlackBerry Passport owners.

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Hands-on with the BlackBerry Leap

Hands-on with the BlackBerry Leap

This is BlackBerry's newest smartphone: the BlackBerry Leap. Sporting a 5-inch 720x1280 IPS LCD display, an 8MP rear camera, and 16GB of storage, the phone offers quality mid-range specs at an affordable $275 off-contract. We've been told the phone's built by Wistron, the manufacturing arm of Taiwan-based Acer. It has a Foxconn feel to it, but this is more the entry-level design language of BlackBerry than simply what Foxconn made for the Z3 (there are some differences in the layout between this and the Z3).

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BlackBerry Classic in white arrives this month, blue and bronze in April

A lot of folks have been asking when the white, blue and bronze BlackBerry Classic smartphones would be arriving and today during their Mobile World Congress event, BlackBerry gave us all a timeline.

The white version of the BlackBerry Classic will land at some point in time this month while the blue and bronze versions will see release in April. There was no mention of carriers at this time but they will no doubt be available through ShopBlackBerry as well. For now, BlackBerry says to stay tuned for more info.

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BlackBerry shows off all new BlackBerry 10 slider

BlackBerry shows off all new BlackBerry 10 slider

UPDATE - A previous version of the article noted the device codename being 'Keian'. That was incorrect. That device, as noted by BlackBerry will be a high-end luxury phone, designed in partnership with Porsche Design codenamed 'Keian' in honour of Keian Blundell.

Calling all BlackBerry Torch fans. BlackBerry has just shown off an all new BlackBerry 10 slider at their Mobile World Congress event. Although the device has no name at this point and the device details are slim, we know from the comments the device will feature a dual curve display and of course that glorious BlackBerry 10 keyboard.

From the sounds of it, these may be a joint effort by BlackBerry and Samsung but there was no definitive clarification of that. Anyone remember the BlackBerry Blade? Kind of looks like that if you ask me, but there's a certain Samsung Galaxy S6 edge-ness about it.

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BlackBerry announces the BlackBerry Leap!

BlackBerry announces the BlackBerry Leap!

BlackBerry has finally taken the covers off their latest device better known as the BlackBerry Leap. Announced at Mobile World Congress, the BlackBerry Leap is an affordable all-touch smartphone in a modern and powerful design that is built for career builders and companies who value security and privacy when pushing their productivity to the next level.

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BlackBerry at Mobile World Congress 2015 Live Blog

BlackBerry at Mobile World Congress liveblog

With all the announcements coming thus far from BlackBerry at Mobile World Congress, one would be excused for possibly thinking they've already held their event, but I assure you all those were just the warm up. We've got Derek Kessler on the ground in Barcelona, Spain for the actual event which kicks off at 8:00-10:00am CET with the presentation beginning promptly at 8:30AM CET. What will we see? Well, that's what we're all here to find out. So, get comfy and let's see what BlackBerry at Mobile World Congress brings us.

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Twittly-Beta-Hero

Twittly may not be the smoothest and most functional third party Twitter application for BlackBerry 10, but with extensive beta testing going on that may well change in the near future. The app has been updated this week over in the BlackBerry Beta Zone, so if you like to test and report back, feel free to swing on by and grab this latest edition.

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BlackBerry Traffic will be retired as of March 27th

BlackBerry Traffic will be retired as of March 27th

Still on a legacy BlackBerry OS device and love BlackBerry Traffic? If so, I have a bit of bad news for you. The app, which has existed and been maintained since 2010, will be retired as of March 27th, 2015 and will no longer function as per normal according to new emails being sent out to BlackBerry customers.

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KloudMix beta updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone

KloudMix beta updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone

If you've been checking out the native BlackBerry 10 Mixcloud client better known as KloudMix, you'll want to ensure you load up the BlackBerry Beta Zone and grab the latest version. Updated to v1.0.17.1, this release covers a few bugs and feature requests for the app, including uploading, track seeking and landscape support throughout the whole app. Have a look at the full list of changes below.

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