Articles by Crackberry Kevin

Sizing up the BlackBerry Mercury with a DIY Mockup [Reader Mail]

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Just because you can't get your hands on a BlackBerry Mercury yet doesn't mean you can't make one to get your hands on!


Since coming out of blogging retirement in honor of CrackBerry's 10th Anniversary this month, I've been blown away by both the warm welcome I've received by the community and also the enduring passion for BlackBerry that so many of our members have.

I see the passion in many places -- in the comments on articles we publish, within our CrackBerry forums, on social platforms like Twitter, Instagram and BBM Channels, and... in email. BlackBerry's original smartphone claim to fame was push email, so I've always felt it fitting when fans shoot me an email. Since CrackBerry Kevin has resurfaced, I've been receiving a lot more email.

A couple of emails this week came from Twopack, and I just felt compelled to share some of his enthusiasm with the community. His excitement for "the Merc" is REAL, to the point where based on photos and rumored sizes he went ahead and mocked one up so he could compare it to his BlackBerry Passport.

I've been going nuttz about the Merc. I've had my beloved Passport for quite a while now and I love it. But I'd be lying if I said that I didn't miss the traditional 4 row keyboard. I love how wide the Passport is and even though I know that's a big turn off for people, I love it! I also love the touch sensitive keyboard, and even though I miss having the fourth row, I've gotten used to the 3 row setup and I like it a lot too. While I love the width of the Passport screen I do wish it wasn't a 1:1 ratio, even though I know that is a BlackBerry trademark feature. BUT WAIT. HOLD ON. Here comes Merc and it comes bearing gifts of a 4.5" screen in a tall/widescreen format, a 4 row keyboard WITH touch, and it looks like the sharpest BlackBerry's twin brother, AND it has a fingerprint sensor in the space bar..... #MICDROP

This is literally the perfect piece of hardware to me. I'm very excited for the Merc, I think it has significant potential to be the best BlackBerry phone yet, even amongst the great many BlackBerry has had.

I've made a mockup of the Merc. This mockup was based off rumored size and a lot of guess work on my part. I'm very anxious to see how far off I am. It's not much to look at but I'm actually in the process of making an updated mockup, I'll be sure to give you pics of the new one too.

The time I spent $10,000 on 2 prototype BlackBerry Z10's and reviewed them on video before anybody else

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Here's a tech story you've never heard of before, which includes me meeting a dude at an airport with a bag full of cash to exchange it for stolen phones. Seem unbelievable? Then watch the video!


But First, a Little CrackBerry History

In the early days of CrackBerry, Research In Motion was growing like crazy and pumping out new BlackBerry phones at a rapid pace. During this time I made a name for myself by getting my hands on those phones and reviewing the hell out of them before the company ever announced them and any other reviewer or consumer even had a chance to hold them [I don't encourage any budding tech reviewers to follow my example today - that was a different era and being ethical and on the up and up is the only way to go].

Most people will remember the 2010 story of the iPhone 4 found in a bar and then purchased and reviewed by Gizmodo. It pissed Steve Jobs off. A lot. And it's never happened again with an iPhone.

Meanwhile, in the world of BlackBerry, in the two years before the stolen iPhone thing happened, I made a habit out of getting my hands on new BlackBerry Smartphones before anybody else. I was addicted. All I could think about was getting my hands on BlackBerry phones before anybody else.

SIX times I got my CrackBerry claws on brand new BlackBerry phones and reviewed them first:

  • In May 2008 I dropped a review of the BlackBerry Bold 9000 a week before Research In Motion announced the phone at their annual WES conference.

  • I followed that up in July with a hands-on review of the BlackBerry Kickstart aka Pearl Flip. There was a lot of hype around BlackBerry making a flip phone - I remember watching my review video on Jim Cramer's Mad Money that night.

  • Then two months later in September 2008, I posted the world's first hands-on review of the BlackBerry Javelin aka Curve 8900.

  • After a short hiatus, in March 2009 I posted the first hands-on review of the BlackBerry Tour 9630 which was the full qwerty BlackBerry that CDMA carriers were longing for.

  • Then in early May 2009, while sitting in a hotel room in Orlando at BlackBerry's annual conference, I pumped out the first hands-on review of the BlackBerry Gemini, the low-cost BlackBerry Curve model. I felt slightly criminal doing this, knowing there were hundreds of BlackBerry employees in the vicinity (and no, I never got the Gemini from a RIM employee).

  • And the just a few weeks later in late May, I posted the first hands-on review of the BlackBerry Onyx aka BlackBerry Bold 9700 here at CrackBerry. After a lot of phones being released within the span of two years, this was a BlackBerry that everybody got excited for.

If you're wondering how I attained all those unreleased BlackBerry phones, I can assure you it was never with the help of Research In Motion employees

If you're wondering how I attained all those unreleased BlackBerry phones, well, I can assure you to the best of my knowledge it was never with the help of Research In Motion or their direct employees. The Bold 9000 was a crazy case of quick timing when it appeared on eBay, and I snatched it up within minutes. The next five phones all came from sources who started to reach out to me once they realized CrackBerry Kevin was a little crazy but trustworthy, and they could make a few bucks getting me devices first. I don't know how those individuals got their hands on these devices. Sometimes the phones came from within North America. Sometimes they came from Asia. The average acquisition cost? The price varied, but between $1200 and $2500 was the norm back then.

It was always exciting content for BlackBerry fans, and I think a lot of employees at Research In Motion loved the excitement and hype we generated for their new devices as well. RIM's founders on the other hand, well, I don't think they liked me too much back then. Mike Lazaridis, in particular, hated "leakers." When the opportunity would arise to speak to company officials, I'd remind them that CrackBerry wasn't the ones leaking stuff. Other people at the source were the ones technically leaking info and bringing it to me - we were just the ones posting it (for all I knew at the time it could have been BlackBerry leaking stuff to us via third parties). And if we weren't the ones to post it the leaker would just go to another publication that would be happy to, so RIM should be glad that it was a site like CrackBerry and person like CrackBerry Kevin who would post about the device with proper context and always with a lot of enthusiasm.

Research In Motion went into an era of sending us a lot of takedown notices, and after the stolen iPhone incident they upped their legal threat game

While a logical explanation in my mind, it didn't help the case. Research In Motion went into an era of sending us a lot of takedown notices, and after the stolen iPhone incident they upped their legal threat game. In a future CrackBerry Confession, I could share some of the more scary letters we used to receive from RIM, featuring words like "Industrial Espionage." Fun. It was a different era, and while many people within the company realized we were on the cutting edge of marketing, words like "earned media," "brand communities" and "influencers" were not yet part of their vocabulary yet. The top brass of RIM just didn't yet understand the value we delivered.

For obvious reasons, I started to cool it on the reviewing of unreleased devices for the next couple of years as we probably wouldn't be able to win in fighting a then-angry Research In Motion legal team. That's not to say everybody at RIM was angry - during that time we built a strong working relationship with the PR and product marketing teams at RIM. We still broke a lot of rumors and had a lot of fun on the site too, but we just didn't push the limits quite as much as we did pre-2010.

Then with one phone call in January 2012, our relationship with Research In Motion improved considerably. RIM's founders were out, and Thorsten Heins was in as the new CEO of BlackBerry. Literally his first phone call as CEO went to yours truly, and during that conversation, Thorsten apologized for all of the not-so-nice treatment we had received over the years from the company whose products we were helping to market. Since then, we've always had a positive relationship with BlackBerry and a much more open dialog. The value of CrackBerry, CrackBerry Kevin and our member community was recognized tremendously during the lead-up and launch of BlackBerry 10. For BlackBerry to bring BlackBerry 10 to market was a gargantuan task, and the whole company was working overtime - the excitement of all of us within the CrackBerry community motivated the entire BlackBerry team. Heck, I even flew to Waterloo once and recorded a 'pep talk video' that went out to BlackBerry employees on their internal intranet.

History story over, that brings us to the crazy topic of two stolen BlackBerry Z10's ending up in my hands.

A Tale of Two BlackBerry Z10's

It was September 11th, 2012 at 5 pm when an email came in on the CrackBerry Tip Line saying, "BlackBerry 10 Device For Sale - you interested?"

At this point, the number of actual BlackBerry Z10 phones in existence was still very limited, and totally accounted. BlackBerry knew every person in the world who had a BlackBerry 10 phone in their possession -- each with unique serial numbers etched into the phone for tracking.

Both the Z10 and Q10 had never emerged publicly in legit photos or videos at this time. BlackBerry had granted a few people in the press a sneak look at the phones, but nothing of hands-on substance was reported yet.

It seemed too good to be true, so I replied back to the seller asking to see photographic proof. The photo he sent was clearly legit. My trained BlackBerry eyes knew how to spot an unreleased BlackBerry.

I pursued the deal, which grew in magnitude. It turned out the seller had not just one Z10, but two! One apparently featured a slightly older software build and was not very usable, but the other booted up fine and had on it a working version of what was evolving from the BlackBerry PlayBook OS into the BlackBerry 10 OS. We eventually arrived at a price of $10,000 CDN, down from an initial $12,000 ask. That's an INSANELY high number to shell out for two phones. I didn't really have a choice though. If I didn't buy them, the seller would move onto another publication who would buy them who wouldn't likely give the same careful attention that I would.

When it came time to figure out how to pay the seller, well, that's where things got fun and felt like a scene from out of a movie. I suggested a wire transfer for payment, but the seller suggested he'd send somebody on an airplane to meet me at the Winnipeg airport. He clearly didn't want his identity to be known.

So that's how it went down. That Friday, at 4 pm, I went to my local airport with a backpack containing four envelopes each with $2500 inside. I sat at a table in the airport Tim Horton's. After a short wait up walks a guy, sits down, and we do the deal. He pulls out two BlackBerry 10 phones. I pull out the cash. I take the phones. He counts the money. He puts the money in his backpack and walks back to security to catch his flight out of Winnipeg. To this day, I still don't know who he was.

So what happened to the phones?

Had it been 2009, old CrackBerry Kevin would have immediately reviewed the hell out of these newly acquired phones and posted them right then and there for the whole world to see. This time, things were different. BlackBerry had SO MUCH riding on the launch of BlackBerry 10 that I wanted to do everything I could to help them out.

Unlike Gizmodo posting about their stolen iPhone, I called up BlackBerry and told them I had obtained two BlackBerry 10 phones and that I wanted to return to them

So, unlike Gizmodo and what they did with their stolen iPhone, this time around I called up to the upper echelons of BlackBerry and told them I had obtained two BlackBerry 10 phones that I wanted to return to them. BlackBerry flew two representatives out to Winnipeg that Sunday evening who were told to fly to Winnipeg and give CrackBerry Kevin a full tour of both the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 and that he'd have a package for them to bring back to Waterloo. It was an awesome day, and I spent a few hours playing with the latest builds of BB10 on the latest Z10 and Q10 hardware. And I said goodbye to my crazily attained BlackBerry Z10s when I dropped the BlackBerry employees off at the airport so they could catch their flight home.

Once a tech blogger always a tech blogger, though. Before sending my precious BlackBerry 10 phones back to their Waterloo home, I fired up the camera and did a quick and dirty ten-minute walk through of the goods. You can hit play on the video above to see them in all their glory. It was the first hands-on video of the BlackBerry Z10 that never aired, until today.

As for the question of where the Z10's came from? It turned out a BlackBerry employee was robbed a week earlier, and both phones had been reported as missing by that employee. Whoever stole them -- who may be even be reading this -- knew CrackBerry Kevin would shell out the cash to buy them. The seller got away with the crime. BlackBerry got back their phones. I felt good for doing the right thing and returning them. And hey, a few years later on CrackBerry's 10th anniversary the story FINALLY came out.

From the Editor's Desk: Looking Back While Looking Forward

Technically Bla1ze is still the editor around here, but during our 10 Years of CrackBerry celebration I'm hijacking the column

CBK 2.0

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In case you haven't noticed, I'm having a blast "bringing CBK out of retirement" to celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry this month. Being a little older and wiser, I think CBK 2.0 may prove to be better at the role than his 1.0 predecessor. We'll have to take a poll at the end of this month and see how I measure up to my old self.

The warm reception to the return of CrackBerry Kevin by sooooo many people has had me feeling gushy all week. I feel blessed and honored to be embraced by such a passionate community. Ten years has done nothing to tame down the CB community. It's as crazy (in a good way) around here as EVER. Everybody visiting CrackBerry does so with passion and strong opinions. We don't always agree on everything of course -- and that's OK -- as long as we respect each other. Passion and Respect are everything.

This week was a slightly chaotic one for me as I was traveling the past ten days and working remotely from hotel rooms. In between meetings and appointments, I spent my free time reading back through old CrackBerry articles, swiping through old photos and watching some vintage CBK videos. There's a lot of nostalgia in it all for me, as I'm sure there is for so many of you who have been around here since our early days.

BlackBerry 4.0

The new excitement around CrackBerry is clearly the upcoming launch of the BlackBerry 'Mercury'. Somehow it seems fitting to spend a lot of time looking back this month at the CrackBerry/BlackBerry days of old while at the same time we start looking forward to the next era of BlackBerry.

I feel like we're entering the fourth era of BlackBerry (I think of the early days of Research in Motion as prototyping/version 0.x). BlackBerry 1.0 was the Mike Lazaridis/Jim Balsillie BlackBerry OS/PlayBook era. BlackBerry 2.0 was the Thorsten Heins launch of BlackBerry 10 era (I loved this era a lot!). BlackBerry 3.0 was the John Chen figuring it out/transition era. And now we are entering BlackBerry 4.0, where BlackBerry is a software company, but we still have an exciting BlackBerry Smartphone hardware future confirmed and ahead of us thanks to BlackBerry Mobile.

Input Wanted: What kind of 10 Years of CrackBerry Tees & Swag would you like to see?!

Put your thinking caps on CrackBerry community... it's time to come up with the next generation of CB gear and BlackBerry tag lines!

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In our earliest years of CrackBerry, I used to get hounded almost daily to sell CrackBerry gear in our ShopCrackBerry store. There's a long, complicated story as to why we never did that (maybe it'll be told before this month is over in our upcoming CrackBerry Confessions series!), but over the years we eventually came up with some fun ideas for t-shirts and swag that we'd either sell or give away.

To mark CrackBerry's 10 Anniversary proper and prep ourselves for the next generation of BlackBerry Smartphones, it's time for all of us to put our thinking caps on to come up with some new slogans and ideas for CB swag. We're making some exclusive tees utilizing the classy logo/badge above that we'll give away this month, but beyond that I'd love to come up with some more ideas.

Below is some inspiration from CrackBerry years gone by to get your creative juices flowing. Some of our slogans like BlackBerry By Choice and RIMPIRE STRIKES BACK we're pretty damn fun. How do we top it?! If you have any thoughts, drop them in the comments below. And if you're by chance a designer and have some inspired ideas, draft them up and email them to me at kevin @ crackberry.com. Maybe we can put them to use!

Join us in Barcelona on February 24th for a CrackBerry Meetup in Honor of our 10th Anniversary [RSVP now!]

Attendees will get to take home sweet CrackBerry swag and VIP tickets to the BlackBerry Mobile launch event on the 25th!

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BlackBerry Mobile will be officially unveiling the BlackBerry 'Mercury' at their press event on Saturday, February 25th in Barcelona. I'm attending. Bla1ze is attending. We decided while we're in Barcelona it only makes sense to have a proper CrackBerry Meetup while we're there. So that's what we're doing!

If you're a BlackBerry Fan and will be in Barcelona on Friday, February 24th, we would love for you to join us for a casual evening of food and fun and BlackBerry talk. Attendees at the CrackBerry Meetup will get to take home some exclusive 10 Years of CrackBerry swag and our friends at BlackBerry Mobile have hooked us up with VIP passes to their launch event that CrackBerry Meetup attendees will receive as well. That means you'll be able to attend in person the BlackBerry Mobile launch event on the evening of the 25th and get to play with the newest BlackBerry first hand. How awesome is that?!

Cleaning up the Confusion: What you need to know about BlackBerry and BlackBerry Mobile

TL;DR: BlackBerry = Old BlackBerry, now a software company; BlackBerry Mobile = New BlackBerry Smartphones, TCL a hardware company

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Coming out of retirement to celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry, it immediately became apparent that life in BlackBerry land is a little more complicated than it used to be. With this editorial, I plan to set things straight, for my sanity and hopefully for everyone else's too. Think of this article as a Public Service Announcement. It's the kind of message that needs to get passed on and absorbed by other media outlets and tech journalists too, just so the BlackBerry stories stay straight out there, especially as we head into the launch of the BlackBerry 'Mercury'. If you see somebody getting the facts wrong, send them the link to this story!

In honor of CrackBerry's 10th anniversary, we're turning off ads on CrackBerry for members this month!

If you're browsing CrackBerry on the web and you're not already a member, now's the time to join or download our app!

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Personally, I'm a huge fan of advertising. Always have been. TV commercials and magazine ads are what motivated me to want things as a kid growing up and develop an entrepreneurial spirit (if you want things, you need to be able to pay for them!). Now as an online publisher, I have a new respect for advertising. Running ads is a big part of what helps us pay the bills, keep the servers running, and be able to run Mobile Nations as a company and not just be something we do as a hobby.

That said, I get it. All of the scripts that run the ad units can slow down page load times, and the ad units themselves can clutter up what's otherwise a beautiful site. We always try to strike that balance of making cheddar while providing a smooth user experience, but I guess most/all of you would prefer fewer ads to more.

Get ready… CrackBerry Kevin is coming out of retirement to celebrate TEN Years of CrackBerry and the launch of the BlackBerry Mercury!! It's gonna get c-r-a-z-y in here!

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Hello, CrackBerry Faithful!

For those of you who have been paying close attention to CrackBerry in all the various places it exists (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), this message won't come as a surprise. If you haven't been paying as close of attention -- no worries -- it's time to read up! And trust me, you'll want to. Things are about to get CRAZY FUN around here.

QNX

As BlackBerry QNX prepares to head into CES 2017, John Wall, Senior Vice-President and Head of QNX Software Systems, has taken the time to go ahead and announce a new partnership between BlackBerry QNX and Korea-based Obigo to build a better web browser experience in infotainment systems.

Watch the replay of the BlackBerry Secure introduction webcast

Last week, when BlackBerry announced their new comprehensive mobile-security platform for the Enterprise of Things, better known as BlackBerry Secure, they also hosted a webcast which took a deeper dive into the details. If you missed it then, you can now catch the full replay to get yourself caught up.

BlackBerry announces new comprehensive mobile-security platform for the Enterprise of Things

In a new announcement coming from Waterloo, BlackBerry has now unveiled their new comprehensive platform for the Enterprise of Things. Known as BlackBerry Secure, the platform is designed to be 'the foundation that enables the company to move to software' while addressing the entire enterprise from end-point to end-point. Plus, it marks the completion of the integration of BlackBerry's prior acquisitions of Good Technology, WatchDox, AtHoc and Encription.

BlackBerry's DTEK app updated with bug fixes and improvements

Following their larger app rollouts for December, BlackBerry has now also pushed out a new build of their DTEK app for Priv, DTEK50 and DTEK60. The changelog for this release keeps things simple and just notes 'bug fixes and improvements', but some folks have noted it fixes the issue with the app incorrectly stating device status. As it stands, the BlackBerry Knowledge Base hasn't been updated to state it either but in any case, it's still an update to the app, so be sure to get it downloaded if you haven't yet.

Download DTEK from the Google Play Store

Netflix members worldwide can now download TV shows and movies

After a lot of bouncing the idea around, Netflix has now finally announced that they have added the ability to download TV shows and movies to watch offline. For now, the content feels a bit random but it does include Netflix's own shows — including Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, The Crown, Narcos, and others — as well as select movies and TV shows. Notably, Netflix is not charging extra for the feature, as highlighted in their announcement, it is included in all plans and available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.

Drop what you're doing and hit PLAY on the video above! I was fortunate to get my hands on the newly announced BlackBerry Passport SILVER Edition a little early, so took it to the new KM studio to give it a proper debut for CrackBerry Nation (complete with vintage table slap at the end!).

Be sure to watch the video for some deep thoughts, and check out our photo gallery for lots of great photos of the new Silver Edition and you can also see how it compares to the standard issue Passport. As an official launch partner with BlackBerry for the Silver Edition, our CrackBerry Canada store also lined up a heck of a deal - if you order the Silver Edition you will receive $130 in FREE Silver Edition accessories. Considering the Silver Edition is just $50 more than the original Passport, it's a great deal.

Order the new BlackBerry Passport SILVER Edition from CrackBerry Canada and receive $130 in FREE accessories!

The BlackBerry Passport SILVER Edition here and CrackBerry is happy to be one of BlackBerry's official launch partners. In fact, CrackBerry is the only launch partner right now for the Silver Edition outside of ShopBlackBerry's own store for a limited time. Remember, this luxurious Passport won't be hitting any carriers - it's an unlocked phone that you need to buy direct.

Contest Reminder: Last Chance to win a BLUE BlackBerry Classic!

CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED! CLICK HERE

S'up CrackBerry Nation? Just chiming in quick with a friendly reminder that time is running out to get in for your chance to win a Beautiful BLUE BlackBerry Classic courtesy of me (try saying that sentence fast three times). I became smitten with this phone the second I laid eyes on it, so decided I'd give one away.

Entering for your chance to win is easy. You need to jump over to the video on youtube and leave a comment to the video there (be sure to subscribe to the channel while you're there so you never a miss a video or contest!). The entry deadline is Midnight Pacific time on July 31st.

We'll announce the winner here on CrackBerry, and on my twitter account and BBM channel.

BLUE BlackBerry Classic Video Unboxing & Giveaway!

CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED! CLICK HERE

Over the years I've always had a thing for white BlackBerrys. As much as the traditional black BlackBerry is iconic, professional and classy, white BlackBerrys have always just looked... sexy. Especially in the summer months when the sun is shining and the heat is on, a white BlackBerry just always seems ohhh sooo right.

So when word first surfaced that the BlackBerry Classic would be available in more colors, including white, bronze and blue, history should have dictated I'd be jonesing for a white Classic. Not this time though. It was the BLUE BlackBerry Classic that caught my eye. Blue is my favorite color. It's a color I wear a lot. When it comes to phones though, it has rarely been a color I've been drawn too. It just never is executed in a shade that I think looks good. BlackBerry nailed it with the blue BlackBerry Classic though. As soon as it became available on ShopBlackBerry I ordered it. Pulling it out of the box once it arrived, I was smitten. Specs and features be damned... this is a phone I'm going to rock for one main reason - I just love the way it looks. Be sure to watch the video above to see me unbox this blue beauty.

WIN A BLACKBERRY CLASSIC!

In honor of the launch of the new BLUE BlackBerry Classic and my new youtube channel (I'll hijack Bla1ze's Editor's Desk post this weekend to tell you all about it), I'm giving away a BlackBerry Classic!

How to Enter: Tap over to the youtube video and leave a comment on the youtube video for your chance to win. Give it a thumbs up while you're there and be sure to subscribe so you never miss an upcoming KM video. You have the month of July to enter - I'll be announcing the winner on my twitter account on August 1st (we'll announce it here on CrackBerry too).

I hope you enjoy the unboxing video! Be sure to leave a comment on youtube for your chance to win, and good luck!!

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.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10

While the spat earlier this year between BlackBerry CEO, John Chen and T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, made for some tabloid-like headlines and deals for consumers on both sides in the short-term, since then it has ultimately left a lot of corporate customers in a lurch. With BlackBerry and T-Mobile US putting an end to their licensing agreement, companies that want to remain on T-Mobile and still use BlackBerry no longer have a direct pipe to new T-Mobile compatible BlackBerry phones.

T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10's for $250USD!

This issue has been brought to my attention more than a few times now since the break-up occurred, and more recently a solution has presented itself for T-Mobile corporate customers, with a BIG VOLUME of T-Mobile compatible BlackBerry Q10's being secured and available for purchase. For $250, unlocked, companies and individuals can pick up T-Mobile BlackBerry Q10's via Cellify. To be clear, these are Q10s with T-Mobile radio bands - just buying unlocked Q10s online does not necessarily mean you're getting the model that works with T-Mobile USA (the SQN-100-5 model). We vetted the deal to make sure everything is on the up and up in terms of how the inventory was obtained, etc. and everything checks out there.

For More Information and to purchase, CLICK HERE.

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