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[Winner Announced!] The annual CrackBerry No Tricks Just Treats Halloween contest is here!

Congratulations to our winner, Hopper1976!

We're having a party, but no costumes are required! Simply leave a comment on this article on CrackBerry for your chance to win! It's time for our annual No Tricks Just Treats Halloween contest here at CrackBerry! This year we are keeping things short and sweet, and we're giving the winner their choice of either the new BlackBerry Motion or a BlackBerry KEYone (your choice of Silver or Black Edition)!

To enter, just leave a comment below. This giveaway is open worldwide, but keep in mind that international winners may have to pay duties or taxes on their prize, which is out of our control (sorrrry).

We'll close the contest down at midnight PST on Halloween and post the winner here November 1. Good luck to everyone that enters, and Happy Halloween!

BONUS INSTAGRAM CONTEST

Want a second chance to win? I'm running another contest over on Instagram, where you could also win a BlackBerry KEYone or Motion! Head over to @crackberrykevin to enter!

🎃 Halloween Giveaway! Enter NOW! You can win your choice of a BlackBerry KEYone (Silver or Black Edition) or a new BlackBerry Motion! • Instructions: • ☑ COMMENT on this post saying which of these awesome new Android-powered BlackBerry Smartphones you'd like! • ☑ TAG up to THREE friends who you also think would like a new BlackBerry so they can enter as well • ☑ FOLLOW @crackberrykevin and @blackberrymobile on Instagram • You have until Midnight PST on Halloween to Enter. Entry is open worldwide. Have a spoooktastic Halloween and Good Luck! We'll update this post on November 1st with the Instagram username of the lucky winner! • • • #BlackBerry #Android #Halloween #sweepstakes

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The best tech deals that you don't want to miss out on

Our friends at Thrifter post some great deals every day, and here are the best ones available right now!

From mobile phones to general tech, home goods and much more, the team at Thrifter is scouring the web every single day to find the best deals. Whether something hits a new all-time low, gets discounted for just a limited time, or has a new coupon code available for it, you won't want to miss out any of them. If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!

So, what are the best deals that you should be looking at right now? Well, let's take a look at them so you can see which ones are best for you!

PlayStation Plus - $39.99 (Normally $59.99)

Amazon currently has the PlayStation Plus 1-year subscription card on sale for $39.99. This item usually sells for $59.99. You can grab this deal from GameStop as well.

PlayStation Plus is Sony's online service for its gaming consoles. With your subscription, you can begin to team up and talk with thousands of other gamers via the multi-player modes within PlayStation games. PlayStation Plus also provides its subscribers with two free games (per console, so 6 total) each month, with titles coming from both unknown studios and major ones.

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WeMo Smart Plug Mini - $24.99 (Normally $34.99)

The WeMo Mini Smart Plug is currently on sale at Amazon for $29.99. This product generally sells for around $33 on average and is also on sale at Walmart.

The WeMo Mini Smart Plug fits into any electrical outlet without obstructing others, allowing for two smart plugs to be placed into the same socket. The smart plug can be scheduled to turn on or off via the free WeMo app, allowing you to automate anything you plug into the device.

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Brother Refurb Printer - $53.99 (Normally $89.99)

The Brother HL-L2360DW monochrome laser printer is down to $53.99 refurbished on Amazon. Even as a refurb, this printer normally sells for around $100. New versions sell as high as $120 from third parties on Amazon and other retailers like Best Buy.

This printer is great if you really only need to print in black-and-white, text, forms, and things of that nature. It's easy to setup and use, works with mobile printing, and the toner is not crazy expensive.

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Roomba 690 Robovac - Starting at $249.99

We've seen a lot of technological advancements over the past few years, and while we don't have robot maids like The Jetsons did, this deal will get you the next-best thing.

Head to Amazon and pick up an iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum for $274.99. This item normally sells for $355, and today's price is the best in history. It is also the #1 Best Seller in Commercial Indoor Robotic Vacuums. It received 4.1 out of 5 stars based on 311 customer reviews.

If you're looking to spend a little less, the Roomba 650 is down to $249.99 from its average selling price of $300. There are a few differences between the two, so be sure to check them out and pick the one that is best for you.

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PlayStation 4 DualShock Controller - $39 (Normally $49.99)

This Sony DualShock 4 wireless controller is down to $39 on Amazon in a variety of colors. The Jet Black version regularly sells for $44, and the Green Camo one sells closer to $49.

Most retailers plan to offer the controller for around $40 on Black Friday, and it's also a regular sale price we've shared a couple times before.

See at Amazon

More great deals!

For even more great deals, and to see these discounts as they become available, be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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BlackBerry KEYone now offered through EE Small Business accounts

If you have a small business account with EE and have been looking to get your hands on a BlackBerry KEYone, EE has now made it easier than ever. Through their Small Business online portal but the BlackBerry KEYone in silver is now directly available for purchase.

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BlackBerry Keyboard beta introduces new 'SlideBoard' feature

A new beta release for the BlackBerry Keyboard app has now arrived in Google Play and brings along with it a new beta feature BlackBerry is calling SlideBoard. In short, you can slide your finger left or right on the keyboard now, and it will bring up new panels which offer quick access to four user-customizable phrases or a number pad and widely used symbols.

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BlackBerry Motion now available from John Lewis priced at £399.00

In addition to Carphone Warehouse going live with sales of the all-new BlackBerry Motion, BlackBerry fans in the UK can also pick one up from John Lewis. Keeping in line with the suggested pricing, if you order one from John Lewis, it will set you back £399.00.

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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition now available from Amazon UK, John Lewis and Argos

In addition to the BlackBerry Motion arriving in the UK, we're also seeing further release for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition in the UK. Amazon UK, John Lewis, and Argos have now added the device to their lineups.

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BlackBerry Motion now available from Carphone Warehouse online and in select stores!

Being one of the first retailers in the UK to fire up their pre-orders for the all-new BlackBerry Motion, Carphone Warehouse is also among the first have the Motion available for purchase. BlackBerry fans in the UK can now order the BlackBerry Motion online through the Carphone Warehouse site.

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BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black now available to pre-order in Indonesia

This is it. If you have been waiting for the BlackBerry KEYone to come to Indonesia, you can now celebrate. The BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black is now available to pre-order in Indonesia through a multitude of partners starting today through November 26. As with the BlackBerry Aurora when it was released, there are several special offers in place from Telkomsel, Indosat, XL and Smartfren you'll want to check out.

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BlackBerry Password Keeper beta adds support for Google Drive backup and restore

A new beta for BlackBerry Password Keeper has begun rolling out, and for folks who love the app, this is either going to be a feature you love and use or one you have absolutely zero interest in using. For this release, BlackBerry has added the ability to automatically back up and restore password records from Google Drive.

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BlackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Tour comes to Paris this Saturday - RSVP Now!

We've almost made our way through the European leg of the BlackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Tour and next on the list is Paris this Saturday, November 18. For Paris, we have an awesome evening lined up for BlackBerry fans and those thinking about picking up a new BlackBerry KEYone.

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BlackBerry Motion now up for pre-order across retailers in Slovakia and the Czech Republic

As the availability of the BlackBerry Motion continues to expand, retailers have started taking pre-orders for the device and one area where retailers are ready is Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Those looking to get their hands on Motion should have no issue as multiple retailers are expected to have their stock readily available after November 20.

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Browse the internet privately for life for just $43

Protecting our information and identity online is paramount in our world where online activity has become more and more prevalent as time goes on. Whether that information is a credit card number, banking information, or even your search history, you don't want anyone being able to track your browsing habits — both for safety and simple privacy. But the normal internet connection you get from your service provider isn't as secure as some people would like.

Protect Your Online Activity & Browse without Restriction for Life! Learn more

A VPN is your solution to keeping your online habits private. Using a "virtual private network," you get the functionality, security, and management that the VPN service provides in order to keep safe and discreet online. VPNs aren't just for privacy; you can use local VPNs in order to get resident online pricing for things like flights, hotels, and more.

VPN Unlimited is one such VPN provider that can help you access the web safely and securely. A lifetime subscription generally retails for $499.99, but at CrackBerry Digital Offers, you can get yours for $42.50. All you have to do is use code GIFTSHOP15 and you'll get 15% off our already discounted price of $49.99.

VPN Unlimited gives you secure access to public Wi-Fi networks, unlimited bandwidth, an unlimited high-speed connection, a growing selection of global services in over 50 countries, fast server switching, as well as ad blocking, malware protection, and tracker blocking. If you value your online privacy and flexibility, then subscribe to a VPN. And why not pick up a lifetime subscription for $42.50. Just make sure you use code GIFTSHOP15 at check out!

Use code GIFTSHOP15 for an additional 15% off! Learn more

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How to update software on the BlackBerry Motion

BlackBerry Motion is frequently updated with security patches. Here's how to manually check for updates in the system settings.

While you may get push notifications when updates are available, you can also search for Android updates manually on your BlackBerry Motion.

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BlackBerry announces new patent licensing partnership with Teletry

BlackBerry continues to sign new patent licensing deals and the latest to be announced is a strategic licensing agreement with Teletry. As part of the agreement between Teletry and BlackBerry, Teletry will have the right to sublicense a broad range of BlackBerry patents to a majority of global smartphone manufacturers.

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Convenience Key fans will love the new Smart Convenience Key on the BlackBerry Motion!

With the BlackBerry Motion, BlackBerry Mobile is introducing a new Smart Convenience Key that takes the user-defined shortcuts to the next level by adding in profiles you can setup and control on the fly. Now when you press the textured key, you are presented with up to three different options with profiles for Default, Car, Meeting, and Home. Do the math that's like 12 different shortcuts in one button.

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Optiemus launches the BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black in Sri Lanka

After initially launching the BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black in India, Optiemus has now partnered with Softlogic to bring the BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black to Sri Lanka. The launch also came with an announcement that the first 200 customers of the BlackBerry KEYone Limited Edition Black in Sri Lanka will be invited to a gala dinner featuring Kumar Sangakkara.

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How to take a screenshot on the BlackBerry Motion

How do you take a screenshot on the BlackBerry Motion? Just follow these steps!

The BlackBerry Motion follows the same method of taking a screenshot as other Android-based BlackBerry devices. Very simply, this involves pressing the volume down key and the power key at the same time. It can be used on any screen to capture whatever is displayed as a separate image file. That image file can then be saved for later reference or shared to others.

How to take a screenshot of the BlackBerry Motion

  1. Open the app you want to screenshot and go to the exact screen you want to capture.
  2. Press and hold the Power key and the volume down key on the right side. Be sure to not use the textured convenience key, which is just below the power key.
  3. The screen will flash white, you'll hear a sound effect, and the screenshot will be saved to the Screenshots directory.

How to view screenshots on the BlackBerry Motion

  1. Open the Photos app. It can be found in the Google folder on the home screen by default, or in the full apps list after you tap the grid button in the middle at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Scroll to the Screenshots subheading. Tap the number at the end of the thumbnails to view more than the last seven.
  3. Screenshots will also show up in the notification tray once you've taken them. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the thumbnail to view the image, or tap the Share or Delete buttons.

From the Photos app, you can freely share, delete, edit, or view the file details. Your screenshot will show up as an option across many apps that let you send images, like Messenger or Instagram, though you can share to those apps from Photos as well.

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BlackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Tour comes to Prague this Thursday - RSVP Now!

With London being taken care of and Frankfurt almost wrapped up, the next location on the BlackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Tour is Prague this Thursday, November 16. The venue is set, the gear is ready to roll, and we're excited for a great evening of BlackBerry fans and those thinking about picking up a new BlackBerry KEYone or BlackBerry Motion coming together.

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Pay what you want for a 10-course coding bundle!

To become a successful coder these days, it pays to have a well-rounded education. Only knowing one or two languages just won't cut it anymore, but it can be difficult to amass this type of knowledge without spending a ton of money.

Get 10 coding courses just by beating the average price! Learn more

Right now, however, CrackBerry Digital Offers has a deal on a huge 10-course coding bundle. Valued at $1,479, you instead get to pay whatever you want. If you beat the average price, you get to take home all 10 courses. If you don't beat the price, you still get to take home an Introduction to R Programming course.

The other nine courses include:

  • Complete Python Web Course: Build 8 Python Web Apps
  • How to Make a Freaking iPhone App: iOS 11 and Swift 4
  • JavaScript for Beginners
  • The Complete PHP MySQL Professional Course
  • Learn React by Building Real Projects
  • Programming for Complete Beginners in C#
  • The Complete Java 9 Masterclass: Beginner to Expert
  • Beginner Full Stack Web Development: HTML, CSS, React & Node
  • Angular Crash Course for Busy Developers

Pay what you want for this awesome coding bundle! Learn more

If you're at all interested in becoming a learned coder, this bundle is no doubt quite appealing. The longer you wait, the higher the average price will climb; don't hesitate!

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Best cases for the BlackBerry Motion

It's early, but we're starting to see some promising cases for the BlackBerry Motion emerge.

The BlackBerry Motion is starting to roll out to lucky owners (O' Canada!) , which means that its time to take a look at cases to keep that brand new phone safe.

At launch, the pickings for Motion cases are fairly slim — there are a couple cheap options available on Amazon but we can't recommend them just yet, so buyers beware.

However, there are a handful that we can recommend for all you early adopters, and we'll be updating this article as new options emerge. Here are the best cases for the BlackBerry Motion so far!

Incipio DualPro Case

The DualPro case by Incipio is essentially Incipio's flagship case which they make for nearly all major phones released, including the BlackBerry Motion.

This is a classic case style with no frills or unnecessary accents — just a two-layer case designed to protect your phone protected from drops. The interior is made of shock absorbing TPU while the outer shell is made of rigid polycarbonate with a soft touch finish. Available in all-black for $29.99, this is a reliable case with a classic look.

If you're looking for something with a bit more flash and style, Incipio will also has a Carnaby Esquire Series case available soon, so you may want to keep your eye on that one.

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CoverOn FlexGuard Series Case

For those looking for a cheaper, one-piece case you might want to consider the CoverOn FlexGuard series case. Available for just $8, this case is made of flexible TPU which means that it's easy to put on and will absorb the shock of any drops or impacts so your phone doesn't.

Featuring a simple minimalist look and feel including a raised bevel around the front to protect the screen, this is a slim and lightweight case that's available in your choice of black or as a clear case.

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BlackBerry Cases

Longtime BlackBerry fans know that typically some of the best cases for BlackBerry phones are offered by BlackBerry itself, and that appears to be the case with the BlackBerry Motion.

There are two case styles available for the Motion on the BlackBerry Mobile website — the Privacy FlipCase and a classic Hard Shell case.

We've featured the Privacy FlipCase because it's the most intriguing option because it's packed with awesome features like a transparent flip cover that leaves the touchscreen fully functional with the cover closed while also doubling as a privacy shield that limits your screen's viewing angle so you don't have any looky-loos on your daily commute trying to sneak a peak at your screen. There's also a built-in card slot on the back to help free up some space in your wallet.

So far we've only found these cases available for sale from a UK-based online store, but you can also also register for availability updates from the BlackBerry Mobile website.

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Anything we missed?

Are there any cases for the Motion that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

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