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Poll: What browser are you using on your Android BlackBerry?

When it comes to browsing the web on our phones, I'm sure a lot of folks just load up whatever the default web browser is, which on Android BlackBerry Smartphones is Chrome, but there's always folks out there looking for better options. With Android, there is a ton of options to choose from including desktop counterparts such as Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera and more.

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BlackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Tour comes to Frankfurt this Tuesday - RSVP Now!

BlackBerry Unstoppable Tour comes to Frankfurt this Tuesday - RSVP Now!

Now that we've hit London, the next location on the BlackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Tour is Frankfurt this Tuesday, November 14. All the groundwork has been laid 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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Your opportunity to save 60% on a Ring Doorbell Pro ends tonight

ep·ic: particularly impressive or remarkable.

Drumroll, please! Thrifter finally took the wraps off the doorbuster deal that they have been teasing, and revealed how you will be able to purchase one for yourself.

First up, the prize. Ring's Video Doorbell Pro, priced at just $99.95. You read that correctly — a hundred bucks.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro Exclusive Doorbuster

Let us break down what a steal this is. The best deal that Thrifter has ever seen for the Ring Video Doorbell Pro was $185. Typically it sells for $240. On Black Friday, at multiple retailers, it's going to be on sale for $200. The non-pro version is a great deal at $100, so getting the better model at that price is killer. ModernDad called it the best $200 you could spend on your home.

What exactly is a Ring Video Doorbell Pro, you ask?

With this doorbell, you can see, hear, and speak to anyone at your door using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It has a built-in wide-angle lens, microphone, and speaker. No more wondering who is at your door - just use your free Ring app and you'll be able to see them. It connects to your existing doorbell connection and home Wi-Fi network, and you can use it with Alexa devices as well. This is the most advanced model that Ring makes. Thanks to the motion detection and infrared vision, you'll even be able to see if someone nefarious comes along. It features four interchangeable faceplates to match your home decor, and your purchase is protected for life.

It's got 4 out of 5 stars based on over 9,000 customer reviews and it's the #1 bestselling doorbell kit on Amazon.

So how do you get one?

Team Thrifter has been planning this for weeks. There is a limited quantity available for this promotion. Thrifter knows that this deal will be popular, and they would like for dedicated readers to be able to purchase it. In an effort to prevent eBay scalpers and drive-by sales from depleting stock in the blink of an eye, Thrifter decided the fairest way to distribute the doorbuster is to choose buyers at random.

Fill in the widget above if you're interested in getting in on this deal. You can enter now! It will stop accepting entries at the end of the day on Thursday, November 16th. The morning of Friday the 17th, Thrifter will randomly draw a selection of people. If your name is drawn, you'll receive an email from them with a unique coupon code. Head to this listing at B&H Photo to redeem your promo code. After you receive your email, you'll have until the end of the day on Friday, November 17th to use your coupon; if it isn't used, it will be voided and a new winner will be drawn for your spot! That means if you aren't part of the first batch of names drawn, you'll be placed on a waitlist. Thrifter will randomly draw names from the waitlist as needed and notify winners via email until the supply is depleted.

Getting your name into the pool is super simple. You'll just need to subscribe to Thrifter's awesome daily newsletter (which you already are, right?!). Since this is such a hot deal and the demand will be high, there is a strict limit of one doorbuster per person.

We hope you're just as stoked as we are about this doorbuster! After you put your name in the virtual hat below, make sure to keep an eye on your email the morning of the 17th! Good luck!

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For more great deals be sure to check out our friends at Thrifter now!

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BlackBerry Motion Unboxing and Hands-On Video Roundup

Now that the BlackBerry Motion is making its way into the hands of more and more people, we're starting to see plenty of unboxings and first hands-on impressions hitting YouTube. With that in mind and the fact the Motion has become available in Canada now, we figured it was a good time to start rounding up some of the great videos that have popped up.

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BlackBerry Motion now available at Bell, SaskTel, TELUS and Koodo!

Although SaskTel was the first to go live with orders for the BlackBerry Motion in Canada, Bell, TELUS, and Koodo have now also got the all-new BlackBerry Motion added to their lineups. Pricing is pretty standard across all retailers offering the Motion but here's the breakdown.

Bell

  • $0.00 - 2-year term - Requires a minimum of 1 GB ($25/mo.) of data per account plus a minimum of $70/mo. per user.
  • $99.99 - 2-year term - Requires a minimum of 1 GB ($25/mo.) of data per account plus a minimum of $60/mo. per user.
  • $599.99 - No term

TELUS

  • $0 - Starting at $95 per month a 2-year plan
  • $100 - Starting at $85 per month a 2-year plan
  • $605 - No term pricing

Koodo

  • $100 + $21 Tab charge for 24 months
  • $245 + $15 Tab charge for 24 months
  • $365 + $10 Tab charge for 24 months
  • $605 No term pricing

The BlackBerry Motion is live on all the sites right now for consumer accounts, while Bell and TELUS also have business customer options available. If you're looking to pick your BlackBerry Motion up in store, remember select Bell, TELUS, and SaskTel stores will have it available while Koodo is only offering the Motion online. With the sites now live, let us know if you placed your order yet in the comments!

See at Bell See at SaskTel See at TELUS See at Koodo

BlackBerry Motion Specs and Features

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BlackBerry Motion now available through SaskTel in Canada

BlackBerry Mobile announced the BlackBerry Motion would be available in Canada starting November 10th and the first carrier out the gate making the device available online is SaskTel. Right now, new and existing SaskTel customers can order the all-new BlackBerry Motion through the SaskTel site with pricing starting at $0 on a 2-year contract +$5/mo. with Plus Pricing.

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BlackBerry Motion now available from Unlocked Mobiles UK

As Canadian carriers get ready to make the BlackBerry Motion available on November 10th, BlackBerry fans in the UK looking to pick up a Motion now have the option of ordering one from Unlocked Mobiles. The retailer, which ships Internationally, has the Motion in stock and ready to be ordered for £399.00 inc VAT.

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Want to try out the latest BBM for Android? You can now join the open beta!

Well, that was quick. They have filled up all the spots already. Congrats to those who got in.

If you like to live on the edge and run some beta apps, the folks at BBM have now opened up beta sign-ups for the Android version. Previously, getting onto the beta release channel was a little bit harder as it was all ran through the BlackBerry Beta Zone but now BBM has fully set it up through Google Play making it all a simpler process.

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BlackBerry Hub updated to align with BlackBerry Hub+ Services latest update

This is just a quick heads up to let you all know there's a new BlackBerry Hub update now available on Google Play. While the BlackBerry Hub+ Services update that arrived before it brought a few changes, this particular Hub update is just to align with the Hub+ Services update due to the fact both apps work together to make the BlackBerry Hub work as it does.

What's New

  • Improved compatibility with HTML email messages by supporting CSS !important rules

While it might seem like a minor update, it's still an important one to get downloaded as soon as you can to ensure all the Hub functions are working as they should. So, with that in mind, fire up the Google Play Store and grab it if you haven't yet.

Download BlackBerry Hub from the Google Play Store

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Save 91% on the CBAP® & CCBA® Business Analysis Certification Training Bundle

It can be tough to advance your career without the right qualifications or credentials. Getting new credentials can be time consuming or expensive. Not everyone has the time or resources to go back to school.

Gain the Skills Necessary to Earn Two Top Business Credentials! Learn more

That's where the CBAP® & CCBA® Business Analysis Certification Training Package can help. Offered by CrackBerry Digital Offers, this bundle includes two courses that will help you build expertise in six crucial knowledge areas: business analysis planning and monitoring, elicitation, requirements management and communication, enterprise analysis, requirements analysis, and solution assessment and validation.

There's over 40 hours of content that's available to you 24/7 for life, and once you've completed everything you will be able to achieve the following:

  • Study to pass the IIBA-CBAP® & CCBA® certification exams
  • Understand 50 business analysis tools & techniques
  • Discuss the 5 business analysis perspectives: Agile, Business Intelligence, Information Technology, Business Architecture, & Business Process Management
  • Identify, define, assess, & complete various elements of business analysis tasks
  • Be able to perform 30 business analysis tasks in 6 knowledge areas

Save 91% on this great training bundle! Learn more

Have you been looking to give your career a bump? You can make it happen yourself! Typically these courses would be offered for $600, but you'll only pay $49! Get this great bundle today!!

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BlackBerry Hub+ Services update fixes battery drain, Android Oreo bugs, and more!

A new BlackBerry Hub+ Services update has landed on Google Play and is now ready for download. This release highlights a few important fixes for those experiencing battery drain, crashes on Android Oreo plus, it adds further compatibility for CSS in HTML emails.

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Best Buy's Black Friday ad is here with a 50-inch 4K TV for $180 and more

Best Buy's Black Friday ad may have you thinking about lining up on Thanksgiving!

Black Friday will be here before you know it, and there's no better time to start preparing than now. Best Buy's Black Friday ad is usually one of the most anticipated ads of the season, and this year the retailer doesn't disappoint.

Best Buy will be open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thanksgiving and will re-open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. The retailer won't be waiting for Thanksgiving to start the fun, though. There are already a bunch of deals that you can purchase at Black Friday pricing, and new doorbusters will be announced on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Some of the hottest deals that we've spotted include a $180 Sharp 50-inch 4K TV, up to $100 off Sonos speakers, $30 Amazon Fire Tablets, $100 Amazon Cloud Cameras, and various other tech and smart home goodies.

There will be video games starting at $25, the Nintendo Switch will be widely available, and 4K Blu-ray's will start at just $10.

Check out the Thrifter Black Friday Hub

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Tata Elxsi and BlackBerry team up to accelerate innovation in secure embedded designs

As BlackBerry continues to build out their range of partners, the company has now announced they have teamed up with Tata Elxsi to help companies design and develop secure, mission-critical solutions. The solutions created will cover automotive, industrial, medical and network communication using BlackBerry QNX technologies.

"Tata Elxsi is excited to partner with BlackBerry as a value-added integrator. This will allow customers across industries to rapidly adopt and integrate their products and shorten the time to market," said Nitin Pai, SVP of Marketing and Strategy, Tata Elxsi. "BlackBerry's rich suite of safety-certified and secure software solutions for mission critical applications, coupled with Tata Elxsi's automotive, industrial, medical and general embedded development capabilities will enable OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to quickly design, build and deploy sophisticated and secure system level solutions."

"The explosion of connected products and mission critical embedded systems has presented a tremendous opportunity for safe, secure, and trusted software solutions," said Kaivan Karimi, SVP and Head of Sales and Marketing for BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "By using trusted BlackBerry QNX technology, companies around the world can develop safety-certified embedded systems and devices that are not just secure, but BlackBerry Secure. We are excited to partner with Tata Elxsi, and look forward to helping their customers accelerate the design, development, integration and testing of mission-critical, next-generation systems."

The partnership will see Tata Elxsi provide integration and customization services for the full of BlackBerry QNX embedded software solutions including QNX Neutrino Realtime OS, QNX Momentics Tool Suite, QNX Hypervisor, QNX SDK for Apps & Media, QNX Wireless Framework, QNX OS for Safety, QNX OS for Medical, QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, QNX Platform for Acoustics, and QNX Platform for ADAS.

Tata Elxsi Partners with BlackBerry to Accelerate Innovation in Secure Embedded Designs

Nov 8, 2017 - BANGALORE, INDIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Nov. 8, 2017) - Tata Elxsi and BlackBerry Limited (NYSE:BB)(TSX:BB) today announced they are partnering to help companies design and develop secure, mission-critical solutions for industries such as automotive, industrial, medical and network communication using BlackBerry QNX technologies.

Tata Elxsi will provide integration and customization services for the following embedded software solutions from BlackBerry: QNX Neutrino Realtime OS, QNX Momentics Tool Suite, QNX Hypervisor, QNX SDK for Apps & Media, QNX Wireless Framework, QNX OS for Safety, QNX OS for Medical, QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, QNX Platform for Acoustics, and QNX Platform for ADAS.

"Tata Elxsi is excited to partner with BlackBerry as a value-added integrator. This will allow customers across industries to rapidly adopt and integrate their products and shorten the time to market," said Nitin Pai, SVP of Marketing and Strategy, Tata Elxsi. "BlackBerry's rich suite of safety-certified and secure software solutions for mission critical applications, coupled with Tata Elxsi's automotive, industrial, medical and general embedded development capabilities will enable OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to quickly design, build and deploy sophisticated and secure system level solutions."

"The explosion of connected products and mission critical embedded systems has presented a tremendous opportunity for safe, secure, and trusted software solutions," said Kaivan Karimi, SVP and Head of Sales and Marketing for BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "By using trusted BlackBerry QNX technology, companies around the world can develop safety-certified embedded systems and devices that are not just secure, but BlackBerry Secure. We are excited to partner with Tata Elxsi, and look forward to helping their customers accelerate the design, development, integration and testing of mission-critical, next-generation systems."

To learn more about BlackBerry QNX's technology, please visit blackberry.qnx.com.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a cybersecurity software and services company dedicated to securing the Enterprise of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BB" on the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

About Tata Elxsi

Tata Elxsi is a global design and technology services company, headquartered in Bangalore. It addresses the automotive, broadcast and communications, consumer electronics and healthcare industries. This is supported by a network of design studios, development centers and offices worldwide.

Tata Elxsi works with leading OEMs and suppliers in the automotive and transportation industries for R&D, design and product engineering services from architecture to launch and beyond. It brings together domain experience across Infotainment, Autonomous Driving, Telematics, Powertrain, and Body electronics, along with technologies such as artificial intelligence, analytics, cloud and IoT. Tata Elxsi is accredited with Automotive SPICE Level 5 certification and is a member of leading consortiums such as AUTOSAR and OPEN Alliance. For more information, visit www.tataelxsi.com.

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Canadians can save $100 on the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition for the next 24 hours!

The 24-Hour flash sale is back on in Canada, and this time it's for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition!

Following up on the previous 24-hour flash sales in Canada which were for the BlackBerry KEYone in Silver, BlackBerry Mobile has kicked off another 24-hour flash sale. This time around, Canadians can score a BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition for $100 off bringing the total to CAD 699.99.

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Order a BlackBerry KEYone from the BlackBerry Mobile European store, get a free Flip Case!

From now until November 30th, BlackBerry Mobile is offering a free Flip Case when you order a BlackBerry KEYone from the BlackBerry Mobile European store. The BlackBerry Mobile European store ships to 28 European countries and offers the BlackBerry KEYone in silver as well as the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition.

BlackBerry KEYone Flip Case

The BlackBerry KEYone Flip Case is for those that don't want an all-out case but still need that extra bit of protection. The FlipCase holds your KEYone in a hard-shell back, with a leather flip cover up front for easy access. The BlackBerry KEYone Flip Case also has a built-in window for viewing notifications with the case closed.

Pricing for the KEYone in Europe starts at €599.00 for the original silver while the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition is priced at €649.00 when added to your cart. With both options, you can also choose between QWERTY, QWERTZ, and AZERTY keyboard as well as UK or EU power supplies.

See more at the BlackBerry Mobile EU Store

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Twitter officially expanding character count to 280 starting today!

After rolling a short testing phase that began near the end of September, Twitter has now decided to officially start expanding their character count to 280 to all accounts where language cramming has been identified as an issue.

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BlackBerry UNSTOPPABLE Tour comes to London this Friday - RSVP Now!

BlackBerry Unstoppable Tour comes to London this Friday - RSVP Now!

The first stop on our BlackBerry Unstoppable European Tour is London, and we're all set for a fantastic evening of BlackBerry fans and those thinking about picking up a new BlackBerry KEYone or BlackBerry Motion coming together.

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Here's a look at the first official BlackBerry Motion accessories

The first official BlackBerry Motion accessories are coming soon — here's a quick look.

While we're already starting to see cases from several vendors including Incipio for the BlackBerry Motion, BlackBerry Mobile has their own official BlackBerry Motion accessories on their way as well. Accessories lined up and coming soon are the Privacy FlipCase, a Hard Shell and finally, a Privacy Screen Protector.

Privacy FlipCase

The Privacy FlipCase, as the name suggests, keeps your privacy in mind by offering limited viewing angles while allowing for access to the full functionality of your BlackBerry Motion even if the cover is closed. In addition to keeping your Motion protected, the Privacy FlipCase also features a with built-in card slot on the back for easy convenience.

  • Keep privacy protected with limited 60° horizontal viewing angle.
  • Full-screen display with full touch functionality enables you to operate with the cover closed.
  • Full coverage design for improved protection.
  • Free your wallet with built-in card slot on the back.
  • Exquisite detail delivers superior quality and tactile sensation.

Hard Shell

The classic Hard Shell is perfect for those who are looking for something that offers protection for their Motion but don't really like a lot of bulk added to their devices. These are always my personal go-to's out of the gate for any new device.

  • 2H hardness protection effectively resists daily scratch
  • Snugly cut, customized texture and finish preserves phone's original beauty
  • 50% semi-transparent dark grey case reveals the subtle beauty of BlackBerry design, classic and stylish.

Privacy Screen Protector

In addition to the privacy features such as the Privacy Shade app pre-loaded on the BlackBerry Motion, folks looking to add an additional layer of privacy can opt to pick up a Privacy Screen Protector which offers not only increased privacy but also anti-scratch protection for that beautiful display.

  • Limited 60° horizontal viewing angle provides data security
  • Semi-transparent screen protector combines style and anti-scratch protection

All of the items listed here are noted to be coming soon and probably still subject to change, so we'll update the post with links to places to purchase them when they go live - online or in-store. For now, though, let us know in the comments what you think about the official lineup of BlackBerry Motion accessories.

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Pay what you want to become an Adobe CC Master!

Designing posters for events, making business cards, or creating graphics for Youtube videos all take powerful designing software to complete. The Adobe Creative Cloud is the gold standard in the design industry today, used by professionals and amateurs alike.

Learn Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more! Learn more

While the Adobe CC is loaded with powerful programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, they won't be much good to you unless you know how to use them, and learning how to use these sophisticated design programs can be tricky — especially if you want to master each program. Lucky for you, CrackBerry Digital Offers has the perfect solution.

Right now through CrackBerry Digital Offers you can pay what you want for the Adobe CC Lifetime Mastery Bundle! That's right, you don't have to pay a cent more than you want; here's how it works!

  1. Pay what you want (minimum 1$) and if that's less than the average price you'll still get two excellent courses!
  2. Pay more than the average price and you'll get the entire bundle of courses!
  3. Beat the Leader's price and you have a chance to win a giveaway prize!

This bundle of courses gives you lifetime access to valuable training content for all of Adobe's most popular designing programs. Regardless of your skill level coming into the courses, you will learn essential skills for using Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects and more! Here's just a sampling of the topics covered:

  • Use selection tools, work with layers, master crop and transform functions, and more.
  • Apply Photoshop filters, layer styles, and explore adjustment layers.
  • Understand the Type tool, blending shapes and colors, and basic effects.
  • Discover transparency and graphic styles.
  • Use templates and styles to speed up creating documents.
  • Explore graphics file formats and print terminology.

This entire bundle would normally cost you hundreds of dollars but is available right now through CrackBerry Digital Offers for only $10!! Hurry up and jump on this offer before the price goes up!

Lifetime access to the best design programs! Learn more

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Monument Valley 2 launches on Android for $4.99

Following up on the original hit from 2014, ustwo games has now finally launched their beautiful puzzle adventure Monument Valley 2 for Android. For the second outing, the game takes on a whole new storyline, and because of that, playing the original is not a requirement to get into this adventure.

Guide a mother and her child as they embark on a journey through magical architecture, discovering illusionary pathways and delightful puzzles as you learn the secrets of the Sacred Geometry. Sequel to the award-winning Monument Valley, Monument Valley 2 presents a brand new adventure set in a beautiful and impossible world. Help Ro as she teaches her child about the mysteries of the valley, exploring stunning environments and manipulating architecture to guide them on their way.

If you're looking to dive into the adventure Monument Valley 2 brings, it'll set you back $4.99 on the Google Play Store. The download does come in around 251MB as well, so keep that in mind. There's plenty of reviews already praising the game, so give them a look if you're looking to find out how others are enjoying it and you can also hit the trailer video to see if it's something you might be into.

Learn more and Download Monument Valley 2

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