Inst10 for Instagram updated with new features, fixes and improvements!

Inst10 continues to be one of the top ways BlackBerry 10 users can access Instagram on BlackBerry 10 and a new update rolling out through BlackBerry World right now adds several fixes and improvements to keep the app going. This time around, the change log is short but important.

Change Log:

  • Updated: Instagram API Version
  • Improved: Authentication Flow
  • Added: Login Solver
  • Added: Account Recovery Feature

In addition to the noted fixes, improvements and new features, Nemory Studio also highlights some coming soon additions such as Instagram Stories, multiple photo uploads as well as a revamped UI. If you already have Inst10 installed, the update is available via BlackBerry World now. If you're new to Inst10 and want to give it a go, it's available for free on BlackBerry World. You'll get a free trial to the pro features and after that, if you wish to continue there is an in-app purchase for them.

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Grab Samsung's Level U Pro Bluetooth headphones for just $50 today

Bluetooth headphones have become more popular in the recent years, especially as manufacturers drop support of headphone jacks and Samsung's Level U Pro are a great option. They have an around the neck design that lets them rest comfortably when not in use, and today you can pick up a pair for just $50.

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The CrackBerry Forums are now prettier, faster and better than ever!

Yes, it's true. We gave the CrackBerry Forums plenty of love back in February by launching an all new design and plenty of behind the scenes and upfront improvements but that was only laying the groundwork for where we wanted to go.

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BlackBerry Mobile's new Instagram feed is glorious

While on my morning social catch up I had several post notifications for BlackBerry Mobile on Instagram. Their page has now gone live, and WOW it's glorious! It really tells a story about BlackBerry KEYone in a thoughtful way. I haven't seen many brand accounts taking such a considerate approach to their Instagram page.

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Latest BBM update adds even further UI enhancements and improvements

The last BBM update to roll out through Google Play laid the groundwork for some UI enhancements and improvements but the latest release, now filtering out through Google Play, has brought even more to the mix.

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Beta Zone will longer provide BlackBerry beta OS updates

Update: Added more information at the bottom in regards to how to disable diagnotics logging for those on beta OS releases currently.

Since the BlackBerry Beta Zone refresh in April 2016, the BlackBerry Beta Zone has been providing beta OS updates for BlackBerry smartphones, but as announced today, BlackBerry has decided they will no longer be offering beta OS releases. They will, however, still continue with offering up beta releases for their apps, such as BlackBerry Hub+ Suite.

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Emtek Group and Ant Financial team up to launch new mobile payments platform

Emtek Group and Ant Financial have now announced a strategic partnership to launch a new mobile platform for payment and other financial services in Indonesia that will make its way to BBM.

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BlackBerry awarded nearly $815M in arbitration against Qualcomm

BlackBerry today has announced a binding interim arbitration decision awarding BlackBerry $814,868,350.00 in royalty overpayments made to Qualcomm Incorporated. As noted, hearings were held in San Diego, California from February 27, 2017 to March 3, 2017 under Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services rules.

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Hello CrackBerry Nation!

When I initially brought CrackBerry Kevin out of retirement for the month of February to celebrate 10 Years of CrackBerry, I wasn't expecting to have nearly as much fun as I've been having. I also had no expectations that the festivities would continue beyond February and the end of Mobile World Congress.

Following my hosting duties at the BlackBerry KEYone launch event, the fine folks at BlackBerry Mobile let me leave Barcelona with a couple of KEYone engineering samples so I could show them off to other BlackBerry fans itching to get a first look at the KEYone. I did just that in March by hosting a handful of awesome CrackBerry meetups in cities like Toronto, Winnipeg, Miami and New York.

Now here we are, it's April and as we get closer to the rollout of the KEYone I'm happy to say the fun isn't stopping anytime soon.

Listen up for a few announcements that I hope you will all appreciate:

1. BlackBerry Mobile is sponsoring the CrackBerry website for 2017!

BlackBerry Mobile made the unveiling of the KEYone truly memorable by financially supporting us to bring 10 CrackBerry members to Barcelona to attend the event in person.

I'm happy to say that we've now entered into an advertising partnership with BlackBerry Mobile that will be kicking off soon. This means you can expect to see tasteful, fast-loading ads for the KEYone running on the CrackBerry website. It also means we'll continue to keep turned off all the slow-loading, junky units that I know so many of you dislike but have helped pay the bills to keep this site going.

The BIG benefit of this advertising relationship FOR YOU is that it's going to allow me to take the CrackBerry experience to the next level. I'm loving the KEYone and am all-in on doing what I personally can to get BlackBerry Smartphones back on the map again, so you can expect the proceeds to get invested into making CrackBerry extra awesome. More giveaways, more content and even a revamped site design and app are in the works. It also means I can dedicate more of my time to activities like hosting CrackBerry meetups!

If you're wondering whether anything will change content-wise around here because of CrackBerry receiving advertising dollars, the answer is, not really. You can expect the same CrackBerry Kevin as always, along with the same 'ole Bla1ze. More on us remaining objective below. I'm also looking to grow the editorial team and add some new personalities into the CrackBerry mix. One name you won't see though on CrackBerry anymore is James Nieves, because…

2. James Nieves is leaving CrackBerry and will be supporting BlackBerry Mobile!

James only recently started contributing to CrackBerry, but many of you in the BlackBerry community know him from his years running BerryFlow. James has always been an extremely passionate BlackBerry fan and supporter and is now going to level up by supporting BlackBerry Mobile behind the scenes on their social game.

It's a little bittersweet as James was a fantastic addition to CrackBerry, but overall I think this is just a simply fantastic move for both James and BlackBerry Mobile that will ultimately help benefit all of us BlackBerry users. For James it's his dream gig, for BlackBerry Mobile it's pure win as they gain an individual truly passionate for the brand who understands the needs of their long-term users, and for all of us I think we can agree it's just awesome to see. All the best to James and I know he'll do great things and make us proud.

3. Dark Theme and More Coming to CrackBerry!

The last major update we made to the CrackBerry website was rolled out when BlackBerry 10 was getting ready to launch. The KEYone marks a new era for BlackBerry so we're going to mark the occasion with a BIG update to CrackBerry to match. And yes, CrackBerry is finally getting a dark theme. Having seen all of the designs, all I can say is IT LOOKS SOOOO NICE. We also have a big update to our CrackBerry Android app in the works.

Screw The Good 'Ole Days; Let's Make the New Days Even Better!

I hope you read the words above and felt the same level of excitement as I have right now. When I came out of retirement in February it was with the aim of bringing back the "good 'ole days of BlackBerry" on CrackBerry. Reflecting on the past two months and thinking ahead on what we have planned, I had the realization it's time to quit trying to re-live the past and instead focus on creating a new era of BlackBerry awesome. Per the announcements above, I truly believe we can rebuild this community and make it better than ever.

On Disclaimers and Remaining Objective - Over our 10 Years of CrackBerry we have had many advertising sponsorships, including occasional campaigns with BlackBerry. Per disclosure rules, any content that is specifically sponsored always gets labeled as such. Since this new BlackBerry Mobile sponsorship is a broad advertising sponsorship, we'll be baking in a note at the at the top of the site (i.e. 10 Years of CrackBerry brought to you by BlackBerry Mobile) and we've updated our site footer as well with the following verbiage:

You could call us biased, and you wouldn't be wrong, because at CrackBerry we love BlackBerry and think you should own a BlackBerry Smartphone! We also work as a community support and marketing partner with BlackBerry and BlackBerry Mobile. Our immense passion and knowledge of BlackBerry by our editors and community members make this the best resource for BlackBerry you'll find anywhere!

As part of this disclosure, for personalities like CrackBerry Kevin and Bla1ze on Twitter or Instagram, you may occasionally see us add additional disclosures like #sponsored or #ad on posts related to BlackBerry Mobile product sales. Our social content is always our own, but we just want to be frank and make it obvious with our readers that we're effectively paid supporters of BlackBerry Mobile due to their advertising on CrackBerry.

As for our ability to remain objective during periods of sponsorship, I'll copy and paste in part of a reply I left in the CrackBerry forums the other week on this topic:

When I launched CrackBerry, it was biased by definition and by design. I mean, the site is dedicated to BlackBerry. We're a pro-BlackBerry type of site, even when we haven't always been happy or agreed with everything the company has done over the years (I like to think of us as the coach on the sidelines cheering on their team to win even when yelling at the players). CrackBerry definitely is not and has never claimed to be a journalist-run organization. This is a community by BlackBerry users and fans, for BlackBerry users and fans, that aims to set out to help all BlackBerry users... and we've always felt the world would be a better place if everybody used a BlackBerry so we always put a lot of effort and have a lot of fun covering the newest devices. I think we're always pretty damn objective though as we're more passionate and knowledgeable about this stuff than anybody else out there writing or talking about it.

CrackBerry runs independent of BlackBerry, but over the years there have been times when we work more closely together, whether on marketing initiatives or advertising campaigns or support initiatives. If a content piece or initiative is specifically sponsored, we disclose that. Back in 2013 for example we ran the big BlackBerry-sponsored Talk Mobile campaigns, and at times you'll see advertising running on the site for BlackBerry. We've always had a good working relationship over the years.

If you have any questions based on all that, I'll linger around the comments for a bit so I can answer them.

It's been an exciting start to 2017 and the best is yet to come. I hope you join us for the ride and spread the word that it's time to buy BlackBerry Smartphone again!

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CrackBerry Podcast - Leadership and Privacy

CrackBerry Podcast - Leadership and Privacy

Looking to get caught up on the latest BlackBerry news? Make sure you check out the latest episode of the CrackBerry Podcast!

If you missed out on tuning into the CrackBerry podcast live on Sunday, you can now go ahead and check out the video or grab the audio. This week on tap for myself and Simon Sage was the news of John Chen being named Executive of the Year, what makes the BlackBerry KEYone keyboard the smartest smartphone keyboard. Plus, we dig into BlackBerry's stance on privacy in light of new FCC legislation. We kept things brief, so it's an easy listen. No Kevin rants, which, could be a plus or a minus depending on how you look at it. ;)

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On-demand viewing enabled for BlackBerry Webinars

On-demand viewing enabled for BlackBerry Webinars

BlackBerry has recently opened up Webcast Central for on-demand viewing. Webcast Central is an archive of different informational webinars that BlackBerry hosts regularly. This web spot also hosts upcoming webinars so you can check it out to know what's coming next.

Right now there are about 20 webinars you can go through and watch if you want to level up your enterprise know-how and learn more about BlackBerry Enterprise solutions.

The resource is for those who want to find out more about the products and services BlackBerry offers. They cover a range of topics from AtHoc product demos to details on Samsung Knox integration with BlackBerry UEM.

BlackBerry Webcast Central

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Here's how you can become an ethical hacker

Here's how you can become an ethical hacker

As the cyber world grows, so does the requirement for security personnel. One of the best ways to test security is to breach it — it's often hard to find a hole until something passes through it. The people who do this type of work are known as ethical hackers, and they are in high demand. Companies would rather have someone on their side breaching their security, rather than someone unknown or hostile. Maybe you've always fancied yourself a tech guru, or maybe you're just starting out. Either way, you're probably wondering how to get started down the path of cyber security.

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Right now, CrackBerry Offers has a fantastic deal on lifetime access to nearly 90 courses and 16 hours of information to get you ready. This package ultimately delivers [training you'll need to fast track your career]( The best part? It's going to set you back only $49 rather than the regular $700. No, that's not a typo; that's a 92% discount.

Being at the cutting edge of progress is never a bad idea, especially when it comes to your career. As job availability decreases and automation ramps up, individuals with specialized careers will be patting themselves on the back. One thing that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon is the need for tech security, so why not get started on this course today? Some of the highlights include:

  • Access 89 lectures & 16 hours of content 24/7
  • Understand how to bypass different security layers after getting proper approval
  • Learn how to compromise computers, crack passwords, crash systems & compromise applications
  • Run a buffer overflow from scratch
  • Stride towards a career in this fast-growing IT profession

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Sick of your dead-end job? Want to make a ton of money and help a lot of people stay safe? Get in at the ground level and make the tech industry work for you, not against you. This is a lot of education for a very low price — check it out today before the offer ends.

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Many SanDisk microSD cards, SSDs and flash drives are at all-time lows today

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with great savings on a variety of SanDisk memory products.

Amazon's one-day sale scores up to 35% off a variety of SanDisk's memory products ranging from high capacity microSD cards to portable Solid State Drives. SanDisk has been in the business for a long time and many people use its products daily and speak quite highly of them.

Whether you are looking to add some extra storage to your phone or camera, or are in the market for a new solid-state drive for your computer, you won't want to miss these discounts. Some of the items on sale include:

microSD cards

Flash Drives

Solid State Drives

There are a few other products not listed here that are also included in this deal. For a full list of the items be sure to hit the link below. Remember, these prices are only good for today, April 11, while supplies last so don't miss out!

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Protect your BlackBerry Classic with this slim case for $20 today

Looking for a case to protect your BlackBerry Classic that isn't super bulky? If so, Seidio's Surface case may be one of the best options out there, and today you can grab one for $20.

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Here are the winners for our BBM Enterprise lifetime subscription giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition to win a BBM Enterprise license for life.

I have sincerely enjoyed reading the entries and seeing the support and understanding #TeamCrackBerry has for BlackBerry's new strategy.

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Save on Bluetooth headphones, charging accessories and more with Anker's Easter Sale

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with some great deals on Anker accessories!

Anker, one of our favorite accessory makers, is currently discounting a bunch of its accessories ahead of Easter. Whether you are looking for some new headphones or a wireless charger, there is a solid variety of discounts here. These discounts are 15% or more off the regular price of the items, so you'll want to look through them and see what you need for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

The best deals include:

These deals are set to run from now through April 17, while supply lasts. To be sure you don't miss out on the lower prices, be sure to grab what you are interested in now!

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

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BlackBerry earns 5-Star rating in CRN's 2017 Partner Program Guide

Although BlackBerry is no stranger to winning awards and certifications for their services, it never hurts to add even more. This time around, as noted by Richard McLeod, Global Vice-President of Enterprise Software Channels at BlackBerry, via the Inside BlackBerry blog, BlackBerry has now earned a 5-Star rating in CRN's 2017 Partner Program Guide for their BlackBerry Solutions Provider Program.

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Listen to your favorite tunes in the shower or by the pool with this $10 Bluetooth speaker

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great deal on a waterproof Bluetooth speaker.

I don't know about you, but I like to listen to music everywhere. In my office, the car, by the pool and even the shower. Right now you can pick up this waterproof Bluetooth speaker from VicTsing for just $9.99 with coupon code LV5Z4QLT, which is a savings of $9 from its regular price. The speaker has a small footprint so it doesn't take up much space, but is designed to still be loud enough to hear over the running water or when using it outside. Battery life won't be much of a concern with this one as it's rated for around 7 hours of playback with the volume at 70%.

The hexagonal shape allows the speaker to be a bit more durable and robust, and it can balance on each side so you can set it down anywhere without worrying. Odds are this deal won't stick around too long, so be sure to grab one now!

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The smartest smartphone KEYboard

The smartest smartphone KEYboard

I was tight on studio time this week but found a few minutes to fire things up for another CBK video. You don't call a phone KEYone without a big part of the story being about the KEYboard, so in this video I dive into what makes it so damn smart.

A few weeks ago on Valentine's Day I posted a gush fest video about why physical keyboards still rock and will have a place in the smartphone world for years to come despite the majority of devices these days being touchscreen slabs. If you missed that video, you can watch it here.

In this video I followed up with another video about the BlackBerry KEYone's KEYboard and what makes it so fantastically smart. Of course, if you're reading this on CrackBerry you're likely already up to speed with the KEYboard's awesomeness. Like many keyboard smartphones before it, you can program shortcuts which make the phone more immediately useful every time you pick it up (short press & long press options make these shortcuts even smarter). And like some newer BlackBerry keyboard models, you can also swipe on the keyboard like a trackpad. The KEYone goes a step further adding a fingerprint sensor to the spacebar, which still boggles my mind every time I use it (basically magic!).

I hope you enjoy the video! It's meant to be fun and entertaining and a little informative - we'll definitely do deeper dives into the KEYone's keyboard in the weeks ahead! If you do enjoy the video, I really do appreciate any Shares and Thumbs Ups you can give to the video on YouTube (that'll help re-kickstart our channel a bit), and if you're not subscribed then PLEASE SUBSCRIBE! The more people who watch them the more we'll make! Be sure to turn on notifications so you don't miss any!

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John Chen: 'We make it our business not to know your business'

In the United States, new legislation signed Monday night means that soon internet service providers (ISPs) will be able to legally monitor your online activity. Previously these providers had to get customer permission in advance through an opt-in process. The new FCC internet privacy rules have some concerned as customer information under the previous administration had stricter regulations.

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