N4BB http://n4bb.com BlackBerry News, Reviews, FAQs, Leaks, Help Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:56:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 WIN a BlackBerry Passport, Classic Genuine Leather Case or Skin http://n4bb.com/win-blackberry-passport-classic-genuine-leather-case-skin/ http://n4bb.com/win-blackberry-passport-classic-genuine-leather-case-skin/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:56:24 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162284 Your BlackBerry Passport or Classic is already one beautiful looking smartphone. However, a great BlackBerry accessory in the mix can add another dimension. A friend of ours in Vietnam let us know his case manufacturing company has begun support for the BlackBerry Passport and Classic. Luxuriously-crafted genuine cowhide leather cases from Khacten.com are now available in three color variations: black, brown, and red. The black and red variants come in the antique-grain leather style, while the brown is a smooth, full-grain leather style. There are multiple options available too: leather pouch, leather holster, or a leather skin; each with its own level of protection. Fortunately for you, we have one of each! That’s right, we’re giving one away of each style and availability. Check out the video above to see these beautiful cases and details on how to WIN one of them for your BlackBerry Passport or Classic. Additionally, check out the gallery below: Winners (18 total) will be selected on Monday April 27th, after our N4BB Live podcast at 8pm EST. Be sure to follow our friends at Khacten on Facebook! And check out their other great products too. This giveaway is open to readers worldwide. By entering this giveaway you agree to be bound by our giveaway Terms and Conditions, found here.

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Your BlackBerry Passport or Classic is already one beautiful looking smartphone. However, a great BlackBerry accessory in the mix can add another dimension.

A friend of ours in Vietnam let us know his case manufacturing company has begun support for the BlackBerry Passport and Classic.

Luxuriously-crafted genuine cowhide leather cases from Khacten.com are now available in three color variations: black, brown, and red.

The black and red variants come in the antique-grain leather style, while the brown is a smooth, full-grain leather style.

There are multiple options available too: leather pouch, leather holster, or a leather skin; each with its own level of protection.

Fortunately for you, we have one of each! That’s right, we’re giving one away of each style and availability.

Check out the video above to see these beautiful cases and details on how to WIN one of them for your BlackBerry Passport or Classic.

Additionally, check out the gallery below:

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Winners (18 total) will be selected on Monday April 27th, after our N4BB Live podcast at 8pm EST.

Be sure to follow our friends at Khacten on Facebook! And check out their other great products too.

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide. By entering this giveaway you agree to be bound by our giveaway Terms and Conditions, found here.

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.159 Developer BETA Released http://n4bb.com/blackberry-os-10-3-2-159-developer-beta-released/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-os-10-3-2-159-developer-beta-released/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:26:33 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162313 BlackBerry has conducted a few consumer-level betas of BlackBerry OS 10.3.2, which we’ve learned what some of the new features have included. Now, BlackBerry is opening up the OS 10.3.2 to developers with a new beta available today. Beta version OS 10.3.2.159 can now be downloaded for Windows PC by developers from the BlackBerry Developer website. Mind you, this is a developer beta release, and should not be installed by general consumers. As with most developer betas, most normal functionality is likely broken in the build. Download OS 10.3.2.159 developer beta here.

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BlackBerry has conducted a few consumer-level betas of BlackBerry OS 10.3.2, which we’ve learned what some of the new features have included.

Now, BlackBerry is opening up the OS 10.3.2 to developers with a new beta available today.

Beta version OS 10.3.2.159 can now be downloaded for Windows PC by developers from the BlackBerry Developer website.

Mind you, this is a developer beta release, and should not be installed by general consumers. As with most developer betas, most normal functionality is likely broken in the build.

Download OS 10.3.2.159 developer beta here.

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N4BB Live: BlackBerry Oslo, Venice, Leap, App Updates, and More http://n4bb.com/n4bb-live-blackberry-oslo-venice-leap-app-updates/ http://n4bb.com/n4bb-live-blackberry-oslo-venice-leap-app-updates/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:45 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162281 Join us today for another BlackBerry podcast with N4BB Live, joined by JT, Chris, and Lucas. Today, we will be discussing our recently published BlackBerry Leap review. The device is a much better iteration than the Z3, but will it capture current Z30 owners? We’ll be discussing the leaked BlackBerry Oslo, which will be a new and redesigned BlackBerry Passport. Continued talks of the BlackBerry Slider, which is rumored to be codenamed the “Venice” and details on our current giveaway. Lastly, we’ll discuss some of the most recent app updates we’ve seen and will see coming soon. Listen above and engage in discussion in the chat below the live podcast. Enjoy!

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Join us today for another BlackBerry podcast with N4BB Live, joined by JT, Chris, and Lucas.

Today, we will be discussing our recently published BlackBerry Leap review. The device is a much better iteration than the Z3, but will it capture current Z30 owners?

We’ll be discussing the leaked BlackBerry Oslo, which will be a new and redesigned BlackBerry Passport.

Continued talks of the BlackBerry Slider, which is rumored to be codenamed the “Venice” and details on our current giveaway.

Lastly, we’ll discuss some of the most recent app updates we’ve seen and will see coming soon.

Listen above and engage in discussion in the chat below the live podcast. Enjoy!

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Blaq for BlackBerry 10 Receives Massive Update http://n4bb.com/blaq-blackberry-10-receives-massive-update/ http://n4bb.com/blaq-blackberry-10-receives-massive-update/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:28:33 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162276 Blaq for BlackBerry 10, easily one of the best Twitter apps available, has received a huge update that adds dozens of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. This is a big one guys. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got. The updates are as follows. New Features BlackBerry Classic Support – Trackpad highlighting and menu integration Upload multiple photos to Twitter. Inside or outside of the app via sharing. You can also reorder photos you attach before uploading. View multiple photos in tweets Video support (viewing only. Twitter hasn’t yet allowed video upload) Full photo size option Spanish and French translations – ¡Sí! and Oui! Pocket and Instapaper integration. Save a link for later reading. Find it in the tweet view and in-app browser menus In-app notifications – Notifications that are opened are marked as read in hub! Favorites and Retweets aren’t included (for now) due to their frequency. Compose DMs from hub Floating compose for DMs (10.3+ only) Watchlist screen in account settings Manage user list memberships from profile and tweet card Send Button in DM convo Keyboard shortcuts galore (keyboard devices only, for obvious reasons. Check left toolbar and context menus in other screens) Updated share icon Permission screen to enable location permission if disabled 100 emoji – Not sure how we missed it but it’s now available for use Enhancements Real-time search results Faster startup Better caching Reduced backup requests to only back up on app close and when settings change Twitter links to profiles and tweets now open in-app. New Quote Tweet display will be available on the next release. Screen is scrolled automatically when tapping Convo or Replies in tweet card (Q5/Q10/Classic) Mute a hashtag directly from the search results screen Swipe back via the in-app browser is now enabled Change the order of photos before uploading them Faster Hub card loading Mutes now take retweets into full consideration (checks author, keywords or source of the retweeted tweet too) When one photo is attached to tweet, picker is dismissed. If you need to add more, tap the icon again to add up to three more photos Flurry analytics now uses a secure and encrypted connection. Watchlist now obeys disabled retweets for users Tighter restrain on the gestures for Passport so timeline doesn’t slide as much Mute client list now sorted Fixes Scheduled tweets not sending at scheduled time Instagram photo thumbnails not showing due to change on instagram’s end Crash when reporting a user from a hub notification Photo post notification not showing up Cannot tap on friend search results with trackpad (Classic) Update screen on fresh launch (no restore): background updates does not set. Push notification issue DM convos not populating in real time when background updates are turned on GIFs showing repeated thumbnails Error statusbar doesn’t go away if second try is unsuccessful While composing, words flow underneath attached photo if one is present Settings screens showing white background and white text on some devices [10.2] When actionbar collapses after scrolling the in-app browser, the actionbar sticks around on the timeline when going back [10.3] Walkthrough/help images are corrupt (Q5/Q10/Classic) Hub notification icons show a blank white box when focused (Classic) imgur.com gallery links no longer show thumbnail since it isn’t retrievable App not reading location when enabled while composing a tweet Deleting a status that was already deleted elsewhere removes it from your timeline Images are no longer modified when attaching to a tweet In some cases, a headless crash with the app in active frame causes the device to lock up or drain battery while attempting to restart it. Phantom DM notifications Some words with PIN characters rendering as BBM Pins Able to add same account more than once Add list invokes dark theme card Direct message compose picker invokes dark theme item when light theme is selected Cosmetic fixes Various crashes The update is rolling out now, so you should get a notification within the next day.

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Blaq for BlackBerry 10, easily one of the best Twitter apps available, has received a huge update that adds dozens of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. This is a big one guys. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got.

The updates are as follows.

New Features

  • BlackBerry Classic Support – Trackpad highlighting and menu integration
  • Upload multiple photos to Twitter. Inside or outside of the app via sharing. You can also reorder photos you attach before uploading.
  • View multiple photos in tweets
  • Video support (viewing only. Twitter hasn’t yet allowed video upload)
  • Full photo size option
  • Spanish and French translations – ¡Sí! and Oui!
  • Pocket and Instapaper integration. Save a link for later reading. Find it in the tweet view and in-app browser menus
  • In-app notifications – Notifications that are opened are marked as read in hub! Favorites and Retweets aren’t included (for now) due to their frequency.
  • Compose DMs from hub
  • Floating compose for DMs (10.3+ only)
  • Watchlist screen in account settings
  • Manage user list memberships from profile and tweet card
  • Send Button in DM convo
  • Keyboard shortcuts galore (keyboard devices only, for obvious reasons. Check left toolbar and context menus in other screens)
  • Updated share icon
  • Permission screen to enable location permission if disabled
  • 100 emoji – Not sure how we missed it but it’s now available for use

Enhancements

  • Real-time search results
  • Faster startup
  • Better caching
  • Reduced backup requests to only back up on app close and when settings change
  • Twitter links to profiles and tweets now open in-app. New Quote Tweet display will be available on the next release.
  • Screen is scrolled automatically when tapping Convo or Replies in tweet card (Q5/Q10/Classic)
  • Mute a hashtag directly from the search results screen
  • Swipe back via the in-app browser is now enabled
  • Change the order of photos before uploading them
  • Faster Hub card loading
  • Mutes now take retweets into full consideration (checks author, keywords or source of the retweeted tweet too)
  • When one photo is attached to tweet, picker is dismissed. If you need to add more, tap the icon again to add up to three more photos
  • Flurry analytics now uses a secure and encrypted connection.
  • Watchlist now obeys disabled retweets for users
  • Tighter restrain on the gestures for Passport so timeline doesn’t slide as much
  • Mute client list now sorted

Fixes

  • Scheduled tweets not sending at scheduled time
  • Instagram photo thumbnails not showing due to change on instagram’s end
  • Crash when reporting a user from a hub notification
  • Photo post notification not showing up
  • Cannot tap on friend search results with trackpad (Classic)
  • Update screen on fresh launch (no restore): background updates does not set.
  • Push notification issue
  • DM convos not populating in real time when background updates are turned on
  • GIFs showing repeated thumbnails
  • Error statusbar doesn’t go away if second try is unsuccessful
  • While composing, words flow underneath attached photo if one is present
  • Settings screens showing white background and white text on some devices [10.2]
  • When actionbar collapses after scrolling the in-app browser, the actionbar sticks around on the timeline when going back [10.3]
  • Walkthrough/help images are corrupt (Q5/Q10/Classic)
  • Hub notification icons show a blank white box when focused (Classic)
  • imgur.com gallery links no longer show thumbnail since it isn’t retrievable
  • App not reading location when enabled while composing a tweet
  • Deleting a status that was already deleted elsewhere removes it from your timeline
  • Images are no longer modified when attaching to a tweet
  • In some cases, a headless crash with the app in active frame causes the device to lock up or drain battery while attempting to restart it.
  • Phantom DM notifications
  • Some words with PIN characters rendering as BBM Pins
  • Able to add same account more than once
  • Add list invokes dark theme card
  • Direct message compose picker invokes dark theme item when light theme is selected
  • Cosmetic fixes
  • Various crashes

The update is rolling out now, so you should get a notification within the next day.

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Twitter Changes Direct Messaging Features http://n4bb.com/twitter-direct-messaging-features/ http://n4bb.com/twitter-direct-messaging-features/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:02:19 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162273 Twitter has made a few changes to its direct messages and how users will interact with each other privately. The new features will switch up a few things while giving people more options on how to communicate. The new features include the ability to reply to anyone via DM, even if that person does not follow you back. In addition to that, you can now choose to receive DMs from anyone who uses Twitter. The iOS and Android versions of the app will be updated to include a Direct Message button on a person’s profile, with an update to Twitter for BlackBerry most likely soon to follow.

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Twitter has made a few changes to its direct messages and how users will interact with each other privately. The new features will switch up a few things while giving people more options on how to communicate.

The new features include the ability to reply to anyone via DM, even if that person does not follow you back. In addition to that, you can now choose to receive DMs from anyone who uses Twitter.

The iOS and Android versions of the app will be updated to include a Direct Message button on a person’s profile, with an update to Twitter for BlackBerry most likely soon to follow.

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Leaked: BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.500 for Passport http://n4bb.com/leaked-blackberry-os-10-3-2-500-passport/ http://n4bb.com/leaked-blackberry-os-10-3-2-500-passport/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:49:04 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162271 BlackBerry recently rolled out a new update to a select number of beta testers. With BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.500 being made available for beta testing, as is typical the files have found their way online. Currently, the OS 10.3.2.500 files that have surfaced are only available for the BlackBerry Passport. You will need to build your own autoloader from the files. *UPDATE* – Some users have reported that installing this leaked OS build may render your phone’s PIN as blocked and therefore restrict you from downgrading or upgrading in the future. You may want to think twice about installing, but ultimately it’s up to you. Download OS 10.3.2.500 upgrade BARs for the BlackBerry Passport  Download OS 10.3.2.500 Radio and Core OS Passport Apps, Core and Radio *DISCLAIMER* – This is an unofficial software release. There are no guarantees that it is stable. You may damage your phone. We assume absolutely NO responsibility for any damages that may occur. Install this leaked software release at your own risk. 

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BlackBerry recently rolled out a new update to a select number of beta testers. With BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.500 being made available for beta testing, as is typical the files have found their way online.

Currently, the OS 10.3.2.500 files that have surfaced are only available for the BlackBerry Passport. You will need to build your own autoloader from the files.

*UPDATE* – Some users have reported that installing this leaked OS build may render your phone’s PIN as blocked and therefore restrict you from downgrading or upgrading in the future. You may want to think twice about installing, but ultimately it’s up to you.

*DISCLAIMER* – This is an unofficial software release. There are no guarantees that it is stable. You may damage your phone. We assume absolutely NO responsibility for any damages that may occur. Install this leaked software release at your own risk. 

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Work Wide v1.3 for BlackBerry 10 Coming Soon http://n4bb.com/work-wide-v1-3-blackberry-10-coming/ http://n4bb.com/work-wide-v1-3-blackberry-10-coming/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:25:40 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162267 Some of BlackBerry 10’s top apps will be receiving big updates soon, with another being Work Wide for the BlackBerry Passport and all other BB10 smartphones. So far, the Work Wide developers (Brian Scheirer and Olaf Hanson) have “improved on all the apps that already were built in, improved styling, added support for French, German, Spanish, expanded Work Wide’s support to ALL BlackBerry 10 devices, and arguably our biggest addition has been the inclusion of text messaging (sms/mms).” The developers are now preparing to release version 1.3 of Work Wide, which will continue to “improve all the features you know and love in Work Wide AND adds another very popular app into the mix. We aren’t sharing what this app is quite yet but Work Wide will present it in a new and unique way.” If you’ve been considering getting the Work Wide app, now may be the best time. The Work Wide developers have noted that once version 1.3 is rolled out there will also be a price increase. Currently, Work Wide is available for $2.99, but will be increased to $3.99 once version 1.3 is made available. Check out Work Wide in BlackBerry World here.    

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Some of BlackBerry 10’s top apps will be receiving big updates soon, with another being Work Wide for the BlackBerry Passport and all other BB10 smartphones.

So far, the Work Wide developers (Brian Scheirer and Olaf Hanson) have “improved on all the apps that already were built in, improved styling, added support for French, German, Spanish, expanded Work Wide’s support to ALL BlackBerry 10 devices, and arguably our biggest addition has been the inclusion of text messaging (sms/mms).”

The developers are now preparing to release version 1.3 of Work Wide, which will continue to “improve all the features you know and love in Work Wide AND adds another very popular app into the mix. We aren’t sharing what this app is quite yet but Work Wide will present it in a new and unique way.”

If you’ve been considering getting the Work Wide app, now may be the best time. The Work Wide developers have noted that once version 1.3 is rolled out there will also be a price increase.

Currently, Work Wide is available for $2.99, but will be increased to $3.99 once version 1.3 is made available.

Check out Work Wide in BlackBerry World here.

 

 

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Blaq v1.5 for BlackBerry 10 Coming Soon http://n4bb.com/blaq-v1-5-blackberry-10-coming/ http://n4bb.com/blaq-v1-5-blackberry-10-coming/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:08:58 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162264 BlackBerry 10’s first and best third-party Twitter app will soon be given an update. In the coming days, Blaq will see itself updated to version 1.5 in BlackBerry World. Blaq’s developer Kisai Labs by Jerome Carty, announced the following v1.5 changelog on the company’s blog: New Features BlackBerry Classic Support – Trackpad highlighting and menu integration Upload multiple photos to Twitter. Inside or outside of the app via sharing. You can also reorder photos you attach before uploading. View multiple photos in tweets Video support (viewing only. Twitter hasn’t yet allowed video upload) Full photo size option Spanish and French translations – ¡Sí! and Oui! Pocket and Instapaper integration. Save a link for later reading. Find it in the tweet view and in-app browser menus In-app notifications – Notifications that are opened are marked as read in hub! Favorites and Retweets aren’t included (for now) due to their frequency. Compose DMs from hub Floating compose for DMs (10.3+ only) Watchlist screen in account settings Manage user list memberships from profile and tweet card Send Button in DM convo Keyboard shortcuts galore (keyboard devices only, for obvious reasons. Check left toolbar and context menus in other screens) Updated share icon Permission screen to enable location permission if disabled 100 emoji – Not sure how we missed it but it’s now    available for use Enhancements Real-time search results Faster startup Better caching Reduced backup requests to only back up on app close and when settings change Twitter links to profiles and tweets now open in-app. New Quote Tweet display will be available on the next release. Screen is scrolled automatically when tapping Convo or Replies in tweet card (Q5/Q10/Classic) Mute a hashtag directly from the search results screen Swipe back via the in-app browser is now enabled Change the order of photos before uploading them Faster Hub card loading Mutes now take retweets into full consideration (checks author, keywords or source of the retweeted tweet too) When one photo is attached to tweet, picker is dismissed. If you need to add more, tap the icon again to add up to three more photos Flurry analytics now uses a secure and encrypted connection. Watchlist now obeys disabled retweets for users Tighter restrain on the gestures for Passport so timeline doesn’t slide as much Mute client list now sorted Fixes Scheduled tweets not sending at scheduled time Instagram photo thumbnails not showing due to change on instagram’s end Crash when reporting a user from a hub notification Photo post notification not showing up Cannot tap on friend search results with trackpad (Classic) Update screen on fresh launch (no restore): background updates does not set. Push notification issue DM convos not populating in real time when background updates are turned on GIFs showing repeated thumbnails Error statusbar doesn’t go away if second try is unsuccessful While composing, words flow underneath attached photo if one is present Settings screens showing white background and white text on some devices [10.2] When actionbar collapses after scrolling the in-app browser, the actionbar sticks around on the timeline when going back [10.3] Walkthrough/help images are corrupt (Q5/Q10/Classic) Hub notification icons show a blank white box when focused (Classic) imgur.com gallery links no longer show thumbnail since it isn’t retrievable App not reading location when enabled while composing a tweet Deleting a status that was already deleted elsewhere removes it from your timeline Images are no longer modified when attaching to a tweet In some cases, a headless crash with the app in active frame causes the device to lock up or drain battery while attempting to restart it. Phantom DM notifications Some words with PIN characters rendering as BBM Pins Able to add same account more than once Add list invokes dark theme card Direct message compose picker invokes dark theme item when light theme is selected Cosmetic fixes Various crashes Additionally, PlayBook owners who use Blaq will see one more update. “Supporting Blaq for PlayBook has been challenging and unfortunately Twitter keeps blocking or changing the behavior of their website for the PlayBook’s browser, which is required for login. With a few workarounds, we’ve been able to get the login to work. Unfortunately, support for new or fixing unsupported Twitter features is no longer feasible. So, we will be releasing an update but only to fix the login issue,” said Carty. Stay tuned, once Blaq v1.5 update goes live, you will see it pushed to your BB10 device. If you haven’t gotten one of the best Twitter apps for BlackBerry 10, head on over and pick it up for $2.99 on BlackBerry World.

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BlackBerry 10’s first and best third-party Twitter app will soon be given an update. In the coming days, Blaq will see itself updated to version 1.5 in BlackBerry World.

Blaq’s developer Kisai Labs by Jerome Carty, announced the following v1.5 changelog on the company’s blog:

New Features

  • BlackBerry Classic Support – Trackpad highlighting and menu integration
  • Upload multiple photos to Twitter. Inside or outside of the app via sharing. You can also reorder photos you attach before uploading.
  • View multiple photos in tweets
  • Video support (viewing only. Twitter hasn’t yet allowed video upload)
  • Full photo size option
  • Spanish and French translations – ¡Sí! and Oui!
  • Pocket and Instapaper integration. Save a link for later reading. Find it in the tweet view and in-app browser menus
  • In-app notifications – Notifications that are opened are marked as read in hub! Favorites and Retweets aren’t included (for now) due to their frequency.
  • Compose DMs from hub
  • Floating compose for DMs (10.3+ only)
  • Watchlist screen in account settings
  • Manage user list memberships from profile and tweet card
  • Send Button in DM convo
  • Keyboard shortcuts galore (keyboard devices only, for obvious reasons. Check left toolbar and context menus in other screens)
  • Updated share icon
  • Permission screen to enable location permission if disabled
  • 100 emoji – Not sure how we missed it but it’s now  100%  available for use

Enhancements

  • Real-time search results
  • Faster startup
  • Better caching
  • Reduced backup requests to only back up on app close and when settings change
  • Twitter links to profiles and tweets now open in-app. New Quote Tweet display will be available on the next release.
  • Screen is scrolled automatically when tapping Convo or Replies in tweet card (Q5/Q10/Classic)
  • Mute a hashtag directly from the search results screen
  • Swipe back via the in-app browser is now enabled
  • Change the order of photos before uploading them
  • Faster Hub card loading
  • Mutes now take retweets into full consideration (checks author, keywords or source of the retweeted tweet too)
  • When one photo is attached to tweet, picker is dismissed. If you need to add more, tap the icon again to add up to three more photos
  • Flurry analytics now uses a secure and encrypted connection.
  • Watchlist now obeys disabled retweets for users
  • Tighter restrain on the gestures for Passport so timeline doesn’t slide as much
  • Mute client list now sorted

Fixes

  • Scheduled tweets not sending at scheduled time
  • Instagram photo thumbnails not showing due to change on instagram’s end
  • Crash when reporting a user from a hub notification
  • Photo post notification not showing up
  • Cannot tap on friend search results with trackpad (Classic)
  • Update screen on fresh launch (no restore): background updates does not set.
  • Push notification issue
  • DM convos not populating in real time when background updates are turned on
  • GIFs showing repeated thumbnails
  • Error statusbar doesn’t go away if second try is unsuccessful
  • While composing, words flow underneath attached photo if one is present
  • Settings screens showing white background and white text on some devices [10.2]
  • When actionbar collapses after scrolling the in-app browser, the actionbar sticks around on the timeline when going back [10.3]
  • Walkthrough/help images are corrupt (Q5/Q10/Classic)
  • Hub notification icons show a blank white box when focused (Classic)
  • imgur.com gallery links no longer show thumbnail since it isn’t retrievable
  • App not reading location when enabled while composing a tweet
  • Deleting a status that was already deleted elsewhere removes it from your timeline
  • Images are no longer modified when attaching to a tweet
  • In some cases, a headless crash with the app in active frame causes the device to lock up or drain battery while attempting to restart it.
  • Phantom DM notifications
  • Some words with PIN characters rendering as BBM Pins
  • Able to add same account more than once
  • Add list invokes dark theme card
  • Direct message compose picker invokes dark theme item when light theme is selected
  • Cosmetic fixes
  • Various crashes

Additionally, PlayBook owners who use Blaq will see one more update. “Supporting Blaq for PlayBook has been challenging and unfortunately Twitter keeps blocking or changing the behavior of their website for the PlayBook’s browser, which is required for login. With a few workarounds, we’ve been able to get the login to work. Unfortunately, support for new or fixing unsupported Twitter features is no longer feasible. So, we will be releasing an update but only to fix the login issue,” said Carty.

Stay tuned, once Blaq v1.5 update goes live, you will see it pushed to your BB10 device. If you haven’t gotten one of the best Twitter apps for BlackBerry 10, head on over and pick it up for $2.99 on BlackBerry World.

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BlackBerry 10 Devices on Sale at ShopBlackBerry http://n4bb.com/blackberry-10-devices-sale-shopblackberry/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-10-devices-sale-shopblackberry/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:51:18 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162261 BlackBerry is offering a sale for select BlackBerry 10 smartphones this spring. The sale gives customers up to a 33-percent off price point. The sale includes the following: BlackBerry Classic – Regular: $499.00 NOW: $449.00 BlackBerry Passport – Black – Regular: $699.00 NOW: $599.00 BlackBerry Passport – White – Regular: $699.00 NOW: $599.00 BlackBerry Q5 (Unlocked) – White – Regular: $299.00 NOW: $199.00 BlackBerry Z30 (GSM Unlocked) – Black – Regular: $399.00 NOW: $349.00 Limited Edition BlackBerry Passport – Red – Regular: $699.00 NOW: $599.00 The above prices are listed in CAD, but other ShopBlackBerry.com regions are showing similar discounts. If you’ve been in the market for a new or first-generation BlackBerry 10 smartphone, now may be the best time to pick one up.

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BlackBerry is offering a sale for select BlackBerry 10 smartphones this spring. The sale gives customers up to a 33-percent off price point.

The sale includes the following:

The above prices are listed in CAD, but other ShopBlackBerry.com regions are showing similar discounts.

If you’ve been in the market for a new or first-generation BlackBerry 10 smartphone, now may be the best time to pick one up.

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Hillary Clinton Struggles Taking Selfies on Her BlackBerry for SNL (Video) http://n4bb.com/hillary-clinton-struggles-selfies-blackberry-snl-video/ http://n4bb.com/hillary-clinton-struggles-selfies-blackberry-snl-video/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:31:17 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162256 Saturday Night Live is no stranger to mocking celebrities and government officials. The latest victim is Hillary Clinton, who is shown preparing for her announcement of a Presidential campaign. In this hilarious SNL skit, Clinton is shown struggling to use her BlackBerry to take quality selfies for her campaign. Of course, in the video they use a legacy BlackBerry, which appears to be a Curve 8310. All the more hilarious, considering the 8310 didn’t have a front-facing camera. Hillary’s husband, and former US President, Bill even makes a cameo for some great laughs. Nevertheless, watch the video above and have a good laugh this weekend.

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Saturday Night Live is no stranger to mocking celebrities and government officials. The latest victim is Hillary Clinton, who is shown preparing for her announcement of a Presidential campaign.

In this hilarious SNL skit, Clinton is shown struggling to use her BlackBerry to take quality selfies for her campaign.

Of course, in the video they use a legacy BlackBerry, which appears to be a Curve 8310. All the more hilarious, considering the 8310 didn’t have a front-facing camera.

Hillary’s husband, and former US President, Bill even makes a cameo for some great laughs.

Nevertheless, watch the video above and have a good laugh this weekend.

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US Special Forces Looking to Further Secure BlackBerry 10 Devices http://n4bb.com/special-forces-secure-blackberry-10-devices/ http://n4bb.com/special-forces-secure-blackberry-10-devices/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:10:18 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162251 The highest level of command and those who keep the United States of America running are consistently required to use secure communications. For this, much of the US Federal government and special forces turn to BlackBerry. In an effort to continue their use of BlackBerry, the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is looking for a way to further secure BlackBerry 10 devices. USSOCOM wants their Special Operation Forces (SOF) BlackBerry 10 devices to always function in a trusted state, reject unauthorized software and detect any signs of tampering. The command is seeking white papers from “all responsible sources from industry, academia, individuals, and Government laboratories capable of providing a commercial or non-commercial capability” for a solution to integrity verification and tamper detection with BlackBerry 10. “The Integrity agent will assist in ensuring mobile devices start, and remain, in a known trusted state and within corporate compliance. Additionally, the integrity agent will allow Special Operation Forces (SOF) to track and audit all system-level and application-level modules residing on BlackBerry devices, as well as proactively detect the installation of unverified or disallowed third party software and undesired changes to software configurations or settings, as well as attempts at malicious tampering or rooting of the operating system. The integrity agent shall also determine IA threat status and provide a list of actions (i.e. Wipe or No action required),” the RFI solicitation reads. Special Operation Forces, which include the likes of Navy SEALS, Army Rangers and units in the other military services, tend to operate in small teams in contested environments. Full networking equipment other forces have are usually not accessible, although forces still need to communicate securely beyond just line-of-sight radios and other tools, which is why they’ve chosen BlackBerry 10. The US government is seeking white papers by April 29th, 2015. They ask interested parties for no more than three pages on the ability to provide secure features for BlackBerry 10.

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The highest level of command and those who keep the United States of America running are consistently required to use secure communications. For this, much of the US Federal government and special forces turn to BlackBerry.

In an effort to continue their use of BlackBerry, the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is looking for a way to further secure BlackBerry 10 devices. USSOCOM wants their Special Operation Forces (SOF) BlackBerry 10 devices to always function in a trusted state, reject unauthorized software and detect any signs of tampering.

The command is seeking white papers from “all responsible sources from industry, academia, individuals, and Government laboratories capable of providing a commercial or non-commercial capability” for a solution to integrity verification and tamper detection with BlackBerry 10.

“The Integrity agent will assist in ensuring mobile devices start, and remain, in a known trusted state and within corporate compliance. Additionally, the integrity agent will allow Special Operation Forces (SOF) to track and audit all system-level and application-level modules residing on BlackBerry devices, as well as proactively detect the installation of unverified or disallowed third party software and undesired changes to software configurations or settings, as well as attempts at malicious tampering or rooting of the operating system. The integrity agent shall also determine IA threat status and provide a list of actions (i.e. Wipe or No action required),” the RFI solicitation reads.

Special Operation Forces, which include the likes of Navy SEALS, Army Rangers and units in the other military services, tend to operate in small teams in contested environments. Full networking equipment other forces have are usually not accessible, although forces still need to communicate securely beyond just line-of-sight radios and other tools, which is why they’ve chosen BlackBerry 10.

The US government is seeking white papers by April 29th, 2015. They ask interested parties for no more than three pages on the ability to provide secure features for BlackBerry 10.

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Guess the Branding – WIN a BlackBerry 10 Slider http://n4bb.com/guess-branding-win-blackberry-10-slider/ http://n4bb.com/guess-branding-win-blackberry-10-slider/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:23:12 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162239 BlackBerry shocked the world when the company unveiled a BlackBerry 10 Slider at their Mobile World Congress 2015 event. Besides a quick reveal, nothing more than the device featuring a curve-edged display was announced. However, deeper analysis of the photographed Slider have given hints. Recent rumors spreading throughout the BlackBerry community puts the Slider’s codename at “Venice.” Though, what BlackBerry intends to call the Slider for its go-to-market brand is unclear. This leads us to our latest giveaway… We will giveaway a brand-spanking-new BlackBerry 10 Slider to the first reader who can accurately guess the correct brand for the Slider. To enter: simply think of the brand name that BlackBerry might choose and leave a comment with your choice. This giveaway will be active until BlackBerry officially announces the Slider’s final in-market brand. At which point, one (1) winner, who was first to guess correctly, will be selected and given an IOU until the Slider is made officially available. Be creative, good luck, and comment with your entry below! By entering this giveaway you agree to be bound by our giveaway Terms and Conditions, found here.

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BlackBerry shocked the world when the company unveiled a BlackBerry 10 Slider at their Mobile World Congress 2015 event.

Besides a quick reveal, nothing more than the device featuring a curve-edged display was announced. However, deeper analysis of the photographed Slider have given hints.

Recent rumors spreading throughout the BlackBerry community puts the Slider’s codename at “Venice.”

Though, what BlackBerry intends to call the Slider for its go-to-market brand is unclear. This leads us to our latest giveaway…

We will giveaway a brand-spanking-new BlackBerry 10 Slider to the first reader who can accurately guess the correct brand for the Slider.

To enter: simply think of the brand name that BlackBerry might choose and leave a comment with your choice.

This giveaway will be active until BlackBerry officially announces the Slider’s final in-market brand. At which point, one (1) winner, who was first to guess correctly, will be selected and given an IOU until the Slider is made officially available.

Be creative, good luck, and comment with your entry below! By entering this giveaway you agree to be bound by our giveaway Terms and Conditions, found here.

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The BlackBerry-Samsung Liaison http://n4bb.com/blackberry-samsung-liaison/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-samsung-liaison/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:07:13 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162232 Lately, there have been a number of rumours about BlackBerry 10 features being brought to Samsung devices, Samsung collaborating with BlackBerry, and some news agencies even reported that Samsung wanted to buy BlackBerry, offering them a whopping $7.5bn. BlackBerry and Samsung later issued statements denying the existence of any such offer. Although, this hasn’t stopped the companies from other smaller collaborations. In 2014, Samsung was losing ground to Apple, even in the enterprise space with its KNOX service. CEO John Chen seized the opportunity to leverage BES to Samsung by powering KNOX security through BlackBerry. Unlike his predecessors, John Chen has encouraged offering BlackBerry’s security to other platforms. Chen’s main goal, it seems, is to secure every device connected to the internet. IoT doesn’t matter to BlackBerry – BlackBerry matters to IoT. Former CEO Thorsten Heins introduced a redesigned OS with a brand new BBM, but that’s where it ended. John Chen went one step forward and started monetizing BBM, adding it to the list of BlackBerry’s sources of revenue. We’re yet to see how far this monetization will go. Sticker packs and custom PINs have already been very popular among BBM users. Message retraction and timed messages will soon become premium features. It was rumoured that BlackBerry was developing BBM for Tizen wearables when an image of a Gear 2 Smartwatch running BBM on Tizen OS surfaced back in July 2014. If the rumour materializes into anything, it will show BlackBerry’s interest not only in wearables, but in entirely different OSes. When the slider was shown off at MWC earlier this year, there was speculation about how much contribution Samsung would be making to BlackBerry’s hardware in the future. The dual curve edge on the slider is something we’ve only seen on the Samsung Galaxy S6. An octa-core processor for the slider has been confirmed, but we don’t know if it will fall in line with the usual Snapdragon from Qualcomm, or if BlackBerry will change things up with the S6’s Exynos. Additionally, the integration of BES12 into Samsung KNOX further reinstates the mutual interest the companies share – collaboration. It is also rumoured that BlackBerry 10 devices will feature Tizen Android runtime – starting with the slider perhaps? The launch of BlackBerry 10 under former CEO Thorsten Heins was something of a renaissance for the company. The roaring success was unfortunately short lived, and the figures generated by BlackBerry 10 device sales fell far short of what the company needed to get back on its feet. Collaboration with Samsung  will be beneficial to both companies – BlackBerry offers the security Samsung needs, and the latter will fill the huge marketing void the Canadian smartphone company has unfortunately created for itself. The collaboration will, at best, marginally diminish Apple’s market share. The iPhone 6, unfortunately, has not lived up to the expectations of market analysts. Even iOS 8 with all its security flaws has encouraged many Apple users to switch to something more secure. Samsung’s Galaxy S6 had a groundbreaking 20 million preorders, and is expected to sell 70 million devices in the coming weeks. Samsung has always been open to the idea of shifting its focus to what its users want. BlackBerry, on the other hand, has failed to listen to its customers. One good example is the delay in producing a high end all touch device that many users wanted, because a physical keyboard just doesn’t make the cut anymore. With the slider possibly being the only high end device being launched this year, it is safe to say that the slider is the high end all touch we’ve all been waiting for. How far do you think the Samsung-BlackBerry partnership will go? Let us know in the comments below.

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Lately, there have been a number of rumours about BlackBerry 10 features being brought to Samsung devices, Samsung collaborating with BlackBerry, and some news agencies even reported that Samsung wanted to buy BlackBerry, offering them a whopping $7.5bn. BlackBerry and Samsung later issued statements denying the existence of any such offer. Although, this hasn’t stopped the companies from other smaller collaborations.

In 2014, Samsung was losing ground to Apple, even in the enterprise space with its KNOX service. CEO John Chen seized the opportunity to leverage BES to Samsung by powering KNOX security through BlackBerry. Unlike his predecessors, John Chen has encouraged offering BlackBerry’s security to other platforms. Chen’s main goal, it seems, is to secure every device connected to the internet. IoT doesn’t matter to BlackBerry – BlackBerry matters to IoT.

Former CEO Thorsten Heins introduced a redesigned OS with a brand new BBM, but that’s where it ended. John Chen went one step forward and started monetizing BBM, adding it to the list of BlackBerry’s sources of revenue. We’re yet to see how far this monetization will go. Sticker packs and custom PINs have already been very popular among BBM users. Message retraction and timed messages will soon become premium features. It was rumoured that BlackBerry was developing BBM for Tizen wearables when an image of a Gear 2 Smartwatch running BBM on Tizen OS surfaced back in July 2014. If the rumour materializes into anything, it will show BlackBerry’s interest not only in wearables, but in entirely different OSes.

When the slider was shown off at MWC earlier this year, there was speculation about how much contribution Samsung would be making to BlackBerry’s hardware in the future. The dual curve edge on the slider is something we’ve only seen on the Samsung Galaxy S6. An octa-core processor for the slider has been confirmed, but we don’t know if it will fall in line with the usual Snapdragon from Qualcomm, or if BlackBerry will change things up with the S6’s Exynos. Additionally, the integration of BES12 into Samsung KNOX further reinstates the mutual interest the companies share – collaboration. It is also rumoured that BlackBerry 10 devices will feature Tizen Android runtime – starting with the slider perhaps?

The launch of BlackBerry 10 under former CEO Thorsten Heins was something of a renaissance for the company. The roaring success was unfortunately short lived, and the figures generated by BlackBerry 10 device sales fell far short of what the company needed to get back on its feet. Collaboration with Samsung  will be beneficial to both companies – BlackBerry offers the security Samsung needs, and the latter will fill the huge marketing void the Canadian smartphone company has unfortunately created for itself.

The collaboration will, at best, marginally diminish Apple’s market share. The iPhone 6, unfortunately, has not lived up to the expectations of market analysts. Even iOS 8 with all its security flaws has encouraged many Apple users to switch to something more secure. Samsung’s Galaxy S6 had a groundbreaking 20 million preorders, and is expected to sell 70 million devices in the coming weeks.

Samsung has always been open to the idea of shifting its focus to what its users want. BlackBerry, on the other hand, has failed to listen to its customers. One good example is the delay in producing a high end all touch device that many users wanted, because a physical keyboard just doesn’t make the cut anymore. With the slider possibly being the only high end device being launched this year, it is safe to say that the slider is the high end all touch we’ve all been waiting for.

How far do you think the Samsung-BlackBerry partnership will go? Let us know in the comments below.

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Emberify Launches App Sale in BlackBerry World http://n4bb.com/emberify-launches-app-sale-blackberry-world/ http://n4bb.com/emberify-launches-app-sale-blackberry-world/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:07:35 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162225 E​mberify​ let us know that they have launched their complete app collection on a flat 50% off sale. All the apps will be available on sale for one week. Emberify develops productivity apps using context aware technologies. Emberify’s apps on sale: Reminder Now:​ Location and people based reminders. The most advance context aware reminders on BlackBerry 10. Inbox Zero: ​Snooze emails you can’t deal with now. Inbox Zero lets you put off messages until later and returns them to your hub automatically, so you can focus on what’s important now. Tilt Now: ​Built on BlackBerry Sweden’s(TAT) Tilt UI, Tilt Now gives you the highlights of your entire day. Instant:​ Track how much time you spend on your BlackBerry and how many times you check it. Follow Mail: ​Create follow ups, fast read and notifications for selected emails. “The sale will allow BlackBerry users to get their favourite apps on sale, this is a thank you for the support from Team Emberify,” says Shashwat Pradhan, BlackBerry Elite Developer and the Founder of Emberify. All Emberify apps on BlackBerry 10 are available on BlackBerry World for $ 0.99 worldwide: https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/89800

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E​mberify​ let us know that they have launched their complete app collection on a flat 50% off sale.

All the apps will be available on sale for one week. Emberify develops productivity apps using context aware technologies.

Emberify’s apps on sale:

  1. Reminder Now:​ Location and people based reminders. The most advance context aware reminders on BlackBerry 10.
  2. Inbox Zero: ​Snooze emails you can’t deal with now. Inbox Zero lets you put off messages until later and returns them to your hub automatically, so you can focus on what’s important now.
  3. Tilt Now: ​Built on BlackBerry Sweden’s(TAT) Tilt UI, Tilt Now gives you the highlights of your entire day.
  4. Instant:​ Track how much time you spend on your BlackBerry and how many times you check it.
  5. Follow Mail: ​Create follow ups, fast read and notifications for selected emails.

“The sale will allow BlackBerry users to get their favourite apps on sale, this is a thank you for the support from Team Emberify,” says Shashwat Pradhan, BlackBerry Elite Developer and the Founder of Emberify.

All Emberify apps on BlackBerry 10 are available on BlackBerry World for $ 0.99 worldwide: https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/vendor/89800

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BlackBerry ‘Oslo’ Picture Leaks http://n4bb.com/blackberry-oslo-picture-leaks/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-oslo-picture-leaks/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:30:44 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162222 One of the biggest opportunities and risks for BlackBerry CEO John is going into the Chinese market in hopes of capturing a piece of the mobile pie. According to new rumors, BlackBerry is hoping to take the device pictured above and market it in China and other small regions throughout the world. This device, codenamed ‘Oslo’, is essentially another version of the AT&T Passport. You can tell the similarities between the two in its rounded edges, for example. Rumored specs point to it having a 3450mAh battery along with BlackBerry OS 10.3.2. As Bla1ze from CrackBerry points out, this device, much like the Bold 9788, won’t be seen by most as its a region-specific phone, so don’t fall too in love with it. Unless you’re in Asia, you probably won’t be picking this one up.

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One of the biggest opportunities and risks for BlackBerry CEO John is going into the Chinese market in hopes of capturing a piece of the mobile pie. According to new rumors, BlackBerry is hoping to take the device pictured above and market it in China and other small regions throughout the world.

This device, codenamed ‘Oslo’, is essentially another version of the AT&T Passport. You can tell the similarities between the two in its rounded edges, for example. Rumored specs point to it having a 3450mAh battery along with BlackBerry OS 10.3.2.

As Bla1ze from CrackBerry points out, this device, much like the Bold 9788, won’t be seen by most as its a region-specific phone, so don’t fall too in love with it. Unless you’re in Asia, you probably won’t be picking this one up.

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Twitter for BlackBerry Updates to 10.5 http://n4bb.com/twitter-blackberry-receives-small-update/ http://n4bb.com/twitter-blackberry-receives-small-update/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:38:27 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162215 The official Twitter for BlackBerry app has received a small update today to version 10.5.31.12. Users should expect to see a notification for an update at some point today. This new update has a handful of new features that are pretty nifty. Check out what you can do in there now. View animated GIFS in Tweets View embedded videos in Tweets Mute functionality -Ability to stop displaying Tweets from selected users Emoji icons in Tweet composer New look for Tweet composer View web content in the application directly or in the browser (optional through Settings) Once you get the update, drop us a comment and let us know what you think. If you don’t have Twitter for BlackBerry and would like to give these new features a spin, check it out for free in BlackBerry World.

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The official Twitter for BlackBerry app has received a small update today to version 10.5.31.12.

Users should expect to see a notification for an update at some point today.

This new update has a handful of new features that are pretty nifty. Check out what you can do in there now.

  • View animated GIFS in Tweets
  • View embedded videos in Tweets
  • Mute functionality -Ability to stop displaying Tweets from selected users
  • Emoji icons in Tweet composer
  • New look for Tweet composer
  • View web content in the application directly or in the browser (optional through Settings)

Once you get the update, drop us a comment and let us know what you think. If you don’t have Twitter for BlackBerry and would like to give these new features a spin, check it out for free in BlackBerry World.

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TBT: BlackBerry Themes http://n4bb.com/tbt-blackberry-themes/ http://n4bb.com/tbt-blackberry-themes/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:05:47 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162209 For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’ll be taking a look at one of the things I miss most about BlackBerry: Themes. If you’re a longtime BlackBerry user, chances are you had several custom made themes on your legacy devices. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and discuss all our favorite themes. A BlackBerry theme was a way to add a whole new level of customization to your device. You could totally change the look and feel of the phone by having custom made app icons, crazy home screen designs, and color schemes that were practically limitless. The craze started when the Pearl 8100 was released, and consumers realized they could create custom themes on their own with very little work. Last week I shared how I purchased my first BlackBerry on a whim. Well immediately after that I began my obsession with all things BlackBerry. I would spend hours on end researching how to do different things like updating software, changing settings here and there, and eventually, downloading and applying themes. I kept my Pearl for about two years, which is an incredibly long time for me. After that, I upgraded to a Bold 9700. That one I kept for more than two years. Amazing. I know. My last BlackBerry before the Z10 was the Bold 9900. As you can guess, I held on to that phone for a long time as well. Each phone had it’s own share of themes that I would download. I can’t even begin to tell you how much time I would spend searching through all the big BlackBerry fan sites and forums searching for a theme that fit me perfectly. I would find one, download it, use it for a few weeks, then eventually get tired of it and grab another. I guess that’s why I stuck with those three devices for so long. With themes, I didn’t have to go out and get a new phone; a new color scheme and icon design every couple weeks or so made it seem like I had a new phone. I’ve never claimed to be a huge knowledge base of the more technical side of BlackBerry, and before I became BlackBerry Elite, I didn’t really connect to much with Team BlackBerry, but I did know that the themes out there were made by people who cared about the community and wanted to express their creativity by throwing together their own theme. I miss that. It would be nice to see a feature like this return to BlackBerry devices. Some of the old school fans and developers I’ve met in the past couple years would love to jump on the wagon and get to designing their own themes again, and it would even be great on the enterprise side because a copy could have a custom theme for all their employees. I suppose that’s another article for another day. For now, we’ll just have to reminisce on days gone by. Tell me all about your favorite theme in the comments below! Might as well share some screenshots if you’ve got them somewhere.

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’ll be taking a look at one of the things I miss most about BlackBerry: Themes. If you’re a longtime BlackBerry user, chances are you had several custom made themes on your legacy devices. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and discuss all our favorite themes.

A BlackBerry theme was a way to add a whole new level of customization to your device. You could totally change the look and feel of the phone by having custom made app icons, crazy home screen designs, and color schemes that were practically limitless. The craze started when the Pearl 8100 was released, and consumers realized they could create custom themes on their own with very little work.

Last week I shared how I purchased my first BlackBerry on a whim. Well immediately after that I began my obsession with all things BlackBerry. I would spend hours on end researching how to do different things like updating software, changing settings here and there, and eventually, downloading and applying themes.

I kept my Pearl for about two years, which is an incredibly long time for me. After that, I upgraded to a Bold 9700. That one I kept for more than two years. Amazing. I know. My last BlackBerry before the Z10 was the Bold 9900. As you can guess, I held on to that phone for a long time as well. Each phone had it’s own share of themes that I would download.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how much time I would spend searching through all the big BlackBerry fan sites and forums searching for a theme that fit me perfectly. I would find one, download it, use it for a few weeks, then eventually get tired of it and grab another.

I guess that’s why I stuck with those three devices for so long. With themes, I didn’t have to go out and get a new phone; a new color scheme and icon design every couple weeks or so made it seem like I had a new phone.

I’ve never claimed to be a huge knowledge base of the more technical side of BlackBerry, and before I became BlackBerry Elite, I didn’t really connect to much with Team BlackBerry, but I did know that the themes out there were made by people who cared about the community and wanted to express their creativity by throwing together their own theme.

I miss that. It would be nice to see a feature like this return to BlackBerry devices. Some of the old school fans and developers I’ve met in the past couple years would love to jump on the wagon and get to designing their own themes again, and it would even be great on the enterprise side because a copy could have a custom theme for all their employees.

I suppose that’s another article for another day. For now, we’ll just have to reminisce on days gone by.

Tell me all about your favorite theme in the comments below! Might as well share some screenshots if you’ve got them somewhere.

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iGrann Pro for BlackBerry 10 Updated with Multi-Account Support, Direct Messaging, and More http://n4bb.com/igrann-pro-blackberry-10-updated-multi-account-support-direct-messaging/ http://n4bb.com/igrann-pro-blackberry-10-updated-multi-account-support-direct-messaging/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:23:51 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162205 One of the most popular third-party Instagram clients for BlackBerry 10 has received a significant update in BlackBerry World. iGrann Pro for BlackBerry 10 has been updated to version 2.8.8.1352, which adds direct messaging, people explore, and multi-account support. Here’s the full changelog: Direct Messaging (DM) People explore Browse Instagram recommended users / View their profile and photos directly from the People explore screen Performance changes to increase the overall browsing experience of feed and grid views Cache management algorithm has been upgraded to adapt to your browsing habits A switch-user button has been added to the top menu. Just swipe down from the top of any iGrann screen Zoom on photos The new update should get pushed to your BlackBerry smartphone if you already have iGrann Pro installed. Otherwise, you can purchase the Instagram client from BlackBerry World for $1.99 here.

iGrann Pro for BlackBerry 10 Updated with Multi-Account Support, Direct Messaging, and More written by Lucas Atkins on N4BB

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One of the most popular third-party Instagram clients for BlackBerry 10 has received a significant update in BlackBerry World.

iGrann Pro for BlackBerry 10 has been updated to version 2.8.8.1352, which adds direct messaging, people explore, and multi-account support.

Here’s the full changelog:

  • Direct Messaging (DM)
  • People explore
  • Browse Instagram recommended users / View their profile and photos directly from the People explore screen
  • Performance changes to increase the overall browsing experience of feed and grid views
  • Cache management algorithm has been upgraded to adapt to your browsing habits
  • A switch-user button has been added to the top menu. Just swipe down from the top of any iGrann screen
  • Zoom on photos

The new update should get pushed to your BlackBerry smartphone if you already have iGrann Pro installed. Otherwise, you can purchase the Instagram client from BlackBerry World for $1.99 here.

iGrann Pro for BlackBerry 10 Updated with Multi-Account Support, Direct Messaging, and More written by Lucas Atkins on N4BB

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BlackBerry 10 Slider: This Year’s High-End All-Touch Device http://n4bb.com/blackberry-slider-years-high-end-touch-device/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-slider-years-high-end-touch-device/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:27:22 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162193 With today’s launch of the BlackBerry Leap (check out our full BlackBerry Leap review), many BlackBerry fans around the world are asking, “where is the high-end all-touch device we want?”, a question that is completely understandable. Since the launch of the Passport – a power horse device with the latest mobile technologies inside of it – it’s been clear that BlackBerry can make a top shelf, iPhone-competing smartphone. Fans have wanted that same attitude to be focused towards an all-touch device as well. The last BlackBerry of this type was launched over a year and half ago, and those that decided to get the Z30 are either ready to upgrade, or getting close to it. So the question now becomes, when will we see a high-end all-touch BlackBerry? This may or may not surprise you, but we already have. The BlackBerry Slider, which was shown off at this year’s Mobile World Congress, is meant to take the high-end all-touch spot in BlackBerry’s portfolio and be the device that so many people are waiting for. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “JT, the Slider has a keyboard. It’s not an all-touch device.” Technically, you’re correct. However, we’ve been assured that the way BlackBerry is designing this device will make it just as useful, slim and attractive to both a slider lovers and those that want a touch-only device. While there could be other all-touch devices being worked on by BlackBerry – and we want to make this very clear – the Slider is being made for those that want a high end experience without a physical keyboard getting in the way. Yes, the physical keyboard will be there, but it won’t shorten the screen, or get in the way when you don’t need it. It’s important to remember that the BlackBerry Slider – as we’re calling it for now because there haven’t been any codenames leaked – will feature the same fantastic BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard that Z10, Z30, and Leap users use when the device is closed. The Call and End buttons will be on-screen as well, so there will no reason for you to have to slide the phone open if you don’t want to. Technically speaking, when you purchase the Slider, you could keep it closed out of the box and for the entire lifespan of the device, and never miss a beat. You’ll more than likely want to use the keyboard that it has, of course, but you won’t have to.  If you’re still not convinced about why this is a good decision on BlackBerry’s part, just think about some of the internals this beast of the device is going to have. We discussed the possibility of the Slider being considered a high-end touch-only device by BlackBerry in our podcast about a month ago, and we went over these rumored internals and even confirmed it will have an octa-core processor. It’s very possible the Slider could also have a 2K/QuadHD display, a touch-sensitive keyboard, and a few other surprises. Add to that the beautiful design of the curved glass, which we’re told has a purpose and isn’t just for show, and we may be looking at the most innovative device of 2015. No other touch-only device will come close to that. On a separate note, I hope this type of innovation is reflected in the name BlackBerry chooses for this device. I know it would be dumb to bring back the name Torch, but if you think about it, BlackBerry named a slider (9810), and an all-touch (9850/60) the “Torch” and it worked. They need to make sure they keep this in mind when marketing this next phone. Since they want both touchscreen lovers and slider fans to go pick one up, the name they choose has to balance that as well as the hardware they’re putting on this device. I personally can’t wait for this phone to be announced, launched, and in my hands. If you’re still not excited about the BlackBerry Slider yet, you might want to check your pulse.

BlackBerry 10 Slider: This Year’s High-End All-Touch Device written by JT Teran on N4BB

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With today’s launch of the BlackBerry Leap (check out our full BlackBerry Leap review), many BlackBerry fans around the world are asking, “where is the high-end all-touch device we want?”, a question that is completely understandable. Since the launch of the Passport – a power horse device with the latest mobile technologies inside of it – it’s been clear that BlackBerry can make a top shelf, iPhone-competing smartphone. Fans have wanted that same attitude to be focused towards an all-touch device as well.

The last BlackBerry of this type was launched over a year and half ago, and those that decided to get the Z30 are either ready to upgrade, or getting close to it. So the question now becomes, when will we see a high-end all-touch BlackBerry?

This may or may not surprise you, but we already have. The BlackBerry Slider, which was shown off at this year’s Mobile World Congress, is meant to take the high-end all-touch spot in BlackBerry’s portfolio and be the device that so many people are waiting for.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “JT, the Slider has a keyboard. It’s not an all-touch device.” Technically, you’re correct. However, we’ve been assured that the way BlackBerry is designing this device will make it just as useful, slim and attractive to both a slider lovers and those that want a touch-only device.

While there could be other all-touch devices being worked on by BlackBerry – and we want to make this very clear – the Slider is being made for those that want a high end experience without a physical keyboard getting in the way. Yes, the physical keyboard will be there, but it won’t shorten the screen, or get in the way when you don’t need it.

It’s important to remember that the BlackBerry Slider – as we’re calling it for now because there haven’t been any codenames leaked – will feature the same fantastic BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard that Z10, Z30, and Leap users use when the device is closed. The Call and End buttons will be on-screen as well, so there will no reason for you to have to slide the phone open if you don’t want to. Technically speaking, when you purchase the Slider, you could keep it closed out of the box and for the entire lifespan of the device, and never miss a beat. You’ll more than likely want to use the keyboard that it has, of course, but you won’t have to. 

If you’re still not convinced about why this is a good decision on BlackBerry’s part, just think about some of the internals this beast of the device is going to have. We discussed the possibility of the Slider being considered a high-end touch-only device by BlackBerry in our podcast about a month ago, and we went over these rumored internals and even confirmed it will have an octa-core processor. It’s very possible the Slider could also have a 2K/QuadHD display, a touch-sensitive keyboard, and a few other surprises. Add to that the beautiful design of the curved glass, which we’re told has a purpose and isn’t just for show, and we may be looking at the most innovative device of 2015. No other touch-only device will come close to that.

On a separate note, I hope this type of innovation is reflected in the name BlackBerry chooses for this device. I know it would be dumb to bring back the name Torch, but if you think about it, BlackBerry named a slider (9810), and an all-touch (9850/60) the “Torch” and it worked. They need to make sure they keep this in mind when marketing this next phone. Since they want both touchscreen lovers and slider fans to go pick one up, the name they choose has to balance that as well as the hardware they’re putting on this device.

I personally can’t wait for this phone to be announced, launched, and in my hands. If you’re still not excited about the BlackBerry Slider yet, you might want to check your pulse.

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BBM for BlackBerry 10 Beta Adds ‘Hide Sticker Packs’ Option http://n4bb.com/bbm-blackberry-beta-adds-hide-sticker-packs-option/ http://n4bb.com/bbm-blackberry-beta-adds-hide-sticker-packs-option/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:48:26 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162195 BBM for BlackBerry 10 beta users rejoice! There’s a new update waiting for you in the Beta Zone. This isn’t a big update in terms of what’s new, but it does add a pretty monumental feature: the ability to hide sticker packs. Not only can you hide one or two sticker packs, as a matter of fact, you can hide all sticker packs, and when you do, emoticons will be again made the default when the text field is blank. I personally use stickers, but it’s pretty awesome to have the option to hide away the ones you don’t want (I’m talking to you, WWE pack). Check out the change log below for the full rundown. What’s New this Build? Hide Sticker Packs! No more holiday cheer? Haunted by your spooky Halloween Sticker Packs? Have we got news for you! This update includes the ability to hide Sticker Packs from the Sticker Picker in BBM Chats. A couple big fixes… You reported them, we fixed them, now it’s time to keep testing them! Watch out for fixes to these issues: · Non-BBM Contacts displaying status messages · ‘Re-invite’/’Delete Contact’ buttons appear even after a non-BBM Contact becomes a BBM contact

BBM for BlackBerry 10 Beta Adds ‘Hide Sticker Packs’ Option written by JT Teran on N4BB

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BBM for BlackBerry 10 beta users rejoice! There’s a new update waiting for you in the Beta Zone. This isn’t a big update in terms of what’s new, but it does add a pretty monumental feature: the ability to hide sticker packs. Not only can you hide one or two sticker packs, as a matter of fact, you can hide all sticker packs, and when you do, emoticons will be again made the default when the text field is blank.

I personally use stickers, but it’s pretty awesome to have the option to hide away the ones you don’t want (I’m talking to you, WWE pack).

Check out the change log below for the full rundown.

What’s New this Build?
Hide Sticker Packs!
No more holiday cheer? Haunted by your spooky Halloween Sticker Packs? Have we got news for you! This update includes the ability to hide Sticker Packs from the Sticker Picker in BBM Chats.

A couple big fixes…
You reported them, we fixed them, now it’s time to keep testing them! Watch out for fixes to these issues:
· Non-BBM Contacts displaying status messages
· ‘Re-invite’/’Delete Contact’ buttons appear even after a non-BBM Contact becomes a BBM contact

BBM for BlackBerry 10 Beta Adds ‘Hide Sticker Packs’ Option written by JT Teran on N4BB

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BlackBerry Leap Lands in Vodafone UK http://n4bb.com/blackberry-leap-lands-vodafone-uk/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-leap-lands-vodafone-uk/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:08:28 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162191 The initial roll out of the BlackBerry Leap is under way, and as we told you late last night, the UK is getting first dibs on it. In terms of carrier support, Vodafone UK has officially made the Leap available online for free with bundles of £22 or more. If you’re looking to pick up the Leap on day one from Vodafone, hit the link below for all the info. Check out the BlackBerry Leap on Vodafone UK

BlackBerry Leap Lands in Vodafone UK written by JT Teran on N4BB

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The initial roll out of the BlackBerry Leap is under way, and as we told you late last night, the UK is getting first dibs on it. In terms of carrier support, Vodafone UK has officially made the Leap available online for free with bundles of £22 or more.

If you’re looking to pick up the Leap on day one from Vodafone, hit the link below for all the info.

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Twittly v2.0.300 for BlackBerry 10 Now Available http://n4bb.com/twittly-v2-0-300-blackberry-10-available/ http://n4bb.com/twittly-v2-0-300-blackberry-10-available/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:45:37 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162187 The popular BlackBerry 10 third-party Twitter app from NemOry Studios, Twittly, has been updated to version 2.0.300 in BlackBerry World. Version 2.0.300 changelog includes: Headless Hub Integration  Hub Notifications  Delete / Mark Read Unread : Multiple Hub Notifications at once  Fixed Favoriting a Tweet  Fixed Posting a Tweet  Fixed Retweeting a Tweet  Improved Performance  Simpler and Improved UI  Secured Flurry Analytics  No More Security issues  Improved Auto Hide Bars  Fixed HTML Bugs Either of these are required for existing Twittly Users: Uninstall then Re-Install or Logout then Re-Login Other Notes: Backup and Restore Feature is deprecated. Press Request Existing Purchase Button for Existing Pro Users whenever you see it. Get the new update for Twittly in BlackBerry World here.

Twittly v2.0.300 for BlackBerry 10 Now Available written by Lucas Atkins on N4BB

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The popular BlackBerry 10 third-party Twitter app from NemOry Studios, Twittly, has been updated to version 2.0.300 in BlackBerry World.

Version 2.0.300 changelog includes:

  • Headless Hub Integration 
  • Hub Notifications 
  • Delete / Mark Read Unread : Multiple Hub Notifications at once 
  • Fixed Favoriting a Tweet 
  • Fixed Posting a Tweet 
  • Fixed Retweeting a Tweet 
  • Improved Performance 
  • Simpler and Improved UI 
  • Secured Flurry Analytics 
  • No More Security issues 
  • Improved Auto Hide Bars 
  • Fixed HTML Bugs

Either of these are required for existing Twittly Users:

  • Uninstall then Re-Install
  • or Logout then Re-Login

Other Notes:

  • Backup and Restore Feature is deprecated.
  • Press Request Existing Purchase Button for Existing Pro Users whenever you see it.

Get the new update for Twittly in BlackBerry World here.

Twittly v2.0.300 for BlackBerry 10 Now Available written by Lucas Atkins on N4BB

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BlackBerry Leap Unboxing [VIDEO] http://n4bb.com/blackberry-leap-unboxing-video/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-leap-unboxing-video/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:01:21 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162118 In typical fashion, whenever we get a new device to review we just have to do an unboxing video to show you guys what comes in the box. This time, we have the brand BlackBerry Leap in our possession, so check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments below. Check out our BlackBerry Leap Review.

BlackBerry Leap Unboxing [VIDEO] written by JT Teran on N4BB

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In typical fashion, whenever we get a new device to review we just have to do an unboxing video to show you guys what comes in the box.

This time, we have the brand BlackBerry Leap in our possession, so check out the video above and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Check out our BlackBerry Leap Review.

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BlackBerry Leap Review – Not The Phone Fans Expect, But The One BlackBerry Needs http://n4bb.com/blackberry-leap-review/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-leap-review/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:00:40 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162089 BlackBerry has stepped back into the all-touch smartphone market in 2015 with a familiar-looking device in the BlackBerry Leap. No, the Leap isn’t the high-end all touch device that most BlackBerry diehards are waiting for. However, the Leap does fit a specific crowd that is looking for a phone that feels high-end but comes in a mid-tier price, and that’s the market BlackBerry is putting its sights on with this device. We got a chance to use the BlackBerry Leap, and want to give you some insight as to what we liked and didn’t like as much, so you can decide if this a device you want to pick up, or skip. Watch the BlackBerry Leap Unboxing video. Hardware – Bigger, heavier, and it definitely won’t bend If you got a chance to use a Z3 at some point, you’ll immediately notice the familiar design that the Leap has. In terms of direct comparisons, the Leap is a little bit taller, thicker, and heavier than the Z3. If you haven’t used it before, the Leap will definitely have a different look and feel than what many are used to with regular smartphones. Its corner edges are squared off, while its sides have a contoured feel. The Leap’s non-removable back plate has dimples throughout that BlackBerry says – and we can confirm – helps with grip. These dimples not only help you hold the device better, but also give it a nice look when the phone is face down. The Leap has good weight to it as well. It’s not as heavy as the Passport, but it feels solid in the hand. I bet it could take a few good drops without so much as a scratch, which can be pretty much said about every BlackBerry out there. The Leap is based on the same I-Beam design that the Passport and Z3 sport. In the Passport’s case, the top frame is all metal, which gave it added strength and made it look even better. Internally, the Leaps specs won’t blow anyone away. In fact, if you compare them to previously released BlackBerry devices, you’ll find similar components are being reused in a device that’s intended to compete in 2015. To be fair though, since this isn’t being marketed as a high-end device, it doesn’t need better specs to stand out. The BlackBerry Leap features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm 8960 dual-core processor that runs on 2GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the Leap comes with 16GB of internal storage for apps, and games, but also features a microSD card slot to expand that memory to save pictures, videos, and other files. The normal instinct is to want to criticize BlackBerry for the lack of high-end specs in this device and the same design it used in a previous device. And these complaints would be warranted if BlackBerry was trying to compete with the iPhone and other top-tier Android devices. That however is not the case. This device is intended for, to put it simply, someone on a budget but that wants to get work done and needs a device with a large screen. It’s not meant for those that want crazy specs, and are willing to spend upwards of $600 for a phone. One of the more disappointing parts of the Leap, in terms of hardware, has to be the lack of NFC. BlackBerry told us they needed to do everything possible to keep the cost of the Leap within their “price band” of $275 off-contract, and NFC just didn’t make the cut of essential features that the target market for this device wants. Unfortunately, with NFC mobile payments picking up in the last year or so, the lack of NFC on the BlackBerry Leap hurts its final score. Battery Life – It’ll last and last Battery life is going to be a big selling point for the Leap. As mentioned previously, the Leap is taller, heavier, and thicker than the Z3, and BlackBerry told us this was due to the larger battery the Leap has. The device’s 2800mAh battery should give most users 25 hours of mixed use. In our testing, the Leap’s battery gave us around 10 hours with heavy – and I mean heavy – use before we had to plug back in. Display – The Leap’s screen is a big win Speaking of screens, the Leap features a surprisingly good display. It’s bright, and vivid. Colors look really good on it, and at all viewing angles, the picture we get is pretty sharp. Of course, it’s not a QuadHD display like the Passport, but it still gets the job. What makes the Leap’s display impressive in my book is the fact that it comes on a device that’s less than $300USD. The Leap has, hands down, the best 720p display BlackBerry has ever used in their phones. It makes the Z30’s AMOLED glass look dim, and the uniformity of the device gives the illusion the front is all glass when the display is turned off. Camera – Solid enough for your daily use The BlackBerry Leap features an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing shooter and both perform well with a few exceptions in certain lighting conditions. Pictures in low-light are still a struggle for BlackBerry cameras and BB10’s software doesn’t help much either. The Leap’s auto-focus is passable, it’s not the quickest, but it does lock on to targets fairly well. The best way I can describe the camera is it won’t make or break your decision to get a Leap. Check out some pictures we took with the Leap. Speakers – Not bad, but not great either Aside from the typical phone speaker, the BlackBerry Leap features a single mono speaker that’s not bad, but isn’t great either. This speaker is nothing like the HTC One M9’s, or BlackBerry Passport’s, but it does provide good enough volume to use during a conference call or if you’re in loud surroundings. If you’re looking to use the Leap to listen to music over its loudspeaker, you may be disappointed though. Again, like with other parts of this device, you can understand BlackBerry making certain decisions to reduce the final price of this phone. BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 shines on the Leap The BlackBerry Leap comes pre-loaded with BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1. Since it’s the first all-touch BlackBerry device to come with this OS out of the box, we expected it to function well despite the mid-tier specs, and thankfully, we were right. Apps – native and Android – run incredibly well on the Leap. Gestures and touch presses are responsive, and snappy throughout the OS. Of course, the Leap also features all the goodness fans have become accustomed to with BlackBerry 10. The BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Assistant, and BBM perform as well, if not better, than they do on the Z10, and Z30. This is one of the advantages of having BlackBerry make the hardware, and the software its phones run. The company is able to make both parts work harmoniously together, even if the specs aren’t incredibly flashy. With BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 comes BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore, of course. Both storefronts give BlackBerry users access to hundreds of thousands of apps that are both native (BlackBerry World) and Android (Amazon Appstore). One thing that we found really peculiar with the Leap and its Amazon Appstore is the fact that a lot of apps that are blocked on devices like the Z10, Q10, Z30, are available. Apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB At Bat, among others are all there, and they work fantastically well. When we sat down with BlackBerry to go over the Leap, we told them about the lack of these apps in older devices’ Amazon Appstore, and they were definitely going to look into it because that shouldn’t be happening. Even though the Leap’s hardware is a bit outdated, BlackBerry assured us that for the foreseeable future, this device will get the same software support that the Passport or Classic get. If you’re picking one up, you don’t have to worry about future versions of BlackBerry 10 not being able to run on the Leap. They will within a reasonable timeframe. Accessories BlackBerry is making a few accessories available for the Leap. The most popular – and arguably the sexiest – accessory you can get for the Leap will be the Rio Sync Pod. Not only is it a stand that charges, and syncs your device, it’s so slick looking. The Leap may not be for you, and that’s okay The BlackBerry Leap, like the Passport and the Classic, is not for everyone. These days BlackBerry is focusing its resources on making devices for specific crowds of people, and they’re targeting those demographics with devices like the Leap. This phone fits perfectly in the portfolio the company has developed over the last year and change. No, it’s not the high-end all-touch power horse many BlackBerry fans want (that’s the upcoming Slider). Instead, it’s an affordable device for consumers that want a productive OS on a device that will keep them going throughout the day without needing to charge. On the enterprise side, the Leap offers a low-cost option for those companies that want a solid experience for their employees but simply can’t afford to buy a Passport or a Classic in high quantities. I don’t think the Leap will be a hit in the US. Frankly, I’m not even sure how many of the four major carriers in the states will pick it up. Thankfully, as many companies all over the globe have shown, it’s possible to be successful and continue making money on devices without the U.S. as a center market. If you have a Z10, and want to upgrade to a lower cost device, this device is the logical “leap” forward. Otherwise, I’d probably recommend sticking to what you have and either going with a Passport or waiting for the upcoming Slider.

BlackBerry Leap Review – Not The Phone Fans Expect, But The One BlackBerry Needs written by JT Teran on N4BB

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BlackBerry has stepped back into the all-touch smartphone market in 2015 with a familiar-looking device in the BlackBerry Leap. No, the Leap isn’t the high-end all touch device that most BlackBerry diehards are waiting for. However, the Leap does fit a specific crowd that is looking for a phone that feels high-end but comes in a mid-tier price, and that’s the market BlackBerry is putting its sights on with this device.

We got a chance to use the BlackBerry Leap, and want to give you some insight as to what we liked and didn’t like as much, so you can decide if this a device you want to pick up, or skip.

Watch the BlackBerry Leap Unboxing video.

Hardware – Bigger, heavier, and it definitely won’t bend

If you got a chance to use a Z3 at some point, you’ll immediately notice the familiar design that the Leap has. In terms of direct comparisons, the Leap is a little bit taller, thicker, and heavier than the Z3. If you haven’t used it before, the Leap will definitely have a different look and feel than what many are used to with regular smartphones. Its corner edges are squared off, while its sides have a contoured feel. The Leap’s non-removable back plate has dimples throughout that BlackBerry says – and we can confirm – helps with grip. These dimples not only help you hold the device better, but also give it a nice look when the phone is face down.

The Leap has good weight to it as well. It’s not as heavy as the Passport, but it feels solid in the hand. I bet it could take a few good drops without so much as a scratch, which can be pretty much said about every BlackBerry out there.

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The Leap is based on the same I-Beam design that the Passport and Z3 sport. In the Passport’s case, the top frame is all metal, which gave it added strength and made it look even better.

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Internally, the Leaps specs won’t blow anyone away. In fact, if you compare them to previously released BlackBerry devices, you’ll find similar components are being reused in a device that’s intended to compete in 2015. To be fair though, since this isn’t being marketed as a high-end device, it doesn’t need better specs to stand out.

Leap SIM and SDThe BlackBerry Leap features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm 8960 dual-core processor that runs on 2GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the Leap comes with 16GB of internal storage for apps, and games, but also features a microSD card slot to expand that memory to save pictures, videos, and other files.

The normal instinct is to want to criticize BlackBerry for the lack of high-end specs in this device and the same design it used in a previous device. And these complaints would be warranted if BlackBerry was trying to compete with the iPhone and other top-tier Android devices. That however is not the case. This device is intended for, to put it simply, someone on a budget but that wants to get work done and needs a device with a large screen. It’s not meant for those that want crazy specs, and are willing to spend upwards of $600 for a phone.

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One of the more disappointing parts of the Leap, in terms of hardware, has to be the lack of NFC. BlackBerry told us they needed to do everything possible to keep the cost of the Leap within their “price band” of $275 off-contract, and NFC just didn’t make the cut of essential features that the target market for this device wants.

Unfortunately, with NFC mobile payments picking up in the last year or so, the lack of NFC on the BlackBerry Leap hurts its final score.

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Battery Life – It’ll last and last

Battery life is going to be a big selling point for the Leap. As mentioned previously, the Leap is taller, heavier, and thicker than the Z3, and BlackBerry told us this was due to the larger battery the Leap has. The device’s 2800mAh battery should give most users 25 hours of mixed use. In our testing, the Leap’s battery gave us around 10 hours with heavy – and I mean heavy – use before we had to plug back in.

Display – The Leap’s screen is a big win

Speaking of screens, the Leap features a surprisingly good display. It’s bright, and vivid. Colors look really good on it, and at all viewing angles, the picture we get is pretty sharp. Of course, it’s not a QuadHD display like the Passport, but it still gets the job.

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BlackBerry Leap’s 720p display

What makes the Leap’s display impressive in my book is the fact that it comes on a device that’s less than $300USD. The Leap has, hands down, the best 720p display BlackBerry has ever used in their phones. It makes the Z30’s AMOLED glass look dim, and the uniformity of the device gives the illusion the front is all glass when the display is turned off.

Leap hardwareCamera – Solid enough for your daily use

The BlackBerry Leap features an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing shooter and both perform well with a few exceptions in certain lighting conditions. Pictures in low-light are still a struggle for BlackBerry cameras and BB10’s software doesn’t help much either. The Leap’s auto-focus is passable, it’s not the quickest, but it does lock on to targets fairly well. The best way I can describe the camera is it won’t make or break your decision to get a Leap.

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Check out some pictures we took with the Leap.

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Speakers – Not bad, but not great either

Aside from the typical phone speaker, the BlackBerry Leap features a single mono speaker that’s not bad, but isn’t great either. This speaker is nothing like the HTC One M9’s, or BlackBerry Passport’s, but it does provide good enough volume to use during a conference call or if you’re in loud surroundings. If you’re looking to use the Leap to listen to music over its loudspeaker, you may be disappointed though. Again, like with other parts of this device, you can understand BlackBerry making certain decisions to reduce the final price of this phone.

Leap speakerBlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 shines on the Leap

The BlackBerry Leap comes pre-loaded with BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1. Since it’s the first all-touch BlackBerry device to come with this OS out of the box, we expected it to function well despite the mid-tier specs, and thankfully, we were right.

Apps – native and Android – run incredibly well on the Leap. Gestures and touch presses are responsive, and snappy throughout the OS. Of course, the Leap also features all the goodness fans have become accustomed to with BlackBerry 10. The BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Assistant, and BBM perform as well, if not better, than they do on the Z10, and Z30.

This is one of the advantages of having BlackBerry make the hardware, and the software its phones run. The company is able to make both parts work harmoniously together, even if the specs aren’t incredibly flashy.

Leap apps

With BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 comes BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore, of course. Both storefronts give BlackBerry users access to hundreds of thousands of apps that are both native (BlackBerry World) and Android (Amazon Appstore). One thing that we found really peculiar with the Leap and its Amazon Appstore is the fact that a lot of apps that are blocked on devices like the Z10, Q10, Z30, are available. Apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB At Bat, among others are all there, and they work fantastically well. When we sat down with BlackBerry to go over the Leap, we told them about the lack of these apps in older devices’ Amazon Appstore, and they were definitely going to look into it because that shouldn’t be happening.

Even though the Leap’s hardware is a bit outdated, BlackBerry assured us that for the foreseeable future, this device will get the same software support that the Passport or Classic get. If you’re picking one up, you don’t have to worry about future versions of BlackBerry 10 not being able to run on the Leap. They will within a reasonable timeframe.

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Accessories

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BlackBerry is making a few accessories available for the Leap. The most popular – and arguably the sexiest – accessory you can get for the Leap will be the Rio Sync Pod. Not only is it a stand that charges, and syncs your device, it’s so slick looking.

The Leap may not be for you, and that’s okay

The BlackBerry Leap, like the Passport and the Classic, is not for everyone. These days BlackBerry is focusing its resources on making devices for specific crowds of people, and they’re targeting those demographics with devices like the Leap. This phone fits perfectly in the portfolio the company has developed over the last year and change. No, it’s not the high-end all-touch power horse many BlackBerry fans want (that’s the upcoming Slider). Instead, it’s an affordable device for consumers that want a productive OS on a device that will keep them going throughout the day without needing to charge. On the enterprise side, the Leap offers a low-cost option for those companies that want a solid experience for their employees but simply can’t afford to buy a Passport or a Classic in high quantities.

I don’t think the Leap will be a hit in the US. Frankly, I’m not even sure how many of the four major carriers in the states will pick it up. Thankfully, as many companies all over the globe have shown, it’s possible to be successful and continue making money on devices without the U.S. as a center market. If you have a Z10, and want to upgrade to a lower cost device, this device is the logical “leap” forward. Otherwise, I’d probably recommend sticking to what you have and either going with a Passport or waiting for the upcoming Slider.

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BlackBerry Leap Roll Out Begins In UK http://n4bb.com/blackberry-leap-roll-begins-uk/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-leap-roll-begins-uk/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:00:37 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162172 The BlackBerry Leap is officially rolling out globally starting today. Customers in the UK will be the first to have the ability to purchase the Leap through carrier partners. Over the next few weeks, the Leap will be making its way to Germany, France, US, Canada, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and India. Check out the official press release below: Press Release BlackBerry Announces Global Rollout of BlackBerry Leap New five-inch all-touch smartphone supports consumers and enterprise users who value security and privacy while pushing their productivity to the next level Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced the availability of BlackBerry® Leap in the United Kingdom and rollout in major markets. Beginning today in the U.K., young power professionals who want to get things done and companies looking for enterprise fleet renewals can now purchase BlackBerry Leap on ShopBlackBerry.com and through select carriers and partners. BlackBerry Leap will continue to rollout over the next few weeks across countries including Germany, France, United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India. Ron Louks, President, Devices and Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, said: “With an all-touch screen, the BlackBerry Leap rounds out our portfolio of BlackBerry 10 devices, offering an affordable choice to mobile professionals who require a smartphone that safeguards sensitive communications and keeps them productive.” BlackBerry Leap features the latest BlackBerry® 10.3.1 operating system, a brilliant edge-to-edge five-inch HD display and more than a full day’s battery power. Top features of the BlackBerry Leap include: Security to Maintain Privacy – You can feel safe in the knowledge that BlackBerry Leap was designed with the highest standards of security in mind to protect your privacy. It is equipped with support for encryption, plus built-in malware protection and back-up, wipe and restore. All to give you control and help secure your data against the next embarrassing and potentially costly cyberattack. Battery That Powers Through a Full Day – With up to 25 hours of heavy use,* the BlackBerry Leap will power through even your most demanding day. The impressive 2800 mAh battery and optimization of power consumption in BlackBerry 10 gives users more than a full day of productive usage. Best-in-Class BlackBerry Keyboard – Type faster and more accurately on a touchscreen keyboard that learns how you write. With superior error correction, multi-language support, customized adaption and flow, BlackBerry’s touchscreen keyboard helps to reduce the mistakes and missteps that can hold you back. BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.1 –BlackBerry Leap comes preloaded with the new BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system, offering a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that users’ most commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen. Additional features include: BlackBerry® Blend – BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content that is on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM™ or text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend works across desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X 10.7 +, Windows® 7+ and Android™ tablets running Android 4.4+ via cellular, USB or Wi-Fi connections. BlackBerry® Assistant – The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. It’s the only smartphone assistant on the market today that can access both personal and work content in your work perimeter. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond to you based on how you interact with it – if you type, it responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen. Dual app storefronts preloaded for access to a huge selection of apps for work and play: BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World offers essential business and productivity apps for professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration including Box, Evernote, Cisco WebEx Meetings and Documents to Go. Amazon Appstore – Discover and download popular Android apps and games through the Amazon Appstore including Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Kindle and Amazon Shopping. For more information on the BlackBerry Leap, please visit BlackBerry.com/Leap Availability In addition to the United Kingdom as of today, BlackBerry Leap will continue to rollout over the next few weeks across countries including Germany, France, United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India. Availability in other markets will be announced locally at a later date. * Based on GSMA PRD TW.09 Battery Life Measurement Technique and a mixed usage scenario. Many factors affect battery life, including network connectivity, application usage, feature configuration and battery age. Actual results may vary. About BlackBerry A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com. Media Contact: BlackBerry Media Relations (519) 888-7465 x77273 mediarelations@BlackBerry.com Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used herein, words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “believe”, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by BlackBerry Limited in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that BlackBerry believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause BlackBerry’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of BlackBerry’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry’s forward-looking statements. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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The BlackBerry Leap is officially rolling out globally starting today. Customers in the UK will be the first to have the ability to purchase the Leap through carrier partners.

Over the next few weeks, the Leap will be making its way to Germany, France, US, Canada, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Check out the official press release below:

Press Release

BlackBerry Announces Global Rollout of BlackBerry Leap

New five-inch all-touch smartphone supports consumers and enterprise users who value security and privacy while pushing their productivity to the next level

Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced the availability of BlackBerry® Leap in the United Kingdom and rollout in major markets. Beginning today in the U.K., young power professionals who want to get things done and companies looking for enterprise fleet renewals can now purchase BlackBerry Leap on ShopBlackBerry.com and through select carriers and partners. BlackBerry Leap will continue to rollout over the next few weeks across countries including Germany, France, United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India.

Ron Louks, President, Devices and Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, said: “With an all-touch screen, the BlackBerry Leap rounds out our portfolio of BlackBerry 10 devices, offering an affordable choice to mobile professionals who require a smartphone that safeguards sensitive communications and keeps them productive.”

BlackBerry Leap features the latest BlackBerry® 10.3.1 operating system, a brilliant edge-to-edge five-inch HD display and more than a full day’s battery power.

Top features of the BlackBerry Leap include:

Security to Maintain Privacy – You can feel safe in the knowledge that BlackBerry Leap was designed with the highest standards of security in mind to protect your privacy. It is equipped with support for encryption, plus built-in malware protection and back-up, wipe and restore. All to give you control and help secure your data against the next embarrassing and potentially costly cyberattack.

Battery That Powers Through a Full Day – With up to 25 hours of heavy use,* the BlackBerry Leap will power through even your most demanding day. The impressive 2800 mAh battery and optimization of power consumption in BlackBerry 10 gives users more than a full day of productive usage.

Best-in-Class BlackBerry Keyboard – Type faster and more accurately on a touchscreen keyboard that learns how you write. With superior error correction, multi-language support, customized adaption and flow, BlackBerry’s touchscreen keyboard helps to reduce the mistakes and missteps that can hold you back.

BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.1 –BlackBerry Leap comes preloaded with the new BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system, offering a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that users’ most commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen.

Additional features include:

BlackBerry® Blend – BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content that is on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM™ or text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend works across desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X 10.7 +, Windows® 7+ and Android™ tablets running Android 4.4+ via cellular, USB or Wi-Fi connections.

BlackBerry® Assistant – The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. It’s the only smartphone assistant on the market today that can access both personal and work content in your work perimeter. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond to you based on how you interact with it – if you type, it responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen.
Dual app storefronts preloaded for access to a huge selection of apps for work and play:
BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World offers essential business and productivity apps for professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration including Box, Evernote, Cisco WebEx Meetings and Documents to Go.
Amazon Appstore – Discover and download popular Android apps and games through the Amazon Appstore including Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Kindle and Amazon Shopping.

For more information on the BlackBerry Leap, please visit BlackBerry.com/Leap

Availability

In addition to the United Kingdom as of today, BlackBerry Leap will continue to rollout over the next few weeks across countries including Germany, France, United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India. Availability in other markets will be announced locally at a later date.

* Based on GSMA PRD TW.09 Battery Life Measurement Technique and a mixed usage scenario. Many factors affect battery life, including network connectivity, application usage, feature configuration and battery age. Actual results may vary.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

Media Contact:
BlackBerry Media Relations
(519) 888-7465 x77273
mediarelations@BlackBerry.com

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. When used herein, words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “intend”, “believe”, and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by BlackBerry Limited in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that BlackBerry believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause BlackBerry’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of BlackBerry’s Annual Information Form, which is included in its Annual Report on Form 40-F (copies of which filings may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on BlackBerry’s forward-looking statements. BlackBerry has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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WhatsApp Beta for BlackBerry 10 Updated http://n4bb.com/whatsapp-beta-blackberry-10-updated/ http://n4bb.com/whatsapp-beta-blackberry-10-updated/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:44:46 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162183 WhatsApp rolled out another new beta version for BlackBerry 10 in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The new update, version 2.11.1429.2 isn’t as large as some previous updates. Nevertheless, here’s the changelog: Improved display of location messages on the chat screen Prevent indexing of user-selected ringtones Prevent display of unsupported characters when receiving emoji from iOS 8.3 users Updated translations Miscellaneous fixes and updates The new update for WhatsApp can be found in the Beta Zone app. If you don’t have the Beta Zone app, you can get it here.

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WhatsApp rolled out another new beta version for BlackBerry 10 in the BlackBerry Beta Zone.

The new update, version 2.11.1429.2 isn’t as large as some previous updates. Nevertheless, here’s the changelog:

  • Improved display of location messages on the chat screen
  • Prevent indexing of user-selected ringtones
  • Prevent display of unsupported characters when receiving emoji from iOS 8.3 users
  • Updated translations
  • Miscellaneous fixes and updates

The new update for WhatsApp can be found in the Beta Zone app. If you don’t have the Beta Zone app, you can get it here.

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Whine for BlackBerry Get Huge Update http://n4bb.com/whine-blackberry-huge-update/ http://n4bb.com/whine-blackberry-huge-update/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:17:13 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162162 The popular Vine client, Whine for BlackBerry 10, has got a huge update available now on BlackBerry World. The new version comes with a change log full of improvements and new features. Here’s what’s new: Splash Redesign & Restructure 720p Automatic Recording Support Timestamp Bug Fixed New Dedicated Record Tab Improved Emoji Support Fullscreen Video for Square Displays Support Automatic Hiding & Showing Of Title and Action Bars Persistent Mute Control Application Wide including Settings Optimized Graphics & File Handling Aligned With New OS Libraries Bug Fixes & Overall Improvements If you don’t have it already, Whine is available in the BlackBerry World for $1.99.

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The popular Vine client, Whine for BlackBerry 10, has got a huge update available now on BlackBerry World. The new version comes with a change log full of improvements and new features. Here’s what’s new:

  • Splash Redesign & Restructure
  • 720p Automatic Recording Support
  • Timestamp Bug Fixed
  • New Dedicated Record Tab
  • Improved Emoji Support
  • Fullscreen Video for Square Displays Support
  • Automatic Hiding & Showing Of Title and Action Bars
  • Persistent Mute Control Application Wide including Settings
  • Optimized Graphics & File Handling
  • Aligned With New OS Libraries
  • Bug Fixes & Overall Improvements

If you don’t have it already, Whine is available in the BlackBerry World for $1.99.

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BBM for Windows Phone Beta Gets Updated http://n4bb.com/bbm-windows-phone-beta-gets-updated/ http://n4bb.com/bbm-windows-phone-beta-gets-updated/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:50:41 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162147 BBM for Windows Phone Beta has been updated to version 2.1.0.7 and brings a bunch of fixes, no new features though. Here’s what you’ll find: Restarting BBM brings up the “Find friends” screen intermittently BBM crashes when trying to add an image when adding a post Feeds tab does not display splat on Channel or Contacts updates Unable to add screenshots when adding a post with an image Newly created Channel appears with a join icon on search BBM freezes after sending or receiving a Sticker BBM is slow to load featured/owned/subscribed Channels on HTC devices If you have a Windows Phone device, BBM is compatible with Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. Check out the BBM for Windows Phone Beta here.

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BBM for Windows Phone Beta has been updated to version 2.1.0.7 and brings a bunch of fixes, no new features though. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Restarting BBM brings up the “Find friends” screen intermittently
  • BBM crashes when trying to add an image when adding a post
  • Feeds tab does not display splat on Channel or Contacts updates
  • Unable to add screenshots when adding a post with an image
  • Newly created Channel appears with a join icon on search
  • BBM freezes after sending or receiving a Sticker
  • BBM is slow to load featured/owned/subscribed Channels on HTC devices

If you have a Windows Phone device, BBM is compatible with Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. Check out the BBM for Windows Phone Beta here.

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CarePartners Choose BlackBerry 10 and BES12 http://n4bb.com/carepartners-choose-blackberry-10-bes12/ http://n4bb.com/carepartners-choose-blackberry-10-bes12/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:18:23 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=162113 In a win for BlackBerry, CarePartners has chosen CellTrak’s VisitManager solution, running on BlackBerry 10 smartphones and managed by BES12: a multi-OS EMM solution by BlackBerry, to mobilize their home care providers. CarePartners is a home care nursing agency that provides personal support services, rehabilitation services, and nursing care to over 70,000 patients each year. CarePartners issued BlackBerry 10 smartphones provisioned with CellTrak’s VisitManager mobile healthcare management application to over 4,000 employees in their mobile workforce. VisitManager enables CarePartners’ home care providers to securely access patient information directly on their BlackBerry 10 smartphones. It allows them to update client records in real-time, and helps them manage their appointments and schedule changes throughout the day. The solution allows for secure real-time communications between care providers and back office employees. “With thousands of home care staff visiting clients each and every day, CarePartners recognized very quickly that they required a solution that gives their care providers convenient and secure access to the information they need and delivers a more integrated approach to logging and managing their hours of service,” said Barry Billings, Vice President, CellTrak Canada. “Partnering with BlackBerry enables us to offer CarePartners a real-time connection to their patient data that is secure from end-to-end, in transit and at rest and a way to increase the productivity of their workforce.” CarePartners is also migrating to BES12 for enterprise mobility management (EMM) to securely manage their deployment of BlackBerry 10 smartphones. BES12 can manage any mobile deployment model such as BYOD, COPE and COBO, and seamlessly supports iOS, Android™, Windows Phone®, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry® OS devices. “With the CellTrak solution on BlackBerry, we have realized greater scheduling efficiency and a drastic reduction in missed visits for our patients,” said Kelly Baechler, Manager Organizational Change, CarePartners. “Having real-time access to patient care plans has allowed us to provide the highest quality care. It was important to us to implement an EMM solution that gives us strict device management and the ability to provide management of a variety of devices, and that meets the security needs for healthcare. With BES12, we have control over our devices and we know our data is protected.” “With BES12, BlackBerry delivers a multi-OS and deeply integrated communications engine that provides the highest levels of trust and security required when exchanging patient health information,” said John Sims, President, Global Sales, BlackBerry. “By tightly integrating with partners such as CellTrak, we’re able to provide CarePartners with real-time visibility into their patient data and care plans. This empowers them to truly mobilize their workforce in a way that meets their need for security and control, while allowing them to meet necessary PIPEDA and HIPAA regulations.” Find out more about BES12 at www.BlackBerry.com/BES12. Find out more about CarePartners atwww.CarePartners.ca. Find out more about CellTrak at www.CellTrak.com.

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In a win for BlackBerry, CarePartners has chosen CellTrak’s VisitManager solution, running on BlackBerry 10 smartphones and managed by BES12: a multi-OS EMM solution by BlackBerry, to mobilize their home care providers.

CarePartners is a home care nursing agency that provides personal support services, rehabilitation services, and nursing care to over 70,000 patients each year. CarePartners issued BlackBerry 10 smartphones provisioned with CellTrak’s VisitManager mobile healthcare management application to over 4,000 employees in their mobile workforce. VisitManager enables CarePartners’ home care providers to securely access patient information directly on their BlackBerry 10 smartphones. It allows them to update client records in real-time, and helps them manage their appointments and schedule changes throughout the day. The solution allows for secure real-time communications between care providers and back office employees.

“With thousands of home care staff visiting clients each and every day, CarePartners recognized very quickly that they required a solution that gives their care providers convenient and secure access to the information they need and delivers a more integrated approach to logging and managing their hours of service,” said Barry Billings, Vice President, CellTrak Canada. “Partnering with BlackBerry enables us to offer CarePartners a real-time connection to their patient data that is secure from end-to-end, in transit and at rest and a way to increase the productivity of their workforce.”

CarePartners is also migrating to BES12 for enterprise mobility management (EMM) to securely manage their deployment of BlackBerry 10 smartphones. BES12 can manage any mobile deployment model such as BYOD, COPE and COBO, and seamlessly supports iOS, Android™, Windows Phone®, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry® OS devices.

“With the CellTrak solution on BlackBerry, we have realized greater scheduling efficiency and a drastic reduction in missed visits for our patients,” said Kelly Baechler, Manager Organizational Change, CarePartners. “Having real-time access to patient care plans has allowed us to provide the highest quality care. It was important to us to implement an EMM solution that gives us strict device management and the ability to provide management of a variety of devices, and that meets the security needs for healthcare. With BES12, we have control over our devices and we know our data is protected.”

“With BES12, BlackBerry delivers a multi-OS and deeply integrated communications engine that provides the highest levels of trust and security required when exchanging patient health information,” said John Sims, President, Global Sales, BlackBerry. “By tightly integrating with partners such as CellTrak, we’re able to provide CarePartners with real-time visibility into their patient data and care plans. This empowers them to truly mobilize their workforce in a way that meets their need for security and control, while allowing them to meet necessary PIPEDA and HIPAA regulations.”

Find out more about BES12 at www.BlackBerry.com/BES12. Find out more about CarePartners atwww.CarePartners.ca. Find out more about CellTrak at www.CellTrak.com.

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BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.2726 Live Links Available http://n4bb.com/blackberry-os-10-3-1-2726-live-links-available/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-os-10-3-1-2726-live-links-available/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:52:10 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=161983 If you lead your BlackBerry life fearlessly and fancy in loading up pre-release OS’, you’ll be happy to know a new version is available through live links. OS 10.3.1.2726 files can now be loaded and packaged back into an autoloader for your specified device. But, if you’re not up for the task of building your own autoloader, here’s some pre-made ones: AutoLoaders: AutoLoader Passport [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!Mxoi0aoQ!4BAzJm…ijJd9jymVjy0Eo AutoLoader Z30-Leap-Classic [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!4xJGzaqR!0TqgyE…LkO3HTSrbKblgQ AutoLoader Z10STL100-2-3-4 [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!EoxWgSLS!7EEOqr…ZaD_adag_iRqI8 AutoLoader Q5-Q10 [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!wxhBSAbS!-QXrrg…E3X5DDMfAlESG4 AutoLoader Z3 [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!sx53XZbA!g_SzRO…dFr8BbPB33neIw AutoLoader Z10STL100-1 [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!IxAmDKiS!slaEGL…Z6cfEKYR_OotXk Core / Debrick / Radio Files: Blackberry Passport (QC8974) Debrick [1819 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Core OS [322 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Radio [33 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Blackberry Z10 (STL 100-1) Debrick [1790 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Core OS [293 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Radio [26 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Blackberry Z10 Z30 Q5 Q10 CLASSIC LEAP (QC8960) Debrick [1820 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Core OS [322 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Blackberry Z3 (QC8960_8x30 Hybrid) Debrick [1819 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Core OS [321 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Blackberry Z10 Verizon (QC8960) Debrick [1824 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Core OS [322 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Radios for Leap, Z3, Z10, Z30, Classic, Q5 and Q10 Z3 (Jakarta) + Cafe Radio – [27 MB] http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Z10 (STL 100-2/3/4) and Porsche P9982 Radio – [22 MB] http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Z10 (STL 100-4) Verizon Radio – [22 MB] http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Z30, Leap and Classic Radio – [50 MB] http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar Q5, Q10 and Khan Radio – [27MB] http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar ____________________________________ Updated apps over 10.3.1.2582 https://mega.co.nz/#!4pQ0EK5K!OVJBKs…q8qkFLDDe9Jlr0 “Sachesi” codes: 302/490/STR100-2

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If you lead your BlackBerry life fearlessly and fancy in loading up pre-release OS’, you’ll be happy to know a new version is available through live links.

OS 10.3.1.2726 files can now be loaded and packaged back into an autoloader for your specified device.

But, if you’re not up for the task of building your own autoloader, here’s some pre-made ones:

AutoLoaders:

AutoLoader Passport [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!Mxoi0aoQ!4BAzJm…ijJd9jymVjy0Eo
AutoLoader Z30-Leap-Classic [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!4xJGzaqR!0TqgyE…LkO3HTSrbKblgQ
AutoLoader Z10STL100-2-3-4 [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!EoxWgSLS!7EEOqr…ZaD_adag_iRqI8
AutoLoader Q5-Q10 [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!wxhBSAbS!-QXrrg…E3X5DDMfAlESG4
AutoLoader Z3 [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!sx53XZbA!g_SzRO…dFr8BbPB33neIw
AutoLoader Z10STL100-1 [Mega]: https://mega.co.nz/#!IxAmDKiS!slaEGL…Z6cfEKYR_OotXk

Core / Debrick / Radio Files:

Blackberry Passport (QC8974)
Debrick [1819 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar
Core OS [322 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar
Radio [33 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar

Blackberry Z10 (STL 100-1)
Debrick [1790 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar
Core OS [293 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar
Radio [26 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar

Blackberry Z10 Z30 Q5 Q10 CLASSIC LEAP (QC8960)
Debrick [1820 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar
Core OS [322 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar

Blackberry Z3 (QC8960_8x30 Hybrid)
Debrick [1819 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar
Core OS [321 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar

Blackberry Z10 Verizon (QC8960)
Debrick [1824 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar
Core OS [322 MB]: http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar

Radios for Leap, Z3, Z10, Z30, Classic, Q5 and Q10
Z3 (Jakarta) + Cafe Radio – [27 MB]
http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar

Z10 (STL 100-2/3/4) and Porsche P9982 Radio – [22 MB]
http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar

Z10 (STL 100-4) Verizon Radio – [22 MB]
http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar

Z30, Leap and Classic Radio – [50 MB]
http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar

Q5, Q10 and Khan Radio – [27MB]
http://cdn.fs.sl.blackberry.com/fs/q…-v7+signed.bar
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Updated apps over 10.3.1.2582
https://mega.co.nz/#!4pQ0EK5K!OVJBKs…q8qkFLDDe9Jlr0

“Sachesi” codes: 302/490/STR100-2

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