N4BB http://n4bb.com BlackBerry News, Reviews, FAQs, Leaks, Help Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:57:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 BlackBerry Q5 Reaches End of Life on Canadian Carrier Bell http://n4bb.com/blackberry-q5-reaches-life-canadian-carrier-bell/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-q5-reaches-life-canadian-carrier-bell/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:58 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154152 Almost a year after launching on Canadian networks the mid-ranged follow up to the Q10, the BlackBerry Q5 has hit end of life (EOL) and the Canadian carrier Bell. The Q5 was a very nice device for the price point and offered a great entry for those who didn’t want to go all out on

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Almost a year after launching on Canadian networks the mid-ranged follow up to the Q10, the BlackBerry Q5 has hit end of life (EOL) and the Canadian carrier Bell. The Q5 was a very nice device for the price point and offered a great entry for those who didn’t want to go all out on the Q10 which has maintained a premium price point.

Likely to make space for a newer range of QWERTY devices like the BlackBerry Passport and Classic, Bell is giving the Q5 an EOL notice at the retail level.

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Luckily the device (Q5) can be purchased directly from BlackBerry for about $250 unlocked which is a fantastic deal. White models are actually on sale right now meaning you could get a Q5 for as little as $150 outright.

This is a telling sign that perhaps Bell and other Canadian operates are gearing up for some of the forthcoming devices. We are expecting the Passport out in September with the Classic due sometime in November.

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BlackBerry 10 Beta Zone App Gets Small Update http://n4bb.com/blackberry-10-beta-zone-app-small-update/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-10-beta-zone-app-small-update/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:14:04 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154148 BlackBerry Beta Zone is the go to place for testing applications on BlackBerry 10. With dedicated discussion boards, BETA programs and more it offers a great utility for developers and users to come together and refine applications before public launch in BlackBerry World. 3rd party applications like Timber, Snap2Chat and others can be found and

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BlackBerry Beta Zone is the go to place for testing applications on BlackBerry 10. With dedicated discussion boards, BETA programs and more it offers a great utility for developers and users to come together and refine applications before public launch in BlackBerry World.

3rd party applications like Timber, Snap2Chat and others can be found and tested free of charge. On Monday the Beta Zone application received a small update for testers adding in some bug fixes and performance enhancements.

  • Performance improvements
  • Notifications added for Third Party Beta Programs
  • Links posted via app are now recognized as URLs
  • Minor bug fixes

If you’re one of the tests of thousands of beta applicants out there feel free to launch the application and grab the update in-app.

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BlackBerry World Video and Music Officially Removed http://n4bb.com/blackberry-world-video-music-officially-removed/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-world-video-music-officially-removed/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:29:56 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154131 As BlackBerry gave us full warning of, the Video and Music sections in BlackBerry World have been ceased, and are no longer accessible within the storefront. BlackBerry is however promoting within their BlackBerry World carosuel that users who previously purchased music can still access their Lockers via the ported 7digital for BlackBerry app just recently

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As BlackBerry gave us full warning of, the Video and Music sections in BlackBerry World have been ceased, and are no longer accessible within the storefront. BlackBerry is however promoting within their BlackBerry World carosuel that users who previously purchased music can still access their Lockers via the ported 7digital for BlackBerry app just recently brought into BlackBerry World.

As sparse as it may look there’s still a wealth of great native application and games listed within BlackBerry World. Developers are sure to continue supporting their apps for the coming 10.3 OS. The removable of these content pipes into BlackBerry World reminds us that the Amazon store is indeed coming for BlackBerry 10 devices and will be taking over the consumer side of those purchases.

Any predilections about the removable of these services from the main BlackBerry World storefront?

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BYOD Revolt ‘I Want My BlackBerry Back’ http://n4bb.com/byod-revolt-blackberry/ http://n4bb.com/byod-revolt-blackberry/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:17:58 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154126 The leading smartphones in the industry were not built for business. Neither Android nor iPhone bring many of the necessary tenants of a purely productive, secure mobile experience. As Apple and Google take care of their own BYOD overflow they do so with devices not tempered for the arena.Security cannot be bolted on. At an

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The leading smartphones in the industry were not built for business. Neither Android nor iPhone bring many of the necessary tenants of a purely productive, secure mobile experience. As Apple and Google take care of their own BYOD overflow they do so with devices not tempered for the arena.Security cannot be bolted on.

At an investment firm in New York City, privacy and mobile app performance are causing serious push back against the Bring Your Own Device policies in place. Many users are clamoring for their corporate BlackBerry’s back. One IT executive speaking on the privacy concerns of BYOD…”It’s a nightmare.”

It’s really the lack of consistency with the various would-be MDM providers. One offers a cool containerized solution but no push email notifications. In other instances applications wouldn’t at all work together e.g emails could not be sent through the Salesfoce app, or even a PDF be opened with GoodReader.

“The failure of these systems has to do with little things that drive users crazy,” the IT executive says. “We’re an investment firm with a hundred-something monkeys, everyone is super smart, everyone is a prima donna, and it’s very difficult to accommodate them.”

If that wasn’t enough, MDM software drains phone battery in mere hours. One kept hounding the servers and subsequently had to be removed from the platform. All of this falls at the scale of security. These companies let you bring your device but then lock you out of most of the functionality. Restricting the use of applications such as text messages. Driving a divide between IT and users.

“Maybe 60 percent of the people requested to go back to a BlackBerry and carry two devices,” the IT executive says. “We were shocked, blown away, by the privacy reaction.”

iPhones – Android these devices are consumer oriented and never designed for use in the strict enterprise setting. BlackBerry is the only real secure solution that ties together, and offers not only a productive experience, but one that is manageable for all devices. In the coming months with the launch of BES12, BlackBerry will be pushing this message even more to customers.

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BlackBerry 10 Screen Resolution Comparison http://n4bb.com/blackberry-10-screen-resolution-comparison/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-10-screen-resolution-comparison/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:10:51 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154119 When BlackBerry first made the announcement of BlackBerry 10, they clarified a unified screen resolution for future devices. BlackBerry planned to make 720p the standard among its BlackBerry 10 fleet. However, as we have seen, that plan has not panned out. The above image shows a comparison between current and future BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Although,

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When BlackBerry first made the announcement of BlackBerry 10, they clarified a unified screen resolution for future devices. BlackBerry planned to make 720p the standard among its BlackBerry 10 fleet.

However, as we have seen, that plan has not panned out. The above image shows a comparison between current and future BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Although, the Z3 information is a slightly incorrect.

Nevertheless, we get an interesting visual comparison to see how each device differentiates between one another.

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Two Instagram Accounts On One Device Thanks To Instwogram http://n4bb.com/instagram-accounts-device-instwogram/ http://n4bb.com/instagram-accounts-device-instwogram/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:51:58 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154114 If you happen to manage two or more accounts on Instagram then you already know how frustrating it is to do so on an BlackBerry device. Instagram has yet to make it possible for us to manage two or more accounts on the official app, so we have to log in and out everytime we want to switch

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If you happen to manage two or more accounts on Instagram then you already know how frustrating it is to do so on an BlackBerry device. Instagram has yet to make it possible for us to manage two or more accounts on the official app, so we have to log in and out everytime we want to switch accounts. Well, that has just been made a whole lot easier for us thanks to Instwogram.

Thanks to an XDA member, Me-Nex S, we’ve got an interesting Instagram clone, which he called Instwogram, and it’s basically the exact same Instagram client with a different icon and name. This way, you get to manage two accounts without the need to log in and out everytime. But if you happen to have more than two accounts, sadly you will still have some work to do.

If you want it just head over to XDA forum for direct download. App has been tested and works on BlackBerry Z10, but if you test it in any other BlackBerry device and find any issues, make sure you leave them in the comments below and also on the XDA thread.

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BlackBerry Appoints Marty Beard As COO http://n4bb.com/blackberry-appoints-marty-beard-coo/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-appoints-marty-beard-coo/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:43:07 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154103 BlackBerry is adding another executive to its ranks as it has officially appointed Marty Beard as their new COO. The press release – which you can see in its entirety below – mentions Beard’s responsibilities will include “cross-functional organizations, including Marketing, BlackBerry 10 Application Development, Customer Care and Quality. Marty is also responsible for instituting

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BlackBerry is adding another executive to its ranks as it has officially appointed Marty Beard as their new COO. The press release – which you can see in its entirety below – mentions Beard’s responsibilities will include “cross-functional organizations, including Marketing, BlackBerry 10 Application Development, Customer Care and Quality. Marty is also responsible for instituting best practices and processes.”

With the addition of Beard, BlackBerry CEO John Chen adds another former Sybase executive to the growing list that’s currently working for BlackBerry.  Beard also served as CEO and Chairman at LiveOps, Inc, SVP of Marketing at Sybase, and VP at Oracle in its e-Commerce service unit.

Marty Beard starts immediately at his new job at BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Appoints Marty Beard as COO

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – July 21, 2014) – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced that it has named Marty Beard as Chief Operating Officer. As the new COO, Marty is responsible for cross-functional organizations, including Marketing, BlackBerry 10 Application Development, Customer Care and Quality. Marty is also responsible for instituting best practices and processes.

BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen said, “BlackBerry continues to attract top talent to the company. Marty brings extensive experience in operations, marketing and serving customers through the best technologies and processes available.”

Most recently, Mr. Beard was Chairman and CEO of LiveOps, Inc., a leading provider of cloud applications for customer service. Under his leadership, LiveOps leveraged the cloud, mobile and social interactions to improve customer service interactions for its customers. Prior to joining LiveOps, Marty was President of Sybase 365 (a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc.), a mobile messaging and mobile commerce services unit, and held a series of executive positions including SVP of Marketing. Prior to Sybase, Marty worked at Oracle as Vice President of Oracle Online, its e-Commerce service unit. In his role at Oracle, he was responsible for leveraging the Web to improve customer sales and support.

Marty starts immediately.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry(R) 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.

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#N4BBAfterDark Live: BlackBerry Passport, Classic, Blackphone, IBM and Apple http://n4bb.com/n4bbafterdark-live-blackberry-passport-classic-blackphone-ibm-apple/ http://n4bb.com/n4bbafterdark-live-blackberry-passport-classic-blackphone-ibm-apple/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:07:33 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154094 Join us for another N4BB After Dark live webcast. We have a lot to discuss with Niko, JT, and the crew. We’re going to discuss the latest on the BlackBerry Passport, Classic, the big news with Blackphone and the Apple and IBM, and how it could affect BlackBerry down the line. Follow along in the

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Join us for another N4BB After Dark live webcast. We have a lot to discuss with Niko, JT, and the crew.

We’re going to discuss the latest on the BlackBerry Passport, Classic, the big news with Blackphone and the Apple and IBM, and how it could affect BlackBerry down the line.

Follow along in the live video and join in the chat to ask us questions and have it answered.

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7digital Ports Android Music Storefront into BlackBerry World http://n4bb.com/7digital-ports-android-music-storefront-blackberry-world/ http://n4bb.com/7digital-ports-android-music-storefront-blackberry-world/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:08:17 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154072 7digital is one of the largest sources for music out there. They have been partners with BlackBerry for a very long time and that partnership was extended with the launch of BlackBerry 10 which saw 7digital’s music catalog integrated and accessible directly within BlackBerry World. Following the Amazon partnership, BlackBerry clarified that as of July 21st 3rd

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7digital is one of the largest sources for music out there. They have been partners with BlackBerry for a very long time and that partnership was extended with the launch of BlackBerry 10 which saw 7digital’s music catalog integrated and accessible directly within BlackBerry World.

Following the Amazon partnership, BlackBerry clarified that as of July 21st 3rd party content like Movies, TV Shows and Music would be stripped from BlackBerry World in lieu of the Amazon storefront which more or less offers the same things (and more). 7digital’s stock dropped 18% following the news, as BlackBerry was their largest single customer.

It seems however that they are still contractually obligated to support the platform and keep those customers supported. In a statement earlier this month,

“7digital understands that it is BlackBerry’s intention, after the closure of its own storefront, to continue to provide its users with access to the music they have stored in their ‘lockers’ using the company’s services,” said 7Digital in its statement.

“7digital is also working with BlackBerry on an alternative solution for the purchase of new music and will update the market further when the specifics have been agreed.”- MorningStar.

Right on time to meet that alternative solution, 7digital has ported over their Android application into Blackberry World which allows content owners who purchased music through BlackBerry World an easy way to maintain access to their media. It’s all about flexibility at this point and the BB10 platform is open enough to allows for quick alternatives such as this.

If you, like our editor Niko, frequently purchased from the BlackBerry World storefront you can reclaim your music by downloading 7digital’s application within said storefront via the link below.

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BlackBerry Passport Photo Gallery http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-photo-gallery/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-photo-gallery/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:02:09 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154021 The BlackBerry Passport will be the first-to-market QWERTY phablet device. We’ve just learned that the Passport will be rocking a massive 3450 mAh battery and have four microphones for “BlackBerry Natural Sound.” We have also gotten the first look at how the Passport’s touch-sensitive keyboard works, which is exactly as we previously and exclusively detailed.

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The BlackBerry Passport will be the first-to-market QWERTY phablet device. We’ve just learned that the Passport will be rocking a massive 3450 mAh battery and have four microphones for “BlackBerry Natural Sound.”

We have also gotten the first look at how the Passport’s touch-sensitive keyboard works, which is exactly as we previously and exclusively detailed.

Now, there’s some fresh new photos of the BlackBerry Passport showing off the Arabic keyboard and it comparative in size to the Q10. Lust at the photo gallery below:

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BlackBerry Passport has 3450 mAh Battery and 4 Microphones http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-3450-mah-battery-4-microphones/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-3450-mah-battery-4-microphones/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:32:11 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154013 Long before the BlackBerry Passport was officially announced, rumors spread that the device would feature a mammoth battery. It was later rumored that the Passport would sport a 3450 mAh battery. Today, BlackBerry has confirmed the Passport’s battery and claims, “No other smartphone or phablet on the market today has a battery that large.” BlackBerry says

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Long before the BlackBerry Passport was officially announced, rumors spread that the device would feature a mammoth battery. It was later rumored that the Passport would sport a 3450 mAh battery.

Today, BlackBerry has confirmed the Passport’s battery and claims, “No other smartphone or phablet on the market today has a battery that large.”

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BlackBerry says the Passport battery life will have enough to keep you going throughout the day and enough for you to rock out with music on the commute home.

When BlackBerry released OS 10.2.1 with the Z30, it featured “BlackBerry Natural Sound” technology. This technology made BBM calls sound quality much more crisp and clear. The Passport will have four microphones. BlackBerry intends to expand the Natural Sound feature to normal phone calls.

BlackBerry says the four microphones “help adapt the audio levels in real time to the ambient environment and position of the phone relative to your ear. This is, in part, how Natural Sound provides a dynamic and clear audio experience for you AND the other caller.”

How does that work? BlackBerry says “that one of the four microphones is placed in the receiver port to detect the ear position relative to the phone in order to adjust the sound accordingly. The aim is to provide an experience that is as close to an in-person conversation as possible.”

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BlackBerry Passport Touch Sensitive Keyboard Acts Like Trackpad (Video) http://n4bb.com/watch-passport-touch-sensetive-keyboard-acts-trackpad/ http://n4bb.com/watch-passport-touch-sensetive-keyboard-acts-trackpad/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:11:04 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154006 BlackBerry’s Passport has been lauded as one of the most innovative devices to be conceptualized this year. One of the biggest barriers the device breaks is the idea that you must choose between a physical QWERTY keypad and a touch screen. Pulling from their heritage BlackBerry has reinvented the keyboard on the Passport, shown here

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BlackBerry’s Passport has been lauded as one of the most innovative devices to be conceptualized this year. One of the biggest barriers the device breaks is the idea that you must choose between a physical QWERTY keypad and a touch screen. Pulling from their heritage BlackBerry has reinvented the keyboard on the Passport, shown here in the short video the keyboard (which is touch sensitive) allows you to use the keyboard as an integrated trackpad within certain application.

You’ll be able to enjoy a marriage of the advanced BlackBerry brought to BlackBerry 10 with their virtual keyboard and the refinement and efficiency brought from their lineage of physical QWERTY keypads. Overall the device looks great. The one pictured looks very near if not final hardware.

What do you think about this keyboard technology and having many of the number, symbols etc on the 4th on screen row? If you are having trouble seeing the video above you can tap here to watch it as well.

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WeeWorld Brings Winston & Fox Stickers to BBM Shop (UK) http://n4bb.com/weeworld-brings-winston-fox-stickers-bbm-shop-uk/ http://n4bb.com/weeworld-brings-winston-fox-stickers-bbm-shop-uk/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:28:32 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=154001 Those of you in the UK have gotten a new sticker pack uploaded to the BBM Shop earlier this morning. The sticker pack comes in at the usual $1.99 price tag or 1.5 quid. This pack features the characters Winston & Fox and they are quite adorable. Those who fancy the pack can slide over

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Those of you in the UK have gotten a new sticker pack uploaded to the BBM Shop earlier this morning. The sticker pack comes in at the usual $1.99 price tag or 1.5 quid. This pack features the characters Winston & Fox and they are quite adorable. Those who fancy the pack can slide over to the BBM Shop within BBM on iOS, Android and BlackBerry to purchase these for your own.

I must say I appreciate the steady influx of packs for the BBM community. The stickers are almost collectible in a sense and I love trading packs with contacts from around the world. Like a virtual goods scavenger hunt of sorts. Regardless, I’ll be supporting BBM in anyway I can, even if it means countless pages of stickers galore.

BBMStickas

Thanks for the screenshot @tobster619!

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Max Secure 50% Off App Sale Going On Now http://n4bb.com/max-secure-50-app-sale/ http://n4bb.com/max-secure-50-app-sale/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:22:24 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153991 Max Secure Software let us know that they have just launched a sale on all their Privacy, Security, and Utility apps in BlackBerry World. As we’ve covered before, Max Secure builds Build for BlackBerry certified applications for the platform. As an added note Max Secure is beginning to see BES deployment of some of their

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Max Secure Software let us know that they have just launched a sale on all their Privacy, Security, and Utility apps in BlackBerry World. As we’ve covered before, Max Secure builds Build for BlackBerry certified applications for the platform.

As an added note Max Secure is beginning to see BES deployment of some of their applications in multiple countires. The mailer mentions that they are still very much dedicated to building applications for consumers and enterprise and have bundled the list below along with a statement.

Applications presently on sale:

  1. Max Mobile Security $7
  2. Max Contact Manager $2
  3. Max Safe Browser $2
  4. Max Network Stat $1
  5. Max Hide and Encrypt $2
  6. Max Battery Monitor $2
  7. Max SMS Spam Blocker $1

From the press release. “Building on the BlackBerry values of security, privacy and productivity our apps for BlackBerry 10 aim to extend these principles,” says Sanjay Pradhan the CEO of Max Secure Software.

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BlackBerry Z3 Headed For Launch in Philippines http://n4bb.com/blackberry-z3-headed-launch-philippines/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-z3-headed-launch-philippines/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:11:42 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153986 As the Z3 device continues its emerging market release tour, its next stop is in the Philippines where BlackBerry as targeted the device at around P 10,990. Overall the device has done well in markets such as Indonesia, India, and South Africa. The Z3 is BlackBerry’s market share device and bundles a low end price

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As the Z3 device continues its emerging market release tour, its next stop is in the Philippines where BlackBerry as targeted the device at around P 10,990. Overall the device has done well in markets such as Indonesia, India, and South Africa.

The Z3 is BlackBerry’s market share device and bundles a low end price point with a mid level device that really offers a great entry into the BlackBerry 10 ecosystem. BlackBerry has worked closely with distributors and even their own BlackBerry World teams to create buzz and incentives for those entering the fray. The device will officially launch on July 22.

Doubling down onkey market growth sectors will allow BlackBerry to consolidate their kaunch dollars and focus on region specific marketing efforts to push sales of these devices.

Cameron Vernest, Managing Director for Singapore and the Philippines at BlackBerry said, “The Philippines is a key market for BlackBerry Z3 and we are excited to be working with our partners to bring this new BlackBerry to our loyal Filipino customers. This device gives users more ways to connect, share and communicate, providing the best tool for secure, reliable communications and collaboration with friends, family and co-workers. Priced affordably, the BlackBerry Z3 will extend the full capabilities of the BlackBerry 10 Operating System version 10.2.1 experience for a new generation of customers in the Philippines.”

The device is up on BlackBerrys’s Philippines website, and showing availability via Telecom Carriers Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular.If in the region let us know if you’ll be getting a Z3!

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iGrann Goes Pro with Hub Integration and Headless Support http://n4bb.com/igrann-pro-hub-integration-headless-support/ http://n4bb.com/igrann-pro-hub-integration-headless-support/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:58:01 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153975 The full featured Instagram Client for BlackBerry 10, iGrann now has a pro version available for download in BlackBerry World. While the free and pro version seem nearly identical, the pro version features hub integration and headless notifications which makes the “Pro” version the most integrated Instagram experience on BlackBerry 10. The pro version can

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The full featured Instagram Client for BlackBerry 10, iGrann now has a pro version available for download in BlackBerry World.

While the free and pro version seem nearly identical, the pro version features hub integration and headless notifications which makes the “Pro” version the most integrated Instagram experience on BlackBerry 10.

The pro version can be downloaded for only $0.99 in BlackBerry World for at an introductory price. Pricing moves up to $2.99 so be sure to grab your copy now if at all interested.

Added benefits of iGrann Pro?:

  • Integration into BlackBerry Hub
  • Headless Notifcations

I use iGrann quite often its regranning ability, pinch to zoom on photos and overall BlackBerry 10 look and feel make it a strong alternative, now with hub integration that advantage is even greater.

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BBM for Windows Phone Beta Now Available http://n4bb.com/bbm-windows-phone-beta/ http://n4bb.com/bbm-windows-phone-beta/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:53:20 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153963 For those who were quick to register for the Windows Phone BBM Program in BlackBerry Beta Zone, the download is now officially available to you. The BBM Beta for Windows has a couple features that are going into testing prior to an official launch on the platform. BBID Setup and Log-in (for Whitelisted BBIDs) Create

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For those who were quick to register for the Windows Phone BBM Program in BlackBerry Beta Zone, the download is now officially available to you.

The BBM Beta for Windows has a couple features that are going into testing prior to an official launch on the platform.

  • BBID Setup and Log-in (for Whitelisted BBIDs)
  • Create BBM Profile
  • Invite a contact and suggested contacts (people you know)
  • 1-to-1 & Multi-person Chat
  • Contact Categories
  • Manage Settings
  • BBM Groups
  • Pin to Start
  • Notifications and in-app “splats” for new content. See them in Feeds, Contacts when they’ve sent you a message, etc.

Check your emails for further instructions and be sure to hit up the discussion boards and in submit feedback on what you like, and what you don’t.

Seeing as the BBM application on this platform is built to match the aesthetic of the platform it will be fun to get started testing it out and comparing it to the iOS and Android versions.

We’ll be back with more coverage on this front.

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BlackBerry Passport Will Have Region Specific Keyboard for UAE http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-region-specific-keyboard-uae/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-region-specific-keyboard-uae/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:34:31 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153957 BlackBerry has made it a habit to release region specific keyboards for some of their larger demographics. Specifically, QWERTY devices in the United Arab Emirates normally have two sets of lettering, white English letters and Arabic symbols. With the forthcoming release of the BlackBerry Passport it seems this trend will continue. Pictured below you’ll see

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BlackBerry has made it a habit to release region specific keyboards for some of their larger demographics. Specifically, QWERTY devices in the United Arab Emirates normally have two sets of lettering, white English letters and Arabic symbols.

With the forthcoming release of the BlackBerry Passport it seems this trend will continue. Pictured below you’ll see a close up of the Passport’s 3 rows of keys, alongside traditional lettering you’ll notice in a soft orange, the Arabic symbols.

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While BlackBerry doesn’t do this for every region, it’s great to see the dedication to their markets. Indonesia got a special Jakarta Edition Z3 on pre-order and keeping with tradition, the Passport will sport the specialized characters for potential buyers in that locality.

I’m still very eager to see the price point the device comes in at. And while we all are pumped about the Passport, let’s not forget both the Classic and Z3+ (Z3 LTE) are still on the road map.

Exciting times ahead, let’s hope the UAE market takes to the Passport with open arms.

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BlackBerry and Microsoft Partnering on ‘The Future of Mobile’ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-microsoft-partnering-future-mobile/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-microsoft-partnering-future-mobile/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:12:15 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153952 BlackBerry and Microsoft will be partnering as co-sponsors for ‘The Future of Mobile’ event held by Tech in Motion. Their mobile summer series have invited a panel of mobile developers to discuss what the future holds for all things mobile. Panelists include: Ryan Johnson, VP of Mobile Engineering at Buzzfeed Ryan Johnson is the Vice

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BlackBerry and Microsoft will be partnering as co-sponsors for ‘The Future of Mobile’ event held by Tech in Motion.

Their mobile summer series have invited a panel of mobile developers to discuss what the future holds for all things mobile. Panelists include:

Ryan Johnson, VP of Mobile Engineering at Buzzfeed

Ryan Johnson is the Vice President of Mobile Engineering at BuzzFeed, where he is in charge of the iOS, Android, and Mobile Web teams. Prior to BuzzFeed, Ryan was the Director of Technology at Hyper IQ and the VP of Engineering at Red Stamp. After being featured by Starbucks and Apple, Red Stamp was acquired by Taylor Corp in 2013. Passionate about mobile development, Ryan has been developing for the iPhone for the last five years

Manny Elawar, Blackberry Developer Evangelist at BlackBerry

Manny travels the globe in the hopes of finding talented developers eager to pursue new opportunities on the new and exciting BlackBerry 10 Platform. Manny’s technical background primarily includes C/C++ development for simulation tools, specifically in the areas of Mobile Device Management, BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and VoIP. He has an educational background in Software Engineering and Business Administration. Manny loves to travel, play music, organize social events, and spend time with friends and family. Fun Facts: Manny has been skydiving multiple times, traveled throughout Europe, and can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute…track him down and get him to show you!

Charles Schulze, Principal Engineer at Yahoo!

Charlie Schulze is a principal engineer currently working with Yahoo in NY on their new mobile products. Previously Charlie was with HBO working on the team that originally created and built HBO GO in NYC. Whenever there is an opportunity, nights and weekends are spent prototyping, tinkering, and developing mobile games. Over the past 14 years, he has had the opportunity to develop mobile and desktop applications for many of the worlds top brands including EA Games, Bloomberg, Puma, Harvard, AOL, HBO, ESPN, Adobe, and more.

Henry Kirk, Senior iOS Developer at Audible, an Amazon Company

Henry has been working on the iOS platform since Apple released the first SDK in 2008. Henry joined Audible’s iOS team in 2013, contributing to the company’s flagship iOS apps, as well as the new Audible integration within the Kindle iOS app. Prior to joining Audible, Henry had built nearly 50 apps, most notably SpeechBox for iPad, an app designed for children with speech and language disabilities. In 2013, SpeechBox was recognized by 148Apps as the “Best App Ever” in the Special Needs category. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and exploring Apple’s upcoming iOS 8 SDK.

Lee Edwards, Engineering Manager at Groupon

Lee is an engineering manager at Groupon in New York, responsible for GrouponLive, the ticketed event part of the business that includes concerts, theatre, sports, and family activities. Previously, he was the lead engineer at SideTour, which was acquired by Groupon last September. Groupon’s mobile business accounts for more than half of its transactions globally. Its native app has over 80 million downloads and is one of the top 25 all-time apps in the App Store. Groupon has also recently launched Gnome, a tablet-based platform that helps merchants run their businesses more effectively and understand their customers better.

The panelists will be moderated by Kaja Whitehouse, Technology Editor at The New York Post. Sponsors include BlackBerry, Microsoft, Syncano, and Applico.

The New York City portion of the summer series is being held tonight at 6:30pm. You can find out more details here.

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BBM Shop Gets Paul Frank and Disney Villians Sticker Packs http://n4bb.com/bbm-shop-paul-frank-disney-villians-sticker-packs/ http://n4bb.com/bbm-shop-paul-frank-disney-villians-sticker-packs/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:04:46 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153948 The BBM team have been steadily filling up the Shop within their IM client. This week, Disney via TextPride has brought in a Disney Villains sticker pack which has some of the most notable evil doers in the Disney Realm. Beyond this, Paul Frank Industries has brought their comical monkey character j to the BBM

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The BBM team have been steadily filling up the Shop within their IM client. This week, Disney via TextPride has brought in a Disney Villains sticker pack which has some of the most notable evil doers in the Disney Realm.

Beyond this, Paul Frank Industries has brought their comical monkey character j to the BBM Shop as well.

These stickers seem to be showing predominantly in the western hemisphere please let us know done below what other localities are showing the new packs.
Both can be acquired in the BBM Shop for $1.99.

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‘No. 1 Objective is Making BlackBerry Synonymous with Work’ http://n4bb.com/1-objective-making-blackberry-synonymous-work/ http://n4bb.com/1-objective-making-blackberry-synonymous-work/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:58:53 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153935 Early in 2014, BlackBerry saw an executive shakeup in management. The company saw departures of CEO Thorsten Heins, COO Kristian Tear and CMO Frank Boulben. Mark Wilson was named senior VP of Marketing at BlackBerry. Wilson was previously CMO at telecommunications company Avaya and before that led marketing at Sybase. Now, Wilson oversees all marketing at BlackBerry.

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Early in 2014, BlackBerry saw an executive shakeup in management. The company saw departures of CEO Thorsten Heins, COO Kristian Tear and CMO Frank Boulben.

Mark Wilson was named senior VP of Marketing at BlackBerry. Wilson was previously CMO at telecommunications company Avaya and before that led marketing at Sybase. Now, Wilson oversees all marketing at BlackBerry.

Wilson and AdAge recently sat down to discuss the challenges he faces in the competitive smartphone space and how he’s using new tactics to differentiate the BlackBerry brand in the b-to-b market:

Advertising Age: What are your top marketing objectives for BlackBerry?

Mr. Wilson: The No. 1 objective is making BlackBerry synonymous with work, and that means professional mobility, enterprise mobility and really everything we do in terms of brand, defining our value proposition, defining our go-to-market tactics and ecosystem support. For people who are choosing a device or mobile platform to help them be productive and efficient — while at the same time protecting their security and privacy — we want them to choose BlackBerry.

Advertising Age: How are you differentiating the BlackBerry brand in the highly competitive smartphone space?

Mr. Wilson: When we look at the smartphone market, we call it the ‘sea of sameness.’ We differentiate in two ways. One is, we are absolutely focused on delighting professionals and giving them the best experience in terms of being highly productive in a secure way. At the same time, we drive a lot of innovation in terms of the design of the devices. They don’t have to necessarily all look the same.

A second point of differentiation is around security. As these devices have gotten more powerful, and people are more aware of others being able to get access into those devices, we see that security and privacy are increasingly important.

One of the things we’re doing is taking BBM — our mobile messaging platform — into the enterprise. In the last few weeks, we launched BBM Protect, which allows you to have secure messaging on your device, which is something that enterprises really want.

Advertising Age: You just introduced a new fact-checking site to correct misinformation about smartphones. What drove this?

Mr. Wilson: We found that certain competitors across all of our businesses, including software and services, were making claims that were just absolutely inaccurate. And we saw that sometimes the media were picking up on that. We really wanted to set the record straight. We call it ‘Fighting FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) with facts.’ We’ll take documents that our competitors create and — with a red marker — will mark them up to show that what they’re saying is clearly untrue. Overall, we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about it.

Advertising Age: Are you launching any new ad campaigns?

Wilson: We recently rolled out our “Endorsers” campaign. We have several endorsers, such as Arianna Huffington, who are just avid users — she has four BlackBerry devices. So instead of having paid endorsers that you see from several brands, we’re just using people who are die-hard fans. So we’re doing more of that. We feel that it’s very organic and very true to the brand.

We also just launched the BlackBerry Z3 (touch screen) device in several emerging markets. We’ve launched this around the idea of connectedness and ‘the power of connectedness.’

Advertising Age: How are you using social media to connect with business customers?

Mr. Wilson: We have invested in brand journalism to really drive a thought leadership program through social media. We’ve hired people with journalistic backgrounds and have seen a significant uptick in the number of people who are reading our blogs, citing our blogs in news articles and virally distributing them.

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Germany’s Head Football Coach is a BlackBerry User http://n4bb.com/germanys-head-football-coach-blackberry-user/ http://n4bb.com/germanys-head-football-coach-blackberry-user/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:21:20 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153928 Germany’s national football team took the glory of winning the World Cup. The players and coaches will be getting plenty of press time. Germany’s head coach Joachim Löw, likely to be interviewed the most. What some might not know is that Löw appears to be a BlackBerry user. That is, he was caught taking a picture

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Germany’s national football team took the glory of winning the World Cup. The players and coaches will be getting plenty of press time. Germany’s head coach Joachim Löw, likely to be interviewed the most.

What some might not know is that Löw appears to be a BlackBerry user. That is, he was caught taking a picture with a Bold 9900.

Perhaps BlackBerry has a golden opportunity to swoop in and offer Löw to upgrade and be a brand ambassador. Nevertheless, it’s great seeing that iconic BlackBerry design out in the wild for all to see.

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BlackBerry Highlights 12 Consumers Interest in the Passport Device http://n4bb.com/blackberry-highlights-12-consumers-interest-passport-device/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-highlights-12-consumers-interest-passport-device/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:43:38 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153923 Early Thursday morning BlackBerry took to their official blog to detail 12 consumers and their proclamations regarding the heavily debated BlackBerry Passport device. The 4.5″ 1,440 x 1,440 QWERTY phablet with an innovative touch sensitive keyboard. What’s interesting about the collection of opinions is that BlackBerry is listening closely, on social media and tech sites

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Early Thursday morning BlackBerry took to their official blog to detail 12 consumers and their proclamations regarding the heavily debated BlackBerry Passport device. The 4.5″ 1,440 x 1,440 QWERTY phablet with an innovative touch sensitive keyboard.

What’s interesting about the collection of opinions is that BlackBerry is listening closely, on social media and tech sites gauging the good and the bad as they tailor the ramp up and launch of this year’s flagship.

The post hypes the Passport device for, “compelling productivity features and thoughtful time-saving innovations.” Writer Matt Young even goes so far as to say consumers are “waking up” to smell the coffee.

While the device to a some may seem like a departure from devices users want, the unique form factor offers a lot of value. Business centric mobile elite will respect the heritage of productivity built into every corner of the handheld.

Interestingly, many of the comments BlackBerry collected for their posting discuss users frustrated or bored with competing platforms like iOS and Android. For all we know, the BlackBerry Passport may start a migration back to BlackBerry offering up what one may call, the best of both worlds.

To read these curated Passport outlooks head over to INSIDE BlackBerry Blog.

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BlackBerry Security Summit Being Held On July 29th In NYC http://n4bb.com/blackberry-security-summit-held-july-29th-nyc/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-security-summit-held-july-29th-nyc/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:22:36 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153914 BlackBerry will be hosting the BlackBerry Security Summit on July 29 in New York City. This exclusive event is meant to address current and emerging trends in secure enterprise mobility. BlackBerry CEO John Chen, and members of his senior leadership team will be in attendance along with BlackBerry partners, customers and industry experts. The Summit

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BlackBerry will be hosting the BlackBerry Security Summit on July 29 in New York City. This exclusive event is meant to address current and emerging trends in secure enterprise mobility.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen, and members of his senior leadership team will be in attendance along with BlackBerry partners, customers and industry experts. The Summit will feature discussions and demos about today’s security threats, future security risks associated with the Internet of Things, investments in mobile security and security imperatives for regulated industries such as healthcare, financial services and government.

With Apple and IBM announcing a new enterprise partnership, and Blackphone lashing back at BlackBerry’s original #BBFactCheck post, I get the feeling BlackBerry CEO John Chen may have a few interesting things to say.

N4BB will be there covering the event live, and we’ll have a recap of all the news and information to come out of the BlackBerry Security Summit afterwards. Hey, we may even get to see a Passport and/or Classic in person. You never know.

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BlackBerry Comments on Apple, IBM Enterprise Partnership http://n4bb.com/blackberry-comments-apple-ibm-enterprise-partnership/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-comments-apple-ibm-enterprise-partnership/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:17:34 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153896 Yesterday, it was announced that IBM and Apple will form a comprehensive enterprise mobility partnership, where Apple and IBM plan to develop 100+ “industry-specific enterprise solutions,” including new iPhone and iPad apps. One of the targeted markets include mobile device management (MDM), which is BlackBerry’s bread and butter. We speculated whether or not this would cause any

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Yesterday, it was announced that IBM and Apple will form a comprehensive enterprise mobility partnership, where Apple and IBM plan to develop 100+ “industry-specific enterprise solutions,” including new iPhone and iPad apps.

One of the targeted markets include mobile device management (MDM), which is BlackBerry’s bread and butter. We speculated whether or not this would cause any harm to BlackBerry’s business.

Investors seem to be worried how BlackBerry will react, which has caused its stock to drop nearly 10 percent. Financial Post reached out to BlackBerry, who said the Apple and IBM partnership “only underscores the ongoing need for secure end-to-end enterprise mobility solutions like those BlackBerry has delivered for years.”

BlackBerry added that it is the “clear leader” in this market and “enterprises should think twice about relying on any solution built on the foundation of a consumer technology that lacks the proven security benefits that BlackBerry has always delivered,” the statement read.

This isn’t the first time BlackBerry has criticized consumer grade technology for business use. Just recently BlackBerry called the new Blackphone “Consumer-Grade Privacy That’s Inadequate for Businesses.”

It will be interesting to see how the market continues to react to the IBM and Apple news. Perhaps it is time for BlackBerry to consider partnering with the likes of SAP or Microsoft?

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My Amazing Experience With BlackBerry Protect http://n4bb.com/amazing-experience-blackberry-protect/ http://n4bb.com/amazing-experience-blackberry-protect/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:04:15 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153887 My BlackBerry was stolen last week. Tragedy of all tragedies, to have your smartphone taken from you. There’s a feeling of vulnerability and betrayal when you walk into your room to grab it and check for missed messages, only to find an empty charger sadly hanging on the wall all alone. Thankfully BlackBerry Protect is

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My BlackBerry was stolen last week. Tragedy of all tragedies, to have your smartphone taken from you. There’s a feeling of vulnerability and betrayal when you walk into your room to grab it and check for missed messages, only to find an empty charger sadly hanging on the wall all alone. Thankfully BlackBerry Protect is there to make it all better. This is the story of #BBerrylessChris and how Protect is helping me get my phone back.

A Bad Ending to a Great Vacation

I went out of town last week for a small vacation down to Columbus, TX with a group of teenagers from my church. It was an amazing get away that I really needed.

We all stayed in a large dormitory that slept probably over 100 people, but only had maybe 60 in there. I had a small room in the dorm with four beds, two plugs, and one guy who needed at least three outlets. Even though it was supposed to be a bit of a technological getaway, that didn’t stop me from having my laptop, video camera, and BlackBerry Z30 smartphone. I would swap charging each device while still sharing the outlets with the other three guys in the room. We made it work, and neither of us ever went on low battery.

Well except for me, because I’ve been allowing my phone to die completely before charging it again. Or at the very least, letting it get down to around 3% or so before plugging it up. I wasn’t doing it for any particular reason other than I liked seeing how long my BlackBerry lasts on one charge.

Typically I would need to charge it at least once 2/3 thru the day, but since cell signal was weak in Columbus, and I had my phone searching for 2G the whole time, it was lasting for a pretty long time. The last night of the trip, I went to bed with my phone at about 35%. I knew it would last through the night, and I don’t  like keeping my phone plugged up for hours after it’s full, so I elected not to charge it.

When I woke the next morning, I showered, got dressed, and went outside for some alone time on a bench. I did some reading, connected to the weak WiFi, and browsed through my various social media accounts. After some heavy usage for about 40 minutes, my phone got down to 5%. I thought it would be a good idea to charge it to its capacity so I would have a full battery for the four hour drive home, so I went back into my room, plugged it up, and hid it under my pillow and blanket.

I should point out real quick that the individual rooms in the dorms did not have doors, and I had heard that other phones had been stolen in the past. This is why I felt the need to hide my phone.

I went to the cafeteria for breakfast, followed by a short morning session that lasted about an hour and a half, and returned to my room to grab my phone and get ready to leave.

That’s when I walked into my room and noticed an empty charger hanging from the wall.

The Freedom To Not Panic

Rewind to about two weeks ago on my Twitter feed and you’ll notice that I tweeted BlackBerry and asked how I could get a replacement Z30 because my headphone jack wasn’t working. They contacted me and we got it all set up. A replacement was on its way.

After the initial shock of my phone not being there, as well as the anger, betrayal, and violation of having your property stolen, I found that I was surprisingly at peace with the whole situation. Mainly because I knew I had a new phone waiting for me at home already, but also because I knew with Protect, I could easily figure out where my phone was and get it back with little to no hassle.

Fast forward to the end of the day. I reported my lost phone to the facility personnel, waited a few hours for our rental bus to arrive (it was late, but that’s another story), and made the long journey home with no phone to entertain me. It was torture. I got home, unloaded my luggage, cuddled with my dog, and then grabbed my laptop and went to Starbucks for some WiFi.

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First things first. Check my email, check Facebook, respond to my brother, a couple friends, and some family concerning my lost phone. (I emailed them earlier in the day to let them know so they wouldn’t be worried when I wasn’t answering.) And then the moment of truth… It was time to log on to BlackBerry Protect and figure out where my phone ended up.

Road Trip?

Ursuline Street

Galveston, TX… Hmmm… Ok. That’s interesting. My phone is in Galveston. I logged on to Protect and found out that my phone had been turned in the house pictured above five hours prior. In Galveston.

That anger began to boil up in me again. The feeling of betrayal that someone would steal my phone and then go all the way to Galveston with it. Also a bit of jealousy because I’d really like to go to the beach myself. I was able to compose myself and figure out what it was I needed to do.

I made a plan in my head to get my new phone activated in the morning after picking it up from the office at my apartment complex where it was delivered, and then contacting the police department in Columbus and Galveston and letting them know that my phone, and most likely the other three phones that were stolen at the same time (did I forget to mention that?) were located at this specific house, or within 13 meters of it. I knew time was of the essence.

BlackBerry Protect also allows you to display a message on your phone for someone to see when they turn it on. Of course, I typed out a message that let the thief know I knew exactly where they were and asked them to email me. Sadly, as of when I’m writing this, I haven’t got an email from them.

The Red Tape

To wrap up my nice little story, I’ve spoken to the police, and I’m waiting for Columbus and Galveston to coordinate with each other and figure out what to do with the four stolen devices. I’ve also talked to the facility where we stayed and let them know what happened. Their plan is to contact the group who came from Galveston and see if they can locate the phones. Right now it’s a waiting game.

I have my new phone up and activated. It’s working great, of course. I got over 23 hours of battery life the other day, which is phenomenal. Mostly all of my contacts have been restored, and I’ve downloaded nearly all the apps I had before. What I miss is my memory card that I’ve had since 2010. Yes, most of the images and videos are saved on Box, Dropox, or my computer, but I miss having it in my phone and at my fingertips. I know it’s in my head, but my phone feels lighter without it.

What has amazed me throughout this whole ordeal is how calm I’ve been. People who know me outside the Internet know how dependent I am on my phone, and how I’m always on it. A couple people asked me, “Didn’t it feel liberating, not having your phone? Did you feel free?” I told them yes and no, but mostly no. I felt like I was back in time before the early 2000s, when you could only communicate with people when you’re near WiFi, or you have a computer, or you actually call them on a land line. That wasn’t liberating to me. It was restricting. I enjoyed being able to contact anyone in the world at a moment’s notice. Not having my phone made me feel like I was in the stone ages. And yet I didn’t panic. I was calm for most of the ordeal because I knew I was covered. I had a replacement phone because of amazing customer service from BlackBerry, and I knew where my lost phone was due to Protect.

This saga isn’t over yet because I still don’t have my old phone back, or any sort of resolution or closure. I will, however, be sure to keep you guys updated on Twitter with #BBerrylessChris, so keep an eye out for that. Hopefully my story has helped show you a few of the strengths BlackBerry has, and maybe even entertained you a bit. I’d love to hear from you in the comments below if you’ve ever experienced anything like this, or if you have any advice you’d like to share.

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BlackBerry Introduces Its New BlackBerry Assistant Coming With 10.3 http://n4bb.com/blackberry-explains-blackberry-assistant-latest-blog-post/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-explains-blackberry-assistant-latest-blog-post/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:53:45 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153863 Today, BlackBerry took to its blog to  explain another amazing feature that will be coming to BlackBerry devices with the 10.3 update. We have all seen the admiration from our “wall hugging” friends towards the now infamous Siri, and BlackBerry now has a similar offering for us by the name of  “BlackBerry Assistant.” Donny from

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Today, BlackBerry took to its blog to  explain another amazing feature that will be coming to BlackBerry devices with the 10.3 update.

We have all seen the admiration from our “wall hugging” friends towards the now infamous Siri, and BlackBerry now has a similar offering for us by the name of  “BlackBerry Assistant.” Donny from Inside BlackBerry Blog wrote an awesome post about the amazing new features and details that will be coming with it.

The BlackBerry Assistant will be exactly that. It can help you control your device, read emails, mark them as read and follow every single command you might have. Need a task done? Just delegate it to your own BlackBerry Assistant.

BlackBerry 10.3 is showing a lot of promise and with the inclusion of the Amazon store, I believe that consumers as much as enterprise users will be very satisfied.

Are you excited for this new feature? Sound Off in the comments.

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BlackBerry Passport Scales Android Apps Perfectly http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-scales-android-apps-perfectly/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-scales-android-apps-perfectly/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:10:18 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153846 We’re seeing quite a lot trickle out regarding the BlackBerry Passport. Thus far we’ve seen it compared to the Bold 9900 and a Canadian Passport. Now that the Passport’s sizing is relatively understood, how about app scaling on that massive screen? As you can see from the photos below, Android apps appear to scale perfectly.

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We’re seeing quite a lot trickle out regarding the BlackBerry Passport. Thus far we’ve seen it compared to the Bold 9900 and a Canadian Passport.

Now that the Passport’s sizing is relatively understood, how about app scaling on that massive screen? As you can see from the photos below, Android apps appear to scale perfectly.

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Hopefully we will soon see a hands-on video to showcase the performance of the Android apps. Are you excited yet?

 

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BlackBerry ‘Passport’ is a Fitting Name http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-fitting/ http://n4bb.com/blackberry-passport-fitting/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:23:57 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153839 BlackBerry’s Passport hasn’t been shy from the camera lately. We’ve gotten our hands full of various photos sizing up the device. The latest round of new photos show the Passport next to the Canadian Passport. From the photos you can see it is nearly the exact same size, befitting to its name. The BlackBerry Passport

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BlackBerry’s Passport hasn’t been shy from the camera lately. We’ve gotten our hands full of various photos sizing up the device.

The latest round of new photos show the Passport next to the Canadian Passport. From the photos you can see it is nearly the exact same size, befitting to its name.

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The BlackBerry Passport is such a massive QWERTY smartphone that it is almost half the size of the BlackBerry PlayBook:

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The Passport’s owner says the following about the device:

“Overall the device is VERY snappy via the OS 10.3 build and quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. 453 ppi display is crystal clear and looks especially incredible when viewing HD videos. The 13MP camera seems to point and shoot extremely quickly and accurately. In terms of hardware, I would pit the device up against a Note 3/4 as I am quite happy with how it holds up against current gen flagship devices. Aesthetics in terms of the new flat layout of the OS I feel is very very nice, I mean, even my iOS and Android loving colleagues very much approve. Everything appears to be a win in my books just slap the Amazon app store in there and I think we have something here… The only caveat almost ANY of my phone-junky colleagues could mention was the shape of the device, in all truth though it grows on you. Oh and before I forget the capacitive keyboard is surprisingly nice and was given an “innovative bonus” from the colleagues.”

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Three Reasons the BlackBerry Passport Might be Right for You http://n4bb.com/reasons-blackberry-passport/ http://n4bb.com/reasons-blackberry-passport/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:25:21 +0000 http://n4bb.com/?p=153829 Since BlackBerry officially unveiled the Windermere as the BlackBerry Passport, the mass media have been relatively interested and accepting. The next-generation QWERTY smartphone will be unlike any of its predecessors. The Passport will sport a 4.5-inch touchscreen with 1440 x 1440 resolution at 453 PPI and a touch-sensitive, physical keyboard. It will be the world’s

Three Reasons the BlackBerry Passport Might be Right for You written by Lucas Atkins on N4BB

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Since BlackBerry officially unveiled the Windermere as the BlackBerry Passport, the mass media have been relatively interested and accepting. The next-generation QWERTY smartphone will be unlike any of its predecessors.

The Passport will sport a 4.5-inch touchscreen with 1440 x 1440 resolution at 453 PPI and a touch-sensitive, physical keyboard. It will be the world’s first phablet QWERTY device.

But who is the right user for the BlackBerry Passport? Value Walk recently discussed the Passport’s weird nature, but determined it could be a good thing.

They give three reasons why you might want a BlackBerry Passport. If any of the following applies to you, the BlackBerry Passport may be just the phone to alleviate your frustration:

  1. You find yourself running to a computer screen or tablet every time you have any real work to do.
  2. You spend three times as long typing an email on your iPhone as you would on your computer.
  3. Security is still a priority, no matter how many fingerprint scanners Apple sells.

It is certainly great to see BlackBerry attempting yet another leap in unusual smartphone form factor. We can only hope the user experience of the Passport won’t leave it to history like the Storm series.

Three Reasons the BlackBerry Passport Might be Right for You written by Lucas Atkins on N4BB

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