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BlackBerry Leap 'Rio' photos leaked

BlackBerry Leap 'Rio' photos leaked

It looks like the BlackBerry Leap, which was previously known as the BlackBerry Rio may soon be making its way into the market. The upcoming mid-range handset has been caught in a new set of leaked photos

BBM for BlackBerry 10 (beta) updated with custom PIN and no ad options

In addition to the BBM for iOS beta update, BlackBerry is also releasing an updated beta version of BBM for BlackBerry 10, which brings the app in line on both platforms. The changelog on both releases are nearly identical, with BlackBerry 10 users now having to option to create a custom PIN, remove ads and have a special badge on their profile picture in BBM.

The update is live right now in the BlackBerry Beta Zone, though it does appear to be a limited beta so you might have to wait this one out until it actually goes official. Keep in mind that updating will wipe all your current BBM chats.

BBM for iOS (beta) updated ( with custom PIN and no ad options

BBM for iOS ( betaBBM for iOS beta has been updated to version which brings custom PIN and no ad options to the BlackBerry Messenger. As noted in the changes, vanity PIN's, removable ads and a new avatar badging feature are now up for testing.

Keep in mind, you have to be signed up for the beta, have a Test Flight account, an invite to test BBM for iOS and of course, an iOS device in order to download this latest version.

BlackBerry Classic Non Camera now available for pre-order on Verizon

BlackBerry Classic Non CameraBlackBerry Classic Non Camera (rear)

Meet the BlackBerry Classic Non Camera, a variant of the regular BlackBerry Classic without the front and rear cameras, meant for corporations that don't want their employees taking pictures of their secret projects. The handset is now available for pre-order on Verizon.

BlackBerry 10.3.1 update halted after screen flickering issues on BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry 10.3.1 update halted after BlackBerry Passport users face screen flickering issues

BlackBerry was in the process of rolling out the BlackBerry 10.3.1 update to all BlackBerry 10 handsets. However the company was forced to halt the update temporarily due to an issue with the BlackBerry Passport.

BlackBerry 10.3.1 update released, bringing BlackBerry Assistant, BlackBerry Blend and more

BlackBerry 10.3.1 updateAs promised, BlackBerry 10.3.1 update has been released to all BlackBerry 10 devices around the world, including the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Z3, BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5. The update is also headed to the Porsche Design P'9982 and Porsche Design P'9983. Meanwhile the BlackBerry Classic doesn't need the update, as it comes with BlackBerry 10.3.1 out of the box.

BlackBerry PassPort discounted by $100 for Valentine's Day

BlackBerry Passport

The BlackBerry PassPort has been discounted by $100 in the US in celebration of Valentine's Day. This brings the price of the red Passport down to $599, while the black and white models will cost you $499 each. The deal is only valid through this weekend, and includes the unlocked Passport.

BlackBerry 10.3.1 to start rolling out on February 19

Blackberry 10.3.1 update on February 19BlackBerry is expected to start rolling out the BlackBerry 10.3.1 update to BlackBerry 10 devices on February 19. The BlackBerry Classic is currently the only device running the new version of the platform.

WhatsApp Web lets you get your notifications on your desktop

WhatsApp WebThe popular cross platform WhatsApp Messenger is available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and others. Now customers are able to access their WhatsApp message notifications directly on their desktop web browsers.

BBM for iOS (beta) updated (

BBM for iOSThe beta version of BBM for iOS has been updated to version and brings a few new features and improvements. Some of them are new, some of them apparently may have been reworked and just need more testing. Keep in mind, you have to be signed up for the beta, have a Test Flight account and of course, an iOS device in order to download this latest version.

You can have a look at the noted changes thanks to changelog from BlackBerry.

Facebook for BlackBerry 10 updated

An updated version of Facebook for BlackBerry 10 has been released on BlackBerry World. This is the same version of the social networking client which has been available as a beta in the BlackBerry Beta Zone since last month.

AT&T will offer BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry Classic

AT&T plans to offer both the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic on its network. The Passport has been available for purchase (unlocked) since last year, but AT&T claims that they will be offering a redesigned variant of BlackBerry's flagship smartphone.

BlackBerry Passport - Video Review

BlackBerry Passport

Its been nearly 2 years since the full touch BlackBerry Z10 was launched, with BlackBerry 10 OS. With the BlackBerry Passport, the company is going back to what it does best, QWERTY keyboards and gives us a modern vision of what BlackBerry can be.

BlackBerry's choice to change the traditional keyboard layout, will take some getting used to with the Passport. Those who are switching from an older BlackBerry device or even an all touch device from a different carrier will find that they need to adjust to the Passport's keyboard. Other than that the BlackBerry Passport is a great choice for a mobile professional.

In terms of availability, you can purchase the BlackBerry Passport directly from the manufacturer's website or from Amazon for $600. This puts it in the same price range as some of the other established flagships, meaning that the Canadian company will have face some heavy competition. The handset is also expected to be made available through AT&T, but there is no indication of pricing or availability yet.

source - PhoneArena | The Verge | PhoneDog

[Android app] BBM update lets you retract messages and more

BBM for Android has been updated, and brings some useful features and enhancements to the messaging client. Now when you send a message by mistake, you can simply tap the retract button. This works both before or after the text has been viewed.

You can download the update directly on your Android device through the Google Play Store or by using the link which follows.

Download from the Google Play Store
Price Free
Requirements Android

The message retraction feature will avoid those accidental messages that you never meant to send and you can see the feature demonstrated in the following video.

towards the end of the video, you can also set a timer that determines how long other people have access to certain messages and images. The content will not appear until a recipient presses down and holds onto the chat. The message will then disappear after the time limit has expired or they lift their finger up from the screen. BBM can't prevent them from taking a screenshot, but it will shoot you a notification if it detects that one has occurred.

Besides this, the update to BBM for Android also makes picking stickers easier and shows what music your friends are listening to in feeds. Additionally when someone sends you an image, you can request an HD version with more detail. The full change-log is as follows.
  • TIMED MESSAGES: Set how long contacts have access to messages and pictures shared in a chat. See the full description for more information.
  • MESSAGE RETRACTION: ‘Retract’ a message to remove it from your BBM chat. See the full description for more information.
  • A QUICKER STICKER PICKER: Adding stickers to your BBM chats is now even quicker
  • HD PICTURE TRANSFER: It’s easier than ever to get a high quality version of pictures
  • DISCOVER MUSIC: See what music your contacts are listening in Feeds

Press Release

[Windows Phone app] BBM (beta) updated; public launch coming soon

BBM for Windows PhoneBBM for Windows Phone (beta) has been updated to version with improved perofrmance. According to the changelog, the major issue addressed by the update is "the slow initial launch time on a fresh install". With this release BlackBerry also says it is close to the public launch of BBM on Microsoft's mobile platform.

You can download the update directly on your device through the Windows Phone Store or by using the following link:

Download Download from Windows Phone Store
Price Free
Requirements Windows Phone 8.0; Windows Phone 8.1
Press the Search searchbutton on your Windows Phone, tap Vision vision and then scan the following barcode by pointing your device camera toward it
Download using QR app

BBM is BlackBerry's proprietary messaging app and it is now available across Android, iOS and Windows Phone along with the company's own BlackBerry OS. BlackBerry hopes that by offering their popular messaging solution across their competitors platforms, they will get the world to once again take notice of their own platform and devices. 

Still certain BBM features have still not made their way across iOS and Android, including BBM Video, which allows BBM members to conduct a video chat with another member. BBM Video is highly regarded on BlackBerry OS, so it ideally would make sense for BlackBerry to try and coax customers to use this service on competing platforms rather than allow them to get comfortable with what they have.

BlackBerry Classic gets caught on camera

BlackBerry Classic

Following the release of the BlackBerry Passport, the canadian manufacturer has yet another device in their pipelines. However, unlike the BlackBerry Passport, which is the company's top shelf business-centric phone, the BlackBerry Classic is suited for long time BlackBerry users who are more interested in merging the old-school features like a trackpad and function keys, with the latest version of BlackBerry 10.

The BlackBerry Classic would mark the third new handset released under John Chen's leadership. The first on the new CEO's list was the affordable BlackBerry Z3, which was manufactured by Foxconn as a part of an BlackBerry has with the contract manufacturer. Foxconn designs, builds and stores these entry-level devices, while BlackBerry installs the software and handles marketing. These phones are made solely for emerging markets.

The BlackBerry Passport followed as the company's newest flagship. It featured a 1440 x 1440 pixel resolution, meant for viewing charts, websites, and reports. The long battery life allows the phone to stay powered throughout the business day. Chen has already committed BlackBerry to produce a sequel of the phone.

This leaves us with the BlackBerry Classic, which is expected to launch next month. The BlackBerry Classic is Chen's offering for the die-hard BlackBerry fan, who remembers the good old days when the word smartphone was synonymous with BlackBerry. 

The BlackBerry Classic is rumored to feature a 3.46 inch display with a 720 x 720 pixel resolution, 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, an 8MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture, a 2MP front camera, a 2515mAh battery, and a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8960 (S4 Plus) processor with 2GB of RAM. The handset even brings back the trackpad and function keys.

source - N4BB | (translated)

BlackBerry Passport for Rogers receives update

BlackBerry Passport

The BlackBerry Passport on Rogers is currently receiving a software update v10.3.0.908 (also known as OS v10.3.0.1418). Rogers was the first carrier to roll out an update before the device was fully officially announced, and it seems they will stick to the trend of offering quick updates.

Unfortunately the update doesn't have a changelog attached to it, so we are not able to tell you what's new. However we will update this post with a changelog when it is available. If you are comfortable with manually installing updates, you could download and load the files yourself. Alternately, you can hold out a bit, for the autoloaders to be created.

source - CrackBerry

BlackBerry Passport is now available

BlackBerry Passport

Today the was officially made available with its unique design, combining a large square touchscreen with a touch-enabled keyboard. The device is designed with the mobile professionals in mind and promises to keep its users more productive.

The Passport is a premium device with flagship hardware. You get 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded by microSD, a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM


One of the things that makes the Passport unique is its 4.5 inch square display, which has a 1440 x 1440 pixel (453ppi) resolution, 1:1 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. BlackBerry claims that this offering allows the user to get more done than on a regular smartphone.

Touch enabled QWERTY keyboard

Next we have the touch enabled full-size QWERTY keyboard, which includes features like On-Key Scrolling, Flick to Type, Swipe to Delete, and Fine Cursor Control. On-Key scrolling allows you to scroll through on-screen content by brushing your fingers on the keyboard like it was a laptop track-pad. This way, you never obstruct the screen while scrolling. Flick to Type and Swipe to Delete are familiar AutoCorrect experiences in which you flick upwards on the keyboard to use next-word suggestions, or flick left to erase the last word entered. Finally, Fine Cursor Control is a "cursor simulator", in which you control a cursor on-screen using keyboard swipes. This lets you zone in on specific content with great precision.

BlackBerry OS 10.3

The BlackBerry Passport comes with the latest BlackBerry 10.3 pre-installed. With version 10.3 you get new features such as BlackBerry Assistant, BlackBerry Blend and Amazon Appstore. It has a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that each user’s most commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen.

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. 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.

BlackBerry Hub with Instant Actions - The BlackBerry Hub found in BB 10.3 gets the new Instant Action feature along with visual enhancements. This lets users delete, file, and manage the entire inbox by simply tapping on specific icons. As always, users can accept or decline meeting invitations, or reply to text and chat messages from social networks and apps without leaving the BlackBerry Hub. The Instant Actions feature is found in the left corner of the Hub.

Android apps through Amazon Appstore - The Amazon Appstore is preloaded on the BlackBerry Passport, giving its users access to a wide array of available Android apps and games. Users can download their native BlackBerry 10 apps through BlackBerry World or venture into the Android app store when they need to find more.

The BlackBerry 10.3 update will also be rolled out to older BlackBerry 10 devices including the BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry Q10.

Pricing and Availability

You will be able to purchase the Passport starting today, directly through BlackBerry and through various retailers around the world. The BlackBerry Passport (unlocked) is available through for customers in Canada, France, Germany, the UK and the U.S. immediately following the launch, at "special introductory prices":
  • Canada – $699
  • France – €649
  • Germany – €649
  • UK – £529
  • USA – $599
The BlackBerry Passport (unlocked) will be available through as well. The retailer will be announcing its pricing soon. In addition, carriers and distributors will offer the Passport with a contract for around US$249, though the exact price will vary. TELUS in Canada is first to promote the smartphone, taking $50 off the contract price from September 24th until Oct 1st. On Oct 1st, TELUS will resume the regular price of $250.

Before the end of the year, the BlackBerry Passport will be available in more than 30 countries, including the U.S., UK, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the other parts of the Middle East, France India, Singapore, Austria, Germany, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Venezuela, Philippines, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Romania and Colombia.

BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry Passport

The BlackBerry Passport is a BlackBerry 10 device which features a 4.5 inch display, 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 13 megapixel rear camera, a 2MP front camera, LTE connectivity and a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM.

The full BlackBerry Passport specifications follow:

BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 officially announced with BlackBerry 10.3 and BlackBerry Assistant

BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 (header)

Yesterday BlackBerry announced the Porsche Design P'9983, which became to first smartphone from the company to run the new BlackBerry 10.3 update. With BlackBerry 10.3 you also gain access to the BlackBerry Assistant, the company's own virtual assistant.

BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983The BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 features a 3.1 inch Super AMOLED display with a 720 x 720 pixel resolution, 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded by an additional 128GB of microSD, an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, a 2100 mAh battery, Bluetooth, NFC, and a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 processor with 2GB of RAM.

With BlackBerry 10.3, users gain access to the BlackBerry Assistant. The digital virtual assistant works just like a real life personal assistant, by helping the user respond to emails and texts, schedule meetings and get directions. BlackBerry Assistant also responds to you based on your location and if you're using Bluetooth, the application assumes that you can't look at the screen and interacts with you, hands and eyes free.

Other enhancements from BlackBerry 10.3 include BBM Video, which lets you video chat with other members of the messaging app, BlackBerry Natural Sound technology which enhances BBM Voice, and the revamped BlackBerry 10 Browser, which allows pages to render quickly. The handset will also feature auto-correction, while predictive text will suggest the next word to type as you are composing your messages. Additionally Owners of the costly Porsche Design phones get an exclusive PIN number that sets its owners apart in the BlackBerry community.

source - CrackBerry

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