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With BlackBerry 10 devices wending their way into the hands of patient fans, there’s been some uncertainty as to just what service plans customers need to reach the new platform’s full potential. The short answer, after confirmations at CrackBerry: just about any of them. Unlike older BlackBerrys, the Z10 and future models don’t require tiers with BlackBerry Internet Service or BlackBerry Enterprise Server support in order to work their push messaging magic. Those migrating from a regular BlackBerry plan won’t have to worry about switching, though. The lone exceptions are subscribers who have barebones, social-only plans where BIS serves as the filter. While the switch could lead to price hikes for those cost-conscious users, it’s otherwise good news for BlackBerry devotees who’ve wanted the same choice in service as the rest of their smartphone-owning peers.
With the release of BlackBerry 10, folks who pick up a BlackBerry 10 device get to witness the integration of the BlackBerry ecosystem. For a while there, there was no way to purchase content for your BlackBerry smartphones aside from applications. That changed a lot with the BlackBerry PlayBook where you could rent or purchase movies and TV Shows from the Video Store but it was never fully integrated as it should have been. Now, with the release of BlackBerry 10, you can grab all of that content directly from BlackBerry World.
In order to get up and running with movies and TV shows on BlackBerry 10, you’ll first need to create yourself a BlackBerry ID account, assuming you don’t already have one. For the most part, everyone should already have this set up unless you skipped it during the initial device set up.
To initiate this process should you need to, simply tap on the BlackBerry World icon and follow the on-screen instructions from there. You’ll be setting up your email, screen name, password and any payment details you may wish to provide be it PayPal, Credit Cards or even carrier billing where supported.
When you load up BlackBerry World on BlackBerry 10 you’ll find the menu on the left. From there you can move on down to the ‘Video’ section and start browsing the available content. In here, you’ll find the headlined content front and center but if you’re looking for something in particular, you can tap on the search feature or break it all down via specific genres.
Once you find something you’re considering purchasing, you’re able to view all the relevant information that goes along with it. Synopsis, Run time, Rating, Price, Actors and more can all be found in the details. In addition to that, with movies you can also preview the trailer before renting or purchasing them. From here, you can also share the link with others in the instance you want to get their opinions on it or let them know it’s available for download.
With your movie or TV shows now picked out, buying them or renting them is a breeze thanks to BlackBerry ID. Just tap on the buy or rent button, confirm the purchase, and you’re off to the races. The content will begin to download to your device memory or SD card and once completed will be available for viewing. There are a few notables about renting or buying content through BlackBerry World though that you’ll want to keep in mind.
Overall, the experience of purchasing and renting movies and TV shows on BlackBerry 10 is pretty decent and simple. The integration is great to see and while not all the content you want will be there, it’s great to have the option should you ever wish to use it.
These days you can never have enough storage, and keeping files in the cloud makes it very easy to access all of you stuff on multiple platforms. While there are several options for cloud storage these days, BlackBerry 10 devices have a few pre-installed, one of which is Box. There are some big advantages to using Box on your BlackBerry 10 device, including:
As a boost to get you started, Box is offering BlackBerry 10 users 10GB accounts for free, as opposed to the normal 5GB you would get when signing up. If you’re a new customer, you can head over to www.box.com/bb10 and sign up for a new account and get in on this deal automatically. If you’re already a Box user, you’re not left out either, as they will be bumping up accounts in the next couple of months when you log in to the app on your BlackBerry 10 device. Sweet deal, you can’t beat free storage!
Source: The Box Blog
We were going to save this for the DVD Feature Edition, but since we’re on a BlackBerry high having the new BlackBerry Z10 to play we’ll bring you this behind the scenes look at our temporary Toronto-based CrackBerry Headquarters, aka "The Crack House," free of charge.
If you’ve checked out our in-depth BlackBerry Z10 review and BlackBerry 10 review, you no doubt noticed the extra effort we put into our review videos this time around. Filmed with great lighting and that bright white studio feel, you may have been wondering to yourself exactly where we went to pull this off. Well wonder no more. Hit up the video above to see all of our secrets revealed. And if you haven’t watched the videos yet, you can hit up the links below.
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I know some people out there (*cough* Phil Nickinson *cough*) are not fans of tech unboxing videos, but I am. I love the box.. err… I mean boxes. All my life I tend to hold onto the boxes of anything I buy – shoes, watches, sunglasses… and of course smartphones.
When it came time to receive our review unit of the BlackBerry Z10, the fine folks at BlackBerry treated us well. The review units came in a beautiful box. So we gave the Z10 the royal unboxing treatment as you will see in the video above.
Take note – retail packaging does and will differ from this, as will what’s included in the box. As the BlackBerry Z10 rolls out on different carriers around the world, we’ll be unboxing this baby many times over just to see what each carrier does differently on it. In the meantime, enjoy our first CrackBerry unboxing of the BlackBerry Z10. Then head over to our BlackBerry Z10 Review for more info.
While some people are absolutely fine with having the status bar sitting at the top of their screen all day, some of us prefer to hide it for the sake of maintaining a clean and tidy look on our devices home screen. While it’s possible to easily hide the bar temporarily with some launchers or make its background transparent to mitigate its impact on the overall aesthetic, removing it completely is not so easy. There’s also the issue that completely removing the status bar will prevent you from easily accessing your notifications.
So what’s the obvious solution to this problem for anybody wishing to completely remove the bar yet retain the ability to swipe down the notification center? According to XDA Forum Member enryea123, it’s to drastically reduce the size of the status bar while making it completely transparent, thereby removing it from view while retaining enough on screen to latch onto and bring down the notification center. This is achieved by making some small modifications to the SystemUI.apk and framework-res.apk files. All the necessary steps have been laid out by enryea123 in a comprehensive and easy to follow tutorial.
The guide itself is specifically for CM10/10.1 based ROMs, but using the guide it should be possible to achieve the same result on other ROMs with a little trial and error. If you’re not used to making such modifications but would like to give this a try, rest assured that it seems more difficult than it actually is. Check out the original tutorial thread for more information.
The question has come up over and over (and over) again — do you need a BIS plan (aka BlackBerry data plan) from your carrier to use a BlackBerry 10 phone? The short answer is no, you don’t. You can use a standard data plan with BlackBerry 10 devices and everything will work just fine. Pre-BlackBerry 10 devices required a dedicated BlackBerry/BIS plan to get all features working – BBM, browser, email etc. On BlackBerry 10 however, you can just use the same smartphone data plan that works for iPhone or Android as well.
Sending commands to a Tesla Model S via a native smartphone app is already old hat for iPhone users who have one of Musk and Co.’s electric chariots, but Android users are just now getting their first crack at a dedicated app. Google Play has finally been graced with a beta version of the software, packing the look and features of its iOS counterpart. Armed with the application, Model S owners can remotely control charging, keep tabs on the car’s battery level, adjust the cabin’s climate, find and track the auto on a map, trigger door locks and more. Regarding bugs in the beta, Tesla warns that some UI glitches are on its radar. Jab the bordering source link for the download.
Source: Google Play
Tomorrow is the big day. Super Bowl. While some people care about the game, most of us on CrackBerry are more curious to see what BlackBerry is going to air as their first-ever Super Bowl commercial. We love the look of this video, even though it’s not official. But I have a feeling we’re gonig to see something a little different given the teaser images BlackBerry has been tweeting out. First they posted this one. And now they tweeted image above.
We’ll find out tomorrow. But in the meantime, sound off in the comments with what you think it’s all about!
We waited a long time to get our hands on the BlackBerry Z10, so when it came time to work on our BlackBerry Z10 review we put some extra effort into upping the production quality on our videos. That being the case, and our Z10 review being *really long* making it easy to skip over the videos, I’m writing it up as a standalone post for your viewing pleasure.
Overall, we really love the Z10’s hardware. Considering the Z10 loses all of the easily-recognizable iconic traits of the traditional BlackBerry — including the keyboard, trackpad and menu / back buttons — somehow BlackBerry’s industrial design team still managed to make the Z10 look like a BlackBerry. Looking at the Z10, BlackBerry aficionados will recognize elements of both the Porsche Design P’9981 BlackBerry Smartphone and the PlayBook tablet. From the P’9981, the Z10 borrows the edge to edge glass design that sits in a single, solid frame that spans the length of the phone. From the PlayBook come the softly-rounded corners and the great feeling soft touch rubber back.
Hit up the video above for the video walk tour of the Z10’s hardware, and for much more detail on the BlackBerry Z10’s hardware design, specs and our impressions, check out our review below.
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