I have been dying to review the new Seidio cases for BlackBerry Z10. Luckily enough I was able to obtain both the ACTIVE Combo & SURFACE Combo Cases. As per usual Seidio wastes no time and sent me the cases previous to the Holsters. Those came shortly thereafter, and in my opinion rounded off the ACTIVE Case with Metal Kickstand off nicely. The ACTIVE Case is available in 1 of 2 options & each is available in 5 colors: BLACK, GLOSSED WHITE, GARNET RED, AMETHYST & ROYAL BLUE. The options are the ACTIVE Case with Metal Kickstand for $34.95 & the ACTIVE Combo with Metal Kickstand for $54.95 which includes their patented ACTIVE Holster which retails for $29.95 alone.
ACTIVE® with Metal Kickstand case
- Overall thickness of only 2.2 mm
- Magnetic kickstand provides convenience by easily snapping back in when not in use
- Interior casing made from impact absorbing polymer and exterior skeleton provides extra protection at impact points
- Easy to put in and pull out of your pocket or purse and grooves for easy gripping
- Compatible with ACTIVE® holster
The built-in metal kickstand can be used in landscape orientation for a hands free experience when viewing multimedia, managing photo slideshows, and displaying clocks and calendars. ACTIVE® with Metal kickstand does not support device in portrait orientation
- Felt-lined holster with face-in design keeps your BlackBerry Z10 safe
- Unique spring clip lifts for quick access and easy removal
- Adjustable swivel belt clip with 7 rotating angles
- Magnet in holster enables BlackBerry sleeper function
- For use with ACTIVE® with Metal Kickstand cases only
BlackBerry New App Wednesday
BlackBerry continues to build BlackBerry World with some incredible apps & games. Paw Print Games brought one of their classics Kami Crazy. Rock N Roll Games brought Fly Kiwi Fly! – Classic the original and Gameloft introduced us to The Dark Knight Rises.
My favorite of the bunch has been out for a while and on my Z10 for a bit over a month now, PicFrames by Active Development Limited. It’s a simple app that let’s you sort out some nice collages. An Android port actually but very well done.
Check out the full list plus a nice list of BlackBerry Dev’s favorites too below!
Happy Wednesday! BlackBerry 10 continues to welcome top app partners from around the globe. Here are some of the latest BlackBerry 10 apps you won’t want to miss:
- Harmon.ie: Office 365 and SharePoint Client (Harmon.ie Corporation)
- The Dark Knight Rises (Gameloft Inc.)
- Kami Crazy (Paw Print Games Ltd.)
- Fly Kiwi Fly! – Classic (Rock N Roll Games)
Photos & Video:
- PicFrame (Active Development Limited)
Navigation & Travel:
- KLM for BlackBerry 10 (Air France-KLM)
BlackBerry Dev Picks of the Week:
From inside the walls at BlackBerry, here are the top 5 apps our developers deem ‘must-haves’:
- 1. Hairy Tales (Arges Games SRL)
“If you love solid puzzles with great graphics, this is up your alley”
- 2. Guess the Icon- Iconmania (SolverLabs)
“A simple ‘Guess the Word Based on Icon’ game but with loads of celebrities, places and logos to keep you guessing”
- 3. Bike Rental (o2 Interactive)
“A must-have for bike aficionados everywhere”
“This app has saved me a TON of headaches”
- 5. PicFrame (Active Development Limited)
“Amazing photo effects—neat shapes, borders, frames etc”
Latest App News: Keep an eye out for Real Soccer 2013, Six Guns, Modern Combat 4, Tuenti and KOOORA apps which will be available on the in the upcoming weeks.
Nominations have closed for the Best Built for BlackBerry App Awards. Stay tuned to find out the finalists!
For a look at all BlackBerry 10 apps, head to BlackBerry World.
Poynt makes it’s way to BlackBerry 10 [Q10 & Z10]
Ever since point was originally released on BlackBerry smartphones most BlackBerry users have come to expect it will always be there. I even found myself adding 2 to 3 other applications to make up for what Poynt did for me previously. The option to sideload this Android version hasn’t been tough to find in the past, but it’s to see they’ve added it to BlackBerry World now themselves and of course it’s still FREE.
- Movies – search by theater, movie, top 10 or genre; sort by name or rating; view trailers; view Rotten Tomatoes rankings; add to calendar; send details to contacts; buy movie tickets
- Restaurants – Search by name, cuisine type or nearby; click-to-call; get directions; view website; view hours and prices; reserve a table
- Gas Prices (US/UK/Canada ONLY) – view best prices by grade or stations nearby; click-to-call; get directions; view station amenities; send details to contacts
- Events – search by category, venue, performer, event or nearby; get directions; send details to contacts; add events to calendar
- People – lookup by name or reverse lookup by phone number or address; click-to-call; get directions; send details to contacts
- Businesses – search by name; get directions; click to call; add
details to contacts
- Offers (US ONLY)- Find Offers nearby or by keyword
Poynt is free and available in India, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and Germany Happy Poynting!
Like I said so far it’s nice having access to Poynt from BlackBerry 10. It is however the Android port which makes sharing to BBM, Blaq, Twitter for BlackBerry, Facebook for BlackBerry all not possible. Hopefully the company will built a native application in the future. They did get their start and popularity from BlackBerry. No matter grab the FREE download below.
[Review] PhantomSkinz for BlackBerry Z10 – Customize your Z10 to the fullest!
Here’s a great product. Something quite different from the norm. PhantomSkinz quickly brought their popular screen protection and premium full body kits to BlackBerry Z10 phones. And like most great blogs, we just had to check them out for ourselves. PhantomSkinz sent over one kit from each line of their Chromatics: Black Metallic Wood Full Body Kit – Wood Grains, Lime Green Full Body Kit – Metallic Colors, Gun Metal Carbon Fiber Full Body Kit – Carbon Fibers.
I jumped right into the Lime Green Metallic Kit. Each kit comes with a bevvy of goodies: 2 Ultra Clear Matte Finish Films, Precision Cut Skin, Application Spray, Microfiber Cloth & Full Instruction Booklet.
Carbon Fiber & Wood Series – Our newest product offering, these ” High End Skins” are the most durable skins offered by PhantomSkinz. They are made from textured PVC and accurately simulate wood grain and carbon fiber weave. We recommend using these skins when looking for a case replacement. They offer great protection against scratches, dings, and small drops.
Screen coverage – Small devices such as cell phones and mp3 players include 2 Ultra Clear screen protectors. Larger devices such as tablets and e-readers will include only 1 Ultra Clear screen protector. We do not provide screen protection for laptops.
Designs – As with our original line of PhantomSkinz, our designers create skins that ensure maximum coverage and yet can be installed with minimal effort. We pride ourselves in having the absolute highest cut quality and the best fitting skins available anywhere!
Installation – Chromatics are pressure sensitive and were designed to be installed without the use of fluids. Once the film is removed from its backing paper, lightly lay the center of the film on your device ensuring that all logos and cutouts are centered. Slowly apply pressure to the skin. Our unique adhesive system allows air bubbles to be pressed toward the outer edges. Minute bubbles will even disappear overnight! Corners are pressed around the device with your thumb and we recommend that you use a hair dryer to heat the film edges, ensuring that all tabs and corners are firmly affixed. Watch our installation videos for the best possible results.
Warranty – All PhantomSkinz products are backed by our Lifetime Product Replacement Warranty. If you ever need a replacement, just send the product back along with payment for shipping and handling according to the instructions at www.GadgetWarrant.com or contact our Customer Service personnel at CustomerService@PhantomSkinz.com.
DIFM – Do It For Me – PhantomSkinz will install any Chromatics skin at no charge. In order to take advantage of this offer, you will need to contact our Customer Service Department indicating that your device needs coverage. Our team will ask you to place an order for the chromatic of your choice. You will then be responsible for shipping your device to and from our Design Center for the application. We highly recommend that you insure any device that you ship.
New Color Request – Check the color viewer to see what options are currently available for your device. We strive to provide our customers with the products they demand. To request that we consider adding a new color or pattern, please contact us here.
Cleaning – As with the Original PhantomSkinz, Chromatics can be cleaned using Isopropyl Alcohol with a lint-free cloth. Chromatics cannot be removed and reused.
Removal – Chromatics can be removed much like any decal or sticker. For removal from delicate devices, warm heat from a hair dryer will allow the film to be removed more easily. PhantomSkinz will not leave sticky residue on your device upon removal.
One of our favorite game makers for BlackBerry has made their return but this time around Smarter Apps is all business. If you’re a BES administrator then you will likely love this new product! IT Manager makes life simpler for BES Admins, as it gives you the chance to manage BES tools right from your BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and even Legacy devices running OS5, 6, 7 etc. Pretty cool right?
Check out the full press release below!
A new app has been released for BlackBerry Server administrators. It’s called IT Manager and allows admins to manage their BES from their BlackBerry devices. It can be downloaded now from BlackBerry World and supports the BlackBerry Z10, Q10, Bold, Curve and Torch devices.
This is a very handy app for making changes to your BES without having to go into the office. The app is easy to use and requires no server changes to setup.
- Creating & Deleting Users
- Setting User Activation Passwords
- Remove and Wipe Devices
- Set Password and Lock Devices
- Add and Remove Users from Groups
- Set User and Group IT Policies
- View IT Policies Rules
- View Server and BES Instances Status
- Support for managing BES 5.x and BES 10
- Manage multiple BES Servers Simultaneously
The app is also available for iOS devices with more admin features like SSH, Telnet, VNC, RDP, Windows, BES, AWS and Google Apps, these features will also be coming soon to BlackBerry 10 devices. The IT Manager app will also be on display in the exhibits hall at the BlackBerry Live conference next month.
The IT Manager app costs $99/year and can be downloaded with a 7 free day trial from here:
The New highly anticipated BlackBerry Q10 Smartphone launching May 1st in Canada
BlackBerry let us know that the highly anticipated BlackBerry Q10 will arrive at Canada’s most popular carries in less than a week! That’s right starting the first of May 2013 Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility & TELUS will all begin selling this tasty hunk of technology. The word in the social clouds is that users, analysts, bloggers and so on will likely make the BlackBerry Q10 their daily driver. Many of the current Legacy owners as well as some of the Z10 owners have plans to get this gorgeous device.
Packed with 16 gigs of Internal Storage, a 3.1″ Touch Display, 8mp Rear Camera, 4G LTE Ready. With a 720×720 Resolution, 330ppi, QWERTY Keyboard & Touchscreen, Up to 14.4 Days of Standby on 3G, Up to 13.5 hours of talk time on 3G add in 1080HD Video Recording, the BlackBerry 10 Operating System and of course the BlackBerry Q10 comes in your choice of Black or White.
I don’t know about you. I absolutely love my BlackBerry Z10. However just typing these features out while looking at different angles of the Q10 has my muscles twitching just to get one in my paws! Get the full scope below!
The new BlackBerry® Q10, the first BlackBerry® 10 smartphone to feature a classic BlackBerry® QWERTY Keyboard, will be available in Canada starting May 1 on Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility and TELUS. The BlackBerry Q10 combines the power of the BlackBerry 10 platform with a large, re-engineered physical keyboard and stunning touchscreen display – the largest ever on a BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone.
“We’re thrilled that the BlackBerry Q10 will soon be available to Canadians,” said Andrew MacLeod, Managing Director for Canada. “The new BlackBerry Q10 combines the power of BlackBerry 10 with a classic BlackBerry keyboard to help people communicate and collaborate faster and more efficiently. We’re seeing strong momentum behind BlackBerry 10 from carriers, customers and partners around the world. The BlackBerry Q10 will accelerate this trend.”
The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone will be available in Canada starting May 1 on Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility and TELUS starting at $199 with a 3 year contract. It will also be available on Virgin Mobile Canada, Fido, Koodo Mobile, and Sasktel, and available in select retail locations, including Best Buy, Future Shop, TBooth Wireless, The Source, Walmart Canada and WIRELESSWAVE.
Highlights of the BlackBerry Q10:
Meticulous attention has been paid to every detail of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone’s design, from its beautiful and distinctive form to its elegant and ergonomic QWERTY keyboard, which features a wider layout and larger sculpted keys. With the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone’s advanced hardware, communications and multimedia features, along with long battery life, you can confidently stay ahead and take action all day long.
The re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform offers you a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience that continuously adapts to your needs. Every feature, every gesture, and every detail is designed to keep you moving forward towards your goal, and includes advancements such as:
- · The ever present BlackBerry® Hub, which brings all your conversations together in one easy to manage place that you can access at any time from any app with a simple “peek”, so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you.
- · BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which elegantly separates and secures work applications and data from personal content, protecting what’s important to you and the business you work for..
- · BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), which lets you share things with the people that matter to you in an instant. BBM in BlackBerry 10 includes voice calling and video chat, and lets you share your screen with another BlackBerry 10 contact.
- · BlackBerry® Remember, which helps you tackle tasks quickly with a new way to collect, organize and action all the information sitting in different places across your smartphone.
For more information on the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone please visit this BlackBerry Q10.
BlackBerry, BlackBerry Q10 and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of Research In Motion Limited. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.
Get the Full Story & Sign up for Updates here: http://global.blackberry.com/smartphones/blackberry-q10.html
Source: BlackBerry PR
Get the full scoop below!
This year’s BlackBerry Live™ will give you our most mobile conference experience yet. As a registered attendee, you’ll receive a BlackBerry® Z10 smartphone at BlackBerry Live, courtesy of Brightstar, BlackBerry’s premier mobile sponsor!
Your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone will be a valuable tool throughout BlackBerry Live. The Mobile Conference Guide application has been designed to leverage features unique to BlackBerry® 10, making it easy for you.
We look forward to seeing you in Orlando! You’ll be able to pick up your device after you have checked in for the conference.
New-App Wednesday by BlackBerry: Q10 Apps
BlackBerry let us know about their fist “New-App Wednesday for BlackBerry Q10 Apps & Games! Most of us in the US haven’t had a chance to check out the Q10 yet. However a few developers and enthusiasts such as myself received our BlackBerry Dev Alpha C’s this last week. So some of these apps can be checked out on the Dev devices. But very few since the device is meant to be used to test your own applications.
But that doesn’t make us any less excited about having a BlackBerry Q10! Especially after BlackBerry managed to make me fall in love with this intuitive touch-screen. Just image that technology along with their classic keyboard (scratch that ‘new keyboard’ design). Ah a match made in heaven. And this is just the beginning. See the full list of new must-have products for BlackBerry Q10 below!
Things are a little different this Wednesday — as we approach the launch of BlackBerry’s newest BlackBerry® 10 smartphone, the BlackBerry® Q10, we’re excited to share with you apps that will be available from launch, including Skype! Download the Skype (Preview) to your BlackBerry Q10 here!
Check out the following BlackBerry Q10 apps you’ll be sure to love:
- · BlackBerry Messenger
- · Foursquare (Foursquare)
- · LinkedIn (LinkedIn Corporation)
- · Twitter (Twitter, Inc.)
- · Box (Box, Inc.)
- · Canvas Business Forms Mobile Productivity (Canvas)
- · Dropbox
- · SalesNOW (Interchange Solutions Inc)
News & Photography:
- · New York Times (The New York Times)
- · Paper Camera (JFDP Labs Ltd)
- · Press Reader (NewspaperDirect, Inc.)
- · USA Today (USA TODAY)
- · Wall Street Journal (The Wall Street Journal)
- · Angry Birds (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)
- · Bejeweled 2 (Electronic Arts Inc.)
- · Need for Speed Undercover (Electronic Arts Inc.)
- · New York Time Crosswords (Magmic)
Latest App News: Keep an eye out for ATP Tour, Cut the Rope and Viber apps which will be available on the BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 in the upcoming weeks.
You can also submit your nominations for the Best Built for BlackBerry App from now until April 28th. The top 4 nominations will be voted on between May 1st and May 10th, and the winners will be announced at the BlackBerry Live Developer Tweetup on May 15, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.
For a look at all BlackBerry 10 apps, head to BlackBerry World.
For the latest BlackBerry news, press releases and headlines follow @BlackBerryNews on Twitter.
Source: Brodeur Partners
[Review] Tough Case for BlackBerry Z10 by Case-mate – A must have!
Every year there’s a few cases that I consider staples in my collection. Sure I might have what most people would consider an abundance of accessories but this one has never let me down. The case I’m referring to is Case-mate’s popular Tough Case for BlackBerry Z10. This is a case that has always brought a few things in one great package: Style, Protection & Simplicity.
- Dual layers of silicone and polycarbonate hard shell combine for secure protection
- Form fit feature covers back and corners
- Impact resistant, flexible plastic shell
- Access to all ports and functions
PressReader for BlackBerry Z10 by NewspaperDirect Inc
BlackBerry PlayBook users will recognize the name PressReader from their beloved tablet. However as many users have said, since getting a BlackBerry 10 device most of us have neglected our PlayBooks. Sad but true. The BB10 OS is far to0 much of an advance forward and is difficult to put down. But the good news here is that one of the best apps on our PlayBook and many other smart devices has done a wonderful job making the Z10 version of their newspaper app. And it’s FREE!
PressReader brings over 2,300 full-content newspapers and magazines from 100+ countries to your BlackBerry® 10 smartphone.
Choose from a growing list of the world’s most popular publications, including:
✓ The Washington Post
✓ USA Today
✓ Los Angeles Times
✓ Chicago Tribune
✓ International Herald Tribune
✓ Globe and Mail
✓ National Post
✓ Vancouver Sun
✓ Irish Independent
✓ Irish Times
✓ The Guardian
✓ The Herald
✓ Hamburger Morgenpost
✓ Der Tagesspiegel
✓ Il Messaggero
✓ Bangkok Post
…to name just a few.
With PressReader, you can hold the digital edition of your favorite publication in your hands and read it from cover to cover, just the way the title was printed — with no compromises in quality, fidelity or content.
✓ Flip pages like you’re reading real publications
✓ Pan, zoom or rotate pages, articles and photos and view in stunning clarity
✓ Easily navigate publications using tables of contents
✓ Open full articles in easy-to-read text view
✓ Authorize PressReader as part of your existing PressDisplay.com subscription
* Additional titles can be purchased individually for $0.99 per issue, or downloaded in conjunction with a paid subscription on PressDisplay.com.
Easily the most anticipated app for BlackBerry 10 users is here. 2 of the most talented people collided again to bring Blaq to BlackBerry 10. Ryan Hamrick & Jerome Carty. Both highly regarded in design & development really came together on this one. I’ve spent a couple weeks testing the client, thanks to them both for their generosity and I love it. We think you’ll love it too! See the list of features below but note that they’ll always bring more as well you’ll discover even more features within the application.
Additional features include:
* Beautiful, intuitive NATIVE user interface
* Fast scrolling – no need to wait
* Interactive gesture engine for quick actions to keep you moving
* REAL-TIME Twitter streaming support
* Power-conscious – When minimized, Blaq goes into low-power mode to save battery
* The most advanced muting system – mute based on multiple criteria
* Sharing – Share from just about any app to Blaq and vice versa!
* Active Frame – Know when you get new tweets, mentions or direct messages
* BBM integration – share tweets updates with your BBM contacts
* Native or editable retweet support (hold down on RT icon in detail screen)
* In-app notifications
* Twitter Username auto-completion
* Full user profile view
* Image previews within Blaq
* View your lists curated from Twitter.com
* Multi-account support
* Search people and tweets
* Photo posting – Twitter
* Q10 support
Blaq is available at an *introductory* price of $2.99 where it will then go up about two-three weeks from now
With Twitter’s new limit (100,000 logged in users max), they want to make sure they don’t run out of tokens. This is the reason for a two-user limit. Version 1.1 will increase that limit.
[Review] DualPro Hard Shell Case w/ Silicon Core for BlackBerry Z10 by Incipio
Incipio quickly became one of my personal favorite accessory makers when the Bold 9650 came out and I picked up one of their SILICRYLIC Cases. I loved that case, and it got a lot of use out of protecting my Bold while keeping it looking fresh. We would go on to review a handful of cases for the Torch 9800, then Bold 9900/9930 series here. And now the BlackBerry Z10. But this time I’m loving both the cases they sent so much I can’t pick one over the other. So I figured we’d start this off with a great looking DualPro Hard Shell Case with Silicone Core. This one came to me in a Gray/Gray (my favorite), and is also available in Black/Black, Black/Neon Yellow, & Black/Neon Pink at Incipio.com for $29.99 here.
- Two layers of defense for enhanced durability
- Soft touch finish for comfortable grip
- Express yourself with a variety of color combinations
- Length: 5.27 in (133.86 mm)
- Thickness: 0.09 in (2.29 mm)
- Width: 2.76 in (70.10 mm)
- Depth: 0.51 in (12.95 mm)
- Weight: 1.1 oz
(1) Clear Screen Protector, Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Applicator Card