Critically acclaimed filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who produced hits like El Mariachi, Desperado, Spy Kids, & Sin City, has kicked off his portion of the BlackBerry Keep Moving Project. With his BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, Robert will use social media to invite aspiring filmmakers to collaborate with him and contribute different story elements in each act in order to complete the film. The film will use green screen technology and be finished in post-production by Robert and his team after the online contributions have been reviewed. He will pick one main contribution per act, as well as a number of smaller contributions that will be featured throughout.
“Two Scoops” is an action packed story about twin girls who run an ice cream truck and just happen to be giant monster hunters in their spare time. Beginning today through April 3rd fans can upload a film of themselves acting a certain part in the movie or share a photo to be featured as one of the “missing townsfolk” in posters dotted throughout the film. More information about how fans can submit to the project and about the storyline of “Two Scoops” can be found on the BlackBerry Keep Moving Hub.
BlackBerry 10 has been making its rounds the past month and a half, rolling out all across the globe. The US launch is coming up next week, along with a newly announced launch in the Land Down Under, Australia. The Australian launch takes place across two days, March 25th and 26th. Telstra customers will be able to grab the Z10 on the 25th and Optus customers on the 26th. Optus customers can begin pre-ordering their BlackBerry Z10′s immediately, with Telstra opening up pre-orders very soon. Check out the Press Release for the Australian launch past the break.
Neil Gaiman is one of the celebrities that partnered with BlackBerry on their Keep Moving Project. This project is a collaboration showing how BlackBerry 10 can help keep you moving in both your personal life and work experiences. Gaiman has been posting update videos along the way, and this latest post features two new video sections for fans to enjoy. You can check out parts 4 and 5 of his documentary below, and we’ll let you know when his finished project, “A Calendar of Tales,” is available.
We’ve told you a few times before about Alicia Key’s partnership with BlackBerry for the Keep Moving Project, as well as her upcoming “Set the World on Fire” tour. Now, we have some additional updates on both the project and the tour. Alicia has provided us with a video update on the Keep Moving Project, which can be seen at the top of this article. Her list of tour dates is also available past the break in this post. Fans who attend any of the concerts on the tour are encouraged to snap photos of themselves and upload them to the BlackBerry Keep Moving Hub. She will be featuring some of these uploaded photos in a video in each city.
The BlackBerry Z10 has been chosen a the winner for the 2013 Red Dot Award in the Product Design category. This award is a huge achievement for the BlackBerry design team and it will help to further BlackBerry’s reach with their new Z10 smartphone. Learn all about the Red Dot Award for BlackBerry in the Press Release, which starts below and continues past the break.
The BlackBerry Z10 is Awarded for High Design Quality in the “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2013”.
Waterloo, ON (March 13, 2013) - The innovative power of BlackBerry impressed the 37-member jury of experts for the “red dot award: product design 2013”. Those who succeed in winning over the renowned experts in the field can decorate their product creation with the “red dot” and position themselves at an international level. The jury members were delighted to receive 4,662 entries in 19 different categories in this year’s competition. Only the best designs were able to win the enthusiasm of the jury, which is how the BlackBerry® Z10 smartphone received the red dot for its successful design creation.
BlackBerry has released a preview of their upcoming Secure Work Space for iOS and Android devices. This is a new feature for mobile device management with BES 10 that allows users to access their secure work information on iOS or Android devices, much like BlackBerry 10 allows with work and personal profile separation. This feature is currently being Beta tested by select business partners and will become available to all BES 10 customers in a future update. The full Press Release is featured past the break, containing all the information on this preview.
Verizon has just officially announced their release date and pre-order information for the BlackBerry Z10. The device will be available in-store and online on March 28th, presumably for the price of $199 on a 2-year contract. Pre-orders begin online tomorrow, March 14th, at 8AM EST. Here’s the official statement from Verizon:
“The BlackBerry Z10 will be available for pre-order starting March 14 at 8am ET on www.verizonwireless.com/blackberryz10. The new smartphone will be available online and in Verizon Wireless stores starting March 28. Customers will be able to choose from two color models, Black or White, with White being a Verizon Wireless exclusive.”
If you’re a BlackBerry fan on Verizon, get ready to order tomorrow around 8AM. Verizon customers are also lucky because they get a choice between Black or White. All other US carriers will only have the black model. Check out the Verizon link below for more information.
WhatsApp messenger, one of the most widely used, cross-platform messaging solutions, is now available for BlackBerry 10 devices. This is one of the most anticipated applications that was announced at the BlackBerry 10 reveal event. It is available for free in BlackBerry World. You can click the link below for the download or follow on past the break for the full Press Release regarding the launch of WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10.
If you’re a US-based BlackBerry fan looking to get your hands on the coming BlackBerry Z10, pre-ordering from your carrier may seem like the logical route. We can tell you; however, that with the deals available from Best Buy and RadioShack, you may look to pre-order your Z10 through them instead. If you pre-order your Z10 from either outlet, in-store orders only, you are eligible for a free gift card. The Best Buy card is worth $50 and the RadioShack card is worth $30.
This offer is only available for AT&T Z10 pre-orders, since no other carriers have opened up orders. Rumor has it that both Verizon and Sprint will be opening up pre-orders sometime in the next week, with their release dates being on, or very near, March 22nd. We’ll let you know as soon as something official on these dates comes along.
It’s Wednesday again, and by now you know what that means. BlackBerry 10 App Wednesday! This is a weekly feature brought to you straight from BlackBerry and is designed to showcase the latest and greatest BlackBerry 10 apps that have released in the past week. This week’s round-up features an even mix from all categories and brings news of two major apps coming to BlackBerry 10, those are Jetpack Joyride and Keek. Follow on past the break for the full list for this week’s App Wednesday.
While Netflix has said they have no plans to bring their app to BlackBerry 10, they do have an Android version of their application. Some enterprising developers have gotten ahold of an older version of Netflix for Android that will side load onto BlackBerry 10 devices. You can download the app at the link below and then side load it directly onto your BlackBerry 10 device. Keep in mind that this is not an app designed for BlackBerry and it will be very buggy and laggy; however, it will stream content just fine.
AT&T has officially announced that the BlackBerry Z10 will begin selling on their network on March 22nd. The Z10 will cost $199 with a 2-year contract. If you’re looking to pick up a Z10 sight unseen, you can pre-order your device from AT&T beginning tomorrow, March 12th. Some additional good news for AT&T customers is that their version of the device won’t feature the hideous branding that the Verizon version has. AT&T will be branding their Z10′s only on the back with a small AT&T globe logo.
This launch date comes after much speculation from other media outlets that the launch date would be earlier in March. Many had pegged the 15th as the date; however, we did not post on this information because we knew that the date was slated for the end, not the middle of the month. We haven’t heard any firm dates for other US carriers, but you can expect them to either be on the 22nd or shortly after. Check out the full AT&T Press Release pas the break.
BlackBerry has just released major updates for both Twitter and LinkedIn for BlackBerry 10. The update brings the Twitter and LinkedIn version numbers to 10.0.1. There are tons of changes to both applications, which can be seen in the change logs below. Both updates are available for free in BlackBerry World. The updates could take up to 24 hours to show up on your device. These app versions will be available for US customers immediately when BlackBerry 10 launches in the US this month.
Twitter New Features
Doing more on the Compose Tweet Screen – With Twitter v10.0.1, an enhanced Compose Tweet Screen allows you to take a new photo or add an existing one, add your location, and offers a shortcut for “@”.
Composing Direct Messages – Twitter v10.0.1 makes it easier for you to compose a Direct Message from the “Me” tab within the app. Viewing Direct Messages from your contacts is also available in the BlackBerry® Hub.
Edit Profile – You can now edit your profile picture, header, and details from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
Conversation view – You will see the full conversation history when clicking on a Tweet.
Improved Image Viewing – You can now view pic.twitter.com full screen images, as well as pinch to zoom and pan images from the Tweet details. Also, you can view full screen profile pictures from other Twitter users.
Deleting Tweets – You can now delete your own tweets from any screen where your tweet is displayed. It’s as simple as holding down on a tweet and selecting the trash icon.
Block and Report as Spam – You can now block and report users as spam.
Enhanced Menu – Twitter v10.0.1 allows you to do more from the timeline, with new options to “Quote Tweet” after selecting “Retweet” as well as “Open Tweet” to view the tweet details page.
LinkedIn New Features
LinkedIn Messages – LinkedIn v10.0.1 allows you to quickly message your connections from their profile page.
Enhanced Job Search tools – With LinkedIn v10.0.1, you now have access to view, search and save jobs that are ‘Recommended’ for you.
LinkedIn Today – Choose the LinkedIn news that matters the most, by filtering the news by Industries you are interested in.
Better Image Viewing – LinkedIn v10.0.1 provides full screen viewing of LinkedIn profiles for an enhanced visual experience.
Welcome to another installment of BlackBerry 10 App Wednesday, brought to you by BlackBerry and TheBerryFix.com. As we told you last week, BlackBerry will be selecting a variety of new BlackBerry 10 applications for us to feature each week in App Wednesday. This week we have another great app selection for you to check out, with some especially great BlackBerry 10 games. Follow on past the break for the full lineup for this week’s App Wednesday.
BlackBerry has confirmed that the Amazon Kindle application for BlackBerry 10 is almost ready and will be debuting in BlackBerry World this month. There’s no specific information as to when the app will be available, but it has been confirmed that it will launch this month. We are expecting to see it launch in mid to late March, however, it’s always possible that a launch could happen sooner. We’ll let you know when it’s officially available.