Check Out MockIt App for BlackBerry 10


Social Media continues to move forward daily. Mobile applications for Social Media such as BBM, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter just to name a few are leading the way in how we communicate and socialize with each other.

I am a big advocate of Social Media as I use it for business, work and entertainment. One of the coolest things about the entertainment part of Social Media is the ability to create a Meme from a photo and add a hilarious or conscious caption about the photo and share that with the world.

Other platforms have already developed mobile applications to help make this process much easier but nothing was truly there for the BlackBerry 10 OS until today. With the release of OS 10.2 and the support for Android Runtime there was access to those apps but nothing available natively built for BB10.

MockIt App from  was released from the Beta Zone and now is available for all BlackBerry 10 devices in BlackBerry World. MockIt is a native built mobile application built to assist users in generating meme’s to share with the world.  MockIt has a nice build quality and the user interface is easy to navigate. Upon downloading it and installing the application, I created a Meme in like 30 seconds and shared it via Social Media.  [Read more...]

SMRPodcast #204: My Girlfriend Cortana



SMRpodcast Episode #204 is online and ready for download.  This week we are back to a full crew as Robb returns from vacation.

There wasn’t a lot of tech news over the last week, however, Cortana, Microsoft’s new Siri-like personal smartphone assistant was unveiled and Rod was completely mesmerized by it’s features.  Cortana comes out next week and Rod is waiting with the anticipation of a school aged child with just a few days until summer vacation.
Amazon has launched Fire TV, a media streaming box to join the ranks of Roku, Wii, XBOX, Apple TV, Chromecast, TiVo, Slingbox, Belkin TV, smart TVs, and a bunch of other streaming sticks and boxes. Needless to say, Amazon has entered a crowded space with the Fire TV, so it will be interesting to see how the company fairs with its $99 device.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 was released, Gogo increases in-flight WiFi to 70 Mbs, and we stray off into a tangent about window seats and sleeping on planes.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #204 of the SMRpodcast

Show Details

  • Recorded: April 08th, 2014
  • Published: April 09th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 35min 00sec


SMR Podcast #203:Digging Holes


Episode #203 of the SMRPodcast has been recorded. posted an is ready for your consumption. This weeks finds us limping a little as our third leg Robb is on vacation however, Rod and Chris still give you a good show.

We start the show recapping our hole digging adventures which found Chris and Rod using a pretty big power tool but not very well. As soon as we get into tech we discuss the new Office for the iPad then immediately go into the revelation of the dealings between RSA and the NSA.

After getting into some conversation about the battle between Aereo and CBS, we also have some fun talking about the worse movie Chris has seen in a long time. We have all this and more on this weeks episode of the SMRPodcast.


Show Details

  • Recorded: April 01st, 2014
  • Published: April 02nd, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 25min 47sec

Check out the official SMR Podcast site here 

AT&T Offers BlackBerry Customers Attractive Deal


AT&T has stepped up to the plate and put together a very nice offer for qualified BlackBerry customers. Today I received word that AT&T is offering BlackBerry customers the opportunity to get a new BlackBerry Device for $0 down and the option to get a $100 bill credit for each new qualified device.

Check out the details below and take full advantage of this deal specifically for BlackBerry customers.

AT&T loves Blackberry customers and we welcome them to switch to the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, with Mobile Share Value plans that offer amazing value for individuals, families and small businesses. Qualified BlackBerry customers can get a new BlackBerry device from AT&T for $0 down and no annual service contract with AT&T Next, bring their own device, or get a device on a traditional contract. In all of these scenarios, customers may be able to take advantage of the $100 bill credit for each new qualified line of postpaid wireless service added until April 30. Needless to say, it’s never been a better time to switch to AT&T. In addition, we have other very attractive plans for business and government customers using BlackBerry devices.

BlackBerry Gives T-Mobile It’s Wish


Well if you would have been reading between the lines, this shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that BlackBerry has decided that it is best not to renew its T-Mobile U.S., Inc. Licensing agreement. This comes of the heels of some bad blood spewing between camps from what most would consider some low down dirty shame marketing done by T-Mobile recently targeting current BlackBerry users via email to trade in their legacy devices for iPhones.

I have to admit that as a T-Mobile customer and BlackBerry user, that email really rubbed me the wrong way and I let T-Mobile know just how I felt about it via Twitter and Facebook. I could get deep into that subject but as time has passed I have learned to let things go as there is no reason to continue fuming about it. [Read more...]

A Dad’s Look at OS 10.2.1 for The Z30

Today I ran across a video review update for the BlackBerry Z30 over at Originally did an initial review of the Z30 but it was prior to the 10.2.1 update. This video review featured BlackBerry 10′s OS 10.2.1 update and included some very nice features and uses for the Z30.

What I enjoyed most about this video is that it shows just how useful the Z30 can be with real world everyday usage. Some of the features shown in the video are features that even I, BlackBerry Hank, have yet to take full advantage of.

I’m sure you will enjoy this review so please leave us some feedback!











BlackBerry’s End of The Year & Q4 2014 Results




Earlier this Morning BlackBerry Limited released it’s End of the Year results and Fiscal Q4 Highlights. You can see the results below. Earning’s call expected at 8am Eastern today.

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The New BlackBerry Z3 Smartphone




BlackBerry continues to push at Mobile World 2014 in Barcelona. Today BlackBerry unveiled the new BlackBerry Z3, which is the first BlackBerry device built by device maker Foxconn. BlackBerry signed a 5 year deal with Foxconn back in December of 2013 to produce the hardware for some low-end BlackBerry devices.

Code named “Jakarta”, this low cost device is expected to retail for less than $200 and will to be available in April of 2014. The Z3 will make its first release in Indonesia and later roll out in other emerging markets.  Specifically designed for customers in Indonesia, the Z3 will be a 3g device rocking a full 5″ touch screen with the latest BB1o Operating System.

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BlackBerry Q20?

blackberry-q20-classic-700x560Today at the Mobile World Conference 2014 in Barcelona, BlackBerry unveiled it’s new Flagship BB10 device. According to the press release, this new smartphone will bring back that classic track pad which will be fully integrated. This will be a full QWERTY keyboard device also rocking the latest version of the BlackBerry 10 OS and will also feature the familiar Menu, Send, End and Back buttons as well. The image above is not the official device pictured as this is just a concept of what the Q20 might look like.

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