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A Wonderful Day at The Circuit of America’s




Another wonderful job by the Mercedes AMGF1 team this weekend in Austin,Tx. Enjoy the video below.

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Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10.3 Personalization Tips


The weekend is almost here, which means it’s time for another Five Tip Friday!

Today’s topic, five tips you can use to personalize BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3 :D

Give your device a nickname

Follow these steps to set a nickname on your BlackBerry 10 device so it’s easy to identify it on a Wi-Fi network or, for example, when you connect to other devices using Bluetooth.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap BB103-SettingsBB103-Settings Settings, and then tap About
  3. Enter the new name for your device in the Device Name field


Set a lock screen message

Something I encourage all of my family and friends to do is set a lock screen message with their name, and alternate contact information. Doing so can help someone contact you in the event you’ve misplaced your device.

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap BB103-SettingsBB103-Settings Settings, and then tap Security and Privacy
  3. Tap Lock Screen
  4. In the Lock Screen Message fields, type your desired message


Set a lock screen and home screen wallpaper

New in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3 is the ability to use two different wallpapers. For example, you can set your lock screen wallpaper to a nice picture of scenery you’ve captured, and set your home screen wallpaper to a personal picture of your family or significant other.

  1. Open a picture
  2. Tap , and then tap Wallpaper
    • Optionally crop, add filters, and more using the Pictures editor
  3. Tap Done
  4. Select Lock Screen, Home Screen, or Both
  5. Tap Ok


Show your wallpaper when all apps are closed

You can optionally set your device to show your wallpaper instead of your app icons when all of your apps (active frames) are closed.

Doing so allows you to have a clear view of your home screen wallpaper so you can always see it, which is a nice touch if you’ve set it to a picture of a loved one.

  1. From the home screen, tap BB103-SettingsBB103-Settings Settings
  2. Tap Display
  3. Turn on Show Wallpaper When All Apps Are Closed

Customize the Quick Settings menu

The Quick Settings menu is a great way to access commonly used options, and best of all you can customize what options appear, and the order they appear in.

To see the Quick Settings menu, while viewing your home screen swipe down from the top of the screen using one finger. You can also access the Quick Settings menu from within any app by swiping down from the top of the screen using two fingers as per the following image.

To view Quick Settings from the home screen
To view Quick Settings from within an app

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap BB103-SettingsBB103-Settings Settings followed by Quick Settings
    • To add or remove items, select or clear the check boxes
    • To change the order of items, tap . Touch and drag the item you’d like to move to a new location, and then tap Save


Depending on the number of items you add you can swipe right, or left to see them all!

Got a question or suggestions for an upcoming Five Tip Friday, leave a comment and let me know!

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Poll: Should BlackBerry Release a New Tablet?



There have been rumors and rumblings via social media that BlackBerry could be releasing another tablet. According to an article over at , BlackBerry has a confirmed a new tablet in the works.

If BlackBerry was to release a new tablet I’m sure they would get it right this time but does it make sense from a business perspective? With the release of the BlackBerry Blend software which allows you to run the software on a PC, Mac, iPad and Android tablets, will there really be a need for another BlackBerry tablet?

I for one would love to see a new tablet from BlackBerry but that’s just me. With the BlackBerry 10 Operating System combined with the ability to run a majority of Android applications, this could be a big positive for BlackBerry. I think about security first and apps second when it comes to the devices I choose to use.

Should BlackBerry release a new tablet? Let us know what you think in the poll below. 


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Getting Started with Reply Now


The next time you need to ignore an incoming phone call, consider responding to the caller by sending a short message using Reply Now.

When this feature is enabled, tap on the Reply Now button on the incoming call screen and select one of three possible messages you’d like to send. You also have the option of composing a custom message.

If the caller is in your BBM contact list, your message will be sent as a BBM. If the caller is not in your BBM contact list your message will be sent using SMS instead. You can customize the three default messages as well to suit your needs – find out how after the break!

How to turn on Reply Now and customize messages

  1. In the Phone app, swipe down from the top of the screen
  2. Tap ReplyNow_SettingsReplyNow_Settings followed by Reply Now
  3. Turn on Reply Now

While viewing this screen, you can customize the default messages that are sent when using Reply Now. To do this, tap on the message you’d like to change and when you are finished, tap to save your change(s).


How to use Reply Now



The next time you receive a call that you cannot take, and you’d like to respond with a Reply Now message, tap ReplyNow_TextReplyNow_Text or  ReplyNow_BBMReplyNow_BBM. Then, select one of the three Reply Now messages or compose a new message by tapping Custom Message followed by tapping Send.


Got a question? Leave a comment and let me know

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BlackBerry Hub Instant Actions



For those of you using a BlackBerry Passport, or Porsche Design P’9983 smartphone from BlackBerry with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3, there’s a new feature available that can help increase your BlackBerry Hub productivity, Instant Actions!

Using this new feature you can quickly triage messages, conversations, and events in the BlackBerry Hub. For example, you can mark messages as read or unread, and file, flag, or delete messages. You can also accept or decline meeting invitations without having to open them.  Best of all, if you make a mistake while managing your messages, you can tap Undo to cancel the last change :)

Depending on the type of message you receive, the following BlackBerry Hub Instant Actions are available:

  • Email message: File, delete, or flag
  • Calendar Invitation: Accept or decline
  • BBM or Text Message (SMSMMS): Reply or delete

To try out Instant Actions, complete the following steps.

  1. In the BlackBerry Hub, tap bb103_ia_actionsbb103_ia_actions in the upper-right corner
  2. Do any of the following:
    • To delete a message, tap bb103_ia_trashbb103_ia_trash
    • To file a message, tap bb103_ia_folderbb103_ia_folder, and then choose a folder
    • To flag a message, tapbb103_ia_flagbb103_ia_flag
    • To mark a message as read, tap bb103_ia_readbb103_ia_read
    • To reply to a BBM or text message, tap bb103_ia_replybb103_ia_reply

Customize email Instant Actions

By default Instant Actions in the BlackBerry Hub allows you to file and delete messages, but you can optionally change what actions appear using the following steps.

  1. In the BlackBerry Hub, tap bb103_ia_3dotbb103_ia_3dot, and then tap bb103_ia_settingsbb103_ia_settingsSettings
  2. Tap Display and Actions
    • Within Hub Instant Actions, do one of the following:
    • In the Email Action 1 drop-down list, tap File or Flag
    • In the Email Action 2 drop-down list, tap File, Flag, or Delete

To learn more about the BlackBerry Hub check out the Help app on your device, or review the user guide found here (HTML, PDF).

Got a question about Instant Actions? Leave a comment and let me know!

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