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Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-15-2018, 08:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,181
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Blackberry Classic OS

Ah well, Google auto-updates will break your system. That is just how they do things.

I had Google Maps and Google Navigator (both working fine). Google merged the two products into one. Their new...
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 06-15-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,560
Posted By Lactobacillus
Exclamation Lower the version needed by the apps..

App publishers all too often target the newest platform version without rhyme or reason.

There is a decision making process that favours doing this: They can upgrade their build environment and...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-15-2018, 05:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,181
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Blackberry Classic OS

APKs are not app files. An APK file is a renamed ZIP file, which might be signed for security (and yes, having layers of security does make life harder for end users). APKs contain DEX files and...
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 06-14-2018, 07:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,050
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Why do you still use a BlackBerry?

I read the Gartner report and RIM BlackBerry BES is still the best available, but there are concerns that TCL could weaken the package.

The concern is that TCL BlackBerry are Chinese owned, and...
Forum: BlackBerry In the News 06-14-2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,630
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Key2 pre-released and priced at 580 (UK)

Don't know ... but maybe owners can to install Phone on their Android TVs, and make phone calls from their living room? :)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2034/2426378616_94d0a8f477.jpg
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-14-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,223
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Installing Kardia

BB installer tells me "Unable to install this app" so some patching will be needed. Even then there is no guarantee it will work.
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-14-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,181
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Blackberry Classic OS

The more I read, the more I know. Just saying.. ;)
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-14-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,181
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Blackberry Classic OS

It is factual, but it is also very ambiguous.

BBOS is Java based. Most Android apps are Java based. Both these statements are equally defensible, but they create ambiguity, and does that help...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-14-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,223
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Installing Kardia

To start you might try downloading the Kardia APK to your PC and then Sideloading it to your BB...
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 06-14-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,050
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Why do you still use a BlackBerry?

Given China's current regulatory climate, how many US businesses are going to allow Chinese devices to connect to their sensitive corporate networks?

Just as corporate laptops are a horrible...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-14-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,223
Posted By Lactobacillus
Trying an alternative to Kardia

I do not know if this helps you but there is an app called "Instant Heart Rate" on Google PlayStore.

"Instant Heart Rate" app works on my BB Classic. It only needs only an Android phone that has a...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-14-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,223
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Installing Kardia

Kardia is not listed on Amazon AppStore.

Kardia is listed on Google PlayStore, but when viewed from my BB Classic the message is "Your device isn't compatible with this version".

Kardia's list of...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-14-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,748
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Google Play Services

I just say things as I see them. That particular thumbnail link generates empty blue screen in both Mac/Safari and Mac/Chrome. When debugging I found that prepending https:// to the URL fixed the...
Forum: BlackBerry In the News 06-14-2018, 06:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,630
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Key2 pre-released and priced at 580 (UK)

I agree that many phone designs are ridiculously oversized as designers desperately try to innovate through market experimentation, but I think the design of the Key2 is safe and conservative.

TCL...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-12-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,181
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Blackberry Classic OS

This is comparing apples and oranges.

Java is a general programming language.
QNX is a kernel.
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-12-2018, 04:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,748
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Google Play Services

Where did I say the site had changed?

All I said is that the auto-generated link for my Thumbnail might not work in some browsers. It does not work for me in my Safari on MacOS. Are you saying the...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-12-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,181
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Blackberry Classic OS

The answer very much depends on your definition of Android :)

BlackBerry Classic OS is BlackBerry OS 10.3.x (i.e. not the older BBOS).

Yes it is Android, but there are very important differences...
Forum: BlackBerry In the News 06-11-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,630
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Key2 pre-released and priced at 580 (UK)

"I used to love my BlackBerry" ... BlackBerry Key2 TV advert (https://www.instagram.com/p/BjulWEiF4rc)
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-11-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,748
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Google Play Services

The forum software has omitted https:// from attachment URL, and that stops it displaying in some browsers.

Just evidence that is works, because so many sites claim its not possible:

Link to the...
Forum: BlackBerry In the News 06-11-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,630
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Key2 pre-released and priced at 580 (UK)

Selfridges (http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/blackberry-key2_659-10099-KEY2/?previewAttribute=Silver) are selling the Key2 in London.



TBD, but the Key2 will work with any UK network. I use the...
Forum: BlackBerry In the News 06-10-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,630
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Key2 pre-released and priced at 580 (UK)

I have seen one KeyOne on the London Underground.

I agree with tsac about Apple support being underhanded. Apple's newest devices designed in such a way that the screen needs to be cracked open to...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-10-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,819
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Website opens then shuts down

Nothing resolves on its own; except maybe the laws of thermodynamics.
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-09-2018, 11:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,819
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Website opens then shuts down

aiharkness, nobody needs a different device to achieve updated rendering.

Opera Mini is available for practically any device and its rendering is always current because it displays pre-rendered...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 06-09-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,748
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Google Play Services

@knottyrope, up to you, but I will only thank tsac when they stop trying to suck all positive energy out of the web! :)

I found a proper fix: "simply" patch the application that displays the...
Forum: BlackBerry In the News 06-09-2018, 03:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,630
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Key2 pre-released and priced at 580 (UK)

I think its $650 in the US. You cannot use currency conversion to compare UK-US prices. The UK is a country of high prices and low wages: Brilliant if you sell products, pay wages, and don't pay...
Forum: BlackBerry In the News 06-07-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,630
Posted By Lactobacillus
Post Key2 pre-released and priced at 580 (UK)

Waiting for the Key2: Will the new owners of BlackBerry figure out the secrets to making a good mobile keyboard before this release?



I have been stuck in time on a "Classic" because that is the...
Forum: Beta You Than Me 05-28-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 7,888
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: et Blackberry Maps and Google Maps working on Beta

Is there a way to set the permissions directly without the OS changes?
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 05-28-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,748
Posted By Lactobacillus
Exclamation Google Play Services

NationalRail app keeps prompting me "Missing Google Play Services" and complains that it cannot continue.

... but then continues and works fine. Does anyone know of a way to disable the prompts?
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 05-28-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,819
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Website opens then shuts down

This is clearly a CBC issue and not a BlackBerry fault.

Are the recent changes the same in Opera Mini?
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 05-27-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 18,370
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Install Snap on your BB10 Device

Is Snap from a time before it was known how to install PlayStore on BB10?



Its not just theft and backdoors, companies also need to be concerned about recycled parts making their way into new...
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 05-27-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,560
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Hi everyone, my question is on security field.

What do you mean when you say Google does not support..?

There is no technical support, but in terms of software running there is a fair amount of compatibility. I have not tried the Google security...
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 05-25-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,352
Posted By Lactobacillus
DigitalTrends: Swap iPhone for Blackberry...

Unlike us, Mr Andy Boxall missed the entire RIM BlackBerry generation. The poor man had only known phone keys in the range of 0..9!

Andy says he went "straight from an alphanumeric keypad to a...
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 05-24-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,986
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: What is BlackBerry in 1998 ?

In 1998 the concept of a classy phone was smaller is better, and the clearest voice sound was king. There used to be intermittent reception with sound distortions so the emphasis was on top-grade...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 05-24-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,512
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: BBC News, LinkedIn, WhatsApp on BB10

... and you would be pleasantly surprised to learn what Lactobacillus can do for you ;-)



... wasn't it more like converting a post into an article?
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 05-24-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,512
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: BBC News, LinkedIn, WhatsApp on BB10

I am talking about Android development. Where exactly do you think the rest of the world has moved on to? :shock:

Android is a platform (correction: ecosystem) that is waiting to be hijacked by...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 05-22-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,512
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: BBC News, LinkedIn, WhatsApp on BB10

I will not disclose details but you can buy my software online (for non-BB platforms).

BlackBerry alienated developers by having 3 different runtime choices, multiple languages, and complete lack...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 05-21-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,512
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: BBC News, LinkedIn, WhatsApp on BB10

In some respects BlackBerry killed its app store when it launched BBOS10 because they did not court app developers. The BBC News app for BBOS10 is a URL shortcut. BB also directed their users to the...
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 05-21-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,560
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Hi everyone, my question is on security field.

Any extra process (such as an AV) will help burn out your battery.

Security needs to be proportional. Perhaps you can check your phone with an AV on your PC that scans connected USB devices?

P.S....
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 05-21-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,050
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Why do you still use a BlackBerry?

@tsac, the iPhone reacts to a worn battery by slowing down instead of the battery not lasting as long. Some users complain about that, but it seems more sensible than overheating or crashing.

The...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 05-20-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,512
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: BBC News, LinkedIn, WhatsApp on BB10

I am using BBOS 10.3.3.3

If you cannot use the same BBOS, can you modify the settings to spoof a newer OS and force the install, perhaps by editing the GiD (Blackberry Google ID) before installing...
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 05-20-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,050
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Why do you still use a BlackBerry?

Just to be clear, tsac, are you saying that you use a BB because BB are giving control to Google?

It is worth noting that technologies such as Microsoft's PhotoDNA might encourage socially...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 05-20-2018, 03:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,512
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: BBC News, LinkedIn, WhatsApp on BB10

PlayStore has built-in search. What is the purpose of Snap?

I was reluctant to share details of how I did it, because sharing details on Crackberry resulted in an instant deletion and me being...
Forum: BlackBerry Network 05-19-2018, 10:40 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 174,251
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: HOWTO: Use BlackBerry on Generic NON-BlackBerry Data Plan

This Q&A contains bad advice.

BB Browser never needed a BB data plan. What it needed was correct ISP APN settings embedded into BBOS. Generic data plan users had to modify the APN settings in a text...
Forum: General BlackBerry Discussion 05-19-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,050
Posted By Lactobacillus
Why do you still use a BlackBerry?

I am asked this question a lot. What is your reason?

To my mind there is no credible alternative to a BlackBerry. Its not about the brand. Its a little about the screen, a little about the apps, a...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 05-19-2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,819
Posted By Lactobacillus
Re: Website opens then shuts down

CBC News app in the Google PlayStore works on BB10. There was a delay opening the app, but after that it seems fine.

You are not an isolated user group - changes to sites affect many different...
Forum: General BlackBerry Classic Discussion - BlackBerry 10 05-19-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,512
Posted By Lactobacillus
BBC News, LinkedIn, WhatsApp on BB10

Since BB10 was deprecated there have been many posts asking how to get various apps working, and a lot of incorrect responses about needing to replace the device.

I am using the current versions of...
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