Chris Brown’s Lawyer: “He’s Being Tortured by DA Office”

ImageFollowing Chris Brown’s surprisingly short court

detour this afternoon—the judge said he needed

more time to review the case and scheduled the

next hearing for April 5—Brown’s lawyer lashed

out at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office for

alleging his client faked community service


“In 30 years of clients, I’ve never had a client that

has been tortured by a DA office while on

probation like Chris Brown,” attorney Mark

Geragos said in a public statement. “The deputies

should be found in contempt of court.”

When asked why the DA would go out of its way

to torment Brown, the R&B singer’s lawyer said

it’s because they like pushing him around.

“They’re paralyzed by the thought that his

probation will be terminated,” Geragos raged. “If

that happens, they won’t be able to jock him

around like they have been.”

Brown’s lawyer also explained why Rihanna

showed up to court with her on-again boyfriend.

“[It was] in support. [She’s] completely

supportive. She thinks it’s utterly ridiculous to


“I’ve got pictures, witnesses [of his community

service],” Geragos explained. “I have what they

don’t have—evidence.”


Wizkid is still signed to EME; We are “Negotiating” – Banky W

ImageBanky W in an interview with Silverbird Entertainment denied report that Wizkid has left the record label. Banky W said the record label is currently re-reviewing the contract Wizkid signed with EME and they are in the “middle” of the negotiation.


“Wizkid is going international and as a result we have to re-negotiate the contract he signed. Wizkid has his own idea of how he wants to do things and he has plans for himself too. Wizkid is still with us, there’s no problem, things will be sorted out soon” Banky W told silverbird.


Banky W insist things will be ironed out in the next few weeks.




ImageThese satellite images show a remote airstrip

deep in the desert of Saudi Arabia. It may or may

not be the secret U.S. drone base revealed by

reporters earlier this week. But the base’s

hangars bear a remarkable resemblance to similar

structures found on other American drone

outposts. And its remote location — dozens of

miles from the nearest highway, and farther still

to the nearest town – suggests that this may be

more than the average civilian airstrip.

According to accounts from the Washington Post

and The New York Times, the U.S. built its secret

Saudi base approximately two years ago. Its first

lethal mission was in September of 2011: a strike

on Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born

propagandist for al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen,

which borders Saudi Arabia. Since then, the U.S.

has launched dozens of drone attacks on Yemeni

targets. News organizations eventually found out

about the base. But they agreed to keep it out of

their pages — part of an informal arrangement

with the Obama administration, which claimed

that the disclosure of the base’s location, even in

a general way, might jeopardize national security.

On Tuesday, that loose embargo was broken.

The image of the airfield, available in Bing Maps,

would be almost impossible to discover randomly.

At moderate resolutions, satellite images of the

area show nothing but sand dunes. Only on close

inspection does the base reveal itself. In Google’s

catalog of satellite pictures, the base doesn’t

appear at all.

The images show a trio of “clamshell”-style

hangars, surrounded by fencing. Each is more

than 150 feet long and approximately 75 feet

wide; that’s sufficient to hold U.S. Predator and

Reaper drones. The hangars are slightly larger,

though similar in shape, to ones housing

unmanned planes at Kandahar Air Field in

Afghanistan. Shamsi Air Field in Pakistan, which

once held U.S. drones, boasts a group of three

hangars not unlike the ones of the Saudi base. No

remotely piloted aircraft are visible in the images.

But a pair of former American intelligence officers

tell Danger Room that they are reasonably sure

that this is the base revealed by the media earlier

this week.

“I believe it’s the facility that the U.S. uses to fly

drones into Yemen,” one officer says. “It’s out in

eastern Saudi Arabia, near Yemen and where the

bad guys are supposed to hang out. It has those

clamshell hangars, which we’ve seen before

associated with U.S. drones.”

The former officer was also impressed by the

base’s remote location.”It’s way, way out in the

Rub al Khali, otherwise known as Hell, and must

have been built, at least initially, with stuff flown

into Sharorah and then trucked more than 400

kilometers up the existing highway and newly-

built road,” the ex-officer adds in an e-mail. “It’s a

really major logistics feat. The way it fits

inconspicuously into the terrain is also


Three airstrips are visible in the pictures; two are

big enough to land drones or conventional light

aircraft. A third runway, under construction, is

substantially longer and wider. In other words:

The facility is growing, and it is expanding to fly

much larger planes.

The growth has been rapid. When the commercial

imaging company Digital Globe flew one of its

satellites over the region on Nov. 17, 2010, there

was no base present. By the time the satellite

made a pass on March 22, 2012, the airfield was

there. This construction roughly matches the

timeline for the Saudi base mentioned in the Post

and in the Times.

“It’s obviously a military base,” says a second

intelligence analyst, who reviewed the images

and asked to remain anonymous because of the

sensitivity of the subject. “It’s clearly an operating

air base in the middle of nowhere, but near the

Yemeni border. You tell me what it is.”

Click image to enlarge. Image: via Bing Maps

If this picture does prove to be of a secret U.S.

drone base, it wouldn’t be the first clandestine

American airfield revealed by public satellite

imagery. In 2009, for instance, Sen. Diane

Feinstein accidentally revealed that the U.S. was

flying its robotic aircraft from Pakistani soil. The

News of Pakistan quickly dug through Google

Earth’s archives to find Predator drones sitting on

a runway not far from the Jacobabad Air Base in

Pakistan – one of five airfields in the country used

for unmanned attacks. The pictures proved that

the Pakistani officials were actively participating in

the American drone campaign, despite their

public condemnation of the strikes. Until then,

such participation had only been suspected.

While the drone attacks continued, the U.S. was

forced to withdraw from some of the bases.

So far, reaction to the Saudi base has been

relatively muted. American forces officially

withdrew from Saudi Arabia years ago, in part

because the presence of foreign troops in the

Muslim holy land so inflamed militants. It’s

unclear how the drone base changes this

calculation, if at all.

The drone base’s exposure is part of a series of

revelations about the American target killing

campaign that have accompanied John Brennan’s

nomination to be the director of the CIA. Brennan

currently oversees targeted killing operations

from his perch as White House counterterrorism

adviser, and would be responsible for executing

many of the remotely piloted missions as CIA


In addition to the drone base disclosure, an

unclassified Justice Department white paper

summing up the Obama administration’s criteria

for eliminating U.S. citizens was leaked this week

to NBC News; the document argues that a

judgment from an “informed, high-level” official

can mark an American or robotic death – even

without “ clear evidence that a specific attack on

U.S. persons and interests will take place in the

immediate future .” (.pdf) The White House has

since promised to give select Congressmen the

classified and detailed legal rationales behind the

white paper. But Sen. Ron Wyden told Brennan at

his Senate confirmation hearing that the Justice

Department is not yet complying with President

Obama’s promise to disclose those legal

memoranda. Feinstein said she was seeking eight

such memos in total.

In their hours of questioning Brennan, however,

the Senators didn’t once ask the CIA nominee

about the secret Saudi drone base. Perhaps that’s

because they didn’t have a visual aid

  BlogsForumsDownloadsAppsSearch   HomeBlogsBla1ze’s blog How to backup your Android device apps and convert them for BlackBerry

ImageYes, the image above is of an Android device and a bBlackberry device. But don’t get freaked out about it appearing on CrackBerry just yet. There is a good reason for it, so allow me to explain. Since the release of BlackBerry 10 as well as the BlackBerry Z10 we’ve been getting a lot of questions on just how folks can back up their free and paid apps on Android and have them run on the new BlackBerry 10 platform using the built in Android app player. If you find yourself asking that question, you’re in luck! You can jump below and read our full walkthrough.






Now before we fully get rolling on this there are a few things to mention. First off, this guide assumes you already have an Android device kicking around in order to install apps onto and subsequently back them up with. It doesn’t need to be connected to a network but it should be Wi-Fi enabled so that you can download the apps needed. Plus, having Wi-Fi will help you send the backed-up .apk files to your computer for conversion, though you can always just pull the files off your Android device using your computer as well through mass storage mode.


Secondly, you should only be using your own backed-up Android files for personal use. The question of legality always comes up when we do these sorts of posts and while there isn’t really anything illegal about it, I’m certainly not going to pretend like you’ll listen to me if I tell you not to share the files with others. You’ll do whatever you wish, but consider this a disclaimer of sorts. If you’re paying for apps and converting them, don’t share them. Cool? Alright then, let’s get to this and show you all exactly how it’s done.





With your Android device in hand what you’re going to need to do first is grab an app that can read your device to find out which apps you have installed onto it. For that, there are a number of options available in the Google Play store though personally I prefer to use one called App Backup & Restore. It’s a free app and it works great.






From there, you can start installing any apps you wish to convert from the Google Play store. I say ‘any’ apps very loosely because there are some apps out there that just simply will not work. In some cases, they’re not compatible with the Android 2.3.3 runtime that is currently included with BlackBerry 10. Overall, it’s a trial and error thing so you won’t know until you try.


In other cases, the Android developer rightfully doesn’t want you copying their apps so they’ve used encryption methods that don’t allow you to export the needed .apk file. In the Backup & Restore app image above, these apps are denoted by the orange locked icon beside them. You can still try but your success in exporting them will be limited.






Once you have the apps you want to convert downloaded and installed on your Android device, you’ll want to go ahead and fire up the Backup & Restore app you also downloaded. It will read your device and then discover all the apps that are installed. Once discovered, you can selet all of the apps you wish to back-up by checking the check boxes or long pressing on individual ones. Once backed up, they’ll go to your archive where you can access them by tapping on the ‘Archived’ tab at top.




Now that you have the .apk files needed backed up, you then need to get them off of your device. To do that, you just long tap on the app you wish to export and the menu will appear, from there just tap on ‘Send’ and you’ll then be presented with the sharing menu where you can choose how to export the file as seen below.





Personally, I just send them to a Dropbox folder using the Dropbox for Android app but there are several ways to get them off, including the old school method of just grabbing your USB cable and moving them. Email, Bluetooth, Box – it’s up to you. As long as you get them moved you can then proceed onto the next step of actually converting them to .bar files.





Now that you have the .apk, you’ll need to move on to the next step which is to actually turn it into a .bar file that the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 will recognize. There are several ways of doing this depending on how advanced you really want to get.


Previously, I wrote up a guide that walks you through the whole process using the BlackBerry tools but that’s all rather lenghty and not really needed now given the fact that since that article was posted, an online tool called ‘PlayBook .apk to .bar converter’ has appeared which does all the heavy lifting for you given that you have the .apk file.


In my experience, the tool works quite well and you can even download apps that others have already converted from there in addition to converting your own chosen files. It’s essentially the best option for those who really don’t want to mess with command line tools, installing large SDK’s, and registering for signing keys through BlackBerry.  Just point the .apk to the site, upload and then download after the conversion is complete.






Finally! Close to the end now. Once you’ve gone through all those steps and have a BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 compatible .bar file, in order to make use of it on your smartphone or tablet you’ll need to sideload it. Luckily, we’ve already written up the guides for both the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10:


How to put Android apps onto your BlackBerry 10 phone (Mac Guide) 

How to put Android apps onto your BlackBerry 10 phone (Windows Guide)

How to put Android apps onto your BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet (Mac Guide)

How to put Android apps onto your BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet (Windows Guide)

Sideload apps easily using PlayBook App Manager Browser Plugin

And that pretty much sums it up, you now know how to backup Android apps, convert them and more importantly — sideload them so that they can actually be used.. If you’re looking for more help on the matter, drop some comments and we’ll help as best we can or head on in to the CrackBerry Android sideloading forums where there are always some folks willing to help out.

7 Things You Can Do On Valentine’s Day If You’re Single

ImageValentines is 6 days away, and of course in classic commercial sense, there’s all kinds of pink & red balloons around, love songs playing all the time on the radio, commercial for what to get the special one, and all kinds of things that keep reminding you that valentine’s day is here.


If you’re in a relationship, it’s a good reminder and definitely gives some ideas on what you can do for your special one, but if you’re single it’s an annoying reminder that you’re single and even if you don’t give 2 sh*ts about val’s day, it’s just in your face and you want it to end.


If you’re single and valentine’s day rolls around, you know you’re gonna get bombarded with couples all over the place. Folks receiving flowers, engagement stories, restaurants filled with lovers, etc. Well there’s stuff to do that will definitely get your mind off all that stuff.


You can still do your own thing, and have fun. You don’t have to sit and home and hate every couple, or pout, or drown yourself in ice cream and cheesy romance movies. Here’s a few ideas


1. Hit The Scene


Grab your single friends and hit the club scene. There’s always guaranteed to be something popping on vals day, and you can definitely grab a few single friend and hit up bars, pubs, clubs, karaoke bars and lounges. You definitely don’t need a significant other to have a blast a club.


2. Volunteer


Technically, Valentine’s day is about love. Not just romantic love, but love in general. There are plenty of folks that don’t have any kind of love, and there’s nothing that will make you feel better about yourself than doing some volunteer work that will put a smile on someone else’s face. Motherless babies home, Nursing home, Animal shelter, Food banks. These are just a few ideas.


3. Gym Time


While others might be piling up calories by eating chocolate and ice cream and the likes, you can do the opposite, and hit the gym. A good workout session will shed that stress you might be feeling off, and you’ll end up feeling very very refreshed.


4. Watch Movies (Scary Movies)


The farthest thing to think about when watching scary movies, is love. Well, technically, but it sure beats watching romantic comedies. Depending on your mood, you can watch movies by yourself or call up a few friends for movie night. Stack 3 movies together, and you’re sure to kill the night quickly.


5. Treat Yourself


Fine you don’t have a date on valentine’s day, but you still love yourself. Yep. You can spoil yourself a little bit on valentine’s day and feel great about it. A spa treatment, pedicure, shopping, buy something you’ve always wanted. Just something that will put a smile on that face.


6. Spend Time With Family


If you live in the same city as your family, it’ll be a good idea to spend some time with them. Some of my best memories of valentine’s day have been with family, and nothing like some good ole family time. If you’re too far away to visit family, then give them a call, or even skype with your parents or loved ones if you have the means. They are your first loves anyways


7. Throw A Party


Throwing a party just might be the ultimate way to have blast on val’s day. But you have to know for at least a week that you’re not doing anything “traditional” on valentine’s day. Hit up everyone, buy drinks, some appetizers, and get to partying. Heck you can spice it up and give it a theme. Fun things. You never know you just might get laid.


So there you have it. 7 things you can do on valentine’s day if you’re single. What you don’t want to do it hit up an ex, accept a rush date with someone you really don’t know or sulk and hate on your friends in relationships. You don’t want to come off as desperate, bitter or miserable. It’s just another day really without all the shenanigans.


ImageYBNL General Olamide came under heavy criticism as the nation’s senior national team,Super Eagles played their way into the final of the African Nations cup final 13 years after the Eagles lost in Lagos. The superb Super Eagles won 4-1 after goals came from Elderson Echejile,Ideye Brown,Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa. While the game was going on excited football bans took jabs at the rapper who have criticised the eagles for their knack not to qualify for finals in competition. Olamide in the Phyno owned track ‘GhostMode’ had rapped “other rappers be like Naija,dem no dey reach final” which felt on point at the time.

On social network sites,Twitter and Facebook, a lot of fans has been clamoring for a remake of the sone by Olamide. Congrats to the Nigerian team


ImageBlackBerry’s newest flagship smartphone – the

BlackBerry 10 – will not be made available in

Japan. As the new phone rolls out globally, a

BlackBerry spokesperson confirmed on Thursday

that the company is not considering the Japanese

market for the time being.

“We are in the process of launching BlackBerry 10

globally in key markets, and we are seeing

positive demand for the BlackBerry Z10 in

countries where it has already launched. Japan is

not a major market for BlackBerry, and we have

no plans to launch BlackBerry 10 devices there at

this time,” spokesperson Amy McDowell said.

“However, we will continue to support BlackBerry

customers in Japan.” The company declined to

further comment on its future plans for non-

critical markets like Japan.

On first inspection, it might seem like a surprising

move for a technology company like BlackBerry to

purposely choose to miss out on the Japanese

market. But the decline of demand for

BlackBerry phones in the country is showing

that it might be a logical move for the company.

The past few years have seen BlackBerry’s market

share in Japan suffer a decline so steep that the

company’s name does not even rank on

comScore’s survey of the top smartphone

platforms in country. As of June 2012, BlackBerry

was lumped into the research firm’s “Other”

category which on the whole claims only a 0.4

percent share of the market. At the time of the

survey, over 24 million people in Japan owned

smartphones. The survey does show that while

the country may not be a major market for

BlackBerry, it is still very much a major

smartphone market……

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