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    by Published on 03-06-2012 06:21 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Games



    If there's one thing that really gets my blood boiling, it's the lack of Words with Friends on my BlackBerry Bold 9900. While I'm easily one of the worst Scrabble-type game players, that has yet to extinguish any of the excitement I get from playing Fightin' Words. This app was originally developed by similar people (minus the horrible Scrabble skills) that were extremely put out by the lack of a decent game in this genre. If the update has yet to reach your BlackBerry, here's what changes:

    • Resolves issue of Create Account button not working properly
    • Added ability to go to login screen from the splash screen
    • App closure after exiting chat or swapping windows has been fixed

    Get out your BlackBerry and go head-to-head against your friends on BlackBerry or Android with Fightin' Words!

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    by Published on 03-06-2012 06:05 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Games,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Pixelated is a strategy game where the purpose is to eventually get all the blocks/pixels one color in less than 21 color changes. Starting in the left hand corner, each turn needs to be calculated perfectly so that as many surrounding pixels can join into the main group by being the same color. In all the time I've been playing Pixelated, I don't think I've ever seen an update, but this v3.1 comes with some new goodies:

    • Left-handed users can now more easily play on their BlackBerry Playbook
    • Send your best scores to Facebook and Twitter from your Blackberry OS 7 device

    I am 100%, without a doubt in my mind, addicted to Pixelated. Both fortunately and unfortunately I have yet to beat it. Half of me grows increasingly frustrated because I get so close to winning.. then I don't. However, the other half of me is so glad to have a game that I can't beat after having it for 30 minute. Yes, I have downloaded games that I expect to be remotely challenging, but I work my way through all the levels within a short amount of time, resulting in my having to delete an app because I can't go any further with it.

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    by Published on 03-06-2012 05:58 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News


    As you may remember, RIM launched the BBM Challenge Council Program in October, which partnered aspiring young adults with some of today's top celebrity influencers, including Whitney Port and Hope Solo. With the success of the program - millions of youth tuned-in and thousands participated - RIM is running a second generation of the BBM Challenge Council.

    This generation, called The BlackBerry Challenge Council Project, will be led by popular comedic actors/producers Streeter Seidell and Amir Blumenfeld (best known for MTV’s Pranked and CollegeHumor.com). The two comedic actors will challenge today’s youth to compete in a series of five challenges over three months presented through webisodes. With the help of special celebrity guest cameos, including Greyson Chance and Leighton Meester, each Challenge Council webisode will examine a misconception or myth about BlackBerry smartphones and ask participants to help correct it. The webisodes will also highlight core features of the latest line of BlackBerry smartphones such as their social music capabilities and faster web browsing. Winning entries will be awarded prizes including tickets to exclusive events and all-inclusive trips or experiences with their friends.
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    by Published on 03-06-2012 01:45 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Research In Motion is trying super hard to get the U.S. market to be more friendly to BlackBerry. The latest tactic comes in the shape of more free apps for its loyal users exclusively in the U.S. There are a lot of apps that are being offered for free "compliments of BlackBerry." The best way to find them is to search for the word "compliments." That's how I was able to find the apps that are compatible with my Torch 9860.

    Apparently, for some users, up to 17 apps have been made available compliments of BlackBerry and they're not too shabby either. These apps are available to its U.S. user base until May 31st. If you're thinking that's a long time, it's because it is. Almost 3 months of free downloads is sure to be costing RIM a pretty penny when they have to reimburse the developers.

    This is obviously a move to try to get more people to buy into the BlackBerry 7 device lineup as one of the requirements to download these apps is having a BB7 smartphone. So if you're in the good ol' US of A, get to App World and start downloading.

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    by Published on 03-06-2012 06:38 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News

    RIM has recently won an award for Competitive Strategy Leadership. The award given by Frost & Sullivan's Latin America division recognize's RIM's ability to implement competitive market intelligence in Latin America. RIM has recently enhanced its marketing strategy to appeal to more consumers.

    Here are some highlights from the press release:

    Based on its recent analysis of the mobile device management (MDM) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes BlackBerry® maker Research In Motion (RIM) with the 2011 Latin America Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Leadership. The Latin American smartphones market registered sales of 25.8 million units in 2011, representing a 73.5 percent growth rate over 2010. Currently, RIM is the company with the best competitive strategy and capabilities to make the most of the immense opportunities in the MDM market.


    RIM’s robust competitive strategy leverages its strong client base and brand awareness in the enterprise segment to upsell end-to-end mobile solutions, including leading-edge and highly effective MDM capabilities. RIM is truly a pioneer in terms of MDM and has been delivering top-of-the-line MDM solutions all over the world since 1999.


    "In Latin America, RIM has been focused on large enterprise accounts, small and medium businesses (SMBs), as well as government departments to increase their installed base and MDM clients," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Fernando Belfort "In addition, RIM’s acquisition of Ubitexx and its transformation to BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will empower clients to incorporate secure device management for other mobile platforms such as Android and iOS-based devices and tablets, all managed from a single Web-based console."


    Due to its strong presence in the MDM markets, RIM is recognized as a leading brand in Latin America among small, medium, and large organizations.


    "RIM’s impressive client base demonstrates the company’s ability to address the enterprise mobility needs of diverse verticals," noted Belfort. "Clients have a positive perception of RIM’s push technology, network and data usage efficiency and effectiveness, access to enterprise applications, and over 500 IT policies available through the company’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server solution."

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    by Published on 03-05-2012 11:53 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Back in August of last year, Samsung announced their new messaging service called ChatOn. Samsung has now decided to open up their messaging service to other platforms including iOS and BlackBerry. They have released the statement below:
    ChatOn is an ideal IM tool for the mobile device user who wants to stay instantly connected to colleagues, friends and family, irrespective of the mobile device or feature phone that they use at no cost. Opening up the application to various platforms to now include iOS and Blackberry in addition to Android and bada, allows consumers to experience a richer, more interactive communication application.
    Another cool idea from Samsung that will appeal to many but unfortunately for them, it still pales in comparison to BBM.
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    by Published on 03-05-2012 11:41 AM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News



    If you are a T-Mobile user and are participating in the 7.1 In-Market Beta Program, you now have access to a new OS via the Beta Zone. If you are one of the lucky ones to be participating in this program, let us know how the new OS is working out for you.

    New features of OS 7.1.0.284 include:
    • Mobile Hot Spots
    • WiFi Calling
    • BlackBerry Tag (NFC Peer to Peer)
    • Universal Search Web Engine
    Visit the BlackBerry Beta Zone and sign up for T-Mobile USA 7.1 In Market Beta Program.
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    by Published on 03-05-2012 07:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Accessories


    We have a Toronto Maple Leafs Protective Silicone Skin for 99xx to giveaway, from Gentec International! Now, you can personalize your cell phone and show your support for your favorite NHL team. This rugged, silicone rubber case offers maximum protection for your device.

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    by Published on 03-05-2012 06:55 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    We have 2 copies to giveaway of Rdio Unlimited (3-Month Subscription) by BlackBerry developer, Rdio! Rdio is the ground-breaking digital music service that is reinventing the way people discover, listen to, and share music. With on-demand access to over 12 million songs, Rdio connects people with music and makes it easy to search for and instantly play any song, album, artist or playlist without ever hearing a single ad. Discover what friends, people with similar tastes, recording artists and more are listening to in real-time and share across Twitter and Facebook. Build a digital music collection that’s available everywhere - on the web, in-home or in-car, on an iPad or smartphone, and even offline.

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    by Published on 03-05-2012 06:40 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps



    One could argue that Opera Mini is the best alternative browser for BlackBerry. Personally I use it and actually prefer it over the native browser at times. Personally I like that it renders some pages better than the native browser, and it seems to be faster as well. So needless to say I was happy to hear that version 7.0 has been released for the BlackBerry. Opera has always done a great job supporting BlackBerry devices, so its nice to see it being updated almost in sync with other platforms.

    Before you jump to the download, please note that Opera Next is sort of like a beta version of the "Next" release of Opera Mini. So it will install along side of your existing Opera Mini installation as a white icon. That way if it crashes or does not work correctly you can always remove it, and continue using the stable version.

    This version has quite a few features. Here are some of them taken from the change log:

    Opera Mini Next has the following new features:

    Smart Page

    The most visible new feature is perhaps the redesign of the start screen and the addition of Smart Page. This page gives you an overview of your favorite sites, latest updates from social networks (Twitter and Facebook), news gathered from your favorite sites (via their RSS feeds) and suggested links. Note that you can clear the Smart Page by selecting "Clear history" from the privacy settings.

    Support for more than 9 speed dials

    One common complaint has been the restrictions on the number of speed dials. We have now solved this and you can add as many as you like, or in practice as many as your device can handle. Synching your speed dials between desktop and Opera Mini should be a much nicer experience now. Note that there is a couple of known issue when synching with Opera Link. Speed dials may move around unexpectedly and the order can be inconsistent.

    We have also added a convenient way to add new speed dials: just press the star found in the address bar (touch devices only).

    Improved support for RTL

    Right-to-left text in UI elements should now be correctly drawn. We would like to fix as many of the these bugs as possible, so if you find issues, please report them.

    Tab improvements

    Tabs can now be closed with one click on touch devices. And when you close a tab, Opera Mini will switch to the last used tab.

    No more "www." in address bar

    Most sites today can be used without the WWW prefix. So we have removed it as well. The auto completion still supports it of course.
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