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    by Published on 03-14-2012 01:55 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Its been a busy day for Beta Zone members. RIM has now released BBM version 6.2.0.15. RIM is always tweaking its popular messaging program, and just when you thought they could not possible add anything more they always surprise us. Be sure to head on over to the Beta Zone to get this update.

    Here are the new features and enhancements for BlackBerry Messenger 6.2:

    Animated display pictures - More animated display pictures are now built into BBM. Change your picture to suit your mood.

    Change your name or message inline - You can quickly change your name or status message without leaving your contact list by clicking the text at the top of the screen. To exit inline editing, just scroll down.
    You can still access your profile screen by clicking your display picture.

    Streamlined voice notes - When your convenience key set to open BBM, if you highlight a contact in BBM and press the convenience key, you can start recording a voice note. Once you're done, pressing the
    convenience key again will send the voice note. Group chats. You can return to the default
    color at any time.

    BlackBerry Tag enhancements - Adding contacts has never been easier. If your BlackBerry smartphone supports NFC technology, you can turn on the Allow Automatic Invitations by Tapping option. Then, as
    long as you or someone else has BBM open, you can add each other as contacts by
    aligning the backs of your smartphones.

    This feature requires that you both have the latest version of BBM installed on
    smartphones that support NFC technology.

    Resend a message - If a message didn't send (for example, if your smartphone was outside of a wireless
    coverage area), you can highlight the message and select Resend from the menu.

    Search - When typing the name of a contact or group, the search ignores special characters and
    emoticons to make it easier to find what you're looking for.


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    by Published on 03-14-2012 10:59 AM


    UPDATE: The LTE PlayBook is also made an appearance in the FCC reports and shows support for AT&T

    We have been hearing for a while now about RIM's new HSPA+ (3G) capable PlayBook, and it looks as though some of the first steps are being processed to make this happen. The FCC has recently processed a request from RIM to get it's tablet through its vigorous approval process. The list of documents from the FCC show the PlayBook being tested at various frequencies, and SAR tests. The date of completion of these tests is in December so this could mean that an HSPA+ capable PlayBook is closer than we think.

    If you are interested in reading the complete reports you can find them here:


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    by Published on 03-14-2012 10:29 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps




    Twitter for BlackBerry has been updated to version 3.0.0.16, and has quite a few changes. This updated is only available to Beta Zone members, so if you don't have an account head on over to the Beta Zone and setup and account.

    In case you did not know here are some of the features of T4BB:

    • BBM Connected App Integration
    • New Tweet Layout
    • Twitter Photo Service Support
    • Automatic Link Shortening
    • Promoted Tweets
    • Improved Notifications for Wi-Fi Only Users

    Please see below for fixed issues in Twitter for BlackBerry client version 3.0.0.16:

    • Loading spinner persists after sending a Tweet
    • BBM is prompting user to update their status twice after uploading a photo
    • Unable to open links from Social Feeds
    • Phantom DM notification
    • Prompted with "Uncaught exception: Application net_rim_bb_twitter (309) is not responding; process terminated" after app hang
    • Promoted Tweet - Dismiss is still available in the menu and GCM when viewing the profile of the promoted Tweet user
    • BlackBerry Bridge "Open Link On PlayBook" does not work for Twitter (but does for all other BB apps)
    • Memory leak after changing options
    • Uncaught exception when opening the Messages
    • Need error message to indicate when an account is suspended
    • Unable to see top trending lists beyond the basic 'worldwide' list
    • The Favorite counter is not accurate after click follow and then unfollow many times quickly
    • Map it doesn't work for any location on the 9930
    • Twitter not showing up in the Send menu after upgrading device OS
    • "Are you sure you want to dismiss this tweet?" > T in Tweet is not capitalized
    • Create New List - description text it is cut at the bottom of the edit field


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    by Published on 03-14-2012 01:56 AM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS



    Official OS 7.1.0.284 has reached the BlackBerry Bold 9900 & Torch 9810 on T-Mobile USA. If you have a Bold 9900 or Torch 9810, get out that USB cord and give your a device a fresh OS. Don't forget to drop a comment below and let us know how it's working out for you!



    Note:
    The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.

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    by Published on 03-13-2012 02:44 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    A few days ago we found out that the BlackBerry Mini keyboard was available for pre-sale. Now this nice little keyboard is available at ShopBlackBerry.com for select locations worldwide. We have been waiting quite a while now for an official keyboard to come out from RIM, and first heard about it at the BlackBerry Innovation forums in Washington DC late last year.

    Bluetooth devices have been a hit or a miss when it comes to solid connectivity to the PlayBook so I am looking forward to this one that is designed by RIM. The keyboard is actually pretty feature rich. Here are some highlights taken from the Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog . You will want to check out the video at the end as well.

    Multi-touch Control

    BlackBerry Mini Keyboard comes equipped with a touchpad to allow you to navigate your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Tap the touchpad to simulate a mouse click, tap with two fingers to right-click, and scroll vertically using a two-finger up or down swipe. These gestures make it a breeze to get up and running and begin interacting with the device as well as apps like the Citrix Receiver.

    Ultimate Portability


    The portability of the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with the convertible case provides a mobile computer solution that’s easy to take with you. An added benefit is the screen real estate available to you when using the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

    Security and Power

    BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is designed to connect via Bluetooth® to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and features 128-bit encryption to help keep the connection secure. You can charge your BlackBerry Mini Keyboard using your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet charger to keep things simple and remove any need for extra wires and equipment. But that’s not even the best part – the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard can last up to 30 days on a single charge depending on your usage!The keyboard working along with the Citrix Receiver enables users to have their desktop any place at anytime.


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    by Published on 03-13-2012 10:17 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Over the next two days we'll getting a couple of updates for some Beta Zone so keep an eye out. First up is Facebook for BlackBerry. The change log is below so make sure you head on over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone to download the update OTA.

    Change log:

    • BBM Profile Update doesn't include tagged friends from Check In
    • Navigation Grid Does Not Open
    • If user initially canceled BBM connection then changed the option to Connect from BBM, Facebook connecting to BBM process did not appear automatically after reopen Facebook
    • Replies to Events or Friend requests through the device's today view is not working
    • "What's on your mind?" is cutoff with large font on publisher
    • Status Publisher - Friends picker screen is unusable in landscape mode
    • Skip button in BBM upgrade dialog needs to be translated
    • Posts being loaded twice
    • "Connecting to BBM" dialog appears every time the user opens the newsfeed or reopen Facebook on BIS SN device
    • BBM connected Profile Issue: The text in the dialog that opens when clicking on the application link in the personal message should not say the app is not installed or that the app is not available in App World

    Visit the Beta Zone on your mobile browser to update the beta Facebook for BlackBerry app.
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    by Published on 03-13-2012 07:01 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    Surfs up as it looks like RIM is surfing its way to the the land down under by sponsoring the Surfaid Ball. The Surfaid Ball is a festive evening with world champion and professional surfers. The event is to support the work of Surfaid. Surfaid is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions. The program uses surfing as a means to connect with their cause. Its nice to see BlackBerry being apart of such a great cause. Take a look at their promotional video below.
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    by Published on 03-13-2012 06:33 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    The pan-African mega telecommunications company Vodacom has recently updated their terms and conditions. Many time carriers will adjust their terms and conditions and hit users with some finance fee or add some legal terms to keep them from being sued. However Vodacom to its terms and conditions as step further.

    Vodacom has updated it's terms and conditions for BlackBerry usage to ensure that no users will be allowed to transfer content received when browsing on their BlackBerry. Section 3 of their BlackBerry usage policy states the following:

    3. Off-device Terms of use policyContent acquired in the manner of on-device browsing or downloading may not be transferred off the intended device for utilisation or consumption on another device. Utilisation of content acquired in this manner will be constituted as inappropriate behaviour on your part and Vodacom may at its discretion, take such steps against you as the circumstances require, including initiating legal proceedings against you. Making a backup of the content acquired on your Blackberry smartphone for the sole purpose of restoring it to the same device is allowed.
    So what does this mean? For starters it means that users on the Vodacom wont be able to transfer any content that they downloaded from their BlackBerry browser. That means if you get caught downloaded a picture or music or any other content you could be sued. Ridiculous, absurd, outrageous may be the words to describe this policy.

    The real problem here is other mobile carriers embracing these new terms. Imagine being sued over those Facebook pictures you downloaded or that video clip you wanted to share with a friend. It's said that these new terms and conditions were put in place to prevent BIS usage to download movies and TV shows that are then watched on other devices. Whatever the reason is for the updated terms and conditions it is not going over well with consumers.




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    by Published on 03-13-2012 12:05 AM


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