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    by Published on 06-26-2012 08:30 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas within the BlackBerry community. Yesterday, we shared with you some leaked BlackBerry 10 L and N-series UI specs. Today, more information has surfaced that depicts what the BBM messaging application may look like.

    According to yet another leaked internal document, BBM on the new BB 10 devices will have the ability to utilize themes. According to the document, changing the theme to a black theme can decrease battery consumption by approximately 25%. In addition, further optimizing the screen for the OLED-display decreases battery consumption by 75% compared to the direct translation.


    This is some good news. I'm liking the fluid interface of the BBM chat windows on the L-series BB 10 device.




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    by Published on 06-26-2012 06:15 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News


    Washington, DC - Earlier in the month the U.S Department of Defense (DoD) released their mobile device strategy. The seven page document identifies the DoD goals for capitalizing on the use of mobile devices and applications, within the DoD IT infrastructure.

    The unclassified documents try to address the growing need to a centralized mobile device and application management. "Although mobile devices are the new and popular item in today's commercial market, this strategy is not simply about embracing the newest technology; it is about keeping the DoD workforce relevant in an era when information and cyberspace play a critical role in mission success," writes DoD Chief Information Officer Teresa Takai in the forward. The DoD's mobile device strategy can be reduced to three main goals:

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    by Published on 06-25-2012 03:55 PM
    Categories:
    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    RIM announced last month a new feature that would be coming to newer OS 7 builds called the Application Recourse Monitor. Just a couple days ago, official OS 7.1.0.523 was released unto the public for BlackBerry Bold 9900 users, becoming the first OS build in which this new feature is present. However, users also noticed that this OS omits the popular BlackBerry Device Analyzer feature. This looks like to be a mistake in the OS and we don't think that it will be omitted in future OS versions. Don't worry though, you can still install the Analyzer feature on your BlackBerry thanks to our forums members grimreaper and toraxcefiro writing up a couple how-to tutorials on the various ways to get it installed back onto your OS 7 device. If you have a Bold 9900, make sure you get updated to this latest OS, and be sure to leave us your feedback on the comments! Hit the links below for the tutorials...

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    by Published on 06-25-2012 11:33 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News



    Looks like the first BB 10 device series are beginning to see the early stages of the release procedures at RIM. A leaked internal document from RIM claims to have some information regarding two new BlackBerry 10 devices. What is being deemed the L-series and N-series may reference the previously internal code names BlackBerry London and the BlackBerry Nevada.

    Similar to the BlackBerry 10 Alpha device the BlackBerry 10 L-series is said to have an impressive 365 PPI, 768×1280 screen resolution. That offers quite a refreshing display compared to previous BlackBerry smartphones. Here are some of the leaked screen specifications of the BlackBerry 10 L-series:

    • 768×1280 screen resolution
    • 55mm wide
    • 356 PPI

    In addition to the BlackBerry 10 L-series, some information regarding the N-series has also leaked. The N-series is said to be RIM's first BlackBerry 10 device with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Its shape is eerily similar to some current BlackBerry models that we already know. Although looks may be secondary to some when comparing it to device functionality. The leaked specifications regarding the BlackBerry N-series are as follows:

    • 720×720 screen resolution
    • 52 – 53mm wide
    • 330 PPI

    You can see the obvious difference in the screen size, but still very nice quality. This is exciting news as we eagerly await the launch of BB 10. Although this information is leaked it still sounds very promising.



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    by Published on 06-25-2012 03:16 AM



    If you are one of the lucky developers who has received a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha recently, you've probably done like most of us by loading apps, games, videos & music to test the capabilities & features of this development device.

    When I originally sideloaded the Messages app (extracted from PlayBook OS 2.0.1), I noticed that the scaling/proportions were not compatible with the Dev Alpha's screen resolution.

    With the recent release of PlayBook OS 2.1 Beta, it seems that the Messages app found within the OS loads proportionally on the Dev Alpha.



    Thanks OSBB for extracting the OS 2.1 file!
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    by Published on 06-24-2012 11:50 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Rumors


    More rumors are rolling in now about the future of Research In Motion. The latest rumor coming from Reuters and The Sunday Times suggests RIM execs are looking into possibly splitting the company into two separate entities, one focused on hardware manufacturing and the other on their messaging platform.

    According to the rumor, Research In Motion has a couple of suitors which include Facebook (nothing new here) and Amazon as potential buyers for their hardware division.

    Again, like with any rumor, it's only speculation until RIM confirms it and with the huge amount of focus that's been put on the BlackBerry 10 platform, rumors such as this one should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Could you see RIM splitting up its hardware and software divisions as a positive or negative? Let us know in the comments!
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    by Published on 06-24-2012 07:59 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News
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    The 3rd annual Tour de Waterloo is underway this morning. The Tour "is a mass participation, OCA sanctioned, Gran Fondo – chip timed event with proceeds supporting the Grand River Hospital Foundation - Cancer Care programs and KW Counselling Services." An absolutely great cause ...
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    by Published on 06-24-2012 06:45 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps

    Last week, RIM offered a free introductory webinar for Cascades development for the BlackBerry 10 device. This webinar was so popular that all five sessions of the webinars were completely full with developers flushed with energy and enthusiasm in developing for the BlackBerry 10 platform. If you were unable to attend this webinar, don’t worry, RIM has assured us that the recording will be up and available soon, stay tuned to BlackBerryOS.com and we will updated you as soon as it is posted!

    As a follow up to last week’s webinar, RIM will be offering a second webcast titled “Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework” this Tuesday at 11 AM EST (8:00 AM PST). Anyone interested in developing for BlackBerry 10 using Cascades will be able to attend this webcast for free. If you are unable to attend, the recording to this webcast will also be available online at a later date.

    Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework continued

    Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    Time: 11:00 AM EST / 8:00 AM PST
    Summary:
    This session will be focused on some of Cascades’ most powerful, useful and easy-to-use features: custom UI components, animations and lists. Beginning where the original webcast left off, Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework continued will take a deeper look into the inner-workings of the Cascades elements and show how they can be customized to create a truly enjoyable development and user experience.

    Topics covered include:

    • Learn to make custom UI components
    • Creating custom animations
    • Utilizing custom and stock lists


    Presenter:
    Garett Beukeboom, Application Development Consultant, Research In Motion Limited

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    by Published on 06-24-2012 06:45 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News
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    Once again another doom and gloom story has come out saying that RIM will not survive past 2013. This time, Yahoo Finance has named RIM as one of 10 brands that will not survive the upcoming year. Regurgitating all the financial woes that we've all heard before, the author of the article ...
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    by Published on 06-23-2012 04:31 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News



    Donny H from the InsideBB Blog has sat down with Todd Wood, SVP Design at RIM to ask him some questions about the overall process of what it takes to bring a BlackBerry device to the market. Todd talks about everything from his field of work, inspiration, and the future of BlackBerry design. He was asked 6 questions that range from the typical design process for BlackBerry, to where will we see BlackBerry in 5 years from now?

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