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    by Published on 05-24-2012 05:26 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
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    3. BlackBerry Apps



    Instant messaging has become the norm for mobile users. It seems as though texting, instant messaging and email have almost replaced the phone call. BBM has long been the a strong point for RIM, and has proven to be popular among today's youth. Despite its popularity some question its ability to maintain its position as the instant-messaging, due to RIM's recent struggle.

    With over 55 million users worldwide BBM is clearly the preferred instant-messaging client, but that has not stopped the competition from moving in on this reach new market. Apple, Samsung, and third party vendors have all jumped on the opportunity to cater to consumers instant messaging fix. Apples iMessage has been slowly gaining popularity among its iPhone users while WhatApp Messenger has been gaining popularity across all platforms.

    So what plans does RIM have for BBM? For starters its does plan on making it a part of its next generation BB 10 platform. But what about the competition? Can we expect BBM to run on other platforms in the near future? The answer to the latter may be a solid no.

    According to the Wall Street Journal RIM had plans to license out its proprietary network before now CEO Thorsten Heins, came on board. A project formed by former Co-CEO's Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, code-name " SMS 2.0" would open up RIM's network to other smartphone makers. SMS 2.0 would license BBM as a service to these other smartphone makers, and allow RIM to make a profit off of licensing fees and support. RIM even acquired the popular messaging company called LiveProfile. However, the project was quickly squashed when newly appointed CEO Thorsten Heins decided that the company should not go with any licensing deals.

    BBM is an important part of the BlackBerry brand, and is one of the things that separates it from other smartphones. RIM will need to concentrate on perfecting the BBM application on its BB 10 line of devices. Consumers will be expecting a BBM client that runs just as smooth as their current BlackBerry device.



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    by Published on 05-23-2012 01:02 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    The Facebook for
    BlackBerry
    beta has been updated in the Beta Zone this afternoon. Check out the change log below and
    head to the Beta Zone to update!

    The following issues have been fixed and implemented in Facebok for
    BlackBerry smartphones
    version 3.1.0.11:

    • Delete Prior Messages in Inbox leads to uncaught exception
    • Unable to views comments
    • With Wi-Fi only connection on BIS SN devices user should be able to view photos
    • Likes count incorrect in Likes list if launched from stagnant comment screen
    • Can not cancel selection via the 'back' button
    • User photos mixed in FB message view
    • Group name appears in the group wall
    • Group Support : refresh of group wall is missing refresh animation
    • Bad error message when posting on a Group without permission
    • Groups are not translated in Hindi
    • Finnish -Some missed translations on the Groups pages
    • Accessibility: Status updates are not being read
    • WiLAN event is not being processed correctly when radio is low or changed
    • Removal of phone number request feature
    • Update help URLs for Facebook 3.1
    • Parser Error when I create comment with many returns between lines
    • Remove welcome notification and message
    • No ID for all the buttons in Facebook
    • GCM icons are cutoff on low res devices
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    by Published on 05-22-2012 05:54 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    Earlier this year Alec Saunders caused quite the stir when he mentioned that RIM was considering removing the ability to side-load. He quickly cleared things up with a blog post regarding the issue, explaining that RIM would be taking some steps to help minimize piracy. Earlier this week RIM's Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog posted some key points regarding the PlayBook OS 2.0.1 and its built-in protection for developers. The constant battle of piracy has plagued just about every developer and have left company's like RIM as their wits-end just trying to figure out how to combat it.

    For any company to say that its main goal is to eliminate piracy, is just plain silly. Unfortunately piracy is here to stay. However, they can do things to minimize piracy. RIM like other companies have developed ways that make it harder for users to pirate developers apps.

    With the PlayBook's OS 2.0.1 RIM has developed some application protection in hopes that it will slow down the steady stream of piracy. RIM has added a couple new features like the linking of BlackBerry ID's to backup files. This prevents the sharing of backup files between users. RIM has also added the encryption of backup files. RIM is taking the right steps to insure that developers get treated fairly. Make sure you head on over to the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog for more information.


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    by Published on 05-22-2012 10:13 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    App World vendors have received an email today from RIM which outlines a few changes and additions in how App World categories will be laid out. Check them out below!

    They key category changes and additions include:

    • News: The News category has been expanded to include magazines. This category is now called News and Magazines and includes Blogs as a subcategory.
    • Beta: The Beta category is discontinued. The apps located the Beta category have been moved to relevant categories.
    • Reference and eBooks & Education: The Books and Reference category has been divided in to separate categories so that these are now individual categories respectively. The Reference category includes Education. This new category is Education & Reference.
    • Shopping: The Shopping category has been renamed Lifestyle.
    • Maps & Navigation: The Maps & Navigation category now includes Travel and has been renamed Navigation and Travel.
    • Music Creation (*NEW*): There is a new subcategory Music Creation available under the Music and Audio category.
    • Children’s Categories (*NEW*): There are two new children’s focused categories:
      • New Children’s Games category within the Games Channel
      • New Children’s Books subcategory within the Books category
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    by Published on 05-22-2012 06:13 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    For as long as I can remember, BlackBerry users on Twitter have argued over which mobile client is the best all-around. Although there are many different Twitter apps to choose from, the top three most used and well-known have been Twitter for BlackBerry, UberSocial for BlackBerry and SocialScope. These three are the ones that have incurred more debates than I care to count.

    I’ve primarily used Twitter for BlackBerry over the last year and a half and have been quite content with it. Over the last 6 months or so, I had heard grumblings about how UberSocial is “ easily the best app for Twitter.” SocialScope users, on the other hand, would boast about their app being so good and so exclusive, that you needed to be “invited” to use it (actually true about the invitation). All this trash talk was just asking for a good head-to-head... to-head battle to determine which app is the best, once and for all.

    We needed a good review to compare and contrast all three of these Twitter clients and that's exactly what I attempted to do. I will be going pretty in depth in terms of pros and cons about all three of these clients so this battle will actually be a couple of parts. Part I will focus squarely on User Interface and the look of the apps while Part II will be more focused on Performance and Notifications.

    So without further ado, here is the Twitter Client on BlackBerry Battle Royale between T4BB, UberSocial and SocialScope Part I.


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    by Published on 05-22-2012 04:29 AM
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    The Complimentary BeWeather app in App World has been updated to v.2.6.20 which according to their blurb contains only bug fixes. But the more important thing here is, this update serves as a reminder of what BlackBerry has in a special offer. A total of $77 worth of complimentary apps ...
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    by Published on 05-21-2012 05:15 PM
    Categories:
    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    With college seniors graduating and entering the "real world" this summer, it's important to stay organized and efficient this time of year. In a recent study conducted by Research In Motion targeting the youth market (ages 18-24), 80 percent of respondents said they use their mobile phone to keep track of day-to-day life. Ninety-two (92) percent agreed that a smartphone would keep them organized in 2012.

    Smartphones allow youth to stay on track in a variety of ways: Sixty-seven (67) percent use calendars and scheduling apps to keep them on deadline, 62 percent count on GPS tools to help navigate while travelling, and 53 percent rely on social media and instant messaging to connect with friends when arranging get-togethers.

    As the data demonstrates, youth are heavily relying on smartphones to stay organized. Here are a few tips on how to stay productive, particularly upon entering the post-college life:

    On Day 1 of that New Job/Internship - Transitioning to the real world can at times be tough, but BlackBerry makes it easier. With the BlackBerry Calendar, you can keep calls, meetings and events all in one place. It syncs seamlessly with BlackBerry contacts and email, so you’ll never miss a beat. When taking notes in a meeting or editing on the fly, use Docs to Go on BlackBerry smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook. Looking for that perfect job opportunity? Use LinkedIn for BlackBerry to connect with those in your desired field and boost your professional network.

    During a Weekend Getaway - Post-college life means no homework on weekends, making it easier to take those vacations you’ve been dreaming of the last four years! BlackBerry Travel allows you to plan and manage travel activities. The app puts all travel updates in one place, and if there are any changes to a train/plane/bus reservation, the app notifies users immediately. On a road trip? BlackBerry Traffic, with hands-free turn-by-turn directions, gives you your ETA, as well as the most efficient travel routes based on traffic conditions. If looking for an impromptu meal while on the road, check out the BBM-connected app Poynt, which finds businesses, restaurants, movies, people and even gas based on location.

    To Keep in Touch - With your college friends spread out across the country, it's important to find ways to connect. With BBM and Facebook and Twitter for BlackBerry, you can stay in touch with your buddies anytime, anywhere. To spice it up, try video chat for the BlackBerry PlayBook to talk to friends face-to-face.

    The survey, which polled 1,004 randomly selected 18-24 year old Americans, was conducted by Vision Critical on behalf of Research In Motion.

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    by Published on 05-21-2012 12:59 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps
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    It seems that app developers can have a change of mind/heart. Kayak announced back in February that they would no longer active support, launch any new features, updates or fixes to problems that may arise on the KAYAK BlackBerry app as their system changes.

    Today, almost four months after that announcement, ...
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    by Published on 05-20-2012 06:36 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps
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    The popular GPS navigator Telmap has given UK Blackberry users a nice gift. They are currently offering their 3D moving map, voice-guided, navigation program free to BlackBerry users in the UK. Telmap has been one of the leading providers of location-based services for mobile devices. If your
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    by Published on 05-19-2012 04:19 PM
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    My buddy Mike just got a GMC Suburban and told me he's going to switch to iPhone in June because they have the OnStar App for remote starting his car. I kept telling him, be patient it's coming to BlackBerry. He kept saying he doubted it. Well, I BBM'ed him today and sent him a link ...
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    by Published on 05-17-2012 10:39 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    XIMAD Inc, the creators of games like Bubble Birds, Brain Cube and others, have decided to give all PlayBook owners a little love with a pretty cool discount. For a limited time, 12 of their most popular premium games have been reduced to $0.99 a piece. Not a bad price to pay for these awesome games.

    Which one is your favorite XIMAD game?

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    by Published on 05-17-2012 03:46 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    During the BlackBerry 10 Jam conference, RIM had released many samples of code for developers to help them get started on their BlackBerry 10 OS apps. However, this list of samples was incomplete and was promised to become a bigger archive for devs to use. Today, the BB DevBlog has posted a nice list of the current samples being offered for BlacKBerry 10 development with the promise of more on the way coming soon. It's nice to see BlackBerry focusing on getting the developers out there the tools they need for the upcoming OS 10. Are you a developer? How do you think BlackBerry has handled so far?

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    by Published on 05-16-2012 07:26 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Smarter Apps Inc. is offering a special offer on Vampires vs. Hunter. With the release of that "summer vampire" movie. They have put Vampires vs. Hunter ON SALE for a limited-time-only offer. For only $1.99, that's 60% off - you can have hours of blood-thirsty battles defending your castle from the Vampire Lord and his demonic creatures!

    Features:
    - Engaging audio and visual experience
    - 3 unique game boards
    - 45 levels of intense vampire hunting gameplay
    - Progress and earn new weapons and defences to fend off more challenging enemies


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    by Published on 05-15-2012 04:40 PM
    Categories:
    1. App Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    If you grew up as a kid in the 80's, like myself, then you most likely owned one of the original Executor Keychains. These fun for kids, yet annoying as hell to adults, keychains were a staple to the youth of those times. If you happened to miss out on the Executor Keychain generation, or just want to re-live those childhood memories of blowing up your kid sibling with the infamous dropping bomb sounds, it is now possible thanks to developer Harry Scanlan AKA @footose.

    Harry has taken the sounds and UI of the physical Executor Keychain, made it into a app for your BlackBerry device, and re-named it beExecutor. This app has the 8-bit, 8-sound effects similar to the original sound effect "Executor" Keychain: Bomb, Explosions, Siren, Machine Gun, Phasers, Lasers, Falls and a Gatling Gun. With beExecutor you'll be center of attention no matter what time or place, just crank up the volume and let er' rip! This little noisemaker app is a must have for anyone looking to have a bit of fun.

    And if you are also looking for the original thing, I've spotted a few on eBay for sell as well. You can pick up beExecutor now in App World for only $0.99, only a fraction of what it would cost for the real thing!

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    by Published on 05-15-2012 02:59 PM
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    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps,
    4. BlackBerry Software


    At BlackBerry 10 Jam, Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development at RIM, spoke on what's possible with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform and what's coming for BlackBerry developer communities. In the video, Alec also talks about certain myths that are being portrayed on the BlackBerry developer experience, and he also invites a few partners to the stage for BlackBerry 10 demos. Hit the link below for a more complete list of BB 10 app demos.

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