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    by Published on 07-07-2012 08:33 PM
    Categories:
    1. App Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry Apps,
    3. App Development




    For some time now we have heard about the BlackBerry App Generator - a self making app interface that allows you to create your own app without the knowledge or skill of developing. I was lucky enough to get a invite to the program in it's beta stages. The first thing I came up with is a app for none other than BlackBerryOS.com! I can't say much about how it works as the program is currently in private beta, however, I literally put this app together in under 5 minutes. What the app generator does is collect your RSS feeds and compiles them into a handy little interface equipped with sexy graphics and animations. All you have to do is put in the images, choose the colors, and input the links. As simple as that. And it looks sexy too. Albeit, not the most in depth app, but it does work as a news/blog app very well. We are still in the beta stages of the App Generator program, so I imagine it will continue to add more features and improvements in the near future. Learn more about the BlackBerry App Generator and request an invite.

    Don't wait around any longer. Head to App World and download the Free BBOS Mobile App! Available for the PlayBook and Smartphones running OS 5 and higher.


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    by Published on 07-07-2012 05:50 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    While Alec Saunders isn't making up parody songs for BlackBerry 10, he loves to do some myth busting on app development for BlackBerry. One of these myths is that there aren't hardly any apps for BlackBerry. This is just not true. Via the BlackBerryDev Blog, Victoria Berry shares with us a few major stats regarding apps, including a major 3 billions apps downloaded milestone!

    Three billion app downloads averages out to over 2.5 million downloads each day. What’s even more important – and impressive – is that the number of daily downloads continues to increase. It took 786 days to reach the one billion mark, 210 days to reach two billion, and only 176 days to reach the three billion number. I should also note that this number does not include apps downloaded from third party BlackBerry app stores, or those pushed internally at companies around the world, or those downloaded directly from the web.
    Special thanks is due to the over 28,000 BlackBerry App World vendors and the BlackBerry App World storefront team. BlackBerry App World has continued to grow steadily with more than 90,000 applications now up for sale (we know other platforms use other metrics like submitted, or approved, but we prefer the more tangible “up for sale”).
    Congrats to BlackBerry for this great milestone! Let us know what your favorite BlackBerry apps are in the comments.

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    by Published on 07-04-2012 12:22 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Facebook for BlackBerry v3.2.0.5 is now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone for download. Check out what's new in this update below.

    What's New?

    New features of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 3.2.0.5 include:

    • In-App view of Friends' Birthdays
    • Ability to add Friends' Birthdays to the BlackBerry Calendar

    Upcoming features in this version (to be included in the beta refresh release):

    • Access to Facebook Events
    • An update to the icons on the Navigation Grid

    Visit the BlackBerry Beta Zone for more information and to download Facebook for BlackBerry 3.2.0.5
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    by Published on 07-04-2012 08:44 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    Twitter For BlackBerry (T4BB) has been updated in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The new update contains fixes to many problems that users have had since the last Beta update. Most notably the main account being deleted or logged when you had network issues, the new twitter bird icon and spell check display issues.

    Change log for 3.1.0.17:

    • Updated Twitter Bird
    • Sharing Tweets over email fails to keep links shortened
    • Reply Hotkey not working and menu item missing on the Tweet Details screen if the Tweet is Retweeted by you
    • When replying to a Tweet with a location, location call out pops up over top of the text in the Tweet
    • Main account was deleted/logged out from app after experiencing network issues
    • Spell check dialog appears as well as the suggested usernames in Sign Up screen

    Head To the BlackBerry Beta Zone To Download 3.1.0.17 Beta Update
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    by Published on 07-04-2012 02:43 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    It's that time of the year again for US Patriots to break out the fireworks and barbeques to celebrate Independence Day USA! As a US citizen myself, I'd like to take a moment to mention all those before me who have contributed and served to make the USA the great nation it has become. I'll be spending my day with the family, and of course my BlackBerrys will be closely by my side.

    If you are looking for some ways to use your BlackBerry to help you celebrate this year's Independence Day, maybe we can help:


    How do you plan to celebrate your 4th of July? Let us know in the comments!
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    by Published on 07-03-2012 06:13 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Kanok Gems has just released a very sought after feature for those in Thailand - a Thai input keyboard for PlayBook. The PlayBook OS has yet to expand it's tentacles out to various languages, so apps like this are great for many looking to type in their native tongue. You can pick this app up in App World for free!

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    by Published on 07-03-2012 04:57 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Calvin and Hobbes has got to be one of my favorite comics of all time. I remember the days when I would sit there laughing hysterically by myself as I read through each book (hey, I had friends too). So when I just discovered today that developers, Handster Inc, made a Calvin and Hobbes app for the BlackBerry PlayBook, I got ecstatic! Now I'll be able to go back and relive some of those laughs right from my tablet, and see the comics from a different perspective than I did when I was just a kid. Calvin and Hobbes comics can play a double meaning quite often. Anyhow, this is a free app that only comes with a small ad at the bottom of the page. No biggie. Enjoy!

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    by Published on 07-03-2012 04:19 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps


    Foursquare which recently updated it's BlackBerry app to v.5.0, has now issued an update to 5.0.1. The update includes a few minor bug fixes but also adds plug in support for Foursquare on BlackBerry.

    Don't see it in My World? Refresh your list from your menu or hold down ALT and press R S T and you should see the list of pending updates.

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    by Published on 07-02-2012 07:58 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    One of my favorite parts of App World is the New Arrivals section. This is where I found this new app this evening and decided to give it a try.

    Facade is a cool app that allows you to combine your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even Sina Weibo (Don't worry, I had to look this one up too) accounts into one easy to read timeline. You can post to all your accounts at once or select each account individually instead.

    This is an Android app that's been ported over to the PlayBook, but it has worked extremely well for me so far.

    It can be a little confusing in terms of the different timelines when you first start. Once you sign into all your accounts, the feeds just don't show up until you go into the settings (swipe down from the top bezel) and adjust how frequently you want to be updated. After that, hitting the "reload" button at the button will show the combined timelines in the app.

    The cool thing is, once that's done, you can pretty much just refresh the timeline whenever you see fit or wait till it updates automatically based on your predetermined intervals.

    One more thing, Facade for the PlayBook is free. What do I like more than cool apps? Cool apps that are free and this one definitely fits in this category.

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    by Published on 06-30-2012 11:10 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Rumors,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Last week, we showed you some early mockups of potential BlackBerry 10 App World interfaces from Research In Motion and we had some suggestions within our forums as to what features some users were interested in for BlackBerry App World. Since the BlackBerry PlayBook was release in April 2011, we have seen several different versions of BlackBerry App World. As a user and a developer for the BlackBerry platform, here are a few features that I feel are ‘must-haves’ which would significantly improve the user experience within BlackBerry App World.

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    by Published on 06-29-2012 01:04 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software
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    WhatApps for BlackBerry has now been updated to v2.7.9660. WhatApps is a cross platform application that allows you to communicate with your friends using your phone's data plan. There is no change log issued with this version of the app but we do not expect any major changes beside
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    by Published on 06-29-2012 12:45 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    S4BB Limited has decided to honor the USA Independence Day and Canada Day by offering a selection of their finest paid BlackBerry apps for the low price of $0.99 each! The celebration sale will be going on for a week, so get your apps while you can.

    Make this the best 1st and 4th of July celebration with apps like Camera Timer to commemorate the good times you and your family/friends had! Or get Signal Booster to make your Smartphone independent from low signals! MessageSchedule allows you to time all the messages you want to send to your loved ones. Schedule them in advance so you have the whole day to celebrate!

    Looking for some American stories but too busy to read? S4BB has thought of that as well! They're offering 13 BlackBerry PlayBook compatible audiobooks for $0.99 as well. Listen to great stories such as The Mountains of California, or brush up on your history knowledge with History of the United States Vol. I. Looking for something sophisticated? Then listen to the poem Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight.

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    by Published on 06-29-2012 12:26 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    Game designer, Electronic Arts Inc, is having a 50 percent off sale for select games for the 4th of July and Canada Day holidays! The sale pertains to both the BlackBerry PlayBook and Smartphones. Depending on whether you reside in Canada or the USA is what sales promotion you will see. Don't worry though, as it also looks as both countries get to enjoy the same discounts. If you are in need of some awesome games for your BlackBerry, get to App World now, and get in on this sale!

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    by Published on 06-28-2012 02:22 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    With the 4th of July coming up in less than a week, a lot of you may be wondering what to do this year to celebrate Independence Day? In a day and age of smartphones being involved in everything we do, they can play a key part in ensuring that you have a great 4th of July this year! Whether hosting or attending a backyard barbecue bash, having a relaxing picnic at the park, or hitting the road on one of the busiest travel days of the year, here are some ways your BlackBerry can keep you organized, entertained and in control.

    Planning your Getaway -

    The Fourth of July is one of the busiest travel times of the year. It’s important to plan ahead, but it’s equally important to be ready to adjust on the fly so you can avoid the unexpected, sometimes nightmarish travel.

    • BlackBerry Travel lets you plan and manage your trips. This app puts all travel updates in one place. If there are any changes to train/plane/bus reservations, you’ll receive an immediate notification!
    • Want to avoid traffic as best as you can? BlackBerry Traffic, with hands-free turn-by-turn directions, gives you an ETA, as well as the most efficient travel routes based on current traffic conditions.


    Barbecue/Picnic Extravaganza -

    Utilizing your smartphone can help you throw that unforgettable Fourth of July barbecue or picnic.

    • Instant messaging apps help you stay connected in real-time. With the new BBM, you can share calendar entries and invite your BBM contacts to your bash. Form a group chat to keep everyone in the loop on possible last minute changes.
    • What’s a backyard bash without music? Create a stellar playlist with input from the group using BBM Music, a social music sharing and discovery app. Smartphone accessories can also come in to play. The BlackBerry Music Gateway lets you wirelessly stream music to your stereo from any Bluetooth enabled smartphone or device. The BlackBerry Music Gateway turns your smartphone into a remote control. When paired, change tracks and adjust volume from your smartphone from up to 30 feet away. The BlackBerry Music Gateway also works with any Bluetooth enabled phone so everyone at the party or picnic can get involved
    • Of course, it’s not all about food! Get some drink ideas from Mobile Bartender, which includes hundreds of recipes to take advantage of, or DrinkMaster, which has a database of over 6,000 drinks.


    Take Your 4th of July Viral -

    Use your smartphone to capture and share thoughts, images and experiences real time.

    • Leave the bulky digital camera at home and capture all your fun moments using your smartphone camera. Snap pictures and take videos and share them instantly through Facebook, Twitter and more!


    Finally, show off your national pride by outfitting your BlackBerry with a fun American flag skin! Let us know what you have planned to celebrate this year's Independence Day!
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    by Published on 06-28-2012 01:32 AM
    Categories:
    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Missed the Cascades tutorial, our team at BlackBerryOS.com managed to get a copy of the slide deck from the Cascades Jam Sessions from the original BlackBerry Jam in Orlando from way back in May. These are the same set of slides that were presented at the free Cascades Webinar RIM has been offering last week and this week. Hit up the links below to download these tutorials and let us know in the comments what BlackBerry 10 apps you're planning to make using Cascades!

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