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    by Published on 04-20-2012 05:28 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps
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    In August 2011, I sold my BlackBerry smartphone to my Mother for $80 and moved over to Android. I purchased a HTC Desire S for around $400-500. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard moving to Android from BlackBerry. I’d be losing BlackBerry Messenger, Push email and of course, my beloved keyboard. Now, in April 2012, I’m still using my HTC, and though I’ve enjoyed my time installing ROMs, overclocking and doing various other warranty destroying activities, I think it’s time to move on, and get back to my old BlackBerry ways.

    On April 19th 2011, I purchased a BlackBerry PlayBook. I watched it develop, from OS 1.0 through to OS 2.0. I witnessed the increase in apps, which is a subject with much controversy. I believe the increase in quality and quantity was dramatic, and that the range of apps now available is great. This said, I still think there’s room for improvement within app world, by certain developers (Cough, Netflix and Skype).
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    by Published on 04-19-2012 04:15 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    The extremely useful BlackBerry Travel and the addicting BBM Music have both been updated with today with new versions being released officially in App World. As always, these updates may take a minute to reach everyone so patience is key. If not, you can always try refreshing App World (alt + R,S,T).

    BlackBerry Travel's new version, 2.5.18.99, brings BBM integration into the Travel mix, which we know is a welcomed feature.

    BBM Music's new version, 1.2.0.17, brings the following change log:

    Invitation Requests - Discovering similar musical tastes just got easier! When an invitation request is sent from a ‘friend of a friend’ through Recent Updates you will now be able to view songs and the common friend before accepting/declining an invitation.

    ‘Favorite’ Songs and Contacts - You can now highlight songs or contacts as favorites in BBM Music 1.2! To favorite a song, you need to click on the star displayed in the top left hand corner while listening to a specific song. When the star is highlighted yellow, this will indicate the song as a “favorite” and you will now be able to access this song through “favorite songs” on your profile tab. Favorite songs will be displayed to your friends in Recent Updates For a favorite contact, when you visit a contact’s page you can select “favorite” from the top menu bar. This will add a highlighted yellow star beside the contact’s name in the contacts tab which will only be visible to you. You will now have the ability to search by “favorite”contacts within the contacts tab.


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    by Published on 04-19-2012 03:01 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps




    Advance OS and LED, by developer Sultan Al Sooz, is a super handy multi functioning app that can replace some of the bloated overpriced premium apps you already have installed on your device. This app is loaded with features and designed to take up minimum memory. A must have for app enthusiasts!

    Some of the features include:

    • Read your messages (BBM,Email,SMS) without opening any app or even touching your phone (will show contact name & picture, message time & text).
    • Know who is contacting you (BBM,Email,SMS,Call) and more (Battery,Network, All Apps Notifications) using just LED Light.
    • Backup, Restore & Email All Contacts (with photos), Export (Excel,Outlook,Gmail,Yahoo), Merge Duplicate contacts.
    • Schedule repeated audible Alerts for BBM,Email,SMS,Missed Calls,Battery (anything you miss but is important to get your attention).
    • Instant Shortcuts Launcher to start apps, open websites, call friends, automate your fav actions, display date, time, battery and wifi status from any screen.
    • Take Screenshots with no watermarks (even from apps with no menu, also popups screens).
    • Use Camera, LED or Screen Light as FlashLights with no time limits.
    • Keep screen light on for as long as you want when charging or by just pressing assigned key.
    • Provides a sound profile for your battery status (makes sound when you start, stop charging or full battery).
    • Wallpaper Changer will change your homescreen background (wallpaper) everytime you look at your screen.
    • Set call duration vibration reminders while in a call.
    • Prompt for call redial, and save unknown numbers after phone calls.
    • Set Auto Loud Speaker and vibrate on call connect and more.
    • Vibrate when pressing virtual or physical keypad.

    Check out and download Advance OS and LED application for BlackBerry devices FREE via BlackBerry App World!
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    by Published on 04-18-2012 11:31 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    The moment has finally arrived! After seeing several paid unofficial versions of Wikipedia apps make their way to App World, we've now spotted an official Wikipedia app for the PlayBook. Many features come with this app, including a nearby search, opening articles in the PlayBook browser, read search results in several different languages and make adjustment font size for a more comfortable reading experience.

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    by Published on 04-18-2012 09:35 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    Back in February, Kayak released a statement saying they would no longer provide support for their BlackBerry smartphone app. Apparently they didn't stay away from BlackBerry altogether, as we've seen the official launch of Kayak Travel For PlayBook today in App World. This repackaged/ported Android version brings an updated UI & more user-friendly menus.

    It is likely that Kayak decided to port this app due to the high demand of PlayBook users who requested it.


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    by Published on 04-18-2012 05:16 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    I love the Beta Zone, it's no secret. I think it's been extremely underrated over the last year or so and is quite frankly one of the few things RIM has done correctly. Today, RIM has sent out an email announcing the split of the Beta Zone that will be coming very soon. The split will be separating the enterprise and consumer based beta apps into two separate sites. This is definitely a welcome change for Beta Zone employees and users alike.

    Also, according to our little sources, the new Beta Zone will have a different look and feel. It will be more along the lines of a blog and will be a lot more user-friendly for those of us that frequent it. The new sites are rumored to be launching next Tuesday (#TwosDay!), April 24th.

    Check out the email from the BlackBerry Beta Zone below!
    BlackBerry Beta Zone has grown significantly since its launch nearly three years ago and we are pleased to inform you that it will be evolving soon to better suit both consumers and business members who participate regularly in BlackBerry beta programs. BlackBerry Beta Zone will soon have a brand new sub-site, BlackBerry Beta Zone for Business, focusing on beta programs for business software and services. BlackBerry Beta Zone for Business will offer:

    Business specific beta programs and content
    An improved mobile browsing experience
    Updated community features
    The update is expected to occur in the coming weeks and requires no action on your part. While logged into BlackBerry Beta Zone for Business, you will be able to access all your business beta programs on behalf of your organization. Your existing BlackBerry Beta Zone account remains valid for consumer beta programs as well.


    After the update, the URLs for BlackBerry Beta Zone will be as follows:

    BlackBerry Beta Zone – Business: www.blackberry.com/businessbeta
    BlackBerry Beta Zone – Consumer: www.blackberry.com/beta


    Once logged in to either site, switching between business and consumer is simple, seamless, and will not require another login.


    We are very excited for the changes coming to BlackBerry Beta Zone and we look forward to your continued participation in BlackBerry beta programs.


    Should you have any questions, please reply or contact us at enterprisebeta@rim.com.


    Best regards,


    BlackBerry Beta Programs
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    by Published on 04-18-2012 04:51 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    One of our inquiring minds on the BBOS team, @furiousguido, has just received an official answer from Skype via the @SkypeSupport twitter handle on the status of a Skype app coming to the PlayBook tablet. PlayBook users have had hopes that with the new and improved updates coming out for PlayBook, that we would see a Skype PlayBook app soon. Not the case, as Skype Support has tweeted that there are "no plans for BlackBerry PlayBook compatible Skype release."

    Be sure to leave your feedback to Skype on why the PlayBook should have a native Skype app. Let the riots begin!
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    by Published on 04-18-2012 04:27 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    S4BB Limited has released an all new application; App Task Manager for BlackBerry Smartphones. This handy utility application shows the user all the apps that are currently running. Even the apps that run silently in the background are shown in App Task Manager. Once opened, the user will get detailed information on the running apps like name, version, space and much more.

    App Task Manager Features:

    • Lists all applications that are running
    • Check information like name, version, vendor and more.
    • Control how much space each of your apps takes up in your device.
    • Know exactly what is running on your phone.
    • Switch to a running app to close it with just one click

    App Task Manager is available for just $0.99 via App World:



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    by Published on 04-18-2012 03:58 PM
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    Looking for some incredible networking opportunities? I would recommend you get to Orlando before the main event starts and book yourself a spot to the BlackBerry Appy Hour TweetUp the BlackBerry Information Exchange! These events, taking place before and during the conference, are going to have some hardcore BlackBerry devs and fans alike to expand your network of BB addicts. These types of meet-ups are also a great way to break the ice and start a 3 day bender... I mean conference. Continue reading to see all the juicy details on where, and how to make it to these events. And be sure to leave us a comment if you're attending so you can meetup with the BBOS team!

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    by Published on 04-17-2012 04:50 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Accessories,
    4. BlackBerry Apps
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    In preparation for the upcoming Mother's Day this year, RIM has compiled a list of great gift ideas for your own Mom. Everything from the tablet, apps, to accessories, RIM covers it all in this great list of ideas. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you have any Mother's Day gift ideas of your own!
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    by Published on 04-17-2012 04:34 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    BlackBerry messenger has been updated to version 6.2.0.44 in BlackBerry App World. You should start to see the throughout the course of the day. As with any update through App World it may take some time to reach your device. As always you can always clear your cache performing a ALT +RST.

    Here is whats new with this release:

    • Enjoy a new selection of Animated Avatars
    • Send voice notes more easily back and forth – streamlined voice notes allow you to set your convenience key to BBM, highlight a contact (or while in a chat), press the key, record and send.
    • Simpler way to change your Name and Personal Message – click on profile and start updating inline.
    • Tagging is now even quicker – BlackBerry Tag enhancement allows for automatic invitations and accepting within BBM.
    • Improved Contact Search – search will ignore special characters and emoticons to pull up all relevant contact




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    by Published on 04-17-2012 06:30 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps

    And another one bites the dust. The visual voice-mail company YouMail has decided to part ways with BlackBerry. YouMail was recently updated to version 2.7.8 with many improvements to including the ability to ditch callers, new faster UI, and even completely removed ads from within the app. However despite, all of these improvements and bug fixes CEO Alex Quilici stated the release was "bittersweet", and that they were suspending doing and further work on the BlackBerry app.

    The reasoning behind this decision was that lack of BlackBerry users using the app. YouMail is listed among the top ten app in the productivity section of BlackBerry App World. Still, Quilici mentioned that his company has seen a steady decline with BlackBerry users over the past year. According to Quilici those users have moved to other mobile platforms like the iPhone and Android.

    YouMail has been a popular app among BlackBerry users. However, its exodus from BlackBerry leaves some concerns regarding the user base for BlackBerry apps. RIM has been actively interacting with developers over the past year to expand the native applications for its line of BlackBerry devices, and to provide to them the necessary tools to create high quality apps. Still, will there be enough interest in BB10?

    In the long-run the user base dictates whether or not a company will invest in making apps for a device. RIM may see an increase in independent developers, but what about larger development firms that have multiple apps? Will they see enough financial interest to move or keep developing for BlackBerry devices?

    The good news is that events like BB JAM, will help RIM with developer relations and interest. RIM's upcoming BlackBerry World 2012 is coming up soon and it will be interesting to hear what some of the keynote speakers have to say about the current state of BlackBerry. This is going to be a pivotal year for RIM and its user base, and one can only hope that they will remain faithful to BlackBerry.

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    by Published on 04-15-2012 10:41 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Jerome Carty has been hard at work getting new builds of Blaq out the door as soon as possible and this one is definitely a welcome one. The new version of Blaq, v1.7.2, is now available in App World for download. Check out the change log below:
    Here’s what’s new:

    • Clicking on a tweet in a conversation or tweets list for users opens the tweet in the tweet card
    • Clicking on a user in followers or following opens the user’s profile

    And here are some bug fixes:


    • Retweet failures


    • Search results are sometimes not tappable
    • Search view not rendered properly switching from portrait to landscape
    • Avatars in swipe-down menu are larger than intended
    • Links within DMs are no longer clickable
    • Tweet card showing under search list
    • Mini-browser appears above options
    • T.co links in search
    • Tweet card options menu shows behind tweet card in search
    • Minor bug fixes

    Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of this new version of Blaq!



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    by Published on 04-15-2012 12:28 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps



    As I've said before, I like Twitter and I'm on it a lot. On BlackBerry, we have some pretty great Twitter clients to choose from (I still believe Twitter for BlackBerry is the best) and a new one has just burst onto the scene.

    Kijamii, by The Jared Company, is possibly the simplest, cleanest Twitter app I've ever seen. Some have said it's a little too simple or boring and while I can't exactly disagree, I do believe this app has great potential for a target audience that simply wants a basic Twitter app.

    Kijamii may have a simple look but it does have every main function of Twitter (including one that a lot of us on Twitter for BlackBerry would love to have), the ability to see which of your tweets has been retweeted. I personally enjoyed my time using Kijamii thanks to the simpleness of it, lack of ads, and overall fast response

    Cons: Lack of push made mentions come in very late (same as my biggest complaint with SocialScope). Also, Since there are a lot of options to choose from, and no tabs, it does take longer than I would personally like to go between Mentions/Tweets/Timeline/My Profile.

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    by Published on 04-14-2012 04:19 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps



    Only days after we reported WhatsApp received an update, the popular WhatsApp Messenger has now been updated again to v2.7.6401. If you have friends on Droids and iPhones who haven't seen the light enough to come to BlackBerry, this is a great multi-platform messenger app that will get you by as far as communicating with them via mobile. No changelog, so if you notice any findings/fixes, let us know in the comments!

    Minimum Requirements
    - BlackBerry OS 4.6 or above
    - BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) or BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES)



    If you have problems downloading from AppWorld, you can always download OTA from: www.whatsapp.com/ota/
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