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    by Published on 04-05-2012 05:58 PM
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    Possibly one of the most overlooked apps in the Beta Zone in recent memory, other than that awful eBay app, in my opinion has been the BlackBerry Podcast app. The latest build, v1.6.0.8, has been released in App World and if now available as an upgrade to everyone that didn't test the beta build. If you did test the beta build, you'll realize this is the beta build and has simply been relabeled "official."

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    by Published on 04-05-2012 06:22 AM
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    The locals in Mexico City are receiving a free gift from their local government,a BlackBerry app that will alert them when a earthquake is about to hit. The application will send a warning notification up to 50 seconds prior to the earthquake, depending on where it hits. 50 seconds may seem like a short time, but to some 50 seconds could mean the difference between life and death.

    Mexico City's Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said that they "want to have the most complete seismic-alert system that there is," It is nice to see the Government taking care of it's citizens like this. Maybe we will see this in other countries as well.

    Residents of Mexico City can download the free app here:


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    by Published on 04-05-2012 05:54 AM
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    A while ago we told you about an intuitive app for the BlackBerry called Card2Contact. Since the folks over at Card2Contact have been hard at work on version 3.0.1. Card2Contact takes your paper business cards and moves them to your BlackBerry device in a quick and secure manner. What separates Card2Contact from the rest of the bunch is that is uses humans to transcribe your business cards. That means more accurate information and goes along with their 100% accuracy verification. I love that fact that I can say good bye to those piles of paper business cards and move them to my BlackBerry.

    Version 3.0.1 brings us some new features to include:

    • enhanced Contacts page to view the uploaded business cards
    • status of the business cards conversion or send email feature in App
    • new pricing packages and Support features

    Why use Card2Contact?

    • First business card conversion app for BlackBerry with human verification!
    • Manual Transcription Team does the transcription especially for YOU!
    • You don’t need an assistant or text/voice recognition technology for conversion!
    • 100% accuracy!
    • In-app features allow you to take a picture of the business card, upload information, and buy credits.
    • Secure and reliable dedicated servers!
    • Once you store the data in your contact list, we won’t keep a backup of your data and card.
    • We send all the information on the Business Card. We won’t skip any details!

    I think you get the picture. So head on over to BlackBerry App World and download it.




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    by Published on 04-05-2012 05:52 AM
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    Everyone's favorite Twitter client on the PlayBook has been updated this morning. This is mainly a maintenance release but nevertheless, Jerome Carty has made some significant improvements to the app that make it worth upgrading right now. Check below for the change log.

    Here’s what’s new:

    • Timeline position is held if new tweets are loaded while scrolled (instead of jumping to top)
    • Reduced application size
    • Reduced memory footprint
    • Big performance improvements
    • Improved scrolling
    • New splash screen
    • E-mail Tweet
    • Font appearance preview


    And here are some significant bug fixes:

    • Real-time streaming fixes (caused by server changes to Twitter’s streaming on Monday)
    • Long urls in tweets sometimes overflow into the tweet below them
    • Mini browser does not rotate when moving from portrait to landscape and vice versa
    • Tweets over 140 characters are still sendable if the virtual keyboard’s return key is used
    • When tweeting a photo, a lack of space between the link and surrounding text make it unclickable
    • When replying to a retweet, replies should be directed to original tweeter
    • Duplicate tweets


    For more information, go to Kisai Labs' Blog.


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    by Published on 04-05-2012 04:25 AM
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    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
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    Did you know that misspelling a product for sell on eBay can affect how well the item can be found by potential buyers? This ultimately can result in the auction item not getting the recognition it needs to start a bidding war. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to find those misspelled hard to find items on eBay so that you could be the one to get in on that great auction price? Well, with a new PlayBook app by C2Development, you can do just that! Fat Fingers for PlayBook is a powerhouse eBay search engine that finds those misspelled apps allowing you to get in on those deals that no else can find.

    Having already tried the app out, within my first couple of searches I found a misspelled item with no bidders. As you can see from the screenshot below that when I typed in "BlackBerry PlayBook" the search engine cleverly found a misspelled entry, "BalckBerry PlayBook." BTW, those interested in a deal on a new PlayBook may want to take notes.


    Overall Fat Fingers runs very smooth, fast, and the interface is easy to navigate on. There is even a feature that takes you directly to eBay if you would like to explore more about your searched items. And for only $1.99, an app that can save you literally hundreds of dollars, I'd say that it's a useful bargain.

    Be sure to follow the guys of C2Development on Twitter for the latest, and be sure to let us know in the comments if Fat Fingers scores you a eBay deal!

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    by Published on 04-05-2012 03:27 AM
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    Good news for Canadians as RIM is now offering their $77 free app promotion to Canadian users. If you remember, we reported last month about the deal only being offered to US subscribers at the time. Good to see RIM making good and at least making this deal available to their home turf subscribers of Canada. The only catch is these apps are only available to those using a BlackBerry 7 device.

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    by Published on 04-04-2012 09:50 PM
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    We are now less than 4 weeks away from BlackBerry World 2012, and a great sign that the even is near is that we've been bestowed with the official Conference Guide in App World.

    The BlackBerry World™ Mobile Conference Guide is an easy way to look up the full breakout session catalog and read up on speakers and conference sponsors. As the event approaches, you will also be able to create your conference schedule and you won’t miss a beat with the apps Event Messages and social channels – all right from your BlackBerry® device. This app will be your onsite tool to fill out surveys, view conference maps, and even connect with other people attending the conference. The app will automatically update when there are schedule changes, and synchronize with your conference calendar in the My Scheduler tool on your desktop.

    Note: Access to some advanced features, such as session scheduling and event messages, are restricted to registered attendees of the BlackBerry World 2012 conference only.

    This is a must-have app for anyone who will be attending BlackBerry World this year. It will help you to keep an organized location to find the event agenda, to see which sessions are going on at any given time. This application is available for all BlackBerry Smartphone (OS 5 & up) & BlackBerry PlayBook.


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    by Published on 04-04-2012 05:58 PM
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    I have actually always wondered about this. I have wondered what are the top selling apps that App World has to offer. I mean we've all kind of had some ideas but never really known for sure. Well with App World's 3rd birthday happening, BlackBerry has decided to reveal their top five selling apps of all time on App World, and the results may or may not surprise you.

    Interesting to see that two out of the top five are apps that control the LED on BlackBerry smartphones. Also interesting to note that Angry Birds, a PlayBook app that can only reach around 1 million PlayBook owners, grabbed the top spot on this list. This to me, definitely shows how PlayBook owners are definitely willing to spend more money on those fancy apps/games that we all want from other OSes. I can bet that in no time thought we'll also see more PlayBook apps (can you say Blaq) creep up to the top five.

    1. Angry Birds by Rovio for the BlackBerry PlayBook
    2. BeWeather by Bellshare for BlackBerry smartphones
    3. ColorID by Motek Americas for BlackBerry smartphones
    4. Shazam Encore for BlackBerry smartphones
    5. BeBuzz by Bellshare for BlackBerry smartphones


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    by Published on 04-04-2012 05:12 PM
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    SideSwipe for BlackBerry has finally come out of beta and is now available to the general public via App World. We live in a time where the amount of readily available information is increasing faster than we can keep track of it, let alone understand it. There are more than 150 million blogs and billions of tweets, yet we still get most of our information from a handful of sites. The sheer volume of information is overwhelming; think of it as trying to drink from a fire hose. This is where SideSwipe comes in, offering users the ability to expand their information horizons without drowning in data.

    SideSwipe has the following features:
    - Customize a predefined category list
    - Read articles fast even when you are out of coverage because they are stored locally on your BlackBerry
    - Send articles using BBM, Email, SMS and Twitter (BlackBerry 7.0 devices)
    - Save articles to read later
    - Battery efficient article updates

    Be sure to leave us a comment on how SideSwipe works for you!

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    by Published on 04-04-2012 04:39 PM
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    BlackBerry has made two more games available to OS 7 users for free today in App World. Both the Sims 3 World Adventures and Need for Speed- The Run are now downloadable for free compliments of BlackBerry. Go ahead and fire up App World and get your hands on both of these games as this is only a limited time offer.

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    by Published on 04-03-2012 05:10 PM
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    Research In Motion is trying. They are trying very hard to get developers on board as part of the uphill climb towards BlackBerry 10 and apparently the success is slowly starting to show. RIM has shared with us some of these statistics from Q4 2011 to share with our readers which will show the progressive improvement that's happening.
    There has been a clear commitment from BlackBerry to developers, with tools focused on usability and ease of development; increased involvement and contribution to open source; reinvigorated community event involvement over the last six months; new energy and leadership in Alec Saunders and Martyn Mallick; as well as the unprecedented seeding of a non-commercial testing device - the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device - at BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando this May.
    BLACKBERRY APP MILESTONES - Q4

    · 21% increase in BlackBerry smartphone apps
    · 89% increase in BBM connected apps
    · 240% increase in PlayBook apps submitted to App World

    BLACKBERRY DEVELOPER MILESTONES - Q4

    · 68% increase in vendors registered on App World
    · 42% increase in apps submitted to App World by developers
    · 137% increase in PlayBook apps approved for sale
    · Built porting guides to allow WebOS and jQuery apps to be ported to
    PlayBook
    · Announced port of Qt to allow Nokia developers to target PlayBook
    and soon, BlackBerry 10
    · Launched BlackBerry Native SDK 2.0 for the BlackBerry PlayBook
    · Prior to PlayBook OS 2.0 launch, incented 10,000 new developers to
    register as BlackBerry developers, with offer of a PlayBook in exchange
    for an app. Over 7,000 new apps submitted
    · Since its launch 10 weeks ago, the BlackBerry Developer Success
    Story page has added more than 20 stories with more to come soon

    BLACKBERRY APPS -BY THE NUMBERS

    · More than 70,000 apps in App World
    · More than 15,000 PlayBook apps
    · More than 2 billion total apps downloaded
    · 177 million apps downloaded per month
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    by Published on 04-02-2012 11:15 AM
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    The current Facebook for BlackBerry beta app has been updated from v3.0.0.9 to v3.0.0.14 today. Check out below for the complete change log.

    The following fixes have been implemented in Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 3.0 version 3.0.0.14:

    • When Facebook is installed on a device running a language that is not officially supported by Facebook for BlackBerry, but is supported by BB, the app is supposed to default to English.
    • Facebook application uses HTTP links in browser
    • The Facebook server has returned an unknown error and is not able to fulfill your request. (1500)
    • WiLAN event is not being processed correctly when radio is low or changed
    • Unable to close Facebook using back key on 6.0

    Visit the Beta Zone to download the new version of Facebook for BlackBerry.
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    by Published on 04-02-2012 09:55 AM
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    Twitter for BlackBerry version 3.0 has been officially released in the App World. This new version provides a very interesting and cool social networking experience as it is now BBM integrated. As a BBM connected app you can now share your tweets to your followers and at the same time set it as your BBM personal message.

    This was released previously to BlackBerry Beta members but due to a very good review about the update, RIM has decided to officially release it to everyone for us to enjoy this cool social networking app.

    So what are you waiting for? Get your devices and start following your friends and idols now using the new Twitter for BlackBerry version 3.0 and enjoy the fun!


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    by Published on 04-01-2012 11:06 PM
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    If you've found the time over the last few days to open up BlackBerry App World, you may have noticed that there is a new banner that announces Happy Birthday to RIM's native app storefront. On April 1, 2009 during CTIA's annual trade show, was when App World first launched.

    Over the last 36 months, we've seen App World grow from an initial 1,000 apps to now over 70,000 apps! Not only have we seen the app selection grow, but we've also seen App World become available in several new countries & even introduce carrier billing.

    I was surprise to see that RIM wasn't promoting this milestone more heavily, especially with all the positive/negative press that we've seen since the fiscal results last week.

    When asked via Twitter, Alex Kinsella, Senior Public Relations and Social Media Manager at Research In Motion said:

    Everyone's heads down on BB10 - we'll celebrate then.
    If everyone is working so hard on BB10, will we possibly see App World v4.0 with these devices?


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    by Published on 03-30-2012 10:54 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps




    BlackBerry messenger has been updated to version 6.2.0.33 in the Beta Zone. This version has lots of fixed issues so you will want to update as soon as you can. So head on over to the Beta Zone and get the download.

    Fixed Issues

    • Missing BBM icon on OS 5.0
    • Issues scrolling up through older messages on OS 6.0
    • Issue selecting all the text by scrolling up/down in the inline display name and personal message fields
    • Scrolling quickly in the inline edit view allowed the focus to move out onto your avatar
    • Pressing the Enter key while the focus is on your avatar initiated the inline edit view
    • In the inline display name or personal message field, smileys were highlighted when added via the "Add Smiley" menu option
    • Unable to scroll in certain directions within the inline display name and personal message field
    • No "Save" menu option or prompt dialog when the inline display name or personal message field only contains smileys
    • No red splat on the BBM icon after deleting a group icon from the Home Screen and receiving a group notification
    • Notification view/today view does not show BBM Messages


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