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    by Published on 04-18-2012 05:51 PM
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    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 05:27 PM
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    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 04:58 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 05:50 PM
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    3. BlackBerry Accessories,
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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 05:34 PM
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    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 07:30 AM
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    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 11:41 PM
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    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 01:28 PM
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    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 05:19 AM
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    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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    by Published on 04-14-2012 04:15 AM
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    Another amazing game is now available for download in the App World made by Union, is called Frisbee Forever. I first started to play this app on my brother’s iPod Touch and I must say that this is really awesome and very addictive. I am glad that PlayBook owners will now be able to experience the fun and excitement of playing as well.


    There is a level for everyone so you can enjoy the thrill and the breathtaking experience of twisting and turning in a California Theme Park, or experience the waves in the Pirate filled Caribbean oceans and the snowy Winter Wonderland. Collect different kinds of Frisbee, challenge yourselves in achieving trophies and bonuses, and be the Frisbee Master!

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    by Published on 04-13-2012 08:31 AM
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    BlackBerry Messenger has gotten more competition this morning as Samsung has officially released their ChatOn Messaging app on BlackBerry. BlackBerry becomes the third supported operating system supported by ChatOn (Android and iOS being the first two) and is currently only available for download OTA (not in App World).

    The app itself is pretty cool. It's definitely not a BBM killer but it is very stable and does the job as intended. How it will function in terms of battery life, memory management; etc is still yet to be seen but it is very apparent that Samsung does see BlackBerry users as relevant when it comes to messaging. If you do try ChatOn let us know how you like it!


    (Article written by AgentBlackBerry)
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    by Published on 04-12-2012 06:06 PM
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    BlackBerry Messenger is without a doubt the most popular app in our ecosystem. We check BBMs, Group messages, status updates; etc, hundreds, if not thousands, of times a day. Many of us have been dealing with BBM for such a long time that we know the in and outs of this great app.

    Some new BlackBerry owners, or users that simply don't use it as much (they do exist), BBM could get a little confusing. Well this evening RIM has put out an excellent video called BlackBerry Messenger Basics, which, as the title describes, explains BBM in a simple and compact way. This video will be extremely helpful for a long time for many people so thank you RIM for putting it out!
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    by Published on 04-12-2012 05:25 PM
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    Most of us may know/have heard of Gist because of the PlayBook's new Contacts app in OS 2.0, but they are also a fairly popular app on BlackBerry smartphones as well. Gist for BlackBerry enables you to access all of your contacts in one place and see updates for each contact from various sources including email, social networks and other online content.

    Their app has been updated, it's been a little while, and is now available in App World. Below are more details from Gist's Blog about what's new with this release:

    Overall Account Performance & Reliability

    The Gist for BlackBerry app received major performance and reliability improvements this release. You will notice a significant increase in speed and reliability upon the initial load of contacts from various sources (Contacts app, Calendar app, email, Twitter, and Facebook) and pulling all of their social information and news from the web.

    We now pull new contacts from your social accounts into Gist more often. So you will see a new Facebook friend or someone you’ve followed on Twitter appear faster in your Gist account.

    The “Get the Gist” option from the Contacts and Calendar apps is not only faster, but also more reliable. The app is also much faster when navigating the tabs within a contact profile.

    New Features

    The “Get the Gist” feature now works on contact groups in the BlackBerry Contacts app. Simply open the Contacts app on your BlackBerry, highlight the group, press the BlackBerry menu button on your device and select “Get the Gist”. The Gist app will open displaying the list of people in your contact group. From here you can easily navigate profile information and social updates to learn more about the people in your group.

    Bug Fixes

    We received many requests from our users for more detailed messages within the app. We have added these messages in this release. You will now be prompted to sign in, check your internet connection and such, instead of receiving a generic error message.

    What’s Next?

    Now that we are caught up on bug fixes, we will begin working on additional Gist for BlackBerry features! Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks and please suggest a feature here!


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    by Published on 04-12-2012 03:00 PM
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    BBM Music has been updated to version 1.2.0.16. Not much in regards to a change log, but there are some key issue that you should be aware of. BBM Music has come along way since its initial release and we have seen some great progress from RIM on this application.

    The following is a list of issues that appear in BBM Music version 1.2.0.16 application:

    • “No Results found for Recommended” message displayed at bottom of recommended songs in catalog list
    • Blank error message displayed on attempt to upgrade after an initial failure and battery pull
    • “See Playlist” remains in the middle of the list of songs when the list is expanded
    • Application launches before registration is complete when launched from ‘extended search’

    You can head on over to the Beta Zone to download this application.


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    by Published on 04-11-2012 04:04 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Apps


    We already saw the new Facebook v3.0.0.15 update roll out earlier today with a new BBM connectivity feature. RIM has also let us know that more popular BlackBerry apps will be updated to include BBM connectivity. Some of the latest updates and features for users include:

    Facebook and Twitter: Automatically share your Facebook status or latest Tweet with your BBM friends right from within the app.
    BlackBerry Travel: Share your travel plans and flight changes directly with select BBM contacts or with your entire BBM community.
    BlackBerry App World: Easily update your BBM profile to let friends know about the great new app you’ve just downloaded on BlackBerry App World.
    BBM Music: Recommend friends right from within the BBM Music app itself, making it easier for you to connect and expand your music collection.

    Updates have also been made to BBM itself, including a new selection of animated avatars, a simpler way of updating one’s personal message in their profile, and the ability for users to quickly send voice notes.

    Check out the press release for complete details on the updates. We'll keep you updated on the moment more updates start rolling out. If you happen to notice a update before we do, post it in the comments!
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