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    by Published on 12-16-2011 08:28 PM
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    BlackBerry News app has been updated to v1.2.0.5. With this release comes the addition of Wi-Fi support. If you haven't downloaded the free app I recommend you do to get all your BB news and more in one place. Be sure to check out BBOS featured on the BlackBerry News app as well!

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    by Published on 12-16-2011 05:55 PM
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    The holidays are often a time for connecting with friends, families and others. With the holidays come parties, family trips and lots of gifts. Here’s how BlackBerry can help you be festive and efficient this holiday season.

    Get in the Spirit -
    Share your holiday playlist with BBM Music. Find the old standards you loved and the new holiday songs you’re hearing in BBM Music. Then share that playlist so that your BBM friends can celebrate the season with you. They’ll be able to comment on your selection and chat with you and others about it too. And the more BBM friends you have, the more songs you can enjoy. Don’t forget to watch the Jolly Old Elf with your little ones, using Santa Tracker! Follow Santa as he prepares and takes flight on Christmas Eve. Santa Tracker also allows you to send and receive letters from Santa and enter customized information. You also can get festive with the BlackBerry Avatar Ugly Sweater Expansion Pack. Celebrate with these un-stylish sweaters available in a wide variety of colors and looks just for the holidays.

    Hosting a New Year’s bash? Hook up Slacker for BlackBerry PlayBook to the big screen with an HDMI cable, and your custom radio station becomes your personal DJ. Get creative at your holiday parties with fun cocktails and recipes. Use Mobile Bartender to serve delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoctions, and feed your guests the very best with 12,000 Recipes Party Planner On-the-Go and Recipe Box for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

    Travel Wisely
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    The holiday season means family vacations and time on the road. BlackBerry Travel will keep you organized while on the go. Not only does the app make it easy to plan and share your travel, the automatic trip-scanning feature recognizes itineraries that are emailed to you, no matter where you booked the trip. If your flight or train reservation changes, you will be alerted right away.

    Planning a road trip this holiday? Save time and stay on track with BlackBerry Traffic. You can establish your ETA, find out if a road is closed, or decide to take a faster route. The new beta version now features voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions for free.

    Want to keep in touch when flying? The Gogo Inflight Internet app helps you quickly connect to in-flight WiFi (when available) to get some last minute online shopping done.

    Give with Heart and Stay Organized -
    BlackBerry keeps you sane during the holiday rush. Use Giftopia to keep track of friends and family’s changing sizes, favorite colors and favorite brands to make sure you give with a personal touch. When shopping online or in-store, use Scoope to find the best deals; search by barcode and set price alerts so you know when specific products go on sale. To help you save money, use the Discount Calculator to quickly determine how much you’ll save on a discount item. And with eBay for BlackBerry, search, bid and buy gifts anywhere you are!

    If purchasing online, BlackBerry Wallet retrieves information securely stored on your BlackBerry smartphone to make mobile, online purchasing faster and easier. And once your gifts are shipped, UPS Mobile and FedEx Mobile allow you to track and get an ETA for all of your items.
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    by Published on 12-16-2011 02:58 PM
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    Research In Motion is apparently feeling very generous with its BBM Music users this holiday season. RIM is extending the BBM Music trial to anyone that has downloaded the app between December 16th, 2011 to January 4th, 2012 to 4 months. Also, RIM has let us know they will be extending current users to an extra four months as well. For some, this will make it an extended trial of 6 total months total.

    Unfortunately, there will definitely be some unhappy users that have already upgraded to a premium account not knowing RIM would be offering this extended trial. How this offer will affect them is not really clear but odds are they will be on the outside looking in.
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    by Published on 12-16-2011 11:26 AM
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    BeBuzz is one of my personal favorite apps. The ability to control the color of the LED on our BlackBerrys should be a native function but since it isn't, BeBuzz helps customize it in a seamless way. BeBuzz is one of the most successful BlackBerry apps, and with their latest update it's pretty evident why.

    LED Light Colors
    Assign custom LED light colors to about anything on your device. From e-mails, SMS and calls from specific contacts to missed calls, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and many 3rd party apps.

    Repeating Audible Reminders
    Keep your phone's audible notifiers repeating until you acknowledge them.

    On-Screen Messages
    Small unobtrusive on-screen messages ("toasts") at the bottom or top of the screen.

    Vibrate-While-Ringing
    Have vibrate while ringing for many notifiers and incoming calls
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    by Published on 12-16-2011 01:35 AM
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    The awesome and FREE photo editor app for BlackBerry, Photo Studio, has just been updated to v0.9.8.17! With the update comes many new features, including the ability to share your photo creations directly with BBM contacts from within the Photo Studio app. Here is the full changelog of features for this update:

    • BBM Connected, now you can share your photo directly from Photo Studio.
    • New 55 frames in Christmas Pack 1 and Christmas Pack 2.
    • New effects in Effects Pack (Sharpen and 6 Lens effects).
    • New output formats: normal and large, save photos with better quality.
    • Crop improvements with several selection modes.
    • UI improvements, bug-fix and more.

    Get updated and share your own Photo Studio creations with us!
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    by Published on 12-15-2011 01:09 AM
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    Arjan from S4BB Limited has just emailed us about a brand new application for BlackBerry Smartphones that allows the user to use his or her phone as a barcode scanner with one simple click; Barcode Scanner. Just start the app, aim at the code you want to scan and click! Once scanned, the URL or the serial number will appear in screen, allowing you to copy it or continue to the website. Barcode Scanner recognizes the following codes:

    • QR Code
    • CODE 128 / CODE 39
    • DATAMATRIX
    • EAN 13 / EAN 8
    • ITF
    • PDF417
    • UPC A / UPC E

    Barcode Scanner is available for all BlackBerry Smartphones running OS 6.0 or higher and is available for free on BlackBerry App World and BlackBerryOS App Store.

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    by Published on 12-14-2011 08:25 PM
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    Developer Tapptil has just shared with us that they have released a Winter Edition of their awesome paint app, Lil Painter (check out the BBOS doodle), and right now the Winter Edition is on sale for only $0.99 in BB App World so it's a great time to pick it up for the holidays. I've tried most of the paint apps for the PlayBook and this one by far has the best graphics and user interface I have come across. If you download the app be sure to share with us a screenshot of your artistic creation!

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    by Published on 12-14-2011 08:04 PM
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    With FILM for BlackBerry PlayBook you will never miss another great movie again! Film by Cappow gives you an overview of the current movies latest movies coming to cinema. In addition, Film offers you high quality movie trailers with the ability to rate and review! Film is available in BB App World at only $0.99 for a limited time.

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    by Published on 12-14-2011 07:40 PM
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    Need a cab and don't know the number? A busy time for cabs and you can’t get through? No problem! #TAXI (Pound Taxi) will get you a taxi in no time. Connect to the first available cab company or the one you want and get to the front of the line by avoiding busy signals! #TAXI’s award winning service works in every city and major town across the US and Canada. Connecting to a cab company will generate a one-time carrier charge of between $1.25 and $2.00 per call (check with your wireless carrier). #TAXI supports MADD and MADD Canada in their effort to prevent impaired driving. Do the right thing and use the #TAXI app and get to your destination safely and quickly.

    Download the free #TAXI App and use it to call a cab before January 5, 2012 and you could win $50 in cab rides! One in every 1000 registered callers who calls #TAXI will win. Register here: #TAXI - BlackBerry Contest.
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    by Published on 12-13-2011 02:16 AM
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    Foursquare for BlackBerry has received a small bump to v3.4.2 this evening. The change log shows that what's new is "a quick fix to the post check-in screen. Allowing proper support for 3rd party specials by displaying the special source and branding.” Be patient as this update is slowly starting to roll out to everyone's App World. Not even Foursquare's official site is showing v3.4.2 as available for it is still fresh out of the oven.
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    by Published on 12-13-2011 01:06 AM
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    It was merely 6 months ago that BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing was initially launched. The app was silently updated this week to v2.0

    BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing App v2.0 brings many tweaks & updates, including:

    • Email to Meeting Conversion – help put an end to long email threads by scheduling a conference call using the “Schedule Conference” menu item on any email. The sender and recipients of the email are included as meeting attendees, the email subject becomes your meeting subject and part of the email message is copied into your invite automatically. Just add your conference call details from a stored profile, click send and you’re set.
    • Better Conference Call Recognition – using examples from user feedback.
    • Conference Call ID – keep track of the conference calls you’ve participated in. When you join a conference call, the meeting subject appears as the caller ID in the phone app. And when the call is over, the meeting subject appears in your call history.
    • Conference Profiles Increased to 10 – Users can instantly add preset conference call details to almost any meeting they schedule by selecting from up to ten stored profiles.
    • Private Moderator Codes – You can keep your moderator codes private. For meeting invitations you created, the app can use your conference profiles to dial you in as the moderator. That means you can leave your moderator code out of invites sent from your computer for added privacy without sacrificing convenience.
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    by Published on 12-13-2011 12:20 AM
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    It seems just like yesterday that BOLT Browser was announced to us as a top third-party alternative to the native browser for our BlackBerry devices. Well, tons have happened since that day in 2009 & we've seen the native browser grow exponentially to become the default choice for many, due to the amazing advancements with webkit browser. Sadly, BOLT browser has met it's end & will be discontinued due to “economic circumstances”.

    I remember using BOLT as my primary browser when I first got my 9700 a few years ago. But, ever since the native webkit browser's arrival on BlackBerry OS6, I've used nothing else. Maybe Bitstream noticed a lack of users & decided to concentrate their efforts elsewhere?

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    by Published on 12-12-2011 04:17 PM
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    One of the most popular BlackBerry Twitter apps UberSocial. Has had a major upgrade today that includes the much anticipated BBM integration feature. Now you can set your BBM status or personal message to your last tweet! There are also some bug issues that were fixed and work that was done to the login mechanism to Twitter.

    Changes from 1.252 to 1.3 include
    :

    • Integrated with BBM, you can now set your BBM status or personal message to your last tweet, requires BlackBerry OS version 5.0 or higher.
    • You can save and restore draft tweets from the compose screen.
    • Reworked the login mechanism with Twitter to avoid some issues.
    • Added the ability to turn off the global 'Uber Tweet' menu item
    • Fixed bug in mypict.me upload which could cause the app to lock up.
    • Fixed bug in keyword muting where you couldn't include a '#' at the beginning of the keyword.
    • Fixed bug where UberChannel background images were getting their corners rounded.
    • Changed the link color in the red and pink themes to be more readable

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    by Published on 12-12-2011 01:23 PM
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    We have another nice surprise from the Beta Zone today as BBM has been updated to version 6.1.0.37. Not a whole lot as far as what has been changed, but its been said that there a few bug issues that have been fixed. So if you find anything new or changed be sure to let us know. In case you have not heard here are some of the new features and enhancements for BBM 6.1 Beta:
    • More emoticons With approximately a dozen new emoticons, you can easily show how you're feeling or what you're doing.
    • Longer status messages The character limit for status messages has been increased. You can now share up to 160 characters.
    • Chat bubble colors You can now specify a chat bubble color for contacts instead of using the default color for individual chats, multiperson chats, and BBM Group chats. You can return to the default color at any time.
    • Animated display pictures You can now set animated .gif files as display pictures in BBM, and view other people's animated display pictures. Note: The picture needs to be square (the height and width, in pixels, are the same).
    • Display picture integration You can quickly set a picture on your smartphone as your BBM display picture by selecting the Set As BBM Display Picture option from the menu.


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    by Published on 12-12-2011 01:02 PM
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    BlackBerry App World has been updated to version 3.1.0.42. Since the release of 3.1 people have been reporting some issues regarding the speed and performance. The good news is that it seems as though RIM has been listening to these concerns and have made some improvements in those areas. If you have a Beta Zone account head on over there and get the update. As always be sure to let us know your findings/fixings.
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