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    by Published on 06-24-2012 06:45 AM
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    Last week, RIM offered a free introductory webinar for Cascades development for the BlackBerry 10 device. This webinar was so popular that all five sessions of the webinars were completely full with developers flushed with energy and enthusiasm in developing for the BlackBerry 10 platform. If you were unable to attend this webinar, don’t worry, RIM has assured us that the recording will be up and available soon, stay tuned to BlackBerryOS.com and we will updated you as soon as it is posted!

    As a follow up to last week’s webinar, RIM will be offering a second webcast titled “Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework” this Tuesday at 11 AM EST (8:00 AM PST). Anyone interested in developing for BlackBerry 10 using Cascades will be able to attend this webcast for free. If you are unable to attend, the recording to this webcast will also be available online at a later date.

    Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework continued

    Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    Time: 11:00 AM EST / 8:00 AM PST
    Summary:
    This session will be focused on some of Cascades’ most powerful, useful and easy-to-use features: custom UI components, animations and lists. Beginning where the original webcast left off, Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework continued will take a deeper look into the inner-workings of the Cascades elements and show how they can be customized to create a truly enjoyable development and user experience.

    Topics covered include:

    • Learn to make custom UI components
    • Creating custom animations
    • Utilizing custom and stock lists


    Presenter:
    Garett Beukeboom, Application Development Consultant, Research In Motion Limited

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    by Published on 06-20-2012 05:57 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    Check out a video interview with Geoff from RIM Near Field Communication Product Management where he covers topics like what NFC is capable of today, where it's going, and what the applications are for both businesses and end users. NFC spans a wide variety of use cases, and many are poised to take off in a big way and continue to change the way that we use our BlackBerry smartphones to interact with our surroundings.

    Leave us a comment about where you think NFC is going in Smartphones!
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    by Published on 06-20-2012 05:41 AM
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    Once again RIM has given us a sneak peek into its innovative BlackBerry 10 OS. The BlackBerry 10 platform has slowly been making more appearances due to RIM's BlackBerry 10 Jam world tour. Although RIM has been keeping the lid on most of the features that make up BB 10 we have been given enough of a taste to know that RIM is on to something very good here.

    The BlackBerry 10 Jam world tour made its way to New York; and our Senior Editor AgentBlackBerry had the chance to sit down with RIM's principal architect, Gary Klassen to get a hands-on look at some of the features that BlackBerry 10 has to offer.

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    by Published on 06-17-2012 06:49 AM
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    Everyone knows that RIM likes to provide options when it comes to smartphones. Just take a look at the list of Blackberry Devices currently available. That is a grand total of 23 smartphones! And that is excluding all the devices running OS older than 5.0. With a variety of screen resolutions and aspect ratios, you can see why it was such a headache for the average developer to make BB applications. But that is in the past. BlackBerry demonstrated at this year's BlackBerry World Conference that they are "laser focused" on getting BB10 out on time and not only that, but doing it well. We have already seen a preview of what is to come and every day that passes we are getting one step closer to getting BB10 finally in our hands.

    A few weeks ago, I came across a blog post from an Android developer who offers an app called "Open Signal Maps." There, they share their views on what fragmentation means to the Android community. They also provide insightful information about the model of the phone, the operating system, and also the screen resolution of the devices that downloaded their app. Although this report is most certainly outdated by now, it still give us plenty to think about.

    For starters, let's leave BB7 and older devices in the past. Moving forward, we know that the PlayBook already has the basics of what will ultimately become BlackBerry 10. Other than this, the only other device capable of running BB10 is the Developer Alpha device being distributed at the various BlackBerry Jam Tour locations over the course of this summer.

    It can be argued that this already created a bit of fragmentation for BB10 since the DevAlpha has a resolution of 1280x768 in comparison to the 1024x600 screen of the PlayBook. Pixel density is important but let's just note that the difference in pixels is very minimal and could easily be adjusted by a seasoned dev. What is more exciting is that QNX with Cascades is so powerful, a developer can provide "screen profiles" to render GUI elements on the screen dynamically depending on what the detected output is. At the "native track" of the Santa Clara BB10 Jam, it was mentioned that BB10 could essentially detect it was connected to an HDMI 1080p monitor or screen and build a GUI for that resolution if the developer takes the time to add that display profile. Remember the "stereoscopic display" demo back at BlackBerry Mobile World Congress 11? Cascades now makes it possible for any developer to create dynamic display settings for different outputs with minimal effort. It was also hinted that there will be other devices with different aspect ratios and that Developers should take advantage of Cascade's versatility for building elegant and functional GUI's that add to the BlackBerry Flow experience.

    So, will there be fragmentation in BB10? You can bet there will be, but rest assured, it will not be as horrendous and as widespread as it is on Android.


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    by Published on 06-15-2012 02:44 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps

    For those who aren't aware yet, RIM is in the works with dev company, Mippin, to create a BlackBerry App Generator interface that will allow those with no application experience to compile a working BlackBerry app for PlayBook and Smartphones. David Mannl, CTO of Mippin, discusses the BlackBerry 10 platform with Patrick Mollins, Developer Evangelist for BlackBerry. Manni also shows off their Generated app already loaded onto the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device.

    As of now, you can request an invite into the BlackBerry App Generator program, but no open Beta testing as of yet. Looks like though, it may not be far off from public use. We'll keep you posted.

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    by Published on 06-15-2012 02:33 PM
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    RIM has just released a video that goes into how BlackBerry can help Governments, whether big or small, with optimizing by making them more efficient as a functioning body. Everything from Construction crews for fixing and logging jobs, to Law Enforcement in looking up criminal databases via their BlackBerry Smartphone or Tablet. The goal is to use fewer resources, and at the same time increase productivity, so that the taxpayer (you and I) don't have to give our left "you know what" as our next payment to the Government. Perhaps a vote is in for RIM to be our next President?
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    by Published on 06-14-2012 08:36 PM
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    Another reason to say "Oh, Canada!!" because you guys in the Great White North just got the elite of BlackBerry 7.1 smartphones. The Porsche designed P'9981 has been introduced to Canada, although in the limited distribution site of the Porsche Design Store in Yorkville Toronto. ...
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    by Published on 06-14-2012 10:15 AM
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    China which makes most of the world's smart phones and toys FINALLY gets a real smart phone and not a toy. The BlackBerry Bold 9930 has been released in China, on China Telecom's CDMA network. With over a billion people China and booming economy, the need for a quality smart phone ...
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    by Published on 06-14-2012 03:50 AM
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    In my eyes, the BlackBerry Music Gateway is one of those must have accessories for anyone who is a music lover. Having been able to spend a couple days now with the accessory, I'm ready to give my thoughts. The devices that I used to pair and stream audio with the Music Gateway are a Bold 9900 (NFC capable) and a Torch 9850. I also recorded a video of me demonstrating how to use the Music Gateway with and without the NFC feature (see below).
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    by Published on 06-12-2012 05:58 PM
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    This Friday and Saturday, the 15th through the 16th, T-Mobile is offering a free BlackBerry Bold 9900 to those who subscribe under a 2 year contract. This promotion is to push 4G devices in which includes the Bold 9900. Let us know if you take advantage of this special offer from T-Mobile in the comments!


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    by Published on 06-09-2012 01:49 PM
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    Hey Mon!! For those of you in the Caribbean, RIM is releasing two new Curves by the end of June!! The 9320 and the 9220 models both with the dedicated BBM button. Not only that, but you'll also get $25 worth of free app downloads from BlackBerry App World, good until October 1, 2012. ...
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    by Published on 06-08-2012 02:53 AM
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    Hello BlackBerryOS members, guests, and all BlackBerry fanatics alike! As BlackBerryOS continues to grow into the top BlackBerry fansite, we want to be able to give back to those members who give the most to our community. By way of that, we have decided to reward those members who contribute the most with various BlackBerry prizes. One of which includes a BlackBerry smartphone of your choice! This is just another way for us to say thank you for being such a great contributor to BBOS!

    But how does it work, you ask?

    As you may already know, we have a hierarchy of user titles you can obtain for each milestone of posts you acquire (your user title is located directly beneath your site username on the top left of a post in the forums). These user titles range anywhere from "BlackBerryOS Newbie" to "BlackBerryOS All Knowing Guru." As your post count continues to build, your user title will change depending on how many posts you have. And as you work your way higher up the ladder of ranks, you will be rewarded with awesome prizes along the way!

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    by Published on 06-07-2012 04:10 AM
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    RIM keeps plugging along with their release of the P'9981 in Southeast Asia. Last week the Porsche designed beauty was released in Singapore. Well, today, RIM has sent the OS 7 and 7.1 capable phone to Indonesia and set it free. Yes, that sleek P'9981 is now available in ...
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    by Published on 06-04-2012 06:40 AM
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    2. Official OS



    Official OS 5.0.0.1096 has been released for the BlackBerry Curve 8520 from Redington. If you have a Curve 8520 get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh new OS, and as always, be sure to let us know about your findings and fixings in the comments below!


    Note:The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.

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    by Published on 06-04-2012 05:23 AM
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    RIM recently released the BlackBerry Music Gateway, and although its stayed under the radar this little device has a lot to offer. The 60mm x 37.5mm devices will allow you to " Experience music your way". Through Bluetooth and NFC technology, the BlackBerry Music Gateway will seamlessly stream your music from your BlackBerry smartphone or computer. Yes, it even works with other alternate phone brands.

    The device will set you back about $50 bucks, but has the NFC feature exclusive to BlackBerry devices. Which means you can tap to connect to the device through NFC. Some additional features include, wireless playback, device remote control through paired phone, easy connections, and compatible with most online services. If you're looking to purchase BlackBerry Music gateway you can find it at the BlackBerry Store Front.



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