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    by Published on 06-28-2012 02:22 PM
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    With the 4th of July coming up in less than a week, a lot of you may be wondering what to do this year to celebrate Independence Day? In a day and age of smartphones being involved in everything we do, they can play a key part in ensuring that you have a great 4th of July this year! Whether hosting or attending a backyard barbecue bash, having a relaxing picnic at the park, or hitting the road on one of the busiest travel days of the year, here are some ways your BlackBerry can keep you organized, entertained and in control.

    Planning your Getaway -

    The Fourth of July is one of the busiest travel times of the year. It’s important to plan ahead, but it’s equally important to be ready to adjust on the fly so you can avoid the unexpected, sometimes nightmarish travel.

    • BlackBerry Travel lets you plan and manage your trips. This app puts all travel updates in one place. If there are any changes to train/plane/bus reservations, you’ll receive an immediate notification!
    • Want to avoid traffic as best as you can? BlackBerry Traffic, with hands-free turn-by-turn directions, gives you an ETA, as well as the most efficient travel routes based on current traffic conditions.


    Barbecue/Picnic Extravaganza -

    Utilizing your smartphone can help you throw that unforgettable Fourth of July barbecue or picnic.

    • Instant messaging apps help you stay connected in real-time. With the new BBM, you can share calendar entries and invite your BBM contacts to your bash. Form a group chat to keep everyone in the loop on possible last minute changes.
    • What’s a backyard bash without music? Create a stellar playlist with input from the group using BBM Music, a social music sharing and discovery app. Smartphone accessories can also come in to play. The BlackBerry Music Gateway lets you wirelessly stream music to your stereo from any Bluetooth enabled smartphone or device. The BlackBerry Music Gateway turns your smartphone into a remote control. When paired, change tracks and adjust volume from your smartphone from up to 30 feet away. The BlackBerry Music Gateway also works with any Bluetooth enabled phone so everyone at the party or picnic can get involved
    • Of course, it’s not all about food! Get some drink ideas from Mobile Bartender, which includes hundreds of recipes to take advantage of, or DrinkMaster, which has a database of over 6,000 drinks.


    Take Your 4th of July Viral -

    Use your smartphone to capture and share thoughts, images and experiences real time.

    • Leave the bulky digital camera at home and capture all your fun moments using your smartphone camera. Snap pictures and take videos and share them instantly through Facebook, Twitter and more!


    Finally, show off your national pride by outfitting your BlackBerry with a fun American flag skin! Let us know what you have planned to celebrate this year's Independence Day!
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    by Published on 06-28-2012 05:46 AM
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    Looks like the Torch 9810 has been formally retired from service at TELUS Canada. Although this may be bitter to some, cleaning out old inventory to make room for newer devices is a common practice among mobile device carriers. We are getting closer to the release of BlackBerry
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    by Published on 06-27-2012 08:23 AM
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    Today, Boost Mobile has announced they will be adding the BlackBerry Curve 9310 to their lineup of smartphones on July 10th. They will be introducing the new Unlimited BBM, Talk & Text No Contract Plan for around $30/month as well, which you can bet will be bringing a lot of new users on-board.

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    by Published on 06-26-2012 08:30 AM
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    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas within the BlackBerry community. Yesterday, we shared with you some leaked BlackBerry 10 L and N-series UI specs. Today, more information has surfaced that depicts what the BBM messaging application may look like.

    According to yet another leaked internal document, BBM on the new BB 10 devices will have the ability to utilize themes. According to the document, changing the theme to a black theme can decrease battery consumption by approximately 25%. In addition, further optimizing the screen for the OLED-display decreases battery consumption by 75% compared to the direct translation.


    This is some good news. I'm liking the fluid interface of the BBM chat windows on the L-series BB 10 device.




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    by Published on 06-26-2012 06:15 AM
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    Washington, DC - Earlier in the month the U.S Department of Defense (DoD) released their mobile device strategy. The seven page document identifies the DoD goals for capitalizing on the use of mobile devices and applications, within the DoD IT infrastructure.

    The unclassified documents try to address the growing need to a centralized mobile device and application management. "Although mobile devices are the new and popular item in today's commercial market, this strategy is not simply about embracing the newest technology; it is about keeping the DoD workforce relevant in an era when information and cyberspace play a critical role in mission success," writes DoD Chief Information Officer Teresa Takai in the forward. The DoD's mobile device strategy can be reduced to three main goals:

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    by Published on 06-25-2012 11:33 AM
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    Looks like the first BB 10 device series are beginning to see the early stages of the release procedures at RIM. A leaked internal document from RIM claims to have some information regarding two new BlackBerry 10 devices. What is being deemed the L-series and N-series may reference the previously internal code names BlackBerry London and the BlackBerry Nevada.

    Similar to the BlackBerry 10 Alpha device the BlackBerry 10 L-series is said to have an impressive 365 PPI, 768×1280 screen resolution. That offers quite a refreshing display compared to previous BlackBerry smartphones. Here are some of the leaked screen specifications of the BlackBerry 10 L-series:

    • 768×1280 screen resolution
    • 55mm wide
    • 356 PPI

    In addition to the BlackBerry 10 L-series, some information regarding the N-series has also leaked. The N-series is said to be RIM's first BlackBerry 10 device with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Its shape is eerily similar to some current BlackBerry models that we already know. Although looks may be secondary to some when comparing it to device functionality. The leaked specifications regarding the BlackBerry N-series are as follows:

    • 720×720 screen resolution
    • 52 – 53mm wide
    • 330 PPI

    You can see the obvious difference in the screen size, but still very nice quality. This is exciting news as we eagerly await the launch of BB 10. Although this information is leaked it still sounds very promising.



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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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    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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    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
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    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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