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    by Published on 12-23-2011 06:53 AM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    The legal battles never seem to cease for the BlackBerry maker RIM. Last month the company had to change the name of its future phone from BBX to BB10, and this time it looks as though the term BBM may be in danger of being removed. It seems as though everyone is after RIM these days.

    Executives at the Tronto based broadcast industry group BBM Canada, are saying that the trademark BBM belongs to them. The company started in 1944 as a group of broadcasters, has had several names over the years. Some to include: Bureau of Broadcast Management, BBM Bureau of Measurement and now BBM Canada. It also uses bbm.ca as its website and has used the letters BBM in its logo for more than sixty years the group also owns the trademarks in both the U.S. and Canada.

    In a statement to the press, president and chief executive officer of BBM Canada Jim MacLeod, stated the following: “We want our name back, I find it kind of amazing that this wouldn’t have been thought about before they decided to use the name. The same thing goes for BBX.” he also stated that “We don’t want to pile on the troubles of RIM – this predates RIM’s troubles – but from our point of view, this is a very serious situation, If the big guy who can throw the most money at it can take your trademark, why do you even have trademark law?” A court proceeding against RIM has launched after attempts to negotiate failed. This means that the BBM name as we know it may be changed.

    RIM started its campaign for the name BBM back in 2010. According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office they advised RIM in a letter in Febuary of 2010 that the trademark "was not registerable". Apparently someone in RIM's trademark department inst paying attention. First BBX now BBM, come on. Whats going on here? We will be watching this one very closely. I cant imagine not calling BlackBerry messenger BBM.


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    by Published on 12-22-2011 04:36 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors



    Slander - (n.) The action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation or (v.) To make false and damaging statements about (someone). It seems bloggers nowadays sometimes feel that they can spew out unfounded and inaccurate statements about a company, like Research In Motion, and not expect a type of rebuttal. Dangerous territory if you ask me.

    The highly biased and mostly inaccurate site Boy Genius Report published an "article," if you could even call it that, this morning with the incredibly catchy title "BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won't be able to compete, company source says." Many blogs, including our own, choose to, at times ignore these articles that are based solely on "unknown, mysterious, or anonymous sources" for obvious reasons. This is specifically backed up by the fact that a site like BGR has been wrong so many times about so many things that aren't even about the BlackBerry OS environment (example: BGR reported Sprint would be getting an exclusive iPhone 5 the same day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S, that never happened).

    This latest cycle of hogwash posted by the so-called Boy Genius, talks about how a high-ranking RIM official has told them that they haven't able to integrate its core email, calendar and messenger features into BlackBerry 10 yet. The source then stated that “email and PIM [is better] on an 8700 than it is on BlackBerry 10.” Interesting considering the fact that the same source had just stated these functions weren't working on BlackBerry 10.

    Hours afterwards, RIM responded via their Twitter account @BlackBerry with the above tweet and link referring everyone back to the investors conference call from last week. During this conference call, RIM's co-CEOs mentioned how the delay in the release of these BlackBerry 10 devices are due to the fact that the company is waiting on a more power-efficient LTE chipset which will be released mid-2012.

    Research In Motion is sticking to their guns by refuting these claims and frankly, I love it. In this case, silence can be interpreted as consent so it was necessary, although incredibly annoying, the fact that RIM had to respond to these slanderous claims. Personally, I would love to see RIM sue the pants off of a site like BGR as these statements are directly meant to hurt the reputation of a company without hard proof. Anyone can just come up with a fake anonymous high ranking source and that should not be tolerated.

    With last night's BBM Ugly Sweaters Event in New York City we got to see first hand how passionate and dedicated the BlackBerry community is. The BlackBerry PlayBook is a device that, even though it's been released for a little bit, is still way ahead of the competition in terms of pure specs. If RIM can figure out how to bring these two aspects together seamlessly in February with the release of OS 2.0 for the PlayBook, we're confident the future will look brighter for our community and the BlackBerry brand as a whole.
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    by Published on 12-22-2011 11:53 AM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. Celebrity BlackBerry Sightings,
    4. BlackBerry Accessories,
    5. BlackBerry Apps


    RIM sure knows how to throw a party. Last night in NYC, RIM went all out in the BBM Ugly Sweater Event and TwistMyMind and yours truly were lucky enough to attend. As it would turn out the night was a complete success for RIM and everyone that was there.

    The main focus of the night were the 30 winners of the #BBMUglySweater contest on Twitter whom each received an AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9900 and a pretty cool gift bag as the grand prize. The gift bag included a BBM Music shirt, BlackBerry winter gloves and a couple other BlackBerry goodies. RIM also set up an open bar for all the guests and attendees to enjoy as well as different kinds of hors d'oeuvres through out the night, which were delicious.
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    by Published on 12-22-2011 04:45 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Scrapbook for the BlackBerry PlayBook has been upgraded to version 2.0. This is great app for adding a little spice to those dull pictures. Version 2.0 now comes with packs that can be downloaded. At this time there are there packs you may choose from. Travel, Christmas, and The 50's. In addition, you can now download Scrapbook Content Packs and connect to Facebook via BlackBerry Bridge. Some nice new features. If you have the app share some of your creations with us or post a comment.


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    by Published on 12-20-2011 06:40 AM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors


    Suggesting that RIM needs to ditch its BlackBerry handset business seems to be quickly gaining favor among a small amount of RIM's shareholders. It may seem like a bold statement, but that's what technology experts and investors are saying.

    Poor sales and decreasing stock value have gotten many investors a little nervous about the future of RIM. Jaguar Financial an activist shareholder for the company stated that the "road map to value restoration lies in a sale of RIM whether as a whole or in separate parts," These parts to include its handset business. Jaguar also suggested a change within RIM's leadership stating that the company needed a new "transformational" leader.

    Let's face it, we have heard these kind of bold predictions and statements before. What makes this one any different from the ones we have heard?
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    by Published on 12-17-2011 08:57 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices


    Good news for Orange customers as the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is posted as coming soon on their website. Slim, sleek and sophisticated, this high performance hybrid phone combines the accuracy of a QWERTY keyboard with the speed and responsiveness of a touchscreen. With BlackBerry 7 OS and a powerful 1GHz processor, you'll get fast and smooth web browsing, apps and multimedia. Nothing on price yet, but we'll keep you posted on anything new.

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    by Published on 12-16-2011 06:18 PM
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    2. Official OS,
    3. BlackBerry News



    Earlier OS 7.1.0.163 for the Torch 9850 was released. Now its time for its friend the Bold 9930 to get a fresh OS upgrade. Sprint is leading the way with OS 7.1, it will be interesting to see what other service providers follow. So if you have a Bold 9930 get out that USB cord and give it a fresh new OS. As always be sure to let us know your findings and fixes.

    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 12-16-2011 06:02 PM
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    2. Official OS,
    3. BlackBerry News,
    4. BlackBerry Software


    The wait for OS 7.1 is finally over. Earlier in the day we posted that Sprint users were starting to receive OTA's of the new OS 7.1, but there was no official desktop installer. Sprint has now posted the desktop installer for the Torch 9850 OS 7.1.0.163. So if you have a Torch 9850 get out that USB device and give your device a fresh new OS. As always be sure to let us know your findings/fixings.

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    The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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    by Published on 12-15-2011 05:53 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software



    In light of RIM's conference call today, not only do we now know that the first BlackBerry 10 devices will run with a dual-core LTE capable chipset, but also RIM's co-CEO's, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, will be cutting their annual salaries down to $1.

    According to Forbes, Jim and Mike both receive $1,175,664 per year. And while they may not receive annual bonuses, they both receive limited stock awards which investment terms are unknown. Either way, it's good to see them put their money where their mouth is.

    Update: The particular chipset RIM hopes to use won’t be available until the middle of 2012. Lazaridis concedes that the launch window for BlackBerry 10 devices will come toward "the latter part of 2012."

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    by Published on 12-14-2011 05:25 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook

    Many people have been wondering about the benefits of rooting/jailbreaking your PlayBook. The short answer to this is that rooting opens the door for creativity. Since the release of the DingleBerry jailbreak we have seen just how creative people can be, now we can do things like installing the full android market. Thanks to the creative minds of developers other things like being able to access Hulu are becoming more attainable as well.

    Now thanks to Guillem Mateos over at the elTecnoBlog we will soon be able to access USB devices from our PlayBook's. This will be a great feature, hopefully soon we will be able to save files directly to a USB drive, eliminating the need to use a PC for some quick files transfers. What do you think about USB support on the PlayBook?
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    by Published on 12-13-2011 06:56 PM
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    Developer S4BB Limited is having another great contest via their Facebook page. This time around it's their Christmas time giveaway for a brand new Torch 9800 device! Head to the forum for details on how you can enter for your chance to win. Good luck!
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    by Published on 12-13-2011 05:35 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News



    The Indonesian telecommunication regulation body (BRTI) has threatened to block BlackBerry data services in Indonesia. The block is a response to the heavy traffic that the country's service providers have experienced and RIM's inability to provide adequate data centers to lighten the load. The service block would include BBM and BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service), essentially forcing the BlackBerry device to operate as a generic cell phone. BRTI member Heru Sutadi told The Jakarta Post on Friday that, “Because RIM has not been cooperative, it is possible that we will soon end BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) and BBM service. BlackBerry therefore, would just be like other cellular phones,”.


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    by Published on 12-09-2011 10:35 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. Official OS





    Official OS 7.0.0.585 has reached the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9810, and 9860 from Vondafone DE. We recently saw the leaked OS 7.0.0.585 come out for the 9900 a few days ago so it makes sense that we were due an official release. If you have any of these devices, get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh OS. Don't forget to drop a comment below and let us know how it's working out for you!

    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 12-07-2011 07:10 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News



    Starting today, December 7th until December 17th, keep an eye out for BlackBerry teams around New York City to receive exclusive giveaways!
    Spot a BlackBerry alert () around town and scan the barcode on the back to add us to your BBM list (BlackBerry Messenger). BlackBerry will be promoting exclusive offers for BlackBerry users in the New York area, giving away new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 smartphones, BlackBerry accessories and coffee gift cards to warm you up throughout the month of December. Good luck, and be sure to let us know if you stumble across a BlackBerry alert!
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    by Published on 12-07-2011 11:16 AM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors


    The guys over at Crackberry have gotten their hands on a gem. The picture above is according to them the next generation BlackBerry 10 slider device codenamed "Milan." The device answers a few questions we've all been wondering about. Would there be a device with a keyboard on it? What would the keyboard be like?

    The screen is beautiful and big and although no specs have been given, the Milan, like all other BlackBerry 10 devices, is said to have better screen display than the iPhone's retina display and other great features. This picture also shows us how we will no longer have buttons (aside from the keyboard) on the screen area. No more trackpad, call, end, BlackBerry, or back buttons.

    I find it interesting that RIM changes the name of the OS to BlackBerry 10 last night (this morning in Singapore), they get ripped for it online, and all of a sudden a perfect picture of a new beautiful device gets leaked the next day. Way to deflect negative attention RIM.
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