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    by Published on 04-17-2012 06:30 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 04-16-2012 08:08 AM
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    This morning I woke up to an awesome little tip that got my day started off right. Apparently in the wee hours of the morning, BlackBerry has released a ton of free apps for the, still unreleased, Curve 9220.

    Now we've seen a lot of specs talk when referring to the 9220 and while it's not the sexiest BlackBerry to date, we feel it'll still be a huge asset to maintaining RIM's dominance in the world's developing countries market. These 8 free apps aren't a huge deal but it's definitely nice to see RIM step up and give these new Curve owners a few cool apps to get started for free.

    Thanks for the tip Ashley!

    [UPDATE] In terms of release date, we keep hearing April 18th as a possible announcement/release date in India. Obviously, only time will tell how accurate these rumors turn out to be but it's safe to say some of you guys will be able to enjoy the 9220 very, very soon!

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    by Published on 04-13-2012 07:31 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 04-13-2012 07:00 AM
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    It may not be long before BlackBerry users see a reduce or even a removal of carrier fees to use their BlackBerry device. Documents obtained by the New York Times suggest that RIM under pressure, may have to greatly reduce or even remove the infrastructure access fees that it charges carries. This may a leap of excitement for most BlackBerry users, but to RIM it is no leap of joy. Infrastructure access fees account for a large portion of income for RIM and reducing that net income will only add to its current financial concerns.

    These documents that support this claim are actually part of an annual filling to the United States Security and Exchange Commission. In section titled "Risks Related to the Company’s Business and its Industry", RIM states that because of its competitors ability to cover their infrastructure costs in alternate manners " the company is facing greater pressure to reduce its infrastructure access fees."

    In addition to the competition, another contributing factor to reducing the infrastructure access fees may be RIM's next generation superphone. RIM stated that concerns with new products (BB 10) not utilizing the network infrastructure in the same way its traditional devices do could also affect infrastructure access fees. The full statement by RIM says that " the infrastructure access fees charged by the Company may also fall under pressure if the new products it launches do not utilize the network infrastructure in the same way or to the same extent as the Company’s existing products."

    This could mean that the BlackBerry 10 devices may not require an additional fee to access the BlackBerry network. However, what would this mean for BBM? RIM's new BB 10 devices are set to be released in the latter half of this year, and will be based on the QNX based OS that the current PlayBook runs. Even now RIM is struggling with adding BBM to its QNX platform, and it could prove to be an issue with BB 10 devices.

    The infrastructure access fees are great for the consumer, but now it seems as though RIM has another issue to worry about; getting BB 10 to seamlessly integrate with its network infrastructure and be able to run BBM. We saw this issue come up with the initial release of the PlayBook and to date the only way to affectively integrate the PlayBook with any network is through costly software and some hefty upgrades. In addition BBM is still not available on the PlayBook.


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    by Published on 04-12-2012 03:37 AM
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    So, before the flaming starts, there is no denying that the new concept design BlackBerry, dubbed BlackBerry 10 TK2 Victory, resembles the form factor of the newer Palm device series. Let's just clear the air on that. When I first laid eyes on the mock-up images, all I could think of was holding a stylus pen in hand while using the device (not necessarily a bad thing).

    I do like the idea of the bigger screen to satisfy the full-screen users, while jamming in some physical keys to satisfy the physical keyboard junkies. But is it really a winning design? I say probably not. Why? Because it looks like a man with a undersized body and a overgrown head trying to do a back-flip! Not going to be easy (nothing against big heads, I have one myself). And there are some negative side affects to having such a large screen with a regular sized keypad. It renders the one-handed usage primarily to the bottom of the touchscreen only. No more single hand high stretches to reach that touch sensitive content up top, as you'll have to let go of the keyboard and double hand it without that trackpad. So, unless you have the fingers of a 7 foot tall basketball player, I'd opt for a smaller design.


    [BB10 TK2 concept device next to Palm Pixi Plus]

    However, easier said than done, right? I'm not saying I could come up with something better (see my mediocre unfinished mockup), but I do feel that overall form fumbles function in this BB 10 TK2 concept. Which is why it is a concept, right? I do like the inset sleep/power button though. And kudos to the graphic artist, Guy Bridges, who went through the pains of putting this concept together for us BlackBerry 10 thirsty addicts till the next juicy piece of material comes around for us to sink our opinions into. Stay tuned for my next rant...

    Agree or disagree? Let me know what you think about the BlackBerry 10 TK2 concept device in the comments!
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    by Published on 04-11-2012 03:27 PM
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    Looks like the BlackBerry Curve 9380, has made an early decision to go into retirement. It was not long ago that we were talking about this device making its way into consumers hands, but unfortunately Bell Canada has decided to remove the device from its inventory. From the picture it looks as though they had it at end of life status back in March. It seems like the 9380 did not go over very well with consumers.
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    by Published on 04-11-2012 03:14 PM
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    Once again the BlackBerry proves that its security is matched by no other device on the market today. A recent survey taken by antivirus and security giant Trend Micro shows BlackBerry OS 7.0 coming out on top over iOS5, Windows Phone 7.5, and Android 2.3.

    The survey scored each platform on factors like, built-in security, application security, authentication, device firewall, device wipe, and virtualisation. BlackBerry had the highest score at 2.89. Apples iOS came out in second place at 1.7, Windows Mobile at 1.16, and Android at 1.37

    This is great news, but should come to no surprise to BlackBerry users as RIM has always taken pride in developing secure devices. A good organization always has security in mind, but unfortunately the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) mentality mandated by CEO's have opened the doors for even more security threats. Thankfully organizations who put their trust in BlackBerry wont have to be as concerned about security issues as the BlackBerry can take care of itself.

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    by Published on 04-11-2012 02:46 AM
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    In a attempt to ride on the BeBold tagline and promote BlackBerry native features, RIM has released a couple short video demos of BlackBerry Messenger and Browser on the new BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 device. Good to see RIM continuing the commercial promotion of BlackBerry 7 as we work our way to the super BlackBerry 10 OS. What do you think about the videos, yea? or nay?
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    by Published on 04-06-2012 02:13 AM
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    If you want to be a part of the BlackBerry Elite group, then you must have this limited edition titanium Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981. When this smartphone was launched a couple of months now, some were amazed with its great physical appearance and top of the line performance like the Bold 9900. However, another brilliant idea came out, and created this superb smartphone having a titanium body that is said to be the most expensive BlackBerry device ever created by RIM.

    The titanium body gives the device a shinier look as compared to the matte metal finish of the standard one. The QWERTY keyboard is now made of plastic and not metal anymore that gives a darker look to the front of the device. In addition to that, it has a carbon fibre back cover that for me will somehow affect the performance of the device in getting radio signals. No other features added on the device aside from its titanium body.

    Apparently, this smartphone will not be publicly for sale to everyone as it will be auctioned and the proceeds will be given to charity. Sounds great right? If you have what it takes to bid thousand of dollars for this phone then do so. Not only you will be able to feel it with your hands but also it will be a very big help to charity.




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    by Published on 04-05-2012 07:06 PM
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    Although BlackBerry may be suffering within the US subscribers market, they still continue to hold the US government market. In a report by the Washington Post, around half a million federal workers, including President Obama, are still glued to their BlackBerry devices.

    I for one think that this is great news, and still shows that BlackBerry is the most secure device to use. And with BlackBerry 10 coming later this year, those gov workers are going to get a very nice surprise as far as a superpower device. Android and Apple who??

    Are you a gov worker with a BlackBerry? Let us know in the comments!
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    by Published on 04-04-2012 07:02 PM
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    The BlackBerry Developers Blog has posted six new smartphone simulators for download today. These simulators help app developers work their magic as ways of testing previous to release. I know many of the great devs we have on the BlackBerry platform are going to be ecstatic about this news. Most of us wont have a use for this simulators though but rest assured they are extremely helpful.

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    by Published on 04-04-2012 04:03 PM
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    Some good news to our fellow BB fans out there in Cambodia, as RIM has just launched the BlackBerry OS 7 Smartphones after a very long wait. Another country will start enjoying a whole new operating system for BlackBerry devices as they will now experience this awesome creation by RIM. The BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 will be available in their local BlackBerry shops and BlackBerry authorized partners.

    “We’re pleased to bring these four new BlackBerry 7 smartphones to customers in Cambodia,” said Nicholas Horton, Managing Director, Indochina at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry solution offers an industry leading mobile communications experience that customers love and we think they will be thrilled by the faster performance enhanced browsing, richer multimedia and localized support delivered by the powerful new BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve smartphones.”

    For the past couple of months, we have been hearing great reviews and comments with this new OS 7, especially with its highly recommended faster web browsing experience. I can certainly say that the users will be satisfied with what it can offer based on my own experience as a BlackBerry Bold 9900 user. A lot of changes and many enhancements have been made in BlackBerry 7 which they will be able to try, as this new OS is packed with pre-installed apps and integrated functionality.



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    by Published on 03-29-2012 03:25 PM
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    Some very good news to all BlackBerry fans out there in India as RIM just marked down the prices of some of their smartphones by up to 26%. Sounds great right? According from RIM, they decided to have this discounted price not entirely because they want to be on top again, but rather, to expand the markets across the globe.

    This strategy is a very simple yet an effective way of providing great experience to everyone in India. They have noticed a lot of consumers are younger, so they wanted to make sure that all of them will be able to try and be satisfied with what BlackBerry smartphones can offer. Reducing the price is indeed a risk RIM has to take just to keep up and be available to everybody as much as possible.
    "RIM as a brand has moved from just an enterprise device to as a more consumer device. Be it our services or the product, we have seen a strong uptake by the youth and therefore, to get the devices into more hands, we are cutting the prices," RIM India Managing Director Sunil Dutt said.
    These smartphones are the BlackBerry Curve 8520, Curve 9360, Curve 9380 and Torch 9860. All four handsets were earlier available for Rs 10, 990 Rs 19, 990 Rs 18, 990 and Rs 29, 990 respectively but they can now be purchased by up to 26% so you can enjoy the BlackBerry experience.

    Moreover, Dutt mentioned that RIM aims to further uplift the presence and leverage the demand for BlackBerry smartphones.
    "The focus is not just on reducing prices, but we want to address a larger number of people and give them the overall experience of BlackBerry. We will continue to focus on bringing locally relevant products, services and applications to Indian consumers," he said.
    Even the BlackBerry PlayBook started to be sold at a lower price in December of last year that gave 21% market share in India. It was launched at Rs 27, 990 but can now be purchased for only Rs 13, 990 which is almost more than half of the price.

    If they have done that in India, I am pretty sure that there will come a time RIM will follow suit in other countries, such as Canada, U.S., and other Third World Countries. Looking forward to what RIM can offer in the future. This would only mean that RIM is now reaching the hearts of all consumers by cutting down the prices, but still the same top of the line quality to be able to provide the best smartphone experience to everyone across the nation.

    Would you want this price reduction in your country? I do!



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    by Published on 03-26-2012 01:56 PM
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    Research In Motion continues its push with the Be Bold campaign by now adding a big giveaway for existing BlackBerry users. As we know, many current BlackBerry owners with OS 5 and OS 6 devices are choosing to leave BlackBerry for a taste of the iPhone or Android at the time of their upgrade.

    It seems with this latest promotion, RIM is trying to retain their current users and getting as many of them as possible on the BlackBerry 7 OS. To help out, BlackBerry is giving away 70 new BlackBerry Bold 9900; one a day until May 31st.

    To enter, simply scan the barcode or add the PIN 28ED1A72 to your BBM contacts and when you get accepted, you will be automatically entered.

    As a new Bold 9900 owner, I can honestly say now, this is the best BlackBerry ever made. It's simply amazing and if you are lucky enough to get picked you will agree once you try it out.


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    by Published on 03-23-2012 02:10 PM
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    I've always been a strong supporter of providing tools/hardware for development prior to actually launching a product. With all the upcoming hype for BlackBerry 10, one would assume that RIM wants to make this a success.

    During BlackBerry 10 Jam in Orlando (May 1st-3rd, 2012), RIM will release the first beta of the BlackBerry 10 Developer Tools! These toolsets will include:

    • BlackBerry® 10 Native SDK
    • BlackBerry® 10 WebWorks™ SDK
    • BlackBerry® 10 SDK for Adobe® Air®
    • BlackBerry® 10 SDK for Android™ apps


    Toolsets are great, but what about how BlackBerry 10 will interact with hardware? Well, RIM has also announced that BlackBerry 10 Jam attendees will also be receiving a BlackBerry 10 prototype device!


    Not only will developer attendees get access to the BlackBerry 10 Developer Tools, but they’ll also be receiving a limited edition developer prototype device – the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha™. This is not a BlackBerry 10 smartphone – it is a prototype running a modified version of the PlayBook OS which will help developers design their apps for the BlackBerry 10 smartphone form factor. Just to be 100% clear – it’s not the final hardware or OS for BlackBerry 10 – it’s a device to help developers get started with designing for what’s coming. BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha is only for developers – not end users – and is only available to developer attendees at BlackBerry 10 Jam.
    Note: The BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha will not be running a final version of BlackBerry 10, but rather a modified version of the PlayBook OS.




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