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    by Published on 02-01-2012 10:46 PM
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    by Published on 01-27-2012 08:54 AM
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    UPDATE [11:58am]: It seems that our brothers from the north are also getting ready for the PlayBook OS 2.0 update on the 21st. Various Best Buy Canada and Future Shop locations have confirmed the February 21st launch date as well.

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    Until dates for any type of product launch and/or software update are announced officially, they tend to usually be "target dates" instead of being set in stone. It seems this will also be the case with the PlayBook OS 2.0 release date. Representatives at multiple Best Buy locations across the U.S. and Canada are receiving word that the PlayBook OS 2.0 upgrade will be made available to the public on Tuesday, February 21st.

    Originally, we had heard the date of Friday, February 17th as the possible launch date but instead it seems like this date may end up being an internal target date to get everything in place (servers ready and loaded; etc) for the launch on the 21st.

    RIM obviously does not want anything to go wrong with this update as it is one of the most anticipated software updates in BlackBerry history. This is why they could be opting to go with the safe bet of launching OS 2.O on a Tuesday instead of a Friday in case anything does go wrong. Whatever the date may end up being, Research In Motion will be on time with a major software update release. Great way to start off 2012.
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    by Published on 01-27-2012 07:32 AM
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    The BlackBerry PlayBook 3G tablet has been rumored for quite some time now, and we were beginning to wonder is it was even going to happen. A new slide taken from what appears to be an internal RIM document gives us some nice information regarding the PlayBook 3G+ model.

    If you notice the OS section of the description has not been defined. However, it is probably safe to assume that it will ship with a slightly modified version of OS 2.0 to help manage the 3G connections. Interestingly HSPA+ is also deemed by some carriers as 4G, so it will be interesting to see how that fits in.

    The release date for this device is uncertain as the leaked roadmap appears to show the device being release the Q1 of 2013. Others say we could see some time in the latter part of this year. As for pricing that is anyone's guess but a good estimate would be anywhere between $300 and $400.

    A quick summary of the specifications are as follows:
    • 7 inch LCD screen with 1024x600 WSVGA resolution
    • 1.5 Ghz dual core processor
    • 1GB RAM
    • 32GB flash memory
    • Records in full 1080p HD Video; H.264, MPEG4, WMV, HDMI output
    • 3.0MP front facing camera and 5.0 back facing camera
    • 802.11 a/b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    There is not much of a difference between this one and the one that we currently have now, but it's still early yet and we may see some other changes.
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    by Published on 01-26-2012 02:30 PM
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    Let's face it, smartphones just look a lot cooler is white. I'm not sure exactly what it is about white BlackBerrys specifically but they just make you say "wow!" RIM will continue to wow us when they bring out the Bold 9790 and Curve Touch 9380 in white as well during Q2 of 2012.

    A couple of days ago,
    we showed you this picture of a white BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 in the wild
    that has yet to be released. Even this leaked slide that shows future white devices, omits the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 for some reason which definitely makes me wonder why this is this case.
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    by Published on 01-26-2012 02:13 PM
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    When it rains, it pours. As part of the slides that were leaked this morning, we have learned more about two upcoming devices for 2012: The BlackBerry Curves 9220 and 9320. Both are in some ways downgrades of the current BlackBerry Curve 9350/60/70 lineup but this is done on purpose in order to meet the needs of emerging markets instead. The Curve 9220 will be an EDGE only phone (I always think great battery life) while the 9320 will have 3G connectivity. Areas in Latin America and Asia that do not have abundant 3G connectivity are RIM's primary targets with these new devices.


    Specs for the Curve 9320:
    • 2.44″ display
    • 3.2MP camera
    • 512MB RAM
    • magnetometer
    • accelerometer
    • proximity sensors
    Specs for Curve 9220:
    • 2.44″ display
    • EDGE/2G only
    • 2MP camera
    • 512MB RAM
    • Magnetometer
    • Accelerometer
    • Proximity sensors
    What's new

    Raised menu buttons. While both of these new Curves are certainly downgrades in terms of camera and radio bands, they do have a couple of things I like. They implement the raised menu keys that we were first introduced to us on the Storm.. err excuse me, Torch 9850/60. These buttons were later applied to the new Bold 9790 which drove many users (myself included) to nominate it as the ugliest Bold to date. I will say these buttons tend to fit the Curve series a lot better than the Bold due to the raised keyboard buttons so in my opinion, they look good.

    Dedicated BBM convenience key. I'm not sure exactly how I feel about this one quite yet. These new Curves are apparently equipped with a left convenience key, which many have sorely missed (I still don't understand why they got rid of it in the first place, but that's irrelevant). So everyone think "great idea!" right? Well here's the catch, it's labeled "BBM" and apparently it's intended for us to have quicker access to our beloved messaging app. For some this is all fine and dandy but I like to be able to customize my convenience keys. The question then becomes, will this key be customizable via the Options menu like the right key is, or since it's labeled, does RIM intend for us to use it only for BBM and not allow users to change it? We shall see.

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    by Published on 01-26-2012 01:33 PM
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    With the new year comes expectations for every company on what they will be delivering to their customers in the near future. RIM is no exception to this unwritten rule. We know, for instance, that the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS 2.0 will be releasing in a couple of weeks, that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone will be dropping in late summer/early fall, and that we'd be seeing a new PlayBook and two new Curves as well.

    Today, BGR has released actual evidence, in the form of official RIM slides, to support their BlackBerry road map article in which we learn a little bit more about what's new and reaffirm what we've already learned is in store for us this year:
    • 7" BlackBerry PlayBook with built-in 3G (April 2012)
    • 10" BlackBerry PlayBook with built-in LTE (late 2012 - early 2013)
    • PlayBook Tablet 2.0 (February 2012)
    • Mobile Fusion (April 2012)
    • Curve 9220 (April 2012)
    • Curve 9320 (May 2012)
    • First BlackBerry 10 (codenamed London in late September/early October)
    • New WiFi Media Server Feature
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    by Published on 01-26-2012 12:07 AM
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    RIM kicked off the new year with the announcement of 5 new BlackBerry smartphones in the Philippines - the BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry Curve 9380, BlackBerry Torch 9810, BlackBerry Torch 9860, and the pure white BlackBerry Bold 9900. Like BlackBerry Philippines on FaceBook and follow them on Twitter.
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    by Published on 01-24-2012 11:16 PM
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    Turkcell subscribers looking to make a purchase from their favorite Istanbul bazaar now have one extra payment option - if they're a BlackBerry Bold 9900 owner. RIM and Turkcell have announced the availability of touchless NFC payments for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 via Turkcell's Cep-T Cüzdan mobile application. Interested parties can visit their local Turkcell retailer to trade-up to an NFC-compatible SIM, load the Cep-T application and begin swiping their BB wherever (worldwide) MasterCard PayPass is accepted. Purchases under 35TL (around $20) won't require any additional verification. Hopefully, with MasterCard, Visa and Google all aboard the NFC trend, 2012 will see a major push towards the technology here in the US.
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    by Published on 01-24-2012 06:16 PM
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    Verizon and RIM have teamed up in the Famstastic Challenge via the BlackBerry Facebook page and are giving away hundreds of BlackBerry smartphones and $50 Verizon gift cards that can be used for free data service. The contest is based around submitting various family photos to enter each challange for prizes. Total prizes to be awarded are 480 BlackBerry 7 phones, and $24,000 of free Verizon data service. In addition, the grand prize is a trip for four to Orlando, Florida!
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    by Published on 01-24-2012 06:56 AM
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    Security has always been a key attribute when businesses decide on a mobile device, but has this mentality changed? Is security really the number one priority for corporate environments? A recent poll taken from Check Point Technologies may suggest otherwise. According to the survey results 89% of the people interviewed have their mobile devices connected to a corporate network. Of those results Apple and BlackBerry devices were the most common mobile devices used to connect to their networks.
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    by Published on 01-23-2012 03:20 PM
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    It looks as though RIM may add a little splash of color to its Torch line of smart phones this year. Although RIM has not yet confirmed any white 9850/9860 devices, this nice little gem may speak for itself. White BlackBerry devices have always been a desirable touch for BlackBerry users so it will be nice to see how this one play's out. As of now RIM has failed to verify the picture, so let's not get out hopes up just yet. Big thanks to our tipster. What do you think about having a white BlackBerry?
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    by Published on 01-22-2012 12:54 AM
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    We haven't seen much of a review/teardown of the new limited edition Porsche Design P'9981 BlackBerry. At a $2000 price I don't plan on seeing to many in the near future either. Good thing is, that the FCC has done some of the dirty work for us as they have opened up a P'9981 device to show it's internal guts in all their glory. You can check out more of the photos with all the innards at the FCC website.
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    by Published on 01-20-2012 09:55 AM
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    Research In Motion announced the new BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphone in Indonesia, the first-ever BlackBerry Curve model with an all touch display. This sleek and stylish new smartphone is now available from authorized partners Comtech Cellular, Teletama Artha Mandiri and Selular Media Infotama.

    Gregory Wade, Regional Managing Director, East Asia at RIM, said, “The new BlackBerry Curve 9380 is sleek, easy-to-use and delivers a powerful social and multimedia experience. The vivid all-touch display is a first for the BlackBerry Curve family of smartphones, which is extremely popular in Indonesia.”

    The BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphone is powered by the BlackBerry 7 operating system, which delivers a faster and richer user experience. BlackBerry 7 introduces an enhanced browser that provides a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience. The browser includes a new JIT (just in time) JavaScript compiler to improve the load time speed of web pages and it offers optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences. The popular universal search capability has also been enhanced with support for voice-activated search, so users can simply speak to begin searching their device and the web for information. It also includes the ability to manage personal content separately from corporate content, and comes with a variety of personal and productivity apps out of the box.

    In addition, the BlackBerry Curve 9380 includes built-in support for Augmented Reality and NFC, allowing users to connect with the world around them in fresh new ways. With the Wikitude Augmented Reality application, users can find nearby BBM contacts in real-time, read reviews about restaurants close to them, or get the story behind an interesting landmark and points of interest. NFC also enables many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to make mobile payments, pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.
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    by Published on 01-19-2012 04:03 PM
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    Verizon has kept their promise when they announced that the BlackBerry Curve 9370 would hit their stores on Jan 19th. You can pick one up at a extra discounted $50 when you buy online for a price of only $99.99 with 2 year contract. Full retail price is $409.99. This device is global ready and comes equipped with BlackBerry OS 7.
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    by Published on 01-16-2012 02:29 PM
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    It was only a matter of time before speculation would arise as to what new devices RIM would push out this year. We already new that RIM would be releasing new devices this year, and we know that at least one of them will be a BlackBerry 10 device. RIM has been keeping its new BlackBerry 10 devices on the down-low and so far has done a pretty good job of keeping it that way.

    New reports have come in to the folks over at n4bb that suggest that RIM will be releasing another variant of its current 7" tablet that will have 3G+ capabilities. This tablet is supposed to be released in April of this year. The 10" version of the PlayBook is also rumored to be released sometime in December. Now, we did get information that RIM was indeed working on a 10" PlayBook, and that it would be released sometime this year. However, the rumored date of December may be a bit lengthy, and an earlier date is more probable at this point.

    In addition to the two new PlayBooks, information has as surfaced regarding a few other new things from RIM. These things include Mobile Fusion releasing in April, PlayBook Admin Service in the Summer, and two new BlackBerry Curves with an exclusive release to the East Asia and Africa markets. One of the curves is suspected to be 2G only. The PlayBook OS 2.0 is also speculated to be released at the end of February. Last, but not least RIM's next generation super phone, BlackBerry 10 is speculated to have been pushed back to September and to only have one release.

    Here is a brief summary:
    • 10″ PlayBook releasing in December 2012, LTE enabled
    • 7″ PlayBook releasing in April 2012, 3G+
    • First BlackBerry 10 phone releasing in September 2012
    • PlayBook OS 2.0 releasing end of February 2012
    • Mobile Fusion releasing in April 2012
    • PlayBook Admin Service releasing in Summer 2012
    • Two new Curves for East Asia and Africa markets. One Curve will be 2G only.
    Not much in regards to releases, and frankly it makes you wonder if this would even be enough. RIM has been feeling the pressure from investors and consumers after a bad year. What do you think? Is this too little too late? How many Blackberry 10 devices would it take to satisfy our thirst for a superior product?
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