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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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    by Published on 01-13-2012 04:05 AM
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    Official OS 7.1.0.163 has been released for the Torch 9850 from Verizon. If you have a Torch 9850 its time once again to get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh OS. And as always, please remember to let us know about any findings/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 01-13-2012 03:50 AM
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    Official OS 7.1.0.163 has been released for the Bold 9930 from Verizon. If you have a Bold 9930 its time once again to get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh OS. And as always, please remember to let us know about any findings/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 01-11-2012 02:01 PM
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    Looks like OS 7.1 is beginning to become mainstream among OS 7 devices. RIM has slowly been rolling it out over the past few weeks. So if you have a Curve 9360 get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh upgrade, and don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know how it works for you!
    Warning: Please remember that this IS NOT an official release operating system. If you wish to install this OS keep in mind that this may cause your phone to not function correctly. If you are not comfortable and/or unsure as how to upgrade to this OS and need assistance, please click the link below.
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    by Published on 01-11-2012 02:52 AM
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    Visa Inc. and Visa Europe have announced that the BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry Curve 9380 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 have been added to the list of Visa compliant payment products available for commercial deployment by financial institutions. These devices have been certified with Visa payWave, Visa’s mobile application for payments at the point-of-sale.

    RIM has been a leader in developing NFC technology and is committed to working with key partners to build a strong ecosystem to lead the next generation of payment methods. RIM’s key NFC developments are highlighted below:
    • The latest BlackBerry 7.1 OS update, announced yesterday, incorporates BlackBerry Tag. By simply tapping their NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphone against another NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphone, users can make sharing documents, contact information, photos and other multimedia content easier than ever.
    • The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 are the first SIM-based NFC smartphones to be certified by MasterCard as PayPass-approved devices.
    • HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, announced in September 2011 an industry first with plans to support the company’s iCLASS digital keys and mobile secure identity on NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphones.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 04:50 PM
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    We reported that Verizon would soon be releasing OS 7.1.0.163 to subscribers. Today that day has come, as many Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 users, including myself, have already gotten our notifications to update our devices via OTA. Remember, if you don't want to wait for the release, you can always download the Sprint version of 7.1 in our site Downloads Center. It's the same version 7.1.0.163 Verizon is releasing today. Just don't forget to delete the vendor xml file before installing on your Verizon smartphone. Also, a note to Verizon subscribers: you will have to pay a $20/month fee if you want to use the mobile hotspot feature, and NFC capability has not yet been enabled either by Verizon. I would highly recommend you call your local Verizon support and make a complaint about the $20/month mobile hotspot surcharge.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 12:46 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors,
    4. BlackBerry PlayBook



    CES 2012 is in full effect in Las Vegas and BlackBerry is making their presence felt. With the big announcements yesterday of BlackBerry 7.1, and BBM 6.1; the preview of the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet OS 2.0 was the next thing on the agenda for BlackBerry. Today Inside BlackBerry has posted a new video highlighting these great features.

    The messages app has a great look and seems pretty easy to use. It brings something new and fresh while at the same time having the BlackBerry email reliability that we're all use to. The fact that it's integrated with social media just makes it that much cooler. Same can be said for the calendar and contacts apps as well. The tight integration between apps is something we've seen more and more in our BlackBerry smartphones but that has been missing from our PlayBooks. This is apparently being addressed in 2.0.

    I've been called a BlackBerry fanboy because I get excited about the smallest little new features that others may not think are so great, but honestly this is pretty awesome. Yes, these are features that should've been implemented on the PlayBook since the beginning but can we please let that go and focus on what is here now?

    Now it's RIM's time to make sure this OS gets polished and shipped out in time to inject a little credibility in the time frame they've put out for their future devices and products. Keep the momentum going RIM.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 11:09 AM
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    Earlier today news surfaced after Research in Motion's senior director of business development, Marty Mallick, was quoted saying “...there will be touch BB10 devices as well as QWERTY BB10 devices. Both of those will exist.”

    While this still leaves much to the imagination in regards to which smartphones will be included, it's a relief to know that I will continue to have access to a full QWERTY keyboarded phone after the release of BlackBerry 10. He also stated that the devices could possibly have the screen resolution enjoyed by PlayBook owners, but they will for sure share the same aspect ratio.
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 05:30 AM
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    Call it the luck of the Irish if you will, as the BlackBerry Curve 9380 has landed on the Emerald Isle through none other than O2. You can now pick one up for €279.99 (about $357.00) on prepay and free on postpay. The device also comes with a free screen protector and case. If any of our Irish friends decide to pick one up, be sure to let us know!
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    by Published on 01-10-2012 03:08 AM
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    Remember back in June of 2011 when a Verizon CMO confirmed that three BlackBerry 7 devices would be hitting the Verizon shelves in 2011? Well, while it wasn't three to become available in 2011, we did get two out of three, the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850. And as of today, about a week after the new year, Verizon has announced that the global ready Curve 9370 will be coming to Verizon Wireless stores on Jan 19th. Oh yeah, let's also not forget about that rumor back in Nov of 2011 that the Verizon Curve 9370 was suppose to launch on Nov 17, 2011. Now that Verizon has a BlackBerry 7 Curve series device, will you be getting one?
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    by Published on 01-09-2012 11:29 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps,
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    Its been a busy day for the folks over at RIM. BBM 6.1 has been released from beta testing and is now available for download from App World. BBM 6.1 provides a wealth of new features that provide even more functionality and entertainment. BBM is way ahead of the competition when it comes to instant messaging. Personally I love the animated avatars!

    Take a look at some of the new features included in BBM 6.1 (taken from Beta release Blog):
    • Animated avatars – We’ve added a new dimension to the options on your BBM display picture – animated avatars! These avatars use controlled animation, which means that motion is activated when you scroll over the avatar. Three animated avatars are available as part of this beta as a sneak peek (including a “smile,” “laughter” and “in love”). We’re planning to add a larger selection of animated avatars after the beta trial is completed. You can access these avatars when changing your display picture within the Avatars folder. (Note: Animated avatars are only supported on BlackBerry smartphone OS 5.0 and higher.

    • 12 new emoticons – A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. With the addition of 12 fun emoticons in your BBM catalog, there are now more ways for you to express yourself and personalize messages to your friends. These new emoticons were created based on suggestions from customers participating in beta trials – look for more to come in future releases. And please make sure to leave us a comment and let us know what other emoticons you’d like to see. We’re listening!

    • Increased character count for personal messages – Whether it’s keeping your contacts posted on your whereabouts or sharing your mood for the day, you can now say more in your regular updates to your BBM friends. We’ve more than doubled the size of your personal message space to 160 characters, so that you can now share your trials and tribulations in much greater detail.

    • Colored chat bubbles – BBM users can now customize the color of chat bubbles for contacts. With 10 colors to choose from, you can pre-assign colors to your contacts by simply going into your BBM contacts’ profile and selecting a desired contact chat color. This feature is great for organizing the many BBM contacts you have and makes it easier to recognize types of conversations (I’m assigning colors to work, friends, and family. My boss is blue, my family is yellow, and colleagues and friends will get their own color-coding, too.)

    • Camera/Display Picture Integration – Now you’ll be able to snap a picture and display it right away! There are now fewer steps between taking that great picture with your BlackBerry smartphone and making it your BBM Display Picture. Now you can update your BBM avatar right from the BlackBerry smartphone camera app by selecting “Set as BBM Display Picture” from the menu options.

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    by Published on 01-08-2012 05:22 PM
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    We just saw official OS 7.0.0.583 for the Torch 9810 released, and now shortly after, OS 7.1.0.190 for the BlackBerry Torch 9810 has been leaked. It's nice to see 7.1 slowly rolling out to 9810 users. So if you have a 9810 get out that USB cord and give your device a fresh upgrade, and don't forget to leave us a comment to let us know how it works for you!
    Warning: Please remember that this IS NOT an official release operating system. If you wish to install this OS keep in mind that this may cause your phone to not function correctly. If you are not comfortable and/or unsure as how to upgrade to this OS and need assistance, please click the link below.
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