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    by Published on 01-05-2012 03:34 PM
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    Is it a full moon tonight somewhere? AT&T has released a OS update for a BlackBerry device. If that's not strange enough, it's for the BlackBerry Torch 2 9810. I must say I was overjoyed to see this until I noticed the build. AT&T decided to go with .583 even though a .585 had been leaked online already. Nevertheless, it's always better to have an official build so if you have a Torch 2, download it, install it on your PC, delete the vendor.xml file (if you're not on AT&T), install it on your device, and let us know what you tihnk!
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    by Published on 01-05-2012 02:56 PM
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    The most recent news that the BlackBerry community has gotten wind of was that Research in Motion has plans to show off the new BlackBerry 10 operating system at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 27th through March 1st.

    A spokesperson at RIM has stated:
    "2012 will be the year of BlackBerry 10 so we'll be showcasing the capabilities of our future operating system as well demonstrating the power of BlackBerry 7, with a particular focus on NFC and BBM connected apps. Research in Motion will be there in force."

    While this doesn't necessarily mean that the actual phones will be set up to be played with, having official details on how the new OS will work is a definite plus. That may hold off the riots for a little while longer. On top of the reveal of BB10, BB7 seems to be another popular aspect of RIM's revival plan. I'm curious about the new operating system, sure, but those phones could be a long way out. I'm more excited to see how much more I can get out of my BlackBerry Bold 9900. Research in Motion says this is "The year of BlackBerry 10", but the year is young, and we've got a long way to go. Hopefully their determination stays strong and continues for a long time down the road.
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    by Published on 01-04-2012 03:00 PM
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    3. BlackBerry Rumors,
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    Could this picture end up being a reality sometime in 2012 or 2013? Could we end up seeing BlackBerry 10 on HTC, Samsung and other hardware manufacturers' devices? According to Jefferies' Peter Misek this is definitely not only a possibility but talks have already started to make it happen.

    "We think some of this has already been started with RIM likely agreeing to license Blackberry 10 to Samsung, HTC, and possibly others.This would help create a critical mass for the ecosystem and maintain RIM’s monthly service revenue; however, it puts more pressure on the hardware business in the short term. Longer term, it possibly gets people hooked on the RIM ecosystem and may in fact allow them to sell more BB 10 handsets (if they are able to create compelling handsets)."
    Why would RIM even think about doing this? Well if you think about it, the costs of manufacturing hardware would be cut down as less phones would need to made and they would instead take a more Google-like approach and rent out their OS per say.

    Both HTC and Samsung run Android and WP7 OSes and have been successful doing so. The chance of them taking on another OS with such an uncertain future as the BlackBerry 10 OS could be unlikely. Also the hardware compatibility issue is big one as well as BlackBerry 10 sounds like it'll be a gesture-dependent OS for which who knows if HTC or Samsung could develop hardware.

    That being said, the perspective of having BlackBerry email and BBM as anchors to this new OS could make it very enticing for some of these companies to adopt BlackBerry 10.

    I love rumors, especially during such a slow time of the year with BlackBerry news. We'll see if anything comes out of this one in the near future.
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 07:04 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Rumors

    The BlackBerry 10 Slider codenamed "Milan" is being rumored to have been cancelled due to a hardware issue with the device. There are also rumors that none of the BlackBerry 10 devices have even been made yet. Apparently they are still in engineering under New Product Introduction (NPI). RIM is also rumored to be waiting for a new LTE dual-core processor from Qualcomm. They will have to wait for the new processor before they start producing BlackBerry 10 devices.

    I really hope that Qualcomm will do its part to get these LTE dual-core processors to RIM as fast as possible so they can be properly tested on BlackBerry 10 devices. The faster RIM gets, tests and certifies these new processors, the faster the devices will be available to BlackBerry addicts across the globe.
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 05:14 PM
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    3. BlackBerry PlayBook


    There are reports that the BlackBerry PlayBook has sold out in India. Two retailers in India (Ingram and Redington) said they have sold 12,000 PlayBooks in just four days. RIM’s India Managing Director Sunil Dutt says that “BlackBerry continues to be an inspirational brand and we have seen a huge uptake across the country for the PlayBook during the offer period.”

    Prices were slashed by more that 50% across the globe which spurred the increased sales of the tablet. If you are looking to get your hands on a PlayBook now is the time. Eat your heart out iPad!
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    by Published on 01-03-2012 10:58 AM
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    Local Porsche Design stores have begun decorating for the upcoming release of the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981. The intended date isn't 100% set, I think, but the Porsche Design stores have said one day in the last week of February 2012. The price is steep, set at $1,700, but if your wallet is willing and your heart aches enough for one of these beautiful BlackBerrys, find the closest Porsche Design store to run over and pre-order one of your very own! If you're feeling in the generous spirit, it's almost my birthday and I'd be more than willing to accept such a wonderful gift!
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    by Published on 12-30-2011 05:14 AM
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    The BlackBerry YouTube channel has just uploaded a nice recap of BlackBerry 7 night that took place on Dec, 1st, in Kuala Lumpur. Once again RIM goes all out with these great fan night events. This event was especially hot being in Malaysia, home to some of the most hardcore BlackBerry fans. Were any of our Malaysian friends at the event? Let us know!
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    by Published on 12-29-2011 10:44 AM
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    On the cellphone insurer Asurion's very own help website, a curious thing was discovered. They have added the BlackBerry Torch 10000 to the products available for help to their customers. While this is exciting news, there could be a new BlackBerry that will be released on the horizon, we're uncertain about which BlackBerry this will be. Maybe the BlackBerry London? Maybe some other smartphone that has been tightly under wraps? We'll just have to wait and see. For anyone could know, it's a sick joke on us BlackBerry-obsessed device junkies. What I do know, is that if RIM is finally breaking into the five digit models, we can be confident that it'll have be spectacular.

    One piece of information that was found was that the Torch 10000 was set to be sold by AT&T. Also, the iPhone 5 was listed, and as far as I'm aware, that's still quite far away from its release.
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    by Published on 12-28-2011 06:46 PM
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    2. Celebrity BlackBerry Sightings



    Awesome celebrity sighting because this time it's Cameron Diaz. She is showing some love for BlackBerry with her Torch in hand. I really can't explain the look on her face as she strolls through the streets of Los Angeles. I also wonder what is going on behind those big dark shades. Hmm...



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    by Published on 12-28-2011 01:35 PM
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    2. How-To, Help, Tips,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    We all love our BlackBerry apps. We love them so much in fact we wish we had more in our community. Unfortunately upgrading these apps can sometimes get a little annoying as certain confusing problems may present themselves when doing so. One of the most common and frustrating problems when upgrading an app is the missing icon error.

    The problem

    You will be upgrading an app, let's say App World for this example, the upgrade will finish and you will be prompted to restart your phone in order to complete the upgrade. You do as you are prompted and restart your phone. After 2-8 min (unbelievable it still takes this long on some phones) you get back to your home screen, you look for the app you just upgrade and it is nowhere to be found.
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    by Published on 12-28-2011 06:30 AM
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    Argentina has recently initiated a ban that prohibited the sale of all BlackBerry smartphones. Apple is also not allowed to sell phones, while Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and LG can all continue distribution. The reasoning behind this is that both RIM and Apple do not have factories or partners in the country. Two ways around this issue would obviously be to build a factory to produce BlackBerrys (or iPhones) or find a partner in the country that is already established to sell the phones for them.

    One major factor though that the companies really need to take further into consideration is that both BlackBerrys and iPhones are 60% of the smartphone sales in the country. Currently RIM is in the process of locating a distribution partner to continue the sale of BlackBerrys in Argentina, however Apple is sitting tight and riding out the ban. The reasoning behind the ban is supposedly to stabilize the economy, and once that happens, the ban should be lifted. I reckon the influx of foreign products, such as phones, reduces the amount of money spent on Argentina made goods. For all Argentinians' sake, I hope this ban is lifted as soon as possible.
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    by Published on 12-26-2011 03:45 PM
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    2. How-To, Help, Tips,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook


    So you got a new PlayBook this holiday, that is great. Now its time to learn how to use it, and bring out the full PlayBook experience. Whether you have been a tablet user for a while and are transitioning to the PlayBook or getting one for the first time there is a bit of a learning curve. The more that you know about this device the better your experience will be.
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    by Published on 12-24-2011 06:53 PM
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    3. BlackBerry Rumors


    Seasons greetings, y'all. I hope this holiday season is treating you and your families with all the merriness that comes with this time of year. There hasn't been much news in regards to the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981, but Harrods in the United Kingdom has officially priced this delightful phone at £1,275. While the price is steep, we're hoping that its abilities and awesomeness out-weighs the wallet emptying capabilities. If you're fortunate enough to lay your hands on a P'9981, please share the pros and cons with the other BBOS members. You may be able to persuade a few others to buy one themselves! Or the other option of course, is to send one to yours truly. My birthday is coming up, you know! The rumor was that the device would be released late December, and if my calendar is correct, we've reached the time it should be released. Hopefully news will surface that the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 has hit the shelves in upcoming days!
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    by Published on 12-23-2011 07:53 AM
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    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 05:36 PM
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    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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