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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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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    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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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry Apps,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    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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    2. Leaked OS


    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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    by Published on 01-07-2012 08:40 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. Official OS,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    Official OS version 7.0.0.557 has been released for the Curve 9360 from China Mobile Peoples Telephone. If you have a Curve 9360 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 01-05-2012 02:34 PM
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    2. Official OS,
    3. BlackBerry News,
    4. BlackBerry Software



    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 01:56 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software



    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 02:00 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors,
    4. BlackBerry Software



    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 06:04 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 04:14 PM
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    2. BlackBerry News,
    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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