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    by Published on 05-31-2012 06:36 PM
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    Good news for RIM!! Today a Canadian Federal Court ruled that Research In Motion can continue using the BBM acronym even though the actual trademark has been in use by BBM Canada, who sued RIM, for sixty years.

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    by Published on 05-31-2012 05:38 PM
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    The BlackBerry Dev Blog has just reported the release of the bbUI.js v0.9.2. What does this mean? Well, since BlackBerry 10 Jam, dev users have been a big part in testing out the new features of the bbUI framework which has allowed for many more enhancements, fixes, and functionality to come along into this newest bbUI.js version. You can see the full change log here, but allow me to post a quick list of some of the most notable improvements:

    • BlackBerry 10 Grid List
      • Now supports both square 1:1 and widescreen 16:9 image formats
      • Added press-and-hold context menu support
      • Only shows translucent overlay if either a title or sub-title is provided
      • Supports both solid and gradient headers
      • Header text justification added

    • Image List
    • Supports both solid and gradient headers for BlackBerry 10
    • Image display effects for BlackBerry 10
    • Added placeholder images for items without image content on all BlackBerry operating systems
    • Supports a “text only” mode on all BlackBerry operating systems
    • New touch and click highlighting to match BlackBerry 10 UX specifications
    • Ellipsis added to the end of long text in arrow and image lists
    • HTML5 input fields now supported in Label/Control containers
    • Added slider styling for BlackBerry 10 with some funky animation
    • Added progress indicators for all BlackBerry operating systems
    • New title bar support with buttons for BlackBerry 10
    • New radio button styling for BlackBerry 10 with some slip-and-slide animation

    As you can see, many image and animation enhancements in this release. So make sure to get updated to this latest release and let us know how it works for you!

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    by Published on 05-31-2012 03:10 PM
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    PlayBook developers all over the world have been dying to get their hands on the next OS update of our beautiful tablets. As promised by PlayBook Product Manager, Michael Clewley on Twitter a few days ago, OS 2.1 has officially been released by RIM as a beta exclusively for developers only. What does this mean for the rest of us mere mortals? Well it simply means we wont be able to get our hands on it just yet. Not to fear though, this is all for a good reason.

    This release is specifically meant for developers to be able to run and test their apps on them before the public gets a hold of it at a later (and hopefully not too long from now) date. This helps ensure that all our favorite apps are compatible and are able to run smoothly on the next implementation of the OS that gets released publicly.

    What's New

    • Improved HTML5 support (Browser HTML 5 Score 391+10 Bonus Points)
    • Each Android app will now run in its own window. This greatly improves the user experience and consistency among the other application runtimes.
    • Access to the Camera hardware is now supported for Android apps, allowing many more application types to work on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
    • In-App Payment is now supported through the BlackBerry Payment SDK, so Android applications can include virtual items for sale in their applications.
    • Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts
    • Improved folder support including IMAP folder support

    If you're a developer and want to be able to load this puppy up, head on over to the registration/sign up page here and get enrolled.

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    by Published on 05-31-2012 02:53 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Games,
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    And the games just keep on rolling in for the BlackBerry PlayBook in App World. Now, Rope Rescue joins the party and we're pretty sure PlayBook owners are gonna love this game. Highly addictive and interactive, Union3d did a great job with this game. The price tag of $4.99 may turn some off, but if you like having a good collection of games on your PB, it's definitely worth the money.

    Game Description

    Drag a length of rope through a series of gears, and then finally attach it to the cage to release your friends. Pesky enemies, fire, and other rope-wrecking obstacles threaten feathered freedom. Collect butterflies on the way for special bonuses, and try use as little rope as possible for maximum points.

    • Rope Rescue HD Highlights
    • Puzzling levels will keep you wrapped up for hours.
    • Addictive gameplay with multiple solutions for each level will have you playing for hours.
    • Avoid flying knives, fire cannons and of course the evil bats.
    • Collect or purchase butterflies to unlock later levels or provide hints to help you on your adventure.
    • Visit the bird sanctuary to see the cute baby birds you have rescued.


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    by Published on 05-31-2012 01:20 PM
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    Southeast Asia, already a hotbed for BlackBerry phones, is seeing a new addition to the BlackBerrry lineup. Now the ultimate in BlackBerry luxury, the P'9981 Porsche design BlackBerry phone has been released in Singapore.

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    by Published on 05-31-2012 06:14 AM
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    Today RIM announced the opening of the BlackBerry apps lab at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria South Africa. The University of Pretoria is a BlackBerry Authorized Academic Center, and has partnered with RIM to "accelerate mobile application development in South Africa". The lab
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    by Published on 05-30-2012 02:02 PM
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    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    All you bloggers and writers out there will be quite happy to know that WordPress has updated their BlackBerry smartphone and Andr... PlayBook apps today. The biggest change is for the smartphone app going from v1.5.1 to v1.6 as it introduces a refresh UI, a couple of a new features and a lot of bug fixes.

    The PlayBook update up to v2.1.2 from v2.1.1 is relatively small, but if you're like me and need to keep everything current, you will want to get this one as well.

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    by Published on 05-30-2012 04:40 AM
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    Lost amidst the uproar and faux panic of what some media outlets are describing as RIM being on it's "last legs", Research In Motion has released the BlackBerry Curve 9320 in India. Not too bad for being in "trouble".

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    by Published on 05-29-2012 04:53 PM
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    A new version of the Desktop Manager software v7 has officially been released. This one is bundle .60, one tick over the .59 that was available in the Beta Zone recently. No change log added with the update but we can assume this version is a lot better than the one that was previously released and then pulled.
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    by Published on 05-29-2012 04:26 PM
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    Research In Motion has released the following Press Release. More to come.

    Press Release



    WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 29, 2012) - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today ...
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    by Published on 05-29-2012 01:54 PM
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    Our good friend, Anders Jeppsson, just let us know about an awesome new game that has just been released for the PlayBook and BlackBerry Smartphones, Antarctica. What is Antarctica all about?

    Game Description
    A giant avalanche has frozen several animal species, and only a brave Eskimo will go to the rescue. To save them you have to get together animals of the same species, so these will melt and go free! An exciting adventure where the Eskimo will receive valuable help from Yetis, Whales, and even Dragons!

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    by Published on 05-29-2012 12:49 PM
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    It's kind of nice when the RIM heads give us a heads up on what's coming out. Last night, RIM PlayBook Product Manager and all around nice guy, Michael Clewley, sent out the above tweets in response to a question about the 2.1 beta OS for the PlayBook. Stating that the beta would be released at the end of May gives a pretty good idea it'll be out this week because the last day of May is Thursday.

    The beta will be conducted the same way that the original 2.0 beta was done. We're sure devs are anxious to get their hands on the new beta and they will be able to do so very, very soon!
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    by Published on 05-29-2012 12:33 PM
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    Wikitude has informed us of a new update to their augmented reality app. The new version, 7.0.5, brings with it some much needed improvements to the UI and performance of the app. Also, after partnering up with TripAdvisor.com and Hotels.com, Wikitude 7 will be even more useful for all those that love using this app. Check out more details below and make sure you let us know how like this app in the comments.

    The new stuff: The new panorama user interface lets you slide between three main screens:

    • Favorites screen: organize and bookmark your content "Worlds" according to your preferences & lifestyle
    • Featured screen: Updated regularly to highlight what’s new and interesting
    • Categories screen: Find the Worlds you are looking for by subject

    Features:

    • Create your very own AR World and share it with your friends, meaning you see their favorite places, and they see yours
    • Find events, tweets, Wikipedia articles and ATMs
    • Find restaurant and Hotel recommendations from Yelp, Qype, TripAdvisor, Hotels.com and many more around you
    • Explore places in augmented reality or show them on a map or list view
    • Browse more than 100 million places and interactive content from more than 3,500 content providers or so called “Worlds”
    • Search for specific places, for example “thai restaurants”
    • Find mobile coupons, deals and discounts for stores and shops near you

    Head on over to App World to download the newest version of Wikitude!
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    by Published on 05-29-2012 07:05 AM
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    3. BlackBerry PlayBook

    It seems like it's an everyday occurrence that the BlackBerry maker RIM, is under fire from the media. The excitement over BlackBerry World has been trumped by recent talks of layoffs and the departure of more top RIM executives. The media are often quick to exaggerate news regarding RIM, and sometimes just plain inaccurate in their reports regarding the company. Every now and then its appropriate to set the facts straight.

    The Real Deal

    It would be a bit naive to think that RIM has not had its fair share of issues, and over the past year has given BlackBerry users and investors a wild ride. The truth is, RIM is not doing very well now. Sometimes the facts are hard to swallow for BlackBerry fans, but the fact of the matter is that there are some serious issues that RIM is going through now.

    RIM's stock has declined over 75% over the past year, and are down more than 90% of it's all time high in 2008. Yes, this is something that we have been hearing non stop over that past year, but until it improves we wont stop hearing about it. Before the holidays RIM's stock traded for $11 that is a far cry from $147 its all-time high in 2008.

    A massive surplus of mobile devices isn't helping the company either. We already heard from RIM about their $485 million dollar PlayBook inventory hit in December, and their $267 million BlackBerry inventory expense in January. That is quite a few BlackBerry devices not being sold. Since then the value of RIM's current BlackBerry and Tablet device inventory have grown more than 18% and has an inventory value of more than $1 billion, according to data complied by Bloomberg. In short this is not good. No company wants to be in the positions of having a surplus of their product.

    RIM's Hope

    A large part or RIM's future will be determined by the success of its upcoming BB 10 device. Most consumers are just waiting to get their hands on RIM's new BB 10 devices, but they will have to wait until later this year. Late last year RIM decided to delay the release of their BB 10 super phones. Critics have expressed concerns as to whether or not RIM's current OS 7 devices will hold up consumer interest until then.

    The bottom line is that BB 10 is extremely important to RIM's success. It's not just a hit or a miss, it has to be a grand-slam. It has to deliver and it has to "wow". RIM's recent BB 10 Alpha device has already shown some signs of some exciting things to come. BB 10's rich UI and unprecedented functionality is already getting may excited and is helping to spark new interest in RIM's smartphones. One thing we do know for certain from RIM is that BB 10 will be like nothing we have ever seen before.


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    by Published on 05-28-2012 05:00 PM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Spice Labs, the makers of great BlackBerry apps and games, such as; Crossword, Hangman, Memory, Battles Unlimited, ect., have now reached the 50 million total downloads milestone. Most, if not all, of these downloads came via BlackBerry App World, and many of their apps and games are FREE to download!

    Here are a few words from Spice Labs themselves about this milestone:

    Dear Friends,

    Two years back, we at Spice Labs embarked on a journey in to the Mobile Application wonderland. Roads ahead were uncharted,the destination was unknown and we had nothing but our conviction to guide us. Conviction that one can create a GLOBAL mobile app company, making PRODUCTS that are at par with GLOBAL Quality Standards, serving GLOBAL audience,from India.Today after 2 Years, 20 Apps, 250 Release Cycles, 4 Global Awards for Outstanding Apps, 20 Instances of being hailed as Top downloaded App on multiple App stores and more than 200 Media Mentions later we have a very special News to Share with you . Last month we crossed 50 Million downloads mark.

    Congrats to Spice Labs on their successful partnership with RIM as a vendor in BlackBerry App World. Let's help them reach another 50 million more downloads!


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