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    by Published on 03-16-2012 06:14 AM
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    1. App Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    Our good friend Kathryn Lahrs, from Lahrs Apps, just let us know about a new app she's been working on and has gotten into App World. Garble is a pretty cool message encrypting app that allows you to share your messages with friends and family in a cool secretive way.

    This app is definitely geared towards a younger audience but that doesn't stop it from actually being super solid in functionality. The fact that it's cross-platform will also make it an enticing app for many so make sure to check it out.

    Official description:
    Do you want to have some extra fun with your text messages? Do you want to keep your messages a secret from your parents, teachers, friends, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.? Do you want to create a unique garbled message for each of your friends?

    This, and more, is possible with Garble! Send Garbled text messages to any of your contacts. Garble is available on BlackBerry, and other phones so no contact is left out. Your messages are kept on your phone only; no data is sent to a server or saved anywhere except your phone.


    Even your friends who do not have the Garble app can use the free Garble Reader app to read your garbled messages. Customize your garbles, select which contacts can garble with you and so much more.

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    by Published on 03-15-2012 11:12 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    My personal favorite GPS app, BlackBerry Traffic, has been updated to v3.0.2.18 and is now available for download in App World. Make sure you refresh App World if the update doesn't show up for you right away.

    Change Log for BlackBerry Traffic

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    by Published on 03-15-2012 04:18 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    Alan Panezic, Vice President of Enterprise Product Management at RIM, penned a blog post today addressing the upcoming roadmap to the launch of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion. In the post, Alan explains how BlackBerry Mobile Fusion offers a mix of trusted enterprise security, manageability and reliability features that RIM is known for along with new support for a variety of devices.


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    by Published on 03-15-2012 03:37 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    Lemma for PlayBook, one of the best free Twitter apps available to PlayBook owners via the BlackBerry App World at this time, was recently updated to version 1.1.8.

    A while ago, the v1.1.2 update was released, but unfortunately if you did not already have Lemma for PlayBook installed, you weren’t able to download it, at least that was the conclusion that I had unfortunately come to. But now, that has changed! Personally, I am ecstatic. The initial Lemma for PlayBook app that came already uploaded on my PlayBook was, to put it lightly, subpar. I wasn't happy with it in the slightest. While the updates didn't bring everything I was hoping for, the improvements were still significant.

    In v1.1.2:
    • New interface, including new colors, icons and less clutter
    • Scrolling improvements on the timeline
    • Smoother transition between pages
    • Compose Tweet/Reply With Message improvements
    • Added “View In App” functionality, powered by Readability v0.4.4 algorithm
    • New user tutorial to help grasp the unique style Lemma has to offer



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    by Published on 03-15-2012 03:22 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    If you're one of those people that loves to read the news, but hates having to carry around six different newspapers, this app is the one for you. It's allows you to sync up your Google Reader subscriptions right to your PlayBook so whatever you read on your PlayBook is marked on your desktop and vice versa.

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    by Published on 03-15-2012 02:49 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News



    Research In Motion has announced today a new part of BlackBerry World this May exclusively for developers. BlackBerry Jam 10, as it's being called, will be a conference that runs at the same time as BlackBerry World and will focus on helping developers out with the future OS of BlackBerry. The conference will feature a lot of insight into BlackBerry 10; "its strengths, the vision, and how developers can make applications that stand out, as well as drive usability and loyalty."

    Developers will surely appreciate this exclusive information that will be made available to them via this conference. As regular BlackBerry users, we should also be excited about because more help for developers equals more apps/better apps for us as end users.

    From Inside BlackBerry Developer's Blog
    BlackBerry 10 Jam will take place May 1 – 3 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, FL and will run as a concurrent conference to our annual BlackBerry World™ conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott.


    So, why name the conference “BlackBerry 10 Jam?” BlackBerry 10 Jam will allow developers to be part of the initial conversation and learn about the new platform and the evolution of BlackBerry. There is a lot of excitement here at RIM®, from our users and partners about the BlackBerry 10 platform. This is a great opportunity to harness that excitement and show developers the power of BlackBerry 10.


    This conference is a unique opportunity for developers to connect with BlackBerry Platform experts and learn more about the benefits and business opportunities of the BlackBerry platform. Developers will gain insight on building applications for the launch of the new BlackBerry 10 later this year.


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    by Published on 03-15-2012 02:44 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    Ever heard of Dolphin Browser for PlayBook? In all honesty, I hadn't, that is until this huge scandal (I use the term lightly) surfaced. Apparently someone, not the developers, submitted Dolphin Browser to the BlackBerry App World and within a day of being accepted, the app was pulled after the developers were shocked to find the app in our App World that they had not submitted.

    After many disgruntled PlayBook users roared in protest after the brief stint in our App World which caused many users to fall in love with its Webzine and gesture-enabled mobile browser, it luckily was quickly added right back in (this time with the approval of the developers).

    Some of the other fun features that come with downloading this app include:
    • Gesture - personalize symbols you write with your finger on the screen that automatically take you to your favorite websites
    • Webzine - No ads, fast web page loading, simplified reading on mobile content (websites, blogs, news, etc.)
    • Speed Dial - With a single touch, visit your favorite sites
    • Tabbed browsing - Toggle between web pages super fast
    • SideBars - Making the best of mobile interface



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    by Published on 03-15-2012 02:32 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Raise your hand if you didn't think this was coming? No one? Okay good. It's been fairly obvious to many that RIM is trying to unite all their device OSes into one single operating system that crosses whatever form factor they may be on.

    We all knew that the PlayBook Tablet OS was a stepping stone for the future release of BlackBerry 10. Naturally this would mean that the PlayBooks themselves would also be a part of that future joined OS family.

    Research In Motion VP of product management, Rob Orr, recently told TechRadar, "We've said publicly a number of times that our first BB10 handset will be available towards the end of 2012, and that's still firmly the case. At some point after the launch we'll bring BB10 to our PlayBooks, yes"

    Now this is pretty huge. I mean we started with OS 1.0 then we got OS 2.0 and we know we'll be getting OS 2.1 or maybe 3.0 (depending on what they call it) and now we'll be getting a fourth OS on our devices that will be the "revolutionary one". BlackBerry OS 6 smartphone owners understand how important it is to be able to have a device that brings with it multiple future major OS upgrades.

    We still don't know everything that's in the works for BlackBerry 10 but it definitely sounds like we got some good things coming to those of us with a PlayBook as well.


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    by Published on 03-15-2012 02:11 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    Poynt for BlackBerry is without a doubt my go-to app. It has everything you need in terms of resources right at your finger tips. Personally, I think this is the number one app for dating guys. Why? Because of all the different aspects that Poynt offers a person. From movie times, gas prices, local businesses and directions, to weather, making dinner reservations and even searching for special offers near you, this app really allows a guy to seem even more awesome than he obviously is. So boys (and girls), if you want to impress your new lady (or man) friend, let Poynt point you in the direction of a successful relationship, or okay, a good dinner deal.

    The v1.8.6 update includes:

    • WhatGas (UK) timestamp is represented by elapsed time instead of date
    • Making reservations now available for France and Spain
    • Canadians can now search gas prices
    • Deal and offers are included inside the Restaurant tab
    • Online food ordering and menu capability in the US
    • Touchscreen models now have larger icons
    • 9790/9380 support
    • TeleNav library update



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    by Published on 03-14-2012 09:43 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    The incredibly popular Twitter app, UberSocial, has received an update that is now available via App World. No change log with this update but lovers of UberSocial will definitely want to jump on this update as soon as possible. Make sure you refresh App World using the alt+RST refresh in order to get the update.

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    by Published on 03-13-2012 02:44 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    A few days ago we found out that the BlackBerry Mini keyboard was available for pre-sale. Now this nice little keyboard is available at ShopBlackBerry.com for select locations worldwide. We have been waiting quite a while now for an official keyboard to come out from RIM, and first heard about it at the BlackBerry Innovation forums in Washington DC late last year.

    Bluetooth devices have been a hit or a miss when it comes to solid connectivity to the PlayBook so I am looking forward to this one that is designed by RIM. The keyboard is actually pretty feature rich. Here are some highlights taken from the Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog . You will want to check out the video at the end as well.

    Multi-touch Control

    BlackBerry Mini Keyboard comes equipped with a touchpad to allow you to navigate your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Tap the touchpad to simulate a mouse click, tap with two fingers to right-click, and scroll vertically using a two-finger up or down swipe. These gestures make it a breeze to get up and running and begin interacting with the device as well as apps like the Citrix Receiver.

    Ultimate Portability


    The portability of the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with the convertible case provides a mobile computer solution that’s easy to take with you. An added benefit is the screen real estate available to you when using the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

    Security and Power

    BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is designed to connect via Bluetooth® to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and features 128-bit encryption to help keep the connection secure. You can charge your BlackBerry Mini Keyboard using your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet charger to keep things simple and remove any need for extra wires and equipment. But that’s not even the best part – the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard can last up to 30 days on a single charge depending on your usage!The keyboard working along with the Citrix Receiver enables users to have their desktop any place at anytime.


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    by Published on 03-13-2012 10:17 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    Over the next two days we'll getting a couple of updates for some Beta Zone so keep an eye out. First up is Facebook for BlackBerry. The change log is below so make sure you head on over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone to download the update OTA.

    Change log:

    • BBM Profile Update doesn't include tagged friends from Check In
    • Navigation Grid Does Not Open
    • If user initially canceled BBM connection then changed the option to Connect from BBM, Facebook connecting to BBM process did not appear automatically after reopen Facebook
    • Replies to Events or Friend requests through the device's today view is not working
    • "What's on your mind?" is cutoff with large font on publisher
    • Status Publisher - Friends picker screen is unusable in landscape mode
    • Skip button in BBM upgrade dialog needs to be translated
    • Posts being loaded twice
    • "Connecting to BBM" dialog appears every time the user opens the newsfeed or reopen Facebook on BIS SN device
    • BBM connected Profile Issue: The text in the dialog that opens when clicking on the application link in the personal message should not say the app is not installed or that the app is not available in App World

    Visit the Beta Zone on your mobile browser to update the beta Facebook for BlackBerry app.
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    by Published on 03-13-2012 07:01 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News



    Surfs up as it looks like RIM is surfing its way to the the land down under by sponsoring the Surfaid Ball. The Surfaid Ball is a festive evening with world champion and professional surfers. The event is to support the work of Surfaid. Surfaid is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions. The program uses surfing as a means to connect with their cause. Its nice to see BlackBerry being apart of such a great cause. Take a look at their promotional video below.
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    by Published on 03-13-2012 06:33 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News



    The pan-African mega telecommunications company Vodacom has recently updated their terms and conditions. Many time carriers will adjust their terms and conditions and hit users with some finance fee or add some legal terms to keep them from being sued. However Vodacom to its terms and conditions as step further.

    Vodacom has updated it's terms and conditions for BlackBerry usage to ensure that no users will be allowed to transfer content received when browsing on their BlackBerry. Section 3 of their BlackBerry usage policy states the following:

    3. Off-device Terms of use policyContent acquired in the manner of on-device browsing or downloading may not be transferred off the intended device for utilisation or consumption on another device. Utilisation of content acquired in this manner will be constituted as inappropriate behaviour on your part and Vodacom may at its discretion, take such steps against you as the circumstances require, including initiating legal proceedings against you. Making a backup of the content acquired on your Blackberry smartphone for the sole purpose of restoring it to the same device is allowed.
    So what does this mean? For starters it means that users on the Vodacom wont be able to transfer any content that they downloaded from their BlackBerry browser. That means if you get caught downloaded a picture or music or any other content you could be sued. Ridiculous, absurd, outrageous may be the words to describe this policy.

    The real problem here is other mobile carriers embracing these new terms. Imagine being sued over those Facebook pictures you downloaded or that video clip you wanted to share with a friend. It's said that these new terms and conditions were put in place to prevent BIS usage to download movies and TV shows that are then watched on other devices. Whatever the reason is for the updated terms and conditions it is not going over well with consumers.




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    by Published on 03-12-2012 07:53 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Games,
    3. BlackBerry PlayBook



    One of the coolest free games I've come across so far on the PlayBook is Run In Crowd. The concept is simple: run, jump and avoid obstacles alongside other players from other platforms. You read that correctly, this app is cross-platform so iOS and BlackBerry users are all playing together. Aside from that, you can actually customize your little guy (I wonder what his name is) if you buy a costume (.99 cents per outfit).

    All in all, this game is addictive and as soon as I got the hang of the jumping it became a must have! The best part about it, it's free! Great free games are hard to come by so I'm super excited about this one.

    Official Game Description:
    "Run In Crowd" is a game where you race alongside other players in a new world each day.Tap to jump and double-jump. Longer you tap, higher your runner jumps. Avoid obstacles and try to run longer distance than other.

    Features:

    • Multiplayer - you race alongside other players
    • Level generation - you run in a new world each day
    • Simple and addictive gameplay with simple controls





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