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    by Published on 05-01-2012 07:14 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors


    It has been a strange couple of days for RIM, as they have been stuck in the middle of controversy once again. This time being blamed for a flash mob outside an Apple store in Sydney Australia. It was rather interesting how this one played out. Initially it was Samsung who was said to be behind the strange "Wake Up" campaign. However, Samsung publicly denied it stating that " Samsung Electronics Australia has nothing to do with the 'Wake-Up Campaign".

    So who could it be? BBOS member DownForce pointed out in a forum post that RIM was now being blamed for the "Wake Up" protest, and pointed to and article that showed why. Some digging around by an associate at Macworld Australia showed that the websites sources code pointed to RIM's AU website. Sounds, like RIM got caught with their pants down on this one.

    Furthermore, RIM has since issued a statement saying they were indeed behind the Australian "Wake Up" campaign. Richelle Gillett, the Account Director from Spectrum Communications for BlackBerry has issued the following statement:

    “We can confirm that the Australian ‘Wake Up’ campaign, which involves a series of experiential activities taking place across Sydney and Melbourne, was created by RIM Australia. A reveal will take place on May 7th that will aim to provoke conversation on what ‘being in business’ means to Australians.

    Strange, embarrassing, awkward may all be appropriate words to describe RIM's latest advertising campaign, but it does lead us to another question. What is this "Wake Up" campaign for? There is a web site associated with this campaign that simply has a count down timer to May 7 in which RIM is apparently going to make a big announcement. RIM has mentioned that the announcement will aim to provoke conversation on what "being in business" means to Australians, one has to wonder why would they make something business like so exciting.
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    by Published on 04-30-2012 04:21 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Accessories



    The news coming from BlackBerry World is starting a bit early! RIM is introducing a new accessory, the BlackBerry Music Gateway, tonight at the BlackBerry Solutions Showcase from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Palms Ballroom. The new BlackBerry Music Gateway lets you wirelessly stream music to your home or car stereo from your BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook™ tablet or any Bluetooth® enabled device*. Once connected to the BlackBerry Music Gateway, customers are able to control their music from up to 30 feet away from the stereo, without missing a single beat.

    The showcase will also be open for the duration of BlackBerry World. Stop by for a demo and take a look at all it has to offer:

    • Connections Made Simple – Using NFC, simply tap your NFC enabled BlackBerry to connect to the BlackBerry Music Gateway**, or connect via standard Bluetooth for universal connectivity of any Bluetooth enabled device such as smartphones, tablets and computers.
    • Enjoy Wireless Freedom - Stream music from your BlackBerry smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook, or any other Bluetooth enabled device. BlackBerry Music Gateway connects to any existing home stereo equipment or car stereo using the RCA or 3.5mm cables included in the box.
    • Wireless Remote Control – Use your device as the remote for complete control of playback, track changes, and volume.
    • Multitasking – Access other applications or surf the web while playing music. Music automatically pauses when an incoming phone call is received and continues when the call is ended without skipping a beat.
    Getting music on your BlackBerry has never been easier. Customers can sync their personal music library, purchase albums and songs from the BlackBerry Music Store or stream music from the numerous BlackBerry App World™ music apps such as BBM Music, Pandora or Slacker, for a rich multimedia experience.

    Availability and Pricing:

    The BlackBerry Music Gateway will begin shipping in June 2012 and will be available on www.shopblackberry.com for US$49.99.





    *Bluetooth enabled devices must feature the A2DP and AVRCP profiles.
    ** For tap to pair and connect feature, device must feature Near Field Communication (NFC).
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    by Published on 04-29-2012 10:52 PM
    Categories:
    1. Accessory Reviews,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Accessories


    Regardless of how careful we try to be with our new devices, they are always bound to be dropped off a table or some other object. I'm currently on a search for the perfect case that brings comfort, but also protection to my device. Today, we'll take a few moments to look at the iSkin Aura For BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930.

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    by Published on 04-29-2012 03:32 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News



    We knew this was coming! Just a couple days ago we got our first look at the BB 10 Alpha dev device in which had us all questioning the physique and details of the body. Today, the device gets undressed a bit more as CB posts more leaked photos, yet again. This time showing some hardware features, and from different angles.

    Something else I ought to point out in the middle of all of this leaked photo pandemonium, is that the mockup I made of a BB 10 device looks strikingly along the same lines *snickers*. But I was going off of what we were told by RIM, that the device would look similar to the PlayBook. Amazing what fakes we saw along the way. Just riveting! But remember, this is just a Alpha device, and we are told by RIM that this device is not going to be the finished product BB 10 device to release this fall.

    It looks as though from the images that there is a HDMI, USB, and possibly a SIM or SD slot on one side. On the other the volume controls which most likely will model after the PlayBook's volume up/down and play/pause button in between. There is no buttons on the homescreen (yes!), which means that gestures are most likely going to be part of how the OS operates.

    I'm betting we see a few more leaked photos of the the actual OS in action before the BlackBerry 10 Alpha devices are given out at the BB 10 Jam conference on Wednesday. Stay tuned...

    Check out the other BB 10 Alpha pics in the forums, and let us know what you think about the leaked shots of the BlackBerry 10 Alpha Dev device in the comments!


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    by Published on 04-29-2012 04:01 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook



    Last week, we received an updated PlayBook OS (2.0.1.358), and with a bit of investigative work we discovered that RIM had updated their preloaded/default apps for PlayBook. Zinio, a premier app for magazines now comes preloaded on PlayBook. Since it's release in mid-March, Zinio has grown exponentially in it's amount of users. It's great to see RIM creating this lasting partnership with Zinio.

    Zinio is the premier app for magazines, giving readers immediate access to thousands of global titles. Read and download single issues or subscriptions of your favorite magazines and sync your library to your home computer, smart phone and tablet seamlessly. Keep up with trending topics and stories from magazines like Rolling Stone, The Economist, Hello!, US Weekly, T3, Macworld, Travel + Leisure and many more.

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    by Published on 04-27-2012 01:55 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Themes,
    2. BlackBerry News



    Can't wait to get to Orlando for the BlackBerry Jam and World events? Me neither! For now though, we can throw some bling on our device screens with the newly made BlackBerry Jam & World wallpapers done by @Pootermobile. As you can see from my screenshot below, these wallpapers look hot! Resolutions available are; PlayBook, 360×400, 360×480, 480×320, 480×360, 480×640, 480×800, 640×480. Pretty much for all devices. Head to the Pootermobile site now to download these wallpapers, and be sure to leave a comment saying thanks!




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    by Published on 04-26-2012 05:55 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News



    Another BBM Challenge is underway. Looks like this time around the challenge will test your stamina and creativity while texting via BBM on your keyboard device in various situations. BlackBerry made a neat little video to go along with this challenge starring Christina Milian (see below). So how does one go about entering this challenge?

    Your task is to multitask:
    Entertain us. Surprise us. Show us what else you can do while you're typing on your BlackBerry smartphone. Can you juggle? Double Dutch? Fingerpaint? Send us photos and videos of your best multitasking tricks, and you could win a personal concierge for a month. But whatever you do, please don't BBM and drive, that's just not cool. To get started, just click "Take the Challenge."
    In order to "Take the Challenge," head over to the BBMChallenge website for all the details! Be sure to let us know if you enter!




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    by Published on 04-25-2012 08:18 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News


    Gazelle, one of the largest electronic trade-in service has reported a massive spike in BlackBerry trade-ins. Gazelle's Chief Gadget Officer Anthony Scarsella seems to think that " Consumers could be starting to fear the end of the Canadian based device maker." Unfortunately Mr. Scarsella's opinions seem to seem to be shared by quite a few others, and the term "RIM is dead", has also been loosely.

    Scarsella goes on to say that the company's "data illustrates that BlackBerry trade-ins have risen 80% above the normal 30-day average since March 1st here at Gazelle [...] Consumers could be starting to fear the end of the Canadian based device maker. BlackBerry owners are indeed starting to dump their current smartphones before their beloved BBM and email support comes to a screeching stop if RIM collapse. The fear of rapid depreciation and unsupported devices has consumers upgrading to other platforms quicker than ever before.”

    One would have to be in denial if they did not see the sudden spike in BlackBerry trade-ins as a concern, but what about the comments about consumers fearing the end of RIM. Is there any truth to this? To be frank, there actually is, but for the wrong reasons. The fact is that consumers are suckers when it comes to going with whatever the media says. Comments like " RIM is dead" are simply not true and are based on the medias assumption rather than the cold hard facts. Last I checked a company that is worth over 7 Billion dollars was considered to be doing quite well, A dead company is bankrupt and simply can't move on, a dead company has no hope for a future, a dead company, has no plans for the future. I would venture to say that RIM has addressed all of those characteristics that mark a dead company.



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    by Published on 04-24-2012 10:30 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    About a week ago we reported that today, Tues the 24th, BlackBerry Beta Zone website was going to get a much needed redesign and it's finally happened! The overall redesign UI is more "blog-like" to give the site a overall easy navigational feel.

    The forums are also going to get a makeover so members can keep track of their latest posts, ect. The mobile interface will be much improved and easier to navigate, and a new 2 click feature will be implemented so it takes only 2 clicks to start new beta downloads.

    I for one am really exited for this redesign, and for sure we will see a much needed spike in the beta testing community to get active in making these native RIM apps how we'd like them.

    Are you a Beta Zone member/tester? Let us know what you think of this redesign in the comments! If not, get signed up today!

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    by Published on 04-23-2012 07:20 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    I was pleasantly surprised today when our good buddy Alex Kinsella tweeted about a new musical app making its debut in App World. MorphWiz-Play brings the best of synthesizers to our tablets and utilizes the native accelerometer to make them rock even more.

    Check out what they had to say about their app:
    MorphWiz, the brain child of Dream Theater keyboardist, Jordan Rudess, and award-winning developer, Kevin Chartier, took the music app business by storm, winning Billboard’s Best Music Creation App, the Best App Ever award for Best Music App, and an Electronic Musician Editor’s choice award. Jordan uses MorphWiz on stage and in the studio with his prog-metal band, Dream Theater. MorphWiz-Play takes the deep synthesis and immersive visuals of MorphWiz and packages it into 30 custom presets programmed personally by the Wizard himself, Jordan Rudess.
    I just purchased the app and after messing around with it for about 10 minutes I have to say I love it. I can't wait to mess with it more and be able to fully exploit its potential.

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    by Published on 04-23-2012 06:37 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps


    BlackBerry 10 Jam is coming up soon, and if your a developer RIM wants you to be there. Alec Saunders RIM's VP Developer Relations, also wants you to be there. Attendees at BB10 Jam will receive a free BlackBerry 10 limited edition prototype device.

    In addition to the device there will be over 80 breakout sessions that developers can turn their attention to. If your a developer or thinking about developing for BlackBerry the decision to go is a no-brainer. Here is why RIM thinks you need to Jam with them:

    • Be the first to develop for the BlackBerry 10 platform.
    • Get a snapshot of the new things you can do with the BlackBerry 10 development platform. Learn about the unique capabilities of BlackBerry 10 to set your application apart.
    • Collaborate with your community. Learn, share and network with your peers. Make valuable connections that will make you even more successful with BlackBerry.
    • One-on-one expert guidance. Jam with BlackBerry platform experts and build a better app.

    For more information about BlackBerry 10 Jam you can head on over to www.blackberryjamconference.com.



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    by Published on 04-22-2012 07:03 PM
    Categories:
    1. How-To, Help, Tips,
    2. BlackBerry News


    With the recent leak of BlackBerry OS 7.1.0.402 for several devices, we've found a new feature within the software, Parental Controls. This is the perfect for those of you who like to let you child play with your phone while out, or maybe even lend them your phone when they go to the park to play with their friends.

    Some of the apps that are able to be limited/controlled include:

    • Phone
    • Limit incoming calls to contacts
    • Text Messages
    • Bluetooth File Transfer
    • Location Services
    • Browser
    • YouTube Uploader
    • Application Installations
    • Email Account Setup
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Camera
    • BlackBerry Messenger
    • Google Talk

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    by Published on 04-22-2012 06:56 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    One of my top 3 all-time favorite apps on my BlackBerry, BeBuzz, is currently on sale courtesy of Bellshare. In case you're unfamiliar with BeBuzz, let's go over a couple of the things that makes this app great.

    At the beginning, BeBuzz simply controlled the color of the LED on our BlackBerrys. Progressively they've added more. From the length of the LED flash, to toasts and custom LED colors, BeBuzz simply does it all. For some the price may be a little too steep, but if you're ever going to spend $4 on an app, then this is the right app to do it on.

    Check out more features of BeBuzz:
    - Choose from 20 predefined solid LED and 12 rapid flashing DISCO LED COLORS
    - Assign colors for E-Mails, SMS, BBM and Calls from your FAVORITE CONTACTS
    - This FULL version gives you UNLIMITED CONTACTS
    - Assign colors for BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, Missed Calls, Calendar, Tasks, Battery and many 3rd party apps (see list below)
    - Create an unlimited number of CUSTOM LED COLORS and DISCOS
    - STACK 2 LED COLORS for even more color variations
    - Repeating Notifiers: Keep your phone's audible notifiers repeating until you acknowledge them
    - On-Screen Popup Notifiers: Unobtrusive on-screen messages ("toasts") for messages and events
    - Text-to-Speech: BeBuzz will read your messages out aloud, fully customizable (free until Mar 31st, 2012)
    - Vibrate-While-Ringing: Have vibrate while ringing for notifiers and incoming calls.
    - Vibrate/sound on call connect/disconnect
    - Fully customizable and doesn't drain your battery!


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    by Published on 04-21-2012 08:52 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News

    In an attempt to revive its self, RIM has hired the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. According to Reuters news, RIM has hired the firm to work out a restructuring plan to help get the company out of its declining rut. RIM's stock has fallen over 75 percent over the past year and investors and consumers are having some serious concerns regarding the company's future. So what's on the road map for this new restructuring plan?

    OS Licensing

    RIM licensing their new BB 10 OS has been a hot topic of conversation ever since rumors started to circulate regarding a possible to sale to mobile giant Samsung. Even though this rumor was quickly squashed, the possibility using a BlackBerry OS on a Samsung device may not be out of the picture, and why not? Yes, to a die hard BlackBerry user the idea of seeing a BlackBerry OS on another device may be strange or even wrong but once again in the scope of things it makes sense.

    Let's face it RIM has not been known for its innovative refreshing of mobile devices. Many times users are left with the same old remix of an old device. Perfectly seen with RIM's latest release of the new Curve 9220, it may appeal to the BlackBerry fanboy but it does not appeal to the masses.

    Having a solid OS just makes sense. Why not have the worlds most secure OS running on your hardware? It is no secret that other mobile platforms are lacking in the stability and security department. Mobile handset makers should be looking at this as an opportunity to boost the value of their devices. RIM should be looking at this as an opportunity to capitalize on the licensing fees and partnerships that it would acquire.

    Infrastructure Allocation

    RIM has one of the worlds most secure infrastructure. Why not branch it out a little? We already know that CEO Thorsten Heins is looking to cater more to Enterprise customers, and rightly so. After all that is where their profit is. RIM is slowly loosing ground with its consumer base, and more companies are abandoning the BlackBerry because of it.

    RIM has a solid infrastructure. Why not lease it out allow other organizations to use it? Cater to big government and allow them to use it for more than just mobile devices. RIM needs to continue to focus on maintaining and enhancing their current infrastructure. It only makes sense to continue doing what you do well. By opening up their infrastructure and hosting services RIM could be the central hub for security.

    The Consumer

    While licensing and infrastructure allocation are great, RIM needs not to forget about its consumer base. It is more than feasible that RIM can do both. Although RIM has been proactive it its marketing efforts targeted towards consumers it has fallen short because of the devices behind it. In the United States where RIM is struggling the mos,t users are not interested in a remix of an old device they want something new and refreshing.

    This is where BB 10 comes into play. It needs to be a success, it has to be something different, it has to have the "wow" factor or its going to be quickly written off. Not only does it have to appeal to end users but it has to appeal to developers as well. There are plenty of developers that are excited to get their hands on a BB 10 device, but will they want to develop for it? Quickly getting developers familiar with the BB 10 and the tools they needs is paramount to the success of BB 10. After all the minute a user get a new device they want to see what apps it has. The more apps and features, the more likely a person is to stay with that device.

    The history or RIM's troubles are in the books. Personally I am optimistic about RIM's future, and I think the right move for them is to cater to their enterprise customers without forgetting its loyal consumers. The only problem is finding the perfect balance between the two.


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    by Published on 04-21-2012 05:35 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    So the roll-out progress of 7.1 is getting wider and wider and becomes available now for download in Singapore. As confirmed, BlackBerry Bold 9900 users in Singapore will now be able to enjoy the amazing OS 7.1 for free via BlackBerry - Updates or by simply using their BlackBerry Desktop Manager.

    There are many new features that come with the new OS 7.1 that they will surely enjoy. One of the features is BlackBerry Tag, which is a big enhancement in sharing files and contents to another BlackBerry user. This feature can only be used by NFC enabled BlackBerry devices to easily share information and data as compared to using Bluetooth. They can even add and exchange new BBM contacts, documents, photos and other multi-media files instantly using this new feature.


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