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    by Published on 02-23-2012 04:37 PM
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    The California Attorney General has struck a deal with the world's major app store operators that will see new privacy policy standards put in place. RIM, Google, Microsoft, HP, Apple and Amazon have all agreed to require any software that uses personal information to provide a privacy policy that can be viewed in the store before an app is downloaded. The agreement will bring the various markets in line with the California Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires developers provide such a policy. In addition to providing links to the relevant documents in an obvious and consistent location, the companies will have to offer a simple way for users to report devs that violate the rules.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 04:23 PM
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    It looks as though bout between RIM and the government of India may be finally reaching an end. If you remember, this match up goes way back to 2008 when the Indian government demanded access to encrypted BBM traffic. Then in 2010, RIM pulled punches and made a few compromises that dodged a ban. Now, it looks like things are getting a little crazy as RIM is putting 5,000 BES Enterprise servers in the city of Mumbai. Should advocates of privacy be worried? RIM went as far as to say back in Jan 2011 that in no way can they allow encrypted access to the Indian gov:

    "No changes can be made to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys"
    and...

    "There is no possibility of us providing any kind of a solution," RIM VP Robert Crow said to reporters. "There is no solution. There are no keys to be handed."..."It’s not possible to do so because the keys of the service are in possession of the corporate enterprises."
    So were RIM's statements just a bunch of hot air? We don't know for certain yet, but if what is being reported is true, that a "team of officers" have already inspected the new installation and that "permission for direct monitoring" is "expected to be issued," then perhaps RIM will eventually have to hire a team of Indian spies to finally close out this epilogue.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 11:56 AM
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    Even with a crazy week of PlayBook OS 2.0 releasing, RIM is still finding time to quietly update some of it's native apps for BlackBerry devices.

    Upon waking up today, I noticed that BlackBerry Travel had been updated to v2.0.40.99, but without a changelog. Likely it's for bug fixes.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 06:52 AM
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    If your a Hockey fan then you will be pleased to know about RIM latest partnership with the NHLPA. RIM has partnered with the National Hockey League Players' Association to bring you a first of its kind, in depth look at the lives of five top NHL Hockey players. The players, Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers), Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks), Joffrey Lupul (Toronto Maple Leafs), Martin Biron (New York Rangers) and Michael Grabner (New York Islanders), will all take part in this new video series.

    The new series will depict the players lives on and off the ice, and will be shot using the High Definition video camera of the BlackBerry PlayBook. The NHLPA Players' PlayBook will allow fans to do more than just watch a video. Fans will also be able to "call the shots". There will be a fan poll that will be held every Monday that will determine the "Fan's Choice Video". Question and answer sessions will be held each Wednesday that will allow the players to interact with the fans. To top the week off there will be an " Editors Choice Video", that will show some behind-the-scenes editing, and the editors favorite footage.

    Some highlights include:
    • FAN'S CHOICE VIDEO: Every week an online poll will allow fans to choose what video they would be most interested in watching based on where the players are and what's happening at the time.

    • QUESTION & ANSWER: Fans can ask players questions via the home website or by posting a comment on YouTube. Every week, the players will respond to fan submitted questions and challenges.
    All of this sounds exciting, so if your a Hockey fan this will be the ultimate experience. Make sure you take some time to read the full press release, and visit the official website.
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    by Published on 02-23-2012 06:15 AM
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    Now that the excitement from the PlayBook OS 2.0 has stabilized its time to get ready for the next big thing. Mobile World Congress is the worlds largest mobile phone trade show. The show held in Barcelona, allows mobile manufactures to provide the public with their latest technology and newest mobile devices. Most every major mobile manufacturer will be there, and among those giants will be RIM.

    Over the past few months there has been talk about RIM possible showing off one of its BB 10 devices. Although this has excited many members within the BlackBerry community, it sounds like this wont be the case. CNN has reported that RIM will not be showing any new hardware, but will be showing off the BB 10 OS. RIM has been trying its best to keeps its new BB 10 devices under wraps, but that has not kept purported leaked images from surfacing.

    Since it seems as though we wont be seeing any new hardware, we can most likely expect so see the new OS depicted on some slides, or maybe even a video. Either way it will be nice to get more information on the BB 10 OS.


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    by Published on 02-22-2012 08:51 PM
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    Following in big brother Bell Mobility footsteps, Virgin Mobile will be launching OS 7.1 tomorrow for the BlackBerry Curve 9360.

    This is a major boost for the device, as it brings Wi-Fi hotspot (up to 5 devices), NFC features, FM Radio and other BlackBerry goodness.

    Likely we will see this update come to us as 7.1.0.219, the same as Bell launched last week.

    Will you be up early to check for this update?

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    by Published on 02-22-2012 01:04 PM
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    With Facebook for BlackBerry v3.0 launching this morning, we had a feeling the Beta Zone wasn't done releasing apps today. Well we were right, Twitter for BlackBerry v3.0 is now available in the BlackBerry Beta Zone and brings with it BBM integration. Now, we can all not only annoy our followers with our tweets but we can bug our BBM contacts that don't use Twitter as well.

    What’s New?

    • BBM Connected App Integration
    • New Tweet Layout
    • Twitter Photo Service Support
    • Automatic Link Shortening
    • Promoted Tweets
    • Improved Notifications for Wi-Fi Only Users

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    by Published on 02-22-2012 10:51 AM
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    This is turning out to be a pretty cool week for BlackBerry users as RIM has given us more goodies to try out. Today, the Beta Zone has released an update to Facebook for BlackBerry with its v3.0.0.6. Head on over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone to download the new beta Facebook for BlackBerry.

    What’s New?


    New features of Facebook for BlackBerry smartphones 3.0 include:
    • BBM Connected App Integration
    • New Facebook Publisher
    • Share with BBM Contact
    • UI Discoverability Improvements
    • Improved Facebook Notifications
    • User-Friendly Error Messages (This one made me chuckle when I read it)
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    by Published on 02-21-2012 11:43 PM
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    After a very successful BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 launch today, you may still be wondering which of these new apps will work on WiFi or Bridge.

    RIM has been really secretive in the past of what will/will not work when bridged. With the release of OS 2.0, we now can see some knowledge base documentation for Bridge.

    Application Behavior
    App World Wi-Fi connection is required
    Video Chat Wi-Fi connection is required
    Music Store Able to browse catalog. Unable to download or play a sample song.
    Kobo Books Wi-Fi connection is required
    NFB Able to browse the catalog. Unable to play video.
    Bing Maps Unable to find location when indoors.
    Camera Unable to find location when indoors
    General Third Party Applications
    May vary depending if application is specifically requires Wi-Fi.
    Native Email
    ActiveSync acounts are fully supported. IMAP/POP accounts requires Wi-Fi

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    by Published on 02-21-2012 10:33 AM
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    With the release of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 (#TwosDay) today, BlackBerry users are thrilled as another update makes its way through BlackBerry App World. While I had hoped that the OS 2.0 would trigger a spree of many updates, I wondered if it would actually happen. While this is only one app, it's still a major app as well as the fact that it's only been a few hours between the two. Does this mean more updates our way? We'll have to wait in see. What's new for BBM v6.1.0.70:
    • Animated avatar support
    • Even more emoticons to pick from
    • Double the space for updating your Personal Message
    • Customize the chat bubble colors for each of your contacts
    • Easier way to update your BBM display picture straight from taking a picture
    In the mean time, keep refreshing your BlackBerry App World and download BlackBerry Messenger version 6.1.0.70 today!
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    by Published on 02-21-2012 07:10 AM
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    With the recent arrival of PlayBook OS 2.0 to the masses, it would only be safe to assume that RIM would have commercials ready to promote this milestone upgrade.

    Not only do these new commercials highlight features found in OS 2.0, but they also show the many amazing found with the recently updated BlackBerry Bridge & BlackBerry Remote.
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    by Published on 02-21-2012 05:22 AM
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    With the new PlayBook OS 2 just releasing today we not only see new features, we see also a new UI from BlackBerry App World. Let us know if you notice any new improvements in the comments!
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    by Published on 02-20-2012 06:25 PM
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    Are you interested in a BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 or a Curve 9350/9360/9370? Well BlackBerry has made it possible for you to actually earn money for buying one of those new devices! If you're eligible, you can receive a $100 Visa Prepaid card for a Bold and $50 Visa Prepaid card for a Curve.
    While not every one is able to participate in this promotion, there is one thing that everyone can do. If you have an old BlackBerry that is still in working condition, but maybe a hot mess of technology, you can check out BlackBerry's Trade Up Program which allows you to get a quote for an old device. You send the device in, and receive money back (up to $100). How brilliant is that? Simply fill out a short questionnaire and up pops your Trade Up Refund! I checked this out myself, and for my two old BlackBerry devices, I was up for a refund of $105! I was astounded! Unfortunately, I'm that dork who refuses to give up my BlackBerrys because I'm convinced one day they'll be worth millions. If you're willing to send in your old devices, you get some cash for it. Or, you could talk other people into giving you their old devices too and get even more spending money. Hmm, that's a pretty good idea...
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    by Published on 02-20-2012 05:17 PM
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    UPDATE: So it seems that this Bridge update will work with current PlayBook OS 1.0.8 versions in all its capacities. So far, all features we've seen previewed are available. Exciting stuff indeed.

    And so it begins! We knew BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 had to drop before OS 2.0 but we didn't know when it would come but here it is. It's still making its way to all devices so be patient while u get prompted to upgrade. Happy #TwosDay Eve! Thanks to @azjohnnych for the heads up.
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    by Published on 02-20-2012 04:40 PM
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    If your a BlackBerry user in Singapore you may be entitled to some free gifts from RIM. The gifts appear to be specific in that they only apply to users located in Singapore and only to those with a Curve 9380 or Torch 9860. As of right now the reason for these gifts is unknown. It could be another issue that RIM needs to make good on like the disaster outage that happened last year.

    Whatever the case is, the list for the free apps is as follows:

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