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    by Published on 12-23-2011 06:53 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    The legal battles never seem to cease for the BlackBerry maker RIM. Last month the company had to change the name of its future phone from BBX to BB10, and this time it looks as though the term BBM may be in danger of being removed. It seems as though everyone is after RIM these days.

    Executives at the Tronto based broadcast industry group BBM Canada, are saying that the trademark BBM belongs to them. The company started in 1944 as a group of broadcasters, has had several names over the years. Some to include: Bureau of Broadcast Management, BBM Bureau of Measurement and now BBM Canada. It also uses bbm.ca as its website and has used the letters BBM in its logo for more than sixty years the group also owns the trademarks in both the U.S. and Canada.

    In a statement to the press, president and chief executive officer of BBM Canada Jim MacLeod, stated the following: “We want our name back, I find it kind of amazing that this wouldn’t have been thought about before they decided to use the name. The same thing goes for BBX.” he also stated that “We don’t want to pile on the troubles of RIM – this predates RIM’s troubles – but from our point of view, this is a very serious situation, If the big guy who can throw the most money at it can take your trademark, why do you even have trademark law?” A court proceeding against RIM has launched after attempts to negotiate failed. This means that the BBM name as we know it may be changed.

    RIM started its campaign for the name BBM back in 2010. According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office they advised RIM in a letter in Febuary of 2010 that the trademark "was not registerable". Apparently someone in RIM's trademark department inst paying attention. First BBX now BBM, come on. Whats going on here? We will be watching this one very closely. I cant imagine not calling BlackBerry messenger BBM.


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    by Published on 12-23-2011 04:47 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Rumors


    You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? This month a Judge ruled against a blogger in a libel case of $2.5 million in a defamation case tried in a federal court in Oregon. Crystal Cox, who calls herself an investigative blogger who is also a journalist, wrote repetitively about the bankruptcy case of Summit Accommodations. Kevin Padrick, an Oregon attorney with Obsidian Finance Group, was appointed trustee in charge of paying Summit creditors. Cox accused Padrick of committing tax fraud, among other things. Padrick sued Cox and won a unanimous jury verdict. According to published reports, there wasn't any evidence that Padrick did anything wrong. Cox tried to use the Shield Law, which allows journalists to protect confidential sources, but the Judge ruled Cox was not a journalist and so is not entitled to the protections. This case is of most interest in both the blogosphere and in the media, as it outlines the continued growth of blogging, the gray area between journalists and bloggers and more libel cases born out of blog posts.

    So why am I writing about this defamation case today? And what does it have to do with BlackBerry? Well, first off, it's a most important story that affects the entire blogging community. Secondly, this ruling comes right before yet another recent un-verified sourced rumor about BlackBerry maker, RIM (Research In Motion), started by tech-blog site, BGR (Boy Genius Report). Essentially, BGR has on numerous occasions posted articles such as, RIM discontinuing WiFi PlayBook (RIM response here), Open Letter From Disgruntled RIM Employee (RIM response here), more disgruntled RIM employee letters, and the most recent, BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won’t be able to compete, company source says (RIM response here)...
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    by Published on 12-22-2011 04:36 PM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Rumors



    Slander - (n.) The action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation or (v.) To make false and damaging statements about (someone). It seems bloggers nowadays sometimes feel that they can spew out unfounded and inaccurate statements about a company, like Research In Motion, and not expect a type of rebuttal. Dangerous territory if you ask me.

    The highly biased and mostly inaccurate site Boy Genius Report published an "article," if you could even call it that, this morning with the incredibly catchy title "BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won't be able to compete, company source says." Many blogs, including our own, choose to, at times ignore these articles that are based solely on "unknown, mysterious, or anonymous sources" for obvious reasons. This is specifically backed up by the fact that a site like BGR has been wrong so many times about so many things that aren't even about the BlackBerry OS environment (example: BGR reported Sprint would be getting an exclusive iPhone 5 the same day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S, that never happened).

    This latest cycle of hogwash posted by the so-called Boy Genius, talks about how a high-ranking RIM official has told them that they haven't able to integrate its core email, calendar and messenger features into BlackBerry 10 yet. The source then stated that “email and PIM [is better] on an 8700 than it is on BlackBerry 10.” Interesting considering the fact that the same source had just stated these functions weren't working on BlackBerry 10.

    Hours afterwards, RIM responded via their Twitter account @BlackBerry with the above tweet and link referring everyone back to the investors conference call from last week. During this conference call, RIM's co-CEOs mentioned how the delay in the release of these BlackBerry 10 devices are due to the fact that the company is waiting on a more power-efficient LTE chipset which will be released mid-2012.

    Research In Motion is sticking to their guns by refuting these claims and frankly, I love it. In this case, silence can be interpreted as consent so it was necessary, although incredibly annoying, the fact that RIM had to respond to these slanderous claims. Personally, I would love to see RIM sue the pants off of a site like BGR as these statements are directly meant to hurt the reputation of a company without hard proof. Anyone can just come up with a fake anonymous high ranking source and that should not be tolerated.

    With last night's BBM Ugly Sweaters Event in New York City we got to see first hand how passionate and dedicated the BlackBerry community is. The BlackBerry PlayBook is a device that, even though it's been released for a little bit, is still way ahead of the competition in terms of pure specs. If RIM can figure out how to bring these two aspects together seamlessly in February with the release of OS 2.0 for the PlayBook, we're confident the future will look brighter for our community and the BlackBerry brand as a whole.
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    by Published on 12-22-2011 11:53 AM
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    1. BlackBerry Devices,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. Celebrity BlackBerry Sightings,
    4. BlackBerry Accessories,
    5. BlackBerry Apps


    RIM sure knows how to throw a party. Last night in NYC, RIM went all out in the BBM Ugly Sweater Event and TwistMyMind and yours truly were lucky enough to attend. As it would turn out the night was a complete success for RIM and everyone that was there.

    The main focus of the night were the 30 winners of the #BBMUglySweater contest on Twitter whom each received an AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9900 and a pretty cool gift bag as the grand prize. The gift bag included a BBM Music shirt, BlackBerry winter gloves and a couple other BlackBerry goodies. RIM also set up an open bar for all the guests and attendees to enjoy as well as different kinds of hors d'oeuvres through out the night, which were delicious.
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    by Published on 12-21-2011 11:05 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps



    As I was sitting, minding my own business on this lovely evening, I got an urgent BBM/email from AgentBlackBerry and TwistMyMind to immediately post about the app, BBM Music, being updated to version 1.1.0.12. They're currently at BlackBerry's BBM Ugly Sweater Event in New York City, so those of us that are nerding it up at home get to write stories up! There hasn't been much information on what has been updated in this version, so please post a reply in the forums to let BBOS know!

    If you're new to BBM Music, this is what you can expect: Each month you can switch out up to 25 (of your 50) songs to freshen up your listening habits. The songs you have listened to can also be cached to your SD card to allow access to all your songs even when you're offline and can't connect to your wireless network. Even better: free trial for a whole month! After that, access to BBM Music will cost you only $5 per month. That's 10 cents per song if you never swap them out, and roughly seven cents if you swap out 25. I'm not sure where else you can pay that little for music right on your BlackBerry, which means one thing.. Go download BBM Music now!
    • Step One: Download BBM Music from the App World.
    • Step Two: Create your very own music profile and pick 50 of your favorite songs from millions up for grabs.
    • Step Three: Add your friends! Invite your fellow BBM buddies and gain access to their 50 songs as well. The more friends you have on BBM Music means the more songs you can listen to.
    • Step Four: Start listening. Grab some earphones or play through the speakers to allow everyone to enjoy and bring on the music.
    If this sounds like the app for you, head over to BlackBerry App World and download (or update) now!
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    by Published on 12-21-2011 05:50 PM
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    We are here at the BBM Ugly Sweater Event in New York City with somewhat live coverage of everything happening here at the Aspen Social Club. The main guests and contest winners aren't allowed to come in until 7pm EST so the party will be kicking off in a little bit.

    The smartphone stands, the BlackBerry photo booth and DJ are all getting ready to get the night started so stay tuned to BlackBerryOS.com for news/announcements and more pics from BBM Ugly Sweater Night in NYC.
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    by Published on 12-21-2011 10:22 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps


    You have read correctly. The incredibly popular game by Rovio, Angry Birds, is now available for a BlackBerry device, the PlayBook. No need to have the OS 2.0 beta installed or the need to run it through the Android App Player, the 3 versions of Angry Birds out now are available for the PlayBook in App World. The price of $4.99 might be high for some but the fact that these versions have no ads should help calm the masses.

    If you like Angry Birds make sure you go pick it up in App World. Buy at least one version so we can show all these developers that BlackBerry users will pay for quality apps and we are a worthy investment.
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    by Published on 12-21-2011 05:35 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News

    Microsoft and Nokia discussed potential takeover of RIM sources say. While RIM its self has approached Samsung, and HTC about potentially licensing BB 10. According to sources from the Wall Street Journal talks between Microsoft, Nokia and RIM began months ago while the takeover talks are still unclear its likely that the topic has come to the table at least a few times.

    According to Reuters RIM “turned down takeover overtures” from Amazon because it wanted to fix its problems independently. Rumors of a possible takeover have circulated for some time now and each time shares have surged. After reports said Microsoft and Nokia mulled a joint bid, shares surged as much as 10.2 percent in German trading and as much as 11 percent in New York finishing the day a $12.52.

    Whether rival handset makers like Samsung and HTC would be interested in BB 10 is uncertain. Why would they be? Google gives Android away, they just make profit from advertising and app downloads. That is something we do not see with RIM. Both HTC and Samsung use the Windows 7 OS as well.

    RIM has declined to comment about any takeover talks at this time. They have also declined to comment about possibly abandoning the BlackBerry device to focus on enterprise software and services.
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    by Published on 12-21-2011 04:45 AM
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    Looks as though there are some issues going on with Verizon's data services. If your having issues with your data services it may be due to the outage that's spreading across the US. User's over at the official Verizon forums are reporting from various locations that their data services are not working. At this time it seems to be both 3G and 4G networks that are affected.


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    by Published on 12-20-2011 11:27 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    When I updated to OS 7.1 on my Bold 9900, I lost one of my must-have apps, SocialScope. If you don't know what SocialScope is, it's probably the most elusive & exclusive Twitter/Facebook client for BlackBerry.

    Today, an OTA update was released that finally made SocialScope compatible with the many OS 7.1 devices that are now out there in the world of BlackBerry devices.

    If you switched to UberSocial or T4BB, will you be returning to SocialScope?

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    by Published on 12-20-2011 10:57 PM   
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    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News


    Official OS 7.0.0.590 from Partner Communications has reached the BlackBerry Bold 9900. If you have a Bold 9900, get out that USB cord and give your a device a fresh OS. Don't forget to drop a comment below and let us know how it's working out for you!

    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 12-20-2011 01:04 PM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    The popular BlackBerry GPS app, Traffic, has been updated in the Beta Zone today. The new version brings with it a few new fixes and improvements as noted in the change log below:
    • *Fixed* Audio guidance directions spoken after user selected “Cancel Destination”
    • *Fixed* “Towards” is pronounced with speaker contracting the “to” instead of “twa”
    • *Fixed* Exit number on road list spoken (when exit number available)
    • *Fixed* “Application not responding” on BlackBerry Storm 9550 SmartPhones
    • *Fixed* Application exiting during a phone call
    • *Fixed* BlackBerry Calendar integration
    • *Improvement* Audio guidance and quality improvements
    • *Improvement* GPS detection improvements
    Download the BlackBerry Traffic update in the Beta Zone.
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    by Published on 12-20-2011 10:52 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Apps



    While I won't receive my precious BlackBerry PlayBook for a few more, long, painful, lonely days.. Okay my point, RIM as released Facebook for PlayBook v2.1 this morning which includes many aspects that many people were hoping for as soon as possible. Some fun new changes include:
    • The addition of Facebook Groups - Be able to post comments, see members and all around interact without having to switch to Facebook on the web (which I'm personally very excited about, I hated having to do that)
    • Improved photo and video access - Uploading either has become much easier and figuring out how is more obvious
    Interact with friends and more on Facebook for PlayBook with all the fun of doing so on your BlackBerry, but with a bigger screen! Remember, if the update isn't immediately available to you, just give it a few hours, this app is hot off the press!
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    by Published on 12-20-2011 10:31 AM
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    2. BlackBerry Apps



    When I woke up this morning with the little option to upgrade Foursquare I could not have been more excited. I had had my fair share of mishaps and what not with the app, but it looks like most of them have finally been resolved. Version 3.5 of Foursquare includes these fixes:
    • Now you can create or discover lists of things to do nearby or places to explore
    • See your friends' check-ins with "in-line" photos
    • Many devices will receive improved connection support
    • Updated GPS logic
    If you haven't ever heard of Foursquare, it allows you to explore the world around you by enabling you the chance to meet up with friends, find new places to go and save money on random specials posted by other Foursquare users! While on the go, you can easily share with your friends where you are, post pictures that they can comment on as well as insider tips and reviews that you wouldn't otherwise been inclined to hear about. You earn points and badges for going to your favorite places. Plus, you can post all your activity to Facebook and Twitter! Sound like the app for you?
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    by Published on 12-20-2011 10:05 AM
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    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps


    The bug which prevented users from adding a new tablet to the BlackBerry Bridge has apparently been fixed with this new version. The small update from 1.0.7.4 to 1.0.7.5 might not necessarily indicate a new PlayBook Tablet OS but it'd be a nice present right before the holidays for us.
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